HEADMASTER'S CORNER

September 21, 2018

READING IS THE KEY - You've probably seen the bumper sticker that says, "If you can read this, thank a teacher." How very true.

Last week at ACS, we brought the fun to learning as we hosted our annual "Reading Under The Stars" extravaganza. We gave parents an overview of our Accelerated Reading Program, while our elementary students read books in a unique setting modeled after a starry night. They even got to wear their p.j.'s!

At ACS, we know that reading is the key to learning. We begin teaching phonics in K3, so our youngest students are reading before they reach first grade. If you want this type of academic foundation for your child, then check us out.

September 14, 2018

THE SURVIVOR TREE - This week we will honor the 2,977 victims from 90 nations who died on 9/11/01.

After 9/11, workers found a pear tree that had been reduced to an 8-foot tall stump in the wreckage at Ground Zero. The tree was nursed back to health and grew to be 30 feet tall. It has been named the "Survivor Tree," and now stands in the 9/11 Memorial in New York. This special tree represents the story of survival and resilience that is so important to the history of 9/11.

As we recall these events, let's thank God that He continues to sustain our Country. And may we never forget that, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."

September 7, 2018

WORDS THAT HEAL - Proverbs 16:24 says this: "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Why would Scripture compare gracious words to honey?

Throughout history, raw honey has been used to heal a variety of human ailments. Honey contains antioxidants that protect your body from cancer and heart disease. Honey also contains natural antibacterial agents that fight infection. Honey can heal sore throats and stomach ulcers.

Our words can bring healing to others. Unfortunately, so much rhetoric today is used to destroy people. At ACS, we are teaching our students what Scripture says about the words that we speak. Words are powerful. Use them to bring healing, and not hurt, to others.

August 30, 2018

BEST OF THE BEST! - THANK YOU, ATHENS for voting Athens Christian School as Best Private School in the greater Athens area! What an amazing honor to be recognized in this way.

Thanks also to the Athens Banner-Herald for sponsoring the 2018 Best of the Best Awards. More than 170,000 votes were cast this year, covering a variety of Best of the Best categories.

For 49 years, Athens Christian School has been serving families in Northeast Georgia. Our goal has always been to train students from a Biblical worldview. If you want God to be part of your child's education, check out ACS. While God has been removed from public schools, He is the focus of our training at ACS.

August 23, 2018

OPPORTUNITY TO HOST - On Saturday, August 25, we have a wonderful opportunity to host Opening Day for the Northeast Georgia Youth Football Conference. This Athens youth football league includes the Downtown Falcons, Classic City Cowboys, Stonehenge Panthers, AYA Trojans, East Athens Dolphins, CYA Raiders, Holland Park Ravens, and AYO Lions.

All three football fields at ACS will be busy venues on Saturday. We look forward to opening up our facilities to hundreds and hundreds of our neighbors from the Athens community.

A special thanks to Coach Chris Williams and to all the volunteers who put in so much time and effort to insure this is a great event. And, best wishes to the NGYFC this season!

August 16, 2018

MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR! - If you have ever been to a third world country, you know how blessed we are to live in America. Yet, we still complain about so many things.

As we start our 49th year at ACS, we are focusing on the rich blessings that God continues to send our way. We have a faculty that averages 20 years of experience, over half of whom have advanced degrees. We have a beautiful 60-acre campus with some of the best facilities in our area. We have a vibrant, diverse student body that achieves amazing things every year.

Truly, the Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.

August 9, 2018

WHATEVER YOU DO . . . In I Corinthians 10:31, Scripture says this: "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." We are focusing on this important precept as our theme for the 2018-19 school year.

What does it mean to bring glory to God? It means that we are revealing God to the world through our words, deeds and actions. It means that we are loving people the way that God loves us. It means that we are showing peace, patience and kindness to those around us.

If you want an education that is Christ-centered, check out Athens Christian. Our goal is to glorify God in everything we do this year.

August 2, 2018

EQUIPPING FUTURE LEADERS - One part of the Vision Statement of Athens Christian says that we exist "to equip future generations of leaders so they can use their God-given talents and abilities to further the Kingdom of God on this earth."

As we begin our 49th year, we are focusing on equipping our students with the resources they need to become servant leaders. We want to equip our students with God's love, with the whole armor of God, and with those scriptural character traits that will help them fulfill their purpose in life.

This is a unique and awesome responsibility that we have, and we look forward to carrying it out again this coming year.

July 26, 2018

CAN'T HAPPEN HERE? I've read many stories about "house churches" in China. Brave Chinese Christians who worship Christ in their homes live in constant fear of being arrested by governmental authorities. But that can't happen here - right?

A recent story from Pennsylvania makes me wonder if we are heading in that direction. Apparently, the owners of a farm in Sewickley Heights Borough have been ordered to stop holding Bible studies on their private property. The owners have been threatened with fines of $500 per day plus court costs if they continue to host the Bible studies.

Home owners prohibited from worshipping on their own property? Surely this cannot happen in America - or can it? Where are we headed?

July 19, 2018

CONGRATS, NOAH - Rising Senior Noah Irwin was recently chosen as a delegate by Walton EMC to attend the prestigious Youth Tour in Washington, DC. Noah was one of 109 students selected from Georgia, and one of only 1500 selected from across the U.S.

The Washington Youth Tour is a leadership development opportunity provided to a small group of nominees each year. This program gives those selected a unique insight into the workings of our national government, and allows the students to meet one-on-one with their national representatives. During his visit, Noah met with Senator Johnny Isakson and Representative Jody Hice.

Noah said the trip was one of the greatest experiences of his life! Noah, we're so proud of you!

