Henrico, VA – Dr. Casey Hitchcock, Head of School at Lynnhaven School, conquered the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Buena Vista, FL on November 5th and the Richmond Marathon here in Richmond, VA on November 11th. With two races, in two states, in just one week.
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, known for its magical course through the Walt Disney World Resort, served as a prelude to Dr. Hitchcock's ambitious week. Following this race, she continued her quest by tackling the Richmond Marathon, a challenging and iconic event held annually in the heart of Virginia. This year's race highlighted just why it is dubbed America's Friendliest Marathon, with perfect weather and cheering spectators lining the course.
Dr. Hitchcock's achievement demonstrates her commitment to fostering a culture of holistic well-being within the Lynnhaven School community, leading by example through hard work, grit, and endurance. "I want everyone to know that when they decide to do something that seems impossible and they dedicate the time to make it happen, it can!" Dr. Hitchcock shared. She started training in June with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team where she also volunteers. "Battling injury and illness this season made it more challenging than most, but I was able to pull off a big personal best and I'm looking forward to taking a little break before the next adventure," she stated.
"I don't know how she does it," said a Lynnhaven parent. Lynnhaven School also had parents and students represented in the Richmond Marathon as runners and volunteers along the course. As a leader in education and an advocate for personal development, Dr. Hitchcock's success resonates with students, parents, and faculty members alike.
You will see Dr. Hitchcock on the course alongside faculty and staff for the Tacky Light Run and the new River City Half Marathon in March. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Alyson LeMaster, Dean of Enrollment & Innovation at 804-750-2300.
Lynnhaven School, Inc. Receives Purple Star Award for Exceptional Support to Military-Connected Students
Lynnhaven School, Inc. is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the 2023-2024 Purple Star Award by the Virginia Council on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children. This accolade recognizes our dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for our military-connected students.
The Purple Star Award is a symbol of our commitment to going above and beyond to provide the best possible support for the unique needs of military families during the 2023-2024 academic year. Lynnhaven School, Inc. is a place where our military-connected students can thrive, both academically and personally. Our team is trained to address the distinct academic and emotional needs of our military-connected students. We have strived to ensure that military-connected students feel at home from the moment they walk through our doors, fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.
Dr. Hitchcock, Head of Lynnhaven School, Inc., expressed her gratitude and commitment to maintaining this level of excellence, saying:
"We are immensely proud to be the recipient of the Purple Star Award. This recognition showcases our dedication to ensuring that our military-connected students receive the care and support they deserve. As a military spouse myself, it is a very personal mission that we maintain our high standards of inclusivity and support."
Lynnhaven School is the only private school recognized in the Richmond Metropolitan area. We extend our gratitude to the Virginia Council on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children for acknowledging our efforts and look forward to continuing our mission to create an exceptional educational environment for all our students.
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Henrico, Virginia (October 9, 2023) – For the second year in a row, Lynnhaven School is one of 64 elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States to earn recognition through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus K-12 program. The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to tree planting. Its Tree Campus K-12 program, launched during the 2021-2022 school year, encourages educators to create meaningful opportunities for students to interact with trees.
“We want to inspire young people to develop a lifelong respect for trees and understand
the many benefits green spaces bring to communities,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of
the Arbor Day Foundation. “Lynnhaven School is playing a key role in the effort to usher in a
new generation of environmental stewards.”
To earn this distinction, Lynnhaven School met four goals:
The recognized schools span 28 states. During the 2022-2023 school year, 22,478 students
participated in tree-focused education, and more than 32,000 trees were planted or distributed by Tree Campus K-12 schools. Lynnhaven School was the first and only school recognized in the state of Virginia in 2021-2022 and is one of only two schools recognized in 2023.
