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Logos Academy Opens Affiliate in Harrisburg

 

Logos Academy is pleased to announce a formal affiliation with New City School in Harrisburg, PA. New City School will officially be operating it’s kindergarten and future K-12 program as “Logos Academy Harrisburg.” We are pleased to affiliate with an institution that shares our vision to develop students of intelligence and character. Logos Academy Harrisburg will begin with one kindergarten class and will add an additional class each year, expanding the number of students to be served in Harrisburg.

“For 20 years, Logos Academy has operated a different type of private school, one that opens access for all of York’s young people to a high-quality, Christ-centered education regardless of a family’s income. We are excited to see 100% of our graduates being accepted into the college of their choice. The launch of Logos Academy Harrisburg is a promising sign that more families can be served, so that students achieve their full potential of “intelligence plus character,” said Logos Academy CEO Aaron Anderson.

 

Logos Academy Harrisburg’s First Kindergarten Class

 

Textbooks Over Screen Time

What constitutes a healthy and balanced amount of screen time? The use of technology in education is a hot topic. Logos Academy offers a Christ centered, Classical education that cultivates students to be humans who possess intelligence plus character. Are we giving careful thought to the ways technology shapes and forms us as human beings?

READ MORE: Textbooks More Beneficial than Screens for Student Learning

Collaborative Family Partnerships Help Kids Learn

Logos Academy believes strongly in the power of COLLABORATIVE FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS. We honor and uphold the primary role God has given to parents to raise and disciple their children. To that end, we seek to work together with families to nurture the whole child-intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual. Instead of keeping parents at arms length, we desire for our teachers and staff to build healthy relationships of love and respect with both the student and their family. Teachers visit the homes of their students one time each year with the goal of building these partnerships. The following article talks more deeply about the benefits of such interaction.

READ MORE: Can Inviting Teachers Over to Your Home Improve how Kids Learn?

 

 

 

Back to School and our 20th Year Anniversary!

Today is our first day of school at Logos Academy! We have a fun tradition of giving joyful high fives and cheering students into the building. Something, however, is different about this first day of school!

There are seasons in life when a particular moment seems like a big step forward-like the first day of school for a Kindergarten student or the the day parents drop a young adult off at college. These significant milestones mark a coming of age and a new chapter in life. This morning, 280 K-12 students came in our front doors and were warmly welcomed by our staff, faculty, and community members. Parents watched with mixed emotions as another step in their child’s journey was taken.  

Today was one of those significant steps in the journey of Logos Academy. Twenty years ago, we opened our doors to 14 Kindergarten and first grade students. The school was an idea in the making and there were questions to be answered. Would it be possible to offer an excellent Christ-centered education to students in York, most of whom would require significant scholarship based on their family’s income? Would parents trust a small start up school with their child’s future? Would donors risk their hard earned dollars on an uncertain venture? On that first day of school twenty years ago, the question on co-founder Traci Foster’s mind was “would they come and take that risk?” They did. They came with high hopes and they still come with the hope of students becoming young people who possess intelligence plus character.

While much has changed and matured over twenty years at Logos Academy, the important things are still the same. We still believe that an excellent Christ-centered education should be available to every student in our community regardless of their family’s income. Together, we partner with parents from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds to do what is best for their child. Generous donors stand alongside our families to provide the funding to cover the cost to educate after the family has contributed as much as they are able. Over two decades, this has become a sacred tradition at Logos Academy.

This fall, we plan to celebrate. We hope you will follow along to read stories from our history and attend our 20th year celebration in November. More information is on the way.

Meet our Division Leads

We are very excited to introduce our new Division Leads for the 2018-2019 school year!

We are thrilled to kick off the new school year tomorrow with Principal Jesse Hake (middle left) overseeing Upper School Lead Michael Hornbaker (left), Grammar School Lead Tanya Kellam (middle right), and Middle School Lead Angeline Clark (right).

Michael Hornbaker, who has been teaching at Logos Academy for 5 years, notes, “I’m really thankful for the team of teachers we have in place. We have an excellent faculty who themselves are lifelong learners and are really committed to leading and learning alongside your students.”

Tanya Kellam is going into her third year teaching at Logos. She exclaims, “I’m very excited about leading the students and families in the foundational years of education in grades k-5… I’m excited about using the training that I’ve received in my graduate school leadership program at Millersville University as well as all of the leadership capacities I’ve held in my local church.”

Angeline Clark has been faithfully serving at Logos for 18 years. “What I like most about Logos Academy are our parent partnerships, because we get to foster relationships with our children and their families. One of the things we have in common is the love of our children.”

We are thrilled to have staff and faculty at Logos Academy who love and invest deeply in our students and their families. Be sure to welcome them to their new roles!

 

Screen Time: Too Much?

How much screen time a child engages in is an important child development topic for parents to wrestle with as we prepare to start a new school year. Children are spending significant amounts of time in front of screens leading to unhealthy outcomes.

“The percentage of obese kids in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s to include nearly 1 in 5 school-age children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Parents and educators have to maintain a whole child focus. Students are composed of mind, body, and soul. The Logos Academy Portrait of a Graduate paints a picture of a holistic human being.

READ MORE: Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds

A Child’s Learning Environment is Critical

Childhood trauma has a significant impact on a child’s future health and behavior. Logos Academy CEO, Aaron Anderson, has written about that here: https://www.logosyork.org/academics/education-philosophy

Logos Academy believes a child’s learning environment should be saturated with love and respect. In many ways, this is part of what we mean by being a Christ-centered school. Jesus was loving, warm, and respectful to the people he encountered in his life. We believe every child is worthy of dignity, respect, and love. The following article illustrates the importance of getting the learning environment right.

Read More: The Trauma Informed Teacher – Silent Front Line

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