Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee Honors Lynnhaven School with 2023 Clean Business Award
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.
Celebrating James McRae: A Rising Star Joins the 2023 Development National Team for Water Polo
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!
Lynnhaven on Stage at VCSS
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.
Lynnhaven School rising Junior accepted into Cleveland Institute of Art's Pre College Program.
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.
Photo Top: TOP Kevin ('23), Yaquae ('24), Aiden ('27) - BOTTOM Tori ('23), Nate ('23) installed bluebird boxes last week around the campus. The school received a grant through the Virginia Bluebird Society to for the boxes and Lynnhaven campus will now be a stop on the Virginia Bluebird Trail. Mr. Chase and students will be responsible for monitoring the boxes each week and reporting the data to the state.
Lynnhaven School has partnered with the Virginia Bluebird Society to place six nest boxes on the campus. The nest boxes were officially put up on February 24th and have been monitored weekly by Mr. Chase. Monitoring the nest boxes weekly is a crucial task in the name of citizen science. All of the data collected is reported to the Virginia Bluebird Society, which is then reported to the state to track the trending population of bluebirds in Virginia.
Bluebirds are cavity nesting birds, which means they build their nests, lay their eggs, and raise their young inside sheltered chambers or “cavities”. The preferred habitat for bluebirds is open fields containing low grass, with plenty of areas to perch on to spot insects on the ground. Due to their incredible eyesight, they can see insects on the ground from over 100 feet away! Not only are they absolutely beautiful to look at, they also eat a variety of pesky insects including beetles, spiders, mosquitos, and most importantly, ticks.
Lynnhaven uses the Carl Little Bluebird Box design. It includes a large overhanging roof for sun and rain protection as well as venting on both sides so the box doesn't overheat. The cylindrical piece below is a snake guard to protect nestlings from snakes that attempt to get into the box. The ventilation openings are there prevent overheating and are visible near the top of the box. The grooves at the front of the box are used for the fledglings to exit the box when they are ready to leave the nest. To date, there are currently two nests being built in our nest boxes by Bluebirds. Bluebirds start nesting at the beginning of March and it stretches throughout the summer through August.
Lynnhaven School rising Senior, Victoria, invited to National Youth Leadership Forum for Engineering
Henrico, VA - March 23, 2023 Victoria, ‘24, has been invited to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering sponsored by George Mason University. This prestigious program will provide Victoria with an immersive learning experience, introducing her to the overarching principles of engineering and the design thinking process.
During the eight-day program, Victoria and other high school students will explore their passions while being exposed to a variety of engineering disciplines. The program will cover key concepts and how they can be applied in different engineering professions. Victoria will also learn about the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations and apply her newfound skills to assist in achieving some of these goals.
The National Youth Leadership Forum for Engineering is an invitation-only program that brings together high-achieving students from across the country. This program has a proven track record of providing students with a unique learning experience that prepares them for the rigors of college-level engineering coursework. By attending the program, Victoria will also receive college credit through George Mason University.
Lynnhaven School Student James ('27) Selected for National Team Selection Camp for Water Polo
Henrico, VA, March 21, 2023 - Lynnhaven School is proud to announce that one of its students, James ('27), has been selected for the National Team Selection Camp for Water Polo after an outstanding performance at the 2023 ODP Boys National Championships in San Antonio, TX this past weekend.
James, who has been a key player for the SwimRVA Water Polo team, impressed at the championships, showing exceptional skill, determination, and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. His performance caught the attention of the national team selectors, who were impressed by his power, technical ability and sportsmanship.
"I am thrilled and honored to have been selected for the National Team Selection Camp," said James. "It's a great opportunity to compete at the highest level and represent my school and my SwimRVA team. I want to thank my coaches, my teammates, and everyone who has supported me on this journey."
The National Team Selection Camp, which will take place in California in April, is the next step in James' journey towards representing his country in water polo. The camp will bring together the best young players from across the country, and James will have the chance to showcase his skills and leave his mark on the national stage.
"James has been a vital member of our athletic program, and we are incredibly proud of his achievements," said Lynnhaven School's Athletic Director, Marika Kidd. "He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and his selection for the National Team Selection Camp is a testament to his talent and dedication. We wish him all the best for the camp and beyond."
As part of his selection, James has committed to fundraising a minimum of $1375 to benefit the Olympic Development Program. You can help him by clicking here.
About Lynnhaven School
Lynnhaven School is a leading project-based independent school in Richmond, VA, offering an authentic and challenging academic program balanced with a welcoming community that nurtures students' personal and academic growth. The school is committed to helping students achieve their full potential and become responsible, compassionate, and engaged citizens of the world. For more information about Lynnhaven School, please visit www.lynnhavenschool.org
Henrico, Virginia - Lynnhaven School announced the founder and co-head of school, Johnathan Harris, is stepping down after a decade of dedicated leadership. Harris has decided to step down from his position, marking the end of an era. During his tenure, Harris has contributed significantly to the growth and development of Lynnhaven School, establishing it as a leading project-based learning school in the region.
