October 21, 2016
The Head's Heads Up! 
I am a firm believer that schools should be a microcosm of the way the world should be. Walking around our pretty campus, I often see examples of kindness. A young kindergartener rushing forward to hold a door open, students playing rough and tumble on the field and then rushing to help a playmate get up, a teacher quietly encouraging a student who is working out a challenge, students having a blast in the gaga pit and other students who are not even playing, running after the escaped ball, kids helping others in the library, sharing supplies, and the list goes on and on. We've discussed the school-wide theme of kindness in many ways this year. And I am pleased to say that our students generally demonstrate kindness to one another through their manners.

But, as reported in a recent survey from the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop, the value and definition of kindness needs to go a step further. Kindness is more than being polite and having good manners. An important quality of being kind is having empathy for others. Empathy means understanding what someone else is really feeling and being kind in response. It involves allowing yourself to connect with another person and to feel what they are experiencing. It involves caring about others and allowing that concern and connection to develop into actions that make others' lives better. 

Empathy, it seems, is the real underpinning of all manners.  And it appears, an overwhelming majority of teachers and parents are concerned about the impact on children who grow up in a world without it.  I encourage parents to check out E is for Empathy, published on NPRed.  But more importantly, I encourage you all to open conversations around the dinner table about empathy....and to begin to use the power of your good example to build more real, empathetic kindness in the world around us.  We are not too late...or too little.  It begins with us.

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
Atticus Finch in 
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
The tone chimers were impressive, never missing a beat at Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day!
Grandparents and Grandfriends Gush at Classroom Visits and Performances!
Grandparents are special, and this annual tradition at Chesapeake Academy serves to salute them! Catching up on the state of the school, visiting classes with their grandchildren and being regaled by talented students in a whole-school integrated arts performance rounded out the morning.  Click here to see Latin students' performance at Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day.

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."  

Smiles all around at the Chesapeake Academy Community Oyster Roast!
Rollicking Community Oyster Roast Sets the Bar for Fun in the Northern Neck!
A hunter's moon, the best oysters on the planet, delicious food and libations, the Phun Doctors band--and friends, friends, and more friends: The oyster roast was a glorious event! The posse of oyster roasters kept the bivalves coming all night, and a flurry of volunteers served up all the fixin's with a spring in their steps! Better put the Roast on your calendar for next year! Too good to miss!

Current Parent and Oyster Roast Chair, Chris Cammarata, extends  m any thanks to every sponsor, donor, and volunteer who made this fundraising event a night for the record books.   " We could not have done this without each of you and we are grateful!"

P.H.Somers and his stalwart crew of fathers, grandfathers, alumni, and friends:  There is something just awesome about this....

"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster."  
Jonathan Swift
Besides bringing wonderful opera for children to Chesapeake Academy, the singers from Virginia Opera took the time to meet our smallest Ospreys to ensure they were ready to enjoy the performance!
Opera Enthusiasts are Born at Virginia Opera's "Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. C. Jeffers Schmidt, parents of alumni Eliza Carr Schmidt '14, Jeffrey Schmidt '91, and Lolly Schmidt, 92, this year's Performing Arts and Lecture Series season included a program for children by the Virginia Opera Company. This original work by Dr. Glenn Winters was composed of three short comic opera drawn from 19th century fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. All PALS programs are hosted by Chesapeake Academy and open to all age-appropriate community members. Reservations are required. 

"I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands, and celebrate all the arts." 
Franco Zeffirelli
Chesapeake Academy is a wonderful place to grow!
Do you know a child from the local community who you want seated beside your child next year?

Contact Hilary Scott at 804.438.5575 or  hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org

Rebecca Meberg '17 demonstrates a quest.
Gamification of Pre-Algebra Motivates Content Mastery!
Chesapeake Academy's Pre-Algebra course, taught by Ms. Hillary Smith, is making a bold bid for optimal student engagement with a brand new video game design. In the gamification of Pre-Algebra, students act as agents in the Extraterrestrial Intelligence Team (EIT), an elite team of mathematicians, scientists, and strategists managing the alien invasion. The game often pulls in literature as a basis for the narrative--H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds and the Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate.

