We have a relatively quiet week planned at Cullen leading up to next week’s ISTEP exams. On Monday we’ll have a morning bleacher talk about our monthly school drills and lining up for the afterschool bus.
There will be a fire drill later this week. I’m thankful for our four fire wardens, and the leadership they’ve shown in helping ensure everyone is safe and sound during the fire drills. Keep in mind that we’ll be looking for new fire wardens after this school year since our current fire wardens will be eighth graders in three months. Tally-ho!
Monday: ISTEP Make-Up Practice Tests
Thursday: Mrs. Beaver will be teaching about God’s love at our 1st-period chapel. All are invited! Butter Braids will be delivered at the end of the school day.
Monday: ISTEP Math Practice Test
Tuesday: Blue & Gold Day; show your Eagle pride! Open House (9 AM – 7 PM); ISTEP ELA Practice Test
Friday: 5th Grade Visitation Day
Monday-Tuesday: The girls will be receiving CPR training from St. Vincent during 1st & 2nd periods. Butter Braid sales end Monday; money and forms are due in the office by 4 PM.
Thursday: We will have the academic/winter sports assembly (1st period) and chapel (2nd period – God’s Sovereignty). All are invited! Cullen club pictures will take place after 11:15 AM.
We have lots happening next week…
Monday: No School. We’ll use Monday, February 19th, as the make-up day (as indicated on our 2017/18 school calendar).
Tuesday: Butter Braid forms, report cards, and NWEA results will be passed out by the teachers during the last period.
Wednesday: Blue & Gold Day; show your Eagle pride! The Cullen honor roll breakfast has been postponed to Wednesday the 24th. It will still be @ 7:30 in the FSBC cafeteria.
Thursday: The Academic Assembly (1st period) & Chapel (2nd period – God’s Sovereignty) has been postponed; Mr. Wilhite will provide us a new date soon.
Back in October of 2010, something happened to me that radically changed the way I do work – I was given an iPhone 4. All of the sudden I found that I was able to answer emails much quicker, easily record lessons, and access surveillance cameras from anywhere in the school building. I also found that my new device could easily be used to waste time and neglect my God-given responsibilities. It’s super easy to get zoned out on YouTube watching video compilations of babies laughing hysterically, animals scaring people or ’80s rockers attempting to dance.
Almost eight years ago I watched Dr. David Murray’s noteworthy DVD, In God’s Technology. Dr. Murray presents biblical methods to train children so they can use technology in a way that honors God. Four biblical principles are provided:
1. Technology is created by God.
2. Technology is not essentially sinful.
3. Technology has many good uses.
4. Technology has been perverted.
Three possible responses to technology are also provided:
1. An enthusiastic embrace
2. A strict separation
3. Disciplined discernment
Of course, the way to use technology is in a disciplined discerning manner. To help our students use their smartphones (and laptops) with disciplined discernment and be responsible digital citizens, students can use their devices in three areas at Cullen:
1. Classroom (ask to use a smartphone) 2. Collaboratory 3. Commons
We’ll always encourage taking breaks from social media and having more social interactions; however, a strict separation from screens isn’t what we’re seeking. Let’s give God glory by playing fun Nintendo Wii games, listening to the latest tunes from Beautiful Eulogy, and taking the occasional silly picture.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31