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50 Miles to Go!

Over the past month, we have been following along with Jon D., Upper School teacher at Logos Academy, as he hikes the Appalachian Trail to raise money for student scholarships. So far, he has hiked over 400 miles across 7 states. He has less than 50 miles to go, and is expecting to finish his hike by the end of this week! 

Check out highlights and give below:

Day 32
Miles hiked: 16.7
Miles left: 46.8
Miles hiked: 408.7
Lifetime Appalachian Trail Miles: 1,515.3
@ Rutland, Vermont

 

Mt. Killington: 4,236 feet of sweaty climbing.
@ Summit Lodge

 

This might be the best sunset I’ve ever seen.
@ Bromley Mountain

 

Day 24
Miles hiked: 19.6
Total miles hiked: 303.7
Highs: Climbing the tallest peak in Massachusetts, reaching my 12th state on the AT.
Lows: Sweating, sweating and sweating

 

The mighty Housatonic!
#godsgrandeur #connecticut

 

I haven’t showered in a week but life is good.
@ Nuclear Lake

 

Normally, if I were to be woken up out of my tent in the middle of the night by a large party I’d be terribly upset, but when it is a large Ecuadorian feast and they want to pile endless amounts of delicious food on a plate for me, I am ecstatic. It was not a dream. Tonight was a good night. Also, today was a zero day for me (zero miles hiked).

 

There is still time to help Jon finish strong! Sponsor him below:

 

Built in York: The Influence of Greco-Roman Architecture in our City

This year, 7th grade students studied Greco-Roman history and literature in their humanities coursework. Together, we read adaptations of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid. These texts provided access to the cultures and values of Ancient Greece and Rome. We noted the expectation for honor among heroes and considered how piety (faithfulness to the past and to one’s obligation) guided individuals and bound people to one another. As a culminating project, students researched the influence of Greco-Roman architecture on historic buildings in our city—York, PA. In particular, students identified the use of concrete, columns, and arches in the buildings that fill our public spaces.

Students not only identified the Greco-Roman architectural features of particular buildings, but also learned a fair amount of history about various organizations and institutions (banks, courthouse, postal service, Freemasons, etc.) that have played a role in the history of York City. As we dug deeper into the history of these buildings, particularly historical photographs, I was impressed by the real sense of community pride in the public buildings of our city landscape. Our final project took the form of a guided eight-stop tour, which was shared with parents and guests. At each stop on the tour, students presented the history they had researched and pointed out elements of the building’s architecture.

This experience left me thinking about the intersection of architecture, community, communication, and memory. Our walking tour took us to two former U.S. Post Office buildings in York, as well as past the current location and storefront space of the Post Office on West Market Street.

I was struck by the grandeur of these older buildings and the values that they represented. The Federal Building stands at the northeast corner of Philadelphia Street and Beaver Street. In the late 1890’s and early 1900’s it served as the home of the Post Office. With the need for more space, a cornerstone was laid in 1911 for the construction of a new Post Office building at the intersection of George Street and Princess Street. The new Post Office was built as a commemoration of the Second Continental Congress that had a brief stay in York between 1777 and 1778. This building was used for a little more than one hundred years, until the Post Office moved out in 2013 to its current location at 160 West Market Street.

In looking at old photographs and postcards, I was able to identify and imagine the community perception of this institution through formal images of uniformed employees lined up on building steps or the postmaster in his office. It was clear to me that the community relied upon this institution and took pride in the physical building and the space it occupied. The statues and images within and on the building pay tribute to the agricultural heritage of York County.

Another compelling example was an image of the courthouse decorated for Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I in 1918. Flags, garlands, and flowers paid tribute to “York County Patriots Who Gave Their Lives for World Peace.” What type of event would draw the same community investment and care today? What would be the decorations and backdrop of our community celebrations? What will we choose to memorialize and remember in our architecture and public spaces?

Studies have been conducted regarding the use of the postal service today versus generations in the past. Communication technology has certainly provided people today with more avenues for contacting those we love and for doing business. How many mailing addresses does the average person have memorized today? My interest is not so much in the adaptations and changes of the Post Office in and of themselves, but more broadly as a reflection of the changes in the needs, values, and investment of the community. The Postal Service is no longer an institution that the public relies upon in the same way today as it did in previous generations. The Post Office building in most communities across the country is no longer a physical gathering place of neighbors and residents. This observation is not intended as an evaluation of the Postal Service, but as a reflection upon the way that our community has changed.

