April 28, 201 7
The Head's Heads Up
That old saying, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is true. Children do tend to grow up to be a lot like their parents.Through nature or nurture, parents set important examples for their children about their values and beliefs. Parents are powerful role models. It's important to challenge yourself to identify the positive things you can role model for your children--things like happiness, self discipline, generosity, the benefit of hard work, compassion, and patience. Role modeling is an important parenting tool. Children are sensitive and astute and have the uncanny ability to distinguish between adults who talk a good game and those who practice what they preach.

Teaching children to be positive citizens is essential. Children who live with philanthropic parents learn from an early age about the importance of giving back to an important cause. Children whose parents volunteer will often follow in their parents' footsteps and continue the family's volunteer service tradition.

I am a firm believer that there are "doers" and "watchers." The doers are most often the solution finders. When something needs to be accomplished, they are the ones who step forward, fill the need, and get things accomplished. The watchers often see the need and instead of working toward a solution, are more comfortable standing on the sidelines evaluating the work of the doers. They have the easy job. It's easy to stand back and determine how the job should have been done. But it is so much more energizing to be a part of the solution.

Our children need to learn to be the doers--right now in their school and in their neighborhoods. Practicing now will ultimately make them leaders and "doers" as they mature and have greater responsibilities and authority in their larger communities. Let's lead by example. Let's lead by role modeling what we want our children to become. Engagement is an essential skill of citizenship.

The circus is in town! 
Just one week left until our spectacular night under the big top, and we need your help getting ready for the show! 

If you have a flair for all things decorative or are just a good worker bee, please reach out to auction chair Catherine Emery ( clemery@chesapeakeacademy.org ) and sign up to pitch in on  Friday, May 5 . We can always use a few extra hands, so please even if you've not signed up, just pop in and see how you can assist!

Have you heard about the $500 hat? Purchase a $10 chance to win the ring leader's hat, which is decorated with $20 bills!! Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Connie prior to the auction or under the tent on auction night!!  Only 300 tickets will be sold!

The Ringmaster in that stylin'chapeau!

So come one, come all!! We look so forward to seeing you all there!!

Chesapeake Academy's Beautification Committee will be holding its bi-annual Campus Beautification Clean-Up this coming Saturday, April 29 
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

We plan to get the campus beautiful for the upcoming Auction on  May 6. Light breakfast and drinks will be provided. Please bring a lunch if you plan to stay through the afternoon.

The following supplies are needed: Pick-up trucks, small carts or wheelbarrows for hauling debris, rakes, gardening gloves, small hand-held trimming shears, hedge trimmers (electric or gas), extension cords, tarps, large plastic trash bags, and weedeaters.

Please help make our campus beautiful! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49a9ac28a4f85-spring  or RSVP by texting/calling/emailing Alison Weddle at  540-960-0454 alisonweddle33@gmail.com.

Correction: Olivia Smith '17, Oliver McAninch '17, and Alexa Stander '17's Seacamp presentation was accidentally left out of the article on the Seacamp Symposium.  These three junior scientists presented a well- researched, interactive piece comparing t he negative effects of tourism on the environment and the positive effects of tourism on the economy in the two ecosystems. The editor apologizes for this oversight.  

CA Summer Camps are filling up fast!  Call today to reserve your spot!
Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
Ryann Kenner '24 thinks Spring afternoons are perfect for chicksercise!  Look at him scale that hurdle.
Whole Lotta Hatching Going On....
What do living things need to survive? How do birds develop inside eggs? How do changing conditions impact development? How do our body structures compare?   

Making observations, recording data, forming questions and guesses and checking them.... pre-kindergarten and first grade are both finding that embryology offers a rich opportunity to practice scientific thinking and methodology.  And the outcome is compelling!  With incubators humming this week, the chick count grew and grew. Fourteen chicks hatched in first grade along with six quail, and pre-kindergarten hatched nine peeps! Coach York and his wife, Olivia '02, recipients of this flock, visted their fluffy bundles and were regaled with stories of development and hatching! 

They come out wet!  And there is a sack inside the shell where you can find some blood vessels that fed the chick! Elise '26 just loves these cute chicks!

