A lithe young man stood center stage inside of Collegiate School’s Estes Multipurpose Room this afternoon, beaming as he shared a tale in the traditional South African storytelling style, his words animated with wide sweeps of his arms. A trio of his peers sat rapt at his feet, and dozens more watched from the audience. “We’re going to teach you guys a dance,” he said and suddenly, Collegiate students, parents and teachers flocked to the front, their heads bobbing and feet pounding to the pulsing beat of a pop song by the Distruction Boyz.
The presentation, by four South African students, was part of Friday afternoon’s Cultural Fair, an exciting end to a week of global learning and creative problem solving.
The Collegiate Cougars football games will be broadcast on WHAN Radio out of Ashland, VA. Listen to the live call on either AM 1430 or FM 102.9. Tune in this afternoon for their game against Trinity Episcopal School.
In one of Collegiate School’s most beloved traditions, seniors in the Class of 2020 met their Class of 2032 Kindergarten buddies this morning for the first time on Grover Jones Field, beginning a lasting friendship.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently released its fall 2019 field hockey preview, in which the paper names Collegiate School as the No. 2 pick in the area Top 5 and lists Hallie Brost '21 as a player to watch this year.
Hallie recently committed to play field hockey at The Ohio State University in the fall of '21. Goalkeeper Paige Bowling '20 also committed to play field hockey at Christopher Newport University next year. We hope to see you at some upcoming games to see our Cougars in action! Click here to read the full article.
Collegiate's youngest Cougars learned some gardening techniques and collaboration skills during their first time in the JK Tinker Garden, which was installed over the summer. They mixed, poured, scooped and dug all kinds of wonderful concoctions. "Tinkering provides an awesome opportunity for students to think creatively, explore their senses and build social emotional skills," said JK Associate Teacher Alex Dooley.
Pledging to commit to one of Collegiate School’s core values, all Upper Schoolers this morning took part in an annual assembly during which they signed the Honor Code in front of their peers and advisors.
Collegiate School was abuzz early this morning as new Head of School Penny B. Evins greeted excited JK-12th Grade students across the Mooreland Road campus on their (and her) first day of school. A new year is beginning, and with it comes numerous opportunities to learn, grow and serve.
As a recipient of a Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program grant, Collegiate Upper School history teacher Wesley Hedgepeth traveled to Germany for two weeks this past summer. Alongside 12 teachers from across the United States and Canada, he visited Munich, Nuremberg, Geisa and Berlin.
Reed Kellam, a 2015 Collegiate School graduate and football player under Mark Palyo, walked on to the University of Virginia football team when he started school in the fall of 2015. Reed has thrived under the leadership of head coach Bronco Mendenhall and recently received what he described as "the biggest honor anybody can ever get in this program." Click here to read the article and learn more about this honor as well as the hard work put forth by Reed.
Collegiate School Upper School Biology teacher Sandra Marr worked with colleagues and students over the summer to improve the outdoor classroom spaces on Collegiate’s Mooreland Road and Robins campuses. Important partners in Ms. Marr’s work included Junior Kindergarten teacher Rives Barksdale, Middle School science teacher Ingrid Dunn, and Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship Programs Manager Anne Rusbdult.
Collegiate students Abby Fleming, Lily Hunnicut, Sophie Lou and Makai Milton attended the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Connections Summer Institute, a five-day conference for high school students focusing on human relations, diversity appreciation and bias reduction. Throughout the conference students developed strategies to implement programs designed to reduce conflict, improve communication and understanding and create more welcoming school communities. Delegates will work throughout the year to implement the action plan they created while at the conference and to help perpetuate the ideals of inclusion in the Collegiate community.
Over the past month, 20 high school students from 11 schools partnered with Richmond-area companies to understand their industries and conduct research to help them achieve specific goals. Today, the students presented those six businesses and organizations with their recommended strategies and ideas.
Collegiate School’s new Head of School Penny B. Evins greeted nearly 100 guests at a special breakfast this morning outside McFall Hall. The event is one of several occasions being held to introduce her to the Cougar community.
