2018

  • November

    Collegiate Hosts 5th Annual TEDxYouth@RVA Event

    The fifth annual TEDxYouth@RVA will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Collegiate School’s Hershey Center for the Arts. The general public is invited to hear a wide range of local speakers reflect on the theme Elevate.
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  • Collegiate Students Celebrate Hindu Festival of Lights

    Collegiate School students celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, today during two assemblies.
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  • Upper School Students Promote Respect for All Identities

    Today our Upper School leaders offered their classmates an opportunity to unite against hate and promote a community of love and respect for all identities, by voluntarily wearing a blue ribbon. Buckets of blue ribbons were placed in the Upper School hallway and students were invited to take one and pin it on for the day.
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  • Inspiring Interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

    National STEAM Day is devoted to inspiring kids to pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It's a great time for Collegiate to reflect on the many ways that the principles of STEAM infuse our JK-12 curriculum and extracurricular opportunities at Collegiate. Our students are learning while having fun.
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  • Lower Schoolers Offer Global Support Through Unique Partnership

    Collegiate School 2nd Graders have embarked on a letter-writing campaign to secure support and sales for a product that will bring light to children and adults across the globe.
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  • October

    Collegiate Hosts Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin

    Collegiate was delighted to host jazz pianist Justin Kauflin today for a performance and short question-and-answer session with Upper Schoolers. The visit was a unique opportunity for students to engage up close with a well-known musician. Mr. Kauflin, blind since age 11, began performing jazz professionally by age 15. He worked with Quincy Jones on his second full-length CD, "Dedication," which was released in January 2015. The CD debuted at No. 6 on CMJ Jazz chart, No. 10 on Billboard's Traditional Jazz chart, hit No. 1 on JazzWeek's chart and remained in the Top 10 spot for nine straight weeks. His latest project, "Coming Home," also produced by Quincy Jones, was released last month.
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  • Middle Schoolers Engage in Critical Thinking Exercise

    In Collegiate School Learning Specialist Mary Margaret Ryan’s Language Strategies class, students worked this week on a critical thinking/reading activity with Upper School and Middle School STEAM coordinator Dan Bartels. Using an old game program, students asked a computer questions and put together clues to tour a house, all the while avoiding certain challenges along the way. The exercise, said Mrs. Ryan, was a way, “to reinforce strategies that promote collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and the importance of following directions.”
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  • 11th Grade Student Offers Glimpse Inside IELC

    11th Grader Katie Dunn offers an inside glimpse of the October International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC) when Collegiate hosted 43 international students from ten different countries. During the weeklong conference, seniors from Collegiate’s IELC Senior Capstone class and the international schools came together to develop solutions to environmental problems plaguing students’ home countries. Read more of Katie's article on in The MatchCollegiate School’s student-run online news site dedicated to sharing the latest and greatest from the Collegiate community.
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  • Collegiate Upper School English Teacher Presents at VAIS Conference

    Collegiate Upper School English teacher Dr. Leah Angell Sievers recently presentedService Learning? Service Writing!at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools 2018 Leading Learning Conference: Better Together.
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  • Collegiate Senior Speaks at Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Event

    Collegiate senior Cody Patterson was invited to speak in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Connections Institute at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities' 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Over the summer, Cody attended Connections, a weeklong diversity camp for Virginia high school students, on behalf of Collegiate. He took to the podium to share his experience and how it helped him grow. He is pictured here with former Collegiate parent John Stallings (left), who received a VCIC Humanitarian Award, and with VCIC Executive Director Jonathan Zur (right). 
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  • Collegiate Senior Uses Endowment Award to Create, Fund Youth Music Festival

    During a special presentation last week, five Collegiate students shared how student endowments made possible by the generosity of Collegiate School families enabled them to travel and explore their individual areas of interest. One of those students, senior Azzuri Fleming, received the Mary Parker Moncure Vaden Endowment Award and used her funding to create a community-wide music festival for youth called Beats, Rhymes and Life.

    “I did this because I feel like there is a lack of resources and outlets in Richmond for youth who want to pursue music seriously,” Azzuri said.
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  • Envision Richmond 2018 Wraps with Dynamic Student Presentations

    Today, Collegiate School 8th Grade students capped a week of thinking outside the box -- and outside the classroom -- by presenting to their peers, teachers and community leaders creative solutions to challenges impacting the Greater Richmond community. The presentations marked the culmination of this year's Envision Richmond program, the sixth iteration of the entire 8th Grade’s weeklong immersion into local nonprofits, coupled with hands-on lessons that helped the students strengthen their leadership and problem-solving skills and learn how to make a lasting, positive change.
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  • Upper School Chemistry Students Discuss Illegal Mining

    ohn Dau, Collegiate School’s Global Scholar-in-Residence, recently visited 9th Graders in Leigh Thompson’s and Susan Fourness-Ewell's chemistry classes to share first-hand experience with the misuse of important mineral resources and the negative impact the mining industry has on young people, the working class and communities in multiple regions in Africa.
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  • Collegiate 4th Graders Witness Naturalization Ceremony

