The student council planned a spirit week for the school. It gives everyone a chance to dress out in something other than school dress. Monday was Disney day, Tuesday-20th century day, Wednesday-Christmas day, Thursday-Tacky day, Friday-school spirit/wild hair day. Wednesday the students were provided a pancake breakfast with the help of Mrs. Johnson. There was a video of a fireplace and Christmas tree all decorated as Christmas music played. During the meal, How the Grinch stole Christmas was shown.
Last week, Monday thru Friday, the students and staff played a part in the extended learning opportunities that happened off campus. The Junior class started this week with the annual history tour led by Mr. Ramkissoon, the history teacher. Leaving campus Saturday night, 22 students and five adults left for the adventure that began with a tour at Gettysburg and then on to Philadelphia to see Constitutional Hall, the Liberty Bell and the new American Revolution Museum. Later at Valley Forge the tour guide immersed the group in daily life in the army. The final days were spent at Washington, D.C. visiting the Newseum, the White House, the Smithsonian-US History Museum and viewing the many monuments: MLK statue, Jefferson memorial and others.
The next day the Seniors and their sponsors went to Southern Adventist University to experience first hand what college is like. After supper the Gym-Masters performed, then the students went to the church to enjoy a concert by Josh Wilson and then an ice cream social. The following morning college personnel shared general college information. After lunch the each student went to the departments they wanted to know more about. Brianna Burks, said that participating in the Nursing program was the best part of her time there.
While the upperclassmen were away, the Sophomores and Freshmen were involved in taking the North American Division mandated Iowa Basic Tests. Each morning, Monday-Wednesday students demonstrated what they learned over the course of last year. When the results arrive towards the end of the month, students and parents will be able to evaluate past learning and project future college readiness scores.
Wednesday at noon over 40 students, staff and parents, left for a short term mission trip to the Appalachia region. Students were divided so that the could accomplish basic construction projects: installing insulation and building a ramp, as well as moving furniture for a church.
Sunday evening the Student Association had the annual Fall Ball. The theme was color mania–everyone received or wore a plain white t-shirt. The rest of the evening students painted themselves and others with red, blue, green, and yellow paint. There was a snack table of fruit, crackers, and some candy. Later in the evening students could frost cupcakes with a variety of colors. There was a maze to navigate through as well as three toss games. Later students were divided into four groups and used the colored powder on their friends or others. As evening started s’mores fixings were available next to the bonfire. The night ended with a fireworks display. This was the best part of the evening said Kayla Smith, senior.
The results of the Student Council election were announced today at the beginning of 8th Period by the principal, Mrs. Fuentes. President-Jackson Webb; Campus Ministries Coordinator-Jake Johnson; Service Coordinator-Jordan P. Brown; Activities Coordinator-Joy Osborne; Communications Coordinator-Pax Fordham; Finance Officer-Austin Fuentes. Voting took place just after chapel in the Learning Commons in four different areas. Students got a ballot and when a polling position was empty they occupied the spot and cast their vote.
The Student Association officers planned for weeks for the Spring Games event. They scheduled some of the same events as in the past such as the 50, 100, 880 relay runs, however, there were many new experiences. The day started with a devotional thought by Christina Mercado at 8 am in the chapel and then the students and staff were invited to eat pancakes and drink some orange juice served from the Learning Commons patio by Student Association officers, staff, and moms. There was a member of each class that ate a super-sized pancake. Then everyone when to the athletic field to watch each class participate in an obstacle course event. The classes then lined up to compete in the tug of war. Then individual class members participated in a lawn tic-tac-toe game followed by a three-person water balloon sling shot contest. Three classes tied for first place so there was a one-shot playoff. After this event classes were organized for the running events. Pizza was served for lunch on the back patio of the Learning Commons. The classes then went back to the athletic field and played class on class softball. A nice treat was the ice slushy truck were all could get a refreshing icee paid for by the SA. The final event of the day was the SA parade of candidates on their floats or cars.
Today the Student Association posted the list of candidates running for office next school year.
These students met the following requirements:
- Class Standing: the President shall be either a senior or junior during the year that (s)he serves.
- Attendance: no more than 12 points in any quarter of current school year
- Citizenship: no more than 5 points in any quarter of current school year
- GPA: Cumulative of 2.5 with no Ds, Fs, or Is at 3rd Quarter.
- Note: Student leaders must maintain Attendance, Citizenship, and GPA as listed above at the end of each quarter.
