In this issue: New Faculty Member, Mock Trial, Experiments with Temperature, and more!

Taking young minds seriously

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Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 885-2033

May 19, 2016
A Sad Farewell

Dear Veritas Students, Families, and Faculty,
As has been previously announced, I will not be returning to Veritas Classical Academy next year. My conversion to Orthodox Christianity has called me to be nearer to a community with an Orthodox parish.
With the school year coming to a close, I wish to thank students, families, and faculty for the welcoming community Veritas has been to me. It has been a joy and a privilege to participate in Veritas' mission of taking young minds seriously. This job has offered me the chance to teach a wide range of subjects I love and to help young students form both intellect and character-experiences that will be valuable to me for the rest of my life. I am sincerely sorry to be leaving such bright, eager, and caring students, their devoted parents, and an inspiring faculty.
May God bless the efforts of Veritas Classical Academy. I am sure truly great things will happen here in the years to come.
Miss Sorensen

The Veritas Classical Academy family is sorry to see Miss Sorensen depart.  We have been inspired by her dedication, gratified by her talents, and humbled by her nature. We will miss her but wish her all of God's blessings.

Water Temperature Experiment
Just because it's the last week of school doesn't mean we're not working hard.  Earlier in the semester our 1st and 2nd graders learned about the nervous systems.  This week, they conducted an experiment to experience how the brain sends and receives messages to and from the body.  The students submerged each hand in hot and cold water simultaneously.  After 60 seconds, they switched water containers and were amazed to realize they couldn't appreciate a difference in temperatures and that both hands felt like they were in room temperature water. To put it very simply, the nerves in each hand reported different temperatures to the brain which caused it to be overstimulated by the contrary sensations so that it could not process which hand was in which water bin after the switch. Science is always fun with Mrs. Nestor!
Introducing Mrs. Sarah McKay

We are pleased to introduce to you Mrs. Sarah McKay who will be joining the faculty this fall as our 5th/6th grade teacher.  Mrs. McKay hails from Chicago, Illinois.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. Before finishing college she also spent a year and a half teaching English as a second language in Mongolia.

Mrs. McKay has taught all elementary grade subjects employing the classical model for several years.  "I love that it [classical education] teaches to the strengths of each developmental stage of the child, filling the mind with facts at the Grammar stage; ordering those facts with reason, seeking out the "whys" of formulas and historic events in the Logic stage; and finally, when the mind is full and ordered, it is ready, in the Rhetoric stage, to reason beautifully and arrive at sound conclusions and express thoughts eloquently. This is the mark of a well-educated mind," stated Mrs. McKay.      

"Sarah McKay is a great match for our talented faculty," said Mr. Rutherford, Headmaster of the Academy.  "She is very eager to join her new colleagues in extracting the most out of these young enthusiastic students," he continued. "The teachers at Veritas are not afraid to challenge their students and expect great things from them. And in return, the students respond to these challenges by creating amongst themselves an atmosphere of academic excitement.  It is a joy to be part of a school where the students are driven by a love of learning and the teachers competently cultivate their students' natural curiosity.  I am also pleased that parents are so involved in the school as I believe a child's interest in their own education is greatly influenced by the parent's interest in the same," said Mrs. McKay.

It is impossible to contain Mrs. McKay's excitement about the fall.  "I am excited by the challenge of diagramming complex sentences as we tease apart the elements that make up the grammar of our language.  I am excited to not just know that 1/2 (b x h) equals the area of a triangle but to know why .  I can't wait to be moved by the artwork of a famous artist or by a beautifully penned phrase of a poet or author and to try our hand at those same crafts to see what beauty lies within us. I look forward to making history come alive in our classroom that we may better understand who we are by knowing our past.  I smile to think of those beautiful moments of awe and inspiration that will come as we study and understand the world through science. We are going to ha ve so    much fun!"

Mrs. McKay lives in Marietta with her husband, Dr. Cavendish McKay, professor of Physics at Marietta College, and their five children. In her spare time, she enjoys spinning yarn and knitting, tending to her backyard flock of chickens, walking, hiking, traveling, and reading.  Mrs. McKay also teaches music, running her own Let's Play Music program for the past two years.

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Veritas faculty!

Veritas Classical Academy is offering a variety of summer camps this year including music camps, a tennis clinic, a junior scholars camp, and a science camp. For more information, please click here.
Panning for Gold and Other Mischief

In an ingenious fundraising scheme, Mrs. Rehl took her students to her farm to pan for gold in the stream. Actually, the adventure was the conclusion of their science studies for the year.  The 3rd and 4th graders collected different insects, leaves, and plant materials in a scavenger hunt.  Then they spent some time with the farm animals and panning for gold.  A wonderfully muddy time was had by all.


No luck for these gold panners.

Maduro on Trial at the Academy

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Indictments were handed down against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro earlier this week in the 5th and 6th grade classroom at Veritas Classical Academy. Maduro stood trial today on several charges, chief among them was negligence of his official duties evidenced by the destruction of the country's economy due to his socialist policies. The verdict has not yet been announced, but it is expected that the jury will issue its decision shortly.

To wrap up their unit on Logic, Miss Sorensen's 5th and 6th grade students
studied the differences between capitalism and socialism.  They then  conducted a mock trial of the Venezuelan dictator.  He was assigned counsel and received a fair trial.  However, he did not fare well.  After a short deliberation, the jury found him guilty on all counts and sentenced him to be removed from office and exiled for life.
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