A HUGE congratulations to the Regents TAPPS Speech and Academics team, who won first place at the 1A State Championship. The competition took place in Waco on April 7 and 8. This was a big win for the whole team, who worked hard to prepare, competed as a team, and conducted themselves with grace and class. Great job, students!
Team members from left to right: (front) Haley Duke, Alice Bryant, Kyla Alders, Annaleigh Andrews, Anne Elisabeth Alders, and Sarah Grace Alders; (back) Jon Sowell, Aaron Bryant, Caleb Henry, Sam Alders, Wesley Young, and Aaron Bertke.
“Weary in Well-Doing”
by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
I would have gone; God bade me stay:
I would have worked; God bade me rest.
He broke my will from day to day,
He read my yearnings unexpressed
And said them nay.
Now I would stay; God bids me go:
Now I would rest; God bids me work.
He breaks my heart tossed to and fro,
My soul is wrung with doubts that lurk
And vex it so.
I go, Lord, where Thou sendest me;
Day after day I plod and moil:
But, Christ my God, when will it be
That I may let alone my toil
And rest with Thee?
Congratulations to 5th grader Reagan Taylor, whose design idea won this year’s BIG Serve-t-shirt contest. We will be sporting these t-shirts on the day of the BIG Serve, Friday, April 4.
In 1516 Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus wrote a letter to his friend and fellow teacher, Johannes Sapidus. In this letter, now called Epistle 366, Erasmus wrote the following:
As for your vocation, I admit it is laborious, but I utterly deny that it is a tragic, as you call it, or deplorable position. To be a schoolmaster is next to being a king. Do you reckon it a mean employment to imbue the minds of your fellow-citizens in their earliest years with the best Letters and with the love of Christ, and to return them to their country honest and virtuous men? In the opinion of fools it is a humble task, but in fact it is the noblest of occupations. For if even among the heathen it was always an illustrious thing to deserve well of the Commonwealth, no one, I will boldly say, serves it better than the moulder of unfashioned boyhood, provided he be learned and honest, two qualities which are so equally matched in you, that I know not in which you surpass yourself.
As to the reduction of your salary, Christ himself will recompense you abundantly; and goodness is its own ample reward. Neither should your mind be disturbed, when you see so large an income awarded at the public expense to the lazy leisure of individuals, who live for their own pleasure, or wait upon their Prince without any advantage to the public; while he who is the common parent of all the children, and in the most necessary of all matters exerts himself to the utmost in the public service, is paid with so poor a salary. Such an office demands an upright and incorruptible man, who would take delight in his pious work even without any pay, while a high salary and a position of dignity would attract the meanest characters. You will yourself, my Sapidus, add by your accomplishments a dignity to the office, which, if it be of little repute among men, is surely of the highest account with Christ.
I shared these wry and wise words with our faculty today. They appreciated it and enjoyed humor in it. Regents teachers are an example of what Erasmus knew to be true: good teachers “imbue the minds of [their] fellow-citizens in their earliest years with the best Letters and with the love of Christ, and [then] return them to their country honest and virtuous men [and women].” Succeeding at that task is indeed its own reward.
Regents Academy and Nacogdoches lost a good friend on Monday. Mrs. Gwen Cole, 91, passed away early March 3rd. The Coles were generous contributors to the school, and we are so thankful to have known Mrs. Cole. She was a lovely lady indeed. Visitation will be Friday afternoon from 5-7 p.m. at the SFA Student Center, and the funeral will be at First United Methodist on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Congratulations to Haley Duke, Good Citizen Scholarship winner from our local DAR chapter!
Congratulations also to Anabelle Terrell, 7th grade winner of this year’s American History essay contest and to Caroline Alders, 5th grade winner of this year’s American History essay contest.
Haley, Annabelle, and Caroline were honored at this year DAR Awards Luncheon at SFA on Monday.
What an amazing story about Regents parent Carmelia Abercrombie, mother of 8th grader Carleona Johnson.
The Regents high school Speech and Academics team visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library while visiting Dallas for their district tournament this week. What a fantastic experience!
The tour included a trip to an exact reproduction of President Bush’s Oval Office.