Parenting 101

from October 20th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

On Sunday, Katie and I attended a parenting workshop because if there’s one thing I know about parenting, it’s that I need all the help I can get (because I have no idea what I’m doing!). As I listened, took notes, and reflected on all the mistakes I’ve made as a parent, I couldn’t help […]

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Parent’s 1# Request

from October 13th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Working with young people is a roller coaster with many ups, downs, twists, and turns. Some days things couldn’t be better; some days nothing seems to go well. From time to time those “nothing seems to go well days” turn into parent conferences, and as a principal, I’ve had my fair share of them. Typically […]

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Anticipating Homecoming Week

from October 6th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Just in case you didn’t know, next week is Homecoming week and we have a few things planned: Themed dress-up days each day Chapel games PSAT testing on Wednesday (Sophomores & Juniors) End of Grading Period/Early Dismissal on Wednesday Report Cards Finalized Thursday The Math Show performance on Thursday Channel 7 Daybreak broadcasting live Friday morning […]

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Lessons from the Dream Team

from September 29th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

As I shared in chapel on Monday, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been learning about the 1992 Dream Team, and the dynamics of how so many stars with larger-than-life egos were able to work together as a team is fascinating me. Coach Chuck Daly certainly was masterful in the way he handled such large […]

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Being Identity-Oriented

from September 25th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

In our Senior Seminar class, we’ve been learning basic budget and banking skills (i.e., check writing, balancing a checkbook register, reconciling a monthly bank statement, etc.). To help us get the basics, we’re using a fictitious character who is destitute, disheveled, and disorganized and doomed for financial destruction unless we help. After reconciling his checkbook, […]

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Consistency Matters

from September 15th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

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 […]

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How Are You Doing… Really?

from September 8th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Things are busy on campus, and with many of us wearing multiple hats at school (teaching, coaching, counseling, bus driving, etc.) and even more hats at home (sons, daughters, spouses, parents, and caretakers)— time is precious. In spite of our stresses and responsibilities, when asked, “How are you doing?” we tend to respond, “Fine. You?” […]

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Staying Inspired

from September 1st, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

In his book What Great Teachers Do Differently, Todd Whitaker shares this: I knew a teacher who taught fifth grade for 38 years. She was absolutely phenomenal— the teacher you wish your own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews could have. Her spark and energy never gave out. One day I asked her how she managed to […]

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Opportunities To Do The Right Thing

from August 25th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I’ll be honest— the closer we got to Monday’s solar eclipse, the more nervous I became. What if our students misbehaved and didn’t take our warnings seriously? What if, in an effort to be funny, someone really did stare at the sun and suffer eye damage? Several of other schools decided to remain inside— was […]

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Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood

from August 18th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

This week I was reminded of Principle #5 from Steven Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood— when we noticed a certain locker that kept being left open. It may sound like a small thing, but it’s important for students to close and lock their lockers after opening them. […]

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