Freezing temperatures are looming on the horizon, and so, during these last few days of autumn weather, students on the grounds team have been helping prepare the campus for winter. They’ve been raking leaves, tearing out dying foliage, transplanting plants, putting in mulch, and helping plant bulbs. Over 750 bulbs were planted, including 300 donated by parent Artie Hamann. Snow will cover everything soon, but when spring comes, look for hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, and other flowers brightening the beds across our campus.
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Although Spring Break is months away, students are actively working toward raising funds and getting documents for our mission project to the Philippines. During our two weeks in the community of Bonongan on the island of Culion, we will build a church, conduct a medical clinic, hold evangelistic meetings, and work with the children. The Seventh-day Adventist congregation there (pictured above) is eagerly awaiting a solid church structure that will meet their needs.
In preparation for the project, each student must raise $1,800 for airfare and project expenses. We are also fundraising for the church building. If you have a student planning to participate in the project, please make sure they get a passport as soon as possible. If you would like to support this project financially, please make checks payable to Wisconsin Academy, and write International Mission Project (IMP) on the memo line. Mail your tax-deductible gift to:
Office of Development
N2355 Du Borg Rd
Columbus, WI 53925
The official fundraising letter is attached here. Feel free to email or make copies and distribute it as needed.
Students in our touring bell choir (Bellissimi Cerchi) are currently at RingFest 2017 in Toledo, Ohio. The whole event is livestreamed and you can watch thier concert tonight at 6:30 by following this link. Our students will be presenting “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” near the end of the program. A program for the concert can be downloaded here.
RingFest 2017 at the Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church welcomes 16 Bell Choirs from as far away as Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia, as well as neighboring states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and from Toledo, Ohio. They receive instruction October 26 and 27 and the combined Festival Concert will take place at 7:30pm on Friday, October 27 at Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Tune in for some wonderful music!
On Tuesday afternoon, WA seniors traveled to Andrews University to join Adventist academy seniors from across the Lake Union for an Andrews University senior preview event.
During the morning session on Wednesday, students learned how to find the right college, how to choose a major, what to do if they are undecided on a major, where to find scholarships, and how to discover available grants. Following this session, they were able to tour an academic department of thier choice. Our seniors visited a variety of departments, including the School of Business Administration, Department of Nursing, Department of Behavioral Sciences, and more. One tour even took the students through a cadaver lab.
Throughout the year, we provide seniors opportunities to think seriously and prayfully plan for the next step in their education. Please continue to pray that they will trust God and his unfolding plan to give them “a future and a hope.”
On Friday, students in Kelly McWilliams’ Environmental Science Class took a field trip to the City of Columbus Waste Water Treatment Plant. The students were given a tour by a plant employee tracing the process from the moment water goes down the drain until it is released into the Crawfish River about five miles downstream from Wisconsin Academy. The plant serves the nearly 5,000 residents of Columbus. The tour of the plant coincides nicely with a water usage unit the class will soon be studying.
Environmental Science class builds on the foundation of knowledge gained in Biology. Topics covered include botany, ornithology, entomology, environmental chemistry, microbiology, cytology, and organismal biology. Laboratory (indoors and outdoors) is a part of this course. This course may be taken for optional college credit.
Students, staff, and community members donated 28 units of blood on Thursday, potentially saved 84 lives. Several students donated for the first time. Students also volunteered registering donors, helping them feel comfortable, and providing snacks and water afterward. This American Red Cross blood drive was coordinated by science teacher Kelly McWilliams. A second blood drive is scheduled for this coming spring. Thanks to all the students and other personnel whose dedication made this drive a success and helped save many lives.
This past weekend, Wisconsin Academy sent six student leaders to the annual Secondary Student Leadership Conference at Camp Au Sable. Our student leaders spent the weekend with student leaders from eight other secondary schools across the Lake Union Conference. Much of Friday was spent in sectional meetings. Student Association leaders, student pastors, class officers, and yearbook editors met to be trained, share, and brainstorm together. A few hours of recreation in the afternoon provided a welcome break from all the brain work. Friday closed with a communion service and testimony time. After church on Sabbath, students walked around Lake Shellenbarger and spent some time relaxing in the nature center. The WA student team then met to share ideas they had gathered. During an lively brainstorming session, they discussed ways to help their fellow students have a true Christian experience. The Sabbath closed with a stirring vespers talk from Buell Fogg. Thank you again for your prayers. We are excited to see how God will use His leaders to bring their fellows students into a closer relationship with Him.
This past Sunday, students made an impact on their community by helping with five separate projects under the leadership of outreach coordinator David Kabanje. Two groups of students removed litter from just over 2 miles of highway 16, including the segment adopted by the Wisconsin Academy Student Association. Another group of students raked leaves, picked up black walnuts, and mowed the lawn for a community family. Students also helped out at the Lighthouse Thrift Store relocating bookshelves, sorting donations, and hauling junk wood to the burn pile. Students helped clean homes for several elderly families as well as trimming weeds, removing brush, and cleaning stalls for a horse therapy ranch.
Wisconsin Academy is committed to training students for service. This is based on the belief that true education “prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” (Ed 13)
On Monday, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to discuss educational options with representatives from seven Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities. Andrews University, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, Oakwood University, Union College, Walla Walla University, and La Sierra University were represented. Students had the opportunity to fill out applications and compare the offerings in a comfortable and familiar environment.
This coming week, the seniors will be visiting Andrews University to learn more about the college experience and to get a deeper look at a major of thier choice.
On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, all students took the Iowa Assessments, formerly known as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The test includes sections in Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Usage and Expression, Math Concepts and Estimation, Math Problem Solving and Data Interpretation, Math Computation, Social Studies, Maps and Diagrams, and Reference Materials. These assessments are often used to suggest areas where the skills of individual students are most and least developed.
Between 2006 and 2009, the Iowa Assessments played a role in the Cognitive Genesis study. The project gathered massive amounts of data about the academic achievement and abilities of 51,706 students in more than 800 Adventist elementary schools and academies in the United States. The students were in grades 3 to 9, and also in grade 11. Every conference and nearly every school participated.
The study was designed to determine how well students are doing in the Adventist school system and how their academic achievement compares to the achievement of students in other school systems. Standardized Iowa achievement tests were given each year to gather this data.
In addition to measuring knowledge and skills with achievement tests, the researchers wanted to assess students’ ability to learn, adapt, solve problems and understand instructions—their aptitude. The Cognitive Abilities Test was used each year to gather this data.
The findings of the study revealed that:
- Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.
- Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.
- Students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a significant improvement in their test scores. Also, the longer students stayed in the Adventist school system, the more they gained in achievement and ability.
Discover more about the Cognitive Genesis study here.