Collegiate School alumni Jack Montague '18 competed in the Virginia State Open as a second year at University of Virginia on Saturday, July 20. He is the first amateur to take the title in eight years! Click here to read the details around his outstanding win. Way to go, Jack!
Twenty high school students from around the Richmond region began the second week of the 42nd Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI), a community outreach program funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation and administered by Collegiate School.
Penny B. Evins begins her tenure today as Collegiate School’s Head of School.
Since being selected and accepting the position more than a year ago, Mrs. Evins has devoted time to learning the School’s mission and the School’s philosophy, as articulated by founder Helen Baker: “....Above everything else, I would have you live for humanity’s sake. I would have you good citizens in the widest sense.”
This past summer, Middle School English teacher Wendi Moss and Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship Director of Global Education and Inclusion Erica Coffey joined educators from across the United States for a deep dive into Mexico-United States border relations and the specifics of U.S. immigration practices.
Collegiate School students are participating in their second week of Trailblaze, a job shadowing program established last year to connect rising seniors with Richmond-area alums working in various professions.
Before heading out for the summer, Collegiate School faculty and staff gathered for a final All-School meeting, during which Chief Academic Officer Susan Droke presented awards, acknowledged retiring faculty members and thanked everyone for a successful school year.
The Collegiate School Class of 2027 celebrated its graduation from the Lower School this morning in front of a packed Seal Center full of family, friends and faculty. Displayed on the wall behind the students, the scoreboard read 20:27, period 4, 0 fouls.
Collegiate School’s Middle School Final Exercises took place this morning, and 140 Middle School students received their certificates on the lawn of Flippen Hall in front of family, friends and faculty. The Middle School Band and Strings, Collegiate Orchestra and Select Chorus performed as part of the program.
At Collegiate School’s annual Honors Assembly this afternoon, Upper School students were recognized before their fellow classmates, family and friends. The 10th-12th Grade students, selected by Upper School faculty, received honors and awards that reflect their level of commitment, character and excellence in their studies and extracurricular endeavors during the past year.
For the second year in a row, Collegiate's girls' soccer team has finished the spring season as VISAA champions. On their journey to the championship game, they beat Seton School, 6-0, and Norfolk Collegiate, 5-0. The final game was played Saturday, May 18, against Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School at Glover Park in Glen Allen. The Cougars came away victorious with a 3-1 win. Way to go, Cougars!
Collegiate School Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach and Program Leader Del Harris is among seven high school coaches from across the nation seleccted to serve on the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team coaching staff at training camp later this month.
Several weeks ago, Collegiate School 4th Grader Catherine Conner was interviewed by NBC12 about how she started a Kindness Club. Immediately, Gini Bonnell, a Richmond resident, contacted Lower School counselor Kelsey Felton and asked to meet the club members.
Charlie Blair, the Head of Collegiate’s Middle School, was honored this morning by faculty, staff and students at a special assembly in recognition of his upcoming retirement. For the occasion, Middle School faculty all donned Mr. Blair-wear — khaki pants, white shirt, blue blazer and wacky ties.
Sculptor, painter and printmaker Nastassja Swift began a four-week residency with Collegiate Lower Schoolers this week during which she will guide them through the process of creating a 3D sculpture that will be installed in the Watt Library.
For the two-plus decades that Andrew Stanley has been associated with the Collegiate boys lacrosse program, his focus has always been on transforming young athletes into responsible citizens while promoting the sport that has meant so much to him throughout his life.
The Middle School ChangeMaker Club pitched it’s product idea to an internal Collegiate audience of faculty, staff, students and administrators for feedback. Their work is the culmination of three semesters of design thinking. With their feedback, the students will continue to evolve their product with the the ultimate goal being to create a nonprofit or a business that will use it profits to help others.
Collegiate School today hosted the 32nd annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County middle school students organized by Collegiate 10th Graders. Nearly 300 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field.
This time last year, Collegiate School alum Dr. Charles Marsh Cuttino ‘86 approached the Upper School science department with a proposition: Would students like the opportunity to send an experiment into space via a rocket? The answer was an enthusiastic yes!
Following Senior Speeches, acknowledgements and performances at the Collegiate Upper School Assembly this morning, Head of School Steve Hickman, who will retire at the end of the school year, received a gift from the entire student body.
