Logos supporters celebrate new K-12 campus, seek construction funds

‘Geronimo, Amen’ prayer created Logos

Daily News, September 26, 2016

By Shannon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer

Upwards of 700 people wandered a recently harvested 30-acre wheat field adjacent to Mountain View Park on Saturday afternoon, which will, as time and money allow, become Logos School’s new campus.

Babes in arms, elders with canes and all ages in between tramped over the stubbly field. Some played Frisbee, some volleyball and others examined the hills and dales of the property, marked to indicate where buildings, playfields and drives will spring up in coming years.

“This is a combination of vision and gratitude,” Doug Wilson, Christ Church pastor and Logos cofounder, said. “After 35 years of God blessing us I’m looking forward to this being the next big step up.”

For years, Logos has had a goal of expanding its ever growing school, in what previously was a roller skating rink to a campus with all of the academic, spiritual and athletic amenities for its K-12 students. Once, its creators questioned whether it would make it through its first year in a church basement with fewer than 20 students.

The past three and a half decades have seen annual growth that necessitated expansion, Wilson said.

It’s a reality that was not even imagined during the early years, which began with a quiet family conversation, he said.

“God loves that great two word prayer, ‘Geronimo, amen,’ ” Wilson said. “The creation of Logos school was along those lines.”

In telling of the school’s origins, he strove to identify where key players in the story were sitting – particularly his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Becca.

“The germ of all of this came about in our living room when Becca, who was a toddler, was toddling around,” he said. “Nancy said to me, ‘Doug, I can’t imaging handing her over to someone that we don’t know, saying here she is, teach her about everything.’ I didn’t know anything about Christian education – zero – but I knew I agreed with that.”

What began as a minute Christian academy has grown to more than 100 students.

The plot of land was dotted with signs of various colors, each noting where another campus feature will lie.

“All of the blue flags represent buildings, green represents competition fields, red the main drive,” said Gene Liechty, Logos’ development director. “We’re trying to give people an idea of what they’re walking on.”

Liechty, who first announced the property’s purchase earlier this spring, said he hopes people will get excited about the project.

“We’re trying to get people fired up,” he said.” It’s one thing to get on it, it’s another to get everything built.”

Liechty said as soon as the school has access to the property, work can truly begin, but a bridge over the creek running through it is the first order of business.

That is no small project, but Liechty said the school plans to begin work on it in the spring.

“The kids can use the property as soon as we can get the bridge in and the field in,” he said. “Phase one is just getting all the infrastructure in. It’ll be an entire year just getting the bridge and the playing fields in.”

The project has no timeline for completion, officials noted, and is dependent for the time being on the success of fundraising programs.

While funds are of importance, Wilson pointed out, it’s the people involved in the process who will make it a success.

“God does not generally act with invisible rays from the sky. He works through intermediaries, he works through his people, he works through the gifts he assigns to his people,” he said. “Isn’t God good?”

Shanon Quinn can be reached at (208) 883-4636 or by email to squinn@dnews.com.

Jacob and Marian Laughery

Although Marian attended Logos years ago as a student, this has been our first experience at the school as parents. We assumed that changes had likely occurred over the last 10 years, but were so encouraged by what we saw on the day we visited Logos with our son, Ransom! All the staff members we interacted with were warm and friendly. Listening to the 3rd grade class proclaim (recite?) the Psalms at the student assembly was music to our ears. Upon entering the classroom, we observed teachers address the students with authority, patience, and love, and the students responded with eagerness and good behavior. It was obvious that Logos would be a nurturing environment for our son.

After the first day of class, Ransom got in the car and announced that he wanted to talk about the day at dinner time. “But mom,” he said, making a thumb’s up from the back seat, “I can tell you this – it was GREAT!” And he has been doing well ever since. Glory to God!

Colleen McGarry

It was fourteen years ago that I graduated from Logos School. I still remember hearing the phrase over and over that at Logos we were learning how to love learning and how to think. At the time it felt a bit annoying, like a repetitive pen click from the next desk over.

But knowing how to learn and loving to learn have been key skills that I’ve leaned on more than once. As a teacher in Iraq it meant cheerfully (but nervously) embracing an Economics class with no curriculum and no books and never having taken an Economics course. I made it through, my students loved it, and I started reading books on economics for fun.

These days I work for the same organization, Servant Group International, but in the office in Nashville. My days look a bit different with learning to design a website, recruiting and training volunteers, and engaging with refugees who desperately need a friendly face in their lives. I’m constantly learning new words in new languages, personal stories, ways to fundraise and advertise, and that people click on links with pictures of the faces of smiling women more than any other image in social media. I enjoy the challenge and and enjoy process of learning each of these things.

My teachers at Logos and my parents gave me the skills and the attitude to approach each new adventure with excitement and an eagerness to learn. For that I am very grateful.

