From The Lion's Den, Vol 01, Issue 01
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FROM THE LION'S DEN, Volume 01, Issue 01.
Expect our monthly newsletter to hit your inbox, the last working day of each month. Every issue will promise a note From the Head of the School, T.Mac Howard, as well as a section we are debuting for the first time today, our DSA Scholar of the Month. We will also share our experiences with the weekly devotionals, provide a look inside the classrooms, as well as an in-depth update from our athletic fields.
This month, we are also unveiling your first look at our most recent video production, "Our Story, A Story of Hope: Delta Streets Academy."
We thank you for your continued support and interest in our young men and the work being done here, everyday at Delta Streets Academy. Please share this issue of FROM THE LION'S DEN with friends and family.
As our first nine-weeks wraps up, we have a lot to be thankful for at Delta Streets Academy.
This semester we launched an after-school tutoring program for our students who are failing one of their core academic classes and the community response has been amazing. We currently have 15 volunteer tutors who have committed to tutoring our students for one hour per week. I am in awe of the fact that these volunteers are willing to take time out of their weeks to help our young men reach their full potential. If you or a friend have thought about tutoring but haven’t taken the plunge yet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (662) 897-9876 to get involved—we’d love to have more volunteers to make our tutoring groups smaller and give each student even more individualized attention!
With our growing student body, we’ve hired new staff who are veteran teachers. Their years of experience and knowledge of how schools operate have made us much more efficient and consistent throughout the school day. They also bring a clearer understanding of what our school needs to operate more effectively. For instance, this year we’ve started using Mobile-Text-Alerts, which is an online text messaging platform that allows us to quickly send text messages to parents and staff. Our teachers use this program to inform parents about upcoming tests, quizzes, and homework assignments, which helps us keep our young men accountable and increases our parental involvement. I can’t wait to see what other great ideas our teachers come up with!
We have also been blessed to have Lee Lee Logan working in our kitchen this semester. The food she makes each day is delicious and provides our boys with the fuel they need to focus on their academics.
Looking forward, we are excited to participate in the Chick-fil-A Academy, which is a program that emphasizes character development and community involvement for students, both of which are qualities that are essential for growing leaders. We are very thankful for the Flowood and Brandon Chick-fil-A locations for sponsoring our young men to participate in the program. Starting on October 2, our 10th and 11th grade students will meet once a month to learn what it means to be a leader and to discuss how we can put these principles into practice.
As always, please continue to be in prayer for our school. We have so much to be thankful for and so many things to look forward to. It is humbling to see God at work in the lives of our young men.
Please help us continue our mission by giving to our $1,000 from 1,000 campaign. If you’ve already given, please encourage others to donate as well. Click here to give today.
T.Mac Howard, Delta Streets Academy Headmaster
Mr. McCray, one of our math teachers, has been working with his Geometry students on a unit about identifying parallel and perpendicular lines based on the relationships between angles.
Though Geometry is the highest math class currently offered at Delta Streets Academy, the boys have been performing very well. According to Mr. McCray, “The biggest success we’ve had is that some of the stuff we are going over is review and the guys have just rolled through those problems. We’re taking material from a year or two ago and the guys still know what they are doing.”
In addition to demonstrating their continued mastery of familiar subject matter, Mr. McCray’s students are doing well with the new material. Mr. McCray states, “They are also starting to get proofs down. It took the boys a while to understand the form of a proof, but now that they have the basic concept, they are doing much better.”
Mr. McCray is also excited to start challenging his students with more difficult work. As he says, “I’m looking forward to spiraling in ACT work. The more in depth we get with how parallel lines and triangles work, I think it’s going to be really exciting to show these guys how the work we are doing correlates directly with the ACT.”
He hopes that by knowing they are preparing for the ACT in their everyday math class, the students will be motivated to work hard so that they can get into an excellent college.
Delta Streets Academy is thrilled to have dedicated teachers like Mr. McCray guiding our students to academic excellence.
The Scholar of September is...
A 14-year-old ninth grader from Greenwood, Cameron Ervin is our first-ever student of the month!
Cameron started at Delta Streets Academy as a seventh grader and has worked hard to improve himself. He plays both football and basketball for DSA. Says Cameron, “The most important thing to me is getting my work done.”
Coach Howard has noticed a major change in Cameron since the last school year. According to Howard, “There was a chance he couldn’t play sports because his grades weren’t where his parents wanted them to be, but he has turned things around this year.” Cameron currently maintains a grade average above 90%, with no grade lower than a 92%.
He has achieved this level of academic excellence by working whenever he can. “We see him studying on the bus on his way to the middle school and high school football games that he plays in,” notes Howard.
According to Cameron, “I just put my headphones on and read my book on the bus. Right now, I’m reading To Kill a Mockingbird.” Regarding the book, Cameron says, “It reminds me of Mississippi and the characters remind me of me.”
Cameron has noticed a big change in himself since coming to DSA. He says, “I used to be very bad at math, but Mr. McCray helped me by making everything seem easier.”
Cameron has two career goals: “I want to do something in basketball, but if that doesn’t work out, I want to do something in science.”
To help him reach the latter goal, he is currently taking Biology 1, which he likes because, as he says, “it makes me think harder about the world.”
Delta Streets Academy is proud to claim Cameron as one of our own. As Howard notes, “Cameron is taking care of business in the way we hope all DSA boys will.”
Cameron is similarly optimistic about our school. According to him, “I love it here. I like what Coach Howard does and his idea of what the school could be. And the students are all cool.”
We think Cameron is pretty cool too with his desire to work hard, his positive attitude, and his devotion to his friends and school.
Our Daily Devotional Time...
To help our young men grow in their relationship with Christ, we’ve been doing a daily devotional during the lunch-time period.
Each week, our students read a chapter of the Bible. On Mondays, they draw a picture of what they read, which helps them retain the content. The next day, they write 5-10 questions they have about the chapter. Wednesdays, the boys focus on finding connections between the verses. The following day, the students focus on applications to the world in general and to their lives in particular. And on Friday the teacher in the class discusses the chapter with the young men.
By the end of each week, the students have read the entire chapter five times and have hopefully found a new way to understand and apply God’s Word.
We started our devotional program with the book of Mark, and the boys are currently working on Chapter 6.
The young men will finish the book by the end of the semester, and we earnestly pray that God speaks into their lives during this period of intense Biblical study.
The Delta Streets Academy football team played its first district game against Strider Academy in Charleston, MS on September 18 and won the game 55-22. This victory starts the Lions off on the right foot as they look forward to their three remaining district games and a potential district championship.
Unfortunately, the path to victory became more difficult during the game against Strider because one of our best players, Stephen Metcalf, dislocated his hip and suffered a hairline fracture during the second quarter. While our team looks to move forward without Stephen, please be in prayer for him and his family as he recovers from this injury.
Coach Schmidt recently started running twice-weekly drills for our basketball players. We’ll be holding tryouts soon and our basketball season kicks off on November 10 when our boys take on Deer Creek. We are looking forward to an improved season with an older and more athletic squad. Click here to see our upcoming basketball schedule.