March 11, 2016

The Head's Heads Up. . . .
What a truly priceless gift we have in our teachers at Chesapeake Academy. The enthusiasm and dedication they bring into the classroom everyday makes it an exciting place for our children to learn. They use this same energy, not only to teach the academics to build curious and engaged students, but to help our children be better people as well.

Our teachers are our students' most valuable allies, and the school's most valuable assets.
I was pretty sure Chesapeake Academy had exceptional teachers when I arrived here, but working with them everyday has really made me see how incredible they are. Some are newer to teaching; some have years and years of experience, but what they all have is enduring enthusiasm for their profession. Our teachers love our kids. They love sharing knowledge, and seeing those lightbulbs go on in their student's heads. What I've noticed most, though, is they, themselves, really love to learn!

We direct most of our attention towards the kids; we help guide them through the days' ups and downs, and urge them to meet our high expectations. But CA teachers get special attention, too. Teachers have Professional Development opportunities, days when other professionals visit to lead a workshop, afternoon meetings when colleagues design and present a topic of interest, and off campus workshops and conferences. When CA's teachers get the chance to expand their own knowledge, they do so with enthusiasm. Professional development, enrichment, team-building, and growth are the elements that create the rocket fuel that teachers bring to the classrooms. What better role model to become a life long learner? It's no wonder our kids love school...their teachers do, too!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Suess
It's crunch time for planning the Golden Jubilee on  May 7,  and we're asking everyone to pitch in! In order for the auction to be a success, we aim to have a spectacular selection of live and silent auction items for our guests to bid on. 
  • If you own your own business or have a special set of talents that you think may make a good item, you can help! 
  • If you're an outgoing person who is well-connected with community members and all they have to offer, you can help! 
  • If you can place an ad in our auction catalogue, become an event sponsor or know someone who will, you can help! 
  • And of course if you can spare a little time to help with Golden Jubliee mailings, decorations or set-up, guess what? You can help! 

Contact Catherine Emery or Catherine Emry today and pitch in to make this year's event a smashing success!! Contact Catherine Emry.  Contact Catherine Emery.


Catherine Emery, parent of Tayloe, '21 and Thomas, '22


"Look at me, look at me, look at me now! Its fun to have fun, but you have to know how!" The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess


Admissions Update!

The Chesapeake Academy community is delighted to welcome Kayla Wills to third grade. She will join CA on March 14, 2016.  Please extend a big Osprey welcome to Kayla and her family:  William, Emily, and younger sibling, Ethan.  Ethan will join Chesapeake Academy for kindergarten 2016-17.

Kindly update your school directory with their contact information:

PO Box 26
Locust Hill, VA  23092
Emily cell:  804.370.0787
William cell:  804.370.4899
Emily email:
William email:

Welcome to Chesapeake Academy!

World  renowned percussionist and teaching artist, Tom Teasley, delighted audiences at the Seth W. Ahlborn Performing Arts and Lecture Series presentation at Chesapeake Academy.  His program, Drumming Through Cultures and Time is a unique journey through the history of percussion, featuring ancient instruments such as the balafon, doumbek, djembe, kilimba, and frame drum, combined with the most recent advances in musical technology, including digital looping.
Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
Mrs. Antonio's first graders discover their location on the map as they toured Irvington with the developer of the local Discovery Map (Mr. Antonio) learning to locate street names and buildings that exist in our community.  Grow good map skills!

Senora Ebner's third grade Spanish students learn clothing vocabulary by cutting, pasting, and labeling clothing items with their Spanish names.

Gavin Jett, '21 grapples with the parameters of the project!

Zoo Building Keeps Third Grade Math Interesting!
Third graders are creating/designing their own zoos in a project based learning activity. Each zoo designer follows a set of requirements from the "board of directors" of Zooville. This fun activity rehearses student mastery of area and perimeter.