    As part of their social studies curriculum, Collegiate School 4th Grade students have been studying all aspects of immigration though readings, discussions and a speaker series.
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  • Collegiate 8th Graders Work to Solve Richmond’s Real-World Issues

    As their weeklong Envision Richmond Capstone program continues, Collegiate School 8th Graders gathered in teams today to create prototypes for the solutions they’ve imagined might solve issues facing 30 local nonprofit organizations.
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  • The five student endowment recipients

    Collegiate Seniors Share Endowment Adventures

    Five Collegiate School students shared during a special presentation today how student endowments made possible by the generosity of Collegiate families enabled them to travel and explore their individual areas of interest.
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  • Where Does The Water Go When It Rains At Collegiate?

    Using a digitized topographical map on iPads, 2nd Graders in Mr. Becker’s Engineering class traced the path of water when it rains at Collegiate discovering that some of the traveling water runs into a creek called George’s Branch that crisscrosses through Collegiate’s campus and eventually reaches the Chesapeake Bay.
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  • Envision Richmond Sparks Creative Solutions From Collegiate 8th Graders

    This week, Collegiate School’s entire 8th Grade will take part in Envision Richmond, an annual grade-level Capstone program that takes students out of the classroom Monday through Friday and immerses them in the local community to hone their leadership and civic engagement skills.
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  • Kindergartners Help the Lower School Garden Grow

    This week, each Collegiate Kindergartner planted a pansy and a daffodil bulb in the Lower School garden and learned that the bulbs will blossom in the spring. They also used water from Collegiate’s garden rain barrels to douse their plantings. They are also vegetable gardeing and the bounty of that work will find its way into the meals served in Centennial Hall, the Lower School cafeteria.
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  • First Day of the 3rd Grade Market

    Collegiate 3rd Graders hosted their first Market Day of the school year this morning. They successfully pitched their wares and special finds to classmates while learning about buying, selling and budgeting.
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  • ChangeMaker Club Welcomes Social Entrepreneurs to Learn From Their Experiences

    Publisher Linda Cortright and filmmaker Stanzi Dorjai shared their experiences about building community, creating economic opportunity and relaying the stories of the people of Ladakh with Collegiate School 7th and 8th Graders involved in the ChangeMaker Club in October.
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  • Students From Around the World Gather at Collegiate to Collaborate on Real-World Issues

    Throughout this week’s International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC) hosted by Collegiate School, 43 high school students from 10 countries, along with 18 Collegiate seniors, will work together to create viable solutions to environmental problems affecting their respective countries.
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  • September

    Collegiate Parent Shares Immigration Story With 4th Graders

    As part of Collegiate School 4th Graders' study of immigration, parents of our students are invited to visit and share their immigration stories. Today, the students heard from Dr. Bushra Mubashshir Shah, who immigrated from Kashmir in 2007 in search of a better life for her family. As 4th Graders have in previous years, this year's group also heard from John Dau, Collegiate's Global Scholar-in-Residence and a former Lost Boy of Sudan. Other parents are scheduled to visit soon.
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  • Global Visitors Arrive for 8th Annual Conference

    This weekend, Collegiate School will welcome 43 high school students from 10 countries as they arrive for the start of the 8th annual International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC). Since fall 2011, Collegiate has welcomed 17 different partner schools from 16 countries around the world and more than 360 international students.
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  • Students Explore Culture and Evolution With Visiting Dancer

    Students in some of Collegiate School’s Upper School biology and Spanish classes participated in a co-curricular activity today that allowed them to study themes across two academic specialties and learn how African music, song and dance have influenced Latin American culture.

    The students welcomed Kevin LaMarr Jones, founder, artistic director and choreographer for Claves Unidos ("United Rhythms”), a Richmond-based dance company, to demonstrate the interconnection between the two subjects.
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  • Middle School Teacher Welcomes Guest from China

    Collegiate Middle School P.E. teacher Mark Newlen spent six weeks in China this past summer serving as a volunteer basketball camp and clinic director for Chinese coaches and athletes, and running practices for two elite championship teams. Recently, he had the honor of hosting Peter Lui, the organizer of the camp in Beijing, during Mr. Lui's 12-day visit to the United States. Coach Newlen escorted Mr. Lui to various Collegiate Middle School Chinese language classes, where students chatted with him in Mandarin, and to a Middle School history class. 
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  • A Life of Significance

    At Collegiate School, every adult plays a vital role. Sometimes, it’s high profile. Sometimes, it’s understated or even far-behind-the-scenes. Really, though, everyone’s role, job description notwithstanding, is the same: Work together, be positive and respectful, and do all that you can to ensure the well-being of our children. In her 27 years of service to Collegiate, Sara Noftsinger took her role to heart, and, without a doubt, she played it well.
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  • Collegiate 3rd Graders Make Toys with Moving Parts

