Regents 6th graders enjoyed Camp Laurence day after reading Little Women — costumes, games, a feast, and lots of fun.
The 18-member Regents Academy Speech and Academic team returned from the TAPPS State competition in Waco earlier this month with another first place sweepstakes trophy. This is the third consecutive year our school emerged at the top of more than 20 competitors in the 1A division to win the overall award at the statewide gathering sponsored by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Additionally, the nine students who competed in test-only events garnered enough academic points to earn the first place “Academic Champion” award at the state tournament.
The school’s TAPPS Music team composed of violin, guitar, and piano soloists placed first in the “Instrumental Music” competition, a first for the school this year, with ten of the students earning “1” rankings for their solos. The 13-member all-girls ensemble also earned a “1” rank in the Sacred Ensemble category for their performance of “Psalm 8” and “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho,” finishing with a first place award for their category.
Pictured with their individual medals and ribbons are the members of the school’s TAPPS Speech and Academic, Art and Music teams. Front row, left to right: Lindley Bryant, Annaleigh Andrews, Avery Gound, Anabelle Terrell, Michaela Hill, Sheetal Bapu, Avery Griner, Isabel Bartram, Kaden Harman; middle row: Andria Sowell, Sarah Grace Alders, Grace DeKerlegand, Alice Bryant, Will Young, Kyla Alders, Emma Terrell, Anne Elisabeth Alders; back row: Jake Hill, Will Hill, Wesley Young, Caleb Henry, Jon Sowell, Kendall DeKerlegand, Aaron Bertke.
The Regents Academy TAPPS Speech and Academics Team is 1A state champion again!
The team competed at the TAPPS championship meet on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, in Waco. This is the third (third!) straight year the Regents team has won the state championship. We are so very, very proud of them. They are bright, talented, devoted, and they work great together as a team. The hard work that goes into their preparations is on top of their school work, music, sports, and the many other things they are involved in. Congratulations, students! Congratulations also to Nicole Alders, Shannon Henry, Kelsey Treusdell, and Ashley Bryant, who worked very hard to help the team prepare.
Seniors: Michaela Hill, Kendall DeKerlegand, Alice Bryant, Jon Sowell, and Will Young
Juniors: Caleb Henry, Kyla Alders, and Aaron Bertke
Sophomores: Avery Gound, Annaleigh Andrews, Anne Elisabeth Alders, Sarah Grace Alders, and Wesley Young
Freshmen: Grace DeKerlegand, Andria Sowell, and Lindley Bryant
Not pictured: Avery Griner (who competed in Ready Writing before the meet) and Emma Terrell (who was sick and had to stay home)
To God be the glory!
Huge congratulations to the winners of our 5th grade reading contest, Anna Claire Powers and Carolyn Young. The contest is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Fire Department. The first and second place winners received gift bags. Also, the first place winner rides to school in a fire truck and eats breakfast with the firemen. Anna Claire just barely edged out Carolyn to win the contest by reading the most during the month of February. Pictured are the girls with Captain Michael Self.
Great job, girls!
Because of impending inclement weather, Regents Academy will begin classes late tomorrow, Thursday, March 5. School will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Because of inclement weather, there will be no school tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25.
The teacher luncheon and in-service planned for tomorrow will remain as scheduled. Teachers will arrive at the school at noon.
We WILL be having our BIG Serve Kick Off ice cream social tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Please come!
Because of inclement weather, Regents Academy will dismiss students early today. KPrep-2nd grade will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. and 3rd-12th will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Regents 9th and 10th grade students visited Austin this week, along with David and Nicole Alders. Our group toured the capitol, observed the House of Representatives in session, and had our picture taken with Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Travis Clardy. The students were also able to visit the George Bush Presidential Library and the Bob Bullock Museum, to round out a fun and educational trip.
We believe that providing children with a classical Christian education is one of the most important businesses on earth.
Classical Christian education is not just a means to get into college or a path to making money. Instead, it is a cultivated illumination and wisdom, a habit of heart and mind. Like physical health, it is good in itself. But it is also useful as a means of preparing students to fulfill the various callings in life God gives. When a man or woman is well educated, he or she is a better person and therefore a better husband or wife, mother or father, son or daughter, employer or employee, friend, citizen and saint.
What loftier vision could there be for a school to embrace than that of shaping its young men and women (in the language of Psalm 144:12) to be “as plants grown up in their youth,” and “as pillars, sculptured in palace style”?
The process of education aims at a final end, a singular goal. While many these days think the final goals of a program of education are grades, college admission, credentials, prestige, money, or personal advancement, Christian education is motivated differently. It is motivated by love.
This goal is made clear in an episode in the gospels when a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment in the Old Testament was the greatest of all. Jesus responded with these well-known words: “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22: 37-39). Jesus stated that supreme love for God as the greatest commandment is complemented by love for neighbor as the second greatest commandment, and that together these two requirements from Deuteronomy 6 and Leviticus 19 summarize the entire Old Testament. God’s whole purpose for humanity is revealed here, and it means that everything people do ought to be aimed at fulfilling these two greatest commandments. The purpose of life is learning to love.
Christian education is certainly no exception. All studying, teaching, and learning; all administrating, leading and guiding; all the curricular and extra-curricular activities; and, indeed, the total culture of a Christian school, ought to contribute to the fulfillment of this one overarching goal of fostering in students, and in the whole school family, a richer, deeper, fuller love for God and love for others, the two greatest loves of all that are bound up together.
This high calling of Christian education was not lost on earlier generations. Over seven hundred years ago, Bernard of Clairvaux taught that love trumps a variety of inferior motivations for education. He wrote,
There are many who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity. There are others who desire to know in order that they may themselves be known: that is vanity. Others seek knowledge in order to sell it: that is dishonorable. But there are some who seek knowledge in order to edify others: that is love.
The primary goal, then, of Christian education ought to be unadulterated Christian love, and its greatest concern isn’t really to produce successes, but rather to produce saints.
And these saints, all decked out in their educational gifts — gifts of the mind and character of Christ, of faith, hope and love, of truth, goodness and beauty — these saints, well-equipped in love, are the true fruit of a Christian education.