FOXCROFT SCHOOL RECEIVES $40 MILLION FROM ESTATE OF ALUMNA RUTH BEDFORD '32
Gift is the Largest Ever Bestowed on a Girls' Secondary School
|Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts Announced|
Multiple grants-in-aid for new students endowed by a portion of $40 million bequest
The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts, which will support as many as eight Foxcroft School students with $25,000-a-year grants, has been endowed by a portion of the largest gift ever made to a girls’ high school, Head of School Catherine S. McGehee announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes one year to the day after Foxcroft made headlines by revealing that Bedford, a 1932 Foxcroft graduate, had bequeathed the boarding and day school $40 million.
|In Good Company: Two Connecticut Non-Profits Share Legacy of Ruth Bedford '32|
Nearly five months after Foxcroft announced the tranformative $40 million gift from alumna Ruth Bedford '32, Norwalk Hospital and the Westport Weston Family YMCA jointly revealed today that they are the beneficiaries of similar bequests by Ms. Bedford.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, these two Connecticut nonprofits which her family helped establish nearly a century ago will also each receive $40 million. (Read the full Chronicle of Philanthropy article here.) Ms. Bedford, who lived a simple life despite her fortune, clearly believed in the importance of giving back, a philosophy emphasized at Foxcroft and exemplified by her forebearers.
|FOXCROFT SCHOOL RECEIVES $40 MILLION FROM ESTATE OF ALUMNA RUTH BEDFORD|
MIDDLEBURG, VA, October 28, 2014 – With a transformative parting gift of $40 million, alumna Ruth Bedford expressed her enduring affection for Foxcroft School, the girls’ boarding school in rural Virginia where she spent her high school years, from 1928 – 1932. It is the largest gift ever bestowed on a girls’ school in the United States, and the largest gift granted to any secondary school nationwide so far this year.
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Ruth Bedford was born on August 8, 1914, the third of four daughters born to Fred and Lucie Thomas Bedford. Her grandfather, Edward T. Bedford, was a director of Standard Oil, founder of the Corn Products Refining Company, and a pillar of the Westport, CT, community. Ruth grew up in the Greens Farms neighborhood, the oldest neighborhood in Westport, on her family’s 17-acre estate. Her grandfather was a leading benefactor of the area, and established a tradition of community presence and support maintained by generations of Bedfords, including Ruth.
Ruth chose to spend her time in learning, sport, and service. She took naturally to her family’s interest in horses, becoming an accomplished rider and eventually an owner of racehorses that won races at Belmont, Saratoga, and other east coast tracks, under the family’s Nyala Farms name. She also became a skilled sailor, golfer, tennis player, and aviatrix, and as an adult could frequently be sighted skimming a seaplane along Long Island Sound.
For high school, she attended Foxcroft School in Middleburg,VA, a boarding/day school for girls founded the same year she was born. She was member of the Class of 1932. At Foxcroft, she continued to hone her equestrian skills, sing in the choir, lead one of the intramural sport teams, and play occasional pranks which were "all good fun, nothing that you could get kicked out for!"
She honed her character as well, thriving in a culture that celebrated the value of community service. This abiding interest in doing good led to work in social services after her years at Foxcroft, and then to service with the Red Cross in Europe during World War II, where she volunteered to be stationed in England during the Blitz. She would continue to put those experiences to good use at Norwalk (CT) Hospital, where she served as a volunteer for fifty years alongside her sister Lucie (many who knew them have remarked that the sisters would compete to see who clocked the most hours).
After the war, Ruth also acted on her interest in theater by going behind-the-scenes to work on Broadway for several years. She moved from casting assistant to assistant stage manager to assistant to the director on several productions, including the long-running, Tony Award-winning play Happy Birthday.
Ruth remained an active and engaged member of her community into her nineties, watching young riders almost daily, spending time with friends and her beloved dogs. She lived most of her life well below her means, comfortable in converted garages which had been apartments for staff on the grounds of her family’s property, and driving an old Oldsmobile station wagon. As described by her friends, “Ruth was generous, unpretentious, with a zest for life, a beautiful smile and laugh, and an interest in everybody around her no matter their position in society. And she also loved a glass of scotch after 5 p.m.!”
Ruth died on June 15, 2014, just shy of her 100th birthday.
From Head of Foxcroft School Catherine S. McGehee
“Ruth’s gift allows us to begin realizing our dreams for the future of Foxcroft.
"With this gift we may think more boldly about all we can do to prepare our girls to be 21st-century leaders. Our students will directly benefit as we expand the experiential learning that has always been a hallmark of a Foxcroft education, refresh our physical plant, and strengthen our scholarship offerings.
"It is a ringing endorsement of girls’ education, and a challenge to other women to support the schools which have helped to shape them.”Click here for more about Head of School Cathy McGehee.
|You're in the Army Now!|
Kat F. '16 receives Army ROTC Scholarship for college
A very special ceremony took place at Morning Meeting Monday when Kat F. '16 was officially presented with an Army ROTC Scholarship to attend Baylor University in the fall.
With Kat's parents, Vaughn and Diane, and the entire Foxcroft community looking on, Sgt. First Class Welch from James Madison University's ROTC program, did the honors, presenting a certificate and then an oversized check worth $168,384.
|Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation Honors Foxcroft with Champion Award|
For the second time since 2012, Foxcroft School has been named a Cherry Blossom Champion by Middleburg’s Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation (CBBCF). Now entering its eleventh year and having granted nearly $750,000 to help local women fight breast cancer, the Foundation conducts the Champion Award program to recognize individuals and organizations making a significant impact upon its objectives of Detection, Treatment, Education, and Elimination of breast cancer.
During its Fifth Annual Cherry Blossom Champion Awards held on Thursday, May 19, at the home of Head of School Cathy McGehee, the honor was announced to a crowd of supporters by Stephanie Knapp, Vice Chair of the CBBCF. In her remarks, Knapp applauded the increased commitment of the School to the Foundation’s mission with local women in its ongoing efforts to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer health.
|24 Students Honored for Excellence on National French Contest|
Freshman Itzi Y. got a perfect score on the French I exam to earn a Platinum Medal and lead an impressive group of 24 Foxcroft students honored for excellence on the National French Contest, teacher Arnaud Boulestreau announced recently.
Itzi's performance placed her first, not only in Virginia but in the entire United States -- out of 21,791 students who took the Level I exam. Two students, Lu C. '19, in Level I, and Patia F. '16, in Level IV, placed second in the state, while junior Michelle A. took third among Virginian Level II contestants. They all received gold medals.
|Six Students Earn National Latin Exam Honors!|
The foreign language accolades continue! Six Foxcroft students have been recognized for achieving excellence on the National Latin Exam (NLE), Latin teacher Eric Dombrowski shared this week.
Lindsay W. '17 of Latin IV Prose and Pradyuta P. '18 of Latin III were both honored with Gold Summa Cum Laude awards for scoring 35 and 33 respectively out of 40 on the exam. Grace M. '19 continues the tradition of Latin aptitude in her family after her sisters Charlotte '12 and Lily '14, earning Silver Maxima Cum Laude with a score of 30 on the Latin III exam. Three students -- Aria D. '19 (Latin I), Sophia D. '16 (Latin I) and Jasmine M. '16 (Latin II) -- achieved Magna Cum Laude honors by scoring in the 30-32 range.
|¡Excelente! Six Students Earn National Spanish Exam Honors|
Six of the 13 Foxcroft students who took the National Spanish Exam (NSE) were recognized for their outstanding performances, Spanish teacher Abbey Rowlands announced Monday.