    Third Grade teacher Kym Smythe's student "scientists" have spent the past two weeks making toys with moving parts from cardboard tubes and other recyclable materials to better understand engineering products. Recently, they invited Junior Kindergartners to a Gallery Walk to showcase their prototypes.
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  • Upper School STAR Tutor and Mentor Program Begins

    Three days a week throughout the school year, Collegiate Upper School students can be found tutoring and mentoring immigrant and refugee students at Quioccasin Middle School through the Tuckahoe YMCA’s Strengthening Teens Academically and Recreationally (STAR) program. Our 2018-19 volunteers participated in their first tutoring session of the school year earlier this week, helping Middle Schoolers with their homework and engaging them in physical activity and in an arts and craft project. All involved are looking forward to a great year ahead!
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  • Capstone Students Take On Real-World Marketing Challenge

    Collegiate seniors in the CreateAthon Capstone class took part in a marketing workshop facilitated by Brand Innovation and Marketing Consultant Dave Clemans. Students experienced a hands-on, real-world marketing challenge to promote NHL.tv, the National Hockey League's streaming service. The seniors learned about Mr. Clemans' creative process in developing taglines and media tactics. These skills will prove invaluable as the students begin their own creative marketing work for local nonprofit companies in Richmond.
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  • Collegiate 7th Graders Participate in Connect Richmond Kickoff Activity

    Collegiate School 7th Grade students participated in September in Communities, Challenges and Leadership, during which senior mentors led activities and shared life experiences.
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  • Collegiate 4th Graders Lead Recycling in Lower School

    Collegiate 4th Graders were trained this week by teachers Dana DuMont and Heather Graham in how to gather and dispose of all of the Lower School’s paper recycling. Students in Sonya Smith's and Chris Watson's classes will collect recycling on a weekly basis for the 2018-19 school year.
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  • Middle School Club Creates Mural

    When Upper and Middle School students visit McFall Hall for lunch, they'll be greeted by a mural that depicts messages from Syrian refugees. The mural was created by members of this year's 7th Grade class who last year founded the Syrian Youth Refugee Association (SYRA), a club aimed at aiding those affected by the ongoing war in that country.
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  • August

    Local High School Students Collaborate on Real-World Business Solutions

    Seven teams comprised of high school students from throughout Richmond stood before a roomful of executives, community leaders and others this morning and shared with poise and enthusiasm solutions for complex issues that could change how some local organizations serve their audiences. The 28 rising high school seniors were participants in the 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI), a four-week immersion program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation, with contributions from corporate sponsors and private donors.
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  • July

    Erica Coffey lends Insight to New Teacher Institute Training

    Erica Coffey, Director of Global Engagement and Inclusion, worked with the participants of the New Teachers Institute (NTI) on the topic of multiple perspectives sharing insights into student choices and curriculum design.
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  • Upper Schoolers Volunteer with Medical Program

    A group of Collegiate Upper Schoolers visited Wise, Virginia with two faculty members to serve as volunteers for the temporary medical program, RAM (Remote Area Medical). RAM provides free health care to uninsured Virginians in remote areas of the state, and during our students' time there helping register and provide snacks to patients, more than 1,300 residents of that region received medical care.
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  • 8th Grade Collegiate Students Plan Summer Fun for Community Members

    This summer rising 8th Grade students planned, organized and implemented JUMP (Join Us Making Progress), a week-long summer camp involving outdoor education, cooperative games, athletics, reading buddies and making healthy snacks. Middle School students mentored and worked directly with 3rd Grade students from from Peter Paul Development Center over the course of four days at Collegiate and one day at Maymont.
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  • Ms. Goode (far right) received a Hamill Award in June.

    Collegiate Teacher Continues to Guide and Grow During Summer

    At Collegiate School’s end-of-school-year faculty and staff meeting in June, Middle School history teacher Laurie Goode’s summer began with a bang. 
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  • Annual Entrepreneurship and Economic Program Kicks Off

    The 41st Annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) launched today in the Sharp Academic Commons at Collegiate School. The intensive four-week community outreach program provides 28 area rising high school seniors with the opportunity to learn about the economy and entrepreneurship.
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  • June

    Second Annual Akolkol Storytelling Festival Draws Young Writers

    Young writers from across Richmond had a great time at the Akolkol Storytelling Festival, led by John Dau, Collegiate's Global Scholar-In-Residence, in partnership with Richmond Young Writers.
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  • Service Learning Program works with Homeless Veterans

    Liberation Veterans Services (LVS) believes that two words that should never go together are "homeless" and "veteran" and is dedicated to providing a safe haven exclusively for veterans in crisis. As part of a service learning pilot project, Collegiate student volunteers listened to LVS clients share their stories. Based on their interview work, the students then created a video and art work inspired by the veterans they met.
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  • 8th Graders Complete Annual Service Trip to Dungannon

