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Warrior Weekly for the week of December 9-15, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER: 

Sun 12/9
Mon 12/10 11:30 All-house meetings
4:00  7th Grade Girls Basketball vs All Saints
5:00 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs All Saints
6:00 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs All Saints
7:00 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs All Saints
Tues 12/11 11:30 Grand Tour Meeting
6:00 HS Girls Varsity Basketball @ Plainview Christian
7:30 HS Boys Varsity Basketball @ Plainview Christian
Wed 12/12 Happy Birthday Mr. Langhennig
10:00 12th Rhetoric: Deliberative Speeches
11:30 Upper School Chapel
Thu 12/13 Happy Birthday Mr. Davis
Happy Birthday Mrs. Robertson
3:00 HS Girls Varsity @ WF Christ Academy
4:30 HS Boys Varsity @ WF Christ Academy
4:00 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs San Jacinto
5:00 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs San Jacinto
6:00 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs San Jacinto
7:00 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs San Jacinto
Fri 12/14 10:00 12th Rhetoric Deliberative Speeches
6:00 HS Girls Varsity Basketball @ Wichita Christian
7:30 HS Boys Varsity Basketball @ Wichita Christian
Sat 12/15  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Monday 12/17: Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy awards (SoL & SoR)
Friday 12/21: Last day of classes for the fall semester; NO Friday Enrichment for Grammar School

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A Tripartite Standard for School Success, Part 2 of 3

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By John DePoe, Academic Dean for the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric

In a previous post, I introduced the notion of measuring a school’s success by looking at the transformation of the students’ lives through three questions inspired by C. S. Lewis:

  1. What are our students learning about how the relate to others?
  2. What are our students learning about themselves?
  3. What are our students learning about the ultimate purposes of life?

Let’s dive into the first two questions in this post, but let me first state a caveat. My answer will heavily reflect the current curriculum of the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric since this is an aspect of students’ learning with which I am very familiar. Although, I don’t want to give the impression that these questions cannot be answered by looking at other aspects of the school.

So, what are our students learning about how to relate to others? One of the first things that comes to mind is that they are learning to collaborate and work as a team through projects and presentations. For example, this semester our 8th grade History students put together “shark tank” presentations to create a mock pitch to investors (or “sharks”) for inventions from the industrial revolution like the telegraph, cotton gin, and spinning jenny. Students were assigned groups and tasked with doing research, preparing a presentation (each student had to speak in part of the presentation), and creating visual aids for their proposals—some even created working models of their invention. Through assignments like these, students practice skills that are used in many aspects of adult life (e.g., working, family life, participation in church, athletics, higher education, etc.). These kinds of assignments teach students how to relate to their classmates, which involves the delegation of responsibility, open communication, and wise planning. In these learning exercises they see that different roles need to be played, and they often discover strengths among themselves that they didn’t realize were present. They learn to trust one another in working together to a single goal.

Another thing that KPA students are learning about relating to others is how to argue, debate, and disagree with one another, while showing respect to one another. I had the joy of overseeing a Socratic seminar in 10th grade English recently where students discussed the first quarter of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Students prepare questions that guide their forty-minute long discussion. In the course of the seminar, the teacher says virtually nothing, while the students debate and discuss the questions provoked from the text ranging from how come Queen Margaret always seems so bitter? to do you believe that Richard’s motivations for his villainy are justified? and even when is it ever permissible to kill another person? The discussion itself was and thought-provoking (I rarely find this level of discussion among adults!). But beyond what they said, it was gratifying to observe how they said it. Students often disagreed with one another, but no one ever made the disagreement personal. In fact, students were often more aware of the need to cite textual evidence from Shakespeare to make their point when they had a different point of view from their classmate. This kind of exercise teaches students how to disagree without being disagreeable. They focus on the issue, state supporting reasons for their positions, and look each other in the eye with respect as they do it. I often wish more adults possessed the skills I see our students practicing regularly in our school.

What are students learning about themselves? Through our academic coursework, they develop a biblical understanding of anthropology or an understanding of human nature. The biblical worldview teaches that human beings have become walking oxymorons, creatures with conflicting natures: humans are created in the image of God and humans have a sinful nature. I can’t resist quoting a statement of this oxymoronic state of man from the French philosopher Blaise Pascal:

“The point is that if man had never been corrupted, he would, in his innocence, confidently enjoy both truth and felicity, and, if man had never been anything but corrupt, he would have no idea either of truth or bliss. But unhappy as we are (and we should be less so if there were no element of greatness in our condition) we have an idea of happiness but we cannot attain it. We perceive an image of the truth and possess nothing but falsehood.”

Recently, our 12th grade students in Rhetoric class had a discussion comparing and contrasting the competing views of anthropology posed by Socrates and St. Augustine. Socrates held to a view that all people desire to do what is good, and therefore any volitional act that results in evil must come from ignorance. Augustine, by contrast, claims that humans often do evil from evil motives; they even sometimes do evil for the sake of evil itself (see Confessions, book II). Although there is much to study, emulate, and praise from Socrates’s philosophy, his view of human nature is thoroughly secular and ignores the depravity of human nature, and echoes of his anthropology can be heard today in those who think more education, a better home, or other modifications to a person’s environment could eliminate evil. Augustine holds to the biblical view that acknowledges the depraved state of human nature. The Rhetoric students uncovered these differences in our class, and they recognized how different views of human nature make a difference. How delightful it was to see students understand these important truths about human nature!

