Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Mountainburg Senior High Cheerleaders and Dragon Flames will be sponsoring Merry Christmas Mountainburg! at the basketball games onagainst Magazine. Everyone is encouraged to wear your Christmas attire - pretty sweater, ugly sweater, or Christmas character costume. There will also be a Toy Toss! Any Mountainburg Student who brings in a stuffed animal will receive $1.00 off of admission. Please bring new or gently used stuffed animals. Following the Dragon Flames' performance during halftime of the Varsity Lady Dragons' game, the crowd will be asked to toss their stuffed animals onto the court from the stands. They will be collected by the Varsity Cheerleaders and the Dragon Flames. They will be distributed to our local Secret Santa program, to the Unity for Community Organization for kids at the Christmas Parade, and to the ambulance services in Crawford County to have to give to children when needed.
The high school band is accepting donations of old, new, and used instruments. With our rapid rate of growth, we currently do not have enough instruments for future students. Donors will receive a thank you letter that can be used as a tax write-off as well as a mention in future concert programs. Questions may be directed to Mr. Kain, the band director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479)369-4860
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Mountainburg High School Student Council conducted a holiday food drive from November 5-21. This became a competition between the classes to see which class could bring the most non-perishable food items. Over 5,000 food items were brought! The Senior Class of 2015 won the competition and were rewarded with a pizza party on Friday, November 22. This event made it possible for several families in the community to receive a Thanksgiving meal plus additional items of food. From this food drive, meals will be provided to families for Christmas and then the remainder will be donated to a local church in Mountainburg to help families. The Toasty Tots Winter Clothing Collection Program partnered with Student Council and furnished the turkeys and the bread. MHS STUCO's adviser is Spring Stout and the Toasty Tots Winter Clothing Collection Program was developed and is sponsored by Mr. and Miss Mountainburg 2013 - Sienna West and Samuel Vanourny. The motto of the drive was "Bring a can, Fill the van!" And the van overflowed!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Mountainburg High School Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit those in our community. To encourage participation, there is a competition between the grades. If any community members want to contribute, please feel free to drop off any non-perishable food items in the office.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Have you ever considered hosting a Foreign Exchange Student? This year we are pleased to have two students, Tom and Thyme (American names), from China at Mountainburg High School. Having foreign exchange students in our school brings an added depth and richness to the school that cannot be attained in any other way. If you might be interested in hosting a student now or in the future, please contact Mr. Rutherford for more information.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
I bought the hanging/plaque pictured above and just recently placed it in my office. I know it took me almost 3 years to decide to start decorating, but it’s finally starting to come together. I bought this particular piece mainly because it was on sale, but I finally hung it up because I believe in its message. Hope is what we have; hope is what we give; and even more, hope is what we must create in our students.
I spoke with a student today who had gotten into considerable trouble. I counseled this student as I normally do, but I then pointed to this sign and said I believe in that word. I told her that I have hope that she can do better; that I have hope that she can correct her serious misdeed; that I have hope she can learn from this and become stronger. But I also told her that hope without a lot of blood, sweat, and tears behind it is worth very little. True hope must be backed by full effort and a lot of hard work. Oddly enough, I had a conversation with Mr. Blakney during lunch, wherein he told me about the gist of his lecture he gave to his fourth period class: to make it in this life you either get very lucky or you work your butt off. (I think that is how he put it; if not, I am sorry Mr. Blakney.)
That’s what we do here. Every time you make your students work a little harder, you give them hope. Every time you make them stretch their abilities, you give them hope. Every time you raise your expectations and give them support to reach them, you give them hope. A teacher is a hope builder. We do teach our students our content, but just as importantly, we teach them the value of hard work and the hope that springs from it.
I think Michael put it better than me. Watch and see, and maybe show it to your students. http://youtu.be/_-EyRUgp9Mk
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Dragon Homecoming Court:
- Senior Maids - Allison Earnhart, Amber Ellison, Carly Mann
- Junior Maids - Harley Morin, Jaclyn Newman
- Sophomore Maids - Bailey Shepherd, Tehya Walker
- Freshman Maids - Shelby Watkins, Teonah Carr
Friday, August 29, 2014
Listening, teaching, discipline, and patience--all of these elements are part of the daily routine of teachers. Teachers do teach, delivering instruction and content to our students. If we didn’t do that, we would get fired. And we get better every year at teaching because we develop our craft, intentionally growing and learning and expanding our repertoire of teaching strategies. But we do so much more. We love, even when not loved in return. We correct, we mold, we shape, we forgive, we get forgiveness, and we persist and we hope, even when it seems all hope is gone. That’s a tall order, but it is what we do every day.