Gamification applies some of the principles of gaming to class structure and content. In Pre-Algebra, the biggest advantages of gamification are motivation and mastery. Smith explains, "In the structure of our Pre-Algebra classroom, there is no penalty for the learning process. You will either earn all of the points for that step or you will continue to work on it until you master it."

This setup also ensures that students are continuously working toward mastery. Just as a video game continually spits you back to the same spot until you "beat the boss," the gamified course does not let you move on until you have mastered the material. "As gatekeeper to moving from one step to the next, I have the opportunity to meet with students every single day. I must sit with each student to evaluate if he or she is ready to move on to the next task; that gives me an incredible amount of contact time with each learner individually," Smith explains.

The Pre-Algebra class content is built into a series of quests. These quests are composed of multi-modal tasks to explore Pre-Algebra concepts. One task might be to create an Educreations video explaining how the identity property of multiplication applies to equivalent fractions; another might be to play Coordinate Plane Battleship with a peer; yet another might be to master a series of problems using order of operations. Some of the tasks involve participating in a teacher-directed lesson (direct instruction still matters in the classroom). The core content, practice, and projects are Main Quests (quests that must be completed) while quantitative reasoning, lateral thinking, coding, etc. are built into Side Quests (quests where students have some measure of choice in which ones to tackle).

Along the way, as students complete quests, they earn points. The points correspond to levels, which correspond with traditional grades. In order to earn an A or a B, students must complete the Main Quests for that marking period and a certain number of side quests. In order to reach the elusive Level 10 (EIT Chief), students will need to complete all of the main quests and nearly all of the side quests for that marking period. Students track their points and are able to use their direct control over their grade progress to manage time, extra help, etc. Students really do control their own grades--and this motivates their learning!

"Together, We Are Better!"
Inward Bound Sets the Tone for a Great Year in Middle School
Designed to promote the school's annual theme of kindness while building a sense of community among middle school students, Chesapeake Academy's Inward Bound retreat featured a busy blend of team building, leadership, reflection, problem solving, critical thinking, and competition all rolled into a fun overnight at Camp Piankatank. Ask a middle schooler about pumpkin chucking, and you will hear all about collaboration, critical thinking, camaraderie, and fun!

The Class of 2017 sets off to explore marine habitats on Dragon Run.
Christchurch School and Chesapeake Academy Partner in Marine Science Adventure! 
Chesapeake Academy seventh graders joined Christchurch School's Director of Place-Based Extensions of the Academic Classroom (PEAC), Dave Cola, for a PEAC experience in marine ecology. Students discussed watersheds and compared water quality from the Chesapeake Bay and from the Dragon Run watershed--physically, chemically, and biologically. Contrasting the biomes and ecological diversity, students were also able to catch live organisms to compare between the two ecosystems and conduct a macro invertebrate survey. They learned to identify natural filters, and understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy water. The students enjoyed taking their learning on the road--seining, working in shallow water, canoeing, and investigating the waterfront at the two locations.

Dave Cola describes the importance of these experiences: "PEAC lessons break down the walls of single teacher classrooms and use natural and social resources in our region to enhance classroom effectiveness and relevance. These lessons lead to greater student engagement and emotionally charged, meaningful experiences and expose students to relevant people and communities."  

Sheila, Michael, and Grover Branson welcome Ignacio Carranza to their family and to Chesapeake Academy!
Exchange Student Ignacio Carranza is Here!  
Faces and Our Culture is an organization that pairs host families and exchange students for a cultural exchange program. Chesapeake Academy has been delighted to host three previous students from Guatemala. We are excited to welcome the fourth, Ignacio Carranza, to the sixth grade as of October 18. He will be staying with Michael Branson and family! We have much to learn from one another!  This eleven-year-old boy likes soccer, drawing, painting, arts and crafts, design, listening to music, and video games. Ignacio's father is a civil engineer, and his mother works in real estate.  He has an eight-year-old younger brother, Juan Andres. Please make a point of welcoming him to Chesapeake Academy! 

"Culture is this thing that we can exchange among ourselves as human beings to knock aside our differences and build upon our similarities. Cultural exchange is the ultimate exchange." 

