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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?“
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.