From The Lion's Den, Vol 01, Issue 03
We are so very proud to present our November edition of FROM THE LION'S DEN.
Please continue to 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 debuted in October and continued this month: 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 update from our athletic fields.
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
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Heading into the holiday season, we are incredibly thankful for all of the ways in which God has blessed our school and our young men.
The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy has officially kicked off. Our sophomores and juniors have enthusiastically responded to the program, which emphasizes servant leadership. The young men are currently looking forward to the “Do Good December” project which has tasked them with providing breakfast to the staff of the elementary school they attended. The best part of this program has been seeing the boys make connections between the message we teach at school and the message of the program leaders. The more time our students spend surrounded by positive influences, the more likely they are to live out their lives in a way that glorifies God!
Back at the school, we’re continuing to promote positive decision-making with our Coke and Candy incentive program. To receive the weekly award, a student must turn in all of his homework assignments, not miss any school, and receive less than five marks over the course of the week. At the end of the month, the students who received Coke and Candy for three consecutive weeks receive an even bigger reward. This month, we took twenty of our students out to lunch at a local Chinese restaurant because they met the rigorous behavioral and academic standards we set. The students’ response has been amazing—several of our young men who have consistently struggled with behavior and their classes are now striving for excellence, and all it took was a little candy and soda.
In the coming months, we are looking forward to finishing construction on our athletic building. By January, we should be able to move in with all of our lockers and our weight room constructed. We are also hoping to have the space ready to host our mandatory study hall.
As the season of giving is upon us and individuals and organizations are looking to round out their end-of-year giving, please keep Delta Streets in your thoughts and prayers. While we’ve been blessed to see our school and our young men grow, our financial need is as great as ever. Please consider including Delta Streets Academy in your end-of-year giving, and please pray that God move people’s hearts to do the same.
Delta Streets Academy students helped box 75,000 lunches
for needy families as part of the Chick-fil-A Academy.
CONSIDER PLEDGING YOUR SUPPORT TO $1,000 from 1,000.
This month we visit Mrs. (Elizabeth) Barth’s seventh grade English class. In the video below, Mrs. Barth discusses some of the challenges she faced while working at other Delta schools, and her vision for what the young men of Delta Streets Academy can accomplish.
Take a look at our youngest men taking on some pretty challenging grammar assignments:
The Scholar of the Month
in NOVEMBER is...
Ninth grader Curtis Williams is our November Scholar of the Month. Curtis has been at Delta Streets Academy since the school opened in 2012.
According to Head-of-School T. Mac Howard, Curtis has shown significant growth since arriving at DSA. Says Howard, “Curtis was retained in the 8thgrade, which helped get him on solid academic footing and has allowed him to see the growth he has.”
Curtis has noticed a big transformation, as well. He notes, “My attitude has changed since coming here. I don’t fight any more. I’ve learned to control myself.”
Curtis attributes some of these changes to the high expectations of the school. According to Curtis, “They put you on a higher level of work than at other schools. There are no easy passes over here. That matters because when you get out in the real world, you’ll know how to do things that other people don’t know how to do.”
Looking to the future, Curtis hopes to attend the University of Oregon to study engineering and eventually work on aircrafts.
According to Mrs. Hinckley, Curtis’ Algebra I teacher, “Engineering is a great fit for Curtis given how much he enjoys math and how good he is at it. It is definitely an attainable goal if he continues to work as hard as he is now.”
Curtis isn’t going to rest on his laurels. As he notes, “I’ve got to get better at my science work. Then, I’m going to look to see what I can learn from other people who have experience in engineering.”
Says Mrs. Hinckley, “Curtis’ desire to excel shows in that he is always on task, always focused, and consistently has the highest grades in class.”
Curtis’ story is one made possible by the rigorous behavioral and academic standards maintained at Delta Streets Academy. Without the generous support of our donors, he might not be in a position to realize his dreams.
Our basketball season is officially in full swing. Our varsity team has been playing several conference games, and we only have three more games to play until we’ve competed against every team in our conference.
Our first trip through conference play didn’t go so well, but we are looking forward to improvement as the season progresses. We have a relatively inexperienced team—our point guard, for instance, has never played competitive basketball—so we should definitely see some growth as the athletes get more experience.
Tenth graders Jaylin Bedell and Kwatravius “Dolla Bill” Johnson have played extremely well as our big men, and we expect them to get better and better. It has been a lot of fun to watch these two athletes progress from unsure seventh graders into the confident young men they are today.
While our results haven’t been as promising as we’d hoped, we have a lot to dream on for the future. Most importantly, our young men are learning to compete, win and lose as a team. and to find their value in Jesus Christ, not a win-loss record.