May 5, 2021
Chesapeake Academy's mission: to inspire each student to approach learning with 
curiosity and creativity, 
pursue excellence in all endeavors, 
and act with integrity--
so each can make our community and world a better place. 
The Head's Heads UP!

As we are enjoying beautiful weather and the activities of spring time in school, I've been thinking a lot about the things that are in our control and things that are beyond our control. Even as school life seems mostly normal in many ways, there are still reminders everywhere of an adjusted school year. Our theme for the year has been perspective, so I have found it helpful to remind myself that I always have control over my own perspective!

We are in the home stretch of the school year, with many things to look forward to in the remaining weeks. Despite being tired of COVID protocols and limitations of the school year, I'm choosing to focus on the many components of our track record of success. I'm grateful each day for our students' energy, happiness, flexibility, and growth. I'm amazed at the work of our faculty and staff, who have found a rhythm of reliability, reinvention, and response. I appreciate our families, who have helped and supported the added efforts this year. I'm thankful that this school holds a special place in the hearts of so many in our broader community.

This has absolutely been a year of having to respond to many unknowns for all of us. In the midst of this, it helps to “pin down” some certainty when there are so many things that can feel uncertain, anxiety producing, or frustrating. As an example, in August, when we were all headed into a school year that held so many different elements to consider, I spent 2 evenings cutting and affixing blue flags to the little car pool buddies that line the back driveway. It was not a priority, or even a necessity, but being able to spruce up the driveway was one task I could accomplish when there were so many other questions looming. 

Sometimes, we need to hyper-focus on something that makes us feel we are making progress. Sometimes, to maintain a positive perspective, we need to shift our vision away from the things that are challenging us to things that are working well. When we can see our successes and trust our ability to find success again, it can minimize the impact of those things we wish were different or better. 

We have truly worked together to stay together this year. There is much left to do to finish out the last stretch of this marathon, but so much to celebrate as we see the finish line!

Grandparents and Grandfriends
Zoom in the Room

Chesapeake Academy classes are gearing up to celebrate the special role grandparents play in students' lives. Each class sent zoom links to parents to be shared with grandparents, and each class is planning some short activity to share virtually!
Chesapeake Academy's ARTStravaganza
Goes for the Gold!

While we cannot yet gather in person, Chesapeake Academy is still celebrating student progress in the Arts through a virtual ARTStravaganza that is set to air on or around (stay tuned) May 27. The theme is Go for the Gold, and each class has developed both their musical and artistic contributions as an expression of the world culture they represent in CA's own Olympic parade.

Stay tuned!
Thank you for recognizing Chesapeake Academy as a top notch option in four categories this year! We love what we do, and it feels great that you love Chesapeake Academy, too!

* 1st place--K-12 Independent School
* 1st place--Summer Camp
* 1st place--Day Care or Preschool
* 2nd place--Annual Charity Event (Oyster Roast)

Go, Ospreys!
Richard Abbott Explains....

As a non-profit, independent school, CA's budget is very straightforward. Business Manager Richard Abbott explains Chesapeake Academy's income and expenses in simple terms! Got questions? Give him a ring!

Third Marking Period Academic Awards
Head of School List
Yvelisse Cabocel
Alex Fulmer
Ryann Kenner
Izzy Dew
Chase Carneal
Stephanie Bowhey
Parker Daley
Liz Bowhey
Sam Antonio
Trevor Haynie
Harrison Hinton
Reagan Harding
Namiyah Andrews
Robert Cunningham
Lorry Manetz
Anna Carey
Auriannia Henderson Jones
Leona Li
Elizabeth Smith
Max Ditch

Teachers Award
Reagan Harding
Trevor Haynie

Most Improved
Tayloe Emery
Wynne Smith
Baylen Miller
Chesapeake Academy Performing Arts and Lecture Series Presents Geoffrey Marsh

On Wednesday, May 6, Chesapeake Academy's Performing Arts and Lecture Series debuted juggler Geoffrey Marsh for the Chesapeake Academy student body in the only live performance of the school year. Winner of the 2018 People's Choice Award, Geoffrey Marsh's physics-defying tricks and edgy juggling stunts came off with ease, but his personality alone captured his audience. With as much heart and wit as he has talent, Marsh gave Ospreys a show to remember: a fun-filled interactive performance of unthinkable yet hilarious juggling feats, audience participation, and more!