Each of the students who earned athletic awards consistently exemplifies the Chesapeake Academy Code of Conduct. Congratulations to all players for productive Winter athletics season!

All Those Osprey Athletes Make CA Proud!
Chesapeake Academy's Athletic Director, Ian York, and his team of coaches announced Chesapeake Academy's Winter Athletics Awards at a special school assembly. For the 2015-16 winter athletics season, certificates were awarded to all interscholastic athletes, and special awards were given for the most improved players, coach's award, and most valuable players on each team.

The Most Improved Player(MIP) goes to the player who has shown the most improvement from the first practice to the last game. The Coach's Award goes to the player who works the hardest every day in practice and in games, shows a strong desire to get better, and who leads his or her teammates. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) goes to the player who was the most valuable to the team's success. 
JV Basketball
Coach's Award- Landon Reihs, '16 
MIP- Duke Wolfson, '18
MVP- Stewart Hollingsworth, '19

Varsity Basketball
Coach's Award- Michael Branson, '17
MIP- Rock Wolfson, '17
MVP- Ben Antonio, '17 

Girls Basketball
Coach's Award- Abby Souders, '17
MIP- Elizabeth Stanley, '18
MVP- Lily Reihs, '16 

Chesapeake Academy prioritizes athletic character and sportsmanship. Every Chesapeake Academy player is expected to:
  • Treat opponents with respect
  • Play hard but play within the rules
  • Exercise self-control at all times, setting the example for others to follow
  • Respect officials and accept decisions without gesture or argument
  • Win without boasting...lose without excuses....and never quit
  • Always remember that it is a privilege to represent CA and the community

CA students enjoy exhibits at the Steamboat Museum after sharing their steamboat song with the docents (who were charmed)!

Mrs. Somers Takes Lower School on the Road! #Small School: Huge Classroom! #Steamboat Era Museum
Lower Schoolers trekked off to explore the local history of the Steamboat Era at the Irvington Steamboat Era Museum as preparation for their choral performance in this spring's Artstravaganza. E stablished in 2004, The Steamboat Museum tells the story  of the steamboats and how they altered  the lives of everyone along the  Chesapeake Bay.  The steamboats provided an economic  lifeline. The cities of Norfolk and, more  predominately, Baltimore, acted as  gateways to the world beyond.  The cities  provided the markets, the towns provided the goods, and the steamboats provided  a means to both. Students enjoyed seeing the  era brought to life with models,  artifacts, and photos.
Products available in the Steamboat Era intrigue museum visitors!

Hardworking competitors show off their certificates!
National History Day Competition Provides Good Mileage for CA's Young Researchers!
Seventh and eighth grade history students departed campus at the crack of dawn and headed to Alexandria for  National  History  Day, a themed history competition that's been around since 1974. Students selected a  historical topic following the theme of Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange and developed a project ( historical paper, exhibit, website, performance, or documentary) that would push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.  A tall order!  But armed with experience from last year's event, Ms. Dynia's students tackled the challenge.

A preparatory competition at Chesapeake Academy was judged by teachers. This school competition served to offer students feedback to fine-tune their projects before the history fair. Jordan Abbott, '17, won the research paper category of the CA competition. Claire Keesee, '16 and Philip Haynie, '17 earned first and second place in the documentary category. Creating websites to showcase their historical research, Lily Reihs, '16 and Colette Haynie, '16, earned first and second place in this category. Exhibits by Abby Souders, '17, and Faith Hattersley, '17, shared first place, with Ben Antonio earning second place in the exhibit category.

"This is the second year our students have competed in the competition, and already I see growth in their work. Not only have they challenged themselves to create more thoughtful, and more broadly researched projects, but they have gained confidence in their presentation skills. I look forward to seeing how the seventh graders rise to the occasion when they return to the competition next year, and I hope the graduating eighth graders apply what they have learned to their high school projects."  comments a proud Kim Dynia.

