BOARDING SCHOOL/DAY SCHOOL, BOYS AND GIRLS GRADES 9-12WEEK OF OCTOBER 17
+ After a morning of testing, Wednesday's Blue/Orange competition was a blast. Tug o' War; soccer, volleyball and field hockey relays; football obstacle course; Hoola Hoop Pass, and Spontuneous were game favorites. It was a victory for the Blue Team! #goBlue
+ What's going on in the Lewis B. Puller Jr. '63 Marine & Environmental Science Center these days?
+ In Friday assembly, Mr. Smiley and Dr. Little led us in a boisterous recycling refresher.
+ Three cheers! Our River & Outdoor group led the Friday cheer.
+ While many students went home to enjoy the three-day weekend, those on campus relaxed, dined at local restaurants, fished off the dock, snacked on popcorn and caramel/chocolate apples and toasted plenty of s'mores around the fire pit! #perfectfallweekend
+ Mr. Alter led an incredible Adventure Trip on Saturday. First stop for the adventurers was the Royal Bazaar, an Indian Market, where they bought traditional snacks and learned about Richmond's sizeable Indian population. They explored Shiplock Park near Shockoe Bottom, where they fished, explored, and hung out on the beach. They hiked to Libby Hill Park to watch the sunset and take in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. From that vantage says Mr. Alter, "it is easy to see why Richmond was the capital of the confederacy!" The trip wrapped up with a feast at the Indian restaurant, Lemon, and then homemade ice cream in Carytown.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 10
+ The time arrived for the Class of 2017 to sign the cover of the TIDES #tradition #timeflies
+ Monday's lunch featured cuisine from Northern China, and everyone raved about the Drunken Chicken and Bang Bang Shrimp. Thursday brought a huge crowd to the Parfait Dessert Bar, which featured fresh blueberries, strawberries, shredded coconut, granola and chocolate chips. #cantstopeating
+ On Thursday, the school community was invited to visit Ms. Sinnenberg's Theological Perspectivesclass at Club Time, for a cup of chai tea and a lesson about Hinduism!
+ Three Cheers! The sailing team led us in the Friday cheer before heading off to take 3rd place in the MASSA Fall Fleet Gold Championship at Fort Monroe in Hampton this weekend! Winds were light but shifty and seas were flat with minimal current.
+ It might have been the best Fall Family Weekend ever! The weather was spectacular; soccer, volleyball and football all enjoyed big wins; the Taste of the River dinner was delicious; and Sunday's autumn concert was flawless. What a great weekend to be a Seahorse!
+ Just to make sure that students whose families could not visit also had some fun, faculty members volunteered to cook Saturday dinner in their homes! Mr. Parsons treated his group of guests to oven roasted chicken and stuffing; saffron rice; white cheddar mac 'n cheese; French green beans; yeast rolls; and cream cheese pound cake with caramel apple topping.
WEEK OF OCTOBER 3
+ Thursday night's dinner - chicken & sausage Jambalaya, southwest red beans & rice and piping hot cornbread muffins - made us all feel cozy as we braced for the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Friday's oven-fried buttermilk chicken and baked mac & cheese was lunch perfection.
+ In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Evan P. '17, Jose D. '17 and Mariana G. '19 read a poem in assembly from US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, "Let us gather in a flourishing way."
+ Kathryn J. '17 kicked off another great season of senior speeches on Friday! Kathryn spoke eloquently of her physical and mental growth while at CCS, traveling to India with our Global Education program, and learning to find true, ordinary beauty everywhere. She encouraged all to travel abroad. "Thank you, CCS for all the ordinary beauty you give to us every day." Thank YOU, Kathryn! Great speech!
+ It was a little soggy, but what a great Homecoming Weekend we had! We met CCS legends at the Hall of Fame ceremony, there were big wins for volleyball, football and soccer, and the dance was super-fun.
