2019

News Archive

  • A Word from...Dr. Dan Peterson

    Dear Seniors,
    Pause. Think. Reflect. Remember.
  • Did You Know? Ephesians Chapel

    Tuesday's Ephesians Chapel marked the 25th year that we have held this sweet event.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Tracie Dickey

    Tracie Dickey, RPC Chair 2018-19

    Tracie Dickey served our school this year as the RPC Chair. Tracie and her husband Gene have three boys: Brandon (‘14), Matthew (‘17), and Drew (‘22). Before being RPC Chair, Tracie served as a homeroom mom and has driven countless field trips, chaired Lost & Found, Homecoming, the SOR Retreat, and Teacher Luncheons. She has led Moms’ Prayer and served as Parent Ed Chair. She even chaired a gala.

    Tracie is described by members of the RPC Executive Committee as faithful, gracious, prayerful, wise, generous, humble, and truly hospitable. Each and every interaction with Tracie includes her acknowledgment of what she sees Christ doing in any given situation. Not only is she herself a faithful servant, but she also consistently points others in our community toward the faithfulness of our Lord.

    We appreciate her extraordinary patience and tireless efforts donating her time for the benefit of our school. Tracie served daily with endless energy, humility, and grace and was always available to guide and offer support to others. Her genuine love of the Lord is apparent in her attitude towards others while her dependable and assertive leadership blessed our community with a true Christian role model.

    Regents also thanks Tracie’s family for their love and support while Tracie gave so many hours in selfless service. Thank you for sharing your precious wife and mother with the Regents community this year! May the Lord bless you richly, Tracie!
  • On the 82 Acres: Rocket Day

    Rocket Day, the culmination of 5th Grade Science, is an event enjoyed by our entire Grammar School. After studying flight, navigation, and Newton's Laws of Motion, 5th Graders each build a water rocket at home to be launched in front of their peers.
  • A Word from...Emma Gaertner and Will Thomas, 6th Grade Students

    My Time in Grammar
    by Emma Gaertner

    Community: It is my favorite thing about Regents. When I look back on the last seven years in Grammar School, all the memories surround this idea of being together. A recent example is our sixth grade trip to Louisiana. We danced Civil War dances in period attire and made crazy memories together. Regents is a school that takes pride in every “I can’t believe that happened!” moment.

    It is through our community that we can celebrate a working Rube Goldberg project, or persevere through the sting of your fifth grade rocket not flying. It is through our community we pray for each other in homeroom and memorize life-changing verses (Ephesians 6:5-6). It is through this community we learn to live by the R.E.A.D. rule, and spelling rules, and just the rules of life -- like how to say you are sorry when it is hard. A big part of our community is the incredible teachers who teach us how to live the Christian life, to test our strengths, and to work together so our community will stay strong forever.

    A High Bar
    by Will Thomas

    During my seven years in the Grammar School, I have had many amazing teachers, made great friends, and created wonderful memories. My teachers have been awesome. In third grade, Mrs. Gold picked up both a snake and a tarantula-like it was nothing! She is fearless! In sixth grade, Mr. Christian has been a great role model. He gives everybody nicknames. Mine is WILL.I.AM.

    From kindergarten through sixth grade, I have made terrific friends. We have been blessed with an amazing grade. Every time I think it could not possibly improve, an awesome new student joins us and makes it even better. Through seven years at the Grammar School, we have many funny memories. For instance, in fourth grade, while my class was praying, a friend rested his face in silly putty and it stuck to his eyebrows. Eventually, he had to pull out his eyebrows to get the silly putty out. Thankfully, they grew back.

    I am positive that when I transition to Logic, I will have many more amazing teachers, make many more outstanding friends, and continue to create amazing memories. However, the bar was set pretty high in Grammar.
  • Did You Know? "Non Nobis"

    During 1993, our school song was discovered as a result of watching a movie. Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff were watching Henry V and during there was a beautiful song sung in Latin by monks walking through the halls of a cathedral. The title was “Non Nobis.” Mr. Ratliff loved the song and so, Mrs. Ratliff asked the music teacher to teach the children the song so that they could sing it in chapel as a gift to Mr. Ratliff. The children sang the song during a special chapel and somehow, it stuck and has continued as the Regents school song ever since.

    Join us at All School Chapel next Thursday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. to hear it sung as our senior and kinder buddies exit.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Diane Corley

    Diane Corley, Administrative Assistant to the Head of Logic

    Diane Corley has served as the Assistant to the Head of Logic for the last three years. Prior to her current role in the School of Logic, she taught one year of 8th grade Science and served in various substitute and volunteer roles, particularly at the Science and Nature Center. A native of Houston, she attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas, and practiced hospital pharmacy before being drawn to work in a school setting. She came to love the Regents community when her husband Chris joined the SOR faculty in 2004.

    The passion of the community for Christ, for nurturing children, and for learning drew her to want a Regents education for their three daughters Katherine, Grace, and Sarah. She loves being part of a community where mothers, fathers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, writers, musicians, artists, coaches, theologians, administrators, and more work together with the common goal of teaching children to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful. Being part of the daily nurture of middle school children’s hearts and minds continues to inspire her. She loves gardening, hiking in the mountains, reading, and spending time with her family.
  • On the 82 Acres: Senior Thesis Week

    We are in thesis week! The senior thesis represents the culmination of a Regents student's education--the good person speaking well. The thesis is a twenty minute presentation, followed by a challenging twenty minutes of question and answer on a controversial and scholarly topic. We are so proud of our seniors who have completed their senior thesis!
  • A Word from...Emma Gaertner and Will Thomas, 6th Grade Students

    It is through our community that we can celebrate a working Rube Goldberg project, or persevere through the sting of your fifth grade rocket not flying. It is through our community we pray for each other in homeroom and memorize life-changing verses (Ephesians 6:5-6). It is through this community we learn to live by the R.E.A.D. rule, and spelling rules, and just the rules of life -- like how to say you are sorry when it is hard. A big part of our community is the incredible teachers who teach us how to live the Christian life, to test our strengths, and to work together so our community will stay strong forever.
  • A Word from...Rose Usry, Senior Thesis Chair

    At the beginning of each year, I tell the seniors that good theses always begin with good learning, not with good arguments. In the fall, seniors work hard to learn the “grammar” of their topic through independent research. Once they have a basic understanding of the people, terms, and various issues involved in their topic, they begin to formulate an argument. At this point, they apply their “logic” skills and knowledge to make connections with what they’ve learned. This process usually happens in the early winter. Finally, in the spring, they incorporate their “rhetoric” skills to express their ideas in a clear and engaging way in order to persuade their audience to consider their argument.

