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  • Thankgiving

    How many of you celebrated Thanksgiving last week? I’m sure many of us joined our families, either through the terror of holiday travel or by staying at home and relaxing. Some of us probably watched the football games or caught up with grandma—and I’m positive everyone here ate plenty of food.   Read More...

  • Rhetoric Reflection: Selflessness

    “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”Philippians 2:4 (ESV)Something happened to me recently that really touched me, and I thought I would just share it with you. My dad loves road trips and camping; almost every night he will come home and research where to go and what to see. So, two weeks before school started, my family and I were planned to go on a road trip.   Read More...

  • What is Your Legacy?

    What is a legacy? Is it planting seeds in a garden you will never get to see? Is it making a name that will go on for generations?   Read More...

  • Accountability

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)Every day, we are kept accountable. If you’re in grammar school, you have an accountability sheet that has to be signe...  Read More...

  • Jack of All Trades

    “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…”  Romans 12:4-16 (NASB)As you may know, the track season has recently ended. During the season I was hard at work training with the rest of the Covenant team to be ready for our mee...  Read More...

  • Being Bold and Confident yet Teachable

    “He who neglects discipline despises himself,  but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” Proverbs 15:32 (NASB)I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it hard to be bold and confident. There are many events we each experience daily that require us to be bold and confident. It can be frightening to put yourself out in the open by expressing your ideas in a class discussion, participating in a challenging activity during P.E., or even standing up and pr...  Read More...

  • Competitiveness

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)One day earlier this year when I was at volleyball practice, I had a conversation with one of my teammates about the reason we played volleyball together as a team. Now, if you know me or my family, you know we’re very competitive! So this started because I told my friend that I play to win.   Read More...

  • Cherish One Another

    “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)About a year ago one of my best friends moved to Austin, TX. As it became apparent that our time together was coming to an end, I realized that I needed to make the most of our moments together. I needed to take the time to appreciate our friendship.   Read More...

  • Unconditional Love

    “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…” 1 John 3:1 (ESV)Have you ever wanted to go, or have you been, to Disneyland? Perhaps Disney World? Or how about Universal Studios?   Read More...

  • Why This Student's Siblings Wish They Graduated from Covenant

    "I have four siblings...one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not...have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received." My name is Chessa and I am a junior who has attended Covenant Academy since Kindergarten. It truly has taken a major role in shaping my life and who I am today.   Read More...

  • Loss and Anger

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)When I was in the fifth grade my stepmom, the woman who had helped raise my brothers and I as if we were her own, passed away. After she passed, it left me with my dad and brothers and I wasn’t entirely sure how to act or respond. I was full of anger, emptiness, sadness, confusion, you name it.   Read More...

  • Do Not be Anxious

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)When I was younger, I used to compete in triathlons, which is a race where you do swimming, biking, and running. I remember how nervous I used to get before the start of each race and I could always feel butterflies in my stomach.   Read More...

  • Perseverance

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37 (ESV)Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone through a hard time in your life.   Read More...

  • Celebration

    “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”Psalm 34:1-3 (NASB)Imagine you're out at recess and you're playing Gaga Ball and you make this amazing hit and win the game. Or maybe you just got your quiz back and you received a 100. Pretty cool, right?   Read More...

  • Why Wait for the New Year?

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)As you all know, New Year’s Eve was this past weekend, and so many of us celebrated with our friends and family over the prospect of a new chapter in our lives. Maybe you watched the countdown or even shared your New Year’s resolutions with one another. But, have you ever wondered about the history behind these resolutions?Interes...  Read More...

  • Set Apart

    “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)On the night of April 26, 1777, a messenger arrived at a farmhouse with urgent news that the British, had burned the city of Danbury, Connecticut, and were advancing on the countryside. Every farmer must be called out immediately.   Read More...

  • Imitators of Christ

    “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)I’m sure some of you have heard Mrs. Collins say, “You will become what you love.” It seems a little weird though, right? Is she saying that if I love candy that I’ll turn into candy?   Read More...

  • Paying it Forward

    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves…” Philippians 2:3In my 25 years of teaching I’ve attended my fair share of school dances. I remember my first experience vividly. It was painful to watch.   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: Unexpected Grace and Love

    Covenant has been a real blessing in our lives, and especially the openness and community inclusion that we felt from the very beginning. We were in a classical university model program before coming to Covenant, and though the academic and curricular transition was what we expected, we did not expect to find the grace and love that permeates the halls and courtyard every day. The steady breeze blowing through the trees in the courtyard is a constant companion to an ever-present awareness that G...  Read More...