Alex G. '19 earned the Premio de Oro (gold medal) for scoring in the top five percent of test-takers nationwide. Zoey X. '18, Megan P. '19 and Amanda C. '19 were all honored with Premio de Plata (silver), and Madeline J. '19 and Annie Z. '19 earned Premio de Bronce (bronze). Honorable Mentions went to senior Hannah K., sophomore Morgan H. and freshmen Willa C., Holland D. and Carrington L. All are currently studying Spanish I.
|Juniors Sofia T. and Lindsay W. Selected to Prestigious Governor's Schools|
Congratulations to juniors Sofia T. and Lindsay W. for being chosen to attend Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, highly selective institutes for gifted students held at university campuses!
Sofia will participate in the Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology at Lynchburg College July 3-30. Lindsay will attend the Governor’s School for the Humanities from June 26-July 23 at Radford University.
|Discovering New Passions: Designing the Counter in the New School Store|
After being part of the team that designed and built two podiums for Court's board room last year, seniors Carli M. and Marisa S. took on a special opportunity to do something quite significant: design the transaction counter for the new School Store. The girls saw their real-life counter, which incorporated design elements of the podiums, earlier this month in its new home and made a presentation about the process to the community at last Friday's Morning Meeting. Enjoy reading the report below from Carli on the experience, and be sure to stop in when Court is open to see their thoughtfully designed counter in person!
|"Twelfth Night" Brings Shakespearean Comedy to FoxHound Stage|
This year’s spring Performing Arts production, Twelfth Night, brought something unique to the FoxHound stage last weekend. The performances on Friday and Saturday nights not only showcased the impressive acting and comedic skills of the cast, but also, in collaboration with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, paid homage to the Bard in recognition of the 400th anniversary of his death.
The second performance fell on April 23, which is not only the day of his death but also his birthday. This inspired Fine Arts Department Chair and Director Karin Thorndike to throw a party after Saturday's show, with cake, ice cream and door prizes! She also recognized each of the seniors in the cast with roses and a few words of farewell. Those celebrations were well-deserved as our girls delivered the witty lines with perfect timing and expressive gestures that elicited peals of laughter from the audience both nights.
|Sharing Passions and Professions|
Victoria Mars '74, Reunion Weekend Alumnae Career Panel engages students
Victoria Mars '74, Chairman of the Board of Mars, Inc., kicked off Foxcroft’s first Reunion Weekend Alumnae Career Panel Friday with a wonderful keynote speech. The address combined personal memories of “being Foxcroft’s first ESL student” and finding confidence in the “community of strong women” that is Foxcroft with career advice that went beyond the tried and true.
“Find your passion,” she said, echoing counsel often offered to students. Acknowledging that one’s passion may not be immediately evident, she added, “Explore. Go places and do things that you have no idea about. And explore sideways, too, not just up. It’s important to go out and try a number of things until you find your true passion. . . You are going to work a long time so do something you enjoy.”
|Barbara Hartley Lord '41 Receives Distinguished Alumna Award|
*Editor's Note: Barbara Hartley Lord '41 passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 30. Though deeply saddened by the news, we are grateful that Mrs. Lord took joy in receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award and thankful that we were able to honor her lifetime of compassion and commitment. Our deepest sympathy is with her family at this time.
Honoring a devoted community leader, who was guided by her undersanding heart.
Barbara Hartley Lord '41, whose compassion, commitment and contributions to community changed the lives of some people and inspired charity in others, was named the 2016 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumna Award Saturday (April 16) at a special luncheon in Engelhard Gymnasium.
Foxcroft Alumnae Council members Alden Denègre Moylan and Jessica Walker Davis, both members of the Class of 2005, presented the award, calling Lord a role model for her long years of dedicated work on behalf of a variety of medical, educational and civic organizations. In addition to her many achievements, Walker said that Lord’s “understanding heart, personal courage and pure determination to make her community and the world a better place” made her worthy of the award.
Nearly 93 at the time of the luncheon, Lord was unable to travel from her home in Southhampton, NY, so the award was accepted on her behalf by daughter Lisa Lord Gillespie ’68, who together with her sister Barbara Lord Edwards ’71 nominated their mother. A short time after Reunion Weekend, we were saddened to learn Mrs. Lord had passed away.
|"Rara Avis" Screening Soars at Foxcroft|
An enthralled audience of more than 350 people soared with the eagles -- and the cardinals, falcons and black skimmers -- Monday evening in Foxcroft School's Engelhard Gymnasium when producer Cina Alexander Forgason and director Al Reinert screened and discussed their captivating documentary Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America.
|Seven Students Selected to Cum Laude Society|
Four seniors and three juniors have been selected for the Foxcroft School Chapter of the Cum Laude Society President Matthew Mohler announced at Friday's Morning Meeting.
|Dr. Matt Bellace Delivers a Natural High|
If you’ve ever heard the expression that “laughter is the best medicine,” then you’ll appreciate why Foxcroft students, faculty and staff received their daily dose last Friday when comedian Dr. Matt Bellace paid us a visit with his “How to Get High Naturally” routine. As a youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995, he earned a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology at Drexel University and MS and BS degrees from Bucknell.
The event was scheduled as part of the Wellness Program and generated plenty of buzz long before he arrived. Some wondered, what does that mean -- getting high naturally? Will he even be funny?
|Charlotte S. ‘16 Places 2nd in Division at Cherry Blossom 10-Miler!|
While Washington, DC, has recently drawn a number of visitors to view the beautiful blooms along the Tidal Basin, an intrepid group of 16 students and two adult chaperone/runners departed at dawn on a cold Sunday morning (April 3) for another cherry blossom-related adventure -- the 44th annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run -- the results of which are just as impressive as the blooms!
With a time of 1:13:41, Charlotte S. '16 placed second in her division (Females 19 & under) and 226th among all 9,698 women – in the top 2.3 percent of the entire female field!
As a division top-three finalist, Charlotte secured a guaranteed entry into the 2017 race and will start in the first wave after the “elite” or sponsored runners, along with the other 2016 first-, second- and third-place runners from every division.
|Junior Class Walkathon Raises $4,570 for Heifer International |
With t-shirts and faces covered with colored powder, several hundred students, faculty and friends helped the Class of 2017 raise more than $4,500 for Heifer International Friday afternoon by participating in a delightful Junior Class Walkathon/color run across campus.
It was the second year in a row that the traditional Walkathon was presented as a "color run," and students had as much fun with it as they did a year ago. At several stations along the way, members of the Junior Class has bags of colored powder that they tossed -- gently or generously, depending on the participant's desire -- on the runners and walkers, who arrived at the finish line of the 5K route looking a bit like rainbows!
The color sprays are made of a harmless substance and will wash off easily but not before they have added a lot of fun to the decades-old Junior Class Walkathon tradition. Can't you just hear the laughter now?
|Not Your Ordinary Bird Book|
In honor of tonight's screening of Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America, here's the story of one very special book in Foxcroft's Audrey B. Currier Library.
Currier Library is full of treasures, none more spectacular than the American double elephant folio of John James Audubon's book, Birds of America. The four-volume, 240-pound set occupies a full corner of the library, where it has its own custom-built case.
The pages are 16 ½ inches x 39 ½ inches each, large enough that even the largest birds are shown life-sized. Printed in color fast ink on acid-free paper, the 435 prints are a sight to behold showing off Audubon's meticulous and beautiful work.
|Saylor '18 Earns a Trip to the IEA National Finals!|
Sophomore Saylor H. finished second out of 12 riders in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences class at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3 Finals in Lexington, VA, last weekend (March 12-13) to earn a trip to the National Finals next month.