Announcement:  Mrs. Lilith Andersen has accepted a position teaching sixth grade Latin and seventh grade Spanish for the 2017-18 school year.  Welcome back, Mrs. Andersen!

Finding tadpoles in a drought year can be tough!  Check your puddles now that it has rained!
Metamorphosis...Means Change!  And it Makes a PATTERN!
The smelly tadpole tank in pre-kindergarten 3&4 is filled again with tiny swimmers eating algae and growing!  Peeps are illustrating the changes, sequencing the stages, and loving the patterns as they watch this miraculous transformation.  The hungry bullfrog tadpole is housed separately! No cannibalism allowed!

Announcement:  Mrs. Alice Riviere has accepted a  position at Chesapeake Academy for the 2017-18 school year teaching sixth grade math and eighth grade algebra.  Welcome aboard!

Looking a word up in the dictionary keeps Logan '24 and Jacob '24 in the know about the vocabulary in their books.
Judy Bloom Takes Lower School by Storm!
The first grade class is working in literature circles to explore acclaimed children's author Judy Blume.  Students are reading  Freckle Juice  or  The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo  and completing a host of skill developing activities both cooperatively and independently as they read and discuss each chapter.

Second and third grade students are also sharing the Judy Bloom joy by taking part in Judy Blume Literature Circles.  Students take turns reading aloud and then share their understanding as illustrators, text connectors, summarizers, and question creators.  

Lit Circles expand student comprehension by processing the book in  a wider variety of ways.

This week kindergarteners and first graders put leftover Easter eggs to use in a STEM challenge while Working Together.  Students worked in groups of four to build the tallest tower--using only plastic Easter eggs.  Students measured the towers at the end of the challenge, counted how many eggs were used in each tower, and discussed the challenges/successes each group found during the time.

Will Weddle '23 exclaims, "I can not believe this worked!"
Worm Grunting:  Who knew?
"Second graders challenged their own preconceptions about this deep south method of gathering worms and found that worm grunting actually works!" explains Mrs. Sonja Smith, second grade science.  The theory is that the worms sense the vibrations created by worm grunters grating on a stob in the ground, and they hurry to the surface to avoid a predatory mole or vole. Sadly at this point, they are captured by worm grunters for fishing bait.  The general consensus among second graders was that this had to be "hooey," but when they tried it and it worked, second graders enthusiastically became worm grunters.

What in the World is Worm Grunting?

Milly completed her History Fair project this afternoon.  She did a fantastic job and feels very proud!
This storyteller knows how to hold an audience in the palm of her hand!
Darci Tucker, Historical Interpreter and Storyteller, Delights Audiences!
Thanks to the generosity of the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Historical Interpreter and Storyteller,  Darci Tucker, gave two performances to Chesapeake Academy lower schoolers." Darci Tucker was a great storyteller, telling great stories I had never heard before!  With the second and third graders, she was very interactive, getting them to act out parts and including them in the story telling. The younger ones loved her, too," explained Julie Keesee. "This partnership with Mary Ball Washington has been just wonderful!"
Blind and deaf from birth, Keller learned to ride her horse in the family's yard inspiring Timmy Kirby '22 to create a model to illustrate this impressive feat!
Helen Keller Inspires Book Projects
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and for the third grade class, Helen Keller qualifies for the honor. Overcoming significant perceptual disabilities, Keller accomplished remarkable things in her life.  Did you know she could ride a horse?

Third graders read a biography about Helen Keller and then individually chose a way to present the information they learned about her. Models, power points, book reports and posters all took a turn as the class shared admiration for this woman's courage and persistence.

Each student presented what they did to the class in preparation for book projects students will be doing in fourth grade.

CA Faculty Loves to Learn
Periodic planned professional development meetings keep the CA teachers apprised of initiatives in education and keep the faculty harmonizing in areas essential to the excellence of the school. Encouraging a growth mindset is one of those areas, and the CA faculty gathered last Wednesday to focus on effective efforts to promote this "can do" attitude at CA.  With insights from a National Association of Independent Schools session Julie Keesee attended in March, faculty members  reflected on and discussed the role of constructive feedback in developing growth mindsets.
Fourth grade detectives have been learning about how to solve secret codes they have found in the book  The Eleventh Hour.   They were then put to the task of creating their own secret code for others to solve. Can you solve these tricky fourth grader's secret messages? If you have fun solving these samples, check out the fourth grade's bulletin board where you can find even more secret messages to decode! 