Many aspects of human nature are raised through our students’ studies throughout the school, whether it is from their study of ancient Egypt, The Bronze Bow, To Kill a Mockingbird, the plays of Sophocles, Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” or a biography of Teddy Roosevelt. Over and over again, we reinforce the Christian anthropology that sees that humans are both created in God’s image (rendering them as creatures of great dignity and value) and sinners depraved from birth (resulting in their selfishness and estrangement from God).

In sum, I am delighted with the beliefs and values about how to relate to themselves and others in which we raise our students. These foundational truths prepare them to see reality in focus through the lens of a Christian worldview. In a final blog post, I will touch on the third question: what are our students learning about the ultimate purposes of life?

Warrior Weekly for the Week of December 2-8, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER: 

Sun 12/2
Mon 12/3 11:00-11:55 Student Congress meeting and lunch
4 PM 7th grade boys basketball vs. Southcrest
5 PM 8th grade boys basketball vs. Southcrest
6 PM 8th grade girls basketball vs. Southcrest
7:30 PM JV boys basketball vs. Southcrest
Tues 12/4 6 PM KPA Christmas Productions (3-5 grade and School of Logic)
6:30 PM HS girls varsity basketball @ Amherst
8 PM HS boys varsity basketball @ Amherst
Wed 12/5 Hot lunch–Ziti pasta bake, dessert, and drink
Thu 12/6 4 PM JH Girls basketball @ San Jacinto
6 PM One-Act Play dinner theatre “Booby Trap” (see details under Fine Arts News; the deadline to purchase tickets is Monday 12/3)
11:30 House Games sponsored by the House of Wilberforce
6-8 PM School of Logic Christmas party @ South Plains Church of Christ (see details under Upper School News)
6 PM HS girls varsity basketball @ Patton Springs
7:30 PM HS boys varsity basketball @ Patton Springs
Sat 12/8 Happy birthday, Mrs. Barritt! 
7-11 PM School of Rhetoric Christmas party @ Altitude & the Nicholsons’ (see details under Upper School news)
TBA Jr. High Girls Basketball Tournament @ All Saints

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Friday 12/7:
Deadline for Booster Club Orders
Monday 12/10: All house meetings
Wednesday 12/12: Upper School chapel
Thursday 12/13: Grand Tour meeting, 11-12:30
Monday 12/17: Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy awards (SoL & SoR)
Friday 12/21: Last day of classes for the fall semester; NO Friday Enrichment for Grammar School

Grammar School News

Special thanks to our Grammar School families who attended our Thanksgiving feast. We are very thankful for all of you!

4th & 5th grade visited the landfill located in Abernathy the Friday before Thanksgiving break. They were so impressed with their tour and all that they learned. Environmentalist Darrell Mills, who works for the city of Lubbock, is doing an excellent job of disposing of all of our waste yet not contaminating the environment in the process. They had a great experience!

Students enjoyed a visit from a mobile dairy on Monday afternoon.

Upper School News

This week, we meet Scott Hall, our new 11th grade Discipleship teacher.

Athletics News

Please congratulate Evan Babb on hitting a huge milestone in varsity basketball!  Evan eclipsed 1000 points on 11/16 and was presented with a game ball this week!  Congrats Evan and thank you for all your hard work throughout your career.  Finish your senior year strong!

Fine Arts News

Join us for the School of Rhetoric Theatre Department’s production of the One Act Play, “Booby Trap,” on Thursday, December 6. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk, from Mrs. West, or a SoR Theatre student. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, December 3, so we can have an accurate count for dinner. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 4, for the Grammar School Christmas musical “We Three Spies” (see details below) at 6 PM. Immediately following “We Three Spies,” our School of Logic Theatre department will be performing “Christmas Unwrapped: Uncovering the true meaning of Christmas.” Kingdom Singers will also be performing. We hope to see you there!

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

The Long Game: Embracing a Slow Walk of Faith

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By Amanda Jackson

“I have all my life been considering distant effects and always sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future.”

-Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmstead was the landscape architect most famously known for his design of Central Park in New York City and for the grounds and gardens of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. What struck me so profoundly the last time I was at the Biltmore was the knowledge that the breathtaking beauty that I and my family were beholding was not what he ever witnessed in his lifetime. He had a vision for the long-term growth and development of the landscape. Growth that would take many years to come to fruition. You can walk on the grounds of that most impressive estate today and think it must be nice to have wealth of that scale to create such a place to live in and enjoy. The fact of the matter, however, is that neither Olmstead the landscape architect, nor Vanderbilt, the owner, ever saw it as we are able to today. That realization struck my modern-day instant gratification mindset as unfair. Further reflection has caused me to see it as incredibly beautiful and very healthy. When I parallel this to my spiritual walk I am able to settle into an appreciation for what our lives on this earth are capable of.