Saylor is one of only 24 riders from across the country who will gather at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, KY, on April 20-24 to compete in this division. Three other Foxcroft riders competed at the Zone 3 finals and did themselves and the School proud.
|Screening and Discussion of Award-Winning Film “Rara Avis” April 11|
Director and producer will lead discussion of the first film about John James Audubon, his obsession with “Birds of America” and the legacy he left behind
Noted conservationist and Foxcroft alumna Cina Alexander Forgason (Class of 1973) and two-time Academy Award nominee Al Reinert will screen and discuss their compelling documentary about naturalist and explorer John James Audubon, Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America, at Foxcroft on Monday, April 11 at 7pm.
The public is invited to attend the event -- the latest offering of the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series -- in the Athletic/Student Center. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please call 540.687.4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to make a reservation.
|STEM Students Help Governor Launch Million Women Mentors Initiative in Virginia|
Foxcroft School students celebrated International Women's Day Tuesday with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and a stunning group of STEM leaders, mostly female, committed to growing the number of girls and women studying and working in the critical science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Speaking before several hundred people in Richmond's historic Patrick Henry Building, Governor McAuliffe launched the Million Women Mentors initiative in Virginia (MWM-VA) and presented a proclamation supporting girls and women in STEM.
|BIG Game 2016: Hounds Keep the Cup!|
Leipheimer Gym was rocking Saturday when the Foxes and the Hounds renewed their annual Battle for the Cup with Basketball Big Game. The enthusiasm and energy in the stands -- filled with students, faculty, alumnae and parents (all decked out in the appropriate colors, of course) -- was matched by the hustle and heart displayed on the court.
In the end, though, the Hounds kept the Cup, with a 28-18 victory that put a big smile on the face of Hound Big Team captain, Mary Park D. '17 and all her teammates, on the court and off.
|International Week is Here!|
Foxcroft’s promise of a lifetime of friendships and global connections is rarely more evident than during International Week, which begins on February 22. Organized by the Global Cultures Club, the week is a special celebration of the great global diversity and multicultural heritage we enjoy year-round at Foxcroft.
All the members of the community -- which includes more than a dozen nationalities and countless ethnic origins (we are a country of immigrants, after all!) -- are invited to share aspects of their family heritage or their native country -- or a country they have lived in, visited or just love!
Highlights of the week include a variety of daily ethnic meals, beginning Monday, Feb. 22 with a japanese feast prepared by Yasko Mohler (scien and math teacher Matt Mohler's wife), Ms. Boulestreau and students. Also on the menu: Chinese and Korean dinners, an "American as Pizza Pie" party, and a cross-cultural Tex-Mex Night.
|Foxcroft's "Simple Machines" Wins K2M STEM Competition!|
Foxcroft's Simple Machines team simply dominated the competition Saturday at the fifth annual Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit. The quartet of Patia F. '16, Sophie H. '17, Pradyuta P. '18 and Alex G. '19 won four of five events to win the High School Division -- and a striking team trophy that was designed and made on the 3D printer by another Foxcroft student.
Impulse Control from St. Patrick's Episcopal won the Middle School Division, and a plethora of medals and cool prizes, ranging from Beats headphones and Amazon gift cards to earrings and mini-drones, were awarded as 175 girls from 21 schools challenge themselves and each other with a variety of math, science and engineering problems.
|Leland '17 Earns Gold Key, Three Others Honored in Prestigious Art and Writing Contest|
Junior Leland B. leads a group of four students whose work was selected for special recognition in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
Leland’s ceramic tea pot earned the highest award -- a Gold Key -- in the Glass & Ceramics category in the Southeast regional competition. The work will be automatically entered into the national competition, results of which are announced in March. The top works in the country will earn National Medals and be celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Two other artists, senior Rose S. and sophomore Catalina W., earned honorable mention in the Painting and Mixed Media categories, respectively, while junior Hannah B. received Honorable Mention in the Personal Essay & Memoir writing category for her essay entitled “Salvage.”
|Celebrating Shakespeare |
To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, universities, high schools, and professional Shakespeare theaters across Virginia have launched a yearlong celebration of the Bard’s life and works called the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative -- and Foxcroft is definitely in the spirit!
First and foremost, the Performing Arts Department will present Twelfth Night as its spring production, the first time in more than 20 years that Shakespeare has been featured in a major Foxcroft production. (Continue reading for details).
The celebration, however, began this fall when the English Department offered an elective called "Shakespeare and Performance," and continues during Wintermission when three students will have internships with "Shakespeare in the 'Burg
," an annual Middleburg festival scheduled for April 1-3.
|Bergan Poetry Festival Features Rhythm, Rhyme and a Fine Time |
Trinity P. '18 wins Slam; Natalie H. '16, Michelle A. '17, Elle R. '18 and Maria M. '19 take competitive reading competitions
For 24 hours last weekend, students immersed themselves in rhyme and rhythm, writing, reading, listening and learning as they celebrated poetry at the Paul. K Bergan Poetry Festival.
The immersion began Friday afternoon when visiting poet Sandra Beasley met with a small group of young poets to discuss and critique their work and it ended with editors of Chimera interviewing the award-winning writer late Saturday. In between, sophomore Trinity P. '18 won the Poetry Slam with a terrific spoken-word performance, four more eloquent students earned laurels (literally) for their competitive readings of published works, and the community enjoyed a reading, workshop and lunch with Beasley, as well as readings by faculty, foreign language students and international students, who shared original poems in both their native languages and in English.
|Senior Olivia M. headed to Synchronized Skating National Championship!|
Senior Olivia M., who has used Foxcroft's Exceptional Proficiency Program to train for four years, earned a trip to the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Saturday when she and her Team Delaware Junior Team skated to victory at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Richmond, VA.
The national championship -- Olivia's third with Team Delaware -- will be held February 24-27, in Kalamazoo, MI. The team, coached by Megan O'Donnell and Wendy Deppe, consists of 17 girls from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
|Snow, Snow, Snow!|
Spirits as high as the snowdrifts at Foxcroft!
What's even better than a snowday? A snowday shared with 80 of your closest friends and classmates, of course! That's exactly what Foxcroft students who stayed on campus enjoyed this weekend. And it's fair to say that the three feet of snow didn't put a damper on their fun. In fact, it seemed the girls' spirits were as high as the drifts -- which were massive!
|Celebrating Diversity Together: Fun Movie Night with Madeira School|
by Natalie H. '16
On Friday, January 8, Foxcroft’s diversity club, We The People, was invited by the Black Student Union at The Madeira School to watch The Wiz Live! That evening, nearly 30 girls who share a passion for diversity and inclusion came together in a dorm lounge to view the production that aired on television last month starring such modern-day talents as Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba, and more!
Featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz Live reimagines the classic Wizard of Oz in an urban setting. It first debuted as a live stage musical, The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz, that was later portrayed through film starring Diana Ross and the multi-talented artist Michael Jackson.
|A Weekend for Words: The Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival|
In the cold winter month of January, it is essential to warm the soul and keep inspired. The Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival does just that, and has long been a favorite tradition for students and faculty alike.
Renamed in 2007 in honor of former English teacher Paul Bergan, the Poetry Festival brings established poets to campus to read, to discuss the writing process with students and to critique student writing. It also provides the community with an opportunity to celebrate the spoken word with both competitive and non-competitive readings and a colorful poetry slam. The fun has already begun with early rounds of the competitive readings process taking place in English classes.
|Think Pink Basketball Tournament Crowns Winners, Benefits CBBCF|
St. James, John Paul the Great and Loudoun Country Day take titles
St. James School, John Paul the Great High and Loudoun Country Day School all swept their opponents Saturday to claim division titles at Foxcroft School’s seventh annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
It was a fun day for hoops fans as 11 teams played 15 games -- three at a time! -- over six hours in Foxcroft’s spacious Athletic/Student Center. The round-robin format featured shortened halves and a running clock. Admission was free but proceeds from the sale of t-shirts and food concessions, as well as donations by spectators and friends and team fees, raised hundreds of dollars to help local breast cancer patients and programs.
|Kitty Palmer '72 Elected to Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame|
Three-sport standout in high school, college -- and as a coach -- will be inducted March 5
Foxcroft’s Sports Hall of Fame is an exclusive club -- and it seems to be getting harder to join! In its third year of existence just one individual, Kitty Anthony Palmer ’72, was elected by the eight voters in November. That’s half as many as last year, when classmates Alison Firestone Robitaille ’95 and Jacey Edelman ’95 were inducted and five times fewer than 2014 when Miss Charlotte led an impressive inaugural class.
|A Musical Treat|
Music students present fall recital
The sound of music filled FoxHound Auditorium Tuesday evening when voice and piano students presented a lovely recital to the Foxcroft community. Six girls performed pieces in the recital, which featured students of piano teacher Eric Dombrowski and voice teacher Jay Tuttle.
