This morning, we began ReFresh @ SCA. This week is a special time of renewal each fall for our secondary students. Our guest speaker is church planter, Pastor Ryan Rice, from Connect Church in Algiers, LA (New Orleans). Pastor Ryan will be sharing in 1 John. His emphasis is assurance of salvation for the believer – there is nothing greater than knowing you are a child of God. But for the unsaved, do you want to be a part of God’s family? If so, you need to make a decision of commitment. Benefits and rewards are awaiting you when you make the decision to follow Christ wholeheartedly. Please pray for Pastor Ryan and his time with our students this week.
Last Thursday, the juniors participated in our annual Ring Ceremony. The class of 2019, 37 strong, were given their new class rings by our Jostens rep Mr. Scott Jernigan which they ordered last spring. This annual tradition highlights the importance of identifying oneself with SCA, its mission and ideals, as well as what it means to be an Eagle. There was a great crowd of parents and relatives in attendance. And by the pictures, you can see the students looked great while they showed off their new class rings. Congratulations juniors!
Several SCA elementary students spent many hours reading over the summer. Our top readers for each grade were recognized on Thursday during elementary chapel.
Our top reader for the elementary school was fifth grade student Henry Anderson, who read a total of 16,207 pages.
Thanks to all our students who participated in our summer reading program. All the students who participated in the program will celebrate today with ice cream during lunch.
Listed below are our grade level winners:
Top Reader – Henry Anderson – 5th Grade
1st Place – Nolan Sheets
2nd Place – Car’Jaedon Williams
3rd Place – Jordyn Ban
1st Place – Maggy Haskins
2nd Place – Levi Davidson
3rd Place – CJ Pettiford
1st Place – Makenna Mingo
2nd Place – Julia Kendrick
3rd Place – Grace Warbington
1st Place – Ashley Haskins
2nd Place – Evan Johnson
3rd Place – Micah Hall
1st Place – Lydia Sancinito
2nd Place – Addison Mingo
3rd Place – Alexandra Collins
The 7th and 8th Grade Retreat took place on Tuesday, August 29, at Legacy Park. The classes had a chance to grow closer together through team-building exercises led by Campus Pastor Jeremy Davidson. After enjoying a Chick-fil-A lunch at the pavilion, the 8th graders enjoyed swimming at Jonathan Thomas’ house; the 7th graders at Ally Flynt’s house. Thanks to Coach Davidson, the class sponsors, and the Thomases and Flynts for helping make the day special!
Class retreats are a unique opportunity we have developed at SCA to try and build relational bridges throughout our school. We take a day away from the classroom at the beginning of the school year and allow the students to compete in a variety of team building games, activities and challenges. All of these challenges are designed to force students out of their comfort zones as they creatively compete with other groups of students all across their grade level and beyond. It is our prayer that these retreats would grow Christ-honoring relationships, build unity throughout our school, and generate passion and excitement for being an SCA Eagle this school year!
SCA celebrated the Great American Eclipse in a special way on Monday, August 21. Elementary classes enjoyed eclipse-themed classroom activities, special treats, and viewed the eclipse on the NASA website. Likewise, secondary students were able to view the eclipse online as well. The 8th Grade Earth Science classes wrapped up an exciting mini unit on the eclipse. Students participated in a variety of activities related to this special event including an in-depth PowerPoint presentation. The 8th graders were thrilled to have the opportunity to observe the partial eclipse outside with approved solar eclipse glasses, and to celebrate God’s creation!
Varsity Boys are GICAA Div I State Champions!
SCA’s Top 5 Runners:
Jordan Roberts – 2nd
Joshua Kendrick – 3rd
Samuel Orr – 8th
Collin Phillips – 9th
Nathan Roberts – 17th
Varsity Girls are GICAA Div I State Runner-Ups!
SCA’s Top 5 Runners:
Samantha Pappas – 3rd
Anna Kendrick – 7th
Catherine Kendrick – 17th
Caroline Mathis – 18th
Alexis Kelley – 21st
by Cameron Higdon, SCA student
This year’s SCA fundraiser was a Fun Run for the elementary school and a Color Run for the middle and high school, both hosted by Boosterthon.
The Fun Run was a great time for both the students and the teachers of the elementary campus. The teachers of each class set goals and devised rewards to motivate their students to raise more donations for the run. These motivational incentives were rewards like: choosing where you sit in class, five minutes of extra recess, and a movie day. The elementary students then ran with all their friends from other classes and grades. The atmosphere was upbeat with music and an announcer giving commands. The announcer would give commands such Slow-Mo run or dancing for a lap instead of running. The students enjoyed being able to go outside and just have fun. Most, if not all, of the students ran more than the minimum 30 laps. It was a new and fun way for the elementary students to finish up the school day.
The Color Run was the fundraiser for the middle school and high school students. The students were asked to bring $50 to be allowed to run. They could also participate in the run if their grade goal was met and the whole grade could run. The Color Run was about a mile through the cross-country course. Throughout this mile the teachers set up at stations with colored chalk. The students then took off down the course only to be met by clouds of color. When they finished the race everyone’s white shirts were covered in an assortment of colors. As Cameron Rambo said, “There was purple chalk over everything and everyone.” The Color Run was a new, exciting and fun way to support our school.
On November 11th, Sherwood Christian Academy honored veterans with a special service at Sherwood Baptist Church. To begin the program, Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty welcomed all in attendance. The rest of the program was filled with moving speeches from students, a memorable flag folding, singing by the elementary students and One Voice group, as well as an entertaining rendition of USO.
SCA would like to thank all service men and women and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. After this year’s program, we realize just how high a price freedom truly costs. We can’t express how thankful we are for you, Veterans! Thank you for your service!
We are One. One School. One Campus. And we are so excited for you to see it!
We not only built and improved this facility to serve our current families, but also to allow for growth in the future. We made this change to serve our community and impact Albany for Christ. What a blessing it has already been!
Here are a few things that have changed since last year at the 1418 Old Pretoria Campus…
- 15 classrooms
- Total 30,000 square feet of added space
- 150 work stations
- Kitchen and cafeteria
- Media center
- Reception area and administrative offices
- Brick facade on existing buildings
- New energy efficient windows and doors
- Improved security measures
- Improved lighting in all classrooms
- Renovated science lab
- Renovations total 60,000 square feet
- Smart Board technology in every classroom
- Updated security measures
If you would like to schedule a visit to SCA to see the changes for yourself please call 229.883.5677 to set up a visit for your family. We would love to meet you and show you around our sprawling campus.