    This is what we mean when we say that the senior thesis is the culmination of a student’s Regents education. A Regents education aims to create an ethically good human being capable of producing effective, thoughtful, and grace-filled words in both written and oral form as exemplified in a student’s senior thesis.

    At this time of the year, there are always students who proclaim with a little despair that “there is so much that they still don’t know.” When those words get uttered, I always smile. They've learned that their journey of learning has only begun, and, yes, there is still so much more to learn, more questions to ask as they accumulate more life experiences and knowledge and wisdom.

    Their arguments are sometimes flawed, their ideas aren’t always as clear as possible. But as Philippians 1:6 assures us, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” When we stand to applaud these seniors, we applaud their courage to stimulate a dialogue about something meaningful to them and their audience. We applaud their courage to face the world with a mind that thinks critically, with a heart that cares for others, and with a voice that speaks for Christ. I hope to see as many of our Regents community at the thesis presentations as we celebrate together these seniors’ accomplishments and perseverance.

    View the Thesis Schedule
  • Did You Know? Rhetoric Front Doors

    Only Senior and adults may walk through the front doors of Rhetoric Hall. Everyone else uses the side doors. Enjoy walking through them when you come to hear a thesis next week in Knights Hall!
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Elizabeth Milburn

    Elizabeth Milburn, Dance Teacher
    Elizabeth Milburn has taught dance at Regents for the past three years. She teaches Dance I and Dance II in the School of Logic and teaches Intermediate Dance, Honors Dance, and coaches Knightline in the School of Rhetoric.

    Miss Milburn has always loved dance and began training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop when she was 8 years old. Her passion for dance grew and developed during her 3 years on the Westlake Hyline Dance Team. After attending college at the University of Arkansas, she spent two years in Kansas City teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. Always knowing she wanted to return to Austin, she took an opportunity to move back five years ago to work at IF:Gathering – a women’s ministry led by a Regents mom at the time, Jennie Allen.

    After two years, Miss Milburn was ready to be back in the classroom and Jennie encouraged her to apply to Regents because of the amazing community. Miss Milburn says, “Getting to teach dance every day and talk about God with my students and peers makes this a dream job! I work with the most wonderful co-workers, students, and parents, and they make my job so much fun.”

    At the Rhetoric Dance Show last week, Senior Mallory Nagel shared:
    "Miss Milburn. You are beyond amazing. In everything you do, you do it with love, kindness, and compassion. I asked a few team members to say some of the very many things that they love about you:
    • 'Miss Milburn's contagious smile lights up any room.'
    • 'She is sincere and consistent, and I know she will always be there for me.'
    • 'She is the most joyful woman I have ever known, and I cannot be more grateful for her mentorship. I would not be the person I am today or love Jesus the way I do without her and her ability to model what a true Christ-like woman is.'
    • 'She is the reason I am the person I am today. She is kind, sweet, caring and is someone I simply cannot live without.'
    • 'Miss Milburn is a light, a selfless, encouraging, constant, and uplifting role model.'
    • 'She is always there for me. Always the shoulder I know I can cry on. She gives me the best advice, and I can say without a doubt in my mind that she has shaped each and every person that has entered her life.'
    I just want to say Miss Milburn being a part of your team these past three years has been such a blessing, and I wouldn't change it for the world. You leave me speechless day in and day out on how driven and passionate you are about not only us and the dance program but about the Lord. It is truly so inspiring, and I am going to miss you so much next year. I can't even think about it. We love you so much!"
  • On the 82 Acres: 2nd Count the Stars

    Our 2nd graders performed the play Count the Stars, Call of Abraham, capturing the History (Ancient Mesopotamian and Ancient Egypt) and Bible (Genesis - Joshua) covered in 2nd grade. The play gives our 2nd graders an opportunity to deepen their understanding and experience of God's purposes for Abraham and all mankind. It is also a wonderful year-ending expression of worship to our loving God.

    "Count the Stars: Call of Abraham" is a beautiful tapestry of song and dance that weaves together our second grade studies in Bible and History in a powerful, supernatural way. It incorporates the ancient Old Testament mystery of God calling Abram out of Ur into a land flowing with milk and honey. Students are immersed in this ancient truth through their study of Genesis, their map work of Mesopotamia and Egypt, and hands-on history lessons that utilize our ‘living’ bulletin board that grows and changes throughout the school year.
  • A Word From... Charlotte Knepp