The vocal selections ranged from "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady) to Mozart's "Laudate Dominum." Piano students featured the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.
|Award-Winning Poet Sandra Beasley to highlight Bergan Festival This Weekend!|
Sandra Beasley, an award-winning poet and 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, will highlight the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival at Foxcroft School on January 29-30, 2016, English Department Chair Anne Burridge announced Tuesday.
The public is welcome to attend the festival, which also includes a Poetry Slam, Coffee House and several formal readings. Please call 540.687.5555 for more information.
|Design Reviews: Engineering Students Supporting the Community|
This semester, 16 students in the “Explorations in Engineering” class have been brainstorming, collaborating and problem-solving as they completed various designs for clients in the community. Two groups chose NW Works in Winchester, a company that works with and employs adults with mental and physical handicaps, as their client, and a third team is working with Sprout Therapeutic Riding in Aldie.
Last month, the students presented design reviews of their projects to their clients. They covered the entire scope from conceptualization to problem-solving obstacles along the way as well as a projected timeline for the construction and delivery of the completed product.
|Fox/Hound Field Hockey Goes to the Hounds!|
Throngs of students, parents and alumnae kicked off this year's Fox/Hound tradition with Fox/Hound Field Hockey the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Team spirit and friendly competition were in abundance as several weeks of activity culminated with the Hounds prevailing by a score of 5-0 in Big Game. Congratulations, Hounds!
|Alex G. '16 Signs to Play Lacrosse for UVA|
Senior Alex G., a speedy goal-scoring midfielder and two-time state tournament Player of the Year, signed a letter of intent Wednesday (Nov. 11) to play lacrosse at the University of Virginia next year.
Alex, who has helped Foxcroft win two consecutive VISAA Division II championships and set multiple school records, signed the letter committing her to attend and play for UVA during Morning Meeting. Her parents, Jim and Jennifer, and siblings Matt, Kevin and Ambrose looked on as the entire Foxcroft community of students, faculty and administators erupted with thunderous, lengthy applause.
|A Fun Run Through Life |
Ada Gates Patton '61 took students and faculty on quite an adventure last Friday when she shared the amazing story of her journey from Long Island, NY, debutante to blacksmith. It is a story of perseverance and the courage to follow a passion regardless of what family and society say.
|Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts Announced|
Multiple grants-in-aid for new students endowed by a portion of $40 million bequest
The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts, which will support as many as eight Foxcroft School students with $25,000-a-year grants, has been endowed by a portion of the largest gift ever made to a girls’ high school, Head of School Catherine S. McGehee announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes one year to the day after Foxcroft made headlines by revealing that Bedford, a 1932 Foxcroft graduate, had bequeathed the boarding and day school $40 million.
|A Walk Through the Woods with Kristin Leachman '84|
Last Wednesday, October 21, Foxcroft welcomed accomplished painter and alumna from the Class of 1984 Kristin Leachman as part of the Helen Cudahy Niblack ‘42 Arts Lecture series, which has the theme, “Inspired by Nature” this year.
During her presentation, Kristin discussed the artistic process she follows when creating a series of paintings. To help explain her work and her, at times, unusual subject matter, she shared a film (another of her creative endeavors) she had made that documented her approach and the inspiration for her latest works -- the xylem, the layer beneath the bark, of the California live oak tree. Starting with a canvas covered in layers of black lacquer, Kristin paints an organic pattern inspired by the thin lines and curvature of the xylem. Her finished pieces depict complex movement that almost have a three-dimensional element as the glossy black lacquer shimmers through the negative spaces.
|EPP Riders Shine Under Bright Lights of Big Shows|
Three Foxcroft students competed last week in the prestigious Washington International Horse Show and they came home with a half-dozen ribbons -- including one blue -- and some outstanding experience. All three riders participate in Foxcroft's unique Exceptional Proficiency Program, which enables talented students to pursue their passion at a level rarely possible while attending high school.
|21 Foxcroft Students Earn 2015 AP Scholar Honors|
An impressive 21 Foxcroft School students -- including nine current seniors and one-third of last spring's graduates -- earned 2015 AP Scholar designation from the College Board for extraordinary achievement on Advanced Placement Exams, Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Monday.
This is the 12th consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits. Worldwide, less than 24 percent of the 2.3 million students who took AP Exams performed well enough to earn an AP Scholar Award; nearly 30 percent of Foxcroft's exam-takers did so.
|A Powerful Presentation|
Young breast cancer survivor delivers message of hope
Each year, in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in preparation for the Cherry Blossom Walk, Foxcroft invites a breast cancer survivor to talk to the community. Each story is powerful, but few connect with and affect our students as much as this year’s speaker.
Caitlin Miles, a graduate student at Pacific University in Oregon, discovered a lump in her breast at age 23 and was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer at 24. She underwent a series of tests and treatments to rid her body of the disease. Her story, made even more powerful by the fact that she is the sister of Science teacher Meghen Tuttle and sounded very much like her, reminded one and all that this scourge can affect anyone at the same time that it offered hope.
|Choosing Hope: Pink-Filled Weekend Garners Support for Cherry Blossom Foundation|
Foxcroft hosts weekend raising breast cancer awareness with “Pinkapalooza,” Cherry Blossom Nanette’s Walk Walk, Run, and Pooch Prance, and a special guest speaker
Foxcroft School hosted the Cherry Blossom Nanette’s Walk, Run and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer for the third-straight year Sunday, October 11, helping to raise over $50,000 for the local individuals, families and health centers facing the scourge. The walk was preceded with events on Friday, when breast cancer survivor Caitlin Miles spoke at Foxcroft, and Saturday, with a spirited “Pinkapalooza” raising awareness of and funds for the CBBCF, making the entire weekend an opportunity to educate girls and rally support around a cause which so adversely affects even our small community.
|Learning and Growing|
Aeroponic garden systems in Schoolhouse offer unique learning experiences for biology students
Among the many interesting things you’ll find in the science wing of Schoolhouse -- various specimens and skeletons, a hand-painted periodic table, nervous system illustrations and in-process labs and projects -- are some recent additions: two Tower Garden aeroponic gardens, which are a type of hydroponic system. The tall white structures live in the Briggs Bio Lab, which was renovated last year thanks to the Class of 1964 to include first-class facilities and amenities such as these. Last spring, the system successfully grew herbs and lettuces. Besides offering calming ambience via grow lights and the soothing sound of nutrient-rich water trickling through the plants, these gardens introduce amazing educational opportunities for students, the benefits of which can extend beyond the classroom or laboratory.
Biology teacher Dr. Meghen Tuttle envisioned the varied horticultural paths the two aeroponic gardens, which can host 28 plants each, could offer and developed a lesson plan for her students to propose and present new ideas for their use. Working in groups, the girls submitted their written proposals, which included the entire process from planting seeds to distribution of the harvested plants. Each group presented their proposal to their class, and the top three contenders then pitched their plan to the Foxcroft community at Morning Meeting on Monday, October 5.
|Give the Gift of Life|
Foxcroft School invites area residents to participate in the three Red Cross blood drives held on campus each year. The first drive is scheduled for Monday, November 2, from 1:30-7pm outside the Athletic/Student Center. Additional drives are slated for January 27 and April 20, 2016.
