The second graders at SCA took the Christmas story to the Phoebe Putney Senior Living Center on Beattie Road. They sang praise songs and recited Bible verses to all in attendance. They finished their visit by singing Christmas carols and handing each resident a hand-made Christmas ornament.
The students did a wonderful job sharing the Gospel and the message of hope with the residents. What a blessing to see the students put hands and feet to their faith and share it with others this Christmas season! Good job, second graders!
Written by: Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty
Last month, our school and church family lost a very special friend in Mrs. Vickie Davis. Tragically, Vickie succumbed to the scourge of cancer; but those close to her know the disease did not take away the joy and peace that she found in her relationship with Jesus Christ. Vickie faithfully served not only the body of Christ at Sherwood Baptist Church, but the students of Sherwood Christian Academy for 20 years before retiring in 2015 to tend to her health needs.
Vickie was absolutely sold out to Christian education and always had a heart for students who needed some extra encouragement. She was an engaging teacher who was not afraid to roll up her sleeves and help students experience meaningful, hands-on learning. Mrs. Davis is credited with starting our 7th grade tradition known as Driftwood—an outdoor education field trip to St. Simon’s Island each year. She also took a team of students to the Future City Engineering Competition in Washington D.C. after winning state in the spring of 2014. But what impressed me most about Vickie was how she always drew Christ into the conversation. She understood the essence of a Christian education—that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to unlock the heart of a student to help each of them reach their full potential. Vickie was often found praying for her students to this end.
Before her memorial service, I was presented with the idea to honor Vickie with a scholarship fund in her name. I thought this gesture was so fitting. Vickie’s heart was for any student desiring a Christian education to receive one. This special scholarship will be designated to help families who financially need some extra help to make this a reality. A lead donor has come forward to offer a matching gift challenge of $10,000 to help get the fund started. For every dollar that comes in for this worthy cause, it will be matched until the end of the fiscal year. Would you consider joining other donors in making a matching gift to the Vickie Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund to make a Christian education possible for needy students? You can send in your check made out to SCA with Vickie Davis in the memo line to the attention of the Headmaster at Sherwood Christian Academy, 1418 Old Pretoria Road, Albany, GA, 31721. Thank you for your prayerful consideration to honor both the legacy of Mrs. Vickie Davis and to help deserving students receive a Christian education at SCA.
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.
Every year at SCA, students raise money and bring food in for The Lord’s Pantry, all while incorporating friendly competition into the process. Throughout the year, grades compete with each other to earn points for our field day event known as Sherwood Cup. The grade that brings in the most for The Lord’s Pantry receives 500 points (the most we give for one event all year).
Each grade set a goal for the amount of money and food they were going to try to contribute. Students then brought in the food and money over a two-week period before Thanksgiving break.
The middle school’s goal was to collect 1,000 food items and $650. The high school’s goal was to collect $1,470 dollars and 1820 food items. The elementary grades do not participate in the competition but they do bring in food for the Lord’s Pantry.
Thank you to all students for participating and giving to The Lord’s Pantry! You have helped make a difference in the lives of others!
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.
If a visitor came to our school on Friday, March 27 this year, they would be surprised to see war paint, crazy colored t-shirts and classrooms filled with yells of students cheering on their classmates. On this day, Sherwood Christian Academy’s grades fought hard for the coveted trophy declaring the best grade on campus. It is called Sherwood Cup.
Every year, different events pop up, which makes every Sherwood Cup different in some fashion. These events include things like geography bowl, chess and eating contests to soccer, flag football and sock war. It is a relaxed day when teachers and students get to cut loose and have fun without being in a classroom setting. However, at the end of the day it was all about the trophy. In the middle school, the seventh grade won, which was a great surprise. They are the only grade in Sherwood history to win two years in a row and the only grade to ever win their sixth grade year. For the high school, it was no shock when the class of 2015 walked away with the trophy, winning it all their final year. As a senior, I have participated in seven Sherwood Cups, and each year they get better and better. Some of my favorite high school memories come from this day because it made us pursue teamwork together, ultimately making my senior class an even tighter family.
Author- Hannah Thompson
Sherwood Christian Academy’s production of Annie Jr. sure made people smile. Mrs. Vickie Knuckles directed the play, and she was very excited to have the students on the stage performing. There was a large cast this year, and within this cast lies some great potential and fantastic abilities.
The acting was dynamic, the music was charming, and the dancing, choreographed by Mrs. Barbara Pippin, was rhythmic, bouncy and energetic. Mrs. Pippin has stated that she was very happy to be a part of the production. She and Mrs. Knuckles worked very hard to make this play a wonderful experience for both the students and the audience and they pulled it off wonderfully.
Thank you to all the patrons of the arts who came to support these young actors! They are exploring and defining the gifts God has given them and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for these talented students.
Author- Michaela Reed and Mallory McBride
The cast of “Singin’ in the Rain” transported crowds back in time to 1950s Hollywood, complete with flashy flapper costumes, detailed props and impressive tap dancing. Not to mention there really was rain!
Each night of the three performances, crowd size was large, with one night exceeding the largest number of attendees the theater has ever held. There was one theme consistent throughout the show – humor for all ages. “Singin’ in the Rain” truly is “one of the greatest musical comedies of all time.”
Thank you for sharing your talents with us, cast! And, congratulations on another successful show!