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September 2011
Trudy Hoffman, Principal

September 27, 2011

Dear Parents,

It's another great year for Midland Adventist Academy. Our enrollment is the highest it has been in years, we have a great staff, and we have many exciting plans for this new year.

As teachers and staff, we consider ourselves totally blessed to be able to spend time with your children each and every day.

Sept. 13 – NAD College Fair – Juniors and Seniors attended a college fair in the gym where they met with college recruiters from Union, Southern, Southwestern, Andrews, and La Sierra Colleges.

Sept. 14-17 – MAU Leadership Conference – Eleven Student Association and Class leaders left Midland Adventist Academy for the MAU Leadership Conference held at Arrowhead Ranch in Lexington, Nebraska. This event included students from all of the Mid-America Union academies. Linda Becker and her team of Union College students talked about the qualities and the strengths that make for good leadership. Academy students were broken up into mixed academy groups and had the opportunity to share with each other ideas of what was happening at their schools. The Spiritual Activities leaders planned an Agape feast and communion service for Friday vespers. For Sabbath, Pastor Rich Carlson from Union College brought a group of returned student missionaries who shared their stories of service overseas. Academy students "adopted" current student missionaries and prepared "goody boxes" to be sent to them. It was a time for our students to make new friends and grow in their role as leaders at Midland Adventist Academy.

Sept. 19-22 – 6th grade Environmental Camp – Our 6th graders attended the annual Environmental Camp at Broken Arrow Ranch with other sixth grade students from across the Kansas/Nebraska Conference. Their days were spent in classes with teachers from the various conference schools.

Sept. 25 – Senior Garage Sale and Car Wash – To help raise money for their class trip, the seniors hosted a garage sale and car wash. Many people attended and the day was a great success.

Sept. 25 – Let’s Move 5K Walk/Run –The North American Division set aside Sunday, September 25, as Let’s Move Day in an effort to walk/run a total of 1,000,000 miles. In response, Midland hosted a 5K run/walk to help as many people as possible become involved in physical activity, help create an awareness for childhood obesity, and promote a healthier lifestyle. Over thirty friends, church members and alumni participated and their total of 120 miles will be reported to the North American Division. These miles will be added to the national grand total to help reach the Million Mile goal. The numbers all add up, as there were thousands of others participating in various events across the nation.

Sept. 26-29 – ITBS/ITED – Students in grades 3-11 are taking standardized test during the last week of September. Grades 3-8 will take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and students in grades 9-11 will take the Iowa Test of Educational Development. The purpose of these assessments is to measure important learning outcomes drawn from the curriculum content, with an emphasis on knowledge and skills.

Hot Lunch – Christina Svoboda has been preparing lunch for our students this year. Our meals have been amazing! One high school student said, “This is the best decision Midland has made in a long time, because Mrs. Svoboda makes all of her food with love. We can tell she loves us.” Enough said!

Growing Enrollment - The enrollment at Midland has continued to grow. Last week we enrolled another three students and visited with two families that both have two students that are considering Midland. Our enrollment is now 154.

New Teacher’s Aide – Because of our growing enrollment, especially in the 1st and 2nd grade classroom, we are required to hire a teacher assistant for that grade. Bambi Courtad has agreed to be our teacher’s aide. Bambi has worked as a substitute teacher and has assisted her husband Mark in the classroom. She will spend most of her time assisting Judy Prosser in 1st and 2nd. Bambi will also spend a couple of periods helping Greg Hallock in 7th and 8th where we also have a large number of students. She will also work with Marilyn Murphy (3rd and 4th) and Dan Perry (5th and 6th).