Being Present
While spending time in some classrooms this week, I stopped by a few classes while they were watching a movie, and I was reminded of this from Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess:

I missed a couple days of school recently and had my substitute teacher show a video. Upon return, several students complained that it just wasn’t the same watching with the sub. I said , “What do you mean? The whole period was going to be spent watching the video whether I was here or not." To which one of my students replied, “Yeah, but you always pause the video to tell us cool things and build up anticipation for what’s coming. You make little comments the whole time. We like that you watch and react to the video with us. It’s just different when you’re here." That eye-opening conversation offered dramatic proof of the significant difference personal power, attitude, and full presence of the instructor has on the learning environment. An instructor who is fully immersed in the moment has a special type of intensity that resonates with great power in the classroom, regardless of the activity.

We should all strive to be fully present every day. Any time we interact with students, we need to give them everything we have because our presence really does make a huge difference. Even though we all have a lot to do (like grade papers, create lessons, respond to emails, research best practices, plan events, organize club activities, prepare for practices, etc.), the most important thing we can do when students are in our classrooms is be with our students.

To read all of my notes, highlights, and key ideas from Teach Like a Pirate, click here. If you’d like a copy of the book, I’ll be glad to get you one— just let me know.

  • Tuesday’s Talent Show was a peak moment of the year so far. A huge shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas and the Drama Club for putting on such a memorable production. Also, a big thanks goes to all the faculty and staff who attended (and performed). It was a great night!
  • Matt Hall, Blake McNair, Jason Gates, and Steve Quattlebaum attended the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association clinic this past Monday in Conway. The coaches heard from Bruce Pearl, Doc Sadler, and Bill Self. It’s great that our coaches spend time together in preparation of the upcoming season.
  • The English department is starting a book study over Kelly Gallager and Penny Kittle’s book 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents
  • Dia Watson and Rachel Brackins had a big week last week with the elementary cheer clinic and a live TV performance. Our cheerleaders are great representatives of our school and I’m thankful for the leadership of Coach Watson and Coach Brackins.

  • School yearbook picture day was pretty smooth on Tuesday thanks to Kristy Quattlebaum. Moving the location to the atrium was a great idea, and we were able to finish by lunch.
  • Gee Santos did an outstanding job running the scoreboard for the first time at the football game on Friday night. That’s not an easy task and to jump in the hot seat on a Friday night is impressive. Well done, Mr. Santos!

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • 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)
  • Monday, September 24— College Fair Night (6:00 PM)
  • Friday, September 28— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
  • Monday, October 1— Financial Aid Night (5:30 PM)
  • Wednesday, October 3— 8th Grade Field Trip
  • Thursday, October 4— Family Chapel
  • Friday, October 5— Theatre Squared Performance (adjusted schedule coming soon)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of September 24-28
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill
  • Cafeteria PM— T. Kaye
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Stewart
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Gafford
  • Lunches-- Coaches
  • D-Hall— TBD
  • Chapel— Admin
    • Monday— Admin
    • Tuesday— Admin
    • 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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