Lesley Montandon

Warrior Weekly for the Week of October 15-20

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 10/15 Hot lunch: Wienerschnitzel all-beef hot dog, chips, dessert, drink
11:30-12 All-house meetings
4:30/5:30 JH Volleyball games @ Southcrest
6 PM Senior parent meeting
6:30 PM Parent Appreciation & Community Update (Community update meeting will start at 7)
Tues 10/16
Wed 10/17 11:30-11:55  Upper School Chapel (KPA community is invited to attend)
Thu 10/18 WTCAA Football Playoffs @ Plainview Christian
Fri 10/19 5 PM Junior High Father/Son Flag Football game @ South Plains Church of Christ
Sat 10/20 WTCAA Volleyball Playoffs in Amarillo

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Tuesday 10/23: Parent Preview for prospective KPA parents and students
Friday 10/26:
Fall Festival

All-School News

If you’re not reading our school blog, you’re missing out! Check out the latest posts by our very own KPA parents and faculty:

A Tripartite Standard for School Success by Upper School Dean and KPA dad Dr. John DePoe

Raising Responders vs. Reactors: Navigating Emotions by KPA mom Amanda Jackson

Be your best, Plus One by KPA dad Jacky Howard

Discipleship in the Digital Age: Helping Our Family and Kids Navigate Screen Time by Director of Student Development Nick Clifton

Establishing Your Family’s Best Routine by KPA mom Becky Collier

Please join us on Monday evening for our Family Appreciation and Community Update (formerly known as the Town Hall meeting). At least one parent is required to attend the meeting in order to register children for the spring semester. The community update will start at 7, but please arrive at 6:30 for coffee from Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters and fellowship with other KPA parents. 

Save the dates…

Grammar School News

Our Kindergarten classes have had a wonderful time studying dinosaurs. They each made their own dinosaur, and they were able to participate in a fossil dig with the help of Mrs. Smith.

Upper School News

This week we are looking at the 10th grade Alternate Worldviews class.

Athletics News

JH Football:
KPA 44      Wilson 14

Volleyball: 
Tuesday night, Oct 9th, the KPA High School volleyball teams hosted two home games. Thank you to Scarlett Gonzales for a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
JV fell to the varsity team at Compass Academy (Odessa) in two sets.  (14-25 and 15-25)
Our KPA Varsity volleyball team won their first set ever against Plains JV,  but ultimately lost the match 1-3. (16-25, 25-20, 22-25, 13-25)

Thank you to all our rowdy spectators, especially the High School boys!

*If you would like photos or announcements included in the Warrior Weekly, please send to lmontandon@kingdomprep.org by noon Thursday each week.

A Tripartite Standard for School Success (Part 1 of 3)

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By Dr. John DePoe, Dean of Upper School Academics

It’s not uncommon for someone to come up to me and ask, “How are things going at school today?” Most of the time I answer, “Things are great,” or when I’m in a droll mood, “We didn’t lose a single student today.” But the question is truly an invitation to reflect on foundational questions about the nature of a successful school. After all, in order for me to give an assessment of how the school is doing today requires me to have a standard by which I can say that the school is doing well or not. Ultimately, the state of our school, I believe, is measured by the transformative learning experiences that are taking place in the lives of our students. I should note that in conversations with other educators it is apparent that this is not a standard shared by all schools as they are quick to affirm that things are going well because the school’s finances are secure, the school’s enrollment is up, there is a new academic program, or the quality of their faculty is distinguished in some peculiar way. Of course, I agree that, all things considered, these are often things I want to say of KPA too, but they are not standards that show that the school is running well. At KPA, we choose to assess the quality of the school by the students.

