AACS Association

2019 Annual Meeting Supplements

Superintendent Rick Kempton's Overview

Looking Back

  • Strategic Plan initiated in 2012-2013 completed
  • Accreditation cycle from 2013-2014 completed
  • Severn Lower School opened in 2015
  • Sulin property secured
  • Spring 2019 ACSI Accreditation visit completed

Looking AheadDual Accreditation Process Completed August 2019
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools 

Report to AACS Community November 2019
Strategic Plan and Continuous School Improvement Plan aligned and publication shared

Strategic Plan Targets
Christ-Centered Culture and Community
Unified and Cohesive K-12 Educational Program
Top Notch Christian Faculty and Staff
Strategic Stewardship of Resources

Additional Information Shared
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  • ACSI Commendation
  • ACSI Recommendation
  • Continuous School Improvement Plan Goals
  • New Board Member Bios

ACSI Commendations

Major Commendation # 1
AACS reflects a clear, Christ-centered governance. Additionally, the board and head of school demonstrate a willingness to continually improve through a thorough evaluation process.

Major Commendation # 2
Financial decisions are made with integrity and in accordance with biblical principles. Additionally, the budget is constructed carefully and managed properly in accordance with the stated goals of the school, inclusive of an annual audit by an outside CPA.

Major Commendation # 3
The enrollment at AACS is more than sufficient to establish the viability of the school. 

Major Commendation # 4
AACS has intentionally put Christ in the center of all aspects of the organization, including the board, faculty, staff and students. Interactions with students intentionally reflect a Christ-like attitude and all staff at AACS exhibit a high level of concern for the students spiritual well- being.

Major Commendation # 5
The head of school, all principals, and more than 50% of AACS faculty hold advanced degrees. AACS supports faculty in their pursuit of continuing education. Additionally, AACS comfortably meets ACSI's certification requirements.

Major Commendation # 6
Each discipline has a clearly articulated educational philosophy providing the biblical basis for each course of study.

ACSI Recommendations

Major Recommendation # 1
Create evaluative instruments and processes to ensure the foundational documents and policies are consistently applied throughout all aspects of the programs, operations, and curriculum across all campuses, and ensure staff members adhere to policies in their day-to- day functions.

Major Recommendation # 2
Develop a guidance program at AACS to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students at all grade levels.

Major Recommendation # 3
Revise curriculum maps incorporating student outcomes, biblical worldview, and assessment into each subject/course aligning courses with the educational goals of the AACS graduate. Incorporate the developmental needs of the whole child (spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional) into curriculum maps. Increase time and accessibility for faculty to use curriculum mapping software during the school year. 

Major Recommendation # 4
Utilize standardized testing data to analyze school wide trends, individual student progress, student performance data from year to year, as well as comparison to comparable outside groups.

Major Recommendation # 5
Evaluate the security procedures of all campuses and ensure appropriate training for all staff and students for full implementation of the written crisis management plan.

Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) Goals

Goal # 1
Create evaluative instruments and processes to ensure the foundational documents and policies are consistently applied throughout all aspects of the programs, operations, and curriculum across all campuses, and ensure staff members adhere to policies in their day-to-day functions.

Goal # 2
Develop a guidance program at AACS to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students at all grade levels.

Goal # 3
Revise curriculum maps incorporating student outcomes, biblical worldview, and assessment into each subject/course aligning courses with the educational goals of the AACS graduate. Incorporate the developmental needs of the whole child (spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional) into curriculum maps. Increase time and accessibility for faculty to use curriculum mapping software during the school year. 

Goal # 4
Utilize standardized testing data to analyze school wide trends, individual student progress, student performance data from year to year, as well as comparison to comparable outside groups. 

Goal # 5
Evaluate the security procedures of all campuses and ensure appropriate training for all staff and students for full implementation of the written crisis management plan. 

