Latin Club & Competitive Certamen Upper School Latin students who enjoy challenging games are invited to compete in our Competitive Certamen program. Questions test participants’ knowledge of Roman history and culture, Latin grammar, and Greek/Roman mythology. A fast-paced 15-minute practice session will occur at 12:30 PM (opposite Memory Period) every Thursday, and a one hour practice session will follow Roman Culture on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Students will be encouraged to purchase a Certamen Notebook for $25 and must pay dues of $30 for admission to competitions. Approximately 8 competitions will be held in various locations throughout the state. For more information, go to Virginia Junior Classical League, click on "VJCL Academics" and then click on “Certamen”.
Junior Classical League CCS Upper School Latin students are enrolled in the Virginia Junior Classical League with the payment of member fees of $5/student. The VJCL State Convention is traditionally held at the Richmond Convention Center on the Sunday and Monday just before Thanksgiving. Students may participate in this event with the approval of their Latin teacher. Those in grades 7 and up may choose to participate in the National Junior Classical League convention that occurs one week every summer (usually in late July). Students will receive information on these conventions from their Latin teachers at the appropriate time.
Memory Period All students (Grammar School and Upper School) are invited to attend a 15-minute memory period of Latin drill. Students will chant Latin declensions and conjugations. Cost: free. No sign-up is required. For extra practice at home, you can do Memory Period on YouTube.
Roman Culture Six times per year our Latin teacher, Susan Schearer, presents an engaging illustrated presentation or dramatization on a different aspect of Roman culture. This presentation is open to all students and families enrolled in the Classical Cottage School as long as a parent is with the children and they are able to sit quietly and not detract from the learning process. No registration for these presentations is necessary. Latin students participating in Certamen are required to attend this program. There is no cost to attend. The Roman Culture Schedule will be posted on the School Calendar.
Optional Extra Exams CCS students may also participate in the following exams: