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Convocation begins year at Chesapeake Academy

Chesapeake Academy fourth graders (front to back in a diagonal) Abby Souders, Emma Smith, Faith Hattersley, Reese Bragg and Mary Malone Johnson transition between Lower School and Middle School as part of the school’s fourth and fifth grade “bridge” program. While working with more than one academic teacher, students develop the study, time management, and organizational skills needed to perform well with increased expectations in Middle School.

Chesapeake Academy in Irvington began its 47th school year with Convocation, an assembly for students, parents and faculty designed to commemorate the beginning of school and promote involvement in all aspects of school life.

Prior to the official opening of school, alumni parents, board members, and friends in the community joined the assembled students and faculty outside the gymnasium for a ribbon cutting ceremony and an unveiling of the academy’s new state-of-the-art gym floor. Gratitude was extended to the many donors who made this dream a reality.

Board of trustees chair Robert “Bo” Bragg IV led the program by welcoming pre-kindergarten 3&4 through grade eight students to the 2012-2013 academic year, encouraging each to plan for personal and academic successes while keeping this year’s theme of community and specifically, common purpose, in the forefront of their actions. Bragg stressed the importance of volunteerism in all aspects of the school community, paying homage to those who work tirelessly, oftentimes behind the scenes, to benefit the school.

“At Chesapeake, community effort starts with the students who make a conscious decision to help make their school a better place. You can see it in their desire to serve on student council, in their willingness to help younger school mates, and even in their direct efforts to bolster annual fund giving,” Bragg noted. “It is difficult to imagine a more powerful team than school, parents, and volunteers working together for the good of children,” he added.

Bragg’s message was reiterated by CAPPA president Chris Cammarata, who explained the myriad of rewarding opportunities for families to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to the school.

Head of school Deborah Cook elaborated on the purpose of convocation—to bring together the various constituents of the school community (who have been separated over the summer), to welcome new families, and to remind each other of our common purpose: to provide an outstanding education for our students in a environment that is both challenging, nurturing, respectful, and accepting.

“Chesapeake Academy values academic excellence, but we also hold high expectations for behavior and the way we interact with one another. Behaving respectfully through our words and actions provides students a safe haven to be vulnerable, take risks with their learning, and thrive,” Cook explained. Part and parcel of Chesapeake tradition is the expectation that students act responsibly in the classrooms and on the playground and athletic fields. “We do what is expected not because of the consequences if we don’t, but because we have agreed to these mutually shared obligations and commitments to one another,” she added.

Convocation concluded with the singing of the school’s alma mater and the student and faculty recessional.

Chesapeake Academy has openings in select classes and mid-year enrollment inquiries are welcome. 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, please contact Hilary Scott, Director of Admission, at (804) 438-5575.

posted 09.19.2012

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