VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY 
Taking young minds seriously

P.O. Box 982
115 Victory Place
Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 885-2033


February 6, 2015
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IMPORTANT
DATES
February 10, 16
Admissions Open House
7-8pm

February 16
Planetarium Visit
7pm Siblings welcomed

February 24
7pm Declaration of Independence Talk

February 27
Winter Trip to Wisp

February 26-27
No School







Portable Planetarium Visits Veritas

Last week our students took a quick trip to space right in the comfort of our gym.  Each of the classes had an opportunity to experience the portable planetarium, courtesy of Washington State Community College and Dr. Dean Hirschi.

On February 16, our students will go to the planetarium at Marietta College to experience a live star talk and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World movie on the full dome screen.

Geography Bee
Our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students held a geography bee to determine our school geography champion. 
Trenton Parsons was our winner!
His score will be submitted to be ranked against other Ohio students. The top 100 winners will compete in the state bee. Good luck, Trenton!
Composer of the Month

Johann Sebastian Bach
Largely disregarded in his lifetime, Bach's fame emerged 100 years after his passing when another composer, Felix Mendelssohn, conducted a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion to great acclaim. 

J.S. Bach - Suite No. 2 - Badinerie
J.S. Bach - Suite No. 2 - Badinerie

Welcome to Veritas Classical Academy! Our mission is to develop the academic potential and personal character of each student through an academically rich educational experience.
 
The Game is Afoot!
The Veritas Virtual Scavenger Hunt is in full swing.  Throughout the month of February, we will post a new clue each day on the  Veritas Facebook pageEach of the clues highlights some aspect of our school and classical education.  Thus far, we have discovered that Mozart composed the tune we now know as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (or the ABCs), that Mr. Rutherford dressed as an English gentleman for the Dickens Dinner, and that Robert Frost has featured prominently in several of our morning recitations.

Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and invite others to join the hunt!
Math becomes Sport
The 3rd and 4th graders put math into action this week. After learning about spheres and how to calculate their circumference, diameter, and radius, the students proceeded to test the roundness of the balls of ice they had previously made with a game of ice bowling.

The students presented their states projects this week. Each student selected a state to research. Their research involved finding the principal cities, industries, state symbols and motto, governor, and unique facts about their chosen state. They were also required to produce current and historic maps of the state. The presentations concluded with a feast of foods typical of each state. Here is a sampling of the  projects:
 
Now Enrolling for 2015-16
Now Enrolling for 2015-16

Admissions Open House

 

Do you know someone who is interested in enrolling at Veritas?Invite them to attend one of our Admissions Open House evenings to learn more about classical education, tour the school, review our curriculum, and ask questions about Veritas.  
 
February 10
February 16
7-8pm
Veritas, 115 Victory Place, Marietta, Ohio

We are accepting applications for 2015-2016. Applications are available on our website. 
Mr. Dschida's Engineers
Simple machines was the subject of the science lesson this week in Mr. Dschida's class. They built a lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, and gears. The students enjoyed it so much there is talk of building a trebuchet! A trebuchet is a medieval siege engine that wreaked havoc in battle. 

In history the class wrapped up a chapter on Samson, Saul, David, Solomon, the rise and fall of the Israelite nation, and the first kings of India.  This week they tackled the Assyrian renaissance and the unification of the Greek peoples. 
Ophelia's Monologue
From Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Recited by Elanor Wilcox, 5th grade

Oh, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!-
The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword,
Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!
And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
That sucked the honey of his music vows,
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh;
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. Oh, woe is me,
T' have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
7th & 8th Grade Curricula Now Online
At Veritas we think it is vitally important that parents know precisely what their kids are learning. How else can you form a thoughtful opinion that will help you choose from among competing educational options?  This is why we post our curriculum online.  In addition to the curriculum, our website also includes our organizational vision which is the academic framework for the entire preK-12th grade academy.

The 7th and 8th grade curricula are now online. The books, resources, and supplemental materials were chosen with careful consideration for the overall mission of the school. Our headmaster and faculty may revise the curriculum from time to time in order to ensure that we are offering the best classical program possible.

You will find that our curriculum is stocked with primary sources, original texts, and challenging materials. It is a curriculum designed to engage and stretch the mind of the student.  As always, if  a student demonstrates ability beyond his or her grade level in mathematics or reading, that student will be moved up to the appropriate grade for those subjects.  There are no artificial ceilings imposed by grade levels.  Our goal is to challenge the student and encourage him to achieve beyond his own expectations.

Click here to view the entire curriculum.
Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private meeting.
 
Sincerely,
Kevin & Khadine Ritter (740) 629-7467
Austin & Wendy Rehl (740) 710-9045
Naresh & Melissa Nayak (740) 516-1784