Monthly Archives: March 2011

Managing the City Manager

Last week the kindergarten class went to downtown Nacogdoches to learn some history of our town. They visited the welcome center, and then they went to City Hall. Very exciting stuff! They met City Manager Jim Jeffers and Chief of Police Jim Sevey. They visited the City Council chamber and sat in the big chairs. After their outing, they went to Barnhill’s and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Their teacher, Mrs. Sharon Freeland, is behind the camera in the pictures below.

The kindergarteners also were given colorful Nacogdoches pins that they fixed to their shirts. The day after their trip one kindergartener, Jack Mounger, was still wearing his. He came to me and said, “I’m the boss of you.” I tilted my head and asked why that was. He pointed to his pin and said, “Because I’m the mayor!”

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In this space each week I offer reflections about various subjects that relate to the mission of Regents Academy and that (I hope) inform and encourage you, as a Regents parent.

This week as I considered a topic to write about, my thoughts found their way again and again to gratitude. Not others’ gratitude, but my own. I am making my way through my first year as headmaster at Regents Academy, and when I step back and mull over this work, I find so much for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for our school’s founders and board members – pioneers, risk-takers, faithful soldiers all – who have made such sacrifices to build up this ministry from its earliest days until today.

I am thankful for the teachers and staff of our school who every day work so honorably and diligently and devotedly to make Regents Academy what it is.

I am thankful for Regents students, who are the brightest, most joyful, most industrious, and most entertaining students in East Texas. (And they are so entertaining: this week a KPrep student told me that when I married my wife, “I made a girl Bryant!”).

I am thankful for my wife and children, who have made Regents their home and have so faithfully supported me.

I am thankful for the people in my life who have made me what I am today: teachers, pastors, and friends, as well as my parents and family.I am thankful for the difficult and perplexing seasons of my life; they have seasoned me and been an instrument in the Lord’s hands to shape me into who I am today.

I suppose I could go on. But I have to close by saying that I am most thankful to the Triune God for the amazing ways He has blessed me and my family by bringing me to Nacogdoches and to Regents Academy, by giving me a sound mind and body, by giving me good friends with a common desire to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. “I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people” (Psalm 35:18).

I hope you join me in meditating on all that you have to be thankful for. It is a humbling and inspiring exercise, one that should not be relegated to late November or merely to one hour a week.

Make us truly grateful, Lord!

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Eat My Dust, Coach

It’s track season at Regents. Coaches Michael Kunk, John Henry, and Tim Young are meeting with the junior high and high school students Monday through Thursday at the SFA track and training hard for their spring meets.

At yesterday’s track practice Dr. Young challenged the track team to a “Beat the Coach Race.”   The event was the 800 meters race. Dr. Young is proud to report that 6 runners beat him!

Will and Wesley Young, Ali Hosseinpour, Aaron Bryant, Mitchell Henry, and Graham Culpepper all beat the coach!

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Celebrating 175 Years of Independence

On Friday, March 4, the seventh and eighth grade classes traveled to Washington the Brazos, and toured the Star of the Republic Museum and the working farm. Their trip coincided with the celebration of Texas’s 175th anniversary on March 3, 2011.

The silliness evidenced in the picture at the bottom is sugar-induced hysteria at the Blue Bell Creamery near Brenham, Texas.

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The Effective, Fervent Prayer of a Parent and a Teacher

I hope you pray for your children. The Scriptures remind us that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] avails much” (James 5:16). Without God working in us and through our efforts, our work to educate our children is missing a vital piece. Regents teachers pray for and with their students daily. This is a crucial part of their ministry to families.

What do you pray for your children? I hope your prayers are for something more than mere happiness or success. I hope your prayers are for your children’s joy, character, vocation, and growth in Christ.

Regents Academy chaplain, Pastor Randy Booth, prayed the following prayer of dedication for graduates in May 2010:

O wise and loving heavenly Father, we rejoice today at the sight of these young men and women that you have called unto Yourself.

You formed them in their mother’s wombs and have numbered their days.

We pray that You would now direct their steps and make their path straight.

Grant them the wisdom of Christian humility and the grace of Christian charity.

Protect them from temptation and from those who would do them harm.

Establish them in righteousness, equip them for service, prosper their way, and grant them Your peace.

May it be obvious to all who know these young men and women that they are building their lives upon the sure foundation of Jesus Christ and His word.

Fill them with Your Spirit;

Give them a hunger and thirst after righteousness.

Give them true faith,

True repentance from sin.

True wisdom.

True courage to stand for what is right and against what is wrong.

For “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:30-31).

We ask Your blessing now in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Amen.

May I suggest that these are excellent prayers for you to pray for your own children and for all the students of Regents Academy? I long for these spiritual realities to be present in the students of Regents Academy.

Please, I ask of you: join me in praying that God would cause our children to “mount up with wings like eagles.” These prayers are an essential component of our educational task.

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Re-Living History by Going for a Dip

The fifth graders have been studying the American colonial period. Their literature has focused on this area — readings have included The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, and Carry on, Mr. Bowditch.  Last week, in the spirit of  “re-living” early American colonial history, they made candles the old-fashioned way — dipping wicks into hot wax. Led by their teacher, Miss Ruth Hoffmann, their hands-on work supplemented the reading they have been doing and provided a fun class project.

Fifth graders picture below include Isaiah Bertke, Lindley Bryant, Grace DeKerlegand, Avery Griner, Jake Hill,  Carley Johnson, and Ethan Milliken. (Andria Sowell is also a 5th-grade class member but is not pictured.)

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