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Dear Academy Family,

The battle cry of The Academy for the 2020-2021 school year has been, “Warrior strong, Warrior brave, We do hard things.”  As I think about that and how we can prepare our students for the hard things that will come their way, I realized that we should do that the same way God prepares us. I have seen this truth many times in my own life. The theme statement comes from the story of God instructing Joshua in preparation for the conquest of the Promised Land. “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Another of my favorite Bible stories is a great illustration of this truth. When David offered to fight Goliath, he was ridiculed and told he was too young, too small, untrained, and not equipped to fight anyone, let alone a giant. To this David replied, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:34-36) God prepares us for the big battles by allowing us to fight small battles first. God prepares us for very important hard things by allowing us to deal with smaller hard things first.

In athletic competition, our athletes sometimes find themselves guarding a giant. In academic classrooms, our students sometimes take a class that is very hard for them. In social relationships, your children sometimes are confronted by hard situations. It is natural for us as parents, grandparents, and educators to want our children to “have it easier than we had it”. Frankly, watching our children struggle with a hard thing is one of the hard things adults do. Our natural reaction is often to “fix things'' for them rather than letting them find their own way. God allows hard things to come our way to prepare us for future and harder things that will come our way. I wonder if we sometimes rob our children of learning opportunities by making things easy for them.

I often look at situations I see students struggling with, and I try to see if this is a “productive struggle”.  I was personally encouraged as I watched our 5th – 6th grade basketball coach encourage my grandson as he struggled to guard a literal giant of a 6th grade athlete in the attached picture. He instructed him, encouraged him when he did well, and corrected him when he made mistakes. I felt he finished that game having learned some important lessons. It was, hopefully, a productive struggle.
Warrior strong, Warrior brave, We do hard things.

Jerry Reeder

Servant of the Week
This week's servant of the week is Mrs. Camille Barker. Camille worked overtime the week of preview day preparing, greeting, and corresponding with over 90 families who were interested in The Academy. She also managed re-enrollment with our current families, which is now at a record 98%, and has processed over 150 new applications! On top of that, Camille volunteered to teach 3rd and 4th grade chapel last week. She encouraged students through a visual lesson on Job that we can trust in the Lord even when times are tough. Camille works morning and afternoon carpool, and always rolls up her sleeves to do whatever it takes. Camille and her family are definitely ALL IN, and we are thankful for all she does to serve 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.

Thank you to our wonderful counselors!

Amy Thomas works with grammar school students one-on-one, visits classrooms, speaks in chapel, shares books with hands-on life lessons, helps deliver lunches, works carpool, coordinates testing, and designs graphics for special occasions and events. She is creative, talented, thoughtful, and a light for Christ in our school.

Susan Eison joined our Academy team this year as the College Counselor. She has jumped right in during a tough year to help the seniors navigate the ever-changing world of college admissions. She keeps scholarship opportunities in front of them throughout the year, and is already looking toward next year. Her experience and knowledge have been a wonderful help to the Academy this year. 

We appreciate you, Amy and Susan.

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!
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.
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.
Upper School Late Start Wednesday This Week
  • Scholar’s Bowl – Library
  • Marketing and Media Club – Room 108
  • Study Hall – Modular C
  • The Upper School faculty will be doing professional development.
Remember to order lunch
by 12pm on Friday!
Friday, February 12
Grammar school students may wear Valentines colors this Friday, February 12, with uniform bottoms or blue jeans.
Monday, February 15
No School, Presidents’ Day
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 1-5 – Class of 2022 & 2023 – Class & Individual Student Meetings
  • March 8-12 – Class of 2024 & 2025 – 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

This Week

  • 2/8 – VG Tennis vs Athens Bible 4:00 @ Lily Flagg
  • 2/8 – VG Basketball @ Hatton 7:00 (area tournament)
  • 2/9 – JVG Tennis @ Athens Bible 4:00
  • 2/9 – VB Basketball vs Tanner 7:00 (area tournament)
  • 2/11 – VG Tennis vs Priceville 4:00 @ Pt. Mallard
  • 2/12 – VB Tennis @ New Hope 4:00
  • 2/12 – VB Basketball (if win on Tuesday)

Upcoming Events

  • 2/15  V Baseball @ Randolph (DH) 11:00/1:00
  • 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
  • 2/19 – MS Baseball @ Randolph 4:30
  • 2/19 – VG/VB Tennis @ Westbrook 4:00
  • 2/19 –JVB Soccer Tournament- (more details to come)

The Warrior Indoor Track and Field team completed an incredible indoor season this weekend! Eli Franklin set a school record in the 800m. Brynn Holbrook captured two state titles in the triple jump and 60m hurdles. Emma Cape finished second in pole vault. Overall, the Lady Warriors brought home the Red Map, finishing second place in 4A/5A! We are so proud of these runners!

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for avenging a loss to Randolph from a year ago to win their regular season finale 65-55.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Tennis for a 9-0 finish against Westminster!

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 the third Thursday of every month.

Auburn University Track & Cross Country Runner, Hannah Tarwater, shares how The Academy prepared her for her future. 

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