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CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL

BOARDING SCHOOL/DAY SCHOOL,
BOYS AND GIRLS GRADES 9-12

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Read the stories from our international travelers as they journaled their exploration and immersion in the culture of China!

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


CCS PROM 2016 was a great success. Enjoy Mr. B's amazing photo gallery! 
 
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! 
 

WEEK OF MARCH 28

It's National Poetry Month! Ms. Showalter kicked it off by reading John Brehm's "If the Feeling Isn't In It" in assembly. "Dogs will lick your face if you let them ..."
 
Ellie L. recited SLAM poetry, "Somewhere in America," that got us all thinking hard.
 
Juniors and seniors were riveted at Career Night. Favorite presenters were Attorney David Eberline '02 and Teacher/Coach/Lacrosse All-American Fielding Crawford '99. #CCSsuccess
 
Mr. Bloom's 10th grade Integrated Math students worked on lines and angles. 
 
Mr. Homer's 10th grade Modern World History students studied developments from German Unification through to status of alliances in Europe in 1914, before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Students chose whether to support or oppose the idea that it was still possible to avoid World War I despite the M.A.I.N. causes of the Great War already being in effect. Each student will pose as a statesman or stateswoman and address the combined foreign ministers of Europe with a "Stepping Away from the Brink" speech. To prepare for the speeches? Music from Mary Poppins! Listen carefully, you'll be surprised!
 
On a perfect spring day, the 9th graders and their teachers headed to historic Jamestowne for a PEAC. There, they continued with their integrated, thematic, locally-based work driven by preset inquiries across all disciplines. Historian Mark Summer and archeologist Danny Schmidt guided the group through the most important digs in the United States.
 
In Friday's senior speech, Chiles M. took a few moments to reminisce about the excitement of applying to CCS. "Mr. Byers was as happy to meet me as I was to meet him!" He also noted that his advisor, Mrs. Schroeder, is like a mom away from home ... celebrating the good times and "getting after" him when necessary.
 
In honor of the 24th Daniel T. Nolan Lacrosse Tournament, the lacrosse captains led us in the Friday cheer.
 
Three cheers to the sailors who came home to ring the bell after Saturday's VISA Fleet Regatta victory in Yorktown.


THE WEEK OF MARCH 21

In preparation for their final book of the year, Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through It,  Mrs. Byers' 11th grade English students engaged in a great PEAC with Mr. Alter and Mr. Cola. They learned to tie flies and threw casts off Headmaster's Hill. Even the corgis got involved! #experiential
 
Students in Mr. Angstrom's Computer Science classes battled it out with robot soccer! Take a look!
 
Dr. Little's Advanced Spanish Reading class has been studying literature from Argentina. They read several works by renowned Argentine author Mempo Giardinelli. The class skyped with Mr. Giardinelli at his foundation in Resistencia, Argentina. Giardinelli is recipient of dozens of international awards, and his foundation is recognized by the Argentine government and the UN for promoting literacy. 
 
Shortly after his return from the India Trip, Mr. Goodrich was walking across campus and noticed that a manhole in front of Scott Dormitory was marked "made in India." He was intrigued, and discovered that most manhole coverings in major US cities are made in India. He found a documentary about this industry and showed the 3-minute trailer, Cast in India, to his 10th grade Honors World History class. This led to a fascinating conversation about the history of industrialization and issues of workers rights, environmental regulations, jobs, and a host of other, related topics. 
 
The football team picked their jersey numbers for next year!
 
In his senior speech, Andre J. reminded us that "joy can co-exist with failure." Hector G. urged us to"find a passion and let it take you to the top of the world!"
 
Congrats to Mr. Kempe, who won a $25 Wal-Mart gift certificate for his Instagram pic,
"Lunch at Chick fil A!" #CCSrightnow
 
Thanks to baseball team captains Austin R, Keenan B. and Tristan P.  for leading our Friday Cheer!
 
Ms. Fisher and Mr. Bloom treated their advisees to an Easter afternoon of lacrosse - University of Richmond vs. High Point. It was a big win for the U of R Spiders!
 
It was a rainy Easter, but a sunrise celebration at the waterfront, festive treats at brunch and an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon made for a cheerful day! #EpiscopalSchool #HappyEaster
 
 
THE WEEK OF MARCH 14

Mr. Byers reported that we have ten weeks left "to enjoy our beloved seniors!" He advised us to "treasure every minute" with them.
 
Special guest Joel Salatin - whose VA farm, "Polyface," was featured prominently in The Omnivore's Dilemma and in the documentaries, FOOD INC. and FRESH - had us riveted in a special assembly on Thursday morning. Salatin, declared "World's Best Farmer" by Time and profiled in SmithsonianGourmet and National Geographic magazines, told the students "you can't do anything you want to the world. When you submit to the intricate workings and patterns of ecology and in your intellectual discoveries maintain a humility for the patterns of nature, innovation takes a quantum leap forward." He challenged us to commit ourselves to the "salvation and remediation of our nest." Mr. Salatin stayed on for some special work with our 10th graders.
 
Congratulations to Coach Clark and the sailing team! They won their first regatta of the year. It's always great to win at your own waterfront!
 
Our community is positively aBUZZ with stories about adventures in India and Guatemala. If you haven't enjoyed the blog yet, do so!
 
Ms. Miller's Honors Chemistry class learned about chemical equilibrium, Mr. Fritz's Theological Perspective students worked on autobiographies of their relationships with earth, and Mr. Pyles' Honors History and Government students worked vigorously on their research papers. 
 
The freshmen took a PEAC to Historic Jamestowne. Not sure what a PEAC is? Learn more. 
 
Seahorse golfers prepared for the season ahead by attending a rules seminar.  
 
Thanks to the girls lacrosse team for leading our Friday Cheer!