Sixth grade recently finished reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, accompanied by Trinitas’s parakeet Beauregard and the science department’s skeleton. A story of murder, mayhem, marooned seamen, and search for treasure, the book inspired a scavenger style treasure hunt in the school building and on campus grounds. All lads and lassies enjoyed the activity but Billy Bones’ Bandits comprised of Brooklyn Weihenmayer, Isaac Hennessey, and Sam Tenniswood triumphed over all to win the treasure.
The seventh grade class concluded their study of simple machines last week with a race of their rat trap cars. The ladies team with members Chloe Malloy, Amanda Schwartz, and Emma Todd won the race by shortening the lever arm to maximize the effort. Well done ladies!
Our seventh grade class is studying six simple machines in General Science: wheel and axle, lever, pulley, screw, inclined plane, and wedge. Today they used each of these to build a mouse trap car which they will race in class Tuesday. Stay tuned for the winner.
Today we have another student sonnet. This poem by Parker Gilley is a bit less whimsical than our last, taking on a more thought-provoking tone. Master Gilley invokes the image of his poem’s namesake in a powerful, imaginative way, allowing his use of language to transport his reader to something both sacred and ordinary at the same time. Enjoy!
With wand in hand the wizard raps his alter,
And flicks his wrist to initiate the psalm;
His acolytes, now set upon the psalter,
Begin to rend the crisp air which was calm.
Their tune now rises up into the aether
And rains choleric fire upon the dead;
Their ode now swells and stirs the wond’rous weather
And bursts in melancholy on their heads.
Their song traverses borders fixed by nations
And penetrates the darkness ‘round the earth;
Their notes return to old men animation
And steal away the pain of childbirth.
Their breath also drips to the Inferno
Yet they must not respond because they know.
This poem, written by eleventh grade student Tim Parsley, put a smile on everyone’s face who heard it yesterday in class.
O how I could tell the whole world of cheese
Monterrey Jack, Swiss, and Asiago
For these I would travel the seven seas:
Colby, American, Pepper, Queso
It lays upon oven roasted chicken
It lays upon tacos, burgers, and fries
It drips on my fingers, I start lickin’
It drips upon my shirt, my heart it ties
I will love a girl who brings me fromage
Together, cheese-praises we’ll always sing
If you bring cheese, then I’ll bring a corsage
Oh! You and cheese please be my ev’rything!
There lays in dark lovers upon a bed
Gluttonous and putrid: two lovers dead.
The third grade class enjoyed Olympic Day this morning. We hope parents were able to enjoy the introduction of the Spartans, Argos, Athenians, and Corinthians on our live periscope stream this morning. Our students competed in activities such as the long jump, wrestling, chariot (wagon) races, discus, arm wrestling, javelin throw, pentathlon, and “potato put” in celebration of their studies of the first Olympic games. Congratulations to our victors.
One of our favorite times of fellowship is the annual Fall Festival. This year, we enjoyed it on a Friday. Fourth grade and transfer students excitedly joined their new houses to begin our pep rally. Sir-Wins-A-Lot appeared to lead the wave and cheering for our team introductions. After a quick transformation of the Grand Hall, the Lady Knights volleyball teams whipped the faculty into shape on the court while parent volunteers served popcorn to the crowd. Parents and students caught a second wind as the volleyball team lead Grand Hall clean up and the soccer team moved supplies to Brosnaham fields where all enjoyed field games, apple bobbing, face painting, and the slow roasted barbeque meals. Our evening ended with a valiant effort on the soccer field to close the regular season. Ever ready to show school spirit, the crowd enjoyed screaming to encourage our young men in battle.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1). But aren’t we blessed to live in a country where we can share the Word and love of God with our neighbors? And aren’t we blessed to live in a community like Pensacola, Florida, that has so many thriving churches? And aren’t we blessed to be in a school led by godly men and women who teach our children the Word of God? And aren’t we blessed to hear the angelic voices of our kindergarten students recite scripture? Thank God for His many blessings.
K5 Reciting Psalm 1
Senior Rhetoric is about building skills with words. In a recent assignment, Mr. Butcher asked the seniors to write a description of a person, place, thing, or event that would be clear, concise, and plausible and vivid to the reader. Some students chose to describe a person, others a thing, but Master Brett Pardue decided to describe a classroom and its teacher. Here is what he wrote…
“As you enter, the smell of old textbooks and outmoded carpet smack you upon the cheek whilst grabbing and thrusting you deeper into the beast. A chair, glowing red from the pain of the countless souls before yours, sends forth its tentacles, grabs you, draws you in close, and grips you tight.
Then, amidst all the pain and suffering, a heavenly voice thunders across the multitude of desks. A savior! He comes! Trotting along, sporting a jacket, as dark as the night sky, pants that call to mind a dark forest, a shirt that is as white as fresh snow, and a tie shaped in the form of a bow. It recalls memories of Christmases past, a gift, which will be bestowed upon you over the course of an hour. He opens his mouth with the all too familiar words. . .”Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s begin.'”
Have you heard? Last year the teachers joined the students in reading 600 minutes a month as part of our reading program. This year the challenge has been issued to our parents and grandparents as well so print an extra reading calendar and get to reading! Turn in your first reading calendar to one of your children’s teachers on October 1st and the 1st of each ensuing month.