The ACAD Daily Friday, Feb. 11


Happy Birthday

February 7 – Simms Murray
February 7 – Macie Kearney
February 8 – Yates Hillsman
February 8 – Isaac Rorey
February 9 – Mimsie Roberts
February 9 – Vibha Gowda
February 10 – JJ Holt
February 10 – Julianne Peek

quote of the week
“I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish.  And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa”.  – Britney Spears

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247,000 overwintering monarch butterflies returned to the California coast in 2021, up from merely 2,000 butterflies the year before!
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This week is a B week and today is a B Day.

A special shout-out to our Spartan Review writers and staff. They’ve produced another stellar issue. Check out stories on Lunar New Yearour beloved Mrs. Cashin and her Ultimate Frisbee wisdom,  HBO’s “Euphoria,” and so much more. 

What’s going on at 9:45 this week?

Friday – Clubs

Drama Club Movie Night   
Clue: The Movie  Rated:  PG
Admission is free!  All are welcome!  Masks encouraged!
Audience cap is 100 people.
Come see the film – based on the game – that became the play!
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Presentation Hall
7:00 pm
Clue Audition Information
Workshop for auditions will be held in Mr. Dale’s room 4:15 pm-6 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 
Auditions for Clue will be held in the Presentation Hall February 17-18, 2022 from 4:15-6:15 pm.  Students will be reading from the script.  
Script for Clue
If you are auditioning, you will need to have a copy of the script. The script for Clue can be found at 
Please don’t print script at school!
Please contact Ms. T if you have any questions.

Spartan of the Week - Will Hines


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Congratulations to the Athens Academy swim team, who competed last weekend at Georgia Tech in the GHSA State swim meet! The team placed 5th overall out of 37 teams in the 1A-3A classification, and that was with only 4 swimmers competing in the meet! Other highlights include: Garrett Kennedy was runner-up in the 500 freestyle and took 3rd place in the 200 freestyle. Will Hines placed 5th in the 100 backstroke and 8th in the 100 butterfly. Daniel Huang placed 10th in both of his events – the 50 and 100 freestyles. Robbie Dillon played a key role in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, helping our team take 10th and 7th places. In addition, 5 school records were broken, 2 each by Daniel and Garrett as well as in the 200 freestyle relay. 
This is not an official statistic, but IF we competed against only Class A schools, the boys would’ve finished as state runner-up, behind North Cobb Christian!
Here’s a link to the State Swim Meet Team results. 
Attached are current Athens Academy swimming records. Thanks to Paige Kennedy for keeping up with and sharing this information.  
Here’s a link to the updated GADA Director’s Cup standings.  
Good luck to the varsity basketball teams in the Region 8A Private Tournament at GWA. Boys tonight and girls Friday, both at 5:30 pm and both vs PACS.


Our 2 US Robotics Teams won awards at the 29-team FIRST Tech Challenge NE Ga. Regional Tournament this past Saturday.  (see attached picture).  Freshmen & Sophomore team 14756 (Sparbots- White) won the “Control Award” for having an amazing image-processing, autonomous design on their robot.  Team captains Anvesha Das and David Liu also placed high enough during 5 regular matches to be one of four captains for the final “Round-Robin” championship.  They selected sister-Sparbots-team, 2858 (Sparbots – Green) as their partner.

2858 captains Kathryn Nichols and Thomas Meyer won the “Think Award” for “Removing engineering obstacles through creative thinking”  They also took 3rd place for the entire tournament which qualifies them for the State Championship at the Gainesville Civic Center on Friday & Saturday, Feb 18 & 19.

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Bridges is a club that wishes to create and celebrate a vast, diverse and inclusive community; therefore, teaching all participants about the importance of everyone’s story. Bridges wishes to create a community full of people that represent, honor and help one another become the best version of themselves.  

The Oconee Enterprise is printing Jenna Cao’s excellent piece on the importance of this year’s Lunar New Year celebration! Congratulations Jenna! To read her article, CLICK HERE!

