List of 20 news stories.

  • Robbie '27 practices on his trumpet during a band class at Norfolk Collegiate. The school purchased face coverings designed specifically to allow students to play their instruments without air particles escaping while they play.

    COVID-19 Friendly Innovations Help Band Students Return to the Stage

    In less than a month, our band will grace the stage after a yearlong COVID-induced hiatus, and the much-anticipated return is thanks to some innovative face and bell coverings that allow students to safely play their instruments.

    The face coverings are specifically made for those who play musical instruments and unlike a traditional face covering that contains no openings across the mouth, these coverings are two overlapping flaps of material that create an opening for the instrument to safely fit within the covering.

    Seasoned performers were initially using the face coverings and once they showed that they worked, Collegiate jumped on board and purchased them for their band students.

    “It’s a challenge for our beginners and I am extremely proud of them,” said Steven Thorne, Collegiate’s band director; however, our newest players have adapted well to the face coverings. 

    Airing on the side of caution, Collegiate also is requiring students to use bell coverings on their instruments, which act as “masks” for the instruments. They are a double-layered polyester/spandex fabric that stretches over the bell of the instrument and prohibits particles from escaping from the ends of the instruments when played.

    Come Dec. 15, our band, strings and chorus students will grace the Hackney Theater stage for their first concert in a year and we’re excited to see them perform.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate students wave the United States flag during a special lower school Veterans Day assembly. The students were serving as birthday heroes during the assembly.

    Col. Hermès Speaks to Students about Service on the Heels of Veterans Day

    The lower school was transformed into a sea of red, white and blue as our youngest learners celebrated Veterans Day and learned the importance of service from current parent Col. Gabrielle Hermès.

    The student-only assembly was organized by Lower and Middle School Counselor Pannill Titus and began with the presentation of colors by seniors Briggs M. ’22 and Kendall ’22 followed by the singing of the national anthem by Gabby G. ’22.

    Col. Hermès, mother to Sophia '34, then spoke to students about the importance of service and why it’s important to serve others. Col. Hermès has spent 26 years serving the United States, first in the Air Force and then in the Marines. Her career has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, the Asian-Pacific region and the Middle East.

    Her favorite part of being a Marine has been helping others. For example, she has aided people in Turkey after an earthquake and assisted refugees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “I like to take care of people and that’s why I stayed,” she said to students about her job. “My job is kind of like a principal. My job is to keep them (the servicemen and women under her command) safe and to protect our freedoms.”

    Throughout her world travels, she has also worked on developing her Marines to be better citizens, to which she spoke to the students about how they can be better citizens, whether it’s helping in community service or simply serving others.

    “How do we honor our veterans?” she asked the students. “To serve and be good citizens.”
     
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  • Students put a new spin on a classic in this weekend's

    Students Bring New Life to "Hamlet" This Weekend

    This weekend the Hackney Theater stage comes to life as Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school presents “The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddon.”
     
    The play, which will performed live at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, cost $5 for students and $10 for regular admission. All spectators, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings while inside of the building and seat as socially distanced as possible.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate student Tori C. '22 was named a 2022 National Merit Commended Scholar.

    Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars 

    Norfolk Collegiate is proud to announce that students Maggie C. '22, Tori C. '22, Sydney M. '22 and Stanley S. '22 were named 2022 National Merit Commended Scholars.

    About 1.5 million juniors took the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and their performance on this exam ranks within the top 5% of all PSAT/NMSQT® test takers and recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

    “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

    Congratulations, Oaks!
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  • Over the summer, third grade teachers Lolita Kraft and Michelle McNaughton (pictured on the far right) joined teachers from Virginia Wesleyan University for a weeklong session. They performed experiments throughout the week which will be performed with the students in the spring to teach them about the watershed. 

    Collegiate Teams Up with Virginia Wesleyan to Tackle Watershed Issues

    Thanks to a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Norfolk Collegiate will partner with Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) to positively impact the Elizabeth River watershed. The project, “Shared Waters: An Upstream/Downstream Collaborative,” is a shared environmental project between VWU’s science education department and Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school. It’s also a simultaneous partnership between Millersville University and Penn Manor, a private elementary school in Pennsylvania. 
     
    The grant will provide training and materials to teachers and elementary education majors about the impact of human activity on local creeks, streams and rivers. The schools in Pennsylvania will work together and Collegiate and VWU will work together to improve the animal and plant life in their local watersheds while sharing data and lessons between them. 
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  • Norfolk Collegiate Marine Biology students work with Navy engineers to test their first remotely underwater vehicle.

    Marine Biology Class Teams Up with Navy Engineers on ROV

    Upper school Marine Biology students are getting the experience of a lifetime, thanks to a program that pairs Navy engineers with schools to learn more about engineering remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

    The partnership came to life when Dr. Frank Thomson was contacted by a colleague who wanted to use his personal pool for a ROV test drive. Due to COVID-19, public pools were closed, and his colleague needed a place to test a ROV.

    “I immediately recognized the value of this resource and met with Mr. Arvin Persaud, our Navy STEM outreach liaison,” said Dr. Thompson.
     
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  • Thanks to the generosity of the Franklin family, Norfolk Collegiate students were surprised with two new 24-passenger vans.

    Franklin Family Surprises Students with New Buses

    Students, faculty and staff were surprised with two new buses today in a special outdoor pep rally! The buses were made possible due to the generosity of the Franklin family. 

    Members of the Franklin family—Wendell and Martha Franklin, and Taylor ’00, Emily and their children, Caymus ’27, Colgin ’29 and Charlotte ’32—unveiled the buses to our lower school students before having the fall varsity captains help surprise our middle and upper school students. 

