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!
On the heels of Parent/Teacher conferences and with 8 weeks of school left, motivating our kids to finish the year well can at times seem daunting, particularly when we as parents may be struggling as well. But the key to success (for them and for us) is to move beyond the behaviors to the underlying heart issues to address any present acedia (“apathy or sloth”). Toward that end, we’ve posted Mr. Koenen’s Lyceum address from this past Thursday and strongly encourage all Petra parents to watch it.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to sign up to serve our Resurrection Feast to all students and staff on Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30-12:30 p.m. All the food has been donated; we just need parents and grandparents to sign up to cook, set up, serve, and tear down. Please contact Eli Denison to help with this important all-school celebration.
Petra’s Protocol is a special event for Secondary students to build community outside the normal confines of the school day and engage with one another in the context of a formal social gathering. Protocol covers the basic characteristics and etiquette of formal and semi-formal occasions. Topics include formal and informal dining, appropriate attire for special events, and the art of interacting with one another in a civilized manner, culminating in our annual dinner in which students are given opportunity to practice the formal skills they have learned. Read all the details on our website and sign up your Secondary student by April 17!
Our 8th graders recently completed their Logical Fallacy Project with Mr. Dunham, requiring them to read a newspaper every day for a month in search of 18 logical fallacies. They then were asked to creatively construct a project in which they showcased their fallacies and why they thought they were such. Two observations made by the students: 1) The best places to find logical fallacies in a newspaper are in the Letters to the Editor section and the advertising; and 2) The ad hominem (“to the man”) attack seems to be the American people’s fallacy of choice.