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Academy Family,

The sign on our campus promoting Vacation Bible School brought back memories of my childhood. My dad drove a school bus to a small local elementary school in southwest Morgan County. He made two routes and literally brought almost the entire school enrollment of 100 students to school. The school had three teachers for six grades, 1st through 6th. I often joke that kindergarten had not been invented when I started 1st grade.

My family attended a very small church that averaged about 30 people each Sunday. Our pastor worked a full-time regular job and pastored two small churches. We had “preaching” every other Sunday and Sunday School every Sunday.  My brother and sister and two other girls from another family were all the children in the church, a total of five. However, VBS was a big-time event.

On the last day of school, my mother would ride the bus routes with my dad and give each student a handwritten note inviting them to attend VBS at the Mr. Nebo Baptist Church. The letter included the time and place, and also the time that each student would be picked up. VBS was always the first week after school was out. Transportation was provided by local farmers who ran the bus routes with cattle trucks. The back gate would be lowered at each home and children walked up the ramp, like cattle. On rainy days, a tarpaulin would be draped over the truck to provide some protection from getting wet.

The amazing thing was, almost the entire enrollment of the local school would attend, along with their preschool siblings. This meant the small church with only five children each Sunday would have over 100 children in VBS every summer. The ladies made gallons of Kool-Aid and dozens of homemade cookies. Crafts, games, and activities were provided, and Bible lessons were taught.

Jesus once said to His disciples, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42) There are no millstones for the members of that little church. Who can imagine how many seeds of faith were planted in the hearts of those children? I do know of one seed that was planted in a little boy’s heart as he rode the back of a cattle truck, watching his parents bring children to a little country church for Vacation Bible School. Who could imagine that little boy would one day be the headmaster of a school that brought students every day for a Biblical worldview education and sent them out to engage our culture for Jesus? “How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord?” (Romans 11: 33-34).

Jerry Reeder

Servant of the Week
This week’s servant of the week is Mrs. Kippi Coley. Kippi was a fantastic math and Bible teacher at The Academy for many years. This year, she has been a star substitute when teachers have been out with Covid. It has been so wonderful to have someone step in who can teach math. It has given our teachers peace when they have had to be out of the classroom, knowing that their students were in good hands. Kippi tutors many of our students in math. She also teaches 3rd and 4th grade chapel regularly, and often shares inspiring stories about missionaries. She asks the students to pray for people because she believes the prayers of children matter much. Her love for the Lord and for our students shows every time she is in the building.
We look forward to our big “Looking Ahead” event. This event is for all Academy parents, and will be a very special evening. Please make plans to join us.
Mark Your Calendar
  • April 16 – Half Day for Upper School
  • April 19-23 – SAT-10 Testing for 3rd-7th Grade 
  • April 20 – PSAT for 8th, 9th, 10th Grade 
  • April 23 – Middle School Retreat 
  • April 30 – Grammar Field Day 
  • May 7 – Upper School Field Day
  • May 12 – Senior Exams 
  • May 13 – Warrior Walk
  • May 16 – Graduation 
  • May 17 – Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 19 – 6th Grade Graduation 
  • May 18-20 – Upper School Exams 
  • May 20 – Upper School Awards Day
Order by 12pm on Friday!
Upper School Late Start Wednesday This Week
  • Scholar’s Bowl – Library
  • Marketing & Media Club – Room 108
  • Study Hall – Modular C
  • The Upper School faculty will be doing professional development.
Spoiled Rockin Kids Spring Photos
Our spring outdoor portraits are on Thursday, April 29.  These portraits will be beautiful in the gazebo and prayer garden! Don't miss this opportunity to have gorgeous portraits made. This session is NON-UNIFORM and YOU MUST SIGN UP BY APRIL 22 to have your child's portrait created. Click HERE.
  • Pack backpacks and lay out clothes & shoes for the next day the night before.
  • Plan to leave for school a few minutes early so you aren’t
  • rushed.
  • Help your students get a nutritious breakfast & dinner.
  • Help your students get in bed at a reasonable time so they
  • are well-rested.
  • Pray with and for your students!
  • Give them a big hug and a smile! They are READY!

