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  • 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
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  • NJHS Inducts 30 New Members 

    Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, NJHS, inducted 30 new members into their chapter on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. NJHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding seventh and eighth grade students who meet academic and service requirements.
    Congratulations to the following students: Mollie A., Laci B., Noah C., Geoffrey C., Duncan C., Blake C., Beatrix D., Charlie D., Colgin F., Mason G., Sanaa H., Charlotte H., Keron K., Elizabeth K., Eli L., Madeline M., Mary Walsh M., Robert M., Athena N., June R., Samuel R., Leia S., Tyler S., Landon T., Austin U., Eliza V., Tobias W., Bridgette W., Kiera W. and Tamya W.

    The student-run ceremony honored the accomplishments of the new inductees. In fact, to date, the club’s members have performed more than 1,000 hours of community service as of this month with the newest members having performed 635 of those hours! Collegiate’s chapter supports several local organizations, such as the Samaritan House, collecting donations for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, ForKids, area animal shelters and more.
    Members must have a cumulative grade point average of 88. Students must also demonstrate attributes of leadership, good character and citizenship, as well as a desire to render service and to provide worthy leadership. To be eligible, students must complete 10 hours of community service prior to joining and must complete an additional 10 hours before the end of the school year.

    To learn more about Collegiate’s chapter of NJHS, please contact Jill Archer at
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  • Members of Norfolk Collegiate's Middle School Allies DEI Club pose for a picture. The club was the co-sponsor of the inaugural Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice conference on Feb. 28, 2024.

    MS Conference Spreads Words of Kindness, Inclusivity

    Middle school students attended an in-school Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice conference on Feb. 28, 2024. The conference was titled, “Building a Community of Belonging,” and featured guest speaker Jason Mundy, the director of diversity, equity and engagement at Durham Academy. Mr. Mundy is also the former head of Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school and middle school. 

    Mr. Mundy’s message was, “I’m just a middle schooler; what difference can I make?” It was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence. The conference opened with an address from Head of School Scott Kennedy, Head of the Middle School Chris Tillson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) Dr. Nefertiti Makeda, and a special video produced by the Middle School Allies DEI Club and upper school students who attended a National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

    “I thought the conference was amazing, it taught valuable lessons for everyone,” said Laci B. ’28, who serves as the Allies Club vice president. “My goal (for the conference) was to get everyone to try to be kinder and to see things from a different perspective, while our goal for the conference was to share what our club was about and to teach everyone to be more of a kind inclusive person.”

    Allies President Taylor B. ’28 agreed. “The conference was very educational, and I especially loved our guest speaker, Mr. Mundy. He was truly amazing and discussed some great points. I’m super excited about what the middle school will improve and make it even more exciting next year,” she said.

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  • Norfolk Collegiate is proud to present “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in the Hackney Theater in the Meredith Center for the Arts.

    Norfolk Collegiate Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

    Norfolk Collegiate is proud to present “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in the Hackney Theater in the Meredith Center for the Arts. Our amazing student performers will be accompanied by a professional orchestra provided in partnership with Tidewater Winds. 
    Winner of five Tony Awards, "The Drowsy Chaperone" is a loving send-up of the Golden Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.
    Why all the awards??
    With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and "The Drowsy Chaperone" begins as the man in the chair provides hilarious commentary. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and a delirious chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
    The play is open to the public and will be performed live. Admission is $5 for students and $15 for regular admission and cash and card are accepted. 
    For more information, please email Mr. Hoyle at or Ms. Gondek at
    We hope you can join us for this wonderful event!
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  • Women speak about Military Careers During Women's History Month

    Upper school students heard from a panel of women in the military as part of the school’s recognition of Women’s History Month on March 29, 2024. This year’s theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” 

    Susan Moore, upper school Math and middle and upper school Design Thinking & Computing teacher kicked off the event and spoke about her time in the United States Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard. 

    The panel included Cmdr. Veronica Anderson, U.S. Navy; Cmdr. Brittany Laird, U.S. Navy; YN1 Mackenzie Williams, U.S. Navy; and Cmdr. Amanda Harris, U.S. Coast Guard. Each spoke about their journey in the Armed Forces and at the end, answered questions from the students. 

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  • Mary Faber, an award-winning actor, singer and puppeteer spoke to middle and upper school students at Norfolk Collegiate on what it’s like to live a life in the performing arts.

    Mary Faber, an Award-Winning Actor, Singer and Puppeteer Speaks with Students

    Middle and upper school performing arts students joined Mary Faber, an award-winning actor, singer and puppeteer for an informal session on what it’s like to live a life in the performing arts.
    Faber's career reflects her range of talent, from being the lead in “Boss Baby: Back in the Crib” on Netflix to being on Broadway, starring in shows like “Avenue Q,” “American Idiot,” and “How to Succeed in Business” with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. Her TV roles include Ashley on HBO’s “The Brink,” Macy in Jim Carrey’s “Kidding” on Showtime, and as fan favorite Sweetums lobbyist Kathryn Pinewood on “Parks and Recreation.”
    Faber, aunt to Thomas W. ’25, spoke about her career and answered a range of student questions.
    “Most of what I do is voiceover and I love it,” said Faber who also does a lot of work as session singer and as an ADR.
    When asked what her favorite role has been, “Parks and Rec. was my most favorite on-camera role. She (Kathryn Pinewood) was an evil lobbyist,” Faber said, and was a lot of fun to play.
    She also encouraged students to try improvisation.
    “Improve education isn’t just for people who want to be superstars,” she said, “improv is really great way to learn how to interact.”
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  • Second Grade Teacher Nicole Mottinger, center, won the 'Ballin' in the Classroom' from BOB-FM. Radio host Eric Worden, right, and Julianne Worden presented Mottinger with her certificate aloong with tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters for her and her students and their families this Saturday, March 30, 2024.

