05-14-15

Day by Day at WA

Can you believe that there’s only a little more than a week to go before school ends? Tired juniors and seniors walk the halls, made sleepy by their recent History Tour to Washington D.C., and everyone has been made even more tired by the idea of final exams coming up. To add on to their schedules, Journalism students have handed out yearbooks, piano students are practicing their hearts out, the various music groups are getting ready for Spring Concert, SA is planning a fabulous Spring Picnic, and Video Editing students are stuffing a few extra clips into their video for Year-In-Review. All the students at WA are finally starting to realize that the year will only become busier as we get closer to the end.

This Week at WA
5/15 Piano Recital – 6:30 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/16 Spring Concert – 8:00 p.m. in the WA Chapel. Join us to hear the music students share their talents.
5/17 Spring Picnic – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rain or shine, students will participate in many new and adventurous activities put on by SA. This is a school day, so all students, including village, are expected to participate.
5/19 Year-In-Review & Awards Presentations – 7:00 p.m. in the WA gym
5/20-21 Final Exams – Classes are over Thursday at noon, and freshmen and sophomores leave to go home unless arrangements have been made for them to stay through graduation weekend.
Upcoming Events
5/22 Consecration – 7:30 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/23 Baccalaureate – 11 a.m. in the WA Chapel
5/24 Commencement – 10:00 a.m. in the WA Gymnasium
Recent Happenings
5/2 Choir to the Capitol
5/2 Gymnastics Home Show
5/3-10 History Tour (D.C. Trip)
5/10 Jared Marsh Senior Piano Recital
5/12 Yearbook Handout
04-30-15

Day by Day at WA

Last week Alumni Weekend converged at Wisconsin Academy from the 24th to the 26th. Former students traveled from all over the United States to come back to their alma mater – happy to see old friends, amazed at how the school had changed, and reminiscent of the memories made. Many programs were also scheduled throughout the weekend, such as special meals, worships, music concerts, and the Student vs. Alumni Basketball Game. During the basketball game, the juniors served snacks, and between the guys’ and the girls’ games, the gymnastics team performed. Each game ended with Alumni victory. On Sunday, April 26, the Alumni left after a special brunch accompanied by a concert, and the juniors and seniors started anticipating the next Sunday, when they would go to Washington D.C. for their History Tour.

This Week at WA
5/1 Faculty Families
5/2 Choir goes to the Capitol – 1:30 p.m.
5/2 Gymnastics Home Show – 8:30 p.m.
5/3-10 History Tour (D.C. Trip) – Leaving at 6:00 a.m.
5/5-6 ACT Aspire Testing
Upcoming Events
5/10 Jared Marsh Senior Piano Recital – 1:00 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/15 Piana & Strings Recital – 6:30 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/16 Spring Concert – 8:00 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/17 Spring Picnic
5/20-21 Final Exams – Freshmen and sophomores leave after their last finals on the 21st
5/22 Consecration – 7:30 p.m. in the WA Chapel
5/23 Baccalaureate – 9:30 a.m. in the WA Chapel
5/24 Commencement – 10:00 a.m. in the WA Gymnasium
Recent Happenings
4/22-26 Alumni Weekend
04-23-15

Day by Day at WA

Last week in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the seniors took on an awesome mission project where they built a porch, erected fences, distributed literature, conducted a VBS and assisted with an evangelistic series. The week was full of memories – some teaching people about Jesus for the first time, and others of bonding with classmates. Wisconsin Academy’s senior class of 2015 will forever remember the joy they brought to the Lakota Sioux people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Meanwhile, the students left at WA were experiencing what next year might be like without the seniors. They continued on with classes and tests, but it wasn’t a week without fun because on Tuesday evening, the night before homeleave, SA put on a bonfire with fellowship and s’mores. This week the students and staff are preparing for Alumni Weekend. Wisconsin Academy will be jam-packed with Alumni from many years ago to recent graduates. Students will be setting up the gym and cleaning up campus to make the best impression possible. Along with the activities this weekend for the adults, students will be participating in various music groups and the time-honored student vs. alumni basketball game with the WA Knights gymnastic team performing the half-time show! We hope that everyone at WA this weekend will be blessed with old and new memories.