How should we assess the quality of the students? To this end, I would like to adapt an analogy given by C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, book III, chapter 1, when explaining the nature of morality. Lewis writes that morality establishes rules that govern human behavior similar to the rules that a fleet of ships must follow to sail on a voyage together in formation. First, you need rules that prescribe how the ships should avoid crashing into one another. Second, each ship must be maintained well to ensure it remains seaworthy and runs well. Third and finally, the fleet must know its destination. Without all three elements the fleet will not have a successful voyage. Lewis also suggests the analogy could be followed using a band instead of a fleet – the musicians must know how to play with each other, their own instruments need to be properly tuned, and they must all know what piece of music they are trying to play together. Sound morality, likewise, must address these three aspects: (1) how humans ought to behave fairly with one another, (2) how humans ought to treat themselves, and (3) to what purpose or end humans ought to direct the overall course of their lives.

I believe that we can adapt these three aspects of morality to assess whether our students are fulfilling the education we are trying to impart at KPA. Here are the three questions I am constantly asking myself about our students:

  • What are our students learning about how to they relate to others?
  • What are our students learning about themselves?
  • What are our students learning about the ultimate purposes of human life?

To have a rightly-oriented education, we must answer all three questions correctly. Two out of three just won’t cut it. A fleet of ships that knows how to maintain the vessels and keep them afloat is no use if they are all headed in the wrong direction. A band that knows when to play each part of a song that is right for the occasion will go over badly if every instrument is out of tune. Each of the three parts are so deeply interrelated with the success of the others that a failure on a single point is likely to infect the other two with errors as well.

In two forthcoming posts I would like to explore how KPA is answering these three questions in our distinctive Christian, University-Model™, classical education. As members of the KPA community read these posts, let me invite all of you to join me in asking how you are partnering with us in answering these questions as we educate our students.

Warrior Weekly for the week of October 8-13

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 10/8 11:30-12 House Leaders meeting
5 PM JH Volleyball @ Lubbock Titans (Highlands Baptist Family Life Center)
3:30-5:30 PM Tennis team pumpkin fundraiser
Tues 10/9 4:30-7 PM HS Volleyball vs. Odessa Compass (JV)/Plains HS
Wed 10/10 Pizza hot lunch (order by 4 PM on Tuesday); Jeans & KPA t-shirt day
8 AM PSAT for 10th & 11th graders–begins promptly @ 8 AM
11:30-11:55 Ambassadors meeting
11:30/12:30 Teacher luncheons
3:30-5:30 PM Tennis team pumpkin fundraiser
Thu 10/11 5:30 PM JH Football vs. Wilson @ Wilson
Fri 10/12 5-7 PM HS Volleyball vs. Talkington
3:30-5:30 PM Tennis team pumpkin fundraiser
Sat 10/13 8-12 School of Rhetoric Service Day @ Lubbock Dream Center
3 PM HS Football vs. Wichita Christian

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Monday 10/15: Senior parent meeting (6:00 PM); Parent appreciation & Community update (arrive @ 6:30 for coffee from Gold Stripe and treats; required for one parent to attend in order to register children for spring semester)
Friday 10/26:
Fall Festival

All-School News

If you’re not reading our school blog, you’re missing out! Check out the latest posts by our very own KPA parents:

Raising Responders vs. Reactors: Navigating Emotions by KPA mom Amanda Jackson

Be your best, Plus One by KPA dad Jacky Howard

Discipleship in the Digital Age: Helping Our Family and Kids Navigate Screen Time by Director of Student Development Nick Clifton

Establishing Your Family’s Best Routine by KPA mom Becky Collier

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Raising Responders vs. Reactors: How to Navigate Emotions

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By Amanda Jackson, KPA Mom

What could be more common to the human experience than our daily interactions with our emotions and the emotions of those around us? Not one of us will escape this life without navigating them in some form or fashion. Thankfully, we can choose to do so with intentionality and care and thereby walk in a peace that passes understanding. As we entered the pre-teen/teen years in our home, this subject was constantly on my mind. To be honest, it wasn’t until I started looking at the emotions of my children that I really started learning about my own and about the necessity to engage them purposefully.