In partnership with the Red Cross, we are asking you to give an hour of your time to help save someone's life. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed daily, as someone in the U.S. needs donated blood every two seconds. Your gift of life could help someone fighting cancer and going through chemotherapy or give someone the extra strength they need to pull through an unforeseen trauma.
|Pinkapalooza, a Special Guest Speaker and Plenty of Pink|
Foxcroft hosts the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Walk, Run and Pooch Prance – aka Nanette’s Walk – once again, on Sunday, October 11. This year, though, all are invited to get ready for the big day by putting on pink and coming to the first “Pinkapalooza” the day before (Saturday, October 10).
Organized by the Athletic Association in coordination with Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation Board members Mary Park D. '17 and Jessie H. '16, Pinkapalooza will be a spirit-filled day featuring interscholastic athletic competition, a massive tailgate and a lot of pink. Continue reading for details and join us if you can.
We hope to see you at the walk as well. Register in advance
as an individual or with the Foxcroft Parents' Association team or on the day-of at the Athletics/Student Center beginning at 11:30am. The walk and 5K race starts at 1pm.
|IEA Team Opens its Season at Home Sunday|
Foxcroft’s Riding Team opens its Interscholastic Equestrian Association season Sunday, October 11, when McConnell Stables hosts the only “home” horse show of the year. Competition begins at 10:30am with the Varsity Open over fences class and should run throughout the day, finishing with the Junior Varsity Beginner classes.
|Mind Over Matter: Expert in Mindfulness Delivers Lessons in Wellness|
On Wednesday, Dr. Luisa F. Alvizu, a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor, captured the attention of students, faculty and staff during a presentation about mindfulness. The topic is part of a series of teaching workshops and seminars being offered through the School’s Wellness Program, led by Katie Ryan Kantz, that addresses the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit.
|Beloved Dining Services Director Mike Brown Loses his Battle with Cancer |
Mike Brown, whose broad smile and delicious food fed the Foxcroft community body and spirit for nearly three decades as the School's Director of Dining Services, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, September 25, in Winchester, Virginia. He was 71.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 16 at 2pm at Shirley and Enders Funeral Home in Berryville, VA.
to read a letter from Foxcroft's Head of School Cathy McGehee regarding his passing.
|"Let Our Voices Be Heard"|
South African visitor inspires youth to speak out about poaching of rhinos
South African conservationist and endangered species activist Grant Fowlds shared an important and inspirational message about the plight of endangered rhinos with the Foxcroft community Wednesday at Morning Meeting.
Dressed in a colorful traditional Zulu outfit, Fowlds talked of the terrible rise in rhinoceros deaths over the past decade as poachers harvest their horns for huge profits on the black market. But his video about one such rhino who was saved and went on to have a baby, along with his stories of efforts by young and old to stop the killing, offered optimism and inspired some of the animal lovers in the audience to action.
"I've already got some ideas of things we can do, said Elle L. '17, who is Head of Blue Planet Society, Foxcroft's enviromental club and introduced Fowlds.
|A Night for Foxcroft Friends and Family|
As part of its Open Late series, the National Sporting Library & Museum presents a Friends and Family Night for Foxcroft School, The Hill School, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg Community Charter School and Wakefield School.
Please gather your Foxcroft crew and join us for a free concert from the Lisa Lim Band
. The NSL&M will be open until 8pm and admission is free!
Friday, September 25, 2015; 6-8pm
At the National Sporting Library & Museum
102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20118-1335
|Kashmir World Foundation to Present World Rhino Day Celebration at Foxcroft on September 22|
In recognition of World Rhino Day, Kashmir World Foundation (KwF) is presenting “Rhino Rights Knight” at Foxcroft School's Athletic/Student Center Tuesday, September 22, from 5 to 7:30pm.
The public is invited to attend the free event, which will feature presentations about the poaching crisis that threatens the rhinoceros population, along with African art and music, drone flight demonstrations, an auction, door prizes and light refreshments. To register for Rhino Rights Knight, please visit KwF's website.
|NASCAR's Danica Patrick Reminds Foxcroft Students "There's No Dream Too Big."|
Race car driver Danica Patrick had never been to a girls' boarding school before and most of the students in Foxcroft School's Currier Library Thursday morning had never met someone who drives 200 mph for a living. Within an hour, though, the two seemingly disparate parties had bonded over boys, Beyoncè and breaking down barriers during an animated Q&A session. Then they went to the Physics Lab to talk science and engineering.
By the time the 33-year-old dynamo (she's only 5'2") left the Middleburg, VA, campus at noon, a mutual admiration society had clearly been established.
|Cathy McGehee profiled, Foxcroft tabbed as a Top High School by Virginia Living|
Head of School Catherine S. McGehee is profiled and Foxcroft School’s state champion lacrosse team is highlighted in the special state of education section of Virginia Living magazine’s October issue, which hit newsstands this week.
It is the third consecutive year that Foxcroft has been included in the “Top High Schools and Colleges” section. The half-page feature about McGehee, however, is a special honor indicative of the impact that made since being installed as Foxcroft’s 10th head of school a year ago. Only three other feature stories in the section focus on independent schools, and Foxcroft is included in one of those, a piece entitled "Centennial Club."
|Things are Abuzz in the Apiary|
A report on the Foxcroft beehives
Among the varied and sundry activities offered over the weekend, perhaps the most interesting -- and certainly the sweetest -- took place in Roomies Saturday afternoon when beekeeper and faculty member Terry Meyer offered an opportunity to see a frame of honeybees up close (without fear of being stung!) and help harvest their delicious honey. An enthusiastic group of students, faculty and faculty children showed up and not only had fun spinning and tasting, but also learned about Foxcroft’s own apiary, the bees that live there and why honeybees have been in the news in recent years.
|Most Likely to Continue . . . Looking at the Future of Education|
Stimulating film screening and discussion about the future of education fuels desire for more conversation
Any doubt that folks are concerned – and excited – about the future of education was erased Wednesday when nearly 200 people from near and far gathered at the Middleburg Community Center for Foxcroft School’s presentation of the new documentary Most Likely to Succeed and the stimulating conversation that followed.
|Former Olympian Works with Foxcroft Field Hockey Players|
Former U.S. Olympic field hockey player Carrie Lingo came to campus last week to conduct a two-day clinic and she was impressed by what she saw from the 14 players who attended her first session.
“The team has a lot of speed,” Lingo said. “You can’t teach speed. We ran some plays designed for college level teams and they picked right up on it. If they learn one thing and take it to the next level then I feel they got something out of the clinic.”
|Shelly Betz Named Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing|
Shelly Betz has been named Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing for Foxcroft School, Head of School Cathy McGehee announced recently. Under the direction of McGehee, Betz works with administration, faculty, and students to advance and implement the overall marketing and communications objectives for the 101-year-old girls’ boarding school.
|First Admission Open House Scheduled for October 12|
Foxcroft School will hold the first of three Admission Open Houses on Monday, October 12, Director of Admission and Financial Aid Gina B. Finn announced recently.
Additional open house dates are Friday, December 4 and Friday, January 15. To register for one of these events, prospective families may go to the “Admission” area of the Foxcroft website (www.foxcroft.org/admissions/visit/open_house
) or call 540.687.4340.
|Mary Park D. '17 Named Secretary of Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Board|
Sixteen-year-old Mary Park D., a rising junior at Foxcroft School with one year of nonprofit board experience under her belt, was elected last month to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation (CBBCF) for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Jessie H., who will a senior in the fall, was elected to her first term on the Board of the Middleburg non-profit dedicated to helping victims of this horrible scourge, their families and friends.
|Soccer, Lacrosse Camps Kick off Sports Camp Season at Foxcroft|
The summer sports camps season starts at Foxcroft School July 5, when Eurotech Soccer Academy
arrives for the first of eight week-long sports camps sessions being held on the School's beautiful 500-acre campus in Middleburg, VA.
