The No Complaining Rule

During chapel on Tuesday, Coach Stewart reminded and challenged all of us (students and teachers) with Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-16
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
What would our school look like if we did everything without grumbling or complaining?
In the book The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon, Hope (the main character) is faced with improving the morale at her company. She searches high and low for solutions, and eventually develops a strategic plan to make the company culture positive, encouraging, and pleasant. Throughout the book, Gordon uses Hope’s situation to teach readers key principles and practices (two of the ideas are below) to help avoid being a complainer. Wondering if you are a complainer? Click here to take a short self-assessment.
Three No Complaining Tools
  1. The But —> _____ Positive Technique. When you catch yourself complaining, add a “but…" along with a positive.
  • I don’t like driving to work for an hour but I’m thankful I can drive and that I have a job.
  • I don’t like that I’m out of shape but I love feeling great so I’m going to focus on exercising and eating right.
2. Focus on “Get To" instead of “Have To."
  • "I have to grade these tests" turns to “I get to grade these tests."
  • "We have to go to chapel" turns to “We get to go to chapel."
3. Turn Complaints into Solutions.
  • Identify your intent when complaining.
  • Justified complaining moves you toward a solution.
  • Mindless complaining is negative and should be avoided.
Five Things To Do Instead of Complaining:

1. Practice gratitude.
2. Praise others.
3. Focus on success.
4. Let go.
5. Pray and meditate.

We’re getting into that part of the school year where we’re all tired and extremely busy— a bad combination— and students are getting restless. It happens every year, but since we know it’s coming, we need to face the situation with a positive outlook. I want to encourage everyone to be positive, to look for solutions, and to avoid mindless complaining. As educators, we have an important job to do— correction, the most important job to do—and that’s to mentor and educate our students. No two thoughts can occupy the mind at the same time, so if we’re focusing on being positive, negative thoughts can’t creep in.

So let me ask you for a favor: If you catch me complaining, please hold me accountable and call me out on it.

  • The Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy kick-off with our STUCO was great on Friday. Lynnette Noble did a fantastic job leading discussions and really making our students think about leadership and the impact they could make on our school this year. I’m looking forward to seeing our students grow this year and lead well.

  • I think we had 74 college representatives visit this week (give or take a few), but Jan Penrod and Carrie Vick did a great job managing the opportunities for our students. It’s so great to have college representatives want to visit our school, and it’s a great opportunity for our students to learn about possible schools.

  • This week, Matt Hall and Blake McNair started giving 7th grade boys interested in playing basketball a chance to do off-season workouts with them during their activity period/study halls. This is a fun opportunity for students, and I love they get to spend time with such good examples and mentors like Coach McNair and Coach Hall.

  • Last Friday’s emergency drill from the auditorium went very well. Thank you to everyone for making sure things were done right.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
    • CAC Tailgate at Windsong Church of Christ (5:30 PM)
  • Week of October 1-5— ACT Aspire English & Reading Interim Tests #1 (grades 6-9)
  • Monday, October 1— Financial Aid Night (5:30 PM)
  • Tuesday, October 2
    • 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 3
    • 8th Grade Field Trip (all day)
    • 10th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45- 8:15 AM (conference room)
  • Thursday, October 4
    • Family Chapel
    • 8th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
  • Friday, October 5
    • 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
    • Theatre Squared Performance (tentative adjusted schedule below)
      • 8:00-8:45 1st Period (45 min.)
      • 8:50-9:25 2nd Period (35 min.)
        • MS Bell rings at 9:08
      • 9:30-10:05 3rd Period (35 min.)
      • 10:10-11:05 Chapel Devotional & "The Shakespeare Show"
      • 11:10-11:45 4th Period (35 min.; will most likely dismiss from chapel/assembly early)
        • Talkback & workshop with Drama Club
      • Regular schedule remainder of day
  • Week of October 8-12— ACT Aspire Math & Science Interim Tests #1 (grades 6-9)
  • Wednesday, October 10— PSAT Testing (10th & 11th grades)
  • Friday, October 12— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library)
  • Week of October 15-19— Homecoming Week
  • Wednesday, October 17— Early Dismissal (2:00); End of 1st Grading Period

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of October 1-5
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— G. Santos
  • Cafeteria PM— S. Killgore
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges
  • Parking Lot PM— B. Arnold
  • Lunches-- Coaches
  • D-Hall— C. Sherrill
  • Chapel— J. Gates
    • Monday J. Gates
    • Tuesday— J. Gates
    • Wednesday Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Family Chapel
    • Friday— Devotional; The Shakespeare Show (adjusted morning schedule)

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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