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Events @ Scholé Academy

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Upcoming Events

Aquinas House of Studies Classroom Experience: Catholic Spiritual Classics with Monika Minehart

Tuesday, June 28, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Join Scholé Academy Director Joanne Schinstock, Aquinas House of Studies instructor Monika Minehart, and Scholé Academy students for this special event, featuring live classroom activities, Q&A, and a deeper look at the Aquinas House of Studies.

Families will observe an online classroom setting and dialogue between Monika and students, who will contemplate the meaning behind a holy image of Jesus that impacted St. Therésè of Lisieux during her childhood and then brainstorm ways to apply this meaning to their own lives. A sample homework assignment will be shared to showcase students learning from one another’s reflections through the medium of drawing.

This classroom experience live event will feature course content from Scholé Academy’s NEW Aquinas House of Studies. The Aquinas House was created to assist Catholic families in forming the hearts and minds of students aided by the study of Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Liberal Arts tradition. In 2022-23, Aquinas will join St. Raphael School (Orthodox) and the Canterbury House (Angelican) as Scholé Academy’s third house of studies!

Event Recordings

Open Mic Night: Hosted by St. Raphael School

Thursday, May 26, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Celebrate student success at our Annual Open Mic Night on Thursday, May 26th. All students at Scholé Academy are invited to recite original poetry, share artwork, or excerpts from their short stories and essays.

All Are Welcome to Attend  |  Registration is Required

Any student interested in participating should email  Presbytera Maria Koulianos at mkoulianos@classicalsubjects.com with a PDF copy of their original work. The submission DEADLINE is May 13, 2022.

Scholé Academy: The Great Hall and Houses of Studies Open House

Tuesday, April 26, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Our Scholé Academy community, which includes Canterbury House of Studies, The Aquinas House of Studies, and St. Raphael School, is a Christ-centered fellowship of believers united by the common threads of classical, Christian education. Welcoming learners into our Great Hall, our students gather to join in the great conversation and delve deeply into math, science, language, and other core subjects. Off the Great Hall, our ecumenical vision reflects that we honor with dignity each Christian tradition found in the renewal of classical Christian education through studies specific to these traditions: Anglicanism and the broader Reformed Protestant Tradition, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. Join us to learn more about the 2022-23 course offerings in the houses of studies, April 26th at 7 pm EASTERN. Facilitated by Scholé Academy Director, Joanne Schinstock, Principal of St. Raphael School, Presb. Maria Koulianos, and the Chair of Canterbury House, Rhea Bright; event will include Q/A with house instructors. Registration Required.

Classroom Experience: Well Ordered Language with Charissa Sethman

Tuesday, April 5, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Come and see Well-Ordered Language at Scholé Academy! Learn more about this rich, interactive, delightful English grammar study, available as a live, online course.  Scholé Academy Classroom Experience events highlight live classroom activities with a veteran Scholé Academy instructor. We host these events to provide prospective parents and families with an inside look at Scholé Academy’s culture, community and pedagogy. On April 5, join us for a special focus on our Grammar department, featuring instructor Charissa Sethman and academy director Joanne Schinstock!

 
Event Agenda:
• Welcome and Introduction
• Scholé Academy Overview and Teaching Philosophy
• Teacher Testimony
• Classroom Experience (featuring Grammar mini-lessons and activities led by Charissa Sethman)
• Q&A

March 2022 Coffee with the Principals

Join Scholé Academy principals and parents for a leisurely reading and discussion of Letter XXIX from The Screwtape Letters. Facilitated by instructor Casey McCall, we consider:

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”  Download the Chapter Here

SRS Feast Day of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Lecture and Discussion

Monday, February 28, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Come and join us for St. Raphael School’s inaugural annual event: St. Raphael of Brooklyn Lecture & Discussion Series. We will be honoring the feast day of St. Raphael School’s patron saint and learn more about his life, legacy, and lessons. This year we will have the privilege hearing from Fr. Jonathan Resmini, Ph.D. who is currently presiding over Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, NC. As one of our houses of study, St. Raphael School is a ‘school within a school’, and we would welcome the whole Scholé Academy community to this event.

