Renaissance Village Academy

Renaissance Village Academy is a school for gifted, profoundly gifted, and highly motivated children in grades K-8.

It is located in Scripps Ranch, a northern suburb of San Diego. A school for gifted, profoundly gifted, and highly motivated students in ability-based classes.

Operating as usual

06/21/2024
06/18/2024

Really cool.

06/15/2024
06/09/2024

Anna Smith Strong was born on April 14, 1740, and married Selah Strong III in 1760. Selah served as a delegate to the first three provincial congresses in colonial New York and became a captain in the New York militia in 1776. During the Revolutionary War in 1778, Selah was imprisoned in the sugar house of New York City and later on the HMS Jersey for “surreptitious correspondence with the enemy,” as the British suspected him of being a spy.

Unbeknownst to the British, it was Anna who would become the family's spy. Leveraging her wealthy Tory (British loyalist) family connections, Anna bribed British officials to parole Selah to Connecticut, where he remained with their children for the rest of the war.

Anna stayed behind on Strong’s Neck, a hamlet on Long Island, to maintain the family home and avoid its potential destruction by British forces. She had another crucial role to play. Major Benjamin Tallmadge from Setauket, Long Island, was tasked by General George Washington to recruit trusted spies for gathering intelligence from New York City. This group became known as the "Culper Spy Ring," which operated mainly in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. Tallmadge, a childhood friend from Setauket, enlisted Anna, making her the only female spy in the ring.

Anna's mission was perilous. She was to relay information to Abraham Woodhull, another Culper spy in Setauket, regarding the whereabouts of Caleb Brewster, a fellow spy known to the British. Brewster crossed the Long Island Sound in his whaleboat to deliver information from Woodhull to Tallmadge, who then passed critical details to General Washington’s headquarters in Westchester County, New York.

Anna's role involved signaling Woodhull of Brewster's arrival. She would hang a black petticoat on her clothesline, visible to both Brewster and Woodhull. Since Brewster used six different coves to hide his boat, Anna needed to specify the exact location. She devised a system using white handkerchiefs: the number of handkerchiefs indicated the cove Brewster was hiding in—one handkerchief for the first cove, two for the second, and so on. This simple yet effective system allowed Woodhull to quickly locate Brewster.

Thanks to Anna's discreet signaling, the Culper Spy Ring played a crucial role in uncovering Benedict Arnold's infamous plot to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds and a position in the British command. This intelligence was relayed to General Washington, though Arnold escaped before he could be captured.

Despite intense British scrutiny and arrests of some members during the war, not a single member of the Culper Spy Ring was ever exposed. The secrecy was so well-maintained that even General Washington did not know all the identities of his spies. The existence of the ring remained largely unknown until the discovery of correspondence in 1929.

After the war, Anna reunited with Selah, and they had their tenth child, George Washington Strong. Anna's bravery and ingenuity left a lasting legacy in the history of American espionage.

06/08/2024

EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED CHILDREN AND ADULTS HAVE AN INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ON A TASK THAT IS NOT INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGING, (involving repetition or a task that presents material in bite-size pieces, without the (necessary) overarching conceptual framing in play, from the outset)

EXAMPLE:

I observe Harry in a grade three classroom where his classmates learn elementary arithmetic.

Harry is self-taught and proficient at college-level calculus, advanced algebra, and number theory. He attends this class with his same-age peers because his elementary school faculty believes it is “necessary socialization.” I am astounded that they cannot see how ill-fitting this classroom placement is for Harry, on the whole, but especially for academic subjects such as Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, or Social Studies.

Harry is a voracious reader who is well-versed in world affairs and a student of astrophysics, chess, and many other advanced subjects. Five minutes into the lesson on single-digit addition, Harry comes unglued, flailing his arms as he states repeatedly: “I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it.”

He is sent to the principal’s office with an educational assistant whose job it is to help Harry fit in. I feel sick at heart and intensely motivated to change things for Harry. Intensely motivated.

The following week at the clinic, I asked him if he could demonstrate what being under-stimulated feels like.

In response, he asks me: “Are you sure you want to see that, Sue?” I say: “Please.”

He then throws himself on the ground, pounding his arms and legs on the carpet while shouting incoherently. It is disturbing to witness, and I feel enormous compassion for him.

I wonder how often Harry exercises super-human social-regulation skills as he attempts to stay focused in lessons many years beneath his natural learning propensity.

