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                        Welcoming a
                       new school year.
                       CELEBRATING OUR       5 TH YEAR
                                                                                                                               Welcoming New Faculty to the Cambridge School Family
                                     N E W FAC E S                                      heAd oF schooL, j im hopson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                education. Her previous position required
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                her to prepare for three different subjects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in six classes, three of which were for kids
The Cambridge School                                                                                                                                                                                                            who were identified as “at risk” because
seeks to provide a distinctly                                                                                                                                                                                                   of behavioral issues. In Rebekah’s words,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I had a heart to help these kids, but my
Christian education in the                                                                                                                                                                                                      hands were tied because of the limited
classical tradition, which                                                                                                                                                                                                      administrative support.”

equips students to know,                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now that Mrs. Kennedy has taught at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cambridge for two months, she is elated
love, and practice that                                                                                                                                                                                                         that she has the opportunity not just to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                impart knowledge and understanding,
which is true, good, and                                                                                                                                                                                                        but also to shepherd the hearts of her
beautiful, and thus prepares          When you think of all the requisite skills of a top-notch Cambridge Head of              With 30 years of experience in                  she can focus on Christ with the students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                students. She loves that Cambridge seeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to interweave the Christian worldview into
them to live purposefully             School—intelligence, wisdom, people skills, disciplinary effectiveness, and above all,   education, mrs. Louise Fougner joins            She is also excited to throw a wedding for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                all classroom topics, and not just teach
                                      a love of the Lord—it’s surprising that we found someone to fit the bill so quickly.     the Cambridge faculty as the K5 teacher.        the letters “Q” and “U” (complete with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Bible as a separate subject. She finds it
and intelligently in service          Upon hearing of Jean Kim’s decision to step down from her role as the Head of            Originally from New Jersey, Mrs. Fougner        flowers and a cake!), as well as to follow the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                refreshing that the emphasis is on teach-
                                      School so she could be more available to her family, the Board called Jim Hopson         and her husband of 29 years, Peter, have        growth of the students through the year as
of God and neighbor.                  to find out whether he would consider serving as Head until we could find someone        made San Diego their home for the past 12       they are empowered by the robust Phonics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ing kids to enjoying learning as a way they
                                      to serve in that role for the long term. We are delighted that his answer was “Yes!”                                                                                                      can “know God and enjoy Him forever,”
                                                                                                                               years. Excited to have found the Cambridge      curriculum they study in the early years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                instead of just helping them pass tests and
                                      Jim has worked in Christian education since 1966 when he taught sixth grade for
                                                                                                                               School, she believes that her position here                                                      make a higher salary in the future.
                                                                                                                               is a perfect fit for her background and         Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Fougner
                                      six years at Valley Christian Schools in San Jose. He went on to become Principal                                                        is a wife, mother to two grown children,
                                      of one of their K-6 programs from 1972 to 1976. His next position was as the Middle      teaching style. She has embraced the Clas-                                                       Mrs. Kennedy enjoys hiking the mountain
                                                                                                                               sical Christian method of education, loves      Christopher and Stefanie, and one cat,
                                      School Principal at Redwood Christian Schools in Castro Valley, California, where                                                                                                         trails of Mt. Laguna, cooking, and baking
                                                                                                                               the God-centered curriculum, and finds          Mimi, who growls and answers the door
                                      he served from 1976 to 1981. In 1981, he followed the Lord’s calling to start a new                                                                                                       from scratch. With a Masters in Medieval
                                                                                                                               many similarities between the methodolo-        when visitors arrive! She plays the flute in a
                                      Christian school, the Santa Ynez Christian Academy, which grew from two students                                                                                                          History, she is also very glad to be focusing
                                                                                                                               gy and her past experience such as utilizing    praise band, loves to bake and swim, serves
                                      (both of whom were Jim’s children) in 1981 to 175 students when he (and his wife                                                                                                          on that era in her fourth grade classroom.
                                                                                                                               songs and rhymes to teach young students.       as the Director of Women’s Ministries at
                                      Carol and their children) left in 1996.                                                                                                                                                   She has traveled throughout Europe and
                                                                                                                                                                               Lifebridge Church, and helps out on occa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                is therefore eager to share her love of all
                                      In 1996, Jim was called to serve as Superintendent of Kings Schools, a private,          And while the Phonics and math curricu-         sion with the church’s AWANA program.
