HUGE congratulations to our own music teacher Emily Alders, who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her bachelor’s degree last weekend. Here she is pictured with her father, Regents Board Member David Alders, who was recently appointed to the school’s Board of Regents. (So we can suppose that he is now a Regents Regent.)
We are proud of you, Emily!
The 11th and 12th grade Omnibus class welcomed Dr. David Smith, husband of our wonderful kindergarten teacher LaWanna Smith, who lectured on the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Smith had visited the class earlier in the spring to lecture on the European and Pacific origins of World War 2. We are tasting the sweet fruit of Dr. Smith’s years of teaching and studying European and American history.
Thank you, Dr. Smith!
Second grade has been very busy lately.
With their teacher Mrs. Cunyus they have been hard at work in their vegetable garden, getting their hands dirty and eating the fruit of their labor, as they study plants in science class.
Also, the students had a Bicycle Rodeo at the church parking lot next door. Fun day!
For two years Regents Academy has been working toward accreditation with the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS). Now we are very happy to announce that after the TAAPS Accreditation visit on Monday and Tuesday of this week, Regents is fully accredited by TAAPS. This is a huge accomplishment that is a credit to the faculty, staff, administrators, board, and families of Regents.
Accreditation is a process by which schools are examined by an independent organization who evaluates the school’s philosophy, leadership, organization, faculty, academics, programs, and relationships with the community to confirm that the school has integrity and is truly excellent. Once a school is accredited, then it can point to the accreditation process as a confirmation that it is doing an excellent job at educating its students and serving its constituency.
We praise the Lord for this great blessing!
When it comes to parenting . . . our parental responsibility does not consist in getting young people to grit their teeth and conform to the standard. The task before us is to bring up our children in such a way as to love the standard. This is not possible to do with externally driven rules. It is a function of loyalty, and loyalty is based on love and relationship. We should consider what this looks like.
“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck” (Prov. 1:8-9).
“My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they add to thee. Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (Prov. 3:1-4).
“My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck” (Prov. 3:21-22).
“My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thy heart; Tie them about thy neck. When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; When thou sleepest, it shall watch over thee; And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee” (Prov. 6:20-22).
First, the instruction of your father and the law of your mother should be treated as a garland of grace for the head, and as an ornamental chain around the neck (Prov. 1:9). Second, a young person should take care to bind kindness and truth around his neck, and he does this by not forgetting his father’s law, and by cultivating a heart that keeps his commandments (Prov. 3:3). The result is a blessed life. Third, sound wisdom and discretion is life to the soul, and grace around the neck (Prov. 3: 22). And last, take up the commandments of your father, and do not abandon the law of your mother. Tie them onto your heart, and hang them around your neck. These are not a good luck charm, but Solomon almost speaks of them as though they were. But this is blessing, not luck. This is the triune God of all grace, and not some rabbit’s foot.
Obedience to parents is therefore a young person’s glory. What do you do with what your parents have asked? You do not trudge off reluctantly, muttering to yourself. No, the standard set forth in Scripture is to take what you have been asked to do and hang it around your neck like you would do with an Olympic gold medal that you had just won. If an athlete comes in first in the Olympics, he does not stuff the medal into his gym bag and slouch off halfway through the national anthem, No . . . what do you do with your glory?
Now this is the point where many parents are elbowing each other, and praying that their little pill of an adolescent is listening. This is the point where some are doing all they can to refrain from looking down their row to see if somebody is paying attention. But this is not a life of ease for parents, and the glory of raw obedience for teenagers, an obedience that drops mysteriously out of the sky. It does not work this way. Obedience, the kind described here, arises from personal loyalty, and this loyalty arises from love. Where does love come from? As always, God models it for us. What He asks us to do, He shows us how to do. And we love Him because He loved us first (1 John 4:19). And if we want our young people to love us, with grace around the neck, then we must show them how it is worn.
Congratulations to these four amazing musicians, who competed at the TAPPS 1A State Music Competition and all earned the highest score of “1.” Together as a team they were the 1A state runner-up.
Pictured are freshman Caleb Henry, piano; senior Miranda Kunk, violin; freshman Kyla Alders, violin; and junior Sam Alders, viola.
Regents had two winners in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) Texas History Essay Contest — 7th grader Lindley Bryant and 4th grader Isabelle Hoyle. Lindley’s essay also won at the district level. Lindley and Isabelle recently read their essays at the chapter meeting and did a stellar job. Pictured along with the ladies of the DRT is Mrs. Nicole Alders, who helped our students do such a great job.
Great job, Teas historians!