Year End Academics Update

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As we end the academic year 2016-2017, the success of our teachers and students is a tremendous blessing to our community. As you carefully examine the following information that includes the reflection of our successes and future opportunities, you will notice we continually and intentionally seek excellence in all we do. This document is rather long but we feel there is much to celebrate and communicate about future plans.
High School
 
Governor’s School is made up of 12 academic programs that students participate in during the summer. Students selected to attend the Tennessee Governor’s Schools are talented, highly motivated, and mature students in the tenth and eleventh grade. Congratulations to Noah Estes who will be attending the Governor’s School for the Arts in Filmmaking, and Eli Bradley who will be attending the Governor’s School for Computational Physics.??
 
Congratulations to our National Merit Qualifiers for 2017/2018: Eli Bradley, Benjamin Browning, and Jim Camp ??
 
Lipscomb Academy High School finished 7th out of 21 teams In the Tennessee Bar Association’s State High School Mock Trial Competition??
 
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) logged 235 hours of tutoring to over 90 students in 20 mathematics-based classes/courses??
 
Recent Math Competition Winners: Math Competition winners: Ethan Coburn - 3rd in Algebra II and Xiaohan Zhu - 9th in Geometry
 
 
Middle School 
 
Sixty-seven seventh and eighth graders made history in February as they were inducted into Lipscomb Academy's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. They have the distinction as being the largest group of students ever inducted in the LA chapter of NJHS!   These students were selected on the basis of their academic grades, service to others, character, school involvement, and leadership.??
 
Thirteen students in seventh grade received State Recognition in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). This is the highest number we have had in several years.  In order to qualify for Duke TIP, students must score at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.  The TIP test takers sat alongside college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students and took the advanced tests as a way to better measure their academic capabilities.??
 
Lipscomb Academy has chosen Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) by Andrew Maraniss as the 2017 All School Read.  This book follows the story of Perry Wallace, the first African-American basketball player in the SEC, who played for Vanderbilt from 1966-1970. Wallace’s courage and perseverance in the face of the horrifying taunting, threats, and isolation he endured both on Vanderbilt’s campus and at road games in the deep south are inspiring. This is also a book about Nashville, and students will learn about Civil Rights era events that took place in Nashville. This is the first time we have chosen a book with an author from Nashville. Perry Wallace will be coming to Lipscomb Academy in early fall to speak to students!  His visit will help add depth to the story, and we look forward to our students learning more about him. Mr. Wallace is currently a law professor in Washington D.C. at Washington College of Law.
 
 
Elementary School
 

Award-winning author Jessica Young visited the elementary school February 17.  In the morning, she shared with the students her writing process and led them through a series of inspiring exercises.  In the afternoon Jessica worked with grade level teams on how to nurture young writers into action through meaning, choice and purpose.  ?

Ginger Reasonver, Becky Collins, and the Green Team were named state winners and national runner-up for their National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.  For three years in a row, this team has received national recognition,?

Ginger Reasonover, Wendy Rampy, and Becky Collins presented at the NSTA National Conference about robotics in the elementary school and developing a student-driven environmental stewardship program for young children.  ?

This year Kindergarten thru 4th-grade students took the MAP Test (Measure of Academic Progress). MAP, a computerized adaptive test that adapts questions based on student's ability level, helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. ?

 
Global Relevance  
As part of our mission, Lipscomb Academy has always sought to make a positive difference in the world God created, and we call home. As part of Lipscomb Academy’s 2020 Strategic Plan, we have chosen to take deliberate steps toward growing our global relevance. This past school year teachers were challenged during subject area retreats to think globally and incorporate global thinking routines into their time with students. This spring, various leadership groups at the academy have begun to focus significant time and attention on developing new plans for programming, curriculum, professional development, student and faculty travel, global school partnerships, and ways to bring more students from around the world to the halls of Lipscomb Academy. Planning has occurred with Lipscomb University personnel and classroom teachers who have a passion in this area and are already forming their students in globally relevant ways. We are excited about the possibility for all Lipscomb Academy students as we explore the best ways to help them learn to investigate the world, recognize and weigh multiple perspectives, communicate their ideas, and take action to make this world a better place. 
 
Grading for Learning
Lipscomb Academy continues to pursue best practices in grading and assessment. This year several teachers shifted assessment and grading in their classrooms. Simultaneously, the entire faculty engaged in regular professional development to learn about and wrestle with the question of what grading and evaluation practices are best for students in our context. At Lipscomb Academy, assessment of students is the process of gathering information to facilitate learning and communicate levels of proficiency in an accurate, meaningful, and consistent way. It is our goal that grades clearly communicate what a student knows and can do as defined by Lipscomb Academy AcademicStandards. This next year, we look forward to continuing our research and professional development, as well as expanding the role Grading for Learning concepts play in our classroom instructional and assessment practices. 
 
