A dozen SCA dads gathered this morning for our monthly dad’s prayer time in the youth building at Sherwood Baptist Church. It was a rich time of connecting and praying in small groups over our children, teachers, school and community. It will be only through the power of prayer that God has his way with our school and students this year. We are thankful for the dads that make this a priority every month.
All SCA dads are invited to join us on the third Friday of every month at 6:45 a.m. for this important time of prayer. Refreshments are served. Hope to see all dads sometime this year.
– Dr. Dougherty
We had a record crowd at our back to school event called All School Celebration on Tuesday, August 8. It was standing room only in the gym as Dr. Dougherty cast vision for the upcoming year. Our theme for the year is Walk Worthy out of Philippians 1:27. This challenge is not just for our students, but for all of us – teachers, administrators and parents – to walk worthy before our students to help them emulate Christ. We have all been given a gift – eternal life through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message is known as the Gospel. The apostle Paul challenges us to walk in such a manner to be counted worthy as those who have been changed by the Gospel.
After our time in the gym, families were given a special SCA water bottle as a gift then they made their way to the cafeteria for our first ever “TASTE of SCA” put on by our awesome kitchen staff. New entrees were offered for families to sample. One of our Silver SCA Sponsors – Dunkin Donuts – was on hand to offer samples of coffee and donuts! It was a happening place!
Finally, families and students made their way throughout the hallways to greet friends, meet their teachers, and find their lockers! It was a great way to generate excitement for the upcoming school year. Please join us in prayer that our commitment to walk worthy will become a reality in all of our lives this year.
Thanks to Mrs. Lesli Todd and other parents for hosting a senior party at Albany ENT. What a special group of seniors! We are looking forward to great things from them this year. They certainly made a grand entrance when they arrived at school this morning! Thanks seniors for the great sidewalk chalk messages for the underclassmen and elementary students upon arrival this morning – an awesome way to start the year. The freshmen loved the prayer cards and treats in their lockers!
Congratulations, Class of 2018, for making it to your ‘Last’ First Day of School!
Excited to begin another year of ministry – our 33rd year! God has assembled a great team to serve our students and families! Please pray for us, especially our new teachers, Mrs. Holley Butler, Miss Hannah Hughes, and Mrs. Niki Wise. May we have a bountiful harvest. We are committed to walking worthy before our students this year! Phil. 1:27
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!