The business of education is equipping students for warfare — that was the message author Rebekah Merkle shared with parents during Mars Hill Academy’s first High School Preview Night.
In the book that started the modern classical and Christian (C&C) school movement, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Doug Wilson examined serious deficiencies of American education. His implication was something had been lost or so vitally altered that learning bore little resemblance to what it once was.
Nearly 800 pairs of new and used shoes filled St. Andrew’s Hall. Classroom bins overflowed with Thanksgiving day fixings. Rhetoric students walked kindergarten and first-graders to their cars each day at dismissal. These are just a few ways MHA students served one another and the community this school year.
Mars Hill Academy sixth grade students carefully considered these questions as they were dubbed by Grammar School Principal James Waldy during the school’s first-ever Accolade promotion ceremony.
Have you ever wondered who “those people” are who camp out overnight in a parking lot to win free Chick-fil-A for a year? As it turns out, Mars Hill Academy second grade teacher, Mrs. Natalie Walls, is one of those people!
Ten years ago, Mars Hill Academy sophomore Peter Cunningham starred as the honorable yet naïve Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. Last month, his brother and MHA senior Andrew Cunningham played the same leading role with his own sense of style.
Mr. David Liebing has worn many hats during the past 10 years at Mars Hill Academy, including Rhetoric and Grammar school teacher, facilities manager, volleyball coach, and father of five graduates. He currently teaches sixth grade and serves in the newly-created position of Rhetoric School Dean of Men.
It's just past 11 a.m., and the biology room smells of formaldehyde. Sophomores huddle around the lab tables with excitement and trepidation. Some students carefully approach the fetal pig, eager to learn more about its anatomical design. Others look less enthused.
Every day, elementary school students at Mars Hill Academy file into the lunchroom, set up their food, and enjoy 20 minutes of fun and fellowship with classmates.
Invariably, hands go up, and parent volunteers spring into action. Stubborn thermos lids are loosened, string cheese is set free from frustrating packaging, oranges are peeled, and spoons are doled out.
“Our lunch helpers…
It's between classes, and a senior talks with Mr. Lyn Cunningham about the importance of the common man in history. A fifth-grader writes a note across the top of her assignment thanking her teacher. Students are engaged with hands raised during the 48 minutes in Mr. Andy Stapleton's Worldview class. A grammar school student squeezes Mrs. Traci DeBra, saying, "Thank you for praying for me."