• November

    Head of School Update: Saturday, November 17

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
    The first Thanksgiving was held almost 400 years ago in 1621 in Plymouth, 
    Massachusetts. The Governor, William Bradford, and the Pilgrims established a time of fasting and praying in the spring, followed by a time of thanksgiving in the fall. The spirit of profound gratitude for God’s provision and the gift of family pervades narratives written by the colonist during those hard times.
    However, Thanksgiving did not become an annual event in America until 1863, when President Lincoln was in office. After persistent appeals from Sarah Joseph Hale, a popular women’s magazine editor from Boston, Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our benevolent Father. Lincoln wrote:
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  • October

    Head of School Update: Monday October 29, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    George MacDonald was a Scottish author, a poet, a minister, a pioneer in the field of fantasy literature, and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. J.R.R. Tolkien was influenced by MacDonald’s writing, especially his fairy tales that “reflected in a particular way man’s visions of Truth.” C.S. Lewis regarded MacDonald as his “master” and commented after reading MacDonald’s Phantastes one day at a train-station, “I knew I had crossed a great frontier.” G.K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that “made a difference to my whole existence.” I read several excerpts of this book to the students this month, during our reflections on the theological virtue of faith.
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  • Head of School Update: Monday October 15, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 

    My family had the pleasure of attending my mother’s Brown Family Reunion in New York City this past weekend, celebrating 200 years of banking history. For me, the entire experience was an education.  It was the type of education that made me eager to learn more, and yet content to stop and apply the principles learned to current situations. That is classical education! Looking to the past and finding connections for the future.
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  • September

    Head of School Update: Friday, September 21, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy families,
    Thank you for your strong support as we began our new school year.  It is wonderful to have the students back on campus learning and discovering.  Our team was encouraged to see nearly every family atttend Parent Orientation last week. The education triangle that connects student, teacher, and parent sets the best framework for success.  Open communication between everyone involved fosters a culture of trust and responsibility.  On Tuesday we experienced the largest turn-out ever for our Singapore Math parent training. Thank you for your partnership. 
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  • Head of School Update: Saturday, September 1, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 

    Our faculty and staff just completed three intense weeks of orientation, curriculum training, a servant leadership seminar, and our annual retreat at the Mariposa Ranch in Cody. We have 32 new students this year, three new teachers, and one new staff member. 

    Time away during June, traveling through Europe with my family, let me reflect, restore, and reboot for these wonderful weeks of practical preparation and relational investment. I hope your family had a summer full of adventure and intentional time together, and that all 106 of your children are ready to begin school next week!
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  • July

    Head of School; Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    It has been a beautiful two and a half weeks since the students left our campus. I met with the faculty and staff to reflect on this past year, and to thoughtfully prepare for the year ahead. The board gathered and implemented sound policy governance to protect the mission and vision of our school. Our architects and builders came to town to further prepare for our future facility. We made important progress on many fronts. 

    Now, it is time for rest. I’m tired. It has been an intense time of giving. It is time to withdraw. Tonight, we depart from Salt Lake City for Prague.  It is time to have fun and enjoy my family.  In Psalm 23, David said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.”
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  • May

    Head of School Update, Thursday May 24, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy  Parents, 

    Fortitude comes from the Latin word fortitudo, which is often translated as courage or being strong in the face of adversity. These past few weeks have required extra strength of mind and strength of character as our faculty and team soldier on to defend truth, beauty and goodness on behalf of our students and their future. This is what we are meant to do. This is why we exist. We see the need and we care. Our eyes are fixed on the far horizon so that temporary turbulence doesn’t cause us to deviate. We persevere on the path set before us, standing strong in faith in order to not grow weary in our pursuit of doing good.
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  • April

    Head of School Update, Saturday April 14, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents

    Songs can stir powerful emotions that transport us back in time. Opening Ceremony on Monday morning began with listening to three glorious pieces by 16th Century British composer Thomas Tallis. My mind retrieved experiences singing that early polyphony in numerous cathedrals across England, Scotland, and Wales, recalling the beautiful reverberations and an important time in my life. Music suggests much about the society in which it is created, reflecting the culture and people of historical times. Students learned how Tallis adapted his compositions to fit the demands of rapidly shifting Royal tastes during a time of political and religious turmoil and how he influenced his pupil and fellow composer William Byrd.
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  • March

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
    Fortitude, sometimes translated as courage, is the virtue of persisting with what you really know deep down is right. Fortitude can carry us through the fear that might prevent us from doing what is necessary and good. It is not a feeling. It is taking action, that our faith and reason have concluded is morally right, when we feel the least brave.
    Two Monday Morning Messages this month featured 15th and 16thCentury figures: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) and Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). Erasmus was a Catholic priest, social critic, classical scholar, and theologian. Galileo was an Italian polymath and has been called the father of observational astronomy and modern physics. Both men exhibited fortitude.
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  • Friday March 2, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Families,

    We concluded our month focused on the cardinal virtue of Justice with a thoughtful reflection by 9th Grader Lily Lonneker.  Completely on her own, Lily researched the legal and moral definitions of justice and combined them to create a compass of how to treat others: to help the needy, to love our enemies, and to live justly. Three of our 9th Graders have thus far shared reflections with the entire student body. What an encouragement it is to see our young adults articulate important insights with poise and confidence!  Please encourage potential 8th & 9th Grade students to join our JH Classical Academy students for an Open House with mini-lessons from our teachers this Tuesday, March 6thfrom 8-10:30 AM.  Our students are eager to learn alongside more friends!
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  • February

    Friday February 16, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families,

    I spent the day yesterday with my Board Chair, Brent Hodges, at the school he leads here in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is so good to have a Board Chair who recognizes the value of my hard work, cares for me, and shows me how to lead. The Lord asks us to live together in this way.  Comforting.  Teaching. Reminding.  Advocating.  Holding Accountable.  Strengthening.  The spirit of our age is a somewhat leadership-intolerant, but perhaps due to the lack servant leadership models. Max DePree, in his book Leadership is an Art, says, “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart than a set of things to do.”  Brent shares an educational body of knowledge with me, shows me how he stewards his relationships and values, and together we learn and stay vital in our faith and work. It makes a meaningful difference in my life.
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  • Head of School Update: Friday, February 9, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families,

    Our annual school-wide Spelling Bee took place last Thursday.  Sixth grade student Paschall McDaniel, who earned second place last year, outlasted the runner-up, fourth grade student Avery Ward, to take the title. Paschall will head to the regional competition on March 24 in Rock Springs, and, if she is victorious, she will proceed to the Nationals. Spelling competitions are great challenges to our memory and to our knowledge of phonetics.  But they also point to the power of words.  Noah Webster was a bookish farmboy who became obsessed with uniting America through words. He spent twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the first American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was seventy years old.
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  • January

    Friday January 12, 2018

    Dear JH Classical Academy Families, 

    My husband reads to our children every night for at least 30 minutes.  He has done this for years.  He has a favorite beanbag perfectly situated between the boys and girls rooms so they can hear him from their beds on both sides.  Reading is the heart of education.  But in reading aloud, we also condition the child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure, provide a reading role model, and build a base of knowledge and advanced vocabulary.  On Father’s Day, our third child announced that reading aloud was what he loved about his Dad!    
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