The fact is, emotions can serve us well. We need them! God gave us our emotions to benefit us in this human experience. What will happen if we are not intentional, however, is that we will unwittingly become a slave to them. We will find ourselves riding the roller coaster of reacting all day long with an inevitable mess left behind when we go to bed. What we must learn, and what we must teach our children, is how to let our emotions serve US instead of us serving them.

What even are emotions? How can we categorize the most common emotions that the average person feels on a day to day basis? The list I liked best summed them up as such: love, joy, surprise, anger, sadness, and fear. There are sub-categories that I believe are also worth mentioning based on the frequency with which we tend to experience them. Those would be envy (sub of anger), shame and disappointment (sub of sadness), and anxiety (sub of fear). While certainly not an exhaustive list, I believe these are a fair summation of what we most commonly experience. It’s helpful to define these different emotions for ourselves and notice how we experience them and what tends to trigger them in us and then to teach our children to do the same. I believe it to be crucial to understand them properly and from there know how to engage them. Emotions ARE necessary. They can provide us with warning in a dangerous situation. They can be indicators to us of areas we need to address in our lives and of relationships that need attention. They are NOT, however, always reliable, justifiable, or, to put it bluntly, trustworthy. It’s worth repeating (especially to our kids): OUR EMOTIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS TRUSTWORTHY. How many times have we seen this played out? I for one experience this almost daily. And even when they are not necessarily untrue or even un-justified, they can be unhelpful in the moment we experience them. We have to hold our emotions with care. We have to learn to discern when to listen to them, and when to lay them at the foot of the cross.

So, how on earth do we apply this knowledge? What do you tell your teenage daughter caught in the throes of envy or fear or shame? You tell her to become a responder and not a reactor. We have the choice, all day every day, to either react to the emotions as we experience them or respond to them. These are two very different approaches with vastly different outcomes depending on the scenario. A reactor is one who applies no filter, gives no pause, and rushes headfirst into however they are feeling in the moment. In anger this looks like lashing out verbally at the person who ignited you. In sadness this can look like sitting in your misery, eating a whole tub of ice cream. You catch my drift? Being a slave to our feelings is a miserable way to live. Even euphoric feelings of happiness, when reacted to, can lead to hasty decisions and inevitable regret later on. A responder, on the other hand, is one who patiently evaluates what they are feeling. They take the extra beat to run their emotions through a bit of a filter to see how reliable they are or are not in that moment. Is my anger justified? Is my fear truly warning me of harm? Is my anxiety just my imagination running amuck? Responding takes practice but I have found it to be a truly beautiful and sanctifying exercise in weeding out what is enslaving me from what is serving me.

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Be Your Best, Plus One

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By Jacky Howard, KPA dad

We all want our kids to be their best.  Do their best, act their best, talk their best, look their best, and so the story goes. You get the picture.

I am never disappointed when my kids do their best. That’s what we all expect, right? ‘Just do your best and I will love you no matter what!’ Our society is crawling with overly assertive parents, and I certainly don’t want to be in that assembly. But there is a payoff and excitement when the “best” effort is taken up a notch. I want my kids to be their best, plus one. Let me explain.

It’s the same concept as giving 110%. As a younger lad in college, I had a lively debate with a friend who emphatically argued there is no way one can give a 110%. True. However, I think you can turn it up one more click and push your limits.

At 211°, water is hot–very hot!  Water can sit there and be the best water it can be.  It can cook vegetables, brew a beverage and even burn your skin.  Water can perform at 211°.  But, add just 1°.  Suddenly, you have a change in the property the water yields.  At 212°, water boils and creates energy called steam.  The use of steam has powered ships and locomotives. This is the power of Plus One.

What does that mean to you and me? How do we show our kids to engage in that extra step? By the way, see what I did there? I didn’t say tell your kids, I said show them. Show them that extra degree by being one better at everything you do. They watch what we do, because we all know their “pay attention to what I’m telling you” skills lack. After all, Colossians 3:23 says, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for man. Be the example of a Plus One Mom or Dad.

