Two Questions for You As We Start the Semester

As we get back into the swing of things, I have two questions I’d like for you to think about and respond to. As you respond to the questions, think about the ideas listed below. You don’t need to address each one, but feel free to address as many as you’d like.

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Things to Consider
  • classroom management
  • teaching style
  • classroom rules
  • classroom procedures
  • classroom preparedness (copies, teaching materials, lesson plans, etc.)
  • seating charts
  • varying questioning strategies
  • creating in-depth, challenging tests and projects
  • classroom arrangement
  • integration of technology
  • positive interaction with students
  • time spent walking around/working the room versus sitting at your desk
  • lesson planning for bell-to-bell engagement
  • trying new things
  • being positive ten days out of ten
  • effectiveness and time needed for homework assignments
  • frequency of using worksheets
  • effectiveness of movies in class (cost benefit analysis)
  • relating classroom concepts to real-world situations
  • encouraging student creativity
  • making your classroom fun
  • communicating with parents
  • partnering with parents
  • posting lesson plans consistently and timely each week
  • grading papers in a timely manner
  • passing back papers in a timely manner
  • collaborating with colleagues
  • enforcing student handbook policies
  • creating effective and engaging sub plans
  • maximizing instructional time (reducing “free days" and downtime for students)
  • taking time to re-teach difficult concepts
  • learning new teaching strategies
  • developing your own personal learning network (PLN)
  • participating in effective professional development

I’m looking forward to reading your responses. Let’s have an awesome spring semester.

  • Sonya Gates, Carrie Vick, and Jan Penrod did a great job getting all of our students’ schedules set and ready for our first day back on Wednesday. The beginning of a semester is always challenging from that perspective, but Mrs. Gates, Mrs. Vick, and Mrs. Penrod did a great job making it work!

  • Over the break, our varsity basketball teams played in a couple of tournaments. Shout-outs go to Steve Quattlebaum and Jason Gates for taking our girls’ team to Collierville, TN, and also shout-outs are in order for Bradley Spencer and Blake McNair for leading our boys’ team during the Berryville tournament.

  • We had a great first week back! What a blessing it is for our students to be around adults who love what they do. Keep being great role models and examples for our students.

  • This year’s Capital One Bowl Mania has been a real nail-biter and a champion will be crowned Monday night. May the odds be ever in your favor, Mr. Thomas and Coach Stewart. Coach Spencer will be able to watch the game comfortably.

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, Jan. 10— Monthly Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
  • Monday, Jan. 15— Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16— Emergency Drill (6th Period; weather will determine fire or inclement weather)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17— 5th Grade Great Adventure (8:15-11:45)
  • Thursday, Jan. 18— Family Chapel
  • Monday, Jan 22-Tuesday, Jan. 23— Mr. Collier Out (ANSAA Accreditation Visit)
  • Thursday, Jan. 25— 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)

Responsibilities for the Week of January 8-12
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett
  • Parking Lot PM— C. Morse
  • HS Lunch— J. Gates, H. Cruce, & B. Spencer
  • MS Lunch— C. Sherrill and C. Prestridge
  • Chapel— Hodges
    • Monday Hodges
    • Tuesday Hodges
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (Tappe)
    • Thursday— Intercom Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO
  • Detention— A. Kyle (Room 206)

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

Upcoming Meetings
  • Faculty Meeting— Wednesday, Jan. 10 (7:30 AM in Library)

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

Important School Documents & Links

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

5-Day Bible Reading Plan— Read the Entire Bible or the New Testament in 2018 (Printable PDF)

Book Recommendation

The Flinch by Julien Smith
About the Book (from Amazon)
Julien Smith has delivered a surprise, a confrontation, a book that will push you, scare you and possibly stick with you for years to come. The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It shortcircuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there.

But what if danger is exactly what you need?

What if facing the flinch is the one best way to get what you want?
Here’s a chance to read the book everyone will be talking about, before they do.

What are you afraid of? Here's how to find out.

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