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Students Shine at 4-H Roundup

The Texas State 4-H Roundup, held in early June at Texas A&M University, features many competitions and more than 2,500 competitors. In order to be invited to compete at the state level, students must have placed either 1st or 2nd at the district competition, each of which comprises several counties. Skeeter Gilbreath, Kaden Harman, Jake Hill, and Jess Hill, who all placed 1st at district, were invited to the state competition and competed, representing Regents Academy’s club for the first time.

We are so proud of these four Regents students, who all won awards at this year’s competition:

  • Kaden Harman: Solo Instrumental, 3rd Place
  • Skeeter Gilbreath and Jess Hill: Dramedy, 4th place
  • Jake Hill: Public Speaking, 5th place

Also, thank you to Mrs. Jeni Gilbreath, who served as chaperone for the competition.

Congratulations, students!


Welcome Aboard, Mrs. Mary Austin

We are very happy to welcome Mrs. Mary Austin as our school’s sixth grade teacher for 2018-19. While she is certainly no stranger to our school family, we have known Mrs. Austin as a Regents mom for several years. Now we will have the pleasure of getting to know her as our sixth grade teacher. Mary and her husband Bobby are the parents of three children: Emma, Lucy, and Reed.

Welcome aboard, Mrs. Austin!


Congratulations, Mr. Roy Bradley

Our school has been blessed to have Mr. Roy Bradley in our Logic/Rhetoric School classroom for 8 years now teaching such diverse courses as Omnibus, Logic, Algebra, Geometry, Apologetics, and Rhetoric (he’s quite the Renaissance man!).

We are very happy to announce that beginning in 2018-19 Mr. Bradley will have a new title and responsibility — Logic/Rhetoric School Principal. As principal, Mr. Bradley will oversee the academic program and culture of the School of Logic and Rhetoric, and serve teachers and parents by insuring that the school’s mission and vision is fulfilled in grades 7-12.

We are excited that Mr. Bradley will be able to put his gifts and leadership to work in this important and much-needed role.

Congratulations, Mr. Bradley, and we are thankful for you!

 


Welcome Aboard, Ms. DeKerlegand

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Kendall DeKerlegand to the Regents faculty in 2018-19. Ms. DeKerlegand will team-teach the second grade with returning second grade teacher Mrs. Lisa Porter until the second semester, when she will take primary responsibility for the class. Mrs. Porter plans to move toward retirement once Ms. DeKerlegand takes leadership of the class.

Ms. DeKerlegand is a 2014 graduate of Regents Academy. She plans to graduate from SFA in December with a B.A. in Education. Until then, we plan for her to spend as much time as possible in the Regents classroom getting necessary experience and preparing for her future full-time role.

Welcome aboard, Ms. DeKerlegand!


Welcome Aboard, Mr. Ben Alexander

We are very happy to welcome Mr. Ben Alexander to our school’s faculty in 2018-19. Mr. Alexander, along with his wife Jana and five children, come to us from California, where he served as headmaster of King’s Classical Academy. Mr. Alexander will serve as Omnibus teacher and as Dean of Students. One of his primary responsibilities will be to oversee our new House System, which we are excited to kick off this fall. Three of Mr. Alexander’s children will attend Regents beginning this fall: Elijah, Abigail, and Hannah.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Alexander!


Welcome Aboard, Mrs. Melissa Rotramel

We are very happy to introduce Mrs. Melissa Rotramel as our new Logic/Rhetoric School math teacher for 2018-19. No stranger to our school, Mrs. Rotramel spent the last year as a Regents mom, but now she takes her place in the math classroom as our Prealgebra, Algebra, and Geometry teacher. Originally from the Texas Panhandle, Melissa is the wife of Blaine and the mom of Sydney and Shelby.

Welcome aboard, Mrs. Rotramel!


2018 Unsung Heroes

The recipients of the 2018 Unsung Hero Award are Dr. and Mrs. Kyle¬† and Becky McMorries. Through Kyle and Becky’s generosity and service, Regents Academy was able to provide Chromebook labs for Logic and Rhetoric School students and upgraded infrastructure to support the new technology.

The Regents Board expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the McMorries at the school’s Academic Awards Ceremony on May 29, 2018.

Thank you for your selfless service, Kyle and Becky!


Things You’ll Never Hear at Regents, Lord Willing

As we close out another school year, I offer my gratitude to God and my congratulations to you on a great year of learning, growth, perseverance, and peace. Here at the close of the year, it’s good to stop and consider just what our children are receiving in this distinctly Christian and classical education in which they are being nurtured.

So, here are a few things that in the years ahead you and your children, Lord willing, will never hear at Regents Academy.

“God is irrelevant. You know, 1+1 is still 2 even if you don’t worship Jesus.” In fact, your child will be told over and over again that we know reality only because the Triune God is, and His Son, the Divine Logos, is the meaning of all math and history and language and literature and science. We aim, unapologetically, for the Lord Jesus Christ to be the center of every lesson and every subject and every classroom.

“You have to decide for yourself what’s right and wrong.” In fact, your child’s teachers and administrators are under the authority of the Word of God, and they seek to apply the truth of Scripture to every heart and life, beginning with their own. God is the author of all that is right and just, and He alone decides what is right and wrong. It is our job, as His redeemed people, to know His truth and follow it in order to glorify Him. Your child will be told “No” when their actions, words, or attitudes are sinful, foolish, or unloving. This is what Christian love looks like.

“We’re spending class time getting ready for the STAAR test.” In fact, at Regents Academy standardized testing serves as an objective way to measure the learning we are already providing – something we believe accords with the actual educational value of standardized testing. In other words, we aim actually to teach the Trivium, not test scores. Every day in class, students are being trained and educated according to our school’s mission statement, not any standardized test.

“The only thing that matters, at the end of the day, is academics: test scores, college entrances, scholarships, and careers.” In fact, we are interested in so much more than the gray matter and future earning potential of your children. We desire to shape their virtue and habits and hearts and relationships as human beings and image bearers. Regents Academy is not a prep school, though we provide many of the same academic benefits of a prep school. Our vision for our students reaches far beyond academics to the character, passions, and personhood of our students. This is why we partner with parents.

“There’s a new educational fad that we’re going to try out next year. We hope it works!” In fact, the beauty of classical Christian is its embrace of what educator Christopher Perrin calls a well-walked path of the tried and proven. Theologian Thomas Oden referred to “the cheap promise of radical newness” which is “the most boring and repetitious of all modern ideas.” Classical Christian education rejects the whole notion of fads and instead seeks to embody an older, deeper way of educating that is more relevant than ever in our fragmenting culture.

Now, maybe you’re thinking of other things you’ll never hear at Regents Academy:

“Tuition is going down and there’s no more fundraising.”

“Homework is cancelled forever.”

“We are so over reading.”

Well, yes, in fact nothing is getting cheaper these days, and we do need to fundraise. Sorry, but homework is indispensable. And it’s true: we will never fall out of love with books!

But we hope you can continue to be such faithful parents who so lovingly support your children’s school and sacrifice daily to provide an excellent education for your most precious responsibilities – your children.

We look forward to keeping our end of the bargain, however imperfectly, in the years ahead and seeking to fulfill our mission of serving your family by providing a classical and Christian education and training your children to view all areas of life and faith from a Christian worldview and equipping them to lead lives of virtue, display mature character, love learning, and serve the Triune God.

May God bless your family this summer!