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Peace on Earth: A Christmas Homily

If you’re like me or the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, for that matter, Christmas time may cause you to wonder, just a little bit, about that confident angelic announcement: “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men!” In our more cynical moments, we may think to ourselves, “Peace on earth, really? When has there ever been peace on earth? From that first dark night when those humble shepherds heard the angelic host proclaiming peace on earth, throughout the long centuries of persecution, wars, injustice, slavery, crime, oppression, hatred and strife, when has there ever been peace on earth?” And perhaps we’ve heard the simplistic answer from well-meaning pastors or friends, that the peace is just that internal peace in our hearts that we experience through believing in Christ. But maybe that doesn’t quite sit well with us. Perhaps it seems like there should be more to it than that. […]

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Charlotte Mason and the Growth Mindset

By Jason Barney, Academic Dean Fall Curriculum Night Address 2018 Good evening and thank you so much for coming to this evening’s Curriculum Night. I know it’s another evening event in what is generally already a busy week for most of us. But I feel that it’s so central and important for us to come […]

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Natural Science and Philosophy

This last year (2017-18) we’ve been exploring the classical liberal arts tradition together as a school. Our mission is to inspire students with an education founded on a Christian worldview, informed by the classical tradition and approached with diligence and joy, and that second part “informed by the classical tradition” is central to so much […]

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Upper School: A Reflection on Summer Teacher Training at Wheatstone

by Hannah Baker, Class Nine Integrated Humanities Teacher Last July I had the privilege of attending the Wheatstone Conference in southern California, A Noble Risk. To try to give an all encompassing overview of Wheatstone would take more time and more words than desirable in this blog article. But, for a brief synopsis: Wheatstone is […]

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Coming Alive Through Shakespeare: An Experience for a Class Five Student

Coming Alive Through Shakespeare: An Experience for a Class Five Student By Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher In my three years at Clapham, I have had so many “children-can’t-do-that” moments, only to be surprised that, indeed, they can. It happened with Shakespeare. I remember being handed the script for Comedy of Errors and thinking of […]

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Mr. Barney Wins Teaching Award!

Mr. Barney Wins Teaching Award!  by Doug Reynolds, Head of School  We received exhilarating news on Friday morning that our very own Mr. Barney won a prize for excellence in teaching, which includes a monetary grant to the school for use next year! The Henry Salvatori Prize is awarded by Hillsdale College for the express […]

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Clapham and Accreditation

By Doug Reynolds, Head of School Clapham recently submitted our application to ISACS (Independent School Association of the Central States). We are pleased to announce that their board not only approved our application but noted that it was the most organized and well-presented that they have ever received! We have begun work on accreditation with several […]

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Look Up

by Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum Advent means "arrival" or "coming."  During this season we wait . . . for the celebration of Christ's first advent, and for his second coming in glory and our final redemption. In Luke 21, Jesus describes the events that will precede his second coming and concludes with the following […]

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