A Word From the Head
August 27, 2015
Barry McBee, our Chairman of the Board at Regents, led today’s K-12 Convocation Chapel with the Invocation Prayer. Please consider regularly praying the words below over your children and over the community of Regents.
Lord God Almighty, you who are pure and perfect, when we are not.
You who are mighty, when we are weak.
You who are eternal, when we are mortal.
We come before you with praise and thanksgiving, for all that you are and all that you so graciously give to us.
Thank you for the life and the hope we have in you through your son Jesus Christ, our redeemer.
Thank you for the help we have from you each day through your Holy Spirit walking with us.
Thank you for this school and your hand that is upon it, now and in years past.
For those who founded it – for those who have guided it – for those who labor here today to lead and to teach and to coach and to volunteer, all for the good of your people and for your glory.
Thank you for each student and for each family, for the joy of a fun and restful summer, for the excitement of the return to the classroom and the performance space and the athletic field.
We ask for your blessings on Regents this year as we begin again to learn more about who you are, about the world you have created, about your hand in history, about your truths that are the foundation of all knowledge and understanding and wisdom.
Bless, guide, guard and protect all who come to this beautiful campus you have generously given us.
Bless each day, that we students and parents, faculty and staff, would use the time you give us here wisely and well.
That in all things and in all ways we would live each moment Coram Deo, before your loving and gracious face.
To love one another, to serve one another, to walk courageously beside one another, to lift one another up with kind and encouraging words, to pray for one another.
All that in this place we would grow more awestruck by your majesty and glory, more grateful for your mercy and provision, closer to you, more in love with you, and more like Jesus, your son and our savior.
In whose name we pray. Amen.
Barry McBee, our Chairman of the Board at Regents, led today's K-12 Convocation Chapel with the Invocation Prayer. Please consider regularly praying the words below over your children and over the community of Regents.
Twenty new employees have joined our community this year, for a total of 145 ministering teachers, coaches and staff members.
Our new hires come from a wonderful variety of backgrounds and include two Regents alum, a Regents dad with five children, a Yale Ph.D. who smiles all the time, a veteran teacher from Dripping Springs, a military veteran from Dallas, a Regents alum mom, a married couple from Houston, two incredible PE coaches, a board member of Lifeway Publishing, a Californian who started a video production company, a CEO of a baseball team, a published author, a new PhD who taught at Regents six years ago, and two Regents moms.
Take a look at their pics below taken by Ted Parker Jr., and then click here to read more about all of our amazing employees.
The campus buzzes with excitement as teachers, coaches, and staff members prepare the way for the new school year. The grounds flow with students as well. Yesterday children were flooding the playground before the last summer library day, while our fields were filled with athletes in fall training.
Families are needed to care for the chickens this summer. Care includes cleaning the coop, making sure the chickens have plenty of food and water, letting them out for the day and locking them up in the evening. A contribution of $50 per summer family to cover feed and summer costs is needed. Contact Laura Caskey at email@example.com for more information.
At our annual RPC Thank You Coffee yesterday, we enjoyed many annual practices. We prayed for the new RPC Chair-Elect, Kristen Sewell. We gave a gift to the outgoing RPC Chair, Heidi Wendland. We heard the vision of the incoming Chair, Kelly Benzon. We prayed for each other. And, we wrote notes of encouragement.
Our 1st through 8th grade students completed their national standardized exams last week. In a world where standardized testing has morphed into a high-stakes culture that dominates the experience of day-to-day learning, I am thankful for our ERB exam (or technically called CTP-4). Where some standardized testing processes can get in the way of learning, our ERB proves to be a valuable exercise that enhances the educational experience at Regents.
The Senior Thesis is the most tangible example of one of the goals of a Regents education- to graduate students who can declare, dialogue, and defend an idea. This is the pinnacle of the classical Christian education model and the event is something every person who has a student at Regents should witness. In two weeks each senior will present their thesis and in so doing will have completed the final assignment as a Regents Knight. The smile on the face and the bolstered shoulders of a student standing alone at the podium as the crowd cheers their accomplishment brings tears to my eyes every time.
Verbs demonstrate animation in our lives. There are two verbs in the English language that equip us for parenting: Watch and listen. Contrary to popular belief and practice, "talk" and "lecture" are not in the top two list. Watching and listening suggest several important messages to your child.
Nick Gordon, our Director of PE, recently led our K-12 Staff Meeting with joyful zeal by introducing new objectives that he and his department have incorporated into our PE program this year. Nick used fellow staff members to demonstrate some of the new activities, which included your esteemed Head of School rolling around in a life-sized tea cup and making a fool of himself.
Beck Brydon, our Athletic Director, sent out an email last week to our 6th-12thgrade parents about the importance of our roles and behavior at sporting events. He and I talk about such things often, and our discussion stirred my thoughts towards the relationship between our community at a sports event and the Trinity.
