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HEAD OF SCHOOL'S CORNER

Steve Cummings is a 1981 graduate of Athens Christian School, and the youngest son of ACS Founders, Drs. Buhl and Lois Cummings.  In 1984, Mr. Cummings graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education from Bob Jones University, and in 1987, obtained his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Georgia School of Law.  Following a two-year, federal judicial clerkship, Mr. Cummings practiced law in Atlanta and Athens from 1989 until July, 2008, and served as Legal Counsel for the American Association of Christian Schools.  In July of 2008, Mr. Cummings became the second Head of School in the history of Athens Christian School.   Mr. Cummings is married to Michelle Hebert Cummings from Kenner, Louisiana, and has four sons, Joshua, Elijah, Titus, and Seth.

WEEKLY COLUMN

10/16/20
WAX MUSEUM AT ACS - Our 5th grade classes presented their annual History Wax Museum at ACS this week.
 
All kinds of famous people from the past - including inventors, Presidents, artists, sports figures, authors, and world leaders - will make an appearance.  And, each historic figure gave a short speech that  informed us of his or her significant contributions to society.
 
The History Wax Museum is a great academic tool because it gives students a hands-on way to learn history, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn how to speak in public.  Thanks to our wonderful 5th grade teachers for putting together this special event.
 
 
10/09/20 
FOCUS ON THE GOOD - Are you depressed after reading the news each day? Why is it that much of the focus in the media is negative? Why do we place so much attention on what's wrong instead of on what's right? 
 
I guess it's true - Bad News Sells. 
 
Instead of putting all of our focus on the negative, Scripture calls us to take a different approach. In Philippians, we are told to meditate on those things that are pure, noble, lovely and good.  While there is a lot of "bad" in the world, there is also a lot of "good."  When we choose to focus on the "good" things, we come away with a new outlook on life.
 
 
10/02/20
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA - If you haven't seen this documentary-drama hybrid on Netflix, you should.  It is an eye-opening series of interviews with Silicon Valley engineers who designed the technologies they now fear.
 
Why are these engineers sounding the alarm?  Because social media companies are attempting to rewire the human brain by collecting mounds of data on us, and then pushing ads, videos, and other information to us through our phones.
 
The scariest part raised the question of whether humans will be able to discern actual truth if we are addicted to social media.  With so much false information on the internet, it's easy to go down the "rabbit hole" of buying into your own "truth," even if it is a lie.
 
09/25/20
RBG - Although much has been written about RBG, I will highlight one of her opinions that could negatively impact religious liberty for decades.
 
In 2004, a law school in San Francisco refused to recognize the Christian Legal Society as a student organization claiming the group's Statement of Faith violated the school's nondiscrimination policy.  In her opinion, Justice Ginsburg rejected CLS's free exercise claims and sided with the law school.
 
In 2011, the 9th Circuit relied on the CLS case to suggest that a university could deny recognition to Christian student groups because "their members and officers possess a specific religious belief, namely, Christianity."  WOW!  That is a logical extension of the CLS case, and a direct effort to CANCEL Christianity.  Very frightening.
 
 
09/18/20
TIME TO WAKE UP! - I'm so thankful I don't live in Portland or LA.  Over 100 nights of protests causing millions of dollars in damages in Portland, and efforts to silence churches in LA.
 
As Believers, how should we respond to the absolute craziness?  First, we need to be heard.  If we really are the silent majority, it's time to be silent no more.
 
More importantly, we need to pray passionately for our Country.  Scripture says, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."  Time to wake up and PRAY!
 
 
09/11/20
REMEMBERING 9/11 - This week we will honor the victims who died on 9/11/01.
 
The amazing stories from the aftermath of 9/11 impact us all, but one in particular caught my attention.  Two days after the attack, a construction worker found a 17-foot high steel column and beam fused in the form of a cross among the rubble.  In October, "the cross" was moved to the edge of the recovery site, where it stood as a symbol of faith and resilience for many.
 
As we remember this tragic day, let's thank God that we still have the freedom to worship.  And may we never forget that, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
 
09/04/20
DR. LOIS - My precious mother went home to be with the Lord this past Saturday.  I don't think Heaven could ever be a "better place," but if it could be, it is now because she is there.
 
My mom was a missionary, a bookstore owner, an educator, a CFO, a PhD, a co-founder of Athens Christian School, and a loving wife and mother.  God blessed her with a sharp mind and firm convictions.  She was married to my dad for 65 years and was a wonderful companion as they did everything together.
 
Most importantly, she loved Jesus and wanted every single child at ACS to know Him.  We miss you mom, but we'll see you again one day.
 
 
08/28/20
ACS HOSTS NE GA XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - This past Saturday, ACS hosted the Northeast Georgia (Socially Distanced) Cross Country Championships, one of the largest XC meets in the State.  Over 800 runners from schools across Georgia competed in 8 different middle school and high school races.  In a time of many restrictions, these student athletes were thrilled to be competing.
 
The ACS Boys took 2nd in the Varsity race, while the ACS Girls placed 3rd.  The Boys were led by Nathan Smith and Drew Beedle, while Keren Palma and Abigail Cabaniss led the way for the Girls.
 
Thanks to the many ACS volunteers who helped out with this event.  The effort and attitude of everyone involved was truly an amazing thing to see!
 
 
08/21/20
ONLINE LEARNING? - A recent article from Education Week reached this conclusion:  online classes are not as effective as in-person classes for most students.  The article noted a number of contributing factors, including the fact that online students have more distractions and less oversight.
 
While most people agree that kids should be on campus, some families cannot be at school during this pandemic.  For that reason, our goal at ACS has been to make online instruction as close to in-person instruction as possible.  Our online students log into each class to hear live teaching and interact with their classmates.  Our teachers can interact with online students during class.  We believe this is the best possible way to make online come alive.
 
08/07/20
BACK ON CAMPUS! - On August 14, our students will return to ACS for on campus instruction.  We are SO excited to have them back!
 
We have made a number of modifications to our campus and our regular routine in an effort to provide a safe campus for our ACS families.  For those who cannot be with us when we start, we are providing a rigorous online program, which includes instruction that will be live-streamed from our classrooms.
 
The research data is overwhelming - KIDS NEED TO BE ON CAMPUS!  This is critically important for their emotional, spiritual, and academic well-being.  If you are looking for a great education with a Biblical worldview, check out ACS.  We are still enrolling for 2020-21.
 
07/31/20
BACK ON CAMPUS! - On August 14, our students will return to ACS for on campus instruction.  We are SO excited to be starting school!
 
We have made a number of modifications to our campus and our regular routine in an effort to provide a safe campus for our ACS families.  For those who cannot be with us when we start, we are providing a rigorous online program, which includes live instruction that will be live-streamed from our classrooms.  We do hope our online students can be back on campus soon.
 
The research data is overwhelming - KIDS NEED TO BE ON CAMPUS!  This is critically important for their emotional, spiritual, and academic well-being.  May the Lord protect our campus when we return.
 
 
07/24/20
GOOGLE CAMPUS - Over the last 3 years, ACS has been moving toward fully utilizing the Google educational suite for both on campus and online learning.  This summer, we were able to complete the move with an additional purchase of Chromebooks that will put a school-monitored Chromebook in the hands of every Middle School and High School student at ACS.  In addition, with the installation of Chromebit labs, our Lower School is now at a 2-to-1 ratio for Google technology.

The School has installed appropriate "firewalls" on all of our devices and has purchased software giving additional security capabilities to our teachers and administrators.  Our goal has always been to provide the best and safest educational technology to our students.