Fuqua School is pleased to announce that Christopher Baird has been selected as our new Athletic Director. Baird will also serve as the Head Boys Basketball coach and Head Baseball coach. Baird was the top pick from a pool of many excellent candidates. While finalists for the position were well qualified, a panel consisting of parents, administrators, and the Head of School were unanimous in selecting Baird.
Most recently, Baird served as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Buckingham County Public Schools in Buckingham. In addition to his years of teaching, Baird's experiences include 9 years of coaching high school athletics, 2 years of administrative experience, program oversight, community outreach, stakeholder communication, event planning, and budgeting.
“We are very excited to welcome Chris Baird as our new Athletic Director,” said Head of School Chance Reynolds. “His energy and enthusiasm for school sports is contagious and his vision for the future of our athletic program is inspiring.”
Fuqua School, an independent school in Farmville serving grades PK3-12, has earned full reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Founded in 1973, VAIS is the leader in advancing and advocating for independent school education in Virginia. The VAIS accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the international level through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). VAIS also is recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).
“We are thrilled to learn that Fuqua School has received the unanimous approval of the VAIS Board of Trustees for full reaccreditation and that the visiting Accreditation Committee felt that the special mission, spirit, and community that is Fuqua School is worthy of commendation and acclamation,” commented Head of School Chance Reynolds.
Students in Mrs. Mindy Osborn’s Honors Psychology class used the movie, Hidden Figures (2016), to examine concepts in social psychology. Topics such as social influences, anti-social relations, and racial discrimination are featured prominently in the film. This film follows the lives of three African American female mathematicians who were instrumental in the early days of NASA’s race to put a man on the moon. The film helped students appreciate the organizational policies and daily indignities that separated both women and African Americans from NASA employees who enjoyed more freedoms and authority. Class members found the film both powerful and thought-provoking.
Sophomore Caylen Copley’s artistic talents were put in the spotlight last month when she was recognized at an art competition hosted by Trinity Life Church in Maryland. Caylen’s entry, a composition in acrylic paint and black fine liners, earned her top honors and the chance to compete at a national-level event this summer in Florida. Caylen has long enjoyed sketching and other visual arts, and has shared her artistic talent through many on-campus art projects as well.
Let's Make a Watershed! Mrs. McGregor's fourth grade class created scale models of a watershed as part of their Virginia Resources unit. How did it go you ask? Every model watershed was a success! Each one had "rain water" flow from a high elevation, into a "lake", then into an "ocean". Once done, each team recorded their data.
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Krystal Tucker's class recently finished reading their whole class novel, Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. Students completed a cross-curricular activity in STEAM Lab where they designed racoon traps using the 3-D printer. The fourth-graders learned from Billy, the main character in the novel, how to make a proper racoon trap and what elements successfully trap racoons. The students thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel and seeing their creations come to life via technology!
Students in Mrs. Tucker’s 4th grade math class got a delicious hands-on lesson using Cheez Its. During the lesson, the Cheez Its were used to find both the perimeter and area of shapes, as well as compare the two math concepts. To find the area, students had to use Cheez It units to measure. To find the perimeter, students traced the lines on the edges of each cracker. In the end, the class finished the lesson by eating their math manipulatives all up!
PreK 3 and PreK 4 have been learning about the life cycles of plants and insects, particularly butterflies and ladybugs. Live ladybug larvae and live caterpillars were ordered from a company called InsectLore. They were delivered and both classes observed their "stages" for 14 days! At the end of the 14-day period, the ladybugs were released into their natural habitat and the beautiful butterflies were released a few days later! This was such an amazing, hands-on learning experience for our littlest Falcons!