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.

Air socks are being installed in gym

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.

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.

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.

Senior Capstone Class Welcomes Special Guests

Mr. Abner Fuentes, a Project Manager,(and Austin’s dad), shared his expertise and experience with first impressions, hardy handshakes, eye contact, and elevator pitches. The seniors then practiced their “elevator ride” while engaging in conversation with Mr. Fuentes (pictured with William Buzby). Following encouraging applause for student, the class gave honest, helpful critique. We are blessed to have a safe environment for students to learn and rehearse the “soft skills” that will make them successful in college and career.

Dr. William O.T. Smith, a retired anesthesiologist and avid support of Adventist education, shared his life story and the hardest thing he ever had to do: find and keep a relationship with God. His remarkable journey was riddle with heartache and joy, poor decisions and saving grace, near death and God’s intervention. One senior described the class period this way: “He is an entertaining storyteller, but when you combine that with the inspiring account of how God found him… well it’s no wonder we were captivated.”

History Tour 2018

Fitness Gram used to determine health of students

During assembly time, Wednesday, September 5, students changed out of school uniforms and into workout clothes and participated in the Fitness Gram test in the gym. This test measures student’s aerobic capacity in the pacer test, body composition with weight and height measurements, muscular strength in doing push-ups, muscular endurance in performing sit-ups and flexibility with the shoulder stretch and trunk lift. Those students that meet the national standards in each of these areas according to Coach Adams will have fewer health issues as they age and live longer.

The Fitness Gram replaced the Presidential Fitness tests in 2013 that included pull-ups, sit-ups, standing broad jump, shuttle run, 50-yard dash.  The Fitness Gram, developed by the Cooper Institute, is now used nationwide to determine elementary and high school age children health levels.

Just under 50% of our student population met the Fitness Gram standards.  Here are the names of those that met or excelled beyond the standards.

Robert Adalla Christopher Galvis Sean Monroe
Sara Adalla Cam’Ron Golden Breana Moore
Donovan Allen Cecilia Garcia Carly Moseley
Camden Armstrong Ethan Harris Fabiola Perez-Garcia
Marlana Bell Kristina Huskey Ian Petersen
Rosie Benoit Jake Johnson Juli Plank
Spencer Boskind Ethan Jones Beau Rodriguez
Gabriel Brown Alex King Eden Rowe
Cozette Cassidy Jonathan Krawchuk Paige Rufo
Connor Collins Aiden Kroll Matthew Sears
Andre Crayton Ashlyn Levoy Michael Sullivan
Andrew Crecelius Kaylyn Levoy Paola Tass Coral
Paige Eby Joey Limonta Oscar Tass Coral
Amari Fountain Leo Martinez Colton Taylor
Austin Fuentes Kendra Miller Jack Wheeler

The Wheels on the bus go round and round

Thanks to a gift from donors last year we were able to purchase and wrap two 12-passenger vans. These vans have taken our students all over… from drama outings to sports tournaments, from volunteering at the 403 Center to field trips to the Chamber of Commerce. These vans have been well used and truly loved. Private support is what makes it possible for us to not only transport our students around Middle TN, but also promote our school at the same time. If you want to help support any projects, contact our Director of Development, Taleah Valles-Peters.