We are capable of so much, to be sure. We can effect much change and do much good for the kingdom. I fear, however, that in our culture of social media highlight reels and the emphasis of making a huge impact in whatever way you can, we might miss what is actually true for the average person: our life in Christ is a slow, mundane, and very ordinary feeling process. Eugene Peterson wrote a book entitled The Long, Slow Walk of Obedience. The title alone captivated me and ministered to my heart before I read a word. It rang true to me. This is a long game we are in here. Morgan Snyder of Ransomed Heart ministries encourages people to measure their walk with the Lord by the DECADE. We want instant sanctification, don’t we? We want quantifiable success and fast. We want TO MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT possible. I’m not arguing that people don’t lead very fruitful and productive lives that make enormous kingdom impact. I AM arguing that MOST won’t see that kind of measurable influence in their day to day life. That’s not to say it isn’t there or isn’t growing in the soil of their obedience. It just may take time. Much like Olmstead’s landscapes. Moses’s ministry didn’t start until he was 80 years old. In the end, he never even settled into the promised land with the people he was leading. David never built the temple he had the passion and the vision to build. Abraham had to wait years before God fulfilled His promise of a son through Sarah. (I could devote an entire blog post to the mistake he made of trying to force God’s promise. I use the phrase “birthing an Ishmael” often; as in, I don’t want to do that!) We live in this culture that is trying to sell us the lie we’ve got to hurry up and get the thing done. Hurry, hurry, hurry. That sounds all fine and good until the Lord hits pause on your life. Will you trust Him in that? Will you allow Him to do a quiet work in you that no one will see or know about? Will you be content if it takes years? We are on His timetable, and it’s measured by eternity. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 reminds us this “slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”  We have no idea what God is trying to cultivate in our hearts for His purposes and His plans. He is the potter and we are the clay. I heard a song this summer that had me in tears in this season of my life where I feel a bit “paused” by the Lord. I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves:

“Seasons” by Hillsong

Like the frost on a rose
Winter comes for us all
Oh how nature acquaints us
With the nature of patience

Like a seed in the snow
I’ve been buried to grow
For Your promise is loyal
From seed to sequoia

I know
Though the winter is long
Even richer
The harvest it brings
Though my waiting prolongs
Even greater
Your promise for me
Like a seed
I believe that my season will come

Lord I think of Your love
Like the low winter sun
As I gaze I am blinded
In the light of Your brightness

Like a fire to the snow
I’m renewed in Your warmth
Melt the ice of this wild soul
Till the barren is beautiful

I can see the promise
I can see the future
You’re the God of seasons
I’m just in the winter
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting

You can see my promise
Even in the winter
Cause You’re the God of greatness
Even in a manger
For all I know of seasons
Is that You take Your time
You could have saved us in a second
Instead You sent a child

Like a seed You were sown
For the sake of us all
From Bethlehem’s soil
Grew Calvary’s sequoia

Please go and listen to this song (on the There is More album from Hillsong) with the lyrics in front of you. It’s so beautiful. I sat in worship as the tears fell down my face, praising the God who “came as a child.” He’s a long-game God. He just is. He is a cultivator. A pruner. A crock-pot, not a microwave. If we can be willing to submit ourselves to this patient, loving Father and walk out this steady journey back to the garden, we will find ourselves content with His timing and trusting of His cultivating. We will be just as grateful for the mundane tasks set before us as we are for the more visible and noticeable ones. We will be accepting of the winter seasons that are quiet and dormant. We will learn to trust Him with the soil of our children’s souls. They are His and this life of growth in Him is a process that takes time. We must not forget Who we serve. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” Surely do what? Verse 23 says “sanctify you completely.” I’m so thankful to serve an active, pursuing God. I rest that He will surely do it. It may not look like what my vision of it would be. But in obedient submission to Him? It will be exactly what I need.

This is a long road. It’s going to have curves, rocks, pits, and seeming dead ends. It won’t be flashy or impressive on most days. We may not get to see the fulfillment of the vision we had for His Kingdom. We will even have seasons that may feel entirely fruitless. We have to trust God. He will give us the feet and equip us for everything the road brings. Be encouraged. You are living this truth right now. My hope is to show you that nothing is wasted and that He is a God who takes His time. But in the end? I bet our faithful journey will leave behind a beautiful landscape for our lineage to inherit. And beyond even that? The journey we are on this side of heaven is merely a blip on the line of eternity. You have a Kingdom position that awaits you that I believe the Lord is preparing you for even now. Moses may not have lived in the promised land but He made it to THE PROMISED LAND and is walking in His inheritance. So will you. Our whole life is a preparation for the one to come. Take Heart! He has got you. Rest in this long walk. It’s not the end of your story.

Warrior Weekly for the weeks of November 18-December 1, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER: 

November 18-24: Thanksgiving break–please note, publication of the Warrior Weekly will resume on Friday, November 30.