This Week at WA
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend– Click here to see the Weekend Overview.
Upcoming Events
5/1 Home Show Rehearsal
5/1 Faculty Families
5/2 Gymnastics Home Show
5/3 Sunday School
5/3-10 History Tour (D.C. Trip)
5/10 Jared Marsh Senior Piano Recital
5/15 Music Dept. Dress Rehearsal
5/15 Piano Recital
5/16 Spring Concert
5/17 Spring Picnic
5/20-21 Final Exams
5/22 Consecration – 7:30 p.m.
5/23 Baccalaureate – 9:30 a.m.
5/24 Commencement – 10:00 a.m.
Recent Happenings
4/9-4/11 Music Festival
4/10 Academy Day
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project to South Dakota
4/22 Gymnastics Tour to Three Angels Christian School in Madison
04-09-15

Day by Day at WA

Along with our normal quizzes, tests, and papers at Wisconsin Academy, seniors are scrambling to get ready for their mission project, the music department is hastily preparing for the invasion of 120 elementary students, while administration pulls together information and activities for visiting Academy Day students and parents. Thursday, the musically talented elementary students arrive and start the long hours of practice with Mr. Anderson, preparing for the Elementary Music Festival concert on Sabbath afternoon. On Friday, eager parents and students will arrive to tour our campus and learn how to enroll their students for next school year. This Sabbath, our band and choir will be performing for church, and in the afternoon the Choiralaires and bells will be performing with the Elementary Music students. Saturday night, WA students will enjoy an evening of fun at Junk Scramble. Early Sunday morning, the seniors embark on their long journey to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to donate their time and hearts to God by serving the people of Pine Ridge. Please keep the seniors in your prayers this upcoming week as well as the rest of the students still at WA.

This Week at WA
4/9-4/11 Music Festival – Registration starts at 4:30, followed by supper and recreation. Rehearsal will take place from 7:30 – 9:00, and then the students will go to the gym for a mini gymnastics performance and other activities.
4/10 Academy Day – parents will meet in the cafeteria at 10:00 for an informational meeting with administration, and after lunch they will have a tour of the campus and opportunity to meet staff and students.
4/11 Music Festival Choir Concert – 3:30 p.m.
4/11 Saturday Night Junk Scramble
4/12 Seniors leave bright and early at 6:00 a.m. for their mission project in South Dakota.
4/12 Sunday School Day – Freshmen through juniors will be having a shortened class schedule followed by a service activity.
Upcoming Events
4/9 Academy Day, 10 AM – 2 PM
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
Recent Happenings
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis and Agape Feast
4/4 NAD Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee
04-02-15

Day by Day at WA

Week of Prayer has begun, and the students of Wisconsin Academy have started the week with two worships per day of spiritual enlightening. Each talk has a different topic, but overall the speaker of the week, Pastor Jacob Gibbs, is following one theme: Thy Kingdom Come. Students have been encouraged to become a missionary (not necessarily in another country), and they had a perfect opportunity to do so in the Blood Drive. On Tuesday (sorry for getting the date wrong last time!), everyone was called to take part in either donating blood or volunteering to help. Hopefully, even after Week of Prayer, students will continue to want to help the community, and maybe even the world, in any way they can.

This Week at WA
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Pastor Jacob Gibbs
4/1 AU Early Registration
4/3 Friday Evening Agape Feast
4/4 North American Division Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee, WI
4/4 Saturday Night Activity: Treasure Hunt
Upcoming Events
4/9 Academy Day, 10 AM – 2 PM
4/9-11 Wisconsin Academy Music Festival
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
Recent Happenings
3/27 Dorm Vespers
3/27-28 Music/Gymnastics Overnight Tour to Wilson, Michigan
3/31 Blood Drive
03-27-15

Day by Day at WA

Spring Break is over, and the students are getting back into the swing of things. While tiredly attending classes, the Gymnastics and Music groups are getting ready to go on a weekend-long trip to Wilson, Michigan. Seniors had another fundraising evening at Culver’s, coming out with a little more of the needed funding for their class trip. While everyone is probably still sleeping in their mind after a restful Spring Break, school has resumed and we are headed down the home stretch with the last quarter of the school year.