+ On Sunday, the first Adventure Trip of the year went to the headwaters of the Rappahannock River in Shenandoah National Park. As with all Adventure Trips, there was plenty of fresh air, new experiences, freedom to roam, new bonds and fun! Highlights of the trip included hiking in the first cool, crisp air of fall (courtesy Hurricane Matthew), hanging out behind a waterfall, catching critters in a cold mountain stream, fly fishing for wild, native brook trout, creek hopping, a 60-foot natural rockslide, milkshakes at Northern Neck Burger, and star gazing on the school dock as the wrap-up! See for yourself, Adventure Trip | Shenandoah National Park.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26
+ Word spread quickly last week that the river was glowing with bioluminescent phytoplankton. Faculty took a group of students to our waterfront after study hall to swim, snorkel and frolic among the tiny, glowing "stars." #makingmemories
+ We said "until later" to long-time SAGE chef Andre Smith on Tuesday. Although we will miss Chef Smith - who promises to never be a stranger - we wished him well with vanilla sheetcake smothered in orange icing and sprinkles. Congratulations to Mr. Smith on his new job!
+ A picture is worth a thousand words! So enjoy Mr. Cola's slideshow of last week's 9th grade Immersion Trip
. Stay tuned for a slideshow of the 11th grade trip to Tangier put together by our own Alex Marchetti '18!
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19
+ Isn't it wonderful that a record number of Seahorses applied to be Admission Ambassadors for the 2016-17 school year?! Our students are our greatest resource! They gathered on Wednesday for pizza, Carpis Suns and training! Important jobs that our ambassadors do for our community:
1) Student Tour Guides - they show prospective students and parents around campus, answer
questions and tell their story.
2) Student Hosts - they take students to class and through a typical CCS day and introduce their
visitors to friends, teachers and coaches.
3) Office Assistants- they help with "behind the scenes work" - prepping for visits and Open
Houses, writing postcards, making phone calls to families and putting together swag bags for our visitors!
+ Mr. Carey's 9th grade science classes practiced seining in preparation for their Immersion Trip. They caught many silverback and even a few crabs!
+ We had a great turnout for the college eligibility and recruitment seminar for prospective college athletes. Forty-five students and family members attended. Mr. Goodrich, our Director of College Guidance was impressed with the presentation and says that he learned a lot!
+ It was another great CCS weekend with plenty of shopping, eating at restaurants, and good old fun here at home - we watched Remember the Titans on the outdoor big screen, made s'mores in the fire pit, ate lots of ice cream floats and enjoyed brats Pittsburgh-style (thanks to Coach Bloom) with grilled peppers and onions.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12
+ Ms. Schomburg took her advisees for a scrumptious dinner at Northern Neck Burger, their "favorite place!" They highly recommend the Bigger Boat Burger (bacon w/cheese and "rivah" sauce), with a side of Tappahannock Twisters, and don't forget to top it all off with a delicious Reese's Pieces shake!
+ We celebrated the Moon Festival (also called Mid-Autumn Festival!) on Headmaster's Hill with mooncakes, Chinese tea, lights and music!
+ Although the weather is still a bit steamy, we are dreaming of crisp fall days and enjoyed the first of the season's "comfort foods" in Cameron Dining Hall - Taco Tuesday, grilled cheese w/chili and chicken/eggplant parmesan!
+ We had a great weekend! Dr. Heath set up his croquet set on Headmaster's Hill and taught everyone the "Queen's Rules." Saturday night, the movie Ocean's Eleven premiered at the waterfront, complete with a campfire and roasted marshmallows and hot dogs!
+ The girls on First Murrell enjoyed a Sunday night study break with ice cream floats. Do you prefer a Cheer Wine, rootbeer or orange treat?
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5
+ Students in Mr. Carey's Integrated Science 9 class studied the tides.
+ Mr. Schaefer's Honors Calculus class played the Chaos Game. It's all about algorithms!
+ Mrs. Byers' Honors English juniors composed mini essays. An essay is a form of considering, questioning, musing, puzzling, conjecturing, arguing by means of the act of writing! A mini essay challenges you to write about a topic in a sustained and focused way. #practicepracticepractice
+ Monday's MIX IT UP lunch was fun. It's great to make new friends. The topic for discussion? "If you really knew me, you'd know __________." What would you say?
