Early Results from Center for Student Success

I am happy to report preliminary results from our Student Success Program. Still in its first year, this innovative program is already addressing the academic needs of students who are struggling with reading and mathematics.

The hub of this program, the Center for Student Success, is coordinated by its own full-time director, Janine Show, who is doing an outstanding job in this pioneering role. The center is equipped with ten computers and offers instruction in reading using Fast ForWord and instruction in math using ALEKS. Each of these programs individualizes course content and delivery to meet the student’s needs as identified through ongoing assessment.

In August, all students were administered MAP placement testing. The results guided the placement of students in classes appropriate for their level. Eighteen were enrolled in Fast Forward and 14 in ALEKS. As the semester progressed, many of these students began to sense improvement in their performance, which has, in turn, improved their attitudes toward school and increased their enthusiasm for learning.

In January, all students were again given MAP placement tests. While more data is needed, the initial results are very encouraging. Of the 18 students enrolled in Fast ForWord, 12 have improved in their reading levels. And for the 14 students in ALEKS math, 10 have improved.

As individual examples of the progress made, one student improved in reading by 1.6 grade levels, and three students who struggled with math are now ready for Algebra 1.

Student feedback has been very positive. One young lady said, “I really like it, especially the math. It has helped me a lot.” Another commented, “I feel I am learning more.”

We are very pleased with the progress being made. This is pioneering work, as we are one of only a very few Seventh-day Adventist schools who are running a program of this kind. Please keep our students in your prayers as we work to develop their talents for God’s service.

  • Roger Dunder, WA Principal

Students and Staff Enjoy Sledding at Beaver Dam

On the Thursday morning before Winter Break, the entire student body went sledding at Crystal Lake Park in Beaver Dam. We were blessed with temperatures in the mid-twenties and bright sunshine – a perfect day for sledding! There was hot chocolate for those who wanted to rest at the top of the hill and a sled launch for those who wanted something different. A large gallery of pictures can be viewed on Facebook here. Enjoy!

New Mission Project Video Promo

The students of Mr. Tyler Cantrell’s video editing class are happy to share a promotional video for this year’s Philippines Mission Project.  It can be viewed on Facebook here.

It’s only weeks until we depart to serve God in Bonongan in the Philipines. Want to get involved? Visit our GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/waphilippinesm…

 

Help Build a Church in Bonongan!

Wish you could go with us to the Philippines? You can help and be a real part of builing a church in the village of Bonongan through your donations on our GoFundMe page here.

We are in the last stages of fundraising and need your help to secure the funding for  church construction. Stepping out in faith we have sent the first payment for the church building so the foundation may be dug and bricks made. We are trusting in God to impress hearts to give generously and provide the needed funds to finish the work.

All funds raised here will go directly to the church building project and not to other expenses. Those going on the project are responsible to raise their own airfare and accommodation expenses.

Join us today

 

Preparation Continues for Philippines Mission Project

Spring Break is on the horizon, and with it, the 2017 mission project to the Philippines.

In the community of Bonongan, two Bible workers (pictured above) are already holding Bible studies and helping the local congregation be ready for the evangelistic meetings during our time there. The ground has been cleared and leveled for the church structure we will be building (see first picture below). There is great expectation as the pastor and local believers pray for the Holy Spirit to work in a special way this coming March.

Preparations are underway here in Wisconsin as well. Air tickets have been purchased, passports are being worked out, and many other behind-the-scenes details are being taken care of that few will ever see. Students and staff continue in hope and excitement, praying every day that God will pour out his Spirit in our lives and in the lives of the people in Bonongan.

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.

 

SUPPORT

Our largest financial need is for funds to construct the church. If you would like to support this project financially, there are several ways to help:

1. ONLINE: Give through the “Philippines Mission Project” GoFundMe account here. Share the link on Facebook with your friends and family.

2. MAIL: Please make checks payable to Wisconsin Academy, and write International Mission Project (IMP) on the memo line. Mail your tax-deductible gift to:

Wisconsin Academy
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.

 

The building site

Bonongan is near the sea

Video Editing Class Shares “The Greatest Want of the World”

The students of Mr. Tyler Cantrell’s video editing class are happy to share one of their projects – “The Greatest Want of the World.”  It can be viewed on Facebook here.

The text of the video is taken from page 57 of the book Education by Ellen G. White:

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.

“But such a character is not the result of accident; it is not due to special favors or endowments of Providence. A noble character is the result of self-discipline, of the subjection of the lower to the higher nature—the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man.”

Thank you, video editing class, for sharing with us!

Christmas Concert Videos Available to View on Facebook

For those who missed the Christmas concert, or for those who want to hear it again, we’ve posted videos of ten musical numbers on our Facebook page for your listening enjoyment. We’ve included music by the WA Sinfonia, the Choralaires, the WA Chorale, and Belissimi Cerchi. We praise God for the wonderful musical gifts he has given us through the ministry of these students. Listed below are links to the individual videos:

Part 1: WA Chorale sings “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Part 2: Choralaires sing “Carol of the Bells”

Part 3: WA Sinfonia plays “A Holst Christmas”

Part 4: Bellissimi Cerchi play “Coventry Carol”

Part 5: WA Chorale sings “Sir Christemas”

Part 6: WA Chorale sings “Jesus Child”

Part 7: WA Sinfonia plays “March of the Kings”

Part 8: Choralaires sing “A Virgin Unspotted”

Part 9: WA Chorale sings “This Little Babe”

Part 10: Bellissimi Cerchi play “Ukrainian Carol of the Bells”

 

“Coming Out Ministries” Share Hope & Victory

Last weekend, Michael Carducci and Danielle Harrison of “Coming Out Ministries” shared how they found redemption, victory, healing, and freedom from homosexuality during our Weekend of Spiritual Emphasis which began Thursday evening.

Through personal testimony, video presentations, biblical preaching, and discussion, they explored how anyone can find freedom and healing in Jesus Christ. Although several of the presentations centered on the issue of homsexuality, others spoke more broadly to finding victory over every sin and developing a solid growing relationship with Jesus. Michael and Danielle also spoke during Bible class periods and answered anonymous questions during a Sabbath afternoon session.

We were greatly blessed to have Michael and Danielle with us. For more information about Coming Out Ministries, visit their website here.

Veterans Get Exclusive Christmas Concert Preview

Last Tuesday, over 50 residents at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King near Waupaca enjoyed the full Wisconsin Academy Christmas Concert experience a few days early. The Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi shared a wonderful program of Christmas songs old and new.

A full gallery of pictures is available here on our Facebook page. Come tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 to hear the 2017 Christmas Concert for yourself.

Students Donate Gifts for Needy Children

This afternoon, students loaded ten large bags of gifts into freshmen Bible teacher David Kabanje’s car. These bags of gifts, bought with donations from students, are bound for ten children in the Madison Area who would not otherwise have gifts this Christmas.

Several months ago, Mr. Kabanje asked his class to brainstorm ways to serve others in the community. After weeks of praying and planning, the class came up with a plan to partner with The Road Home Dane County to deliver gifts to children on Christmas.

Students campaigned in the dorm to raise money and worked cleaning community homes to earn money to buy the gifts. The money came in and the gifts were bought. The toys were carefully packaged in festive Christmas gift bags.

Because of the generosity and caring hearts of students here at Wisconsin Academy, ten children can look forward to opening gifts chosen just for them on Christmas day.

This is one of the many ways Wisconsin Academy is training students to be “Fit to Serve.