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Spelling Bee Champ!

Fifth grader Dennis Choi edged out runner-up Jean Choi (yes, his older sister!) in the 14th round of the individual spelling bee to be named the Regents Academy Spelling Champion last week. Dennis correctly spelled “foppery” for his winning word. He will represent Regents Academy in the Scripps area spelling bee sponsored by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The winner of this area competition will win a BIG trophy, a nice lunch at Crown Colony, and will go on to compete in the Houston regional bee in March.

Second through 7th grade teams will also represent Regents Academy at the Kiwanis area bee on February 1st, but this competition is just for fun. The winners of the K-5th grade and 6th-8th grade divisions will win trophies and a free lunch at Crown Colony, but they won’t have any more competitions after this.

We are thankful to the ladies who served as judges for this year’s spelling bee. Mrs. Pat Vanover, Mrs. Anna Polk, and Dr. Carmen Mackey spent their Tuesday morning helping to ensure that the bee ran smoothly. Thank you for your service!

Again, congratulations to Dennis Choi for winning our school spelling bee, and hurray for his sister Jean for winning runner-up! We are proud of both of you!

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Thanking God the Creator, Father and Redeemer

It’s Thanksgiving season!

Mr. V has been reminding the Grammar School students all week that we should give thanks always for all things, and this means thanksgiving is not just for one day or one week of the year. For Christians giving thanks is both a discipline to be practiced each day – indeed, at all times – and a beautiful virtue with which to adorn our lives. This morning in Morning Assembly here is what I shared with the students and teachers.

It’s sad that at Thanksgiving each year there are many people who give thanks but don’t know to whom or to what they are returning thanks. But it’s not so for us. As children of God we know that when we give thanks, we are thanking God Almighty, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Triune God who has revealed Himself in His Word.

So when we give thanks, we thank God the Creator. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge,” declares Psalm 19:1-2. Consider how perfectly God created the earth. The earth is about 93 million miles from the sun, but if it were slightly closer or slightly further our planet would be too cold or too hot to support life. The earth’s axis tilts at 23.5 degrees, but if it were only slightly different the seasons would freeze out or burn up all life. Liquid water, tides, magnetic field, chlorophyll, gravity – it’s all a miracle! Every day and night, every changing leaf, every vibrant sunset, every sublime mountain vista, every insect (well, most insects), we should be thanking God for the wonder of His amazing creation that shows forth the power and wisdom and glory of His handiwork.

When we give thanks, we thank God the Father. Jesus taught us in the Gospel of Matthew, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (7:7-11). God’s Fatherly care surrounds us. When we eat at our feasts, enjoy the company of family and friends, worship without fear of enemies arresting us, receive answers to prayer, rest in comfortable homes, and take advantage of technological wonders of which previous generations could not have even dreamed, we should direct our constant thanks to God, who in His Fatherly care gives boundlessly – simply because He is good and delights in giving
good gifts to His children.

And finally, when we give thanks, we give thanks to God the Redeemer. St. Paul wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). All of God’s gifts are yes and amen in Christ Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection is the true gift that secures all good things for us, His children. He is the One who redeems our lives from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion (Ps 103:4).

It is indeed the season of thanks. Thank you, parents, for your commitment to Regents Academy. Thank you for the trust you invest in us with the precious gift of your children. I thank God for the mission and the people of Regents Academy.

Give thanks … always for all things!

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9th Grade Pilgrims Voyage to Lake Naconiche

The 9th grade Omnibus class and their teacher, Mrs. Lauren Lawrence, have been reading Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, the record of the experiences of the early Pilgrims and of the founding of Plymouth Colony.

The class took a trip to Lake Naconiche, where they re-enacted the colonists’ journey and learned firsthand what it was like to be a Pilgrim.

Here is a brief recap of the day’s events, from Mrs. Lawrence.