- Service Hours: minimum of 35
- Recommendation from Faculty Member (cannot be the Student Council sponsors)
- Recommendation from Pastor, Youth Leader, Employer, or Adult / non-family member
- Application Submitted On Time
- Interview with one or both of the SA sponsors
Top Five Reasons why the Madison Academy Awards Banquet was Awesome.
5. Great food. Every event needs some delicious substance. This banquet did not disappoint. Parents came together and made “Potatotinis” (mashed potatoes with all the fixin’s all served in a glass cup), pasta salad, and choplets so flavorful you’d forget that they were made out of processed soy. Oh and the desserts, delightful! Cream puffs, strawberries, pound cake and a chocolate fountain, to dunk said delicacies.
4. Amazing volunteers. The parents at Madison Academy are involved. Sometimes so much that their children are embarrassed by them, but the administration at MA encourages that. Parents lead out in cooking the food, serving the food, decorating, taking pictures, cleaning-up, and organizing the event. Thank you, parents! We love and appreciate you.
3. Dressing up is fun. The students at Madison Academy have a strict uniform dress code. Not only do they have to wear special polos, pants, and skirts, but they are limited in the color of shoes that they are allowed to wear as well. Banquets give our students the opportunity to execute their power of choice and don fabulous outfits that express their individual tastes and style.
2. Great memories created. The event had great food, entertainment (shout out to our very talented students, Rosie, Aiden, and Ashlyn), and activities. Students were able to light paper lanterns in the sky just like on Tangled and enjoy a photo booth with hilarious props and instant print photo strips.
1. We got to celebrate some incredible students and staff. The “awards” part of the banquet was incredibly important. Our staff nominated students for awards such as Luminary, Up and Coming, School Spirit, Erudite and Energizer and the students were able to vote on the winners. The students themselves nominated and voted for the best teacher at Madison Academy. When the results came in Kevin Ramkissoon, our history teacher, won! We are so proud of our students celebrating one another’s strengths
Up & Coming: Andre Crayton
School Spirit: Madison Perkins
Energizer: Devon Bardo
Erudite: Nate Higgs
Luminary: Donald Edwards
Mr. Madison Academy: Andrew Ware
Ms. Madison Academy: Morgan Currie
Mrs. Fuentes, SA sponsor, announced in chapel the creation of a class basketball tournament to be played during assembly time the next two weeks. The rules for participation are different from the class volleyball games where everyone was required to play. For the basketball games it was decided that at least one girl would need to be on the court at all times. Here is the schedule of the games:
Class Competition Basketball Tournament
|Date||Court 1 (lobby)||Court 2 (stage)|
|Wednesday, Jan. 11||Game 1||Freshmen v. Seniors||Sophomores v. Juniors|
|Game 2||Freshmen v. Juniors||Sophomores v. Seniors|
|Wednesday, Jan. 18||Game 1||Freshmen v. Sophomores||Juniors v. Seniors|
|Game 2||Sophomores v. Juniors||Freshmen v. Seniors|
- 2 8-minute halves = 16 minute games
- Unlimited players from the class
- Must have 1 girl on court at all times
On December 7 was the funtastic Christmas Brunch held at Madison Academy. All around the school was students wearing ugly sweaters, hilarious hats, funky toppers, and casual Christmas wear. We all met in the Chapel and sat down at a lovely prepared Christmas breakfast. We prayed together as a school family and began to feast!
While eating everyone enjoyed the company of good friends and delicious food. When we were done eating we had a best hat/topper, best ugly sweater and move festive outfit contest. The student association president, Symone Stewart, led out the contests.
The first contest, best hat/topper, was won by Hadassah Pegues with her jingling reindeer antler and Jackson Wood with his Yoda Santa hat (instead of saying Merry Christmas, it said “may the force be with you.”).
Next up was the best ugly Christmas sweater. The winners for this group were Parker Luellen with her Yoda sweater and Joshua Blair who was “wrapped up” in his Christmas present sweater.
The very last contest held that morning was most festive. The winners were Sam Cañas dressed as a little Santa and James Jackson who dressed as Santa’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph.
After we were all done with eating and the contests we sat down and watched almost everyone favorite Christmas movie, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” We forgot how short the movie was and was disappointed when it finished and we had to end the party and go back to class. We prayed one last time as a school family, thanking God for the blessing that Christmas represents, and went festively to our separate classes.
-Leah Holloway (student writer)