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Bike-a-thon: Oct. 14, 2018: What wonderful fun the bike-a-thon and lunch afterward are each year! Students will ride/walk to earn money for the school. They always have a blast!
Student Participation in Local Program for the Public: Starting Oct. 11, 2018: Students are scheduled to help with a local program designed to serve the public. It will be hosted at Veggies, a well-known local health food store and restaurant.
Student Community Service: Oct., 2018:Students have been given the opportunity to work with the Gideon Rescue Company (Ardmore) in preparing materials of encouragement for disaster victims. What a privilege it is to help fellow Americans who have been faced by widespread disaster such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc.
Volunteer, Supporter, Alumni Appreciation Dinner: Sept. 30, 2018: Students will put on an appreciation dinner for all those who are and have in the past so graciously supported us and been part of us. All of you are gratefully, wholeheartedly appreciated!
Training in Public Speaking: Sept., 2018: Several students have participated in giving public reading of the scriptures and other capacities at church this year. Students receive training at school in voice, handling of nervousness, and stage deportment in preparation for this.
Training for Many Emergency Situations: Aug., 2018: Remember when you were in school and received training in fire drills? Students at AAA not only received this training this year, but also received training in tornado safety, intruder safety, earthquake response, harassment prevention/response, and blood-borne pathogens. Further training is scheduled in the future.
Congratulations - Teacher of the Year: May, 2018 Congratulations to our teacher for winning the Southwestern Union Teacher of the Year Award!
Encounter Bible Courses: 2018-2019: This next year AAA will be using a new Bible Curriculum. The new material is very child-centered and promises to be lots of fun as well as inspirational and instructional!
Congratulations: May, 2018: Congratulations to our graduating kindergarten class. You have worked very hard to able to decode unfamiliar phonetic words that are 4 letters long!
One Piano/Three-Keyboards/24-Bells/chimes Performance: May, 2018: Our ten-student music group performed "Great is Thy Faithfulness" using three keyboards and a piano to accompany a 6-person bell/chime choir! Twenty-four bells and chimes were handled by only 6 people who also had to share bells because the melody is too rapid for a single person to manage only certain bells.
Student Presentations: May, 2018: Students chose from a large database of school photos to illustrate a student-chosen aspect of school life at AAA. The students then arranged the pictures along with supporting material and captions into a slide show which was then presented to the church. Students received public speaking and presentation lessons and spoke from a written script. There is real skill in making a speech from a script sound natural and interesting. The program was well received.
Community Service: May, 2018: We are happy with our students' attitudes towards helping others. Every month this year we had at least one community service project, and quite a number of times we had more than one project. Student-chosen projects were especially meaningful!
Yearbook: April, 2018: Students cooperated to help produce the yearbook again this year. Students chose which yearbook page they wanted to design. They then chose pictures and other things for the page and arranged the layout. Students produced pages for the yearbook last year as well, so they are getting quite skilled at the process.
Physical Genesis: April, 2018: AAA students participated in the North American Division Physical Genesis research program. Students participated in PE activities to build up strength. Student PE scores were then reported (for anonymous analysis) to La Sierra University. Not every school participated, but there were still over 7,000 students who participated across North America.
Chickasaw Cultural Center: April, 2018: The school went to the Chickasaw Cultural Center for one of its field trips. This trip was especially fruitful. There was a lot to be learned from our Chickasaw guide. There was a real life-sized village and a miniature one as well. A short hike included a special bridge. We saw Native Americans playing their games. We also went through an indoor "hike" that was beautiful with nature items. Many people don't realize that the Chickasaw went through the Trail of Tears, but the special hall devoted to this aspect of history was both haunting and engaging. The teacher was also able to explain the use of many traditional items to various students. To top it all off, some of the students were allowed to participate in a social friendship round-circle dance with the Native Americans.
