Speaking is something you do every day, and Speech Club is a way to help you become a more effective speaker while having fun with other students. Speech Club is a fun, competitive and educational way to grow and explore your speaking skills. Whether you are shy or outgoing, an introvert or extrovert, you have the ability to be an effective speaker. We will learn the basic skills needed for public speaking by practicing with each other, playing games and competing with other schools in speech competitions. Older students will have opportunities to lead and train and design a club t-shirt. We will be training to become “The good man (or woman) speaking well” (Quintilian). This is a fun, interactive club that will help prepare you to compete in PSIA speech competitions, the Celtic Speech competition as well prepare you for everyday speaking in your classroom and community. Meetings will be comprised of: learning a new skill weekly, snack and fellowship opportunities and time to practice for competitions. Your teacher Ann St. John is a 6th grade teacher at Regents and has been involved with coaching and leading speech events for PSIA and other competitions for seven years.
Strategies for Executive Functioning and Study Skills 5th-6th grade
($250/8 weeks, Mondays)
This course is designed to begin equipping Upper Grammar students with the skills necessary to own their learning. Working from a Biblical worldview and incorporating the latest research on brain development, students will discover their learning styles, develop organizational skills and practice healthy student-teacher communication and self-advocacy. Your teacher Mrs. Dixon is an 11 year veteran of the Regents classroom. She has taught and led both 4th and 5th grades. In addition to incorporating executive functioning in her classroom, she has taught this co-curricular course in the past. In July 2019 Mrs. Dixon attended the summer institute, Neuroscience and Executive Skills: Strategies for Executive Functions, Memory and Classroom Learning at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Digital Citizenship 5th-7th grade
($250/8 weeks, Thursdays)
Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills. This course will equip and train students to use technology and social media responsibly and to avoid technologies’ pitfalls. Mr. Christian is a parent of three digital citizens and additional has worked with this age group for a decade.
Latin Competitive Team 7th- 12th grade
($350/13 weeks, Wednesdays)
Originally referred to at Regents as “Latin Club”, JCL (Junior Classical League) welcomes students with a love or curiosity for the classics. This includes just to mention a few -- Greek and Latin roots, ancient history, mythology and of course Latin grammar, vocabulary and literature. JCL is a nationally recognized organization (see https://www.njcl.org/) with numerous active chapters at both public and private schools. The Regents distinction is that all content will be taught through the lens of Scripture (Col. 1:16 “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things were created through Him and for Him.”) This team meets in Mrs. Brown’s room on Wednesdays during Rhetoric lunch. Logic members will be released from Study Hall 10-15 minutes early.
Photography 6th-12th grade
($350/13 weeks, Tuesdays)
Lessons will concentrate on both the mechanics of using equipment (camera, lighting/flash, tripod) as well as artistic expression and teaching in the context of using photography in a way that always honors/magnifies God - Coram Deo - bringing out each student’s individual artistic gifts.
Wonder Workshop K-3rd grade
($350/14 weeks, Tuesdays)
Wonder students will engage in creative construction, imaginative engineering, design models and work in collaborative teams. They will be introduced to basic engineering and physics as they problem solve, test ideas and analyze results in a project- based approach. Students will study inventions, designs in structures and tinker with how different things work. They will learn to draft a plan, collect resources and consider possible results, all powered by play. Students will develop a work journal to reflect on project development and the fun adventures of every seasonal STEM lesson as they document the learning process with a sense of wonder. Activities are student driven; they will research their interest and motivations through high engagement challenges. Susan Varghese brings nineteen years of experience in Early Childhood Education, as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer and former curriculum developer. She has taught in Christian private schools throughout Austin. Susan studied Child Development at Texas State University, with an emphasis in early brain development and she is a state certified Preschool Director and has been a school administrator for ten years. Prior to returning to the classroom, Susan launched a preschool from the ground up, hiring an exceptional team of educators, training in curriculum components and building a Christ-centered program primarily focused on collaborative learning. She is currently on staff at Regents as a Kindergarten Enrichment teacher. Her passion is to bring innovation, creativity and wonder into the lives of young students as they develop a love for learning.
Dance 1st-6th grade
($350/15 weeks, Wednesdays)
Students will gain strength, flexibility and poise while learning a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Dancers will build upon basic skills and grow as dancers and performers. The session will conclude with the dancers performing pieces for family and friends on December 9. Amanda Stevens was inspired by the beauty of dance as a little girl and began training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She danced through high school and was an officer on her high school drill team in Alvin, Texas. She received a dance scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Mrs. Stevens danced professionally with Planet Funk Entertainment and at Disney's California Adventure Park and continues to work with local artists on various dance projects. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, Daniel, and has three children. Mrs. Stevens is excited to share her passion for dance, to guide the children in growing their gifts, and to delight in the joy of dancing to glorify and praise our Lord!
Knights are Dramatic! Theater for budding readers, writers, directors and performer
s 1st-6rd grade
($350/14 weeks, Wednesdays)
Here Ye! Hear Ye! Lords and ladies of the Grammar School are invited to use their natural dramatic skills to read, write, create and perform plays based on the classic collection of Aesop’s Fables, Aesop was a Greek storyteller credited with a number of stories now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables. These classic works of literature provide students an opportunity to connect with moral lessons and virtues in Aesop’s stories and learn how to communicate them to each other and to an audience. Mrs. Griffin is a reading specialist who loves reader’s theater in class and has produced “Bible Stories for Children” for My Life Speaks in Haiti. She is passionate about helping students grow their love for reading through literature, story and drama. Mrs. Griffin has four amazing children, including her daughter currently in Africa working for Africa New Life building the Kingdom through child-sponsorship and education.
Behind the Museum Door
(NEW PROJECTS) 1st-5th grade ($350/13 weeks, Thursdays)
Children will explore and learn about many beautiful works of art “Behind the Museum Door” while creating masterpieces inspired by a variety of artists.
Topics: Alberto Giacometti Action Figure Wire Sculptures, Romero Britto Pop Art Paintings, Maurice Sendak: “Where the Wild Things Are” Monster sculptures in clay, Marc Chagall Fairy Tale Shadow Boxes, Folk Art Statue of Liberty Collage and Renaissance Period Pastel Fresco Seccos. Your teacher, Mrs. Kristen is an experienced Art Education teacher with a background of over 14 years in both public and private schools. She has created art curriculum and taught students in a private after school art studio for children ages Pre-Kindergarten - 7th grade as well as taught private art lessons and summer art camps. Mrs. Lemon has taught after school Co-Curricular Art Classes at Regents for two years and is also the School of Logic Visual Arts teacher. She has spent her life exploring and developing amazing ways to encourage and engage children in the art of self-expression, creativity and thinking.