Collegiate faculty members Dave Privasky and Ginnie Kurtz led six Upper School students on a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park over an April weekend. Their excursion was supported by Outdoor Collegiate, and the group canvassed Hawksbill Gap and Byrd's Nest #3, passing through Skyland, Stony Man Cliffs, and the Pinnacle. They also visited with other hikers and toured the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center. "I definitely plan to offer this (to students) every year and look forward to trying new places each time," said Mr. Privasky.
Christina Mastroianni, Director of Civic Engagement at the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, spoke to Collegiate School's entire 9th Grade at the conclusion of its yearlong Community Engagement program.
Beginning in Centennial Hall, Collegiate School 3rd Graders escorted parents and friends throughout the Lower School this morning to showcase the Colonial Living Museum, the annual culmination of the grade-level social studies curriculum.
Why Is Where Important? is one of eight essential questions guiding Collegiate School’s JK-4th Grade social studies curriculum. Essential questions are at the heart of Collegiate’s social studies discipline, have no obvious “right or wrong” answer, they recur throughout students’ learning journey and are framed to encourage curiosity and inquiry.
Today is Earth Day, and some 4th Graders talked with one of our groundskeepers, Robyn Hartley, about her work on our campus, with plants and trees. Mrs. Hartley received a degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech.
Collegiate's Junior Kindergartners and Upper School Biology II students take time to garden in honor of Earth Day while another group of Upper School student volunteers met a group of Lower School students at the Outdoor Classroom to prepare and plant native wildflower seeds as part of an Earth Week pollinator planting project.
Collegiate's Del Harris has been selected by USA Basketball to serve as a coach for the U16 national boys basketball training camp, which will be held May 22-30 at University High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Collegiate School 4th Grader Catherine Conner was recently interviewed by NBC12 reporter Terrance Dixon about how she started a Kindness Club. She and other students in the club have collaborated during "working lunch" periods to find ways to spread kindness throughout the Lower School.
Sonja Kapadia '17 (second from left) and Kate Partlow '17 (far right), both second-year students at the University of Virginia, each recently received HannahGrahamMemorialAwards to advance women’s health in Rwanda.
Fourteen Collegiate School seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society this morning during Upper School Assembly in Oates Theater. They were joined by the 13 students inducted last fall, and on Sunday evening, all of the inductees and their families enjoyed a special dinner in their honor.
The final Cougar Enterprises Market Day for the school year took place this morning outside Reed-Gumenick Library, where Collegiate Middle School entrepreneurs sold their handmade wares to fellow students.
After cleaning out filterras around Collegiate School’s campus, Elizabeth Andrews’ and Marcie Moyer’s Kindergarten classes began to notice trash around the storm drains on the Lower School playground known as Fort Cougar. This observation led the children to collect, sort and label the trash.
Middle School teacher Nathan Goodwyn grew up understanding the value of hard work and a great education. When his Middle School years threw him a curveball, he was grateful to have caring adults help him transition smoothly to the next stage. Listen as he shares how as an English teacher and coach he has gone on to provide a similar level of care to his students.
Collegiate School’s annual 4th Grade presentation of An American Mosaic took place this morning in the Estes Multipurpose Room. The event highlights the students’ yearlong study of U.S. history and the famous Americans who helped shape the country.
In October, six Collegiate Middle School students attended The Prejudice Awareness Summit at VCU chaperoned by Carolyn Villanueva and Amasa Monroe. The Summit is designed to increase awareness, knowledge and acceptance of ethnic and cultural differences. The students returned to Collegiate and worked with Ms. Villanueva and Mr. Monroe through the fall and winter semester on a presentation summarizing their learnings that they then presented to the Middle School in assembly.
As the second phase of Envision Richmond, Collegiate School’s Capstone program for 8th Graders, students this week continued their connection with the Richmond-area nonprofit organizations they learned about last fall.
This week, Collegiate School 5th Graders kicked off a cross-curricular service learning project to explore what should become of the abandoned Pump House, located on the north bank of the James River. Students heard from Joe Costello, founder of Friends of the Pump House, who presented information about the historical site.