    Middle School history teacher Laurie Goode and Director of Student Life Beth Kondorossy led 20 rising 8th Graders on an annual service trip to Dungannon, Virginia, from June 10-16. While there, the group completed jobs and projects to help the community, including painting, staining, weeding and cleaning. The trip also involves teambuilding and gaining independence.
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  • Students Embark on Summer International Trips

    School is not in session, but many Collegiate students are continuing their studies with international travel trips this month.
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  • New Job Shadowing Program Launches

    Collegiate School students are participating this week in Trailblaze, a pilot program established to connect rising seniors with Richmond-area alums working in various professions.
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  • May

    SYRA Founded by Collegiate 6th Grade Students

    Collegiate School 6th Graders this year founded Syrian Youth Refugee Association (SYRA), an club aimed at aiding those affected by the ongoing war in that country. The students were inspired to create the club after studying immigration and refugees in 4th Grade. Their studies spurred them on to learn more about Syrian refugees and how they might better serve them.
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  • Garden Grows From Seeds Planted During 2017 Envision Collegiate

    For four days in May 2017, under the supervision of Collegiate School Chief Academic Officer Susan Droke, Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship Clare Sisisky and Capstone Coordinator and 4th Grade teacher Carolyn Villanueva, 4th Graders immersed themselves in the design thinking process to address the challenge How might we design a learning garden for our school community? as part of Envision Collegiate, the Lower School Capstone.
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  • Collegiate 5th Graders Participate in Water Olympics

    Collegiate School’s entire 5th Grade competed in the annual Water Olympics this morning on Grover Jones Field, a fun-filled end to their yearlong study of water.
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  • Upper School Student-Scientists Spend Spring in Action

    Over the course of the spring semester, Collegiate students in Upper School science teacher Sandra Marr’s ecology classes delved into sustainability issues using inquiry-based projects.
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  • Innovation Expo Showcases 4th Grade Projects

    Collegiate 4th Graders this week finalized projects that incorporated the engineering, technology and science skills they have learned. Lower School science teacher Kim Smythe and Lower School STEAM coordinator and engineering teacher Frank Becker spearheaded the work. Among the projects students created were a miniature golf course with an automated ball release, a surfboard that makes a sound when the rider falls off and a variety of instruments including a drum, a piano and a guitar.
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  • New Middle School Club Explores Possibilities

    Over the spring semester, the newly formed ChangeMakers Club, spearheaded by Middle School English teacher Meg Dalrymple, worked collaboratively to uncover and understand challenges on the Collegiate campus and in the Richmond community with the intent of designing solutions.
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  • Third Grade Market Upcycles and Donates Proceeds

    Our ​3rd Graders hosted a culminating Market Day for the school year yesterday and invited parents to shop. All products were made with upcycled materials such as plastic water bottles, toilet paper tubes, Crystal Lite containers, old tin cans, juice can lids, bottle caps, shoeboxes, etc. 
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  • Upper Schoolers Mentor Richmond Elementary Students in Math

    During the spring semester, 16 Collegiate School BC Calculus students mentored and tutored 16 5th Grade students at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, a Richmond City public school.
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  • Fifth Graders Celebrate Hindu Holi Festival

    Collegiate School 5th Graders took part in the Hindu Holi festival of colors, which celebrates warm weather and new beginnings. The colors were provided by two 5th Grade boys, who are of the Hindu faith. They were excited to share this tradition with their classmates. And their classmates had a ball! 
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  • Sprouting Enthusiasm for Bay Conservation

    Second Grade teacher Samantha Huber recently shared details about her class's visit to the Chesapeake Bay in a Brock Environmental Center blog post. Read here about the students' efforts to plant the grass they personally nurtured all winter.
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  • Fourth Graders Present Ideas for Grade-Level Capstone

    Collegiate 4th Graders gathered this morning to present ideas conceived and developed in their yearlong, grade-level Capstone program, Envision Collegiate.
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  • Capstone Explores Sustainable Solutions to the Future of Food

    Collegiate School students enrolled in the senior Capstone class, Sustainable Solutions to the Future of Food, spent the semester considering the following question, “How can we ensure that people have access to safe, healthy, affordable food in a way that can be both environmentally and economically sustainable?”
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  • Capstone Students Consider Richmond’s Relationship to the James River

    In the River City Capstone, Collegiate seniors explored how the economic, political and cultural landscape — historically and presently — is inextricably linked with the environmental landscape and health of the James, the city and the citizenry.
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  • Collegiate School Supports Festival’s Piñata Project

    During the month of April, Collegiate School worked with several community partners to construct and donate nearly a dozen piñatas to the 17th annual Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s ¿Qué Pasa? Festival.
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  • Global Public Health Capstone Explores Challenges for Organizations

    Seniors enrolled in the Global Public Health senior Capstone class at Collegiate School spent the second half of the spring semester working on service learning consulting projects with four nonprofits in the public health sector.
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  • Collegiate’s Institute for Responsible Citizenship Special Programs Manager Anne Rusbuldt, Middle and Upper School STEAM Coordinator Dan Bartels and Collegiate parent and community mentor Bo Fairlamb accept the Connect the Dots Curriculum Award.

