November is Here

Tonight our varsity football team wraps up their regular season with senior night and gears up for the playoffs, and on Monday, we’ll kick-off the basketball season with Mustang Madness. It’s hard to believe we’re already in November! As it seems each year, the year has gone by so fast! 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 challenging isn’t the amount of time we put in— it’s the intensity of the time we put in. Working with students is hard and being on top of our game day-in and day-out (10 days out of 10) 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. Use our time each day to really engage students, challenging them and building them up. 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 (like today’s pep rally!); 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 Chad reminded the high school students after chapel on Wednesday— we care about our kids and want them to feel that every day. Enjoy your time with students and make every effort to really work with them directly. Be creative, plan some outstanding lessons, and really engage your classes. As you already know, the school year goes by fast. After all, it’s already November!

  • We had a great turnout at the Mustang Scramble on Saturday. A big shout-out goes to Rachel Brackins, Matt Hall, and Chad Tappe for putting the event together and making it a great time for all involved!
  • Erik Schramm did a great job kicking off our Feeding the Multitude Mustang Mission project for November. Mr. Schramm does a great job leading our school through this mission project, and I’m thankful we get to serve so many families in our area.
  • We had a small mechanical issue on the bus this past Friday night, but Chris Morse handled it like it a champ, and he certainly deserves a shout-out for it. We hope to have bus 6 back in action soon, and I know Coach Morse can’t wait to get behind the wheel again.
  • Lights Up! crushed it yesterday! A big thanks goes to Jenna Thomas for her leadership and the work she does with this group of students. It’s great to see our students using their God-given talents to share messages with us in different ways.
  • Many of our students and teachers have been vaccinated for the flu thanks to Carrie Vick. Yesterday’s flu shot clinic went great, and hopefully this will help us keep the flu away from Mustang Mountain.
  • This week’s MS schedule changes went very smoothly thanks to Carrie Vick and Sonya Gates. There are a lot of moving parts that go into making student schedules work correctly, but we were able to get everything done correctly and in a timely manner. A big thanks to Mrs. Vick and Mrs. Gates for their work. Also, thanks goes out to Coach McNair, Coach Williams, Coach Q, and all of our 7th and 8th grade teachers.
  • Be sure to stop by Gee Santo’s classroom and check out the masks his students made this week. Son increíbles.

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Responsibilities for the Week of November 5-9
Week B (again)
  • Cafeteria AM A. Almond
  • Cafeteria PM— I. Thomas
  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM— G. Santos
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— K. Holland
  • Chapel— C. Sherrill
    • Monday— C. Sherrill
    • Tuesday— C. Sherrill
    • Wednesday Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin Devotional Chapel
    • 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.

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