By Clint Whitfield, Principal, Breakfast Point Academy
August 10th marked our first day of school for 2021-2022, and it was so amazing to see all of our returning Stingrays and meet new ones! We welcomed over 1,000 students back into our classrooms, and we are so excited to kick off this school year. We understand that we are still operating in a time of many challenges, questions, and obstacles. However, as we have proven in the past, our Stingrays will rise above these! We have much to celebrate from the previous school year as we reflect.
Last year, we returned to school in a hybrid model, offering virtual instruction to students at home. It was a learning curve for everyone, and our teachers did a fantastic job of adapting to the situation and working to meet the needs of all students, both on campus and off campus. The perseverance of the teachers, staff, students, and families to continue learning in such tenuous times is a testament to their dedication. In a time where so much was in an upheaval, we recognized that, but did not let it hamper the spirit of our school family. We ended the year with field day, awards ceremonies, celebrations, a full year of sports, and our heads held high because… We did it!
We recognize that there are still many challenges ahead of us, some we know, and many we cannot foresee. However, the fortitude of our school community has come together for what we are called to do, and that is to change the lives of children. We are dedicated to building relationships with our students and one another, and that is going to be the linchpin of success as we welcome the new school year.
We are introducing a new S.T.E.A.M class in elementary school in which our students will be engaged in hands-on, interactive learning that will allow them to apply a multitude of skills to enhance their learning. We are so excited to have this opportunity as we help grow the mindset of our elementary students and create a pipeline into our current CTE classes while paving the way for new opportunities in our Middle School.
We are looking forward to our Middle School students competing in a full line of sports, our MathCounts competition, the Tom P. Barefield History Fair, Invention Convention, and Beta Club. We are also looking forward to their CTE achievements as they gain industry certifications in different fields throughout the year. We are also excited to introduce a Marine Science course as an elective for our Middle School students.
At Breakfast Point Academy, we have so much to be proud of, but one of our greatest accomplishments this past school year was our achievement in the classroom. Our third through eight grade students took the FSA last Spring, and this summer, the Department of Education released preliminary school grades with an option to “opt in” if the grade stayed the same or increased. I am extremely proud to announce that Breakfast Point maintained our “A!” Given everything that our community endured last year, it is truly amazing what our students, teachers, and school were able to accomplish. We are excited to continue our longstanding dedication to our students, but also to our community. At Breakfast Point Academy “The Future is Bright.”