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Upper School Students Participate in Model UN

On November 19 and 20, students from Fuqua’s Model United Nations team went to a mock U.N. meeting on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College. Along with students from Cumberland, Prince Edward, and Appomattox County Schools, our student delegates represented countries from around the globe. While at the two-day summit, representatives addressed current events and global issues, and the event organizers invented “crisis” situations to test the students’ responses. Several Falcons were recognized for their impressive performances, including James Minix and Hunter Melton (Best Position Paper), Bailey Rutherford and Sophie Watson (Delegation Honorable Mention), and Roman Davis and Zach Eason, who passed a bill during the process.

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Colonial Days at Lower School

Students in Mrs. Krystal Tucker’s fourth grade class completed a Colonial Days project this November. The fourth grade class has been studying early colonization and the settlement of Jamestown in Virginia History. They have also studied colonial America across the curriculum through a whole class novel, Blood on the River, by Elisa Carbone. Students worked with a fellow classmate to research one of the following colonial jobs: apothecary, cabinet maker, chandler, cooper, milliner, printer, and wheelwright. The class worked during their Media special to research information regarding their job and also to prepare a speech. Mr. Layne helped the students sketch a backdrop of their colonial shop during art class. Students dressed in colonial attire and presented their work to classmates, parents, and guests. Mrs. Tucker’s class thoroughly enjoyed applying the information they learned about colonial America into their projects.

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Taxation Without Representation

Sixth grade students put their learning into action, in Mrs. Holly Schilling’s history class, by practicing the concept of taxation during colonial times.  For this lesson, Mrs. Lynne Lindsay, 6th grade math teacher,  served as a member of Parliament while Mrs. Dara Tucker, Head of the Middle School, served as the Queen of England.  One student was selected to be the tax collector and collected taxes (candy) from students based on a variety of criteria.  Those who ran out of their money were sent to “debtor’s jail”.  Following the tax collection process, students saw how the tax collector gave a majority of the tax monies to the Queen and Parliament, leaving the students with little to no money to live on.  While the students claimed this to be unfair, they were able to make a connection to the feelings of the colonists when tax laws, such as the Sugar Act, Tea Act and Stamp Act were imposed upon them from the Queen and Parliament in England.

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Recognizing Women Who Serve

The Lower and Middle School SCAs believe in giving back to those in our community by collecting items to support them, or show thanks, each month. For the month of November, the LS SCA voted to collect items for Women Who Serve in honor of Veteran’s Day. The collection focused on pampering local women in the armed forces who serve our country day in and day out. Following the collection, the Lower School SCA used bags created by the lower school students, during our school-wide Homecoming community service day, to create care packages to send to these heroes abroad.

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Sixth Graders Plant Class Tree

The planting of the 6th grade tree is just one of many Fuqua School traditions that students look forward to each school year. This November, the Class of 2026 planted a red maple tree across from the baseball field. This tradition, sponsored by the Fuqua School PTSA, allows 6th graders the opportunity to watch their class tree grow with them. On their graduation day, in the year 2026, they will take another photo with their tree, as they did in 2019, to symbolize the growth they’ve made during their time at Fuqua School. As Head of the Middle School, Dara Tucker, shared with the students, “The Fuqua School family is like the roots of a tree for you. Like the roots, we will hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life and support you through all types of weather.”

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Fourth Graders Tour Jamestown

On Wednesday, October 9, students in Mrs. Krystal Tucker's fourth grade class traveled to the Jamestown Settlement. Students participated in a guided tour, where they were able to explore the Native American village, the fort, and the three ships (Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery). On the return trip to school, students were able to ride the ferry across the James River! The fourth grade class enjoyed a beautiful day rich in colonial history and promise for the future. Mrs. Tucker's class looks forward to continuing their studies of Colonial America through classroom history lessons, and also through their whole class novel, Blood on the River.

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