The Student Association is hosting the annual Scavenger Hunt in the Madison Academy gym beginning at 8pm. This is a class competition that involves not only the students and staff but includes parents as well. Each class brings items from home and school and spreads them out in one of the four corners of the gym. In the center of the gym the announcer will call for an item. Each class will look through their stuff and pass it to the runner who will then take it to the table in the center of the gym. The first class to get the correct item to the table earns one point. If the class runner has the exact item they earn one point. If the class has the correct item category they earn one point. For example, if a state quarter–Tennessee is called each class that brings that item to the table will earn one point for a state quarter, one point if it is a Tennessee state quarter, and one point if the class is the first to place it on the table. There is a time limit to find and bring the called items to the table. At the end of each round is an untimed event, such as who can drink a bottle of water the fastest. Also during each round in random places classes are called to create a pyramid: a base of four, then three, then two, then one who will raise their hands to show they are done.
There are many rounds and each class usually is close to the lead for a time. After each round the standings are announced to indicate how many points a class earned in the competition to that point. At the end the final standings are given and a winner of the scavenger hunt is announced. Not only do students and sponsors participate in running but parents can do so too. The parents have a key role to play in the event just by showing up. The SA awards Spirit points to students and parents that participate in this event. Record is taken at 8pm and those who are at the gym are awarded spirit points for their class. At the end of the school year the class that has the most spirit points is given a $350 prize.
Sabbath, August 15 at 6:30-7:30 PM is our 3rd annual Campus Prayer Walk, which begins with worship in the chapel and continues all over the school grounds.
Saturday, August 15 at 8:00 PM is our 30th annual SA Scavenger Hunt, a hilarious class competition event which supplies fun for the whole family. Parents count for DOUBLE Spirit Trophy points. Wear your running shoes and bring a box of “junk.”
Sunday, August 16 begins our SA Fall Picnic at Indian Creek Camp. We leave the school at 3:30 PM and return on Monday by 5:30 PM. This overnight, action-packed excursion continues to be a student favorite! Click here for a permission slip.
Faculty and staff at Madison Academy finished its annual pre-session and are ready for school to start Tuesday, August 11. The entire MA team met and reviewed responsibilities, policies, and the calendar. Then later in the day team members moved to help with the Volleyball Play Day. Coach Adams expressed appreciation for all the community members, alumni and MA staff for volunteering their time to help with concessions, score keepers, and gate personnel. It is a great way to get involved with the school. The team got an overview of the technology upgrades and products that will be available for teachers in their classrooms and new mini iPads students will use. In addition, a new program called Naviance was highlighted that helps students prepare for the ACT and college. Safety and first aid procedures were reviewed. Again this year the faculty were divided into Professional Learning Communities (PLC): Humanities, Athletics, Math & Science and Fine Arts and reviewed academic goals and planned initiatives.
Pre-session is about meetings but there was fun time built into the schedule as well. Miss Laren Brooks, Southern Adventist University representative, took time out of her schedule to meet with the MA team for lunch at Olive Garden. We are grateful for time and energy Miss Brooks devotes to our students and exploring college options with them. The Madison Academy team along with the Madison Campus Elementary team ate brunch together in the chapel and then shared together thoughts about the upcoming school year. The Fuentes family invited the MA team to their home to swim, eat and worship together to begin the Sabbath. On Sunday, an invitation was extended to the MA team including the Student Association officers to enjoy a Sounds baseball game.
The Madison Academy team is excited about the new school year and looks forward to interacting with all the students.
All the teachers and support staff report back to school on Monday, August 3rd and will participate in professional learning communities, and are preparing their classrooms for students and the beginning of school on Tuesday, August 11th. Mrs. Diana Hardin is our new English teacher this year. Mrs. Hardin has taught at the middle school, high school and college levels. She is married to Tom and they have two children that both will be attending Madison. The Hardin family moved from Texas, however they lived in the Madison area and so are familiar with the school and Middle Tennessee.
For a change of pace this summer Mr. Harvey again worked as the scientist at Indian Creek Camp engaging campers with fun science experiences. Mr. Ramkissoon moved his classroom to where Mrs. Gatling taught last year but was able to relax and a baseball game at Turner Field between the Braves and the Cubs. The Cubs won. Mr. McKenzie worked all summer and also moved his classroom to where Mr. Ramkissoon was last year. He is excited about the 3-D printer his has installed in the computer lab. Mr. Hamberger went to a conference in Arizona to learn about a new product named Naviance that students will be using this year to help transition from elementary to college and career choices. The program help students identify students strengths and passions. Next those passions are linked to a career using Road Nation, video segements of people in careers telling their stories on how they arrived at that job. After viewing the Roadtrip Nation students will be asked to choose a college major and plan a roadtrip of there own. Students will be able to access a wealth of information including admissions policies and costs on all United States community colleges as well as universities. Parents will also have access to this information.
Everyone is excited to start another school year and are looking forward to the start of school and seeing the students.
The 2015-16 school year is just around the corner and the campus is being readied for staff and students. The gymnasium was the focal point of the campus enhancement plan this past year as new siding replaced worn and rusting sheet metal. Also there is new and improved lighting so that there are no dark spots when playing volleyball. The Class of 2015 with their monies purchased a sign that is placed on the side of the gym identifying it as the home of the Knights at Madison Academy. These projects were completed by monies donated by our alumni and friends to the Academy School Enhancement Plan (SEP).
In the administration building, new desks have been purchased for use in classrooms. There is a shift of classrooms this year. Mr. McKenzie’s room is now the Spanish room and he has moved to where Mr. Ramkissoon taught History classes last year. So the computer lab/classroom across from the library will be used by Mr. McKenzie. Mr. Ramkissoon moved to the former English room. He is enjoying the space and plans to hang many flags around the room. English classes will be held in the old Life Skills classroom. The furniture was removed and desks brought in. Our new English teacher, Mrs. Hardin has already organized the space and is looking forward to meeting all the students.
Pre-session for the staff begins August 3rd with meetings, classroom time, and some fun activities planned. Classes start August 11th.