The Blogger Challenge

The Blogger Challenge concludes today.


A challenge was issued and 18 daring educators answered the call. Some had never blogged before. A few had blogs, but had not written and reflected in a while. Others never stopped. Some of the cool things about this blogger challenge was that it was
a) voluntary
b) during the summer
c) badge related
d) cross divisional

Feedback from the Bloggers…

“What fun the blogging challenge was, it was my first time participating in an all school activity. Thank you for the opportunity it’s been fantastic!”

“What a fun ride! I am challenging myself to keep blogging regularly- if I can do it every day for this time, I certainly can do it more than I have been.”

“It’s been a fun two weeks Mount Vernon family!”

“This has been inspirational and exciting. I have enjoyed blogging and reading others. This has started quite the trend…what a great time.”

“Thanks for inspiring, challenging, and including us! I’ve been able to read bits and pieces of other blogs and enjoyed getting to “know” colleagues better.”

“Thanks for the challenge. I was skeptical but have enjoyed and really enjoyed reading what I could of others posts. The process opened my eyes to see things everywhere that could make for a potential post!”

“Thanks for this fun adventure! And making it cross divisional. I really enjoyed virtually getting to know more about my coworkers across the street!”

Thanks for participating! I’m sure we will do it again in the future.

Christmas Arts Showcase 2015

Christmas Arts Showcase 2015

Last night, Mount Vernon hosted the annual christmas arts showcase with a packed house and tons of visual and performing arts on display for parents, grandparents, and friends.

Since most everyone saw the show in the gym, but most were not privy to the excitement going on the in green rooms, I’d like to share a brief glimpse behind the curtain. For fun…

Here are more pics from the evening…

band fountain grove

Mama’s Cranberry Crisp

Mama's Cranberry Crisp

Mama’s Cranberry Crisp 

We all have Thanksgiving traditions. My tradition revolves around 3 recipes. I have one ‘sweet’ dish from each of my Grandmothers and a turkey recipe from a good friend that never fails. I have very fond memories of being at each of my grandmother’s houses while growing up at Thanksgiving time. For many years now, I have made these dishes as a way to celebrate and remember both of my dear grandmothers. Today, I’d like to share a ‘secret’ family recipe with you. I hope you’ll try it this season. Your guests will be thankful. And mention my grandmother’s memory when you do.

It’s more art than science, as cooking should be in my opinion.

Mama’s Cranberry Crisp Recipe
3 cups chopped GS apples (don’t peel)
2 cups cranberries (whole, raw)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 ½ cups sugar (white)
1 ⅓ cups uncooked quick cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup melted butter

Put apples and cranberries into a 2 quart greased baking dish
Sprinkle lemon juice
Cover with sugar, set aside
Combine oats, walnuts, brown sugar, and butter in a small bowl to moisten
Add to fruit
Bake uncovered at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes
Makes 8-10 servings

Mama's Cranberry Crisp
My Grandmother (Mama) and me, sometime between 1976-1977 in Atlanta, GA. I didn’t actually eat the cranberry crips until much later. 🙂

Be a Multiplier

Be a MultiplierMount Vernon Presbyterian School kicked off the new year at convocation as students from the Class of 2016 all the way to the Class of 2030 gathered to hear Head of School Dr. Jacobsen’s message: Be a Multiplier!

Sharing the parable of the talents as told by Jesus in Matthew 25, Dr. Jacobsen encouraged students, parents, and faculty to multiply the blessings and talents we’ve been given in the coming 180 days (177 now for those counting).

You + Curiosity = Multiplier

You + Desired Result = Multiplier

You + Others = Multiplier

You + God = Multiplier

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”

– The Parable of Talents (or Bags of Gold) – Matthew 25:14-18

Be a Multiplier
Be a Multiplier