Several Upper School students traveled to Venice, Italy, in mid-March, with trip leaders Anne Rusbuldt and Wesley Hedgepeth. While in Venice, students stayed with host families from our partner school, Liceo Foscarini, and participated in the school’s annual Model UN conference.
Collegiate School 3rd Graders this morning enjoyed a presentation in Centennial Hall from two individuals from Secure Futures, a solar energy company. Andrew Grigsby, Customer Solutions Manager, and Nicole Duimstra, Marketing Coordinator, helped kick off the students’ unit on weather.
As part of the Middle School's annual series of religion assemblies, our 5th-8th Graders learned about Sikhism from sisters Manleen and Sachpreet Kaur. Wearing traditional Sikh dress, they taught students about the basic tenets of Sikhism, with a focus on music. They showed students traditional instruments and performed a sacred piece.
Collegiate Middle School students in the Cougar Entrepreneurship Club visited the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Richmond to learn more about the history of the Federal Reserve, its central bank functions and its role in the economy and key economic events in U.S. history.
Collegiate School 2nd Graders spent time in class pondering the responsible use of money including needs, wants, spending, saving and sharing in partnership with TowneBank's Making Money Count program.
Collegiate School today welcomed United Nations Communications Officer Felipe Queipo to speak to three senior Capstone classes about how the intergovernmental organization assists the 193 nations who belong to it.
Hui Zhai, a graduate student in product innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University’s da Vinci Center, visited Collegiate’s campus to research the use of virtual reality in classrooms and clubs overseen by Daniel Bartels and Dan Bell, as well as watch Middle School students use technology in their computer science coursework.
Collegiate 2nd Graders learned about sustainability through their yearlong service learning project with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They planted grass seeds and will transplant the seedlings when they return to the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach later this month.
In honor of nutrition month, Collegiate School invited Joel Salatin, a farmer whose family owns and runs Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, to campus today to speak to Middle and Upper School students.
Five Collegiate School student-athletes signed letters to commit to playing athletics in college next year. The students, along with their families, coaches, Collegiate faculty and friends, gathered to sign their letters donning the baseball caps of their respective future schools.
Meet the latest class of Unsung Seniors, an industrious and dedicated group of Collegiate athletes who made notable, if understated, contributions to the culture and success of their teams during the winter of 2018-2019.
Collegiate School 7th Graders in Laura Zyglocke’s and Jennifer Brost’s science classes met Dr. Rohan Hazra ‘84, via Skype and learned about the work he does for the National Institutes of Health with infants, children and adolescents who are infected with HIV, as well as his work with other infectious diseases.
Collegiate School students in the Global Public Health senior Capstone are exploring the role of social, cultural, economic, environmental and political factors as they relate to access to health care and quality of life.
Carolyn Villanueva's 6th Grade English classes met up with 6th Grade students from Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School at the Richmond Children's Museum and shared our poetry out loud. The Poetry Slam experience helped students build confidence, explore their voices and identity, and connect to their community.
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher Aster Kidane learned early in life how to adapt to new people, places and cultures. Those broad and meaningful experiences have shaped who she is as a person and parent, and as a longtime Collegiate School Kindergarten Assistant teacher. In this Podcast, listen in as she shares how her foundation of global-mindedness began with a singular message instilled in her daily: You matter.
Three members of United Sisters and Brothers, Collegiate School’s Upper School resource group for African-American students, participated in a panel discussion during a February 2019 assembly to share their perspectives on their experiences as students of color at Collegiate.
Collegiate School seniors enjoyed an informal breakfast this morning with their Upper School teachers in Sharp Academic Commons to celebrate their achievements so far and to remember to finish the year strong.
Collegiate is honored to be the Exclusive Education Partner for @vmfa’s 2019 Family Day Series, which launched today with ChinaFest. Members of the Collegiate community supported the event by volunteering, attending performances and even participating onstage.
A group of Collegiate seniors who are taking the River City Capstone class visited the Richmond Slave Trail this week with faculty members Rhiannon Boyd and Brad Cooke in their ongoing efforts to understand the James River and its impact on the Richmond region.
