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2024-2025 Bell Schedule

 

Faith Academy Welcomes Steve McCannon as Athletic Director

Faith Academy is pleased to announce that local financial advisor and veteran coach Steve McCannon has been named its athletic director. McCannon began coaching cross country and track at Faith Academy 17 years ago and has led athletes and teams to several district, regional, area, and state championships. He has worked alongside previous athletic directors and assumed many responsibilities over the years in support of all Faith Academy athletic teams.

“I am excited with this leadership role, and I am motivated with a passion for helping student athletes grow spiritually, academically, and athletically. I look forward to partnering with parents to make the environment and experience their family has at Faith Academy special,” said Coach Steve McCannon. “Faith Academy has a talented group of teaching, administrative, and coaching staff that has a heart for the students and a passion for the sports they coach and the classes they teach. I am as fired up as ever entering my 17th year at Faith Academy, and I look forward to being a part of the lives that will change and the memories that will be made.”

Earlier this summer, Faith Academy accepted the resignation of athletic director Jeremy Wentrcek who assumed a position at a San Antonio school. Faith Academy leaders took that opportunity to evaluate their existing staff and volunteer talent pool to take over the responsibilities of an athletic director. As a result of this process, McCannon was named athletic director. In addition, athletic administrative assistant Lori Thornley will serve as the coordinator for all girls sports, and varsity basketball coach Zakk Revelle will serve as the coordinator for all boys sports. Bobby Tipps, Faith’s facilities supervisor, will continue to oversee transportation and facilities requirements. Numerous parent, teacher, and student volunteers will continue to host and serve guest teams, as well as support the Booster Club.

“We are excited about the restructuring of leadership in the Faith Academy athletics department. Our school’s university-model is based on partnering with parents in every area of their students participation in academics and athletics. Coach McCannon’s experience in coaching as well as being a Faith Academy parent to alumni Sophie and senior Juliette gives him unique and thoughtful insight for leading our athletic department,” said Donna Wilcox, Faith Academy director of operations. “McCannon is Faith Academy’s number one fan, now going on 17 years. His “all things are possible” attitude and leadership-style are what Faith is all about. We could not be more thrilled about his commitment to the program and to our students.”

Faith Academy high school football, cross-country, and volleyball teams begin official practices this week. Game and meet schedules can be found here: https://www.famf.org/athletics/#game-schedules.

Kinder Prep, A Fresh Approach to Pre-K

Beginning the academic journey is a big step, one that many four year olds can’t wait to take. And who knew learning could be so fun?

For our Kinder Prep students, this is a time to explore and discover God’s many wonders. Our hands-on, child centered curriculum is designed to provide an enriched Pre-Kinder experience. It is our goal that each child finds joy in learning.

Building a Strong Foundation for Elementary

Kinder Prep at Faith Academy is designed to incorporate Biblically based education to support our elementary school program. The program strives to provide a language rich environment that helps young children develop vocabulary, extended language skills, and knowledge of the world around them. Instruction incorporates opportunities for fine and gross motor development daily. Group activities are provided to include themes that involve literature; alphabet, numeric, and phonemic awareness; language; science explorations; math concepts; seasons and holidays; and other developmentally appropriate topics.

Through our Kinder Prep program, we are dedicated to the best academic education for our students and the strongest spiritual foundation. Partnering with parents, we guide children through their early and most formative years — committed to strengthening both mind and heart.

For more information, please contact:
Rebekah Silvers
Elementary Principal
Faith Academy of Marble Falls
Email: res1@famf.org
Office: 830-798-1333

6th Grade Academy

Think like an 11-year-old. Your first day of 6th grade.  You are surrounded by students who seem to be twice your size.  The bell just rang and you know what class you’re supposed to go to next, but you can’t find the schedule that tells you what room it’s in.  Before the day is out you’ll meet six new teachers, and each one has given you too much information about what to study, what your schedule of homework looks like, and how often you’ll have a big test. You figure you’ll be lucky if one of them remembers your name tomorrow.

Think like a teacher.  The bell just rang and in streams a group of 6th grade students, wide-eyed and timid about where to sit, rattled by the deluge of information they’ve been given in the prior class.  At least two are late, mumbling something about not being sure which room they were looking for. You wish you could spend more time with them; you know how anxious they are.  But you’ve got a lot to cover before the next bell rings.  You’re trying hard to remember each child’s name before the end of the week.

