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.
Commencement on Sunday, May 31 turned out to be an almost perfect day! The only thing that could have been better was MORE people celebrating… and obviously that was not an option. If you missed the service, check out our YouTube channel.
Some see challenges… we see opportunities! During our post-week meetings, MA educators met (from 6′ apart) to reflect on the successes and learning experiences of virtual school then to ponder the possibilities for the future. Having fostered a culture of continuous improvement, we are eagerly developing intentional plans for multiple scenarios: (1) safe school on campus, (2) virtual school, and (3) a hybrid of both campus attendance and remote learning. Our preparations are not final, as the CDC, local government, and risk management continue to make changes in their recommendations. However, of this we are sure: we will be prepared to implement the necessary plans regardless of what the situation looks like.
Summer is always an exciting time on our campus… renovations, updates, and changes that make the place nicer, safer, and more usable for our students. This summer is no exception! We will bring you photos and details on the switches and upgrades in rooms, technology, and safety. We continue to be grateful for the generous gifts and grants that make these positive changes possible.
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.