As we approach Christmas, I believe it is the time to reflect on our blessings and all the reasons we have to be thankful. From a school standpoint, this caused me to reflect on the school year thus far and share some of the reasons we have to be thankful at Halifax Academy (HA).
- Earlier this year, we celebrated the 50 year anniversary of HA with an all class reunion. We had a good turnout for the event, and I am thankful for the founding Board of Trustees (BOT) whose vision led to 50 years of excellence in education at Halifax Academy.
- Wonderful students past and present who represent the school and their parents in a way we can all be proud. Our graduates go on to further their education, pursue successful careers, and become productive members of society.
- An outstanding faculty and staff that is second to none. In my two and a half years at HA, I have been amazed by the dedication that our employee’s demonstrate toward our students as well as the overall success of the school. Our students succeed not only academically but also learn the ethics and morals that are needed to be good members of society.
- Hard working coaches and patrons that make our athletic programs successful. These achievements can be measured not only in wins (State Championships), but more importantly in the many lessons learned through athletic participation.
- Many of our seniors have already received their college acceptance letters. Others will be notified in January or February.
- A BOT that is forward focused and committed to continuous improvement. This commitment has allowed us to install a Smart Board in every full time teacher’s classroom during the first semester. Staff members are currently involved in professional development to insure we can use this technology to benefit our students in the most efficient manner possible.
- We are two-thirds of the way toward reaching our goal for the Gym AC project. We are thankful for all of the kindness shown by our patrons and community partners in support of this project. Halifax Academy has a history of community support that allows the BOT to keep tuition at a minimum while continuing to improve our facilities.
Of course, there are many other items I could add to the list. I challenge each of you to focus on the blessings we all tend to take for granted each day. Life presents many trials, but I have found focusing on the positives is the best way to persevere with a joyful attitude in spite of these challenges. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Halifax Academy, I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed Christmas season. Remember that true JOY comes from putting Jesus first, others second, and yourself third. If we all strive to put our priorities in this order each day we will truly have a joyful holiday season.