The next day (July 6), Gamebreaker Lacrosse
opens its camp for girls 8-18. Over 65,000 campers have attended Gamebreaker camps since it was founded in 2001. This year there are more than 100 camps being offered in a score of states but Foxcroft's is the only one especially for girls in Virginia.
Other organizations hosting camps at Foxcroft this summer are Loudoun County Soccer, Triple Threat Basketball Camp, and UK Elite Soccer. A music "Camp Jam" and The Handwork Studio program will also presenting programs on campus. For details, click here
|Riders Competing at Upperville and Loudoun Shows!|
Five current Foxcroft riders and one incoming freshman trained by Director of Riding Kate Worsham are competing this month "under The Oaks" at one of the oldest horse show venues in the United States -- just a few miles down the road from Middleburg.
Beginning Thursday (June 4), Meghann H. '16, Bella VP '18, and Meghann's sister Mackenzie, who will be a Foxcroft freshman in the fall, are riding at the 162nd Upperville Colt and Horse Show. They will be joined by Charlotte S. '16, Brittany H. '17, and Saylor H. '18 next week at the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, held at the Upperville venue on Route 50.
In addition to the girls who work with Ms. Kate, several other Foxcroft students and alumnae will also be competing at Upperville. Current students include Carolina W. '16, Lucy M. '16, and Isabel S. '17, while alumnae include Foxcroft Sport Hall-of-Famer Alison Firestone '95, Rosie Powers '14, and Sloane Coles '07.
All are invited to come out and watch -- or to tune in via livestream. Read on for more information about the shows and when our girls plan to ride. Look for updated schedules and information on the Upperville and Loudoun Benefit websites.
And wish all our girls good luck!
|Two Wonderful Women Honored at Awards Assembly|
Maria Eagen receives first Leipheimer Teaching Award and Patty Boswell becomes fourth Lockhart Service Award winner
Patty Boswell, who has enhanced the academic, residential and extracurricular life at Foxcroft School for more than 20 years, and Dr. Maria Eagen, an aerospace engineer who brought her love of science and teaching to campus five years ago, received special honors May 28 at the School’s Annual Awards Assembly.
Head of School Catherine S. McGehee presented Eagen with the inaugural Mary Louise Leipheimer Award for Excellence in Teaching and Boswell became the fourth recipient of the Jane Lockhart Service Award. Both honors come with cash awards, and both honorees received standing ovations and enthusiastic applause from the gathering of 400+ students, faculty, family and friends gathered in Engelhard Gymnasium on the eve of Foxcroft’s 101st Commencement.
|The Class of 2015 Walks Through the Garden -- and Into the Future!|
Foxcroft's 101st Commencement featured something old and something new Friday when 33 girls from seven states and four countries were graduated from the boarding and day school for girls under hot and sunny skies in Miss Charlotte’s Garden.
Award-winning photographer Diana Walker, who graduated from Foxcroft 56 years ago, shared insights and advice gained from 20 years of covering politics and presidents for Time Magazine back when women were fighting for jobs, photographs were captured on film, and the internet didn’t exist.
First-year Head of School Catherine S. McGehee then celebrated the Class of 2015’s gracious acceptance of a new leader and the accompanying changes during its senior year by awarding the Class the Head’s Award.
|A Fine Farewell|
Monday marked the last Morning Meeting attended by the Class of 2015 and it was filled with special events, ranging from heartfelt appreciations of departing faculty and staff and special honors for two longtime employees to student songs, both silly and sad.
Brenda Trussell, who runs the school store and mail room, received a Foxcroft chair in recognition of her 25 years of service. Math teachers Callie Hughes and Denise Simms, Associate Librarian Brenda Hafner, and Development Assistant Christine Thomas collected beautiful orchids and kind words from students as they prepare to move on. Director of Food Service Emeritus Mike Brown, Associate Head of School Sheila McKibbin, and Accountant Louise Arbogast, three longtime Foxcroft fixtures who are retiring, were honored in absentia.
|Talent on Display: The Senior Art Show|
by Rose S. '16
This week, five students who take Advanced Studio Art have put together a Senior Art Show in Schoolhouse outside the Art Room. Mr. Cox and Mrs. Thorndike, their teachers, wanted to exhibit their students’ dedication and talent.
The participating students are Emily C., Phoebe F., Ja Yoon L. Gaby P., and Amy Z. The pieces on display are the best among their works. Also on the exhibit wall, the girls present their artistic statements and descriptions of their works of art.
|Anderson Receives NBOA's Unsung Hero Award|
Business Manager Deborah Anderson has received the Will Hancock “Unsung Hero” Award from the National Business Officers Association
, Head of School Cathy McGehee announced at Morning Meeting Friday.
Anderson was visibly stunned and clearly honored when McGehee surprised her when presenting the award, which is given only to business officers who have made “extraordinary contributions to their school that exemplify exceptionally high standards of integrity, knowledge and motivation to help their schools succeed.”
"You should see the business managers who have gotten this award," she said.
|New Bio Lab Dedication Honors Stephanie Briggs Bennett '64|
A beautifully renovated biology laboratory featuring state-of-the-art equipment and furnishings was dedicated in honor of Dr. Stephanie Briggs Bennett '64 Wednesday in a special ceremony attended by her classmates, family, faculty, and students.
Every member of the Class of 1964, which celebrated its 50th reunion last year, contributed to the project to honor Bennett for serving as Reunion chair and class representative, and being "the glue" that has kept the group closely connected through the decades. A 1995 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bennett is a family practitioner in Malvern, PA, making the biology lab an especially apt tribute to her.
|Foxcroft Wins Second Straight VISAA Division II Title |
Junior Alex G. stole the ball with 21 seconds left, raced the length of the field and scored with four seconds to play in the game Saturday afternoon to lift Foxcroft to its second straight Division II championship with a pulsating 9-8 victory over DAC archrival Highland School.
The victory, played on the turf at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, was Foxcroft’s fourth over Highland this season. Foxcroft also beat Highland by one goal to win the Delaney Athletic Conference title on May 8.
|Math League Marvels!|
Senior Phoebe F. had the seventh best individual score in Virginia and Foxcroft finished second in Loudoun County and 10th in the state in the yearlong Math League contest, Math Club leaders announced Wednesday at Morning Meeting.
"There are high schools of all sizes and kinds that compete in this," said Math Department Chair Susan Erba, "including Governor's Schools and huge public high schools, as well as strong independent schools, so what these girls have accomplished is really impressive. We should be very proud of them."
|Jessie H. '16 Selected to Prestigious Governor's School |
Junior will attend intensive dance program at Visual & Performing Arts School
Jessie H., a junior from Waterford, VA, has been selected to attend the prestigious Virginia Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dance, Foxcroft Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Friday.
|21 Students Honored for Excellence on National French Contest|
French students excel on National French Contest exam
Topping the list of amazing academic achievements on the 2015 National French Contest this year, sophomore Lindy D. received a PERFECT SCORE on the Level 3 exam to earn a platinum medal and the number one ranking in both Virginia and the United States (out of 17,947 students). Also in French III, four other students placed in the 95th percentile -- Patia ‘16, Ines S. ‘16, Carli ‘16, and Isabella Z. ‘17 -- earned gold medals for their scores, and Patia and Isabella are tied for the 47th spot in the nation and 2nd in Virginia as they earned the exact same score! Jessie ‘16 earned a bronze medal.
|The Secret Garden Amazes from FoxHound Stage|
Last weekend's performances of The Secret Garden were moving and beautiful. The cast and crew of more than 30 students and faculty worked tirelessly for months under Fine Arts Department Chair and Director Karin Thorndike preparing to bring this classic tale to the FoxHound stage. The talent of our girls and the dedication to their craft brought down the packed auditorium, moving many to wipe a tear from their eye or hum a refrain from one of the emotional numbers.
