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  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Sunrise Academy is pleased to announce the beginning of Sunrise Academy Chorus, a musical group where students can come together to share their love of singing.

Sunrise Academy Chorus is a wonderful opportunity for creativity and fun as the students explore large-group singing. Students are provided with the opportunity to further develop singing skills by learning how to properly use their voice as well as performance techniques in preparation for spring, graduation, and holiday performances.

Upper elementary and middle school students, who enjoy singing, are encouraged to join chorus. Chorus rehearsals take place on select early release Fridays from 1:30PM-2:30PM and during designated homeroom blocks.

For students interested in joining chorus, please see one of the coordinators, Ms. Bedenbaugh, Ms. Grimes, or Ms. Dawson.


Cheryl Bedenbaugh, Assistant Principal:

Tameka Averett-Grimes, Office Specialist:

Elaine Dawson, Elementary Teacher:


  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Sunrise Academy is excited to announce that Mr. Joseph Collins has joined our Upper School 6th-12th as its new assistant principal.

Sunrise Academy is pleased to welcome Mr. Collins to the team. As the Upper School continues to grow, we are excited by all the possibilities Mr. Collins leadership will have for this division of our school.

Mr. Collins has been dedicated to the field of education for more than 20 years. He has worked in a variety of areas in education such as teaching, school admissions, and school administration on the middle and high school levels.

In partnership with the faculty, students, and parents, Mr. Collins will work diligently to continue the legacy of success established by Sunrise Academy and looks forward to building strong bonds with faculty, students, parents, and community partners.

With his leadership style of "My door is always open," he welcomes the opportunity to work together in all areas for the betterment of our students and school.


Upper School Assistant Principal

Joseph Collins:

Lower School Assistant Principal Cheryl Bedenbaugh:


  • Sunrise Academy Announcements

Sunrise Academy upper elementary students become published authors, writing and illustrating their own books through a national student publishing program, Studentreasures Publishing.

Sunrise Academy has announced that over sixty of its students have become published authors through a national student publishing program. As part of the publishing process, students in grades 3rd-5th planned, wrote, and illustrated their own books using a free publishing kit provided by Studentreasures Publishing. The topic of their books was Holiday Memories.

The students of Bethany Green’s writing class have been working hard on their books for several weeks. The idea for their class book started when they decided they wanted to share their favorite holiday memories with their families. “These kids worked incredibly hard and poured every effort they had into their stories. We are so proud of them, remarks Bethany Green.

The Studentreasures publishing program provides teachers an easy way to incorporate any lesson plan – from math and science to history, art, and more – into a fun and memorable activity. Publishing a book in the classroom engages students through hands-on learning and inspires a love of reading and writing.

The best part? A classroom full of proud, smiling young authors, with a memory that lasts a lifetime, plus, a full-color, deluxe hardcover book for the teacher or school library. The students’ parents also have an option to purchase copies of these unique, childhood keepsakes.

Sunrise Academy rolled out the red carpet for our student authors as the students celebrated their accomplishment, viewed their published books, and entertained the audience with a reading from the authors work during their publishing party. The publishing party was visited by a reporter for The West Volusia Beacon newspaper and the students are excited to be recognized in an upcoming December 2021 issue of the newspaper.


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