The student council planned a spirit week for the school. It gives everyone a chance to dress out in something other than school dress. Monday was Disney day, Tuesday-20th century day, Wednesday-Christmas day, Thursday-Tacky day, Friday-school spirit/wild hair day. Wednesday the students were provided a pancake breakfast with the help of Mrs. Johnson. There was a video of a fireplace and Christmas tree all decorated as Christmas music played. During the meal, How the Grinch stole Christmas was shown.
Mrs. Teleah Valles-Peters, Director of Development, kicked off a day long fundraising effort at chapel on Monday in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Foundation and Facebook Foundation to raise 25,000 for a remodeling/update of the lunch room. On Tuesday morning students and staff were encouraged to make a Facebook fundraising page and to contact friends to support this drive. Many students excited about the possibilities created their pages and waited. The staff got involved as well. Today Mrs. Valles-Peters announced on a live Facebook event that friends had raised $24,270.00. She is hopeful that in the next few days that the remaining $730.00 will be given. To watch the announcement go to our Facebook page.
The next day in chapel Mrs. Valles-Peters announced that the final $730.00 was donated. To see this announcement go to our Facebook page.
We are pleased to announce that Madison Academy’s Career Day last week was a success! Falling on Alumni weekend, thirty-two skilled presenters along with twelve Alumni decided to share with students about their careers. Many of these presentations were hands-on and kept the students focused and eager to learn more. Choosing a career path is difficult, even for adults. It’s especially hard for teenagers. But, with Career Day, it gave students insight and assistance in deciding which path they should take. One of the students commented on the event, saying, “The presenters were very informative. They put into perspective what I really wanted and did not want in a career.” Another stated, “The presenters were professional and enthusiastic about the information they shared.” Every student approached agreed that each presenter was incredibly kind, helpful, friendly, and open-minded. The presentations varied from baking to the military, and each had its own appeal. Madison Academy would like to thank the presenters and Alumni for joining us for Career Day and making it worthwhile. We hope you join us again for years to come.”
Today, October 11, twenty-two Juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT test. This assessment is prepared by the College Board and is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to determine National Semi-Finalist. In order to qualify to be a semi-finalist a student needs to score in the top 1% of those taking the test across the nation. According to Wikipedia over 3.5 million students take this test each year. Mike Downs, Class of 2017 was named a semi-finalist and then after taking the SAT a finalist. He is attending Southern Adventist University tuition free. The Sophomores are also taking the test to practice how to deal with high stakes testing and getting ready for next year. Students can prepare for this assessment by using the College and Career software at the school named Naviance. There are test prep programs for both SAT and ACT.
The Freshman along with area 8th graders are taking the 8/9 PSAT. This offered to help students access their learning so far. Madison Academy offers these tests at no cost to the student or parents. The results are available online at the end of the semester. Once the results get sent to the school, individual conferences are held with the student and a staff member to review the data and plan for the future.