PALS programming is funded by the Wiley Foundation with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Class Acts...
Chesapeake Academy 3.0: Blended Learning

Yippee for Yearbooks!

It is almost Yearbook time! Yearbooks will be going out on June 1 to all students who have paid for one. There are extras available for $15.00 by contacting
Patterns! Patterns! Patterns!

When you are learning to make sense of the world, pattern recognition is the sharpest tool in your box. And as you grow, nothing changes! Pre-Kindergarten is revisiting patterns in greater depth, finding them, naming them, translating them, and growing them! It is even fun to record and read them!
Habitat Diaramas Delight!

First grade students at Chesapeake Academy are taking their animal research 3D! After learning about their animal’s physical features, habitat, predators, etc., first graders headed to the Hub to design a diorama featuring their animal. First, they made a sketch or a list of items they needed to include. Then they designed a background. It was a challenge to think about the ground, background, and sky as different parts of the box! Finally, they folded their flat backgrounds into a box and created other 3D elements to make their animal’s habitat come alive!
Cinco de Mayo A Smash HIt!

Chesapeake Academy's third grade Spanish students learned about the cultural significance of Cinco de Mayo to our nearest Spanish speaking neighbor, Mexico--and then students pulled out all the stops and created their own piñatas. 
Third Grade Brain Buckets Bursting with Fun!

Third grade's brain buckets showcase much more than students' growing interests and research skills. The variety of project choices and presentation methods is exciting as well! Martha Rogers reports, "These are two of our latest Brain Bucket projects. Fin Burke researched the Goliath Tiger Fish and created the colorful poster, and Mead Smith came dressed as a famous bull rider, J. B. Mauney."
Riding the Sound Waves!

Fifth graders completed their sound unit by playing song tunes using palm pipes of various lengths to represent notes on a music scale. Enjoyable and lots of good learning! Science rocks!
The Student Becomes the Teacher!

A gallery walk of final projects was an engaging way for fifth graders to wrap up a novel study of Hatchet. Students chose from a variety of projects, including creating survival kits or summarizing key plot points with original or digital graphic storyboards. Fifth graders had an opportunity to stroll the room and enjoy each piece. Students then practiced public speaking skills by explaining how the choices they made impacted their project 
Ready to Respond!

Seventh grade students polished off their study of the circulatory system by learning CPR and first aid. Checking the scene for safety, checking the victim for responsiveness, and calling 911 if their victim is unresponsive are the first steps in a rescue. Students know to ask for consent from a responsive victum before providing any care. Practicing on mannequins drives home how challenging CPR really can be; but CA students want to be trained to help!

Each student had their own mouth barrier, and students were spread around the room while they practiced. 
A&I Animations!
Students in the A&I Hub are using Google Slides to create an animation. They have learned how to duplicate slides to make their animation run smoothly, plus worked with manipulating images to remove backgrounds and create pictures from shapes. This is a task that requires patience and precision! The students were tasked with teaching a concept that they had learned in school. Marcus Sanders made his animation about mitosis!

Summer Camp is Just Around the Corner: Believe!

Voted top-rated in Eastern Virginia for the last seven years, Chesapeake Academy Summer Camps combine adventure, the outdoors, and every variety of glorious summer fun. "If you are looking for quality summer experiences for kids in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area, Chesapeake Academy has what you need!" explains Head of School Julianne T. Duvall. Camp Irvington for ages 4 to rising first graders, offers six one-week sessions and holds the answer to summer childcare needs. And Camp Chesapeake is perfect for rising second through eighth grade adventurers. Campers in both age groups will explore each week’s theme through age appropriate field trips and activities. All activities and entrance fees are included. All camps run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and cost $250.00 per week.

