The South Campus Serials – 11.20.20

From your south campus principal, Grant Bickell

To make sure everyone is on the same page for Lessons and Carols, I am pausing my normal Nuntius style to highlight the FAQ for our 2020 Lessons and Carols at South.

LESSONS & CAROLS will be held WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th at 10:00 AM

The service of Nine Lessons and Carols is an historic service used during the seasons of both Advent and Christmas, in which we meditate upon and give worship to Almighty God through readings from Holy Scripture and carols of praise and thanksgiving for His coming. The Scripture lessons take the worshiper through the full history of our salvation from Genesis to the Gospels, and the carols give us an opportunity to respond to the goodness of God in praise.


When is rehearsal?

  • Monday, December 7th during the school day. This will take place at South Campus.

What does my student need to wear for rehearsal on Monday, December 7th?

  • Spirit Day Dress. This means we will have a Spirit Day on both Wednesday, December 2nd and Monday, December 7th.

What does my student need to wear for the performance on Wednesday, December 9th?

  • This is a Christmas Advent worship service, so we encourage Christmas attire. Young men should wear slacks and button-down dress shirts or sweaters (ties/jackets welcome but optional). Young ladies should wear dresses (No glitter on clothing, bows or body. It has caused a mess in the past and we would like to be respectful of the church’s property).

What time do I drop off and pick up my student and where?

  • This will function similarly to our Fall Recitation Day, and will be held during the normal school day.  You will drop off and pick up your student during the normal drop off time under the portico. 

How will I watch the performance?

  • The L&C service will be broadcast live from South Campus at 10:00 AM and a link will be sent out to watch later.

What if my Dialectic Student is not involved?

  • For the 3-day Dialectic students they will participate in the service by being attentive audience members. They are welcome to wear Christmas attire following the same rules for the performers. If they don’t wear Christmas attire, they must come in uniform.

Will there be a reception?

  • All South Campus students will be provided with a candy cane and hot cocoa after the performance. If your student cannot eat or drink these items, please send something with them.

We are Hiring!

More information on all employment opportunities at The Academy can be found at: https://theacademyok.org/employment-opportunities/

Smart Watches

We will be having students with a watch that connects to a phone/internet for grammar students to leave it at home or turned off and leave in the backpack and for dialectic students to check it into the “phone motel” along with their phones at the beginning of the school day. The Academy Handbook supports this practice, and we are mirroring the Rhetoric campus enforcement of the policy. Due to the volume of students with Smart Watches it has become increasingly difficult to ask teachers to methodically manage internet access during classes while also teaching with presence of mind. Thank you for your partnership and support for this matter!

Final Exams at The Academy

We are reconfiguring the way we manage final exams for all Dialectic & Rhetoric classes. While students will complete the semester with some sort of assessment (project or test), this experience will follow the same pattern of assessment procedures used throughout the semester. We are transitioning away from intensive testing procedures that entail 1-2 hour exams and require a complete restructuring of the last 2 weeks of school. We believe that students retain information best if it is built upon in a cumulative manner without the presence of stress-induced situations that force intensive cramming. Research fully supports that depth of learning and lasting retention occurs most when students gradually develop deepening knowledge with continual opportunities to strengthen conceptual and long-term memory. We believe this new assessment practice will provide healthier opportunities in the school culture to deepen memory retention and deepen understanding of knowledge. This shift also provides more opportunity for class instruction time at the end of each semester. If you have questions about this shift in practice, I welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you further. Please contact me!

House Verse

This month we are memorizing Colossians 3:15 as part of our yearly study on the Fruit of the Spirit. If they memorize it and recite it to Mr. Bickell, they will receive 5 House Points.

Calendar for the rest of the semester:

  • December 2 Spirit Day. House Meetings.
  • December 2 View Event. 9:00.
  • December 4 Ambrose House Feast. 11:30-12:30 in the Chapel.
  • December 7 Chapel. Spirit Dress Day for L&C Run Through
  • December 9 Moses Project 2 of 4. After Matins.
  • December 9 Lessons & Carols Live Stream 10:00 AM
  • December 11 Jane Eyre – Midtown Drama Production Postponed to January TBD
  • December 14 Christmas Feast. Formal Day.
  • December 15 Chapel. Formal Day.
  • December 16 Dialectic Finals
  • December 16 Last Day for Blended Grammar.
  • December 18 Dialectic Finals
  • December 18 Last Day of Second Quarter. Half day – dismissal at noon. (No lunch.)
  • December 22 Semester Grades due in FACTS.
  • December 21 – January 8 CHRISTMAS BREAK – NO SCHOOL
  • January 11 First Day back to School.
  • January 11 Chapel. Formal Day