Spring Open House

Thursday, February 24, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Join the Scholé Academy team on Feb. 24 to learn more about the role our restful, engaging, live online courses can play in your students’ education!

Our LIVE Open House event will feature:

• Scholé Academy Overview (with director Joanne Schinstock)
• Discussion on Scholé Academy Culture & Community
• Testimonies from students, families, and instructors
• Q&A with department chairs

Whether you have registered your students for 2022-23 courses, are considering registration, or have just heard about our academy, we look forward to providing you more insight about Scholé Academy’s Christ-centered culture, award-winning courses, and family-oriented community.

Classroom Experience: Writing with Emily Brigham

Tuesday, February 15, 2022  |  7:00pm ET

Learn more about how your students will be taught in a Scholé Academy online writing classroom!

Scholé Academy Classroom Experience events highlight live classroom activities with a veteran Scholé Academy instructor. We host these events to provide prospective parents and families with an inside look at Scholé Academy’s culture, community and pedagogy. On Feb. 15, join us for a special focus on our Writing department, featuring instructor Emily Brigham and academy director Joanne Schinstock!

Scholé Academy Classroom Experience: Writing with Emily Brigham – Event Agenda:
• Welcome and Introduction
• Scholé Academy Overview and Teaching Philosophy
• Teacher Testimony
• Classroom Experience (featuring Writing mini-activities led by Emily Brigham)
• Q&A

Welcome to the Lecture Hall:
Rich discussions and curated resources to bolster home or school educator’s craft. We aim to inspire & inform, with the help of a group of creative, committed thought-leaders within the renewal of Classical
Christian Education. Come join the Great Conversation!

Scholé Academy Lecture Hall Presents
Ecclesiastes: What the Strangest Book in the Bible Teaches Us About Education
with Author/Teacher/Consultant Josh Gibbs

No book in the Bible offers a more glum assessment of this life, or inspires deeper yearning for the life to come, than Ecclesiastes. This glum assessment is a caution for those who believe that classical education can “change the world” or that reading old books can help students “get ahead in the world.” And yet, Ecclesiastes also insists that refusing to “love the world or the things of the world” will actually make a man’s life tolerable, joyful, and spiritually fruitful.

Josh Gibbs Bio
 

Joshua Gibbs teaches classic literature to children & adults and offers consulting via GibbsClassical.com. He writes for the CiRCE Institute blog The Cedar Room, his long running column on pedagogy, parenting, and classical literature. He is the creator of the weekly Proverbial podcast in which he works through one proverb, discussing its meaning for a modern audience. Josh is also the author of several books, including Something They Will Not Forget and the forthcoming Love What Lasts.

To contact Joshua Gibbs, please use the inquiry form on GibbsClassical.com.

Coffee with the Principals

Join Scholé Academy principals and parents for a leisurely reading of “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We hope that this can be a time for building relationships as a community, and parents can participate in close reading, a way of diving deep into readings. This is a common reading practice typical for a Scholé Academy student. You can find a copy of this poem HERE.

Welcome to the Lecture Hall:
Rich discussions and curated resources to bolster home or school educator’s craft. We aim to inspire & inform, with the help of a group of creative, committed thought-leaders within the renewal of Classical
Christian Education. Come join the Great Conversation!

