• December

    Advent & Hanukkah: Light in the darkness

    Mrs. Friess addressed the entire JH Classical Academy community recently. She spoke about Advent and Hanukkah, both of which began this past Sunday. Both Advent and Hanukkah use light imagery to express the important themes of each celebration.
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  • November

    JHCA Welcomes New Staff Members

    Jack Ledden joins JH Classical Academy as the building and grounds coordinator with years of experience in facilities management, engineering, and carpentry. His wife, Kristyn Ledden will be the accounting and procurement coordinator.
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  • September

    Spirit Days to promote unity and teamwork

    JHCA Spirit Days are coming your way! We will “kick off” our Spirit Days this year with kickball on Friday, September 24! Spirit Days are “an opportunity to build community with the students, faculty, and parents,” according to Dean of Students Samuel Lunz. Students will be able to wear jeans to school along with their navy JHCA t-shirt, light blue JHCA t-shirt, or their JHCA hoodie, allowing students an extra opportunity to show school pride throughout the day. The Spirit Day activity will occur after school, and a different activity will be chosen each month. Parents, family, and friends are all welcome to join in the fun!
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  • July

    Scholé, ad fontes, and virtue key pathways to classical education

    Mrs. Hillary Short
    JH Classical Academy is a proud member of the Society For Classical Learning (SCL). Mrs. Friess and I attended the annual SCL conference in person last week in the beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s conference focused on eudaemonia, Greek for “human flourishing.”
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  • June

    Lynn and Foster at Polly and Steve's wedding on October 11, 2003

    In Loving Memory of Foster Friess: April 2, 1940 – May 27, 2021

    Mrs. Polly J. Friess
    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents and Friends, 
    It is with a heavy heart that I share this news and mourn the loss of a passionate patriot and patriarch. My 81-year-old father-in-law, Foster Stephen Friess, passed away peacefully last Thursday, May 27, in the presence of his immediate family at their home in Scottsdale, Arizona. There was only one Foster!
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  • May

    JHCA senior granted $80,000 scholarship, four-year finance internship

    Jacqueline Neishabouri, a JH Classical Academy senior, has been granted the esteemed Atlas Scholars Scholarship through Chicago Scholars. This $80,000 scholarship, awarded over four years, also includes four years of highly paid, full-time finance internships through world-renowned investment firm, Balyasny Asset Management.
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  • April

    JHCA 6th-grader named State Spelling Bee champion

    Claire Harris, a sixth-grade student at Jackson Hole Classical Academy (JHCA), was named the 2021 Wyoming State Spelling Bee champion speller recently. She will be representing the state of Wyoming at the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer.
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  • March

    Jackson Neishabouri, JHCA freshman, wins World Schools Debate

    Congratulations to JHCA freshman, Jackson Neishabouri, who is competing on the Jackson Hole High School Speech & Debate Team and was selected as one of three qualifiers in World Schools Debate in March.

    "World Schools Debate is a debate event that combines “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specific issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. The three JHHS competitors will join 12 other Wyoming students to form three teams of five at the National Tournament."

    To read more about the competition, visit
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  • JHCA students participate in Community Foundation Philanthropy program

    This spring semester the 10th-12th grade students at JH Classical Academy have had the opportunity to participate in Jackson Hole’s Youth Philanthropy program. For the past few years the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has funded grants to local organizations and allowed high school students to choose which causes they would like to donate to. According to the Community Foundation’s website, “Applying for a Youth Philanthropy grant is a great way to introduce your organization to local youth and to help young people understand the role of nonprofits in our community.”
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  • February

    Senior Peter Cook receives Rotary Club award

    Peter Cook, a senior at JH Classical Academy, was one of four Teton County high school students to be recognized as a Jackson Hole Rotary Club Spring “Student of the Season” at the Rotary Club’s recent virtual meeting.
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  • Freshman Sascha Mizelle places in speech and debate competition

    Sascha Mizelle, a JH Classical Academy high school freshman, recently competed on the Jackson Hole High School Varsity Speech and Debate Team. They placed first at the Bobcat Invitational, a speech and debate competition hosted by Hot Springs County High School on Friday Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16. There were 15 schools in virtual attendance with 155 competitors and 184 total entries in the online competition.
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  • Cross-Country Skiing Track at JHCA

    Our 3rd-, 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade students had the opportunity to go cross-country skiing on JH Classical Academy’s regularly groomed 0.8-mile track last week! Thanks to a generous donation of boots and skis, our students can enjoy cross-country skiing during physical education classes. Check out some highlights from last week’s classes below!
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  • January

    Fifth-grade student Leisel Maher wins D.A.R. essay contest

    Leisel Maher, a fifth-grade student at JH Classical Academy, recently competed in the 2021 Davey Jackson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) American History Essay contest on the topic of The Boston Massacre, in recognition of the event’s 250th anniversary. She was one of two winners at the D.A.R. chapter level. In addition to receiving a certificate, monetary award and books from D.A.R., Leisel will advance to the Wyoming state level competition — with the chance to advance to the divisional and national levels — for her essay entitled “The Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks and Other Patriots Who Sparked the American Revolution.”
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  • Student Mentorship Program - First Annual Spirit Week

    In order to foster increased community at our school, JH Classical Academy launched a new student mentorship program for the 2020-21 academic year. The inaugural mentors are Zachary and Rachel Hughes, who joined JHCA in the Fall of 2020. The Hughes’ goal for their roles as mentors is to “build relationships with students, encourage them, and make their school experience more fun,” Mr. Hughes said.
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