    Collegiate Earns Curriculum Award

    Collegiate School has earned  the 2017-18 Connect the Dots Curriculum Award from The Center for Green Schools.
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  • CSEI Students Honored at ACG-Richmond Scholarship Breakfast

    Each year at the conclusion of the Cochrane Summer Economic Institute, three students are honored with $500 scholarships funded by The Associate of Corporate Growth Richmond (ACG-Richmond). The CSEI recipients are selected by their program peers for exceptional collaborative leadership and a great interest in a career in business demonstrated over the course of the month-long summer program.
     
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  • Seventh Graders Complete Grade-Level Community Service Project

    Collegiate School 7th Graders this week finished their grade-level community service project, Connect Richmond, during which they worked with 14 local nonprofit organizations.
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  • Collegiate 10th Graders Sponsor Meet in the Middle

    Collegiate School today hosted the 31st annual Meet in the Middle, a Special Olympics event for Henrico County Middle School students run by Collegiate 10th Graders. Nearly 300 visiting students competed in multiple sporting events on Grover Jones Field.
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  • IEL - Americas students traveled to Mexico in March.

    International Emerging Leader Capstone Students Wrap Up Semester

    Collegiate School students enrolled in two senior Capstone classes spanned the globe in March, making connections with their peers at partner schools in China and Mexico and, upon their return, shared their experiences with their peers, special guests and community organizations.
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  • Kindergartners Experience Service Learning Field Trip

    After visiting Pony Pasture and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge earlier this year, Collegiate Kindergarten classes visited Reedy Creek recently as they continued their investigation of the James River. Educators from the James River Association were on hand to teach students about the impact pesticides and fertilizers have on the water quality of the James River. Students also connected their cleaning of the Collegiate filterras back in March to keeping pollutants out of George's Branch Creek, which is a tributary that flows into the James River.
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  • April

    Collegiate Hosts Students from Partner School in Mexico

    Collegiate School welcomed 17 students and two teachers from our partner school in Mexico this week to experience life as Collegiate students and with families of 7th and 8th Graders.
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  • National Day of Silence Observed

    Members of the Upper School Prism student resource group observed today's national Day of Silence by distributing pins with rainbow colored ribbons and sharing information with their classmates on why some Upper School students have voluntarily participated for more than five years.
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  • Collegiate hosts the Virginia Diversity Network’s Spring Conference

    Collegiate was honored to host the Virginia Diversity Network’s spring conference. During the all-day session, which focused on the theme of Interfaith Dialogue, four community leaders and scholars, including Collegiate Upper School English teacher Dr. Leah Angell Sievers, served on a panel. They tackled difficult questions, modeled interfaith dialogue and sparked conversation among the 30 participants from various Virginia-based independent schools, including The Steward School, St. Catherine’s School, St. Christopher’s School, Flint Hill School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, St. Michael’s Episcopal School and St. Anne’s-Belfield School.
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  • Kindergartners Experience Service Learning Field Trip

    After visiting Pony Pasture and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge earlier this year, Collegiate Kindergarten classes visited Reedy Creek recently as they continued their investigation of the James River. Educators from the James River Association were on hand to teach students about the impact pesticides and fertilizers have on the water quality of the James River.
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  • Collegiate Begins Solar Panel Installation

    Work began this week on the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Saunders Center and maintenance building on Collegiate School’s Robins Campus. Later in the spring, panels will be installed on Sharp Academic Commons and Centennial Hall.
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  • Waleed Abo-Elnour has learned about Collegiate's athletic, physical education and coaching programs.

    Collegiate Welcomes Egyptian Physical Education Teacher

    For the past month, Collegiate School has hosted Waleed Abo-Elnour, a physical education teacher from Cairo, Egypt, allowing him to learn about all aspects of athletic, physical education and coaching programs at the School.
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  • Student Spearheads Food Waste Recycling Effort

    In fall 2017, Sheppard Adamson, a Collegiate School 5th Grader, met with Middle School Assistant Head Lindsey Melvin to propose that food waste recycling be part of Village Green Fair, a spring tradition that serves as the School’s largest fundraiser as well as a fun community-building event. Sheppard was assisted by 5th Graders Cate Taylor, Kana Sakagami, Mary Mason Ingold, Georgia Eastep, and Adriana King as well as 7th Graders Emily Kantner, Ava Messer, Zoe Mintz, and Katie Adamson.
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  • Upper School Earth Society goes Exploring

    Members of our Upper School Earth Society took an all-girls camping trip to Powhatan State Park with Upper School science teacher Sandra Marr last weekend. Nestled on the James River, this state park offered the perfect way to spend Friday the 13th - around a campfire - and Saturday hiking the riparian forests, said Mrs. Marr.
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  • 8th Graders Show Gratitude for Local Police Officers

    As an extension of Envision Richmond, the 8th Grade capstone experience which immerses the entire grade level in the local community with an intensive leadership and civic engagement curriculum, students in the "first responders" group wanted to find a way to thank some local first responders. 
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  • Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, spoke with several classes of Upper Schoolers on issues related to human connectedness.

