School Life
Grandparents' Day 2021

Grandparents' Day Video Gallery

Our teachers and students wanted to share some of the things that they've learned with you in the videos below. It doesn't replace seeing you on campus, but we hope you enjoy them!

Concert Gallery

 Music Concert Videos

In lieu of performing in person, a team of Upper School students filmed and produced an online Lessons & Carols service in December (excerpts are below), and Mrs. Lilli Benko, along with a team of alumni and current students, produced an online Spring Strings Concert in May.

A few highlights from the strings concert are shown below, but we encourage you to visit the Strings Concert Webpage to view the full set of videos.

Soli Deo Gloria.
Beethoven String Quintet
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29 (1801) – Scherzo, Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven
High School Small Ensemble
Appalachian Air
Traditional Scottish Air
Lyrics and Chorus by Mia DeRoco (12th Grade)
High School Orchestra
Theme from “The Mandalorian”
Ludwig Goransson
Arranged by Jeremy Gaubatz (8th Grade)
Eighth Grade String Ensemble
Celtic Roots
Soon Hee Newbold
Seventh Grade Orchestra
Brian Balmages
Sixth Grade Orchestra
The King's Fiddlers
Keith Sharp
Fifth Grade Orchestra
Traditional Hymn Medley:
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Firm a Foundation
Be Thou My Vision
Amazing Grace
High School Concert Choir & String Orchestra
Once in Royal David's City
Video by Sam Felty (12th Grade) and Haden VonCanon (10th Grade)
High School Concert Choir & String Orchestra
"Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah
Video by Sam Felty (12th Grade) and Haden VonCanon (10th Grade)

Everyday Life & Learning Gallery

Recitations and Music Class Videos

During the course of the year, Veritas students of all ages commit Scripture, poems, chants, and songs to memory. While they are not as polished as our usual Grandparents' Day programs, we hope that these scenes from our everyday learning and life together give you an enjoyable glimpse inside the life our our classrooms.

In our music classes, the teachers approached COVID restrictions as an opportunity to focus on additional elements of music besides singing (although we still sing!). Students in different grade levels spent time learning about rhythm and percussion, participating in outdoor dances, and studying music theory, as well as having additional opportunities for music appreciation.

We are so thankful for the creativity of our faculty and grateful to the students who invested so much time in this work!
Mrs. Crain's Jr. Kindergarten Class
Joshua 1:9, "Rejoice in the Lord," "This is the Day," "My God Is So Big"
Mrs. Worden's Kindergarten Class
Isaiah 9:6-7
Mrs. Kerns' Kindergarten Class
1 Chronicles 16:8-18, "The Solid Rock"
Mrs. Thurmond's First Grade Music Class
"Don't Go Near Mr. McGregor's Garden"
from "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"
Mrs. Earman's Second Grade Class
"The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mrs. Thurston's Second Grade Class
Skip Counting Song
Mrs. Thurmond's Third Grade Music Class
Dancing the Fjaskern
Ms. MacPhee's Fourth Grade Class
John 1:1-18
Mrs. Thurmond's Fourth Grade Music Class
Beginning Ukulele and the "Pepperoni Pizza" Song
Ms. Price's Fifth Grade Class
"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mr. Templeton's Sixth Grade Choir Class
"Dona Nobis Pacem" on Chimes
Arranged and Directed by Mrs. Kathy Pritchard
Mr. Killmer's Sixth Grade Latin Class
The Lord's Prayer and The Apostle's Creed in Latin
The Sixth Grade Class
Hebrews 11:1 - 12:2
Mr. Gombert's Seventh Grade Bible Class
Selections from the Class Catechism
Mr. Coleman's Eighth Grade Greek & Roman Humanities Class
Acts X
Mr. Gombert's Ninth Grade Medieval Humanities Class
Selections from the Class Catechism
Mr. Gibbs' Tenth Grade Modern European Humanities Class
Selections from the Class Catechism
Mr. George's Eleventh Grade Theology Class
"God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manly Hopkins
Mr. Templeton's High School Concert Choir
"Eye of the Tiger" on Boomwackers
Directed by Leah W. (12th Grade)
Vocals by Lydia W. (12th Grade)
Video by Sam Felty (12th Grade)
Mr. Templeton's High School Concert Choir
"Dearly Beloved" (from Kingdom Heart) on Chimes
Directed by Josiah B. (10th Grade)
Video by Sam Felty (12th Grade)
Mr. Holbrook's Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Beginning Hebrew Class
Psalm 23 in Hebrew
The Upper School Houses

The Veritas House system was established to further the mission of the school in grades 7 - 12 through the formation of small communities within the Upper School student body. Within these houses, students have opportunity for fellowship, leadership, service, healthy competition, and mentoring by faculty members and older students, ensuring that students know each other and build relationships across grade levels in the regular life of the Upper School community.  In summer 2020, the Upper School reorganized into eight houses (previously four) in order to better meet the needs of our growing student body. 
The eight new houses are named for Italian saints and exemplars of the faith who dwelt in cities visited on the senior class trip to Italy: Ambrose, Ansano, Benedict, Cecilia, Clement, Felicitas, Minias, and Pudenziana.

In the fall, the Upper School houses engaged in a friendly competition to present the best skit for their classmates. The House of Minias chose to describe the life of their house namesake - we hope you enjoy their light-hearted presentation as you learn more about this worthy saint!

2021 Virtual Grandparents' Day