Outdoor School: A group of our students got to go to Wewoka Woods for Outdoor School for a few days. They had a blast! They learned a lot about nature and got a chance to reconnect with good friends from other schools as well. Our school provided the school nurse for the event. We are proud of our students, sponsors, and nurse!
School Safety: March, 2018: Our school is overhauling our safety policies and practices. As a result, students have been receiving additional specialized training in not only school safety, but personal safety as well. We have added additional types of safety drills that most schools do not have. We will also be working with the fire department, police department, ambulance services, and medical personnel to review and update our programs.
Relationship Skills Training: Feb., 2018: AAA places a lot of emphasis on relationship and conflict-resolution learning skills. This occurs both in formal classes, and informally when students run into challenges either at school or in other areas of life. Relationship skills follow a structured program dealing with communication, body language, emotional needs, empathy training, and many other aspects. We plan to expand our program even more this coming year.
Panama Spotlight: Students were blessed with a guest speaker who has been to Panama several times. We learned a lot about the country and its history. In addition, our speaker provided the students with a fun memento of her visit with us.
Bell Choir: Feb., 2018: Due to circumstances in which some students had to be on a trip and some could not attend Music Festival, our bell choir was reduced to five students, but our five students handled 23 chimes for a full chord, background movement rendition of "How Great Thou Art!" Students also had to share bells so that the melody and other parts could be performed. The music was specially arranged for the bell choir so that each chord was fully rounded out and each student could play his/her parts by using both hands and changing chimes rapidly. This represents huge progress in reading music and in skill in handling chimes from the beginning of last year when each student could only play one chime and had to be individually directed.
Student-written Music: Students took the familiar hymn, "What Child is This;" and as a class, they wrote new music for it. To prepare for the task, students studied the theory and form of several hymns. Then proposals were made for various parts of the new music. The class voted on the best renditions and the music was compiled. An accompaniment was then added to the class's music and printed copies were given to each child. The children then memorized the music and performed it at church. We are proud of the work this group has done.
Christmas Nativity DVD: December, 2017: The students produced a full-story DVD of the nativity! The students themselves made the various sets, including among other things, the town of Bethlehem, the wise men's house (which had tables, chairs, bookshelves with books, windows, bed with bedding, etc.), decorations of the camel and donkey, the manger (with swaddling clothes for the Baby Jesus). The students also each chose a Barbie or Ken doll to represent an angel and cooperated to make costumes for their angels and for the dolls that represented Joseph, Mary, Innkeepers, shepherds, wise men, and others. Each student then took speech lessons to speak the parts for their respective dolls. Recording voices is a much more involved process than most people realize, and the recorded voices have to be of the highest quality--expressing not only the words, but the expression, phrasing, and speed of words which is best. We had a student photographer who took hundreds of pictures. The script with close reference to the Word of God to preserve the highest accuracy possible for individual events. The DVD was then presented at church, with a student choir and bell choir adding music at the appropriate points in the story. There was also a short introductory scene in which the students presented a live skit.
Fall Festival: AAA rented a bouncy house for Fall Festival. The students really made use of that! There were lots of other fun things as well, including popcorn from an old-fashioned popcorn machine, snow cones, wonderful veggie burgers with the fixings, bobbing for apples, costumes, balloon darts, etc. One of the big hits was the jail--a fully enclosed bar system--which was kept quite busy all night! Everybody had really good time!
Projects: October 16, 2017: Students began working on personal projects related to science and social studies. We have started gathering materials and are thinking about topics.
Community Outreach: September, 2017: Students have been helping with a series of meetings doing various tasks. Most notable among these things is that the sixth-grade girls have taken major responsibility in the Cradle Roll Department, doing much of the work that needs to be done there. Special kudos go to them! In connection with these meetings, many students have been attending the "Astronaut Training Program" emphasizing information about the solar system and space as well as preparedness for Jesus' Second Coming [1 Thess. 4:16-17]. Thank you also for reading a scripture passage publically for the adult meetings.
