Growth & Perspective

After listening to a great sermon this past Sunday at PV, I thought about a book I read about eight years ago that really impacted me at the time, so I decided to re-read it this week. A lot has happened in my life since I last read Radical by David Platt (we have a few more kids, we’re very involved in the foster/adoptive community here in Arkansas, and I’ve moved from teaching to administration just to name a few). I find it fascinating to read the comments I noted then and the passages I highlighted because I thought they were important (or the ones I didn’t highlight). The things that were important to me then aren’t exactly the same as things today.

My life and my faith look much different today than eight years ago— and I’m so thankful for that! I’ve grown and experienced things that have shaped who I am today as a Christian, a husband, a father, and as an educator.

Re-reading Radical makes me want to re-read a few other books that were so influential to me years ago, books like The Hole in Our Gospel and Linchpin, I’m looking forward to re-reading those books to see my annotations and highlights and assess how I’ve grown since first reading them.

I also want to re-read some education books that got me fired up, because honestly, I haven’t read many of those lately— at least not like I used to. I remember devouring Ron Clark’s Essential 55 and Todd Whitaker’s What Great Teachers Do Differently and wanting to change the world after finishing them. I remember reading Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion and Dave Burgess’ Teach Like a Pirate and buying copies for colleagues so we could study them together. Those books lit a fire in me, and it’s time to rekindle the flame because my life and my perspective on education look much different today than when I first started teaching.

If it’s been a few years since you read an education book that lit a fire in you, let me encourage you go back and re-read one. Pay attention to your highlights and annotations. If it’s been a while since you last read it, there’s a good chance you’ve grown and changed quite a bit. Re-reading Radical has certainly showed me I have.

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Shout-Outs
  • The college tour this week went great and everyone made it back safely. A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod for organizing the trip, to Kathy Holland for helping chaperone, and to Chris Morse for driving the bus and chaperoning.

  • It was great having Mary Casanova visit our campus and speak to our students about life as a writer. She shared some great stories and encouraged our students to keep being readers and pursue writing to find their voice. A big thanks goes to Angie Diles for organizing the day and to our bus drivers (Patrick Smith, Blake McNair, Richard Burton, and Jordan Watson) for getting our elementary students here and back to school safely.



  • Today’s the matinee! I’m excited to see our production of The Little Mermaid. I know that everyone involved has put in countless hours in preparation and rehearsals. A HUGE shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her leadership and to all of our faculty/staff involved in the show. It’s going to be great and I hope everyone is able to attend this weekend.

  • This week, Janice Northen hosted a "Lawyer in the Library" session with her Computer Applications classes. During the session, her class talked live with Greg Northen who read their questions about legal internet use and provided sound legal advice (for free!). For many students, it was an eye-opening experience to learn the legalities and potential consequences regarding proper internet usage.


  • Last Friday, the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy completed an impact project by assembling around 400 Hope notebooks for Riley’s Warriors. A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble and our STUCO members for their leadership and service on Mustang Mountain.


  • Yesterday, the HS choir received an overall superior rating and qualified to perform at State. Congratulations to Travis Kaye and our choir for the work they’ve put in this year. Awesome job!




Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Matinee Performance of Little Mermaid— 9:00 AM
    • HS chapel in the atrium
  • Saturday, March 9
    • Quiz Bowl Tournament— E-Stem; 9:00 AM
    • Little Mermaid— 7 PM ($7/student; $10/adult)
  • Sunday, March 10
    • Little Mermaid— 2 PM ($7/student; $10/adult)
  • Monday, March 11
    • Little Mermaid— 7 PM ($7/student; $10/adult)
  • Wednesday, March 13
    • Europe Trip Leaves (early morning) Click here for list of juniors and seniors going on trip and list of students not going
    • End of 3rd Grading Period
    • 2:00 Early Dismissal (students); 4:00 (faculty/staff); Click here for adjusted bell schedule
  • Thursday, March 14
    • JH Choir Tour (all day)
    • Grades due by noon
  • Monday, March 18-Friday, March 22
    • Spring Break!
  • Monday, March 25
    • 7th & 8th Grade Roster Changes
  • Wednesday, March 27
    • Spain Trip students return to school

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of March 11-15
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Almond
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Gafford
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall—
  • Chapel
    • Monday— Admin
    • Tuesday— Admin
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday
    • Thursday— Admin Chapel
    • 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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