Ask any Olympic medal winner about the margin of victory between Gold, Silver and Bronze. That one degree is an extra lap around the pool or staying late to make sure you get the landing right. Whether it’s sports, business, school or life, that extra degree is the difference.

I wish I could mind-meld all my 50 plus years of wisdom to my kids. Alleviate their heartbreak, mistakes, and take away life’s boo-boos. But I can’t. We can’t mom and dad. All we can do is encourage and show our little humans to be productive men and women of God and to do their best, plus one. It is in each of us to do a little more, be a little better and take it up a degree.

Word of caution – be an encourager, not a pushy parent.

We want the best out of our kids, not dread of a task or the fear of failure.

It starts with you, Mom and Dad. Show your family you can be a “one-degree-better” you. You are your own competition, and it is in each of us to make a move. Turn on the burner, and let’s boil!

Be Your Best, Plus One!

Warrior Weekly for the week of October 1-6, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 10/1 11:30-12 All-house meetings
5 PM JH Volleyball vs. Trinity
Tues 10/2 5-7 PM HS Volleyball vs. Plainview
Wed 10/3 Taco Villa bean and cheese burrito, chips, dessert, and drink; Order by Tuesday 10/2 @ 4 PM
11:30-11:55 Upper school chapel (ALL KPA families are welcome to attend)
Thu 10/4 11:30-12:30 Voices of Democracy meeting in room 401 (see Dr. DePoe for details)
4 PM JH Football vs. San Jacinto
7 PM HS Football vs. Patton Springs
Fri 10/5 11:30-11:55 House Games
Sat 10/6 6th grade trip to Carlsbad Caverns

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Saturday 10/13:
Fall School of Rhetoric Service Project @ Lubbock Dream Center; 8th grade garage sale
Monday 10/15:
Senior parent meeting (6:00 PM); Parent appreciation & Community update (come @ 6:30 for coffee from Gold Stripe and treats; required for one parent to attend in order to register children for spring semester)
Friday 10/26:
Fall Festival

All-School News

Congratulations to Mrs. Castner and her family on the birth of Elisabeth Kayte! Elisabeth was born on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Castner and baby are both doing great.

We had a blast showing our WARRIOR PRIDE this week during Homecoming and Spirit Week! GO WARRIORS! Below are a few pictures from Spirit dress-up days, Wednesday’s pep rally, and Thursday’s Powder Puff game.

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Warrior Weekly for the week of September 24-29

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 9/24 Taco stack hot lunch–order by Sunday 9/23 @ 1 PM
11:30-12 Student Congress meeting in room 405
5 PM JH Volleyball vs. Talkington
Tue 9/25 11:30-12:30 Voice of Democracy meeting with Dr. DePoe–room 410
5-7 PM HS Volleyball vs. Southcrest (home)
Wed 9/26 Happy birthday, Mrs. Castner!
Frito pie hot lunch—order on RenWeb by Tuesday 4 PM
11:30-11:55 Homecoming pep rally (families are welcome to attend!)
Thu 9/27 Happy birthday, Mrs. Kerr!
11:00-12:30 Grand Tour meeting, room 400
5 PM JH Volleyball @ Trinity
6:30 PM Powder Puff games @ South Plains Church of Christ field
Fri 9/28 7:30 AM Morning of Praise and Prayer for students & families
5 PM JH Football vs. Cotton Center @ Wilson
6-7:30 PM Homecoming tailgate (order meals on RenWeb by Thursday) with bounce house for kids and meet & greet with players. Bring your lawn chairs!
7:30 PM HS Homecoming Football game vs. Cotton Center @ Wilson
Sat 9/29 11-2 Homecoming volleyball tournament (order forms can be picked up at the front desk; register your team by Friday 9/28)

All-School News

We are extremely proud to announce that Katie Hawthorne has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Katie placed in the top 3% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). 10% of KPA graduates have received this honor thus far, and we want to congratulate Katie for her outstanding achievement!

