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Great Turkey Race 2019

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!

Dr. Dougherty

 

SCA Receives Re-accreditation

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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.”

(article courtesy of the Albany Herald, 6-22-19)

 

Spring Literary Team Wins State!

 

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!

Three HSers Join Community Youth Concert for Black History Month

community wide youth concert feb 2019

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, freshman Mikyla 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!”

New Staff Added For Our 34th Year

 

On Friday, August 10, we launched our 34th year of Christian school ministry to the greater Albany area. We are 60 staff members strong to deliver academic excellence within the context of a quality, Bible-based education to the 400 students who will call SCA home this year.

Joining us this year are new staff members:

Deborah Holman: 2nd Grade (pictured with teaching partner Mrs. Dougherty)

Cherry McKinley: Kitchen staff

Renee Oxendine: MS & HS History and Bible

Gary Oxendine: HS Math & Bible and MS PE

Vicki Davis: Instructional Technology Director

Mirna Galiano: MS & HS Spanish

Michelle Mattox: Marketing Director

We are so glad that God has called them to serve alongside us. Please welcome them to the SCA Family!

Spring Fundraisers Update

 

 

It has been a busy spring raising necessary funds for our school. Thanks to all who were a part of each event to make it fun and productive for our school! The Elementary Jog-A-Thon and the SCA Silent Auction are in the books. We are two-thirds of the way there with our Secondary Spring Fundraiser coming the last week of April.

The first event was our Elementary Jog-A-Thon which took place on Friday, March 23. Because of the efforts of our elementary students in asking for donations, they were able to raise $9938 for SCA! What a blessing to bring in that much money for the school, and what fun they had that morning before we left for spring break! Thanks to all of the elementary students and parents for making this year’s Jog-A-Thon a huge success!

The second event was our annual SCA Silent Auction that took place on Friday, April 6, at Sherwood Baptist Church. We had another great list of items up for auction–over 150 total items! Through an online portal/app, individuals bid on items for over two weeks. When the final bell had sounded at 9:00 PM that night, we raised over $11,125 for SCA! Thanks to everyone who helped on the auction committee as well as those who bid (and won!) on our auction items. A special thanks to the many individuals and local businesses who donated items to make our auction successful!

Our final spring fundraiser will be the Secondary Badminton and Ping Pong Tournament. Information packets will be sent home soon. We will be holding separate high school and middle school tournaments for each sport with various competition levels. Students will have the opportunity to solicit donations to cover their admission fee to be a part of the tournament.

The high school tournament will be Wednesday, April 25, and the middle school will have their tournament Friday, April 27. Each tournament will take place during 6th-7th periods. The winners in each level will have the chance to compete against faculty members! So let’s get involved and have fun as we finish meeting our fundraising goal for the school year.

 

Girls Soccer Wins SCA Tournament

under the cross 2018

Congratulations to the Varsity Soccer Lady Eagles for winning the 2018 Under The Cross Tournament this weekend! The tournament included 12 girls’ teams from throughout the state. They defeated the HALO team from Athens 2-0 to claim first place. The girls earned the title by defeating Central Georgia then tied Robert Toombs Academy on Friday, then defeated Calvary and HALO on Saturday. They finished the tournament 3-0-1.

They had their greatest test in the semi-finals against a determined Calvary team. After leading 1-0 at half, Calvary tied the match and it went into overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the game went to PKs. Each team scored their first four PKS. The match would be determined on the fifth kicks. Junior Hannah Huckaby was successful on our fifth kick while freshmen keeper Natalie Brock blocked the fifth penalty kick from Calvary! It was an exciting match!

The varsity boys soccer team competed against 14 other boys’ teams from throughout Georgia. They reached the semi-finals and lost to a strong HALO team. They finished the weekend 2-2-0.

Thanks to the Lord for a great weekend with good weather. A special thanks to all of our parent volunteers who made this tournament possible. It is a privilege to host the largest high school soccer tournament in the state. We can’t do it without the help of such great parents!

STAR Student & Teacher

Casey Gregors

Congratulations to SCA’s STAR Student and Teacher – Casey Gregors and Mrs. Sabrina Davidson. Casey and Mrs. Davidson were honored today in a STAR Student/Teacher luncheon sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 60th 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 26,500 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2018 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 Casey and Mrs. Davidson and the academic excellence they exemplify at Sherwood Christian Academy!

MS Girls Basketball Wins State!

 

 

 

ms b-ball state

 

Congratulations to Coach Mark Walker and the SCA middle school girls basketball team for winning the GICAA state basketball championship today in Macon! The girls completed their championship run by beating Westminster Christian Academy from Watkinsville by a score of 35-30. They overcame a 7-point halftime deficit with a strong third quarter. Several made free throws from Joy Kendrick and Kyla Raven sealed the win. This is the first middle school state title in school history! They finished their season 12-1. Congratulations, Lady Eagles!

Joining Coach Walker are Asst. Coach Princeton White and team members:

7th graders: Arabella Davidson, Mallory Holmes, Anna Kroll, Caroline Orr, Maggie Roberts, Sydney Sanders, Audrey Skidmore, Mikayla White

8th graders: Caroline Dougherty, Ally Flynt, Joy Kendrick, Kyla Raven