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2020

  • September

    Head of School Update

    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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  • May

    Head of School Update

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 

    We are closing in on the homestretch.  This Spring brought many challenges, but the end of school is in sight.  Our children continued to learn despite the turbulence, and they connected daily with teachers and peers despite required distancing.  New potential students shadowed our virtual classrooms, and it is exciting to grow our student body.  I know that most of us are tired and ready to finish virtual learning and give our children a needed summer break. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place where we can vacation at home and spend most of our time outdoors in safety and good health.
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  • April

    Head of School Update

    Following guidance from the State of Wyoming and Teton County School District, JH Classical Academy will continue our virtual learning program through Friday, May 15.  While we are hoping to return to school for face-to-face learning and our end-of-year celebrations, we await guidance from our public health officials.  Our Academy is small and nimble, so we will be able to adjust our plans according to what is deemed optimal for the good and safety of all in our community.

    While this is a stressful time, I’ve been so impressed with how teachers and families have adjusted to a completely new online learning platform and paradigm.  Our faculty are still teaching, and our students are still learning. Through Zoom, a significant amount of content is being transferred by teachers and received by students who are eager to connect and work through new ideas and material. The relationships built and habits formed in the first seven months of in-classroom learning set the foundation for a rather seamless transition to a virtual classroom, even though in-person interactions are greatly missed. 
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  • Virtual Learning Update

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    Good evening!  You should have received an email from your homeroom teacher tonight outlining the exact learning schedule for your children.  Having four children of my own, I know it not easy to get organized for Virtual Learning.  So, I hope that added communication provided further clarity and support as you prepare for tomorrow.  
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  • Virtual Learning Update

    Dear JH Classsical Academy Parents,
     
    I pray you are staying healthy and creatively using your Spring Break to rest, renew, and reach out.  Innovation often rises in adversity. I’ve seen innovation in technology, as well as habits of mind. It’s been beautiful to see how what is important in life rises to the top in difficult times, and what isn’t necessary fades away. With daily routines interrupted and more stillness, we have an opportunity to listen better and to think more deeply.  I know that my mind and body have been replenished with more sleep and more time, along with more awareness and prayer.
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  • March

    Head of School Update

    History is the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.  It’s the evidence left behind, and the deliberations between different historians. History is a story with characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Humans love stories.  We are hardwired to imagine in story, to envision people who have motives, carrying out aims in cooperation or conflict, that either succeed or fail.  Often individual beliefs and desires influence the narrative. Therefore, interpretations of history can depend on the historian as storyteller.  The human desire for story is so innate that the application of scientific theory to recounting what happened can be unintentionally disregarded and arguments ensue.  How, then, do we teach history?
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  • February

    Head of School Update

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    The Latin and English languages acquired the word “mentor” from the literature of ancient Greece. In Homer’s epic 
    The Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home for twenty years fighting and returning from the Trojan War. During that time, his son, Telemachus, who was an infant when his father left for war, grew up under the supervision of Mentor, an old and trusted friend.

    When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor. They set out to learn about his father and Athena laid out her intent of putting menos into Telemachus. Menos is a Greek word usually translated as “heroic strength” or the surge of power felt in being able to put thoughts into action. Athena gave mental strength to Telemachus and was a positive, guiding influence or “mentor” in his life.
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  • January

    Head of School Update

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    How do you describe classical education to a family inquiring about our school?
     
    If I were to describe classical education in my own words, from my own experience, I would say that it is choosing a path of intentional learning and living. It is an age-appropriate journey of observing the world around you and making sense of your place in it. It encourages questioning. It examines desires. It requires virtue. It draws from the great thinkers of the past. It teaches us to encounter new information and assimilate that knowledge towards proper action. It allows one to dream and fail within a framework of values that leads to greater purpose and happiness. Classical education understands that intentional learning and living takes time, and the process is just as beautiful as the goal.
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P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
 
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(307) 690-8396
 
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