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Head of School Update: Friday February 16, 2018

Dear JH Classical Academy Families,

I spent the day yesterday with my Board Chair, Brent Hodges, at the school he leads here in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is so good to have a Board Chair who recognizes the value of my hard work, cares for me, and shows me how to lead. The Lord asks us to live together in this way.  Comforting.  Teaching. Reminding.  Advocating.  Holding Accountable.  Strengthening.  The spirit of our age is a somewhat leadership-intolerant, but perhaps due to the lack servant leadership models. Max DePree, in his book Leadership is an Art, says, “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart than a set of things to do.”  Brent shares an educational body of knowledge with me, shows me how he stewards his relationships and values, and together we learn and stay vital in our faith and work. It makes a meaningful difference in my life.
While I was gone, Ms. Koci led the faculty and student in a full week of learning and celebrations.  Enjoy reading about the 3rd Grade Roman Forum and the 8th Grade Astronomy presentation below. In my next update, I will share photos and stories from the 5th and 8th Grade Medieval England Castle and Cathedral fair held on Tuesday this week.  Congratulations to Jackson Neishabouri for earning the top reader in the Reading Rodeo!  Participation in the Reading Rodeo significantly increased among the student body this year, thanks to Mr. Walker, Mrs. Smerklo and Mrs. Maher who provided easier systems and lots of incentives to inspire reading. Our proceeds more than doubled from last year, raising $18,000 towards the $259,000 we need to raise by our June 30, 2018 fiscal year-end.  Thanks to all who supported students by selecting books, reading aloud, and helping raise funds.  It's a joy to see our JH Classical Academy grow.  Let's encourage one another in what is true, beautiful and good!
Have a restful 4-day President’s Day Weekend.
Mrs. Polly J. Friess
Head of School

Mountain Range


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