Building Solutions

Our fifth grade students have been powering up their creativity and problem-solving skills through building bridges in their Makerspace session this trimester. In this project, students design a truss bridge, which gives them practice with the math concepts of scale and ratio as well as right, acute and/or obtuse angles. More importantly, it also helps them understand how math is used in a real-world context.

By learning how to build bridges, our students have learned more about how engineers work and what goes into designing and building a complex, but necessary structure that is used by people in all parts of the world every day.

Congratulations to Kai Gray whose bridge held an amazing 277 times its own weight!

The Circuit Playground is Open

Electronics (specifically circuitry) are one of the three foundational skills our students receive during their Computer Science classes in middle school. We have found that a basic understanding of electronics is essential to move on to many great computing and robotics projects. Our objective is to ensure our students are equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators, not just consumers, in our new digital economy.

Chili Cookoff & Auction

Save the date for the hottest event of the year! The 2019 Chili Cook-off and Auction is Saturday, March 23rd from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy original art, our amazing silent auction and taste chili from our community members!

Tickets are $25/adult before Friday, March 15th and $35/adult at the door. Beer/Wine will also be available! $10 includes a commemorative glass and two free drink tickets. Additional drink tickets are $3 each.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Hindu Temple of Virginia

Eighth grade students visited the Hindu Temple of Virginia yesterday as the second part of their World Cultures course. These cultural exchange trips help to shape the students global understanding and values. During their visit students learned about the forms and functions of God in the Hindu faith, worship traditions, holy books and languages, festivals, symbols of faith and food laws.

Revised Exam Schedule

Due to winter weather closing on January 14th, middle school midterm exams will proceed on the following schedule:

Tuesday, January 15th – Review Day

A.M. EXAMS 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – NO EXAM > COMPUTER SCIENCE (8.15-12)
7th grade – Math (BLUM/HEPP)
8th grade – Math (HEPP/NELSON)


6th grade – NO EXAM > CLASS WITH MRS. CHAPMAN (1-3) > P.E. (?)
7th grade – History (NUNN)
8th grade – Spanish (BROOK)

A.M. EXAMS 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – History Unit Test (NUNN)
7th grade – Spanish (BROOK)
8th grade – English (BLUM)


6TH grade – Spanish Unit One Test (BROOK)
7th grade – Science (NELSON)
8th grade – Comp. Science (TECH SUE)

A.M. EXAMS ONLY 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – Math (HEPP/BLUM)
7th grade – English (BROOK)
8th grade – Science (NELSON)


Animal Habitats

3rd grade learned about animals and the differences between physical and behavioral adaptations. Students chose an animal to research and learn about. They learned about the animal’s habitat and other facts relating to what the animal eats, how it defends itself, and how it raises its young. 3rd graders then made dioramas including all of this information and presented it to Kindergarten and their classmates. The creatively used all types of materials including cotton balls, paper, candy, yarn, slime, and coffee grounds to name a few.

Rwanda to Richmond

Thank you to Dakota Willis for sharing her experiences in the Peace Corps with our 7th and 8th grade students today. Ms. Willis was stationed in Nkanka, Rwanda on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and taught English there for two and a half years. Students heard about the importance of flexibility, community and appreciating the many gifts they receive, including running water and reliable electricity!

NJHS FeedMore Drive

A big thank you to all who donated to the National Junior Honor Society’s Reverse Advent Calendar food drive in December. As a result of your generosity more than 540 pounds of nonperishable foods were delivered to FeedMore today! Stay tuned for our next event!