• The Stage

    On Wednesday, Coach Patrick Smith and his wife Cary shared their personal story at Pleasant Valley’s Wednesday night ReCharge. They shared about following God’s will through adoption and then learning to accept God’s will when they learned their youngest son was blind. They described the road they traveled, the new things they’ve learned along the way, and the way their church supported them. It was a powerful message, and everyone was blessed to hear their story that night.

    As I listened to them speak, I couldn’t help but think about the influence Coach Smith has on the lives of his students through his example and how thankful I am for that. We had several students in the room that night who listened to their story and heard firsthand how God walked with the Smiths to lead them where they are today.

    Then I started thinking— all of us have a story about how God has walked with us and led us where we are today. We may not all stand on a stage and share our stories, but our students catch bits and pieces of it every day as we spend time together and build relationships. As we walk with Christ, they see the fruits of the spirit displayed in our lives— attributes not always evidenced in the world.

    Each day, through the avenue of teaching in a classroom and simply being around students every day, we have the opportunity to model life through the Spirit through our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Each time we interact with a student, that’s our stage and our opportunity to share with them the life-changing Gospel— just like the Smiths shared on Wednesday night.


  • Shout-Outs
    • Last Thursday, Will Walker chose to honor his mentor Travis Kaye at the NLR Mayor’s Youth Council ceremony. In his speech, Will shared how he looks up to Mr. Kaye’s positive nature and his desire to always make someone’s day better right now. Will shared how much effort and intentionality Mr. Kaye puts into his classes and how he always reminds them to glorify God with their gifts. What an awesome honor, and I’m so proud of Mr. Kaye.

    • Congratulations to Caroline Prestridge for completing Harding University’s Literacy Lab this past week. Mrs. Prestridge has been part of the program for two years, and she’s loved learning new classroom strategies to increase our students’ interest and abilities in reading. Awesome job!
    • A big thanks goes Sheila Killgore for leading the 8th grader Mustang Missions project— Caps for Kids. Through this project, our school raised over $825 to donate!

    • Congratulations to Jordan Watson for passing his CSCS test to become a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Coach Watson is an outstanding coach and role model for our students, and he worked hard to complete this certification.

    • Hosting Miss Selma’s students on Tuesday went great! A big thanks goes to our 7th grade teachers for welcoming them into their classrooms and helping them get a feel for Mustang Mountain.

    • This month is Black History Month, so Lynnette Noble and the History Club will be spotlighting influential figures in the hallways and in our chapel assemblies. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear many different perspectives, and I’m thankful for Mrs. Noble’s leadership.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • 7th & 8th Grade 4th Period— B Week
    • 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
    • Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Session #4— 7:30-8:45 (Choir room)
    • Drama Club Luncheon— MS & HS 5th Periods
  • Tuesday, February 5
    • Senior Night (winter sports)
  • Wednesday, February 6
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library)
    • 6th Grade Field Trip to the Innovation Hub (morning)
  • Thursday, February 7
    • Faculty Lunch Provided
  • Friday, February 8
    • Honor Society Induction Rehearsal
  • Saturday, February 9
    • ACT Testing
  • Sunday, February 10
    • Honor Society Induction Ceremony— 2:00 PM; Auditorium
  • Monday, February 11
  • Thursday, February 14
    • Family Chapel
  • Friday, February 15
    • No School for Students
    • Teacher Workday (half day; 7:30-1!:30)
    • Winterfest Weekend
  • Monday, February 18
    • No School (Presidents Day)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of February 4-8
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— J. Teigen
  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
  • Parking Lot AM— J. Gafford
  • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— T. Vick
  • Chapel
    • Monday— I. Thomas
    • Tuesday— I. Thomas
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin
    • Friday— STUCO Chapel (L. Noble)

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.

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