Code #1 by Kayla Wills '21:
9      12,15, 22, 5        3,1
2, 5, 3, 1, 21, 19, 5    
6, 15, 21, 18, 20, 8
7, 18, 1, 4, 5
7, 5, 20, 19        20, 15
16, 12, 1, 25,     
19, 16, 15, 18, 20, 19
Hint: A=1 Z=26

Code #2 by Lucas Edwards '21
AC si ufn causbee ereth rea neci eatcerhs nad ew teg nfu dna gitrnteesn scsslea. 
Hint: A letter scramble

Code #3 by Tayloe Emery '21
XZ gvzxsvim ziv svokueo zow xzirot. 
Hint: A=Z  Z=A

Figured them out?  
  • Code 3's Solution: I love CA because fourth grade gets to play sports. 
  • Code 2's Solution: CA is fun because there are nice teachers and we get fun and interesting classes.
  • Code 1's Solution: CA teachers are helpful and caring. 

Robert Teagle and Eric Nost pose with History Fair participants!
Historic Christ Church History Fair
The awards ceremony for the 16th annual Historic Christ Church History Fair was well attended, and Chesapeake Academy was proud of the quality and scholarship of the school's entries! All entrants received a popular coupon from Anna's for two slices of pizza. Sam Antonio and Thomas Emery received a second prize award for their display about Lacrosse Now and Then, and Harrison Hinton received an honorable mention for his display on Chief Powhatan. 

The fair is designed to promote research on life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia. Fourth graders from around the region and Chesapeake Academy third graders are invited to attend.  Students enter by creating an original exhibit, display, or design that tells the story of an event, person, or cultural development in Virginia during the period 1607-1789. 

Exhibits include models, dioramas, displays and posters. Judges encourage students to be creative and to use combinations of images, objects and text to tell their story. Projects were submitted to school by March 24.

The exhibits were on display at the museum March 27 through April 26 and will be at the Lancaster Community Library April 28 through May 14.  Along with the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, sponsors included the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bank, and Connemara. 

Students earned cash prizes for first, second, and third place and honorable mentions. Each student who participated is entered in a random drawing for two tickets to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.

Andrew Fulmer '19 and Joness Lasalle Bryant '19 are very proud of the sixth grade community service project.
CA Shoe Collection Benefits Animal Welfare League:  Scour Your Closets!
Collecting gently used shoes to send to developing countries...who knew it could fund important medical interventions for animals at a local animal shelter?  How does this work?  Chesapeake Academy's sixth grade class is running a shoe drive for developing countries. All the shoes will be weighed, and depending on the weight of the shoes collected, money will be donated to the Middlesex County Animal Shelter. Sixth graders are looking for men's, women's, and children's gently worn shoes or new shoes. They can be placed in the brown box in the front office. The shoe drive runs from April 24 through May 5 . If the box is filled, students will get a free tag day on Friday, May 12 .  You know your closet has the potential to help animals!  Donate now!  Sixth graders are excited by what they hope to accomplish!
CA Artists Prep for Artstravaganza 
Preparations are well underway for this showcase school event! Invitations will be going out soon, but don't wait to save the date for Artstravaganza 2017 on  Thursday, May 18

The Gallery will be open for viewing first, and then we will begin the performances. Exact times to follow. Be sure to be here, because it will not disappoint! 
Judy Ebner, Spanish
Why Chesapeake?
Teaching is my third career. And possibly the best, most rewarding career of all. I am a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and I've closely experienced many independent schools, U.S. and British, via my children's education in the United States and in four countries overseas.

