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Dear Parents,


I think we would all agree that it is vitally important that we mean what we say and say what we mean.  Precision of language is simply using the correct words to convey the exact meaning and not something close to the meaning.  Ambiguity in language causes misunderstandings and confusion.  For instance, “I saw someone on a hill with a telescope.”  Who had the telescope?  Or, “Lisa got the bath ready for her son wearing a clown costume.”  Odd, but okay. 


There are many ways that we build these skills at Founders Frisco.  We encourage students to speak and write plainly, be specific, avoid slang, understand the vocabulary and define if necessary, and take Latin.  All of these points should be obvious on how they assist with precision, however, I do want to clarify the whys of required Latin.  Latin students learn to see a depth of meaning in the details of language that others easily miss. While reading in English is most assuredly a mental process, reading in Latin is this mental process on steroids, if you like. Because of profound effort required, it is a practice which strengthens a student’s mind, increases a student’s facility and dexterity with language expression, and results in a much deeper understanding of the relationships between words and ideas. 


Our current society uses as few poorly chosen words as possible.  Words are thrown around with no more thought than casting dust to the wind, and more time than not, these words are misunderstood, causing conflict and tension.  In order to have positive change in our country we need to acknowledge and adopt  Quintilian’s definition of a true rhetorician which is “a good man speaking well”.  This takes discipline, both academically and in one’s character. It is difficult, but well worth the effort.


Respectfully,

Melanie Sharpless

Headmaster

FCA Frisco

Grammar School

The ultimate goal in a classical education is training in wisdom and virtue.  This begins in the Grammar School. The years of K-4 are key to laying a strong foundation both in character and academics. Our rich curriculum is the perfect vehicle to provide opportunities for discipline and responsibility, but also inspiration from the good, the true, and the beautiful.  Our faculty maintain a depth of character that models virtue for our students and are committed to the growth of your child.

For K-4: Class Buddies

We are excited to announce that on-campus students in Grades K-4 will be assigned 1-2 high school athletes as their class buddy. The athletes will come and have lunch, play at recess or read to the classes throughout the year.

OCTOBER 28-30, 2020

Spirit Week: Culminating in our first of the year all-school pep rally on the sunny field, students are invited to participate in themed days leading up to Friday. Our soon-to-be new Student Council will help plan this Griffin spirit week.

Middle School

Middle School is a transitional time from being a dependent child to an independent young adult.  Through our classical curriculum, we want to ensure the development of good study skills and habits to assist in academic success.  At Founders Frisco, our goal is to not only impart academic knowledge but to encourage growth in virtue, integrity, and character. We do this through a curriculum that emphasizes reading great literature and learning the lessons that history has to teach.  We believe that mathematics, science, and Latin, as well as the fine arts, play vital roles in complete middle school education. 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CLUBS

If you have an idea for a curricular related club, see Mr. Lyda for your application. Because everyone knows it is more fun to draw, act, conjugate, calculate, build, or exercise . . . together.

OCTOBER 28-30, 2020

  • Spirit Week: Culminating in our first of the year all-school pep rally on the sunny field, students are invited to participate in themed days leading up to Friday. Our soon-to-be new Student Council will help plan this Griffin spirit week. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020

Orchestra Concert "A Starlit Night":  In order to maintain social distancing, orchestra student families only are invited to this exclusive event under the stars. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the music.

Upper School

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CLUBS

If you have an idea for a curricular related club, see Mr. Lyda for your application. Because everyone knows it is more fun to draw, act, conjugate, calculate, build, or exercise . . . together.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

  • ResponsiveEd's Virtual College Fair - Registration opens September 8, more information will be forthcoming.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

  • Autumn Student Picnic: Students will bring their own blanket and lunch for an Upper School picnic. Regular lunchtimes will be extended for students to enjoy an outdoor lunch followed by organized games and snow cones. Students are invited to dress in spirit wear. 

OCTOBER 28-30, 2020

  • Spirit Week: Culminating in our first of the year all-school pep rally on the sunny field, students are invited to participate in themed days leading up to Friday. Our soon-to-be new Student Council will help plan this Griffin spirit week. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020

Orchestra Concert "A Starlit Night": In order to maintain social distancing, ONLY orchestra student families are invited to this exclusive event under the stars. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the music.