Scavenger Hunt 2002

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 for winning this years event. The Seniors came in second, the Freshmen third and the Juniors in last place. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the annual scavenger hunt involving students and their family as well as the faculty and staff was moved from the gymnasium outdoors to the athletic field. An area was marked off with four small square tables located in the center where each class would bring items from their side of the square to the center.

The game is played like this. The Student Association sponsor, “Chappy” Jamieson calls out for an item–Walmart gift card. Students, families and faculty all look through the stuff they have brought from home and try to find the item asked for. When it is found or something like it a runner takes it to the center of the field and places it on their class table. One point is earned for being the first runner to place an item on any table. One point is given if it is a gift card but not a Walmart gift card. A third point is awarded it the gift card is indeed the exact item being asked for. So each item asked for can earn a class three points. Judges for this event were “Chappy” Jamieson along with Principal Kris Fuentes and her husband Dave Fuentes. Former math teacher Mr. Wayne Mosher kept a running tally of the points earned by each class and after each round share with the participants how many points they had earned in a round.

This event provided the Madison Academy family a chance to get to know each other a little better and to compete as a class. Parents were part of the action as well by hula hooping, throwing a Frisbee into a laundry basket, putting on medical ppe, eating a long string of candy, and drinking water from a bottle as part of a relay. The first student task was to break up the ice on a t-shirt and put it on and then run to the center of the field.

From 8:30 to 10:15 classes worked to find and bring the called items to the center of the field. This was the 36th annual time this event took place. We look forward to next year.

8th Annual Prayer Walk

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the annual prayer walk was held outside of the Madison Academy on the lawn. Families and our school family met to worship and then bathe Madison Campus Elementary and Madison Academy in prayer for everyone who walks the halls: students, teachers, and administrators. We asked for safety, wisdom, and discernment. We also asked for God to become more real in each of our lives and of those who walked the halls and where in classrooms.

Vespers started with praising God in song. Patrick King and Ireland Kroll lead.

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MA gives to others

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Appalachia Outreach 2019

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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)

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What Can You Do With $20?

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.

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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.

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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.