Lucas Edwards, '21 checks out the list of suspects for March Mystery Month. Some shady characters there....

The Plot Thickens:  March Mystery Update
This week, groups met to review clues and to document their findings in their clue journals.  Each grade level found different clues, so each student had something to contribute to the discussion of clues.  Fourth grade leaders led discussions of what they had found (a note about a ladder, a glove, a footprint, information about who last rang the bell).  Students had to begin the documentation process with writing what had occurred, why it was a mystery, and how they were going to approach it.  Up next? Student groups have plans for interviews of suspects (from their photo album of suspects) and there will be more clues discovered this week.  We anticipate the basketball team to be under heavy suspicion!
Advanced Geography Students Use Multi-Dimensional Display to Showcase South Asian Culture!
As the culminating project for a unit on South Asia, sixth grade students decided what they felt were the five most important aspects about the region. They created tunnel books with one aspect represented on each frame, with accompanying paragraphs to describe each frame's importance to South Asia.  These are  so cool!
Rebecca Meberg, '17 gives a little advice to Varun Patel, '22 and Tyler Brent, '22.
Second Grade Blog Gets a Jumpstart from Experienced Sixth Grade Bloggers
Second graders have joined the world of cyber chatter!  They have created a secure "Book Blog" where they can share favorite reads and comment on each others' posts.  Recently, they partnered with the sixth grade to learn more about blogging.
In celebration of the mystery theme in March, third graders are diving into the world of mystery reading and writing. Students have been split into different detective agencies where they meet weekly to collaborate to solve their book's mysteries. Here we see Detective Porter, Detective Smith, and Detective Cunningham investigating the case of Bunnicula, a bunny with some very unusual habits.

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?
First grade is exploring the galloping rhymes of Dr. Suess during March!  Mrs. Antonio's enthusiasm is infectious, and students are creating their own humorous rhymes and will soon tackle their first book review as well!

"I do not like them Sam, I am!"
Fourth Graders PBL Project on Space Is Out of this World!
Spaceships, space stations, and aliens! Fourth graders are wearing new hats in science this marking period as scientists, engineers, and architects.  Each role was tasked with a challenge specific to our curriculum about space. The scientists are researching information about each new planet, learning new facts daily! The engineers are designing spaceships crafted to complete rescue and exploration missions using 3-D shapes and nets.  Our architects are laying out the specs for the perfect space station, paying close attention to the area and perimeter of each room.  

This Project Based Learning (PBL) activity has combined the study of the universe with science, math, reading, writing, research skills, technology, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills. They are currently in the last stages of their tasks and can't wait to display their projects.   

Stewart Hollingsworth, '19 and Ryleigh Hornsmith, '19 share their musical creations.
Musical Inventors Answer Science Challenge in Fifth Grade 
Our curriculum discusses the correlation between pitch and frequency and amplitude in our unit about sound waves.  The students have learned these terms, and are now applying them as they invent and build their new instruments.  Fifth graders were challenged to invent and build a new instrument that had 6 pitches and 8 notes!  The resulting projects range between strings, woodwinds, and percussion instruments.  
The Founder's Oak Stands Tall Despite Pre-Algebra Inquiry
Pre-Algebra students applied skills with diameter, radius, circumference and pi to a forestry "mini-challenge" in which they measured the circumference of trees at breast height (which is the measurement standard for trees, 4.5 feet) and computing the diameter of the tree based on the circumference.  In addition to this, they determined the volume of wood in a given tree based on these calculations. Students even calculated the diameter of the Founders' Oak (eight feet!)  using these methods!
Dieties Reign Supreme in Sixth Grade Lit and Latin!
Sixth graders have been studying Greek and Roman mythology in literature and Latin. As a part of the Greek section of their studies, they explored Marilyn Singer's book  Echo, Echo, a clever book that showcased reverso poems. Reverso poems may be read from either direction, and often showcase something different from different directions. Each mythology enthusiast chose a god or goddess and researched that deity's specific mythology. The Olympians' next task was to write reverso poems of their own, which required them to think carefully about diction and punctuation. And to conclude, the gods and goddesses made an appearance, shared their poems, and feasted on nectar (sparkling cider) and ambrosia (honey) on Mt. Olympus (Room 102). It was a morning of epic proportions!

