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.”
Our 25 member Acros team as well as hundreds of students from across the United States and Puerto Rico will participate in Acrofest 2014 on the campus of Southern Adventist University November 13-15. This year’s theme is “Take it to the Next Level.” The first two days will be clinics where teams and individuals learn new skills and culminates with the Gymnastics Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm EST. If you cannot attend the show in person the event will be live streamed.
The students in 5th period library were challenged to clear up all their missing assignments. They were offered a pizza party to celebrate the accomplishment. Each day students asked how close we were to having the party. During the last week of October each student had cleared up all their missing work so a pizza party was scheduled for November 7th. Instead of going to the lunch room there was lots of pizza, plenty to drink and music and everyone enjoyed the time together and the celebration of academic success.
The Sophomores and Freshmen individually met with staff members in mini academic conferences to review the data provided by the Iowa Assessment. Students and staff members together analyzed the results of the Iowa Assessment and the Cognitive Abilities Tests and academic performance. Mrs. Gatling and Chaplin Jamieson gave some class-time for students to meet in the library. Freshmen Alayna Hunt said “If I had just read it myself I would have not understood the results. I appreciated the conference with Mrs. Fuentes and the encouragement I got.” Abigail Anderson said this, “I was encouraged by the results because it showed me my grade level and what I am capable of.”
Six seniors from Madison Academy and hundreds of other students from across Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama participated in the Tennessee Titans Learning Lab. Students were given a behind the scene look at the business side of the Titans organization that included presentations in marketing, cheer-leading, administration, media relations, community relations, team travel, equipment management, turf management and mascots.
Our students left school at 9AM and traveled to LP field and checked in and went inside the stadium and sat in the red seats. They watched a welcome message on the video board then in groups of around 80 students started learning from the professionals. Kelvin De Valle was excited to see and speak with Mike Keith, “the voice of the Titans” since he is considering a career in sports broadcasting. Dante also appreciated the time to talk with sports professionals as he considers business options after graduation. Each student also received a t-shirt and tickets to the final Titans home game against the Colts.