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Academy Family,

Change! We don’t like change. Change is hard. Why don’t we set one time and keep it all year? We don’t like adjusting to a new time. We don’t like it in the fall, and we don’t like it again in the spring. In an informal conversation with a few students last year when the COVID shutdown happened, I mentioned that change is hard. One of our students piped up and said, “Change is very hard. I work at a fast food restaurant and our computers went down, and I had to figure out how to give change for a $7.28 purchase with a $20.00 bill.” I simply nodded and let it go. I guess change means different things to different people.


The fact is we all live with change. Even good change can be hard. The Academy is experiencing explosive growth. That brings change. We can add programs and electives, athletic teams become stronger, but our AHSAA classification goes up and the competition gets better. We add staff. We need buildings. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea that all change is hard. This past year has tested us in so many ways we never expected.  I often hear people yearning for things to be “normal” again. I am not sure we will ever be the same.

Jesus encountered people who struggled with change. The religious establishment was looking for their Messiah. Their expectation was a political/military leader who would free them from the oppression of the Roman government and its occupying army.  Jesus came with claims, authoritative teaching, and affirming miracles that He was indeed the promised Messiah. What a great military leader He would have been. He could raise the dead, heal the wounded, and feed thousands with a small amount of food—the most difficult things for an army are dealing with casualties and logistics. Jesus could do all of that by speaking a word. Their resistance to change was so strong that they rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah.

Even His own disciples struggled with change. They left all and followed Him. Peter exclaimed, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.” (Matt. 12:12) They also argued about who would be greatest, and asked Jesus if He was at that time going to restore the kingdom. My point is that even Jesus’s devoted followers had different ideas about the messiah and what the kingdom of God would be like. However, the coming of Jesus brought great change, the person of Jesus and the plan of God never changed regardless of what people expected.

As we move toward the 2021-22 school year with over 700 students, we likely all have different ideas about what it will look like. On March 25 we have scheduled an event called “Looking Ahead”.  In that event we want to share with our parents what changes will come with growth and a new year.  It will range from course offerings to uniforms.  My part of the meeting will be to talk about the things that will not change. Our parents have chosen an Academy education for their students because of who we are. While many things change at The Academy, our core philosophies of education, beliefs, and standards will not change.  I look forward to seeing you on March 25.

Warrior strong, Warrior Brave, We do hard things.



Jerry Reeder

Servant of the Week
This week’s servant of the week is Elizabeth Conner. Mom of Campbell and John Hayes, Elizabeth has served as a room mom, the PTF Vice President, and the Looking Ahead silent auction chair. This past September she stepped up to coordinate the Academy Golf Classic that was postponed from the spring quarantine. She rallied a team together quickly and pulled off a great event. From delivering goodies to staff to welcoming new families to always stepping up and pitching in wherever needed, Elizabeth is a huge blessing to our school 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.
Academy Parents, it’s time for a big event! We look forward to seeing you on March 25 for Looking Ahead. This will be an amazing evening you don’t want to miss.
High School Course Selection Timeline
  • March 19 – Last day to submit Course Registration forms
  • March 22-26 – Schedule change window
  • March 26 – Last day to request schedule changes
Mr. Parker and Mrs. Bolton have introduced the new upper school curriculum offerings, including AP classes and a weighted grading scale, to all students. Mrs. Bolton has personally met with each student to map out their plan for 2021-22 and beyond. We are thrilled about the future of the upper school and these great new opportunities. 
Congratulations to 6th grader, David Smith, for being awarded as Alabama’s state winner for the DAR American History Essay Contest. This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history. Click here to hear David’s award-winning essay on the Boston Massacre.
Congratulations to 10th grader Sawyer Smith for placing 16th in the Country and 1st in Alabama in the High School Scholar’s Bowl Final.  
Upper School Late Start Wednesday This Week
  • NHS (Mrs. Barnes, Cafeteria)
  • NJHS (Mrs. Olinger, Chapel)
  • Scholar’s Bowl (Mr. Douglas, Library)
  • Robotics (Mr. Cook, Room 209)
  • Study Hall in Modular C
Mark Your Calendar
  • PICTURE DAY CHANGE - We will be taking a schoolwide photo on Thursday, March 18 instead of tomorrow.
Please wear PURPLE!
Order by 12pm on Friday!
Usborne Books & More Virtual Fair
These are wonderful books for all ages and interests. Over 1800 titles that include: activity books, fiction and nonfiction books. Please go to this website for access to the catalog and to shop for the book fair. Enjoy!
Movie Night – April 10
2020-2021 & 2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
PARENT/STUDENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Haley Elizabeth Kretz is the daughter of Scott and Kim Kretz. She has attended The Academy for three years participating as the yearbook co-editor, playing as team captain for varsity basketball, soccer, the varsity cheer manager, and she has beautifully helped lead the WCA praise band. She has also been a member of the youth choir and praise ensemble at Whitesburg Baptist Church. In her time at The Academy, she has been a member of NHS and Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy. She won a leadership award in eleventh grade and was awarded best Apologetics Speech. After graduation, Haley plans to serve a nine-month missions gap year through World Race, then attend Mississippi College to pursue a degree in Business. She has been awarded multiple scholarships and honors including the Presidential and Hederman Business Scholarship from Mississippi College, the Presidential Scholarship from Union University, and the Presidential Scholarship from Lee University.
Ashley Lauren Morris is the daughter of Shane and Stephanie Morris. She has attended The Academy for nine years. During her time at The Academy, she has participated in varsity cheer and golf. After graduation she plans to attend either The University of Alabama to pursue an Apparel and Textiles degree or Auburn University to pursue an Apparel Merchandise degree.
Elijah Alexander Swann is the son of Steve and Beth Swann. He has attended The Academy one year to complete his high school education. He plans to attend Troy University after graduation.
Ella Crosslyn Cole is the daughter of Stephanie and Richard Wartel and the late Jeff Cole. She has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy for seven years. Ella is active in the National Honor Society; she played volleyball for three years and was a member of the Praise Band for three years. In addition, Ella enjoys the fine arts, especially art and photography, and she is a member of the drama program. She received a Rhetoric award and a merit scholarship. In the fall, Ella plans to attend The University of Alabama and major in Chemistry and minor in Cyber Criminology.

This Week

  • 3/16 – B/G Golf @ Redstone 3:30
  • 3/16  Varsity Baseball @ Hatton (DH) 5:00
  • 3/16 – VG/VB Soccer vs Mars Hill 5:00 (@ Old Goldsmith-Schiffman)
  • 3/16 – VG/VB Tennis @ Grissom 4:00
  • 3/18 – VG/VB Soccer @ Clements High (Time TBA)
  • 3/18 – VG/VB Tennis @ Scottsboro 4:00
  • 3/19 – VB Soccer vs AL Tech 7:00 (@ Old Goldsmith-Schiffman)
  • 3/20  Varsity Baseball vs Randolph 11:00
  • 3/20 – Varsity Baseball vs Brewer 3:00
For more detailed sports information, look for the Warrior GameDay the third Thursday of every month.
Meet new 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Davis, and hear what she has to say about The Academy.
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