July 12, 2018

BASEBALL CAMPS AT ACS - This week and next week, former major league pitcher Jake Westbrook will be leading two pitching camps at ACS. Jake was a 1st round pick in 1996, and pitched for 3 different teams over 13 years. Jake had 105 wins in his career, and won a World Series with St. Louis in 2011.

The week of July 23, Head Coach Allen Osborne will run a third week of baseball camps here at ACS. Before coming to ACS, Coach Oz was a college coach for several years, including tenures at Memphis, East Carolina, Wingate University and UGA.

These camps are open to the public. Please call the School at 706-549-7586 or check out the website for more information.

June 28, 2018

ANNIVERSARY MONTH - Happy Anniversary to all of you who are celebrating anniversaries this month!

Athens Christian will be celebrating 49 years in Christian education this year. The School was started with a vision to provide a quality education in a Christian atmosphere to families in Northeast Georgia. Christian education may be more important now than it ever has been.

As we look back on how we have been uniquely blessed over 49 years, we look forward with great anticipation to what the future holds. If you are not familiar with ACS, we hope you will pay us a visit. The Lord is truly doing great things here, and we are glad.

June 21, 2018

YOU CAN AFFORD IT! Athens Christian provides the best value in private, Christian education in Northeast Georgia. In our annual survey of other private schools within a 50-mile radius, ACS continues to offer the lowest tuition in the area.

One thing that makes ACS such a great value is the incredible family discount that we offer. If you have 3 or more children enrolled at ACS, you only pay tuition for the first 2 and a half children. After two and a half, your remaining children attend tuition-free.

One reason we have been able to keep our tuition affordable is our strong history of financial stewardship. If you are looking for an affordable alternative to public education, check us out.

June 14, 2018

CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY - I have been unusually blessed in this life to have a remarkable man as my father. He is uniquely gifted, having been a missionary, a Navy veteran, a pastor, a successful business man, an author, a coach, and the founder of Athens Christian School.

He was also a truly amazing dad. He always made me feel like what I was doing was important. He modeled the life of a servant leader. He always encouraged, and was full of optimism.

But most importantly, he taught me the eternal value of a relationship with my Father in Heaven. And that is what I'm most thankful for. Happy Father's Day, dad. Look forward to sharing many more with you.

June 7, 2018

LIMITED VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. However, the Court's ruling stopped short of deciding whether other business owners can refuse to serve same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs.

While the baker ultimately "won" in Court, he lost from a business prospective. The time, money, and other resources required to take this case to the SCOTUS resulted in lost business and forced the baker to lay off employees.

As I've followed this case, two questions always nagged at me. Why didn't the couple simply go to another bakery and get a cake? Would that have been so difficult?

May 31, 2018

NATIONWIDE WINNER! Congratulations to our very own High School Principal, Dr. Bruce Hockema, who was recently named the Country's Most Spirited Principal by Varsity Brand Sports.

The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards honor the best of America's high schools by recognizing students, staff, and schools that go above and beyond to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.

Varsity Brands receives nominations from hundreds of high schools across the United States for these awards. Dr. Hockema was among 6 finalists from 4 different States. He received an all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World for the Awards Ceremony, along with a $3,000 check for winning.

Congrats, Dr. H! We are so very proud of you!

May 24, 2018

CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2018! This past Saturday, we bid farewell to an extremely gifted group of Seniors from the Class of 2018. These talented, hardworking young men and women are now headed to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to continue their training.

This unique class was awarded more than $2.4 million in academic and athletic scholarship aid. But even more impressive is the fact that an amazing 74% of this year's class qualified for Zell Miller or Hope Scholarships!

In addition to remarks by our co-Valedictorians, Daniel MacDonald and John Loveall, six of our Seniors gave personal testimonies about their relationship with the Lord and their years at ACS. It was a great night for our School.

May 17, 2018

4th IN STATE! Congratulations to the Lady Eagles Track Team for taking 4th in State at the GHSA Track Championships this past weekend.

Senior Kristin Stephens led the way as State Runner-Up in both the 100 meter and 200 meter races. Clara Heiss was 4th in the 100 Hurdles, and the 4x100 Relay Team of Clara Heiss, Annalisa Heiss, Heaven Simmons and Kristin Stephens finished 3rd with a new school record of 49.60.

In the field events, Madison Pickerel took 3rd in the High Jump, Clara Heiss finished 3rd in Pole Vault, Heaven Simmons was 5th in the Long Jump, and Sarah Jane Johnson was 8th in the Discus.

Way to go girls! We're very proud of you!

May 10, 2018

CELEBRATING THE ARTS - This week we will enjoy our wonderful Spring Concert, presented by the Middle School and High School Bands and Choirs at ACS. Over 75 musicians will join together to bless us with their talent.

Among other selections, the Choirs will perform Psalm 23 by Paul Basler and Agnus Dei by Victor Johnson. And, our High School Male Quartet will perform their State Championship selection, "I Would Be True."

Special thanks goes out to our Director of Choirs, Mrs. Heather Pillsbury, and to our Director of Bands, Mr. Nathan Pillsbury, who put in so much work for this night. You've done a great job and made our School proud!  

May 3, 2018

ANNIE! - The Athens Christian School Drama Department will present Annie on May 3, 4 and 5 at the ACS Drama Center, and it will be open to the public. Thursday and Friday at 7:00, and Saturday matinee at 2:00.

Seventh grader Ashlyn Dilworth will play Annie, the young orphan who captured the hearts of Daddy Warbucks and a nation in the popular Broadway musical. Senior Henry Heydinger, who has performed many roles on the ACS stage, will play Daddy Warbucks.

Thanks to the many faculty members and parent volunteers who put in so many hours on this performance, especially Play Director Kathy Dickinson, Set Designers Eric and Paula Mixon, and Choreographer Michelle Cummings. We're looking forward to a great show!  


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