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ACA Unveils the Collaborative Learning Center

Alabama Christian Academy recently unveiled the new Collaborative Learning Center in the location of the former Secondary school library. The Collaborative Learning Center features multiple interactive surfaces and integrates technology into a space that reflects ACA’s commitment to 21st century learning. Mrs. Charlotte Patterson, the librarian, notes that “the CLC is the perfect blend of the past and the future.”  

In the new space, books were rearranged and sorted carefully to allow for nearly 40 seats in a variety of workspaces in addition to the two glass-walled collaboration rooms. The collaboration rooms have furniture specific to their functions — whether that is creative brainstorming and video creation or project planning and group collaboration. Each room’s glass walls function as a creative plane, as well as the multiple whiteboards found within. Students in grades 7-12 will also have the capability to project from their iPads onto the digital displays within the collaboration rooms to further enhance their use as a flexible learning space.

Two large digital displays were installed on either wall of the common area in the Collaborative Learning Centers to be used as displays for photography or videos, to aid in direct instruction with a teacher’s iPad or laptop reflected upon it, or as a tool for distance-learning opportunities and video-conferencing with guest lecturers. This integration of technology and multiple learning spaces is what Ryan Kendall, ACA’s Director of Instructional Technology, called the vision for the Collaborative Learning Center. "We wanted to provide a space where our students could connect, collaborate, and create — whether with other students there in the room or others across the country or even around the world.”

The renovation of the Collaborative Learning Center was made possible through generous donations and sponsorships at the school’s Annual Spring Benefit Dinner held in April and a contribution from the parent-organization Volunteers in Partnership. With guidance from ACA’s Board of Trustees and the Long-Range Planning committee, the transition of the library into the Collaborative Learning Center will ensure the space continues to meet the educational needs of the 21st century learner.

November 6, 2014

ACA's Marching Band Voted Best in CLass

Alabama Christian Academy’s award winning Marching Eagle Band has been recognized as Best in Class, in addition to winning all superior ratings, at every competition they have attended this season. The nearly 60 member Marching Eagle Band is led by Director Travis Kaye and Assistant Director Trey Holladay and has attended three competitions this season. Director Kaye notes “ "The great thing about this year’s group is that they truly understand that it is not all about their performance, but rather who they become in the process of creating of an excellent performance. We’ve been blessed to compete against and learn from so many great bands this season.“

In addition to being awarded all superior ratings in each category, the Band received multiple Best in Class awards for their performances. At the Phenix Invitational Marching Festival, the Marching Eagle Band was recognized as the 2A Best in Class Band and Best Colorguard. ACA’s Colorguard is led by Rachel Phillips. The Band also received Best in Class Band, Best Percussion and Best Colorguard following the Lake Martin Invitational competition. The Band’s last competition of the season was the recent White Sands Invitational, where the band was awarded Best in Class Band and Best Drum Major. Senior Trent Tanner has led the Marching Eagle Band as Drum Major for the last two years and was honored to have this distinction of Best Drum Major at the competition.

 

October 20, 2014

Math Team Competes at Auburn University

Alabama Christian Academy’s math team consisting of eight 8th grade math students participated in the fall Middle School AMP'd Challenge at Auburn University. Team members included Gracie Shaddix, Reece Solar, Jackson Duke, Timothy Jones, MinGue Park, Austin and Andrew Lin, and Nicholas Lacy. The competition consisted of 12 logic and reasoning challenges designed by masters and doctoral students at Auburn University to encourage involvement in higher level mathematics in a fun, exciting way instead of just memorizing algorithms. Out of 12 participating teams, ACA’s team finished in 3rd place.

ACA's Math Team is shown here with their sponsor, Mrs. Lynne Smith, at the Auburn University AMP'ed Challenge - Austin Lin, Gracie Shaddix, MinGue Park, Andrew Lin, Nicholas Lacy, Timothy Jones, Mrs. Lynne Smith, Jackson Duke and Reece Solar.

October 18, 2014

Elementary Pirate Math Night a Success!

Alabama Christian Academy held the first annual Elementary Math Night this week. Under the guidance of Math Coach, Lynne Smith, the Elementary opened its doors for fun and games with math at the focus with a pirate theme. Each teacher and child was encouraged to dress up and participate in the evening by following a treasure map to find games in each classroom that concentrated on basic math skills, math strategy, and interactive learning to build enthusiasm and confidence in math abilities. Out of 266 current elementary students, 190 were present for the evening with their parents and siblings to participate in the fun and games.

Mrs. Smith notes: “It has been my dream that one day I could see students having fun with math. Our Pirate Math Night was like a dream come true! Students were engaging in meaningful math learning experiences and having fun at the same time. My objective as Math Coach is to creative a more positive attitude about math and prove that each student can do math!” Thanks to Publix and Coca-Cola for their generous contributions to the event!

" ACA Elementary teachers strive to make learning fun and enjoy a photo op during the school's first annual Math Night."

October 16, 2014

Cross Country Team Medals at Auburn Meet

After Alabama Christian Academy naming a new head coach for the Cross Country team this year, Mrs. Melinda Estes, the Eagles cross country team has advanced to state and they are currently ranked second in their section. At the recent Auburn meet, the Tiger Classic, the JV Eagles team brought home four medals. For the girls: Marlo Duggan - 1st place and Madison Parker - 7th place and for the boys: Judd Hardin - 3rd place and Tristan Smith - 4th place. The Eagles will leave for sectionals in Mobile on October 30th.

