Proudly presenting, Coram Deo Magazine Vol. 2! The second edition of Jackson Hole Classical Academy's annual magazine features academic articles and op-eds relating to classical education written by our faculty and staff. Want to receive JHCA publications? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our distribution list. Happy reading!
THANK YOU, Dave Hansen Whitewater! We are thrilled with the shots Snake River Photo took of our 7-12th graders' rafting trip! In case you missed it, Coaches Vitale and Lunz planned a series of adventures for the second week of school as part of the inaugural "House System Week" at JHCA. Our students completed the ropes course at Snow King, played mini golf, rafted the Snake River, visited Idaho Falls to play laser tag and go indoor rock-climbing, and finished the week with a hike up Snow King. The goal of the new House System—with houses Milton, Dante, Virgil, and Homer—is to create leaders, community, and school culture. At JHCA, we believe that educating the spirit is just as important as educating the mind.
Jackson Hole Classical Academy is undertaking a beautification and recreational enhancement project on the west side of its 80-acre campus at 2500 S. Park Loop Road. The Academy moved to its current location in 2019 and established instructional space in modular buildings. The current project, designed by Grand Rapids, Mich. based firm AMDG Architects, adds a grass soccer field, an outdoor fitness area with wood-timbered structures, a sledding hill, and new landscaping. This field and landscaping investment in JHCA and the broader community is scheduled for completion later this Fall. The outdoor fitness course is scheduled for completion next Spring.
On behalf of the State of Wyoming, three students from Jackson Hole Classical Academy, along with one student from Jackson Hole High School, competed in the U.S. Chess National Invitationals held July 30 through August 2 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Mrs. Polly Friess addressed the JHCA students and faculty during the last all-school opening ceremony of the year and continued our discussion on wisdom. Mrs. Friess walked students through the famed “Serenity Prayer,” and how this prayer can help guide our decision making.
Jackson Hole Classical Academy's second graduation was a joyous and tear-filled occasion as we celebrated the accomplishments and ambitions of our graduate, Miss Sarah Tallerico, who multiple speakers humorously referred to as the "Class" of 2022.
Mrs. Ashton Quattlebaum, kindergarten teacher, addressed the lower school students and faculty at Tuesday’s opening ceremony to continue our discussion on the theological virtue of love. She spoke about what it means for friends to love one another.
The first ever rated scholastic tournament at Jackson Hole Classical Academy held recently had a staggering attendance of 38 young players from five schools. To comprehend how amazing this number is, there were only a total of 17 chess players from Wyoming who were registered with the U.S. Chess Federation in 2021. Four of the players from the tournament will go on to represent Wyoming in the National Invitationals in July.
Dr. Dan Russ, 9th grade humanities teacher and curriculum consultant, spoke to the JHCA school community at Monday’s opening ceremony about the theological virtue of love. He used C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves to explain the different ways we can “love.”
Mrs. Friess, JHCA head of school, addressed the school community at Monday's opening ceremony with a story illustrating the theological virtue of love. She used the familiar parable of the good Samaritan to explain the extent to which Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, retelling the story and then breaking down the reactions of the various characters and their cultural context.
Dr. Claudia MacMillan, curriculum consultant and founder of the MacMillan Institute, addressed the JHCA community at Monday’s opening ceremony on the theological virtue of love. She asked students to think about love as a verb, as opposed to a noun. Dr. MacMillan used examples from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky and a poem attributed to Fr. Pedro Aruppe, SJ, to illustrate her ideas.
Mr. Ian McRae, sixth grade homeroom teacher, spoke to the whole school on Monday about the virtue of hope. He used Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 encyclical letter to the Church, Spe Salvi, to explain different kinds of hope, and where we can best place our hope.
Mrs. Hillary Short, Lower School Dean of Faculty, spoke to our K-5th grade students, faculty members, and parents this Tuesday about the theological virtue of hope. Mrs. Short used the building and sinking of the Titanic to explain the difference between placing our hope “horizontally” in our fellow human beings and the expectations of society, and “vertically” in God’s plan and providence.
At this week’s lower school opening ceremony, Ms. Frances Davis, 3rd grade teacher, spoke to students, parents, and faculty about the virtue of hope. She opened with a favorite quote from Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” Ms. Davis said the idea that our past does not need to limit our future allows us to move past daily failures with a resolve to do better next time. Speaking to the students, she gave an example of making a mistake in class and knowing your teacher will forgive you and let you start fresh every time. “It is the hope for a better future that allows one to begin each day with a renewed sense of purpose and desire,” she said.
Dr. Claudia MacMillan, curriculum consultant and director of the MacMillan Institute, visited Jackson this week. In addition to leading a faculty and staff Salon Dinner on lyrical poetry, she addressed the community at Monday’s opening ceremony. In continuing with this month’s theme on the theological virtue of hope, Dr. MacMillan used a poem by Emily Dickinson to explain what hope is like even in the “storms” or difficult moments of life.
Dr. Joseph Rudolph, Upper School Dean of Faculty, addressed the JHCA community during Monday’s opening ceremony. He spoke about the theological virtue of hope through a few different analogies.
First, Dr. Rudolph reminded students of the hope that they often have in their sports teams, even when they are losing. If Tom Brady is on your team, your chances of winning are high, so you have a real hope in winning. “For Christians, God himself provides this hope. Jesus isn't just any old hero: he is the second person of the Holy Trinity, God himself, who came to save us,” he said. Christians can have hope even in peril because of who we have hope in.
Mrs. Tracy Court, second grade teacher, spoke to the lower school students, faculty, and parents about the theological virtue of hope at Tuesday’s Lower School opening ceremony. She used the prophets of the Bible as examples of people who had hope in God’s plan for them even when they were hesitant or afraid.
The opening ceremonies for the month of March focus on the theological virtue of hope. Mrs. Hillary Short, the lower school dean of faculty, addressed the lower school on Tuesday, and Mrs. Abigail McRae, eighth grade homeroom teacher, addressed the upper school on Thursday. Both Mrs. Short and Mrs. McRae explained that the virtue of hope is different from wishful thinking, and that it is an important virtue to cultivate as we look ahead to eternity.
Mr. William Federer spoke to our school community this week about the third century martyr, St. Valentine, and the history of Valentine’s Day. Mr. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America's noble heritage. A former U.S. Congressional Candidate, Bill's "American Minute" radio feature is broadcast daily across the nation.
Mrs. Friess addressed all students, faculty, staff, and parents at Monday’s opening ceremony to discuss the theological virtue of faith, which will be this month's theme. She used The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald to explain the importance of having a childlike faith.
Dr. Evan Campbell will join JH Classical Academy as our Music Teacher in Fall 2022 along with his wife, Julia, who will join as our Advancement Coordinator. Currently, Dr. Campbell is a visiting professor of Music Theory at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in New York. Dr. Campbell has eleven years of teaching experience, and twenty-five years of vocal experience. Mrs. Campbell is currently an adjunct instructor of oboe at Grand Valley State University and has served as a teaching assistant, private music tutor, and administrative assistant at other universities.
Mr. Nathan Winters, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, addressed the JHCA community at Monday’s opening ceremony to remember the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the importance of a good education.
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