I finally got the eighth grade verse bulletin board done yesterday. The eighth graders picked their verse two weeks ago already, but I just haven’t made the time to do the bulletin board. Yesterday was “Moving Up Day”, where all the eighth graders are paired with high schoolers and get to see what high school classes are like. It gave me two extra free periods. It was enough time to get the bulletin board planned so I could do it after school.
It’s kind of plain, but I think the simplicity works. If I did it over again, I might use different colors for the people. Once they’re mashed into the heart shape, you kind of lose the fact that there are a bunch of people there. But the colors are eye-pleasing, and the design communicates the message. That’s what I like in a bulletin board.
Yesterday I finished the theme-of-the-year bulletin board in my classroom. The seniors have chosen Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
As always, I used the idea of the theme verse, but didn’t make the text the largest words in the design. This year, I only had to go three verses farther to get my bulletin board title: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I wanted to show a Christian being protected by God. A quick internet search gave me the triquetra. I think it looks like a force field in a video game. 🙂 I’m proud of how the the triquetra came out. It looks very even, doesn’t it? I traced hula hoops to get the nice circular shapes.
It was time once again for the selection of the eighth grade verse. As always, there were some pretty strange suggestions. But also as always, the kids ended up choosing a great verse. They voted for Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The person who suggested the verse wrote this version of it, which happens to be the New King James Version. All the other versions say “…Him who strengthens me.” I like that this says “Christ”.
Unlike 2008 and 2007, I didn’t come in on the weekend to do the bulletin board in the hallway. I did it after school on Monday and before school yesterday. It was done in time for the kids to see it when they came in at 7:30am.
Today I’ll be doing a chapel based on their verse. I’m going to talk about various superheroes (with pictures) and where they get their powers and what their weaknesses are. I’ll compare them to us and where we get our power and what our weaknesses are.
Sorry for another school post, but it’s what I did all day today. Actually, I didn’t do a lot, but it is a crucial part of switching into “school mode”: I got my bulletin board up for the year. It’s based on our school’s theme verse for the year, Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I always like to choose a verse that compliments the theme verse and use that as the primary thrust for my design. The complementary verse I chose was Hebrews 10:23. That’s the text you can read in the picture below. It made me think of those crazy-tough plants that grow in the tiniest cracks and how they bloom in spite of heat and drought. The bulletin board message: God cracks the toughest situations for us and lets faith grow. “He who promised is faithful.”
I was particularly proud of my idea for the black-on-black words at the bottom. To make them stand out a little, I wiped over the paper with my chalkboard erasers. I’m a clever little monkey.
I didn’t really do anything very productive yesterday, so I’ll let my work on Saturday count for the whole weekend.
I went in to school early Saturday morning and put up the bulletin board in the hallway for the eighth grade verse. They chose that perennial favorite of kids, 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re young…” I'll have fun telling them the guy that was written to was in his thirties.
I think I actually kind of enjoy doing bulletin boards. But don’t tell anybody.