This Week at WA
3/27 Dorm Vespers
3/27-28 Music/Gymnastics Overnight Tour to Wilson, Michigan
3/29-4/3 Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs, a pastor from Escanaba,
Michigan. The theme of his presentations is Thy Kingdom Come.
3/30 Blood Drive – If you are interested in donating, make an appointment at
www.redcross.org/blood
Upcoming Events
4/1 AU Early Registration
4/3 Friday Evening Agape Feast
4/4 North American Division Day of Fasting
4/4 Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee
4/9 Academy Day
4/9-11 Wisconsin Academy Music Festival
4/12 Sunday School
4/12-19 Senior Class Mission Project
4/15-19 Home Leave
4/24-26 Alumni Weekend
03-12-15

Day by Day at WA

The last stretch until Spring Break has been leaving students antsy to complete schoolwork and required events. Last weekend, we were blessed by Adventist Frontier Missions speaking during the Sabbath services. Sunday was a Service Day, where groups helped clean the campus and sing at a retirement home.  On Tuesday, seniors interviewed with William Navalon from Andrews University about future college plans.  Thursday, the WA Knights gymnastic team performed at Wausau, leaving behind a quiet campus.  Finally, at the end of the week, the Wisconsin Academy students will go home for a well-deserved week-long break.

 

This Week at WA

3/12 – Gymnastics Tour to Wausau, WI

3/13 – Third quarter ends, and Spring Break begins!

3/23 – 4th Quarter Begins

3/23 – Senior fundraiser at Culver’s from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Upcoming Events

3/27 – Vespers Speaker: Greg Taylor, Afterglow

3/27-28 – Music/Gymnastics Tour to Wilson, MI

3/28 – Saturday Night Activity: Dorm Club Activities

3/29-4/3 – Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs

4/1 – AU Early Registration

4/4 – Gymnastics Tour to Milwaukee, WI

4/9 – Academy Day

4/9-4/11 – Elementary Music Festival

Recent Happenings

3/4-8 – AU Music Fest (Band & Piano)

3/6-7 – Adventist Frontier Missions Sabbath Program

3/7 – Saturday Night Activity: Class Activities (Fr/So/Jr/Sr)

3/8 – Service Day

3/9 – Blood Drive Training

3/10 – AU Senior Interviews

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Day by Day at WA

Recently, the WA students have been bombarded with Music and Gymnastics Tours galore. The music students are also able to sometimes get away from school when they are offered opportunities to go to concert halls to listen to music. Meanwhile, back at the school, the leftover students enjoy fun Saturday night activities like swimming and board games. Other academically-related events have been going on recently too, such as SciFest, NHS Induction, and Education Fair.

On Wednesday this week, five Wisconsin Academy students and two teachers traveled to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.  The students are participating in the annual Music Festival sponsored by the A.U. Music Department.  This year’s festival is featuring piano and band musicians.

Students playing in the band are Kyrie King and Miranda Wredberg.  Jacki Flores, Jared Marsh, and Alex Wredberg will be improving their piano skills.  The staff and sponsors for this event are Clinton Anderson, Director of the Music Department and Karen White, Piano Teacher.  The Festival began Wednesday evening, March 4, and concludes with a concert on Sabbath afternoon, March 7.

This Week at WA

3/4-8 – AU Music Fest (Band & Piano) – Five piano and band students left for a weekend of musical enrichment at Andrews University

3/6-7 – Adventist Frontier Missions will be sharing in for the weekend spiritual programs.

3/7 – Saturday Night Activity: Class Activities (Fr/So/Jr/Sr)

3/8 – Service Day (Required School Attendance)  The school day begins with breakfast at 8:30 and a chapel service at 9:30.  All students are required to be at chapel and to participate in the service activities that follow.

At 1:00, the music groups will be taking a fieldtrip to the Overture Center to hear the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

3/10 – AU Senior Interviews – William Navalon, the Andrews University recruiter, will be meeting with individual seniors to help them with financial planning, FAFSA, college admissions, and academic advising.  Parents are welcome to set up appointments as well.

3/12 – Gymnastics Tour to Wausau, WI

3/13 – Third quarter ends, and Spring Break begins!  “A” afternoon classes meet in the morning.  Classes finish at 11:57.

