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Morada's Hands-on Lessons Makes it All Worth it

Posted on May 29th, 2013
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, OLIVER MORADA
Thunderbird Adventist Academy | Arizona Conference
U.S. & World History, Government, Economics, and Vice Principal of Student Life

 
Oliver Morada_1It’s not unusual to find Oliver Morada standing on a chair, getting his students’ attention as he excitedly shares an important concept.
“Clear the classroom and place all desks and chairs to the sides,” he says with excitement.
Morada’s unique style of teaching is one of his most significant attributes as a teacher. He has the ability to take an ordinary subject and make it come alive to his students, making a lecture-based class into a hands-on history lesson at Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA).
“He intermingles direct instruction with student-centered activities,” says Principal Richard Maloon. “He encourages a high order of thinking and leads discussions with questions and contemporary, relevant content that stimulates reflection.” Continue reading…

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Morada’s Hands-on Lessons Makes it All Worth it

Posted on May 29th, 2013
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, OLIVER MORADA
Thunderbird Adventist Academy | Arizona Conference
U.S. & World History, Government, Economics, and Vice Principal of Student Life

 

Oliver Morada_1It’s not unusual to find Oliver Morada standing on a chair, getting his students’ attention as he excitedly shares an important concept.

“Clear the classroom and place all desks and chairs to the sides,” he says with excitement.

Morada’s unique style of teaching is one of his most significant attributes as a teacher. He has the ability to take an ordinary subject and make it come alive to his students, making a lecture-based class into a hands-on history lesson at Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA).

“He intermingles direct instruction with student-centered activities,” says Principal Richard Maloon. “He encourages a high order of thinking and leads discussions with questions and contemporary, relevant content that stimulates reflection.” Continue reading…

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Minty Makes a Positive Impact on School

Posted on May 16th, 2013
2013 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD RECIPIENT, JIM MINTY
Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School | Potomac Conference
5th and 8th Grade
 

Jim Minty_1Jim Minty is known for how involved he is at Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary (SVAE). Parents, other teachers and students appreciate the extra time he spends taking care of the school, teaching extra-curricular classes like band, choir and handbells and also making sure his classroom is a safe environment where every student feels accepted for who they are. Specially, Minty goes above and beyond to fight bullying in his classroom by talking openly with students and parents about teasing.

Joe Fralick, the SVAE’s principal, said that he’s had numerous parents, teachers, and board members approach him with a desire to see Minty receive the Excellence in Teaching Award for the outstanding contributions that he has made to the school and the community. “His standards of excellence help others strive for the same,” Fralick added.

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Have You Seen Our April Newsletter?

Posted on May 14th, 2013

The AAF April 2013 Newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now! This issue announces the growth of the Renaissance Network and gives details about the partnerships with Hinsdale Adventist Academy and Madison Academy. If you would like more information about the Renaissance Network or how your school can join feel free to contact us!

To read the entire issue, click on the newsletter below.

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If you would like to receive a hard copy of our newsletters, please email your name and mailing address to info@alumniawards.org.

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Renaissance Network welcomes two new schools into the program

Posted on April 25th, 2013

The Renaissance Network is growing! We at the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) are proud to announce that we are adding two more schools into the Renaissance Network: Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA) in Chicago and Madison Academy (MA) in Nashville, Tenn.

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The Renaissance Network is a new school-management program that seeks to build a strong network of respected, influential Adventist schools that elevate the standard of the entire education system. The Renaissance Network achieves this by providing K-12 schools with outside resources and management expertise through long-term partnerships.

“On behalf of the entire AAF Board of Directors, we are pleased to be working with Hinsdale, Madison, the school boards, the Illinois Conference and the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference in our journey to develop a Division-wide network of viable model schools,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chairman. “Our vision is to make Renaissance schools among the most respected and influential schools in the country – raising the bar in their communities and in Adventist education, everywhere.”

Schools accepted into the program are connected with a powerful support system that encourages excellence in the spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of students. HAA and MA in collaboration with Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA) will receive external management expertise, comprehensive school planning services, and other resources through partnership with the Renaissance Network. Continue reading…

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Thunderbird Adventist Academy's New Website

Posted on March 26th, 2013

Check out Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s new website design! This fun, fresh design is also easy to navigate and informative. Make sure to check out the up-to-date calendar, archives of The Thunderer, photo galleries, and much more. This new website helps students, faculty, parents, prospective students, alumni, and donors find the links they need quickly.
Click on the image below to check out the entire new website!
thunderbirdacademy.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also, be sure to visit Thunderbird’s mission blog, Into Africa. Students and staff have been serving in Zambia since March 18th and will return to Arizona on April 2. This live blog gives detailed description about their outreach in Africa, including stories and pictures of students showing proper dental hygiene to a nearby village and assisting with physical examinations. This blog gives you a bird’s eye view into Thunderbird’s experience in Africa.
Check out the full blog by clicking the image below!
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Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s New Website

Posted on March 26th, 2013

Check out Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s new website design! This fun, fresh design is also easy to navigate and informative. Make sure to check out the up-to-date calendar, archives of The Thunderer, photo galleries, and much more. This new website helps students, faculty, parents, prospective students, alumni, and donors find the links they need quickly.

Click on the image below to check out the entire new website!

thunderbirdacademy.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, be sure to visit Thunderbird’s mission blog, Into Africa. Students and staff have been serving in Zambia since March 18th and will return to Arizona on April 2. This live blog gives detailed description about their outreach in Africa, including stories and pictures of students showing proper dental hygiene to a nearby village and assisting with physical examinations. This blog gives you a bird’s eye view into Thunderbird’s experience in Africa.

Check out the full blog by clicking the image below!

Into Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hinsdale Adventist Academy Restructures School Board

Posted on March 5th, 2013

Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA) has made major changes to the structure of their school board in order to center its attention on what is really important. HAA’s school board was cut from a 28 member representation-based board to a 13-member competency based board.

Those 13 members include four ex-officio members comprised of the Illinois conference school superintendent, a Lake Union representative, school principal and a pastor. This group also consists of five to seven laypeople who are not church employees—a hospital administrator, financial, legal and business experts.

School Board Chair, Meechai Tessalee, says this change required a shift in the minds of all the board members, but the new structure will hopefully act as a “resource board” and allow members to focus more on fundraising and school promotion. The expected results from this transformation are for HAA’s school board to better concentrate on big picture ideas.

Learn more about Hinsdale Adventist Academy here.

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A Day in the Life of Thunderbird Adventist Academy

Posted on February 19th, 2013

Have you been wondering what has been going on at Thunderbird Adventist Academy? The latest addition of TAA’s newsletter, The Thunderer, describes the typical day for the students and staff. Going through the entire day, including after school hours, this issue describes a day in the life of TAA. Click here to read the entire issue.

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Thank you for your generous donations!

Posted on February 12th, 2013

We cannot say THANK YOU enough to all of our generous donors, especially those who contributed during our Matching Program. Your gifts totaled over $72,000 to be matched, bringing the total to over $216,000 to excel Adventist education!

These funds make it possible for AAF to continue to develop the Renaissance Network. The Renaissance Network provides schools with resources that will raise academic standards, establish best practices, prepare talented leaders, and deliver vision, expertise and accountability. We are currently in the process of bringing two new schools into the program. Stay tuned for more information about that in the spring.

Thank you again for your continued support and dedication!

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