Spirit week attire:

Grammar school students may wear a KPA t-shirt and jeans on Wednesday 9/26; School of Logic and all teachers may wear a KPA t-shirt and jeans on Friday 9/28! Students should be in regular uniform unless otherwise specified. 

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Discipleship in the Digital Age: Helping our Family and Kids Navigate Screen Time

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By Nick Clifton, KPA Director of Student Development

It was during the early morning hours of March 20, 2014 that I realized my life had changed forever. On that morning, my first child, my daughter, entered into this world and stole my heart. On that morning, I realized that I was now undertaking the most difficult, terrifying, and rewarding journey I would ever take – the journey of receiving a child as a precious gift from God with Him expecting that we love and disciple this beautiful soul in a way that would allow heaven to come that much closer to earth through her. What a blessing!

Unfortunately, I quickly realized that our culture and society has placed an incredible obstacle in front of us as families that quite often places itself right in the middle of the that road of discipleship that we are traveling on. This obstacle, as you might have guessed from the title, is the screen. Where a fireplace and hearth was once the gathering place of fellowship, family, and discussion for the family unit has now been replaced by the TV, laptop, iPad, smartphone, or really any other item that can place media and entertainment at our fingertips.

To add a little perspective, the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that:

  • Kids under age 6 watch an average of about 2 hours of screen media a day, primarily TV and videos or DVDs.
  • Kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen almost 3 additional hours on the computer (outside of schoolwork) and playing video games.
  • Counting all media outlets, 8 – 18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media across a typical day.

Many parents will tell you there is something about a screen that acts almost as a digital pacifier for children – turn on a screen and they turn into zombies. I will never forget the day I witnessed this very event in my own house. I came home from work to my wife playing with blocks with our oldest daughter in the living room, and turned on the TV to watch the news. The second the screen came on, my daughter was completely torn away from her mother’s play and turned to the bright colors and interesting sounds coming out of our TV. I watched as her eyes glazed over and the mesmerizing hold of the screen took control. It was then I understood the temptation that faces so many of us as parents to place our children in front of a screen – it can give us some much needed quiet time! Unfortunately, the payment for this digital babysitter is far too steep and, frankly, just not worth it in the end.

Now I’m not saying that we should throw out all digital devices and only read books 24/7. I am also one who believes that the use of media in intentional and purposeful ways can be beneficial. My wife and I have certainly resorted to the Disney movies on the iPad for many a 9 hour road trip to Houston (you know the moment – the last two hours of the trip where everyone is just bored and tired of being in the car). However, the purpose of this blog is to caution us as parents to remain intentional and to never sacrifice shared experiences and the joys of parenting to a screen.

I think most people would agree that our culture has given too much power to screen time, but I find that many people are just unaware or unsure of where to start to change what might be a long-running habit of media usage in their household. So here are some tips and ideas that we use in our house with our family to be as intentional and minimalistic as possible concerning screen time with our children.

1. Set the example.

I have to start with the toughest one (especially for me), because there is no other place to begin this conversation. Children will naturally gravitate toward the behaviors of their parents. They are always watching and learning, even when we do not think so. If they see us reading a book, they are more likely to read. If they see us desiring to be active outside, they are more likely to do the same. And if they see us in front of a screen, they will want to do the same.

2. Be the parent.

It is our job to encourage healthy, responsible living habits and behaviors while also limiting unhealthy ones. Sometimes, this means making the unpopular decision. Be willing to make the tough decisions for your children, but always make sure you explain why you are making that decision. The follow up conversation (combined with watching your example) will help them understand why they should follow through and hopefully internalize the need to make that decision for themselves.

3. Set limited viewing times.

Again, I am not saying that we live like the Amish, but as with anything in life, we must consume in moderation. Sit down as a family and decide what time frames for media usage work best for your family.

