Beware: Terrifying Tales being Taught
“…Ichabod was horror-struck, on perceiving that he was headless!-but his horror was still increased, on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of the saddle;” -Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Each Halloween we pause our regularly read novels in middle school to jump into some spooky, hair-raising, mysterious, and classical short stories. English teachers also get into the antics! Seventh-grade English teacher, Erin Brangan stated, “It has been spooky identifying suspense and foreshadowing while we read! We even had a dramatic read where students read in spooky voices, and we listened to suspenseful music!! It has been a frightful fun time!” Students read Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and W.W. Jacob’s The Monkey’s Paw, three frightening classics! In sixth-grade, students learn the history of Halloween which began during the Middle Ages, the period studied in sixth-grade history. Sixth-grade students also read the poem Annabel Lee by Poe. The students and teachers have lots of fun with the stories, yet at the same time the students are afforded the opportunity of being exposed to great literature from legendary authors. Click below for a frightfully, fun time!
School Uniform Case Goes to Supreme Court
Charter Day School, Inc., which operates the four Classical Charter Schools of America, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to “review and reverse” a recent appeals court ruling holding the school uniform policy unlawful. Charter Day’s petition argues that the appeals court decision was wrong, because CDS is a private non-profit corporation—as required by N.C.’s 1996 Charter School Act—not a “state actor,” and therefore free to set its own policies. CDS’s petition stresses that far more is at stake than the parent-designed school-uniform policy, requiring girls to wear skirts, jumpers or skorts. As “state actors,” charter schools could be bound by the same top-down rules, regulations and mistaken curriculum choices that have crippled many district school systems, as recent national test scores showed.
October was National Principals Month! Meet CCS-Whiteville’s Headmaster, Mrs. Ivey. Check out the “Headmaster Spotlight” Playlist to see all of Classical Charter Schools of America’s leaders!
Students of the Month
Character education is an important part of the CCS-America curriculum. Each month, students are recognized for displaying a specific character trait that they are not only learning and practicing, but also recite daily in our Pledge. October’s character trait was Determination. Students who are determined overcome obstacles to reach their goals. Determination is seen in the Pledge as “I Pledge to keep myself healthy in body, mind, and spirit.” Students apply these words to their everyday lives by dedicating themselves to seeing tasks through, no matter how difficult it may get. Congratulations to all of these students who demonstrated exemplary determination. Check them out on the links below!