"Three of the Eagles Cross Country medalists celebrate following the awards ceremony - (L-R) seventh graders Marlo Duggan and Judd Hardin, and eighth grader Tristan Smith. "

October 12, 2014

Elementary Participates in MDA Fundraiser

Alabama Christian Academy Elementary Principal, Doug Black, was “arrested” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As part of the fundraiser, Mr. Black challenged his elementary students in grades K4-5th to bring “bail” money to assist the MDA. The elementary students spent the week learning about ALS and the MDA’s efforts to fight the disease and at the end of the week enjoyed seeing the police officers take Mr. Black away in a police car after raising over $1700 in just one week.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is committed to fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related diseases, as well as supporting those afflicted with muscular disorders. The disease is characterized by a progressive weakening of skeletal muscles, defects in muscle proteins and the death of muscle tissue, according to MDA’s website at www.mda.org.

ACA is committed to providing all students, from kindergarten to high school seniors, an opportunity to serve the needs of others. As part of a well-rounded education, ACA’s mission is to prepare its students through service opportunities, as well as in the classroom – to thrive in wisdom and serve in spirit.

October 3, 2014

Eighteen Students Nominated for Duke TIP Program

Alabama Christian Academy has recognized 18 seventh grade students that qualify to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth.
The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high-ability students, offering qualifying seventh grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students.
Since 1980, Duke TIP has identified over 2 million seventh graders based on standardized test scores. The program is dedicated to being a national leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of each student’s optimal educational potential.
“ACA is proud of these eighteen students who qualified for the Duke TIP program this year,” said Secondary High School Principal Doug Prater. “As a college-preparatory school, we recognize that there is great importance in having our kids exposed at an early age to college-entrance exams and increasing the college-readiness among students for their future academic success.”
The qualifying ACA students are:
Braxton Bonner, Leanna Bruner, Kyra Caspari, Logan Clark, Madison Davis, Aidan Dickson,
Marlo Duggan, Judson Hardin, Coleman Harrison, Dylan Hilliard, Elise Jackson, Daniel King, Gavin Lyle, David Mimm, Chad Moody, Kinish Serna-Martiniz, Emily Thornton, and Jashaun Todd.

September 30, 2014

ACA Announces Homecoming Queen and Princess

Alabama Christian Academy recently celebrated Homecoming week with many student-led activities courtesy of the Student Government Association (SGA), football games and crowning of a Homecoming Queen and Princess.
Alabama Christian Academy crowned Miss Peyton Northington the 2014 Homecoming Queen during ACA’s varsity football game against Fultondale High School. Peyton is the daughter of Jay and Kim Northington and a member of the Eagles Varsity cheer squad. She has been a student at ACA since kindergarten.
Miss Gracie Shaddix was crowned Middle School Princess following the Eagles middle school game against Elmore County. Gracie is the daughter of Tony and Kathy Shaddix. At ACA, Gracie is the Middle School SGA President and is also involved in the National Junior Honor Society, the 8th grade Math team, and she plays for the ACA Middle School volleyball team.

Pictured: ACA's 2014 Homecoming Queen Peyton Northington is escorted here by her father and is joined by the 2013 Homecoming Queen Miss Meredith Durden, who is currently a freshman at Troy University, and first graders Sydney Jones and Campbell Hammett.

September 28, 2014

Message from ACA Board of Directors

As most of you experienced, we attempted twice to send you a link to a survey last night. Neither attempt was successful due to technical issues. We have not been able to determine exactly what prevented the access to the survey.
The survey is intended to give our stakeholders an opportunity for input into the selection of a new president for ACA. Here is a link to the survey: https://www.survey-monkey.com/s/9XS5XVT
This link is uniquely tied to this survey and your email address.

September 24, 2014

Seven ACA Students Receive AP Scholar Awards

Seven Alabama Christian Academy students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. Two of these seven students, Ivey Best and Steven Evans, were recipients of the AP Scholar with Honor award for scoring a 3 or higher on four or more exams. Ivey is a 2014 graduate of ACA and is currently a freshman at the University of Alabama. Steven Evans also graduated in 2014 and is at Troy University this year. Ivey and Steven both took AP exams in English Literature and Composition, European History, US Government and US History.

Mitch Moody, ACA’s Class of 2014 Salutatorian, earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction for receiving a 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken, with a 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams. Mitch was also a National Merit Scholarship recipient and now attends Auburn University. He scored a 5, which is considered the maximum score, on 3 of his exams - English Literature and Composition, US History and European History. Mitch also took exams in US Government and Calculus.

Class of 2014 graduates Dalton Turner, Stewart Torode, Marlee Morgan (ACA's 2014 Valedictorian) and John Rodgers all received the AP scholar recognition for scoring a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. John and Marlee are both currently attending Auburn University and Stewart and Dalton are freshman at Auburn University - Montgomery.

Currently, Alabama Christian Academy offers enrollment in six AP courses in the areas of English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Biology, European History, US Government and US History. Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that these exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam grades. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

September 10, 2014

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