Great Schools Encouraged by Student’s Love of Learning

Enriching Experiences to Prepare for Kindergarten

It’s easy to enrich your preschooler’s life and help them prepare to excel in Kindergarten at the same time. Many parents feel stress at the thought that their child might ‘not be ready’ to enter a great school at five years old. Relax and enjoy your children through these young years! The following article offers some practical ideas for enriching your soon-to-be Kindergartner’s life, reducing screen time and making some great memories together. You truly can introduce your preschooler to STEM concepts and keep their wonder of learning alive through your everyday interactions with them. Logos Academy values a child’s love of learning and we nurture this through our Christ-centered classical approach beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through twelfth grade. 

“Don’t get so hung up on feeling like you have to teach them. Just have an experience with them that’s tapping into the wonder of how math and science and engineering are all around us.”

READ MORE: Eight Ways to Introduce Kids to STEM at an Early Age

 

Schools Charter the Path to Leadership

Leaders Ignite Positive Change

Raising the next generation of children with an orientation to positive change can feel like a big challenge, especially for parents. We all want the best for our children, and we want them to make thoughtful choices in their lives. Ultimately, we hope that our sons and daughters will be the ones to bring positive change to the world. At Logos Academy, we believe that each person was created in the image of God and thus, each child has the ability to design and create. The arts (music, visual, and performing) are core courses in our classical curriculum. Our strong liberal arts experience nourishes minds well for the challenges of innovative design and making good choices.

Logos Academy is committed to equipping our students to be effective leaders and we begin these skills and attitudes as early as Kindergarten. It’s important to know how to serve others well and to use the abilities God has given to each of us for positive change in our communities.

This book identifies a new perspective of design-inspired leadership, described as “one of the most powerful ways to ignite positive change and address education challenges using the same design and innovation principles that have been so successful in private industry”. That concept is in sync with the Logos Academy mindset of equipping our young people with a focus on community and serving others well. When parents are considering great schools for their children, it’s important to identify the traits that actually result in lifelong learning and human formation.

Design Thinking for School Leaders explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using Design Thinking, one step at a time.”

 

Welcome Lisa Work

We are excited to announce that Lisa Work is joining our team at Logos Academy as assistant head of school! Lisa has been in education for over 29 years serving in both private school and public schools in the roles of teacher and administrator.  She has a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Nyack College (Nyack, NY). She has a Masters of Education in Mathematics from North Georgia College (Dahlonega, GA) and received her Principal’s Certification from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA).

She currently serves on the board of Keystone Kidspace and is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of York. Lisa is also an alumnus of the first class of Leadership York’s Leadership for Diverse Schools and served on the education committee for 3 years following. Lisa and her husband Mark and their 2 dogs live in York.  They have 4 adult children Ellie, Madeline, Andrea, and Ben.

Lisa enjoys hiking, live music, cooking for her friends and family, and digging in her garden. Lisa and her husband enjoy going on adventures to discover new places.

As a visionary for the academic success and spiritual fruit of our school, Lisa will cultivate leadership and personal growth among faculty, support strategic initiatives for our K-12 curriculum, and lead Logos Academy in maintaining it’s Middle States Accreditation.

 

It’s Team Project Week!

What is Team Project Week?

Every year, our students in grades 6-12 take a week off from their traditional schedules to come together for Team Project Week – a week of experiential learning outside of the classroom. During Team Project Week, our students are mixed across grade level and assigned to teams. Each team shares a common challenge, which students must collaborate together to overcome. These projects are kept a secret until they are revealed immediately before Team Project Week kicks off.

What is this year’s project?

This year, eleven teams of students will compete to start a profitable coffee shop that operates with excellence here in York City. Teams must write a business plan, apply for needed licenses, brand and market their business, and finally, open for two days of sales. Students will fill roles from business owner to barista.

To support these new emerging businesses, two competing marketing firms with three students to each firm will offer their services to help each company get off the ground through advertisement.

Teams will compete for a variety of awards, including most profitable business, best brand design, and best space design. The business with the most award points will be recognized as the grand prize winner on February 20th.

Here is a glimpse into the start of their projects. Be sure to follow along on our Facebook page for updates as the week progresses!

Visiting the Goodridge Freedom Center

In conjunction with the seniors’ study of Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad in their Multicultural American Literature Course and the juniors study of the institution of American slavery in US History II, the 11th and 12th Grade students of Logos Academy visited the Goodridge Freedom Center to hear a first hand historical account of the abolitionist movement here in York, PA. Our private school engages students in understanding and thinking deeply about historical issues and the lives of people during those times. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn to respect and honor one another and this learning deepens as they grow through their high school experiences.

Brandon, 11th grade, shares about the experience:

Everyone had arrived at the house, glad to have finally arrived at our destination, so that we could escape the cold. We entered the building and soon realized how small the house was, as we tried to fit about 25 people into a small room. There we stood in the room, talking about nonsense and waiting for the tour to start, when we heard a “shhh”. Everyone assumed that it was Mr. D (Upper School teacher) attempting to quiet us down. The “shhh” happened again, followed by a tap on the floor. Those two sounds echoed through the house, each preceding the other. Our attention was averted to the next room. Out of that room came a man dressed in a top hat and suit, holding a cane. He was shushing as he left that room, taping his cane after every shush. When he had moved to about halfway where we were, he started singing, “Someone’s callin’ my name” a handful of times before finally reaching us. After this, the man was silent, and, breaking the silence he created, introduced himself as William C. Goodridge–barber, entrepreneur, and conductor for the Underground Railroad.