I wonder how often he goes home from school absolutely drained from the lack of appropriate stimulation and the effort to maintain his equanimity in the face of colossal boredom and the ham-fisted misappropriation of his genuine learning needs.

P. Susan Jackson, AUTHOR
From "Excuse Me, Where Do I Park MY Whale? The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted." RELEASE 2024 (It's in edits; we're working super hard, I Promise. We've had enormous health challenges at home which we are (thankfully) working through!

04/14/2024

Our mascot: watching out for the group. ❤️

03/20/2024

Eratosthenes Measures the Earth. ca. June, 240 B.C.
By the 5th century B.C., it was widely accepted that the Earth is a sphere. This is a critical point, as there is a widespread misconception that ancient peoples thought the Earth was flat.
Eratosthenes’ most famous accomplishment is his measurement of the circumference of Earth. He recorded the details of this measurement in a manuscript that is now lost, but his technique has been described by other Greek historians and writers.
Eratosthenes had heard from travelers about a well in Syene (now Aswan, Egypt) with an interesting property: at noon on the summer solstice, which occurs about June 21 every year, the sun illuminated the entire bottom of this well, without casting any shadows, indicating that the sun was directly overhead. Eratosthenes then measured the angle of a shadow cast by a stick at noon on the summer solstice in Alexandria, and found it made an angle of about 7.2 degrees, or about 1/50 of a complete circle. By knowing the distance between Syene and Alexandria through the help of professional surveyors, he was able to report that the circumference of the earth was 250,000 stadia or between 24,000 and 29,000 miles

03/13/2024

Map showing the actual distance between two points and how it looks using the mercator projection

01/12/2024

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11/30/2023

Yasssss! :)

09/28/2023

The thing being quoted that "gifted kids are called to do something.”
. . people do not understand.
It is in your every dream; it disrupts every waking moment, eclipses every sleepless night, and infiltrates every subconscious thought.
It is a yearning, annoying, a feeling, a tug and pull,
a steering ache that refuses to abate.
People often mistake it for a “choice,”
I promise you it is not a choice.
It is our very own being demanding
you become what you need to become, a future telling,
vision, and prophecy all in one.
It is the sole reason why you are here.
It involves your existence because it is your existence.
You must follow the call, you must create, you must become.
You do not get a regular life.
That is not your calling.
You don't get to NOT change the world; it is why you are here.
You do not get to ignore the call; it is why you are here.
The goal is to become who you are.

From a PG Canadian woman, with gratitude. 🫶🏻🐳🫶🏻

07/27/2023

No matter how much research is done on the flora and fauna of our world, there will always be things that amaze us. Such is the case with the Scaly-legged Snail, also known as the Volcanic Snail, which is the only animal in the world that has iron in its skeleton.

This clam, also known as the Sea Pangolin, uses iron to build its shell and generate metallic scales that cover its flesh, essentially becoming a snail with a metal armor, making it the only living being with these unique features.

More details: https://bit.ly/3KgY0Ai

07/22/2023

A small kindness can have a great impact.