  ONLINE                                                                                                                                                                                                                        things medieval with her students this year.
                                      Christian school in Seattle, Washington with two campuses and 1,500 students in          lum at Cambridge are very similar to what
                                      grades pre-school through twelfth grade. After three years with Kings Schools, Jim       she used in the past and even trained other     Originally from Foley, Alabama, our
Find us online at                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mEET OUR NEW AIdES
                                      moved back to California to serve as Headmaster of Santa Fe Christian Schools in         Kindergarten teachers to use, she finds at      new fourth grade teacher Rebekah
                                      Solana Beach. During his tenure from 1999 to 2006, Santa Fe Christian built a new        Cambridge “a new, wonderful world of            Kennedy moved to San Diego two years
                                      state-of-the-art library tech center, a high school science lab, and a new high school   learning and discovery, even after thirty       ago when she and her husband Shawn                        Lydia Clevenger
                                      building along with a complete renovation of the athletic facilities.                    years of teaching.” She is also thankful that   were married. Shawn had moved to San
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1st grade aide to Mrs. Bitz
For more information or a tour        For the last four years, Jim has been working as an educational consultant to pro-
                                                                                                                               Cambridge emphasizes building a strong          Diego seven years ago to plant a church
of our school, please contact:        vide strategic planning and development counsel to private Christian schools. His
                                                                                                                               foundation for its students, its encourage-     in the Miramar area. Though she absolutely
                                                                                                                               ment of and enabling of its teachers to         loves San Diego, especially now that she
Phone: 858.484.3488                   areas of expertise have been school founding and start-up, transitional situations,                                                                                                                Stacy Kooker
                                      Board formation and relations, accreditation, purchase of property and building
                                                                                                                               fully develop their lessons and teach neces-    is a happy member of the Cambridge
                                                                                                                               sary skills with adequate time, its small       family, she misses the rest of her family,                2nd grade aide to Ms. Kang
Email: info@cambridgeclassical.org    process, relocation, and more.
                                                                                                                               class sizes, and its employment of full-time    including her parents, her grandparents,
Site address: 10075 Azuaga Street     We are extremely grateful that God has brought Jim to guide and manage The               classroom aides.                                siblings, two nieces and two nephews.
San Diego, California 92129           Cambridge School until the Board selects a long-term Head of School. We look
                                                                                                                               She is most looking forward to celebrating      Mrs. Kennedy has taught previously in                     Jennifer Hasegawa
                                      forward to learning from Jim in this new, unforeseen stage of his life, and we are
Mailing address: P.O. Box 720508      excited to see how the Lord will use him at Cambridge. Thank you, Jim, for bless-        the holidays at the Cambridge School,           the public sector, and for this reason has                3rd grade aide to Mrs. Philip
San Diego, California 92172           ing us with your wisdom, counsel, and personable, kind and humble leadership.            particularly Christmas and Easter, since        an extra appreciation for the Cambridge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Lowdown on mrs. Lowing

IN THE CLASSROOm                                                                                                                                   Fr e sco by j eFFer so n c A n n o n / L e t ter by A L e x A n d er y ph A nti d e s   Mrs. Lowing, the K4 teacher, had a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           very busy summer “break”! She was at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           school every day ensuring that we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           all of the supplies we’ll need for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           entire school year. In her position as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the procurement director, Mrs. Low-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing took stock of what Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           has, determined what needs to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           purchased, and did a lot of shopping!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Did you know that Cambridge pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           vides school supplies for its students?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It’s all included in the tuition!)

K5 Sails the Santa Maria                        Firsties’ Fettuccini Festivities                Third Grade phoenicians Letters                 All About Atoms and Archaeology               treats to match their wonderful aide’s
It has been a very busy fall thus far for the   The first grade class is off to a great start   The third graders make inter-disciplinary       After the first two weeks of reviewing and    sweetness! Thank you, Mrs. Kooker, for all
students of Mrs. Fougner’s K5 class. They       this year. In literature, they just finished    connections between the Canaanites and          acclimation, Ms. Kang’s second graders        your hard work and dedication in support-
recently made history “come alive” as they      a study of the story of Strega Nona by          the Bible and the Phoenicians and the           took off running in their quest for knowl-    ing Ms. Kang and making our kids’ learn-
built (with the help of Mr. Giles and Mr.       Tomie dePaola. In order to make learning        ancient world. The Phoenicians’ (c. 1,200-      edge and truth about God’s marvelous          ing environment all the more enjoyable.
