It’s Hot

Nine years ago, I helped lead a youth group mission trip to Birmingham to work with Habitat for Humanity. As you might guess, summer in Alabama is hot and humid. The forecast for the week was HOT, with daily temperatures reaching the upper 90s.

Each day when we arrived at the job site, our Habitat leader walked us through our jobs for the day, taught us what we needed to know, and then citing Philippians 2:14, he had us all repeat after him, "It’s hot." That was our one time. After that, we were not allowed to utter those words the rest of the day.

What's amazing, though, is each day didn’t feel that hot. We worked hard, each of us drenched in sweat, but no one ever talked about the heat. In fact, I don’t even remember thinking about the heat. We just worked hard and it felt good.

Just as talking about the heat in Birmingham wasn’t going to help our group, I’ve recently noticed myself repeating a few things that haven’t helped me or those around me:

1. This time of year is so crazy right now!

2. The natives are getting restless.

3. I’m exhausted.

While all of those may be true (OK, they are certainly true!), talking about them won't help, so as of now, I’m choosing not to. Instead, I’m only focusing on the positive and ways to turn every problem into an opportunity for a solution. It worked in Alabama, and I’m confident it will work these last few weeks of school.

Who’s with me?

  • I still don’t know how, but adjusting the baseball game start time and the JR/SR events worked out perfectly! A big shout-out goes to Sarah Chunn, Patrick Smith, Zac Stewart, Hayden Cruce, Andy Stewart, Ian Thomas, Jenna Thomas, Lynnette Noble, and Brittany Arnold for making it happen. It turned out to be a great evening, and I’m so thankful our students were able to participate in both events.

  • Our band had a great trip this past Saturday to the band festival at Magic Springs. The JH band and some members of the HS band performed together, and they earned a superior rating. A big shout-out goes to James Wilhite for leading our band and the trip. The kids had a great time and they did an awesome job representing the school.

  • I loved Tuesday’s Yearbook presentation in chapel. Kristy Quattlebaum and the yearbook staff worked hard all year to create this year’s book, and it turned out great. It’s always fun to look back on memories from the year, and I’ve loved flipping through the pages.

  • It was quite an honor to recognize Hal & Sonya Gates during the yearbook presentation on Tuesday, and I’m thankful we were able to give them the recognition they deserve (but not necessarily want). A big thanks goes to the yearbook staff, Lisa Lancaster, and Rachel Brackins for organizing the reception and celebration. It was great!

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Week B for 7th & 8th grade 4th period rotations
  • Saturday, May 4
    • Walk for the Waiting (War Memorial Stadium) CLICK HERE to donate to the CAC Team
  • Monday, May 6
    • Choir will perform in chapel
    • Spring Choir Concert— 7 PM; Auditorium
  • Tuesday, May 7
    • Senior Academic Awards & Scholarship Signing Day (chapel)
  • Wednesday, May 8
    • AP English 12 Exam
  • Thursday, May 9
    • Senior Exams Day #1 (click here for schedule)
    • AP Chemistry Exam
  • Friday, May 10
    • Senior Exams Day #2 (click here for schedule)
    • APUSH Exam
    • NJHS at CAC NLR Elementary Field Day (all day)
  • Monday, May 13
    • Senior Exams Day #3 (click here for schedule)
    • Lights Up Chapel
    • Spring Band Concert— 7 PM; Auditorium
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • Senior Exams (Make-ups)
    • AP Calculus Exam
    • Senior Chapel Day Schedule (CLICK HERE for MS Bell Schedule)
      • 8:00-8:45— 1st Period (45 min.)
      • 8:50-9:35— 2nd Period (45 min.)
      • 9:40-10:25—3rd Period (45 min.)
      • 10:30-11:10— 4th Period (40 min.)
      • 11:15-11:55— 5th Period (40 min.)
      • 12:00-12:40— HS 6th Period (40 min.)
        • 11:55-12:20— MS Lunch
      • 12:25-1:05— MS 6th Period (40 min.)
        • 12:40-1:05— HS Lunch
      • 1:10-1:50— 7th Period (40 min.)
      • 1:55-2:35— 8th Period (40 min.)
      • 2:40-3:30— SENIOR Chapel (auditorium)
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • AP English 11 Exam
  • Thursday, May 16
    • AP World History Exam
  • Friday, May 17
    • AP Music Exam
  • Sunday, May 19
    • Graduation (2 PM; Gym)
  • Monday, May 20
    • Academic Awards Chapel (Classroom awards for grades 6-11)
  • Wednesday, May 22
    • Semester Tests Day #1
  • Thursday, May 23
    • Semester Tests Day #2
  • Friday, May 24
    • Semester Tests Day #3
    • Final Day of School

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of May 6-10
  • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill
  • Cafeteria PM— I. Thomas
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Kyle
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Thomas
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— J. Gates
  • Chapel
    • Monday— Choir Performance (T. Kaye)
    • Tuesday— Senior Academic Awards & Scholarship Signing Day (J. Penrod)
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin (J. Collier)
    • Friday— STUCO (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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