    One of the goals of a classical Christian education at Regents is to equip our students to be lifelong learners, and yesterday our seniors made their much anticipated announcements of their plans for next year. We are so proud of them for their many accomplishments but most importantly for the people they are becoming as we launch them out into the world to be regents in service of God and man.
    Many of our seniors have known where they are going to college since last fall, but others waited until the stroke of midnight on Tuesday! All had great choices, and what makes me the most thrilled about this process is when students find a college that is a perfect match – maybe their longtime dream school or one they discovered during the process.
    I hope you will let me brag a little on the Class of 2019, which as it turns out is my last group before retirement. In fact, I am making a memory quilt to memorialize them.
    The Class of 2019 will go far and wide for college. One senior will attend school in Scotland at St. Andrew’s University. Many of our seniors will stay in Texas (65%). Our flagship universities scored this year with 13 seniors electing to attend The University of Texas at Austin (two in Plan II Honors, two in Business Honors, one in Liberal Arts Honors).  This year, UT admitted 21 of our seniors! Texas A&M will enroll 11 of our seniors. Seven students will attend TCU, and Baylor will receive 6 students. Two students will attend SMU.
    We have one student attending Princeton University for computer science, who also was selected to its music performance program in both vocal and violin performance. Another student will be attending Butler School of Music at UT (viola) and was a finalist for the Forty Acres Scholarship. We had student athletes choose several out-of-state schools to continue their academic and athletic careers, including MIT (a swimmer and football player), Washington & Lee (2 football players), Hamilton in upstate New York (basketball). Our in-state athlete will attend Southwestern to play football.
    We have students who will study nursing at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Seattle University. The Public Ivies will see two of our seniors – one who will attend the University of North Carolina and the other who has chosen the University of Virginia. The Midwest is a popular destination as well, including DePaul University in Chicago, College of Wooster (OH), Washington University in St. Louis, and Indiana University at Bloomington.  Large state universities in and out of state were popular choices – Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tarleton State, Mississippi State, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Houston. We have a student who will attend King’s College in Manhattan where she hopes to continue her modeling career.
    The Class of 2019 has a student who is Coca-Cola Scholar (150 scholars are chosen out of 95,000 applicants) and a Hunt Leadership Scholar (SMU), a Sullivan Leadership Scholar (full ride) at Seattle University, several Presidential Scholars, a Jefferson Scholar (UT) a Carr P. Collins Scholar (Baylor) and more.
    I am proud of the Class of 2019, and my memory quilt will be a wonderful reminder of the fine students I have been privileged to serve during my five years at Regents. Thanks for the memories!!
  • Did You Know? Character Rocks

    Grammar students end their school year with not just any old rock in their pocket but a rock with an inscription affirming a valuable character trait exclusive to them. Parents receive a unique insight into
    their growing and developing child as they see each teacher focus on a strong characteristic in their child’s life.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Carly Schneider

    Carly Schneider, History Teacher and History Department Chair

    Carly Schneider is in her seventh year of teaching humanities in the School of Rhetoric. She currently teaches Modern European History to our juniors and also chairs the history department. Prior to joining the Regents faculty, she completed a master’s degree in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary and spent several years in full time youth ministry.
    Ms. Schneider fell in love with Regents over a decade ago when she attended her niece's first Ephesians chapel. Having attended a Harkness-based high school as a teenager, she is deeply committed to the student-led discussion model and what it teaches, especially for students who are naturally quieter. She is passionate about using Classical education to cultivate students’ affections for the beauty of the past while equipping them to grapple with the challenges of the future.
    Ms. Schneider says, “my favorite thing about Regents is the discipling relationships between teachers and students. We are dedicated to knowing our students well so we can love them and speak truth into their lives. Cheering them on in extracurriculars, joking with them about the latest Marvel movie, and handing them a tissue (and probably a snack) when they’re struggling builds a trust that makes teaching them so much fun.”
    When not in the classroom, Ms. Schneider reads all the YA fiction she can find, samples Austin’s delicious vegan eateries, and watches an incongruous mix of British mysteries and action movies.
  • On the 82 Acres: PSIA State Winners

    Congratulation to our PSIA State Winners!
    Kendall Owen received 1st place in Storytelling 1st grade
    Hannah Butler received 2nd place in Creative Writing 2nd grade
    Anne Adams received 3rd place in Ready Writing 3rd grade
    Asher Heidler received 5th place in Number Sense 4th grade
    Liam Waller received 6th place in Spelling 4th grade
    Nolan Peters received 8th place in Maps, Graphs & Charts 4th grade
    Harrisone Wu received 4th place in Number Sense 5th grade
    Noah Ledbetter received 3rd place in Math 5th grade
    Camden Peters received 8th place in Maps, Graphs & Charts 6th grade
    Ainsley Owen received 2nd place in Prose Interpretation 6th grade
    Madi McAdams received 4th place in Ready Writing 6th grade
    Ainsley Owen (6th grader) received 4th place in Ready Writing 7th grade
    Joseph Ronchetti received 1st place in Math 7th grade
    Adrian Ching received 10th place in Math 7th grade
    Connor Collins received 1st place in Math 8th grade
    Connor Collins received 2nd place in Number Sense 8th grade
    Abigail Gerber received 3rd place in On-site Drawing 8th grade
  • A Word from...Matt Jasinski, Logic Teacher

    As you are reading this, the School of Logic teachers and students, along with some gracious parent chaperones, are in the middle of our trips to Arkansas and the Texas Hill Country. The idea of taking 80 thirteen- and fourteen-year-old students on an overnight trip may sound like a fool’s errand, but at Regents, the field trips we take in 7th and 8th grade are central to the experience and what we strive to accomplish in the School of Logic.
    The 7th grade class travels to Perryville, Arkansas to undergo a poverty simulation at Heifer Ranch. After they arrive, students are randomly assigned into families (each of which represents a specific impoverished region of the world), given specific resources, and then left on their own to figure out dinner. Giving hungry, tired teenagers this kind of freedom and responsibility is risky. However, it offers them an opportunity to cooperate and care for one another (or not), and the experience always provides a chance for us to continue to speak to their hearts about truth, virtue, and goodness.
    The 8th grade trip brings the classroom to life in a way that also serves as a celebration of their time in SOL. The 8th graders drive to the Texas Hill Country to experience a combination of science, history, and worship. The trip involves 1960s era dance lessons, Earth Science come to life on Enchanted Rock, time travel back to a 1920s speakeasy and 1940s USO dance to live the history they have learned in the classroom, and concludes with a beautiful, completely student-led time of worship. All of this serves as a chance to celebrate the students and what they have learned in their time in the School of Logic.
    So, yes, taking 80 middle school students on overnight field trips is as challenging and exhausting as it may sound, but the lessons and memories gained along the way make it all worthwhile.
  • Did You Know? Blessing Bridge

