Thursday, June 21, 2018

Be YOUR Best

During the conclusion of one of our Final Exam days, I had a student come seek me out.  This was a student who I have developed a very good relationship with and, as a result, have been able to engage in very candid dialogue with throughout the year.

The student asked me, "Mr. Smith, what will it take for me to elevate to the level of [student name - a Senior]?"

Monday, June 18, 2018

Bodyweight Backyard Beatdowns

For the second straight summer, my wife had the opportunity to spend a week at the College Board Advanced Placement grading.  As a result, I have been required to get creative with customizing workouts in the friendly confines of my back patio, in lieu of going to the gym or posting to F3, due to my Dad and work responsibilities.

All of the workouts contain bodyweight-only movements.  The workouts of almost a hybrid of bootcamp and high-intensity interval training (HIIT), as well as other specific workout-style formats.  The only tool need is a timer for some of the workouts; optional resources include music and bug spray or sun block (either of which dependent on the time of day in my backyard).

Also, there is a primary emphasis of maximizing productivity in a short amount of time.

Since many of these workouts have similar movements, I would recommend not performing on consecutive days.  Each workout contained stretching and warm-up (jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc.). 

Also, huge shout-out to my 2.0's who either were still asleep early in the morning OR respect the request of "Daddy's going to exercise in the back; you two play nice and only come get me if it's an emergency."

Here you go:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Powerball Lottery Beatdown - F3 Highlands

  • When: 06/07/18
  • QIC: Powerball
  • The PAX: Mugshot, Fame, Black Sheep, Gordo, Ambassador, Barrister, Glock, Gump, Pavarotti, Brinkley, Next Door (named today), Disaster, Greek, Sully, Conchito, Shazam

YHC snatched the Sign-Up Genius for this date a while ago to celebrate the conclusion of another successful school-year.  What better way to open the first potential day of sleeping in than jumping out of bed at 4:45 AM with excitement to Q? 17 PAX, one of which received their name today, were greeted by enthusiasm, a comfortable 67 degrees, and a perfectly timed serenade of Alice Cooper’s classic hit “School’s Out For Summer” (someone checked the SUG).

Monday, June 4, 2018

LNC Class of 2018: Planned College Matriculation List

Based on what has been submitted to the College Counseling office and entered in Naviance, the following is a comprehensive college/university list of where the Lake Norman Charter HS Class of 2018 will be attending next Fall, including military commitments:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blazendary - "Turning My Principal into a Hypebeast"

Lake Norman Charter HS Senior and YouTuber "Blazendary" wanted to extend his appreciation for me allowing him to create some of the video content for his channel at school, so he produced "Turning My Principal into a Hypebeast!"  This young man has an enormous social media presence; simply look at the volume of traffic on his media.  Even with his YouTube fame, he's very down to earth and appreciative with service and philanthropy as an essential part of his mission (which revolves around spreading the positive).

Our video is 100% authentic - no rehearsal, no retakes, all candid.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Surviving & Thriving: Four Tweets from the 4/23/18 #NCBTChat for Beginning Teachers

Monday, April 23, 2018

Showcase Your Teachers at Faculty Meetings

Fellow Principals, EVERY Faculty Meeting should include:

1.  A teacher showcasing their innovative instructional efforts.

2.  Teachers learning about a resource they can potentially use in their own classroom.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10th, 2018 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the April 10, 2018 Principal's Coffee Chat.  The archive is split into Part I and Part II.

I believe the best way to view each video is by clicking the tweet itself and viewing in a separate window:

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Principal Of Lake Norman Charter Discusses Student Walk Out

Principal of Lake Norman Charter Discusses Student Walk Out c/o WCCB Charlotte
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