List of 20 news stories.

  • Constitution Day Returns; Challenges Students' Historical Knowledge

    Our seniors brought elements of our nation’s journey to the Constitution to life for their fifth grade buddies during Constitution Day. Seniors were given 6 specific areas of history that played a role in the making of the Constitution and were challenged with creating games, skits and other activities to quiz their fifth grade friends on. Those included:

    1 | Zenger Trial
    2 | Madison and the Iroquois
    3 | Creation of the District of Columbia
    4 | Constitutional Amendment winners and losers
    5 | Rome and the Constitution
    6 | The Three-Fifths Clause
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  • Members of the 2022-23 lower school Student Council Association pose for a photo following their installation ceremony on Sept. 16, 2022.

    SCA Officers, Representatives Installed in Ceremony

    On Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, our lower school Student Council Association installed the 2022-23 officers and members in a ceremony in the lower school auditorium. Officers will serve a yearlong term while representatives from Kindergarten through Grade 5 will serve trimester terms.

    Congratulations to the following Oaks on being voted to the SCA:

    • Tyler W., Maddie S., Caroline M., Charlie R., Olivia D. and Bo G.
    Grade 1
    • Jillian T., Anna M., Luca B., Zoe N., Amelia A. and Harrison B.
    Grade 2
    • Ethan M., Essie H. and Hayden M.
    Grade 3
    • Cameron B., Grace H., Mark K., Jeevan W., Carrington J. and Chloe B.
    Grade 4
    • Austin R., Paige M., Molly M., Ryan A., Alex O. and Jack V.
    Grade 5
    • Lucy B., Marion C., Dylan K., Virginia M, Carter R. and Graham S.
  • Norfolk Collegiate Marine Biology students sort bottle caps from a bottle cap challenge. The challenge was part of a  year-long, cross-disciplinary project led by their Teacher Dr. Frank Thomson.

    Upper School Bottle Cap Challenge Yields 12,000 Caps

    Do you ever wonder what happens to the trash that gets in our waterways? Or where the missing bottle cap you can never seem to find goes?

    Norfolk Collegiate’s Marine Biology students can tell you just where items like that go, thanks to a year-long, cross-disciplinary project led by their Teacher Dr. Frank Thomson. 

    The journey began this fall when Thomson took the students on a field trip to the “Washed Ashore” exhibit at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The exhibit featured 11 larger-than-life sculptures made from plastics pulled from our oceans. It also was the perfect opportunity for students to learn about ocean wildlife. Students worked in pairs and each pair presented an organism to the class using the exhibit’s sculptures as examples. They discussed the adaptations, habitat, behavior, ecology and other aspects of marine biology of the organism. 
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  • The sixth grade math students created models of an indoor preschool play area using 3D figures such as rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, square and triangular pyramids.

    Black lights, neon paints bring new life to math

    The middle school Explore Room was transformed into a blacklight math haven and students couldn’t get enough of it. While their upper school classmates participated in Learning to Evaluate Action Program’s (LEAP) LEAP Term, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students took their project-based lessons to a new level, thanks to their teachers Mrs. Sutelan and Ms. Alt.

    Over two days, students worked in the Explore Room using "dark light." The space was blacked out and black lights were added to create a festive environment for students to bring their creations to life.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate upper school students—Maggie C. ’22, Abby S. ’22, Graham F. ’22, Logan R. ’23 and Jessa R. ’23—earned second place honors in the 25th annual Blue Crab Bowl.

    Students Take Second Place at 25th Annual Blue Crab Bowl

    Upper school students—Maggie C. ’22, Abby S. ’22, Graham F. ’22, Logan R. ’23 and Jessa R. ’23—earned second place honors in the 25th annual Blue Crab Bowl. The bowl, which was held virtually again this year, is Virginia’s regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl©, an annual competition that tests their knowledge of our oceans.
    The two-day competition was hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).

    This also marked the second year for the team. They advanced to the playoff round and following 6 hours of grueling competition, was announced as the No. 2 team in the state of Virginia, joining the first-place Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine Science as the only teams to score over 300 points in the competition!
    “Our team worked really hard practicing and preparing,” said advisor Dr. Frank Thompson of the competition, which featured 70 high school students from 13 teams across Virginia.
  • Students compare the control EcoBottle with the impact EcoBottle during a recent lab showing the affects of humans on their ecosystem when pollution is involved.

    Students Testing Human Impact on their Ecosystem in Lab

    Middle school students are seeing firsthand how people can impact their ecosystems through things such as road salting for inclement weather, trash, pollution, acid rain and more. 

    Students designed their own labs, picked an impact to the ecosystem, such as acid rain, trash, pollution, road salt during inclement weather and more. They then created an EcoBottle, which simulated their ecosystem, and created a controlled system and one in which humans made their impact. Students used local pond water, soil and grass seed to create their EcoBottles. 

    Over the next two weeks, students looked at the microorganisms in the pond water, observed the water health, grass health by measuring the height of the grass and overall amount of grass growth. 

    Once completed, they had to come up with a proposal on how to help our local environment. 
  • Students Sarah '22 and Stanley '23 work on their robot for an upcoming FIRST Tech Challenge regional competition. The program is offered to Norfolk Collegiate upper school students.

    Oaks compete in their inaugural FIRST Tech Challenge

    Good luck, Marah G. '22, Stanley S. '22, Sarah M. '23, Parker H. '25, Vincent M. '25 and Maddie M. '25! These Oaks are participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics regional qualifier on Saturday.

    Named the O.A.K.S. for Outstanding Automated Kinetic System, the students will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
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  • Gabby '22 won the schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition and will advance to the regional competition in February 2022. She selected “Requiem” by Camille T. Dungy and “On Liberty and Slavery” by George Moses Horton.

    Gabby '22 Advances in Poetry Out Loud Competition

    This year’s Poetry Out Loud competition saw a mixture of veteran and novice performers take to the stage in hopes of advancing to the regional event. In the end, it was veteran performer Gabby G. ’22 who clinched the honors.

    Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition that encourages students to learn about and memorize great poetry. 

    The goal of the competition is to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history while exploring contemporary life.

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  • David S. '26 competes in the Middle School Spelling Bee. David won the bee with the word

    Middle School Spelling Bee Goes 11 Rounds

    This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 19 students face off for the first-place honor, competing in 11 rounds. Words such as invigorating, wattles, Juneteenth, granules and contraption came before contestants in the annual event. In the end, it was the word “contorted” that stumped all but David S. ’26, the reigning Spelling Bee champion.

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  • Norfolk Collegiate's middle school LEGO Robotics team, comprised of Students Jonas E. '28, Cleveland J. '28, Luke H. '26, Donavan B. '26 and Michael C. '27, will be competing in the state First LEGO League tournament this weekend in Harrisonburg, Va.

    Middle School Robotics Team Competes in State Competition

    Students Jonas E. '28, Cleveland J. '28, Luke H. '26, Donavan B. '26 and Michael C. '27 are competing in the First LEGO League (FLL) state competition this weekend at James Madison University. If they win, they advance to national FLL competitions, and the robotics enthusiasts are hoping for their hard work the last few months will secure their place in the national competition.
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  • Athletes Recognized at Fall Athletic Awards Program

    Middle and upper school fall student-athletes were honored in two programs yesterday following a year’s hiatus due to COVID. This year our fall student-athletes came out and showed the 757 what they were made of, competing in numerous state and regional championships.
    The athletes were honored in two programs Fall Athletic Awards Programs—one for middle school students and the other for upper school students.
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  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Ret. Col. William Walpert, father to Allison ’23, spoke to middle and upper school students about the importance of thanking a veteran at Norfolk Collegiate's Middle and Upper School Veterans Day Program.

    Ret. Col. Walpert Speaks to Students About Importance of Thanking Veterans

    Ret. Col. William Walpert, father to Allison ’23, spoke to middle and upper school students about the importance of thanking a veteran at today’s Veterans Day Program. The student-led event was put on by Allison '23 and Hannah G. '22, co-presidents of the Future Military Leaders Club. 

    Walpert dedicated 26 years of service to the United States Air Force before retiring last year. In his address, he spoke about the three reasons why he thinks it’s important to thank our veterans and why it can be difficult for a veteran to be thanked for their service.
    “No other country in the world thanks their veterans like we do,” said Walpert. “No other country has a sense of patriotism like we do or stops their members in uniforms and thanks them,” he said.
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  • Upper school students present their findings on jellyfish at Norfolk Botanical Garden's Washed Ashore exhibit. Students worked in pairs to present an organism to the class using the sculptures from the exhibit. They presented adaptations, habitat, behavior, ecology and other aspects of marine biology for the organism represented by the sculpture.

    Students explore organisms, recycling at Washed Ashore Exhibit

    Marine Biology students recently took a field trip to Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Washed Ashore exhibit, which features 11 larger-than-life sculptures made from plastics pulled from our oceans.

    Students worked in pairs to present an organism to the class using the sculptures from the exhibit. They presented adaptations, habitat, behavior, ecology and other aspects of marine biology for the organism represented by the sculpture. 
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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!
  • 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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  • Evan Benedict '04, English teacher and alumnus, recently had his poem, “Seven Ways of Being Open,” published in “Silver Rose Magazine” and “Wild Roof Journal.”

    Benedict's '04 Work Published in Literary Magazines

    English Teacher Evan Benedict ’04 had a goal: To get 100 rejections.

    Yet, that was only a piece of his journey. He was on a mission to have his poetry published. His poem, “Seven Ways of Being Open,” was recently published in “Silver Rose Magazine” and “Wild Roof Journal.”
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