school life

Time for ButterBraid!

It’s time to sell ButterBraid!

This year we’re happy to announce that we have a specific target for our fundraising: a new monument sign for the school! It’s going to take approximately $10,000 (possibly more) to purchase our new sign, so SELL, SELL, SELL!! Our school keeps 40% of each Butter Braid pastry we sell. Yes, they seem expensive, but they’re delicious, unique, easy-to-prepare for a home-baked treat, and they help our school fund specific projects like a new school sign. (And you can’t get them anywhere else!)

This year we have TWO new products: a savory 4-cheese & herb ButterBraid that’s truly delicious. It can be served with marinara sauce and even comes with a small container of sauce. Also new this year are Apple Dumplings (4/package): fresh whole apples wrapped in flaky pastry for you to bake in your oven and serve hot – with your favorite ice cream. Yum! What a wonderful fall treat!

This past Wednesday, our six seniors enjoyed passing out samples to friendly parents and grandparents to kick off our two-week campaign. Remember: we only have 14 days to sell all we can, and don’t forget there are prizes for the TOP TWO persons who sell the most pastries (# of items). If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Nicole Alders ( She’ll be happy to help!

Order forms (and money) are due back in the office by September 29th. Let’s do our best to meet our goal of at least $5,000 this year!


Welcome, Mrs. Melissa Ketchen

Regents Academy is very happy to welcome Mrs. Melissa Ketchen as its new first grade teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

Originally from New Zealand, Mrs. Ketchen taught for a number of years in Christian schools, but her most recent educational experience was homeschooling her four children, Abel, Natalie, Susanna, and Hayley (who will all be enrolling at Regents this fall). Mrs. Ketchen and her husband Nathan recently moved to Nacogdoches from Colorado and are looking forward to making many new friends at Regents.

Welcome, Mrs. Ketchen!

Greek Fest!

The 10th grade class, with their teacher, Mr. David Henry, recently completed their readings in the Ancient Greek period — such classics as Homer’s Iliad and Thucydides’ History of the Pelopennesian War. They celebrated their accomplishment by experiencing some Greek culture for themselves — food, costumes, weaponry, and, naturally, funeral games (Thor Anderson finished as champion).

TOWA Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our students who won this year’s TOWA (Texas Outdoor Writers Association) essay contest out of approximately 100 middle school entries from across the state.

Holden Kelly, 6th grade student of Mrs. Tanya Kelly, won first place and was awarded a laptop computer at their annual conference. Caroline Alders, 8th grade student of Mrs. Sherry Wiggins, placed second and was awarded a $100 monetary prize. Lilly Hook, 8th grade student of Mrs. Sherry Wiggins, placed third and was awarded a $25 monetary prize. We are proud of our students and their teachers for their hard work and extra effort. Great job!

Pictured from left are Lilly Hook, Holden Kelly, and Caroline Alders.

Students Sweep Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

Three Regents Academy students won all three places in this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest among all 6th-8th grade students in Nacogdoches County. Students submitted essays with the theme, “The America I Believe In” to the local post last fall, and Mr. Don Kirkley with VFW Post 3893 recently came to the school to present our students their awards. Eighth graders Caroline Alders and Sophie Jordan won first and second places respectively, and seventh grade Grant Cooper won third place for their Patriot’s Pen essays. Caroline’s essay also placed first at the district-level contest.

Senior Sarah Grace Alders placed third for her audio essay with this year’s theme, “My Responsibility to America” in the VFW Voice of Democracy high school contest. All four students were awarded monetary prizes ranging from $25 to $500.

Pictured, from left, are Sarah Grace Alders, Commander Don Kirkley, Sophie Jordan, Caroline Alders, and Grant Cooper.