I am thankful for the work—the stories preserved and shared on the tour—of our students. Our research was not only an academic assignment or an exercise in rhetoric (persuasive speaking), but an opportunity to be a good neighbor, and to give something meaningful to our community. Together, we learned a little more about the history of our local community and how architecture reflects the values and ideas of a group of people. The students traced the influence of the Greeks and Romans upon the landscape and buildings of our city, but perhaps more importantly were invited to consider why public buildings, through their architecture, were designed to call to mind the power, achievements, and democracy associated with those ancient cultures. Architecture is one small thread that is woven into the tapestry of human history connecting us with the many generations before us. I hope that in small ways we have refreshed our communal memory in an effort to be attentive to the needs and values of our community today.  

Historical Photo Credits: Special thanks to Nicole Smith, Assistant Director of Library and Archives, and the York County History Center for access to historic photos in the York County History Center Archives.

2018 CommUNITY & Cops 5k

Save the date for our second annual CommUNITY & Cops 5k!

Join us on October 20th, 2018 to participate in our 5k or Mile Fun Run!

This race provides an opportunity for our community and our law enforcement to come together to build understanding and trust.

We are committed to providing an excellent education to students regardless of their family’s income. Proceeds from this race will benefit Logos Academy students. This race is in memory of Chief Wayne Ruppert, who loved and served the York community admirably, bringing diverse groups together through his time on the York City police force.

October 20th, 2018

5k: 9:00am
Mile Fun Run: 8:15am

Logos Academy
250 W. King St., York PA 17401

Click here to sign up
Sponsorships available

 

We Are Grateful!

Logos Academy is pleased to have received a Steinway piano given in loving memory of Joy S. Hamilton.

Ms. Hamilton graduated from University of Illinois with a master’s degree in Music Education.  She taught in public schools in Providence, RI for many years.  She was an accomplished pianist who took master classes in Boston and attended conferences at Williams College during the summer.  As music director of several congregations, she played organ and conducted the choir.  In her later years, she moved to York, PA to be near her daughter, Dr.  Kimberly J.  Hamilton of York, PA and her son, Dr.  Matthew B. Hamilton of Kensington, MD.  Her beloved Steinway was bequeathed with the hope of inspiring others to share in the passion of music.

“Logos Academy is committed to helping students become people of intelligence plus character. Music is a gift with the time proven ability to help students grow academically and in discipline. The Hamilton family has blessed the students of Logos Academy with a gift that will bless our community for years to come,” said Logos Academy CEO Aaron Anderson.

Class of 2018 Trip to Chicago

Each year, our senior class has the opportunity to participate in the senior trip. The goal of our senior trip is to provide a rich, cultural experience in a first-class American city with the same community of learners with whom students have shared the classroom during their High School years at Logos Academy. We seek to enrich and deepen ideas that students have encountered in our curriculum through the exposure and experience of art, music, history, architecture, and the food of a great place outside of our home community in York County. This trip is the culmination of a student’s experience in our vibrant learning community. Just this month, our Seniors traveled to Chicago for three and a half days. We enjoyed great food and a variety of cultural experiences including the Shedd Aquarium and performances from the Blue Man Group and Hamilton. Here are two reflections for this year’s trip:

“The senior trip was an amazing experience that was filled with amazing activities all around Chicago. The flight to Chicago was an easy one and a half hour flight. After getting off of the plane, we used public transportation, which let us see a lot of the city! My two favorite things in Chicago were Hamilton and the food! The food was absolutely amazing, I cannot get over how good the pizza was. Hamilton was also a great experience. The show brought Alexander Hamilton’s life to reality. Last year in history class we listened to Hamilton and learned about him, but actually seeing the show in person is something that I will never forget! Thank you all for helping us go on this trip! It was truly unforgettable!”  – Ellis Anderson

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“Ah, the ever-so-famous senior trip! An experience cloaked in allure, wonder, and fear. What will the flight be like? Will I arrive safely? Will the bathrooms and bedrooms be dirty? How much money should I bring? Will this be an experience that I will always remember? Well, I am glad to say that the flight was safe, the bathrooms and bedrooms were clean, I brought enough money, and I will always remember this experience. I appreciated the work put into finding the place that we stayed at. The place was basically a very comfortable lounge. Watching late night television with my friends and eating a freshly cooked breakfast in the lounge brought us closer together. I enjoyed the deliciousness of all the meals from the fine Ethiopian cuisine, the finger-licking Mexican food, and my new found love, the Portobello Mushroom Burger and Cajun Fries from Big & Littles. The food was so good, I was practically reduced to tears when I came home and had to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I will remember the walking around and sightseeing. I will remember boarding the trains and buses with my friends. I will remember tasting and reviewing different foods with my friends. I will remember the smell of history, fine architecture, dust, and slight-cluttered buildings in Chicago. Two of the best memories were seeing the Blue Man Group and experiencing a strobe light party and an audience participation experience that will likely haunt Mrs. Clark for the rest of her life. I will also remember dressing up and getting to witness Hamilton with my own eyes. Our class’s familiarity with Hamilton is thanks to our last year’s history class. Seeing the play in person was a culmination of so much of our knowledge and anticipations. I enjoyed the senior trip so much and I would advise every future senior to attend it.” – Reuel Goins