4. Play with your kids.

This may sound like an obvious one, but sometimes this is the easiest one to neglect. We are a busied and hurried people these days, and this step will certainly take intentionality and pulling from the bottom of your energy barrel some days, but I promise you will be glad you did. So get down on the ground with your little ones, play board games, ride bikes together, wrestle, whatever your kids are doing for play at their stage of life, join them in that play.

5. Observe your child’s behavioral changes.

Too much screen time has an immediate impact on a child’s behavior. After too much television/video games, a child can become irritable, impatient, or lethargic. Be on the lookout for these behavior changes. When you start to notice them, cut off the screen time and redirect to a different activity.

6. Protect family meals and table time.

About two-thirds of young people say the TV is usually on during meals. This is unfortunate, because some of your family’s richest conversations will take place around that dinner table. Value and protect that time with your children! Don’t let the TV (or any screen) steal that from you.

7. No screens in the bedrooms.

This is one that our family is still working on, but we are looking to the example of some parenting mentors of ours that have implemented this with their family for many years now. When it is time for bed, all family members charge their phones in the kitchen. As unpopular as this decision is with their teen at times, they hold true to their belief that they are protecting their child and themselves from unnecessary distractions and temptations. While we are currently not parenting teens, we know that we want to form the habit for ourselves now in order to set the example for our children when they do enter those teenage years.

Limiting our screen time can seem like a daunting and unpopular task in today’s culture, and with a teen it can often feel like more of a battle than a blessing. But it is worth fighting. I can say from personal experience that this is an endeavor that becomes easier with each step. The more we watch, the more we want to continue. But the inverse is also true. The more we turn off the screen, the easier it becomes to keep it off. I pray these tips can be a blessing for you and your family, and I challenge us all to go against the grain of an increasingly screen-addicted culture.

Warrior Weekly for the week of September 16-22

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 9/17 11:30-12 All-House meetings for Rhetoric students
4 PM Deadline to order homecoming shirts (these CAN be charged through FACTS; indicate on order form how you would like to pay)
Deadline to sign up for Powder Puff
5-7 PM JH Volleyball vs. Lubbock Titans
Tue 9/18 5-7 PM HS Volleyball @ Southcrest
6-8 PM School of Logic Skate Night @ Roll Arena; RSVP on Renweb by Monday 9/17 @ 5 PM
Wed 9/19 Happy birthday, Coach Graves!
Hot lunch (spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, homemade brownies)—order on RenWeb by Tuesday 4 PM
Time TBA School pictures and Class portraits
3:45-4:45 8th grade class meeting
Thu 9/20 9:30-11:30 Faculty training
10:30-12 HS football practice (no afternoon practice)
3 PM JH Volleyball @ St. Andrews
5 PM JH Football @ St. Andrews
Fri 9/21 Happy birthday, Coach Biggs!
Sat 9/22 10 AM HS VB @ Lubbock Christian
3 PM HS FB @ Odessa West Texas Oilers

All-School News

Upper School News

School of Rhetoric students had a great time at their retreat. The theme was “Undivided,” and students spent time in worship and hearing messages about being undivided in relationships, priorities, and community. They also enjoyed some friendly competition as houses competed in the first house games of the year. It was a refreshing, wonderful retreat!

group shot of students on retreat

Click on image to open/download the t-shirt order form (PDF)
t-shirt order form

2018 vol. 1

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Mon 9/10 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Family Education Day
5:00 PM JH Volleyball Gave vs Southcrest
Time TBA House Leaders Meeting
Tue 9/11 7:00 PM House and Student Ambassador Ceremony
Wed 9/12 Time TBA Leave for School of Rhetoric Retreat
Thu 9/13 Time TBA Return from School of Rhetoric Retreat
Fri 9/14 Progress Report Ending Date
11:30 AM SoR House Meetings
3:00 PM JH Volleyball tournament at All Saints
5:30 PM JH Gootball game at Lazbuddie
7:30 PM HS Football game at Lazbuddie
Sat 9/15 Happy Birthday Coach Bundy!
10:00 AM JH Volleyball tournament at All Saints continued