Flint Life Lately: All Things Fall

Monday, November 6, 2017

 Okay, so we definitely pack a LOT into the last half of October at Flint. We had our pirate-themed Fall Festival...

The cheer squad had an epic playdate...

The pre-k through the fourth grade classes went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch...

We had way too much fun for Halloween...

PLUS an upper school field trip to Bass Hall to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet, another field trip to see the Same Kind of Different as Me movie (the upper school kiddos have been reading that book during Christian studies) and a bunch of pirate-themed class parties as each class finishes reading Treasure Island - that's going to be a whole other post, though! Now we're jumping right into Spirit Week, gearing up for the beginning of the basketball season AND getting ready for this Friday's football game because oh, um, we're in the PLAYOFFS. Not really sure how, but we are, so GO FALCONS!

Frequently Asked Question: Uniform Policy

Monday, October 23, 2017

FAQ for the day: Why don't you have uniforms/ Will you ever have uniforms at Flint? 
"Flint Academy will never adopt a uniform policy, which would distract from the goal of reaching the hearts and souls of students. There is a very simple dress code in place, but no restrictions are placed on external adornments such as hair color/style, jewelry, hoodies, hats, piercing, tattoos, etc. It is a firmly held belief that this would alienate many wonderful children who need the education and care of this school."

In other words, we really, really don't care what the kids wear. We care what they do, what they learn, what they become. Dr. Flint is fond of saying that the dress code is, essentially, "cover all your private parts and don't wear shirts that say bad words." The idea of having uniforms at our school, where nothing is uniform, is crazy. Uniforms and sensory issues? Uniforms and behavioral challenges? Uniforms and angsty adolescent rebels in search of causes? These are very bad combinations! And honestly, not battles worth fighting. 

We want the students at school, comfortable, and ready to learn. If they need to wear a hoodie all day in order for that to happen, no problem. Other than, you know, it's Texas and odds are you're going to get heatstroke, but you do you, baby.

We're strict about things that we think really matter in the long term. How the children look just isn't one of those things. 

Flint Life Lately, A Very Hands-On Edition

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time for another photo-dump! Here's a peek at just a small portion of the hands-on, experiential learning that has been going on in our classes for the last two weeks!

The Upper School history classes (and a few of the Grammar school classes too!) learned about the development and uses of gunpowder. And obviously we're going to take any opportunity to incorporate fire into our lessons! 

The pre-k and kindergarten went next door for pumpkins to study.

They also had a class party to celebrate their completion of Winnie The Pooh

And listened to a violin demonstration by one of the upper school students as part of their composer study about Vivaldi.

The fifth grade made masks as part of their study of the kingdoms of West Africa in the Age of Explorations...

And began creating maps to chronicle Christian's journeys in Pilgrim's Progress.

Upper school students learned to make and use inclinometers...

And overall we've just really enjoyed each others company! 

Flint Life Lately

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Heres a little glimpse (with WAY more pictures than a normal person would describe as little) of what we were up to this past week! 

The third and fourth graders made self portraits...

The high school history class made charts of the components of a Renaissance Man...

 The fifth grade sketched Giotto's Bell Tower (which the high school students are carving in clay, I can't wait to take pictures of the finished products!)

The high school students had a fabulous lesson on preposition phrases in their language arts class...Mrs. Dailey had them make paper airplanes to fly on the playground, then describe the movements of the airplanes with prepositional phrases, and then write poems using their phrases!

The girl's volleyball team had two games, supported by a VERY enthusiastic fan base!

The Green Cord participants spent their Friday morning volunteering at the adult daycare center near our school...

And the football team had a Saturday game two and a half hours away, so we had a little road trip!


No wonder they're tired out!

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