ACA Announces New Head of School

Alabama Christian Academy (ACA), a SACS accredited K-12 Christian school, has named Dr. Misty Overman as its new Head of School. Dr. Overman, who had been Vice President of Learning Initiatives at Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA), will join the ACA family on June 1, 2015.

“Dr. Overman has an extraordinary background in education developed over more than 25 years working in a variety of academic, administrative, consulting and assessment positions” explains Bobby Rives, Chairman for the Alabama Christian Academy Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of working knowledge of education’s best practices, learning initiatives and technology integration, but more importantly, she brings a vision and passion for glorifying God in everything done at ACA and developing tomorrow’s leaders to do the same. We are blessed and honored that she is joining the ACA family.”

Before joining ACA, Dr. Overman, taught high school mathematics, led 6-8 grades as Junior High principal, and oversaw teacher professional development K-12 at Greater Atlanta Christian School. In her senior leadership role at GACS as Vice President of Learning Initiatives, she worked on academic and facility strategic planning, advancement and fundraising, and learning initiatives such as K-12 Academic Support. Dr. Overman serves as the Accreditation Director of the National Christian School Association in full partnership with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS – AdvancEd). Her work in technology integration has also allowed her to present leadership and integration strategy sessions for Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, CA and other parts of the United States.

Rives continues “Our search process was very organic.  It was designed to listen and respond to the collective wisdom of the ACA family, including students, faculty, parents, alumni and other stakeholders numerous through surveys, town hall type meetings and narrow focus group discussions. The profile for ACA’s next Head of School grew out of the insight shared through those surveys and meetings, and this profile was used to identify and assess potential candidates from around the country. Dr. Overman was the clear choice and has all the qualities desired for our next Head of School, with her approachable disposition, ability to cast a vision, love for learning, expectation of excellence and faith-based approach to education and administration.

Dr. Overman has an Ed. D and M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia as well as a B.S. in Mathematics Education. She and her husband Jerry have three grown children.

March 20, 2015

Eleven ACA Students Participate in ALMUN

Eleven Alabama Christian Academy students recently participated in the Alabama Model United Nations Conference on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. As a part of the conference, students were in committees that debated and discussed current events and politics, as well as networked with other high school students from across the Southeast. Committees that students participated in included the Justice League Crisis, the Kennedy Crisis, Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, Special Political, and Disarmament and International Security. During these times of debate and discussion students tackled problems such as gender equality in education, establishing a nuclear free zone in the Middle East, Korean unification, events that Kennedy’s cabinet faced and Justice League problems. Of the eleven students that attended the conference, Robby Bruce, Keely Nguyen, Aly Nguyen, Autumn Anderson, and Kat Rogers all received Verbal Commendations for their work. Delegates David Swayne and Will Shoemaker each received the Best Delegate award in their committee rooms.
Alabama Christian Academy participates in the Model United Nations programs and various conferences across the Southeast annually to educate students about political processes and current events and to encourage students to be active participants in their communities.

March 6, 2015

ACA Raises Top Amounts for American Heart Association

Students at Alabama Christian Academy have worked tirelessly during the month of February to raise money for the American Heart Association and their efforts have proven successful with a total raised of $28,690. Mrs. Patti Turner, ACA’s elementary Physical Education teacher, spearheads this annual joint elementary and middle school effort to help the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program and challenges students to help others through it. Mrs. Turner has been hosting this annual event for over 20 years at ACA and each year helps the students to have fun while educating them about the heart.
Students that participated in the event spent time jumping rope and listening to music. They also were able to throw or hit the Elementary Principal, Mr. Doug Black, with dart guns, water balloons and pies in conjunction with the theme this year - “ACA is on Target!” As a part of the overall total, the highest money raiser was fifth-grader, McLeod Missildine with $1045 raised and the second highest was second-grader Karson Oakley with $850 raised.
The American Heart Association notes that every $50 raised is a life saved and with nearly $29,000 from ACA, over 570 lives will be affected through this year’s efforts by ACA’s elementary and middle school. This annual event continues Alabama Christian Academy’s mission to not only educate students, but also to provide opportunities to serve and positively contribute to their communities.

February 28, 2015

ACA Offers Afterschool Enrichment Opportunities

Alabama Christian Academy provides multiple enrichment opportunities for Elementary students to participate in weekly. Students can choose from a variety of programs like technology, legos, drama, Spanish, French and art. A book club has also been established for reading enthusiasts. Each of these programs provide students an opportunity to build skills in areas they are interested in, show natural ability in and help to give students an educational foundation to build on. Afterschool care is also available for elementary students including tutoring assistance provided by certified teachers. All of the educational opportunities are organized and hosted by Alabama Christian Academy faculty.
Photo caption: Students in lego club recently learned how to create stop motion animation with iPads.

February 21, 2015

ACA Elementary Hosts Grandparents Day

Alabama Christian Academy elementary students celebrated Grandparents Day this week with a day designed to show appreciation for the love and wisdom shared. After being treated to a special breakfast and a slideshow of school events, grandparents visited their grandchild’s classroom to participate in activities and a photo booth, along with interviews by their grandchildren. Following the time in the classroom, the grandparents were guests of honor in a music program featuring the k4-5th grade students. During the program, students and grandparents were admonished by ACA baseball coach Don Gilliam to protect the bond between grandparent and grandchild and to “finish strong” the life set before each person by being an example to others.
At times throughout the day, students had the opportunity to visit the Crane Book Fair with their grandparents to help fund new items for the library and elementary programs. ACA Elementary is honored to host grandparents yearly and to be able to show appreciation for their impact in the students’ lives, as well as display some of what makes ACA special during this special time together.

February 13, 2015

ACA Band Members Selected for District and All-State Bands

Twelve Alabama Christian Academy middle and high school band members were recently chosen to participate in District and All-State Honor Bands with some of the state’s most talented student musicians. After playing multiple challenging music pieces for the auditions, Blake Mitchell, Micah Williams, David Swayne and Brandon Hightower have the honor of being chosen for the Alabama All-State Band. Chandler Clark, Turner Johnston, Micah Williams, Jameela Broadie, Miranda Porterfield, Blake Mitchell, Heather Barsukoff and Landon Holladay will represent ACA’s bands in the District Honor Bands to be held February 20-21, 2015. The Alabama Christian Academy bands consistently sweep Marching Band competitions throughout the state scoring all superiors and produce student musicians that march or perform with collegiate bands such as the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band, the Sound of the South band from Troy University and the Auburn University Marching Band.

February 13, 2015

ACA Hosts Annual Blood Drive

The Alabama Christian Academy National Honor Society has sponsored an annual Red Cross Blood Drive for over 20 years. This year, ACA students, faculty and staff, family and friends donated approximately 118 units of blood and platelets in an effort to help save lives, making this one of the largest blood drives in the River Region.

The blood drive not only provided ACA high school students an opportunity to help save lives by giving blood, it also allowed the NHS students an ability to serve the faculty, fellow students and ACA friends and family through registering donors, serving in the canteen and supervising waiting donors in the hallways.

Service to the community and others is an integral part of ACA’s mission for a providing a challenging, Christ-centered education and to help prepare students for their future. ACA offers opportunities throughout the year for students to get involved with service projects, such as the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Picture - Father and daughter, Brian and Taylor Lord, give blood to help save lives during the annual Alabama Christian Academy NHS Blood Drive.

February 7, 2015

Seven ACA Students Participate in UAB Honor Choir

Seven Alabama Christian Academy students recently were chosen to participate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Honor Choir. The ACA students - Blake Clifton, Lindsey Helms, Taylor Mclemore, Sidney Whitfield, Landon Holladay, Katherine Griggs and Lacey Spear - participated as part of the UAB Honor Choir with students from seventeen other high schools around the state. Members of the UAB Choir also were part of the joint choir.

After arriving at UAB on Friday morning, students received the music and rehearsed for several hours Friday and Saturday morning to prepare for a concert on Saturday afternoon at Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Jemison Concert Hall. Pieces performed in the concert included Alleluia from Mozart's Regina Coeli and Ave Maria among others. Participating in the UAB Honor Choir gave the seven members of the ACA Acapella Chorus an opportunity to both show their skills and learn from the experience.

January 31, 2015

ACA Students and Staff Serve on Missions Team in Mexico

Students and staff from Alabama Christian Academy recently spent five days in Baja California, Mexico on a mission trip to work in the city of Maneadero. ACA employees Jim Naylor and Lori Sullivan, as well as ACA freshmen Kelsey Bradley and Mason Sullivan, were part of a group of 16 that visited Mexico. While there, they worked to feed the hungry daily, hand out food baskets, run a medical clinic and build a house.

January 29, 2015

ACA Students Get Hands-On Experience with Forensic Science

Forensics classes at Alabama Christian Academy have been learning foundational skills and practices throughout this year and took time this week to learn through a simulated crime and blood typing. In efforts to give students a hands-on, interactive experience to aid in learning, students in Mrs. Cindy Savage’s Forensic Science class spent time not just learning basic information about blood types, but about how those blood types interact and how they can be detected when given certain parameters. During the process of blood typing, students examined simulated blood samples from a victim, 2 suspects and crime scene to evaluate the facts in the case and also to compare and analyze data to help them determine if they could exclude persons from suspicion. Students in Mrs. Savage’s forensics class note that hands-on simulations like this simulated blood typing have helped them to apply knowledge with a greater sense of understanding and retention, as well as to help them to enjoy science classes.

January 24, 2015


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