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Holiday Newsletter

Letter from the Headmaster

It hardly seems possible that December is already upon us and that the end of the first semester is around the corner. We were thankful the week before Thanksgiving, where we were able to host many guests who joined our elementary students for a Thanksgiving meal. Grandparents, parents, teachers, staff, and students gathered together for a time of fellowship, fun, and creating memories for our students. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with their family and friends.

Many activities are planned in the upcoming weeks, and we hope you can join us for the festivities! First, the Lower School will host “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” on the evening of
December 3 for grades Pre K through 5th. Information was sent earlier this month. To get you in the Christmas spirit, we invite everyone to the Christmas music programs the
following dates and times:

December 13th 9:00 a.m. Kindergarten Christmas Program
December 14th 9:00 a.m. 1st Grade Christmas Program
December 15th 9:00 a.m. 2nd Grade Christmas Program
December 15th 1:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Christmas Program
December 16th 9:00 a.m. 4th Grade Christmas Program

Lower, Middle, and High School sports have started, and we have many opportunities for you to come join us for a fun-filled afternoon or evening of competition. Be sure to check the
schedules on our website.

As we approach the New Year, it is a good time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Research has indicated that the more time parents spend with their children, the better he/she will perform in school. Resolve to set aside time with your children. We will continue to challenge our students academically by monitoring their growth and progress and adjusting instruction to meet their needs.

Please make sure that you visit our website for all the latest information and more details surrounding the times, dates, and venues.

On behalf of the entire Bulloch Academy staff, we wish you & your family a happy and healthy holiday season and blessings for a wonderful new year!

Leisa Houghton

Head of School


Pre-K Press

By Kim Burnette                                                                

There is always lots to learn and do

When you’re four years old, everything seems new

Playing to learn and learning to play,

“Never a dull moment” is what we say . . .


We prepared for a special feast, and invited our guests,

They joined us for Thanksgiving lunch – it was the best!

Center time, lunch, recess, and yes a daily nap!

All our themes and teachers make learning a snap!


Fall leaves, pumpkins, and apples galore,

We just want to learn more and more!

Storytime, PE, and working together,

We love BA Pre-K a whole bunch and it keeps getting better!

*Bulloch Academy families – Please make sure that younger siblings are registered for Pre-K.  It is never too early to complete that application!  The applications are available online and in the BA front office.


News from the 5th Grade

By: Walter Leveritt

On Veterans Day the fifth grade class of Bulloch Academy presented the annual Veterans Day Program. After singing the “Star Spangled Banner”, the class presented a scene adapted from America’s White Table by Margot Raven.

The class also presented a variety of songs, including: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land is Your Land”, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along”, “The Marine Hymn”, “Anchors Away”, and “The Air Force Song”.

Featured soloists were: Nash Motes,  Bobby McCormick, Allie Owens, Paisley Parrish, Hannah Wynn, Rylee Chance, Stella Lawhorn, Jacob Seal, Brylee Moseley, Hines Masters, Maddie Hendrix, Reagan Hendrix, Parker Walden, Isaiah Bayon, Madison Woodrum, and Christopher Hawkins.

The presentation was awesome!

BA Bucket Filler! 

By: Melanie Bohanan 

Congratulations to our October Bucket Fillers. These students were recognized for having the COURAGE to stand up for others and to do the right thing!
Kindergarten-2nd Grade
First Row: Sadie Peavey, Ronni Prince, Mason McCarter, Hartley White, Cam Williams, Wyatt Claxton
Second Row: Zayan Rahman, McKinley Parrish, Emma Jones, Averitt Rushing, Joseph Hand, Gray Renfroe
Third Row: Sophie Peavey, Lilly Baker, Langston Johnson, Shade Scott
3rd-5th grade
First row: Carrie Ann Nichols, Brayley Joyce, Emma Grace McKinney, Lane Jones, Alice Anderson
Top row: Jett Franklin, Parker Walden, MaryElla Avra, Sasa Coman, Rylee Chance
Not pictured: Andrew Hagan, Luke Neal