“Opening Lynnhaven School was an idea I had as a little boy growing up in southwest Virginia. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to lead this wonderful school over the last decade. It is not often someone can literally have their dream job. Lynnhaven is poised to become the best version of itself,” said Harris in a statement.” When asked why he thought the time was right to step away from Lynnhaven, he said, “The ‘life span’ of a head of school is not infinite. I am no different, even as a founder. I have poured my heart and soul into Lynnhaven for a decade. The timing is right for me to step down.” Harris was asked if he would continue as a board of trustee, and he said the following “for many years people viewed Lynnhaven as ‘Johnny’s school’ - yes, I am the founder and opened its doors ten years ago, but it was never ‘mine’ or about me. It was about changing the narrative of what a project-based high school, based on the progressive education model, could look like in Richmond. The newly appointed board of trustees, along with Casey, need an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas as they launch a new decade of learning at Lynnhaven.”
Lynnhaven’s successor will be Casey Hitchcock. Hitchcock is no stranger to a headship, as she and Harris have been co-heads of school at Lynnhaven for the last two years. Hitchcock brings over 15 years of experience in the education industry, having served in various leadership positions before Lynnhaven. She is an accomplished educator with a proven track record of success in academic, operational, strategic vision, and financial management. Hitchcock began her tenure at Lynnhaven in 2017.
"We are thrilled to have Casey as the next Head of School at Lynnhaven. Her vast leadership experience and expertise will be invaluable to the continued growth and success of Lynnhaven," said a Board of Trustee in a statement. They continued and said, “Johnny’s vision and work ethic is unmatched. He had the guts to do what many dream of doing. He will be incredibly missed at Lynnhaven.”
Hitchcock is excited about the opportunity to lead Lynnhaven School to greater heights. "I am honored and humbled to continue to lead Lynnhaven School. I look forward to working with everyone involved in making this school a staple in the Richmond community.” She went on to say “Lynnhaven is truly losing one of the greatest minds in progressive education in Johnny Harris. He has been a mentor and friend during my tenure at Lynnhaven. He will be missed as the Head of School, but I know he will always be our biggest champion. I am excited for his next journey.”
Lynnhaven will not seek to hire a co-head of school, as Hitchcock will serve as the Head of School, independently. Harris’s last official day will be on Friday, May 26, 2023, which is also senior graduation.
Orange, VA - On November 11th, the Lynnhaven School Lynx Cross Country team closed out their season after competing in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) State Cross Country Championship Meet. Runners from independent schools all across the commonwealth gathered at Woodberry Forest School, located in Orange, VA, to compete in the tri-division meet. Lynnhaven, a division III school, was represented by four runners, all of which ran their hearts out throughout the season.
The Lynnhaven Lynx cross country team opened their season on Saturday, September 10th at Pole Green Park located in Mechanicsville, VA for the Pole Green Park XC Classic, hosted by Mechanicsville High School. Over 60 teams across the commonwealth competed in the high school division from Lynnhaven. Team veterans Jaylen Hayes (FR) and Kevin Ellis (SR) led the Lynx. Hayes completed his race with a time of 24:49.3. Ellis made his competitive cross country debut with a time of 28:28. 6. In the middle school division and also first time cross country athlete, Charlie (Row) Petres (8th GR), completed the race with a time of 24.55.0.
In their final regular season meet of the year, the Lynnhaven Lynx Cross Country team put their best foot forward, with all runners holding a previous meet time shattering their personal records. The Milestat Cross Country Invitational was the largest meet in the state of Virginia for the weekend, with over 1,400 students competing. Athletes for Lynnhaven included middle school runners Charlie Petres and James McRae who competed in the 4k event. This meet marked McRae’s competitive cross country debut while Petres set a new personal record with a time of 23:35:00. In the high school division and 5k event Kevin Ellis, Jaylen Hayes, and Ellington Burnette represented Lynnhaven. This would be Burnettes’s competitive cross country debut while Ellis and Hayes posted new personal records with times of 26:07:00 and 23:44:00 respectively as they prepared for the VISAA State Championships.
The Lynx Cross Country team traveled to Orange, VA on November 10th. Tropical Storm Ian caused a last minute schedule change and moved the meet a day early. High school athletes, Jaylen Hayes (FR) and Ellington Burnette (JR) ran 24:16.60 and 26:22.10 respectively. Middle school athletes Charlie Petres (8th GR) and James McRae (8th GR) posted their first competitive 5k race times. Their times, and official personal records were 30:20.00 and 35:33.10 respectively. When asked what it was like competing at the state level, McRae stated, “I was very tired from the hilly terrain but it felt good to finish such a competitive race.” Senior runner, Kevin Ellis, suffered a mid-season injury that prevented him from being able to compete, but when asked how cross country challenged him this season he replied, “cross country challenged him physically and especially mentally by trying to stay in a positive mindset when practice and meets were tough.” The 2022-2023 XC season served as a first time coaching experience in the sport for head coach Marika Kidd, and assistant coach Mitchell Imbriani, who look forward to new and returning faces next fall.
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