The Charger Newsletter


Our sixth grade class is a transitional class, from the School of Grammar to the School of Dialectic. As such, there is one teacher who handles their basic subjects, (English, literature, math, science, history, etc.), but they leave that class to go to Houses and specials (art, computers, Latin).  They do not attend specials on Friday morning, but they are in class with Mrs. Anderson for their main subjects. After lunch on Fridays, they have study time and tutoring.  This is free tutoring involving Mrs. Anderson and several of our other teachers.  Students in this transition grade need to learn good study skills and receive help with subjects that are challenging them.  Therefore, sixth graders do not have the option of not coming to school on Fridays, and we will expect to see our sixth graders in class on Fridays.

Also, our Grammar School classes do not have the option of not attending school on Fridays.  K4 - 5th grade do have school all day on Fridays!  


Extended Day and Drop-In Programs

  • ACA has an amazing Extended Day program provided for students in KinderPrep through 8th grade. This program is a structured  curriculum based program with scheduled activities as well as shack time (we provide the snacks and drinks). Please see the attached handbook and registration form for more details or contact the director, Mrs. Williams, with questions: [email protected] .

  • We realize that not all families will choose to be a part of our Extended Day program. For these families, we have the ACA Drop-In program. This program is for use only when you are running late and will not be able to be here by 3:30. Students can use this time to work on their homework. The per-student fee is $6 if picked up between 3:30 - 4:00. An additional fee of $12 is assessed if picked up between 4:01 and 5:00. An additional fee of $6 is assessed if picked up between 5:01 and 5:30. $1 per minute will be charged if later than 5:30. Our building closes at 5:30. Please do all you can to make sure your student is picked up before Drop-In begins at 3:30.


New families: Gradenet log-in information will be mailed to you very soon!  We want to allow teachers the time to put some things into Gradenet, so when you do log in there will be something there for you to see.  :-)  Please be patient for another few days.


It is our tradition at ACA to begin the school year with a retreat for our 6th - 12th graders and staff at New Life Ranch in Colcord, OK.  We call this retreat Charger Round Table.  Our students will leave on Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 a.m. and return on Friday, August 26, between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.  This is a wonderful time of bonding, worship, games, discussions, fun, and it helps to integrate new secondary students into the ACA family.  Permission slips are attached below and MUST be returned by next Monday, August 22nd.  Payment is due by Wednesday, August 24th, unless other payment arrangements are made through Mr. Ahrens.  The cost is $100 per person.  Please note: Students in grades 6 - 12 who do not attend the New Life Ranch retreat will not have school on August 25-26 since our teachers will be on the retreat.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.



We want ALL high school students (Full time or Part time) to come out for the workshop for this year’s high school musical: “Beauty and the Beast” THIS FRIDAY, from 3:30 – 9pm. NO previous experience is required and the cost is FREE. A light dinner will be served in the PAB from 3:30 – 4:00pm. You MUST be pre-registered. The registration form is attached below or pick up your form from the school office. The form will contain other important information that both student and parent needs to know. Questions? Call Mrs. Post at 918-852-2040.

AUDITION DATES & TIMES:  Students may audition on Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 pm or on Monday, August 22nd, at 3:30 pm in the PAB.

REQUIRED PARENT MEETING:  Parents of potential cast members MUST attend one of the two offered parent meetings prior to your child auditioning: The first meeting will be held Friday, August 19th, 8:30 pm, in the PAB (following the audition workshop)  and the second meeting will be held Sunday, August 21st, at 5:00 pm, in the PAB (following the first auditions). IF your child will be auditioning on Sunday, parents need to attend the Friday meeting. If your child will be auditioning on Monday, you can attend the Sunday meeting.

Open Audition Call for students grades 3-6

We are auditioning for enchanted teacups (girls) and for Chip (Mrs. Potts son) for the production Beauty and the Beast. Auditions will be held Saturday, August 20th: 9:00 - 10:45 for the teacups (girls – we will be selecting 5-6 girls) and 10:45 – Noon for Chip. Please pick up an audition form from the school office. You can call Gale Post if you have questions.




The next ACA Israel Trip is scheduled for March, 2017.  This trip is open to our current junior and seniors, ACA families, alumni, teachers, and friends of ACA.  If you are interested in joining this tour of Israel (or know someone who might be interested), please contact Mrs. Rhonda Morgan at: [email protected] or 918-638-7799 for more information, or sign up in the school office. Friday, September 30 is the last day to sign up for this once in a lifetime trip!  Attached below are the trip details!

