We have a lot to be thankful for at Hartfield Academy and as we quickly approach Thanksgiving, I would like to take a look back and review a few of the many areas of school life that I am especially grateful for.
The fall sports seasons have wrapped up this month and our teams experienced great successes. I believe that giving our best with an attitude and effort that glorifies God puts us in a position to bring tangible results on the field or court. I also believe that a team’s success is defined by more than only wins and losses, but that doesn’t mean we don’t make it our goal to win every game and celebrate when the culmination of our hard work pays off on the scoreboard. I am proud to share that our Softball team qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in school history, our Cheerleading squad placed 2nd in the MAIS Spirit competition, and our Football team finished the season with an exciting victory over the #1 ranked team in our classification.
If you didn’t have the chance to see our Girls’ Soccer team play in the championship in early October, you missed a great match. Coach Jake Benton’s ladies made everyone proud as they competed in the finals, losing a heartbreaker during penalty kicks. It was their 3rd State Championship appearances in the five years of the program. On the court, our Volleyball Team won State in thrilling fashion taking down the four time reigning champion as they downed Jackson Academy 3-1. It truly was a collegiate level match and our students and fans were a huge part of that victory. Finally, our athletes finished out a championship month by bringing home both the Boys and Girls Cross Country State Championships. The individual medal stand was also represented well with Hartfield students placing as individual champions finishing 1st and 2nd for both teams. Congratulations to our players and these talented coaches, keep up the great work! You can see more details each week on Twitter by following @HartfieldHawks.
All of these teams have great, young athletes competing and the future looks even brighter. I know the long hours our coaches and student put in are paying off. I think we can all agree; it is great to be a Hawk!
I am thankful for our patrons who give to our school in so many ways. In the month of October, HOST, our Parent Association, put together our annual auction and it was a fun evening that is a blessing to our school. Jennifer Anderson and Megan Dallas along with their team of volunteers contributed so much of their time and energy to make this event successful. Over $80,000 was raised that evening that will go directly to benefit our students. This money contributes to many aspects of Hartfield’s student-centered educational experience, adding value to many programs. It would not have been possible without your generous sponsorships and participation that evening. Several talented people have begun planning for next year’s auction and I am excited about a few of the new ideas they are considering already!
I am thankful for our Fine Arts department in both Lower and Upper School. If you recently saw Rewritten, you experience the first official theatrical production in our new Colbert Theater. Did you know that this dessert theater production has been written the last three years by one of Hartfield’s own talented Alumni? Make plans to attend the musical this coming spring.
Speaking of productions, I am looking forward to some of the upcoming elementary grade programs. Dawn Martin and her team, including music teacher Andrea Jolly, do a great job preparing our younger students to share through these grade-level programs. This Friday our 3rd grade has invited their parents and grandparents on campus for a morning celebrating the blessings of being an American. If you have seen this program in years past it gives you that feeling of an Air Force jet flyover during the national anthem of an SEC football game Saturday. Ok, that may sound over the top, but you leave being proud of our national heritage, our families, and of course our students. They do a fantastic job!
Another opportunity to see our elementary students perform will be at our upcoming Hartfield Family Christmas. This year we will take full advantage of our new Colbert Theater, our outdoor courtyard fully dressed with beautiful string lights, and we will invite everyone to come and experience the sounds and tastes of the upcoming Christmas season. I hope you will make plans to join us on December 6th.
Lastly, I am thankful for a thriving and growing Hartfield Academy! I know it feels early to mention it, but mark your calendar for Re-Enrollment which will open on January 10th. We want to encourage all of our current families to re-enroll early, because we do expect to reach full capacity in many grade levels after we open enrollment to new families on February 1st. I am so proud of the positive feedback about Hartfield in the community that I receive almost daily. It speaks to the dedication of our talented and caring faculty, but it is a direct reflection of the families and students that make up the fabric of the Hartfield Academy community. I am grateful to be a part of this and consider it a privilege to serve our students as we join together to point them toward fulfilling their God-given purpose.
Go Hawks and enjoy this season of Thanksgiving!