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