Regents student Taylor Schmidt (10th) was recognized by KXAN, among other volunteers, for selflessly spending their time rebuilding homes and fundraising for families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Last weekend, Taylor was able to present an affected family with the keys to their new place. A true act of kindness and generosity. Watch the full story on KXAN here!
Each year, our 3rd grade students bring literature to life by hosting a Winn-Dixie picnic in their classrooms after finishing the novel "Because of Winn-Dixie." Students enjoy finger sandwiches on checkered blankets while watching the "Because of Winn-Dixie" film to celebrate another classic book in their Regents education.
The new Regents film “Classical. Christian. Community.” will premiere at the Gala on Saturday, November 2. Regents parents Beth and Mat Hames (Jackson (10th) and Luke (7th)) of documentary film company Alpheus Media have spent the last year filming on our campus, around the country, and around the world to capture stories about the Regents classical, Christian approach. Hear from members of our community as they explain what a Regents education means to them.
Congratulations to Clay Pruitt and Cate Pruitt for being crowned Homecoming Lord and Lady at last week's Homecoming game against San Antonio Holy Cross! The Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Lord and Lady are special traditions at Regents and we are thankful to have students of such fantastic character and school spirit!
Our school crest is an artistic symbol that encompasses the educational philosophy at Regents. Our school Standard notes the following about this institutional artifact:
The crest of Regents has four quadrants divided by a cross, which symbolizes the centrality of Jesus Christ to the Christian’s life. The crest is bordered by grape-filled branches of a grapevine, representing Jesus’ words in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Again in John 15:8, he states, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” Our hope is that everyone associated with Regents would progress as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Each quadrant of the crest represents a unique aspect of the Christian life. Under the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we hope Regents will help to instill and develop these qualities within each of our students.
The crest of Regents embodies our educational philosophy: The pursuit of truth; illumined by truth; total reliance upon truth in all endeavors; love, adoration, and devotion to God as one’s chief aim in life; and service to man to the glory of God in one’s vocation.
What a lofty aim this crest speaks to! The crest has four Latin word headings for each quadrant – veritas “truth”, fiducia “faith”, reverentia “reverence”, and ministerium “service”. The crest also contains our name, “Regents,” our motto, “Coram Deo,” and artwork that is worth exploring. There is intentionality and specificity of this crest that sets in motion our praxis each and every day. This year, I would like to take time to unpack each of the words and the artistry as I write to our community monthly. Ultimately, our faculty and staff seek to embody this crest as the living curriculum before the children. I am thankful we have the opportunity to partner with you in providing a classical and Christian education to the next generation.
Out of the 75 Austin Seniors that were named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, two of them call Regents School of Austin home! Congratulations to Lucy Gifford and Clayton Pruitt on this respected recognition, and thank you for representing Regents on this esteemed list! Read more here.
Twenty-three years ago, Matt and I excitedly joined the Regents community. Their half day Kindergarten was one of the main draws for us to Regents. We had heard about Regents through John Ratliff. Fortunately, our oldest son, Jared, was accepted to the newly-opened third Kindergarten class which met at Tarrytown Baptist. We were blessed with Martha Bauman as the parent volunteer who enthusiastically gave us a tour of campus! SOLD on Regents! Subsequently, our second son, Joseph, joined Regents two years later and our daughter, Hannah, in 2001 in the cutest portables on the new Travis Country campus. All three of the Edling children graduated from Regents School of Austin!
From campouts at Inks Lake with Mr. Henry’s dutch oven peach cobbler, to fundraising with 70’s and 80’s themed galas, to playing sports together and praying together, our Regents friends have become some of our best friends. One of my favorite memories is being in charge of Homeroom Moms for two years before the advent of emails or texting. All the way to Colorado and back, I would be “recruiting” room moms on my flip phone (when I had service)!
I have worked at Regents for eighteen very sweet, blessed years. My husband, Matt, said I was a volunteer that wouldn’t go away so they offered me a job! I job shared the Grammar librarian position with precious Carrie Villani for many, many years. I was born and raised in Mexico City, so speaking Spanish is one of my passions! I have now taught Kinder Spanish for five years and just added Kinder Enrichment too. I absolutely love our children’s excitement for learning — whether with picture books, or singing “Hola, amigos,” and “Numeros del 1 a 20.” Being amongst colleagues, parent friends, and our 3rd grade teacher daughter, Miss Edling, daily brings me great joy. These are special friends and I love our Regents community!
On Monday of this week, our School of Logic celebrated the matriculation of our 6th graders officially becoming 7th graders. The 7th grade boys received neckties that they will wear for chapels throughout the year. The ties serve as a symbol of God's calling as they step into young adulthood and a reminder to the boys to encourage one another to embrace this call. 7th grade girls received a scripture book, "Biblical Inspiration and Creative Expressions of Faith." The purpose of this gift is to give the girls something they can give to each other as encouraging notes to remind each other of God's love and grace. This sweet tradition represents responsibility, identity, and growth in our 7th graders, and we are so proud of them!
New York Times Bestselling author Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. will be on campus speaking at our Parent Education series on Tuesday, September 24 at a morning session, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and an evening session, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. We hope you'll join us to hear from this insightful speaker about evidence-based parenting.
Dads Boot Camp is THIS Saturday, September 7. This special tradition is meant to equip Dads with community as they raise their children. “It is truly one of the most authentic gatherings of Christian men that I’ve ever been around. We want to dads to know we’re in this together, we want to be side by side with you, we want to be in the trenches with you doing this thing called fatherhood.” - Dr. Dan Peterson, Head of School
The Grammar Library houses over 20,000 books, hosts all K-4 classes each week, and completes over 30,000 check-outs each year for Grammar students and their families. The librarians work closely with teachers to provide resources for classroom instruction. Reading Round-up, author visits, summer library, and Birthday Books are favorite annual traditions sponsored by the Grammar Library. The Grammar Library is open after school until 3:30 p.m. on Monday - Thursday and until 3 p.m. on Friday. There is even a parent section where you can check out books!
At Fall Family Social next Friday, new families will have gold wristbands and returning families will have navy. Please introduce yourself to new families and share Regents hospitality as we build our community!
Ann Taylor Eudy, Fifth Grade Science and Nature Studies
My name is Ann Taylor Eudy and I am beginning my second year of teaching at Regents! Last year, the Lord taught me so many truths about teaching and shepherding students, and I am excited to walk in these truths this year, while continuing to learn more. I am so thankful to be a part of the Regents community full of teachers, parents and children who spur me on towards Christ.
The Lord’s way of bringing me into the classroom as a teacher has affirmed that His ways and thoughts are far higher than our own. As a child, I dreamed of the day I could become like my teachers, who encouraged and loved me so well. While studying education at UT, my heart grew for science. The more I learned about the world God has created, the more I became in awe of God himself. It is truly a joy to teach young hearts and minds about the wonders of creation while shepherding them to our loving Creator. My prayer for my students is that as we learn, explore and discover, they would grow in awe of creation and our creator. Outside of teaching, I enjoy walking the lake, running trails and sharing about Jesus with my neighbors!
“As the new school year opens, Ann Taylor Eudy is beginning her second year of teaching fifth grade Science and Nature Studies at Regents,” Associate Head of Grammar Kyle Dillard said. "It is a true joy to observe Ann Taylor direct her fifth grade students minds and hearts toward the wonders of creation each day in her classroom and amongst the beauty of the Regents Science & Nature Center."
Convocation is a wonderful all-school event that signifies the beginning of our school year. As a community, Coram Deo is our school motto, and our desire is to match every aspect of the Regents experience to this all-encompassing principle. It seems appropriate as we gather at the start of our school year that we commit our days to the glory of God and affirm our roles at Regents as we pursue Coram Deo over the next 10 months. Parents are welcome to attend this special event. This year, Convocation will be held on Monday, August 26, at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Gym.
Happy first week of school! We are so thrilled to welcome students back to campus. Each year, as students return, a refreshing energy accompanies them. Looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year!
The Regents staff reads a book together each year. This year we are reading Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth. In the book, Pearcey walks readers through practical, actionable steps for creating a Christian world-view that transcends work and life, rather than a secular worldview influenced by wider cultural standards. Regents faculty gathered on Wednesday, August 7, to discuss and apply principles from Total Truth for the 2019-2020 school year, leaving the teachers and staff eager for students to return soon!
Paul Austin is entering his second year at Regents teaching Bible and Apologetics in the School of Rhetoric. He spent 26 years in congregational ministry, the final nineteen as Senior Pastor of a Church & School (Pre-K thru 8th grade) in Maryland. This coming year he is especially looking forward to overseeing SOR Chapel and attending the Europe Trip with the junior class.
Mr. Austin met his wife Jennifer at Texas Lutheran University and they were married in 1986. Jennifer’s family is from Texas with most of her relatives living in the Austin area. They have two sons. Micah is a 2018 graduate of Concordia University in Austin and is attending graduate school at Texas Tech University. Caleb is a young man with special needs (Autism) and attends Bayes Achievement Center in Huntsville, TX.
Mr. Austin loves soccer. He played in college on the men’s team at Texas Lutheran and has coached high school soccer for the past 26 years. He possesses the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeper I licenses and will be in his second year of coaching the varsity girls’ team at Regents.
When asked, “Why were you led to Regents?” He answers, “My passion is making a difference in the lives of others for Jesus Christ. I love working with young people and pray God can use me in bringing the scriptures alive for them and helping them grow in their Christian faith. Regents is an opportunity to do just that!
"Paul Austin has been a tremendous addition to Rhetoric! We are looking forward to utilizing his extensive experience as he leads our chapels both in the School of Rhetoric and at our All School chapels." - Liz Benigno, Head of Rhetoric
Last week, we welcomed teachers back to Regents by engaging them in Regents Institute of Classical Education (RICE). Dan Peterson led us in applications of Total Truth as well as the biblical doctrines of Creation, Fall, and Redemption and how those doctrines impact our classical Christian education. Allison Jackson, SOL Science teacher, taught us practices to engage students through a variety of instructional strategies in her session: Refreshing Your Classical Toolkit which she also presented at a breakout for the Society for Classical Learning’s annual conference in June. Liz Benigno, Head of School of Rhetoric, moderated a panel of new teachers titled Things I Have Learned in My First Year Teaching in a Classical Christian School. We ended with Kimberley Brown and Ryan Magill explaining the importance of Latin in a classical Christian education, and why it’s an integral part of our curriculum. The energy in the room truly felt like the first day of school with teachers embracing and conversing in community and fellowship. We are ready for you, 2019-2020 school year!
There is nothing quite like the anticipation of a new school year! Meeting new friends and families, going through the checklists, thinking about where to volunteer, what your kids will be involved in, learning a new schedule... It is a new chapter in all of our lives. As a Dad of four children, I will have students in Grammar School, School of Logic, and School of Rhetoric this school year. I must admit this comes with a myriad of feelings and emotions! This one thing remains. God is on His throne and we exist to glorify Him in all we do!
Our team is excited to welcome you and your family back for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. We aim to be a place that equips students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful as we provide a classical and Christian education. In thinking about our school mission, I was reminded of a quote from the book all of our faculty and staff are reading and discussing this summer. The book is titled Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity authored by Nancy Pearcey. She is sharing about her personal journey of faith from being raised Lutheran to a rejection of her faith to her time at L'Abri under Francis Schaeffer and becoming a believer in Christ. In this context, I was struck by something she states, which supports our aim at Regents:
"Once we discover that the Christian worldview really is true, then living it out means offering up to God all our powers - practical, intellectual, emotional, artistic - to live for Him in every area of life."
This quote speaks to the fact that the Christian worldview touches and reaches all aspects of our humanity. Whether you are a longtime Regents parent or brand new to the school, I encourage you to take the time to read our Back to School Guide. Our team has worked hard to communicate what you need to know about the upcoming school year. Please take the opportunity to view the important dates, events, and checklists from the various spheres of school life. I look forward to seeing each of you on campus soon!
The Back to School Guide will be sent on August 1 with all the pre-school information you will need. The Uniform Closet will be housed in the Grammar Conference Room, Monday, July 22-Thursday, August 1, 9 am - 3 pm so that new families attending Summer Orientation can browse for their new students. Current families can shop during that time as well and can also access the Uniform Closet throughout the summer by going to Kaaren Parker at the front desk. As always, please only choose one of each item per student so that all families have the opportunity to benefit from this school wide ministry. If you have items to drop off, please bring them to school anytime! Donations are always welcome.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Michael McCollum is completing his 16th season 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.”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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