2016-2017 Year in Photos

A Celebration through Photos of another Wonderful Year at the Academy for G.O.D. 

What a year! As we look back over our 4th year of school at the Academy for G.O.D., we are humbled by the opportunity God has given us to teach and shape the lives of our students. From focused times of study, to fun times in recess, to times of sincere worship and everywhere in between, these young people are well on their way to becoming responsible, kind and ethical neighbors; competent persons, globally conscious, and historically relevant (our mission). Enjoy a few of the moments we captured along the way! 

On August 11th, we opened our doors for the 2016-2017 school year to 111 students, Kindergarten through 12th grade. The beginning of our fourth year as the Academy of G.O.D. was welcomed with much anticipation and excitement, from teachers and students alike, for a full year ahead!  

On August 11th, we opened our doors for the 2016-2017 school year to 111 students, Kindergarten through 12th grade. The beginning of our fourth year as the Academy of G.O.D. was welcomed with much anticipation and excitement, from teachers and students alike, for a full year ahead!

 

One of the most practical ways we can implement the value of “the older serve the younger” (Gen. 25) is by example. Each week, our Junior High and High students facilitated a time of morning worship for the younger elementary levels. It was a highlight of the week all around!  

One of the most practical ways we can implement the value of “the older serve the younger” (Gen. 25) is by example. Each week, our Junior High and High students facilitated a time of morning worship for the younger elementary levels. It was a highlight of the week all around!

 

Educational games and apps make learning technology fun! Even in our youngest levels, almost every class incorporates some activity on the iPad. Students learn how to navigate programs and handle their iPads with care.  

Educational games and apps make learning technology fun! Even in our youngest levels, almost every class incorporates some activity on the iPad. Students learn how to navigate programs and handle their iPads with care.

 

We love our moms! On the first Friday of each month, our PTO organizes a “Mom’s Coffee Hour” where mothers can come after morning drop-off to enjoy coffee and fellowship with one another. These times are unifying and helpful as moms grow in friendships alongside their kids!   

We love our moms! On the first Friday of each month, our PTO organizes a “Mom’s Coffee Hour” where mothers can come after morning drop-off to enjoy coffee and fellowship with one another. These times are unifying and helpful as moms grow in friendships alongside their kids! 

 

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One special afternoon, Principal Johnson and Mrs. Rosemary Sherrod combined their Literature and History courses to host a special guest from the Hopewell neighborhood where the Academy for G.O.D. is situated. Ms. Francis came to the class with stories to share from her experience living during the civil rights movement, coinciding with a historical fiction book set in 1963 Mississippi that the students had been reading. Ms. Francis emphasized the importance of treating one another well, working hard and having a strong faith. The students not only asked questions, but also appreciated her story and prayed with her.  

One special afternoon, Principal Johnson and Mrs. Rosemary Sherrod combined their Literature and History courses to host a special guest from the Hopewell neighborhood where the Academy for G.O.D. is situated. Ms. Francis came to the class with stories to share from her experience living during the civil rights movement, coinciding with a historical fiction book set in 1963 Mississippi that the students had been reading. Ms. Francis emphasized the importance of treating one another well, working hard and having a strong faith. The students not only asked questions, but also appreciated her story and prayed with her.

 

Mr. Munoz’s passion for Anatomy has fueled many students' interest in health care. Classes like Anatomy, Hygiene, and Nutrition all build on one another, and teach kids not only how their bodies work but how to care for them in practical ways.  

Mr. Munoz’s passion for Anatomy has fueled many students' interest in health care. Classes like Anatomy, Hygiene, and Nutrition all build on one another, and teach kids not only how their bodies work but how to care for them in practical ways.

 

“Outdoor Adventures” for our kindergartners was a class that did not disappoint!  Whether it was a nature trail, exploring different types of trees and plants, or even building with materials from the outdoors, our students loved every moment of being out in the fresh air, learning more about the world they live in!  

“Outdoor Adventures” for our kindergartners was a class that did not disappoint!  Whether it was a nature trail, exploring different types of trees and plants, or even building with materials from the outdoors, our students loved every moment of being out in the fresh air, learning more about the world they live in!

 

The theme of this year’s Grandparents Day was ‘A Thankful Generation’. Students prepared individualized poems and cards to express gratitude for their grandparents. We are thankful for so many wonderful relatives involved in these student’s lives!  

