This year we have 46 MA students heading out to Manchester, KY to serve the community. Add in the staff, parents, a group from Highland Academy and one student from Spring Valley Academy and we will have over 80 ready to make a difference in Manchester! We will be staying in a local community center with 4 showers and nothing to lay down on but the floor in which we walk on. However, that is all part of the mission experience! Students and adults will be well fed as we have a top notch chef from Georgia making some gourmet meals. Volunteers will be building an addition on to a house, building a playground, gutting and renovating another and hanging drywall in another home, among other things. Each team of about 15 participants, will have two days to complete their tasks and give the homes/schoolyard a fresh makeover. We will end the trip with Sabbath, and after the hard work, a day of rest and worship will be a welcome relief.
After noticing the amount of trash lining Larkin Springs road as they travel to and from school, the Junior Class knew they had a choice… Complain or Act. So, they strapped on orange vests. Armed with trash grabbers and bags, they took on the neighborhood. Devoted Servants. That was their choice. That is the Madison Advantage.
Thanks for voting last week for our Giving Tuesday project. The winner is fixing the gym and adding an air circulation system! We are excited with how many participated and the good suggestions that we had for future projects. If you want to be part of our Giving Tuesday team and help make a bigger impact at Madison Academy please contact Taleah Vallés-Peters
We are excited about our Spring Break Mission Trip this year! We have looked at a number of locations and feel led to go to Puerto Rico to assist in repairs and the continued recovery from last year’s hurricane. We will be doing repair work at a local Adventist school and at numerous homes in the community. We will be working out of a town called Las Piedras which is southeast of San Juan. We will be staying at a local Adventist church and have hired a couple of the church members to cook authentic Puerto Rico cuisine while we are there. The dates will be February 27-March 8, 2019. We can take up to 40 participants on this trip, so first come first served sign-ups. The cost will be $1100. $100 down payment will reserve your spot on the list (please make checks out to Madison Academy). Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, no passport is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
During assembly time, Wednesday, September 5, students changed out of school uniforms and into workout clothes and participated in the Fitness Gram test in the gym. This test measures student’s aerobic capacity in the pacer test, body composition with weight and height measurements, muscular strength in doing push-ups, muscular endurance in performing sit-ups and flexibility with the shoulder stretch and trunk lift. Those students that meet the national standards in each of these areas according to Coach Adams will have fewer health issues as they age and live longer.
The Fitness Gram replaced the Presidential Fitness tests in 2013 that included pull-ups, sit-ups, standing broad jump, shuttle run, 50-yard dash. The Fitness Gram, developed by the Cooper Institute, is now used nationwide to determine elementary and high school age children health levels.
Just under 50% of our student population met the Fitness Gram standards. Here are the names of those that met or excelled beyond the standards.
|Robert Adalla||Christopher Galvis||Sean Monroe|
|Sara Adalla||Cam’Ron Golden||Breana Moore|
|Donovan Allen||Cecilia Garcia||Carly Moseley|
|Camden Armstrong||Ethan Harris||Fabiola Perez-Garcia|
|Marlana Bell||Kristina Huskey||Ian Petersen|
|Rosie Benoit||Jake Johnson||Juli Plank|
|Spencer Boskind||Ethan Jones||Beau Rodriguez|
|Gabriel Brown||Alex King||Eden Rowe|
|Cozette Cassidy||Jonathan Krawchuk||Paige Rufo|
|Connor Collins||Aiden Kroll||Matthew Sears|
|Andre Crayton||Ashlyn Levoy||Michael Sullivan|
|Andrew Crecelius||Kaylyn Levoy||Paola Tass Coral|
|Paige Eby||Joey Limonta||Oscar Tass Coral|
|Amari Fountain||Leo Martinez||Colton Taylor|
|Austin Fuentes||Kendra Miller||Jack Wheeler|
Thanks to a gift from donors last year we were able to purchase and wrap two 12-passenger vans. These vans have taken our students all over… from drama outings to sports tournaments, from volunteering at the 403 Center to field trips to the Chamber of Commerce. These vans have been well used and truly loved. Private support is what makes it possible for us to not only transport our students around Middle TN, but also promote our school at the same time. If you want to help support any projects, contact our Director of Development, Taleah Valles-Peters.
Three students were inducted into the Madison Academy chapter of the National Honor Society during this year’s Dedication Service. The new inductees were Zachary Metzler, Julianne Plank, and Abby Tishaw. Colton Taylor transferred his NHS membership into the Madison Academy chapter and participated as an active member. This year the total membership of the National Honor Society is 18: 13 Seniors, 4 Juniors and 1 Sophomore.
The NHS has four core values: scholarship, leadership, service and character. At the beginning of the school year, students who have an accumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher are given an application to complete which is evaluated by the Faculty Council. The basis for acceptance into the NHS is demonstrated leadership, service, involvement at school and the community, work experience and any recognition or awards they received. There are four short answer questions each applicant answers on learning, leadership, strength of character and the impact of service to the one serving.
Parents, family and community members showed their support of their NHS members both current and new. Pastor Chelsea Inglish from Madison Campus Church gave a short inspirational talk. She challenged everyone with the phrase, “Whatever work you do, do your best…” Ecclesiastes 9:10. She recognized that adults do not at times met that standard, however NHS members perform at a high standard not easily done during the teenage years. They are to be commended.
The program finished with the new members signing their names on the National Honor Society membership book and followed with an opportunity for pictures of the entire NHS current membership. Light refreshments were shared at the conclusion of the program.
The members of the Class of 2022 elected their officers: President – Nic Johnson, Pastor -Kyla Wetmore, Activities Coordinator – Julie Harvey, Finance Officer – Kaylyn Levoy, and Communications Coordinator – Samantha Martin. The incoming Freshmen class were able to identify their classmates strengths in leadership during the first weeks of school, and during the Student/Faculty retreat held annually at Indian Creek Camp, and as they participated in our Week of Prayer.
The other classes elected their officers in the Spring after the Student Council members are elected. All the officers for both Student Council and Class must have completed their 25 hours of community service to be eligible for office in addition to the other requirements for office. Here is a listing of the current student officers.
Student Council Officers
|Campus Ministries Coordinator||Jack Wheeler|
|Service Coordinator||Kristen Whitley|
|Activities Coordinator||Amari Fountain|
|Communications Coordinator||Camden Armstrong|
|Finance Officer||Donovan Allen|
|President||Julianne Plank||Andre Crayton||Jenny Pedrero||Nic Johnson|
|Pastor||Parker Luellen||Leo Martinez||Cayton–– Sears||Kyla Wetmore|
|Activities Coordinator||Tatum Anderson||Ashlyn Levoy||Marvin Peraza||Julie Harvey|
|Finance Officer||Marlana Bell||Aiden
|Gabriel Brown||Kaylyn Levoy|
|Ian Petersen||Abby Tishaw||Zach Metzler||Samantha Martin|
National Honor Society