Brad Schultz, CFO of Skyline Medical Center, welcomed sophomore students in the Career Education course to their board room for a look at the many careers available in the medical field. Students heard from Andy Hooper, Director of Human Resources, who discussed job opportunities in a wide range of fields that serve in a hospital setting. Dr. Steven Press, maxillofacial surgeon, shared his education track and career experience complete with fantastic (and graphic) before and after pictures of surgeries.
Along with the many informative and inspiring presentations from professionals in the community, students got a closer look at business operations at Clark Distributing Company. Later this semester the students will tour the Federal Reserve Bank in Nashville.
Seventeen students at Madison Academy participated in the 66th annual American Mathematics Contest 12 and the 16th annual American Mathematics Contest 10. The contests were held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The students competed for local, regional and national student and school awards. The contest, which covers high school mathematics, is given in participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format. In 2014, over 220,000 students from 4,200 schools participated in the AMC 10 & AMC 12 contests. This year the winners are based on unofficial results as announced by Mr. Wayne Mosher for the 9th-10th grade test: 1st-Mike Downs, 2nd-Rachel Hudgens, 3rd-Cody Tishaw. For the 11th-12th grade test: 1st-James Park, 2nd-Ashley Gonzalez and 3rd-Nathan Johnson.
Madison Academy Acros participated in the annual Acrofest that featured the Southern Adventist University Gym-Masters as clinicians on January 29-31 at Highland Academy. Those in grades 5-12 were eligible to participate and learned or enhanced their skills in tossing, pyramids, tumbling, three highs and other gymnastic activities. On Saturday night teams performed their routines with the Gym-Masters giving the final performance of the evening.
Parents had the opportunity to speak with the teachers and administrators during the Parent-Teacher Conferences after school on Monday, January 26th. Parents were encouraged to make appointments that best fit into their schedule. Many appreciated that face to face time while interacting about their children.
During the first week of the semester the Juniors, Sophomores and others met with Mrs. Fuentes, Mrs. Hamberger, Mr. Ramkissoon and Mr. Hamberger to discuss the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test given in mid-October. This is a scholarship qualifying test given annually to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students that score in the 99th percentile earn a finalist status and many universities and colleges significantly reduce the cost of tuition to attend their school. Each student was given results and an access code by College Board to further understand the test, the next steps and future options.
Wednesday morning students walked into the chapel that was transformed into a Christmas dining experience. The student association officers and sponsors along with Mrs. Anita Watkins from Highland Academy, spent the previous day arranging the chairs around tables and decorating the tables with Christmas plates. Mrs. Anita Watkins and her son, Mr. Chadd Watkins, principal at Highland Academy, served waffles, strawberries, veggie breakfast sausage patties, hash-browns, nuts, fruit salad and whipped cream. At the table orange juice and milk were offered in small individual serving sizes. After the breakfast our guests, Madison Campus Elementary 8th graders and Highland Academy 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a performance of “The Christmas Carol.” This presentation was done by a talented actor, Mark Cabus, who played all the parts himself. Donnie Underwood commented it was an engaging performance.
The Sophomores in life skills class 1st semester participated in a cookie bake off contest. Each student brought in their favorite cookie recipes, prepared the ingredients and placed them in the ovens to bake. There were fifteen batches of cookies all being prepared at once. When the cookies were finished the class sampled the yummy cookie varieties that included chocolate mint, oatmeal, Mexican wedding cakes, to peanut kisses. After class four faculty members judged the cookies for appearance and taste and the awards were announced in chapel.
Monday, December 8th, at 6 pm, the MA Choir, “The Madisonians” will be performing at the Rivergate Mall near the Sears store. This is the second of three Christmas performances. Madison Campus Church members heard the choir perform at both its services this past Saturday. Not only did the choir sing but in addition Hadassah Pegues and Cody Tishaw along with Mrs. Fuentes, principal, shared their school experience and asked for prayers and financial support for projects that will enhance the learning environment. The choir again performs at the Nashville First church on Saturday, December 13th.
Today the sophomores in life skills class traveled to Maybelle Carter, a senior living community, and set up Christmas trees on each floor and in the main lobby for the residents to enjoy. This residence is just five minutes from the school and Mrs. Pam Gatling has arranged this trip each year for more than 10 years just after Thanksgiving. The students enjoy decorating the trees and engaging with the residents as they swap Christmas greetings and stories. “Pace” Fordham commented “It was good to be helpful.”