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  • 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
    The Ultimate Reading List — Classics That Endure
    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. 

  • Accountability

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 
    I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)

    Every day, we are kept accountable. If you’re in grammar school, you have an accountability sheet that has to be signed. In upper school, uniform checks hold us accountable for following the school's uniform policy. These things, and countless others, are designed to make sure we are doing what we are meant to do.


    So, how does it feel when you get a mark on your accountability? Or, when a teacher calls you out for not doing your homework? It’s embarrassing, right? No one likes it when other people point out their mistakes. However, accountability is a good thing. If no one was there to check and see if you did your school work, would you be as likely to do it? But, homework is beneficial because it helps you remember the concepts you learned at school that day while you’re at home. Accountability helps to motivate you to do what is good for you and keep the standard to which you are held. We are always held to a standard. For students, this could be classroom rules and accountability sheets, academic expectations, or even physical requirements of a sport or P.E. However, we are all held to one standard, and it's the most important one we are meant to keep; God’s standard.


    "...we are all held to one standard, 
    and it's the most important one we are meant to keep;
    God’s standard."


    Because we love God, we try to live according to His Word. It is hard, though because His standard is perfection. That is why we need God’s strength and help from a community of godly brothers and sisters. Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” We are meant to encourage on another to love and do good. I Corinthians 13:7 tells us that "Love bears all things." That includes the weaknesses and mistakes of others. It means we love people and try to help them do what is best for them and hold the standard to which we are all called.

    In conclusion, I encourage all of you to keep one another accountable and to embrace accountability from others. But, most importantly, do it out of love for the Lord and for one another.


    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 Chessa W., one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).

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