Headmaster Blog for November 7, 2013: The Headmaster Coffee

Beginning Friday, November 22, Summit will introduce something new; The Headmaster Coffee, a casual hour in the VCA sanctuary from 9:00-10:00 AM on the last Friday of each month (when there is a school day). There are several intended purposes for this gathering: First, the Headmaster likes lots of really black Sumatran dark-roast in really BIG cups and needs lots of help getting it to his lips. Seriously, among other things this will be a venue in which parents-of-students can congregate and get to know one another [better]. Our school is a family and families need discretionary time for people to hang out and build redemptive relationships; I want to get to know you better, and want you to get to know each other better. Please don’t let the Summit board of directors in on this, but I would like The Coffee to be a really fun gathering.

Another reason for The Headmaster Coffee involves the kind of school Summit is. While the Classical Model of Education has been around for centuries, it is new to many of us. The role of the Headmaster differs from that of Principal in more than just name. Unlike the Principal, whose task is more oriented around the administrative and business aspects of a school, the Headmaster is, first-and-foremost, an educator; the title Headmaster actually means “master-teacher”. As the Headmaster at Summit I take this role very seriously and am convicted that my teaching role extends not just to students, but also to faculty and families. I would love to employ The Headmaster Coffee as an opportunity to expand our horizons on Classical Education, Faith and Family. At each gathering I will share a few thoughts and moderate a brief discussion on key questions.

Finally, I am a coffee-snob and I will do all within my power to make certain that all consumables are up-to-snuff (even when the Headmaster’s comments may not be). I sincerely hope that you can find it in your schedule to join us on a regular basis. Mark your calendars: Friday, November 22, 9:00-10:00 AM.

God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School

Summit Bulletin Board

  • On Friday, November 15, Summit grades 1, 3-6 will have a field trip to the Seattle Symphony. Chapel dress is required. On that day we will be hearing Jean Sibelius’ tone poem Tapiola, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the Pastoral—both gorgeous works. On Thursday morning, November 14, Dr. Orton will be introducing these compositions and their composers to the student body from 8:30AM-9:00AM and, as always, parents are welcome.
  • If you are one, or if you know of qualified, certified teachers who might be interested in a faculty position at Summit (full-time Fourth Grade or Substitute, Seventh Grade next year), please refer to either Dr. Orton (headmaster@summitclassical.org) or Michelle Olson (humanresources@summitclassical.org).
  • Karen Schmit is in charge of our Box Tops for Education program. Please contact her for information on how to participate.
  • Please pray for: 1. God’s hand of protection over our school; 2. God’s wisdom for those who are leading and teaching; 3. God’s provision for the needs of our school (esp. a well-qualified Fourth Grade teacher).
  • If you are interested in helping with the Summit Christmas Program please contact the Summit office, corinnesaenz@summitclassical.org.
  • Summit is still in need of Recess and PE volunteers.


Headmaster Blog for November 7, 2013: The Headmaster Coffee