VERITAS CLASSICAL ACADEMY  
Taking young minds seriously

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


September 25, 2015
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MC Escher:
Art or Math?

The 7th and 8th grade classes have been studying MC Escher's tessellations.  Escher was a master of lino and wood types and is considered the father of modern tessellations. His art is highly mathematical although he had no formal mathematics training. Tessellations are regular divisions of the drawing plane whereby arrangements of closed shapes completely cover the plane without overlapping or leaving gaps.

Escher was quite obsessed with these patterns and marveled at their mathematical significance in exploring the geometry of space and the logic of space.

 

"For me it remains an open question whether this work pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art."   M.C. Escher

Fridays After School
Reminder - If anyone would like to help spruce up the school, we tackle the cleaning each Friday at 3:30.  It takes about one and a half hours. All supplies are already on hand. Thanks!
 
PreK/K News
Virtue of the Month: RESPECT

The children have been reading  The King and His Hawk  from the Children's Book of Virtues.  The story is a lesson from the life of Genghis Khan about making wise choices and not acting out of anger.  They have been working on their letters from A through J and learning new sight words.  In math the students are learning all about the calendar and are starting to work with ordinal numbers. For history and geography and in honor of Constitution Day last week, the students learned a bit about the Constitution, our flag, and the many blessings we enjoy as citizens. The children also had a busy week learning about bugs, worms, butterflies, and other creepy crawlies in science class.  Thanks, Mrs. Gale!
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From Ancient to American History
Over the last two weeks Mr. Dschida's students have completed their review of Ancient history in preparation for studying American history. They covered Rome from Romulus to the Republic, all the way to Constantine. They also read their first complete work of literature, Cato, by Joseph Addison.

Cato is a tragedy written by Addison in 1712. The play is a dramatization of the last days of the Roman senator, Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 BC), who for many was the exemplar of republican virtue and opposition to tyranny. In the Roman Civil War that followed Caesar's famous crossing of the Rubicon, Cato joined a group of senators in opposing Caesar. After several defeats, he committed suicide as was considered proper for an adherent of Stoic philosophy.

George Washington was a great admirer of Cato and quoted often from Addison's play.  Washington used excerpts from Cato to craft his speeches, writings, and his addresses to the Continental troops. He identified with Cato as a disciplined patriot, prepared to give his life for the cause of liberty.
Early American History
Mrs. Nestor's 1st and 2nd grade students have been studying bird habitats in science and coupling this with artistic renderings of Anasazi Indian bird depictions for history and art class.

The students have been studying early American history over the last three weeks and specifically, the Native Americans. The ancient Anasazi people were known for the cliff pueblos they inhabited in the territory of the Four Corners shared by Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. The Anasazi, from the Navajo language and roughly meaning "ancient ones", left a great deal of archaeological evidence from which we can appreciate their art and architecture.

Below are some of our students' depictions of Anasazi bird art.


 
Will the Real George Washington Please Rise?
If you visit our school you will notice that the 1st-8th grade classrooms each have an unfinished portrait of George Washington hanging on a wall.  Perhaps the most famous depiction of our first president, Stuart Gilbert's unfinished portrait was the model for the picture found on the dollar bill.  
Martha Washington commissioned  the portrait, but after finishing his face Stuart failed to complete the work opting instead to sell copies of the face for $100 each.  He sold more than 60 copies, calling the painting his "hundred dollar bill." Ironically, this unfinished portrait became the artist's most famous and celebrated work.

In 1932, Congress mandated that this unfinished portrait of George Washington hang in every school in the United States.  
Mrs. Rehl's 3rd and 4th grade students honored our first president last week by making pictures of their own unfinished portrait.

Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour.
 
Sincerely,
Ben Rutherford, Headmaster
School Office (740) 885-2033
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