A Culture of Readers

During my first few weeks at CAC, I noticed something very different about our students: many of them were readers. Not the "I have to read so I’m reading" type; instead, several of the then-8th graders were the "Do you mind if I read when we’re finished with this assignment?" type.

Since my first year here, the culture of reading has not changed. Sure, not all students are avid readers— but many are, and that really excites me.

Currently, our English department is working through 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle, and yesterday they discussed the chart referenced below.

The data is clear: time spent reading is never wasted. In fact, time spent reading is critical to our cognitive development. Because it’s so important for our students to be reading, if you ever finish a lesson early or have some downtime in class, give students time to read quietly in class. As the chart above shows, adding 10 minutes a day bears tremendous results.

it’s also important for us to be readers and be role models for our students. Over the next few days, let me encourage you to work in and mention to your students what you’ve recently read, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next.

I’ll start.

I recently read

Thirst by Scott Harrison
(and consequently I’m now obsessed with the Charity: Water organization and their goal of providing clean drinking water to every human on the planet).

I’m currently reading two books

Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff

Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr.

I plan to read

Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras.

So what’s on your list? I’d love to hear it and so would your students. The more we foster our culture of reading and the more we model the importance of reading in our own lives, the more our students will grow.

  • Friday’s Homecoming Pep Rally was a lot of fun. A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble, Dia Watson, and Rachel Brackins for setting it up. Also, Danny Sullivan did a great job announcing, and our faculty game participants— Jason Gates, Erik Schramm, and James Wilhite— crushed it. It was a great way to end a crazy week of school.

  • In chapel on Tuesday, Tim Vick introduced what I think may become a CAC tradition— Bible Aerobics. Our kids loved it and it was a fun way to encourage reading and knowing the Bible. Awesome job, Dr. Vick!

  • Yesterday, James Wilhite held a band mentor mixer to help our MS and HS band students get to know each other and develop relationships. Since the 6th grade, JH, and HS bands meet at different times, often they are isolated and don’t really get to know the other two bands. The mixer was a great way for kids to get to know each other. Awesome job!

  • Yesterday during family chapel, Sheila Killgore’s family made pumpkin decorations to deliver to a local nursing home. What a great service project and way for for our students to reach out to the community.

  • Thank you, Jason Gates for giving us this:

  • Wednesday’s 6th Grade Coffee House was a huge success! Jimmy Teigen did a great job organizing an event allowing his students to read their writing to their family members in small groups. They had tons of desserts and coffee, and everyone had a great time!

  • Gee Santos and Chelsea Baber are working hard with our students to create Dia de Los Muertos masks for their celebration next week. Stop by and check them out if you have time. They’re great!

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Session #2 (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)— Cancelled
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— A Week (again)
  • Saturday, October 27
    • Mustang Scramble (8 AM)
    • ACT Testing (8 AM)
  • Monday, October 28-Wednesday, October 31
    • 7th grade & JH basketball tryouts (after school)
  • Tuesday, October 30
    • 11th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 6th Grade Level Meeting— 3rd period (conference room)
    • 7th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
  • Wednesday, October 31
    • 10th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45- 8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 6th Grade Field Trip to 4H Center
    • Lights Up Performing in Chapel
    • Junior Class Halloween-themed Bake Sale (during both lunches)
  • Thursday, November 1
    • Flu Shots (7:00-9:00)
    • Advanced Art Field Trip (all day)
    • 7th & 8th grade schedule changes (for basketball; the master schedule will not change— only rosters)
    • 8th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
  • Friday, November 2
    • Pep Rally Schedule
        • 1st Period 8:00-8:40
        • 2nd Period 8:45-9:25
        • 3rd Period 9:30-10:10
        • Chapel 10:15-10:40
        • 4th Period 10:45-11:25
        • HS 5th Period 11:30-12:10
          • MS Lunch 11:25-11:50
        • MS 5th Period 11:55-12:35
          • HS Lunch 12:10-12:35
        • 6th Period 12:40-1:20
        • 7th Period 1:25-2:05
        • 8th Period 2:10-2:50
        • Pep Rally Assembly 2:55-3:30
    • 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— B Week
    • Varsity Football vs. Stuttgart (Senior Night)
  • Monday, November 5
    • Mustang Madness (6 PM)
  • Tuesday, November 6
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day (History Club)
  • Thursday, November 8
    • 6th-8th Grade Author Visit at PA (9:30-12:00)
  • Friday, November 9
    • Veterans Day Assembly (Adjusted Bell Schedule)
      • 8:00-8:40 1st Period
      • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period
        • 9:07 MS Bell
      • 9:30-10:10 3rd Period
      • 10:15-11:00 Chapel/Veterans Day Assembly
      • 11:10-11:45 4th Period/Veterans Reception
      • Regular schedule remainder of day
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— B Week (again)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of October 29- November 2
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM K. Holland
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM— I. Thomas
  • Lunches-- Coaches
  • D-Hall—
  • Chapel— E. Schramm
    • Monday E. Schramm
    • Tuesday— E. Schramm
    • Wednesday Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin 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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