Pre-K 3&4 music students try out some of the rhythms they learned from percussionist Tom Teasely, who presented a wonderful PALS performance this month.
Rebecca Meberg's reverso poem:

I am Demeter.
The good goddess, everyone says,
forgetting my pain,
my sorrow.
Betrayal of my husband, 
losing my daughter,
Hades, my son-in-law...
Can things get worse?
Nothing should be happy.
Goodbye, my love.
Hello, my loneliness.

Hello, my loneliness.
Goodbye, my love.
Nothing should be happy.
Can things get worse?
Hades, my son-in-law,
losing my daughter,
betrayal of my husband.
My sorrow,
Forgetting my pain,
The good goddess, everyone says.
I am Demeter.

Jack Porter's reverso poem:

I love you and I hate you.
Hades, fear and fright.
You king.
You nasty brother.

You nasty brother, 
You king.
Hades, fear and fright.
I love you and I hate you.
-- Zeus

Elizabeth Stanley's reverso poem:
( She was Athena but wrote her poem from the perspective of Medusa)

I am Medusa.
You need to look away.
Now everyone is stone.
I used to be so beautiful.
Instead of luscious locks,
now I have snakes.
I would look so much better.
Athena, I hate you,
the goddess of Wisdom.

The goddess of Wisdom,
Athena, I hate you.
I would look so much better.
Now I have snakes
instead of luscious locks.
I used to be so beautiful.
Now everyone is stone.
You need to look away.
I am Medusa.

Seventh grade art students enjoy using the outdoor classroom on the first warm days of spring.
Our Faculty Cares about Being On Top of Their Craft!
Hillary Smith has been taking a five-week online course through Facing History and Ourselves titled Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird.  The course focused on using the novel as a part of broader historical and moral studies in addition to meeting literature goals. The course brought together 29 educators from across the United States to closely study the novel, examine primary sources, and generate discussions to deepen classroom usage of the classic text. One of the more fascinating parts of the study involved working with sections from a 1914 textbook chapter on Eugenics and seeing how the effects of this societal framework influenced the characterization of the Ewells in 1930s Maycomb. 

In addition to gaining much from the experience, Mrs. Smith was able to share some of the more innovative lessons on the novel here at Chesapeake Academy, including one titled "Atticus: Believer in Equality, Classism, or Kipling?" that brings together multiple primary and secondary texts, in addition to the novel itself, to explore how Atticus Finch is both an upstander and a product of his time period.

D' Scoop on Student Council!
Student Council would like to thank everyone who came together at the last moment and donated to the tornado relief drive, especially Mrs. Emery who arranged to have everything transported to Tappahannock. 

We are excited to announce a middle school trip to Jumpology and Chick-fil-a in Richmond on  April 15 . The first thirty students who return signed waivers  will be reserved a spot for the trip!  Students may get forms from Ms. Dynia.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to 
get better, it's not!   The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
"Being an Osprey allowed me the opportunity to learn and grow in an atmosphere that was lead by teachers and coaches committed to enhancing my future. I have made lifelong relationships that all started at CA!"  
Austin Brown, 07, a Virginia Tech Grad who works for Caterpillar in Fredericksburg.

Our best ambassadors are our families!  Tell a friend....refer a student! Earn a $500 tuition discount! Contact Hilary Scott at 804.438.5575

CAPPA Countdown
Congratulations to the Pre-K 3&4 class for collecting the most Box Tops for February and a big thank you to all that clipped and brought in box tops for the month. 

