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Arts


Art Program / Contests
ACA Art Show WinnersMiddle school students take an art elective one hour a day for four and a half weeks. These classes try to reflect students changing interests, attitudes, and capabilities. The electives that students choose from include Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed media, Sculpture and Ceramics. These lessons start with a profile and history of an artist and their work, reinforced by a demonstration of an applicable technique. The students then experience this lesson with their own creation of art project from the subject area studied. Examples of art from all over the world are shown on slide with a presentation of background material; discussions include description, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of the art.

Student artwork is displayed on six bulletin boards in the art room, as well as matted and framed work that hang in the cafetorium. The courtyard is filled with art whenever events such as concerts occur. Artwork is also displayed at the Maitland Center for the arts and students create art for various school functions throughout the year. Students are encouraged to participate in regional art competitions, the Diocesan Art Fair, and other competitions. Opportunities for additional art instruction are presented in the form of after school small group classes and summer art camp.

Band
The ACA band program features two different bands. The beginning band is open to all students in 4th grade and above and requires no musical experience. The advanced band is open to any student with at least one year of experience, or six months of private instruction.

Both of the bands at ACA are wind bands which include flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, tuba, and percussion. There are no pianos, violins or guitars in a wind band but any experience on those instruments is greatly helpful with the beginning students.

In the ACA band program, not only will your band student learn their particular band instrument, they will also learn art of musical performance. Many techniques are taught to mitigate nerves during a performance, which also transfers to many other aspects of life including test taking, college/job interviews, and more. Your student will also be on the road to learning a life long skill that they can pass down to their children, and grandchildren. They will learn leadership skills, and develop a special camaraderie with their fellow band members.
For more information please contact our Band Director, Dee McAfee via email

Drama
DSC_0196Each year Middle School students put on a theater production alternating between musicals and dramas. Our students many talents are highlighted through the use of our modern theatrical stage which includes state of the art lighting and sound equipment. Each middle school student is encouraged to audition and/or participate in the production through such responsibilities by being actors or stage managers, running lights and sound or helping backstage with costumes and make-up. Participation in drama allows students to gain greater confidence while making new friends and special memories. Since drama is part of the fine arts elective program, most rehearsals take place during the school day allowing students to meet most other outside commitments and responsibilities.

Athletics


Athletic programs play an important role in the total educational experience offered at Annunciation Catholic Academy. They are one more way in which ACA helps each student realize the full range of his or her talents and abilities. Students at Annunciation have the opportunity to participate on both competitive and non-competitive teams.

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CMAC and CYL have combined to form Catholic Youth Sports. Under the direction of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Schools, the Catholic Youth League (CYL) has merged with Catholic Middle School Athletic Conference (CMAC). Both programs shall operate under the name of Catholic Youth Sports (CYS). The program will have a recreational division for students in grades PK4 – 5 and a competitive division for students in grades 5 – 8. The middle school sports offered are boys and girls soccer, track, basketball and volleyball. The sports offered for PK4 – 5 are soccer, flag football, girls lacrosse, 3 v 3 soccer, basketball.

For more detailed information, visit WWW.CATHOLICYOUTHSPORTS.ORG.

STARS Mascot
The ACA community includes many enthusiastic fans who show wonderful school spirit. Our colors are blue, silver and white mascot is STARS (Students and Teachers Always Reaching for Success).

Academic and Conduct Requirements
Representing the school in the sports program of the Diocese and participation in other clubs and organizations is a privilege extended to students. There are certain academic and conduct requirements for students who wish to participate.

Academic Requirements:
Students must maintain a combined average of at least 77% in the six major subject areas (science, social studies, religion, language arts, Spanish and mathematics); and students may not have an F in any major subject.

Conduct Requirements:
Students must be recommended by their teachers based on their cooperation with school rules and regulations and their conduct in class.

Eligibility is determined by performance in the prior grading period. The end-of-year report card is used in determining eligibility for activities during the first grading period of the following year.