    The two buses, which were wrapped using a Collegiate-inspired design from Emily Franklin, will take our Oaks to athletic competitions and on field trips in comfort and style. The buses each seat 24 people comfortably with room overhead for gear and a flatscreen panel to entertain students during long trips.
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  • Trinity B. ’22 has never been one to seek out the spotlight; however, this weekend the Norfolk Collegiate senior will be gracing the stage in the Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant in Richmond.

    Trinity '22 competes in Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant

    Trinity B. ’22 has never been one to seek out the spotlight. Yet when she was at home during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, she decided it was time to try something that took her outside of her comfort zone.

    This weekend, the Norfolk Collegiate senior will be gracing the stage in the Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant in Richmond.
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  • 13 Students Honored in Book Review Competition

    Norfolk Collegiate swept the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library Book Review 2021 Contest with 13 students taking home honors in the annual competition. Students in Grades 4-12 are eligible for the competition which awards winners gift certificates from Prince Books in the amounts of $50, $30 and $20 for first, second and third-place winners, respectively.
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  • Fifth Grade Students Honored for Accomplishments

    Norfolk Collegiate’s fifth grade friends celebrated their accomplishments and then enjoyed a movie in the Hackney Theater and Kona Ice as they closed the chapter on their lower school adventures. 

    Parents and grandparents were able to join the celebration virtually as the students were recognized. The ceremony is available to view here.
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  • Students Collect Cereal, Create Domino Chain to Illustrate Hunger

    Thanks to the generosity of our middle school students, their families, friends and neighbors, lots of families in Hampton Roads will have breakfast in the coming weeks. 

    Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students were challenged to consider how they can work together as a school community to make an impact on hunger in Hampton Roads.
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  • Makenzie H. ’28 placed second in this year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament Lower Division Girls' Poetry for “Edwina the Emu.”

    Students place in Forensics Tournament Lower Division

    This year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament Lower Division looked a little different for students looking to prove their communication skills through speech-making and oral presentation. Yet that didn’t stop three of our Oaks from placing in the competition. Congratulations,
    • Makenzie H. ’28 placed second in Girls' Poetry for “Edwina the Emu,”
    • Taylor N. ’28 placed third place in Girls' Original Oratory for “Equality for Women in Sports,”
    • Samuel R. ’29 placed second in Boys' Storytelling for “The Loud Family”
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  • Students Write, Produce Play "Not For Profit"

    In less than three months, juniors Gabby G. ’22 and Katy C. ’22 penned a play, cast it and then brought it to life. This weekend, their show will go on in the Hackney Theater.

    “Not for Profit” is an original, student-written and directed play about a theatre department of the fictional Nature Valley High School which received a generous donation to rebuild and update their struggling theater. Yet to receive a second donation, the theater department needs to impress the anonymous donor with a talent showcase.
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  • National Honor Society Inducts 52 New Members

    Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Honor Society, NHS, inducted 52 new members into the chapter on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. NHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who meet academic and service requirements.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate students— Veronica G. ’21, Kendra H. ’21, Abby S. ’22, Maggie C. ’22 and Logan R. ’23—competed in the 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl in February.

    Students participate in 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl

    Upper school students— Veronica G. ’21, Kendra H. ’21, Abby S. ’22, Maggie C. ’22 and Logan R. ’23—competed in the 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl in February. The bowl, which was held virtually due to the pandemic, is Virginia’s regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl©, an annual competition that tests their knowledge of our oceans.  
     
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  • Hailey '26 hosts drive for Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

    Hailey G. ’26 is on a mission…to collect items for the Tidewater Friends of Foster Care through a drive. Thanks to the generosity of Collegiate middle school families and her neighborhood, she is well on her way to completing it!
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  • Alvin Irby is a former Kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian and author who will be speaking to students as the keynote for Norfolk Collegiate's 2021 LEAP Term. He will also present

    Alvin Irby to kick-off 2021 LEAP Term

    Alvin Irby’s TED Talk "How to inspire every child to be a lifelonger reader" has been viewed over 1 million times.

    He’s a published author and founder of Barbershop Books, a literacy program creating child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops while also providing early literacy training to barbers.

    His work connecting reading to male-centered spaces and involving men in boys’ early reading experiences earned him the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize.

    And on March 1, Irby will be kicking off Norfolk Collegiate’s second annual LEAP Term as keynote speaker to upper school students. Following his work with our students, he will present “An evening with Alvin Irby” at 6 p.m. where he will have parents laughing and engaging with their children in new, inspiring ways.
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  • LEGO Robotics Team Advances to State Competition

    Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school LEGO Robotics Team did it again! The team took first place in robot design and second place in robot performance in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional competition on Jan. 23. Now they advance to the state tournament from Feb. 27-28.

    The team, composed of Donavan B. ’26, Luke H. ’26, Jake H. ’26, Parker H. ’25, Austin H. ’25, Natalie K. ’26 and Bethuel T. ’27 and mentored by Colin M. ’25, coached by Skip Morrow and faculty member Ellen Alt, blew away the judges with their design and project in the virtual competition. 
     
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  • Natalia, Aria advance to regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    This year’s schoolwide Poetry Out Loud contest saw junior Aria L. ’22 compete against freshman Natalia C. ’24 for the title of school champion and the opportunity to compete in the regional competition in February.
     
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  • Students set to compete in FIRST LEGO League regional tournament

    Middle school students Donavan Baker ’26, Luke Hahne ’26, Jake Householder ’26, Parker Howlett ’25, Austin Hrisko ’25, Natalie Kraus ’26 and Bethuel Terefe ’27 have been hard at work afterschool and during weekends practicing in preparation for tomorrow’s regional FIRST LEGO League tournament. 
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