Sun 11/25 Happy birthday, Mr. Clifton!
Mon 11/26
4 PM 7th grade girls basketball vs. Talkington
5 PM 7th grade boys basketball vs. New Way Christian Academy
6 PM 8th grade girls basketball vs. Talkington
7 PM 8th grade boys basketball vs. New Way Christian Academy
Tues 11/27 5 PM HS JV boys basketball vs. Southcrest
6 PM HS girls varsity basketball vs. Southcrest
7:30 PM HS boys varsity basketball vs. Southcrest
Wed 11/28 Hot lunch–Taco Villa burrito, chips, dessert, and a drink (order on RenWeb by 4 PM Tuesday, 11/27)
Picture retakes
10-11 Senior cap & gown pictures and class photo
11:30-11:55 Upper school chapel
Thu 11/29 TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Meadow
Fri 11/30 TBA Jr. High Girls Basketball Tournament @ All Saints
TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Meadow
7:30 AM Morning of Praise & Prayer
Sat 12/1 Spring registration ends
TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Meadow
TBA Jr. High Girls Basketball Tournament @ All Saints

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Monday 12/3: 
Deadline to purchase tickets for Thursday 12/6 production of “Booby Trap”; tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Purchase tickets from the front desk, Mrs. West, or a SoR Theatre member. 
Tuesday 12/4: KPA Christmas Productions (3-5 grade and School of Logic)
Thursday 12/6: One-Act play dinner theatre
Friday 12/7: School of Logic Christmas party (see details under “Upper School News”)
Saturday 12/8: School of Rhetoric Christmas party (see details under “Upper School News”)

All-School News

Grammar School News

Hands-on projects bring learning to life for our students! Fourth grade students created Seigneuries after reading Madeleine Takes Command, and first graders researched different Native American tribes and created dwellings. They also gave oral presentations to their teacher and classmates. We are proud of the amazing work of our students!

First graders went behind the scenes last week at Market Street to learn about all that goes on at a grocery store. They thoroughly enjoyed visiting all of the different departments. The seafood expert was their favorite! They even spent their own money to make a purchase before heading out. They will be expert helpers on their next visit to the grocery store with mom & dad. 

KPA kindergarten visited the corn maze to end off their unit on Fall and Harvest. They found their way through the maze, visited some farm animals, went on a hayride to a pumpkin patch, and everyone picked a pumpkin.

Upper School News

Chemistry learned about combustion with a tiny marshmallow cookout…

After reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, the eighth grade class enjoyed watching the movie together. 

Congratulations to 6th grader Matthew Jenkins! Matthew has been playing competitive chess for about 6 months. He recently joined the US Chess Federation and  is working toward his official US rating. Last weekend he scored first place overall in a Plainview tournament. This weekend he will compete in his third Check With Tech tournament, here in Lubbock, along with other members of the Lubbock Homeschool Chess Club. Way to go, Matthew! 

Athletics News

Our 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams played each other for First and Second place in the St. Andrew’s tournament. Our 8th grade boys’ team won the tournament, as well. Way to go, Warriors!

Basketball season is in full swing. Friday evening, the high school girls’ and boys’ teams played great games against Southcrest. Final score of the boys’ game was 48-51 and final score of the girls’ game was 38-43 with Southcrest winning both games.

The girls’ and boys’ basketball teams swept the Cotton Center tournament, winning every game they played. Here are the final scores:

Girls vs. Loop: 46-19; vs. Lazbuddie 51-44; vs. Wilson 50-16

Boys vs. Loop 66-20; vs. Cotton Center 49-22; vs. Lazbuddie 79-23

        

Fine Arts News

Congratulations to our School of Rhetoric One-Act Play cast! Although they did not place at state, they performed very well! We are also proud of those who received individual honors: Taylor Collier and Kelbey Walls were named to All-Star cast, Micah Collier received Honorable Mention, and James Hawthorne was named to the All-Star crew. The cast will be performing the show on December 6; see details below. 

Join us for the School of Rhetoric Theatre Department’s production of the One Act Play, “Booby Trap,” on Thursday, December 6. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk, from Mrs. West, or a SoR Theatre student. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, December 3, so we can have an accurate count for dinner. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 4, for the Grammar School Christmas musical “We Three Spies” (see details below) at 6 PM. Immediately following “We Three Spies,” our School of Logic Theatre department will be performing “Christmas Unwrapped: Uncovering the true meaning of Christmas.” We hope to see you there!

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

Warrior Weekly for the week of November 11-17, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Sun 11/11 12:45 PM One-Act play sendoff to TAPPS State competition
Mon 11/12 Hot lunch–Chick-fil-a sandwich or nuggets, chips, dessert, and a drink (order by 4 PM on Sunday 11/11)
Happy birthday, Mrs. Montandon!
11:30-12 All-house meetings
4 PM 7th grade girls basketball vs. Christ the King
5 PM 7th grade boys basketball vs. Christ the King
6 PM 8th grade girls basketball vs. Christ the King
7 PM 8th grade boys basketball vs. Christ the King
Tues 11/13 Happy birthday, Coach Rodriguez!
6 PM HS girls varsity basketball vs. Silverton
Wed 11/14 11:30 AM; 12:30 PM Grammar School Thanksgiving Feast (order on RenWeb by Friday, 11/9) (see flyer below for your child’s specific lunch time)
Thu 11/15 11-12:30 Grand Tour Meeting
TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Cotton Center
Fri 11/16 11 AM School of Rhetoric Thanksgiving Potluck & House Pie Contest–check your email for details and sign up to bring an item!
TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Cotton Center
Sat 11/17 Happy birthday, Coach Gonzales!
TBA High School Basketball Tournament @ Cotton Center

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Week of 11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday 11/28: Picture retakes; Senior cap and gown photos and class photo
Friday 11/30: Morning of Praise & Prayer
Tuesday 12/4: KPA Christmas Productions (3-5 grade and School of Logic)
Thursday 12/6: One-Act play dinner theatre
Friday 12/7: School of Logic Christmas party (in the evening; details TBA)
Saturday 12/8: School of Rhetoric Christmas party (in the evening; details TBA)

All-School News

Thanks to our latest blog contributors, Heather Jenkins and Jacky Howard. You can read their blog posts by clicking on their names!

