Friday Thoughts: Drumlines, Championship Games, Mustang Missions, Field Trips & Guest Speakers, and Data Analysis
This week serves as a pretty accurate microcosm of what happens on Mustang Mountain throughout the year. Our faculty and staff work so hard to give our students opportunities to learn and grow, and they also look for ways to connect and add excitement. Here’s a snapshot of this week:
In a word, the faculty drumline was epic. Seriously! Mr. Wilhite came up with a great way to demonstrate for our students what a drumline might be like, and then he emailed our faculty looking for volunteers. The responses were overwhelming and just like that, the faculty drumline was formed. The group met two to four times for practice, and then in chapel they rocked a fantastic performance. If you missed it and haven’t seen it yet, check with me and I’ll make sure you see the video. And, as a result of our faculty stepping up and putting on a show, several students signed up for the drumline! Awesome job!
Our students competed this week in some tournaments across the state for volleyball and tennis, and they performed well. Our coaches have been working hard to encourage, train, and prepare our students, and as a result, we’ve experienced success. Winning isn’t our ultimate goal— that would be building and demonstrating character through competition— but it’s great to see our students win with such great character, and that’s a testament to our coaches.
Socktoberfest is going strong, and I’m confident we’ll make a big push in our final week. This Mustang Missions project is a great idea and one I’d like to see become a tradition here on Mustang Mountain. It’s great to walk into our school every day and see tubs in the foyer to serve as a reminder of what we’re about— service to others. I also love that once this project is over, our Feed the Multitude project will pick right up. Let’s keep it up!
Our Government students had two great learning opportunities this week as we hosted Lt. Governor Tim Griffin on Tuesday and then visited the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday. I love that teachers look for learning opportunities outside the classroom and organize those events. It’s also great to see the flexibility from colleagues to help make sure students can attend. It’s also great when teachers volunteer to drive buses or chaperone.
This week, I met with several teachers, administrators, and parents to discuss our most-recent ACT Aspire results. We sat down, looked for trends, and began to identify strengths and weaknesses to help us determine our direction. Our teachers work so hard to prepare our students for upcoming challenges, for the future, for the ACT, and for college. It’s great that we have a faculty so concerned about preparing students, and as we’ve seen through our history, we have been very successful.
We certainly had a lot going on this week, and there were other things going on as well (parent conferences, attending workshops, informational meetings for travel and college planning, etc.). The list certainly could go on for a while!
Our faculty and staff wear so many hats, they have so many responsibilities, and they do so much for one reason: they love our students. It’s that simple.
I’m sure next week will have a lot going on as well, but, honestly, that’s the way it should be.