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LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – 2013/14 – #31

General

Summer Camps: We are excited to offer camps in basketball, volleyball, football, mountain biking, art, sewing, photography, and more this summer. The 2014 Summer Camp brochures can be found on the school website under Life at Logos.

 

Summer Tutor: This summer Miss Danae Larsen is offering tutoring services. Her specialty is Latin, but other subjects can be arranged. She is currently the junior high Latin teacher at Logos and a Latin tutor at New Saint Andrews College. For more information, please email Danae Larsen at dlarsen@logosschool.com.

 

Grandparents’ Day: We have a super day planned for grandparents, parents, family, friends, and prospective families next Friday, May 2nd.  The morning will open with a continental breakfast for grandparents in the auditorium followed by class plays and presentations throughout the morning and early afternoon.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Elementary

SATs: The 1st-6th graders will be taking the Stanford Achievement Tests on the week of May 5th. Please avoid scheduling appointments at this time if at all possible.

 

Elementary Hires Complete:

I am pleased to announce that we have filled our fourth grade opening for next year. Miss Kelsey Clemens is a graduate of New Saint Andrews College and has been teaching 4th grade for the past four years at The River Academy, a sister classical Christian school in Wenatchee, WA.

 

With Miss Courtney moving to full-time 2nd grade next year, we have hired Miss Maggie Church to teach her Latin classes. Maggie is a graduate of Logos (2008) and New Saint Andrews College. Please join us in thanking the Lord for providing these excellent teachers!

 

Secondary

Renweb: Since we are five weeks away from final exams, this is a great time to log into Renweb and see how your child is doing in each of his or her classes.

 

Finals Schedule: Click here for the secondary finals schedule.

 

Cheers,

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Logos School in the News!

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The following article, written by Sunny Browning, appeared in the Moscow Pullman Daily News on February 25, 2014….
At Moscow School, Courtroom Legacies are a Serious Matter
Logos School Mock Trial Team has represented Idaho since 2004. For most people, 6 a.m. on a Monday can be a little slow. For the Logos School Mock Trial Team, Monday mornings are spent in the Latah County Courthouse, debating and acting out case materials to prepare for competition. This particular mock trial program has a legacy to uphold, and it is apparent students want to keep it alive.
“It is very much engaging and interactive,” said head coach Chris Schlect, who has been coaching the team since 1996. “Students have to be poised, think on their feet and react quickly.”
An A and a B team represent Logos. Between the two teams, the school has won the state competition yearly since 2004. “They get a fantastic experience and the great honor of representing Idaho going to nationals,” Schlect said. “When we compete at nationals we are not the Logos team, we are the Idaho Mock Trail Team.”
Hoping to continue the reign, the team has been preparing for the regional competition March 8 in Coeur d’Alene. As part of the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Law Related Education Program, the organization distributes case materials to teams in November, giving students time to emerge themselves into the fictional case. “There are over 100 pages of materials to wade through of fictitious scenarios and then we have a big fight about it in the courtroom,” Schlect said. “There are elements that resemble debate and drama. Some students are role-playing fictitious characters.” Schlect said the same packet of materials is provided to teams around Idaho and includes the same information an attorney would have to argue a case. The case is used in the regional and state competition. If the team moves on to nationals they are provided a different case to learn in the six weeks leading up to the competition.
Teams take turns representing the plaintiff side against another school representing the defense, switching roles in different rounds. “It teaches us how to think on the spot and work together as a team,” said sophomore Sofia Minudri. This is the second year Minudri has participated in mock trial. She said she doesn’t see herself being a lawyer in the future but she enjoys the speech and debate aspects of the program. “It teaches us how to be poised in awkward situations,” Minudri said.
On Saturday, the teams participated in a courtroom scrimmage against an opposing team consisting of alumni from the Logos program. Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson, also a team coach, stepped in to judge the case while parents and other teammates made up members of the jury and audience.
The Logos team ran as plaintiff – next Saturday they will be running defense against the alumni team to gear up for the upcoming competition.
The case they are arguing involves a fictionalized story about a riot that broke out in Twin Falls, Idaho, after a daredevil attempted to jump a motor rocket over the Snake River Canyon. After delaying the event for two hours, the daredevil failed to complete the jump. His emergency parachute deployed and he careened into the canyon, causing a growing, alcohol-infused crowd to become upset and destroy the event site. The city of Twin Falls was left to clean up the damages.
Junior Jameson Evans represented one of three members on the plaintiff side of the case, calling to the stand witnesses and providing paper work to be used as evidence. “My heart starts beating so fast,” Evans said. “Some rounds are way more intense than other rounds.” Evans has been on the Logos team for three years and said going to nationals was the best week of his life. “I love hanging out with the team,” he said. “We spend so much time together and have really good memories.”
Students have to try out for the extracurricular program, integrating debate, drama and law components. Schlect assigns students roles based on their strengths and talents. He said the team helps teach students deeply important life skills and he is incredibly proud of them each year. “Our program has developed momentum over the years,” Schlect said. “In some ways it might be the Logos School’s ‘Friday Night Lights.’ “

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LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – 2013/14 – #30

 

General

Summer Camps: We are excited to offer camps in basketball, volleyball, football, mountain biking, art, sewing, photography, and more this summer. The 2014 Summer Camp brochures can be found on the school website under Life at Logos.

 

No School Friday/Monday: In celebration of Easter, we will not have school this Friday or next Monday. Have a great time with your families.

 

Fight’n Knight Day: This Wednesday the secondary students will be heading out to do their service projects as part of Knights’ Festival. The elementary is welcome to join them in wearing their fighting knight shirts and nice jeans to school on Wednesday. Since we have Friday off, there is no dress uniform day this week.

 

Elementary

5th Grade Teachers: I am very grateful to report that Jim Becker has graciously agreed to teach part-time in the elementary next year. He will be the morning 5th grade teacher and Jonathan Erber has been hired to teach in the afternoons.

 

Free Elementary Movie: The Secondary Student Council would like to invite all the elementary families and teachers to a free movie!  Hosted by the Nuart Theater, we will be showing Swiss Family Robinson, Monday, April 21st (no school) at 1:00 pm, free of charge.  Come join us for a family fun, action-packed afternoon!

 

SATs: The 1st-6th graders will be taking the Stafford Achievement Tests on the week of May 5th. Please avoid scheduling appointments at this time if at all possible.

 

Secondary

Knights’ Festival: Please see the school website for details on Knights’ Fest. It is an incredible week of singing, basketball, volleyball, archery, chess, workshops (the theme is art this year), dancing, sword fighting, dessert competitions, special guest speakers, art contests, service projects, feasting, and more!

 

Cheers,

 

Matt Whitling

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