VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY 
Taking young minds seriously

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


January 22, 2015
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IMPORTANT
DATES
January 26
Medieval & Renaissance Musical Performance
7-8pm

February 2, 10, 16
Admissions Open House

February 16
Planetarium Visit
7pm - Siblings welcome

February 27
Winter Trip to Wisp

Veritas Classical Academy Honor Roll (Fall 2014)

 

Attaining the honor of being listed on either the Headmaster's List or the Founders' List requires not just academic achievement but also a demonstration of the student's acquisition of virtue and work habits. The development of virtue and good work habits are central to our school's mission and are evaluated on the student's report cards.

 

Headmaster's List

To be named to the Headmaster's List, students must achieve a grade point average of 93%-100% and receive two Outstanding marks in both Virtues and Work Habits.

 

Founders' List

To be named to the Founders' List, students must achieve a grade point average of 90%-92% and receive one Outstanding mark in both Virtues and Work Habits.

 

Fall Headmaster's List:

Sara Ellem

Katie Lovejoy

Maggie Morris

Sophia Nayak

 

Fall Founders' List

Gabriel Cantwell

Karsten Potts

Aidan Nayak

Shawn Powers

Hannah Lovejoy

Elanor Wilcox

 

Well done, students!







LATIN LINGO
Centripetal
Derived from the Latin "centrum" meaning "center" and "petere" meaning, "to seek," it is the force that makes a body follow a curved path.

Centrifugal
See above for "centrum" and "fugere" meaning "to flee," it is the force that draws a rotating body away from the center of rotation.

Gravity
Derived from the Latin "gravitas" meaning "weight, heaviness or pressure."
School on MLK Day
Veritas was open for school on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While everyone can use a break now and again, at Veritas we think it is beneficial for our students to observe holidays such as Veterans Day, MLK Day, and Presidents Day by learning something about that which is being commemorated. Therefore, we will typically have school on such holidays, and we will take the time to teach students about the people and events we are celebrating.

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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.
 
What's So Great About Pi?

Pi is perhaps the most venerated and celebrated of all mathematical numbers. There is even a Pi Day, celebrated on March 14 with special activities commencing at 1:59 to match the first digits of the number. You probably ran across it in elementary school and then quietly tucked it away in the dusty recesses of your brain never to see light again (unless, say, you work daily with geometrical forms.) Why is pi important?

Pi has been around for 4000 years. The ancient Babylonians calculated one of the first approximations of pi by taking three times the square of its radius which gave a value of pi=3 (1900-1680 B.C.). The Egyptians followed up with a formula that gave the approximate value of 3.1605 for pi (ca. 1650 B.C.) The first complete calculation of pi was done by Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 B.C.), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. His calculation showed that pi is between 3 1/7 and 3 10/71. We have established that pi is old (even ancient), but does it matter?

According to the founder and director of the Museum of Mathematics in New York, "What pi tells you is that there is an underappreciated beauty in math. You can figure out the circumference of a circle just from its radius. No matter how big or how small the circle is, it always has the same relationship. It's a beautiful, simple relationship." So, pi is beautiful, but the question remains, what does pi do for me?

Let's talk about pi-zza, a most important topic. If you wanted to find the best deal on pizza you could use pi to find the area of the pizza, then take the price of the pizza and divide it by the area to get the cost per square inch. That alone should convince us that pi is an indispensable concept! If pizza does not suffice, you can try this pi experiment using chocolate chips. 

For those who are not foodies or who dislike mathematics, pi still matters. Pi shows up in the natural world everywhere there is a circle: the shape of the sun, the spiral of a DNA double helix, the pupil of the eye, the concentric circles in the ripple of waves in a pond, and on and on. In truth, we cannot live without pi.

Whatever you may think of pi (if anything), we should at least acknowledge a certain reverence for mathematics and an appreciation for its truths. At Veritas, we strive to instill in each student a love of learning all that the universe has to offer, from pi and Picasso to Pasternak and pickleball. The opportunity to plumb the depths of knowledge never ceases. We invite you to join the conversation and share Veritas with others.
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.  We will host three sessions.
 
February 2
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.  Current school families do not need to reapply. We will send out enrollment forms later this month.
What is a rebec and how do you play it?
 
YOU ARE INVITED

An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance

Music and Instruments

 

January 26, 2015

7-8pm

Free and open to the public

RSVP Here 

May the Force Be With You
Gravitational, Frictional, and Centripetal Forces are at work in the 5th/6th grade class

Mr. Dschida's class packs quite a punch. This week in science they are tackling several laws of nature.  The first is Newton's law of universal gravitation which was published in 1687. It states that the force of gravitational attraction between the Earth and other objects is inversely proportional to the distance separating the Earth's center from the object's center. Frictional force is the force exerted by a surface as an object moves across it or makes an effort to move across it. Leonardo DaVinci was the first to state the laws of friction, 200 years before Newton even defined what force was. Finally, our students will study centripetal force which makes a body follow a curved path. Sir Isaac Newton coined the term "centripetal force"in his discussions of gravity in 1684. 

Next week, the students will conduct labs to test these physical laws following which they will study simple machines. They will also begin an complimentary book on Archimedes whose work laid the foundation for the study of physics and mechanics.
The Intersection of Art and History

The battle lines were drawn, shields readied, and blades sharpened this week as the 1st and 2nd grade students prepared to reenact the Trojan War. While our young hoplites researched, designed, constructed, and painted their swords and aspides (deeply dished wooden shields) in art class they also learned about the famous Bronze Age conflict between the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenaean Greece. In our 21st century reenactment, the Greeks once again sneaked into Troy by hiding in the fabled horse to win the day.

A fusion of history and mythology, this war inspired the greatest writers of antiquity and continues to capture our imagination with modern-day cinematic versions of the famous siege of Troy.
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