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Wednesday Wonders: A Stellar Day with Scott Kelly

Apr 25th, 2018

{all photos by Cameron Ingalls}

“When we do things that are really hard, we can achieve great things - and that has worked as a great model for me.”

~ Captain Scott Kelly

Many of our SLOCA

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5 Favorite Spots to Soak in the Beauty of the Central Coast

Apr 24th, 2018

{photo by Leif Arne Storset on via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0}

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts... There is

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Monday Mix-ins: Roman Emperors and Roman Britain

Apr 23rd, 2018

The Roman Baths (Thermae) of Bath Spa, England
(Photo by Diliff on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5}

Today we have quite a mix of mix-ins to share – we will look at some of the emperors after Caesar

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Free Friday and Bonus Track Photos

Apr 20th, 2018

{photos by Jill Richert}

If you’re looking for a family-friendly event tomorrow, here’s one we want to remind you about: Family Day at the PAC – Click here for all the info!

And here's another

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Reading Resolutions from our Giveaway Contest

Apr 19th, 2018

{photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash}

Our recent giveaway contest centered around our Reading Resolutions blog series – where people share the stack of books they are either currently reading

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Wednesday Wonders: Archery Tournament

Apr 18th, 2018

Most Fridays, as part of SLOCA's academy club program, Mr. Rich Bartel can be found living the SLOCA mission on the archery field: forging character, sharing his knowledge and passion for archery,

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Classically Inspired: Amazons

Apr 17th, 2018

Here’s another one of our “classically inspired” connections – examples of how modern stories are based on the ancient tales. From Black Ships Before Troy (the story of the Illiad):

“The Amazons

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Monday Mix-ins: Augustus Caesar and the Roman Empire

Apr 16th, 2018

{map from the David Rumsey Map Collection}

As we march along in time through Ancient Rome, we now find ourselves firmly planted in the Roman Empire, which began with its first emperor, Augustus

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Free Friday and Nature Art

Apr 13th, 2018

{photo by Madison Grooms on Unsplash}

“Art takes nature as its model.” 

~ Aristotle

Is nature calling you this weekend? Answer it and see what the outdoors has to offer. You can even turn a

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Teaching Citizenship with Literature

Apr 12th, 2018

“Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong.”

~ Charles Handy

We’re getting a bit of a late start on this month’s character trait because of Spring Break, so

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Wednesday Wonders: Father-Daughter Sock Hop!

Apr 11th, 2018

Our father-daughter dance last month was a 50s themed Sock Hop, and the dancers really had a blast! We love creating opportunities for wonder moments like this. Here are a few photos sent in by

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Back in the Arena… Together!

Apr 10th, 2018

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First, an announcement: Congratulations to Jennifer Martinez  – you’re the winner of our Reading Resolutions Giveaway! Look for your gift card in your family file soon. THANK YOU to

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Monday Mix-ins: The Decline of the Roman Republic

Apr 9th, 2018

 "The Death of Cleopatra," by Valentine Cameron Prinsep
{Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons}

Welcome back to school! We know how hard it can be to return to school after Spring Break, but

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Spring Break Send-off and Enter our Giveaway!

Mar 30th, 2018

{photo by Gabriel Garcia Marengo on Unsplash}

Hip hip hooray - we’ve made it to Spring Break!

Before you completely check out, we really want to give away a $20 gift certificate to the SLOCA

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High School Myths and Mysteries Solved!

Mar 29th, 2018

Not long ago we shared SLOCA Myths and Mysteries Solved – a blog post addressing questions we’ve heard about SLO Classical Academy. Today we bring you it’s companion post, which explains a few

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Wednesday Wonders: Engaging with The Iliad

Mar 28th, 2018

{photo by Stephanie Ridley}

Today’s wonder moment was sent in by Track B mom Stephanie Ridley. She and her husband Bryan have three kids at SLOCA: Isobel (UMS 7), Sibylla (Int 4), and Ensio

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Classically Inspired: Ring of Power

Mar 27th, 2018

{photo on MaxPixel / CC0 Public Domain}

Hey SLOCA parents! Here's a reminder to enter our Reading Resolutions giveaway for a chance to win a gift card to the school store – all you have to do is

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Monday Mix-ins: The Rise of Julius Caesar

Mar 26th, 2018

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Once again, we have a lot to share today! We are already deep into reading Shakespeare’s illustrious play, Julius Caesar, and this week’s mix-ins will focus on this influential and

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Free Friday and a Reading Challenge!

Mar 23rd, 2018

{photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash}

Happiest of Fridays to you! We want to remind all SLOCA parents to enter our Reading Resolutions giveaway for a chance to win a gift card to the school store

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SLOCA Welcomes Tiny Wonders!

Mar 22nd, 2018

{all photos by Carolyn Eicher}

"Babies are whole people -- sentient, aware, intuitive and communicative. They are natural learners, explorers, and scientists able to test hypotheses, solve

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