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List of 20 news stories.

  • Summer Strength & Conditioning Begins June 10

    Summer Strength and Conditioning is back, Oaks! Sessions will begin on June 10, 2024, under the tutelage of Coach Matt Talley, and will continue through Thursday, Aug. 1. Sessions will be held Monday through Thursday daily in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium.
      • 9-10 a.m. varsity/JV athletes and young alumni 
      • 10-11 a.m. middle School athletes, families and faculty  
    • Please note that there will be not be training on June 19 and July 4.
    We would love to see you there, Oaks! 

    Questions? Contact Coach Jon Hall at jhall@norfolkcollegiate.org.
  • Several upper school Norfolk Collegiate students participated in the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Diversity Dialogue Day at Old Dominion University.

    Students attend community Diversity Dialogue Day

    Several upper school students participated in the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Diversity Dialogue Day at Old Dominion University. The one-day event brings together students from public and private schools. With the help of trained facilitators, the program works to increase the students’ understanding of what prejudice is, decrease stereotypic attitudes and develop an expanded awareness of discrimination and its harmful effects on individuals and groups. It also works to expose students to diverse perspectives and create connections between peers.

    Students learned about the LISTEN Model which emphasizes:

    LOOK:
    Look at the person speaking and make good eye contact
    INQUIRE: Ask open-ended questions
    SUMMARIZE: Reflect your understanding of what the person is saying
    TAKE NOTES: Write down or make mental notes about what the other person is saying
    ENCOURAGE: Use positive nonverbal and verbal cues to encourage the person to say more
    NEUTRALIZE: Try to stay positive and avoid bias

    The goal was to have students leave feeling an increased sense of personal empowerment and recognize the positive impact they can have on their own school and communities.
  • Amy Cutter speaks during the Mike Cuter '88 Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 18, 2023, at Norfolk Collegiate.

    Mike Cutter '88 Tip-Off Tournament

    Dear Norfolk Collegiate Community,
     
    This past Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, Norfolk Collegiate School hosted the inaugural Mike Cutter ’88 Tip-Off Basketball Tournament welcoming four schools including our own Mighty Oaks! The tournament was developed to honor the legacy of leadership and service of Mike Cutter ’88. Amy Cutter joined us at the tournament to share in her words the impact Mike made on his family, the school and the community. 
     
    We are pleased to share Amy’s words with you and the announcement of the new Mike Cutter ’88 Student Leadership Endowment Fund. The fund will help provide Collegiate students with leadership and service opportunities to carry forward Mike’s legacy in the Norfolk and Hampton Roads communities. If you would like to support this fund, please make a gift using this link
     
    Sincerely,
    Stacy Nixon
    Assistant Head For Advancement


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  • "A Christmas Carol" Comes to Collegiate

    Mark your calendars to see “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. on the Hackney Theater stage in the Meredith Center for the Arts.

    This family-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale and adapted by Michael Marrone has all the familiar characters we know and love who nimbly bring us through Scrooge's journey of self-reflection and redemption.
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  • William King served as Norfolk Collegiate's head from 1988-2008.

    Former Head William W. King Passes Away

    That this was the letter was shared with our community from Head of School Scott Kennedy:


    Dear Norfolk Collegiate Community,
     
    It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Mr. William W. King passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. Will served as headmaster of Norfolk Collegiate School from 1988 to 2008. He provided compassionate and visionary leadership to the Collegiate community while also tirelessly dedicating his time to civic organizations throughout Hampton Roads. Will left a remarkable legacy on this school, this region and this Commonwealth. 
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  • Oaks Athletics is Now on Hudl

    Norfolk Collegiate is excited to announce a new partnership with Hudl, a video software company used by 162,000 teams worldwide and more than 4.1 million active users. Oak Nation will have its first opportunity to check out the Hudl cameras the week of Sept. 25-29, 2023, as our teams take to the fields and courts. The cameras will capture competitions for our fans near and far! After the competitions, the games will be available for viewing for those who may have missed the game or want to see a replay of their favorite Oaks.
     
    To watch Collegiate games, Oaks fans can go directly to our Hudl page, (fan.hudl.com/NCOaksAthletics). Collegiate has invested in three cameras, with one located on the Franklin Family Field, one on the Mathas Family Field and one in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium. For varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams playing in those locations, fans will be able to sign on and cheer on their teams!  

