VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY  
Taking young minds seriously

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


March 10, 2015
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DATES
March 10
Open House 7-8pm

March 24
Planetarium Visit 7pm
Parents & Siblings welcomed

April 17 & 18
Spring Into Shakespeare
Veritas Ski Trip
A large number of Veritas families recently enjoyed the slopes at Wisp Resort in Maryland.  The trip was complete with skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, a snow coaster, evening games, and live music by Mr. Dschida who brought his guitar and ukulele! Thank you to the Ellem and Knapp families for organizing our getaway!







LATIN LINGO

"Alma Mater"

Alma Mater literally means "nurturing mother."  Your Alma Mater is not just the school from which you graduate.  Its true significance derives from its role as the institution that inspires the student to become fully human.

Every school should begin with the end in mind.  Once graduated, what do we want our Veritas graduates to recall of their experience? Will they, upon looking back, recall the warmth of their Alma Mater, their "nurturing mother"  who "inspires affection and whispers truth", "enlists the imag ination", and lifts "hearts with noble and heavenly maxims"?

Or, will they recall the cold hammer and scorching furnace of a work-force foundry? Or, the conforming pressures, clamps, stamps, and molds of a statist mint? Or the endless mind-numbing, go-nowhere frenzy of a trainer's treadmill?


 

We hope Veritas graduates will have fond memories of their Alma Mater as the place that ignited a passion for acquiring knowledge for its own sake and a desire to become better human beings.

The [school] "...is an Alma Mater, knowing her children one by one, not a foundry, or a mint, or a treadmill."

John Henry Newman,
The Idea of a University

Recess!
We have a fabulous hill to sled down on campus, so our students took advantage of the recent snowfall to enjoy recess outdoors.
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.
 
Veritas Makes Headlines
Our school was the subject of a nicely written article on the front page of the March 5th edition of the Marietta Times.  If you'd like to read the story, please click here.
OPEN HOUSE 
Tonight, March 10, 7-8pm

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!
Composer of the Month: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is regarded as one of the greatest Russian composers of all time and the last of the Romantics.  He was greatly influenced by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with whom he spent some time.  Rachmaninoff was a composer, concert pianist, and conductor. In the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917, his estate near Tambov, Russia was seized by the Lenin regime, and he was forced to flee to Finland in an open sled with his wife and daughters and a few possessions.  He later emigrated to the United States where he continued his musical career until his death in 1943. For more information about Rachmaninoff, click here
Rachmaninoff plays Piano Concerto 2
Rachmaninoff plays Piano Concerto 2
Third Quarter Honor Roll
Headmaster's List Founders' List
Sara Ellem Gabriel Cantwell
Katie Lovejoy Karsten Potts
Maggie Morris Silas Vogel
Sophia Nayak
Alison Rehl
Hannah Lovejoy
Hunter Rehl
Aidan Nayak
Elanor Wilcox
Shawn Powers

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.

The Ethical Code of  Xenia

The 5th and 6th grade students recently practiced the ancient code of xenia.  In their study of Ancient Greece they came across this heralded tradition which, in its most basic form, is the practice of extending hospitality to a stranger.

For the Ancient Greeks xenia represented a cultural institution and a philosophy of ethics and morality.  Homer's Iliad gives us an example of the importance of this tradition when it describes the battlefield encounter between Diomedes and Glaucus during the Trojan War.  About to engage in battle, the two warriors address each other and inquire about each other's lineage.  Upon realizing that his grandfather had once hosted in his home an ancestor of Glaucus, Diomedes renewed the ancestral friendship, refused to fight Glaucus, and the two exchanged gifts of armor.

This "guest-friendship" code required Greeks to open their homes to humble strangers and invite them in for a meal, in exchange for which the stranger was to regale his host with his history. Surrounded by the sea, Greek travelers were accustomed to being strangers in a foreign land seeking shelter from unknown peoples. Xenia, therefore, was the hospitality shown to the stranger which then evolved into a generational and sacred bond between families.

Our students prepared for their "travels" by writing a composition about their ficticious Greek lineage and homeland, drawing details from their history studies. This English assignment then became the student's script for the history lesson which they dramatized for their classmates.  Each student presented himself at the door of the classroom and asked for food and shelter. The host then offered his hospitality to the stranger and once the meal was completed, the stranger told his host the story of his ancestry. Gifts were exchanged, and the guest friendship was cemented.  What a fascinating lesson for students to learn not only about ancient hospitality but also about treating strangers with kindness.  










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Two performances: April 17 & 18
 
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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