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2019

  • November

    Jackson Hole Classical Academy, Head of School

    Head of School Update: Monday, November 4, 2019

    Two weeks ago, the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole brought in Brad Griffin, co-author of a book Growing Young and director of the Fuller Youth Institute, to help us learn ways to reach and engage the younger generation that breathe life into a church. Mr. Griffin’s research revealed that there are a few common core commitments that keep teenagers and young adults coming back for more.
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  • September

    Head of School Update: Wednesday, September 11

    There was a beautiful herd of elk resting in the corner of our property this morning as I drove into the school. This is such a beautiful place to build a school and work every day! We are so blessed to have more space, bright classrooms, and mountain views from every point on the land. Our week of firsts – first birthday books, first poetry recitation, first morning assembly, first Latin quiz, first day of rain with no gym, first sack lunch delivery, first sick child -- is over.  Everything went more smoothly than expected.
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  • August

    Head of School Update: Tuesday, August 27

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    I hope you marked your calendars for our Campus Dedication on Monday, September 2nd. We have a lot to celebrate! It is a miracle that we are able to start school on Tuesday. I use the word miracle as defined: “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural law and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” Despite tremendous twists and turns (Bouma might use the word obstacles!), God has shepherded us through this 3-month construction project and we must give Him praise!
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  • Head of School Update: Friday, August 9, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    I hope your children are having a great summer adventuring, reading, and enjoying time with family and friends. We returned from two wonderful weeks in the Swiss and French Alps, taking full advantage of the Jungfrau and Mont Blanc passes.  We hiked the trails, visited the glaciers and ice caves, and summited the peaks via trains, gondolas, and trams. The beauty of those views and healthy exercise nourished my soul.  Time away with my family restored my vision and provided time for new learning and inspiration.  I am am so grateful. I hope the same for each of you...
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  • June

    Head of School Update: Friday, June 14, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means the point of highest reality.” The challenges this year presented, of seeking approval for our new campus and securing an interim place to operate, provided all of us this testing point.

    In the first stanza of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If, he advises his son:
     
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise…
     
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  • Head of School Update: Monday, June 3, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 

    End-of-year traditions abound as we head into the final two weeks of school. Baby chicks hatched in Mrs. Patrick’s classroom, and the Kindergarten students are visiting a working farm today. First Grade had their annual visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Fish Hatchery last week, and the Fifth Grade is returning to Cosmic Apple Gardens in Idaho. Students who have Birthdays in July and August are receiving their Birthday Books on Thursday mornings. Eighth Graders will be challenged in the Escape Rooms next Thursday before their memorable Promotion Ceremony. Our final community event, Field Day, will culminate in JB Park’s delicious Korean BBQ and a time of thanks for those that have given extraordinary time, talent, and treasure to JH Classical Academy. I’m looking forward to these two weeks!
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  • May

    Head of School Update Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families,
     
    Tonight is a special night at our Academy. It is our annual Evening of the Arts, and the last performance of our five years in this building.  It is a celebration of music, poetry, and learning this year, and a closure to the founding phase of JH Classical Academy in this space.  
     
    A liberal arts education is a vital foundation for both individual flourishing and the well-being of our society. We celebrate both tonight -- the individual flourishing of students in areas where God has gifted them and they have excelled, and the cultural preservation of our Western cannon through our oral and visual arts program here at JH Classical Academy.  
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  • Head of School Update: Friday, May 3, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 

    Jackson Hole Classical Academy’s new campus for Fall 2019 is in full motion!
    The new facility will be a substantial upgrade. Today’s 13,000 square feet, which includes our half-court gym/multi-purpose space, will be replaced with almost 18,000 square feet of instructional and office space, plus a full-size gym in an 11,700 square foot field house. The 80-acre setting gives our great institution plenty of room to grow and open space to enjoy for generations.
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  • April

    Head of School Update, Thursday April 18, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Parents, 

    We ended our study of the virtue of love during this Holy Week.  Tonight, liturgically known as Maundy Thursday, is one of my favorite nights of the year.  John, Jesus’ “beloved disciple,” chose to devote over a quarter of the pages of his Gospel to remembering the Last Supper with his Lord and Savior.  Jesus washed his Disciples feet that night and commanded them to “love each other as I have loved you.”  They argued about which of them was to be considered the greatest, but Jesus showed them that true greatness comes through being a servant to all.
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  • March

    Head of School, Friday, March 22

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    In the middle of all our recent political "tribulations”, I had a short respite while attending a gathering of classical educators at Arizona State University. The Symposium was designed to enrich our understanding of the classical, liberal arts. Over 400 teachers and administrators learned about the theory and practice of classical teaching. We discussed how to revitalize teaching as the model of exemplary content and exceptional character.
     
