Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Hi Parents! Another semester is here and we are off to a great start! I wanted to give you guys a schedule layout for our semester so you can be in the know and ask your kids questions about specific classes they're in. If you have any questions about their schedule or class content, please feel free to reach out to me via email or phone call. 

Here's to a great semester!

Spring 2017 Schedule

Cultural Arts Class

Wednesdays are a special day at the Academy. They serve as our spiritual development days where students have classes like Chapel, Worship Band, and Heroes of Faith. In the afternoons there is also a Cultural Arts class that has become a favorite over the past few months! As a Wednesday rotational class, there is always a different teacher who facilitates the Cultural Arts block each week, bringing their own arts background whether painting, sculpting, storytelling, singing or dancing!

Every week we explore a different aspect of a culture's art. We don't just tell students dates and numbers and then show a few slides. Rather, we try to help students know WHY these practices were and are still important in these different cultures around the world, We've done everything from the African-American Spirituals of the 1800s to the community murals of El Salvador to the Rangali sand art of India. Each week is a new adventure. Students are engaged, tuned in and inquisitive about how and why these practices existed. We also make time for students to try and replicate the 'art' of that week. They love getting to try new art techniques or demonstrate a cultural dance or song for the class.

Teaching the Next Generation

After a rousing game of Bible kickball, a fun and interactive review game. Students must answer a Bible question from their teachers (the pitchers) before they get the opportunity to kick. It was a BLAST!

After a rousing game of Bible kickball, a fun and interactive review game. Students must answer a Bible question from their teachers (the pitchers) before they get the opportunity to kick. It was a BLAST!

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."  

 

Last week in Bible class, Mr. Garner taught the students the meaning of this passage from Deuteronomy. We talked about the practical ways that they can make talking about the Lord and his word throughout their entire day; from preparing in the morning to when they lay down to sleep. They were all excited about trying to take these concepts and implementing them at home and at school.

When I think back to my elementary school education I become so thankful to not only teach here at the Academy or GOD, but also to witness the transformation that is happening in these students because of the Word of God. Learning the Bible is changing their perspective, helping them to consider those who are in need that many would just push to the side. Learning the Bible is helping them to take what they know and turn it into practice, actually trying to DO and not just talk about scripture. 

I am reminded when I look at my students of the tranformative power that the word of God can have in our lives if we could just have faith like a child. These students, they are getting it.

 

God's Spirit Moving in our Midst

Last week during chapel, God's Spirit moved. There's really no other way to talk about it. The students were very impacted by Mr. Dailey's sermon about being the light of Christ (Matthew 5). He emphasized how each of our students are at the age where they can take learning the bible really seriously, and how it will give them the next steps to take in life. He closed with how they can each be peacemakers in a world that produces anything but peace. God would give them that ability through his word. 

During worship, the students were sincere, raising their hands up to God and asking him for help. At one point, one by one students came to their knees in prayer and in song. It was so precious to witness. These students were being touched by our God! Teachers (including myself) went around and prayed for each student specifically with encouragement and words of faith. Towards the end (over an hour of worship) students began to rise with puffy eyes and pure hearts. They also knew that God had done something really special that day.

Afterwards, we brought lunch down to the students and they had a time of testimony and thanksgiving for what God had done in their midst. For me, it was one of the most precious moments I've experienced since I started teaching at the Academy. It's a moment none of us will soon forget.

Here is a picture that Mr. Dailey snapped while he was playing guitar in the worship band. I think it perfectly captures our time together in worship.

Here is a picture that Mr. Dailey snapped while he was playing guitar in the worship band. I think it perfectly captures our time together in worship.

Working the Ground

Written by: Mr Davis, Gardening

Gardening class is off to a great start this semester! For those of you who may not be aware, our school garden (known as “Hopewell Gardens”) is fully functioning urban farm, selling produce weekly at the Donelson Farmers Market as a fundraiser to help sustain our gardening program. Our garden functions as an outdoor classroom, providing opportunity for students to have a hands on experience with sustainable, organic farming.  They are given exposure to all the processes involved in producing food from seed to table. 

Over the course of the last few weeks students have been learning about harvesting, processing and packaging of fresh produce.  To kick off the class, we watched a video together of a farmer we work with in Uganda named Francis Lubega. He described his experiences as a child growing up in rural East Africa, where farming was a means of survival. We learned about the pressures they experienced to ensure there was food on the table, often working the farm from sun up to sun down with inadequate tools. Francis shared about how grateful he was to be learning so many helpful farming techniques since working with G.O.D. Intl.

Additionally, the students have been busy doing weekly tasks for the garden such as collecting farm, fresh eggs from the chicken coop, harvesting sweet peppers and onions, making seedling transplants in the green house, and helping prune the summer crops.

It's been such a pleasure to work with these students, helping them to figure out how to cooperate with one another and work as a team in this meaningful effort of producing quality food.

Worshipping Together

Written by: Stephany Dailey (Worship Band Class Coordinator)

This year the Academy for G.O.D. began a class entitled "Worship Band".  In this class, students are learning worship songs, instrumentation, and how to collaborate together to lead an audience into worship.  After coming together to learn songs, they meet with a teacher in a small group setting to play their instruments.  The students are very excited about this class and It is quickly becoming a favorite.

I have personally been leading worship for a little over 14 years.  I began singing in my church worship band at a very young age.  Getting that opportunity in my childhood was an experience that greatly impacted my life.  It was beneficial because it taught me how to worship and in turn how to get close to God.  This is my prayer for all of our students. 

This past week, students were given their band assignments and the instrument/position they would play in their band.  But before playing any songs together, they had to practice working together as a group. To help facilitate this, they played a fun game called "Direct and Do".  During this game, students paired up and gave each other direction, while the other had to implement the direction.  This is an essential quality to any team effort, but especially when playing in a band.  Being able to listen and give and follow direction will be a lesson that students continue to learn throughout the semester.  I look forward to seeing them work together to create beautiful music, but more importantly to seeing them learn how to come near to God.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule

Hello Parents,

I wanted to take a moment to share your child's school class schedule for this semester. As you can see it's jammed packed with wonderful classes taught by a variety of teachers. This year's schedule is color coded with the Course Teachers listed to the right of the time table. If you have any questions about their class schedule or course content, just shoot me an email! Hope everyone has a great week!

-Ashley Moore, Academy for GOD

Class Charts Access

Class Charts Access

Greetings Parents, 

I wanted to take a moment to explain the process you will use to access the chart specific to your child. You will go to classcharts.com/parent and then you will enter the code that is specific to your student (I sent the code to each family individually via email). Each student in the school has a different code, so if you have multiple children, you will have to access their charts using different codes. 

You can also access your students behavior reports through the class charts parent app which can be found at the following locations:

For iPhone/iPad: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classcharts-parents/id1018655566?ls=1&mt=8 

For Android: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.classcharts.android 

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Thanks, 

Ashley

Whistle While We Work

I wanted to share this picture 1). because these ladies are adorable and 2). it captures the essence of our time in the garden. Three mornings a week, we spend the first class block in gardening class, helping Mr. Davis (the Farm Manager) accomplish task in the garden. He gives us a task to do, shows us how to do it and why it's important, then it's up to us to make it happen.