Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Principal’s Thoughts While Driving

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.

Class Officer Leadership

On a trip today with the 2013-2014 class officers. Leadership, outdoor skills, and survival training: it's been a great day.

Monday, May 12, 2014

M Awards

We held the annual M Award ceremony today. We are so very proud of the hard work of our top achievers and those who have improved throughout the year.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Value of Education

At Mountainburg High School, we consistently and constantly stress the value in education and the need to further it beyond high school, whether in college, trade school, structured apprenticeship, or in other ways. This article helps bolster our practice and further pushes us to continue it.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Election Season

It's that time of year. Get signed up to run for student council.


This was built from scratch and will be a beautiful kitchen table soon. Great work!

Monday, May 5, 2014

FFA Banquet--Live Entertainment

Ms. Johnson and Mr. Kain provided live entertainment for the banquet tonight. We are blessed to have these two on our faculty.

FFA Banquet

The 2014 FFA Banquet is underway. It is well attended this year, and the food is great. Proud of our FFA members and Ms. Tvrdik.

Woodmen of the World

The Woodmen of the World recently donated $1000 to the HS girls basketball team. We are so thankful for our supporters.

Trap Team

The trap team competed this past weekend at the regional shoot. They had a great time and did a good job.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Band Concert

Here is another clip, this time from the band. We are so proud of the band's growth this year. We really look forward to seeing where Mr. Kain leads us next year.

Choir Concert

Enjoy a small clip of the choir performance of May 4.

Spring Concert

Today is the Spring Band and Choir concert in the HS gym. Our kids have done a wonderful job this year.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Dance Show!

Today was our 2nd annual dance show. So proud of our students for a job well done.