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New Head of School Named

After an extensive national search, The Covenant School announced its appointment of Dr. Robert Littlejohn as its next head of school.

Dr. Littlejohn is the current head of school at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, a classical Christian school in Raleigh, N.C., where he has been for the last 12 years. Trinity was recently named a Certified Best Christian Workplace and top school by the Best Christian Workplace Institute.

Dr. Littlejohn began his career in education shortly after completing his doctorate. He was the founding headmaster of New Covenant Schools in Virginia, and has extensive collegiate and college preparatory administrative experience. He has a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, an M.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. He is a published author, including Wisdom and Eloquence, one of the leading books on classical liberal arts learning.

“Dr. Littlejohn’s extensive professional and educational accomplishments make him the ideal candidate to lead Covenant into its next 25 years,” said J.J. Barto, the chairman of Covenant’s Board of Trustees. “He is truly one of the top contributors to classical Christian education movement throughout the nation.”

Dr. Littlejohn’s first full year will begin with the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

Covenant Wins Henderson Cup!

The Covenant School was named the 2017 State Champion for TAPPS 3A and awarded the Henderson Cup. We are so proud of this trophy because it is a recognition of the achievements of our students in a variety of extracurricular programs. TAPPS bestows the honor based on accumulated points at competitions in art, academics, vocal and instrumental music, and various teams sports. Covenant has previously won the trophy two other times when we were in division 1A. Athletic Director Jesse Olvera informed TAPPS that we will not be returning the trophy at the end of the year because we intend to earn it again. Congratulations students, teachers and staff! This great achievement truly reflects on the quality and commitment of our entire school!

 

Cross Country State Champs

Congrats to our Varsity girls and boys Cross Country teams! Both teams brought home the 1st place trophy in the TAPPS 3A State Cross Country meet! We are extremely proud of all that these athletes and coaches have accomplished this season!

The girls team not only came home with their first state title, they also had 3 top ten finishers: Emma Kackley (3rd), Ellie Kackley (6th), and Maggie Taylor (7th).

The boys team not only held on to their state title, but like the girls they also had 3 top ten finishers: Hogan Hurley (3rd), Jack Rowland (7th), and Seth Mackinnon (9th).

Click the following links for additional individual results for our male and female athletes.

WAY TO GO KNIGHTS!

 

One Act Play Wins State

ONE ACT PLAY

The Covenant One Act team is the TAPPS 3A state champion for their performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest." Students also brought home the following awards: Best Actor - Jacob Long; All Star Cast - Cole Harvey and Sally Shaw; Honorable Mention - Haley Hawkins and Cameron Sharpless; and All Star Crew - Claire Booker.

 

 

Honor Choir Record

Each year, vocal students may audition for the TPSMEA  (Texas Private School Music Educators Association) Honor Choir. In 5th and 6th grade, the auditions for the TPSMEA Children's Honor Choir take place at the school. Each school is allowed to send 15% of their total 5th and 6th grade students, so Covenant can send 15 children. Congratulations to the following students that will be representing Covenant in Fort Worth this weekend: Bersabel Asfaw, Chloe Butler, Sarah Dawson, Cameron Dow, Cabe Gum, Samantha Holt, Emma Howell, Jack Jones, Robert Kern, Georgia Klinefelter, Lila Perryman, Addison Prouse, Ellie Radant, Connor Weiss, and Christian Zak.

The process to be chosen for the Middle School Honor Choir and the High School Honor Choir is highly selective. Each student has two weeks to prepare the audition selections, record and submit the recording for judging. A panel of five judges adjudicates each student’s recording.  Twenty-five students from each vocal part are chosen from over two hundred students to become members of the TPSMEA Honor Choirs. This year, Covenant has 24 students who were chosen for these two choirs. 
 
