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Chesapeake Academy begins its 45th year

From left, Chesapeake Academy students Haley Dull, Annabel Carrington and David Treakle compare mental maps of the world they created on the first day of school with a newly-unveiled Mercator projection wall map of the world in seventh-grade geography.

Kindling the fire is what education in the 21st century is all about, and Chesapeake Academy opened its doors last week solidly on that forward thinking path.

“We don’t always know what the future holds, but we know it will change rapidly. One of the key essential elements of a 21st century education is the transfer of knowledge to real world situations,” noted academic dean Julie Keesee. “This means guiding our students to use higher level, creative thinking skills, giving them the wherewithal to solve problems of the future.”

Aiming to inspire a culture of inquiry among the student body, Chesapeake faculty is encouraged to hold on to best practices from experiences while integrating new skills and new ways of doing things. 

Chesapeake Academy began its 45th school year with a convocation assembly for students, parents and faculty designed to commemorate the beginning of school and promote involvement in all aspects of school life. Amid a celebratory atmosphere, Head of School Deborah Cook led the program by welcoming pre-kindergartners through grade eight students in dress uniform for the 2009-10 academic year, encouraging each to plan for personal and academic successes while keeping this year’s theme of perseverance in the forefront of their actions.

“When you were learning to walk, ride your bike, kick a soccer ball- what kept you trying?” Cook asked the assembled students before referencing famous people throughout history who failed numerous times before achieving their goals. Offering the following pieces of advice: persevering through your disappointment, recognizing that roadblocks are a part of life, being flexible and modifying one’s approach to solving problems, and seeking help.

Chesapeake Academy is an independent school offering instruction in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. It is an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and currently serves students of Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland counties. To arrange for a campus tour or for additional information, contact Hilary Scott, director of admissions, at 438-5575.

posted 09.16.2009

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