I hope that everyone has made it home safe and sound. Over the course of three weeks, the Memoranda team accumulated a myriad of pictures, and only a small portion of them made it into the slideshows for the final DVD. So we would like to share with you the link to our Google Drive, where you can find all of the pictures we have from Academy for framing, scrapbooking, social media-ing, and general reminiscing. Enjoy!
And as you await the arrival of the Memoranda DVD at your doorstep, here is the brief highlights slideshow we offered at the closing ceremony this morning:
Thank you all for a great Academy!
So today, we're all moving out of our rooms. And we're all really sad about it, but so much happened yesterday that needs to be shared!
First of all, there was the play, which was the best it's ever been! And there were many laughs (and perhaps a few tears :o) among the cast. Then we had our reception in Brock Commons, with all of you guys. It was amazing to see you all. After that, we had our final meal together, our banquet, and many heartfelt words and tears were shared among friends. We had a dance party afterwards, and that was undoubtedly one of our best times here.
Believe it or not, we're a family now, and nothing will keep us from organizing our reunions at JCL, or even out in the ocean, deep sea fishing. From now on, small things we do will remind us of our time here, like playing certain songs on the guitar, or snuggling with our friends. Nothing will be the same. But we will miss each other, and until we see each other again, it will be as though a part of us is missing, and nothing else can fill it.
It's getting late so we'll make this short like this week has been: today we had our final round of Latin classes followed by the Academy survey and a play practice after lunch. After dinner, we had a dress rehearsal attend by all Academy members not previously involved in the play. It was our first actual audience, and it was thrilling! We can't wait to do it again for you all tomorrow afternoon. Review Ms. Wilkins' blog post from a few days ago to review details about tomorrow and Sunday.
Once again, thank you for your support throughout Academy! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Today we went on a field trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and it. Was. AMAZING. We went on a scavenger hunt in our provinces, and then ate and explored the museum in small groups. We had so much fun there, especially in the outside exhibit, which was beautiful. When we got back we had our first play rehearsal in the theater, and also began to pack up to go home. The latter made us both excited and sad, because we are so conflicted about whether we really want to go home after getting to know everyone so well.
After dinner we played Certagon, which is kind of like Quizbowl, a competition of the brains. In the end, Team Clytemnestra, composed of Arjun, Will, and Jinna, won. Congratulations to them, they really earned their win! Afterwards, a panel comprised of our beloved Academy staff gave us lots of advice on college, the Classics, and life. We are so thankful that they did that for us! Please enjoy some pictures of our trip to the museum! And don't forget to plan for events on Saturday and Sunday!
Today we had our penultimate round of Greek classes and after lunch, enjoyed a guest lecture by Dr. John Miller from UVA. Then we had our final Greek Drill and set up our province stalls for Mercatus Traiani. Then after a dinner in Roman garb, we finally got to enjoy the market and buy and sell province products from each other-entirely in Latin! We don't have pictures of the event yet, but here's a list of what each province sold. Ask your students on closing day what province they were part of and how they made their products.
Britannia: Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, and Rings
Germania: Amber and Runesticks
Ephesus: Oil Lamps and Good-Luck Charms
Gallia: Torcs, Flower Crowns, Magic Spells
Athens: Owl amulets
Alexandria: Scarab Charms, Papyrus
Carthage: Clay Pots, Purple Scarves, Paper Elephants
During the marketplace, Douglas from Gallia also sold calligraphy writings of our names and Graham from Athens sold tarot card readings done completely in Latin! Some students also made special announcements for special deals or auctions. It was a very engaging, immersive, and fun-filled event. The expression depicted on Mitch's pot from Monday's Greek vase-painting says it all. Thanks for supporting us through everything. We'll see you soon!
Today we enjoyed our penultimate round of Latin classes, followed by what might be our final play practice not on stage and our final Mercatus Traiani preparation session. Then we had our second Latin dinner and enjoyed a showing of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Things are definitely winding down, but we are still making memories to treasure! Attached below is a selfie Quill Theater took of the audience at last Friday's performance of The Merchant of Venice. We aren't hard to miss! Well, at least not in the photo. In your hearts, maybe, but the weekend and the closing of Academy is approaching fast. Refer to Ms. Wilkins's post for details on the timing of the play and closing ceremonies.
As we approach the end of academy, I wanted to post a reminder about our last two days.
The play performance will take place on Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 pm in Blackwell Auditorium, where the opening ceremony was held. Following the play, there will be a reception and a display of some of the projects the students have been creating from 3-4 pm in Birdsong Cafe in Brock Commons. Students and staff will be leaving promptly at 4 to prepare for the final banquet. We ask that no parents come to the dorms at this time.
Check-out begins on Sunday, July 17 at 8:30 am in Andrews Hall and needs to be completed by 10:00 am. After all belongings have been removed from the room, a staff member must inspect the room and sign-off on it before you can turn in your fob.
We are providing a continental breakfast for students in the dorm that morning. If you want to bring additional food for your family to enjoy together in the dorm after check-out, feel free. Students should not leave Andrews until it is time for us to proceed together as an academy to the closing ceremony. At 10:20, families should vacate the dorm and go to Blackwell Auditorium to await the closing ceremony.
Finally, students may not have cell phones in the dorm during check-out or prior to the closing ceremony. Please remember that this is a dismissal offense even in the last hour of the program.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
GLA Director MMXVI
Today we enjoyed our 6th round of Greek classes. After lunch we had Greek Drill, time to prepare for our Mercatus Traiani, and a guest speaker, Dr. Eric Casey. Remember our previous "Epi-damaged" pun? Dr. Casey's talk featured more of that, covering puns in the works of Vergil, Ovid, and other Latin writers. After dinner, our RA Grace gave us a lecture on Graeca Vasa, or Greek Vases, and we got to paint our own Greek vases! The day finished with the conclusion of Mr. Cavedo's short stories. In short, it was a fitting beginning to the end.
In the slideshow below are pictures from our talent show. Want to see more Academy talent? Come see Menaechmi this Saturday at 2 pm! See the last page of the Student Packet under "Materials" for a formal invitation.
We have completed our second week and it seems like it's been no time at all! But it's true, and, while we will all miss seeing the friends we've made everyday, we are also extremely excited to go home to our families - and our phones ;)
Today was a very relaxing day, and we didn't do much, but it was also very fun. We had play practice and Greek drill, followed by more preparation for our Mercatus Traiani, or our Trojan Market. We ended the day with a celebration of the passing week, and a ping pong tournament in the dorm. Good night to all!
Play practice! Have you all made plans to come to the play on 2 pm Saturday July 16th? Check the last page of the student packet (found under "Materials") for a formal invitation!
Tonight at our convivium we all dressed up in Roman garb and designed decorations to represent our provinces. We posed for pictures in our provinces, and wanted to share them here on the blog!
This blog will document the MMXVI session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners
b. Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon Abridged
c. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy
Consules: Mitch and Graham
Censores: Liz and Blake
Praetores: Bryant and Elizabeth Ne
Aediles: Kathryn and Anshu
Tribunes: Kirby Ann and Will
Quaestores: Analise and Ben G