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  • What is Your Legacy?


    What is a legacy? Is it planting seeds in a garden you will never get to see? Is it making a name that will go on for generations? Is it something that you already have? Booker T Washington was a profound African American man who often pondered on this question.

    Washington grew up as a slave, and because people regrettably in that time did not see him as human, he did not know his legacy. He did not know his father. He knew his mother and his siblings, and he knew how to work and to work hard. So he spent his life working. He first worked in the salt mines to get an education. When he was in grade school his teacher asked what his last name was. He didn't know, he was never given one, so he said Washington. He didn’t know who he was or to whom he belonged and because of that he had no reason to work as hard as he did because the family name would not be marred if he failed.


    Booker T. Washington did not use this as an excuse but rather as a driving force for him to propel himself. He graduated and then started a school. He made a name for himself but more importantly he made a name for future generations. He made the Tuskegee Institute which was founded on hard work. He made a legacy of work.

    What legacy will you make? Unlike Washington, we know where we come from. Whether from our heavenly Father or from our mom and dad. We have a legacy left for us here at school. We have a legacy left by our graduates. We have a legacy left by our founding fathers Washington, Madison, Hamilton, and Henry.

    The question now is, are we going to pick up what's left for us to do? Are we going to finish the race? Run the race the best we can? We know where we come from, so what are we going to do with that? Will we bring up our family name, our house name and our name as Christians if we are in Christ, or will we not?

    What is your legacy? What seeds will you plant?


    As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Jon, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).

  • Summer Reading Lists and House Contest

    Dear Covenant Families,
    We are pleased to announce a summer reading house contest!  Get a jump start on earning your house points for the 2017-18 school year by participating.  This contest runs between Saturday, July 1 and Friday, August 25, 2017.  The house with the most pages read will receive 100 points to start off the new school year! 

    How to Participate:
    Download and print this 2017 Summer House Reading Contest sheet.

    Log your pages and rank your book selections.  

    Turn in your sheet in the first week of school to be included in the contest totals.

    New to Covenant and don't know your house yet?  No worries!  Simply add up your pages read and to be included once house assignments are announced.

    Here are a few links to recommended reading lists to get you started:

    The Kindergarten Cannon: 100 Best Children's Books
    1000 Good Books List for grades 1-12

    For parents interested in reading more about classical education, please visit our Recommended Resources page.

     

  • Parent Testimony: The Way God Created Us to Learn



    As our thirst for knowledge and our capacity to learn increases as we develop, so does our curriculum and the richness and complexity of information that we can process and retain.

    As an infant/young child, our brains are able to process simple information, such as square, circle, red, blue. As we grow, fine motor skills come in and we learn to hold a pencil and write and jump. Then we can begin to memorize huge chunks of information and easily recite it at will. And yes, there is repetition of information for this reason. Once we understand shapes and colors, we add on to those facts and learn to calculate circumference and understand how light effects the way we see colors. Each step of the way, the history of the world taught chronologically guides the content of each subject. This occurs all throughout grammar school.


    We learn to care for others more than ourselves, get outside of our own comfort zone and humbly grow in the knowledge our minds crave.



    In the middle school years, responsibilities increase and students are responsible for keeping up with their own schedules and assignments and even the campus grounds. Teachers train students' study skills for self-teaching outside the classroom through homework and longer assignments. The knowledge obtained in grammar school is applied into more defined subjects and period rotations throughout the school day. Service time trains students to care for their school and others by doing tasks with a servant’s heart. We learn to care for others more than ourselves, get outside of our own comfort zone and humbly grow in the knowledge our minds crave.


    This is the way God created us to learn.


    In logic school, all the information and leadership skills are refined. These students pay it forward and demonstrate leadership qualities back towards the younger students. They present topics of character building and model behavior each week during our all-school chapel. The student council plans and leads student events such as dances, fall festivals, and house huddles. All the while, their love of learning is sharpened, not to just get them through high school, but to inspire a lifetime love of learning.

    The most important factor, I believe, is that God's story is entwined throughout their education. These are our children's most formative years. We should take every opportunity afforded to them to show them God's unconditional love. This is how He created each of us and how we naturally develop. This is the way God created us to learn.


    This article was written by Laurie Brooks, the Director of Information and Technology at Covenant Academy.  Laurie is passionate about classical Christian education and loves watching her two boys thrive under its time tested methods.  

    Laurie and her husband Todd have two CA students Cole and Noah and a playful Dalmatian named Kimber.  To learn more visit the About Us page.