Did you know that Theodore Geisel’s birthday was March 2nd? Did you know that Theodore Geisel is the beloved author, Dr. Seuss? Did you know that Seuss is his middle name? Did you know that he used the name Theo LeSieg in books he wrote, but did not illustrate? Did you know that New Covenant School honored Mr. Geisel today (March 3rd) and is having a Character Day on Thursday (March 6th) for Dr. Seuss week? #welovnewcov
The students in Mr. Aubry’s Honors Ancient History and Literature recently finished reading “The Histories” by the famous Herodotus. In the book, Herodotus recounts the battle of Thermopylae which pitted the Greeks (most famously the Spartans) against the powerful Persians. Mr. Aubry’s students recently reenacted the battle and wrote a summary of it, copying the unique style of Herodotus. Below is one students excellent recap of the battle and its surprising ending. Enjoy.
The Battle of Thermodgeball
Retold by Brooke Carver
I hereby tell you the account of the Battle of Thermodgeball, so that all may know of its existence without being forgotten in time, that each side would not be without their glory, but also that you may know why each side fought.
This, then, is the story of the Persians and the Spartans and their war against each other. The following is a list of Mr. Aubry’s best pupils from oldest to youngest: Will, Maddie, Brooke (she does not reoccur in this story for she is of little use in battle), Adam, Chase, Rebecca, Hunter, and Anna. All the days of the year Mr. Aubry, the teacher of a smart and powerful group, would have group discussions over edifying topics. Well, these discussions would usually go well without much controversy, but on one occasion Hunter disagreed with Mr. Aubry. Adam, a fellow student, agreed with Hunter, but all else agreed with Mr. Aubry. They all continued to debate over the topic. Beliefs were still unchanged and people were fuming. Chase screeched, “FIGHT TILL THE DEATH!” Mr. Aubry, standing at his podium, turned to Hunter, smiled, nodded, and said, “Yeah.” The battle would begin. Mr. Aubry decided on calling his army the Persians. Hunter decided on the Spartans.
Mr. Aubry decided to gather the lower class as well because of his affection for James. This upped his army to eleven total soldiers. The Persians and Spartans were still fuming with anger from the discussion. Mr. Aubry thought up a plan.The best way of surprising them with war would be dodgeball. Hopefully the Spartans would be tricked. Mr. Aubry was very proud of his army and was sure he was going to win. The following is a list of all the people in the battle and which side they were on. On the Persian side was Mr. Aubry, Will, Maddie, Chase, Rebecca, Anna, Luke, James, Kyle, Grayson, Stuart, and Kyle V. On the Spartan side was Adam and Hunter.
Stuart, a part time student, was waiting for his mother after a battle meeting. Hunter spoke harshly to the young lad, “For what purpose are you here? What are you trying to accomplish? Answer or your throat will be cut.” Stuart obeyed Mr. Aubry but was not taught by him as the others were so he feared his life now more than Mr. Aubry’s wrath. He immediately surrendered to Hunter and told all of Mr. Aubry’s secrets and plans.
“Do not breathe a word of this to anyone. If it so happens to reach Mr. Aubry, then not only will you suffer, but so will your fellow soldiers.” While Hunter said these last words, Stuart’s mother arrived. He sought this as a perfect distraction from God, and left swiftly. Stuart ran for his life to the car.
After Hunter gathered the information he returned to Adam. Adam was in disbelief by this news for they had not many on their side (he expected the Persian army to come in a few days which gave him no time at all to gather an army), but the information he was given did give them an advantage. Adam sent Hunter away to gather as many dodgeballs as he could.
The Persian army arrived at the gym of New Covenantry. The two Spartans readied themselves to face the Persians. “Adam,” Hunter spoke, “I am ready to attack these Persians. I will fight till the death. If you kill their leader, it will be great for you; and if he kills you, your death is only half as bad as it might otherwise have been. Just kidding. Adam, you play this game almost everyday. You know how to dodge these things. You can jump like four feet above the ground. Let’s do this thing.”
Shortly afterward the battle began.The Spartans hid in a cavern with a passageway leading up to it. The Persians stood directly parallel to the Spartans. Chase, Maddie, and Anna stood in front with their weak cardboard shields. As Mr. Aubry watched his army charge at the Spartan passageway, he laughed at the poor students who chose to go against his knowledge. It was eleven soldiers against two.