I can easily say that CA earns top marks against these larger, much better funded schools. But CA is also special in the almost magical chemistry that only a small school can offer, between the faculty, the students, and the community.  I have never seen a more caring faculty who teach each child with love and a true dedication to that child's success. Discipline is consistent but loving, and designed to correct undesirable behavior by motivating the child to improve rather than punishing them. The children are being taught to be well-mannered, kind, responsible citizens, and it shows.

When I arrived here, Mrs. Keesee told me that every teacher knew every child, and it's true. But the caring is broader and deeper than just knowing names. The attitude of being entrusted with something special--the life and growth of each individual child--is so apparent in everyone on staff, from the front office to pre-K. And any teacher will invest in and deal with any child's needs, problems, and celebrate their successes, whether their own student or not.

The Foreign Service gave me fluency in three languages, my favorite being Spanish, and I developed a love for the language living and working in Spain. Now, it's my turn to give back and, I hope, inspire a love for this beautiful language in the rising generation.  

I would not teach just anywhere. And I cannot imagine teaching in a better, more supportive environment than CA.

Curiosity is not killing this cat!
Ospreys Around Town...Lorry Manetz '21 Makes His Mark in the Classics!  
Following your passions often informs all other areas of life!  Hobbies rock! Third grader Lorry Manetz is finding this out as he studies Latin--even kayaking solo across his creek to take lessons from Mrs. Linda Montross during the summers! Lorry has been pursuing this interest for nearly three years.  He speaks Latin in his lessons and is reading two short books in Latin! In March Lorry took the 2017 National Latin Exam and earned a Magna Cum Laude Certificate! 

Lorry also is curious about mythology, and he is reading all about Greek and Roman mythology in D'Aulaire's Mythology, Vergil's Aneid for Children, and Asimovs, Words from the Myths. This cool kid loves to to spend his free time reading, and he is expanding his interest into Norse mythology as well. Always up for a challenge, Lorry is memorizing the first eleven lines of the Aenid and the first paragraph of Caesar's Gallic Wars in Latin.  The moral of this story?  Eat your Wheaties if you are playing Jeopardy against this curious cuss!

Macte nova virtute, puer, sic itur ad astra! 
( Well done with your recent virtue, boy, thus one goes to the stars!)
Vergil...Book IX...line 641
The god Apollo speaks to the boy Ascanius (son of Trojan hero Aeneas) who had just done well in some military event.

Coding Unplugged
Third and fifth graders meet monthly to collaborate on coding projects using computers or practicing unplugged. In fact, coding unplugged gives students a great opportunity to use the same coding vocabulary and practice the careful, sequenced, logical thought that coding requires. Words like  algorithm, programming,  and  debugging  work with or without a computer.  Coding unplugged even allows the kiddos an opportunity to see the algorithm more clearly and accomplish the work necessary to create a program that works. 

A fleet of wee cyclists gear up for their maiden voyage.
Activity Periods Humming with Excitement!
Thursdays are activity period days, so in the middle of the day students rode bikes around town (older students) and around campus (younger ones), dissected grasshoppers in the lab, practiced radio spots for WWND, played strategic games, programmed robots, cooked the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, and played soccer and lacrosse! Activity periods let students work in collaborative, multi-age groups to explore new interests. Now that's a brain boost!
A well-rounded fellow, Jarett's love of music toook him to Interlochen!
Osprey Around Town, Jared Platsis '19 Tickles the Ivories!
Sixth grader Jarett Platsis started piano study in first grade.  He has been a student of Mr. Dennis Tucker for six years, taking multiple lessons each week.  He practices nearly every day, working to master pieces by Bach, Beethoven and others.  Concentrating on technique, touch, scales, and chords, Jarett has advanced each year.  He is annually evaluated by the National Guild of Piano Teachers where he consistently receives high marks.  With a remarkable ability to retain his music, he frequently plays from memory; though he has composed his own pieces and is learning that writing music is a completely different challenge.  Jarett attended Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp in 2016 to further refine his skills.  He looks forward to similar opportunities offered around the country as he continues to pursue his love of music.