Fougner) a cardboard replica of the Santa       come alive in a fun way for the “firsties,”     1,000 B.C.) most important contribution         creation. By studying the structure of a
Maria, complete with a sail bearing the         Mrs. Bitz had the children do a reading         to civilization was the early Greek alpha-      carbon atom, the class learned that God       Onward, Good Knights and
                                                                                                                                                                                              Gentle Ladies!                               Mrs. Lowing’s favorite hobbies are
Spanish cross. Each student then boarded        theatre where they read the lines of the        bet. Cambridge students in Mrs. Phillip’s       ordered his creation in a logical and
                                                                                                                                                                                              In keeping with the fourth grade’s learn-    ocean activities, especially boogie
the ship and applied for a position, includ-    story in character.  It was fun to watch        third grade class draw and paint frescos        organized way. They made a clay model of
                                                                                                                                                                                              ing “theme” of the Medieval Era, when        boarding (though she hopes to take
ing captain, first mate, steward, map-maker,    them taking turns reading their parts out       and use the Phoenician alphabet code to         the carbon atom, noting that six protons
                                                                                                                                                                                              monastic life was very common, the class     up surfing someday!). If she had more
sail-maker, cook, carpenter, cleaning person,   loud and realize to themselves, “Hey!           write letters to their parents during history   and six neutrons are in the nucleus and six
                                                                                                                                                                                              organized a Monastery Day on October         time, she’d also be taking horseback
musician, and boatswain (person who             Watch me! I can read!” When they were           class. Can you decode this one?                 electrons orbit around the outer rings.
                                                                                                                                                                                              20. During the day, the kids became more     riding lessons, but she’ll have to wait
held the sail). With all the jobs assigned,     done reading the story, Mrs. Bitz surprised
                                                                                                                                                                                              familiar with the daily life of a monk,      until her K4 kiddos don’t keep her so
the ship’s crew then                            them with a pasta party which was espe-
                                                                                                                                                                                              the different reasons that people became     busy. Mrs. Lowing also enjoys cook-
re-enacted Chris-                               cially fun since Strega Nona has a special
                                                                                                                                                                                              monks, and the monastic vows of              ing and says, “I am cooking my way
topher Columbus’                                pot that was always full of pasta! The
                                                                                                                                                                                              celibacy, obedience, and poverty.            through a new cookbook now
voyage. And coming                              children ate the pasta as if they hadn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                              The students participated in                 that Nate is home [from serving in
up next…the class                               eaten for days, and it was a treat to watch
                                                                                                                                                                                              activities that the monks used               Afghanistan], but this is a bit more
plans to recycle the                            their smiling faces as the story was brought
                                                                                                                                                                                              to do, including prayer, copy-               difficult to do now that school has
Santa Maria into the                            to life for them. Strega Nona is about an
                                                                                                                                                                                              ing manuscripts, and                         started.” Mrs. Lowing also hopes
Mayflower as they                               elderly lady who helps her fellow villagers                                                     As a part of their ancient history study,
                                                                                                                                                                                              maintaining silence.                         to learn to sew, but working on her
study and re-enact                              with their troubles, most notably by curing                                                     our second graders got a taste of an
                                                                                                                                                                                              Following up on their                        masters degree in Education has
the Thanksgiving                                headaches, helping single women find hus-                                                       archaeologist’s life by having their own
                                                                                                                                                                                              Monastery Day, the                           her sewing machine gathering dust.
story in costume!                               bands and ridding people of warts.                                                              archaeological dig. During their dig, they
                                                                                                                                                                                              fourth graders went                          Hopefully, Nate’s request for an
                                                                                                                                                uncovered many historical artifacts and
                                                                                                                                                                                              on a field trip to                           overseas leave will be approved by
    W H AT ’ S H A p p E N I N G I N K 4 ?                                                                                                      relics that they will learn about in their
                                                                                                                                                                                              Medieval Times. During                       the Marine Corps, so they can go to
                                                                                                                                                ancient history study.
