Dear Parents, Students, Supporters & Friends,
The school year is officially over and now that I have had a moment to catch my breath and contemplate our progress, I am amazed at how wonderful this year has been. Jacksonville Adventist Academy has accomplished so much, so fast, and had sooooooooo much fun in the process. There is much to be grateful for as we reflect on all that God has helped us bring about this year. We have strengthened our academics, started a gardening program, expanded our technology, added two competitive sports, reinitiated school-wide foreign language classes, started a visual arts program, went on some really cool trips, and began to offer private music lessons. None of this could have been accomplished without your support.
Not surprisingly, challenges did surface this year as well. All of us (myself included) have made more than a few mistakes, have faced countless difficulties, had some courageous conversations, and even dodged two hurricanes. Notwithstanding those challenges and others we are sure to face, I think all can clearly see we are in the middle of building a great program.
As we move forward, we cannot forget that progress is rarely something that happens easily. For this reason we are asking you to keep our school in prayer. JAA has a very ambitious vision to bring many new things to our school as soon as possible, including but not limited to: newly renovated classrooms, the construction of a new gymnasium, offering full daycare services, early morning care, after school clubs and enrichment activities, additional competitive sports, STEM & robotics, summer camp, and expanding our academic program to include high school classes. How will all of this will be accomplished? At this point, I honestly could not tell you very much, but I do know and have said before, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (Lao Tzo). Now that we have written the vision, we can begin praying and working until it happens.
This year was truly amazing. Thank you again for everything. I can truly say we did our best and trusted God for the rest. Next year by God’s grace will be even greater.