Angus, Anna, and Will put together code commands to direct their Beebot!
Coding in Kindergarten Kicks Learning into High Gear
Kindergarteners at Chesapeake Academy are enthusiastically learning the basics of computer programming while remaining grounded in our dynamic, independent school curriculum. Computer P rogramming is directing a computer to do something by itself, following specific commands (known as algorithms). Real-world programming with students using small robots develops computer logic using basic command blocks, such as repeat, turn left, if-then, to simplify coding logic. Using visual cards to represent commands and create the code sequence, students manipulate robots around a mat that is customized to integrate a variety of kindergarten content. For example, Kindergarteners program a Beebot to fly from lowercase letters to their capital counterparts or through events in a story in sequential order, or even through the order of the life cycle of a plant. The rationale for computer coding in younger grades is compelling, particularly given its strong support of the established curriculum. Programming supports pre-readers and budding mathematicians by developing sequencing, cause/effect, counting, planning, left to right progression, and problem solving.

The introduction of basic coding in the earliest grades supports the sequential development of more complete and sophisticated skills in middle school. Research points to the marketablity of strong computer coding skills in the job market.

"Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think." 
Steve Jobs
Abby Souders is working out an algebraic equation using algebraic properties. 
Algebraic Antics 
by Cub Reporter, Jordan Abbott '16
It is a busy time in eighth grade Algebra! Eighth graders have continued on their election research. Every student turned in a different visual representation of each state's electoral votes.  Students analyzed the proportion of votes for each state to its population. Currently, students are working on analyzing graphs and scatter plots and reviewing algebraic properties of equations. Needless to say, the students will be very prepared for even more election data that is coming their way as the election nears. In the coming weeks, students will begin planning for their major house building project. By the end of the marking period, the eighth graders will be home designers and political statisticians! 

Hands On:  But not too close.
Fourth Graders Learn to Save the Bay!
Fourth graders at Chesapeake Academy participated in a one-day field experience through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation oyster dredging, trawling for fish, and crab potting to get a feel for the rich marine resources of the Chesapeake Bay. While investigating oyster reef ecology, estuarine food chains, and local marine life, one theme that was consistently evident was the importance of helping restore the Chesapeake Bay's oysters and wildlife. 

"Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation....Here are mountaines, hil[l]s, plaines, valleyes, rivers, and brookes, all running most pleasantly into a faire Bay, compassed but for the mouth, with fruitfull and delightsome land."  
Captain John Smith
Robin and Robert Cunningham discuss the value of free and fair communications.
Rockin' Radio Station Activity Period Ready to Launch!
According to most middle schoolers, "The best way to learn is to dive in up to your elbows!" And Chesapeake Academy Activity Periods are designed to allow students the opportunity to do just that! These offerings expose students to a variety of interest areas in a hands-on format, allowing students to explore and develop interests widely.

Parents Robin and Robert Cunningham A'74 of White Stone, owners of WWND are hosting an activity period for Chesapeake Academy middle school students over the next eight weeks, focusing on community radio! Students are learning the value of free community radio to a democratic society, trying their hands at broadcasting, researching and short spots, and learning the science behind how radio works.

Students toured the station, learning about the equipment and even requesting and announcing songs. Going forward, students will prepare and deliver short, "Moments in American History," design seasonal playlists, and learn from an actual DJ who will visit the classroom. As students in this activity period learn the history of radio, they will consider how it has transformed aspects of civilization and listen to important radio addresses such as: "The King's Speech" (King George, WWII), the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy" radio address.
On air!

This year a new leadership opportunity for our fourth graders is happening in the Lower School. Once a month the entire Lower School student body will meet to discuss important information and reminders. This Lower School meeting is lead by our fourth graders. 

The Golf Team enjoyed beautiful fall afternoons learning and playing the game of golf! 
Coach's Corner
The ISAC tournaments for soccer and volleyball will be next week. We are hosting the soccer tournament  on Monday  and  Wednesday . Games will start at  3:00 p.m.and 4:30 p.m .

The volleyball tournament will be held at Ware Academy  on Tuesday  and  Thursday . The games  on Tuesday  will begin at  4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m . The games  on Thursday  will begin at  5:00 p.m.  and  6:00 p.m

The JV Volleyball Team posts a win!