You can also ask to join the Facebook group called “ACA Israel Tours” which has a lot of great information.  Also, below is a link to watch a 1:30 minute “trailer” done by alumni Nick Conroy from the 2013 trip, with another link to watch the 21:37 minute full video.

Israel Trip Trailer:

Full version:


We have a special opportunity happening right here at ACA for an excellent PSAT prep class for your 10th & 11th grade students.  We are thrilled to welcome back Timothy Moser, who has been with us to prep a previous group of ACA students. The class will be held from 8:00 - 12:30 on August 29th-30th. The cost will be $65 per person.

Mr. Moser has asked for a 20 student limit, which means that this is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We are also requiring a signed letter from the parent, and your student, stating that you are both aware that they will be missing all their classes on these two mornings.  This means that they will be required to communicate with their teachers and get any assignments that they miss completed and turned in whenever their teachers require it.  Letters and payment must be returned to Mrs. Collingsworth, in the school office by Wednesday, August 24th.

We understand that this may be a difficult decision to make, especially since the students will be missing their classes.  So, you must weigh how important this test may be for your student and your family.  For Juniors, this is their one shot for the National Merit Scholarship, which opens up many doors for college.  If you believe that this may be attainable for your student, it could be a very important prep class for them.  

We will be administering the PSAT on Saturday, October 15th.  This Saturday date is different for us, but because of our schedule change this year we decided it would be better than our normal Wednesday test administration.   As in the past, we will pay the testing fee for all of our juniors to take the PSAT, however, unlike the past, we are not requiring them all to take it.  Sophomores are allowed to take it for practice, but they will need to pay the $15 test fee.  A new requirement we also have is that ALL ACA students taking the PSAT must sign up in the school office - juniors and sophomores.  Please let Ms. Becki know if you would like for your student to take the PSAT by Friday, September 16th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Collingsworth in the office.  She is in the office Mon/Wed all day and T/Th in the afternoons.  You can also reach her at: [email protected]


ACA high school students must take at least one Colloquia per year of attendance and several choices are offered each semester.  Students must sign up for their Colloquia in the school office.  Only six students may sign up for any given Colloquia, and a few are full already.  The choices for this fall, and the instructors, are:

The Charge of the Light Brigade - Miss Crow

CPR/First Aid - Miss Crow

Escape from Reason - Mr. Iwama

The Kingdom of the Cults - Mr. Post

Introduction to Plutarch’s Lives - Mr. Post

A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning - Mr. Post

Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness - Mr. McIntosh

Vexillology, “Good Flag: Bad Flag” - Mr. Drake

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt - Ms. Davis

The Giver - Ms. Davis

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years - Mrs. Ellis

Basic Plumbing 101 - Mrs. Morgan

Finding Your Way - Mrs. Collingsworth

Tour of Tulsa & Tunnels (emphasis on race relations) - Mrs. Odom


Please remember that all students must pack their lunches this week and next.  Students may order lunches from our venders beginning Monday, August 29th.  Watch for the monthly order form coming soon!


Join the ACA Hen House for breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe on Saturday, August 27, at 9:00 a.m.  All ACA moms are invited - those new to ACA and those returning to ACA.  This is a great way to start off the school year - meet other ACA mothers, learn more about the Hen House, and enjoy a bit of fellowship over breakfast!  For more information, contact Mrs. Beth Minnich at 918-640-3246 or call the school office.


Our school office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.  If you need to reach someone outside of office hours, please email [email protected] .  



Have questions?  Please call ACA at 918-832-4600



Aug. 19: “Beauty & the Beast” Audition Workshop, 3:30 - 9:00 p.m. Cast parent meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Aug. 20: Child auditions for “Beauty & the Beast”

Aug. 21: “Beauty & the Beast” Auditions, 2:00 p.m.  Cast parent meeting at 5:00 p.m.

Aug. 22: “Beauty & the Beast” Auditions, 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 22: Permission slips are due for New Life Ranch

Aug. 25-26: Charger Round Table at New Life Ranch for all secondary students

Aug. 27: Hen House Moms Breakfast, Mimi’s Cafe, 9:00 a.m.

Aug. 29-30: PSAT Prep Class - Open to 10th and 11th graders