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.
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.
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.