As the old saying goes, “success breeds success.”  I sure hope that’s the case – and a 2014 study led by Stony Brook University says it is – because SA has experienced our fair share here lately!

In the days leading into the Thanksgiving break, the Volunteers not only emerged as champions of MAIS Class AAA in football with a dramatic 21-14 win in overtime, but our Volunteer quiz bowl team also won the Heritage Academy Quiz Bowl.  Team members include Garrett Smith, Bates Bennett, Noah Methvin, Garner Montgomery, Zachary Poindexter, KarLee McNeel, and Garrison Walker.

On a larger academic scale, I am happy to report solid overall performances from last year’s ACT Aspire tests administered to Grades 3-8.  Collectively as a school, our students ranked in the 74th percentile nationally among all tested subject areas (English, reading, writing, science, and math) in 2016-2017, an improvement of three percentage points over the previous year.  We are on the verge of scoring in the top 25% nationally, and while that’s pretty good, our goal is to be consistently scoring at least at the 80th percentile nationally within the next four years.

We continue to raise our standards and expectations for our students, not just for the sake of doing so, but because we believe they can achieve it.  Now that we’ve won one quiz bowl competition, let’s go win another.  And now that we’ve won the state championship in football (coming off the heels of a state championship in girls’ soccer last year), let’s go win another… because success breeds success, and it’s great to be a Starkville Academy Volunteer!

News, Notes, and Highlights

  • Chapel for Grades 3-6 is Thursday morning at 8:10 a.m. in the gym.  All are welcome to attend.
  • The SA Art Show is Thursday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the gym.
  • 5th & 6th grade pee wee basketball is home this Saturday.  Games start at 8:00 a.m.  Good luck to all of our SA teams!
  • Our drama students are participating in the One Act Play Competition at MSU this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Break a leg, guys.
  • The Band and Choir Christmas Concert is Monday, Dec. 4th, at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.  Come support our students as you combine your love for Christmas with your love for the arts.

Finally, here are some things that you can do to help make Starkville Academy better:

  1. Choose to focus on the numerous positives that abound within our school, and when possible, take time to thank those people who play a large role in creating those positives for your children.
  2. Rather than remaining fixated on the areas that need improvement, pray for both wisdom and patience for our school as we strive to improve in those areas.  Help us by becoming a part of the solution.
  3. Never be afraid to show your Volunteer pride and spirit!