Girl Scout Juniors Troop 5200 is working to complete the “Girl Scout Way” badge by the end of the school year. Badge component four is to “leave a place better than you found it.” Girl Scouts are encouraged to earn this step by heading outside to find a way to leave their yard or neighborhood better than they found it. In this case, they decided to treat Fuqua School as their backyard, and on a recent unseasonably warm day, they headed outside to continue the campus tree cleanup started by Justin Hicks, Kelly Atkinson and others. The Juniors, and Bradie Allen, worked hard to clean up branches and shoots trimmed from trees around the volleyball courts on Catlin Street.
Founded in 1993, Fuqua School is an independent, co-educational, PK3-12 day school – centrally located to serve Southside Virginia – that provides children with a well-rounded, values-based educational experience uniquely tailored to create a solid foundation for their individual success.
The best way to experience Fuqua School is to come for a visit! The warmth and friendliness of our community is evident from the moment you set foot on campus.
Our Mission & Core Values
The mission of Fuqua School is to create a safe and supportive learning environment which fosters the development of boundless individual potential.
At Fuqua School, we believe a values-based educational experience truly matters. It is a difference maker. Honesty, responsibility, kindness, compassion, fairness, respect, commitment, perseverance, and cooperation are woven into the classroom and campus activities. Each month activities focus on one of these core values. These fundamental core values guide our decisions and actions.
This year, our littlest PK Falcons have been learning a lot more than their alphabet and the foundations of math, history and science. This month, they started learning about computer coding during STEAM class. Using a program called Tynker, Jr., students began learning and applying the beginning steps of coding. Tynker, Jr. is a fun, interactive way to spark our students’ interest in coding. By solving puzzles and games, using picture block coding to problem solve, sequencing and recognizing patterns, these students are actively learning fundamental coding concepts. We look forward to watching as they grow their coding skills with this new program.
Fuqua School students, in all grades, have been celebrating Black History Month in many ways this February. Upper school students were presented with daily trivia about influential African Americans throughout history. Middle school students researched and created Google Slide presentations on lesser known African Americans who made a big difference in shaping our nation. And, lower school students learned about famous African Americans inventors and activists by researching and creating informative pennants and celebrating those who made/make a difference. While all of these amazing Americans are celebrated every month of the year in history classes across our campus, it was a fun February celebrating their impact on America today.
Aqua-Science students have been doing a little demolition work preparing the pavilion area, behind the art room, for their aquaponics setup. The old picnic tables were removed and debris discarded. Hopefully, with a little good weather they will soon have the aquaponics system plumbed and ready for fish.
Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world. In the United States, Mardi Gras is an official holiday in the state of Louisiana. Laney Kortas, our LS/MS Media Specialist and native Louisianan, always brings the traditions and celebration of Mardi Gras to our lower school students each year. This year, students throughout the lower school decorated masks, read Mardi Gras books, and even got to eat some of her famous King Cake! Celebrating Mardi Gras is an excellent opportunity for some fun (and tasty) learning with a real global perspective.
Biology students are currently learning about the wonderful world of cells. Recently, the class was required to create 3D models of a cell, including as much detail as possible. Many students opted to create some confectionary delights to share with the class. Cakes, cookies, doughnuts and even a pizza, were brought to class. Once all students had shared their cells with the class, they were able to enjoy the special treats.