The night was full of excitement as we watched Joshua C, a fellow student, experience the joy of graduation. It was no easy task, but it was well worth it; he graduated with a GPA of 3.4! Smiles filled the room as we recapped some of the hilarious highlights of his journey at ABM Ministries. Now, as he moves on to a new chapter in life, facing even greater challenges, we pray that he will follow God and make the right choices.
One of my favorite activities to do at ABM Ministries is school. I know it sounds weird, but it's a great feeling getting all this work done and going at your own pace. Plus getting the best grades I ever received. I actually made the "A" honor roll and am close to graduating high school seven months earlier than I would have in public school. It's such a great feeling, trust me!
ABM Lighthouse Christian Academy has given me a lot of opportunities. Coming from the worst part of east Dayton, Ohio was hard. For years, school has been hard for me. I was in fifth grade when my mom died, and I started to care less about school. I made some really bad choices.
At the Lighthouse Christian Academy, the staff expects excellence from the students in all areas. One of the areas that they are the most proud of is the academics. This last semester 76 % of the students at ABM Ministires have once again rose to the challenge of the staff with ten students achieving the "A" honor roll and seven students achieving the "B" honor roll. They would just like to take a moment and congratulate these students:
A couple of weeks ago we received honor roll stats. Our school program consists of an A.C.E program. We work at our own pace, which means we can spend as much time in a grade as we choose, until all the information is learned. We retake books if we don't get an 80% or higher, so the report cards won't have horrid and scary grades like in the past. It kind of makes us feel smart, not too much negatives. The end of the report will show the progress going on in the classroom. Obviously, they will be sent through mail, so keep your mail boxes open, lying in wait.
We have now completed our second quarter of school here at Lighthouse Christian Academy. Once again, students with the proper grade point average received either "A" or "B" Honor Roll. We had a few that upgraded from their previous "B" Honor Roll to an "A" Honor Roll and they were quite happy about that. Then there were the few who were a mere tenth of a point away from making "A" Honor Roll. Still, everyone has been working hard to do well on their schoolwork and nearly every single one of the students received either an "A" or "B" honor roll certificate this quarter.
The Academy has just completed our first quarter for this school year. Since we school year round, our school year follows the calendar year. (1st quarter Jan.-Mar. 2nd quarter Apr. - Jun., 3rd quarter Jul. - Sept., 4th quarter Oct. - Dec.) The students are off to a good start with most of them making "A" or "B" Honor Roll. Progress reports have been sent out so, if anyone has questions about their student's progress, don't hesitate to call (after 3:30 pm, please). We've had several new students start this quarter. We have also had two students complete their senior year. Congratulations to Angela Corona and Sebastian Kardatzke. Angela plans to go on to college, and Sebastian plans to enter Tech. School for underwater welding.
As we confront the everyday struggles of raising a family we must do our best to focus on the positiveattributes of our family members.We can all agree that there are many areas of our personal lives that need to be addressed, however when we tend to focus our thoughts and energy on these negative areas they tend to grow in size rather than diminish.I believe that we should focus on the qualities that are good and take that energy to help grow these areas.As we do this the other areas will disappear altogether and become less of a stressor in the family arena. How many times have we said I am not going to be like a certain family member only to find ourselves mimicking the same behaviors?This is because our mind subconsciously figures out how to achieve that which we dwell on the most. Try to focus on the attributes that are best suited to your family’s goals and nurture these to become the dominant.The less desirable traits will lose energy and the focus of the individual who possesses them will be replaced by the more productive trait.If you continue to do this practice for a long enough period, this trait will become the habit.
This is a more proactive move and will bring about the desired results without the stress so many families have come to accept as the norm.Learn to be less negative in your mentoring.As parents we train our children by example more than by words.Help them to develop proper attitudes by demonstrating how to deal with the frustration in a positive non-defeated way.Do not allow yourself to be over taken emotionally by a situation that is not letting you move in the direction you want to go.Simply redirect the negative to the positive and turn failure into victory. In every difficulty there is an equal course of action that will propel you even faster in the direction you do want to go.
Today I spoke with a former teen that I worked with for about a year.After this young man returned home, problems were addressed with the focus on the negative.The problems grew to a grand scale of crisis and stress which was tearing the family apart. Negativity was at the forefront.As a result, fear along with a “can’t do” attitude won out.After several months this young man moved out.He is now developing a plan and surrounding himself with a positivemental attitude.He is getting back on track and progressing well.