On October 25th, the students at PCA had the opportunity to do some hands-on (and ears-on) learning. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students bundled up and ventured to Pinnacle Mountain State Park where they examined different aspects of the world …
At many schools and businesses, Friday is a day to dress down. Casual Friday, it is sometimes called. Casual Friday is a nice way to relax after a week of hard work. At Pinnacle Classical Academy, Friday is not a dress-down day. In fact, at PCA, Friday is known as Formal Friday. The students dress up from their normal weekly uniforms to formal plaid jumpers and skirts, pressed white dress shirts, and pants and ties for the boys. Why do we do that?
God doesn’t settle for “okay.” He went all out. He made a world that is majestic and awe-inspiring, just like Him. He made trees vibrant with color and life, just like Him. He made mountains so large and dramatic that they demand our attention and lure us toward them, just like Him. He made this world with excellence because He is excellent. One of the things I love about PCA is that they approach education with excellence.
Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending an informal seminar at PCA hosted by our headmaster, Bill Izard. The topic was entitled Men of Valor, Women of Virtue and it was both simple and profound. The heart of the topic was about raising our children in such as way as to both model and thus instill in them a character that is in line with God’s ideal for us. In quintessential classical style, Mr. Izard encouraged us as parents and teachers to put great importance on growing our kids’ character and less on the career they may someday have.
Every parent has their own reasons for choosing their child’s school, these are simply mine. This is the first of several posts describing the major reasons why my husband and I chose Pinnacle Classical Academy for our kids’ education.
His desk was neatly stacked with Latin curriculum, a logic textbook, grammar books, and many other things you would expect to see on a teacher’s desk. But front and center, in the middle, obviously there from recent use, was his Bible. It was a wonderful thing to see!
I’ve grown to see that over-valuing individuality and personal uniqueness, especially in my outward appearances, is a side effect of focusing more on myself and my world than on Christ and His Kingdom. It is often a symptom of self-worship as opposed to Christ-worship. In reality, creativity and originality can be used to glorify me by drawing attention to me, or they can be used to glorify Christ by drawing attention to Christ. And this is where PCA’s intentionality about clothing and uniforms won me over.
After weeks of careful preparation, I walked through the parking lot carrying a bag of fresh pencils and new markers and pretty colored notebooks and all those little things that spark the first light of excitement that school is starting soon. Officially tonight may have been a night to meet the teachers and go over logistics, but behind all the official business of the evening was an overwhelming buzz of excitement and anticipation.