One of the friendliest smiles you will every find...Mrs. Sonja Smith!
Chesapeake Academy is the Place I Teach!
I love teaching at Chesapeake Academy because this is a place where I have the flexibility to provide interesting and meaningful lessons for my students. I don't feel pressure from the administration, but instead support and goodwill. I love that the families who are here value the same things that we do: they have chosen us because they believe in us and what we are doing. The students are excited to be here at school and look forward to what is coming next. I love that we can provide a differentiated program for our students and have the time and resources to do so. 

Our students are not only developing into great learners, but into good people, too. Chesapeake Academy values excellent character, and we work hard together to instill this in our students. There is a great sense of family here, and I truly love being a part of it. 

I have been a parent here for 11 years, and I have been a teacher for 6 of those years. I am honored to be part of such a great team of teachers and administrators. I am loving my new role in second grade. I feel comforted knowing that when I need help that the other teachers are glad to help me. I am proud of what we have done with the Arts program and am excited to continue growing and developing the program into something that people see as valuable and vibrant.

I am very proud of what we do here at CA and feel grateful to be a part of it!!

Sonja Smith
Second Grade Math and
Science, Librarian, Art Teacher

Yippee! The faculty won the Boxtop Competition!!!  And these donuts are DELICIOUS!  Watch out!  We plan to win again!
Secondary School Aptitude Tests
SSATs will be given on November 12 at Chesapeake Academy.  Eighth graders applying to independent high schools are required to take the SSAT.  Registration for the test is at www.ssat.org.  All eighth graders will have a standardized test preparation series during activity period in October.  We will not offer a separate SSAT prep class.  Mrs. Keesee sent information to eighth grade parents and is available to answer questions.  Contact Julie Keesee.
Ms. Courtney shares a laugh with Caleb '26 and Julia Sevier, his mother, on the hay ride on a glorious October day!
Pumpkin Patch Peaks Interest in Plants for Pre-K 3&4
Hay rides, pumpkin picking, touring vegetable gardens, and visiting a wide variety of farm stock make a perfect October morning for Chesapeake Academy's Pre-Kindergarten 3&4. And the Pumpkin Patch playground was just icing on the cake!

"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see."
CAPPA Countdown
A huge thank you to all the parents who brought in refreshments and desserts for our Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day and the Chesapeake Academy Community Oyster Roast festivities. Everyone's participation helped these two events to be very successful and fun for all.

It is not too late to sign-up for after-school karate, which starts in November, as well as fitness classes at BodyFit in White Stone.   Contact Michelle Ritter with questions.  

We are planning a LuLaRoe fundraiser for  November 10 , 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Academy Hall. 

Join us for our next CAPPA meeting  November 9, after drop off in the library.

Thank you,
Michelle Ritter
CAPPA President

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents." 
Jane D. Hull

C APPA is excited to once again offer karate classes at Chesapeake Academy.
Glenn Fallin, an accomplished black belt instructor of 20 + years, will be the teacher. Parent chaperones will accompany your child directly after school to the Art Room
and will remain with the children for the duration of class.
This is a great form of exercise, discipline, and esteem building.

Classes start November 7, 2016, 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Location: CA Art Room, Grades: K - 4

Cost: $100 for the Semester
($10 per class)

Dates: November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12
      January 9, 16, 23, 30

You may place an order for a "Gi" for your child during the first class.

Please contact Janet Smith
(804-580-4507) or
to sign your child up for classes, to be a parent volunteer, or to ask questions.

Student Council Officers: Ben Antonio '16, president; Ashton Hollingsworth '16, treasurer; Jordan Abbott, 16, secretary; and Reese Bragg '16, vice president.
Student Council Squawk 
Student Council would like to thank everyone who braved the rain to support Walk for Water on October 8. Even though we were small in number, every little bit helps to bring safe water to areas in need. 
Coming up on  October 28, Student Council will be hosting middle school students for a movie night in the gym. Doors will open at  5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at  5:45 p.m. The cost is $8. What could be better than an evening of pizza, s'mores, and "Casper, the Friendly Ghost"?