Although the Spartans were outnumbered, they were more advanced in fighting technique as well as in equipment. Their shields were made of plastic or harder cardboard. Plus, Hunter had gathered most of the dodgeballs. The Persians weren’t left with many at all.
Chase, a well trained soldier and well educated student was the first to fight face to face with the Spartans. Chase threw a dodgeball at Adam, but he dodged it quite easily. More of the Persians advanced to the Spartans’ hide out. I cannot help laughing at the absurdity of what happened next. Grayson, a younger soldier eager to fight but of lesser training, threw a dodgeball over, missing the Spartans by a landslide, hit Chase and killed him by hitting him on his back. Chase was the first to charge, first Persian to throw, and third to die. (Maddie was the first to die. She had been hit by Hunter while she was walking forward. Apparently, James was the second to be killed, which I do not recall, but I must get back to my purpose).
The Persians stayed back trying to protect themselves. The Spartans frequently threw the dodgeballs, killing multiple people. Kyle V., a part time student who joined the Persian army, ran forward, dodged, and threw. Luke deflected multiple dodgeballs by hitting them away with a dodgeball in hand. Grayson and Will were hit and fell to the ground. The numbers dwindled down steadily. The battle obviously was leaning towards a Spartan victory.
Kyle V. who fought close to the Spartan territory was hit. In this army, there was another soldier with the name Kyle as well. He was noted to fight against the Spartans in this battle, but his actions in battle were unnoticed. He died unnoticed as well.
Stuart, who told Hunter all Mr. Aubry’s plans and secrets for battle, held through the battle quite well for he stayed back like many others. Tragically, he was hit by a dodgeball on the finger and bled to death. Anna, a sassy warrior, advanced and thus died. It was then two on two. Adam and Hunter from Sparta against Rebecca and Luke from Persia.
In all of my study, I have yet to understand why, but there was a part in the battle, when it was just two on two (of course Mr. Aubry watched in terror but he dare not go out there and fight the two boys) where there was silence, rest, and mourning. The Spartans recovered faster and continued their frequent throwing of dodgeballs. Rebecca and Luke tried to deflect the dodgeballs, but with the few cardboard shields they had askew, the task wasn’t easy. Rebecca went down, Luke following soon after.
Having witnessed this inglorious battle, Mr. Aubry fled the area. After returning to his classroom, Mr. Aubry burst into tears. He wept for his army and for the pitifulness of the human life. He decided to shave his mustache and move away.
New Covenant School affirms that God’s truth encompasses all truth. God has communicated His truth to us personally in the Lord Jesus Christ and specifically in the Bible. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). Therefore, we acknowledge that God is the starting point for all knowledge, and His glory is the ultimate goal of instruction.
Believing that God has given the parents the primary responsibility for educating their children, New Covenant School is designed to be a tool for parents. Our curriculum and instruction integrate all subjects with historical Christianity and the teaching of Scripture in uncontrived, natural ways. We want the students to adopt a truly Christ-centered worldview and to seek the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
We utilize the time-tested educational methodology of the trivium, applied for centuries throughout Western Civilization to teach the art of learning. The trivium consists of three parts that correspond with the natural stages of intellectual development and is consistent with the Bible’s progressive model of Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom:
Part one: Grammar
Part one: Grammar, the fundamental rules and data of each subject (e.g. Multiplication tables, reading, spelling, historical dates, and vocabulary). This period of learning corresponds with the elementary years of a child’s development when observation and memory are most keen. All subjects can be broken down into a foundational set of basic facts and rules. These rules are referred to as the grammar of each subject. Students at New Covenant learn and use the tools that will serve them in the later stages of the trivium, when reason, analysis and expression are realized. Knowledge is absorbed collectively and forms the beginning of a more complete and full Christian understanding of our world.
Part two: Logic
Part two: Logic, the ordered relationship of particulars in each subject (e.g. the basics of reason, values, principles, and logic). Students will use the tools they have acquired to develop understanding and advance theories and arguments based on logical processes. Students will ask questions and develop their own answers systematically. This process is integral to the growth and exploration of a child’s imagination: the basis for learning in the final stage of the trivium.
Part three: Rhetoric
Part three: Rhetoric, the means by which grammar and logic are expressed clearly (e.g. speaking and writing in a winsome articulate fashion). The Rhetoric stage affords students with a level of freedom to explore self-expression, creativity and scholarly appreciation. Students learn to express themselves with excellence, applying digested and investigated materials in open presentation. The result is informed, engaging and articulate students who are representative of the excellent, Christian education provided them at New Covenant.