Danny Bradley

I have attended Logos since 5th grade, and am now headed to college. Looking back on my whole education, I am blown away by the unique opportunity I had in being molded by this incredible school through God. Everything from integrating tough Calculus problems to running a play on the basketball court, from analyzing poetry to arguing in the courtroom, has instilled confidence in who I am, and who our Heavenly Father is. I am also grateful for the many amazing friendships I made with godly people, who I was able to be around frequently, even if they were not in my class. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make lasting friendships at Logos.

Classical Christian education produces well-rounded, versatile people, who have been handed the tools which enable them to work hard to do anything in life. Those tools include not just the education itself, but also the many extracurricular activities available. Of course those tools could not be sharpened without the aid of the many dedicated teachers that work their tails off in order to bless young people. They also could not have been sharpened without the perfect craftsmanship of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Classical Christian Education movement is an influential and promising one, and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.

Logos School Purchases 30 Acres For Move In Moscow

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer
Logos School has purchased 30 acres on the northeast side of Moscow where school officials plan to construct a new campus. Gene Liechty, the school’s development director, said the sale closed Feb. 26.
The plan of expanding the school’s campus — which is currently on 2 acres on Baker Street — has been in the works for some time. “The school has been here for 35 years,” incoming Logos Superintendent Larry Stephenson said. “Logos has been looking for property for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Praise God this piece has come about.” Moscow Community Development Director Bill Belknap said the property is just east of Mountain View Park and has been examined for the purpose of a possible school site in the past. “It’s a location that was previously considered for the new Moscow High School, so it’s been under consideration for building a school in past years,” Belknap said. Although there are currently no renderings of what the school will look like, Liechty knows one thing for sure. “It will be a beautiful brick-columned campus,” he said. Logos is currently working with DesignWest Architects of Pullman in creating a plan for the campus and buildings, Liechty said, and he believes the school’s neighbors-to-be will be pleased with the outcome. “Some of the folks will be sad that development is finally occurring here,” he said. “What I think they’ll be happy about it that we’re building a beautiful school that faces the street and that there’s lots of green space.It doesn’t obstruct views in any way, and we’re putting in tree-lined streets so it’s going to be a beautiful entrance. It’s going to be the nicest looking school in the county.” Changes to the parcel won’t be evident for some time, as the school is still working to raise money for architectural designs and construction. “Buying a piece of land and building a new building, that takes money and that’s going to take time,” Stephenson said. “Being a private school, we have a very few people we pull from and we can’t just raise the tax base for everybody and get money.” Liechty said school officials have been encouraged by the donors they have met with so far. “We need to raise several million over the coming months so we can hopefully start getting sewer lines run, water lines run,” he said. Stephenson said the school has also received help from the 30 churches associated with it. “Our churches have always been supportive financially, as well as in prayer, and we’re thankful. God has allowed Logos to be able to serve and support here,” he said.

Logos School Mock Trial Team Participates in National Competition

Logos School’s Mock Trial team has a tradition of excellence and perseverance. Coached by long time veteran Dr. Chris Schlect, Logos School has won the state Mock Trial competition for Idaho sixteen times and is tied for most appearances at the national tournament. This year’s team of dedicated student attorneys and witnesses did not disappoint, taking 7th place of 46 teams at the National Mock Trial competition in Boise the weekend of May 14.

The path to this impressive top-10 finish, however, was not without pain and hardship. After losing the closely contested state championship to Ambrose High School in April, the Knights had two weeks where they prepared for the national competition without knowing if they had qualified to compete. Each state sends just one team to the national competition, but since Idaho was hosting the event, a second team would be needed if there weren’t an even number of competing teams. But Coach Schlect pointed out that since the final bracket wouldn’t be settled right away, the team “had to go all in and prepare as if they knew they would be competing.”-even when it could all be for nothing. They held official practices three days a week, but preparations did not stop there: students practiced on their own or in groups six days a week on the national case, a (fictional) civil suit between a sheepherder and The Flying B Cattle Ranch involving the suspicious infection and death of a flock of sheep in Idaho. Of course, the good news finally came, and Logos students knew they would get to take their hard work to Boise.

The week prior to national competition, the Logos Mock Trial Team scrimmaged themselves (A Mock Trial team prepares both a prosecution and a defense for each case.), and they got some unique assistance. The University of Idaho graciously opened up the courtroom at the Law Building, and local dignitaries Mayor Bill Lambert, Richard Walser, Latah County Commissioner, Kara Besst, CEO of Gritman Medical Center, and radio personality Evan Ellis selflessly volunteered to serve as jurors. After the scrimmage, jurors gave insight and advice that was “essential to our success in Boise,” according to veteran witness Luke Mason, a junior. Mason’s teammates this year wereDanny Bradley (sr), Sonya Isenberg (sr), Sofia Minudri (sr), Preston Evans (jr), Ethan Howell (jr), Luke Mason (jr), Regan Meyer (jr), and Emma Story (jr).