Other Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs include Tree City USA, Tree Line USA,
Tree Campus Higher Education, and Tree Campus Healthcare. Working together, the five
programs celebrate tree planting efforts at nearly every community level. To learn more and see the full list of recognized schools, visit arborday.org/K12.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. Together with our partners, we have helped plant more than 500 million trees in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival. Through our members, partners and programs, the Arbor Day Foundation inspires people across the globe to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
August 16, 2023 – Lynnhaven School is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Virginia Naturally School Recognition from the Virginia Department of Wildlife. As just one of 14 private schools in the state to receive the recognition this year, it highlights Lynnhaven's commitment to environmental education, conservation, and fostering a deep appreciation for Virginia's natural resources among its students.
The Virginia Naturally School Recognition program, administered by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, recognizes educational institutions across the state that demonstrate exceptional dedication to promoting environmental stewardship and providing students with opportunities to connect with nature. Lynnhaven School has continuously strived to integrate environmental awareness and sustainability into its curriculum through stand-alone classes such as Environmental Policy & Practice or its GIS-based Solutions course. From interactive nature studies and habitat restoration projects to hands-on outdoor learning experiences, Lynnhaven students are actively engaged in understanding and preserving the local ecosystem. The school's commitment to environmental education extends beyond the classroom, as they consistently encourage students to participate in community clean-up events, tree planting initiatives, and other conservation efforts.
"We are truly honored to receive the Virginia Naturally School recognition," said Dr. Casey Hitchcock, Head of School at Lynnhaven School. "This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff in fostering a culture of environmental responsibility. We believe that connecting with nature not only enhances our students' educational journey but also equips them to become thoughtful and conscientious stewards of our planet."
Lynnhaven School's achievement in earning the Virginia Naturally School recognition exemplifies the institution's dedication preparing students for a more sustainable future.
For more information about Lynnhaven School, please visit www.lynnhavenschool.org.
About Lynnhaven School - Lynnhaven School is a project-based microschool located in Richmond, VA. With a strong focus on academic excellence and whole-student learning, Lynnhaven offers an innovative educational environment that empowers gifted, twice exceptional, and neurodiverse students to excel both inside and outside the classroom.
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Henrico, VA - Lynnhaven School, a pioneering institution in Richmond, VA, as the first micro high school, is delighted to welcome a new Head of School and the newest members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 2023. Lynnhaven, founded in 2012 by education entrepreneur Dr. Johnathan Harris, has been a vital educational option for gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodiverse students who value a small, hands-on approach to project-based learning. Harris recently ended his tenure with Lynnhaven, after eleven years, on June 30, 2023. The new board members were welcomed this month, just before the new school year begins on August 9th.
Bridgette Bywater, the newly appointed Board Chair, serves as the Vice President & General Manager of Kings Dominion, a Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. With an extensive background in Business Administration, Management, and Marketing, Bridgette's passion for FUN is evident in her role, where she creates extraordinary experiences for visitors. Bridgette's involvement in civic organizations, such as the Richmond Management Round Table, ChamberRVA, and Richmond Region Tourism, showcases her commitment to building a thriving community. With a keen focus on networking, she is dedicated to establishing meaningful connections that contribute to the greater good of Richmond.
Shareema Williams, a Senior Vice President and commercial lender at Towne Bank, joins the Board with over 14 years of experience in business development and analytics. Shareema's dedication to fostering symbiotic relationships with commercial and industrial companies aligns seamlessly with Lynnhaven's values. Her commitment to her family and community exemplifies her passion for making a positive impact both inside and outside the boardroom.
Heide Trepanier, the Board Secretary, brings her love for the arts and community to Lynnhaven School. As a professional artist and a former instructor at VCU, the University of Richmond, and UVA, Heide's dedication to fine arts education is matched by her involvement in community-based murals and works. Her achievements include recognition by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Speed Museum.
Jess Ellet, a self-proclaimed marketing geek, is a wife, mother of four, and a visionary in the advertising industry as the owner of River City Consulting. With over 25 years of experience, Jess's creativity and strategic thinking have shaped successful marketing campaigns for businesses in Richmond.