Community of Writers
“In an increasingly demanding world of literacy, the importance of our students leaving our schools as effective writers has magnified. The ability to write well, once a luxury, has become a necessity. Today, writing is foundational for success.” ~ Kelly Gallagher
In partnership with Lipscomb University’s College of Education and the Lipscomb Academy Fellowship for Teaching and Learning, Lipscomb Academy has spent the year focusing on writing. This long-term endeavor is to create an extensive and rich Community of Writers with students and faculty. Teachers in all three schools and all disciplines have engaged in professional development, have reflected on practice in the classroom, have tried new strategies, and have written with their students as well as on their own. We are excited about plans to continue this growth next year and beyond. 
 
Educational Leaders
Lipscomb Academy teachers are encouraged to be leaders in their particular disciplines and to share their expertise with others.  Professional development is important to our teachers, and we emphasize continuing education for all teachers.  We are blessed this year with Lipscomb Academy teachers leading the way by presenting at local, national, and international conferences.  Congratulations to these teachers and administrators! 

Elementary:

Kelly Austin

Marlene Butler

Katy Clayton

Becky Collins

Suzanne Howell

Beth Lafferty

Regina Lankford

Wanda Lynn

Wendy Rampy

Ginger Reasonover

Leslie Robinson

Jonathan Sheahen

Sara Williamson

Middle:

Libby Barker

Katie Batson

Franklin Bennett

Scott Broadway

Lisa Bruce

Lucinda Burris

Audree Keele

Rebecca Lavender

Sara Mitchell

Emily Reed

Jane Thomas

Amy Welch

High:

Donna Brasher

Chasidy Burton

Julia Denny

Robert King

Drew McConnell

David Morris

Geoff Musick

Kristi Reynolds

Jesse Savage

Sawyer Wallace

Doug Williams

Congratulations to:
  • Teachers of the Year: Elementary: Melissa Collins (Art), Middle School: Katie Batson (5th Grade) and High School: Darrell Blankenship (AP Human Geography)

  • Suzanne Howell (Elementary) for her work to become certified in the Wilson Reading Program

  • Audree Keele (Middle) for finishing her certification as a Reading Specialist 

 
 
Makerspace - Innovation Lab 
We are proud to announce the innovation space construction has begun!  We hope to have our design thinking lab ready for students in August. Design thinking is a method to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions. All middle and high school students will use thi space to imagine, create, elaborate, tinker, and share ideas.  Plans are also underway for elementary students to visit this area until they have one of their own.  Teachers have been integrating design thinking into existing curriculum this year as they prepared for the opening of the innovation lab.
 
New Fitness Center
Construction has also begun on the new Lipscomb Academy Fitness Center. This space will be housed below the Auxiliary Gym and will be used by all students at Lipscomb Academy. Physical education classes 5-12 including Strength and Conditioning courses that are available to all high school students will spend time in this facility. This is a cornerstone element of future plans for a comprehensive wellness program for all Lipscomb Academy students. 
 
 
We began this semester on January 3rd with our first Partner in Education event. Internationally recognized author and presenter Tom Schimmer joined us along with faculty from ten different schools to learn about best practices in grading and assessment. Lipscomb Academy will continue to host Partner in Education events for area educators to learn about best practices from nationally and internationally known leaders in education.
 
Future events we will host include a Spiritual Formation workshop held in conjunction with Christian School’s In-Service in November 2017, a conference for best practices in the summer of 2018, and in January 2018, an international speaker, who is an author and a teacher, with expertise in the area of writing and literacy. We are not allowed to share his name yet, so stay tuned! Lipscomb Academy is becoming a place where educators come to learn about innovations in our field.
 
 
 
On August 21, people in Nashville will have the rare privilege of experiencing a total solar eclipse. Although some of you may remember the partial eclipse in the early 80's, it has been over 500 years since this astronomical phenomenon has happened in Nashville. Our students will have some educational opportunities before the event begins to help them understand the significance of what they're about to witness. Students will view the eclipse through safety glasses provided by Lipscomb Academy.  The eclipse committee will provide more details in August. 
 
 
Jonathan and Rachel (Stinson) Shaub have been extremely busy since they graduated from high school in 1999 and 2001, respectively.  Highlights from Jonathan's high school experience includeacademic achievements as well as athletic pursuits in football and track. Jonathan went on to play football at Vanderbilt University where he majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies.  After spending a year in Kyiv, Ukraine and some time in New York City, Jonathan returned to Nashville while recovering from a serious traffic accident.  In Nashville, Jonathan earned an M.A. in English from Belmont and then enrolled in Northwestern University School of Law where he graduated first in his class in 2011. He then spent a year clerking for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Baltimore, Maryland, which led to his selection for the yearlong Bristow Fellowship with the United States Solicitor General.  After spending some time in private practice working primarily on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Jonathan joined the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Attorney-Adviser.  In June of this year, Jonathan will depart OLC to join the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Solicitor General.
 
Rachel also excelled academically during her high school career and participated in numerous extracurricular activities.  She graduated from Samford University and then pursued a nursing degree from Belmont University.  Rachel went on to work as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  Rachel recently completed her M.S.N. degree from Rush University in the family nurse practitioner program.
 
Jonathan and Rachel Shaub married in 2008 and have three children Eleanor (6), Aubrey (4), and Eastin (16 months).