    The "Blessing Bridge" at the RSNC was named that because students say "God Bless this Garden" as they walk across. This tradition was started by Betty House and her first grade students and has just stuck!
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Michael McCollum, Assistant Athletic Director

    Michael McCollum is completing his 16thseason as a baseball coach at the high school level. Thirteen of those 16 seasons has been as a head baseball coach. He is currently in his second full season at Regents. McCollum previously coached at Westlake High School, but when the opportunity presented itself he knew he could not pass up an opportunity to coach at Regents.
    “After living in the Austin area for a couple of years I had heard so many good things about Regents. When a job came open I knew I had to apply. Once I was on campus it felt like home and a place I wanted to be.”
    The Knights baseball team won a District Championship in his first full season at Regents. And they look to repeat as champions this year as well. But winning games is not what McCollum likes best about working at Regents.
    “Coaching in public school for 14 years there was so much emphasis on winning. Although winning is fun and something that all of our teams at Regents are accustomed to, it is so much bigger than that. The relationships with not only the players, but the staff and administration is what makes Regents special.”
  • On the 82 Acres: The Miser

    School of Rhetoric Drama is currenting presenting The Miser by Moliere. The play has been so well received. Don't miss your chance to see this great show!
     
    "It's incredibly good - such talented, hard-working cast and crew!!"
     
    "The play was so fun! What a great cast!"
     
    "It was phenomenal. Expect to laugh a lot!"
    School of Rhetoric Drama presents The Miser by Moliere
    Listen to an interview with the director and cast members!
    When:
    Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
    Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
    Where: Regents School of Austin Main Gym
  • A Word from...Betsy Nowrasteh, Rhetoric Drama

    I’ve always loved "The Miser" By: Molière. Ever since I first saw it as a kid in Stratford, this play has been one of my all time favorites. I love how smart and how silly it is; it is the perfect hybrid of over the top physical humor and deeply insightful moments. I love the way Molière helps us laugh at ourselves by creating endearing characters and goofy moments that, at least for me, resonate with at least some small hint of familiarity. But under all of the humor, there are also moments of true brokenness and pain, which make the play all the more powerful.

    Recently the seniors and I did a podcast with Dr. Peterson about this production. During the podcast, we discussed briefly the true, good, and beautiful in terms of this play. As a classical Christian school, we strive to do great works that are part of the literary canon, works that challenge us intellectually and philosophically as well as artistically. Every time we open a new script and begin a new production, our goal is to grow as individuals and as a group and to strive for excellence and understanding. In this play, we have explored themes ranging from romantic love to the love of money above all things, to duty and honor, to the consequences of employing flattery and dishonesty to get ahead.

    One of my favorite characters in this play is poor Master Jacques, whose honesty and sincerity are met only with chastisement and punishment. At one point he tells the audience that he is resolved never to tell the truth again, “for only liars and flatterers prosper.” In that moment I find myself thinking of the Psalms and Proverbs that tell us not to be envious of wicked men, or those who do wrong--that even though they may prosper in the short term, they will always wither like the grass. Sure enough, as the play progresses, we see the fruits of Master Jacques' choices, and although the consequences are played out in humor, they are nonetheless very clear.

    As always, I am so thankful that we as a school have the freedom to do such challenging and enriching theater with such wonderful people. The parents, students, staff, volunteers, teachers, and administration who have come alongside us to make this play happen are such a gift. We hope you will enjoy it.
  • In case you missed it...Classical. Christian. Community.

    At Grandparents' Day we premiered a preview of the new Regents film "Classical. Christian. Community." If you missed it, watch the video here or follow us on Facebook!
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Taylor Whittemore, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Mrs. Whittemore has been teaching 2ndgrade at Regents for two years. She learned about Regents through her cousin, Sam Thompson, and his beautiful family. Taylor finds joy in studying and teaching God’s word by the enabling power of His Holy Spirit. She delights daily in fostering a love for learning in her students and marvels in their curiosity and wonder.

    Taylor has been teaching for five years. Before teaching, she served as a foster parent in Houston through a foster and adoption organization called Casa de Esperanza de Los Niños. She has a passion for working with “children from hard places” and their families to bring hope and healing through the power of the Gospel. Her heart's desire is fulfilled here at Regents by sharing the Gospel every day with her students and speaking life and truth into their precious hearts, like so many great teachers and mentors have done for her.

    Taylor has been married for a little over two years. She and her husband, JD, enjoy being outdoors and playing in God’s marvelous creation. A few of their favorite hobbies are hiking the greenbelt, swimming at Deep Eddy, riding bikes, and camping. Taylor considers it pure joy to be a part of the Regents staff and community!
  • On the 82 Acres: John Gabriel Peyton Signs with Southwestern

    Another Knight Playing Ball in College
    Congratulations to John Gabriel Peyton who will be attending and playing football for Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Well done JG!
  • A Word From...Harlan Gilliam, RSNC

    Cultivating Gratitude
    The Regents Science and Nature Center (RSNC) began some 16 years ago as a vision in the hearts and minds of a group of Regents Families. With the blessing of the board and administration, an overgrown, abandoned corner of the campus became the animal life, plant life, and pond life learning areas known collectively as the RSNC. The hope of these parents was that their children would come in contact with the Creator as they spent part of their week observing and exploring and gardening and tending animals.

