Just in case you want to get into the Victorian spirit over the break . . .

Just in case you want to get into the Victorian spirit over the break . . .

NOTE: We’re using Amazon affiliate links on this lists, which means that if you purchase something through one of these links, the Academy gets a tiny percentage of what you spend. We borrowed the idea from other school’s PTA programs, and if we make a little extra money to put toward book costs, that’s awesome for us. Please don’t feel any obligation to click the links below; you can always go directly to Amazon and enter a title in the search box there.

Amy has put together a nerdy little roundup of movies and television shows that might get you into the Victorian spirit over the break. These are just for fun — there’s no homework over the break! — if you are in the mood for a little Victorian-themed viewing between semesters. (Note the ratings — a couple of these are rated R, and while I’d be okay with my own teenager watching them, every family is different! Commonsense Media has great breakdowns of potential red flags for movies, and we encourage you to preview anything that you’re concerned about.)

There can be only one

There can be only one

It’s official: The most Enlightenment-y text we read this fall is Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, which not only illuminated Enlightenment ideas about politics, human societies, and the importance of the individual AND represents the high point of Enlightenment satire, it’s also a new genre — the novel! — in a time when literature was a giant, bubbling cauldron of generic invention. (Swift came close to beating himself with the biting satire “A Modest Proposal,” which came in at #2 (and is instantly recognizable as a source for modern satires like Last Week Tonight and The Onion), followed by Robinson Crusoe, which launched a thousand adventure novels and Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, which is just an overall impressive achievement (and delightfully funny for a dictionary).

Holiday parties, student of the month honors, and more news

Holiday parties, student of the month honors, and more news
  • The Latin Club is throwing a Saturnalia holiday shindig to celebrate the end of the semester. Festivities begin on Friday, December 14 at 11 a.m., and the party breaks up at 1:00 p.m. (which should give those of you with a tricky drive home plenty of time to beat the Friday traffic). Expect music, games, and a white elephant candle gift exchange — see the Latin club for details. And definitely bring a snack to share because it’s not a party without food.

  • Congratulations to Kiera, who takes home Student of the Month honors for November. Student of the Month recognizes people who have made a contribution to the school community, and Kiera is a worthy recipient of this recognition. Her cheerful presence in class, generous sharing of homemade treats, and especially her heroic efforts on the Academy yearbook this fall made her the clear choice for the Student of the Month. All our students are awesome, so this title recognizes a little extra awesomeness.

  • Winter break starts December 15, and the spring semester begins on January 22. We don’t assign homework over the break, and we encourage you to spend this time doing stuff you love. We’d love to see you back in January with lots of fun stories to tell and plenty of energy to start tackling the wonderful world of the Victorian empire.