Middle School students from C/A's Student Council and Spirit Committee recently attended the fifth annual Diversity Conference at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School.
This year the conference was centered around empowering our students to be beautifully unique and to embrace their values and differences.
Attendees participated in interactive activities, peer-led workshops, and discussions on how to challenge themselves to examine who they are, why it is important, and the impact they can have on the world by just being who they are.
C/A's delegation will share what they learned and experienced with their peers in Middle School.
C/A has two remaining Admissions Open Houses this fall.
- Middle School (Grades 6-8):Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Lower School (Grades 3-5):Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
Our Open House program features a welcome from our Head of School and a brief presentation by the Division Director. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions of current students and parents and to take a school tour.
Commonwealth Academy serves average to gifted students, grades 3-12, who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles, including Executive Function challenges, ADHD, sensory integration disorders and dyslexia.
Please RSVP to Admissions@CA-Empowers.org.
C/A's Parent Association has organized a special free screening of "Angst" for the evening of Thursday, November 15, 2018, in the C/A gym. C/A parents and students (grades 8-12) are invited to view the film and participate in the post-screening discussions.
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary and virtual reality experience that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst features interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects while offering tools and resources that provide hope.
Ms. Beth Lang, MS LPC, C/A's school counselor, will lead the student discussion session.
Brian Razzino, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, will lead the parent discussion. Dr. Razzino has more than 20 years of experience working with children, families, and adults.
Xavier, a Middle School student at C/A, was awarded a bronze certificate and cash award for his essay entry in the "For Love of Country" essay and poetry contest.
The contest was sponsored by the Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country Foundation. Xavier posed with local dignitaries at the recent "Love of Country" celebration.
Congratulations, Xavier! C/A is proud of your accomplishment!
While our sophomores and juniors focused on taking the PSATs on October 10th, faculty dressed in college spirit wear to cheer them on!
This past summer, Robert H. Bork, III (C/A Class of 2016) served as an intern to Sen. Charles Grassley, Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, before heading to University College, Oxford, where he took courses on the European Union and Comparative Public Policy and Law.
Robert received As in both courses from Oxford dons and gives thanks to his C/A teachers who "taught me to write and debate."
Robert is a third-year Politics, Philosophy and Law major at the University of Virginia. He is Treasurer of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and VP of the Burke Society.
During an on-campus team-building activity earlier this month, High School students and faculty created 50 different tiles that would eventually be combined to hang as artwork in the C/A lobby.
"The assignment was to coordinate your individual tile design with those that would hang immediately to the left and the right of your tile," Ms. Litvak, C/A's art teacher, explained.
The completed masterpiece now hangs in the front entryway, impressing our guests and visitors.
Can you read the message embedded in the tiles?
This school year C/A implemented a new cell phone policy in Middle and High School.
Students lock their cell phones in #Yondr pouches when they arrive at school and retrieve them at the end of the school day.
So far, it's working well. Faculty and parents are positive about the change. There are fewer distractions in the classroom and students are talking with one another during break and lunch, rather than staring at their screens.
[Everyone is impressed by how quickly students memorized their Yondr pouch number!]
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.
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.