Among many changes brought by our Skyward system, we're perhaps most delighted to announce an end to the registration packet. Beginning in a few weeks, registration will be completed online (at home, in your jammies!). Forms have been re-designed, and many fields are pre-populated, so the process is markedly faster and easier.
Our School of Rhetoric class trips prove to create memories and open new experiences. Check out the photo taken this week in Europe of Mr. Doerksen, Regents juniors (Cade Richardson, Tyler Robert, and Claire Hugman), and Matt Gore – Regents Class of 2012. As a Davidson College student, Matt is spending a year at Oxford University and was able to join the juniors briefly on their class trip.
What better day than a school snow day to cozy up together at home... and plan your summer activities!
Part of every Regents family's summer plans should include camps at Regents. Entering its 12th year of programs, Regents Summer Camps provide your children a great opportunity to stay connected to classmates, sharpen their skills, and have a lot fun. Everyone benefits -- the cost is more affordable than most summer camps, and it supports our coaches and teachers by allowing them to enjoy your children this summer while earning a little extra income.
Mr. Ron Wood -- our COO, Regents Men's Bible Study Leader, and a Regents grandfather -- is giving the School of Rhetoric Chapel talk on Monday. Below is part of his teaching from John 12. You can read the rest of it, as well as other great chapel talks and articles by our teachers and staff, at www.regentsschool.com/sorblog. Take a look. They are worth the read.
This season of Lent reminds Christians that we are fallen, broken creatures in need of redemption. Being redeemed from our brokenness resonates in the soul because we all share this human condition. All of us. Thankfully, we have a redeemer. Rob Williams, History Instructor in our School of Logic, is our guest writer this week. I love his insights on redemption through the inspiring paintings of Edward Hopper. My hope is that the message will kindle a spiritual pursuit in you this Lenten season.
Each morning I see students reading while they are walking down the plaza. Thankfully this multi-tasking is not as dangerous as texting while driving.
As a little boy, I fell in love with author Roald Dahl's imaginary world. Some of my favorite book-friends were Charlie, Danny, James, and the elusive Mr. Fox. The three boys were adventuresome, and Mr. Fox – well – he was wily, and that really appealed to me.
In my first year of being school administrator in North Carolina, my board chairman took me to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. to study a series of paintings. Honestly, I would rather have gone to the Redskins football game, but he was the boss. He took me to an octagon-shaped room. Four sides were doors leading down large art-filled corridors, and the other four walls housed Thomas Cole's four paintings called "The Voyage of Life."
On the first of January I grabbed my 20-year old paperback copy of Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God. The inside tag says "From the Library of Rod Gilbert." What is humorous about that tag is that I had 30 books in my 'library' at the time.
My blood pressure slows down when I contemplate Van Gogh's Midday Rest After Millet. I can smell fresh cut hay and I can hear the gentle breeze and I can feel the air on my bare feet. Take it in.
Baby, it's cold outside! But, it looks like we will be at school as normal tomorrow. With that said, it is a good time to remind everyone about our Inclement Weather Policy.
Communication lines for Inclement Weather:
Voice message on your home phone
Regents website homepage and athletics page for additional information and/or schedule changes
Text notification (if you have opted in)
Offices at Regents are closed for Christmas Break. There will be times an employee comes to campus to get caught up while it is quiet, but they have been asked to take some time off to be with family. There will be an 'out of office' email message to let you know when they will be reengaging with our Regents community.
I asked Ron Wood, our COO, to write a devotional on one of the key Christmas verses - John 1:12. Mr. Wood, a Regents grandfather and the Regents Men's Bible Study leader, wrote a lovely piece about accepting the message of Christ. Isn't it great that our COO leads a bible study and also tries his hand at writing Christian devotionals? Enjoy hearing his heart about the Christmas message.
Thank God for Handel's Messiah. Recently a teacher reminded me of one of the most powerful segments in that beautiful piece, ministering to my heart at just the right moment.
Through the vision and guiding principles of our founding families, the Regents community has experienced economic diversity amongst its students and families since 1992. In the last 15 years, 15-25% of our students have benefited from tuition assistance – and we wholeheartedly affirm that historical position.
I was in a Regents Homeroom Mom Coffee today with Mrs. Melanie Sharpless. An annual tradition since 2008, this discussion covered a wide range of topics regarding school construction, curriculum and finances. Melanie stated that, following a student's visit to her office for a behavioral infraction, she purposefully seeks to connect with the student away from her office.
Children often appeal, "But I'm not tired. I'm not ready for bed." A clever reply would be "Oh, you misunderstand; bedtime for the children is not so much for you as it is for mommy and me. Mommy and I need some time together alone in the evening. Your bedtime is built for us. So, go to bed."