What We Value

from March 16th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Sometimes I’m naïve and think school’s all about academics— math, English, science, history— but the academics are just a portion of “school.” Along with academics, school is also about the social, spiritual, and physical lives of our students (truly “mind, body, and soul”). Tuesday’s intruder/lockdown drill reminded me of that, and it reinforced the core […]

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Bilbo and Gandalf

from March 2nd, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I’ve been reading The Hobbit with my kids the past few nights, and because I haven’t read it since I was in 8th grade, it’s as if I’m reading it for the first time. J.R.R. Tolkien is a masterful storyteller, and as I re-read the tale, I’m once again fascinated with the characters, the setting, and the […]

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from February 23rd, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

“If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.” -George Couros, author The Innovator’s Mindset As part of the senior’s cyber day assignment for Economics, I asked them to rank this assignment because I wanted to get some feedback to help me plan for cyber day #2. Of the 34 […]

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Working Together

from February 16th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Today’s going to be a great opportunity to be together, to think about teaching, and to visit with each other and build each other up. I’m thankful all three campuses will be together because it helps us see the big picture of what we’re about. It’s fun watching kids grow up (see the girl’s basketball […]

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Getting Better at Getting Better

from February 9th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

“High performance isn’t, ultimately, about running faster, throwing harder, or leaping farther. It’s about something much simpler: getting better at getting better.” -James Surowiecki The New Yorker November 10, 2014 Athletes are always looking for an edge— more time in the weight room, improved diets, obsessive film study, and even virtual reality— and the greatest athletes […]

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What’s Ahead

from February 2nd, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

“God knows our hearts and our desires, and if He called us to lead, then the best things He wants us to do are ahead of us, not behind us.” -Perry Noble author, The Most Excellent Way to Lead I came across this earlier in the week, and I knew that I would share it […]

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The Fabric of Our School

from January 26th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

We had two big events on Mustang Mountain this week— the 5th Grade Great Adventure and our Middle School Open House last night. Both events are so much fun because we get the chance to show off our school and give people a glimpse into what we do on a daily basis. Each year when […]

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Accreditation Reminder

from January 19th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I’ll be spending a few days early next week at Mount St. Mary as a member of an ANSAA accreditation team. As I’ve prepared for the visit reading their self-study, evaluating their curriculum maps, and developing an objective understanding of their school operations, I’m reminded of our accreditation visit just 10 months ago. One of […]

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Making Good Shoes

from January 15th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Two big things happened with our seniors this week: 1. They ordered their caps and gowns. 2. Their Career Savings Account assignment was due. What’s the Career Savings Account assignment? Great question! For the assignment, students are tasked with contacting someone in a career they are interested in, asking for a book recommendation, and then following […]

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Making Mistakes

from December 15th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off. My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning? Tim Sanders, Yahoo!’s former Chief Solutions Officer and author of Today We Are Rich, says that […]

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