Fifth-grade students at C/A engage in a variety of activities to encourage a smooth transition to Middle School.
Most recently, they shared a fresh fruit/ice cream gathering with 6th-grade students. This gathering provided 5th graders with the opportunity to question Middle School students about what changes to expect. Teachers report that the relaxed setting encouraged a free flow of conversation.
When asked what they liked best about Middle School, the answers varied, but the majority of 6th graders were the most enthusiastic about advisories, Discovery Imagination, robotics club, and Ms. Hogan (Middle School Science teacher). As might be expected, they were less enthusiastic about having regular homework assignments and the demerit system.
C/A's Art teacher, Ms. Litvak, has posted photo albums of students' artworks on C/A's Facebook page.
Check out the creative endeavors of our Lower School students, Middle School students, and High School students in Art and Advanced Art classes.
Science learning takes place in the classrooms, in the hallways and out-of-doors at C/A.
For their Unit on the Solar System, Ms. Hogan's Middle School students created scaled models to see how vast the distances are between planets, tracked the sun's movement throughout the day, and explored the phases of the moon.
C/A's annual theatre production was a huge hit, judging by the reactions of students, parents, teachers, and staff who attended the evening's performance.
Mr. Bill Vander Clute, Middle School English teacher, directed "The Detective" and wrote the music, lyrics, and script. Mr. Andrew Davie, High School Writing teacher, was the musical director and Eliza Anderson, C/A Class of 2021, was the stage manager. Ms. Ksenya Litvak, assisted by her Art classes, created most of the props, the set backdrop, and a number of costumes.
Middle and High School students acted in the play, performed in the band, and provided lights and sound.
A limited number of videos of the play are available to purchase ($15 each) at the Front Desk.
C/A hosted its first Athletic Banquet on April 18, 2018. The event proved to be a big hit with students, coaches, and parents!
More than 150 people attended, as C/A scholar-athletes were recognized for their participation on C/A's various sports teams.
Additional photos are posted on C/A's Facebook Page.
Lower School recently kicked-off C/A's annual Jump Rope For Heart campaign during a Heart Healthy Assembly.
Students will learn heart-healthy skills, have fun jumping rope or shooting hoops, and raise money for the American Heart Association.
C/A educators, Molly Shipman and Allison Furton, conducted a session on Podcasting at the LLI Atlantic STEAM Conference.
K-12 teachers and those of all disciplines attend the annual conference, seeking hands-on learning to incorporate STEAM skills and competencies into their classrooms.
"Our session was well-attended and we received great feedback from the audience," Ms. Shipman said.
Ms. Furton and Ms. Shipman recently taught a session on Podcasting to c/A High School students during J-Term.
Both Middle School Destination Imagination teams qualified to compete in the Virginia State tournament, held on March 24, 2018 in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
This was C/A's first year to field teams for Destination Imagination, which hosts local and state competitions to foster student creativity and innovation through project-based learning.
Congratulations to the student teams and to Ms. Olivia Hogan, DI Coach. Ms. Hogan reports that students are eager to gear up already for next year's challenges!
The Lower School Interactive Museum was an unqualified hit, judging by the reactions of parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and students.
"Our students were fantastic!" said Mr. Seré. "They knew their topics well, their final products looked phenomenal and their parents were greatly impressed."
It was evident how well teachers had equipped and prepared students with the skills and tools needed to succeed with their museum projects. Students were proud and enthusiastic to share what they had learned about their endangered animals, inventions, and heroes.
Click HERE to view more photos from the 2018 Interactive Museum.
9th graders recently completed Graphic Short Story Projects in Dr. Littlefield's class.
They researched a topic of their choice on life in the Middle Ages and created a project using Pixton. Check out our students' work!
- Medieval Merchants in Society by Eliza: https://www.pixton.com/comic/vdw2o5sc
- Muslims vs Knights Hospitaller by Nelson: https://www.pixton.com/comic/v3xqmvg2
- Goldsmiths by Gabe: https://www.pixton.com/comic-strip/42sdnqkt
- The Life Of Belgian Craft Guildsmen by Josh S.:
Both Middle School Destination Imagination teams are moving on to the state tournament, to be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Each C/A team placed third in their category at the March 10th Destination Imagination NOVA Regional Tournament at North Stafford High School.
Among the challenges presented to students was to engineer a structure that held 150 pounds without breaking. Our students met the challenge!
Congratulations to the student teams and to Ms. Olivia Hogan, DI Coach.
The NOVA tournament results are posted at http://divirginia.org/2018-nova-regional-tournament-results/
Our High School recently viewed SCREENAGERS, an award-winning documentary that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how kids can be empowered to best navigate the digital world.
After the movie, our C/A EdTech experts, Ms. Shah and Ms. Furton, conducted a debrief and engaged in a Q&A session with students.