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Robotics added to Curriculum

Have you ever worked and plodded along on one of your dreams, but didn’t’ know when you’d catch your break? DJ McKenzie has. He has been working on a master’s degree in Learning and Technology the last two years. Combine that with seven years as the IT guy and Computer science teacher; he is now ready to kick the computer science program at Madison Academy up a notch. After lots of studying and planning he’s created a new four-year computer science curriculum that will allow students to become well-versed in computing, programming, and robotics.

That’s not even the coolest part. McKenzie and Mrs. VP worked on a grant in November for this program. It was a long shot to get it, but in March they received word that the computer science program would be awarded $10,000. This grant will allow Madison Academy to start purchasing the material they need to upgrade some of the computers and buy the equipment they need to begin the robotics program. We are still looking for partners to invest in this program. Our program goal is $18,000 to fund the computer science upgrade for next year. There are many elements that we still need. If you want to be part of this game-changing program, please contact Taleah Valles-Peters. Together, with DJ McKenzie, we can share how you can make a significant impact on Madison Academy.

Spring Week of Prayer

Praying the Holy Spirit Down/ Orando al Espíritu Santo Abajo

Next week is week of prayer. This week is important to the spiritual enrichment of our young people. Please start praying now that our student’s hearts will be receptive to the messages. We are asking families to come and join us in prayer from 11 a.m.-Noon Monday-Friday. Each day we will have a prayer leader leading out in: student prayer requests, for the speaker, for the teachers, and for hearts to be opened and ready.

Monday: Julie Kroll

Tuesday: Pastor Ken

Wednesday: Luisa Pearman

Thursday: Trina Armstrong

Friday: Pastor Nacho (this will be in English and Spanish)

La semana que viene es semana de oración. Esta semana es importante para el enriquecimiento espiritual de nuestros jóvenes. Por favor comience a orar ahora que los corazones de nuestros estudiantes serán receptivos a los mensajes. Estamos pidiendo a las familias que vengan y se unan a nosotros en oración desde las 11 am hasta el mediodía de lunes a viernes. Cada día tendremos un líder de oración que dirija: peticiones de oración de los estudiantes, para el orador, para los maestros y para que los corazones estén abiertos y listos.

Lunes: Julie Kroll

Martes: Pastor Ken

Miércoles: Luisa Pearman

Jueves: Trina Armstrong Viernes: Pastor Nacho (esto será en Inglés y Español)

Air socks are being installed in gym

Remember that one time when you had abs of steel because of the Giving Tuesday Planksgiving challenge? Well we want to thank your midsections and your generosity because things are happening in the gym! Private donations make great things happen on our campus. Do you want to know what’s on the docket for next year? Come talk to me, Taleah Vallés-Peters and we will go over the School Enhancement plan together.

Madison’s Got Talent

MA presents “Encounter the Baby” at Madison Campus Church

Every year the Madison Academy family presents both church services at Madison Campus Church.  This year’s theme was “Encounter the Baby.”  There were many opportunities to serve and over 60% of the student population shared their time and talents in this presentation–both on stage and behind the scenes.  The handbell choir started the service playing “Carol of the Bells.”  The band played for the offertory and our praise teams shared their gift of music too.  Brock Anderson as a shepherd, Zachary Metzler as a Wiseman, and Mr. Chris Wilhelm as Joseph shared their perspective on reputation and what God thinks of us.  Mrs. Fuentes, the principal, added her thoughts and summarized the theme.  Mr. Pichette wrote parts for the band and handbells and they joined the praise teams in singing “Who You Say I Am.”  To experience this service here is the link.

Acros share Christmas

Madison Academy hosted the ladies and children from the Nashville Rescue Mission for an evening of dinner and entertainment on Sunday, December 11.  The Academy bus and vans picked up passengers outside the Rescue Mission on Sunday afternoon with the promise of good food, laughter, and the chance to see Santa.

Upon arrival at Madison Academy, our guests were escorted by students through a hallway of lights and a decorated gymnasium to their dining tables.  The gymnastics team, now functioning as smiling wait staff, appeared with sparkling juice followed by overflowing plates of salad, pasta, and bread.  The sweet treat of pie and cookies came next.

Then, when every belly was full, the cheerful high schoolers transitioned to entertainers and shared their talents as gymnasts in several routines.  The guests were invited to participate in the fun and many chose to get on the mats.  Women and children took their power pose in the air, as the Acros lifted the guests in elevators.  Following the show, Santa arrived with gifts for every guest.

“Merry Christmas” a woman exclaimed blowing a kiss to Santa as she exited the building to load the bus.  “Y’all gave me Christmas I didn’t think would come.  Thank you!”

Businesses and individuals willing to open their hearts to the Rescue Mission guests donated all the food and gifts for the event.  For 5 years, the management of the Rivergate Fazoli’s has gladly donated the breadsticks.  Other corporate donors include the Madison Kroger and Rivergate Target.  Our school families purchased, wrapped, and prayed over the gifts a few days prior to the event.

For more than a century, Madison Academy has made an intentional effort to provide a variety of service and ministry opportunities that both inspire and empower our students to care for others.  We desire that our students develop meaning and purpose in their faith.  Because it is right here close to home, this event imprints compassion on the lives of our students like no other.

Students Celebrate Planksgiving

One would have thought that Madison Academy had just been visited by a slew of lumber jacks with the amount of planks that were lying around campus today. The students at Madison Academy competed in the #MAPlanksgivingChallenge to raise money to fix the Madison Academy’s gym air-circulation system. They were challenged to hold a plank, a position that resembles a high push up position or a push up if you were on your forearms, for three minutes. Nearly half of the Madison Academy students made that goal! Together, along with a number of teachers who completed the challenge too, they raised $953!

Once the three-minute mark passed there was still a large group of students and Coach Ley still holding their plank. Finally, after going over five-times the original challenge and Coach Ley dropping out at the 14-minute mark, Connor Collins, junior, won with holding a plank for 15 minutes.

You can watch the competition via Madison Academy’s Facebook page and if you want to join the fun you can give towards the Madison Academy gym air-circulation project tomorrow, November 27, at 7:01 a.m.

UPDATE:

Yesterday, Madison Academy participated in giving Tuesday for the third time. And it was our best giving Tuesday yet! We had over 160 people participate and they raised over $24,000 for our gym air circulation system project.

It was so cool to see parents, teachers, and alumni make Facebook fundraising pages to promote this cause.

Facebook and PayPal matched gifts to nonprofits up to seven million dollars on Tuesday. Matching started at 7 a.m. Central Time and was done by 8 a.m. Central Time. We hope that a significant portion of gifts made to Madison were matched, but even if they weren’t, it was a great opportunity to see how much our community loves our kids.