    I have been here in the garden for 13 years now and can testify that the hope of these families is a reality in the lives of our students. Each class in Grammar comes to the RSNC every week. Their visit begins with a nature walk through the woods. We take this time to observe the living world and often marvel at the variety of sights, sounds, and even smell of creation. As we make our way to the garden surrounded by God’s handiwork, we have the opportunity to discover His genius and begin to get a sense of His imagination. The seemingly endless activity of the natural world can remind us of the One who never sleeps but is always with us. God speaks to us through His creation. Though we cannot see Him we can see His delightfully whimsical creativity in every direction. We see a mushroom here, a butterfly there, a seed floating on the breeze to land and grow and continue the cycle of life. Joy rises. Awareness expands. Truth, goodness, and beauty defined before our very eyes! All of creation seems to be the arms of our Father open in invitation to quench the drought in our souls, to fill the longings we hardly notice anymore, and to grant revelation of “the height, the width, the breadth, and the depth…,” a knowing that surpasses Knowledge!

    Our hearts respond thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • Did You Know? Gardens

    Did you know that growing a garden has been a part of Regents curriculum since the beginning? In 1992, gardens were established in the Park Hills Baptist Church greenbelt. All students were in charge of planting, maintaining, and harvesting. When we moved to Tarrytown Baptist Church, the gardens were small areas along the chain-linked fence between the parking lot and playground. Every grade was assigned one small plot. When we moved to our current location, two Regents families walked the area (our current location) and dreamed of what could be.'
    Many families joined to produce a beautiful sanctuary for all to enjoy God's amazing creative display and to learn about nature first hand. Aspects of nature are highlighted in the Regents’ curriculum including animal life, plant life, and pond life.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Sandra Schinetsky, SOR Math

    Sandra Schinetsky teaches Math in the School of Rhetoric. Previously, she taught as a junior high mathematics teacher in public schools in Louisiana. Although she loved teaching the students, and even was named Teacher of the Year in 2011, the constant pressure surrounding state testing became too much. She became the Tutor Coordinator for the student-athletes at the University of Michigan. She loved using her knowledge from teaching to help train and better the tutors.

    Mrs. Schinetsky and her family moved to Texas to be closer to family. She applied to be a long-term substitute teacher in Advanced Algebra II and fell in love with the school, students, and community. Mrs. Schinetsky says, "Every morning walking from the parking lot to the School of Rhetoric, my conversation with God is filled with gratitude and awe for the privilege to work in such a wonderful place like Regents. I am constantly humbled by the amazing attributes of my peers and students."

    Mrs. Schinetsky has become a favorite teacher in the School of Rhetoric. Even her dance class x-term received rave reviews from the students!
  • On the 82 Acres: Regents Armory

    The Regents Armory has a new brick and mortar location on our campus! Come visit us for the grand opening tomorrow and stock up on all your Regents fan gear. The Regents Armory is located next to the concession stand by the gym.
  • A Word From...Dan Peterson: Ambition for Our Children

    Several years ago, I read a small book on humility that someone let me borrow to read. I guess this person thought I needed help in this area! The book shed light on many areas of my life where pride resides. I was made aware of the fact that we must have people in our lives that care for our souls. During my seminary years in Louisville, KY, Brooke and I were fortunate to be a part of a Soul Group with our church. This was a group designed to care for each other’s spiritual well-being. The four couples helped my wife and me to see our pockets of spiritual blindness that left alone we would never have been able to see.
    Hebrews 3:12-13 states, “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by deceitfulness of sin.”
    The author of Hebrews tells us that we must help one another see areas in our lives where sin resides. I am writing about this to you because of parenthood. My wife and I are blessed to have four children in our lives, and we thank God for entrusting them to us to raise them. It is a great joy for us to partner with Regents in educating and training them. Raising children in the Regents community has made us better parents and provides the opportunity for other parents, teachers, staff, and coaches to speak into not only my parenthood, but into the hearts of my children.
    In the last chapter of the book, the author discusses our ambitions for our children. It caused me to think about our ambition for our kids as adults and whether or not our ambitions are biblical. Many times we want our children to become ___________ (you fill in the blank). As a Christian parent, my primary responsibility is to prepare my children for eternity. This is a large concept and a lifelong journey, but I believe that it is biblical (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
    The book on humility posed a penetrating question: Are any of your ambitions for your child more important to you than their cultivation of humility and servanthood – the basis for true greatness as biblically defined? This question was like a bullet that whizzed by my head. It really caused me to think and meditate about whether or not my ambition for our children was God-centered. I realized I needed to have a paradigm shift in my thinking about parenthood. Truly, our ambitions for our children reflect our heart. I am thankful that God’s Word brings clarity and frames what is most important. As a Regents Dad, I am incredibly grateful for the community of people that invest in my family.
  • Did You Know? Our School Colors

    Our school colors have meaning. Navy is the color of trust, honesty, and loyalty. Gold is the color of achievement and success.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Rob Williams

    Rob Williams, Logic History
    Rob Williams has been in Classical-Christian education for twenty-five years, and along the way has written numerous stories for use in the classroom. In 2014, Rob expanded one of these stories into the first of three novels. The last installment is scheduled to be released this fall.
    “The Thinkwave books explore the implications of a theistic worldview, and how renewing our minds according to the truth of this worldview extricates us from self-deception and transforms our lives as well as those around us. This is all unpacked via an adventurous romp with a thirteen-year-old boy and an alien hound dog. 
    The books were written to appeal to all ages. On the most basic level is an adventurous story in which the protagonist combats an emerging evil in the world. But the book is also a parable, with the alien planet representing the human brain, the Kreen nectar the Holy Spirit, Fromp the dog an iteration of Francis Thompson’s “Hound of Heaven” — his metaphor for the love of God — and so on. The idea behind the books is that as the age of the reader increases, he or she will uncover deeper spiritual truths. A college student told me that he recently reread the first book and could not believe how much he missed when he read it as a junior in high school. When I was creating the series, I had in mind books that the entire family could read and discuss together, using them as springboards for deeper spiritual discussions. It’s also just a fun and easy read.
    A recent Amazon reviewer of the book summed Thinkwave up well in her review:
    "Thinkwave is a compelling parable that teaches about guarding one's thoughts, paying attention to the voices in one's head, sorting truth from lies, and becoming aware of the valiant battle that is fought in the mind on a daily basis. Most people would agree that the way we think affects our speech, which in turn is a creative force that can positively or negatively affect our environment. Sometimes, though, we are personally transformed more effectively through the power of a story rather than a straightforward lesson. Children and puppies prefer to take their doses of medicine wrapped in a delicious treat. Likewise, adults. A wonderful story for ages 8 to 108!"
    You can listen to the first two chapters of the first book at my website: rduncanwilliams.com
  • On the 82 Acres: Kinder Visited Rhetoric Hall

    Our Kindergarteners visited their Senior buddies in Rhetoric Hall this week. The students loved seeing their senior friends, especially experiencing the Rhetoric Library overlooking Austin, exploring their lockers, and visiting Mrs. Jones.
  • Rhetoric Band and Orchestra Trip

    Rhetoric Band and Orchestra are currently on tour. Thursday morning they played at the Veterans hospital in Temple for residents and visitors
  • Arches: Spring 2019

    Service to our local and global community has been a part of the Regents DNA from our founding. All of our students have opportunities to serve in ways big and small each school year. Read more in Arches
  • A Word From...Hadera McKay, Junior

    "The knowledge we garnered in these subjects harnessed a sense of appreciation and wonder as we experienced these incredibly notable pieces of humanity, each one created to lift up God, his power, and his son Jesus...With friends and teachers at our side in cities full of light, history, and culture, it is not difficult to honor what is true, good, and breathtakingly beautiful." 
  • Knight in the Spotligh: Pattie Ferrick

    Mrs. Ferrick has taught Art at Regents for the past 11 years and now teaches the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. She also coaches PSIA On-site Drawing each year. As an Art teacher, Mrs. Ferrick sparks curiosity and sharpens observation skills in her students by making connections to everyday life. (This is where her stories of Hairy the Spider usually pop in.) She reminds them that as we are created in God's image, we too have been given the gift to create. What a privilege! Whenever possible, Mrs. Ferrick builds Art curriculum around what students are already learning in their academic classroom. She hopes to instill an understanding that Art is an integral part of history and culture.

    Mrs. Ferrick says, ”Regents students bring so much to our Art Room discussions and processes as they learn to create what is true, good, and beautiful. We celebrate the roadblocks in the process, because it is there that we learn to solve problems. Their enthusiasm, diligence, and creativity inspire me! And we are not afraid to make messes!”

    When not busy in the Art Room, Mrs. Ferrick enjoys time with her husband of 40+ years, her 4 grown children and their spouses, 2 grand kids, her sister, digging in my garden, shooting pictures, and painting.
  • On the 82 Acres: Read Aloud

    The sun is finally out and 4th grade teacher Sarah Hegedus took her class outside for read aloud.
     
    Reading aloud is an important part of learning, literacy, and Classcial Christian Education. Reading aloud exposes students to books of a higher reading level than they can read independently, to new vocabulary, to the shared and contagious joy an adult has for a particular book, and to build awareness and empathy for characters living a different life than our students.
  • 9th Grade at Mission Waco

    Our 9th grade trip to serve with Mission Waco made the news! Watch here.
  • A Word from...Caroline Herlin, 6th Grade Composition Teacher

    Writing this column is one of the hardest things I’ve done this year. When it was time to write:
    I deep-cleaned my apartment.
    I did the dishes.
    I graded 80 expository essays.
    My computer screen stared at me accusingly as I did everything in my power to ignore the thoughts churning through my mind: “What if these 300 words aren’t good enough? What if I don’t have anything to say that someone else couldn’t have said? And it has to sound good -- I’m the Composition teacher!”
    What struck me as I finally sat down to face the blank document before me is that it takes courage to be honest and to share part of yourself through writing.
    In my sixth grade Composition classroom, vulnerability is important -- and scary. At the beginning of the year, I tell my students, “You will share your writing!” and they do -- from sharing creative “Where I’m From” poems to the introduction paragraph of argument essays. My students become accustomed to putting their work under the Elmo and reading it to their peers.
    Out of all the writing my students have shared this year, I’ve been most impressed by their Quickwrites. The assignment is simple: Write a response to another piece of writing in three to five minutes. Students can borrow a word or phrase from the original piece. Some students write reflective paragraphs while others gravitate toward writing poetry or funny narratives. The beauty of the Quickwrite is that it is a tool to force students to write without self-censoring. When you only have three to five minutes to write, you have to write from who you are. It is a greenhouse for vulnerability.
    What has struck me again and again is how creative and insightful our students are -- and how authentic and vulnerable they are willing to be with each other.
    Vulnerability is hard, but it’s important in both writing and relationships. God calls us to live in community with each other, and there is no community without authenticity. I am thankful for the sixth graders who inspire me in the practice of sharing my thoughts, even when it scares me.
  • Did You Know? Garden Gate

    The gate in the RSNC was an eagle scout project from one of our former students, John Ross. The Hebrew at the bottom reads “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Allison Jackson, School of Logic Science

    Allison Jackson is in her sixth year at Regents as a staff member. She is a veteran teacher that brings enthusiasm and joy into the classroom. Allison inspires students to want to know more and loves on them well. She loves seeing God’s signature in the encoded language of DNA in every cell, funki fungi, beautiful bluebonnets, and mesmerizing monarchs. She loves middle school students, is passionate about the wonders of the natural world, and is ever so grateful for the discipleship-centered approach of classical, Christian education. Allison earned a biology degree with a chemistry minor from the University of North Texas and worked in labs on and off campus. She feels called to teaching and has done so in a variety of venues including public school, summer science camps, tutoring, and her current role with Regents. Allison also had the privilege of founding a classical, Christian school near San Antonio, Texas, where she served as a board member and taught a variety of classes. Allison and her husband Lee have two Regents students (class of 2018 and 2020).
  • On the 82 Acres: Rhetoric Ministerium Trips

    Our 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students all went on ministerium class trips this week where they worked with several non-profit and mission organizations. The word “mission” is from the Latin for “a sending off.” Our God is a missional God, one who sent his Son for us and our salvation, and who in turn says to us, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (John 20:21) Our primary purpose on these trips is to obey the command of Christ to serve others. Along the way, other ends are served. The concentrated time we spend together caring for others helps us foster relationships between students, as well as between faculty and students. Moreover, as they find themselves in situations that may be out of their comfort zone, students are challenged to develop physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • A Word From...Dan Peterson, Head of School

    "As a leader, it is my role to serve, protect, and advance the mission of Regents...It is my vision that The Regents Podcast will giving a microphone to our mission as a school, for our community and the classical Christian school movement as a whole." 
  • Did You Know? Cave X

    We have a cave on campus! It is called Cave X, and it is the third deepest known cave in Travis County. We have 4.5 acres set aside for conservation of this cave. It occasionally is checked on by the Texas Speleological Survey but only with proper equipment as it is a tight squeeze, has low oxygen levels, and home to a variety of cave-dwelling spiders, crickets, beetles, and shrimp.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Raleigh Dewan

    Senior Raleigh Dewan recently was named a Coca-Cola Scholar. Out of 95,715 applicants, only 150 are named Coca-Cola Scholars.
  • On the 82 Acres: Reading RoundUp

    Reading RoundUp was a huge success! Our students sprinted past the total minutes goal to a grand total of 651,409 total minutes reading! We are so proud of our students.
    Reading RoundUp iFly Winners
    K - Taylor Nunnelly
    1 - Colin Williams
    2 - Lauren Gates
    3 - Francie Martin
    4 - Rylie Chiles
    5 - Elena Franta
    6 - Caroline Mayfield
  • A Word from... B. Sterling Archer, Orchestra Teacher

    The study of Fine Arts has been a key element of classical education. Plato, for example, stressed the importance of the arts in the educational pursuit. At Regents, our fine art education embraces the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual art.
    While studying fine arts can significantly develop the brain, boost learning in other academic fields, and help create observant, “out of the box” thinkers, these are not the main reasons we’re so passionate about fine arts at Regents. We want the arts to connect deep into the very fibers of our students’ souls. We believe that we are created in God’s own image, and that He is the ultimate creator. Our fine arts faculty want to cultivate kids’ love of the arts and help them make art at a high level; but more importantly, we want them to realize that even their ability to make the art is a gift from God. And when they paint a portrait, act in a play, or perform a moving piece of music, these can be acts of worship.
    I remind my students often that God has given them their talents and abilities and that these gifts need to be shared with others. I’ve seen our high school students perform brilliantly through the years in theater productions, music concerts (band, choir, and orchestra), and dance performances. I’ve also seen these same students showcase mesmerizing visual art in exhibits. And still, it can be just as rewarding to see 5th grade students perform at a nursing home and then go around meeting the senior citizens and talking with them. I see the elderly reach out to meet them, wipe tears, and share their own stories from their youth. I watch generations come together in a beautiful way. And during these interactions, I see my students begin to understand the redeeming power of art.
  • Did You Know? Weather Vane on Campus

    We have meteorologists-in-training on campus! Each December, 5th graders have the pleasure of interacting with local KXAN Meteorologist David Yeomans. Students love hearing about his passion for weather and journey into Meteorology. In addition to hearing from Mr. Yeomans, every 5th grade classroom is equipped with weather data monitors which are connected to a wireless weather station on the rooftop of Grammar Hall. This equipment supports the 5th grade Weather Unit by providing students with endless weather data for the Regents campus. For example, the plaza has had 3.02 inches of rain in 2019.
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Dominique Simmons

    Dominique Simmons is a Physical Education Teacher, Head Girls Varsity Coach, and Girls Basketball Program Director. Previously Dom served as a part-time JV Head and Varsity Assistant coach. Dom completed her undergraduate studies at Simpson University (B.A. Psychology) and played collegiate basketball. Dom went on to complete her graduate studies at Liberty University (M.A. in Counseling & Life Coaching and Doctorate Educational Leadership). Dom relocated to Texas after playing professional basketball overseas. In her free time, she enjoys playing in the Women’s D-League, strength training, reading books on personal and professional development, writing poetry, and developing Life Coaching videos and curriculum. She enjoys being at Regents because she able to mentor and empower others, be challenged, learn new things, and most importantly grow as a woman of God.

    "Dom is a stud! She flat out gets it. She's a great PE teacher and embraces our mission to help raise up young ladies in the Lord through basketball. She also pushes the girls to the be the best basketball players/team they can be." - Beck Brydon, Athletic Director
  • On the 82 Acres: Mock Trial Heads to State

    Mock Trial heads off to the state competition today in Dallas. They will be competiting against 27 other schools from across Texas. Our team has already won Regionals where they also won Outstanding Advocate and Outstanding Witness.Team Members: Claire Baxter, Leah Dawson, Josh Day, Raleigh Dewan, Lucy Gifford, Case Harris, Cole Harris, Thomas Hartman, Alex Kemsley, Allison Rodrigues, Hana Takamatsu, Blake Usry, Paige Usry, Evelyn Voelter, and Hunter Walker
  • A Word From...Molly Clack: XTerms

    "Whatever we do, whether in the classroom, or on the sports field, or even as we enjoy our hobbies, we are called to do it for the glory of God." - Molly Clack
  • Did You Know? Art Students and Austin PD

    Last summer some of our art students, led by Kristen Lemon, painted the walls of the Austin Police Department South Substation. Check out the KVUE story here!
  • Knight in the Spotlight: Melissa Frye

    Melissa Frye, Assistant to the Head of Grammar School
    In addition to being a long-time Regents parent (Trey - 2008, Hannah - 2010, Josh - 2014), Mrs. Frye has served as the Assistant to the Head of Grammar School for over a decade. Each and every day you can find her helping administrators, teachers, parents, and students in the Grammar Office and hallways. If you have ever wondered who pays such special attention to all of the intricate details of the Grammar program, it is Mrs. Frye. From managing student school supplies to field trip logistics and beyond, she is the heartbeat of the Grammar School.
  • On the 82 Acres: 7th CELLebrating Cells

    Seventh grade science students are CELLebrating cells by creating three-dimensional models that showcase the complex truth and intricate beauty of these microscopic marvels.
  • Regents 4H

    Regents 4H, along with fellow teammates from Travis County 4H, successfully competed in the San Angelo and San Antonio Consumer Decision Making Contests. The weekend began with a 3rd place finish for the Senior Team, including our own Taylor Schmidt. Both the Senior and Junior teams had excellent showings in the San Antonio Rodeo competitions, including a 4th place finish for both the Senior and Junior teams in the rodeo competition and a 2nd place finish in District 10 for the Senior Team and a 1st place ribbon to the Junior team. The Championship team includes Dylan, and Bella Samuel and Rose Mary Jones. With the 2nd place finish in District, Taylor Schmidt will continue on to the State Championships this summer in College Station. Congratulations to all!
  • A Word From...Jana Gomillian, School of Logic

    Whether serving in a school, food distribution center, homeless ministry, pregnancy center or in our own backyard, our Ministerium days continue to provide our students and our faculty the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as we humbly serve our community.
  • Did you know? Bronze Statues

    The bronze statues often climbed on by students in the plaza and the grassy area under the flag poles were both donated to our campus.
  • Knights in the Spotlight: Cate and Clay Pruitt

    Cate and Clay Pruitt lead Student-Led Prayer every Wednesday morning in hopes that their peers would experience God in a new way, the same way they did when several students started began Student-led prayer a few years ago.
  • On the 82 Acres: Carrot Harvest

    One of the highlights of our grammar students’ nature studies class is the seasonal garden. The fall garden gets our attention at the beginning of the school year, and carrots are a favorite with all grades.
  • Calculus Showdown

    Our seniors did an excellent job competing against some of the strongest math programs in central Texas at the Texas Lutheran University Calculus Showdown. We're looking forward to the finals in March!
  • Did You Know? Senior Stoles

    The gold stoles worn by our seniors represent servanthood. In ancient times a stole was used by servants to wash the feet of a superior, so a stole wrapped on a Regents senior symbolizes the use of a towel during a foot washing. This symbol of foot washing which Jesus demonstrates for us calls each believer to a life of selfless service.
    During the Baccalaureate service before graduation, the current seniors pass their stoles to the rising seniors. This symbolizes the passing of servant leadership from one group of students to the next. Keep an eye out on Monday at All School chapel for the seniors in these gold stoles!
  • Knights in the Spotlight: Señora Marcia Morales

    Grammar Spanish teacher Senora Marcia Morales is the longest serving faculty member at Regents, having taught here for 25 years.
    “During my first year at Regents in 1994, I was the only Grammar Spanish teacher. I felt blessed being part of this environment where I heard the words of God in the classroom. My heart was filled with gratitude and joy from our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Regents is a school where the students are prepared to preserve values of Love for one another to respect and be humble. After 25 years at Regents, I still feel the same joy and gratitude for my students, families, and all the Regents staff I work with.
    Dios es Amor.”
  • A Family Affair

    "Yesterday, we celebrated the commitments of five student-athletes extending their athletic and academic careers.We celebrated five families that contributed greatly to their success.We celebrated a community of coaches, teachers and friends who all rallied together to support these student-athletes in their athletic and academic achievements."
  • On the 82 Acres: More Than Sport

    Celebrating a common identity around Christ, the day was full of round robin games with teams made up of girls from all three schools, "get to know you" exercises, and sharing a meal together.
  • Knights in the Spotlight: Dick Mattern

  • A Word From Tracie Dickey, RPC Chair

  • On the 82 Acres: Kinder Students are Out of this World!

  • State of the School

    "My hope and vision for our students is they grow to be men and women who 'turn the world upside down' (Acts 17:6)."
    -Dr. Dan Peterson, Head of School
    State of the School 2019
  • A Word from... Marilyn Boyd, 1st Grade Teacher

    Prayer. When you hear that word, what comes to your mind?  For some, immediate guilt assuages you as you think you need to do more. For some, dismissal forms rooted in past disappointments as you think “why bother?” For some, a smile lights up your countenance as you remember your last encounter with God. Laying those feelings aside for a moment, let’s look at prayer as a conversation with the Lord.
  • Kinder/Senior Buddies

    Seniors visited their Kinder Buddies this week meaning they come to school early to purposefully spend time in the classroom with their kindergarten friends.
  • A Word from Liz Benigno, Head of School of Rhetoric

    The next time you see a high school student walking across campus, stop and pray for them. Pray that in the midst of transitioning from child to adult they feel loved and cared for by their whole community and that the Lord would capture their hearts.
  • Congratulations to our Logic Scholastic Art Award winners!

    Abigail Preston (Drawing and Illustration) and Lucy Taylor (Sculpture) both received Honorable Mention.
  • Kinder Enrichment Learn About First Responders

    Our Kinder Enrichment students were able to pray over four firefighters as part of their First Responders unit.
  • Origami Over Lunch

    SOR students used their lunch break to help make 100 origami birds to use as decorations for an upcoming gala, benefitting The Refuge.
  • Knightline Competes at TAPPS State Dance Championship

    Team takes 5th as well as five girls receiving All State Honors! Watch their jazz  or lyrical  routine!
  • Regents Cheer Takes 3rd at TAPPS State

    We are so proud of our Knights Cheer for winning 3rd place at the TAPPS State Competition. Watch some of their routine here!
  • Soccer Halftime Fun with Dr. P

    During each halftime of our Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Soccer games against Hyde Park, students had the chance to score a goal on Head of School, Dr. Dan Peterson. Check out the videos!
  • A Telling Telos

  • Senior Hunter Walker Featured in Statesmen

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