Senior Hannah All played Mary Lennox, a young girl whose world changes dramatically when her parents, Rose and Albert Lennox (Stephanie Zhang '15 and Elle Lassiter '17) are lost to cholera. Whisked away from her home in India to a distant uncle, Archibald Craven played by physics teacher Matt Mohler, Mary tries to find her bearings in the dark, cold Misselthwaite Manor, ultimately finding salvation for herself and its residents in the gardens outside.
|Career Intelligence Officer Receives Foxcroft’s Distinguished Alumnae Award|
NSA and State Department Pioneer “Sukie” Kuser is honored
Suzanne “Sukie” Kuser '49, a pioneer and power in the U.S. intelligence community during a distinguished 33-year career, was named the 2015 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumnae Award Saturday (April 18) at the Senior Luncheon in Engelhard Gymnasium during Alumnae Weekend.
|Foxcroft School to Host Flight Day for Student-Made Drones May 3|
Da Vinci Challenge 'copters to be tested on campus
Foxcroft School's beautiful 500-acre campus is becoming the Cape Canaveral of student-made drone tests. On Sunday, May 3, it will play host to Kashmir World Foundation’s Da Vinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop scholars as they test their hand-built copters.
The public is invited -- at no cost -- to come out to learn about new drone technology, its applications, and how to get involved with the project -- or to simply enjoy the beautiful campus and the thrill of witnessing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) taking flight. Foxcroft is located at 22407 Foxhound Lane. The event, which will include guest speakers, drone demonstrations and an Award Ceremony, will start at 11:30 am and go until 4:30 p.m.
|Spring Edition of Chimera Now Available|
From the Chimera board
We invite the extended Foxcroft community to view and comment on the diverse works of visual art and creative writing on the Chimera blog.
We've had even more contributions to Chimera this year than last, and we were delighted by the response we had. It was difficult to choose from among so many pieces of artwork and creative writing. The final selections highlight the diverse talents of the student body. Photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics represent the fine arts. The written word is found in poetry of many forms and several languages, interspersed with short stories.
We encourage you to visit Chimera's blog and hope you'll post comments, like, and share our students' works!
|Beloved The Secret Garden to Grace FoxHound Stage April 24 & 25|
Foxcroft's spring musical stars five seniors and a number of beautiful songs!
Seniors Hannah, Meredith, Molly, Lilly P. and Erica lead a talented cast April 24 and 25 when Foxcroft's Theater Production class presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden in FoxHound Auditorium.
Both performances begin at 7:30pm and admission is free. Foxcroft is located on Foxcroft Road, about 4 miles north of the village of Middleburg, VA. (For GPS, use 22407 Foxhound Lane). Call 540.687.4511 for more information.
|Applying to College? Let Them Hear Your Voice!|
Three top admission and financial aid representatives from the University of California, Berkeley and Virginia Tech shared insights into the application process with an engaged audience of Foxcroft and local community students and parents Monday evening. Their advice resoundingly emphasized the same simple message: Let the application readers hear your voice.
Both UC Berkeley and Tech are large, selective institutions, and each year they receive an impressive number of applications for a limited number of spots. Amy Jarich, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions at UC Berkeley, said she and her staff read 78,000 applications for the freshman class, sometimes reading one application up to six times! How many of those prospectives can the school admit? Only 11,000. So what can an applicant do to stand out in this huge, highly-qualified pool?
|IEA Zones Tops Off a Successful IEA Season|
A report on IEA Zone Finals from Director of Riding Kate Worsham
After a fruitful IEA season which saw Foxcroft qualify ten riders in thirteen classes for Regional Finals, the journey continued at IEA Zone Finals held the weekend of March 28-29 at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. Two wins and a second place finish at Regionals created the opportunity for Guen G. '17, Britttany H. '17, and Jasmine M. '16 to contest their classes at Zones in hopes of earning a trip the National Finals in April.
|Foxcroft Alumna Produced Feature Film About John James Audubon|
Audrey Bruce Currier Library’s largest and perhaps most wonderful volume is the giant John James Audubon ”folio” housed in Audrey B. Currier Library. Many people are familiar with the amazing naturalist, ornithologist and artist who meticulously illustrated some 700 species of North American birds. Few people, however, know anything about Audubon’s adventurous and inspiring life story.
Thanks in part to Foxcroft alumna Caroline “Cina” Alexander Forgason ’73, Audubon’s intriguing tale recently has been brought to life in a documentary feature film called Rara Avis: The Life of John James Audubon. Cina is the executive producer of the film, described as “an ambitious project that aims to inform and captivate viewers today just as Audubon’s paintings did when they were unveiled” nearly 200 years ago.
|Honors Earned by Two Students at NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions|
After compelling performances in the Virginia State Auditions last month, Stephanie '15 and Carli '16 competed at the regional round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions at the University of Maryland in College Park this past Saturday. Competition was fierce as hundreds of high school students sang for spots in the upcoming national round.
The wait for the results was long as the judging ran several hours over. Once scores were posted, Carli and Stephanie both earned Honors with their strong performances of musical theater repertoire, accompanied by Mr. Dombrowski. Honors recognition is given to those who receive some of the highest scores. This event also served as a great educational experience.
|Juniors Raise Funds and Fun with Colorful Walkathon|
Puffs of colored powder filled the air along Foxcroft School's cross-country course Friday afternoon when members of the Class of 2016 staged a colorful Junior Class Walkathon. Turning the traditional fundraiser into an offbeat "color run," students ignored the chilly weather to raise money and have lots of fun for a very good cause, the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS).
"At LAWS, we don't think anyone should have to leave an abusive situation alone," said Executive Director Nicole Acosta, who spoke to participants beforehand. "We seek to walk with them every step of the way. By walking today, you are helping us walk with women and children as they embark on a difficult journey. We thank you."
|Former NEA President and GW Dean Shares Her Inspirational Story|
A lifetime of persistently knocking on doors that were shut to her and bravely walking through those that were open carried a poor black girl from a tiny town in southeastern Virginia to international prominence in the field of education, Dr. Mary Hatwood Futrell told Foxcroft School students Friday morning in an inspirational talk.
"You've got to believe in yourself and stand up for yourself," said the former president of the National Education Association and George Washington University graduate school dean. "And when a door opens, don't be afraid to walk through it."
|Two Students to Sing at NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions Saturday|
Stephanie Z. '15 and Carli M. '16 competing in Musical Theater category for a chance to advance
Scores of talented student singers will gather at the University of Maryland in College Park Saturday for the Mid-Atlantic Region Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) -- and two Foxcroft girls will be among them! Stephanie Z. '15 and Carli M. '16, who qualified for the event with outstanding performances at the Viginia State Auditions in Norfolk last month, will be singing in the High School Musical Theater category.
According to their teacher, Foxcroft faculty member Amy Asbury, the girls have worked very hard and are up to the challenge. "I don't know exactly how many they'll be competing against, but it will be a lot because there will be students competing from four states and Washington, D.C.," she said. "Plus, because they are in the same Musical Theater category, they will actually be competing against each other."
|Three Riders Competing in IEA Zone 3 Finals This Weekend|
Two veterans and one rookie will represent Foxcroft this weekend when the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3 Finals are contested at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD.
