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Archives: March 2016

Notes from the Dean

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 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle When Classical students graduate after eighth grade, many face a decade of further education—and some even more. While I hope they retain all of the knowledge they acquire here, surely as they walk across the stage at their high school or college graduations at least some will have difficulty remembering one or two of the wonderful Greek myths they learned in 2nd grade language arts or the details of Gregor Mendel’s experiments in genetics they learned in 7th grade science. Thus we at…

3 Reasons to Study Latin

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by Martin Cothran If you are a classical educator – either a teacher in a school or a homeschooler – there is one question you will be asked again and again: Why teach Latin? This is probably because there seems on the surface to be no practical reason for doing it. Why would we consider studying Latin with so many other priorities in our modern curriculum, like science, and math, and composition? We could tell people about the sense of accomplishment our students will experience once they learn to read Virgil’s Aneid. But although it would be true to point that…

Appleton Area School District Attendance Policy Update

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As the Appleton Area School District (AASD) continues to strive for excellence for all students, we know that parents, guardians, and families are our most valuable partners. Because attendance plays a key role in student success, we want to communicate recent changes in the AASD Attendance Policy 430. Maintaining good attendance is important at all levels. Beginning in Pre-K and continuing through high school, attendance is an important factor for a student’s academic success. According to, “If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a…