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Externship Feature:  Meredith Schmidt, Green Front Furniture

Upper school students in grades eleven and twelve have the opportunity to participate in an externship program. Students who take part in this program visit local businesses to gain knowledge related to a specific field or trade throughout a semester. This is a wonderful chance for students to make important life decisions about what careers they would potentially like to explore in more depth. 

With over 900,000 square feet of showroom and twelve buildings, Green Front Furniture’s flagship store located in Farmville, VA is the interior designer’s dream! Green Front Furniture offers rugs, furniture, and accessories from around the world. Green Front has served the Farmville community for years, facilitating in the advancement and growth of our rural town.

Senior, Meredith Schmidt, began her externship this semester with Ashley Cooper, associate at Green Front Furniture. Meredith collaborates with Ashley twice a week, working in the showroom and gaining unsurpassable knowledge in the field of interior design. She has learned about types of fabrics, leather, and styles of rugs, and furniture, all while familiarizing herself with manufacturers, companies, and suppliers. Meredith has met numerous Green Front employees and explored the vast square footage of Green Front’s numerous buildings. While Meredith has not made a final college decision, she is currently visiting several college campuses that offer an interior design program, such as High Point University. Meredith looks forward to furthering her knowledge about interior design through her externship experience. Best wishes, Meredith!

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Jamestown Field Trip  by Teagan McKinney,5th grader

The 4th and 5th grade classes went on a field trip to Jamestown on Thursday, September 30. This is the first field trip we have been on in a long time. We got to see Yi-hakans, different ships, what houses looked like during colonial times, and much more!

We learned about many different things too, like how colonists made bread by taking corn and grounding it into flour  then added water and molded it into a loaf before putting it in a brick oven. We also learned that Yi-hakans are houses that Indians lived in. Each house was long and made of sewn together tarps. All the houses had to have a lit camp fire in it at all times. Did you know that houses looked very different in colonial times? Well, they did.  Houses that wealthy, middle class, and poor people owned looked very different. 

At Jamestown we learned a lot of cool and exciting stuff! If you haven’t gone, I suggest you do! It was a long ride on the bus but it was worth it to go on the trip to Jamestown.

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Awards Program Held

Two members of the Class of 2022, James Minix and Hadley Puckett, were inducted into the Cum Laude Society at the Upper School Fall Academic Awards program on October 8.  Each inductee received a Cum Laude pin, certificate, and signed the chapter membership book.  These members of the Class of 2022 are the first two inductees for this academic year; the final two will be inducted during a spring ceremony.  The Cum Laude Society, an international organization founded in 1906, recognizes the top twenty percent of each senior class based on grade point average and is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools.  Fuqua School is one of sixteen schools in Virginia to have membership in the Cum Laude Society. 

Fuqua School also recognized student achievement in the Scholars Program, which inducts students in grades 10, 11 and 12 based on their academic record from the previous school year.  Qualifying students were recognized as High Academic Honors, Academic Honors, and Honors.

Also honored at the assembly were students being inducted into various Academic Societies.  Fuqua School has eight Academic Societies, each designed to recognize academic excellence and strong interest in specific content areas.  These societies recognize students in English, Math, History, Science, Spanish, Latin, Art, and Theater.   Interested students who met the eligibility criteria applied for membership. 

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Letterman Jackets Return to Upper School Campus

Fuqua School encourages and facilitates students to reach their boundless individual potential, both academically, athletically, and socially. Countless students participate in numerous sports, clubs, honors societies, and extracurricular activities. One way students can be proud of their accomplishments and involvements on campus and showcase these successes is through a varsity or “letterman” jacket. This year, we are thrilled to offer this special item for purchase to our upper school students. Several orders have already been placed, and those students are anxious to receive such a special and distinctive keepsake that they will enjoy wearing and cherish for years to come!

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  STEAM Wheel in Motion

The middle school STEAM Wheel is a popular elective for our 7th and 8th grade students.  The STEAM Wheel has four “spokes” and each spoke lasts one quarter.  Last quarter, students worked with lower school music teacher, Mrs. Mandy Foster, in the performing arts.  The students wrote and performed their own skits as a culmination of the skills learned throughout the quarter.  For the second quarter, STEAM Wheel students are working with lower and middle school media specialist, Mrs. Laney Kortas, to learn computer design skills and techniques using a software program called Silhouette.  Over the quarter, students will use this software to design vinyl stickers, Christmas ornaments, koozies, and t-shirts.  Be on the lookout for more on these students' designs as the quarter progresses.

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“Upcycled” Art Projects in Mrs. Sullivan’s Art Class

Upper school students in Mrs. Audrey Sullivan’s art class are currently working on recycled art projects; using only reused materials to produce each piece.  Faculty, staff, families, and students were asked to donate recycled items that were no longer wanted or needed, such as bottle caps, wire, utensils, buttons, bubble wrap, hardware pieces, and many other interesting household finds. Students then brainstormed structural art-form ideas, and developed a plan for executing their creations. Junior, Callie Major, created a brilliant jelly fish using a recycled colander, beads, and wire. Hunter Stimpson, a freshman, used bubble wrap, utensils, and pipe to create a magnificent crab. Students have thoroughly enjoyed exploring their imaginative wheelhouse by creating these upcycled masterpieces.

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Edible Backbone

Learning about vertebrates and invertebrates has never been so tasty! Mrs. McGregor’s fourth grade class loved creating a makeshift backbone as part of their plant and animal classification unit in science. 

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Homecoming 2021


Wednesday, October 13th:

Homecoming Bonfire on the Al Smith Softball Field @7:00 PM


Friday, October 15th: 

Ruritan Stew starting @ 4:00 PM

Pre-Orders; limited unsold quarts available the night of

Text Jimmy Gantt @ 434-390-6461 or call Tammy Frank @ 434-392-4131 Ext 235


Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate  by the Bell Tower @5:00-7:00 PM

Homecoming Football Game kick off 7:00 PM

Watch the FUQUA FALCONS as they "Cage the Panthers"


Homecoming Court Presentation @ Halftime


Homecoming Spirit Days

Upper School: 

Tuesday, October 12- Holiday Palooza

Wednesday, October 13- Decades Day

Thursday, October 14- Clash of the Falcons (class shirt or colors day)

Friday, October 15 - Falcon Frenzy


Lower School/Middle School:

Tuesday October 12 - Holiday Palooza

Wednesday, October 13- Country vs. Country Club

Thursday, October 14- Character Day

Friday, October 15- Falcon Frenzy


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