News & Events

Apr 09, 2014

Moxie Moves Mountains

Moxie: (noun)\ˈmäk-sē\ - Courage or determination; the ability to be active.

Five ACA students attended an invitation only, four-day retreat entitled Camp Enterprise last week where they participated in an intensive hands-on program designed to develop their business sense, determination, and “moxie” in ways they didn’t expect. ACA juniors Anthony Conroy, Andrew Chorley, Joe Bates, Jordan Nettles, and McKenzie Reece represented our school well, showing the 74 other students from 47 schools across Oklahoma just what it means to be a Charger. Turns out, it means you have moxie in spades.

Moxie building is tough work, though. “I’m still not recovered from it,” said Bates rubbing his eyes sleepily between classes on Monday. “I’m not sure my brain is functioning right now,” he added with a yawn and a dazed stare. Considering the breakneck schedule of the retreat found campers returning to their cabins past midnight only to wake up again before 6 AM the next day, a little exhaustion is par for the course. That formula seemed to work well, though, as Nettles chimed in that the experience was “awesome but exhausting,” and Conroy added that he “learned a ton.” Moxie doesn’t develop without a little pressure, after all.

Camp Enterprise is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and students are selected to attend based on their strong academics, work ethic, and interest in business and enterprise. At the camp, students go through the DISC personality assessment and learn to work on teams through various team building activities. Teams consisted of students from different schools so that everyone learned to work with people they didn’t know–a key element to success in business.

Successful business leaders addressed the students about the qualities and practices needed for success in business in the 21st century, and students got to apply their lessons in an intense business simulation. “Each team had an initial credit line of $50,000,” explained Reece. “We had to develop a business plan, invest, find investors, and try to beat the competition.” While some spent much of their credit line at the beginning to increase production, others approached it cautiously to avoid taking on debt, explained the students. Some team strategies worked well at the start but didn’t end up winning the competition, while other teams learned to adjust for their missteps and were able to be successful in the end.

“Yeah,” added Chorley, “we saw the results of business decisions we made immediately.” That instant feedback, collaborative spirit, and competitive challenges all combined to create a learning situation that all five ACA students agree they will remember for years.

As they all agreed that the experience was eye opening, Reece summed it up in a way that epitomizes the essence of ACA. “We learned a lot, and we got to shine the light of Jesus at the same time. That’s cool.”

Evidently, “for the glory of the Lord” isn’t just a song to these students. And THAT raises Moxie to an entirely different plane.

Mar 26, 2014

Everyone Agrees We Rock

You could search all over this Big Blue Marble trying to find a student body more school-spirited, enthusiastic, and creative than the students at ACA, and you would come up empty handed. Maybe it’s the family atmosphere. Perhaps it’s our Four Royal Houses. It could be the fact that every day we live and breathe the adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Who knows what keeps ACA students and faculty rockin’ the teaching-learning process like no one else?

Maybe it’s the DRAMA!?

Come see what drama we’re talking about April 10-13 in the ACA Great Room as students in grades 4-8 groove to the seventies tunes from “Schoolhouse Rock!” It will be the “Be-There-Or-Be-Square” event of the spring season! (Admit it; you’re a still a little shaky on how a bill becomes a law, and you need a quick refresher.)

Four nights of music, dancing, and groovy fun (using the short, catchy clips that aired on Saturday morning TV in the 1970s and 80s as backdrops) promise to deliver an edutainment extravaganza the likes of which you haven’t seen since the floral-shirted Brady Bunch sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-naed their hearts out across America’s living rooms to raise money for that silver platter some forty years ago.

Speaking of singing hearts out, ACA students are known for skillfully performing quality musical theater. We’ve elevated to an art form (literally) a knack for operating on a shoestring budget while amazing audiences with students’ talent and ingenuity. Any ACA student (appropriately aged, of course) who wants to be part of one of our drama productions (and can make the necessary time commitment) is welcome to be part of the cast or crew. This time around, junior high students are doing the acting, singing, and dancing, and high school stage veterans serve as acting coaches, dance instructors, and light & sound technicians, making this truly a school-wide event.