Upper School

By: Tallie Dominguez

We have had an exciting couple of months and here are some of the highlights.
During October I met with all the 9th graders to welcome them to high school by providing some tips and tricks on how to succeed in high school. We hosted the ACT, SAT, and PSAT NMSQT. During the month we did several activities in participation in Bully Prevention Month, such as a visit from the Sheriff and a D.A.R.E officer, different conversations with the students, flyers up around the school, and a tool for students to report bullying. In October we also participated in Red Ribbon Week, where the students watched educational videos on different kinds of drugs and the harm they have on their minds and body.
During the month of November, we have been doing a Kindness Campaign in hopes to spread kindness throughout the school and community. There have been daily challenges, short essay prompts, and posters made by students (click here to see some of the posters made). The music class put together a mash-up of songs that were played during break one day as well as the drama class put on a short skit during break. Our middle schoolers have been participating in Kindness BINGO and the high schools received “Tag! You’re It!” cards to start a ripple effect of kind acts. We also hosted a college fair and had 16 colleges from across the state and surrounding states come to talk to our students and parents about the different programs they offer. Here are a few of our middle schoolers who completed won Kindness BINGO!
On Instagram? Follow @counselorscorneratba to get important announcements, tips and tricks, and inspiration.
Don’t forget to check the counselor’s website for frequent updates! You can find college prep resources, dual enrollment information, volunteer and leadership opportunities, studying resources, and more!
“Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.” – Roy T. Bennett
 I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! 🎄
By: Ashley Wren  

Merry Christmas from the Music Room! Our lower school students have been working hard on their upcoming Christmas programs!

Here is the schedule of programs:
Mon 12/13 Kindergarten @9am “We Love Christmas Time Because…”
Tue 12/14 1st @9am “Mary, Mary What Do You See?”
Wed 12/15 2nd @9am “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Wed 12/15 3rd @1:15pm “The True Story of Bethlehem”
Thur 12/16 4th @9am “How Christmas Stole the Grinch”

Technology News

By: Anne Williamson

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our BA families that supported Technology through your purchases of Charleston Wrap! Paper orders were distributed this month during carpool. If you have any questions about your order contact customer service at 866-395-2926. We had 53 students qualify to play bingo and have been holding parties this week.
We raised over $12,000.00 which will help with our purchase of Cleartouch boards for the middle and high school teachers!


Nurse Notes

By: Heather Dabbs

I trust that everyone is enjoying the pleasant weather as you plan your Thanksgiving break. At our home, this is a time that we talk a lot about gratitude and plan our family-centered Thanksgiving meal. Therefore, our November lessons in the lower school focused on nutrition. We did a variety of activities: learned about the food groups, learned what a ‘healthy” lunchbox looks like, learned about reading nutrition labels, and created healthy lunchboxes and plates. The students were very engaged in learning about how the foods they eat fuel their bodies and help their bodies perform a variety of functions. We even did a “challenge” in the 2nd- 4th grades with building healthy lunches. I asked a few staff members to judge the entries, which was a difficult task since the entries were phenomenal! Here are our winners!  

Mrs. Melanie and I did a joint lesson on vaping and peer pressure at our middle school. They asked great questions. I enjoyed Mrs. Melanie’s presentation on coping with peer pressure and how the students practiced the tools that she offered them during role-play situations! If we didn’t get to a grade level yet, we plan to do so now that we are back from break. 

As for our “campus health”, we are doing well as we head into the cooler months and head inside for gatherings. Please keep doing what you are doing so that we can all be here and BA part of the holiday season as a school family. I wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season! 



By: Chance Cofield 

Fall sports have wrapped up and we want to congratulate our Varsity and MS Cheer competition teams. Varsity girls won the GISA State Cheer Championship and MS girls won the GISA End
of Season Championship.
Winter athletics are finally underway. The Varsity and MS Basketball teams are already playing games and looking to have a great season. Wrestling has officially begun with practices from
Elementary up to High School. Varsity Cheer will compete in Game Day Cheer in a couple of weeks. This is the first time GISA has hosted this tournament.

Winter Coaches
Elementary Basketball Director: Ashley Burke
MS Girls Basketball: Rylee Cook
MS Girls Basketball: Leslie Belcher
Varsity Girls Basketball: Chandler Dennard
Varsity Boys Basketball: Chance Cofield
Wrestling Coach: Philip Richards
Pom Pom Girls: Emily Cook
Gator Girls: Sylvia Thomas
MS Cheer: Jan Marie Page
Varsity Sideline: Kim Burnette



BA Community

By: Morgan Conner

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY and the last day of the 50 Days of Giving! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Bulloch Academy Community!
If you would like to make a last-minute donation to our Annual Fund, you can do so here👇
With your help, we have already raised over $10,000!! THANK YOU BA FAMILY!!🐊


Join us in Congratulating our Gators of the Month one more time!!

For the month of October, Joie Roach and Crystal Fisher were voted Gators of the Month by their peers!


For the month of November, Kim Burnette and Courtney Burnette were Gators of the Month!



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