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Book Club and Golf added to the curriculum

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.

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MA gives to others

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Appalachia Outreach 2019

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History Tour 2019

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SA Fall Ball 2019

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NHS inducts new members

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Meet our Counselors

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One Life

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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.