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Career Day Success and Skills

From Carly Schneider, 9th grade Class Dean

Career Day this week was a huge success! We are so grateful to Dr. Mason and all the parents who gave their time to help coordinate or present.

As I listened to three high-powered lawyers discuss their very different career paths, I heard each of them affirm that the skills Regents teaches are some of the most important (and highly sought) skills across a range of successful careers. The business world calls them “soft skills” or “CEO skills;” the academic world calls them “21st Century skills;” but at Regents we know that old truth is often cutting edge truth as well—our goal of training the good (hu)man speaking well is as powerful in today’s world as it was in the first century.

What are these skills and why is Regents uniquely focused on developing them in our students? 

Effective Communication. “Speaking the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4:15) Strength in arguing winsomely,…

Posted by sorblog in SOR Blog on Thursday January 28, 2016 at 02:31PM
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Why has your face fallen?

Why Has Your Face Fallen?

Chapel Talk by Mr. Chris Knepp, SOR Humanities

                                                                                                       

November 2, 2015

I want to share with you today 2  stories from the Bible about dealing with disappointment. The picture on the opening slide – that of Jacob embracing Esau – is a story with a happy ending. The scripture read by Benton – the story of Cain and Abel – is one that does not end well at all.  The different endings are the result of the different ways the characters responded to seemingly undeserved setbacks.

But first let’s talk about me! When I told Mrs. Knepp that I was going to speak today …

Posted by sorblog in SOR Blog on Monday November 9, 2015
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The Need for Godly Friends

By Dr. David Rosenberg, SOR Humanities

Good morning, everyone.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the Mission Statement for our school. Do you know it? If not, that’s OK. Listen to me as I read the first paragraph from the “Our Core Beliefs” tab on our school website:

“We are a school community seeking to serve mankind and honor God.  By engaging in our classical and Christian program, students develop an appreciation of truth, goodness and beauty.  But we are about more than appreciating these eternal ideas.  We are also seeking to put them into practice.”

Love is not specifically mentioned here in the mission statement, but to echo Paul in 1 Corinthians I’d have to say that it’s the single most important thing about the Christian life. As the passage Tristan read just stated for us, serving mankind and honoring God includes, above all else, love.

I don’t know about you all, but I was brought up for most of…

Posted by sorblog in SOR Blog on Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 11:01AM
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Peer Pressure

by Dr. Carol Blosser, SOR Humanities

Good morning.  Please bow your heads and pray with me: ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A couple of weeks ago, when I realized it had been quite some time since I last spoke in chapel, I looked at the schedule and saw that there was one slot open.  Apparently you all would like to hear one of us talk about peer pressure, and apparently, I am that person.  I think I have a few things to say on that topic.  Right now your eyes may be glazing over and you may be thinking, great. Here’s where she tells us not to drink / do drugs / have sex just because our friends are doing it.  And I could probably give a pretty good talk along those lines. 

After all, I was in school during…

Posted by ms in SOR Blog on Monday October 26, 2015 at 03:15PM
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Think on These Things

Chapel Talk by Deb Gore

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” Luke 10:27

“6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil. 4:6-8

 

I want to begin with an embarrassing story.  You love embarrassing teacher stories, right? Most of you don’t know me, since I only teach seniors, and this story reveals quite a lot about me.

Well, a few years back, I was at Barton Creek Mall on an end of the mall where there was just …

Posted by ms in SOR Blog on Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 10:16AM
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Chapel Talk

by Craig Doerksen, Head of School of Rhetoric

This fall, the theme for our chapels in the SOR is the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.  We all know this commandment--the greatest, the most obvious, and yet… it is not as straightforward as a set of laws or a list of do’s and don'ts.  ‘Though Shalt Not Murder’.  Keeping that—or not—is pretty clear.  But for the greatest commandment, it is not so simple.  Of all the things that could be the most important commandment to God—Love—Love God with all your heart is a strange and we should add wonderful ‘rule’.

