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Student Life at TCPS

Servant leaders, using spiritual gifts for lifelong service.

Aubrey Boren,
Dean of Student Life

As the Dean of Student Life the discipleship role is my favorite as we strive to enable and equip leaders each year. During the summer we meet with student leaders to discuss the fall retreat, Chapel, and FCA and get plans together on how we will set the spiritual tone each year. As we seek to know Jesus and make him known our desire is to utilize the spiritual gifts and talents of our students. They assist us in scheduling speakers and selecting Scripture and themes for our events.

This year seniors chose 1 Corinthians 10:13, “ No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” My prayer is that God blesses TCPS this year as we look for the escape. “This WAY!”

Mr. Carter has chosen 2 Timothy 1:7 as the verse for the school this year, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of power, love, and self-discipline.” We strive to lead our students in self-discipline to follow the handbook and rules of TCPS. As with each of us we struggle at times and need to be reminded to get back in line. Another role for me is to engage our students and families and encourage the following of our guidelines. As we partner with Christian families we will call, email, and meet to discuss the plans to assist our students in their growth.

We want the whole student to be ministered to here at TCPS. The head in academics, the heart in knowing Christ, and the hands in service to our Lord. With a biblical worldview and the partnership of the Church, the home and the school our chances are the greatest in aligning with Christ’s will for each life.

Activities and Service

Fall Retreat

For a few years now TCPS has taken the 9th-12th graders on a fall retreat to The Grove at Red Oak Lake in Cordova, TN to jumpstart the year. On the first day the seniors go ahead and have some intensive think and prayer time seeking direction for their leadership this particular year. The seniors develop a theme and prepare for the rest of the upper school to join them the next day. They do have some fun this day as well.

Day 2 brings the 9th-11th graders to The Grove and we meet in the Chapel to begin with worship. We then proceed to numerous activities and games to build unity and continue with mental and physical challenges. Our teachers, administration, and students really enjoy this kickoff to a new year. This day we have a worship service that really sets the tone for our year.

Day 3 wraps up the retreat with more activities and concludes with worship. Ask any TCPS student about fond memories and I guarantee the Fall Retreat will be mentioned in their list. This year we came back at the end of Day 2 to avoid the students bunking in close quarters for the night.

SOW Spiritual Opportunity Week

Each year toward the spring we have a week of focus on Spiritual opportunities that are a bit more intentional than other times throughout the year. We assign each grade to a local ministry and give canned goods or other items that those ministries stock.

For most of the week we have Chapel every day and are challenged to check our spiritual lives and remember who we desire to be like. In our mission statement we have the phrase to “know Jesus and make him known” and we pray that this week reminds us to continue as the year is coming to a close.

We strive to at least one of the days to have classes go out into the community and serve in various capacities. We rake leaves, weed flower beds, wash buses, minister to senior adults and more. Our hope is that the churches and the community in Tupelo and the surrounding area know that TCPS is here to serve.

Make a Wish

We have been blessed to be a part of assisting in making wishes come true for St. Jude patients. We have done a Batman and a Princess themed reveal. Our students love to see the faces of these children at the reveal ceremony. Mrs. Robin Herrod leads the charge each year to make these wishes a reality. We love to involve our students and families in this worthy ministry.

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