Oklahoma City Fair Day: September 19, 2017: Students attended the Oklahoma City Fair, particularly the educational aspects of it. Highlights included watching native Oklahoman pioneer skills of various types, science activities, and petting deer, wallabies, a zebu, and various other unusual animals!
Skills for Success: August-September, 2017: Students have been studying various skills for success in life, including goal-setting and planning skills, skills to improve grit, emphasis on faithful attention to detail and intense focus, and many other things. There is also an emphasis on thinking and problem-solving skills, including skills related to CBT.
Bike-a-Thon: September 10, 2017: The students enthusiastically showed up with bikes and scooters to raise money for school projects! They covered more than 220 miles and had a blast doing it! Some parents also rode bikes or walked. There were even several babies who were pushed in strollers around the route! Now that's what we call TOTAL participation!
Picnic: September 10, 2017: Parents put on a wonderful picnic lunch for students and other bike-a-thon participants. Thank you, parents! Vegeburgers were provided by the Rodney Phillips and his wife. He is the one who was built our school building!
Students Make a Significant Contribution: August, 2017: Students made a significant contribution to preparing the school for the start of classes. They did many cleaning and organizing jobs, from vacuuming, to mopping, to organizing equipment, to cleaning windows, and the list goes on. Even the youngest students there helped move many, many chairs back and forth to accommodate power-wash cleaning! Their help really made a difference, and we are proud of them!
Air Ambulance Helicopter Fly-in/Landing: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. the air ambulance service landed on our grounds at 154 Beaver Academy Road! The crew presented a wonderful educational segment and students were involved in related activities. It was an amazing presentation of a most important service to our community!
Bells Play for Church Dedication: The Chime-Bell choir played, twice for the Canadian Yukon Church dedication,
April 1. They did a superb job and many people commented on how much they enjoyed it.
Ardmore Adventist Academy Passes Major School Evaluation with Flying Colors! We recently had a team of supervisors and teachers from the Union and Oklahoma evaluate our the school. This was after a local evaluation of hundreds of items, rating everything from the academic program, to the resources for students, to the building itself, and many other areas. Every school within the Oklahoma Conference has to undergo this type of evaluation every few years. We received an extremely high rating. Thanks to one and all who helped with the evaluation!
At the Meyerson in Dallas: One of our students performed with the Southwestern Adventist University Music Festival Choir at the Meyerson Symphony Concert Hall in Dallas on February 26! It was a wonderful concert!
Veggie's Restaurant: Students made banana bread with the cook who is known city-wide for her very appealing Veggie's Restaurant! They then took the bread around the neighborhood and gave it away as a service to the community.
Pajama Day February 27 was Pajama Day. Because of the late night at the concert in Dallas, we had a Pajama Day. Students were treated to a pancake feed at the school. They then worked on various science projects including a wave machine and vibrating reed instruments. Other activities included English DOL punctuation, capitalization, grammar using a projector/whiteboard combination, three-part math inequalities for fifth grade, keyboarding for first grade, etc. The day ended with a NEST entertainment DVD on Hellen Keller.
Missionary Day was February 21. Students came dressed as missionaries of various types. The students have raised money to buy goats for Africa to help poor families there find a way to make a living, so they are excited about missions that help serve our global community!
Inventors' Day: Students brought in inventions and dressed as famous inventors. It was a great day to think about what needs to be invented.
Space/NASA Day is coming up.
Music Performances: Students will be going to perform at church next weekend. They are also scheduled to perform at Arbuckle soon.
Sewing Classes: Students are taking sewing lessons as part of a practical arts program geared to help them prepare for their future life as adults. Students made bags and other things, such as sewn dolls and doll clothes, repairing shoes, pillows, blouses, etc
Research and Report: Students are busy researching and writing reports on various topics. They are excited and happy. Some of the topics include the scientific aspects of sleep, body language communication, animal science, The natural history of Hawaii, etc.