After his introduction, Mr. Goodridge led everyone to the room that he had just exited. In that room was a large hole with a broken wooden stairway, covered with a glass panel. Mr. Goodridge assured that the glass would not break if anyone stepped on it, but everyone decided it was in their best interest to not take their chances.

In this room, Mr. Goodridge explained why the hole was there: it was a passageway that was a part of the Underground Railroad. Here, runaway slaves, or as Mr. Goodridge correctly put it, freedom seekers, would come through, hide, and meet in order to obtain their freedom.

After this, everyone was led to a room filled with black and white pictures. The only thing odd about these pictures was not their content, but what they were comprised of. Each one of these photos was imprinted on a piece of glass. Mr. Goodridge explained the Duggerian Process and Duggerian Photography–one of the earliest methods of photography that allowed photos to be printed on pieces of glass. Because of the black and white, the shadows of the room, and the age of the photos, most of them appeared opaque. In order to solve this problem, everyone was given a flashlight to brighten each photo. With the light on them, each photo turned from a mess of white and gray lines to a window of someone else’s life, a window to the past.

We were told that the one who took the photographs was Glenalvon Goodridge, the son of William Goodridge. Glenalvon was one of the few people in the country at the time who knew how to use the Duggerian Process, and was quite skilled at it. Glenalvon would later become a father of four, and would continue his career, until tragedy struck. A white woman had accused him of crimes, and, despite having an alibi and several pieces of evidence that contradict her testimony, he was found guilty and served 18 months in prison. William Goodridge fought for his son’s freedom and earned it, but it came with one condition: Glenalvon would be forced to leave Pennsylvania. Doing just that, Glenalvon took everything with him and moved to Michigan, where he continued his career.

This would conclude our tour of the Goodridge home, everyone taking home not only the complimentary bookmark, but also a piece of history that they shall not forget.

Celebrating Mexico and Peru!

As a culturally diverse learning community, here at Logos Academy we believe that who you learn with matters. Because of that, we intentionally recognize and celebrate cultural diversity within our curriculum.

Every year, first grade spends the year studying each of the continents. At the end of each continent study, they celebrate with a cultural festival. On that day, they dress up in costumes, do international dances, eat food and play games from other countries, and have guests visit and share about their own heritage and travels around the world!

It is often a highlight for our students to see their cultural heritage or family celebrated. Throughout the year, as they learn about each continent, they create a project that will go into their portfolio to take home at the end of the school year.

In November, Ryan and Ivette Nelson, friends of Logos Academy, visited first grade to celebrate Mexico and Peru! As part of the festivities, the students dressed up in sombreros and ponchos, danced the Samba, and had a taco party. Ivette shared about Mexico, where she was born, and Ryan shared about the two years he spent living in Peru. They prepared a PowerPoint presentation highlighting foods, sports, houses, animals, weather, tourist sites, etc. The students were even gifted with a traditional Mexican candy!

Carols, Cookies, and Crafts

Last week, our Kindergarten and 1st grade students and families gathered together for a concert and Christmas celebration–Carols, Cookies, and Crafts! As a school that cares deeply about fostering community in our student body, in our homes, and in our city, we provide this as an opportunity for students, families, and friends to gather together to celebrate the Christmas season.

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students have worked hard over the first several months of the school year, and this gives them a chance to share some of what they have been up to. Dressed in their Sunday best, each class started their performance with the Logos Academy Declaration with hand motions and set to Christmas Carols. Beyond that, families and friends had a chance to enjoy some of the poetry, scripture, and singing of the students. After the program, students and families were able to spend time eating cookies and building relationships with one another. The evening finished off with a time for Christmas-themed crafts in the classroom.

Thank you to our dedicated teachers Mrs. Dyson, Mrs. Dickey, Mrs. Sutter, and Ms. Musser, who all worked hard to provide this opportunity for our families!

Poetry Out Loud

Logos Academy recently held its 7th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that enables and encourages students from all fifty states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to study, memorize, and recite great works of poetry. Since its founding in 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3.6 million students. The students who competed in the Logos Academy competition were required to select two poems from the 900+ poem Poetry Out Loud Anthology, that includes both classic and contemporary works.

Winners from the individual school competitions will go on to represent their schools at the regional, state and eventually national competition. Student recitations are judged on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. An excellent panel of judges was recruited to serve in evaluating the students’ performances. The panel of judges included several former Poet Laureates of York, published poets, and renowned spoken word artists. This year’s judges included: Le Hinton, Christine Lincoln, Edquina Washington, Dustin Nispel, and Dr. Rob Fawcett.

This year, Logos Academy had seven students from grades 8-11 competing in the event, with sophomore Laurali Breeden, emerging as the overall winner. She will go on to represent Logos Academy at the regional competition in Gettysburg at the end of January. Shanika Holcomb, also a sophomore, was the third place winner and Arlette Morales, also a sophomore, was the runner-up.

Here are the poems performed by our students this year:

“Flowers” by Cynthia Zarin

“Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand

“Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert

“Momma Said” by Calvin Forbes

“After a Rainstorm” by Robert Wringley

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

“Dead Butterfly” by Ellen Bass

“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

“Do Not!” by Stevie Smith

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

“Nocture” by Louise Gluck

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