Amy Cowart Bio (New Board Member)

Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?
I did not choose to serve on the board, I was chosen! Truly, when I was asked to consider serving, I spent time in prayer and in discussion with my husband. With peace, I have moved forward with my nomination, willing to serve should I be voted in. My hope is that I will be an asset to the AACS leadership community as we seek to provide an excellent education built on a biblical worldview.

What do you do when you're not at AACS?
My professional calling is working in the medical field. My heart calling is nurturing the hearts and minds of my family and those He has put in my path.

Tell us about your family.
I met and married my husband, Jim, while in Michigan; I was in undergrad and he was a recent hire at Ford Motor Company. We met while volunteering together with Young Life (evangelical parachurch organization). Fast forward a few decades, we are married, still volunteering with Young Life periodically, and have 2 children in attendance at AACS since Kindergarten.

Where did you grow up?
I was born into a family that values faith, family, and a strong work ethic in western Michigan. At the time, I did not realize how my church and home educations formed my worldview and the foundation of a lifetime of faith in the Gospel. As I looked toward starting college, my dad said, “get out of town and see how the rest of the world lives.” I did! He has regretted those words ever since, especially with his grandchildren being here.

Describe a perfect Saturday morning.
My perfect Saturday morning would be an unhurried one: awakening refreshed, coffee, quiet time, and family waffles for breakfast. Getting in a walk or bike ride before noon would be an added delight!

What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Every time I have to make a decision, including moving forward with this Board nomination, I have clung to the promise of these verses. God has opened and shut doors over my lifetime, straightening paths that I would have made crooked should I have made them on my own. Leaning into God removes the pressure off of me and lets me rest in God’s peace. I pray this will continue to serve me and the AACS community well.

Sheyda Gill Bio (New Board Member)

Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?
Our family has experienced the benefits of being a part of the AACS community where our children have been provided a high academic standard of excellence while assisting them in growing their relationship with Jesus Christ. I have a sincere heart to serve and a passion to support AACS in continuing to move forward positively in the community by equipping our students to impact the world with their knowledge, gifts, and talents from a Biblical Christian perspective.

What do you do when you're not at AACS?
I am the home manager of the Gill family experience. I have recently transitioned careers from the private business sector where I worked as a hospitality executive and in the government-contracting arena to now in the Non-Profit profession. I am an Integrated Education and Training Instructor and Hospitality Workforce Development Coordinator for the YWCA National Capital Area Headquarters where I work with adult learners who are obtaining their GED’s and specialty workforce certifications. I am a Breast Health Advocate for more access to breast cancer screening, research, diagnostics and treatment resources for all. I assist and support couple discipleship of ministries.

Tell us about your family.
I am the wife of Geoffrey Gill for 20 years. I am the mother of Christian Gill (AACS Class of 2018) and Gabrielle Gill (AACS Class of 2023). Christian has successfully completed his freshman year at Campbell University, North Carolina and Gabrielle is closing out her 8th grade year at the Middle School. We have a huge local extended family community who love to support AACS. You will normally see a Gill family grandparent, aunt or uncle cheering at an AACS event. We truly believe it takes a village to raise our children.

Where did you grow up?
I grew in Southwest Washington, DC. I attended Naylor Road Elementary School (Washington DC), Holy Family School (Hillcrest Heights, MD) and Elizabeth Seton High School (Bladensburg, MD).

Describe a perfect Saturday morning.
A perfect Saturday morning would be sleeping in late, waking up to the smell of my husband’s special recipe waffles and a great family breakfast. A day of family activities like a movie, bowling, putt-putt golf or visiting with extended family. Then ending the day with family game night full of our favorite games.

What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?
I find great joy in Romans 8:37:
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 

Although we are imperfect and we may face challenges through life, God’s love through His Son Jesus Christ will gives us the grace and support we will need to overcome in all situations. Our strength and joy comes from Him.

