Right now, we have 35 days of school remaining. Thirty-five. Three-five.

A school year is 178 days long, and with 35 days remaining, that means we have less than 20% of the year remaining (and for seniors, it’s even less that that!).

We’re all fully aware of how fast the next few weeks will go and how chaotic they will feel, and I’ve already allowed that to derail me from my mission— developing relationships with kids, showing them Christ, and helping them grow in their spiritual walk. I have 35 days left and am determined to make the most of them.

I hope you feel the same way and will commit to being all-in for the remaining 19.6% of the school year.

With only 35 days until the year ends, we have only 35 days left to make a lasting impact in the lives of our students.

I shared the talk below from Josh Shipp a few weeks ago, but I absolutely love the marble illustration towards the end, and it fits so perfectly with what I want us to focus on as we wrap up the final weeks of school. Let me encourage you to take 4-5 minutes to re-watch Josh's marble illustration and be reminded that with 35 days remaining, we have 7 marbles left in the jar.

  • This was our final round for our Aspire interim assessments before we take the summative assessments in three weeks, and thanks to Carrie Vick and Janice Northen, testing went great! I’m looking forward to seeing the results, watching teachers share the results with students, and working to get them ready for the big test on April 21. They’re going to do great!

  • Yesterday’s small-school band festival was a big success! James Wilhite did a great job organizing the event and giving our students a wonderful opportunity to perform with other students from all over the state. Also, a big thanks goes to Kevin Lloyd and David Mauldin for helping set up the facilities and making sure the band students had everything they needed!

  • The current standings for the CAC March Madness 2017 Tournament Challenge are below. Once again, I didn’t do so great, but congrats to those still in the running. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, April 4— 6th & 8th Grade Scoliosis, Hearing, and Vision Testing (morning)
  • Wednesday, April 5— World History II Field Trip (all day)
  • Thursday, April 6- Saturday April 8— Lights Up Tour (Memphis)
  • Monday, April 10— Special Assembly: FADD (Families Against Distracted Driving)
    • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
    • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
    • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & FADD Presentation
    • Regular Schedule remainder of day
  • Tuesday, April 11— An Evening at CAC (Partners’ Dinner)
  • Thursday, April 13
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in library)
    • 7th & 8th Grade Choir Tour
  • Wednesday, April 19— 6th Grade Leaves for Space Camp
  • Thursday, April 20— Spring Sports Pictures
  • Friday, April 21
    • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 7-9)
    • 10th, 11th, and 12th graders— No School
    • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet
    • 6th Grade Returns from Space Camp
Big Picture Calendar

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— J. Thomas
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
  • Parking Lot AM— J. Teigen
  • Parking Lot PM— D. Sullivan
  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, & D. Sullivan
  • MS Lunch— C. Sherrill, M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
  • Chapel— H. Cruce
  • Detention— D. Sullivan

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
*Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

See How the Men’s Final Four Court is Made

Something to think about…

Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers

“Staying Organized in your Classroom"

Book Recommendation

Collaboration. Empowerment. Student Leadership. These buzz words get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!

eer Collaboration builds community and supports teamwork and cooperation.
mprovement-focused learning challenges students to constantly strive to be their best.
esponsibility for daily tasks builds ownership in the classroom.
ctive learning turns boring lessons into fun and memorable experiences.
wenty-first century skills engage students now and prepare them for their futures.
mpowerment allows students to become confident risk-takers who make bold decisions.

In Learn Like a PIRATE, teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience. You'll learn strategies for:
  • Crafting active, relevant, and interesting lessons
  • Creating opportunities for student leadership
  • Providing effective and beneficial feedback
  • Instilling confidence so students can take risks
  • Increasing curiosity and passion for learning

Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student-led classroom and watch your students transform into confident, collaborative leaders.

Email me if you’d like to borrow this book. I have a physical copy and am also able to lend you a Kindle edition.