James Frago, the Faculty Representative, and Bobbie-Sue Tunstall, the Board Treasurer, further expand the board as they guide Lynnhaven School's strategic direction and uphold its mission to provide exceptional educational opportunities to students. With the collective wisdom and diverse perspectives of the new members, Lynnhaven is poised to achieve new heights of excellence.
In light of the school's continued commitment to delivering outstanding education and expanding its reach, Lynnhaven School made adjustments to its tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year, increasing it from $14,950 to $19,980 per year. The increase in tuition represents the school’s commitment to attracting qualified teachers, maintaining high-quality student programming, and staying competitive in the Richmond private school market. The budget for the 2023-2024 academic year stands at $1.09 million dollars which reflects their dedication to providing the best possible outcomes for students. Looking ahead, the newly appointed Board of Trustees will be actively engaged in developing Lynnhaven's 2025 strategic plan.
Lynnhaven is also proud to announce Dr. Casey Hitchcock as its next Head of School, a unanimous appointment by the board of trustees. Dr. Hitchcock's journey at Lynnhaven has been marked by exemplary leadership, dedication, and a commitment to fostering excellence in education. As Co-Head of School for the past two years, Dr. Hitchcock has consistently demonstrated an indomitable spirit of innovation. Her commitment to student-centric methodologies, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Agile Classroom, and mastery grading, reflects her determination to challenge the status quo and redefine the essence of schooling. Dr. Hitchcock has been with Lynnhaven School for 7 years.
For more information about Lynnhaven School and its commitment to progressive education, please visit contact Alyson LeMaster, Dean of Enrollment and Innovation at www.lynnhavenschool.org or dial 804-750-2300.
Henrico County, May 22, 2023 – Lynnhaven School is thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as the recipient of the Henrico County 2023 Clean Business Award. This accolade recognizes businesses that consistently adhere to the stringent criteria established by the committee, focusing on maintaining a litter-free environment, implementing sustainable practices, and contributing to the beautification of the community.
Lynnhaven School has surpassed all expectations and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Henrico County. Our efforts in maintaining a pristine environment, promoting environmental sustainability, and actively participating in beautification projects have set us apart as a example within the community.
One of the key factors that contributed to Lynnhaven School's selection for this esteemed award was our dedication to keeping our campus litter-free by getting our students involved in the process. By consistently implementing and encouraging responsible waste disposal practices, the school has effectively minimized litter and promoted cleanliness not only within our immediate vicinity but also in the wider Henrico County area.
The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee will acknowledge Lynnhaven School's outstanding achievements at the County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, June 27th. The Clean Business Award serves as a reminder to businesses throughout Henrico County that our efforts in maintaining clean a clean campus, embracing sustainability, and enhancing community aesthetics are recognized and deeply appreciated.
For more information about the Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and the Clean Business Award, please visit HERE.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to James McRae ('27) on his well-deserved selection to the prestigious 2023 Development National Team for Water Polo. James was selected among players from across the country last month and now will be representing Team USA. This remarkable achievement is a testament to James' unwavering dedication, relentless hard work, and undeniable talent in the pool. James' commitment to excellence has never wavered, and his efforts have now culminated in this remarkable selection to the 2023 Development National Team.
James' selection to the 2023 Development National Team for Water Polo is a stepping stone toward even greater achievements. This opportunity will provide him with invaluable experience, exposure to higher levels of competition, and the chance to learn from the best in the sport. The intense training sessions, guidance from experienced coaches, and collaborative environment among teammates will undoubtedly contribute to James' growth as a player. His talent, combined with the nurturing environment of the national team, promises an exciting future filled with new milestones and remarkable accomplishments. His next stop will be Los Angels, CA this summer! Congratulations, James!
