Friday night, students gathered in the gym and wrapped all the gifts that were brought for the people at Nashville Rescue Mission–coats, gloves, small toys, etc. Then on Sunday afternoon the Madison Academy Acros with their coach Raphan Ley took a bus to the Mission and picked up those who wanted to attend this banquet. Just under 50 ladies and children were transported to campus to enjoy and meal and a gymnastics show. The Acros and HA Gymnix performed. The dinner was pasta and salad with bread and a dessert. This was the fourth year Coach Ley and the Acros partnered with the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Mrs. Teleah Valles-Peters, Director of Development, kicked off a day long fundraising effort at chapel on Monday in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Foundation and Facebook Foundation to raise 25,000 for a remodeling/update of the lunch room. On Tuesday morning students and staff were encouraged to make a Facebook fundraising page and to contact friends to support this drive. Many students excited about the possibilities created their pages and waited. The staff got involved as well. Today Mrs. Valles-Peters announced on a live Facebook event that friends had raised $24,270.00. She is hopeful that in the next few days that the remaining $730.00 will be given. To watch the announcement go to our Facebook page.
The next day in chapel Mrs. Valles-Peters announced that the final $730.00 was donated. To see this announcement go to our Facebook page.
We are pleased to announce that Madison Academy’s Career Day last week was a success! Falling on Alumni weekend, thirty-two skilled presenters along with twelve Alumni decided to share with students about their careers. Many of these presentations were hands-on and kept the students focused and eager to learn more. Choosing a career path is difficult, even for adults. It’s especially hard for teenagers. But, with Career Day, it gave students insight and assistance in deciding which path they should take. One of the students commented on the event, saying, “The presenters were very informative. They put into perspective what I really wanted and did not want in a career.” Another stated, “The presenters were professional and enthusiastic about the information they shared.” Every student approached agreed that each presenter was incredibly kind, helpful, friendly, and open-minded. The presentations varied from baking to the military, and each had its own appeal. Madison Academy would like to thank the presenters and Alumni for joining us for Career Day and making it worthwhile. We hope you join us again for years to come.”
Today, October 11, twenty-two Juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT test. This assessment is prepared by the College Board and is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to determine National Semi-Finalist. In order to qualify to be a semi-finalist a student needs to score in the top 1% of those taking the test across the nation. According to Wikipedia over 3.5 million students take this test each year. Mike Downs, Class of 2017 was named a semi-finalist and then after taking the SAT a finalist. He is attending Southern Adventist University tuition free. The Sophomores are also taking the test to practice how to deal with high stakes testing and getting ready for next year. Students can prepare for this assessment by using the College and Career software at the school named Naviance. There are test prep programs for both SAT and ACT.
The Freshman along with area 8th graders are taking the 8/9 PSAT. This offered to help students access their learning so far. Madison Academy offers these tests at no cost to the student or parents. The results are available online at the end of the semester. Once the results get sent to the school, individual conferences are held with the student and a staff member to review the data and plan for the future.
The Student Association is again hosting a late night volleyball tournament the Saturday night of Alumni Weekend. You can sign up by clicking this link. It is free to watch and cheer and there will be snacks for sale most of the evening.
National Honor Society members this year decided to repeat what was done last year and start a new recycling program. Coach Adams is spearheading this effort. The Waste Management team was contacted and together developed a multi year plan to recycle here at the Academy and Laundry. Phase 1 started by clearing out a space to store the recyclables and get blue recycle containers at the Linen Services and teacher’s copy room for employees to use. Coach Adams shared with the staff what could be recycled and what was trash. NHS members were divided into five teams of four members each and they at least once a week empty the recycle bins and transfer the materials to the holding area. The program may after a year start to bring in enough revenue so that the NHS will be self-sufficient. Any excess monies would be used to benefit our local community and other needs. If you would like to help with this project please contact Coach Adams.