The 10th grade class, with their teacher, Mr. David Henry, recently completed their readings in the Ancient Greek period — such classics as Homer’s Iliad and Thucydides’ History of the Pelopennesian War. They celebrated their accomplishment by experiencing some Greek culture for themselves — food, costumes, weaponry, and, naturally, funeral games (Thor Anderson finished as champion).
The 6th grade class, with their teacher, Lance Vermillion, shared Christmas joy as they traveled from class to class singing and accompanying Christmas carols. Merry Christmas!
The Regents Academy TAPPS team recently returned from District 1A competition in Dallas with the first place trophy.
TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) competition is the private school equivalent of UIL and affords students the opportunity to participate in academic, drama, and speaking contests at the district and state levels. The 15-member team participated in eighteen events and garnered enough points to win first place out of the eight competing schools. The team travels to Austin next month to compete at the state level.
Winners in specific events included the following: Prose Interpretation: Aaron Bryant (1st), Sam Alders (3rd), Elizabeth Castleberry (4th); Persuasive Speaking: Miranda Kunk (1st), Haley Duke (2nd); Spelling: Tim Marshall (4th); Current Events & Issues: Miranda Kunk (1st), Jonathan Sowell (3rd); Number Sense: Sam Alders (1st), Tyler Sowell (6th); Calculator: Sam Alders (1st), Tyler Sowell (2nd), Dylan Richardson (5th); Advanced Math: Sam Alders (1st); Solo Acting: Megan Marshall (2nd), Alice Bryant (3rd); Duet Acting: Aaron Bryant & Haley Duke (2nd), Alice Bryant & Kyla Alders (4th); Literary Criticism: Miranda Kunk (1st), Sam Alders (2nd); Social Studies: Michaela Hill (1st); Poetry Interpretation: Aaron Bryant (1st), Elizabeth Castleberry (4th), Alice Bryant (5th); Original Oratory: Haley Duke (1st); Miranda Kunk (2nd); Mathematics: Kyla Alders (4th).
Pictured (left to right) front: Alice Bryant, Kendall DeKerlegand, Michaela Hill, Kyla Alders, Elizabeth Castleberry, Haley Duke, Megan Marshall, Miranda Kunk; back: Jonathan Sowell, Dylan Richardson, Tyler Sowell, Caleb Henry, Tim Marshall, Aaron Bryant, Sam Alders.
The Regents Select Choir and Orchestra presented their yearly performance at the Nacogdoches Rotary Club last week at the Fredonia Hotel. One of the Fredonia’s employees, Sarah Kouliavtsev, blogged about it here.
Here also are Sarah’s Youtube videos that she recorded.
From a student that I am quite proud of:
The chatter of over fifty people,
Squirrels running over dead leaves in the fall.
Birds chirping in the trees
And oven buttons clicking on Saturday morning.
The car starting when my family goes on trips,
And the sound of people screaming at a football game.
Leaves falling to the ground
And the sound of people battling with swords.
When people jump into a pool and the squishy sound of people stepping in mud.
The sound of my little brother and cousin crying.
A dragonfly buzzing right past you
And the sound of a zipper zipping on a cold winter morning.
Akilesh Bapu, son of Dr. Dyanesh Ravindran and Kousalya Bapu, was awarded state recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) earlier this summer. Akilesh was among those students recognized statewide for outstanding performance on either the ACT or the SAT, having scored in the top percentiles for students in the 7th grade. The Duke TIP program identifies academically talented students who may benefit from the innovative educational programs offered by Duke University.
It’s the time of year a teacher begins to wonder whether or not everything’s been taught. Sitting at my desk with a view of the whiteboard, I read the lengthy list of Latin verbs we dissected today. My notes for our final paper are still on the board. As we listed some main characters from the books we read this year, my students continued to express their awe of all they had completed this year. Someone said, “That was this year! I thought Estella happened last year!” The names of Asian mountains, Pamirs and Tian Shan, are left on my board from the geography bee we enjoy holding at the end of the week. Beautiful African maps that were colored and labeled by each student hang on my walls. Piles of notebooks to be graded spill almost into the hallway. One student, without stopping to think, called out the answer to the question about why Texas’ statehood was denied after we gained our independence from Mexico.
I’m hoping they’ve learned. I’m hoping they’ve learned more of history, grammar and advanced mathematical procedures. I’m hoping they’ve learned how to translate Latin sentences with relative ease. I’m hoping they’ve learned how to get along in a world that isn’t always easy to deal with. Most of all, I’m hoping they’ve learned that their sixth grade teacher loves them deeply!
Sending your children to a private school requires sacrifice. Sometimes the sacrifice is a financial one that requires you to forgo that new car or vacation. Sometimes the sacrifice is more intangible. Sending your children to a classical Christian school with high academic standards often exposes your own inadequacies and requires you to humble yourself.
Is it worth it?
R.L. Dabney, the great Southern Presbyterian theologian from more than a century ago, asserts that it is.
The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.
Every day I spend at Regents Academy, I am more and more convinced that Dabney is right. What is it worth to have your children in a loving environment where they are taught to love learning and are cultivated in Christian virtue so that they can be remarkable servant leaders? And what is it worth to fulfill, with integrity, your calling under God to do “the one business for which the earth exists”?
When I look at 106 faces every morning, I say it’s worth more than I know.