It's School Library Month!
SGA Movie Night
New Date – May 6
Employment Opportunities
  • Immediately Start: Full Time Maintenance Supervisor
  • August 2020: Before and after school child care providers (7-8 am, 2:30-5:30 pm)
Contact Michele Tate for more information.
2020-2021 & 2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Jason Kilpatrick Ray is the son of Robert and Traci Ray. He has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy since the first grade. Jason Ray has been an active participant in many Academy sports including cross country, track, golf, football, soccer and basketball. Jason has also been an active participant at Whitesburg Baptist Church in the youth choirs and has been in the ensemble for three years. He is currently the President of the school's first-ever Student Government Association. He has been a member of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and National Honor Society as well as served as a Middle School Retreat leader. Jason has attended all three SLU trips, performed in band, and participated in Scholars Bowl. Jason received the Dean's Scholarship from Mississippi College. In the fall, he will attend Mississippi College, participate in Army ROTC, and double major in Public Relations and Political Science.
Eliott (Eli) McGinley Franklin is the son of Dr. Brett and Angie Franklin. He has attended the Academy since the first grade. During his time at the Academy, he has participated in varsity soccer, tennis, track, and cross country. He has also competed in Scholar’s Bowl and Science Olympiad. He has served as yearbook editor and vice president of the National Honor Society. During his free time, he enjoys fishing, skiing, playing spikeball, and reading. Eli has been accepted into the Honors College at Mississippi College where he plans to attend in the fall.
Amelia Nicole Blackstone is the daughter of Bill and Patti Blackstone. She has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy for six years. During her time at The Academy, she has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Olympiad Team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Leadership Team, and the Middle School Retreat Leader Team. She is also a graduate of Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and was nominated for the 2020-2021 Homecoming Court. In addition, Amelia participated in several sports including varsity girls soccer, varsity girls softball, varsity girls volleyball, and varsity girls basketball, where she served as captain her senior year. Amelia has also managed the varsity boys baseball team for the past two years. Amelia was voted All-Area basketball player for the 2020-2021 season. Also, she has been awarded the Most Improved Player and the Heart Award for basketball. Amelia is a recipient of the All Auburn Scholarship, UAB Breakthrough Scholarship, USA Freshman Admission Scholarship, UA Recognition Scholarship, Mississippi State Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship, Colvard Future Leader Scholarship, and the Mississippi State Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. In the fall, Amelia will attend Auburn University and major in Nursing or Pre-Physical Therapy.
Caroline Grace Dooling is the cherished daughter of Randy and Vicki Dooling.  She has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy for four years. During high school, Caroline has been a faithful member of the cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track teams. In addition, she was a member of the Whitesburg Christian Academy State Track and Cross Country Championship teams. Caroline helped the team to win six state titles. Also, Caroline is a member of the National Honor Society, a graduate of Student Leadership University, a participant in the University of Alabama’s Capstone Leadership Academy, and a Middle School Retreat leader. In her free time, Caroline serves as a small group leader for the 6th grade girls at her church. In the fall, Caroline will attend Mississippi College where she plans to study Interior Design and run track and cross-country.
Whitesburg Christian Academy Fine Arts Presents
Joseph Robinette's adaption of E.B.White's Classic
Charlotte's Web
Wednesday, April 21
11 am / 12:30 pm / 1:45 pm
WBC ROC Dining Room
Robert Harling's
Steel Magnolias
Friday, April 23 & Saturday April 24
7:00 pm
WBC ROC Dining Room

General Admission, Donations Appreciated
Campus Mural Project
Two years ago, Mr. Reeder and Mrs. Marett imagined something big: a mural on campus to both improve the beauty of our school and express the heart of our Academy family. A class was developed to move this idea to reality. The students began in January by brainstorming concepts and developing a small scale mock-up of their idea along with a beautiful explanation to present to the administration. Their mural, based on Ecclesiastes 3, is now underway with the heartfelt approval of Mr. Reeder and the help of the PTF. We look forward to the installation and dedication of this artwork by the end of the school year.

This Week

  • 4/12 – Boys Tennis Sectionals 8:00 am @ HTC
  • 4/13 –  Girls Tennis Sectionals 8:00 am @ HTC
  • 4/12– VG Soccer vs Mars Hill 7:00 (Goldsmith Schiffman)
  • 4/12 – Varsity Baseball vs Hatton 4:00
  • 4/13 – VG Soccer vs Elkmont 7:00 (Goldsmith Schiffman)
  • 4/13 – Varsity Baseball @ Hatton (DH) 5:00
  • 4/13 – Track Meet- Huntsville Metro
  • 4/14 – Boys Golf @ Goose Pond 8:00 am
  • 4/15 – Varsity Baseball vs Brewer 4:00
  • 4/15 – VG/VB Soccer @ Mars Hill 5:00/7:00
  • 4/16 – Track Meet @ Huntsville
  • 4/17 – Varsity Baseball @ Brewer (DH) 11:00
  • 4/17 – VG/VB @ Clements 11:00/1:00
Varsity Volleyball Tryouts will be held in the ROC on April 26-30 from 3:30- 5:30 (T/F) and 3:30-5:00 (M/W/Th). Tryouts are open to all upcoming 9-12 grade girls. Information about MS volleyball tryouts coming soon!
Parents of rising 7th - 12th graders who are interested in playing baseball next school year, please e-mail Coach Wessinger at
For more detailed sports information and a listing of all summer camps, look for the Warrior GameDay this Thursday.
Last week at a Grammar School soccer game in Arab, Academy parents were amazed to overhear younger siblings sharing their faith with a younger sibling from the other team. “And Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords....and He made the whole earth...and He died on the cross for our sins...and He loves us so much!” This seemed to be new information to this little girl, and she asked how the children knew all of this. Their response in unison was, “From school!” A new Academy parent who overheard this precious conversation said the Lord used this moment to confirm she is in the right place. 
Meet new TK teacher, Mrs. Brown, and hear what she has to say about The Academy
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