Service


Feeding Children6At Annunciation Catholic Academy, service is integrated throughout the Liturgical Year and the curriculum. At the end of every Mass, we are commissioned “to go forth to love and serve the Lord.” Service is at the heart of our lived faith. In Middle School, each grade gets an opportunity to go out into the community to do service. The students can choose between ten and twelve different local agencies where they visit and learn about that agency by actually doing hands on service. Some agencies include Catholic Charities, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sharing Center Values Reborn Store and JMJ Life Center.

Outreach projects are also conducted throughout the Liturgical Year. During Advent, Lent and May, the entire school works together to collect items or money to benefit others. Whether it is money being collected to help build a school in our Sister Diocese in the Dominican Republic or collecting socks and underwear to benefit local children through the parish Be An Angel program, students are given opportunities to truly understand what is meant by Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbor. Throughout the year, individual classes take time to visit nursing homes, make cards for soldiers or the elderly or other projects which help our students develop empathy for others and their situations. At ACA there is an emphasis not to just know the teachings of our faith but to find ways to put them into action.

Organizations


Altar Servers
Altar servers assist the priest during the mass and at other religious ceremonies so that it can be celebrated with grace and reverence. They are expected to have a love of worship and an eagerness to learn more about the church’s liturgy. Academy students in 6th – 8th grades are eligible to participate.

Mary’s Helpers Rosary and Prayer Group
Mary’s Helpers is a rosary-making group that has been meeting since 1997 for the purpose of making rosaries for the missions and Ministry to the Sick. More than one thousand rosaries have been made by children in grades three through eight. Many rosaries have been given to parishioners who are homebound, in the hospital, or in nursing homes. Missionaries in foreign countries often request rosaries, and the group has sent them to such far-away places as Sri Lanka, Nigeria, India, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The club often receives letters from the missionaries, thanking them for sending the rosaries, which are used to teach people about the life of Jesus and how to ask our Blessed Mother to pray with and for them.

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National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an organization for students excelling in academics, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Students earning a 94% average, demonstrating involvement in extracurricular activities and engaged in community service work are invited to apply for NJHS as 7th and 8th graders. These students continue to serve the school community in a variety of ways including acting as tour guides, assisting with Grandparents Day, and babysitting for Annunciation Child Care preschoolers during informational meetings for parents. Interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students should keep an ongoing record of service and extracurricular activities using the forms located below. Applications are due by 3:00 PM on the last day of school before Christmas Break. Students accepted to NJHS by the NJHS faculty council are inducted into the society on the Tuesday of Catholic Schools Week.
NJHS Application Guidelines
NJHS Community Service Form
NJHS Extra-Curricular Activities Form

Safety Patrols
ACA School Safety Patrols play an important role in welcoming students each day and assist children as they enter the school building. The Safety Patrols are school-sponsored middle school student volunteers. As school-age leaders in traffic safety, patrol members serve as role models for their peers and the younger children who look up to them. ACA School Safety Patrols are appointed by the school Administration, who participate with parental approval. The Assistant Principal serves as the patrol supervisor.

Scouts
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For more information about joining Boy Scouts visit the Troop 849 website.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about joining Girl Scouts, visit the Girl Scouts of Citrus website.

Student Council
Student council provides students in grades 4-8 an opportunity to participate in and practice leadership and responsible decision making. Representatives are nominated by their peers to be on student council. Members of student council are role models and exhibit the highest standards of conduct and character. Student council works together to discuss a variety of issues and make recommendations to the Student Council Advisor and the Principal. Meetings are held twice a month before school with each representative taking turns leading the meeting and recording minutes. Each classroom has a student council suggestions notebook which representatives bring to every meeting.

After School and Extended Care


After School
Throughout the year after-school classes are offered in a variety of areas. The purpose of the classes is to allow students to explore new fields and enhance their existing interests. There are typically four sessions throughout the year with classes meeting once per week during the session. Activities vary each session. Some sessions have included: karate, golf, cheerleading, arts & crafts, photography, chess, and tennis.

Extended Care
As a service to parents, Annunciation Catholic Academy offers extended care before and after school each day. Morning care offers supervision to children arriving at school between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. After school care is offered from the close of the school day until 6:00 PM. Prices are very reasonable and include an afternoon snack.
Extended Care Parent Handbook 2014-15

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