+ Four Square is back and better than ever. #allworld
+ Friday's Chicago Hot Dog Bar was a real pleaser. Who doesn't love a hot dog with all the fixin's?
+ We heard that Saturday's movie and night fishing at the waterfront was a blast!
We love hearing about our Seahorses' summer adventures!
* Eliza Carr Schmidt '19
Eliza Carr interned this summer, photographing artifacts for the archeological dig at Menokin. Menokin is the home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee.
* Boyd Bragg '19, Alara Sahin '18
Boyd (Skipper) and Alara (Crew) teamed up to sail in the 2016 US Club 420 National Championship in Nantucket Sound. One hundred and fifty boats competed in the event, and the Seahorses finished 1st in the Junior Division and 13th overall!
* Kameron Nelson '19
Kameron attended a Microsoft event in DC for students exploring careers in STEM, and wrote an essay about what technology will look like in 2050. His essay wowed the judges, and he won a Surface Pro 4 tablet. "Kameron's enthusiasm in his response and his vision for technological advancements in energy, the home, agriculture, medicine, and cybercrime really stood out from the other submissions,” said Melinda Moyo of Microsoft. Kameron also studied Game Theory at CTY in Santa Cruz, coached a youth soccer team, and worked on his concept for indestructible soccer cleats!
* Julia Aaron '20
Julia was on the swim team, worked with Special Olympics, went to Camp Friendship and spent time with military friends who are moving to new posts!
* Abby Blankenship '17
Abby played lacrosse for Storm Elite (Richmond), practicing 2-3 times per week May through June and playing in weekend tournaments in Maryland, Delaware and Richmond.
* Landon Norwood '20
Landon fished nearly every day. He also went to the mountains with his grandfather and enjoyed a float trip down the James River in Arcadia with his family!
* Britney Peart '18
Britney was awarded a full scholarship to the 2016 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar at Indiana University, The Black Struggle for Freedom An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Admission to the seminar is highly selective - Britny had to comple a four-essay application and give a personal interview.
THE WEEK OF MAY 21
CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Clark and the sailors! They won 1st and 2nd place in the VISA Fleet Racing State Championship this weekend in Norfolk. Hector G. was named VISA Sailor-of-the-Year; Hector, Austen F, Brendan L. and Boyd B. were named VISA Co-ed All-State Skippers; Thomas W, Sally J. and Erik D. were named VISA Co-ed All-State Crews and Sally J. and Alara S. were named VISA Women's All-State Crew. That's a LOT of great news! On Thursday, they're off to Anacortes, WA for the Baker Team Racing National Championship!
Congrats to AJ H. who qualified to represent CCS at the VISAA (VA Independent Schools Athletic Association) State Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club!
Congrats to Tazewell C. who was named to the 2016 All-Prep squad for lacrosse, and to Tristan P. who was named 2016 All-Prep and 2nd Team All-State in baseball!
Joseph H. and Steven S. repped at the Best of 757 Football Combine over the weekend. Joseph was named Quarterback MVP!
THE WEEK OF MAY 14
Congratulations to the sailing team!
Our sailors competed with the twenty best teams in the nation and finished in FIFTH PLACE ... that's FIFTH IN THE COUNTRY ... at the Mallory Doublehanded National Championship in Charleston, SC over the weekend. We are bursting with pride. Congratulations to Coach Clark and the team!
In honor of completing Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Dr. White and her ESL classes cooked a Nigerian meal. The menu was Jollof Rice with peppers, onions, tomatoes and six spices; West African Chicken with fennel, chickpeas, lemon and four spices; with Puff Puff (a Nigerian beignet) for dessert. Dr. White reports that the results were delicious, but even better was how well her students worked collaboratively on these unfamiliar dishes!
