Accreditation Reminder

I’ll be spending a few days early next week at Mount St. Mary as a member of an ANSAA accreditation team. As I’ve prepared for the visit reading their self-study, evaluating their curriculum maps, and developing an objective understanding of their school operations, I’m reminded of our accreditation visit just 10 months ago.

One of the most beneficial aspects of an accreditation process is the self-study. The introspective process forces everyone inside an organization to identify, with objective lenses, the strengths and weaknesses of the organization (or as ANSAA says, “commendations" and “recommendations"). And no matter the organization, there are always strengths and weaknesses.

Ten months ago we identified some of our commendations and recommendations. We commended ourselves on the things built into our culture— a mission mindedness and a deep sense of community. We were also commended for our parent/community involvement and our board leadership.

In regards to recommendations for improvements, this year we are focused on improving our professional development and collaboration (PLCs, grade-level, and department meetings) as well as the spiritual formation of students and faculty. We are still striving to be a strong community while still making improvements towards excellence. These aren’t things that can be “fixed" overnight; rather, they are works in progress that we hope become the fabric of our school.

I’m looking forward to spending time at Mount next week.

Just like us, their parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators are proud of their school and their mission, and I enjoy seeing that in others.

Just like us, they are not a perfect organization, and I’m glad to know we’re not the only imperfect organization around.

Just like us, they want to improve, and I’m glad I can help them do that.

Just like us, they will be benefit from the accreditation process because I know we certainly did.

And just like us, they’ll be happy Tuesday afternoon when the accreditation visit concludes because we’ve been there and we know that feeling as well.

  • Two snow days in a four-day week? That doesn’t happen often. A big shout-out goes to Carter Lambert for having the unenviable task of being a weatherman and having to make the school or no school decision.
  • Congratulations to Doug Killgore who will be inducted into the Arkansas Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame. That’s a huge accomplishment and a much deserved honor. More details to come.
  • Rachel Brackins did an excellent job communicating with our parents and students on Twitter during the snow days. If you missed the back-and-forth exchanges and responses from our students (Isaac Barr wins for most creative comment), be sure to check our Twitter page.

  • Also, it isn’t a snow day without Coach Sullivan letting us know! To relive the phone call, click below.

Upcoming Events
  • Today- Friday Jan. 26— Grade Level Meetings
  • Monday, Jan 22-Tuesday, Jan. 23— Mr. Collier Out (ANSAA Accreditation Visit)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24— 5th Grade Great Adventure (8:15-11:45)
  • Thursday, Jan. 25
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day- Caps for Kids ($2)
    • Emergency Drill (beginning of 6th Period; weather will determine fire or inclement weather)
    • Middle School Open House (6:00-7:00 PM)
  • Sunday, Jan. 28— Honor Society Induction Ceremony (2:00 PM; Auditorium)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30— 8th Grade Reality Fair (2nd-3rd periods; atrium)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31— NHS Blood Drive (8:00-1:30; choir room)
  • Friday, February 16— Faculty Inservice (8:00-3:30; provide input below— FINAL CALL)

Responsibilities for the Week of January 22-26
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond
  • Cafeteria PM— B. Arnold
  • Parking Lot AM— E. Schramm
  • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber
  • HS Lunch— J. Gates, H. Cruce, & B. Spencer
  • MS Lunch— J. Thomas& K. Almond
  • Chapel— C. Prestridge
    • Monday C. Prestridge
    • Tuesday C. Prestridge
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday/Great Adventure (Tappe)
    • Thursday— Intercom Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO
  • Detention— L. Noble 😃

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click here for duty schedule.

Meeting Schedule
  • This Week— Grade-Level Meetings (extended from last week)

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

Book Recommendation

4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

Important School Documents & Links

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