Grammar School News

Upper School News

This week’s Let’s Talk video is now live and ready to view. This week we have Maitlyn Yarbrough back with us as we discuss the last week of our “Rooted” series taking place in our School of Logic Discipleship classes. Thanks for watching!

Athletics News

Last week’s High School football score:
Kingdom Prep         71
Plainview Christian 24

Thursday night (11/8) game:
Lubbock Titans      50
KPA       45

With this district win, we are officially in the playoffs!  Our playoff game will be Saturday, November 17.  Stay tuned for more details on our opponent and location!
Go Warriors!

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

Fine Arts News

Please join us on Sunday at 12:45 as we show our support for our One Act Play team. They will be headed to Kerrville for the TAPPS 1A State Competition! Please make plans to see their amazing show at the One-Act Play dinner theatre on December 6. 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 4, for the Grammar School Christmas musical “We Three Spies” (see details below) at 6 PM. Immediately following “We Three Spies,” our School of Logic Theatre department will be performing “Christmas Unwrapped: Uncovering the true meaning of Christmas.” We hope to see you there!

Goals with God

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By Jacky Howard, KPA dad

In the business world, now is the time of year that we start the process of evaluating the year and planning for next year. We spend time planning new goals and making a game plan to implement those goals. Goals are important. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  As my kids get older, I want them to develop positive habits in goal setting and plan implementation for success. God has plans for each of us to succeed, according to Jeremiah 29:11, so let’s get His help in the whole process.

PRAYER

The first step is prayer.  Since God has plans for you, it only stands to reason to ask Him for direction and vision. Matthew 6:33 and 1 Chronicles 28:9, clearly say to seek Him. We all need His clarity and If we seek Him, we get answers. Seek Him to eliminate worry, doubt and confusion.

Now let’s dream. Dream and get crazy. What is something you want, something that seems out of reach? Maybe your dream is a certain job, vacation or boldness to share the gospel. Maybe a new home, running a marathon or even writing a novel. It doesn’t matter, just dream and then write it in your dream journal. Yes, get a dream journal and write the dream down. You see, when you take a dream and write it down, it now becomes a goal.  Kind of sneaky huh? God’s Word says in Habakkuk 2:2, Write down the vision and make it plain! Plus, studies show written goals have better chance of being obtained.  Write it down.

PLAN and PRACTICE

Working backwards, we must create a plan. Read Psalm 20:4, 33:11 as part of seeking Him and your heart will align with the steps to get there. Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established. – Proverbs 16:3. Ask the Lord for the steps and wisdom to reach the goal. Set aside time to sharpen your skills in the direction God’s leads you. Read books and articles that educate you on the process. Practice the process and get good at winning the plan with a focus on the goal.

PERFORM, PLANT and PERSEVERE

Proverbs 10:4, 12:24, 27, 13:4, 20:4 and 21:5 say a diligent man will prosper but a sluggard will go hungry.  Be diligent and expect God to bless your work with favor, wisdom, guidance and vision.  Be prepared to shift direction if or when the Holy Spirit prompts.  Seek His Word for wisdom then speak the Word into your Life. Seek the Word in all you do, then DO the Word! – James 1:22

Let the Word manifest in your soul so that anything short of God is unacceptable.

If you plant the Word, you are building success on God’s terms. It will bear fruit in every aspect of your life. For business or school, plants seeds and work your field. Look at your plan and stick to it. If you want to write a book, write a page a day. If you want to make the Honor Roll, study an extra few minutes each day. There are no short-cuts. Look to your plan and work it.

With Godly faith (Hebrews 11), turn up your Expector!  If your attitude is negative it will not align with your Expector.  If your Expector is not functioning at optimum momentum; you must change your attitude.  In other words, if you expect to fail, odds are you will!  Turn up your Expector and trust only in The Lord! Psalm 20:7

Be consistent, persistent and always remember your Dream!  DO NOT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN.

PRAY and PROFESS

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Pray the Lord will keep you focused. Pray to be in the right place for God’s guidance. Pray for strength; remember it’s not your strength to succeed, but His! Pray for your peers, teachers, family and leadership. Distance yourself from the drama. – Psalm 20:5

Pray the plans God has set before you and believe, by Faith, you will prosper. Pray and speak GOD’s Word to fertilize and water your efforts and expect an abundant harvest.

Ask for your plan to succeed. We have not because we ask not. Luke 11:9-13; John 16:24

Don’t lose your dream, and honor God with your gratitude and abundance!

Dream Big!

