84 Lives Potentially Saved Through Fall Blood Drive

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.

Leaders Train at LUC Leadership Retreat

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.

Students Reach Out on Service Day

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)

7 Adventist Colleges and Universities Visit WA

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.

Students Complete ITBS Testing

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:

  1. Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.
  2. Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.
  3. 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.

Guys Dorm Enjoys “Manly Mondays”

Each Monday evening, the young men in the dorm gather to learn a practical skill. So far this year, the guys have learned how to do laundry, tie a tie, clean a toilet, lift weights properly, clean a sink trap. This last week, one of the RAs explained down to keep a dorm room clean, including how to make a bed and how to clean a mirror without leaving streaks.

“Manly Mondays” as the guys have nicknamed them, are the idea of dean Caleb Minty, who felt the need to intentionally teach practical skills that often get forgotten. In the future, he hopes to cover skills such as jump-starting a car with a dead battery, checking tire pressure, ironing a dress shirt, and more.

First Concert at Northern District Meetings

The students in Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi (the handbell choir) were very excited about their first tour to Rice Lake to play for the annual Northern District Meetings. It isn’t often that tours begin this early in the year, but the students were up for the challenge. Both Bruce and Rosalie Rasmussen, directors of Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi respectively, were impressed, not only with the work the students put into their music, but also with the way they demonstrated responsibility and good behavior.

Everyone stayed quite busy. Friday night, students slept in classrooms and rose early to help lead youth Sabbath School. Josue and Laura recapped thier week of prayer messages. A group of students shared a skit that reinforced their message of developing a relationship with God. During the main church service the Choralaires and Bellissimi Cerchi shared a few numbers. After potluck, the music groups shared a full afternoon concert. WA’s new string ensemble joined in with a few numbers as well. On the way home from Rice Lake, the students stopped at a rest area to have supper and say farewell to the Sabbath with a special Hallowed Moments service.

The students did a wonderful job this weekend. Parents, you can be proud.  If this weekend is anything to go by, you can expect great things for the future! Watch for a list of scheduled tours in coming emails.


Seniors Bond While Hunting Waterfalls

On the weekend of September 8-10, the senior class of 2018 camped at Morgan Park and visited waterfalls in Marinette County during Wisconsin Academy’s traditional Senior Experience campout. Camping together provides a time for group bonding and electing officers to help them navigate the challenges of thier final year at WA.  The sponsors arranged several group challenges over the weekend. One included setting up a tent while blindfolded! It took over an hour! On Sabbath, the seniors traveled to several waterfalls where they relaxed and enjoyed the natural beauty. The seniors returned Sunday afternoon, tired, but excited and better prepared for thier roles as leaders on campus.

WAY Team Visits Monroe SDA Church

On Sabbath morning, students in the WAY (Wisconsin Academy Youth) team had the privilege of sharing a worship service with the members of the Monroe Seventh-day Adventist Church. Students led out in nearly every aspect of the service. J.P., a freshman, and Perla, a Junior, shared short sermonettes focusing on the power of God to transform our lives. We enjoyed a delicious potlock with the Monroe church family and spent  some time at the Hamman’s home before heading north once again. With the WAY-team, we are privileged to be able to worship with Adventists across the state. Thank you, again, Monroe!

Students Deliver Food to Elderly

Last Friday afternoon, around 20 students under the leadership of outreach coordinator David Kabanje delivered meals to elderly people in the Madison area.

This outreach was in cooperation with Meals on Wheels, a service that provides nutritious midday meals and a safety checkeup for residents of Madison, Middleton, Monona, and Sun Prairie.

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)

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