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See You in Church Tonight! 22 August 2007

Posted by Jason Bowman in Announcements, Christianity.
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It’s our first Wednesday of the school year.  You don’t have homework so you can attend church activities.  Being involved in youth is a fun way to grow in Christ.  Come to church tonight and find a place to serve Christ!

Tuesday 21 August 2007

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I am really enjoying being a part of NFC.  I am still struggling to learn all my students’ names; today during bellwork I looked at the seating charts and at the students’ faces to test myself and I still have a couple of days to work on it.

In the eleventh grade English classes (both regular and Honors), we reviewed the fundamentals of literature and began laying the historical framework for our study of American Literature.  I was very impressed at how much the students recalled from previous years.  I was especially impressed that they recognized the significance of the date 1607.  For homework, in addition to 15 literary terms to define, students have a short reading assignment due on Friday, 24Aug07.

In the eight grade English class, we wrapped up yesterday’s lesson about using lesson objectives to study (“How to Use Lesson Objectives”).  Then we briefly looked at the table of contents in the literature textbook.  Eighth graders should read pp. 12 through 24 for Friday and answer all the questions on page 24.

The Bible classes covered 3,000 years of Israel’s history in 30 minutes!  We reviewed pp. 5-9 which summarize the history of Israel from the Creation in 4000 B.C. to the crowning of Saul as king in 1000 B.C.  Bible students should read the next lesson (pp. 10-13) and be prepared for a quiz tomorrow.

All in all, another great day.  It is a blessing to be here!

Volume 4, Issue 1 20 August 2007

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The latest issue of The Précis is now online! Today’s issue is Volume 4, Issue 1.

Day Two Completed! 20 August 2007

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It was another great day and in all my classes we wrapped up last Friday’s lesson “Enter to Grow in Wisdom.”  Then we discussed “How to Use Lesson Objectives” and I listed Bloom’s Taxonomy on the board.  I explained the different categories of learning and gave examples of lesson objectives in each category.  I also gave examples of test questions for each category.

Homework tonight is very light.  The English classes are reading assignments in preparation for tomorrow’s lessons, which are brief overviews of the textbook.  Bible classes are reading 1 Samuel, chapters 1-3 and textbook pp. 5-9 to get the background on Israel’s history prior to the time of Samuel.

Church Directory Photo 17 August 2007

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Church Directory Photo

Here is our photograph for the church directory. We all wore blue for the photo, but Sarah’s blue dress looks pale against our blue shirts. David is just a ham!

A Great Day 17 August 2007

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Thanks to all the wonderful students who made this a great day for me! You are all awesome and I consider myself blessed and honored to be your teacher.

Thanks also to those parents and faculty who have gone out of their way to make me feel at home. NFCS is a great school!

And, yes, I did think about my friends at PCCS today. I miss you and I am praying for your first day of school.


In both English and Bible classes today, we started a lecture on my expectations, the class rules, and the daily and weekly routines.  We’ll finish it on Monday, so please bring your handout to class.

English Homework: 1.  Bring a book for SSR on Monday.  2. Complete the reading survey.

Bible Homework: Read 1 Samuel 1-3

Monday’s lesson for all classes: “How To Use Lesson Objectives.”  I will teach you how to use the stated lesson objectives for each day, chapter, or unit to study for my tests, as well as your tests in other classes.  I consider this lesson one of the most influential and informative lessons I teach all year!  Be prepared to take notes.

Sketchbook Topics Updated 4 August 2007

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I have updated the sketchbook (formerly called the journal) topics for the first quarter for the two sections of regular 11th grade English and the one section of 8th regular grade English which I am teaching this year.  The Honors 11th grade English topics will be posted soon.

How to Get Noticed! 3 August 2007

Posted by Jason Bowman in Christianity, Daily Bible Verse, Devotional.
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(After a brief a vacation, a return to posting …) Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Proverbs 31.30 (KJV):

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised

Some things do not last. The Bible reminds us that fame or popularity can be deceitful. Favor is not permanent; our status, our knowledge, our accomplishments, or our riches may win us some favor with our peers, but sooner or later, another person will come along with greater status, greater knowledge, greater acheivements, and greater wealth. We may be big fish in a small pond today, but tomorrow we may find ourselves little fish in a large pond. Fame does not last.

Neither does beauty last. Our appearance changes. Just as wind and rain buffet a statue, we cannot stand still as time passes. Our faces and our figures weather the unending cycle of sunshine and rain that we call life. The mirror does not reflect the beauty of yesterday, only what is there today.

Some things do not last. What does? The way to be noticed by God is to “fear the Lord.” The notice of others is fickle and passing, but God sees the woman (and the man) who is faithful to Him. The one who fears the Lord will be praised, or noticed, by those around her and the Lord who notices all things.

Whose favor are you seeking? Do you seek to be noticed by your peers or do you desire the favor of God? “A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” The way to get noticed is to fear the Lord.

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