    Local College Dean Explores Cultural Issues with Upper Schoolers

    ​Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, visited Collegiate School today to discuss the issues of race, place and space with Upper Schoolers who are studying human rights, the statues on Monument Avenue and the culture of the City of Richmond.
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  • Four Middle School Assemblies focus on Sacred Spaces in World Religions

    Four 6th Graders presented information about Sikhism at the fourth and final religion Middle School assembly of the year. This year's focus has been on sacred spaces in world religions.
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  • Symposium Explores Being a Muslim Student in Virginia

    A group of Collegiate Upper Schoolers and Erica Coffey, Collegiate Director of Global Engagement & Inclusion, participated in a symposium at St. Christopher's School regarding what it's like to be a Muslim students in Virginia.
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  • Collegiate Hosts Service Learning Workshop

    Collegiate School held a workshop today for 12 service learning educators from independent schools across Virginia.
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  • Women in STEM Panel Features Collegiate Alums

    Collegiate School hosted six local alums for a Women in STEM panel this afternoon in McFall Hall to share with Upper School girls their experiences, challenges and opportunities in science-, technology- and math-related careers.
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  • Collegiate Hosts New York Lacrosse Players

    A group of high school students from New York visited the Richmond area last weekend as guests of Collegiate School lacrosse players and their families. It was the third time Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (HLL) has come to the area to participate in clinics and play pickup games with athletes on lacrosse teams at Collegiate and Highland Springs High School.
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  • Envision Richmond Capstone team returns to Oakgrove-Bellemeade Community Center

    As part of Phase II of Envision Richmond, Collegiate School's 8th Grade Capstone experience that immerses students in the local community with an intensive leadership and civic engagement focus, eight students traveled to Oakgrove-Bellemeade Community Center over the weekend. The students assisted in the beautification and grand opening of the neighborhood bike shop and lawn maintenance business being developed to help youth in the community. 
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  • Collegiate Students Create Viable Results for Local Nonprofits

    A group of Collegiate School students enrolled in the senior Capstone class, CreateAthon: Working with Nonprofits, learned recently that the strategies and ideas they shared with two Richmond-area nonprofits have yielded meaningful results.
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  • The Upper School robotics team, TORCH 5804, will compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship April 25-28 in Detroit.

    Robotics Team Headed to World Championship

    For the second time in three years, Collegiate School's Upper School robotics team is heading to the FIRST Robotics World Championship. The team, TORCH 5804, won the opportunity after finishing as District Runner-Up in the Chesapeake District Championship last weekend, with a ranking of 11 out of 126 teams.
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  • Because Baseball Founder Shares Story of Building Bridges

    Collegiate Alum Kemp Gouldin '98 met with two groups of students interested in social entrepreneurship and social change today - the Middle School Changemakers Club and the International Emerging Leaders: Asia Capstone class for seniors - to share his vision for a charitable organization he established in Egypt several years ago.
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  • March

    Collegiate 4th Grade Performs "An American Mosaic"

    America is often referred to as a “melting pot,” bringing people together from various backgrounds to create a society based on equality, freedom, and liberty. Throughout United States history, there have been many distinguished figures that have led movements to advocate for equal rights of all people in America’s diverse community. Collegiate’s Lower School 4th graders have extensively studied these stories and presented them in a culminating production on March 16 called “An American Mosaic.”
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  • Fifth Graders Visit the Pump House

    As part of their yearlong study of water, Collegiate School 5th Graders took a field trip to the Pump House last week and experienced three stations with the James River Association: water quality testing, tour of the Pump House by Friends of the Pump House and community service (painting and picking up trash). The second phase of this Project Based Learning project starts this week when students collaborate to answer the question: How would they revitalize the Pump House? In the next two weeks, the 5th graders will meet in Advisory and come up with prototypes of their ideas, which they will present at a later date.
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  • Fifth Grade Entrepreneurs Visit Build, RVA

    Eighteen 5th Grade members of Cougar Enterprises, Collegiate's Middle School entrepreneur club, recently visited Build, RVA, a local makerspace where entrepreneurs gather to use the organization's tools and equipment to create products. The students saw an etching machine and other machines that incorporate science, math, art and design.
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  • Second Graders Explore Responsible Use of Money