Parker P. wrapped up a STELLAR year of senior speeches by encouraging us to always remember, even in the low moments, that struggles are part of success. "Take risks, try something new, learn something, and get a good story in the process." Great advice, Parker!
We spent a spectacular Sunday afternoon playing Bubble Soccer on the Upper Field! Coach Waite grilled up some burgers, and we had a good old time.
Ms. Sinnenburg and the spring co-curricular theatre ensemble WOWED us with their exploration of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was funny, it was inspirational, it was amazing
THE WEEK OF MAY 7
Mr. Parsons' Theatre Arts class has been observing the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, taking an indepth look at his impact on language, literature and entertainment. On Sunday, the group spent the day in Staunton at the American Shakespeare Center, where they enjoyed a private tour and matinee performance of The Life of Henry V.
Congratulations to the CCS Sailing Team for winning first and second place at the Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta AND raising the most money in the VISA with $2016!
Friday's Assembly was powerful:
Allen Michael D. really got us thinking during his senior speech when he told us that each day we are given 86,400 seconds. "What will you do with these seconds you are given? Will you make decisions to be cool or to better yourself?" Great questions, Allen Michael!
Patrick M. described life as a Philly Cheese Steak. He reminded us not to race through it, to slow down and savor every bite. "Don't be so busy trying to grow up that you forget to enjoy it!"
Mr. Byers reminded us all that, as an Episcopal school, we have high expectations in our community - regardless of what we see and hear in the media! "It's in our power to strive for unity and well-being, to make it a peaceable family, a good and blessed community!"
Mr. Goodrich read aloud the list of 109 colleges and universities from around the world to which our seniors have been accepted. AMAZING! Congratulations to all!
Mr. Goodrich then got right back to business by reminding the juniors to EAT WELL and SLEEP WELL in preparation for the SATs on Saturday! #Classof2017
The time draws near ... the Class of 2016 stayed after to talk graduation details! #bittersweet
WEEK OF APRIL 25
Our College Counselor, Mr. Goodrich, continued his work with the juniors on college essays - their importance and what colleges are looking for in a personal piece of writing. The juniors have begun to ask their teachers for letters of recommendation!
Students in Mr. Fritz's Human Genetics class created amazing infographics to illustrate evidence of evolution. Mr. Edmond's Theological Perspectives class worked on "Philosophy of Life" essays, and Mr. Bloom's Honors Physics class built roller coasters as a way to study kinetic energy, potential energy, momentum and friction. In the end, there will be three different coasters for them to analyze. Mr. Carey's 9th grade classes wrestled with the question "At what angle and initial velocity would you need to launch a projectile so that it would circle the earth and land exactly where it was launched?"Lots of amazing, critical thinking happening here ...
Friday's lunchtime chicken piccata was outta this world, and we hear that Friday night's fries were perfectly seasoned and absolutely delectable. Add to that the semi-permanent addition of tangy seaweed salad to the salad bar and a cornucopia of fresh, spring fruits at every meal, and Cameron Dining Hall is a happy place!
Congratulations to the CCS Sailing Team! They won the MASSA District Baker Trophy ISSA Team Race Championship in New York this weekend! This win qualifies them for the National Baker Trophy Invitational Tournament Team Race Regatta to be held in Anacortes, Washington! First Stop, the Mallory Trophy National Championship in Charleston, SC May 13-15!
WEEK OF APRIL 18
It's still National Poetry Month! Coach Waite and Tristan P. wowed us in assembly with a reading of "Casey at Bat." Guerilla poetry continued to pop up throughout campus, much to the delight of those who discover it.
April showers did not keep the baseball team from defeating Woodberry Forest or the JV Lacrosse team from a victory over Gloucester Club this weekend!
Spring Family Weekend 2016 was great! We enjoyed visits with our families, grandparents and special friends. Highlights included a Great Journeys presentation by Dr. Keesee, the student Art Show, the Talent Show, the Community Cookout, and having grandparents visit classes!