Warrior Weekly for the week of November 4-10, 2018

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Sun 11/4 Daylight Saving Time ends–set your clocks back one hour!
Mon 11/5 Hot lunch–Taco Villa bean burrito, chips, dessert, and a drink (order by 4 PM on Sunday 11/4)
Registration begins for all NEW families
11:30-12 Student congress meeting
3 PM Booster club meeting
4 PM 7th grade girls basketball @ Southcrest
5 PM 8th grade girls basketball@ Southcrest
6 PM 8th grade boys basketball@ Southcrest
Tues 11/6 6 PM HS girls varsity basketball vs. Loop
Wed 11/7 Hot lunch: Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, homemade brownies, drink (order by 4 PM on Tuesday 11/6!)
11:30-11:55 Upper school chapel (everyone is invited to attend!)
Thu 11/8 7 PM High School football vs. Lubbock Titans
Fri 11/9 6 PM High School Girls Basketball vs. Southcrest @ Frenship Middle School
7:30 PM High School Boys Basketball vs. Southcrest @ Frenship Middle School
Sat 11/10 Junior High Basketball–St. Andrews Tournament

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Wednesday 11/14: Grammar School Thanksgiving Feast (Order through RenWeb by Friday, 11/9)
Thursday 11/15: Grand Tour meeting
Week of 11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday 11/28: Picture retakes; senior cap and gown photos and class photo

All-School News

There was perfect fall weather, delicious food, and lots of fall fun to be had at last week’s Fall Festival! Special thanks to everyone who helped pull off the event. Enjoy just a few pictures from the evening…

If you’re not reading our school blog, you’re missing out! Check out the latest posts by clicking on the link!

Spring registration:

It’s time for Spring 2019 registration! In an effort to simplify this process, we have created a new system where existing KPA families need not do anything for spring enrollment.   Upon completion of the required Community Update meeting, families will be billed through FACTS $110/student during the second week of November for Spring 2019 registration.  If your student is NOT returning next semester OR his/her schedule needs to change in any way, please turn in an add/drop form by November 1.

Just to reiterate, please make note of the following items pertaining to your student’s enrollment:

  1. Early enrollment ($110/student) began October 22nd and ends November 18th.
  2. Late enrollment ($160/student) begins November 19th and ends December 1st, which is the last day of enrollment for Spring 2019.
  3. Enrollment for NEW families begins November 5th and ends December 1st.
  4. If you HAVE fulfilled your requirement of attending the Community Update and are eligible for Spring 2019 enrollment, your student(s) will be automatically enrolled in the same classes for next semester.  You do not need to do anything UNLESS something needs to change with his/her schedule, in which case you will need to fill out an add/drop form and turn in to the front desk or scan and email to info@kingdomprep.org.
  5. Any NEW student not already enrolled in KPA classes should go to our website (www.kingdomprep.org, admissions tab) and fill out the online application no later than December 1st for Spring 2019 considerations.

Grammar School News

Upper School News

It’s that time of the week again – our new Let’s Talk video is live and ready to view! This week we talk about change and how to focus on an unchanging God during a period of life that brings a great amount of changes to a junior high student.

The School of Logic girls (who get together usually once a month for Bible study) visited Genesis Nursing Facility on Saturday. They wrote notes and passed out bananas to the residents. They also sang a couple of songs for them. They were asked to dress in costume as the residents were celebrating Halloween early.

Athletics News

High School Football:
Notre Dame: 32      
KPA:          25

Congratulations to Lincoln Fleischman, who placed 3rd at the TAPPS state Cross Country meet in Waco on Monday! He ran 3.2 miles in 18:18. Way to go, Lincoln!

Fine Arts News

Thanks to Tim Assiter Farms, Warriors of all ages were able to express their creativity carving “seasonal spherical sculptures” in Art.

Kingdom Singers led worship and performed for the Community Bible Study group on Thursday morning. They did a beautiful job!

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

Dyslexia: Understanding the Struggling Reader

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By Heather Jenkins, KPA Mom and Dyslexia Teacher

The other day one of my daughters sent me this picture from campus with this text: “I’ve become a meme.”

Poor thing, she was trying to make light of the situation, but she was really feeling the pressure of looming deadlines and an upcoming Social Work exam. If only we could learn the material in textbooks (or instruction manuals!) through osmosis. I know I’m stating the obvious, but learning how to read is essential to our children’s education. 

Falling Behind

The initial years of school focus on that very thing — learning to read — but by 4th grade children begin the important transition into reading to learn. If a child hasn’t learned to read well enough to comprehend what’s been read, the road to learning will become significantly more difficult. Suddenly, poor readers will notice their peers, who were already a few paces ahead, are now leaving them in the dust. And the truth is, at this point, it will be almost impossible to “catch up” to their peers.

Why? Because as strong readers increase their vocabulary by hundreds of new words each year, weak readers are just struggling to keep up  — and they are missing out on all that new learning.

These struggles cause children to lose confidence in themselves. They become frustrated. They have no desire to read because it is laborious work, with little reward for their effort. They may be called “lazy.” Some, trying to divert attention away from their weaknesses, will become trouble makers. Some, like my own child, will ask you out of the blue one day, “Am I stupid?”

Am I stupid?

Those three words can break a mother’s heart.

