Updated: Nov 8
Life is good at The Foundry! In just the month of March, so many exciting things happened that I almost don't even know where to begin. A year ago, The Foundry was still a vision in our minds and hearts. Today, that vision is a reality, and we are reminded daily of what an amazing opportunity this school is for students who want a rigorous and rewarding high school experience. Take a look...
The Foundry's Model United Nations team made an excellent showing at the Pangea MUN Conference at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. They represented the countries of Peru and Chile and held their own against older students with much more experience, with one Foundry student even receiving an award for her superior representation in a forum on women's issues.
After a frustratingly long wait and a government shut down, The Foundry obtained from the IRS its official non-profit 501(c)(3) status, enabling us to accept tax-deductible donations for the future development of the school. On the very same day we received our determination letter, The Foundry was gifted with a generous donation from the Mariotti Foundation!
Recently, one Foundry student came in first place in the Voice of Democracy oratorical essay contest in Fairburn, and another placed third in PTC. Congratulations!
Fridays have included excursions (Delta TechOps, the physics department of Emory University, Chattahoochee Tech), self defense taught by the PTC Police Department, CAD design of drones, chess instruction, and visits from a forensic chemist and documentary filmmaker.
The Foundry Crew had its first Venturing outing, complete with climbing, repelling, a compass navigation class, Dutch oven cooking, and sleeping in tents on a very, very chilly night.
At a recent Navy SeaPerch underwater robotics competition, one of The Foundry's two teams came in first place in the mission challenge course, and the other had the best time in the obstacle course. Overall, they placed second and third out of 32 teams. It was an impressive showing for first-year robotics teams from a new school!
Students are hard at work creating documentaries, each spanning a decade in history. These will be premiered at The Foundry's next Exhibition Night on May 15.
The music class is headed to Nashville in a less than two weeks to record their original Foundry Song and meet their artist-in-residence Chris Henderson of Three Doors Down. (I'm so jealous!)
And last, but certainly not least...
Not only do we have 100% of our students returning next year, the student body is growing! Next year's freshman class is being built, and we couldn't be more pleased with this diverse group of amazing students, each with unique gifts and strengths, ready to shine at The Foundry!