In the Middle School Honors Choir, Covenant will be represented by Maddy McNeill, Nina Berry, Isabel Goodwin, Sidney Rose Kronbach, Ryan Luedtke, Hannah Dooley, Caroline Leftwich, Helaina Gilmer, William Weiss, and Noah Thomason.  They will spend two days rehearsing in Fort Worth with Honor Choir participants representing North Texas and will give their concert on Saturday, November 11 at 4:00pm at First Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

This year, 14 choral students won spots in the Region I High School Honor Choir. Representing Covenant at this January event will be Melanie Kay, Haley Hawkins, Claire Booker, Sally Shaw, Shaina Burgos, Kyler Zak, Elic Gum, Cameron Sharpless, Nathan Roberts, Brendan Short, Jackson Murray, Cole Harvey, Carson Peters, and Bailey Beaird.
 
Students who have placed in the All-Region High School Honor Choir will have their submissions re-evaluated along with Honor Choir students from Regions 2 and 3 for selection to the All-State Choir. The All-State Choir will be held at the Eisenman Center in January under the direction of Sandra Snow (MSU). Members of the 2018 All State Choir will be announced at the end of November.
 
Congratulations to all of these talented vocal students!

 

Students Begin Recycling Program

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. - Genesis 2:15

Last year, I got a letter from a student asking to start a recycling program. It was a good idea, but the timing was off, so I asked her to get back with me in the summer. Students make all kinds of requests; sometimes they forget, other times, they lose interest, but this student was undeterred. In fact, when she showed up for our first meeting, she had already recruited another student. As they walked in, I was pretty sure I would have to say yes to anything they asked for. They arrived ready for the hard sell, armed with a chart, a six step process, $50 collected from bake sales, and a slogan (ECOvenant: Recycling is Logical, so Logic Recycles). The meeting ended with a gift of cookies, perhaps the second line of defense in case I said no. The whole meeting was astonishing. To see students take ownership of something important impressed me deeply.

In a recent Logic School chapel, we were able to roll out the ECOvenant program. The students talked about why we should recycle, how it is going to work in Logic School, and introduced the contest that we are calling “Change for Change!” To encourage student involvement, we are collecting spare change till the end of the quarter (October 11). The money will be used to buy recycling materials. The homeroom and mentor teachers will collect the change in the jars. The grade that raises the most money through spare change (no bills or checks) will win an ice-cream sandwich party during lunch.

The “eco” prefix is significant, and by God’s providence, the Upper Logic mentor time had just focused on it. They were thinking about the deeper meaning of life: For what are we saved? The broad answer was oikonomia, a Greek term meaning house management or stewardship, and it is where “eco” comes from. The economy is a term we use to discuss how we manage our wealth and resources. Ecology is another “eco” term related to how we manage our natural resources. Oikonomia reminds all of us that God has created and ordered the world and calls us to participate in this economy, this stewardship of the His gifts.

We can manage the gift with love and wisdom or with abuse and foolishness. Wendell Berry calls foolish stewardship blasphemy:

[O]ur destruction of nature is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility; it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God's gifts into his face, as of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them. To Dante, "despising Nature and her gifts" was a violence against God. We have no entitlement from the Bible to exterminate or permanently destroy or hold in contempt anything on the earth or in the heavens above it or in the waters beneath it. We have the right to use the gifts of Nature, but not to ruin or waste them.

Berry is speaking of our stewardship of the earth, but I was stuck by the expression “blasphemy.” It is such a harsh word. I don’t want to see myself in that light. The broader implications, however, bothered me more because we are not just stewards of natural resources. We are stewards of all the resources, the gifts God has set before us: family, friends, church, work, government, school. Do I neglect and therefore blaspheme those gifts?

I thank God for students who remind me to take that stewardship seriously. We pray for wisdom to manage them in way that brings flourishing, knowing too that it is not simply up to us. As Paul reminds the church in Ephesus, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Non nobis,

Brett Tohlen – Logic School Director
non scholæ sed vitæ discimus