                                                                                                                                                                                              the performance at Medieval                  Europe next summer. But regardless
    The K4 class just completed their unit      they have been learning in class.                          completed their math unit on
                                                                                                                                                But don’t worry, our second graders aren’t    Times, they saw knights on                   of the Marine Corps decision, they
    on “God is Good.” They have had two         During this time, the kids sang the                           matching and sorting, and
                                                                                                                                                spending all of their time hard at work       horseback, kings, prin-                      are having fun researching and plan-
    memory times so far in this new school      Creation Song, recited some                                   learned the importance of
                                                                                                                                                in scholarship; they also know how to         cesses, jousting and more                    ning the trip, and if you have any rec-
    year. The K4 memory time is held five       memory verses and shared fun                                  accurate measure by making
                                                                                                                                                enjoy life. They celebrated Mrs. Kooker’s     features of life in the Middle               ommendations, please do share them!
    minutes prior to the end of class in the    facts about the letters they have                            cookies. Isn’t it awesome to
                                                                                                                                                birthday in September by throwing her a       Ages, thus bringing their                    Thank you, mrs. Lowing,
    sanctuary so that parents and guests may    studied so far for Phonics and                              learn important lessons while
                                                                                                                                                surprise birthday party during class where    classroom study of history                   for all that you do!
    observe the students recite some of what    Penmanship. The K4 students also                           making a yummy treat?
                                                                                                                                                they enjoyed scrumptious cupcakes and         to life for them.
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In K4, the students are learning how to
listen to tones in the songs they sing
and on the instruments they play.
They move to steady beats and to various
rhythm patterns while developing accuracy
                                              Musical Mastery at Cambridge                                                                                                                                                            more major and minor tonalities. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      learn to recognize different rhythmic and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      syncopated patterns, same-different and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sequential tone patterns and a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      forms in music. They study music history
in walking, running, hopping, jumping,
skipping and tip-toeing. The children are
                                              the music curricuLum At the cAmbridge schooL proVides our students with                                                                                                                 from the Medieval and Renaissance peri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ods by listening to and comparing musical
learning to sing accurately in response to                                                                                                                                                                                            pieces and looking at early notation. The
a model to demonstrate an understanding       Another wAy to experience First-hAnd god’s creAtiVity. how AmAzing thAt god                                                                                                             fourth graders also participate in the Music
of melodic movement (up, down, same).                                                                                                                                                                                                 Memory program by studying sixteen
They are also developing their skills at
playing simple rhythm instruments and are
                                              inVented sound And VibrAtion to mAke such beAutiFuL music. by LudA rockett                                                                                                              classical pieces and composers from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Renaissance through Modern periods.
working on their ability to interpret music
through body movement, impersonations,                                                                                                                                                                                                The fifth graders are learning folk
and dramatizations. The children also                                                                                                                                                                                                 music of the United States, and com-
learn about composers of different eras and                                                                                                                                                                                           paring songs of different regions.
listen to their music.                                                                                                                                                                                                                They will create simple melodies based on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pentatonic scales and write them on the
The K5 students are learning about                                                                                                                                                                                                    treble clef using perfect rules of notation.
orchestras and marching bands, while                                                                                                                                                                                                  The children continue playing the recorder
listening to different music selections                                                                                                                                                                                               and singing in rounds and harmony. Taking
and the musical story, Peter and the          form notation. The children focus on            They continue to develop skills in writing   variations of tempo, and they continue to     The fourth grade students are learn-         a further step in theory and notation, they
Wolf by prokofiev. They are describing        rhythmic patterns, musical forms (AB and        notation, performing accurately rhythmic     work on more difficult rhythm patterns.       ing to analyze how different elements        will learn the structure of intervals and a
melodic movement in terms of up, down,        ABC variations), melody, and harmony            patterns based on 2-1 and 3-1 relation-      The children use recorders and percussion     are used in music from many cultures         major scale, as well as complicated rhythm
same, step, and skip, and are learning to     (simple ostinato). They are also introduced     ships, and understanding of grouping in      instruments to play ostinatos and in two      as they increase their musical skills        and melodic notation in duple, triple and
recognize repetition and the contrast of      to music notation, note duration (half,         common meter with establishing beat for      parts. They start singing rounds in 2 and 3   by singing and playing the recorder          mixed meters. They are evaluating how to
melodic and rhythmic phrases. The chil-       quarter, eighth), and the basic rules of        familiar songs. The children use recorders   parts, learning conducting in 2/4 and 3/4     and percussion instruments. The              practice and rehearse in order to improve
dren start to learn how pictorial and dash    writing music symbols. In addition, the         and percussion instruments to play melo-     time. The students participate in the Music   class continues to develop their skills      their performance, and will participate in
notation illustrates shape and contour        children listen to classical music of differ-   dies and accompaniments from a varied        Memory program by studying sixteen            in playing instruments and singing in        the Music Memory program by studying
of melody. They perform simple                ent eras and learn simple concepts of music     repertoire of music and diverse cultures.    classical pieces and composers from the       rounds and harmony from notation. They       sixteen classical pieces and composers from
dance in order to experience                  appreciation.                                   They begin to recognize the influence of     Renaissance through Modern periods.           also use scales that help them experience    the Renaissance through Modern periods.
