In this issue: New Faculty Member, DC Trip, Summer Camps, and more!

Taking young minds seriously

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May 12, 2016
Neither Rain, nor Rain, nor More Rain Could Stop the Hunt!

Last week, 95 students and family members and Academy staff descended upon our nation's capital to conduct a scavenger hunt throughout Capitol Hill, the National Mall, and Arlington Cemetery in search of a variety of historical sites, artifacts, documents, and monuments.  Despite the inhospitably soggy weather, the students forged ahead and enjoyed two days of first-hand encounters with some of our nation's most cherished symbols.  The scavenger hunt required the family teams to find such things as the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights (located at the National Archives), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President Kennedy's eternal flame (located at Arlington National Cemetery), the Ohio pillar at the WWII Memorial,  an artifact or script from the Folger Shakespeare Library, George Washington's uniform (located at the National Museum of American History), a cherry blossom tree (along the Tidal Basin), Latin inscriptions (bonus points for their translations), and much more.  We capped off the trip with a group tour of the U.S. Capitol. It was a fantastic experience, and we look forward to future adventures with our students and their families.

Did you Know?
The origin of the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," comes from Herodotus' account of the Persian messenger system:

"It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day's journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed."

The method of carrying messages Herodotus describes was a Persian invention and enabled the messengers to travel swiftly.  In this fashion King Xerxes sent a message home to Persia that the Greeks had destroyed his fleet off Salamis in 480 B.C.
Introducing Mr. Philip Schaffer

We are pleased to introduce to you Mr. Philip Schaffer who will be joining us this fall as our full-time Latin teacher.  Mr. Schaffer is a native of Ohio.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in History, Political Science, and Classical Studies from Ashland University where he was also an Ashbrook Scholar.

Mr. Schaffer has taught Latin, Ancient Literature, Logic and Rhetoric, American History, American Literature, and Composition in classical schools in Ohio and, most recently, in Arizona.  " The rich curriculum that is rooted in the classical notions of the Trivium and Quadrivium attracted me to Veritas Classical Academy. Moreover, its location in beautiful Ohio is attractive to me," said Schaffer upon accepting the position.

Schaffer's philosophy of education is clearly aligned with the Academy's mission. " I believe that classical education is the best tool to fully form a young person because a classical education cultivates the entire young person by teaching them to think and conduct themselves as free men. The classical model's focus on cultivating both intellect and virtue makes it a perfect model for students in any age," he commented. "Schaffer will be a terrific addition to our staff because he has a firm grasp of the true purpose of education, and he is passionate about classical studies," stated Mr. Rutherford, Headmaster of the Academy.  

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.
2016-2017 School Calendar

September 6 - Matriculation Day and first day of school
October 13 & 14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
December 9 & 10 - Dickens Dinner
December 21 - January 1 - Christmas Break
February 16 & 17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school
April 10-14 - Easter Break
May 19 - Last day of school

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