    Mottinger Named 'Ballin' in the Classroom' Teacher in Local Radio Contest

    Students in Nicole Mottinger’s second grade class were surprised yesterday when 𝟵𝟯.𝟳 𝗕𝗢𝗕 𝗙𝗠 Morning Guy Eric and Julianne Worden surprised their teacher and the students with tickets to this Saturday’s Harlem Globetrotters game at the Chartway Arena.
    The tickets were part of the Ballin’ in the Classroom contest and our very own Mrs. Mottinger was the winner! The contest called on Hampton Roads to nominate “a teacher who knows how to dribble, dunk, and teach; a teacher that is ‘Ballin’ in the Classroom.’” The contest was looking for a teacher who “makes learning come alive by incorporating sports and physical fitness in the classroom.”
    As a result of the contest, Mrs. Mottinger’s class will get to see the game and they’ll be honored on the court by the Globetrotters this Saturday.
    “When I found out that my class and I had won the Ballin' in the Classroom contest, I was beyond excited for my students and myself,” said Nicole Mottinger. “I am so proud of my second graders. They show commitment and interest in fitness inside and outside of the classroom every day, and I enjoy helping them reach their fitness goals by running alongside them in the Shamrock Final Mile and helping to coach Girls on the Run.”
    Shoutout to our families who helped with the nomination process, including Kat Taylor, who said, “Ms. Mottinger is a dedicated, fun and loving teacher! She pushes her students to make and meet their personal goals for both mental and physical fitness. She is a leader with the Girls on the Run program at school, and with the school's participation in the Shamrock Marathon Final Mile run.”
    Mrs. Mottinger was elated to be honored on Tuesday.
    “I’m very appreciative to my families who nominated me and the class for this amazing opportunity,” she said. “I can't wait to cheer on our Harlem Globetrotters with my fellow Oaks!”

    MARCH 2024
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  • 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 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.
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  • Winter Student-Athletes Honored in Ceremony

    Collegiate's winter athletic season student-athletes were honored on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in front of their peers during the Middle and Upper School Winter Athletic Awards program. The winter season saw student-athletes take on swimming, cheer, wrestling and basketball in the longest season for our Oaks, beginning Nov. 6, 2023, and ending on March 1, 2024, with our last basketball game.
    Standout student-athletes were awarded plaques describing their role on their respective teams, including the following awards: Most Valuable Players; Most Improved Players; Team Manager and OAK Award, which honors the impressive attributes in the student to which it’s awarded. “O” stands for overachiever, “A” stands for attitude and “K” stands for knowledge. This is also the first year that the Outstanding Teammate Award is being “given to the athlete who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to their team embodying sportsmanship, character and spirit,” said Director of Athletics Jon Hall.
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  • Natalia '24 Heads to Poetry Out Loud Regional 2024 Competition

    Natalia '24 Heads to Poetry Out Loud Regional 2024 Competition
    Good luck, Natalia C. ’24! She is competing in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The competition will have the top three from each semi-final round moving on to the state competition in Richmond.
    Natalia, Chloe S. ’24, Izzy R. ’24 and Sophie H. ’26 competed for a chance to represent Norfolk Collegiate in this year’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition in December 2023, each reciting from the Poetry Out Loud anthology.
    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.
    Students participate yearly at school, regional, state and national levels. This year, Natalia, Chloe, Izzy and Sophie delivered poignant renditions of the top picks. Two of Natalia’s selections were “All This and More” by Mary Karr and “Mr. Darcy” by Victoria Chang.
    “Poetry is such an interesting form of writing,” Natalia said of why she is drawn to the form of expression. As for why she selected “Mr. Darcy,” she said, “It was a lot of fun to work out a poem with no punctuation.”
    Tomorrow’s competition will have the top three from each semi-final round moving to the state competition in Richmond.
    Good luck, Natalia!
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  • From left to right: Grace O. ’29, Jonas E.' 28 and Kellan H.' 30 took home the second, third and first place honors, respectively, for the 2024 Norfolk Collegiate Middle School Spelling Bee. 

    Kellan H. '30 Takes Home Top Honors in 2024 Middle School Spelling Bee

    This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 32 students face off for the first-place honors, competing in 18 rounds and spelling 300 words. The word “gorilla” landed Kellan H. ’30 with the title of Norfolk Collegiate spelling bee champion.

    Third place was awarded to Jonas E. ’28 and second place went to Grace O. ’29. 

    Words like “amphitheater,” “gastritis,” “Oman,” and “bunion” were delivered to the students by the moderator Mr. Evan Benedict ’04 and the students calmly asked for definitions and usages in sentences before tackling their words.   

    Middle School English Teacher and coordinator of this year’s bee Chrisy Cooper said the event was fantastic. It was evident the students were looking forward to competing against their classmates. 

    Kellan will next compete in The WHRO Public Media Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 10. Good luck, Kellan!
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  • Fourth graders Charlotte and Karter finished their shift at the Oak Delivery Mail System at Norfolk Collegiate lower school. A typical day can see anywhere from 60 to 90 pieces of mail from students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5.

    Oak Delivery Mail System Bustling With Letters

    Norfolk Collegiate’s youngest Oaks have been keeping their new Oak Delivery Mail System busy and their fourth grade postal workers are loving it!

    The newest addition to the lower school is not only improving our Oak’s writing skills, but it’s also improving their communication, thanks to the genius of our lower school Science Teacher Melissa Economou.

    “This system will allow students to authentically write and address letters to friends and/or adults in the lower school no matter what grade,” said Economou. “Fourth grade students will be responsible for checking and delivering the mail.”

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