different forms in                                                                            various cultures on music as they continue
music, learn to                               It is an exciting year for the second           to listen to and discuss classical music.
distinguish between                           grade students! They are introduced
beat and rhythmic                             to the ancient instrument, the re-              In the third grade, the children will
pattern of melody,                            corder, and learn proper techniques             continue developing skills in playing
and begin to read rhythm symbols.             and how to play from notation and               the recorder with heightened inten-
                                              by ear. The children continue developing        sity. They are introduced to meter of 6/8
The “firsties” are singing different          skills in singing and reading from notation.    and minor tonalities, key signatures and
folk songs as a way to discover rhythm        They are introduced to note values in rela-     expressive markings. The children sing and
and melody. They learn about five notes       tion to fractions, major tonalities, expres-    play major scales and melodies from nota-
on the treble clef staff and learn to sing    sive markings and variations of tempo.          tion using awareness of tone color and

    d I d YO U K N O W ? T I d B I T S A B O U T F I R S T G R A d E L E A d T E A C H E R m R S . B I T z

                                              She is in a book club where they read           She is learning to cook                        She is a scuba diver.                       She recently got back into running           She’s an active dancer (mostly ballet
                                              about one work of classical literature each     French food! She is teaching                   She and her husband                         after taking a few years off due to a knee   for “old ballerinas” now and Zumba).
                                              month. Her book club just finished read-        herself from Julia Child’s                     loved diving in the kelp                    injury. Mrs. Bitz just participated in the        And she is also currently doing an
                                              ing The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar         cookbook. She was inspired by                  forests of Monterey Bay                     “Finest City 5K Run” right here in                            independent, in-depth
                                              Wilde. Next they will be reading Evelina,       the recent movie about Childs,                 and hope to dive La Jolla                   San Diego and is planning to run                                study of the Book
                                              which was written by one of Jane Austen’s       but Mrs. Bitz doesn’t claim to                 Cove upon his return                        the La Jolla Half marathon in                                           of Romans.
                                              contemporaries.                                 be cooking her way through the                 from deployment.                            April next year.
                                                                                              book exactly as Julia did.
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                                                                                                                      Little Cambridge Scientists Are Off to a Big Start
                                                                        SCIENCE                                                                                                                                                          by meLissA gingrich


Calling all Explorers! The fifth grade class has been navigat-
ing through the Age of Exploration in history, which has tied in
seamlessly with their studies in literature and science. In history,
the fifth grade scholars have traced back to Marco Polo and the
printing press, which they had learned about in fourth grade
and which contributed to the Age of Exploration when
several Europeans set out to explore the vast world for
riches and glory. Students can narrate the ambitious
journeys of famous men like Christopher Columbus,
who wanted to sail west to the Indies, Ferdinand
Magellan, who circumnavigated the world, various
Spanish explorers who conquered much of the
                                                                        First grade students extended their
                                                                                                                      each passing year at the cambridge school brings new discoveries
Americas, and Northeast explorers, who discovered
many splendors of North America.                                        knowledge of insects by learning
Furthermore, in science, they’ve been practicing
                                                                        about jointed legs and camouflage.
                                                                        To form a basic understanding of how
                                                                                                                      and encounters with the wonder, beauty and order of god’s world
                                                                                                                      through the study of science. here is a brief peek into what our stu-
locating specific places on a map by using
                                                                        jointed legs (through God’s creativity)
latitude and longitude coordinates,
                                                                        help insects and humans move around, the
                                                                                                                      dents have been doing in just the first few weeks of school this year.