  • Procrastination

    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)If you have ever been in chapel, or have spent time with Mrs. Collins, chances are you’ve heard her say the phrase, “Do the hard things.” No matter how old we are, be it Kindergarten or 11th grade, we all have things in our lives which can seem difficult and time consuming, such as big school projects and household chores. This can make the choice of procrastinating very tempting.   Read More...

  • Body and Soul

    "We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage." - AristotleOver the summer I watched some of our students run laps, lift weights and do push-ups and thought the same thing that I’ve thought a thousand times, “I wish I had this kind of education when I was a kid.” Coach Garza was gracious enough to invite me to join their workout, so a few weeks ago I donned a PE shirt and shorts and joined the upper schoo...  Read More...

  • Persevering in the Hard Things

    “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (NASB)Has anyone every asked you to do a hard thing? I bet because we are still in the first trimester, you have been asked to do a lot of new things by your teacher in your new grade. Doing hard things is something that everyone is called to do.   Read More...

  • Seeking to Love and Honor God

    “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, NASB)As many of you know, our Annual Upper School Retreat is a time where we are able to bond and have lots of fun as an upper school with activities, such as zip lining, climbing the rock wall and even canoeing! However, we also take a break from all the fun and have the time to listen to some of our teachers and Mrs. Collins talk to us about Scripture.   Read More...

  • Forty-five Minutes

    Forty-five minutes. That is the amount of time our grammar school students for recess each school day. Forty-five minutes of unscheduled recreation.   Read More...

  • He Prepares a Table

    One of my favorite first day of school traditions at Covenant is our Kindergarten Tea. Just after they have said good-bye to their little ones, Covenant parents of older students host a tea, inviting them to a new school year and a new community. It’s an emotional time and it’s a privilege to share that moment together.   Read More...

  • Our First Graduation

     Last Saturday, May 21, 2016 was a historic day for Covenant Academy. It was the day we graduated our first class of seniors, our “sensational six.”Many people came up to me after the ceremony to say how lovely the ceremony was. Most said that they weren’t sure what to expect (being our first graduation and a small class compared to other schools) but what they experienced was beautiful, intimate and deeply moving.   Read More...

  • How Should We React to Change?

    “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)Today is our last chapel with the senior class. Their last day of school ever at Covenant Academy. Next week they will not be here anymore.   Read More...

  • What is Love?

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)What is love? At first this may seem like a simple question with a simple response. At least that’s what I thought when I first heard it.   Read More...

  • Idols

    “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 (NASB)What kinds of things come to mind when you hear the word idol? If you’re like me then you probably imagine a big statue being bowed down to by crowds of people. But if statues are the only kinds of idols, then we probably have nothing to worry about.   Read More...

  • Hot Topic: Dear Elders, I'm sorry.

    Have you seen the latest Alexis Bloomer's "Dear Elders, I'm sorry." video? I recently asked our students to describe their generation to me. They had a lot to say about their generation: prideful, greedy, materialistic, disrespectful, self-centered, entitled, irresponsible, over-indulgent, lazy...   Read More...

  • Love One Another

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 (NASB)Last week’s flash flood reminded us that while things can be swept away in a moment’s notice, relationships are strengthened by trials.   Read More...

  • Excellence Not Perfection

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)There is one thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we are all imperfect. This means that every single one of us falls short and makes mistakes. However, there is another thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we were made in the image of God.   Read More...

  • Leading Well

    “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 (NASB)Part of the mission of Covenant Academy is to equip leaders. How do we know what makes a good leader? We hear all the time that leaders are to follow their leaders, to serve God and others, and to lead by their actions, no just their words.   Read More...

  • Endings and Beginnings

    “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21 (NASB)In a little over a month, six of us will become the first graduating class of Covenant Academy. For us, big changes lie ahead.   Read More...

  • Pursuing Excellence

    Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.   Read More...

  • Follow The Leader

    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10: 25-28 (...  Read More...

  • Esprit de Corps

    es·prit de corps  eˌsprē də ˈkôr/ noun'esprit de corps is  a feeling of pride, fellowship, and common loyalty shared by the members of a particular group.  Late 18th century: French, literally ‘spirit of the body.' Introducing a house competition that will last until the end of the year and require nothing out of the ordinary from our students… The “Esprit de Corps” House Competition will award 100 points on the last day of school...  Read More...

  • Selfies and Why We Love Them

     Master artists have painted their own portraits beginning in the Renaissance, and some artists multiple times throughout their painting lives. During the Renaissance the portrait became a subject artists were commissioned to paint for wealthy patrons, and mirrors became less expensive and therefore available to more people. Painters could use their own image as a way to explore the human form in shape and color, and use that knowledge in their commissioned portraits.Selfies are the modern ...  Read More...