Think like a parent.  It doesn’t seem possible but your baby is now a 6th grader, no longer in the security of an elementary classroom with one, maybe two, teachers.  The responsibility for learning – for listening carefully and taking notes in multiple classrooms – has shifted significantly to your child.  You imagine your 11-year-old frantically trying to remember which classroom to go to next, dodging the 8th graders striding through the halls, oblivious to these little guys.  What will my child be learning?  How will she hang onto her self-confidence?

All across the board, 6th grade is tough.

To address those concerns and to create an exceptional 6th grade learning experience, Faith Academy now offers a 6th Grade Academy.

The 6th Grade Academy serves as a transition.  The students will still move from class-to-class for subject areas, but the teachers have been working together as a team to ensure that every child is known before school even begins.  Once school starts, the team will meet regularly to consider how each student is doing across all subject areas, to identify learning progress as well as social and emotional needs. Knowing students well is one advantage of the small class size (10-16 students) at Faith Academy.

Faith’s 6th Grade Academy will use interdisciplinary, project-based learning approaches.  In project-based learning, students tackle a real-world problem.  They learn the content knowledge they would get in a traditional classroom but within the context of a problem they need to solve or a product they need to create.  Along the way, they are gaining important critical thinking and communication skills.

As an example, students might be challenged to develop a virtual museum using photos and an app that allows them to embed text, audio, even movies into a photo, available as a pop-up by clicking an icon.  In Faith’s history class on ancient civilizations, the class might examine what life in Israel was like at the time of King David, who they’re learning about in Bible.

Their virtual museum could include photos and drawings of the Temple and typical houses in Jerusalem, with icons that provide timelines as well as charts and graphs about population growth developed in their math class.  In English, they are writing the text for the icons,for example an explanation of what to examine in a photo of an archaeological dig.  In life science, they’re considering the animals and plants that would have provided the Israelites’ food, as well as their early approaches to medicine based on understanding bacteria.  Putting the museum together happens in Tech class, where they are learning about not only the app but also about other Google and Office applications.

“What weaves the courses together is an overarching study of stewardship, responding to the essential question of just what it means to be a good steward of God’s creation,” reports Celia Merrill, Chair of Humanities and 6th Grade Academy Coordinator.  “How do I care for the earth?  What responsibility do I have for caring for others?  Or how do I grow myself as a learner and as a Christian?  I’m excited to see what the teachers are developing within this theme to link all content areas, and I’m excited when I think about the students grappling with these questions.”

The emphasis on stewardship is consistent with the community service requirement at Faith Academy.  The 6th Grade Academy stewardship emphasis provides a strong start for the requirement that all secondary students complete 20 hours per year in service to the school, to their church, or to the community.  Seniors complete a capstone project on service to the community, researching needs, designing, completing and presenting a project based on 40 or more service hours.

The 6th Grade Academy is an integral part of Faith Academy’s vision and goals for the 2019-20 year, summed up in the slogan “Faith Excels.”  The interdisciplinary project-based approach addresses school-wide goals for increasing academic rigor and developing critical thinking skills.

“Clearly the 6th Grade Academy is designed to instill excellence in academics and in discipleship,” explains Amy Cozby, Head of School.  “But it also addresses the concerns parents have regarding their students’ social and emotional needs as they enter the adolescent years.  We just want to surround these students with caring educators who are developing their hearts as well as their minds.  The 6th Grade Academy is integral to our overarching goal of equipping our students to go out into the world as good stewards, as skillful, thoughtful leaders.  What great additions this 6th Grade Academy and our new Kinder Prep program represent to Faith Academy as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.”

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Celia Merrill
Humanities Chair
6th Grade Academy Supervisor
Email: cdm1@famf.org
Office: 830-798-1333

2024-2025 Faith Academy Textbook Lists

If you wish to view the entire textbook list, click the following links:

Click here for the elementary textbook list

Click here for the junior high textbook list

Click here for the high school textbook list

WE ARE NOT USING A BOOK COMPANY THIS YEAR. YOU MAY PURCHASE CURRICULUM AT YOUR CHOICE OF PLACES.  SOME WEBSITES AVAILABLE ARE:

www.amazon.com

www.abebooks.com

www.veritaspress.com

www.christianbook.com

www.rainbowresource.com

www.alibris.com

www.walkerbookstore.com

www.iew.com

www.notgrasshistory.com

www.allaboutlearningpress.com

www.hpb.com

www.barnesandnoble.com