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Craig Dunham
Oklahoma City, OK
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Bobby and Jennifer just welcomed home their soon-to-be adopted son. Another couple in our church are two weeks into parenting their just-adopted newborn daughter. Megan and I just received our tenth placement (a newborn) since we began emergency foster care... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Second Drafts
We're hearing back from folks receiving help through our Uniform Unity Fund, and the responses have been quite encouraging. I'd like to share some of them with you here: "Thanks so much. I know there is a lot of need and I am so thankful for the help in getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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Things have settled down a bit (at least online) concerning the pros and cons of our new uniforms for The Academy of Classical Christian Studies. While there have been some critiques and complaints (primarily financial), we've also seen parents voice their appreciation for the uniforms and how we've handled the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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Since unveiling the new crest for The Academy, we formed a joint committee of parents and teachers from both former schools to get started on new uniforms. In doing so, I asked Nathan Carr, Provost of The Academy, to draft a brief document to guide us in the process. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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We're excited to announce The Academy of Classical Christian Studies' Arts & Activities for the 2013-2014 school year! Click here to download our new brochure and sign up your student. The assembling of these opportunites is the first of many great examples of what can be accomplished through combining resources... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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We're set to go on "vacation" in another week, which only means we're seeing a few friends and family in a few places we've already lived. When it comes to "vacation", we stopped using the "v" word a long time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at Second Drafts
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(The following guest post is by Todd Wedel, Academic Dean and Upper School Principal at The Academy. You can follow his blog at Left Hand Blessings.) Ours is a culture ever seeking the new, ever anew seeking the new, each generation believing that they, for the first time, are seeking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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"The brave find a home in every land." Ovid One week ago, I led the first meeting of The Academy's new Operational Team, comprised of equal parts administrative staff from our previous two schools. I started with an odd question, particularly since the new school came into being just a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
I’m not even sure I can put into words the swirl of thoughts and emotions that I find myself consumed by these days as I think about The Academy of Classical Christian Studies. Perhaps like you, I am a concoction of wonder, doubt, fear, worry, hope, excitement, and faith concerning... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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I would have completely forgotten I graduated from college 20 years ago without this note (which, of course, also included a petition for funds) congratulating me upon the anniversary. While I doubt I'm too specifically "remembered," I'll give a shout... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at Second Drafts
I've been reading an excellent book entitled, When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought, by John Mark Reynolds, Provost at Houston Baptist University. Reynolds' thesis is that reason and faith need to remain good neighbors within the City/Kingdom of God, for this pairing of the two... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
I really like what Peter J. Leithart has to say at the end of this meditation on leadership: "Leaders must regularly transgress settled boundaries because churches (and schools) constantly redefine themselves in ever new circumstances and in response to ever... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Second Drafts
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(The following guest post is by Todd Wedel, Academic Dean and soon-to-be Upper School Principal at The Academy. You can follow his blog at Left Hand Blessings.) During testing week this past April, we purposefully organized two activities for our Upper School students, something different and interesting, led not primarily... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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After finishing up another Biblical Imagination Conference (our largest to date - 150 wonderful people!), I'm sitting in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, enjoying the Upper Midwest accents and waiting for my flight back to OKC. After a full travel... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Second Drafts
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(l to r): Sarah Baskerville, Ruth Serven, Mackenzie Valentin, Austin Clark, and Todd Wedel "A well-spent day brings happy sleep." Leonardo da Vinci "At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me." Jeremiah 31:26 I slept... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Second Drafts
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(l to r): Sarah Baskerville, Ruth Serven, Mackenzie Valentin, Austin Clark, and Todd Wedel "A well-spent day brings happy sleep." Leonardo da Vinci "At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me." Jeremiah 31:26 I slept well last night, not because I was tired (I was),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." Albert Einstein As is true of many schools in our state and nation, Veritas is administering standardized tests this week. Our Grammar and Logic students (1st-through 8th grades) are taking the Iowa Test of Basic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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Add on a check that we received in the mail for $1,000 to the Scholarship numbers above and you've got an idea of where we stand with our Not-a-Banquet total: $10,875 raised from 39 of 180 Veritas families as of midnight on Friday. Fundraising consultants will tell you a 22%... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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This week is a significant one for classical Christian education in Oklahoma City. Four months ago, Providence Hall Head of School Nathan Carr and I (on behalf of our boards) launched via video and website what were then the public beginnings (at least to our respective schools) of The Academy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
Our two oldest have been rehearsing their hearts out for this performance in a couple of weeks. Proud of them for their efforts, glad for them for the opportunity. Tickets available. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Second Drafts
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If you've been alive the past seven days, you know it's been quite a week for our nation. I won't rehash the events of the Supreme Court hearings in this email (though you're welcome to read my personal thoughts here), but it's ironic (or perhaps not) that so much of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
My heart is heavy with all that is taking place right now concerning the debate over gay marriage. Apart from the issue itself, I lament the hostile rhetoric of it all and the way sides are being taken with so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Second Drafts
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Just this morning (before 9 a.m.), I've already taken two phone calls from current Veritas parents in need of financial help. The first call was from a mom trying to figure out how to pay for the remaining two months of school; the second was from a dad looking ahead... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS
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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle Few things take my mind off the past and the future like camping does. I've just returned from spending two days and two nights living almost exclusively in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Second Drafts
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"Say, what abridgement have you for this evening? What masque? What music? How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight?" from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Pretty excited for our 9th-12th graders next month... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at DOCENDO DISCIMUS