WELCOME TO PETRA ACADEMY
Recognizing our need for God’s grace, Petra Academy strives to awaken love and wonder in our students by teaching them to observe with humility, think with reason, and articulate with charity for the flourishing of humanity and the renown of Jesus the Christ. See our mission in action by scrolling below or joining us for our Tours on Thursday.
During last week’s Board meeting for the month of May, our Education Team proposed a handful of class offerings and changes for consideration for adoption in the 2017-18 school year. The stated purpose of these changes was to address a number of issues in our current academic schedule, many of which have come to our attention via conversations with students, parents, and teachers in ongoing discussions on how to improve what we do at Petra.
All of these proposals were researched among other Association of Classical and Christian Schools and carefully considered over many months by our administrative and teaching staff. Both our administration faculty and our teachers agreed that these proposals were the best solutions to these academic issues, and on the heels of much good and honest discussion at the Board meeting last Tuesday, I’m pleased to report that each of the proposals passed. I invite you to read more about each in this week’s Scholar’s Forum.
Congratulations to our Petra Ultimate Frisbee teams, both of whom won their season-ending tournaments in Missoula this past weekend. In addition, our varsity squad, having beaten every team in the tournament and with the best overall win-loss record among the Montana Christian Athletics Association (MCAA) teams, claimed Petra’s third state title in five years. “The team demonstrated superlative teamwork,” said varsity coach Sam Koenen, “and it’s hard to express the level of play they achieved in the last half of the final game. Everything we had been practicing came together as a thing of beauty.” Well done, Griffins!
We are pleased to introduce our new hires for the 2017-18 school year:
Kaitlyn Gannon, 5th grade
A familiar face around Petra the past several months serving as a maternity substitute for Mrs. Skinner and her 5th grade class, Miss Kaitlyn Gannon is excited to join our faculty full-time in the fall in the same role. A graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, Miss Gannon is a volunteer at Journey Church with their youth ministries and meets regularly with middle school-aged girls.
Lucy Dresser, 4th grade
Having invested the past five years teaching as a 3rd/4th and 4th/5th grade teacher at Hamilton Christian Academy in Hamilton, MT, Miss Lucy Dresser is eager to get back to Bozeman and join us in a dedicated 4th grade classroom. A graduate of Montana Bible College, Miss Dresser holds certifications with the Association of Christian Schools International as well as Spalding Education International. Her hobbies include taking road trips, hiking and walking, playing any sport, going to baseball games, huckleberry hunting, cooking new recipes, kayaking, skiing, and swimming.
Megan Dunham, 1st grade
A familiar face around Petra, Mrs. Dunham earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University as well as a graduate certificate from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. She is a former director for Classical Conversations, and has written for WORLD Magazine on the topic of Christian education. She and her family attend Trinity Church.
Giuliana Rodriguez, Upper School Spanish
A native of Peru, Mrs. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Translation & Interpretation and a minor in Linguistics from Ricardo Palma University in Lima. Marrying her husband, Tanner, and moving to Bozeman in 2016, Mrs. Rodriguez is the owner of My Spanish Villa, a Spanish tutoring service providing language help for toddlers and adult travelers, but has worked with all ages and especially enjoys high schoolers. She is a member of Connect Church in Bozeman.
Friday, May 26
8:30 a.m.-noon: Field Day/Picnic (outside school)
1:00 p.m.: Early Dismissal
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day (no school)
Tuesday, May 30-Thursday, June 1
Secondary final examinations (download exam schedule)
Wednesday, May 31
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Kindergarten/6th Grade Graduation (Performance Hall)
Friday, June 2
8:30-10:30 a.m.: Elementary Final Activities (classrooms)
8:30-10:30 a.m.: Secondary Final House Activities (Flex Space/Performance Hall)
10:45 a.m.-noon: All-School Awards (Performance Hall)
12:00 p.m.: Early Dismissal
7:00 p.m.: Senior Graduation (Performance Hall)
Petra families are invited to attend our Senior Graduation, so come celebrate God’s work in our seniors and their accomplishment. A cake and punch reception will immediately follow.
Now Registering for Our New Summer Scholae
One question we always hear at the end of school: “How can I motivate my student(s) to keep learning across summer?” Petra’s Summer Scholae may be the answer. Register today!
WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD CONSIDER
WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE?
SENIOR THESIS: BRUCE CLARK
SENIOR THESIS: DEVON HOTALEN
SENIOR THESIS: ELIZABETH MURRAY
SENIOR THESIS: COLLETTE BROLING
SENIOR THESIS: BRADLEY WESTBERG
SENIOR THESIS: ALYX NETTIK
SENIOR THESIS: GABI MCDERMOTT
SENIOR THESIS: LOGAN MOODY
SENIOR THESIS: ALYSSA DRAKE
SENIOR THESIS: MADDIE DUNHAM
During last week’s Board meeting for the month of May, our Education Team proposed the following class offerings/changes for consideration for adoption in the 2017-18 school year. The stated purpose of these changes was to address a number of issues in our current academic schedule, many of which have come to our attention through multiple […]
Contrary to popular belief (or at least that of my 8th grade Logic class), I’m not old enough to have been around in 1968 when Olympic marathon runner John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania cramped up while running due to the high altitude of Mexico City. I didn’t see Akhwari, at the 19 km point of […]
Good morning, students. And good morning to each of our parents, and especially to our very special guests, our grandparents. We are thrilled to have you here for Recitation and Grandparents’ Day. While I’ve not met all of you, I have met many of you, and it’s my privilege to welcome you to Petra today. […]
(The following is Mr. Dunham’s Resurrection Feast message; the pictures are from the Feast itself.) It’s been a while since I’ve told you a Little Mr. Dunham story. Let me tell you one of my favorites. Back when Little Mr. Dunham was a boy of about 5 – quite a bit shorter, quite a bit […]