Lower School STEAM classes enjoyed a fun turkey-themed challenge this November. Students were provided with limited items, including pipe cleaners, masking tape, recycled cardboard and string to create the perfect turkey trap. Students worked in small teams to design and create their traps. Many traps failed to work on the first try, but with perseverance and fixing what “went wrong” the first couple of tries, the teams were able to design creative traps for that Thanksgiving turkey. Teamwork and patience ended up being the best methods in solving this challenge.
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.
Congratulations to Carolyn Hazelgrove who held the winning ticket to this year's 5 Grand Falcon Trucks & Shucks event!
Thank you to our event sponsors Atlantic Union Bank, Crewe Tractor, Davenport, Difficult Creek Lumber, Gantt Insurance, Pembelton Forest Products, Spaulding Equipment Company, Tucker Timber Products, W. C. Newman Co., the Witko Family, and the countless staff members and volunteers who made this year's event such a success. To all those who donated items for our auction, THANK YOU! And finally, thank you to all of you, our ticket buyers, for making this event possible and braving the cold for our first Trucks & Shucks event.
Career coaches are a network of community college employees who are based in high schools across Southside Virginia. They help high school students define their career aspirations, and to recognize community college and other postsecondary programs - including apprenticeships and workforce training that can help students achieve their educational and financial goals. The fundamental objective of the Southside Virginia Community College High School Career Coach Program is to empower students to make informed decisions about their career and educational plans and to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and training. Tina Maxey has been a career coach for 14 years. She is involved in community organizations such as the Dillwyn Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and enjoys working with students. Tina works closely with school counselors to assist seniors with the daunting task of the college admissions process. Maxey says, “It is a joy to have the opportunity to meet with high school students and discuss their career aspirations and educational goals. Each student has a unique story, and it is fulfilling to partner in navigating a path to success. I look forward to continuing to help guide students with their career journeys.” Ms. Maxey, in conjunction with Mr. Custis, will be working with our seniors one day a week throughout the fall semester. In the spring, she will work with Fuqua School's underclassmen.
Students in grades PK-12 always look forward to Fuqua School’s annual Thanksgiving meal. The meal, which typically includes turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll, is considered one of the students’ favorite school meals of the year. While in a “normal” school year, families are invited to join in our annual Thanksgiving meal, this year our students enjoyed the meal surrounded by their classmates and teachers. It’s safe to say that our students left for Thanksgiving break with full tummies and grateful hearts.
Students in Mrs. Dickstein’s Algebra I class have been discussing the four types of slopes (positive, negative, zero, and undefined). Mrs. Dickstein challenged her students to create realistic scenes that displayed at least five examples of each type of slope. Students were tasked with designing a representation and labeling the different slopes throughout the picture. Their projects were fantastic, and demonstrated their ability to understand how math can be found within our daily lives.
Back in the spring of 2020, our middle school students had no idea that their planned spring dance would be cancelled due to a worldwide pandemic known as COVID19. The middle school students, during the 2020-2021 school year, also had no idea that they would not be able to have any dances at all due to COVID19. This year, we were so grateful to be able to have our first middle school dance in almost 2 years, albeit with some parameters established to keep the students and faculty chaperones healthy and safe. The Class of 2026 hosted the Old Hollywood-themed middle dance complete with a red carpet, photo booth, DJ, candlelit tables accented with feather and pearl centerpieces, and students dressed to the “nines”. The students danced the night away and had a great time participating in something “normal,” again. Thank you to the parents and students of the Class of 2026 for the décor, food, and time you donated to help make our first dance since 2019 one to remember.