We are still looking for people to help with the CARE Club’s Father Daughter Dance There are many opportunities for service and involvement and you can earn service hours and RAK up some kindness at the same time!
1.  Bring in food/drinks.  Use this Sign-Up Genius to bring something!
2.  Help take supplies and decorations over to the Old Gym on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 (this is a good option for those not attending the World Language Induction Ceremony).  Service hours are awarded for this.  Email Mrs. Chester at if you would like to help!  
3.  Help Set-Up for the Father Daughter Dance on Friday (from 3:30-5:00), work a shift during the dance (6:30-8:30) or come to our UGA Miracle Party after the dance (9:00-10:30).  Use the Sign-Up Genius to sign-up to help with the Father Daughter Dance.  Email Lucy Rentz at if interested in attending the UGA Miracle After Party!  
Have questions?  Email Mrs. Chester at
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Join us on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bertelsmann PH for a magical night celebrating Upper School Fine Arts. Luminaria 2022 includes music ensembles from the US band and orchestra, readings from the creative writing students and the Bertelsmann Lobby will come to life with a “pop-up” visual arts exhibit featuring our senior artists. The first Luminaria was organized and presented in 2016.  For several years, the event was held in the Bertelsmann Lobby and in 2018 the event was moved to The Foundry and a packed house! This year we are excited to present Luminaria once again on the Athens Academy campus and to a “live” audience. You may be asking – what is a “Luminaria”? Simply put, it is a paper bag with a lit candle inside. Illumination, energy, and warmth are the inspiration of Luminaria and inspire this evening of the Arts.

Math Problem of the Week

1) whoever first emails the math club email: with the answer and it’s correct will receive 5 raffle points 
2) if someone email afterwards with an answer that’s correct after the first correct ensued they will get 3 raffle points 
3) anyone who got an incorrect answer will receive 1 point 
*Please do realize if you email first but get it wrong then you will only get 1 point * 
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Check this out: UGA Quick Pitch Competition


Seniors: Check this out for a possible $1000!
Oconee County Rotary Scholarship
The deadline is April 22nd and winners will be asked to attend the Rotary meeting on May 10th.  The link will explain the expectations and allow for a digital essay.  

What’s going on with RAK?

Brooks and Kathryn helped each other study!


The Barrow Advisory supported our Spartan Basketball teams!

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They also picked up trash and held the door open for each other!


Renee picked up trash, did yoga, did the dishes and gave snacks to her friends!

Lexi took care of herself by drinking lots of water, working out, going for a walk and getting good sleep! She also supported her friend at Senior Night!

Taylor is taking care of our community by recycling!

Walter cleaned the Schacht building

Emmeline helped a friend with homework, exercised, got good sleep, drank plenty of water, prayed for people, made cookies with her family and washed the dishes!

Mary Hollis prayed, exercised at dance, fed her dog, supported friends at bb, and took care of her brother and did the dishes.

Adam takes care of himself by drinking LOTS of water!


Preston Darden: helped AJ Chambers with his job application 

John Manuel Newland and Elizabeth Raeber helped Ms. Towery rearrange my classroom 🙂 
Marie and Renee hydrating!
Charles Bennett brought Smith Olmstead her phone at the end of class– kindness!
From Newland Advisory!
Kate Farmer (and Hadley Spurlock): Helped box lunar new year gifts
Mikaella: Endlessly holding open the door
Maddie Conner: Working out everyday
Reese Jarrard: Teaching our entire advisory a dance so we don’t look like losers at Sadie
Ansley drank lots of water this weekend, babysat for 6 hours, read her bible, helped a friend with something, cleaned out her room, went on a run, cooked dinner for her family and went to the basketball games this past week. 
Siena cleaned out her closet and donated a of her old clothes to goodwill.
Taylor picking up trash!
Kishan picking up cookie cake at soccer game. 

NHS signup to volunteer at Lower School Science Night!
We are excited that our NHS service project is back up and running after a year off due to COVID!  Remember, this is mandatory for all current NHS members. The event will be masks REQUIRED for all in attendance, and NHS volunteers will be given a pizza dinner before the event.  The event will take place on Thursday February 24 from 6-7:30pm, and volunteers should arrive NO LATER than 5:30pm and plan to stay until 8pm.
This week all current active NHS members will begin receiving an email with a google form to sign up for their station.  Please select your top 5 locations to volunteer, and the locations will be filled up on a first come first served basis.  The invitation to sign up will be sent to Senior NHS members on Tuesday 1/25 and Junior NHS members on Wednesday 1/26.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Neves.  

ACAD Talks is coming up this March. If you are interested in giving a talk— even if you don’t have a particular talk in mind— check out this Goggle Form. The event is modeled after TED Talks, and students can give a talk on research, ideas, or experiences of their choice. Email Ms. Towery with questions.


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Blue Sheet Link

College Visit Calendar 

College Visit Formstack

Class of 2022 Service Log

Class of 2023 Service Log

Class of 2024 Service Log

Class of 2025 Service Log

useful links

Dress Code

Upper School Code of Conduct

Vehicle Registration 


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