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Dear Academy Family,

I do not know of many things sweeter than celebrating Valentine's Day at school! I still have fond childhood memories of decorating a white paper bag or a shoebox for the Valentines from my classmates.  It was so much fun to pick out the perfect Valentine card for my friends and to read the Valentines that they picked out to give me. I loved giving my teachers a heart shaped box filled with chocolates.  I still remember Mrs. Wilcox, my 1st grade teacher, sharing her chocolates with all of us! I have always loved Valentine's Day, and I am so glad I can continue after all of these years to celebrate Valentine's Day at school!

There is no doubt that what I witness each day as I walk the hallways at the Academy is LOVE! We have students who love to learn and teachers who love to teach.  Above all, we all love and care about each other.  We walk the good, bad, and ugly times together.  I am so thankful for our Academy family!
 
The pandemic has reminded us how much we love being together and how much face-to-face school truly means to us. Recently, we had a teacher cry big crocodile tears when quarantined from her classroom. Quarantined teachers set up classrooms at home and taught their hearts out each day virtually. One teacher described it as twice as much the amount of work with not even half of the reward.  Another teacher tried to plea her way out of quarantine early. Students cried when sent home due to a COVID exposure.  Parents have shared that their children view quarantine as punishment.
 
What we have at the Academy is special! It is truly a great place to be! We love that so many new families want to join our Academy family next year. We met 54 of the prospective students last week, and we will meet many more this week.
 
At the Academy, we love BIG every day, not just on Valentine's Day! Isn’t it amazing that as much as we love, God loves us even more?

Lori Edgemon


This year the Grammar Staff exchanged Valentine cards and sweet treats. The Valentine bags brought back childhood memories and big smiles to faces!
Servant of the Week
God knew we needed an IT Director and sent the perfect one at the perfect time. Tracey Thoenes didn’t miss a beat from the minute we knew COVID might send us home. She researched a virtual platform for us to use, and then trained the teachers two days prior to us going home in March for the rest of the school year. She was available each day for the staff and parents to troubleshoot and assist with questions. 

Tracey researched and found ways to improve what we did in the spring and had everything ready to go in August. She trained all of the new teachers and was once again available around the clock to help teachers. Tracey is amazing! It is almost like she has super powers! As soon as someone sends her a text for technical assistance, she appears! This year, she has also been there to train substitutes, so our quarantined teachers can teach from home with assistance from the substitutes. The substitutes can use the Promethean boards like pros thanks to Tracey! Tracey has also helped with the Upper School as they have received the Promethean boards this year. She has trained them to use this new technology. Tracey loves chocolate and usually has some sweet treats to share when she meets with the teachers. She loves to exercise...being fit helps her speed around the campus to help everyone from TK-12th grade! 

2020 and 2021 are definitely the years to have Tracey on speed dial. For all she does, we thank God for Tracey!
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.
All Academy parents are invited to a special evening to hear from the administration about the future of Whitesburg Christian Academy. More details coming. Please save the date!
Scholar's Bowl Shout Out!
Out of 79 players nation-wide, Sawyer Smith broke through to 12th place last week, and is still the best in Alabama!
Order by 12pm on Friday!
Yearbook Announcement!
The Academy yearbook, The Legacy, is underway and we are working hard to capture all of this year’s school happenings. Each Academy family is gifted one copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook that will go to the oldest sibling in the family. Many families wish to have a copy for each of their children, so now is the time to purchase extras. Purchase additional copies of this year’s memories here.
Advanced Placement Classes

The Academy is launching its first Advanced Placement course in 2021-2022 with AP US History. We are excited to offer this to our students.

What is AP?
The AP Program offers college-level courses and exams that you can take in high school. This year, we will be offering AP US History for 11th graders.

Why AP?
  • Research consistently shows that AP students are better prepared for college than students who don’t take AP. They’re more likely to enroll and stay in college, do well in their classes, and graduate in four years. 
  • More than 90% of four-year institutions in the United States grant credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of qualifying AP exam scores. For more information visit the following website.
  • AP course experience favorably impacts 85% of admission decisions of selective colleges and universities.
  • AP coursework increases scholarship opportunity and improves chances of college admission.
  • AP courses help students develop college skills – time management, critical thinking, scholarly writing.
  • AP courses help you hone the skills you’ll need in college and career.
Who?
AP is for all students–but you should be ready. You don’t need to be at the top of your class to be an AP student, but you’ll want to be prepared for the AP course you choose. Some AP classes have recommended courses you should take first, and all AP courses ask that you come willing to do your best work.
8th Graders – Introduction to World Language Options

This month, our 8th grade students will go to a Spanish class and a French class with Mrs. Moore. She is excited to introduce them to their World Language options in high school and help them choose which option is best for them.
 
Course Selection Timeline for High School
  • February 26 – Course Catalogue made available on school website
  • March 1 – Registration Packets distributed to students
  • March 1 – Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Informational Video made available on school website
  • March 1-19 – Class & Individual Student Meetings
  • March 15-19 – Course Registration (Submit signed registration forms to the Upper School office)
  • March 19 – Last Day to submit Course Registration Forms
  • March 22-26 – Schedule Change Window
  • March 26 – Last Day to request Schedule Changes
2020-2021 & 2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
PARENT/STUDENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY

This Week

  • 2/16 – VG/VB Tennis vs Randolph 4:00 @ HTC
  • 2/16 – VG/VB Soccer vs E. Limestone 4:00/6:00 @ Old Goldsmith-Schiffman
  • 2/18 – JVG Tennis vs. HGHS 4:00 @ Lily Flagg
  • 2/18 – VG/VB Tennis @ DHCA  4:00
  • 2/18 – VB Basketball @ Sheffield, Time TBA
  • 2/19 – MS Baseball @ Randolph 4:30
  • 2/19 – VG/VB Tennis @ Westbrook 4:00
  • 2/19 – JVB Soccer Tournament- (more details to come)

Dive Instructor
The Warrior Swim and Dive team is looking for an experienced Dive instructor.  If you know of someone within our Academy family that is qualified and would like to work with our Swim and Dive team, please contact Coach Thoenes.

For more detailed sports information, look for
the Warrior GameDay this Thursday.

Meet new kindergarten teacher, Katie Hodge, and hear what she has to say about The Academy.

In a time of physical distance, stay socially connected!
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