Mr. Boswell's science classes enjoyed a trip the Metro Richmond Zoo. Classes were greeted by the very friendly staff and enjoyed a private chat with the zoo keepers. The students were introduced to an Eclectus parrot, an African penguin, a Burmese python and a three-banded armadillo. The zoo keepers explained about the conservation of these animals and their unique lifestyles. The students then had the rest of the day to explore the zoo's many different animals, as well as time to enjoy the food and rides. The highlight of the trip was the morning chorus of Siamang gibbons (a type of primate) as they called and showed off to the students and other neighboring primates. It was an excellent day off campus.
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.
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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.
You may have heard of spirit week during Homecoming at schools across the country, but have you ever heard of a Holiday Spirit Week? This December, Fuqua School students in grades PK-12 had a different type of spirit week to help celebrate the holidays. This Holiday Spirit Week had students dressing in holiday-themed attire including pajamas, tacky sweaters, Santa hats and socks , red and green, and flannels. There was no better way to celebrate the joy of the holidays at school than by kicking it off with this special and fun week.
Though a bit different from years past, on Wednesday, December 8, the lower school students participated in their annual Winter Showcase. The performance was split into two smaller performances in order to keep the audience numbers down due to COVID. Grades pre-kindergarten through first gave the first performance at 6 PM which included winter favorites like "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "The Chubby Snowman," but also a folk dance through the audience and coordinated movement with scarves and finger lights to classical music selections. Grades two through five gave the second performance at 7 PM. This show began with the fifth grade band in their first public performance, included a parachute activity and rhythm stick passing game, and culminated with all groups doing a choral reading of "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Many thanks to all who helped make the performances a success including, but not limited to, the lower school teachers and assistants, the maintenance staff, Mrs. Watson, and Mr. Gage.
Mr. Boswell's zoology class finished the semester with a special guest. Dr. Rodney Cole, of Southside Veterinarian Services, brought a recently deceased dairy calf, and walked the class through an autopsy. The students were allowed to pass around and examine most of the major body organs. It was determined the calf died of pneumonia as well as a gastrointestinal infection. Dr. Cole provided a wealth of knowledge and answered the many questions about zoology, pre-calculus, and chemistry the students threw at him.
On December 8, students in Mrs. Diane Stubbins’ World Studies 9 class visited Longwood University to see the Rowe Collection of Chinese artifacts. Staff from the LCVA guided the students through the collection of decorative, functional, and ceremonial items, some thousands of years old, representing multiple Chinese dynasties. The visit came at the end of a unit on the Middle Ages in China and the Americas. While there, small groups each chose an artifact to examine in detail and describe to their peers. Some of the most popular pieces were camel and dragon figures, a bronze sword, a collection of porcelain miniature snuff cases, and Chinese zodiac symbols. Students enjoyed time off campus expanding their content knowledge beyond the classroom.
Ms. Emily Murphy’s chemistry class created an acid-base pH indicator by using cabbage. First, the class had to create the acid-base pH indicator by boiling torn pieces of cabbage in a tiny pot. In the experiment, students had eight different small beakers filled with vinegar, baking soda, Sprite, lemon juice, milk, sodium hydroxide, orange juice, and soapy water. The students made an educated guess whether the solutions were an acid or base constructed from the properties of each solution. Some properties are a sour taste or a bitter taste. They used the pH scale to help make their educated guesses. Once students had their speculations, they poured the cabbage indicator into each of the eight beakers and watched each solution change into a different color. With the different colors, it showed whether a solution was either an acid or base. Students certainly enjoyed this creative and hands-on project based learning assignment.