The mastery of this method of learning provides the most thorough foundation for growth and success in each subject of study, in defending the Christian faith and in living as a responsible, discerning citizen of the Kingdom of God for the glory of God. This method is designed to produce knowledge, values, and skills that equip students to serve effectively and live responsibly in a rapidly changing world.
This year, NCS has 134 students in the preschool through 12th grade.
- 26 students in Preschool
- 48 students in the Lower School
- 46 students in the Upper School
- 14 part time students
The school has 25 faculty members, 17 of which go to New Covenant Church.
The school has its own guidance counselor, library and librarian, along with art and music teachers for Kindergarten through fifth grade. In the Upper School, NCS offers a variety of electives including Missions, Photography, Conditioning, SAT Prep, Theater, Typing, and Creative Writing.
16 of NCS’s teachers earned education degrees and are certified to teach.
There are private piano and strings lessons offered during the school day, along with an Anderson School of Dance class and a Soccer Shots program for preschoolers.
NCS had 35 of its students participate in the CAVS program as a football player, cheerleader, flag team member, or on the CAVS Crew.
This winter the school has 46 students in grades 1st through 12th playing basketball, 43 for New Covenant teams.
Rebecca’s first day in Kindergarten at New Covenant School was her first day in school….ever. The only organized classroom setting she had ever been in was her “Sunday School” class at church. After five years of hearing her every thought and enjoying all things new with her, I was on the brink of sharing her with a new place, new people, and new influences that would affect her every thought in a significant way. It was exciting and heart wrenching all at the same time. On her first day of school, in her first little navy blue jumper, with her first ever teacher, Mrs. Gamble, Rebecca’s whole world changed. Her fresh little eyes were open to new ideas, words, thoughts, opinions, RULES. As we journeyed home after that very first day in a classroom, Rebecca reflected aloud on her day…
“Oh yeah, Mom, and we had these rules…”
She paused for a minute and then said,
“…but I didn’t do them.”
After I promptly responded with admonishment to “do the rules,” she went on to say that her teacher expected her not to talk while she was talking and she confessed she just couldn’t do that.
We have shared that story a zillion times. Rebecca, now a freshman in high school, eventually learned not to talk while the teacher was talking and she’s learned a few more things too.
She has learned that God is BIG and she is small and all that spins here in His Creation is a direct result of His hand and His purposes. In her little years she was given the absolute truth. Her mind was not challenged to think critically or negotiate Truth, but was fertile ground for all that is complete and whole and good. Let’s face it, when you are little you believe every word that leaves your teacher’s mouth. As parents, we have been blessed to educate our children in a place where we are confident that His truth is taught, not just in the curriculum used, but in the thoughts and ideas of the teacher.
Rebecca’s grammar years were full of reading, writing, memorizing, and arithmetic in an environment where she was nurtured to love, forgive, recognize fault, enjoy restoration, and appreciate the unique way that God designed each of His children. Her eyes were opened to the gifts that God has given to her and she was humbly taught to use them for Him.
Her “middle school” years gave her an opportunity to see the world through all that she had learned so far and she began to understand how all of that affected her personally. We began to see her relationship with her Heavenly Father become personal and her desires were to please Him more than her peers or even her parents. Her love for Him motivated her choices, drive, and diligence. Her confidence grew and she became more comfortable with who God made her to be all in a season of life that typically brings insecurity according to the world’s observations.
This year, as she has moved into the final stretch of her grade school career, high school, we are enjoying new conversations with Rebecca about life and God and hopes and dreams. Academically, I often joke that she is “way smarter” than me. I didn’t know half the stuff she knows when I was her age. She’s smart. She likes to learn. We don’t take that for granted. Schoolwork is easy for her and she likes to do it. About halfway through the summer, she is ready to go back. I know she’s not your average kid. These are gifts God has chosen to give to her and we thank Him for them. I can’t help but believe that New Covenant School has had a tremendous impact on her “smarts”, her diligence, her drive…. and most importantly, her growth in Him.
At New Covenant School, Rebecca has actually NOT learned to “do the rules.” She has learned to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in Him. Her little sister has too. For that we are incredibly grateful.
On March 23rd New Covenant School will host an Andrew Peterson concert! Tickets will be on sale soon. For now save the date and check back often to get your tickets! They will sell fast. Call the school office for more information. 864.224.5675