Grades 2 through 5 recently participated in the Rozzy STEAM Challenge. For the challenge, students had to select a tourist attraction and build a small model. Then, they had to select 1 of 5 attractions, each with specific requirements, to add to the attraction. Finally, students presented their newly revamped attraction explaining why this would bring more people to the location.
Mr. Boswell has added a living collection to his Environmental Science classroom. The students can now interact and observe some of the lesser known species that share our world with us. We now have a colony of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches; they are one of the largest species on the planet and should reach about 3-4 inches in length when mature. They are very docile and are slowly getting used to being handled.
Another specimen Mr. Boswell has added to his classroom is a Vinegaroon. This arachnid belongs to the order Uropygi. They look like scorpions, but they lack venom and a tail. Instead they have a whip like tail called a flagellum that they can use to excrete acetic acid (vinegar) as a self-defense mechanism. Despite it’s scary look, it is quite docile and prefers to hang out in its burrow until feeding time.
Visitors are welcome to meet some of our new creatures.
STEAM students in grades PK through 1st created models of an animal habitat. These projects included identifying all their animal’s needs. Students also had to make a model of the animal and research and represent an accurate depiction of the animal’s natural habitat.
The 2019 Lower School Winter Showcase was held on December 5th in Gilmer Gym. The program, directed by music teacher Amanda Foster, was opened by pre-k students performing a movement scarf routine to Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride and closed by K/1 students using finger lights and hand movements to Beethoven's Fur Elise. Selections in between ranged from traditional holiday songs to favorites from each grade level's fall curriculum. Many thanks go to all who helped make the program a success with a special thank you to band director Tyler Gage, senior Emily Erickson, and pianist Toni Puckett.
Fuqua School soon-to-be seniors, the Class of 2021, received their class rings on December 5. The Herff-Jones representative was on hand in the Upper School Media Center to present the rings to those juniors who placed orders. Juniors were able to customize their rings from the material and style to color and cut of center gem and were able to embellish their rings with emblems and pictures added to the sides. This time honored tradition takes the Class of 2021 one step closer to senior year.
The Fuqua Band Program performed their annual Opus program on December 5th and 6th. The program included performances by the 6th Grade, Junior, Senior, and Falcon Swing Bands. This year's theme was "The Hallelujah Chorus" in reference to the final movement in Handel's work, The Messiah. The famous trumpet solo was performed by Evan Nichols. Other soloists in the program were: Emily Erickson, senior, on flute; Ryan Ledger, junior, on trumpet; Holt Mason, freshman, on Alto Saxophone; Grayson Newcomb, freshman, on Tenor Saxophone; Sophie Watson, junior, piano; Luke Gee, junior, featured soloist on a rendition of Silent Night, Alto Saxophone.
Students in our STEAM and Aviation classes joined forces with VDOT to paint three snow plows. These pieces of art will be debuted in the Farmville Jaycess' Christmas parade and will be used in Prince Edward County to help clear roadways during inclement weather. Look closely this winter and you might just see these pieces of artwork plowing snow in your area.
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.