In the 30-plus years she has been a teacher, the source of Upper School faculty member Susan Fourness-Ewell's joy has been the wonder she sees filling students' eyes when they push themselves to learn something new - a process that also has been her passion. Her path from her native England to teaching science at Collegiate is a journey for which she's grateful. Learn more on Torch Talk, the Collegiate School community podcast
Collegiate’s Upper School FIRST Robotics Team, TORCH 5804, held an Open House this morning to introduce the Collegiate community to its members and to view progress on the team’s creation for this season’s FIRST Robotics competition.
Collegiate JK-4th Graders participated in the Lower School's second Book Gathering this week, which was centered around the theme of sustainability - one of Collegiate's eight Pillars of Responsible Citizenship.
At February's Middle School Entrepreneur Market, Collegiate students sold a variety of handmade products to their fellow classmates. Rita Taylor, a 5th Grader and budding artist, proved to be quite a success, selling eight of her paintingsto very satisfied customers.
As part of an Upper School retreat day, Collegiate 11th Graders met with 15 college deans and directors of admission from across the country today for the annual workshop that offers a roadmap to navigating the college search and application process.
Over the first weekend in February, 28 members of Collegiate School’s Model UN team headed to Washington, D.C., for the American University Model United Nations Conference (AMERIMUNC). The group participated in an earlier conference at the College of William and Mary in November.
Balancing creative — and sometimes massive — hats on their heads, Collegiate School 2nd Graders marched this morning in an exciting States Fair parade, before performing songs and dances and displaying artwork in Oates Theater to celebrate the "Fifty Nifty" United States.
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. This year, 10 Collegiate School students earned gold, silver and honorable mention honors in the art category.
Collegiate School's 12 guest students from China ended their weeklong visit to campus today by participating in design thinking presentations with Collegiate seniors who are enrolled in the International Emerging Leaders - Asia Capstone class.
In November, our 2nd Graders undertook a service learning effort to place Little Sun solar-powered lanterns in the hands of individuals in need, including those of students at Jams Academy, our partner school in Cameroon.
One day when Marcella Leonard-Jackson was shopping at the Walmart in Mechanicsville, a woman noticed her gray sweatshirt with COLLEGIATE WRESTLING imprinted across the front and asked her a question which, she well understands, comes with the territory.
Our Middle School students are enjoying classes, lunch and after-school activities this week with 8th Graders from our partner school in France - St. Denis International School. The 10 students will spend four weeks with Collegiate host families and immerse themselves in life at the school as well as in American culture. In mid-March, 15 Collegiate 8th Graders will travel to France to live with their St. Denis friends and be fully immersed in French language and culture.
As part of their research for the 4th Grade Capstone, students gathered to listen to scientist and parent, Alex Bradley, sustainable fashion advocate, April Perrin, and sustainability-minded architect and parent, Bo Fairlamb, share their thoughts on how one individual can make a difference in protecting our planet.
Collegiate Middle School teacher Kate Cunningham’s 5th Grade girls advisory took a proverbial trip around the world today when a special guest shared her experiences with education, literature and equal rights.
Due to icy campus conditions as well as inclement weather conditions, Collegiate School will be closed today (Monday, Jan.14) instead of operating on a late arrival. Cougar Quest and all of the Quest after school programs are also closed. Please stay safe and warm.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Collegiate School hosted a wrestling match and welcomed Model Secondary School for the Deaf, St. Christopher's School and the rest of the Collegiate wrestling program, including its youngest crowd, the MatCats.
Collegiate School’s 2019 winter play, ENiGMA VARiATiONS and OTHER CRiSES, will feature a collection of contemporary scenes and one-acts. Performances will be held in Oates Theater on Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
A group of recent Collegiate School graduates took time today to share their experiences with 11th and 12th Graders about the college application process and what they’ve learned since beginning their matriculation.
Wearing their green and gold Cougar colors, Collegiate School’s entire student body — including Kindergartners atop their senior buddies’ shoulders — marched into the Seal Athletic Center this morning for the School’s annual school-year celebration.
Years ago, there was this commercial that seemed to air every time you turned on your television where a guy smacked his face with his after-shave doused hand, smiled (or frowned or screamed, depending on the version), then exclaimed, “Thanks, I needed that!”