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Big Rocks First

Below is a short story of the importance of scheduling the most important things in your life first. We are embarking on a wonderful time of the year where we get the chance to really concentrate on those important things. Enjoy the time and make the most of it - PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST this Christmas! For that New Years Resolution, why not make one resolution to schedule the "big rocks" first.


By: Stephen Covey

One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all."

What are the big rocks in your life? A project that you want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

Weekly Events

Monday, December 14th

  • Check the advisory video list - students will be taking another survey and watching a video.
  • 7th Girls basketball @ Carthage
  • 8th Girls basketball @ Webb City
  • Wrestling @ home

Tuesday, December 15th

  • Tutoring in the library
  • 7th Girls basketball @ Carthage
  • 8th Girls basketball @ Webb City

Wednesday, December 16th

  • Amelia and Amy will be out in the morning from approximately 8-9

Thursday, December 17th

  • Tacky Holiday Wear - be sure to join the holiday fun!
  • No iTime unless special request are made
  • Tutoring in the library
  • 7th Girls basketball @ Carthage
  • 8th Girls basketball @ Webb City
  • Wrestling @ Lebanon

Friday, December 18th

  • No Tiger Time
  • Special schedule early dismissal for students - check the Staff Folder to View in the bell schedules folder
  • End of Progress 4 - all comments and mastery levels must be in MC by 3:30
  • Instructional Excellence logs must be updated before leaving for the day. All 1st semester hours are due - NO 1st semester hours will be paid in 2nd semester.
  • 6:30 Staff party at the Loveland's

Wellness by Katie Wright

"Do you ever feel sluggish while working out? It could be because you haven't had enough water. While we are focusing on drinking more water I wanted to remind you to be drinking water throughout the day, especially if you are building up to a workout. You do need to increase the ounces you drink if you are working out, and be sure to get plenty in before you begin your workout. Being well hydrated will not only help give you the endurance you need for the workout, but can also make you feel stronger and more energetic while exercising.

Speaking of exercise, I wanted to encourage you to try to get in 3 days of exercise each week we are on break. It is so easy to lounge when we have free time on break, but I hope you take advantage of the free time to get your heart rate up for a little bit.

Don't forget to email me each day you complete on of the 12 Days of Wellness challenges. We will do the drawing at our potluck on Friday, so be sure to complete that challenge and email me before lunch Friday."