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 401 years ago!
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 (Wyatt Anderson) journaled the day’s events, starting with our expedition of “sailing” to America via the Golden Eagle, aka the Mayflower (or Regents’ school van). Before setting off on the windy seas, our elder Brewster (Cait Jones) 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 (Abel Ketchen’s) command, as he guided us on the rough and windy seas. We partook in a feast where Squanto (Jonah Shipp) served us all our Thanksgiving meal and then taught us about the local flora and fauna. Pastor Robinson (Clara Vermillion) gave an endearing sermon about God’s providence in the 9th grade class through the years. However, because of the fall of man, there can never be a sinless and perfect colony and thus the pilgrims had a crooks among them, Weston (Rachel Cunyus) and Allerton (Nate Smith), who swindled the colonists throughout their exploration.
It was a wonderful day of hard work, beauty, and choosing gratefulness.
Our 1st graders have been reading through the E. B. White’s classic novel, Charlotte’s Web. Once they finished reading the book, they used their imaginations and made the book come to life as they dressed up as a character from a book, enjoyed a farmhouse meal, made crafts, and watched the Charlotte’s Web movie. Enjoy the pictures of Zuckerman’s famous pig, Templeton, and more!
The Kindergarten class has been busy preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday! From creating scarecrows to saving their turkeys from becoming a Thanksgiving meal, the Kindergarten class is ready for Thanksgiving.
Our 6th graders recently had the opportunity to enhance their study of American history with a visit to the Magnolia and Oakland Plantations in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Led by Park Rangers, they were able to hear the history of the plantations and their owners as well as that of the enslaved people who worked the land. Students had a chance to walk inside and explore the quarters of those who lived there as well as to see the site of a Civil War skirmish, a Gin Barn, and the largest Cotton Press in the United States.
We envision that a graduate of the academic program at Regents Academy will embody a masterful command of language. On Friday morning, Susannah Vermillion modeled this as she equipped and encouraged our body of students by speaking during Cantabile about what it means to honor the Lord with our actions.
Last Wednesday, the 3rd grade classroom became Mount Olympus as the class celebrated the Greek history and myths they have been learning. Our 3rd graders roamed the school grounds as Greek gods and goddesses, and even a Nemean lion showed up! The class had a feast of Greek foods at lunch and a talent show, and they played out many Greek stories in character outside.
Last Friday, Mrs. Lawrence joined Mrs. Terrell’s 4th grade class to explore the Regents’ Museum of Art (a.k.a. the fine art displayed in the halls of the school). The class discussed light, detail, expression, and various techniques to gain ideas for them to create their own artwork. After the 4th graders read E. L. Konigsburg’s story, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which is about two kids who run away to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mrs. Lawrence drew a semi-identical museum from the bookcover’s artwork. Students then populated the museum with their own inspired pieces of both statues and paintings. The piece is still to be completed but will eventually be located in Mrs. Terrell’s class for all to admire.
Harry Potter. Dumbledore. Gryffindor. Those are likely the first names or images that come to mind when you think of the Regents House system. It is a fair and simple way to contextualize the structure of the Regents House system, but not the heart of it. Instead of only celebrating the wins or mourning the losses of a Quidditch match, our primary goal for the House System is to give students opportunities to actively lead and shape the culture at Regents. Our hope is that through weekly service projects, friendly competitions, House worship, and through connecting the Grammar and Upper schools, a pervading love for one another and the Lord will deepen.
Structure: So, who plays Dumbledore in this scenario?
The simple answer is no one. While our wonderful administrative team creates the structure and organization of the school as a whole, the House system is meant to be a student-led organization, with the support and guidance of the House Coordinator, Mrs. Lawrence, and the main House teachers – Mrs. Burklin, Dr. Hurst, and Mr. Modar.
Our House system has four houses based on the churches of old – Jerusalem, Rome, Oxford, and Kampala, with the latter serving as the church of today. Each of the Houses has a Steward and a Vice Steward to lead and be the voice of its members. Our thoughtful and creative Stewards this year are:
Anna Claire Powers and Kaitlyn McKenna serving Jerusalem
Susannah Vermillion and Gabe Shipp serving Rome
Mason Baker and Haylee Harman serving Oxford
Katelyn Anderson and Quint Middlebrook serving Kampala
In order to create diverse Houses, our Stewards help to place new 7th grade students each year based on the student’s House choice, grade level, gender, and personality. These newcomers are then welcomed the first Friday of school by their House members in a unique and meaningful way.
What We Do: Leave Your Broomstick at Home
One of the most fruitful components of the House system has been the connection between the Grammar School and Logic/Rhetoric School. With the pairing of Buddies, we are able to expand the boundaries of fellowship across all grade lines. Because of the natural admiration that younger students have for older ones, our Logic and Rhetoric students are able to be models to younger students about behaviors and attitudes that are acceptable. We accomplish this with monthly picnics, letter writing, games at Field Day, and during the day-to-day encounters on campus.
While the Buddy system is a bright highlight, we have a lot more going on behind the scenes that set the rhythm of each week and year.
Beginning of the Year Kick-Off – Building camaraderie takes time, and we do that by taking a day at the beginning of each year for various team-building activities. This year we had the opportunity to go to Escapology, an escape room, in Tyler.
Mid- and End-of-Year Competitions – Houses pair up to plan and organize a fun competition to wrap up the semester. Our competitions aim to involve all students in a variety of song, dance, skits, and building challenges.
Wednesday Worship – Students gather with their Houses every six weeks to worship God in song and discussion.
Friday Service Projects – Each Friday, following a weekly rotation, time is allocated for in-school service projects and games. Our service projects entail everything from playing with Grammar School classes so that their teachers can have a moment to eat their lunch uninterrupted to cleaning classrooms and changing air filters. Our games range from the typical card games you play at home to goofy games the students make up, like flag football but with a stuffed animal instead of a football.
Adopt a Non-Profit- This year, we are trying something new. Each House has adopted a non-profit organization to serve throughout the year, based upon the organization’s needs.
House Points: Gryffindor Receives 50 Points!
In order to encourage camaraderie, compliance, and discipline, we have modeled our point system after the Oxford model (popularly expressed in Harry Potter), with the major exception being that it’s not arbitrary. Instead, the Stewards and staff give and deduct House points based on behavior-related actions, not academic ones. Our hope is that through positive peer pressure, students will strive to make personal choices that positively affect others.
At Christmas and the end of the year, the House that has earned the most points wins the House Cup, which is a handsome Greco-Roman bust of Apollo. The winners have the opportunity to add one extra item to the Cup, leaving their distinctive mark. Over the years, Apollo will gain character by morphing into a symbol that represents the personality and history of each of the Houses.
Continuing to Grow:Harry Grows Up, But We Continue On
As we enter our fourth year of the Regent’s House system, we are finally able to build off of the solid foundation previous Stewards have established. Now, we can focus more closely on establishing our leadership training for our Stewards, our daily connection with Grammar School, and our service to those both in the school and Nacogdoches community. We are thrilled to watch our students take ownership of their school and look forward to what it will become in the future.