Scholé Academy Lecture Hall Presents
Citizenship in Heaven: Augustine and the Liberal Arts
Dr. Joseph Clair, Executive Dean of Cultural Enterprise and Associate Professor of Theology & Culture at George Fox University

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Writing in the explosive finale of the Roman Empire, Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) radically revised the connection between education and citizenship by introducing the Biblical concept of “citizenship in heaven” as the central goal of liberal arts education. This not only imbued classical education with a different sense of purpose but an entirely new view of history, human nature, virtue, and the role of sin and grace. Now at our own historical turning point in the history of education and citizenship, this lecture will apply Augustine’s insight into the creative tension between our earthly and heavenly citizenship in the present context. Ultimately our schools, and our lives, remain caught in the fray between these two cities – the city of man and the city of God – imperfectly marked by a conflict of lower and higher loves, and pride and humility. For Augustine, the formation of good or bad citizens ultimately comes down to the everyday work of raising children and teaching and learning. For it is by the essential, everyday work of creating reading lists and curricula, honestly confessing our weakness and sin, and beginning again that new citizens are formed and find the grace to be both eternal sojourners and loyal citizens here on earth.

Dr. Joseph Clair Biography
A native Oregonian, Joseph Clair followed his educational pursuit all over the world and earned degrees in both England and the United States. He became professor of Theology and Philosophy and now dean at George Fox University after receiving his doctorate in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Princeton University in 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (IL), a master’s in theological studies from Duke, a master’s in philosophy at Fordham, and a master’s in philosophy of religion from Cambridge where he studied as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford University Press, 2016) and On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2017) along with numerous articles and essays on faith, culture, education, and ethics. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife, Nora, play with his four kids, fly fish Oregon’s many rivers, and work on his hobby farm.

Canterbury House of Studies Music Workshop no. 1
Gregorian Chant–A Cathedral in Time
with Garth MacPhee

The 18th century writer Goethe once wrote, “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.” The ethereal sounds of Gregorian Chant transcend time and place, not unlike the feeling of entering an ancient cathedral. Like the cathedral, Gregorian Chant is both a living embodiment of prayer, but also a jewel of Western Art which can be admired and appreciated by pilgrims of every walk of life. In March, 1994 an album simply entitled “Chant”, performed by a choir of Spanish Benedictine monks went double platinum, landing incongruously on the hit parade alongside Pearl Jam and Jimmy Hendrix. 

So what is it about chant that, like the great cathedrals, can capture the popular imagination and yet retain its essential purpose and integrity? This is the question we will explore in our October session. Read more about this series of music workshops entitled “O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness” here.

Coffee with the Principals

At the September Coffee with the Principals, Scholé Academy Principals joined parents & community members to consider Luke 10:38-42 in which we see Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary. We considered the ideas of rigor versus rest and how a combination of both Martha and Mary is Scholé. How can we, too, make time, at the right time, for both?

For additional resources on this idea, please see The Age or Martha: A Call to Contemplative Learning in a Frenzied Culture by Devin O’Donnell. You can also read some of Mr. O’Donnell’s wise insights on the Classical Academic Press Blog: Learning Like Mary in the Age of Martha.

Common Arts Education 

The academic foundations of classical education do not alone guarantee human flourishing. The liberal arts—the trivium and quadrivium—represent the core frameworks for cultivating virtue and practicing skills vital to our life in the world. And yet, they alone are insufficient, for we must eat, heal, defend ourselves, trade, build, find our way around, and more. It may seem evident that the common arts should be an integral part of education, and yet we see that every generation is losing skill in the common arts as we increasingly rely upon others to provide them for us. In Common Arts Education, author Chris Hall provides not only an argument for an integrated liberal, fine, and common arts pedagogy, but also some practical advice for crafting a robust, hands-on curriculum.  This webinar introduces and explores themes from the book.

Chris Hall has a BA in philosophy from Gettysburg College and an MAT in elementary education from Towson University. He has been a classroom educator and administrator for 25 years, having served in public, independent, and classical schools. Along with his professional pedigree, he is a lifelong practitioner of several of the common arts profiled in this book, and the founder of Always Learning Education, an organization dedicated to teaching, learning, and propagating the common arts. He lives on a small, homesteaded farm in central Virginia with his wife and three homeschooled sons.

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