Regents Academy Key Club members volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army on a recent Saturday. Picture below are Regents students Skeeter Gilbreath and Luke Riley.
It was a chilly, soggy Wednesday, but 13 Regents juniors and seniors, along with 4 adults, trekked to Plantersville, Texas, to step back into the Medieval and Renaissance world and enjoy a day of jousting, lords and ladies, elephant rides, and giant smoked turkey legs. It’s a G-rated version of the TRF called School Days, and it is loads of fun.
Three Regents Academy students were recently selected for the Texas Music Educators Association Region 4/21 orchestras.
This week several of our brave Nacogdoches firemen visited Regents Academy to speak to the students about fire safety. Afterward, students joined the fire fighters in the parking and lot and toured a fire truck. Thank you for your service, firemen!
Let me brag on our school for a minute or two. God has blessed us in so many ways, and I am continually thankful for all the good gifts and wonderful people He has brought together at Regents Academy. Right now I’m thinking about the many extracurricular opportunities at our school these days. They are so much more than just extra stuff to do! Through our extracurriculars students’ abilities and gifts grow and develop, students find platforms to explore interests and passions, and students are given opportunities to be servant leaders.
What are these opportunities?
High School Clubs
The Regents chapters of the Key Club and the National Honor Society afford many opportunities for service, leadership, and academic recognition. These groups are active both within our school and also in the community.
Regents has active teams in cross country, soccer, basketball, and track and field. Each team is led by a devoted volunteer coach, and our student athletes excel, even with a rigorous academic load and many other commitments. Students also participate in Volleyball Club and Golf Club.
The Regents Orchestra meets weekly and performs several times per year. Competitive choirs also meet weekly and compete through the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Many students also compete individually through TAPPS in piano, strings, guitar, and voice. In addition, three music teachers provide lessons on campus during the school day.
The brand new Regents chapter of 4-H has gotten off to a strong start, with much interest among students and parents, and a new grant for gardens that will be tended by students. A dedicated group of student officers is doing a great job leading the club.
Speech and Academics Team
Also competing through TAPPS, our high school team meets weekly, with students preparing to compete in tests (math, current events, literary criticism, etc.) and speaking events (solo and duet acting, prose and poetry, extemporaneous speaking, etc.). Our team has had a lot of success in recent years, winning several state championships.
A number of excited students gather frequently to prepare for the spelling bee, which is coming up in late November.
And remember – all of this is in addition to classes, field trips, music, art, drama, and plentiful activities that fill our halls and classrooms during the school day!
Our school’s mission is, in part, to “equip students to lead lives of virtue, display mature character, love learning, and serve the Triune God.” Extracurricular activities are one important avenue for students to benefit from this great purpose. There’s a place for every student to get involved and grow into the man or woman God wants them to become.
On Saturday, September 30, nine Regents juniors and seniors traveled to Richardson’s Eisemann Center to see “The Most Reluctant Convert,” a powerful one-man stage performance by Max McLean depicting the story of C.S. Lewis’s conversion to Christ. Throw in a sumptuous lunch at Buca di Beppo, visits to two bookstores, and ice cream at the end of the day, and the group had a fantastic day!
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!
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!
What a great way to kick off Regents Academy’s brand new 4-H Club! 65 students and more than 20 parents and teachers attended the club’s first meeting, along with Mrs. Claudann Jones. Students and parents heard the many ways they can get involved and serve the community through 4-H.