2019

News Archive

  • A Word from...Dr. Dan Peterson

    Dear Seniors,
    Pause. Think. Reflect. Remember.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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." 
  • 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.
  • 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." 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • A Word From Tracie Dickey, RPC Chair

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Telling Telos

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