Not the rote skill drills of yesteryear!
Easter Decimal Hunt
Before spring break, fourth and fifth graders participated in a different kind of Easter egg hunt on the CA Nature Trail.  Each student was given a BINGO board and they had to hunt for decimal addition and subtraction problems hidden in Easter eggs. Once students found the hidden egg, they had to solve the problem and find the correct answer on their BINGO card. It was a great way to get students moving around, enjoying the fresh air, and reviewing decimal concepts. Fourth grader Jules LaSalle-Bryant said, "It was my favorite math class!"
One happy class!
Second Grade Thinks My School Rocks!  Too Good to Choose One!

How do you know you are an important part of CA?


  • When we start making up games so many people actually ask me to play games with them that it is hard to decide what to do.Will Weddle '23
  • I get to have fun. Quenton Harding '23
  • I know because I help others and they help me. Once when I was playing soccer and I got hit, a fourth grader made me goalie and told me I was the best goalie ever. Jimmy Hodsden '23
  • I never miss school. I love school. I have never missed two days in a row! Brooks Parker '23
  • All of my teachers are really nice. Valerie Edmonds '23
  • Everyone is really nice to me. Friends always play with me on the playground and they make me feel better when I am sad. Isabelle Fries '23
  • The teachers teach me to be kind. The teachers also make us have lots of fun. Khloe Hohensee '23 

What are some of the ways you have grown in your time at CA?

  • I have learned to sit by myself so that I don't get distracted and talk a lot. Then I can pay attention to my work and get things done. I have also learned to do times in math.
    Will Weddle '23
  • Writing. Now I can write stories and I think they are fun to write. Quenton Harding '23
  • I am much better at the times tables. I have gotten better at science and art. I love books and am good at learning history. Jimmy Hodsden '23
  • I have gotten much better at writing and reading. I can now write a whole story and I can read long chapter books now. Right now I am on chapter 52 of Treasure Hunters. Brooks Parker '23
  • I am much better typing. I can go a little bit faster. Valerie Edmonds '23
  • My teachers help me learn in a fun way. Isabelle Fries '23 
  • I am much better at writing. Now I can write words that are spelled correctly and paragraphs. I know how to draw and paint and write stories. Right now I'm writing an adventure story. Khloe Hohensee '23
What are some ways you work to make your school community better?
  • I don't leave trash and I always wipe my feet when I come inside.
    Will Weddle '23
  • I listen and follow the directions. Quenton Harding '23
  • I always help others and support them. If someone is playing in a game I cheer for them. Jimmy Hodsden '23
  • I am a good friend and everyone is kind to me. I am also kind to them. Brooks Parker '23
  • I am nice to everyone. When kids are lonely I play with them. Valerie Edmonds '23
  • I am kind to everyone when I am not feeling cranky.
    Isabelle Fries '23
  • I play with friends when they want to play with me. I help friends when they are hurt. Khloe Hohensee '23
What is special to you about CA?
  • A lot of times we have special occasions like a Monopoly math challenge or swimming or author parties.
    Will Weddle '23
  • We get to draw and write a lot. Quenton Harding '23
  • It is fun to be able to play with my brother on the playground every day. Jimmy Hodsden '23
  • I have great friends. They always play with me and make me feel awesome because we are good friends to each other. Brooks Parker '23
  • I have nice friends and nice teachers. Valerie Edmonds '23
  • I have lots of friends and it is fun and I learn lots. Isabelle Fries '23
    I like to see my teachers. I like to go outside and play with my friends. Khloe Hohensee '23
"You want weapons? We're in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room's the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!" 
Doctor Who, Tooth and Claw, Season 2, episode 2

Sprucing up the Henry G. Selby Nature Trail
Chesapeake Academy's Henry G. Selby Nature Trail is getting a much needed pruning this spring, and the sixth grade class is in charge!   The area surrounding the trail itself is the class's target area.  Students are pruning invasive plant species at the moment and plan to plant trees that are good for the environment in that area.  We hope that this natural habitat leading to and surrounding our outdoor classroom  will become a designated nature conservatory/wetlands area once the project is completed. 