    As we implement this new and exciting system, there are a few key things to share with families: 
    • The Hudl camera does record our athletic competitions and games will be available for replay on the site.  
    • When student-athletes are competing off-site, if the host school also offers Hudl, the game will be recorded and shared with Collegiate. 
    • For Collegiate athletic activities offered off-site, Collegiate is exploring opportunities to leverage the Hudl platform to include those sports.
    • The Hudl camera will record sound from the sidelines, so cheer on our Oaks loudly!

    For more information, please contact Jon Hall, director of athletics, at jhall@norfolkcollegiate.org.


  • Student Pottery to be Sold at Empty Bowls Charity Event

    Fourteen Pottery and Advanced Pottery students, along with middle and upper school art teachers Ms. Emily Pope and Mrs. Cathy Wright, donated soup bowls to be sold at this weekend’s Empty Bowls charity event at Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU).

    The Empty Bowls project is an annual event dedicated to raising money for feed-related charities to assist the hungry in their community. Local artisans and crafters make bowls and donate them to the event.
    Collegiate’s students were challenged to make two bowls each—one to give and one to keep—experimenting with different shapes and surface decorations, such as texture, slip trailing, engraving and additives. They then did some sample layering with the high-fire glazes on some pieces that had been left in the studio and finally glazed and fired their pieces.
     
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  • Dr. Jackson Collins, Prep for Prep executive director, shared insight on the importance of lived experiences and a sense of belonging for students of color in their school during a professional development workshop in March 2023.

    Administrators, Faculty Gain Better Understanding of Experiences of Students of Color During Professional Development

    Dr. Jackson Collins, Prep for Prep executive director, shared insight on the importance of lived experiences and a sense of belonging for students of color in their school during a recent professional development workshop. The session delved into research conducted on the experiences of students of color in independent schools in which they were the minority.

    Faculty and staff worked together to share how Dr. Collins’ story affected them and to share their stories using “Cards on Race,” which is a deck of cards that helps individuals “develop racial literacy, empathy and the healthy racial coping strategies needed to navigate everyday world and our most challenging conversations on race,” according to CardsonRace.com.

    Dr. Collins’ workshop was one of many that Collegiate faculty, staff and administrators are participating in as part of our comprehensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Initiative to create a more inclusive and supportive learning community for all students, families, faculty and staff.
     
  • Norfolk Collegiate is proud to present Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. on April 14 and April 15 and at 3 p.m. on April 16, 2023.

    Student-Produced "Into the Woods" Hits the Stage April 14-16

    Norfolk Collegiate is proud to present Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. on April 14 and April 15 and at 3 p.m. on April 16. The student-produced, student-teched production is musically sophisticated and weaves fairytales together for a twisted adventure. 

    “Being a part of the cast is hard work. We're memorizing lines, music, choreography, blocking and more while making sure to keep up with school and extracurriculars,” said Alexa B. ’26. “Luckily my class, Theatrical Production, revolves around our musical. We're responsible for designing and building the set pieces.”
     
     
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  • Mr. Scott Kennedy, head of school at Norfolk Collegiate, was joined by students Colby F. '24, Bailey W. '24, Addy R. '24 and Sarah M. '24 to receive a generous gift of $100,000 from TowneBank. Presenting the check from TowneBank is Karen Priest, executive vice president of commercial banking, and Dawn Glynn, chief experience officer.

    Experiential Learning LEAPs With TowneBank Support

    Mr. Scott Kennedy, head of school at Norfolk Collegiate, was joined by students Colby F. '24, Bailey W. '24, Addy R. '24 and Sarah M. '24 to receive a generous gift of $100,000 from TowneBank in support of experiential learning-a cornerstone of the Collegiate student experience.
     
    Presenting the generous gift from TowneBank is Karen Priest, executive vice president of commercial banking, and Dawn Glynn, chief experience officer. In addition to the check presentation, our guests toured both campuses to see experiential learning in action and enjoyed lunch with the above-listed students who shared some of their exciting LEAP projects.
  • Alumnae Afsaneh

    Alumnae Speak to Students about Using Their Voices for Change

    On Jan. 13, 2023, the upper school welcomed alumnae Dr. Taraneh Azar '85 and Afsaneh "Affie" Azar Ambrose ’88. The sisters emigrated to the United States from Iran following the Iranian Revolution and spoke to students about using their voices to change the world.

    “We reached out to open up a topic of understanding,” said Head of School Scott Kennedy in his opening remarks. “One of the key parts of the school’s philosophy is to make sure you have an understanding of global events. Having an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of what happens around the world makes you better global citizens, which is something that we strive to do.”

