The Junior League of Albany, Georgia, Inc. each year invites teachers to apply for grants through their Grants for Innovative Teachers Program. This program provides up to $500 for each winner to support and enhance their classroom instruction and curriculum. This year SCA is pleased to announce that three of our teachers were recipients of individual grants. Congratulations to Mrs. Sharon Howard (K5), Mrs. Peggy Bullock (K5), and Mrs. Vickie Knuckles (Music/Theatre Arts Instructor)!
Mrs. Howard’s grant will be used to further enhance the education and use of technology in K4 and K5. They will set up a mobile tablet lab with 12 Kindle devices to be used by students in each classroom. The teachers will further enhance instruction with the mobile Promethean Board already in the PK/kindergarten department. One of the first plans for the devices includes having the K4 and K5 classes create digital portfolios of their work using Seesaw on the Kindle. Students will use this for reading journals to facilitate conversation between students, parents, and teachers about reading.
Mrs. Bullock’s grant will be used to purchase additional books for the K5 students to support their thematic unit studies. Our kindergarten teachers add additional unit studies to their daily curriculum in order to encourage exploration and help increase their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The teachers often read stories to enhance thematic units (community helpers, cowboys, birds, kindness, etc.) and provide additional books for the students to enjoy independently. This grant will allow kindergarten to grow their class library giving the students additional visual lessons.
Mrs. Knuckles’s grant will be used for the project, Uke, Can Play the Ukulele. Learning to play the ukulele develops skills in students that are essential to creating music, mathematics, history, culture, social skills, and responsibility. Students learning to play the ukulele will learn music theory, ear training, composition, repertoire, improvisation as well as strumming exercises, note reading, rhythm, and scales.
We are very thankful to The Junior League of Albany, Georgia, Inc. for providing the opportunity for our teachers to apply for these grants and for their support to our local schools. We look forward to seeing all these resources being used in the classroom in the near future.
We are pleased to announce that senior baseball star Patrick Burke has signed a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. Patrick started his baseball career at SCA when he transferred in 9th grade.
Since the beginning, he has distinguished himself on the field. Patrick holds a career .545 batting average, a .934 on-base percentage, with only 3 strikeouts in his career! He has won the Best Offensive Player Award three years running and is a three-time state all-star in GAPPS (GA Assn. of Private & Parochial Schools). His bat will certainly be an asset to the Emmanuel Lions!
Defensively, Patrick will provide a strong arm on the mound and play the infield. He has been the number 1 pitcher in the rotation for the last two seasons for the Eagles, striking out 50 batters last year. He serves as a closer on his travel team (GameOn Baseball). Coach Jay Flynt is counting on Patrick’s arm this season to help the team make a deep playoff run!
Patrick will be majoring in Christian Ministry with a minor in History at Emmanuel. Eventually, he would like to go into youth ministry. Join us in congratulating another SCA Eagle headed to college on an athletic scholarship.
For the first time in SCA’s history, we have a tie for STAR student! Seniors Andrew Orr and Charlie Taylor were honored today in a STAR student/teacher luncheon sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Andrew chose Mrs. Sharon Howard as his STAR teacher and Charlie chose Mrs. Beth Shepard.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 62nd year, is sponsored, administered and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Since its creation by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR program has honored nearly 27,000 high school seniors and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2020 STAR nomination, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
We are very proud of Andrew, Mrs. Howard, Charlie, and Mrs. Shepard and the academic excellence they exemplify at Sherwood Christian Academy!
Congratulations to Coach James Byrd and the SCA ‘A’ Chess Team who traveled to Greensboro and brought home the GAPPS state championship trophy! This is SCA’s second state championship in chess in the past three years. Team members include seniors Andrew Orr, Charlie Taylor, Patrick Burke, and junior Will Mahnken. Way to go gentlemen!
