We will use this forum to post updates, news, and information regarding our current online-only schooling. Along with your Canvas and email, please be checking here regularly to stay up to date. We will be as diligent as possible in providing you with helpful ways of being successful online.
Dear Faith Academy Families,
Before we dive in, let’s take a moment and praise God for His faithfulness, for His love, for His grace and mercy and peace. “Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones” (Isaiah 49:13). “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you’” (Isaiah 41: 13).
One thing I am praising God for during this time of uncertainty is how He placed each one of us in this University Model. As we shifted to online classes, we were prepared. Already, we were teaching from home and utilizing an online format through Canvas. Some adjustments had to be made, but we quickly adapted and within two days continued our academic pursuits. In fact, we will not lose a single day of instruction! Our students will finish strong and will have covered every concept originally planned for each course. Praise God!
As we look to the remainder of the spring semester, the following is what you can expect:
· School will remain online until our last academic day on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
· Secondary final exams have been cancelled.
· Senior graduation is still scheduled for May 15 unless circumstances cause us to reschedule.
· Varsity spring sports are attempting to find alternative dates to host district and state events.
· Alternative dates for prom and other secondary events are being considered.
· Faith Academy summer camps have been cancelled.
We know this is a different ending to the school year than we ever could have imagined. In our twenty years at Faith Academy, we didn’t know that God was training us up for such a time as this. Together, we can do this and do it well. Again, we are so proud of you and your families for working hard and seeing this through!
Our leadership team is already looking forward to and planning for our next school year. We hold firm to our mission statement- Faith Academy partners with parents using the University Model® of education to lead students to Know Jesus as their personal savior, Grow in both faith and academic excellence, and Go into the world as lifetime disciples of Christ. We couldn’t be more excited to be your partner.
Head of School: Amy Cozby firstname.lastname@example.org 830.385.7142
Director of Administration: Kim Hansard email@example.com 512.698.4033
Admissions Coordinator: Carol Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org 512.913.0748
Registrar: Kim Hansard email@example.com 512.698.4033
Director of Operations: Donna Wilcox firstname.lastname@example.org 512.914.8479
Accounting Manager: Rebecca Kuker email@example.com 307.286.3349
IT: Elizabeth Vaughn firstname.lastname@example.org 512.923.6500
Director of Academics: Amy Cozby email@example.com 830.385.7142
Elementary Chair: Rebekah Silvers firstname.lastname@example.org 512.350.7023
Secondary Humanities Chair: Celia Merrill email@example.com 830.385.2601
Secondary STEM Chair: Elsa Benac firstname.lastname@example.org 518.894.5888
Counselor/Testing Coordinator: Nicole Poage email@example.com 806.777.2594
Director of Athletics: Steve McCannon firstname.lastname@example.org 512.775.6089
We love you and are here for you!!!
Here are some tips to help you and your student be successful during this time!
1. Begin with prayer.
Before starting your school each morning, begin in a time of prayer and worship as a family. This will not only set your mood right but will be a God-honoring way to start your day.
2. Get organized.
Make sure you have a space in your home dedicated for school time. This space should be orderly, organized, and tidied up after each subject. A messy area can create a messy brain, which is unhelpful in trying to complete a task. Try labeling folders/sections in order of how you plan to execute them that day. Print off a calendar and insert daily assignments that need to be done that day (before you begin). Then you can check them off as you go!
3. Establish a routine.
Try to make each school day look similar to the best of your ability. Even if you spend some time at work and some at home, make sure your child understands the daily routine that is expected to complete their school work. Print out a schedule and tape it above your school table, so they are able to see how long they are expected to do a certain task before moving on to something else (i.e. lunch, playtime, etc)
4. Set goals.
These don’t only have to be school related. Set family goals to go for a walk every evening, cook a new meal together, or have your closets cleaned out by a certain day!
5. Make the most of your resources.
Know that each teacher and staff member is here to help you! Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on staff with a question, concern, or help. We are also here if you are just feeling overwhelmed and need a listening ear. We are all the body of Christ and can not work without each other!
6. Limit your time online.
Even though we are using online forms and tools for this time, try to refrain from taking extended “social media” breaks. These can easily last beyond your original planned timing! When you take breaks from school work, walk around, stretch, play with your dog! When you return to your screen you’ll feel refreshed and ready to start again.
7. Print out notes when available.
This seems tedious, but switching screens back and forth between two pages online becomes very confusing to keep track of. If you have the option, print out a few pages of a power point or online notes your teacher provides. It can greatly reduce your stress!