    By its very nature, Classical education is character education. As classical educators, we seek to integrate character and virtue into all aspects of our curriculum, pedagogy, and culture at JH Classical Academy. Amidst the turbulent climate of pop culture, the explosion of screen-time and technology, and the proliferation of radical educational theories, classical educators still read Great Books. We believe that reading great literature helps restore our relationship with ourselves, our friends, nature, and G
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  • February

    Head of School, Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    FortitudeCourageBravery. These are the virtues needed when we are experiencing fear, and the virtues we've been studying this month.  Nobody likes to encounter the vulnerability, uncertainty, and insecurity caused by fear. Nobody likes the hurtful thoughts or actions that arise when fear causes us to lose perspective or blame others or ourselves.  So, what can we do when we are feeling afraid? 
     
    For me, words, stories, and friendships help. Words like, “Fear not, I am with you” or “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” are calming truth in the midst of fear. I wrote my senior thesis on Harriet Tubman from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and found her heroism inspirational. Sometimes stories like that provide the bravery needed in the midst of fear. The presence of friends who have weathered storms or suffered loss with me are tremendously comforting when I’m feeling afraid or alone.
     

    One of the reasons our curriculum at JH Classical Academy is so powerful is because these words, stories, and friendships are etched into the hearts of our students throughout our program. Teachers provide beautiful and meaningful scriptures, historical speeches, songs, and poems to memorize. Teachers create mentoring activities to encourage understanding between students so that they learn the importance of friendship.
     
    Words. Third Grade memorizes the Beatitudes to always remember, “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” Stories. Fourth Graders read “The Hobbit” and admire Frodo’s heroism in giving up his life to save Middle Earth and the good in the world. Friendships. Fifth Graders memorize,“Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friend.” I could share an example of words, stories, and friendship from every grade level.
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  • Head of School Update: Friday, February 1, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families, 

    A new friend, a retired US Navy officer who has been extra-ordinarily kind to JH Classical Academy, told me I must read The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Within days, a long-time mentor was explaining a tactical concept to me and referenced Sun Tzu’s strategies of warfare. Clearly I needed to purchase this book and become better equipped for the battles we face! Perhaps I could learn something from an expert on physical warfare and apply those principles to spiritual warfare?

    The Art of War
     is one of the world’s most influential books on military strategy. Written well over two thousand years ago in ancient China, its relevance has been reconfirmed by commanders in every century. Sun Tzu avoids the particular and takes the high ground to provide general insights, emphasizing the tricky and devious nature of war.  Of utmost importance is knowing your enemy, his plans, forms, and dispositions.  “Know your enemy and know yourself, and fight a hundred battles without danger,” Sun Tzu observed. “Know yourself but not your enemy, and win one battle but lose another.”
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  • January

    Head of School Update: Monday, January 21, 2019

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
     
    "We've got some difficult days ahead," civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., told a crowd gathered at Memphis's Clayborn Temple on April 3, 1968. "But it really doesn't matter to me now because I've been to the mountaintop… and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."
     
    These were prophetic words, uttered the day before his assassination.  The words challenged those he left behind to see that his "promised land" of racial equality became a reality. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a testament of hope at a time when people needed inspiration and leadership.  He was inspired by his Christian beliefs, his life experiences, and a compassionate concern for the dignity of all humankind.

    He galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in a historic August 28, 1963, speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: “I say to you today, my friend, that in spite of all the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” Like many men who changed the world, Martin Luther King Jr.’s determination not to let go of the dreams God had placed on his heart made him an agent of hope and liberation. 
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