Beach Restoration Project Morphs to Erosion Management as County Considers Next Steps at Windmill Point and a Call Goes out for Help in Kilmarnock to Control Runoff
With a pause called on the Windmill Point Beach (county owned section) restoration project, seventh graders have put the project on hold as stakeholders consider next steps.  In the interim, the town of Kilmarnock has been awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Fund grant to solve a major stormwater issue in the center of town. You can see some of the work happening now, across from Carwash Cafe.  During heavy rain storms, run off from all directions creates a huge gully with tons of sediment washed away that eventually lands in local waterways. The town of Kilmarnock has contracted a company to redirect some of the flow of runoff and break up the water's energy in a series of tiered pools. Seventh graders will help by planting native trees and shrubs along the restored banks. This project is the perfect example of an entire watershed working to restore the health of the Bay and there are many lessons to be learned at the upland site.  
Jordan Abbott '17 Cub Reporter
Algebraic "Speed Dating"
For the past few weeks, Algebra students have been working with linear systems in a variety of unique ways. Students did several rounds of "speed dating," which is where half of the class gets in one small circle and the other half sits in a bigger circle, facing each other. Each person writes an equation, and the two have to work together to solve the linear system. Some of the equations were solved as true love, and some of them were not compatible. We learned that even numbers make great matches. 

Students also worked on linear systems with mystery bags. Given a box full of materials to fill their bags, students had to come up with a value for each of the objects and they had to write an equation explaining everything in the bag except for the number of how many items it contained. Students were allowed to solve anyone's bag they wanted. Every bag contained different objects with different values. Some bags had five items, and some had seventy. Overall, it was a great way to learn about linear systems!

Love Chesapeake Academy?  Help it thrive!  
Donate to the Chesapeake Academy Annual Fund! 

Tuition only covers a percentage of the actual cost of a CA education. The annual fund and our major fundraisers fund the gap. This means participating in the annual fund and adding some elbow grease to the school's major fundraisers is up to each of us!

Chesapeake Academy hosted the River Heads along with VAIS Executive Director Betsy Hunroe! Productive partnership is essential to great schools! Jeb Byers of Christchurch School, Debbie Cook of Chesapeake Academy, Tom Thomas of Ware Academy, Cathy Sgroi of St. Margaret's School, and Tara Garner of Aylett Country Day School comprise the group which meets annually to discuss issues that impact regional independent schools.

Get your tickets!
CAPPA Update!

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 10. Please come and hear how we are wrapping up the year and help us to start plans for next year!

The Faye Society Gathers at The Hope and Glory
At their annual gathering, Chesapeake Academy Faye Society members enjoyed an enthusiastic presentation by Head of School Debbie Cook and Assistant Head of School Julie Keesee outlining the state of the school. Thanking members for making a financial commitment to Chesapeake Academy's future, the team outlined the school's successes, strategic vision, and immediate plans to some of the school's staunchest supporters. As they forecast the school's upcoming transition in leadership, the pair noted that Chesapeake Academy has always and will continue to play an important role in the broader community.

Faye Society Chair, Eric Nost, explains, "Members of the Faye Society have made a personal commitment to help ensure the economic, educational, and social vitality of the Northern Neck community. Maintaining an independent educational alternative allows parents the opportunity to seek the best match in learning settings for their child and helps to ensure that the region remains an attractive professional destination. Chesapeake Academy's rigorous curriculum focuses on authentic, place-based learning that develops vital 21st century skills. With a priority on developing good citizens who answer the call to leadership, the Academy has been a strong contributor to the local community for fifty-one years."

The Faye Society, founded in 2001, recognizes contributions and charitable bequests for the long-term growth and sustainability of Chesapeake Academy. The society is named in honor of Captain and Mrs. James Faye who generously included Chesapeake Academy as a beneficiary of their estate in 1987. Their foresight, thoughtful consideration, and charitable planning made a tremendous impact on the Academy's future and fiscal stability.

Membership in the Faye Society recognizes patrons who have made Chesapeake Academy a part of their planned charitable giving. Since its founding 15 years ago, 60 individuals have taken a leadership role by making a commitment of planned giving to Chesapeake Academy. Gifts are invested in the school's endowment. Funds received by the endowment are professionally managed by institutional asset managers. These gifts provide the Academy with a well-diversified portfolio for optimum performance and growth potential.