  • Time to Fly

    “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,  while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)I’m sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “A bird’s gotta leave the nest.” But it’s interesting that people don’t often use it to talk about birds. So what does it mean?You probably know that a “bird leaving the nest” is when a baby bird takes his first flying lesson. Now imagine that you are the baby b...  Read More...

  • THIS is Covenant

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NASB) Just the other day, at the Walk-a-thon, I saw a few sixth graders with Kindergartners on their backs lau...  Read More...

  • Patience

    Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)Have you ever had to wait for something you wanted? Did you think waiting was fun?   Read More...

  • Prayer

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)Good morning! Have you ever felt afraid before? Have you ever been sad before?   Read More...

  • Obeying Those in Authority

    “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (NIV)Often times our teachers, parents, or other people in authority over us, will ask us to do things such as clean our rooms, finish our chores, or to whisper as we walk through the halls. However, we may not want to do these things because we find them to be time consuming, boring, or we might be busy doing something else. When we are faced with this problem we might think, “Should we obey those in authori...  Read More...

  • Break from School, not from Character

    “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NIV)Who is excited for Christmas break? Me too! We have sixteen days off to spend with our families and enjoy time away from school.   Read More...

  • Two Options on the Shelf

    I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:11-12 (NIV)God cares about what is in our hearts, because he is a personal, relational God. We were all made in God’s image, so that we may reflect him in the choices we make.   Read More...

  • A Drive for Diligence in December

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Thanksgiving break has just ended and Christmas is around the corner, and at this time of year we can lose focus on the importance of being diligent in our studies. We sh...  Read More...

  • Delight in Discipline

    Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29: 17 (NASB)You’re released from lunch, you drop off your lunch kit at the classroom, and you watch the rest of your class walk back to the Pavilion, but you must stay behind. Instead of frolicking through the fields with your friends, you have been given courtyard service.   Read More...

  • We Are Not Silent

    “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised” Psalm 96:2-4What kinds of verbs do you see here?   Read More...

  • Farm to Table: Cultivating Minds through Classical Education

    “The concept of man as a gardener is highly suggestive: A gardener does not destroy nature, nor leave it as it is. He cultivates and develops it, enhancing its beauty, usefulness, and fruitfulness. So God expects His servants to bring all creation under His lordship.   Read More...

  • Inciting a Rebellion

    I had one goal for our upper school retreat: incite a rebellion. Not a rebellion against authority or government or religion; a rebellion against low expectations. With the Scriptures at the center, we evaluated what the world says about teenagers, what the Bible says about teenagers, and what they want to say about teenagers.   Read More...

  • All Lives Matter

    Houston has been mourning the tragic execution of Deputy Darren Goforth. We mourn because Darren Goforth was a faithful father and husband. We mourn for his family’s tragic loss.   Read More...

  • On Becoming WORDly

    A trip to the local mall will give a quick sense of the pattern of this world. What is important? What is valued?   Read More...

  • Incomplete without Christ

    In one of the Chapel Call Outs we say that “God’s image is reflected in all mankind; thus there is wisdom and virtue found in the works of unbelievers…” Because we are image bearers, everything that we do expresses something of God’s nature. If we think back about the Renaissance, we can point out a very important attribute of Renaissance style. That is the extravagant beauty in nearly everything that they made. Whether it was furniture, architecture, even sch...  Read More...

  • Identity Theft

    Norman Rockwell’s painting “Girl at the Mirror” serves as a reminder for each of us. As image bearers we will always seek to look the part of our identity. The girl at the mirror looks longingly at a glamorous model and finds herself not measuring up.   Read More...

  • I can't cook, can you?

    "I can't cook, can I? But you, you can."  Have you ever felt like you couldn't do something?  That you didn't have the talent or skill needed?   Read More...

  • Finding Joy in Education

    I came across a short Latin phrase recently that described the educative process well. John Amos Comenius, in the 17th century, wrote in his Latin textbook, "Si principium difficile, medium facile, finis iucundus." In English, we might say, "If the beginning is difficult, the middle will be easy, and the end pleasant." As a teacher of languages, I found Comenius's statement accurate and insightful. Study of a foreign language, as study of most subjects, begins with an exp...  Read More...

  • Disconnected Children

    “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” was written to warn mothers of the lonely life of cowboys. As sung by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, the warning cry is clear: this is a sad and hard life and mothers would want to prevent this loss of connection with other people if they only knew. “If they only knew,” I often think to myself when I see young children using smart technology in restaurants or doctor’s offices.  Read More...