Dr. Frank Mayfield was touring Tewksbury Institute when, on his way out, he accidentally collided with an elderly floor maid. To cover the awkward moment Dr. Mayfield started asking questions.
"How long have you worked here?"
"I've worked here almost since the place opened," the maid replied.
"What can you tell me about the history of this place?" he asked.
"I don't think I can tell you anything, but I could show you something."
With that, she took his hand and led him down to the basement under the oldest section of the building. She pointed to one of what looked like small prison cells, their iron bars rusted with age, and said, "That's the cage where they used to keep Annie Sullivan."
"Who's Annie?" the doctor asked.
Annie was a young girl who was brought in here because she was incorrigible—nobody could do anything with her. She'd bite and scream and throw her food at people. The doctors and nurses couldn't even examine her or anything. I'd see them trying with her spitting and scratching at them.
"I was only a few years younger than her myself and I used to think, 'I sure would hate to be locked up in a cage like that.' I wanted to help her, but I didn't have any idea what I could do. I mean, if the doctors and nurses couldn't help her, what could someone like me do?
"I didn't know what else to do, so I just baked her some brownies one night after work. The next day I brought them in. I walked carefully to her cage and said, 'Annie, I baked these brownies just for you. I'll put them right here on the floor and you can come and get them if you want.'
"Then I got out of there just as fast as I could because I was afraid she might throw them at me. But she didn't. She actually took the brownies and ate them. After that, she was just a little bit nicer to me when I was around. And sometimes I'd talk to her. Once, I even got her laughing.
One of the nurses noticed this and she told the doctor. They asked me if I'd help them with Annie. I said I would if I could. So that's how it came about that. Every time they wanted to see Annie or examine her, I went into the cage first and explained and calmed her down and held her hand.
This is how they discovered that Annie was almost blind."
After they'd been working with her for about a year—and it was tough sledding with Annie—the Perkins institute for the Blind opened its doors. They were able to help her and she went on to study and she became a teacher herself.
Annie came back to the Tewksbury Institute to visit, and to see what she could do to help out. At first, the Director didn't say anything and then he thought about a letter he'd just received. A man had written to him about his daughter. She was absolutely unruly—almost like an animal. She was blind and deaf as well as 'deranged.'
He was at his wit's end, but he didn't want to put her in an asylum. So he wrote the Institute to ask if they knew of anyone who would come to his house and work with his daughter.
And that is how Annie Sullivan became the lifelong companion of Helen Keller.
When Helen Keller received the Nobel Prize, she was asked who had the greatest impact on her life and she said, "Annie Sullivan."
But Annie said, "No Helen. The woman who had the greatest influence on both our lives was a floor maid at the Tewksbury Institute."

04/19/2023

Although today there are more than thirty bathrooms in the White House, during the early 1800s there was no indoor plumbing or modern toilets.

When President Thomas Jefferson moved into the White House in 1801, guests and White House staff shared a privy outdoors. Jefferson soon installed two water closets upstairs. These were flushed with a cistern installed in the White House attic that distributed water downward through wooden pipes.

During John Quincy Adams’ presidency, water was supplied to the White House Grounds from an iron garden pump connected to a well located at the Treasury Building. Despite these additions, running water inside the White House was not installed until the presidency of Andrew Jackson.

In 1831, the federal government purchased Franklin Square, several blocks from the White House, which was home to several natural springs, with the intention of providing piped water to the White House. In 1833, Engineer Robert Leckie installed a plumbing system. Workers began digging brick lined reservoir ponds at the Treasury, the State Department, and the White House. Then, iron pipes were laid into the ground connecting the reservoirs to Franklin Square and water was piped into the White House Ground Floor. Shortly after completion of this project, a bathing room was added to the East Terrace.

Indoor plumbing and the White House water supply continued to improve and develop over time. Today, the White House features a modern plumbing system, supplying water to the White House kitchens and the numerous bathrooms throughout the White House complex. Today’s photograph features a bathroom located on the Ground Floor of the White House near the Library.

Image: Peter Vitale, White House Historical Association

12/29/2022

The evolution of the modern Latin alphabet...

11/04/2022

The kids loved the Van Gogh immersive experience. I bet they’ll love Tut as well.

08/28/2022

A gentle reminder.

08/20/2022

/ Buckminster Fuller /




"Richard Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, writer, designer, inventor, philosopher, and futurist. He styled his name as R. Buckminster Fuller in his writings, publishing more than 30 books and coining or popularizing such terms as "Spaceship Earth", "Dymaxion", "ephemeralization", "synergetics", and "tensegrity". Fuller developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome; carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres. He also served as the second World President of Mensa International from 1974 to 1983. Fuller was awarded 28 United States patents and many honorary doctorates. In 1960, he was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal from The Franklin Institute. He was elected an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1967, on the occasion of the 50-year reunion of his Harvard class of 1917."
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Born: Richard Buckminster Fuller, July 12, 1895, Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: July 1, 1983, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Designer, author, inventor


credit for reminding --> Bill Nevill

08/13/2022

Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time… And We Still Use it Today. One might find it curious that we divide the hours into 60 minutes and the days into 24 hours - why not a multiple of 10 or 12? Put quite simply, the answer is because the inventors of time did not operate on a decimal (base-10) or duodecimal (base-12) system but a sexagesimal (base-60) system. For the ancient Sumerian innovators who first divided the movements of the heavens into countable intervals, 60 was the perfect number. The number 60 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30 equal parts. Moreover, ancient astronomers believed there were 360 ​​days in a year, a number which 60 fits neatly into six times. The Sumerian Empire did not last. However, for more than 5,000 years the world has remained committed to their delineation of time.

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