Mr. Cola and a group of adventurer spent a glorious Sunday afternoon hiking Old Rag in the Blue Ridge Moutains Mountains of the Shenandoah National Park. #CCSadventure
Mr. Byers and some lucky students met the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church this weekend. The Presiding Bishop was in town to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of our neighbor, Christ Church Parish. Bishop Curry was a terrific sport. He posed for pictures at our Bell Tower and even rode to the Parish with our students in one of the CCS buses!
Mr. Parsons took his advisees to see The Lion King at the Altria Theatre in Richmond on Sunday afternoon! The Grammy Award-winning Sound Designer for the production is the uncle of sophomore Avery S. and so the group enjoyed a private, backstage tour! Afterwards, they ate dinner in Carytown and stopped for doughnuts on the way home. #CCSadvisory
WEEK OF APRIL 11
Mr. Angstrom reports that our new Maker's Lab is almost complete!
Mr. Goodrich reports that the annual RAIS (Richmond Area Independent Schools) College Fair was a resounding success! He says that juniors had great conversation with college admission representatives from around the country. They connected with reps from schools that they were already interested in, as well as schools and reps that were new to them. Several of the juniors have already sent follow-up thank you e-mails to some of the reps, know that mature and thoughtful correspondence with college admission offices can leave a lasting, positive impression!
Ms. Sinnenberg's 10th grade English classes read West African folktales and retold them to their classmates by creating a short play or telling the story griot (a West African storyteller)-style. They are reading Things Fall Apart and preparing to write some of their own Rappahannock Watershed folktales.
Mr. Parsons' Nature of Music class visited the Memory Care Unit in Gloucester, where they were partnered with patients with Alzheimer's Disease. The students returned to CCS to research and reflect on the time that their partners were teenagers and young adults. They created specialized playlists. On Monday, they returned and played the music they had chosen for their partners. The unit's director wrote a note to express her amazement and how touched she was to see "such compassion and kindness offered by your students and to see my residents so full of joy and wonder!"
Our celebration of National Poetry Month continues, with plenty of guerilla poetry left in surprise places and Jack N. delighting us with a reading of The Man Moth in assembly.
Congrats to J. Jiang who was elected Head of the Community Council. In her acceptance speech, JJ promised to "represent your voice with passion and effort. I'm here, and I'm listening."
Congratulations to our Sailing Team! The Seahorses won the 2016 Spring MidAtlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) District Mallory Championship this weekend in New York. Now it's on to Charleston, where they will compete for the Mallory Cup National High School Championship!
WEEK OF APRIL 4
The 10th and 12th grade Immersion Trips were a hit, and a little April snow ("it's awesome,"
said Steven S, "it's perfect,"
said Jack N.) didn't dampen anyone's spirits! Mr. Cola especially recognized our teachers for all the people and places they've connected us to and reminded us that this is "big work that no other school is doing!"
The seniors explored the Potomac River and the city of Washington, DC. The 12th grade integrated curriculum focuses on understanding the self in relation to society globally, and again in relation to one's local place. Their Big Questions for the trip were "Based on the evidence you have seen in and around the nation's capitol, how do you rate the US commitment to global sustainability (based on William McDonough's Sustainability Fractal)? As a critical thinker, is the fractal an effective tool to evaluate the health of global development? How does your understanding of global development issues relate to opportunities you will have beyond CCS?"
The sophomores explored the headwaters of the Rappahannock River. The 10th grade integrates its curriculum by expanding field experiences to the Rappahannock and the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Their Big Question was "Different communities in our river's watershed have wants and needs that can conflict. How do the actions of communities on the Rappahannock impact one another and the overal watershed system?"
Mrs. Schroeder '79 took her advisees out for a mid-week lunch treat at Mi Jalisco, in Urbanna. We heard the quesadilla rellena was especially delicious. "It was all so good!"
Congratulations to the Girls Lacrosse Team! They premiered at #7 in the VISAA Divsion II Top Ten, Week 1 poll!
It's National Poetry Month! Ms. Showalter kicked it off by reading John Brehm's