Thomas Signs Soccer Scholarship

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Senior striker, Joshua Thomas, signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. A key member of last year’s state soccer championship team, Thomas believed that God was calling him to join former SCA head soccer coach Jeremy Davidson. Davidson currently serves as the head men’s soccer coach at Bryan. He had the privilege of coaching Josh not only at SCA last year but for several years during his club years. Current SCA head coach, Ashley Thomas, is excited not only for his son, but for the upcoming season when his team will defend their state title! Congratulations Josh!

New Basketball Record Set

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Congratulations to senior Colin Dougherty who broke the record for career 3-point goals made at SCA! In the 3rd quarter of a tight game with Griffin Christian, Dougherty hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night to set the record of made threes at 148. The previous mark of 147 was set by 2010 graduate Wesley Pittman. The Eagles went on to win a tight game by the score of 63-58. The boys’ varsity team sits at an impressive 12-2 record for the season.

Dougherty, a two-time team captain and three-year starter, has been a prolific outside shooter during his career. He has already matched the most 3-pointers hit in a single game with Patrick Stanford (2013) hitting seven against Central Fellowship Christian Academy last season during the Region Tournament. Dougherty entered his senior year with 105 career threes but has been been hitting them at a steady rate with 43 already this season as the team heads to Christmas break. The coaching staff is confident he will be setting the bar high for 3-pointers made with half of the season yet to be played. Congratulations Colin!

 

Senior Health Career Guest Speaker Series

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Seniors from Coach O’Connor’s health class had an opportunity to hear from SCA alumni who have careers in various health fields. Speakers shared their personal stories, their educational paths and the pros and cons of working in their respective fields.

We heard from professionals in the fields of nursing, hospital administration, nurse practitioner, physical therapy, dental hygiene and respiratory therapy.

We are grateful to these Eagle alumni who took time to give back to SCA and to inspire a new generation of graduates!

Thank you to:
Respiratory Therapist Saralyn Wilson (2014)
Dental Hygienist Selena Russell (2011)
Physical Therapist James Blackwell (2005)
Nurse Practitioner Kelsey Reed (2008)
Hospital Administrator Emily Thompson (2014)
Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant Brandon Glow (2005)

 

Eagles Sweep Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

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The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams spent the beginning of their Thanksgiving break competing in the Northside Methodist Academy Thanksgiving Basketball tournament in Dothan, AL. Both teams showed up strong and took first place! Each team had to defeat the home team the Knights of Northside to move to the championship game on Tuesday evening.

The girls’ finished their tournament run taking down pesky Bethlehem High School (FL) 44-38. Eagles Ashanti Harrison, Kyla Raven, and Joy Kendrick were selected to the All-Tournament Team with Joy taking the tournament’s MVP award! The girls’ record is 5-2.

The boys faced a physical team from Escambia County (AL) in the nightcap. Though the Eagles led the entire game, the Cougars closed the gap to one point midway through the 3rd quarter, but a critical 3-pointer by Colin Dougherty pushed the lead back to four and the boys went on to win 57-47. Eagles KJ Brown, Caleb Wiley, and Grant Raven received All-Tournament Awards with Grant receiving the MVP award! The boys are sitting at 7-1 on the young season.

Great Turkey Race 2019

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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

 

Kindergarten’s New Promethean Board

IMG_2872The SCA kindergarten teachers are excited about the addition of the new Promethean board in their department Promethean boards use touch screen technology and are particularly good for this developmental age because as students write letters, match numbers, sort colors, and perform other tasks, they are crossing the midline of the brain and helping make connections between both hemispheres of the brain. Teachers have the ability to display different interactive games and activities allowing students to interact with the board through touch or a special pen.

Our Promethean board is mobile so it can be shared among the kindergarten classrooms. The teachers use educational apps interactively to reinforce letter recognition and sounds, reading one- and two-vowel words, and words with special sounds. The students also review numbers and sequencing, colors, and patterns. With the interactive board, they can practice writing letters and words properly. Our resources are unlimited with this new technology in our classroom.

Technology today is such an intricate part of our daily lives, and our students have taken to our new board like a sponge to water. It has been a very effective asset to our students’ daily learning.

Promethean is a company founded in Georgia that has specifically targeted the lower age levels of students with hardware and software that work in developmentally appropriate ways with younger students. The Promethean board we have lets students interact by touch with fingers creating a natural way for students to interact.

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)

 

Middle School Awards Ceremony

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These students were recognized at our Middle School Awards Ceremony for their outstanding achievements this year!

Christian Character:
6th Grade – Addie Hemmings and Malachi Russell
7th Grade- Josie Davidson, Sarah Fedrick and Jude Ham
8th Grade – Sydney Sanders, Hudson Carter and Connor Mathis

DAR Good Citizens Award:
6th grade – Brandon Haire
7th grade – Jude Ham
8th grade – Anna Kroll

Woodmen of the World – American History Award: Ahlias Pobre

Duke TIP Talent Identification Program:
6th grade – Bob Baranko, Luke Bergrab, Vance Carter, Alexandra Collins, Miles Dobson, Jordyn Gibson, William Greene, Brantley Griffin, Brandon Haire, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, Madyson Mims, Addison Mingo, Kaitlyn O’Neal, Malachi Russell, Lydia Sancinito, Keegan Swilley, Ariana Whitmire, David Willard, and Ellie Western

7th grade – Hannah Albano, Kaelin Bush, Josie Davidson, Ethan Eldridge, Sarah Fedrick, Peter Kendrick, Emerson Montgomery, and Jude Peavey

Math Counts: Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Hope Usher and Kaelin Bush

GICAA Math Bowl Region Champions: Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Patrick Shayeb, Ahlias Pobre, and Michaela Hudson

GICAA Spelling Bee Region Champion: William Greene

Geography Bee: Makayla White, Rebekah NeSmith, Hannah Albano, Josiah Reeves, Ahlias Probre, and Anna Kroll

Geography Bowl:

Minutemen: Mason Johnson, William Greene, Brantley Griffin, Jordyn Lee, and Katie Rolle
Patriots: David Willard, Vance Carter, Jordynn Gibson, Madyson Mims, and Malachi Russell

GICAA Quiz Bowl Region Champions:
Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Anna Kroll, Ahilas Pobre, and Mikayla White

GICAA Chess Team: Eric Bergrab, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, David Willard, and Luke Bergrab

Congratulations to these middle school students on their academic achievements this year. We are very proud of you!

Highest Numeric Averages:

6th Grade:
Highest Numeric Average: Luke Bergrab
2nd Highest: William Greene
3rd Highest: Jordyn Gibson
3rd Highest: Addie Hemmings
3rd Highest: Mason Johnson

7th Grade
Highest Numeric Average: Hannah Albano
2nd Highest Numeric Average: Peter Kendrick
3rd Highest Numeric Average: Josie Davidson
4th Highest Numeric Average: Kaelin Bush
5th Highest Numeric Average: Sarah Fedrick

8th Grade
Highest Numeric Average: Eric Bergrab
2nd Highest Numeric Average: Ahlias Pobre
3rd Highest Numeric Average: Alana Waters
4th Highest Numeric Average: Ethan Johnson
5th Highest Numeric Average: Mikayla White

Headmaster’s Scholars – A Honor Roll:

6th Grade: Luke Bergrab, Noah Butler, Alexandra Collins, William Greene, Jordyn Gibson, Brandon Haire, Addie Hemmings, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, Ellie Western, and Ariana Whitmire

7th Grade: Hannah Albano and Peter Kendrick

8th Grade: Eric Bergrab, Mallory Homes, Ethan Johnson, Rebekah NeSmith, Ahlias Pobre, Alana Waters and Mikayla White

Principal’s Scholars (A/B Honor roll)

6th Grade: Collyer Alderman, Henry Anderson, Miles Dobson, Brantley Griffin, Ayana Hills, Victoria Huckaby, Addison Mingo, Madyson Mims, Josiah Reeves, Malachi Russell, Lydia Sancinito, Daniela Quinones Velez, and David Willard

7th grade: Kaelin Bush , Josie Davidson, Sarah Fedrick, Bryce Fortson, Jude Ham, Emerson Montgomery, Raelyn Porter, Hope Usher, and Joseph Williams

8th grade: Kennedi Berry, Shelby Brinson, Kenna Brooks, Hudson Carter, Kennedy Daniels, Arabella Davidson, Walker Flowers, Owen Henshaw, Anna Kroll, Connor Mathis, Madeline Nowicki, William Price, Sydney Sanders, Patrick Shayeb, and Audrey Skidmore

SCA Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian

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Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce Emma Warbington and Nathanael Sancinito as its valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the class of 2019.

Valedictorian Emma Warbington graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology as an engineering major. Recognized this year as SCA’s STAR student, Warbington excels academically as a member of the National Honor Society, an SCA Headmaster Scholar for four years, and ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner. Warbington also excels in athletics as a four-year letter winner in cheerleading, two-year letter winner in soccer, and Scholar Athlete for four years. She has served as class secretary, treasurer and president, and as the student body vice president. Warbington received the gold medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout high school. The daughter of Chad and Suzanna Warbington, Emma has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Nathanael Sancinito graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the Georgia Institute for Technology as an engineering major. Excelling both academically and athletically, Sancinito has been one of SCA’s Headmaster Scholars and Scholar Athlete for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, four-year letter winner in soccer and cross country, two-year letter winner in basketball., and one-year letter winner in track. Sancinito is the recipient of SCA’s Coach’s Award, Kingdom Athlete Award and Christian Character Award. He has served as class vice president, president and student body chaplain. The son of Chuck and Kim Sancinito, Nathanael has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 30th commencement exercises for the class of 2019 on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church. President of Ask or Think Ministries (Middleton, WI), Ben Schettler, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.

Track Team State Results

58647202_10214244344681936_6828285130558144512_oCongratulations to the SCA track team on performing well at State competition over the weekend! Here are the results:

GIRLS

Anna Kendrick – 3rd in the 800m

Victoria Vega – 8th in the 800m

Joy Kendrick – 3rd in the 1600m

Alexis Kelley – 7th in the 1600m

Addy Wilson – 3rd in the 100m Hurdles; 1st in Pole Vault; 5th in Long Jump; 4th in Triple Jump

Symone Rhyme – 6th in the 100m Hurdles; 7th in the 300m Hurdles

Elizabeth Montgomery – 2nd in Pole Vault

KeMia Starling – 1st in Shot Put

SCA Girls 4x100m Relay Team – 7th

Addy Wilson; Victoria Vega; Madison Vickers; Symone Rhyme

SCA Girls 4x400m Relay Team – 8th

Elizabeth Montgomery; Victoria Vega; Madison Vickers; Symone Rhyme

BOYS

Thomas Waller – 2nd in Pole Vault

Ahlias Pobre – 3rd in Pole Vault

Andrew Sanders – 4th in Pole Vault

SCA Boys 4x400m Relay Team – 7th

Zach Pride; Ahlias Pobre; Andrew Sanders; KJ Daniels