Maybe you are wondering if your child has dyslexia. As I watched my bright child struggle with reading, I wondered the same thing. To be honest though, my husband and I dismissed it, because back then we had several misconceptions about dyslexia.

But here’s what I wish I had known: Though it’s not uncommon for small children to invert letters, or find the task of reading a challenge from time to time, persistent reading problems that cause a child to fall further and further behind his peers, is concerning — especially if he is doing well in other subjects. When there is an unexpected difficulty learning to read despite intelligence, motivation, and education, parents should consider the possibility of dyslexia.

What is dyslexia?

Many people assume that dyslexia causes a person to see letters and words backwards, like seeing “dab” instead of “bad.” But people with dyslexia see letters just like everyone else. Dyslexia is not a vision problem. Let me say that again.

Dyslexia is not a vision problem.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability (some would say “difference”) that is neurological in origin and impairs phonological processing.

In other words, it affects how language is processed in the brain.

Dyslexia does not affect a person’s intelligence, nor is it caused by a lower-than-average IQ. People with dyslexia can be great inventors, renowned lawyers, or surgeons, or Pulitzer Prize winners. Gifted people can be dyslexic. Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Schwab, Erin Brockovich, Tim Tebow, and Jay Leno (to name just a few) are proof that dyslexics can be massively creative and successful.

People affected by dyslexia don’t have a problem seeing words, they have trouble processing language — especially isolating and manipulating sounds within words.

Here’s an example:

 

Seems simple enough. Right? 

For a child affected by dyslexia, these tasks are difficult. In fact, so much effort is spent on the mechanics of manipulating sounds, and decoding words (reading) that the meaning of words is lost. This leads to the poor comprehension common in struggling readers. Encoding words (spelling) is an even more difficult task!

What We Know About Dyslexia

  • Dyslexia affects 10 – 20% of the population, in varying degrees. 
  • Dyslexia affects girls just as often as boys.
  • Dyslexia is not “outgrown” because it is a life-long condition.
  • Dyslexia runs in families.

Though dyslexia is inherited, its severity may differ. One family member, with mild dyslexia, may only have trouble spelling, while another, with severe dyslexia, may have persistent trouble reading simple, one-syllable words.

The Science of Dyslexia and Why Early Intervention is Critical

So, remember when I said that dyslexia impairs how language is processed in the brain? The left hemisphere of the brain is largely tasked with processing language, and is ultimately responsible for reading. 

Functional MRI studies, conducted at the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, have revealed how the brains of those with dyslexia work. (An fMRI is conducted while the subject is doing a task, such as reading.) These studies have shown that the brains of those with dyslexia rely more on the right hemisphere than the brains of those without dyslexia.

This means that when those with dyslexia read a word, the signals take a longer path through the brain as they make their way back to their final destination in the left hemisphere. Slow reading is the result.

When those affected by dyslexia read, their brains actually work harder to achieve the same outcome. It can be exhausting.

Here’s the Good News….

The human brain is resilient and is able to “rewire” the pathways to reading.

Through intensive, multi-sensory therapy, which systematically breaks the language down into meaningful parts and teaches the reader how to decode words, the brains of dyslexics begin to use the left hemisphere more efficiently while reading!

 Why is early identification crucial?

While nothing can “cure” dyslexia, early intervention (beginning before the age of 9) has the potential to retrain the brain, making the process of reading more efficient, increasing overall fluency, and improving reading comprehension.

The earlier therapy begins, the faster the brain can adapt.

But, it is never too late to benefit from this type of intervention.

Common characteristics of someone with dyslexia are:

  • has a family member with dyslexia (or one who is a slow reader)
  • dislikes reading (but enjoys being read to)
  • slow, difficult reading (made dramatically worse by time pressure, stress, tiredness, or poor health)
  • easily frustrated and emotional about reading
  • poor spelling
  • difficulty rhyming words (By 4 years of age, most children should be able to easily rhyme words.)
  • directionality problems (confuses left and right; gets lost or disoriented when traveling or giving directions)
  • mispronounces words (saying “estaurant” for restaurant, or “maga” for grandma)
  • difficulty putting thoughts into words; speaks in halting phrases; leaves sentences incomplete; stutters under stress
  • difficulty learning sequenced information (like learning the months of the year)
  • difficulty managing time; losing track of time (for adults this might mean difficulty being on time)

Next Steps

If you suspect that your child may have dyslexia, the best thing you can do for her is to seek formal testing.*  You are not putting a label on your child by doing so. You are trying to identify the problem. You do not need to wait until a certain age or grade to seek testing. Children as young as 5 and 6 can be accurately identified.

Children identified as dyslexic benefit best from an Orton-Gillingham based program (like the Take Flight curriculum developed by the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas) where they can receive therapy that has the potential to be life-changing.

* If you are a Texas resident, your local school district is required by law (see Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act) to assess your child if you request it. This service is provided free of charge, even if your child attends private or home school. The best policy is to ask your school district — in writing — for “an assessment to determine the possibility of the disability of dyslexia.”

