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Congratulations to our Upper School students who are putting on PULSE, a benefit concert to raise funds for the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center on Friday, April 16. You all showed a huge amount of initiative and organization ability to get the venue, three bands, and, in all likelihood, a huge crowd.  I love your heartbeat!

Classical, Christian Ed: We Say College Prep Is Not Enough>>>

I really dislike the term “prep school,” and I’ve intentionally shunned it for my entire career at New Covenant.  It is true that we...

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By Definition: Education Is…>>>

How words change! Here’s a good example. I have two definitions of education, both from Webster: 2017 – Education:  The action of process of...

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From Classical Education to STEM to Helicopters>>>

by Jay Lamagna (class of 2012) Jay Lamagna graduated from New Covenant in 2012 after thirteen years of enrollment.  He attended Virginia Military Institute...

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Rethinking Technology in the Classroom: The Evidence Doesn’t Support It>>>

I have long believed that the uncritical adoption of technology in the classroom for its own sake was a bad idea.    My hunches...

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Cultivating Sensibilities: Resisting Consumerism in Children>>>

by Jeremiah Forshey Jeremiah Forshey is a faculty member in the School of Rhetoric where he teaches literature and senior thesis. When my youngest...

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Glad You Asked: What is the Purpose of the History Timeline?>>>

At a recent LiveLink program I was asked, “What is the Purpose of the History Timeline?  It’s endearing and amazing to see 5 year...

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Cultivating Sensibilities: Reverence, Respect and Courtesy>>>

“Show me what reverence looks like.” Lately I’ve been saying this at the beginning of each of my middle school chapels. The children aren’t being bad; they’re...

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Glad you Asked: What are the Advantages of a classical, Christian Education?>>>

At a recent LiveLink program I was asked, “How would you summarize the advantages of classical education compared to modern education models?” Glad you asked. ...

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January 12, 2017 – Education and Technology>>>

In the fall, 2015, I submitted a master’s thesis to Hollins University entitled Education in Context of Student-Accessed, Digital and Applied Technology.  I have since...

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December 6, 2016 – Baumol’s Cost Disease:  Why Tuition Increases the Way It Does

I experience much discomfort at the oft-heard contention—by no means a new one—that tuition increases faster than inflation and faster than the growth of...

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August 29, 2016 – Personal Responsibility

This sign is pretty funny. It made the rounds on FaceBook, and while I probably wouldn’t post it at New Covenant, I sympathize with...

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Privilege and Protection: Monitoring Your Child’s Phone>>>

It’s become increasingly common for parents of students as young as fourth and fifth grades to provide phones for their children. While I have...

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A Sample Phone Contract>>>

Do you need more control with your child when it comes to phones?  Consider using a “Phone Contract” with your student.  Here is an...

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Feb 8, 2016 – Rigor, not Mortis: Supporting Students in the Hard Months >>>

It’s predictable and it happens every year.  Our friends at Independent School Management (ISM) have studied and documented it.  February and March tend to...

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Nov 16 – Taking the Next Step

It’s the time of year in which our seniors are applying to colleges. At New Covenant we’ve always taken the approach that a college...

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Nov 9 – Benign Technology: Thoughts on Social Media

On Monday, October 26, Dr. Jennifer Cline presented research on social media during professional development with our faculty. Later that day she summarized her...

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Nov 9 – Speak Up | Grow Up

“…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way…” St. Paul Speaking up is part of growing up. This came...

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Sep 14 – Next Level Placement in Athletics: Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 2 >>>

Part II of a series by Kyle Alexander, Athletic Director So you want to play in college? Previously, Athletic Director Kyle Alexander published the first...

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Sep 14 – The Butting Order: How Middle School Students Rank Themselves in School >>>

Last week’s middle school retreat was a great success, with beautiful weather (after Thursday’s rain cleared to sunshine on Friday) and very happy students....

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Aug 24 – So You Want to Play in College? Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 1 >>>

This is the first in a series of articles from our Athletic Director, Kyle Alexander. Do’s and Don’ts for Middle and High School Athletes...

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Modern Texting

The following is the headmaster’s response to William Quillian’s “The Christ Experience” published in the News & Advance, Sunday, May 1, 2011 The question of Jesus’ resurrection...

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Headmaster’s Blog – Tasting Things as They Really Are

“A man is wise when all things taste to him as they really are.” Josef Pieper quotes this anonymous axiom from the middle ages...

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Headmaster’s Blog: Thoughts on Josef Pieper

The Precedence of Prudence

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Headmaster’s Blog: Thoughts on Josef Pieper

A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart I picked up this little book – I don’t remember where – it doesn’t...

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