So, we are going to explore this commandment together this fall.  We asked student council and the prefects for ideas of how we can bring this commandment into life at Regents—how do we apply it to our life, how do we 'love the lord our God with all our …

Posted by ms in SOR Blog on Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 04:16PM
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Baccalaureate Address May 22, 2015

TRUST HIM by Ron Wood

Do you not know, have you not heard?  That all flesh is as grass and all glory of man is short lived—as short as the grass upon the earth—or the blooming flower upon the plain.  But the Word of the Lord endures forever (from Isaiah 40 and I Peter 1:24-25).

I have two goals today:

(1) to convince you that the Word of God is a sure foundation and
(2) to exhort you to trust in the Lord.

Regents Class of 2015, you are to be congratulated for reaching this milestone in your life.  The Regents School of Austin is a proven school of excellence; therefore, I am confident that you have been scholastically prepared to face the future as citizens in today’s world.  We all are confident that you have sufficiently proved your intellectual skills and that you are indeed worthy of our praise.

However, I must issue a challenge to each of you.  Your spiritual journey has just begun.  Of course, I hesitate to make such a …

Posted by ms in SOR Blog on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 02:11PM
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Emptiness

by Dr. David Rosenberg, SOR Humanities 

Silence. There’s something  very powerful about silence, particularly when there are lots of people around and the silence occurs between periods of music and prayer, like we’re experiencing now. But there’s also something very intimidating about it—imagine if I had left it stretch on for much longer, I bet lots of you would have become very uncomfortable. Silence has  a way of searching you out. Theme work days in my room are usually silent, and sometimes people ask if I can play music, maybe because of the discomfort of silence.

It’s so strange, in those theme work days when I start talking to a student about their theme, or maybe as I started talking just now, others begin talking to one another, as if they were just waiting for the cover of someone’s words so that they could end the silence they were just in. For a while my HR had Nap Days on Thurs., and it didn’t last very long, …

Posted by Mrs. Mary Sue Evans on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 02:10PM
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Chapel Talk by Bizzy Bolger, Regents Student

Hey y'all, good morning and welcome back! Alright, well first of all I read this passage about fifty times. And, the first twenty times I had a really hard time finding the deeper meaning in it. I mean, no one parades around riding on a donkey in 2015, but Austin's pretty weird, so I wouldn't be surprised. No, I'm kidding, but seriously you don't see a pathway made of palm branches for one man riding on a donkey, cause that's pretty weird. And apparently the disciples thought the same thing. When they saw Jesus it says they "did not understand" which means in modern lingo they were like what the heck is Jesus doing riding on a donkey w palm tree branches on the floor. But then it says "after he had been given his glory and they remembered all this. Everything happened exactly as the scriptures said it would" in the rest of verse 16. Within these verses I want to talk to y'all about three things that I finally got out of this passage: how God's glory unfolds in our own life,
Posted by Mrs. Mary Sue Evans on Thursday March 26, 2015 at 11:41AM
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One of the Greatest Days of My Life

By Regents Alum Natalie Mays On October 1st, 2014, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. I am a classical cello performance major at Belmont University, and I had been well aware for months prior to this occasion that he was coming to play with the Nashville Symphony. I had a ticket to go to this concert the day that tickets went on sale in July (thanks mom) but then one of my teachers at Belmont, who is one of the first violinists in the Nashville Symphony, snuck me into Yo-Yo Ma’s private, closed-off rehearsal with the symphony the day of the concert. I walked in with her and the rest of the symphony, and once backstage, she passed me off to the assistant conductor, who then showed me into the audience seating and told me to sit wherever I liked, pointing out the areas with the best acoustics, and where “he” (no one needed to specify who “he” was) would be sitting. So I sat about three rows from the stage and after a few minutes, the orchestra
Posted by Mrs. Mary Sue Evans in SOR Blog on Saturday March 21, 2015
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