Chesapeake Academy's Faye Society offers estate planners broad flexibility for donors that can solve a variety of estate planning needs. The Faye Society accommodates gift strategies that avoid capital gains and post-mortem estate taxation. Fixed lifetime income can be established through charitable remainder annuity trusts or donors may hedge against inflation over the long term. This sort of legacy gift is an option for all income brackets. The options are many and varied, and the outcome ensures the Academy continues to be a vibrant, academically challenging, and sustainable educational alternative in the Northern Neck community for the next 51 years and beyond.

More information about Chesapeake Academy and the Faye Society is available by contacting Head of School Deborah Cook at 804.438.5575 or dcook@chesapeakeacademy.org.

Cirque du CA: A Sensory Delight!
Student Council Elections!
It is time for student council elections this year!

Elections are open to current sixth and seventh graders who are reenrolled for next year. Speeches are due to Ms. Dynia on  May 15, and the speeches and voting will take place on  May 19. Voting will be open to current fourth through seventh graders, and the results will be announced at assembly on  Monday, May 22. Candidates are allowed to hang a poster in the middle school hallway and fourth grade classroom starting on  May 15 if they wish.

Dont be a monkey!  Volunteer at the auction!  You can help before,during and after!
An Attitude of Gratitude
  • Grover Branson, Julie Thorstensen, Alison Weddle, and John Stephen Weddle put some elbow grease into clearing up the debris from the storm, making it easier to put that mess behind us!  We are grateful.
  • Thanks to the stalwart volunteers who arrive in the Development office in a steady stream helping get ready for the Cirque du CA.  You really make a big difference!
  • Thanks to creative teachers who are having so much fun with Activity Periods.  Joy and curiosity are wonderful things in a school!
  • Thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers, contractors, and bidders for the upcoming Cirque du CA! This event is going to be so much fun, and it will do wonderful (and essential) things for Chesapeake Academy.
  • First grade sends hearty thanks for quail eggs to Rya and Rosetta Struse.
  • Thanks to Thomas Emery for pre-kindergarten 3&4's tadpoles and for the quick tutorial on the development cycle.
  • Thanks to Mary Ball Washington Musum and Library for sharing the storyteller.  We loved Darci Tucker!
  • Thanks to Gwynn Tayloe for sharing eggs and eggspertise with prekindergarten scientists.

Don't miss the Cirque du CA!
Dates to Remember
4/29 Nature Trail Clearing, sixth grade 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5/1 Kilmarnock Runoff Project, seventh grade, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Audubon Society Presentations at LCL, 3:15 p.m.
5/3 Nature Trail Clearing, sixth grade; Dress Uniform
5/5 Interims Home
5/6 Cirque du CA Auction
5/9 Eighth Grade to Jefferson Labs
5/10 Nature Trail Clearing, sixth grade 1:35 to 3:00 p.m., PALS, Exercise your Mind and Body, 9:00 a.m.
5/11 Kilmarnock Runoff Project Alternate Date
5/15 Revolutionary War Center, second
5/16 Student Council Speeches Due
5/18 Artstravaganza, 5:15 p.m.
5/19 Student Council Bubble Soccer
5/22 Field Day
5/24 Spring Athletics Awards Assembly, 10:05 a.m.
5/29 School Closed, Memorial Day
5/30 through 6/2 Exams for seventh and eighth grades
5/30 Williamsburg Field Trip, third grade
6/2 Closing Assembly, 10:05 a.m., noon dismissal
6/5 Eighth Grade Board Dinner, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m
6/5 Faculty Workday
6/6  Graduation


CAMP CHESAPEAKE  Ages 4-6 June 19 - August 18, (8:15 - 5:30) 
c ost 250.00 per week
I spy a fantastic camp!  Led by Chesapeake Academy teachers Susan May, Hillary May Smith, and Katie Parker, this camp promises a dynamic and fun experience for young campers!  Camp Chesapeake is the perfect place for campers to explore new activities, discover new interests, and meet new friends. This full-day program for children 4 to 6 nurtures campers' curiosity and offers a wide variety of activities on and off campus -- weekly trips, arts and crafts, silly competitions, games, and more! Each week builds on a different I Spy theme, so no two weeks are the same!

