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The House System: Fostering Belonging

The House System: Fostering Belonging

Fostering relationships across grades is a unique and important aspect of the community at Whitefield Academy. Whether it’s the buddy system between Kindergarten and Fifth Grade, an upper school buddy class planning activities for their lower school counterpart on All School Games Day, mixing grades up at lunch tables, or the seniors escorting the Pre-K kids down to their classroom for Pre-K Round Up, mixed grade relationships are actively and intentionally pursued.

Top 10 Summer Math Games and Activities

Top 10 Summer Math Games and Activities

As I consider all that we have experienced over this past year, I’m thankful for all the hard work that students, parents, and teachers have given in a collaborative effort to see our children flourish and learn.  I’m also thankful that the students will have a chance to rest and let what they have learned sink in over the next few months before we begin working on their formal education once again in August.

What Does it Mean to Study Latin?

What Does it Mean to Study Latin?

Welcome to Latin story time, round two!  Today we’re going to look at a tale most famously told in Livy’s enormous (yet fragmentary) work of Roman history, Ab Urbe Condita.   Livy, our primary source for Rome’s early history (and for several of the stories mentioned in our last post), dates the end of Rome’s monarchy and the beginning of the Republic to 509 B.C.  The transition was purportedly inaugurated, or rather initiated, by the horrific rape of a Roman soldier’s wife.  Livy of course presents the event as history, but we have to keep in mind that he was writing nearly 500 years after this supposedly occurred, and though he worked from intermediary sources which no longer survive, he was not writing strict history in the modern sense. 

Whitefield’s New Latin Teacher: Why I Love Latin

Whitefield’s New Latin Teacher: Why I Love Latin

In August of 1995 I walked into Latin class for the first time.  A native of Lawrence, I attended Lawrence High School and so was privileged to sit under the teaching of Dr. Anne Shaw who, more than twenty years later, still remains one of the most formative influences upon me as an educator and a Latinist.  I chose to try Latin as my foreign language because it sounded cooler and more obscure than my other options of French, German, and Spanish.

Classical Christian Education: What’s the Difference?

Classical Christian Education: What’s the Difference?

I remember a conversation I recently had with a Christian friend who wondered aloud why our family would pay to send our children to a classical Christian school when the new charter school down the road was free. Caught off guard, I did not know how to respond. I mumbled some answer about how we really love our school and the people, both of which are true, but how does that compete with free?

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