Taking young minds seriously

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

October 9, 2015
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   October 17
Fall Hike at Lake Hope State Park

October 22 & 23
Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 24
Sweetapple Farm
Corn Maze & Hay Ride
More Apples of My Eye

Virtue of the Month:
Mrs. Gale has many wonderful stories, fables, and poems lined up this month to teach our students about fortitude and its accompanying virtues, such as courage, perseverance, endurance, and determination.  Some of these include Try, Try Again, The Little Hero of Holland, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Little Engine That Could.

In science, the class is studying igneous rocks and volcanoes, while in history and geography they are leaning about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America, as well as the four cardinal directions.

The class' artist of the month is Rosa Bonheur, an 18th century French painter and sculptor primarily known for her works depicting animals in the Realist tradition.
Lion at Rest,  Bonheur
c. 1880

Great Expectations
The 5th & 6th grade new read-aloud book is one of Charles Dickens' most famous works,
Great Expectations. The students listen to the novel during their penmanship (cursive) practice and art class. 

Dickens is a tough read in many respects because he touches on many aspects of man's fallen nature such as betrayal, loathing, greed, prejudice, and revenge.  But the book also has many lessons in store for the persevering reader: forgiveness, friendship, humility, and kindness.

"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better off after I had cried, than before - more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle."
- Great Expectations

"Auribus teneo lupum."

Phormio  (161 B.C.) by Roman playwright, Terrence


Meaning "to hold a wolf by its ears," this phrase was once a popular proverb in Ancient Rome. Similar to "holding a tiger by the tail," the warning describes an unsustainable situation and one in which doing something might be just as risky as doing nothing.

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.
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How About Them Apples?
It is apple season and the 1st and 2nd grade students have been reading about Johnny Appleseed and his travels, learning the origins of apple-related expressions, and enjoying some of these sweet fruits. Below are some sample "Apple of My Eye" compositions.

Not to be left behind, Mrs. Gale's PreK/K class has been conducting its own apple studies with some seriousness.  See the results of their statistical work below.

Tennis and the Proper Appreciation of Sports
Academy students enjoyed another great week on the tennis courts. This time, they had an added amusement.  Headmaster Rutherford challenged 8th grader, Marie Discini, to a game, a contest she graciously accepted.  Miss Discini was charitable and Mr. Rutherford was humble - both important virtues to learn in sport and life.  Discini's classmates showed spirited enthusiasm for both players, although secretly rooting more for Marie!

We live in a society that often confuses athletic prowess with courage and is sometimes quick to forgive a superstar's character flaws because of his or her athletic ability.  To be sure, athletics and fitness have an important place in the development of the person, and there are many lessons to be learned from rigorous sportsmanship. However, we should learn to appreciate sport for how it can teach us to become fully human and athletes for their virtue both on and off the field of play. Below is a wonderful description of how we might best comprehend and enjoy sport.

"Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator."
- Pope Pius XII,Sport at the Service of the Spirit July 29, 1945
Monkey Madness
This week our 1st through 4th grade students spent some time "at the zoo."  Actually, the zoo came to us!  The Columbus Zoo brought some of their two and four-legged friends to the Genesis Rehabilitation Center, and we were invited to attend the program. Our students were superbly attentive and respectful. Great job, students and teachers!
Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour.
Ben Rutherford, Headmaster
School Office (740) 885-2033
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