Journal

Running Towards God

 

According to the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), “Classical Christian education nurtures the next generation of believers to live a life transformed by a deeper love of Christ, His universe, His people, and His way.” 

Because we are His people, and God loves us, we are called to be good stewards of what he has given us–including our physical bodies. This is why Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum at Summit Classical Academy; and beyond our PE curriculum, we endeavor to develop a robust and competitive Warrior Athletics program and we’re off to an incredible start!

The SCA Athletics Committee formed three 2022 summer sports clubs—basketball, soccer, and volleyball—and to begin our 2022-23 school year we hit the ground running (pun intended) by offering our students an opportunity to join a Running Club. Warriors committed to 3 practices a week, after school, for four weeks. Not only did we practice but we fixed our eyes on a goal—a local 5K (3.1 miles) in the community which many of our students, and their families, participated in. But, before I reveal the details of that momentous day, let’s briefly explore what it means to be a warrior.

What comes to mind when you think of a warrior? I envision gladiators in the coliseum, Navy Seals jumping out of planes, and steadfast mothers grocery shopping with a tantruming toddler!

A warrior is defined as a person who is engaged or experienced in warfare. I have never lived in a real war zone but given the painful realities that surround us and the personal suffering that we experience, it makes sense that we’re actually all warriors. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesians, and us, commanding us to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11) I guess a better question than the former, 

since we are all warriors called by God, would be am I the warrior that God has called me to be? Are you? And are we enabling and equipping our children to live as warriors in every area of their lives? 

Living with humility, integrity, joy, excellence, hope, courage, and love (hello, SCA Warriors’ Creed) is a good place to begin. However, these attributes don’t just manifest in us because we chant the creed or pray a prayer. The Christ-like qualities we seek and the warrior-armor we hope to put on, for ourselves and our children, is a beautiful and often uncomfortable process of becoming the kind of people God calls us to be.

At Summit Classical Academy we have a common goal of forging fierce warriors. We are not merely preparing children for the workforce, or college, or to get an athletic scholarship–although these are incredible and worthwhile goals. Our top priority is forging Bellatores Dei – Latin for God’s Warriors – because if we have forged the hearts, minds, souls and strength of our students in a way that enables them to be a warrior in any situation, in any career, with any group of people, anywhere on the planet–all for the Glory of God–then we have done Kingdom work.

Running for our physical health demands practice, repetition, perseverance, and if we’re getting real here—sometimes blood, sweat and actual tears! Running is a sport that requires little talent, but an incredible degree of tenacity,  and fortitude. Warriors are forged in a similar manner which is why we are providing opportunities for our young warriors to develop a sound mind and a sound body. The Roman poet Juvenal coined the famous phrase, “Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano” – Latin for “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.”

Juvenal was right, we should pray, but we also need to take action and our running club warriors did just that. Every practice consisted of a warm up—lunges, squats, push-ups, jumping jacks, and other dynamic movements—followed by distance running, games to work on speed and agility, and finally, stretching. Our volunteer coaches (Coach Winterringer and Coach Lyon) saw remarkable improvements over the four weeks. Students met their distance goals for practice and most times would push beyond their goals and “go the extra mile” with their teammates. Warriors pushed through physical discomfort to complete laps and when they finished would stand along the course and cheer on others with high fives and words of encouragement. Endurance improved markedly for students, so much so that Summit’s PE teacher, Mrs. Wrapp noticed that running club participants had an edge during PE class.

Running may look easy but anyone who has done much of it can attest to the challenging nature of the sport. It’s monotonous, breathing can be a challenge, discomfort in the joints and muscles is guaranteed, and yet to truly transform you must stay on course and put one foot in front of the other. This sounds a little like life, doesn’t it?

Practice after practice, runners showed up. We may have changed the games up or the teams, but we set our minds on the prize and we ran. Our practices were repetitive, yet fun. They were uncomfortable, yet fruitful. There were some complaints, but there was also growth.

Race day came and nearly half of our warriors–and many parents–were able to participate in the Anthem Classic 5K. We had students as young as 6 years old and as old as 12 years old train for,  run, and finish the 3.1 mile run. We were physically connected with God’s creation as our feet pounded pavement, gravel and dirt trails, our eyes caught the magnificence of the mountains in the distance and the very breath that He gave us fueled us with the oxygen we needed to start and finish the race. I think I could end here and we would well know the importance of training physically to achieve a goal and the warrior mindset that is needed to keep pushing but there is a cherry on top.

Our young warriors made their way to the starting line sporting their “Warrior Athletics” t-shirts and were the first out of the gate when the gun sounded. Some students sprinted, some jogged, some walked portions but every runner modeled impressive resilience and physical fortitude as they all finished the race. Notably, we had warriors earn 1st place in the “Male 9 and Under” division (as well as a 4th, 6th and 7th finish), 4th in the “Male 10-14” division, and 2nd and 3rd place in the “Female 10-14 division.” Students that finished in the top three earned medals and stood on the podium with a smile on their face and sweat on their brow.