MYSTERY TOUR: June 26-30 and July 24-28  cost: $375
This camp is so popular that we offer two sessions a summer!  Each week of the Mystery Tour has completely new destinations and activities. Adventure and mystery are at the heart of this unique camp, which combines creative exploration with an exciting daily road trip. Journey with friends to five different destinations throughout the week. All activities and park entrance fees are included.

NORTHERN NECK EXPLORERS: ARTS EDITION: July 3-7  cost: $275 (includes art materials)
Find adventure and creativity throughout the natural wonders of the Northern Neck! Campers enjoy daily trips to seek out interesting vistas and inspiring locations as they build and create their own art pieces.  Visits with local artists are sure to spark campers' imagination!  In addition, campers participate in the July 4 Irvington town parade.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS CLINICS: July 31 - August 4  cost:  $150 each clinic
The Sports Clinics are designed to focus middle school athletes on improving their skills in lacrosse, volleyball, and soccer. Working with high school and middle school coaches, athletes will hone strategy, teamwork, communication, and fundamentals in each of the intense and fun 2 ½ day clinics.  Beginners and experienced players welcomed! 
Coed Lacrosse OR Girls' Volleyball: July 31, August 1, August 2 (am only)
Coed Soccer:  August 2 (pm only), August 3, August 4

FARM TO TABLE: July 10-14 cost: $250
This is far more than a cooking camp! Campers travel to local farms, oyster companies, and visit with fishermen and other food source locations to see first-hand where our food comes from. In between picking berries and catching crabs, campers will learn how to prepare delicious meals with local foods with the advice of local chefs.  An exciting and delicious week is guaranteed!

SPORTS: July 17-21 cost: $250
Love to compete? Campers enjoy action-filled days of sports and sports related activities that emphasize the fun-damentals. This recreational program emphasizes sport specific fundamentals, fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship, and strategy. Campers acquire skills through daily practice and gain confidence in their abilities as they discover their individual potential. Sports include soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, and more. 

NORTHERN NECK EXPLORERS: July 31-August 4  cost: $250
Find adventure by foot, bicycle, and paddle!  Campers enjoy all of the great outdoor activities the Northern Neck has to offer.  Daily journeys throughout the Northern Neck include fishing, swimming, kayaking, biking, and more. Each week of NNK Explorer Camp has unique destinations and activities.

Chesapeake Academy Philosophy... Located in historic Irvington, Virginia, where the Rappahannock River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Academy is a school dedicated to preparing each student for future academic, ethical, social, and physical endeavors in an intellectually challenging environment.

Bound by common goals and aspirations, Chesapeake Academy students experience an academically challenging, traditional liberal arts curriculum taught by teachers who model creativity, commitment, flexibility, teamwork and a love of learning. Intellectual curiosity is valued, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning, growth, and achievement. Our caring and supportive environment guides children to develop confidence in their abilities. In all aspects of school life, teachers know their students well. This relationship allows teachers to address differences in learning styles and teach in ways children will experience their greatest achievement. 
In keeping with our heritage, Chesapeake Academy students are an interconnected community of learners. 

 Our school, guided by a purposeful social and ethical curriculum, is a place where friendships and consideration for others thrive and responsibility and leadership develop. We embrace each other's beliefs and differences and discover that our diversity enriches us. The school's community, formed by a unique partnership of parents, students, teachers, alumni and neighbors, works together to help children achieve academic excellence and personal growth. We believe students learn best when teachers, parents, and children work in harmony.

From age 3 through grade eight, Chesapeake Academy students develop and articulate ideas. The inclusion of visual and performing arts in the curriculum encourages self-discovery and creative expression. The physical education and athletic programs promote life-long personal fitness and character development. School-wide experiences and community service opportunities encourage students to be comfortable expressing their ideas in front of others as well as assuming future leadership roles.

Chesapeake Academy believes that an enriched and challenging academic curriculum, within a nurturing, child-centered environment, provides the foundation for future successes.

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 Post Office Box 8   107 Steamboat Road    Irvington, VA 22480