Charles Griffin Bio (New Board Member)

Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?
AACS is an intentional investment that my wife and I are making in our children. We believe wholeheartedly that God has lead us to put our kids in a Christian school and AACS has been awesome. I would love the opportunity to have an influence on the direction of our school and be able to provide the gifts that God has given me to further the kingdom of God. I have children in the lower (1st grade) and middle school (6th and 7th grade) and I believe that I should do everything possible to have a positive influence on their life. School and the school environment/culture has a major impact on who children become, as a board member, I’ll have an opportunity to influence the future of the school that my children and their friends will grow up in.

What do you do when you're not at AACS?
While I am not at AACS I am primarily doing 3 things. (1) The majority of time I am with my family in some capacity: taking kids to practice or games, working with kids on their homework, hanging out with the family, or spending one on one time with my wife. (2 & 3) When I'm not with my family I am usually either by myself trying to squeak in a workout or work on the business that I own and run, Next Rev Technologies.

Tell us about your family.
I have truly been blessed with a wonderful family. I am happily married to my wife of 14 years, Kimberly Griffin. Kim is my friend, lover, encourager, prayer warrior, superwoman mother, and proof that I clearly heard from God 15 years ago when I asked her to marry me. I have three children, Tiana, CJ, and Ryan (in birth order). Tiana is 13 years old in seventh grade at the middle school. CJ is 11 years old in the 6th grade at the middle school. Ryan is in 1st grade at the lower school. Tiana and CJ have been at AACS since 1st grade and kindergarten respectively, and Ryan came to AACS last year during kindergarten and is currently in 1st grade.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts in a close knit family with my mother, father, older sister, and older brother.

Describe a perfect Saturday morning.
A perfect Saturday morning for me would be one on which I wake up without an alarm clock. I’d go downstairs and have my prayer and reading time uninterrupted. After which, I’d go for a 2 – 3 mile run. After returning, I’d have breakfast with the family to catch up on things and discuss the plans for the day. The perfect plan would be one when none of the games overlap, we can go to every game together as a family, and the first game starting at noon so we don’t have to rush.

What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. --Mathew 6:33

This is one of my favorite passages because it keeps me grounded and directs my focus. It reminds me that God is in control and that none of the other things that I work at and do should ever supersede or take me away from building my relationship with God. The scripture also reminds me that God will provide and make a way even though I can’t see it so that things that seem big and would normally be stressful aren’t worth stressing about and my faith should be placed in Him. I’ve literally lived this scripture and seen it in my walk with the Lord in so many ways.

AACS Association Membership Form

The primary purpose for the AACS Association, per the Constitution & Bylaws, “The Association is formed for the purpose of promoting and maintaining a Christian school in the Annapolis area for the Christian instruction of children in accordance with the principles of this article toward the end that these children may occupy their places worthily in society, church, and state seeking and following God’s will for their lives, such school being known as the Annapolis Area Christian School (the “School”).  The Association will also engage in such other religious and/or educational activities as may promote and support this primary purpose.”

In addition, the Association is responsible for the following:

  • Elect members of the AACS Association Board of Directors
  • Approve changes to the AACS Constitution & Bylaws
  • Approve the lease, purchase, investment, mortgage, or sale of real or personal property for the Association, that exceed an amount of three (3) percent of the total approved annual budget

 

The AACS Association Board of Directors support the mission of the school to engage students in an education of excellence enabling them to impact the world through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Board members carryout the following on behalf of the greater school community:

  • Determine school policies in harmony with the constitution and association decisions.
  • Select a superintendent.
  • Devise ways and means for school funding.
  • Champion and actively support the cause of Christian education in the community.
  • Adopt policies for itself and the association covering all matters necessary to conduct its business and the expedient carrying out of the Articles of the Constitution & Bylaws, provided that nothing in the policies shall be so stated or interpreted as to contravene the Constitution & Bylaws.  The board addresses any matters the board may determine necessary or advisable for the efficient and effective achievement of the aims of the Association as set forth in the Constitution.

 

The AACS Association meets annually at the end of the school year.  Notice of this meeting date and time is sent out at least ten days prior to the meeting.  There are no fees associated with membership although membership must be renewed every year.  If you are not a current member of the AACS Association you can complete a membership form prior to the meeting.