Dan Johnson was awarded Coach of the Year for Division I in Middle TN by the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. He has been coaching a co-op swim team including Madison Academy, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, and Station Camp High School for four years. This year’s team won the Division I title and has a state champion in two events. Congratulations Mr. Johnson!
The Learning Complex which houses six classrooms, fine arts, fitness room, gymnasium, and lunch room will get a much needed facelift in the next two months. Funds raised and matched in December will be used to re-sheet the metal siding, replace the awnings, paint the trim, and add some exterior lighting.
In addition, a generous donor is providing for the installation of new energy efficient lighting inside the gymnasium. Volleyball players in the community will be glad to know we will eliminate the bright spots and dark corners. The savings on our NES bill will help the operating budget, too.
In coming months, the Academy will be working with an agency to develop a Master Plan for campus facilities and property. Your prayers in this process are truly appreciated. In the meantime, we must maintain and protect the physical assets we have. Thank you to the many donors who are helping ensure we can!
Madison Academy’s missionaries are preparing for a great adventure to Panama. For ten days, twenty-five students and adults will be working on a church and leading out in a daily VBS program. What a priceless experience for our young people!! We would love for the school family, church, and community to support with this outreach by helping with supplies for the VBS program. We could use any paper supplies, scissors, crayons, crafts, clay, and coloring books. Please feel free to drop off these supplies to Madison Academy before March 3. In addition, we would be grateful for your prayers during our trip.
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.
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.”
I just wanted to express a huge thank-you to everyone for the overwhelming display of generosity to make our food drive an amazing success! We delivered a van load, packed from top to bottom and from front to back, with the food to the 403 Center. Needless to say, they were astonished at the vast amount of food we were able to collect. Although this was a competition between classes, the 403 Center and the families receiving this food are the real winners. With that said, here are the final numbers: We collected a total of 2,694 items!!!! Every class donated at least 550 items, which surpassed my initial projections by a long shot! The Freshmen collected 551, the Sophomores 678, the Juniors 730 and the Seniors 735.
Just wanted to send out a note to first off thank everyone for the amazing amount of non perishable food items you have all brought in. WOW! We are just shy of 600 total items with one day left! Every class has done well and any class can still win! The Freshmen and Sophomores are neck and neck for the lead with only 8 items separating first and second place! The Seniors and Juniors are catching up quick! Tomorrow is the last day, so open up those non perishable flood gates and take your class to victory!