Richmond, VA - Mrs. Melendez, a member of the 2023 Virginia Council for Social Studies Conference Committee, was also a featured presenter at the VCSS conference in March where over 300 social studies educators gathered in Richmond, VA from across the state. Her session, entitled Simple Stories to Teach Hard History, was a resounding success, providing attendees with practical strategies for teaching difficult topics such as slavery and Jim Crow in secondary social science classes.
Mrs. Melendez's session focused on the use of picture books, graphic novels, young adult, and middle-grade novels to teach these difficult subjects. She shared a range of effective teaching strategies, including read-alouds as writing prompts, interactive read-alouds, using the concept development model, and using the inquiry design module framework to create a classroom environment that promotes empathy, understanding, and critical thinking.
Her presentation also offered valuable insights into the rationale for using these texts and resources to help teachers acquire the necessary tools to address sensitive topics with their students. By providing practical examples and a wealth of resources, Mrs. Melendez's session was both informative and engaging.
Mrs. Melendez's expertise and innovative approach were a valuable addition to the VCSS Conference, and we are grateful for her contributions to this year's event. We look forward to future opportunities to learn from her insights and experience.
For more information on Mrs. Melendez's session and the VCSS Conference, please visit the VCSS website or contact us directly.
Richmond, VA - Joey, a rising junior, has recently been accepted into the Pre College Program at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). This is a selective program and a remarkable achievement for Joey, who has shown a strong passion and talent for the arts from an early age. Joey's acceptance into the Pre College Program is a testament to their dedication and hard work as an artist. According to Joey’s parents, they have grown to have a deep appreciation for the arts.
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Pre College Program is a rigorous, two to four-week program that provides a comprehensive art and design education to talented high school students who aspire to pursue a career in the creative arts field. The program offers a range of studio classes, critiques, and workshops in a variety of artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media allowing students to experience life at CIA, learn from top professionals, build their portfolio and earn college credit.
Joey's acceptance into the Pre College Program is a reflection of the high-quality education and support they have received from the staff at Lynnhaven School. "We are incredibly proud of Joey for achieving this opportunity to attend CIA's Pre College Program," said Mrs. LeMaster, Director of Admissions & College Counselor. "We can't wait to see what they create during their time at CIA this summer."
To learn more about the Pre-College program at the Cleveland Institute of Art please visit https://www.cia.edu/continuing-education/pre-college
AgileClassroom Hosts Webinar on Agile Frameworks in the Classroom with Lynnhaven's Dr. Casey Hitchcock and Jim Frago
Henrico, VA - AgileClassroom, a leading provider of Agile training and consulting services, recently hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Casey Hitchcock and Jim Frago, two educators from Lynnhaven School, who shared their experiences with Agile learning, Academic Teaming, and Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom.
The webinar, which was hosted by AgileClassroom's John Miller and Laura Williams, focused on the impact of Agile frameworks on teaching and learning in the classroom. Hitchcock and Frago shared their insights and key take-a-ways from their experience with implementing Agile practices in their teaching methods.
"We are thrilled to have had Casey Hitchcock and Jim Frago share their expertise on Agile learning with our audience," said John Miller, AgileClassroom's co-founder. "Their experience and insights have been invaluable to educators looking to incorporate Agile practices in their classrooms."
During the webinar, Hitchcock and Frago discussed how Agile frameworks have helped them to create a more collaborative, flexible, and student-centered learning environment. They shared examples of how PBL has helped students to develop problem-solving skills and work effectively in teams."Agile frameworks have allowed us to be more responsive to the needs of our students," said Hitchcock. "By focusing on collaboration and continuous improvement, we have been able to create a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive."
The webinar also addressed the challenges that educators may face when implementing Agile practices in the classroom and provided practical tips for overcoming these challenges. "We hope that our experience and insights will inspire other educators to explore Agile frameworks and how they can be applied in the classroom," said Frago. "We believe that Agile learning is the future of education, and we are excited to be a part of this movement."
The webinar recording is available on AgileClassroom's website for those who missed it. For more information on AgileClassroom's services and upcoming events, visit their website at www.agileclassroom.com.