Senior striker, Joshua Thomas, signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. A key member of last year’s state soccer championship team, Thomas believed that God was calling him to join former SCA head soccer coach Jeremy Davidson. Davidson currently serves as the head men’s soccer coach at Bryan. He had the privilege of coaching Josh not only at SCA last year but for several years during his club years. Current SCA head coach, Ashley Thomas, is excited not only for his son, but for the upcoming season when his team will defend their state title! Congratulations Josh!
A big ‘Thank You’ goes out to the entire Eagle Nation for participating in this year’s Great Turkey Race. With coordination from Student Council sponsors Tiffany Carter and Cheryl Thompson and the middle and high school student council members, students throughout the school helped collect 2772 items of food and $4779 in cash that was taken to the Lord’s Pantry to bless their ministry and those they serve this holiday season!
Congratulations to all the secondary grades for meeting their individual class goals!
I am so pleased to see our school be the hands and feet of Jesus to serve those less fortunate at this time of year. May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving this year!
Sherwood Christian Academy announced this week that the school received re-accreditation this spring. Since 2007, SCA has been accredited by AdvancEd (the umbrella organization for the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools/SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
This dual accreditation speaks of operational and academic excellence as well as the implementation of best practices of Christian education. Being an accredited school puts a stamp of approval and legitimacy on SCA’s diploma, allowing its students to attend the colleges of their choice and to be eligible for a broad range of scholarships nationwide.
Accreditation is a process whereby a school places itself under the inspection of a visiting team of educational professionals representing the two aforementioned accrediting bodies and their prescribed standards. The specifics cover the areas of mission and philosophy; governance and leadership; and operations including security, academics, programming, spiritual formation and strategic planning. SCA passed the standards inspection with exemplary marks.
As a mature school, SCA leadership chose to embark on Accreditation by School Progress (ASP), adding an additional writing component to this accreditation cycle that would have an appreciable effect on student achievement.
“Ultimately, we see effective communication skills as the currency of influence with others and as very important for students’ success in the future job market,” Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty said. “We developed a writing project called Writing the SCA Way as a way to increase our instruction in this area across the grades and the disciplines.
“This new curriculum helps every grade K-12 place a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The goal is that by the next accreditation cycle in five years, our writing project blueprint is reproduceable by other schools.”
Congratulations to the SCA Spring Literary Team who took 1st Place at the GICAA Division I-AA State Literary on Monday. It is SCA’s first Spring Literary state championship! SCA finished ahead of Westminster Academy of Watkinsville.
Congratulations are in order for coaches Vickie Knuckles & Jackie Byrd, accompanist Missy Sanders, and the fifteen (15) team members: Ashlynn Dapper (10th gr.), Josie Davidson (7th gr.), Gavin Griffin (10th gr.), Jared Guin (12th gr.), Liza Langstaff (10th gr.), Smith Langstaff (9th gr.), Elizabeth Montgomery (10th gr.), Cameron Rambo (12th gr.), Nathanael Sancinito (12th gr.), Andrew Sanders (12th gr.), Sydney Taylor (12th gr.), Emma Warbington (12th gr.), Julia Warbington (10th gr.), John Mark Willard (9th gr.), and Emily Whatley (12th gr.).
First place medals were earned by Smith Langstaff (humorous oral interpretation), Jared Guin (international extemporaneous), and the Boys Quartet of Gavin Griffin, Cameron Rambo, Andrew Sanders, and John Mark Willard. All together the SCA team earned 16 medals! Way to go Spring Literary Team!
On February 28, three of our high schoolers joined other talented youth in our community from other Dougherty County high schools to participate in the 6th Annual Community-Wide Youth Concert for Black History Month at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Albany.
Under the direction of high school musical director,Mrs. Christine St. Jacques,freshmanMikyla Porter, and juniors Nancy Johnston & Amber Mullins joined in a variety of old gospel songs and African heritage songs that made for an entertaining and inspiring concert that blessed those in attendance.
Dr. Dougherty stated, “I am so proud of these young ladies and how they represented our school well as a part of this community-wide youth choir. Interacting with students from other schools in the community and singing before a large audience including community leaders was a great experience for them. They are looking forward to participating again next year!”