In addition to this lineup, Chesapeake Academy is hosting Girls, Gizmos, and Gadgets the week of June 28 through July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as a specialty camp for girls in rising fourth grade through rising seventh grade. "Making full use of CA’s Arts & Innovation Hub, campers will design and code robots to perform a variety of tasks, create their own pieces using the 3D printer and laser cutter, and compete on fun challenges! This is a week that will inspire and energize your young inventor! We are pleased to offer a subsidized tuition of $100 thanks to generous donors," Duvall enthuses. This camp is full!

Fun Day Sundae- July 5-9 $250
Nothing is more patriotic than a cool ice cream after a hot summer day of adventure! Campers will participate in daily trips and activities such as bowling and beach time. Each day will include a cool treat at new, local ice cream destinations. Of course, expect splashes of red, white, and blue celebrations all week long! This camp is full.
Northern Neck Explorers- July 12-16 $250
Find adventure in and around the water! This favorite camp is back with new activities and destinations. Campers will swim, paddleboard, and explore parks --a perfect way to see the beautiful waterways the Northern Neck has to offer! Camp Chesapeake is full. There is one slot left in Camp Irvington.

Farm to Table- July 19-23 $250
This exciting and delicious week is back! Campers will travel around the Northern Neck learning about local foods and harvesting and growing techniques. We will also seek the expertise of local chefs to learn more about how our food is prepared and try our own hands in the kitchen. New cooking experiences combine with old favorites to make this a can’t miss week of delicious meals! Camp Chesapeake is full. There are still slots available in Camp Irvington.

Mystery Tour- July 26-30 $300
Chesapeake Academy’s famous mystery tour is back! New destinations and surprises make for a thrilling week where no two days will be the same. There is something for everyone at this camp. Mystery Tour will keep campers guessing what fun is to come each day! There is one slot left for Camp Irvington, and there are spaces in Camp Chesapeake.

Animal Adventures- August 2-6 $300
Calling all animal lovers! Campers will travel to local zoos and farms to see regional and exotic animals. Each day is sure to be a unique adventure as we see awesome animals up close. This is sure to be an exciting week! All entrance fees are included. Camp Chesapeake is full. There are still slots in Camp Irvington.

Challenger Soccer Camp – August 2-6 half day $165/all day $225
Once again, CA hosts the fantastic Challenger Soccer camp for ages 5-15.The Challenger International Soccer Camp reflects the truly global nature of the sport today and provides young players with a wide variety of coaching styles, practices, and influences that will help them develop a well-rounded skill set.

Mad Science- August 9-13 $250
Come experience the fascinating world of science at this new camp offering. We will explore astronomy, meteorology, and more through experiments on and off campus. New destinations and activities make this camp unlike anything offered before. Embrace your inner scientist and join the fun! There is one slot left in Camp Chesapeake! There are slots in Camp Irvington.

Chesapeake Academy camps will follow recommended COVID safety protocols in consultation with the Three Rivers Health District. In the event that CA must cancel a camp, registrants will receive a full refund.
Attitude of Gratitude

  • Thanks to CA supporters far and near who contributed to CA's virtual Go for the Gold Auction.
  • Thanks to the Auction Sponsors at all levels! You make it possible!
  • Thanks to all the generous auction donors! You lead the charge to fund the gap!
  • Thanks to the Auction volunteers! You know you make a difference!
  • Thanks to the teachers who ensured ERBs ran smoothly and that all students have the benefit of this useful data source.
  • Thanks to Catherine Emry for all the work to launch a successful virtual auction.
Save the Date

5/7 Fourth Marking Period Interims
5/10 through 5/14 Virtual Grandparents' and Grandfriends' activities
5/17 through 5/22 Environmental Study at Echo Hill, seventh and eighth grades
TBD, PALs Presents "The Solar System and Astronomy" grades 3 and 4
5/26 Tag Day
5/26 Faculty Professional Development
5/27ish Virtual ARTStravaganza Launched
5/31 Memorial Day, Offices Closed
6/1 PALS Presents, "The Apollo Program," grades 5-8,10:45 a.m.
6/15 through 6/18 Exams, seventh and eighth grade
6/18 Last Day of School, half day
6/21 Faculty Workday
6/22 Graduation (eighth graders and their families only)