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Happy New Year from The Academy! We give a warm, Warrior welcome to 2021, thank God for how He has blessed us, and look forward to a great 2021 together.
Dear Academy Family,

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021. We have all had our say about the year 2020, and read all the funny things people have said about how happy they are to see the year end. We are excited and hopeful to be in a new year. Sadly, the reality is that we are basically in the exact same situation we were in when we left school in December. However, we have learned a lot, and we will push ahead with hope and confidence that better days are ahead.

In the meantime, we will take the lessons learned and do what we can to better deal with the reality we are in. Dr Craft preached a message entitled “Revealed”, which dealt with what has been revealed to us during this difficult year. He opened by sharing the opening scene in the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The angel Clarence is summoned to be sent to earth to minister to a man named George Bailey. Clarence asked if George was sick. The voice (presumed to be God) says, “Oh no, he’s not sick, it’s much worse than that. He is discouraged.”

I was struck by that remark as I have seen that movie countless times, and had never caught the deep meaning of that line. The focus of our year has been built around the phrase “Warrior strong, Warrior brave, We do hard things”. To be discouraged is to lose our courage, our bravery. What causes us to be discouraged? We could make a long list, but the essence of discouragement is that we allow our circumstances to distract us from the source of our strength that gives us courage. When we focus on our circumstances rather than on our God, we lose our strength, then we lose our courage. To be discouraged is worse than any circumstance or sickness we may face.

As we move into this year, our circumstances are the same.  However, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1 NKJV). The 27th Psalm is an exuberant testimony of David’s faith when his own son had driven him from Jerusalem. David trusted God in his darkest hour.  We can do no less.

Warrior strong, Warrior brave, We do hard things.

Servants of the Week
This week’s Servants of the Week are Lisa Kay Trowbridge and Nickie Lash. So many volunteers made the Christmas Arts Trail spectacular, but these two moms went above and beyond. Nickie coordinated the Christmas tree decorations and personally took on the financial and time cost of probably 200 hours making all of the wooden cut outs around campus. Lisa Kay was responsible for communicating all the logistics and needs, setting up parent volunteers, and putting the fine arts teachers’ ideas into motion! She recruited specialized help to make sure the event went off without a hitch. These two have also served as PTF President (Nickie last year, Lisa Kay this year), and always jump in to support The Academy in every way they can. Thank you Nickie and Lisa Kay for your service to our community.
Do you see Christlike service at work in our community? Please email us to nominate faculty, staff, students, teachers and parents for “servant of the week”. The purpose is to show God at work, for His glory.

Welcome Mr. Ames – 10th Grade Physical Science

Timothy Ames is teaching Physical Science to 10th grade students at the Academy beginning January 2021. He is a retired teacher from the Madison City School District with over 25 years of teaching experience. Mr. Ames holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in Education from the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. He has a long-term friendship with our principal Robby Parker, who he taught under when Mr. Parker was a principal in Madison. He is a man of many talents and interests including building race cars and making stained glass windows. He and his wife are members of The Brook of Madison church. Mr. Ames’ favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23.

Late Start Wednesday

Beginning January 6, school will start at 9:05 AM every Wednesday for Upper School only. Upper School carline will be from 8:45 – 9:00 on Wednesdays for grades 7-12 only.  By starting later, it will actually help our teachers and students get ahead in many ways. The purpose of Late Start Wednesday is to allow time for student clubs to meet and for teachers to collaborate at the department level and grade level. 
Remember to order lunch by 12pm on Friday! Please note that for the new year, we have a swap of days for the lunch offering. Cracker Barrel will now serve on Monday. Super Chix will deliver on Friday.

A Note From Admissions

January will be here before we know it! Reenrollment for 2021/22 for current students begins mid-January provided they are in good standing (financially and academically). This will also be the time to submit applications for siblings who plan to join us for the first time in the 2021/22 school year. Please let Camille Barker know the name and grade (2021/22) of any potential new students in your family. This will help as we plan for enrollment, shadow and testing days in February/March. Look for more information/details in the Warrior Window and/or Renweb email in December and January.

Upcoming Schedule

  • 1/5 – JV/VG/VB basketball vs LLCA 4:30 pm (Senior Night)
  • 1/7 – MSG/MSB basketball vs MA 5:00 pm
  • 1/7 – VG/VB @ Tanner 5:00 pm
  • 1/8 – JV/VG/VB @ Tharptown. 4:30 pm
  • 1/8 – MS vs. Central – Cancelled 
As we enter 2021, we look back at the end of 2020 and celebrate a true Christmas miracle from the 6th Grade Joy to the World Open Air Charity Market! 
In a time of physical distance, stay socially connected!
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