by: Mr. Burton Gildersleeve
Before the school year began, the teachers huddled together for prayer in an empty dirt lot, not far from where the field house would today stand. It was morning. Construction hadn’t finished; school was to start in three short days. There was much to be done and divine grace was needed.
We used our imaginations as we prepared our incomplete classrooms. I remember Mrs. Gildersleeve called me to the upper school science room. The view was spectacular, even as furniture wasn’t fully arranged and white boards were not yet in their places. I think we all shared a similar thought about our unfinished campus, that it was beautiful even then, but would be all the more beautiful once complete. And, this came to be true.
Many of our plans and expectations came to be true. We opened the year with the Campus Blessing and Dedication, an exciting and memorable moment for our school. We joined all of Jackson Hole at Old Bill’s and dined and danced at Bar J. Throughout the year, our students worked hard in the classroom and had fun outside of it as well, skiing, tubing, rafting, and inaugurating our new playground, too.
These are the plans that went, well, as planned. Our experience since March has been a different story. But, it’s one that we can be proud of! The foundations of academic excellence – and yes, community – continued into our virtual learning. We’re content to say we gave it all these past months and are confident we’ll enter next year poised to continue where we left off.
But before thinking about next year, let’s talk summer. Coach Lunz is currently coordinating the launch of several camps for you to consider. Stay tuned for more information on these. Of course, plans may change, but we’re excited to bring everyone together for basketball, volleyball, hiking, and more this summer, Lord-willing.
When the faculty gathered to pray on that aforementioned day, in the empty dirt lot, we prayed for many things. We prayed for the construction process and more importantly for our students, faculty and all of our school families. We sought, as we still do, to cultivate a community of learning, fellowship, and love. We had many plans and both those that went as imagined, and those that did not, were geared for this end. Much has been done since that day. And now, we can rest.
We wish you a peaceful and enriching summer, Jackson Hole Classical Academy!