Raggant Standard

February 2022

Letter From The Intern (aka Miss Kara Rothenberger)

It has been amazing to get to watch God’s outpouring of blessings on ECS the past 10 years. When the school first opened its doors, I was 12 and officially the first guinea pig to make it through all of Secondary. From my perspective as a Raggant during those first insane years, I definitely never noticed how odd we must have looked from anyone else’s perspective - all I knew were faithful and joyful teachers, and a plethora of hard jobs to attack to the best of our abilities. Through the faithfulness of those first teachers, I was brought to Christ; over the years, their perseverance made me want IN to the party in all the ways they could give me. I remember thinking in early high school that there were no other people I’d rather lock arms with and jump into the trenches with gusto. Over these 10 years, between wearing hats of student and teacher, I can vouch for the fact that all these teachers continue to pursue God more and more every day, that their joy has been given greater roots than they thought possible, and God has given them more grace than they realized they would need. 

A couple random memories that come to mind:

  • Year 1: Our entire school fit in the window of an aquarium where, 8 years later, my entire class had to squeeze to fit.

  • Year 4: Our first class of Seniors graduated. Today, 6 years later, our Omnibus classes are currently working through the same books those Seniors ended on.

  • Year 10: My first class of 2nd Graders (including the current youngest Rothenberger) is now in 5th Grade - this happens to be the same grade Mrs. Taylor Rothenberger started in 10 years ago. And now, in this tenth year, we will welcome ECS’s first alumni-baby!

God has been good to this little school, and I am daily blessed by the students, families, teachers, and Board. Laughter is, indeed, war within these walls! May it ring ever louder!

Miss Kara Rothenberger


Letter From The Enthusiastic Camel (aka Mr. Bowers)

I have been blessed by our good and gracious Father in Heaven to have my dream job—to be able to do what I love and serve whom I love. Over the last ten years, I have been blessed to teach the students at our wonderful school—at Evangel Classical School. I have been a part of this glorious project since before day one, when I was asked to be ECS' first full-time teacher...and they haven’t chased me away yet. In that same time frame and even before, I have had the privilege to serve in youth ministry.  I truly am thankful and blessed to be a part of so many young image-bearers’ lives. I especially love seeing them become more Christlike in every way. I love and have loved seeing them grow from fledgling flounderers to foundational fathers and from faltering fools to faithful followers, and I’m not just talking about me. Ha! So much has changed in the last ten years.

But one thing has never changed and will never change no matter how much we change, and that is the love of our Father in Heaven. He is forever faithful, and His lovingkindness knows no end. He has called to Himself a people, and He will keep them until the end, and all along the way, He will hold them and make them more and more holy—more and more like His Son, and He loves to do this over and over again.  He also loves to show off His love and grace by using imperfect people to help make His people more like His Son. His primary tool for this has always been fathers.

Fathers have a weighty burden to teach their children diligently to follow the commands of God and to love Him with all of their heart, soul, and might. We are called to train our children in the way they should go and to train them to stand in the gates and fight with us.  A part of the blessing of having served at ECS for ten years is that I am more and more convinced of the necessity of fathers to be fully invested and sacrificially leading in humility and joy in the education of their children. I have seen a large spectrum of fathers, from the highly interested to the disinterested; from the highly sacrificial to even the selfish. I have seen the unconvinced become the convinced, and I have seen the ignorant and skeptical become the greatest proponents. I am blessed to be a parent of five children: three Raggant girls and two twin toddlers.  I am blessed to have watched my closest friends raise their children and work through myriads of issues. I have watched failures and successes. I’ve seen sin and broken fellowship, and I’ve seen repentance and restoration. I’ve loved watching some of our first fathers at ECS grow and mature right along side their children; men like Sean Higgins, Jonathan Sarr, Ryan Hall, Ron vanderBeken, and Mitch Rothenberger.  These men demonstrate faithfulness to me, their wives, and their children. These men are worthy of imitation.

Are you a father who is worthy of imitation or do your kids see your hypocrisy and want nothing to do with it? Are you a father who is seeking to lead his family with joy and humility, or do you lead with quick anger and coldness? Are you quick to repent when you have clearly sinned, or do you make excuses and bully your way to being right? Do you make the loving of your wife your highest earthly duty, or do you confuse and exasperate your children by not cherishing your bride and seeking satisfaction from other sources? Do you let your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no,” or do your words not match your actions? Do you make the worship of the Lord on Sundays especially, and the rest of the week, your family’s highest priority, or do you find other activities to crowd into your calendar? Do you take your children to the Lord in prayer, or do you “forget?”

I don’t ask all of these questions to cause guilt, but I do it to encourage you to either excel still more as you walk in the Spirit, or to repent and ask the Lord to help your little faith. You cannot substitute anybody for you in the lives of your children. The teachers at ECS are pretty awesome, but we ain’t you! Your pastors aren’t you either. The internet and social media are not you, and neither is the State. You have been given this task and blessing to make a massive profit. Praise God you are not alone in this journey. Praise God for the Body of Christ and its many gifted members. Praise God for His Word and His Spirit.

In the last ten years, we fathers at ECS have struggled. We have lacked the faith and wisdom to see what is best and how to proceed. We have lacked the joy and hope to persevere in the many hard travels. We have been the stumbling block to our children and sometimes to other children too. But we have never been left alone to our own devices. We have always been shepherded by our always-good Father in heaven, and He has given us many helps along the way in the form of our local church bodies and our godly friends. You, as a father, are not alone, but you are responsible. If you lack faith, ask! If you are being proud, foolish, angry, disinterested, then repent and obey. If you don’t know where to begin, ask! Give your cares to the one who cares for all, then love your children and jump in with all your might!

- Mr. Bowers

Miss vanderBeken has adapted Support Your Local Sheriff for the stage! Play try-outs for this year's production will be held on Monday, February 7th immediately following dismissal. Please sign-up at the Bulletin Board.
Rhetoric Tournament
The Rhetoric Tournament will be Wednesday and Thursday, February 16-17th for grades 7-12. The Preliminaries for Impromptu and Dual Interp will be in the morning on Wednesday, February 16th. The Preliminaries for Literary Interp and Persuasive Speech will be on Thursday morning, February 17th, with Finals from 1-3pm in the Sanctuary. Parents, friends, and family are heartily invited to the Finals and awards presentation! 
Re-enrollment paperwork is now available at Mrs. Blake's desk. Completed packets and deposits are due by February 28 to secure your student's seat next year.  Open enrollment begins March 1.
Mid-Winter Break will run from Friday, February 18th (no school-at-home) - Monday the 21st (no school-at-school).
ECS Spelling Bee
1st- 8th Grades
  • 2/23 - In-Class Bees - The top two students from each grade level (1-8) will move on to our All-School Bee. Parents are welcome to attend in the classrooms. (Schedule forthcoming soon!)
  • 3/2 - All-School Bee - Beginning at 11:05 in the Sanctuary; family and friends are encouraged to attend! At the end of the All-School Bee, we will recognize the top speller in each grade and the top overall speller in the school.
Fiction Festival

The 6th Annual Raggant Fiction Festival is entitled Monumental Myths: Lit That Made the West.

It is slated for Saturday, March 26th, and will include a host of speakers from both ECS and Comeford College speaking on Homer, Virgil, Dante, Milton...and more. 

Regular tickets gain you admission to all the sessions, a delicious lunch, entry into our door-prize drawing, and more!

We will also have a Children's Track available, filled with games, crafts, and stories for youth aged 3-10.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit EventBrite.

If you are wondering what a Fiction Festival is, read more here.

Standardized Testing
  • CTP Testing for K - 2nd grade: April 12th - 15th
  • CLT Testing for 11th & 12th grade: April 20th
  • CTP Testing for the 3rd - 6th grade: April 19th - 22nd
  • CLT10 for 9th and 10th grade: April 27th
  • CLT8 for the 7th and 9th grade: May 4th
Upcoming Events
  • 2/2: Hospitality Club
  • 2/3: Dress Uniform and Assembly @2:15pm featuring 4th grade and Mr. vanderBeken
  • 2/7: Play Try-outs
  • 2/16: Rhetoric Tournament Prelims: Impromptus & Dual Interps
  • 2/17: Rhetoric Tournament: Literary Interp & Persuasive Prelims and Finals from 1-3pm in the Sanctuary
  • 2/17: Dress Uniform
  • 2/18 - 2/21: Mid-Winter Break
  • 2/23: In-Class Spelling Bees
  • 3/2: All-School Spelling Bee @11:05 in Sanctuary

February Birthdays

  • 2/2: Zander Hevia & Avery Anderson
  • 2/8: AvaJoy Lugg
  • 2/10: Anne Callender & Kiana Pakinas & Gwyneth Lambert
  • 2/13: Oziah Wright
  • 2/14: Moses Henderson & Mr. vanderBeken
  • 2/17: Ruth Jones
  • 2/19: Sawyer Oliphant
  • 2/24: Anastasia Long
  • 2/25: Sarai Hacke & Knox Hacke
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