Upcoming Events

3/13-22 – Spring Break

3/23 – 4th Quarter Begins

3/27 – Vespers Speaker: Greg Taylor, Afterglow

3/27-28 – Music/Gymnastics Tour to Wilson, MI

3/29-4/3 – Week of Spiritual Emphasis, Speaker: Jacob Gibbs

4/1 – AU Early Registration

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Day 10: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today was the day that we had been waiting for. No, not the day we go head back to the United States to see family and friends, but the day we worshipped and fellowshipped with the people we had been building a church for. After eating breakfast and having Sabbath School at the hotel with our own group, we boarded the bus and headed to the newly built San Jose Las Lomas Seventh-day Adventist Church. Needless to say, it was a full house on the very first Sabbath. Conference officials from Panama City were on hand; there was a quartet that did a special music as well as our very own WA students. The girls’ trio, consisting of Keturah Wilkinson (’14), Michaela Wilson (’14) and Madeline Miranda (’14) sang “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and several members from Choralaires sang “The Stone That The Builders Rejected.” The local pastor introduced the members of the local church and had everyone come up front. It was truly amazing to see all of the people that have sacrificed and prayed so diligently for this very special day. Because of the local international festival that takes place in David every year, we were not able to achieve the attendance at the evangelistic series that we were hoping for. And some nights, some of us wondered if there would even be enough people to fill the church. So imagine our surprise when we enjoyed seeing a full house! The service was a blessing, and the topic “Is Heaven Real?” was a perfect opening message for the new congregation, as Elder Alan Carlson preached, while our in-country coordinator from Maranatha, did the translating.

Following the church service, many hugs and handshakes of gratitude were shared amongst all present. A group photo in front of the church with the mission project team, local church members and Conference officials was taken from atop of a ladder. While taking the group photos, the smells of potluck wafted through the air as some people were expressing the fact that they were extremely hungry. The fellowship lunch was held in the Sabbath School division, and provided the perfect place for all of us to fellowship. As was expected, leaving after the potluck was a very difficult task as the group was bombarded by hugs, handshakes, and blessings. To be honest, the people here in Panama have been amazing, and it has been such a blessing to broaden our horizons and meet our brothers and sisters in Christ, and share this experience with them. The connections we have made and the blessings we have received will not be soon forgotten!

The group was able to continue enjoying the Sabbath at La Playa La Barqueta, a beautiful beach on the southern side of Panama. The beach offered the perfect atmosphere for the team to enjoy God’s creation. From walking on the beach and collecting shells, to dodging the surf, the team enjoyed the laid back pace after a very hectic week of service for the cause of the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. While at the beach, the team met a group from Palisade Academy in Washington State that had just started working on another church not far from us. It was fun sharing our experiences with them and what they have to look forward to. Following supper on the beach, the group enjoyed a sunset worship, and then headed into town to enjoy some treats at Dairy Queen. Tomorrow marks our last day in David, and we start the long journey back home as we head to Panama City to check out the Panama Canal on Monday as well as Old Panama City before flying back to Chicago. We are so excited about reflecting on how God has led throughout the entire process of this entire project, and we praise His name for allowing us to be humble servants to help the people in need. Until later…

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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Day 9: Friday, March 21, 2014

            With hopes and aspirations of finishing our tasks early, the group headed to the job site bound and determined to make it a half-day of work. With visions of finishing the church project and then taking the afternoon to do some shopping, the group did their best to finish. However, around the 10:00am the group realized there was more to do than they thought. After fueling up with some authentic Panamanian cuisine across the street, the group got back to work and focused on cleaning up the site and preparing the church for the grand opening on Sabbath.

Friday night brought many tears as the team led out in their last evening programs. Bryan Quiej (’14) preached on the Second Coming and the VBS crew finished up their “Creation Week” theme with the importance of the Sabbath. Several of the team members were visibly saddened by the fact that this was the last time they would see some of the children from Panama that they have grown so close to during this week. The same feeling was shared by many of the children, as was evidenced by the multitude of hugs and pleas to stay. As has been shared before, the people in Panama have worked their way into our hearts!

~By Chaplain Jimmy Carter

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