Madison Academy Acros participated in the annual Acrofest that featured the Southern Adventist University Gym-Masters as clinicians on January 29-31 at Highland Academy. Those in grades 5-12 were eligible to participate and learned or enhanced their skills in tossing, pyramids, tumbling, three highs and other gymnastic activities. On Saturday night teams performed their routines with the Gym-Masters giving the final performance of the evening.
Parents had the opportunity to speak with the teachers and administrators during the Parent-Teacher Conferences after school on Monday, January 26th. Parents were encouraged to make appointments that best fit into their schedule. Many appreciated that face to face time while interacting about their children.
Twenty three teams from across the mid-state participated in the annual late night volleyball tournament. With so many teams this year the squads were randomly placed in the double elimination brackets. The games started around 6:30pm and ended the next morning around 5am. Volleyball teams of all ages — elementary age to those eligible for AARP cards — were submitted to the Student Association sponsors. Each played with a minimum of six players: four guys and two girls. When teams were not playing players took the responsibilities of referee and line judge. For community members that came to watch the teams compete there were concessions available most of the night. Here is a picture of the winning team.
Tuesday morning students and staff dressed in their best nerd day clothing and hair styles. At assembly students were divided into their class and competed in the annual Brain bowl. The next day was twin’s day. The assembly activity involved two people from each class: making and eating a peanut butter sandwich; both twins holding a golf club and pushing a golf ball through a maze; and finally a pair of students simultaneously blowing bubbles with the bubble gum given. On Friday, students dressed up in their career of choice. Earlier in the week teacher’s also equipped willing volunteers to lead out in class on Friday. The final games of the class volleyball tournament will be this Wednesday.
During the first week of the semester the Juniors, Sophomores and others met with Mrs. Fuentes, Mrs. Hamberger, Mr. Ramkissoon and Mr. Hamberger to discuss the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test given in mid-October. This is a scholarship qualifying test given annually to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students that score in the 99th percentile earn a finalist status and many universities and colleges significantly reduce the cost of tuition to attend their school. Each student was given results and an access code by College Board to further understand the test, the next steps and future options.
Class Volleyball matches started on Wednesday, January 7 during assembly and will continue to the end of the month with a break for SA Spirit week activities the week of January 19. Each class plays girls and guys matches: 3 games to 11 points. Activity point as well as spirit points are awarded for showing up and encouraging your classmates in addition to getting everyone involved playing. The Senior and Junior guys are both 2-0 and will play each other on January 28th to determine a winner. On the girls side the Freshmen are 2-0 and will play for a sweep.
Wednesday morning students walked into the chapel that was transformed into a Christmas dining experience. The student association officers and sponsors along with Mrs. Anita Watkins from Highland Academy, spent the previous day arranging the chairs around tables and decorating the tables with Christmas plates. Mrs. Anita Watkins and her son, Mr. Chadd Watkins, principal at Highland Academy, served waffles, strawberries, veggie breakfast sausage patties, hash-browns, nuts, fruit salad and whipped cream. At the table orange juice and milk were offered in small individual serving sizes. After the breakfast our guests, Madison Campus Elementary 8th graders and Highland Academy 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a performance of “The Christmas Carol.” This presentation was done by a talented actor, Mark Cabus, who played all the parts himself. Donnie Underwood commented it was an engaging performance.
The Sophomores in life skills class 1st semester participated in a cookie bake off contest. Each student brought in their favorite cookie recipes, prepared the ingredients and placed them in the ovens to bake. There were fifteen batches of cookies all being prepared at once. When the cookies were finished the class sampled the yummy cookie varieties that included chocolate mint, oatmeal, Mexican wedding cakes, to peanut kisses. After class four faculty members judged the cookies for appearance and taste and the awards were announced in chapel.
The Madison Knights store is open until December 22, 2014. No orders will be filled until after the December 22nd deadline. Orders will be fulfilled and delivered (or shipped) on January 5, 2015. All products can be customized to include your respective sport and/or name. Sports will decorated below the MA logo; names will be decorated on the opposing chest. MA Dress code is still in effect, however, athletic polo’s can be worn on game day by players.