Bradford (Katelyn) journaled the day’s events, starting with our expedition of “sailing” to America via the Golden Eagle, aka the Mayflower (or Regents’ school bus). Before setting off on the windy sea, our elder Brewster (Susannah) gave a sentimental speech about why we decided to depart all we have ever known for a different land. Then we fell under Captain Standish’s (Elijah’s) command, as captain of the Golden Eagle, who guided us on the rough and windy seas and eventually lead us to find beaver. We then partook in a feast where Squanto (Gabe) served us all our Thanksgiving meal and then taught us about the local flora and fauna. Robinson (Quint) gave an endearing sermon that sparked genuine conversation amongst us all. However, because of the fall of man, there can never be a sinless and perfect colony and thus the pilgrims had a crook among them, Weston (Haylee), who swindled the colonists throughout their exploration.

And only one student fell in the lake! (We’ll leave it to you to guess who it was…)

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DAR Good Citizen Award

Regents Academy is pleased to announce that senior Abby Powers, daughter of Derek and Suzanne Powers, has been selected as this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and community. Nominated by her teachers and selected by the administration, Abby exemplifies these qualities in her daily interactions not only with her fellow students and teachers but with all of the students and teachers on the KPrep through 12th grade campus.

Abby now has the opportunity to compete for the DAR Good Citizen Scholarship and will also be recognized at the DAR Awards luncheon in the spring.

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Veterans Day Assembly

Regents Academy was very glad to welcome several veterans to campus for a Veterans Day assembly honoring them for their service and thanking God for the blessing of brave men and women who sacrifice to protect our freedom and prosperity. The assembly was led by the 6th grade class and their teacher Mrs. Mary Austin, along with several strings players from the Regents Upper School. Afterward, the 6th graders hosted the veterans for a grab-and-go breakfast.

We are so very thankful for all the brave men and women who have served our nation!

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The Grace of the Cross

We are utterly reliant on the grace of God in Christ, from when we wake up in the morning till when we lay our heads on the pillow and at all points in between. Please join me in this prayer called “The Grace of the Cross” from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.

The radical grace given through the cross of Christ is truly our only help.

O My Saviour,

I thank thee from the depths of my being

    for thy wondrous grace and love

  in bearing my sin in thine own body on the tree.

May thy cross be to me

  as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs,

  as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty,

  as the brazen serpent that calls forth

    the look of faith.

By thy cross crucify my every sin;

Use it to increase my intimacy with thyself;

Make it the ground of all my comfort,

  the liveliness of all my duties,

  the sum of all thy gospel promises,

  the comfort of all my afflictions,

  the vigour of my love, thankfulness, graces,

  the very essence of my religion;

And by it give me that rest without rest,

    the rest of ceaseless praise.

O my Lord and Saviour,

Thou hast also appointed a cross for me

    to take up and carry,

  a cross before thou givest me a crown.

Thou hast appointed it to be my portion,

  but self-love hates it,

    carnal reason is unreconciled to it;

  without the grace of patience I cannot bear it,

    walk with it, profit by it.

O blessed cross, what mercies dost thou bring

    with thee!

Thou art only esteemed hateful by my rebel will,

  heavy because I shirk thy load.

Teach me, gracious Lord and Saviour,

  that with my cross thou sendest promised grace

    so that I may bear it patiently,

  that my cross is thy yoke which is easy,

    and thy burden which is light.

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4-H Robotics Club in Action

Many thanks to Regents dads Michael Liebrum and Russell DonCarlos for leading the Robotics Club. The club meets after school every other Thursday throughout the school year.

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TMEA All-Region Orchestra

TMEA (Texas Music Educator’s Association) All-Region Orchestra is an event that takes place every year across the state of Texas.  Our region, Region 4/21, encompasses more than 20 counties and includes the school districts of Tyler and Longview. Each year students learn music and audition in October.   If selected at this audition, students go on to perform in December. The clinic and concert is a two-day event, all day Friday and Saturday, when these students get together for the first time and rehearse the music with an expert, guest conductor.  Then, Saturday evening, the students perform the music for family, friends, teachers, or whoever wants to come.

Regents Academy is proud to announce that all seven of our students who auditioned were selected and will be performing with the All-Region Orchestra on December 7th in Longview!

Pictured above: Mason Baker (10th grade), double bass; Cate Baker (8th grade), viola; Shelby Rotramel (11th grade), violin; Gracie Lyn Harman (6th grade), violin; Haylee Harman (9th grade), violin; Hayley McBroom (11th grade), violin; Ashlynn McBroom (11th grade), violin

We are very proud of our hardworking and talented musicians!

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