    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. 
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  • February

    Articles in "The Match" Reflect Responsible Citizenship

    Recent issues of The Match, Collegiate's student-run online news site, featured several articles related to the Responsible Citizenship pillars. Each is the result of in-depth research, reporting, writing and editing, as each author delves deeply into a topic of their choosing. Highlights include:
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  • Lower School Students Create Expressive Portraitures

    Collegiate School 3rd and 4th Grade artists recently observed and discussed composition, emotion, realism and symbolism in relation to the portraits of Kehindé Wiley, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, FrédéricBazille and Georges de La Tour.
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  • Students Learn About Sacred Heart Center Using Design Thinking

    As part of Collegiate School’s senior Capstone course, International Emerging Leaders - Americas, students focus on an in-depth service learning program in partnership with Sacred Heart Center, a Richmond nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Latino community.
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  • Middle School Mosaic Club Visits Local Restaurant

    Members of Collegiate's 5th-6th Grade Mosaic Club recently visited Postive Vibe Café to learn about the Richmond restaurant’s mission to train and employ people with disabilities. Middle Mosaic is a club that seeks to build an even better School community in the Middle School. The trip to Positive Vibe was the group's culminating event for an activity club members participated in to understand differences that come from abilities and disabilities.
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  • Capstone Explores Richmond's History and Impact of the James River

    As part of their ongoing research for a senior Capstone class The River City, a group of 12th Graders met with two James River advocates yesterday to learn about Richmond's history and the impact of the river on the city's evolution.
     
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  • Middle School Model UN discusses Climate Change with Lawyer and Author

    As part of the Middle School Model UN, William Espinosa, author, international lawyer and executive director of Youth Advocate Program International recently shared the history of climate change with a group of students and also explained how he weaves it into his fiction.
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  • Second Graders Host Annual African Market

    Collegiate School's "African Market" opened for 2nd Graders today and also will offer exclusive shopping to that grade level tomorrow. Next week the market will be open to the entire school.
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  • First Graders Study Jazz and Art During Black History Month

    In honor of Black History month, Collegiate School 1st Graders learned about jazz and improvisation in music class, and then attended a mini-concert by the Upper School Jazz Band, directed by Bryan Hooten. Continuing their studies, the students then created drawings in art class as the basis for collages during their exploration of Romare Bearden, a Harlem Renaissance artist who often improvised with jazz musicians and included them in his artwork.
     
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  • Students Collaborate on Environmental Service Project

    A group of Collegiate Lower School and Middle School students spent the morning working on a service project while learning from our campus grounds staff.  
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  • Collegiate Students Volunteer at VMFA’s ChinaFest

    Over the weekend, several Collegiate School students volunteered at ChinaFest, a celebration of Chinese culture, held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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  • Collegiate Welcomes Saint-Denis International School Students

    Students from Saint-Denis International School arrived for a three-week visit to Collegiate School, where they will immerse themselves in classes, extracurricular activities and life with their host families. Martin Chatagnon, assistant head of Saint-Denis, and 10th Grader Leeloo Van Cauberg spoke with Val Siff's AP French class.
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  • Upper School Students Participate in Model UN

    Collegiate Upper School students recently attended the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
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  • Senior Capstone Explores Eradication of Polio

    In Collegiate School’s senior Capstone course, Global Public Health, students are challenged to answer the question, In an increasingly globalized world, how should we best address public health for human populations given their unique cultural, economic, environmental and political situations?
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  • Senior Capstone Students Visit Virginia International Gateway

    Collegiate School students enrolled in the Senior Capstone Class International Emerging Leaders ‒ Asia visited the Virginia International Gateway (VIG), the largest privately owned container terminal in the United States located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia
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  • Collegiate Hosts Annual Global Issues Forum

    Approximately 75 high school students from seven public and private schools in the Richmond area gathered at Collegiate School today for the Fifth Annual Global Issues Forum.
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  • Kindergarten Shoe Store Teaches Economics and Empathy

    Collegiate School Kindergartners in Beth Anne Shelly and Elizabeth Andrews' classes recently collaborated on creating their own shoe store to learn about economics and empathy, and the Kinder Kids Shoe Store opened for business this morning in Centennial Hall.
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  • Chinese Language Students Visit Terracotta Army Exhibit

    Collegiate School Chinese language students in 2nd-12th Grades recently visited the special exhibit Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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  • Collegiate 9th Graders Begin Community Engagement Week

    Collegiate School 9th Graders kicked off Community Engagement Week today, with plans to spend time volunteering at local nonprofit organizations and schools.
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  • Interact Club Packs Meals for Rise Against Hunger

    Members of Collegiate School's Interact Club and other student volunteers were joined recently by members of the West Richmond Rotary Club and the Richmond-area Duke University Alumni chapter to pack 20,088 meals for Rise Against Hunger. The efforts of all involved helped prepare enough food to feed 80,000 people.
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  • Kindergartners Explore Art Around the World

