The Veritas Victor
September 29, 2017
Mini Michelangelos
All Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) wanted to do was to be left alone to sculpt to his heart's content, but Pope Julius II demanded that the great Florentine artist turn his attention to painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The project suffered many interruptions with the artist sometimes walking off the job due to unpaid wages or differences of opinion with his patron, the Pope. The ceiling was complete after four years of arduous work during which Michelangelo was mounted on a scaffold of his own design. Some sources claim the artist painted lying on his back. Others suggest he was standing with his head tilted backward. Michelangelo himself wrote an amusing sonnet describing his difficulties in painting the ceiling. Read it here.
As for these 3rd and 4th grade artists, after learning about Michelangelo's accomplishments, they attempted to draw in the style of the great artist for just 20 minutes but all began to wince in discomfort after a short while!

December 7, 2017
Peoples Bank Theatre
Marietta, Ohio

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Budding Biologists
Mrs. McKay's students have been busy observing the life cycles of caterpillars and the development of several chrysalis. Chrysalis is the pupal stage of butterflies. The term comes from the Greek χρυσός ( chrysós ) for "gold" and refers to the gold coloring of the pupae of many butterflies. This week they witnessed the debut of a monarch butterfly. What lovely creatures!
Illuminated Capitals - An Intersection of Art, Music, and History
Perhaps the most poignant characteristic of classical education, and certainly one of the most beautiful, is how academic disciplines intersect and inform one another. Mrs. McKay's recent lesson on monastic choral music and its accompanying artwork is one such example. Illuminated manuscripts were delicately painted by monks in the medieval period to decorate bibles, prayer books, music sheets, and the like. The term is derived from the Latin manus, or hand, and scriptus meaning writing. Manuscripts which were decorated with gold or silver were called "illuminated," from the Latin, illuminare , meaning to brighten. Some of the best examples of illuminated manuscripts are found in the leaves of Gregorian chant collections. While creating their own illuminated capitals, fit to adorn any priceless collection, our students listened to the soothing monophonic sounds of Gregorian chant. Above is an example of one of our students' beautifully illuminated capitals.
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Important Dates
October 7
Fire and Ice Formal

October 19 - 10am
Tea with the Headmaster

October 21
College Info Day - 3pm

Meeting Reminders
House lunches every Wednesday

House Meetings:
Tarsus, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7:45am 

Washington, 2nd & 4th Mondays at 3:05pm

Chesterton, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:45am

Read-A-Thon Tonight
Students are invited to camp out in the gymnasium with a good book from 5:30-Midnight tonight. Pizza will be provided by Washington House.
Save the Date!
Our annual Dickens event will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. We are thrilled to hit "the big stage" this year! Tickets will go on sale via the theatre's website soon. More details will follow in the next few weeks.
Penny War!
Chesterton House challenged the school to raise funds to help those in need in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The school collected $738 in a vigorous penny war over four days. The funds were delivered to St. Matthew's House in Naples, FL in person today by one of our school parents. Thank you, students, for your caring hearts.