Call the school office at 918-832-4600 for affordable tickets, and reserve your seat on the Conjunction Junction to F-U-N.

Mar 12, 2014

Jean Anderson Memorial Bible Award

Nine brave contestants will be testing madly Friday morning, March 14th, wracking their fevered brains for the answers to 100 short questions and an essay question pulled from general Bible knowledge in an effort to win the second annual Jean Anderson Memorial Bible Award. Few students dare to embark on this courageous undertaking, which happens yearly at the end of the third quarter. The person with the highest score on the test earns $100 cash, a personalized Bible, and his or her name forever immortalized on a plaque in the entry hall (AKA permanent bragging rights).

This award was approved by Ms. Anderson’s sons to honor their mother, a long time friend and supporter of ACA. She became acquainted with our school during our first year when she was looking for a place that would challenge her sons academically and spiritually. We’re glad that she found such a place at ACA, and both boys eventually graduated from the school. In fact, Greg, her oldest son, was the sole member of ACA’s first graduating class.

During her lifetime, Ms. Anderson was an inspirational and spiritually dedicated person, known to get up at 4:30 AM to read the Bible and spend time alone with God. Her quiet dedication was part of the inspiration that led to the establishment of the award. When she discovered ACA, she devoted her time and money to it unselfishly, supporting it with generous donations, and praying for it regularly.

Such dedicated supporters are vital to the mission of our school. Since we are not sponsored by any church or organization, partners like Ms. Anderson are incredibly important to our success. We know that the unique environment and supportive Christian atmosphere that are such an important part of ACA are directly tied to prayer and financial support from people like Ms. Anderson. We are proud to be part of this award as it reminds us that prayer and faith can conquer all, and it gives us another opportunity to emphasize that all things in life and practice should be done “for the glory of the Lord.”

Mar 10, 2014

Spring Break: An Education Vacation

Spring Break is a longstanding educational tradition, and students at any school look forward to it. But at ACA, this year’s spring break brings more excitement than usual because most of the junior and senior class–approximately 40 students–is traveling to the East Coast for a ten-day trip with EF Tours. This trip is one of two offered to ACA juniors and seniors (one each on alternating years) where students can travel, learn, and have fun on “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences. (On alternate years students have the opportunity to travel abroad, usually to Israel, although other international trips may be in the works for future classes.)

With their anticipation at full-throttle, faculty and students are finding it difficult to stay focused on their studies this final week before the break, and the excitement is palpable.

“In one week, I’ll be on a plane traveling toward Boston!” says junior McKenzie Reece excitedly, emphasizing her emotion with an enthusiastic hop (in case the rapid-fire speaking style, excited giggle, or non-stop grin didn’t communicate her state-of-mind adequately). Reece is one of the students going on the EF Tour, where students have the opportunity to earn half a history credit via the trip if they complete a lengthy paper as well as some other academic activities in addition to the trip. Typically a straight-A student, Reece says she can hardly concentrate on her studies this week because she’s so distracted thinking about her trip to D.C., NYC, and other historically important sites on the tour. “I think I spelled more words wrong than I did right in class today,” she says.

Students and faculty taking the tour aren’t the only ones excited about break, though. Some are just as excited to just get a break from their usual routine. While those on the trip will be gone all of spring break and the better part of the following week, other students plan on a more “traditional” vacation–including sleeping in, taking trips to see family or friends, or just doing some fun activities that they rarely have time for during their regular routine. “I’m planning on watching some Netflix,” says freshman Lindsey Dunlap, something she’s not able to do much of during the school year because she’s so busy with studies, soccer, and church. “I’m looking forward to doing a little bit of nothing,” she explains.

Whether going on the trip to the East Coast (a vacation that IS an education) or just taking a break from the regular stresses of school or work (a brief vacation FROM education), students, staff, and faculty alike are all looking forward to the “education vacation” that starts next Monday, honoring the spring break tradition in the unique ACA way.

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