We call this school. There are many ideas in our nation about what constitutes a school, and we can learn much from those various ideas. MOOCs, online learning, and other various forms of internet based content delivery systems are now available to us and our students. We at MHS attempt to learn and grow and become all that we can become to better serve our students. Right now our students can watch lectures from the greatest professors in the world with a few clicks and a good wifi connection. They can watch a million “how to” videos on any subject matter imaginable. Truly, the collective intellectual wisdom of the ages is available to whoever has time to look it up. We utilize this technology, as well as many other technologies, to greater serve our students. But they are tools. It is the quality human interaction, the mind-to-mind sharpening, the face-to-face challenge and encouragement, the voice-to voice exchange that truly creates a school.
Mountainburg High School has a great group of teachers. I am honored to serve them, to serve with them, and to stand alongside them. I am honored my own children attend this school because I know that as we grow and adapt new technologies, and as those technologies will some day become obsolete, we will still have caring people who love kids in a place called school.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
It’s a new year. We have new paint on the walls and the benches. We have new air units on the roofs and a few new teachers in the classrooms. We have renewed hopes, renewed goals, and a renewed sense of the desire to accomplish and make a difference. Right now is the time when all feels right, all the kids are behaving (more or less), and all is going like it should.
I love this time of year. I do go home tired every night, ready to fall asleep at 8:00. I do feel the pressure of making sure all is running smoothly. Every teacher feels this tiredness and this pressure the first week. But even with this, I love the feeling of optimism that comes with the first of the year. So far, all of the students (except one or two) are still on their best behavior. Every student has a clean slate, a second chance, a possibility of doing better. Every teacher has new strategies, renewed energy, and an up to date gradebook. The whole school looks to the day, and the next, with fresh eyes and fresh expectations.
What if we could maintain this all year? What if we could, even in November or even in April when PARCC testing consumes us, have this feeling that great things were about to happen? What if we could still have the mindset that positive things are on the way? I understand that Pollyanna expectations never did a thing, but positive expectations always have. My commitment to you, and more importantly to our students, is this--a positive attitude. I will not be blinded, nor do I desire to be duped, but I do desire to have high hopes, a positive outlook, and an optimistic leadership in spite of the negative that will pop up, in spite of the difficulties that will come, in spite of the setbacks that will cross our paths.
Join me, and let every day be a “New Paint” kind of day.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A Principal’s Thoughts While Driving
I spent all day with seven students. We left the parking lot at 5:45 this morning and arrived back in the same lot at 6:45 this evening. Thirteen hours of my day—almost seven of them driving a bus—were dedicated to only seven students. Those seven students learned leadership and life lessons at a day-long training at the Arkansas Outdoor School at the 4-H Center outside of Little Rock. It was a day well spent.
Yesterday I also dedicated a whole day to only seven students, but this was not by design, and it certainly was no field trip. It was investigations and discipline and eventually ISD.
The life of a principal consists in large part of managing a large group of people (many of whom do not want to be there), maintaining order and discipline, ensuring that school happens every day, every class period, from bell to bell. I often remark that if everybody behaved and if there were no problems, I really wouldn’t have a job; so even on the hard days, I go home thankful, knowing I am needed.
A principal is, regardless of whether it is a leadership day or a disciplinarian day, a problem solver. Take this Monday morning, for example. After a school-wide celebration (M Awards) of our top achievers, the counselor, two teachers, and I convened an hour-long attendance committee meeting for seniors, looking at those students who had excessive absences. We had to determine what was the best way to maintain order and attendance without completely destroying a senior’s ability to graduate. A couple hours later, I met for an hour with our Alternative Education (AE) director and the counselor to look over the referrals for next year’s AE program. We hope to help some of our at-risk students to get caught up and back on track.
Problems—How do we best respond to students who succeed? And how do we respond to students who don’t? No two students are alike. No two groups of students are the same. But all need the same thing: challenge, support, and the ability to rise to the next level, to go beyond where they are—whether that be in trouble or training in leadership—so that they can continue forward to better things.
I owe my best to both kinds of students, as well as every student that lies between.