Warrior Weekly for the Week of October 28-November 3

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NEXT WEEK’S DATES TO REMEMBER:

Sun 10/28 Happy birthday, Coach Page!
Mon 10/29 8:30-9:30 School of Rhetoric Preview Meeting for 8th Grade Parents
11:30-12 All-house meetings
4 PM 7th grade girls basketball vs. Plainview Christian
5 PM 7th grade boys basketball vs. Plainview Christian
6 PM 8th grade girls basketball vs. Plainview Christian
Tues 10/30 6 PM HS girls varsity basketball vs. Ascension
7:30 PM HS boys varsity basketball vs. Ascension
Wed 10/31 Hot lunch: Beef hot dog, chips, dessert, drink (order on RenWeb by Tuesday @ 4)
11:30-11:55 Upper school chapel (everyone is invited to attend!)
Thu 11/1 4 PM 7th grade girls basketball vs. Sharp
5 PM 7th grade boys basketball vs. Sharp
6 PM 8th grade girls basketball vs. Lubbock Titans
7 PM 8th grade boys basketball vs. Lubbock Titans
Fri 11/2 8:15-9:15 AM Community update make-up meeting (required for spring enrollment if you did not attend the community update on 10/15)
11:30-11:55 House games hosted by the House of Chalmers
7:30 PM High School football @ Plainview Christian
Sat 11/3 10:30 AM High School girls basketball vs. Talkington
12:30 PM High School boys basketball vs. El Paso Jesus Chapel

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UPCOMING DATES:
Monday 11/5: 
Registration opens for new families
Wednesday 11/14: Upper school chapel; Grammar School Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday 11/15: Grand tour meeting
Week of 11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday 11/28: Picture retakes; senior cap and gown and class picture

All-School News

If you’re not reading our school blog, you’re missing out! Check out the latest posts by clicking on the link!

Spring registration:

It’s time for Spring 2019 registration! In an effort to simplify this process, we have created a new system where existing KPA families need not do anything for spring enrollment.   Upon completion of the required Community Update meeting, families will be billed through FACTS $110/student during the second week of November for Spring 2019 registration.  If your student is NOT returning next semester OR his/her schedule needs to change in any way, please turn in an add/drop form by November 1.

Just to reiterate, please make note of the following items pertaining to your student’s enrollment:

  1. Early enrollment ($110/student) begins October 22nd and ends November 18th.
  2. Late enrollment ($160/student) begins November 19th and ends December 1st, which is the last day of enrollment for Spring 2019.
  3. Enrollment for NEW families begins November 5th and ends December 1st.
  4. If you HAVE fulfilled your requirement of attending the Community Update and are eligible for Spring 2019 enrollment, your student(s) will be automatically enrolled in the same classes for next semester.  You do not need to do anything UNLESS something needs to change with his/her schedule, in which case you will need to fill out an add/drop form and turn in to the front desk or scan and email to info@kingdomprep.org.
  5. If you HAVE NOT fulfilled your requirement of attending the Community Update, your student(s) will not be automatically enrolled until this is done.  If you are unable to attend the make-up meeting on November 2nd, you could potentially lose your child’s place in his/her class, as enrollment for new families begins on November 5th.
  6. Any NEW student not already enrolled in KPA classes should go to our website (www.kingdomprep.org, admissions tab) and fill out the online application no later than December 1st for Spring 2019 considerations.

Fall festival is TONIGHT! See below for details.

Grammar School News

First graders visited Lubbock Lake Landmark on Thursday. 

Pre-K learns from Nurse Hawthorne that coughing and sneezing in your elbow and washing our hands helps prevent germs from spreading. Thanks for teaching us, Mrs. Hawthorne!

4th Graders raised and released 5 butterflies concluding their study of insects. 

The 3rd graders performed their Charlotte’s Web play for the Pre-K students this week. Pre-K enjoyed it very much, and the 3rd graders had fun performing, as well.

4th grade had a fabulous time discovering what it was like to live in early colonial America.

 

Friday Enrichment Day fun…Students learned how to make fake blood in drama class.

   

Upper School News

Our weekly Let’s Talk video is now live! This week we feature our 12th Grade Discipleship capstone class and get to meet their teacher, Paul Hodnett.

Mrs. Smith’s 8th graders had a great time launching their rockets last week.


Athletics News

JH football:
Congrats to our JH football team who wrapped up their season last week and finished with a record of 6-1-1.   What a great season and all of them did a great job showing Warrior pride each day and week!

HS Football:
After having a bye last week, HS football is ready for their 2nd district game tomorrow at 3pm.  It is at our home field in Wilson!   We will be celebrating our seniors in football and spirit squad so come out and honor our seniors and cheer our football team as they battle Notre Dame of Wichita Falls.

The School of Logic football team went up against their dads for the annual father/son flag football game. 

Fine Arts News

We want to congratulate our One-Act play cast and crew who received 2nd place today at district and are advancing to STATE! The state competition will be on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Kerrville.

We also want to congratulate Taylor Collier, who was named Best Actor; Kelbey Walls, Micah Collier, and Maloree Martin, who were named to the All-Star cast; Ben Glass, who was chosen for Honorable Mention All-Star cast; and All-Star crew members James Hawthorne and Sam Nicholson.

Led by Director Erin West and Assistant Director Nick Clifton, this is KPA’s first-ever One-Act play competition.

 

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