and they have learned to use various
                                                                        Firsties hopped around the yard pretend-
navigational instruments such
                                                                        ing to be grasshoppers. Then they were
as the chronometer, compass,
and sextant. With their histori-
                                                                        asked to try to replicate that same move-     Cambridge third grade students are              parallel circuits, short circuits, and open vs.   at the horizon, indicating 0o latitude. They
cal knowledge and understand-
                                                                        ment but without bending their legs or        studying energy in its many different           closed circuits. Next, they will build and        learned that longitude was impossible to
ing of sea instruments, their
                                                                        arms. It was hysterical…                      forms. They demonstrated that energy            optimize an electromagnet, then use electro-      determine until the 1760 invention of a
                                                                        and educational. The                          can change from one form to another by          magnets to build a telegraph and a motor.         seafaring timepiece by John Harrison.
time in literature has been
                                                                        students also made                            investigating solar panels. The students                                                                                  The students can
exciting as they step into the
                                                                        camouflage collages                           used a small solar panel to generate elec-                                                                                now calculate their
life of a young sailor who lives
                                                                        using photos of                               tricity by holding it close to a bright light                                                                             longitude given the
in the 1700s, in the historical
                                                                        insects and clippings                         bulb. Then they touched wires from the                                                                                    local time and the
fiction Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.
                                                                        from magazines. They learned that the         panel to a small motor. When connected,                                                                                   time at Greenwich,
The students were blessed to cap off                                    coloring of insects matches their surround-   the motor started to spin. From this dem-                                                                                 England. They also
their study by taking a field trip to the                               ings to protect them from predators.          onstration, they learned that light energy                                                                                used compasses and
Maritime Museum of San Diego, where their                                                                             can be converted to electrical energy,                                                                                    a map of the school
                                                                        The properties of gases became
learning truly came to life! They spent an hour with a                                                                which can be changed into motion energy                                                                                   to complete a treas-
                                                                        much more tangible for our second
docent aboard the Star of India (built in 1863) and were                                                              in the motor.                                                                                                                        ure hunt.
                                                                        grade students. They observed dry ice
able to see and examine the parts of a ship and learn
about the hard life of a sailor. Next, the class had the
                                                                        as it sublimates into carbon dioxide gas.     Science is truly an “electrifying”              Fifth graders navigated through                                   Each new
opportunity to sail around the San Diego Harbor
                                                                        Ms. Kang filled a tank with the gas, and      experience for the fourth grade class.          science class to an understanding of                       discovery points our
in a pilot boat and hear about the discovery of
                                                                        then the students watched in wonder as        They began their study of electro-              how sailors found their way around                    children to the One who made
San Diego by explorer, Juan Cabrillo. The fifth
                                                                        soap bubbles danced on top of the gas.        magnetism by studying the                       the globe in the Age of Exploration.                and ordered it all. As Romans
                                                                        They also filled some balloons with carbon    properties of magnets. They                     The students built a simple sextant to              1:20 tells us, we can learn of God’s
graders proved their unity as a class as they went
                                                                        dioxide and others with air. The students     learned that magnets have                       help them measure the distance from the             eternal power and divine nature in
out rowing in a long boat for an hour. Fortu-
                                                                        were able to play with the balloons and       north and south poles that                      horizon to the North Star. They learned             the things he has made. May the
nately, we all made it back safely! Finally, they had
                                                                        weigh them. These demonstrations showed       attract or repel each other, and                that the angle indicated on the sextant               study of science encourage our
the rare opportunity to clean three different guns
                                                                        that carbon dioxide gas is heavier than air   that magnets can be used as “iron               gives the latitude at your location. At the               students to praise Him
(as cannons are known on ships without the large            By 5th
                                                                        and brought alive the concept of gases as     detectors”. They are now learning               North Pole, the North Star is directly                          all the more!
wheels), and they watched as they were fired off the grade teacher
                                                         Miss Susanna   matter that can have different properties     how to build electrical circuits                overhead, indicating 90o on the sextant. At
harbor (thankfully, no gun powder was involved!).           Chang
                                                                        depending on its composition.                 and will learn about series and                 the Equator, the North Star is just visible
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Lessons for a Lifetime
                                                                                                                                               An example of an inductive argument is:

                                                                                                                                                        All three cars I have
                                                                                                                                                        owned were Toyotas
                                                                                                                                                     my first car was a good car
                                                                                                                                                    my second car was a good car
                                                                                                                                                    my third car was a good car
                                                                                                                                                      Therefore, Toyotas are
                                                                                                                                                              good cars
                                                                                                                                                                                              LAST WORd                                            Letter From jim hopson

                                                                                                                                                                                               Dear Cambridge Community,
                                                                                                                                               The culmination of the study of logic is in
                                                                                                                                               the understanding of what is called “valid-     When the Cambridge Board invited me to take the position as Interim
                                                                                                                                               ity”: how the conclusion of an argument         Head of School at Cambridge, I had no idea what a wonderful opportunity
                                                                                                                                               follows from the premises or assumptions.       they were handing me. Not only have I been warmly treated as if I had been
B Y M A R T I N C o T H R A N • R e P R I N T e D W I T H P e R M I S S I o N F R o M W W W. M e M o R I A P R e S S .o R G                                                                    here for years, but I have had the privilege of becoming more familiar with
                                                                                                                                               A student learns the rules of validity and
                                                                                                                                                                                               a model of education that is impressive, admirable and effective.