As each member of our team finished, they immediately ran back to the course lining the street and cheered on every runner that approached the end of their race. Not only did we witness impressive times and strong performances , we got to see the healthy hearts and minds of our warriors on display.

After the dust settled and we came down off our runner’s high we heard, overwhelmingly, that parents were pleased with the running club, and moreover, our young warriors loved the challenge. Not only were our bodies well prepared for the task, but our minds were stronger, and our hearts were full.

At Summit Classical Academy we are dedicated to the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical lives of our students and our families. As a parent, I’m grateful for the day-to-day classical  Christian approach in the classroom where Jesus’ name is above all names and He is the focus of all we do. As a Coach and fitness enthusiast, I find it refreshing that our school places a high value on the importance of physical health, sportsmanship, and competition.

God has made us all unique and we – adults and children alike – have talents and gifts that abound. But at our core, we are a people called to fight the good fight. We are a people called by God to be a good neighbor and love others as He first loved us. In a lot of situations that takes incredible courage and faith but if we have prepared, if we have put the work in and if we have prayed, God will strengthen us and bellatores dei will be transformed into His likeness.

Onward to a healthy mind in a healthy body, Warriors.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

Written by: Jessica Lyon

Saddle Up for Summit Fundraiser

Our fundraising committee is preparing for an end-of-the-school-year fundraiser. This will be a means of celebrating what God has done in our second year, letting others know the good work that is being accomplished at SCA, and looking forward to the growth and excitement of our third year. More information about this special event will be available next week. If you would enjoy being part of our fundraising team, please contact Teresa Fraser. If you know of people who would be interested in financially supporting what we are doing at Summit, please contact the SCA Board so that we can personally invite them to attend.

Growing in Thankfulness – Second Annual Virtual Fundraiser

Dear Friends and Family,

Summit Classical Academy is in its second year. We have grown from 18 to 53 students, and they are being led by a team of the world’s best teachers. This is no ordinary school. From what we teach to why we teach, we are counter-cultural and extraordinary. 

First and foremost, our students are learning from the Bible. The Word of God is the foundation of our education and the lens through which all other subjects are viewed. It is not just an additional subject tacked on to our school day. Our students learn, meditate on, and memorize God’s Word so that it might shape their loves, their hopes, and their imaginations. God is active in our lives by his Spirit and through his Word. Studying scripture turns students’ minds and hearts toward God, that they may know fellowship with Him. 

Our students read rich literature, training them through the experiences of characters to relate to others and to the world around them.

They learn history, without which no one can understand the cost of discipleship or truly appreciate political freedom. 

This school is a training ground to mentally and spiritually prepare these students for the challenges of life, the sorrows they will endure, and the hard questions they will ask and be asked. We are sure that our children will have to do really hard things. As parents and teachers, we are doing our best to strengthen them before they get into battle. We train soldiers in training camps, not on the battlefield. This is precious time to give our children a firm foundation. By educating our children in the good, the true, and the beautiful, we help their minds to form a love of the right things and to love those things in the proper order. Through education, we are forging fierce warriors. 

This school has grown, but not by the efforts of the leadership. We are no more capable of making this succeed than we are of making a tree grow up from the ground and bear fruit. The seed of this school was planted, and we are honored that God chose to use our hands for the planting, but it is God who provides the increase, and God who is using many other hands to care for, nurture, and water.

We are growing, and we are so thankful to our Father in heaven (the Master Gardener) and to all of those who support this work. 

With our sincerest love and thanks,

Danette Miller, on behalf of the SCA Board of Directors

ACCS Polluting the Shadows

The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.

– N.D. Wilson

Classical Christian Education

Saddle Up for Summit Fundraiser Event

Our fundraising committee is preparing for an end-of-the-school-year fundraiser. This will be a means of celebrating what God has done in our first year, letting others know the good work that is being accomplished at SCA, and looking forward to the growth and excitement of our second year. More information about this special event will be available next week. If you would enjoy being part of our fundraising team, please contact Teresa Fraser. If you know of people who would be interested in financially supporting what we are doing at Summit, please contact the SCA Board so that we can personally invite them to attend.

Dad’s Day Event Video

In January we celebrated our dads. It was so wonderful to spend a morning honoring and celebrating the strong men in our students’ lives. We provided breakfast burritos for dads to enjoy, and the students honored their family members with special medals, cards, and paperweights. (Dads, you really do rock!)

Kickstarting the WPC (Warrior Parent Community)

Hi, my name is Rachelle Haid, and I am part of the Warrior Parent Community (WPC) here at Summit Classical Academy. I have two amazing boys, ages 8 and 9, and I love being part of their education and involved in their school activities.

