Head of School Updates



2021-22 School Year

List of 15 news stories.

  • Monday, November 15, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families,
     
    In classic art, Prudence is personified, or imagined, as a woman wearing a dress and traditional draperies around her head with two faces. Her forward-looking face is a young woman, holding a mirror whilst holding onto a snake, signifying wise conduct through self-knowledge. Her backward-looking face is a bearded and learned man, perpetually looking backward so as not to lose track of the past. The two faces represent the deep meaning behind Prudence. She has both the foresight to see beyond the present circumstances and keenly consider how past events have gone, as well as discern how her future actions will turn out. In a moment of frustration, Prudence has a deliberate eye on not making the same mistake twice, applying the old saying, “look before you leap.”
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  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Community, 
     
    After seven years of mentoring and advising from afar, Dr. Dan Russ boldly and graciously moved to Jackson Hole this year to volunteer his services more closely as the 9th Grade American Humane Letters teacher and as a faculty mentor and curriculum consultant for our Academy. Dr. Russ has 50 years of experience in education, as a teacher and professor of biblical and classical literature, as a writer and author, as a headmaster of a K-12 academy, as an Academic Dean of a college, and finally as an educational leader and senior fellow at multiple cultural institutions. For seven years, Dr. Russ has also served on the JHCA Foundation Board that supports and protects the mission of our school through ownership of the buildings and land. What a privilege to have his presence, tutelage, and wisdom with us on campus this year!    
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  • Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Family,
     
    Gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude encompasses the feeling on campus during our first few weeks of school. God’s grace was present in our leadership team meetings and in board discussions, as we further designate the results for which our organization exists. Faculty had a gracious attitude about following our health protocols, practicing patience and perseverance amidst fatigue and frustration surrounding Covid. Students are grateful to be back in the classrooms learning and discovering again, and quite enthusiastic about their new teachers and new friends. Everyone has been showing appreciation and returning kindness.
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  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    The doors to Narnia have opened. Preparations are complete. Your children are walking through the wardrobe into an enchanting world filled with good and evil, joy and sacrifice, order with abundance. The adventure has begun, and I have faith in its absolute goodness!  
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  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Mrs. Polly J. Friess
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    "The removal of the classics is a sign that we, as a culture, have embraced from the youngest age utilitarian schooling at the expense of soul-forming education. To end this spiritual catastrophe, we must restore true education, mobilizing all the intellectual and moral resources we can to create human beings of courage, vision and civic virtue."
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  • Friday, March 26, 2021

    Mrs. Polly J. Friess
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    It is one thing to gain an understanding of what is true.  It is another matter to gain appreciation for that truth.  It is one thing to know that something is worthy.  It is another to sense the worth of it.  The first category are matters of cognition, while the second are matters of affection.  How our affections are shaped, and in turn how our affections shape us, is worth pondering.  We do not love right things immediately.  If we want our affections oriented and ordered toward what is beautiful, then we have to discern which loves  to develop and which loves to diminish. 
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  • Thursday, March 11, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    Three of our science teachers recently attended the 2021 National Classical Education Symposium which focused on “Teaching the Scientific Project” and examined science’s rich discoveries, current developments, and ongoing questions. In previous Head of School updates, I summarized the inspiration and insight gained from the 2019 Symposium on Literature and the 2020 Symposium on History. So, I’m taking this opportunity to describe our science program at JH Classical Academy.
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  • Monday, January 18, 2021

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    Why do we teach our students about history?  We live in the present and plan for and worry about the future. History, however, is the study of the past.  Given all the demands we face living in the present and preparing for the future, why bother studying the past?  Does studying history serve a useful purpose?  Historians don’t perform heart transplants, design public transportation, or seek justice in courts.  In the classical model of education, history is very useful, in fact indispensable, even if the lessons are less tangible or immediately useful than other disciplines.  Today’s holiday is a true, beautiful, and good example of the past potentially informing the present in a meaningful way for our students.
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  • Friday, December 18, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 
     
    Every Christmas for the past 85 years (not this year due to Covid) a tradition has continued at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  After the Rockettes captivate the audience with their synchronized dancing, the curtains rise for the final scene of the show: “The Living Nativity.”   Live sheep, goats, and even camels, with shepherds, angels, and kings make Jesus’ birth come alive in a way that is dramatic and almost haunting.  With this background, a clear screen descends in front of the stage and projects this poem: “One Solitary Life.”  A voice booms: 
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  • Thursday, November 26, 2020

     
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    Thanksgiving is the oldest American Holiday.  The first Thanksgiving was held almost 400 years ago in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  William Bradford and the Pilgrims prayed in times of trouble and gave thanks in times of plenty.  They established a time of fasting in the spring, followed by prayer and thanksgiving in the fall. The spirit of profound gratitude for life and provision pervades the narratives from the Pilgrims and Colonists during those hard times.
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  • Monday, November 2, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    We are in a time of stress in our country.  Anger and distrust have lessened dialogue and increased polarization.  Binary thinking has replaced nuanced understanding.  Group-affiliation has replaced truth and ethics.  I have been asking myself: Can the pillars of classical education be a part of the solution to relieving the stress, distrust, and tribalism that are plaguing our country?  Are we teaching students to respect each other, learn from each other, and even trust each other when we have disagreements? 
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  • Saturday, October 3, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 
     
    Our 10-12th Graders were guided by Anatomy and Physiology teacher Ms. Feaver through a high-caliber dissection of an elk heart on Thursday.  Ms. McWhorter, our 4th Grade Literature teacher, heard about the dissection and asked whether or not the heart had “strings.” Her 4th Graders were busy memorizing William Blake’s The Tyger and wondered if the poetic reference to the heart was allegorical or actual.  Ms. Fever brought the elk heart into the 4th Grade classroom, showed them the chordae tendineae, and let them strum the real heart strings with their fingers.  Yesterday, two 10-12th Graders demonstrated their own learning by bringing the elk heart into Mrs. Hughes’ 5th Grade Science class.  The young ladies displayed and discussed the structure of the heart with the 5th Graders and those students applied that knowledge to their current study of the parts and functions of a cell.  Many thanks to Coach Lunz and Dr. Rudolph for this valuable donation, made possible by their successful elk hunt last weekend! 
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  • Saturday, September 5, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    Gratitude
    .  That word encompasses the feeling on campus during our first week of school.  Gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.  All three meanings were present on campus this first week of school, and it was beautiful and good.  
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  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    Our priority is to be in-school, in-person. In order to get students here, and keep them here, we must be vigilant. Our community will need to selflessly do tasks that take longer (and might even feel unnecessary) to assure the physical safety and emotional well-being of all.  Trust is built when together we sacrifice for the greater good. 
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  • Friday, July 31, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,  
     
    Last spring, as our nation faced the rapid spread of a new virus, JH Classical Academy made the transition to distance learning in a matter of days.  Robust instruction continued to the end of the school year, with parents providing great support, empowering students to complete the majority of the planned material for each course. 
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