                                                                                                                                               how to test arguments to make sure they
We have a tendency to put academic              which involves teaching traditional logic.     can cause confusion and misunderstand-
                                                                                                                                               measure up. Then the student learns a few       My objective this year is to come alongside our founder, Jean Kim, to help
subjects into separate and unrelated            The second is the newer method of mod-         ing. It is also important to understand the
                                                                                                                                               shortcuts that make the practical applica-      The Cambridge School uphold its mission, vision and core values. I consider
categories which have little to do              ern symbolic logic. Traditional logic was      different kinds of statements—affirmative
                                                                                                                                               tion of logic easier.                           it an honor to further enhance my experience in Christian education by
with each other. We have our curriculum         articulated 2,500 years ago by Aristotle       and negative, universal and particular—
                                                and is very language oriented; modern          and how statements can be opposite to                                                           working with the faculty, staff, parents and Board to in this great ministry.
chart where we put things such as Reading,                                                                                                     The medieval scholars were notable for
English, Math, Science, each one dealing        logic was developed by modern philoso-         each other and equivalent.                      their ability to systematize a subject and      While I have worked for more than forty years in school administration, the
with a different skill and a different body     phers and is more mathematical.                                                                make it easy to teach. They took Aristotle’s    classical model of education is new to me, and I have been devoting a great
of knowledge. Logic seldom finds a place                                                       Finally, the logic student learns the differ-
                                                                                                                                               treatises on logic and came up with ways        deal of time to reading up on just what constitutes a “classical” education.
                                                While traditional logic focuses in a practi-   ent kinds of arguments and how they are
in our lists, although it may be the most                                                                                                      in which a student could easily master just     In my research, my classroom observation, and my interaction with Jean and
                                                cal way on how human beings do in fact         structured. There are two kinds of argu-
important subject, since we use it in every                                                                                                    a few fundamental logical operations in a       the faculty, I have come to admire this model of education because, in a very
other subject. Why would we consider a          reason, modern logic focuses on more           ments: deductive and inductive. Deductive                                                       practical, distinctive way, the curriculum combines the following five key areas:
                                                                                                                                               manner that allowed the student to get the
subject we use more often than almost any       abstract formal relationships that are         arguments go from universal truths to
                                                                                                                                               most out of his language study. One great
other to be the least important?                common in, for example, computer pro-          particular truths. Their conclusions follow                                                      1. It teaches students about the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things.
                                                                                                                                               medieval scholar, William of Sherwood,
                                                gramming. The skills of traditional logic      necessarily from the premises. The classic
                                                                                                                                               came up with a simple four-line verse that       2. It helps students to view all of life through the lens of a Christian
Logic is a liberal art. A liberal art is a      are the skills most used in argument and       example of a deductive argument is:
                                                                                                                                               taught students the nineteen valid kinds of         worldview.
universal, generalizable intellectual skill:    persuasion, and for that reason should take
                                                                                                                                               argument and how to simplify them.
you use it in whatever else you do. Every       precedence over the modern system.                      All men are mortal                                                                      3. It presents biblical wisdom to students to the end that their heart and
academic subject requires the ability to                                                                                                       The processes involved in logic are used in         mind, quickened by the Holy Spirit, might know, love and obey God.
                                                Traditional logic focuses its study on                   Socrates is a man
think rationally, and logic is the science of                                                                                                  every other subject. We might as well learn
                                                three things: words, statements, and                Therefore, Socrates is mortal
rational thought.                                                                                                                              how to use them well. Or, as a logician          4. It helps students understand that we should do everything as an act
                                                arguments. When making arguments,                                                                                                                  of worship with all our heart, mind and strength.
