I realize we’re just about to mid-term of this first term of the 2013-2014 school year, but we haven’t yet shared with you how our roles and responsibilities have changed this year. (Did I mention we were computer-less for 5 weeks?)
MR. SCHMIDT -
Dan continues to teach several sections of Algebra I to 8th and 9th graders, which is just such a great fit for him as he has a passion for seeing Algebra suddenly click with kids who are convinced they’re not good at math. In addition, he’s teaching an AP statistics class and overseeing an online consumer math class for upperclassmen.
Outside of the school day, he meets with two junior boys one-on-one in a mentoring relationship. He also covers Nyati Dorm every Monday night, giving our friends (the dorm parents there) the evening off, and hanging out with senior boys over a huge bowl of popcorn.
Dan is also helping this term to coach the 7th & 8th grade boys football (soccer) teams. Last year he ran the program, filling in for a staff member on home assignment. This year he’s able to just help out, which has been a huge relief on our schedule! He’s also looking forward to coaching JV boys basketball second term.
MRS. SCHMIDT -
Perhaps one of the biggest differences in our roles this year is my work in the guidance department. I took a job in the guidance office, assisting the HS guidance director and the college guidance counselor. I am working three mornings a week for about 2 1/2 hours each morning. It’s the ideal amount of time to be away from my duties at home and I’m able to interact much more with students than I did last year. So far its been a really positive experience for me, and I’m happy to be helping out.
I am also teaching our pre-k co-op with another mom every Friday morning. We have 8 kids in our class: 5 boys and 3 girls. Teaching at this level is exhausting and fun all at the same time. We’re following the God’s Little Explorer’s curriculum and it’s been a good fit for our kiddos so far.
Our work with the SOPHOMORES -
Another new responsibility, Dan and I are sponsoring the sophomore class together this year. Sponsoring is a really unique role here at RVA. Grades 7-12 have activities and events that they plan and do together as individual classes. Several staff members sponsor each class and help in guiding, directing, and shepherding the class. It really has been our pleasure to invest in this year’s 70 sophomores.
Additionally, we have a sophomore caring community group, so we get to host 7 fabulous students in our home several times throughout the year just for fun! We had them over Saturday night and had a riot playing “four on a couch”.
Another chance to interact on a deeper, more meaningful level, I am teaching Sunday School this year to 8 sophomore girls. We meet every RVA Sunday and are going through Francis Chan and David Platt’s Multiply discipleship curriculum. This year our sophomores are all going through this curriculum for Sunday School. What a joy and a blessing to walk alongside these 8 girls as we delve into this material.
We are wrapping up our 6th week of school and heading into mid-term break this weekend, and boy are we ready for a few days of un-scheduled time. The students will all leave Friday afternoon and return on Tuesday for the remaining 7 weeks of first term.
Again, as always, thank you for your prayers, your support, and your encouragement! We give thanks regularly for the support system that the Lord so graciously provides for us back in the states.
Your generous giving and your heartfelt prayers for us as staff at RVA are keeping missionaries on the field, reaching the least reached of Africa.