Our next collection date is Thursday, March 24. Please remember that each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school.
Michelle Ritter
CAPPA President
"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"

Athletic Director, Ian York
Coach's Corner
Monday, March 14 will be the basketball play day for grades four and five. This event will start at 2 p.m. and last until 4 p.m. This play day will give the students an opportunity to practice the game of basketball, have fun, and compete.  Fourth and fifth graders should wear Chesapeake Academy PE clothing.  Just as in the Fall, the eighth graders will be helping to run concessions, officiate the games, and coach the teams. Please come out and support the students!

Tennis and track starts on March 14. It's time to get in shape and polish some skills!  

Don't Miss the  Seacamp Spaghetti Dinner! 
Enjoy c ommunity, delicious food, and debonair servers! The Spaghetti Supper will be held in Academy Hall on 
Friday, March 18  from  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m . Take Out will be available from  2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m .  

Tickets will be available at CA and from our sixth and seventh grade Seacampers!

                                        ...better than green eggs and ham....

An Attitude of Gratitude! 
After Chesapeake Bank generously donated time and talent to bring the Junior Achievement Program to Chesapeake Academy, Jeffrey Szyperski treated the eighth grade to a pizza lunch to celebrate...treasure!

Many thanks to Michelle Ritter for her kind words in last Heads Up about the faculty.  The appreciation warmed hearts!

The mystery baker continues to delight us all with gastronomic delicacies!  If we knew who you were, we would hug your neck and get your  recipes!

Change is challenging...and Ms. Connie and Catherine Emry do all they can to make things easier.  For all the help with the new phone system and copiers, we are grateful for your patience and generosity.

Thanks to everyone who got their enrollment agreements in on time. It makes such a difference to planning to have clear data on enrollment!

We still can't thank CAPPA enough for the infusion of supplies to our classrooms! The smiles have not faded!

Grover Branson would love to thank Faith  Hattersley, '17 and Chas Faulkner, '16 for staying to help clean the bus after the long trip to National History Day.  The little things we do make a big difference!

Sometimes everyday life offers a moment that gives you pause.  And often at CA we are fortunate to see (and feel) the impact of these moments.  A first grader dropped his papers in the windy afternoon breeze and Liam Hubbard (kindergartener) sprang into action to prevent an accident from becoming a disaster.  Everyone feels better with a little kindness.

There is a special place in heaven for  chaperones.  Thanks to Sonja Smith and Joe Souders who joined bus driver Grover Branson,  catching the bus at 5:30 a.m. to trek with the seventh and eighth grades to the National History Day Fair.  Thanks also to all of those parents who got their kids to the bus on time and ready to go!

March Madness is upon us! Thanks to Ted Cook for managing our friendly competition. This year the mascot approach to creating a bracket is bound to prevail. 

Ted Cook, Eleanor Young, Jan Boyer, Chris Cammarata, Emily Thomas, Michelle Ritter, Vivian and Curtis Patton are all wearing angel wings with the Development Office for helping with the recent mailings.

Janet Smith and Cedrick Sanders earned much gratitude for chaperoning the karate classes!

All you wonderful faculty members and parents who have already donated something to the auction, bought an add in the catalog or volunteered in some way, you are treasures, and our school thrives because of you!

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!" One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Dates to Remember
3/13 Daylight Savings Time (Spring forward!)
3/14 4/5 Basketball Play Day,  2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3/15 Beware, The Ides of March!
3/16 Faculty Professional Development 3:30 p.m.
3/16 Middle School Richmond Symphony, dress uniform for MS
3/18 Seacamp Spaghetti Supper 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., takeout available at  2:45 p.m. 
3/18 MP3 Ends
3/18 Lower School Richmond Symphony, dress uniform for LS
3/22 Grades Three, Four, Five to VCPE Mini-Economies Fair
3/23 Tag Day
3/24 Chick-Fil-A Lunch
3/25 to 4/4 Spring Break
4/5 Eighth grade to Jefferson Lab

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