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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.
April 18, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Alyssa Drake | Medicate or Meditate: Should Christians Take Anti-Depressants?
My paper looks at the unease some Christians feel when it comes to taking medication to deal with anxiety and/or depression. I view depression as we would another mental illness such as schizophrenia, arguing that it is healthier and more beneficial to treat depression as we would another mental illness.
April 20, Thursday, 8:20-9:00 a.m.
Logan Moody | The Not-So-Sweet Story: Why We Need a Tax on Sugar
Taking into account the physical damage that too much sugar consumption can cause to our bodies, I argue in my paper that a federally imposed tax on sugary beverages would offer significant health and financial benefits.
April 20, Thursday, 12:50-1:40 p.m.
Gabriela McDermott | Droning On: Whether the Military Should Continue Its Use of Drones
I argue that despite the moral questions raised by drone warfare, the benefits they offer the U.S. military should lead us to support their continued use and technological development, so long as those drones are semi-autonomous, not fully autonomous.
April 21, Friday, 10:35-11:15 a.m. (TIME CHANGE)
Alyx Nettik | Subversion and Surveillance: Was Snowden Justified in Blowing the Whistle?
I look at the questions surrounding Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal classified information in order to protect the privacy of American citizens, arguing that his actions should be praised, not earn him the label of a traitor.
Protocol, scheduled for this Friday, April 21, is a special event for Secondary students that builds community outside the normal confines of the school day as students engage with one another in the context of a formal social gathering. Due to Protocol being on a Friday rather than a Saturday this year, we will dismiss all Secondary students at 2 p.m. on Friday to facilitate them getting ready for the big event. School for Secondary students will still begin at 8:20 a.m. on Friday per normal, but there will not be Ultimate Frisbee practice after school.
We always enjoy having guests in our Petra classrooms. This week, Republic Airline pilot (and Petra dad) Will Bennett spoke to our 1st grade students about aviation, and Sarah Fields, a representative from Montana Conservation Corps, spoke to our 10th grade college prep class on MCC’s High School Expedition Program. Thanks for coming!
We had a full house, an enjoyable program, and plenty of cookies to go around afterward at last week’s Schola Cantorum spring concert. Thanks to all the parents who came, as well as to directors Heidi Hornung and Ginny Owens for their good work with the students this winter and spring. We loved receiving this email from a Petra dad:
“Sports build teamwork and the ability of kids for work together…but I think there is something special about music ensembles, especially choir. CONGRATS to everyone ON A FABULOUS CONCERT. In particular, I thought the connection between the kids in the choirs was starting to show at last night’s concert. In my experience this musical connection tends to drive excellence, so it’s very exciting to see.”
Petra Academy will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 14, and reopen on Monday, April 17. To commemorate the significance of this Easter weekend, we leave you with a picture of our griffin, a mythological creature used by Dante Alighieri as a poetic symbol for the incarnate Christ. Our griffin’s rampant posture signifies Christ’s active dominance and protection as He builds His Kingdom in our world as Victor and King. With this vision as its center, Petra Academy teaches students how to imitate Christ as He recreates the world through His inexorable love and indomitable grace. Thanks be to God!
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WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD CONSIDER
WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE?
SENIOR THESIS: GABI MCDERMOTT
SENIOR THESIS: LOGAN MOODY
SENIOR THESIS: ALYSSA DRAKE
SENIOR THESIS: MADDIE DUNHAM
LYCEUM: AVOIDING ACEDIA
LYCEUM: THE GOOD LIFE (PART 2)
LYCEUM: THE GOOD LIFE (PART 1)
LYCEUM: SECONDARY RECITATION
LYCEUM: THE ANCIENT FUTURE
LYCEUM: ROME & ROMAN CULTURE
LYCEUM: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
(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 […]
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein As is true of many schools in our state and nation, we at Petra Academy administer annual standardized tests. This week, our 1st-5th grade students will take their CTP tests and our 6th-9th graders will do the same […]
As you may or may not be aware, ten days ago, Petra Academy welcomed three headmasters representing the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as part of our 5-year accreditation inspection. The primary purpose of this two-and-a-half day on-site visit was to verify our self-study (which was a year in the making and culminated in […]
When our girls were younger and we were invited to another family’s house for dinner, Megan and I made it a point not to give them the “be on your best behavior” talk before getting out of the minivan. The reason? We didn’t want to suggest that there should be a difference between how they […]