Performing Arts Showcase

Join us on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. for a night of music at the Logos Academy Spring Performing Arts Showcase.  We will enjoy performances by Jubilate, our high school vocal performing ensemble accompanied by the Jubilate band.  In their first spring program the Logos Academy Handbell Choir will explore various handbell techniques through their songs.  Our middle school classes will show what they have been learning throughout the semester on voice, ukulele and various percussion instruments.  Join us as we enjoy and celebrate the hard work of our upper school students!

May 3rd at 6:30pm – Logos Academy – 250 W. King Street, York PA

 

Partner with Logos on May 4th for Give Local York!

 

For far too long, children of promise here in York (and around the country) who don’t happen to have financial means have struggled to get an excellent education. Logos Academy provides students with an outstanding Christ-Centered education by providing generous scholarships allowing students to realize a better future no matter what their family’s income. Together we can deliver the promise of a great education to everyone in our community!

May 4, 2018 is Give Local! Give Local York is a 24-hour online giving spree, presented by the York Federal Fellows Alumni Association, to benefit hundreds of York County nonprofits. The goal is simple: inspire York Countians to come together, show pride in their community, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofits. Click here to learn more about Give Local York.

Participate in Give Local by partnering with Logos:

  1. Give online – during the 24 hours of May 4th! Giving will go live at 12:00am.
  2. Follow our Facebook page – to see the exciting things that are happening throughout the day at Logos Academy.  
  3. Come to Hamir’s Indian Fusion – 24 S. George Street, York PA 17401. A percentage of proceeds benefit student scholarships at Logos Academy.

Reflections on The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Last month, 11th and 12th grade students, teachers, and parents were blessed with an opportunity to be able to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Sadly, the four hours we had there weren’t quite enough for all that was there to see, but in that time frame, both historical and cultural exhibits left an indelible impression on all who visited. An added bonus to our museum experience was being able to eat at their Sweet Home Café, which was described by the gentleman who introduced our tour as being a part of the cultural exhibit as well.   Here are the 12th grade students in their own words:

My visit to the NMAAHC was a powerful reminder of the freedoms I appreciate built off of the fighting and suffering of others. It is a beautifully built museum with a touching memorial to Emmett Till. ~ Reuel

The museum is an amazing building filled with stories of those who fought and suffered for our country and serves as a reminder of a tough journey people went through so we could have the rights we have today…one visit would not be enough to take everything in. ~ David

I would absolutely love to visit the museum again to learn and experience more. The museum was filled with artifacts that showed the journey from slavery to freedom. One of the most memorable parts of the museum was the top floor pop cultural exhibits. ~ Ellis

This visit was one of the most influential moments in my life. As an African American, I have always been taught about my culture and history. So much so, that it becomes numbing. However, seeing the artifacts in front of me felt more real. The Emmett Till section was the most impactful. I heard the story a thousand times, but staring at his casket struck something within me. ~ AnDaezia

I enjoyed the whole museum, but the highlight for me was the third floor…it presented their music, shows, tv, art, and more. It was a great representation about how they overcame a horrible history and made something good and unique out of it. ~ Kyauta

The things I saw at the museum were heartwrenching and inspirational. The feeling and aura in the museum caused me to realize the reality of our history much more. Our visit is an experience I will cherish and remember for years to come. ~ Erelsy

There were many aspects of African American History that were not evident to me until I experienced the very moving exhibits in the museum. From the bottom of the building that showed the dark horrors of segregation, to the very top that highlighted the accomplishments of the African American community, there was so much to learn from their history and the role they’ve played in American society throughout the years. I recommend visiting the museum if you ever have the opportunity, because it had a strong and lasting impact on our group, and we all really enjoyed it! ~ Carla

The field trip that our class took to the NMAAHC was a very moving experience for me. The exhibits about the history were more than just pictures and items. They were pieces of a tragic, real-life story. The museum did a great job of portraying that by taking visitors from the dark basement of the building, which showed the raw core of slavery, to the highest floor of the building, which held artifacts showing how far African Americans have come since then.~Katrina

The trip to the museum taught me how the history books and actual events are viewed differently, based on who is telling it. The trip was an eye opener on how American history books silence the voices and actual history of African Americans. ~ Adelaida

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