VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY  
Taking young minds seriously

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


April 1, 2015
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IMPORTANT
DATES
April 5
HAPPY EASTER!

April 7, 5-6pm
OPEN HOUSE

April 17 & 18
Spring Into Shakespeare
We had a wonderful time at the planetarium last week.  We even learned about Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo.  The 1st and 2nd grade students will soon learn the story of Regulus, a Roman general and statesman whose career is heralded as a model of heroic endurance.
 
Origin of
April Fools' Day
Also called All Fools' Day, the tradition has been celebrated for centuries by many cultures.  Its origins are unclear, but the best known theory dates the tradition to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar as called for by Pope Gregory XIII. The Gregorian calendar moved the new year from April 1 to January 1.  The rest of Europe soon followed suit. Those who failed to celebrate the new year in January and still held to the spring "new year" were often the subject of pranks and ridicule.

Some historians have linked April Fools' Day to ancient religious festivals such as Hilaria, celebrated in Rome on the day of the vernal equinox to welcome the spring season.

In Scotland, the April Fools' tradition was a two-day event.  "Hunting the gowk" came first during which you sent people on fake errands.  "Gowk" is another word for cukoo bird, a symbol for fool. The second day was Tailie Day which involved pranks played on people's posteriors, such as pinning fake tails or "kick me" signs on them.

"April 1.  This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four."

- Mark Twain
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.
 












Welcome to the Globe Theatre!  Our students cordially invite you to enjoy an evening of Shakespearean wit and whimsy with select performances from Macbeth, The Tempest, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear,  and more.  Your ticket also admits you to our Elizabethan Museum where you will see live displays of 16th century England and enjoy music and foods.

APRIL 17 & 18
6-8pm
$50 per person/$80 per couple

Tickets on sale now!
NEXT OPEN HOUSE 
Tuesday, April 7, 5-6pm

The 2015-16 school  year seems in the distant future, but it is just around the corner.

Our class sizes are capped at 12 students per grade.  If you'd like to secure your child's spot at Veritas or if you need more information to make a good decision, we highly recommend you attend an Open House.  We have been enrolling students for 2015-16 since last fall. Space is limited so don't miss out!
How Does Our Garden Grow?

Mrs. Rehl's class is just about ready to plant the Veritas Garden. They have been caring for their plants in the classroom for a few months now, but these greens are ready for deeper soil and spring sunshine.  Over the next few weeks we will be preparing the garden behind the school to receive these plants.  The class is growing a splendid variety from herbs like cilantro to fruits such as watermelon. 

In addition to our garden, this spring we will be planting fruit trees on campus.
Eureka! Eureka!

In Science class, Mr. Dschida's students have been learning about fluid displacement and hydrostatics, the branch of physics that deals with the characteristics of fluids at rest.  Their guide through these lessons has been Archimedes of Syracuse, the Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor whose work the students have been studying for several weeks. 

 

Archimedes' law of buoyancy states that the buoyant force (or upward pressure) of a body submerged in fluid is equal to the weight of the liquid displaced by the object.  It is said that Archimedes figured this out when he was a young man of 22 and already renowned for his scientific work.  Archimedes had been requested by his cousin, King Hiero, to determine whether a goldsmith had cheated the king. Hiero had commissioned a golden laurel leaf crown for which he paid the goldsmith handsomely.  The king was pleased with the crown but later heard rumors that the smith had replaced some of the precious gold for silver.  Furious, the king asked Archimedes to learn the truth without damaging the crown.

 

Deep in thought about the king's assignment one day, Archimedes went to the baths and noticed that as he lowered himself into the tub water spilled over its sides.  The deeper he sank, the more water was displaced.  He was so excited about his discovery he ran back home yelling, "Eureka! Eureka!" meaning "I have found it!" in Greek.

 

Knowing that gold is denser than silver, Archimedes guessed he could measure the amount of water displaced by equal weights of gold and silver and compare it to the amount of water displaced by the crown. He made sure the lumps of gold and silver weighed the same as the crown.  He then conducted his experiment and discovered that the crown was not, in fact, made of pure gold but that the goldsmith must have mixed some silver (or lighter metal) into the gold.

 

Not only did the students learn the origin of the fabled exclamation "Eureka!" in this lesson, they also learned a bit of ancient history, as well as the principles of water displacement and buoyancy, and they applied various mathematical concepts in conducting their own displacement experiment in class.  Such is the nature of classical education wherein subjects are interwoven to form a more complete picture of the specific lesson being taught.

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Sincerely,
Kevin & Khadine Ritter (740) 629-7467
Austin & Wendy Rehl (740) 710-9045
Naresh & Melissa Nayak (740) 516-1784