Get into the Halloween spirit! Tag Day will be moved to  Monday, October 31, and Student Council encourages everyone to dress in their black and orange best. We just ask no costumes, no face or hair paint, and no hats. The cost will still be $.50.  Get ready to Ghoul!
Intrepid walkers, Mrs. Hillary Smith and Ashton Hollingsworth, enjoyed the trek with the Amazing Vince!

"Strong people stand up for themselves. And the strongest people stand up for others."

Mrs. Susan May, Extended Day, is in search of water bottle or soda bottle caps for an activity! We need lots of them! You can drop them off in the Wiley Building if you are willing to collect and donate!  She is also pining for Lincoln Logs!

An Attitude of Gratitude!  
  • Parent Alison Weddle's intrepid team of gardeners cleaned and dressed the Chesapeake Academy campus after the storm and had our spaces sparkling for grandparents, grandfriends, and oyster roast patrons.
  • Sometimes the quiet helpers make a remarkable difference! Ms. Connie always soothes the hurts and makes things better for all of us.  
  • Christchurch School's Director of Place-Based Extensions of the Academic Curriculum, Dave Cola, lead Chesapeake Academy seventh graders in a comparative field study that will help prepare them for their upcoming Sea Camp field study.
  • Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, fourth graders learned about the rich marine resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the importance of being good stewards of this resource.
  • How about that Book Fair!  Thank you to parent Rosetta Struse, for stepping up to host a wonderful celebration of reading!
  • Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in at the Oyster Roast!  Thanks to you, it rocked!
  • Thanks to Whitney Shelton of the Fairport Baptist Womens' Club for donating an Epi pen Jr. to Chesapeake Academy!
  • Thanks to parent Amy Britt for accompanying the sixth grade on their trip to the Blue Ridge to explore geographic settlement patterns. 
  • Thanks to parent Phoebe Hollingsworth, our able Queen of the Oyster Roast Raffle.  This good soul also pitched in to help in every way with the Oyster Roast.
  • Thanks to parent Michelle Ritter and Rosetta Struse for delivering the Lower School's Rappahannock Record Contest structure to the Lancaster Community Library unscathed!
  • Student Council extends gratitude and respect to those hearty souls who showed up in a storm to Walk for Water!
  • Mrs. Susan May sends thanks to all the folks who are collecting bottle tops for her projects. The extended day peeps are loving the results!
  • Thanks to the seventh graders who made chicken heads for younger students for the Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day performances!
  • Parents Robin and Robert Cunningham have donated their time and talent to hosting an activity period on free community radio!  Much gratitude and kudos for a job well done!

"I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
Zora Neale Huston

Dates to Remember
10/21 Blue Ridge Trip, grade 6
10/24 Golf @ Hobbs Hole, 4:00 p.m.
          ISAC SoccerTournament at CA, 3:00 (game 1)and 4:30 p.m. (game 2)
10/25 Volleyball ISAC at Ware, 4:00 p.m. (game 1) and 5:00 (game 2)
10/26 Tag Day
           ISAC Soccer Tournament  at  CA  3:00 p.m. (game 1) and 4:30 p.m. (game 2)
10/26 Richmond Symphony, 9:30 a.m. -  3:00 p.m., grades 5 through 8
10/27 Belle Isle History Fair, grades 3 and 4
           Volleyball ISAC at Ware, 5:00 p.m. (game 1) and 6:00 (game 2)
10/31 Black and Orange Tag Day
11/1 Richmond Capitol, grades 3 and 5
11/2 Picture Retake Day
        Dress Uniform
        Faculty Professional Development, 3:30 p.m. 
11/3 Urbanna Oyster Festival Education Day, grades 3 through 5
11/4 First Marking Period Ends
11/11 Report Cards Released
11/12 SSAT@CA,8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
11/14-11/17 Parent Partnership Days
11/16 PALS, "Waltz of the World," 9:30 a.m.
11/21 Holocast Museum Trip, grade 8
11/22 "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," presented by grade 6; 
          Community Feast
11/23 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Holiday
11/30 "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," presented by grade 3,
           Tag Day, Faculty Professional Development, 3:30 p.m.
12/5 Interims

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