Basketball season ends with Andrews University Tournament

The final games of the regular season for the JV and varsity boys basketball as well as varsity girls teams are this week.  Once done the varsity teams will go to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and participate in the Cardinal Classic Basketball Tournament.  Click on the links to see how each team did and the results of the Tournament at AU.

2014-2014 season

Boys JV Basketball

Boys Varsity Basketball

Girls Varsity Basketball

Andrews University Cardinal Classic Tournament

Acrofest 2015

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.

Watch the Madison Academy Acros routine

“Pinning the bar”

“Pinning the bar-Acro perspective”

Parent Teacher conferences held

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.

Late night Volleyball hosted by Student Association

Twenty three teams from across the mid-state participated in the annual late night volleyball tournament.  With so many teams this year the squads were randomly placed in the double elimination brackets.  The games started around 6:30pm and ended the next morning around 5am. Volleyball teams of all ages — elementary age to those eligible for AARP cards — were submitted to the Student Association sponsors.  Each played with a minimum of six players: four guys and two girls. When teams were not playing players took the responsibilities of referee and line judge.  For community members that came to watch the teams compete there were concessions available most of the night.  Here is a picture of the winning team.

Champs Late Night Volleyball 2015

Spirit Week planned by SA

Tuesday morning students and staff dressed in their best nerd day clothing and hair styles. At assembly students were divided into their class and competed in the annual Brain bowl. The next day was twin’s day. The assembly activity involved two people from each class: making and eating a peanut butter sandwich; both twins holding a golf club and pushing a golf ball through a maze; and finally a pair of students simultaneously blowing bubbles with the bubble gum given. On Friday, students dressed up in their career of choice. Earlier in the week teacher’s also equipped willing volunteers to lead out in class on Friday. The final games of the class volleyball tournament will be this Wednesday.

Mini Academic Conferences review PSAT results

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.

2nd Semester commences with a class volleyball tournament

Class Volleyball matches started on Wednesday, January 7 during assembly and will continue to the end of the month with a break for SA Spirit week activities the week of January 19. Each class plays girls and guys matches: 3 games to 11 points. Activity point as well as spirit points are awarded for showing up and encouraging your classmates in addition to getting everyone involved playing. The Senior and Junior guys are both 2-0 and will play each other on January 28th to determine a winner. On the girls side the Freshmen are 2-0 and will play for a sweep.

Madison Academy students and staff share Christmas spirit

On Sunday December 14, The Madison Academy Acros hosted a unique event at the Madison Academy Gymnasium. Normally the gym is reserved for sporting  events, school functions and annually the Acros hold their home show there. But this event was designed to bring Christmas cheer and to share the love of Jesus to some who may have little reason to celebrate this holiday season. A group of 36 ladies from the Nashville Rescue Mission were invited to a special banquet and show. The bus picked them up and returned them to the mission. The gym was decorated with Christmas lights and a tree loaded with presents. Tables were set with holiday ware and a cake was displayed that said Happy Holidays Ladies. The hallway was lit with rows of Christmas lights as these daughters of the King entered our Grand Banquet Hall.
Waldemar Wensell started our program with Christmas carols while the ladies were being served food cooked by Vicki Anderson along with donations from Olive Garden, Publix and Nourish. Thomas Erickson came and did a juggling performance and the show finished with several routines by the Acros gymnastics team which included an anti-drug skit and a short talk about Luke 14 about “a certain man” who held a banquet. We ended the evening passing out gifts which they didn’t expect.
The purpose of the evening was to invite homeless ladies to a banquet and convey to them that they didn’t have to earn or buy a ticket to attend, they just had to accept the invitation and come. One day God would have a great banquet waiting for them and all they have to do is accept the invitation and come and God will feed their hunger and lavish gifts upon them. The other purpose is to get our students involved in service and to experience the joy that comes from helping those that can’t repay you. The Acros would like to experience more of these ministry moments but even with the donations of food an event like this still costs time and effort and I would like to personally thank all those that helped by donating, decorating, setting up, cooking, and cleaning. The bus ride back to the shelter was filled with gratitude, joy and tears. Some said to me that they haven’t received a Christmas present in years and that this was the best Christmas that they could remember. I hope that the Acros can make this a yearly tradition and that next year we bring two or three bus loads!

SA hosts annual Christmas breakfast

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.

Life skills students have cookie bake off

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.

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