With five weeks of school under our belts, things are pretty smooth. We all have found our routines and know what to expect, and our students are no different. They’ve got their routines and there is a rhythm to their day. While those rhythms and routines are signs of a healthy school culture, it’s important we also recognize how easy it is to get complacent.
When in comfortable routines, it’s easy to coast and our awareness of some key things slips. This is the time of the year we have to refocus on being consistent, and the best way to do that is to just be aware.
Take a few moments and consider how consistent you’ve been with daily/weekly responsibilities:
- Have you consistently arrived at school by or before 7:30 each day?
- Have you been regularly checking morning attendance and dress code first and/or second period?
- Have you been posting detailed lesson plans on RenWeb by 8:00 every Monday morning?
- Have you been posting grades on RenWeb within 72 hours of assignment (or communicated with students/parents when to expect grades to be updated)?
- Have you attended chapel daily and sat with your class?
- Have you covered all of your assigned duties?
- Have you submitted leave requests, transportation requests, and facilities requests in a timely manner?
- Have you been holding students accountable to handbook guidelines 10 days out of 10?
- Have you attended required meetings (faculty, grade-level, department, etc.)?
What about in your classroom?
- Have you been holding students accountable to our absence and make-up work standards
- Have you been maximizing your instructional time and teach bell-to-bell?
- Have you planned each lesson based on state standards?
- Have you used assessment data to identify the direction of instruction?
- Have you been following a regular routine in class (i.e., bell ringers or exit tickets)?
What about outside of the classroom?
- Have you consistently kept confidential things confidential?
- Have you been positive and supportive of school decisions?
- Have you sought first to understand then be understood when working through conflicts with students or parents?
- Have you attended extracurricular events?
- Have you been praying for your students?
- Have you been consistent in your personal Bible study?
- Have you been encouraging colleagues, parents, and students regularly?
If you answered no to any of the questions above, make that a focus today and next week. Being aware of any inconsistencies may be all it takes to get back on track and keep going strong. I promise, it will make our school culture better and our students will definitely notice our efforts.
Thanks for making the first five weeks of school so great! Let’s keep going strong.
- I completely forget to give Angela Almond a shout-out for planning chapel last week and inviting a Magician to perform. Our students really enjoyed the show, and it was a fun experience. Awesome job, Mrs. Almond!
- Joe Gafford, Ian Thomas, Jason "I know my Chaucer" Gates, and Chris "Bringin' the Thomas Paine" Morse crushed it yesterday during our mini Quiz Bowl tournament in chapel. Well done.
- The Lights Up group had their first performances of the year, performing at the PV and NLR campuses, Helping Hands, and Crystal Hill Elementary. The group did an outstanding job and their audiences loved the show! A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her leadership of such a great ministry of our school.
- Rachel Brackins, Carrie Vick, and Lisa Lancaster did a wonderful job preparing for Wednesday’s National Day of Encouragement. Our parents loved it and appreciated the gifts. It was great seeing so many teachers involved and having fun serving together before school. Awesome job!
- Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
- B Week (7th & 8th Grade 4th Period)
- Varsity Cheer Performing on Channel 7’s Good Afternoon, Arkansas (1:30 dismissal; 3:00-4:00 broadcast)
- Home Varsity Football Game (Elementary Cheer Clinic & Grandparents Day; 7:00 PM)
- Monday, September 17— Financial Aid Night (5:30 PM)
- Tuesday, September 18
- Fall School Picture Day
- 8:45-12:00 in atrium
- Juniors first then work way down to 6th grade
- Faculty Pictures starting at 8:00
- 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)
- CAC Talent Show (6:30 PM; Auditorium)
- Wednesday, September 19— 10th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45- 8:15 AM (conference room)
- Thursday, September 20
- Family Chapel Day
- Lights Up Day Tour #2 (all day)
- Faculty Lunch Provided (by 6th grade parents)
- 8th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
- Friday, September 21
- STUCO Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy (7:30-9:30 AM)
- 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
- 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
- Classroom Needs Surveys Deadline (Click here to complete)
Anything missing? If so, please let me know.
Responsibilities for the Week of September 17-21
- Cafeteria AM— J. Wilhite
- Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
- Parking Lot AM— Open— Any takers?
- Parking Lot PM— Open— Any takers?
- Lunches-- Coaches
- D-Hall— TBD
- Chapel— P. Smith
- Monday— P. Smith
- Tuesday— P. Smith
- Wednesday-- Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
- Thursday— Family 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.
Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth
Vigil Singing for Botham Jean at Harding University
4 Values (in rank order)
- Model Christ
- Safety & Security
- School First
- Quality Instruction
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