    The program came to life after Ava M. ’26, an upper school student, saw images of Iranian women and the men supporting them being mistreated for voicing their opposition to the Iranian government’s oppression. The student approached David Buckingham, interim upper school dean, and asked if there was something that she could do at the school. They joined forces with Dr. Nefertiti Makeda, Collegiate’s director of diversity and inclusion, and together, they were able to bring Dr. Azar and Ms. Ambrose to campus.
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  • Dr. Theodore “Ted” Forté passed away on Jan. 23, 2023, following an extended illness. Ted was a gifted educator who was instrumental in building Carolton Oaks School into the Norfolk Collegiate we know today.  

    Theodore "Ted" Forté

    Dr. Theodore “Ted” Forté passed away on Jan. 23, 2023, following an extended illness. Ted was a gifted educator who was instrumental in building Carolton Oaks School into the Norfolk Collegiate we know today.  
     
    Foremost an instructor of music and physical education, Ted’s legacy far exceeds the classroom. During his time at Carolton Oaks (1958-1965), he was instrumental in the growth and development of the student experience, having instituted the first homecoming, holiday dance, field day and extracurriculars. Ted coached basketball, started the junior varsity team and launched the tennis and baseball programs. In 1960, he unveiled the school’s alma mater, and in 1962 he became the first director of student activities. He also served as a guidance counselor for the school’s first graduating class. All of this while teaching music and physical education. 
     
    Ted went on to work in Norfolk Public Schools and later became an educational consultant and coach. He was also involved in Old Dominion University's Teacher Preparation Program. In addition to working with generations of students and teachers, Ted used his musical talents to serve as the organist and choir director of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk.
     
    Ted is survived by his sister, Mary Josephine Powers of Moss Point, Mississippi; his daughter, Alexandria Forte-Nijssen; and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth White ’11, her husband Robert Adam White; and "adopted" daughter Mary Nolte Ruffin (Louis). 
     
    Please keep Ted’s family in your thoughts and prayers during the very difficult days ahead.
  • Julian de Nijs ’09

    Shoutout to Julian de Nijs ’09 on his venture, Da Boon.
     
    A startup entrepreneur, Julian is focusing his passions on his startup, Da Boon, which designs and manufactures original dog supplies. With two products on the market–a reflective dog collar (pictured) and dog leash (pictured second) –and seven in the works, Julian is staying busy working to ensure our furry family members have quality products.
     
    Learn more about Da Boon at da-boon.com.
     
    Way to go, Julian! We’re excited to see your company expand!
     
  • David Kirkland '10

    Congratulations, David '10 and Courtney Kirkland on their newest addition to their family…and the Collegiate family, daughter Maddie.

    Do you have life updates to share? Email Cayte Brown '08, associate director of alumni, family & community relations at cbrown@norfolkcollegiate.org, and let her know!

    Congrats, David and Courtney!
  • Allison Casper ’19

    Congratulations, Allison Casper ’19!

    Allison was recently nominated as an IFDA Rising Star. The nomination is awarded to a student in each interior design department throughout the Carolinas whom the faculty feels exemplifies outstanding achievement within their program. While at the ceremony, Allison had the opportunity to display selected works and connect with professionals in the industry.

    Way to go, Allison!
  • Bailey Jones '16

    Bailey Jones '16 was recently honored as a 2022 SOFT ERA Award winner from The Society of Forensics Toxicology. Bailey gave a platform presentation on the research she conducted as part of her master's thesis, "Developing a Unified Method for the Analysis of Five Ethanol Metabolites: EtG. Et5, GTOL, 5-HTOL and 5-HIAA using UPLC-MS/MS," in forensic science and technology.

    Bailey graduated in May from Virginia Commonwealth University and now works in Washington, D.C., as a forensic chemist.

    Way to go, Bailey!
  • Cate Curtis Whiteside ’09

    Congratulations, Cate Curtis Whiteside ’09! She recently graduated from physician assistant school at Thomas Jefferson University and will officially begin her career at Sentara in the coming months!

    Way to go, Cate!
  • Emily Miller '11

    Congratulations, Emily Miller '11! She was named Teacher of the Year for the 2023-24 school year at Coleman Place Elementary in Norfolk.

    Way to go, Emily!
  • Haley Bartel ’18

    Congratulations, Haley Bartel ’18! She recently landed a gig as a digital producer for US News and World Report! She also celebrated another milestone graduating from The New School in New York City this spring.

    Way to go, Haley!
  • Henry Meredith '11

    Congratulations, Henry Meredith '11!

    Henry was recently promoted to associate producer at Epic Games, where he continues to work on the video game, "Fortnite." He and his wife Meghan are also enjoying living in Raleigh!

    Way to go, Henry! 
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