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The Journey

Maybe you, like me, can picture perfect moments from this past summer. There were sunsets and conversations and cups of coffee and bonfires and road trips I would have loved to freeze in time to savor the beauty a little while longer. It comes as no surprise that time can simply not be frozen. The seconds tick by like a faithful legion of soldiers in an army of Energizer bunnies. My hope of slowing time to enjoy the present can lead to a helpful examination of perspective. John Piper, in one of my newest favorite quotes, explains our eagerness to take in the simplest pleasures at the expense of the greatest joys. He says, “Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is ALP High School Guidance Office Next to main office This is a publication of the Guidance Office: Mr. McNiel and Miss Nichols


no room for the great." Sometimes, it can be like that when we want to freeze moments. We fill ourselves with temporary pleasures and then become consumed by guarding those pleasures or moments and fail to see the greater pleasure that awaits. What we fail to realize is that the most beautiful moments on earth are only a reflection of what is to come. If we are content to freeze time in temporary pleasures, are we not settling for a mere reflection of the real beauty that is to come? On the other hand, we may want to freeze time because we are fearful that the moments will end and with them our happiness. We are afraid that the soldiers marching time will carry off the joy we glimpsed for a

moment. Sometimes we cling so tightly to moments that we cannot move forward in the present. We are afraid because we are convinced it cannot get any better. Think of how many AMAZING moments you would have missed if you spent all your time living in the moments you treasure from the past. As we start this new year, I challenge you to look ahead with an eternal and confident gaze. Remember that the best moments here are a reflection of what is to come in eternity. Face each day knowing God can surprise you with moments unlike you’ve ever seen!

look what’s inside________ Student Spotlight Teacher Interview Post-its, Comic, Revue

The guidance office at ALP exists to support you in your academic endeavors and to promote a healthy lifestyle. In our role as guidance counselors, we make decisions informed by Christian values and in the best interest of you, the student. We encourage you to use the Guidance Office as a resource for college preparation, course planning, emotional stress, relational issues, organization skills and study habits.

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For the student who stands out...

Students who show up in this section have made a choice to be a positive part of the ALP community and we think what they are doing is marvelous! Read about your fellow classmates’ creativity and unique spirit and then see if you can land yourself in the spotlight! THIS MONTH:

IT COULD BE YOU! TRIVIA random trivia In Spartanburg, South Carolina, it is unlwaful to eat what and in what location?

who done it? You may THINK you know teachers here at Pinares, but see if you can guess who did this: This staff person appeared in an opera and played the trumpet while studying at university.


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT RECOGNITION This year, those students who are nominated and chosen to be in the student spotlight will be recognized at an informal ceremony at the end of each semester. These students will receive a certificate, enjoy special refreshments during lunchtime, and have the opportunity to engage in delightful discussion with the Guidance and Principals offices. Though you may be unsure if this is an incentive equal to the task of behaving well, I would challenge you to test it out. We are not only hoping to recognize students who excel academically, but also those who are exceedingly thoughtful, helpful, and genuine. Set goals for yourself that will set you apart from your classmates. We want to encourage you to believe you are capable of doing great things. Stop by our office - we would love to hear how we can help you with your goals!

Did You Know? With every little bit of knowledge, I realize how much I still have to learn. 1.Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell. 2.The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. 3.A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain. 4.The earliest recorded case of a man giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679, when Johan Katsu, Sheriff of Turku, Finland, wrote in his diary "I quit smoking tobacco." He died one month later. 5."Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you." 6.On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonald’s BigMac bun. 7.Jane Barbie was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System. 8.The first drive-in service station in the United States was opened by Gulf Oil Company - on December 1, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 9.The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees. 10.Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.


Every month, we will interview one teacher so that you can get to know them better. We have SO many new teachers this year, I was hoping you would help me decide where to start! Here is a list of all the new teachers in the high school. All YOU have to do is stop by the Guidance Office to let me know who you want to know more about. Here is a list of the new teachers and the classes they teach. Even if they are not interviewed, you should stop by and say hello! Mr. Yarbrough: Physics, AP Calculus Miss Dunbar: English Mr. Beck: World History, Geography Mrs. Yarbrough: Music Mrs. McNiel: Music Miss Marshall: Art Miss Woodall: Physical Science, Earth Science Miss Hust: English Mr. Putz: HS Substitute Miss Linton: Life Science, Biology Mr. Holtrop: PE Mr. McNiel: Guidance Counselor


We HEAR you!

We aren’t just the guidance for you when things go wrong... we want to guide you in the positive decisions you make as well! So, tell us! Write an email to with questions, concerns, or suggestions. OR you can just stop by our office.



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ALL: Get yourself recognized in the Student Spotlight this year and we’ll treat YOU! Come ask us for more information (or read on page 2).

The Guidance Office is a RESOURCE Please stop by to ask about academic tools, studying tips, and college planning materials. Students in 11th grade should be researching colleges and using their college board account to sign up for the SAT, practice test problems, and start college planning and preparation.

Honors We are very much looking forward to encouraging all students this year toward academic success. We hope that you understand the value of doing excellent work, as unto the Lord.

These to remember in the month of SEPTEMBER 3 MUFA-PUFA NIGHT!

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laughter is the best medicine

the review: Son of Hamas

ACSI conference - No school

The passing of time is consistent, but some days this summer I was convinced it was moving much faster! Before I left in June, I made a list of books I wanted to read over the summer. As I watched the days fly past, I knew I wouldn’t get to every book on the list. One chance encounter with a missionary from Yemen led me to read this book by Mosab Hassan Yousef. I will admit that, as I was flipping pages, I was skeptical. I just couldn’t believe all these near-death encounters could possibly happen to someone who was now writing books and appearing everywhere in public. His experiences will shock and intrigue simultaneously and here is why: Yousef’s father is one of seven men who began Hamas, a radical Islam terrorist organization.

He grew up with a great love for Islam, but then witnessed how destructive the belief system could be. After Stop by the time Guidance Officeand to plan for the next steps of your education! spending in a prison enduring a painful interrogation, Yousef began to work with Israel as a spy. To make his life even more spiritually confusing, Yousef met a man one day who invited him to a Bible study. At one point in Yousef’s story, he was seen as one of the key leaders in Hamas while a spy for Israel’s special forces while growing in his understanding of Jesus Christ. Yousef finally came to the realization that he needed to claim Jesus as Lord in his life, but you’ll have to read the book to see how it all turned out.

September Journey Newsletter  

This is the September edition of the Journey, published by the Guidance Office at Academia Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa.

September Journey Newsletter  

This is the September edition of the Journey, published by the Guidance Office at Academia Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa.