2019

News Archive

  • 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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