The WPC was started, in part, as a way to get families feeling more connected and involved, while supporting the school, even during this thing called Covid-19. There are three main goals for the Warrior Parent Committee: 1) Build community among parents within the school; 2) Support the board, staff, and teachers; and 3) Foster community within the local community. The WPC believes in the importance of family and community support as a necessary component of a child’s education. We believe our children thrive in an environment where they feel encouraged, loved, and safe. Our goal as the WPC is to achieve just that for every student we support. I, personally, love being involved as a way to meet new parents, experience a day in the life of my kids, and keep a pulse on what is happening at their school. My favorite thing to say to my kids is that I have so many eyes at the school, you never know who is watching you. It is true, when you volunteer, you quickly know everyone, and no one hesitates to call or text when an issue arises on the playground or in the classroom.

While we are growing and expanding as a school, the WPC is also ramping up. This year we are building a role of “room liaison” to help facilitate and initiate communication amongst parents within the same grade level, while organizing and communicating any school-wide events. Outside of the room liaison, a few other committees have formed, including Prayer Warriors – a group of parents who pray together weekly for the school, and Warriors on Watch – a group of parents who volunteer to be an additional set of eyes for outside activities. To round out this school year, the room liaisons, along with the broader parent community, plan on hosting a Teacher Appreciation Week, organizing the Last Day of School celebration, and hosting a Uniform Swap Shop. Building on those committees for the following school year, we plan to add additional committees and support such as a Care Team, Parent Ambassadors, and adding a community page for all parents to communicate quickly and easily about things such as uniforms, class assignments, or the latest extracurricular activity all the kids want to be involved in.

All in all, the WPC is here to support and encourage engagement for your kids. The idea is for parents to come together and share in the planning and organizing of events so no one family has the burden on their shoulders, and so that any parent feels welcome to do as much or as little as they can while being part of this amazing community.

Written by: Rachelle Haid, Warrior Parent Community Chair

Athletic Excellence

When we think of athletes who achieve athletic greatness, do we only look to their physical
performance? We recognize and appreciate that many hours of physical training have brought
them to this level of accomplishment. We understand that a solid fundamental skill set gave
them a foundation on which to build upon. But do we fail to recognize the athletes personal
virtuous character that plays an equally crucial part in their success?

My family loves sports! We watch, listen, analyze, talk, teach, coach and play sports! We have
competed at the high school level and Division 1 Collegiate level. We have reaped the benefits
and accolades of athletic accomplishments from state tournaments, conference championships,
NCAA and NIT tournament appearances and championships. Sports are important and a very
big part of our lives. I know this to be true for many other families as well!

We know that having a strong athletic skill set is important to succeed at any sport. As parents,
we spend time and resources seeking out programs and opportunities to help our children in
their desired sport. But nurturing our child’s virtuous skill set I would emphasize as being even
more important, especially in the elementary and middle school years-the foundational years.
The combination of the two is where the potential lies to go from good to great! Character
matters in athletics! At Summit Classical Academy we strive to partner with our families in
developing both of these in our students. Our physical education program combines a strong
learning of fundamental sports skills/games as well as opportunities to grow in sportsmanship,
teamwork and leadership. We foster an environment for our students whether on the
playground at recess, P.E. class, or on organized teams in the community that will help them
grow in godly virtue and athleticism. A school that helps to strengthen and develop godly
character will only help to facilitate even more success on the sports fields. The Bible says
(paraphrased) that a wise man builds his house upon a rock so when the storms of life come,
he/she will be able to stand. In athletics and life there will be storms that your children will
need to navigate. The highs and lows, trials and triumphs, perseverance and persistence.
Developing godly character and virtue in our children first and foremost can lead to not only
athletic success but more importantly serve as our Christian witness to others. It is beautiful to
see these two skill sets come together in our children.

During my sons’ elementary and middle school years, we chose to send them to a Christian
school that came alongside us as parents to encourage and develop godly virtue and character.
Their Christian education set a strong foundation for our boys, so their lives would be built on
solid ground and they would have a firm place to stand. There were not robust athletic
programs within the school so we sought out opportunities for competitive sports in our
community. My family knows firsthand that the lack of school sports was not a hindrance but
rather the invaluable Christian education helped to propel success on and off the field. A strong
foundation that helped to navigate the storms of sports/life. The virtues of perseverance,
humility, self-control, other oriented-ness, patience, fortitude, temperance, courage, ambition,
determination, leadership, promoting individual and collective greatness are key in life and
athletics. Virtue is moral excellence. Moral excellence plus athletic excellence equals success.
By: Lorene Wrapp, Summit Classical Academy Physical Education
Teacher/Athletic Coordinator.