A Fireplace

Until we moved this summer, I had never lived in a house with a working fireplace. Several of my friends had them growing up, and many of my friends today have them, but I’ve never had the experience of sitting in my own living room around an open fire on a cold day. Until Wednesday.

With the snow approaching and the temperatures dropping, I had one goal that evening— build a fire in my own fireplace. To be candid, I didn’t even know where to start. So I did what most of us do (including our students) when they want to learn something new— I googled it. After reading a few articles that popped up about the do’s and don’ts of burning a fire in a fireplace, I watched a few videos on YouTube to learn how to build the fire, how to open and adjust the flue, and how to keep the fire going.

All summer we’ve needed to buy a screen for our fireplace, so I asked Katie to buy one, which then turned into having to buy all the tools one should have for a fireplace. (According to Carson, I don’t even want to know what all of that cost!).

With the screen in place, tools on hand, and the knowledge gained through Google and YouTube, I was ready for my first fire in my own fireplace, but I was nervous because I kept envisioning the worst things happening all because of my inexperience. Thankfully, my neighbors stopped by to visit and I told them what I was up to, and they did what— and this is the whole point of sharing this with you— they did what we’re all trying to do each day.

Drawing on their own experiences with having a fireplace, they knelt beside me to help build the fire, gave me a few suggestions, and stuck around to make sure things were good.

My neighbors took time to see how I was doing and find ways to help me using their own experiences.

In the same way, we should take time to see how our students— and how each other— are doing and find ways to help everyone around us using our own experiences. Google and YouTube can only do so much. Learning is much more than knowledge and information— it’s connection, application, and experiences.

Thanks for making this a great first semester. Enjoy the break, take time to rest, re-charge, and relax with your families. If you have a fireplace, enjoy it. If you need a little help with it, Google it, YouTube it, and then give me a call and we’ll get it going (or I’ll just send my neighbor your way).

  • Overall, we collected 110 boxes for this month’s Mustang Missions project— Feeding the Multitude. A big thanks goes to Erik Schramm for driving this mission project and encouraging our students along the way. Thanks to our students, 110 families will have a Thanksgiving meal next Thursday— that’s awesome and it’s all for the Father!

  • This past weekend, Travis Kaye and Chris Morse took our high school choir students to the Christian Academy Choral Festival at Harding University. The students performed on Saturday and Sunday with 250 other students from surrounding states. This is a trip our kids always look forward to, and I’m thankful Travis and Chris were willing to take our students.

  • Thanks to Christy Sherrill’s recommendation and lead, we have been selected as a pilot school for IXL Learning, an online learning program to help students with specific math and language arts skills. With this pilot program, our math and English teachers in grades 4-8 will be able to supplement classroom instruction with individualized learning for each student. I’m excited to see the impact this program will have on our students.

  • Last Friday, the varsity football team wrapped up their season. Huge shout-outs are in order for coaches Patrick Smith, Chris Morse, Zac Stewart, Jordan Watson, Hayden Cruce, and Tommy Shoemaker. They have put in countless hours since June, working with our students before the sun came up and many nights after the sun went down. The influence they each have on their players’ lives is immeasurable, and I’m thankful for the example each one sets for our kids.

  • When it started snowing Wednesday, the band students asked James Wilhite if they could play outside— so they did. They took their instruments, band stands, and even a drum set to the school entrance and played Christmas music for the parents in the pick up line and for students during dismissal. It was great!

  • Local wildlife wrangler Richard Burton rescued a woodpecker who was trapped in the drama room this past Tuesday morning. Fearlessly, Richard cornered the feathered creature, securing the fowl in his grasp, and freed the bird into the surrounding forests unharmed.

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Responsibilities for the Week of November 26-30
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM A. Diles
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Prestridge
  • Parking Lot AM— C. Sherrill
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Quattlebaum
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— I. Thomas
  • Chapel— J. Wilhite
    • Monday— J. Wilhite
    • Tuesday— J. Wilhite
    • Wednesday Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin
    • Friday— STUCO

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.

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

Book Recommendation

Available November 28

In Everyday Generosity, Drew and Brad take parents and their kids on a fun ride into a whole new lifestyle: the lifestyle of generosity. Providing tangible takeaways to become more others-focused, they teach parents and kids alike simple actions that will make a big impact on families everywhere. Within these pages you will learn about:
How we all have something to give regardless of our age.
Everyday giving experiences that will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to give.
The Ripple Effect- A single decision can change the trajectory of your family... and the world!
Everyday Generosity is a roadmap to the generous life. It's not just about money, but your thoughts, words, time, influence, attention and stuff. Through modeling, encouraging, and engaging your kids in the conversation of generosity, you will create a legacy for generations to come.

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