Being a Teacher Matters

This week we had Mustang Madness to kick off the basketball season and just like that we’re underway into the winter sports season. It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks into November! This year feels like it’s going by pretty quickly, and as with most things, it’s easy to get in a routine, go through our day-to-day motions, and take for granted how blessed we are to be educators.

What makes teaching and coming to school every day isn’t the amount of time we put in— it’s the intensity of the time we put in. Todd Whitaker said, "The best part about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest part about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Working with students is hard and being on top of our game day-in and day-out is taxing. And although it is challenging, teaching is the most rewarding profession there is and we are blessed to work with students every day.

During times like this when things are rote and routine, we need to make every attempt to remember how blessed we are. Every day we are put in a position to influence our students for the rest of their lives. Let me encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to talk with students during lunch and in the hallways to really engage them, challenge them and build them up. Remember, they’re tired, too, and they’ve been working hard alongside us.

Student contact time is a precious commodity and it often seems like one thing or another takes from class time. Things will always come up, and for various reasons, classes will be shortened (see: bell schedules for today and Monday); however, when students are in our classrooms, we must take full advantage of that time. When given the option of helping students or doing anything else, choose the one that will help students the most. If working with students directly means papers don’t get graded as quickly or an email isn’t responded to right away, that’s a trade-off I’d take every time.

As we finish out the next few weeks of the semester, let me encourage you to enjoy your time with students. Continue to be creative, planning outstanding lessons and engaging your classes because being a teacher matters— every single day. Thank you for signing up for the challenge.

  • The gym was packed for Mustang Madness on Tuesday, and the event was a lot of fun for our fans and players. A big thanks goes to Bradley Spencer for organizing the night and for MCing the festivities.

  • Our Feeding the Multitude Mustang Mission is off to a great start thanks to Erik Schramm and the junior class. This is a such a great mission project for our students to be involved in, and the new way of filling a box seems to really be working. I’m excited to see how much our school is able to give.

  • The new senior class picture is now hanging in the office. The picture below is a behind-the-scenes shot as we were setting up, but the actual class picture is much, much better. If you haven’t stopped by to see it yet, check it out today.

  • Lynnette Noble and the History Club have put in quite a bit of work to prepare for Monday’s Veterans Day assembly, from gathering veterans’ contact information, mailing invitations, leading a Mustang Mission project, and planning the assembly and reception. I’m looking forward to Monday’s assembly, and I know it will go well thanks to the work that’s already gone into planning it.

  • Thanks to Carrie Vick, several of our students received a flu vaccine yesterday. I know the service was much appreciated by families, and hopefully we’ll keep most of our school flu-free this year.

  • The choir will be heading to the Christian Academy Choral Festival this weekend at Harding University, and they’ll have a great time. The timing of the festival caused a few conflicts for students involved with the all-region choir Saturday morning and/or the play this weekend, but Travis Kaye did a great job managing those conflicts giving kids the opportunity to attend all the choir events if they were able to.

  • A personal shout-out goes to Chad Tappe for enduring a 14-hour road trip with just me last Thursday and Friday. I understand this is quite a remarkable accomplishment.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Gym floors off limits (annual refinishing Friday 12 PM- Monday 7 AM)
    • The Diary of Anne Frank Matinee & Christyn Williams’ Athletic Signing Day (click here for printable matinee bell schedule)
      • 8:00-8:40 1st Period (40 min.)
      • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period (40 min.)
      • 9:30=10:10 3rd Period (40 min.)
      • 10:15-10:55 4th Period (40 min.)
      • 11:00-11:25 Chapel / Christyn Williams’ Athletic Signing Day (in gym)
        • Reception for basketball team in atrium following signing/pictures
      • 11:25-11:50 MS Lunch
      • 11:45-12:35 HS 5th Period (45 min.)
      • 12:00-2:15 Matinee Performance (grades 6-9)
        • 12:35-1:00 HS Lunch (grades 10-12; 25 min.)
      • 1:00-3:30 Regular Bell Schedule
  • Saturday, November 11
    • Choir to Christian Academy Choral Festival at Harding University (Sat. & Sun.)
    • The Diary of Anne Frank- 7:00 PM; $8 adults; $5 students
  • Sunday, November 12— The Diary of Anne Frank- 2:00 PM; $8 adults; $5 students
  • Monday, November 13
    • Veterans Day Assembly & Reception (special schedule)
      • 8:00-8:45 1st Period (45 minutes)
      • 8:50-9:30 2nd Period (40 minutes)
      • 9:35-10:15 3rd Period (40 minutes)
      • 10:20-11:05 Chapel/Veterans Day Assembly
        • 11:15-11:45 Reception/4th Period (will begin 7 minutes after assembly dismisses)
      • Regular schedule remainder of the day
      • MS bells will ring at 9:11, 9:43, 12:45, & 2:05.
    • The Diary of Anne Frank- 7:00 PM; $8 adults; $5 students
  • Tuesday, November 14— ANSAA Annual Meeting at PA (morning)
  • Wednesday, November 15— Lunch provided by 6th grade parents
  • Thursday, November 16— Family Chapel
  • Monday, November 20-Friday, November 24— Thanksgiving Break

Responsibilities for Next Week (November 13-17)
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Jamison
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Prestridge
  • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Almond
  • HS Lunch—
  • MS Lunch— C. Prestridge & A. Diles
  • Chapel— C. Sherrill
    • Monday: Veterans Day Assembly
    • Tuesday: C. Sherrill
    • Wednesday: Worshipful Wednesday
    • Thursday: Family Chapel
    • Friday: STUCO
  • Detention— Open (any takers?)

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