ACT has closed our test center for the June exam. Here is a link to FAQs that may help in answering our students’ and parents’ concerns.
After careful consideration of the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus and out of concern for the wellbeing and safety of our staff and students, the KYTN Conference Office of Education has decided to extend Spring Break for students through March 29. This is done out of an abundance of caution to “flatten the curve” and allow deep cleaning of facilities. The 5 days of Instructional time that are missed will not need to be made up as we trust you will do all you can to adjust curriculum during the time away. School will resume as normal or virtually on Monday, March 30 as the situation demands.
As this pandemic continues to unfold, further information regarding online class delivery, schedules, and events will be communicated. Should the need arise to extend the break because of a continued ongoing health crisis, plans will be put into place to institute online class delivery. In this event, you will receive direct communication and instructions.
Teachers WILL report the week of March 23-27 as determined in cooperation with the KYTN Conference Office of Education and principals. Principals should address any locally-funded staffing needs in consultation with the Superintendent.
Two new classes began 2nd semester: Book Club and Golf. Students’ desire to read some time-honored literature was the genesis of the Book Club class. Seniors Sydney Stewart and Ryan Downs approached Mr. Ryan Jamieson, our English teacher, to see if this class was even possible. Mr. Jamieson was willing to give up his planning period at 7:45 am and so with administrative approval, the class was born. By word of mouth, two more Seniors and one Junior joined. The class meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
On the first day of the book club class students were asked by Mr. Jamieson to think of books from the literature that they would like to read—books that had stood the test of time. Each student wrote a list of ten books they thought they would like to read and then Mr. Jamieson looked for books that were similar on each student’s list. There were no similarities in the student book lists so they and Mr. Jamieson agreed to start working their way through Hamlet. Other books will follow. They hope to read a minimum of six books by the end of the semester.
The beginning of golf was a teacher-driven idea. Mr. McKenzie during first semester finished the eSports class and proposed to the administration having a golf class that period. It was agreed to and added to the schedule 8th period of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Four students signed up for the class. Until the weather warms up students are practicing their putting skills here on campus.
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.
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.
This week we found out just how much! Each family group was given $20 and the simple instructions to “make someone’s day.” Armed with only 85 minutes and an Andrew Jackson, the teams set out for adventure on Wednesday during assembly and lunch. Our crazy and kind groups of friends:
- Purchased a ton of burritos at the Rivergate Taco Bell and delivered to them people (in KYTN conference office, Nourish, Madison police precinct, and a few friendly people on the street).
- Ordered pizza and breadsticks for homeless in downtown Nashville.
- Bought flowers and note cards from Kroger and handed them out to people at the mall or left them on their car windshields.
- Shopped at Dollar Tree for inexpensive, but fun items, then gave them to people at the mall with notes of encouragement and scripture.
- Paid it forward at the Opry Mills mall food court. (Yes! Each student in this group bought lunch for the person behind him/her in various restaurants. Clearly someone added funds to this adventure! Evidence that a good idea can inspire donors.)
- Procured flowers and notes cards, then left notes on the windshields of cars in the parking lot of First Watch and handed flowers to the women in the restaurant.
- Purchase Krispy Kreme donuts and deliver to a construction crew, some landscape workers, and a group of adults from a care facility who happened to be on an outing.
- Encouraged Miller’s Florist to triple the funds in flowers and then taped flowers and sweet notes to EVERY resident’s door at the Cumberland Towers (That’s 160 doors!
- Baked cookies for the students to enjoy upon return from the adventure and take time to leave a “warm fuzzy” on EVERY locker in the building.
These spontaneous random acts of kindness by both our students and community partners that joined in the fun are evidence that $20 goes much further than anyone can imagine.
We’re saving a spot for you!
Madison Academy Days 2021 8:40am-2:30pm
Reserve your spot today!
Academy Day is a free preview day for prospective students in grades 7-11.
Your experience will begin at 8:40am in MA’s chapel :
- Take a campus tour
- Meet current students
- Observe the seven core characteristics in action
- Eat pizza
- Experience campus culture at MA
- See why our students love their Alma mater
Parents, come join us for our “Get Acquainted Dinner for Parents” and receive a $50 discount voucher to be used for registration fee.
- Learn how affordable it is to invest in Christian Education
- See the difference Madison makes
- Enjoy an Olive Garden meal on us!
Please call or email us at: 615-865-4055 or . Email the office by clicking here.