                                                                                                                                               would say:
There are two common schools of thought         it is important to understand the meaning      An inductive argument goes from particular
on what logic is and how it should be taught.   of words since, if the meaning of a word       truths to universal truths. Its conclusions                                                      5. It understands that the school works in a partnership with parents.
The first is the old classical approach,        changes in the middle of an argument, it       follow only probably from its premises.                All subjects that are used
                                                                                                                                                    widely should be learned well              These key underpinnings, when combined with the classical distinctive of
                                                                                                                                                       Logic is a subject that                 grammar, logic and rhetoric, fit naturally into what I would consider to be
                                                                                                                                                            is used widely                     a very effective Christian educational setting that will produce contagious
    November 12th at 6:30–9:30pm                November 19th at 10:00–11:30am                 december 17th at 10:00am–12:00pm                        Therefore, logic should                 Christians, virtuous scholars, humble servants and equipped stewards,
    Director of the Torrey Honors Program       Parents, grandparents and friends are all      Please join us for a special Christmas                       be learned well                    all to the end of glorifying God.
    at Biola University, Dr. John Mark          invited to our annual Grandparents’            program that the students will                                                                  I look forward to the remainder of a great year!
    Reynolds, will be speaking on “Thinking     day/ Thanksgiving program. A light             present as a way to give thanks                   January 20, 2011 at 6:30–8:00pm
    Logically in an Age of Amusement” at        reception will follow, during which you        for the birth of Jesus Christ.                    At the Town Hall meeting (for parents         Soli Deo Gloria,
    the next parent Academy. Invite your        will have the opportunity to tour class-       Afterwards, stay and enjoy some                   of current students) we’ll discuss school
    friends and enjoy this rare opportunity     rooms and fellowship with Cambridge            holiday treats and a time of                                                                    Jim Hopson
                                                                                                                                                 matters, including the upcoming Spring
    to hear Dr. John Mark Reynolds speak!       family and friends.                            fellowship with us.                               Gala and Auction on March 26th.
                     THE CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL
                     P.O. Box 720508
                     San Diego, CA 92172

T H E W H AT, W H E R E A N d W H Y                                                         FOR mORE INFO

  WHAT IS THE CAmBRIdGE SCHOOL? Founded in 2006, the                                      Open Houses
  Cambridge School provides parents of North County San Diego with a unique               November 5, 2010 at 8:15–9:45am
  educational option for their children. Instruction is currently offered in grades       January 7, 2011 at 8:15–9:45am
  K4 (pre-kindergarten) through fifth, with grades being added each year. Cam-            Invite your friends to find out about
  bridge is a Classical and Christian school, seeking to emphasize the truth of           the Cambridge School, see students
  God’s revelation, the tradition of the great thoughts of civilization and the skills    presenting at Memory Time, and get
  needed to be lifetime learners, thinkers and leaders. our goal is to cultivate wisdom   a tour of the classrooms.
  and virtue in our students so that they may love that which is worth loving and
  then go forth to act upon what they know and love. WHERE ARE WE LO-
  CATEd? We are just south of the 56 freeway at the Rancho Penasquitos Blvd.
  exit. WHY CLASSICAL EdUCATION? The classical method was born
  in ancient Greece and Rome, used throughout the Western world by the 16th
  century, and remained the norm until at least 1850. The reason for its wide-
  spread use? It works. The time-honored teaching method employed at Cam-
  bridge is known as the Trivium, which imparts the basic tools of learning to the
                                                                                          Information Nights
  student. Becoming educated in any subject involves knowing its basic facts and
                                                                                          November 9, 2010 at 6:30–8:00pm
  principles (grammar), ordering and analyzing relationships concerning these
                                                                                          January 11, 2011 at 6:30–8:00pm
  facts (logic), and communicating conclusions in a clear, persuasive, and win-
  some manner (rhetoric). This three-phase model works because it focuses on              Invite your friends to hear about
                                                                                          classical education and learn how the
  the way children learn best at each stage of life and builds on the foundation of
                                                                                          Cambridge School provides a strong,
  previous stages. Thus, it prepares students to become life-long learners who can
                                                                                          academically rigorous Christian edu-
  think for themselves. And in today’s culture, such skills are increasingly valuable
                                                                                          cation. (January 11th will be the last
  precisely because this educational model is the exception rather than the rule.         Information Night of the 2010-2011
                                                                                          school year!)

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