September 2017 Newsletter

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year on November 1st!  


Dear Golden View Classical Academy supporter,

At the end of this year, we will graduate our first class of Seniors, and it is only fitting to begin with them and their accomplishment as we embark into the fall. Can you imagine being a 9th Grade student going on 10th, and switching schools and friend groups for an untried school with little to no reputation? That was their case 2 years ago, and every student going forward will have an easier time of it as the school becomes more firmly established. What courage must it take to make that leap, to stick with it, and to come across at the end willing to engage in a vigorous, intense introspection known as the Senior Thesis? That act, that very first act of attending Golden View Classical before it was anything at all, did as much to found the school as any other one thing.

I draw strength from many sources, and perhaps these few students would be surprised to hear that they are one such source. In conversation with them, it is clear that the meager goal of college and career readiness pales in comparison to that mature, robust, responsible disposition that we would like to see from our fellow citizens. The former necessarily follows the latter, but the latter, since it is more noble and harder to achieve, need not attend the former - it requires more careful and direct attention. When schools forget this, they forget the moral underpinning of all kinds of success in this world, and we all suffer the sad consequence of diminished civility, weak conversation, and poor laws.

They still have the hard work of their Senior year to accomplish, but as I look out on this year, I have nothing but hope - for them, for the school, and for our community at large that will be freer and more just with such graduates in its midst.

Sincerely, Robert Garrow
Robert Garrow, Ph.D.

Principal Golden View Classical Academy

 

 


New and Noteworthy


Barney Charter School Initiative

Golden View Classical Academy is one of seventeen charter schools in the country, and currently the only one in Colorado, to be a part of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI). Last spring, Hillsdale chose three BCSI schools to participate in a video highlighting what they do, and we were one of them! The video explains the purpose of the BCSI, and how the classical education model helps students love learning. Click here to watch the video and learn more about the Barney Charter School Initiative.

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Constitution Day

With Constitution Day falling on a Sunday this year, the school celebrated across grades with various lessons and an Upper School barbecue on Friday, September 15th.

Teachers discussed everything from the clauses in the Constitution that concern slavery, to the different kinds of powers, the historical precedents, and the overall goals of the Constitution. Some students even learned the Pledge of Allegiance in Latin!

That evening, our Principal, Dr. Garrow, hosted a lecture on the Presidency of the United States, and what the Constitution says about its scope and just powers.

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Golden View Classical Academy invites friends and families to consider shopping on Amazon through AmazonSmile, and selecting “Golden View Classical Academy” as your charitable organization of choice. When customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the school.

This seemingly small donation adds up over time, and is a convenient way to give. Please join us in raising money through AmazonSmile!

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Curriculum Highlights


Upper School History

The Juniors in American History are learning what it means to be an American citizen, why the efforts, ideas, and institutions were necessary to make this country both free and great, and how we keep her so. The ultimate aim of this course is to help the students discover who they are and what they must do to know and to love, to honor and to understand, to correct and to be admonished by, to merit and to take full advantage of, in short, to inherit fully, their American heritage.

Thus far the class has learned about early exploration and colonization. While following the historical narrative, they have also been reading primary sources. Recently, the students squared off in a debate over the question, "Were the Puritans puritanical?" They were required to quote primary texts to support their arguments. There was much dispute over the merits of "gynecandrical dancing." We shall not reveal who took which side.

History

Grammar School Physical Education

In Physical Education class, 2nd Grade students completed beginning of the year physical fitness tests and learned the rules and procedures of PE. Physical fitness tests are administered in September and May. The purpose of these tests is to track changes in fitness and promote active, healthy lifestyles through setting personal goals and learning to challenge oneself physically. Tests include sit and reach, pull ups, sit ups, shuttle run, and the half-mile run. The main rules of PE class incorporate the school's core virtues. For example, students are encouraged to have courage through the rule "Try everything, and try hard." Every Friday, students participate in 35 Minutes of Fun, which is 35 minutes of continuous, rigorous exercise. This encourages students to associate being physically active with having fun.

 


Upcoming Events


Prospective Families Tours

Tours are for families interested in seeing the school. Tours provide prospective families with an opportunity to ask questions and observe classes.

Click on a date below to reserve your spot. If the tour you wish to attend is full, please check back on the website, as some spots become available, and the page is updated with additional tours.

October Friday, October 6th 10:00-11:00am Thursday, October 12th 9:00-10:00am Tuesday, October 17th 10:00-11:00am Friday, October 20th 1:00-2:00pm

November Thursday, November 2nd 9:00-10:00am Monday, November 6th 1:00-2:00pm Thursday, November 16th 10:00-11:00am Wednesday, November 29th 9:00-10:00am

 

Community Events

The following events are open to the public.

Board Meeting - Wednesday, October 11 6:00pm at the school

Information Session - Thursday, October 19 5:30-7:00pm at the school Information sessions are intended for families interested in enrolling students at Golden View Classical Academy. Parents who want to learn more about the classical education model and Golden View’s curriculum should plan to attend!

 

 


Classical Learning


Our faculty and staff read Homer's Odyssey over the summer, and upon returning to school, we discussed his wanderings and homecoming. We stumbled upon a very difficult question: one of our school awards is named after a man that we don’t even understand. How can that be? How can we hope to honor a student for portraying an Odysseus-like nature if we can’t figure out what Odysseus’ nature actually is? Through conversation, including robust disagreement, we discovered that perhaps that is the beauty of the award. Perhaps Odysseus, the man of many ways, presents many sorts of human excellence over the course of his voyages, and our students can hope to reflect some one aspect of his varied nature. Yet, there is something that underpins the man, something like a desire to know, or a love of his home, or courage in the face of death, or a desire for justice. It’s hard to know precisely which it is of these, or if it is something else. Perhaps the only remedy is to pick up the book again and launch on another voyage...

 

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year on November 1st! Golden View Classical


Vision

Golden View Classical Academy develops within its students the intellectual and personal habits and skills upon which responsible, independent and productive lives are built, in the firm belief that such lives are the basis of a free and just society.

Mission

Golden View Classical Academy trains the minds and improves the hearts of young people through a classical, content-rich education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue in an orderly and disciplined environment.