Clarksville Academy has a 45+ year history in Montgomery County. With this history comes many great traditions. Below you will find a list of some of our annual traditions. If you have questions about anything listed, please feel free to contact us!
Boo-Hoo Breakfast—CAA (parent association) invites all parents/guardians of Pre-K and Kindergarten students to our Annual Boo-Hoo Breakfast. This is held the first day of school promptly at 8:00 a.m. After dropping off your sweet baby on the first day of school head over to the library to commiserate with fellow parents about how fast they grow up! Breakfast and tissues are provided.
Back to School Bash—The Back to School Bash is held every year during the first week of school. This is sponsored by the CAA parent association and is free for all families. Students, parents, and siblings gather in the Auxiliary Gym for pizza and then move to Procter Court for a Pep Rally to kick off the start of school. All grades Pre-K through 12th grade are invited.
Magazine Sales Drive—Our annual magazine sales drive takes place early in the fall of the school year. Each family is asked to participate in this one school wide fundraiser. We feel this fundraiser not only benefits the school, but promotes literacy as well.
Homecoming—This annual tradition is for students, families and Alumni! Students in grades Pre-K through 12 participate in aweek of fun, dress up days, spirit competitions, door decoration, fence design and color war contests. Students and families are invited to the sports complex for a bonfire on Thursday night and to the football game where the Homecoming Court is presented and the Homecoming Queen is crowned. The week ends with dances for the Intermediate and Upper School students. Homecoming is traditionally held at the end of September.
Tailgate Alley—All football home games kick off with the fun atmosphere of Tailgate Alley. This exciting pre-game activity is hosted by the Athletics office and encourages parents, students, families, and Cougar fans alike to take the time for fun and food prior to each home game. The Cougar Booster Club hosts a tent at each gave which provides free food for all who stop by.
Fall Festival—The Annual Fall Festival is traditionally held on the last Saturday in October on our main campus. Families are invited to join us for a day filled fun, games, food and a silent auction. Every grade level provides a game booth in which the proceeds go to their class account. A large silent auction is held in the gym to benefit the Junior Class. Various vendors of craft, clothing, food and more surround the gym with wonderful offerings. The event lasts from 10:00-3:00pm.
First Grade Pet Show—This wonderful tradition goes back over 30 years! Students in the first grade bring their favorite pet (real or stuffed) and share them for the entire lower school. This show encourages positive public speaking skills and is a favorite for everyone. Parents, families, and friends are encouraged to attend!
Admissions Open House—The Admissions Office hosts open house events throughout the year for prospective families. Although tours are given daily, Monday through Friday from 8:30-2, Annual House events allow families a more inside look at the school.
Veteran’s Day—Our annual Veteran’s Day program is held the day prior to Veteran’s Day and features performances by our Lower school students, Intermediate and Upper School Choirs. Tribute is also paid to veteran’s.
Thanksgiving—The Annual Thanksgiving lunch is traditionally held on the Monday or Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. Families are invited to attend a traditional Thanksgiving feast with their child. Turkey, dressing, cranberry salad, and pumpkin pie are just a few of the items available. This event is open to all grades and families.
Literacy Day—This school wide event is held each December. The day is spent exploring a book with a Christmas theme. Lower school students are taken on a journey through the story in our library which is transformed to bring the book to life. Intermediate and Upper school provide dramatic readings, musical performances and much more for this exciting event.
Lower School Christmas Program—This annual Christmas Program is traditionally held on the last day of class prior to Christmas break. Students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade perform a short (45 minutes to 1 hour) program. Students, sing, dance, and practice their public speaking skills during this wonderful show. Parents, families and friends are all invited to attend.
Welcome Wednesdays—Welcome Wednesdays are traditionally held in February and offer a time for parents and prospective families to visit Clarksville Academy. Families are encouraged to tour and meet with the Heads of School, while students are encouraged to spend the day shadowing a student in their interested grade.
Cougar Classic—The Cougar Golf Classic is held each April at Swan Lake Golf Course. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cougar Club and athletics. Students, parents, alumni and guests are encouraged to play in this 4-man scramble.
Grandparents Day—Traditionally held in late March or early April, Grandparents Day is a day in which we honor our grandparents. Grades Pre-K through 5 work throughout the spring semester to plan a wonderful program and musical selection. Students present these short programs on our stage in the gym. This event is another way for us to show our grandparents how much they mean to us.
Steak Dinner—The Annual Steak Dinner typically held in late April, is a long standing tradition at Clarksville Academy. Proceeds from this annual event support the annual fund. Students in the Cougar Choir, Intermediate Choir and Show Choir perform a medley of songs and dance. This is CA’s signature event and one students, families and guests look forward to each year.
Clarksville Academy offers a variety of field trips that are outside of the normal school day. These begin in 4th grade. Each year the trip becomes a little more involved, which helps our students to become more independent. The use of real world experiences only strengthens what we teach in the classroom.
- Space & Rocket Center—Students in 4th grade travel to Huntsville to experience the excitement of the Space & Rocket Center. Students leave long before the school day begins and return long after it ends. This trip emphasizes the student’s study of space and gives them a real world look at the space program.
- Land Between the Lakes—Students in 5th grade travel to Land Between the Lakes, in Stewart County to experience learning in an outdoor classroom. Students participate in hiking, canoeing, water, soil and plant studies. This trip spans over a three day period and involves students spending the night in cabins on the property.
- Fall Creek Falls—Students in 6th grade travel to Fall Creek Falls State Park near Chattanooga, TN. Students spend 3 nights and 4 days experiencing a variety of activities including hiking, canoeing, outdoor learning and more.
- Washington D.C.—Every other year students in 7th and 8th grade travel to Washington D.C. to experience life in our nations capitol. Students spend five nights and six days visiting national monuments, meeting our members of Congress, and learning more about how our government works. This trip is one of the most looked forward to for all our students.
- Upper School Choir—Yearly our choir students travel to either Gatlinburg, New York or Walt Disney World. Students audition every other year to perform in either New York or Disney as a Concert Choir. During this trip they spend four days experiencing the city they visit and performing at various programs. On the alternate years students travel to Gatlinburg to begin preparations for our annual Steak Dinner.
- Senior Trip—Students’ upper school careers culminate in one final trip as a class. Seniors are invited to attend a five day trip to various locations as decided on by the graduating class. Students are accompanied by class sponsors and spend this final trip enjoying the lifelong friendships they have made at Clarksville Academy.