At national competition in Boise, the team performed outstandingly. In four rounds, they were beaten only by the eventual national champions, Iowa. Logos senior Sofia Minudri was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys out of 500 participants total. Sunday morning after attending church the team drove home to a town they made proud through their hard work and dedication.

IHSAA Announces Schools of Excellence Recipients

The Idaho High School Activities Association announced the 2015-16 winners of the Schools of Excellence program earlier today.

For the third year in a row, Logos School has been awarded 3rd place in our division – 1ADII. Congratulations Knights!

The Schools of Excellence program is a yearlong, voluntary initiative where schools earn points in three areas: athletics, academics and citizenship. The citizenship component consists of a self-evaluation conducted by the school. The Schools of Excellence program is the most prestigious award a school can receive as it combines all aspects of our core mission for education-based participation.

The 2015-16 Schools of Excellence recipients are being honored at the IHSAA Annual Meeting on August 3 at the Boise Centre.

Samuel Dickison

In August I moved back to Moscow from Kailua, Hawaii. I had been teaching 5th grade at a classical Christian school there. My wife and I loved Hawaii-it was the first place we lived after we got married, we’d had our son there, and we had an amazing school, church and group of friends. I was born and raised in Moscow, however, and after four years we knew it was time to come back. I attended Logos from 3rd to 12th grades and was more than excited to land a job teaching here. When I first started teaching I was surprised at how satisfying it was. Every day I felt like I was working at something important with people who were important. That feeling has only grown since I have been at Logos. Teaching rhetoric, history and literature feels like an endeavor with eternal consequences. I love tackling books, stories and questions with my students. I love following in God’s steps as we explore and expand the world.

My wife, Rosalie, and I knew there would be difficult aspects of moving. You can’t surf in Idaho. But the last few months here in Moscow have been far better than we imagined. Logos is an amazing community of teachers and students clearly seeking to enjoy God. Since being back I have rediscovered the profundity of Moby-Dick and have learned more about the Sumerians than I ever thought I would. We have cut down our first real Christmas tree and watched our son’s confusion and excitement at the snow. We really are happy and grateful to be here.

Logos Students Feed the Need

Written by Shanon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer, Friday, October 16, 2015
The Multi-purpose room at Logos school was buzzing with activity Thursday as students from all grades worked in shifts to mix and package 15,000 meals for donation to area fool banks for the annual Feed the Need project.
The event began last year when Logos partnered with Homestead Ministries to help stock food pantries for the cold months ahead.
Music played and children laughed and visited cheerfully while they turned measured bulk legumes, grains and spices into plastic packaging at an accelerated pace in order to meet an ambitious goal.
“I’m getting the system down,” high school junior Boden Lloyd said between measuring ingredients and directing younger children to the spices. “We’re trying to make 15,000. We’re trying to beat our goal by 5,000 since last year.”
“At the food banks we hardly ever get meal items, so it’s great to get one thing that’s a complete meal,” said Paige Collins, executive director from the Council on Aging and Human Services. “This is especially awesome. We may get tons of other donations but this is more important than most of them because it has all of the pieces of a whole meal.”
Linda Nickels said the Latah County Food bank also did well donation wise this year, with an abundance of produce from Backyard Harvest as well as individuals sharing from their own gardens. “Now most people are pulling their gardens up, so it’s mainly apples and squash,” she said.
“The numbers of people using has really climbed the last couple of years,” she said, but for now the numbers are steadying.
But with winter right around the corner, both women expect an influx of families. Between the holiday season, high electric bills and lay-off time for seasonal workers, many need an extra hand.
Collins said the Logos and Homestead Ministries donation helps to fill in the gap before Thanksgiving, “When everyone and their mother wants to donate,” she said. “And the kids are so excited about it, it just makes me happy in my heart.”
To donate to the Moscow Food Bank, visit their location at 110 North Polk St in Moscow.

Chantelle Courtney

This is my second year teaching at Logos. As many of you know, I spent seven years as a student at the school and loved my educational experience, so much so that my greatest desire was to come back and teach! What I most enjoy about teaching at Logos is the Christ-centered focus. My second grade students and I don’t talk about anything without also talking about God. Everything begins and ends with our Creator.

My students are incredibly enthusiastic. They especially love learning about the things around them, particularly plants and animals that they can find in their own back yards. I love their joy and fascination with the world God created for us. The delight they have for learning is refreshing and infectious. My students have reminded me to stop and look at the veins on deciduous leaves and compare them to the palm of my hand; that I don’t squash an ant when it wanders across my path, but I stop and watch it work; that I don’t grumble at the bird squawking outside my window, but I try to determine what kind of bird it is. The children in my class have even taught me to be excited about snakes – not so excited that I would touch one, but excited enough to want to learn more about them!

Being a teacher at Logos is more than just presenting information to the students and making them learn and memorize it. It’s coming along side the parents and training the students to better love and serve their neighbors and our Heavenly Creator. I love the fact that I get to play a part in shaping the lives of these little saints!