From The Lion's Den, Vol 2, Issue 05
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FROM THE LION'S DEN, Volume 02, Issue 05.
Expect our monthly newsletter to hit your inbox towards the beginning of the month. Every issue will promise a note From the Head of the School, T.Mac Howard, as well as a look inside the classroom and the experiences these young men have at Delta Streets.
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. We're happy to add them to our email list if they provide us the address.
Merry Christmas from Delta Streets Academy! This month’s e-newsletter contains great information about trips we’ve made, the progress of a special young man in 7th grade, and our plans to build DSA into the school that reflects Christ’s love and prepares young men to be well-educated, disciplined leaders in the Delta and beyond.
Wade Overstreet has joined our staff to work with people across the state to provide the resources the school needs to fulfill our mission. He’s a Bulldog and an old Sigma Chi, but we don’t hold that against him! Efforts are underway to raise the funds to build a school, academic program, and Gospel-centered community that the Delta needs! I’m sure you’ll hear from him in 2017.
We have made several trips with the boys to bring history to life and to connect them with the natural world. You’ll read about our students’ experiences and how they are learning from them.
Most of you have received or will soon get a letter from me asking for a year end donation to support the school. This is the first time we have specifically asked donors for a certain amount of money. As I write this, I hope no one is offended by a request amount. My prayer is that those who received the letter (hopefully all of you!) understand the motive behind it. We are growing and with the growth, our budget is getting bigger! So please continue to pray for DSA and our sustainability. THANK YOU for the financial support you have so generously given over the last six years!
T.Mac Howard, Delta Streets Academy Head of School
As T. Mac mentioned in his column, I began as the Development Director for the school in November. I am grateful for this opportunity, which was obviously part of God’s plan. Just eight weeks ago I met for lunch with one of the people committed to seeing Delta Streets Academy grow. We’d never met, and a mutual friend suggested that we connect so I could share some advice on starting a fundraising program. Over the course of an hour he explained Delta Street’s vision, ambitious goals, and the generous people who make it possible. I was hooked! Three weeks later I joined the staff.
I have been helping nonprofits grow for nearly 20 years and have been fortunate to work for wonderful causes. Delta Streets Academy’s combination of Christ-centered training and rigorous academics inspires me. I love being around these young men with such promise. In addition to learning, I have found that they have fun! You should come join us for lunch sometime to see for yourself.
My job is to ensure that DSA has the resources to thrive. I’ll talk to many of you about making that happen, and I’m amazed at the generosity I’ve already observed. We will keep you updated on our progress, and I hope you’ll continue to help us succeed!
The Scholar of the Month for December is...
Our Student of the Month, Davion Alston, is a 7th grader in his first year at Delta Streets Academy. He stands out among other students because of his great grades and the respect he shows everyone at the school. Davion likes the teachers, playing sports for Delta Streets, and is a big fan of the lunch food!
He makes it a goal to stay out of trouble and make excellent grades on his report card. Not only do his parents keep him accountable at home, but he knows he must stay out of trouble and keep his grades up if he wants to play basketball and attend the games.
Davion’s favorite subject is Math and proudly makes good grades – all A’s and one B. Though he made good grades at other schools, Davion did not have teachers quite like the ones at Delta Streets. He likes the DSA teachers better because, “they actually teach you lessons and make you learn instead of one day knowing it and the next day you don’t.”
Dr. DuBard, one of Davion’s teachers, has great things to say about him as a student and a young man: “Davion is always prepared. He comes to class with all necessary items and never fails to have his homework. His test scores are testament to his dedication to learning. Davion is always a gentleman and his manners never falter. He continuously looks for opportunities to open the door for others, help when another is in need, and uses ‘yes ma'am' and ‘no sir’ without fail.”
We are thankful for the great example Davion sets for other students at Delta Streets Academy!
Students at Delta Streets Academy have been very busy exploring their studies outside of school. After reading "The Black Stallion" in Dr. DuBard's class, her students visited Long Last Ranch in Itta Bena, MS to interact with and learn more about horses. They practiced the different ways horses walk and run, and then observed a demonstration of the horses. Students were able to lead the horses on their own. They guided the horses around barrels and practiced bringing the horse to a stop and making him back up. Each of the 7th graders took a turn riding the horse - which was a first for many of them!
Mr. Green and his Biology students (intro to Biology, Biology I, and Biology II) visited Sky Lake, an abandoned channel of the Mississippi River that is thought to have once been inhabited by Native Americans. Students observed their surroundings and took notes on what they saw and how it correlated to what they're learning in class. They walked along the boardwalk and witnessed some of the largest Bald Cypress trees in Mississippi.
All students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade (and a few 10th graders) made a trip to Memphis to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel last month. 7th graders were reading Bud, Not Buddy by: Christopher Paul Curtis. This field trip was an extension of the book, which is centered around the Civil Rights Movement era. In addition, they are currently reading Mississippi Bridge by: Mildred D. Taylor, which is a portrayal of the prejudices in Mississippi during the 1930s. The field trip to the museum informed our reading of the current book and has provided insight into racism, The Great Depression, prejudices, societal norms, moral dilemmas, and other important themes. All enjoyed the experiential learning at the museum, particularly viewing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s hotel room and balcony where he was shot and killed. When asked about the field trip, 7th grader Davion Alston said, "the trip to the museum was good for teaching us about history and how far we've come from slavery, to segregation, to freedom."
Check out the 2016-2017 Delta Streets Academy Basketball teams!
View our full Basketball schedule HERE on the DSA website