The Veritas Victor
TRUTH                           BEAUTY                       GOODNESS
Important Dates
March 18
Masquerade Ball

April 28 & 29
Once Upon a Happily Ever After

May 12
Grandparents Day 
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
Chess Club Mondays at 3:05pm
Photography Club Tuesdays during lunch
Cicero Club first 3 Wednesdays at 3:05pm

Basketball practice Tuesdays at 3:05pm
Scrimmages on Thursdays
The Garden Committee is preparing to mulch the front gardens at school. Several families have made donations to help cover the cost of the mulch and weed treatment.  If you would like to contribute, please click here to contact Linda Ritter via email.  
Congratulations to our Student Athletes
Two VCA students did especially well at the SEOWV YMCA Champs swim meet last weekend.   Shawn Powers achieved three lifetime best finishes as well as 9th place finishes in the 200-meter free relay and 200-meter medley relay. Lauren Strobl accomplished two lifetime best swim times in the 100- and 200-meter individual medleys and helped the girls' squad rally to a 13th place finish in the 200-meter free relay and 12th place in the 200-meter medley relay race. Well done, swimmers!
We extend a welcome to Ava Sayre (3rd grade) [misnamed in the prior newsletter]
A Note on Technology
On occasion, visitors to the school are shocked to see that we do, in fact, employ computers and other technology at school. Admittedly, we treat technology very differently than other schools. Technology is often seen as a good in itself.  Consequently, schools are often in a mad dash to acquire the newest gadget and change how and what they teach because of it. Calculators in the elementary grades are one such example. Why teach arithmetics when something else can do it for us?
Technology was defined early on as a  means of doing something.  That is how we treat technology at VCA. Technology is a tool, and when used appropriately, an effective one. It is not, however, a substitute for student-teacher interaction, books, pencil and paper, or the student's own mental fortitude.
Saul of Tarsus
This week the 9th/10th grade history class will be reading about St. Paul's second apostolic journey (50 A.D.) During this trip, Paul visited the ancient Greek city of Athens where he encountered a vibrant pagan culture.
Students will read a short account of this encounter by historian Joseph Callewaert and compare it to a similar biblical account from the Book of Acts. Our look at the spread of Christianity is part of our larger look at Rome during the Roman Principate.
St. Paul, whose native name was Saul of Tarsus

Dear March - Come In
Dear March - come in-
How glad I am-
I hoped for you before-
Put down your Hat-
You must have walked-
How out of Breath you are-
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest-
Did you leave Nature well-
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me-
I have so much to tell.

Emily Dickinson
March 8, 2017
School in the 1800s
There has been a step into a bygone era in Mrs. Rehl's 3rd/4th grade classroom of late.  Earlier in the semester, the students learned how school was conducted in the 1800s. For an entire week, the students followed 1800s "rules" for classroom behavior and other traditions such as carrying their books to school tied together with a leather strap and using a lunch pail. Among other things, the students took great delight in surprising adults by standing up by their desks as a sign of respect when these adults walked into the classroom.

The most interesting part of this experiment is that after the week was concluded, the students asked Mrs. Rehl if they could continue to follow the classroom behavior and etiquette rules from the 1800s for the remainder of this year. Who are we to deny students the opportunity to practice good behavior? 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Fairytale Museum open 6-6:30pm
Pre-Show Reception & Art Auction 6-6:45pm
Curtain opens 6:45pm

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Fairytale Museum open 1-1:30pm
Pre-Show Reception & Art Auction 1-1:45pm
Curtain opens 1:45pm

$80/couple; $50/single; $25 children over 12
To reserve your ticket, please email us indicating the day you wish to attend and how many tickets you desire.

Marietta College on Campus
This week a group of Marietta College petroleum engineering students spent the morning with us conducting a number of experiments with our students. It was a great experience!

 The MC students taught our students about reservoirs and the extraction of oil and gas from the earth. They studied geo-solids and crystallization, and they conducted an experiment on the cause of implosions when a gas is heated and then cooled rapidly.  We thank the college students for spending the morning with us and sharing their knowledge of earth sciences with VCA.
Composer of the Month
Isaac Alb é niz (1860-1909)
Perhaps the best known Spanish composer of all time is the revered Isaac Albéniz whose folk music captured the very soul of the Spanish countryside.  A tempestuous youth, Albéniz was a piano prodigy at age 4 and by age 12 had run away from home twice, supporting himself with his performances. He studied, performed, and taught music throughout Europe but didn't engage in serious composition until 1890.  His most famous work is Iberia, a collection of 12 virtuoso piano pieces evoking the Spanish landscape of Andalusia. Claude Debussy once said of Iberia, "Never has music achieved such diversified, such colorful impressions: one's eyes close, as though dazzled by beholding such a wealth of imagery." 


Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albeniz
Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Alb é niz
Granada from the Suite Espanola by Isaac Albeniz
Granada from the Suite Espanola by Isaac Alb é niz

Thank you for your interest in our school. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private meeting.


Ben Rutherford
Headmaster, Veritas Classical Academy

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PO Box 982
Marietta, OH 45750