Smoke Signal

October 14, 2019


Leading Through Permanent Whitewater

Are you prepared to lead your classroom during periods of rapid change and uncertainty? In his 1996 book, Learning as a Way of Being, Peter Vaill said we all have to learn to navigate these rapids - surprising unusual events and challenges that are often outside the bounds of experience. And even though many of these challenges are one-offs, we cannot brush them aside as they will return in a different form to test them. In order to cope with this, we must have strong values and become resilient, not collapse at the first hurdle. In essence, permanent white water is the continual occurrence of problems that are not supposed to happen.

Have a great week and as always... It's a Great Day to be a Chieftain!

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Semester Exam Exemptions

Students may be exempted from semester exams each semester under the conditions outlined below

  1. The student maintains a 96% attendance rate through December 13.
  2. The student must be passing all courses for the semester.
  3. The student has no major discipline defined as no more than four detentions, So Saturday School, no ISS or OSS moving forward.
  4. The student must be free of fees and fines from the Library.
  5. Students who are exempt but choose to take a semester exam can only improve their grades. In this case, the semester exam cannot negatively impact the semester average.

It is the student's responsibility to maintain all qualifying criteria moving forward. Failure to do so will disqualify the student's eligibility for any exemption.

Calendar of Events

Monday, 10/14
  • 7:30 am PLC in Conference Center
  • Benchmark: MS 6th Math AM
  • Benchmark: MS 8th Science PM
  • 2:00 pm District Cross Country at Plainview

Tuesday, 10/15

  • Benchmark: MS 7th Grade Writing AM
  • Benchmark: MS 8th Grade Reading PM
  • Enrichment: Seniors meet with Texas Tech
  • Enrichment: Juniors meet with Jostens in Gym Foyer

Wednesday, 10/16

  • Benchmark: MS 8th Math AM
  • Benchmark: MS 7th Math PM
  • 9:00 am PSAT Test in Conference Room

Thursday, 10/17

  • Enrichment: BPA with Ms. Brittingham
  • Enrichment: Juniors meet with Jostens in Gym Foyer
  • 5:00 pm CMS vs Tahoka

Friday, 10/11

  • 4:00 pm Grades Due for Progress Reports
  • 7:00 pm CHS @ Tahoka

Saturday, 10/12

  • Happy Birthday Ms. Sanchez
  • 7:45 pm UIL Region Marching Band Contest at Lowery Field
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