    In keeping with the Collegiate School's yearlong Kindergarten theme, Alike and Different, every class will visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the various materials used to produce art in countries including China, Italy and many in Africa. Lower School art teacher Holly Smith is leading the tours with the students.
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  • Upper School Students Honor Black History Month

    Eleven Upper School students from United Sisters and Brothers, one of Collegiate School’s student resource groups, visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in February.
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  • January

    John Dau Shares Native Dinka Experience With Upper Schoolers

    Collegiate School Global-Scholar-in Residence John Dau spoke to 11th and 12th Grade students in Upper School English teacher Mil Norman-Risch’s course, Nomads, Pilgrims and Exiles. Through readings and images of wanderers, travelers, seekers and alienated people around the world, the class explores themes of journey, home, displacement, spirituality and identity.
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  • Upper School Student Shares Travel Experiences

    Collegiate Upper School student Jensen Richardson served as the guest speaker at a recent Town Hall meeting with Kindergartners. In December, Jensen traveled to India. Prior to his trip, the Lower Schoolers asked him this question: “How are Collegiate Kindergarten students the same and different from five- and six- year-olds who live in different countries?
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  • Upper School French Students Experience Language and Culture Immersion in Morocco

    Five senior French students and their trip leaders visited Morocco Jan. 13-20 for a weeklong language and cultural immersion experience. While in Morocco, students spent time at Collegiate’s partner school, George Washington Academy, as well as visited the cities of El Jadida and Rabat.
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  • Collegiate Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Collegiate School Chinese language students celebrated the Year of the Dog last evening at the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Enjoy these photo highlights of the special evening of song, dance, martial arts demonstrations and other representations of Chinese culture.
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  • Upper School French Students Learn About Immigration

    To gain a better understanding of immigration in France, Collegiate Upper School students in Holly Fairlamb’s Honors French V class invited Martine Tchitchihe, a human rights advocate, and John Dau, Collegiate’s Global Scholar-in-Residence, to describe their experiences navigating the immigration process in the United States.
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  • Middle and Upper School Garden Takes Shape

    Collegiate Upper School students have completed three raised garden beds behind the Upper School Science building, with one of them dedicated to the building and testing of Farmbot, a precision Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) agriculture device that plants and tends gardens.
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  • Entrepreneurship Club Visits Amazon Fulfillment Center

    Collegiate Middle School students in the Cougar Entrepreneurship Club visited the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chester, Virginia, to see firsthand how an Amazon package gets to a doorstep once it is ordered online.
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  • Sixth Graders Create Poems From the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Collegiate 6th Graders in Middle School humanities teacher Carolyn Villanueva's class created “found poems” based on speeches and the definition of "Beloved Community" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students highlighted words meaningful to them and unveiled their own poetry and art to honor and share important messages from Dr. King.
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  • Seniors Capstone Students Prepare for Annual International Youth Forum

    Collegiate School’s Senior Capstone class, International Emerging Leaders - Americas, takes place during the spring semester and focuses on the United States and Central America.
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  • Collegiate Hosts Annual Student Diversity Conference

    Collegiate School hosted the annual Virginia Diversity Network Upper School Student Diversity Conference with seven independent schools from across the state in attendance.
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  • First Graders Learn Empathy With Book Illustration Project

    Elementary school educators in Houston, Texas, are responding positively to a book produced by Collegiate School’s Lower School art teacher and her 1st Grade students soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city.
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  • Collegiate students visit Morocco in 2017.

    Spring Semester Offers Students International Travel Opportunities

    Collegiate School students are embarking on several international trips this semester during which they will immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries and become travelers of the world.
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  • Senior Capstone Students Visit Richmond’s Vertical Slot Fishway

    Collegiate School seniors enrolled in the Senior Capstone course, The River City, met a James River Park System biologist at the vertical slot fishway on the river’s Bosher's Dam this week to see firsthand the intricate "fish ladder" that enables native species such as the American shad to return upriver to spawn, despite the presence of the dam.
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  • Fourth Grade Capstone Envision Collegiate Launches

    The Capstone Program at Collegiate School brings to life students’ classroom learning in a real-world context. The program is guided by our School’s commitment to Responsible Citizenship, which empowers engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students’ compassion, creativity and purpose.
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  • Collegiate Kindergartners Tour Saxon Shoes

    Collegiate School Kindergarten students in Beth Anne Shelly and Elizabeth Andrews' classes recently toured Saxon Shoes, a Richmond-based family business founded in 1953 that is known for understanding their customers.
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  • Human Rights Activist Visits Collegiate

    Martine Tchitchihe, a girls' education and human rights advocate, is visiting Collegiate School to speak with students across all divisions about her experience growing up in Cameroon and her pursuit of an education despite persecution from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
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