Our Primary Objectives

from October 12th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t hear someone refer to our mission statement, but rarely does someone mention our Primary Objectives. Perhaps they’re long and harder to remember? Maybe they seem obvious within our culture? Maybe we just don’t reference them enough? Whatever the reason for not hearing them in our daily conversations, these […]

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We’re All Teachers

from October 5th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

In his book Dealing with Difficult Parents, Todd Whitaker writes, “It [using the broad term parents] reminds me of using the word teacher when I address cooks, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, and the like when doing speaking engagements around the country. I always explain that if children and students see us working, then we are teachers.” As a parent, I […]

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The No Complaining Rule

from September 28th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

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 […]

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Being Present

from September 21st, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

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 […]

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Consistently Consistent

from September 17th, 2018 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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Coach Cheeks

from September 11th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

On Friday, thirteen individuals were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Hame. Among the inductees were former players, coaches, and executives who pushed the game forward and excelled on every level. I grew up admiring stars like Dino Radja, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Jason Kidd, and it’s great seeing them honored by the […]

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Learning to Walk

from August 31st, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

The Collier family is currently in the “the baby is going to walk any day now” season. Kennedy, our youngest, has been on the verge of walking for about a month now, but it just hasn’t caught on for her. She’ll give the walking thing a few attempts, but she finds crawling suits her needs […]

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In Full Swing

from August 24th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Open House is the official “we’re in full swing now” moment for me. By Thursday, student schedules are finalized, forms have been submitted, the kinks in the master schedule have been worked out, and everything seems to fall in place. We find our routines and the rhythm of school is in motion. I love the […]

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Building Bridges

from August 17th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

We have to build bridges of relationships that will bear the weight of truth.” —Dr. Tim Elmore Listening to Dr. Tim Elmore speak last Monday was a great way for us to begin the school year. He did a wonderful job reminding us of the impact we have as educators, while also challenging us to […]

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We Made It!

from May 18th, 2018 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Congratulations on making it through the final week of the school year. It’s been a fun year, and it’s almost time to start gearing up for next year. If you haven’t had a chance to read this article, take a few moments to do so. It’s a good one and a great way to think […]

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