The theme of this year’s Grandparents Day was ‘A Thankful Generation’. Students prepared individualized poems and cards to express gratitude for their grandparents. We are thankful for so many wonderful relatives involved in these student’s lives!

 

On April 6th, the Academy hosted our annual Open House event for prospective students and families in the Nashville area. With over 200 guests in attendance, our entire campus was opened with demonstrations from teachers and students in the workshop, school kitchen, garden, athletic fields and indoor classrooms.  

On April 6th, the Academy hosted our annual Open House event for prospective students and families in the Nashville area. With over 200 guests in attendance, our entire campus was opened with demonstrations from teachers and students in the workshop, school kitchen, garden, athletic fields and indoor classrooms.

 

Thanks to the Bee Cause Nashville, this year we installed an INDOOR bee observation hive in our STEM classroom. The students were captivated by the display as they checked out the hive in the mornings or in between classes. The hive is overseen by Hopewell Gardens Apiary and bee keeper, Mr. Jeff Sherrod.  

Thanks to the Bee Cause Nashville, this year we installed an INDOOR bee observation hive in our STEM classroom. The students were captivated by the display as they checked out the hive in the mornings or in between classes. The hive is overseen by Hopewell Gardens Apiary and bee keeper, Mr. Jeff Sherrod.

 

Then there are the dads! This spring, our dads took a special evening with their sons at the bowling alley. With over 50 families in attendance, there was some fun, lighthearted competition and a whole lot of father-son bonding time!

Then there are the dads! This spring, our dads took a special evening with their sons at the bowling alley. With over 50 families in attendance, there was some fun, lighthearted competition and a whole lot of father-son bonding time!

Wednesdays at The Academy follow a different schedule, one that promotes students’ spiritual development. Though it requires extra work and volunteerism to organize a day with a completely alternative schedule, it is well worth it when we see students developing soft hearts that love to worship and pray.  

Wednesdays at The Academy follow a different schedule, one that promotes students’ spiritual development. Though it requires extra work and volunteerism to organize a day with a completely alternative schedule, it is well worth it when we see students developing soft hearts that love to worship and pray.  

Music may not come “natural” for every child, but having the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments and learn to play in a band is a gift we love to offer our students.  At the upper elementary level, students begin forming small worship bands and play with one another throughout the duration of the year, anticipating an increased skill level for each individual on their particular instrument.

Music may not come “natural” for every child, but having the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments and learn to play in a band is a gift we love to offer our students.  At the upper elementary level, students begin forming small worship bands and play with one another throughout the duration of the year, anticipating an increased skill level for each individual on their particular instrument.

Teachers have always been our school’s greatest resource. We are so thankful for each of our staff,  who poured endlessly into students this year, believing that each child is worth developing into a capable, confident person!

Teachers have always been our school’s greatest resource. We are so thankful for each of our staff,  who poured endlessly into students this year, believing that each child is worth developing into a capable, confident person!

These guys blew everyone away during Student Performance Night, lighting up the stage with their tribute dance! It was a powerful symbol to all who watched, of the sweetness of unity that makes room diversity. At The Academy we truly believe that each child is created with unique gifts, and there is a place for each of them.  

These guys blew everyone away during Student Performance Night, lighting up the stage with their tribute dance! It was a powerful symbol to all who watched, of the sweetness of unity that makes room diversity. At The Academy we truly believe that each child is created with unique gifts, and there is a place for each of them.  

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Field Day was electric, with almost palpable energy in the air as teams vied for points to win 1st place in the overall competition! The day carried many impactful lessons, from perseverance through discouragement, to celebrating others when they did well. At the end of the day, the 1st place ‘Blue team’ were charged with the task of leading field cleanup, practicing Jesus’ teaching that the first shall be last, and that to be someone great means to be a servant to others.

Field Day was electric, with almost palpable energy in the air as teams vied for points to win 1st place in the overall competition! The day carried many impactful lessons, from perseverance through discouragement, to celebrating others when they did well. At the end of the day, the 1st place ‘Blue team’ were charged with the task of leading field cleanup, practicing Jesus’ teaching that the first shall be last, and that to be someone great means to be a servant to others.

we hope you enjoyed it.
here's to another great year!