Junior Jasmine M. and sophomores Guen G. and Brittany H. will compete against riders from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in hopes of winning some nice ribbons and qualifying for the National Finals, scheduled for April 24-26 in Wellington, FL.
Jasmine, making her Zone debut, and Guen will ride on Saturday while Brittany competes on Sunday. The competition begins at 9am both days; for the order of classes please consult the prize list
|College Counseling Presents UC-Berkeley and VA Tech Admission Directors Monday, April 6 |
On the heels of a fascinating college admission deans panel last month, the Office of College Counseling is presenting another outstanding opportunity for students and parents interested in learning more about the college application process. On Monday, April 6, Amy W. Jarich, who is an Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Rebekah C. LaPlante, Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, will talk about getting into selective colleges, especially large state universities.
Jarich and LaPlante will provide insights and suggestions about how students can make themselves stand out as distinctive and desirable applicants in large, very qualified applicant pools. They will also discuss the sometimes complicated process of applying to a school that is part of a large, multi-campus institution. In addition, Rachelle Feldman, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Financial Aid at Berkeley, will be available to answer questions about applying for grants, loans and scholarships.
The program will be held in the Engelhard Gymnasium of Foxcroft’s Athletic/Student Center beginning at 7:30pm. All college-bound students and their parents are welcome to attend the free event.
|STEM Turns into STEAM with Our Next Visiting Niblack Artist|
Julia Sutula brings her vision for the design of everything to Foxcroft
Monday, March 30 at 8:50 am
The Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series was established by Austi Brown ’73 in memory of her mother. Since it began in 2007, the series has brought a variety of literary, performing, and fine artists to Foxcroft to share their work, stories, and perspective on the nature of the creative process with both students and the larger community. One of the goals of the Niblack series is to provide an artist with the opportunity to share her artistic journey in a comfortable and familiar setting, creating space for an exchange of ideas that just might inspire a Foxcroft girl or two to chase her own artistic dreams.
You’ve seen – or perhaps you’ve tried to use – one of those faucets that requires you to hold down the button with one hand for water to flow, making it impossible to wash both hands at once. Or maybe you’ve tried valiantly to open plastic clamshell packaging without injuring yourself or damaging the product it’s protecting. These maddening examples demonstrate what industrial designers are trying to avoid. Rather, what industrial designers are trying to achieve with their products is form, function, efficiency, and yes, even beauty -- think of the iconic iPhone or the red-topped Kikkoman Soy Sauce bottle -- thoughtfully designed products that are easy to use and have a beauty all their own.
|Lacrosse Opens Foxcroft’s Spring Sports Season Thursday|
What can the Foxcroft lacrosse team possibly do for an encore? How do you top a perfect 17-0 season that culminated in a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state championship?
Well, this year’s team has the personnel to attempt a repeat -- and that's what they'll be striving to do.After two game cancellations due to flooded fields, the team will begin its quest for another state title Tuesday when it hosts Fredericksburg Academy in its season opener.
Varsity soccer opens Monday, March 30, with a home game against Fredericksburg Christian School and Softball's debut comes Tuesday, March 31 against Seton School in Manassas.
|In Good Company: Two Connecticut Non-Profits Share Legacy of Ruth Bedford '32|
Nearly five months after Foxcroft announced the tranformative $40 million gift from alumna Ruth Bedford '32, Norwalk Hospital and the Westport Weston Family YMCA jointly revealed today that they are the beneficiaries of similar bequests by Ms. Bedford.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, these two Connecticut nonprofits which her family helped establish nearly a century ago will also each receive $40 million. (Read the full Chronicle of Philanthropy article here.) Ms. Bedford, who lived a simple life despite her fortune, clearly believed in the importance of giving back, a philosophy emphasized at Foxcroft and exemplified by her forebearers.
|"Kitty" Merle-Smith '39, special member of Foxcroft family, dies at age 92|
Miss Charlotte's niece, second Head of School's wife, alumna, and faculty member
Katherine (Kitty) Smith Combs Merle-Smith ’39, who celebrated her 92nd birthday at Foxcroft's Centennial Celebration last April, died February 21 in Adamstown, MD.
Miss Kitty, as she was known to many, was the niece of Foxcroft’s founder Miss Charlotte and the wife of its second Head of School, Van Santvoord Merle-Smith, Jr. During two separate stints at Foxcroft, she taught art and riding, advised the 9th and 10th grades, and coordinated community service.
|Balancing Acts: Two Newest Members of Foxcroft's Sports Hall of Fame Live the School Motto|
Jacy Edelman and Alison Firestone Robitaille, who were both inducted into the Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame Saturday (Feb. 28), have a lot in common.
They are both members of the Class of 1995. They both grew up near Middleburg and attended the Hill School before coming to Foxcroft. They are both mothers of young children with demanding careers.
And, of course, they are both terrific athletes.
|Carli and Stephanie Earn Honors at VA NATS Singing Competition!|
Voice students Carli M. '16, Stehanie Z. '17 and Victoria Z. '16 all performed exceptionally Saturday at the Virginia state auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Norfolk -- and two of them earned Honors recognition and spots in the next round of the prestigious national competition!
Stephanie and Carli received high enough marks from the judges to join a select group that will compete at the Mid-Athlantic Regional at the University of Maryland on Saturday, March 28.
|How to Get into College -- Come Get the Insiders' View March 4 and April 6|
Upcoming college counseling events feature seven college admission officers -- including University of California Assistant Vice Chancellor in a rare East Coast appearance
How colleges read applications and the intricacies of the admission process at selective state universities will be the focus of two upcoming events presented by the Office of College Counseling.
|Hounds Keep the Cup in Latest Renewal of Fox/Hound Tradition |
Foxes fall, 43-18, in Big Game
With four starters from the varsity team that just won Foxcroft's first basketball championship in the Hounds lineup, everyone knew that the Foxes had a tough assignment this year in Fox/Hound Big Game. Most expected a one-sided affair -- and they were right, as far as the score is concerned: The Hounds kept the Cup Saturday afternoon with a 43-18 victory.
When it comes to heart, effort and sportsmanship, though, it was a very close match. The valiant Foxes, who had only three players with any varsity experience, battled to the very end with everything they had. And when it was all over, both teams stood tall as they cheered and sang and celebrated the true meaning of the day, "Friends through to the end."
The Hounds may have dominated the game, but at halftime it was all Foxes as Jacy Edelman and Alison Firestone Robitaille, both members of the Class of 1995 and local Foxes, were inducted into the Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame.
|Alison Firestone Robitaille and Jacy Edelman to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame Saturday|
All the energy and excitement of one of Foxcroft's oldest traditions -- Fox/Hound Basketball -- will provide the setting for one of the School's newest tradtions Saturday when two members of the Class of 1995 are inducted into the Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame.
Alison Firestone Robitaille, whose stellar Grand Prix career took off when she was a student and has yet to touch down, and Jacy Edelman, one of the most honored athletes in Wellesley College history, will be honored during halftime of the Fox/Hound "Big Game," which tips off at 2 pm in the Mary Louise Leipheimer Gymnasium.
|Basketball Wins its First DAC Championship!|
Foxcroft School and basketball go way back. The treasured tradition of Fox/Hound began in 1914 with a basketball game. From the first interscholastic competition in 1917 through the 1930s, Foxcroft basketball was a power on the East Coast and rarely lost any games. Even the school song has a line about it, “Here’s to the horse and the basketball, of course. . .”
Foxcroft had never won an interscholastic conference championship, though, until Friday. Playing in a game moved up a day to avoid Saturday's storm, a quick, athletic and entertaining Foxcroft team corrected that situation by routing Randolph-Macon Academy, 48-24, to claim the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II Championship.
| Who Killed Kay Daver? Ask Any K2M STEM Competitors|
Students solve murder mystery with math, science and engineering -- and have a (snow)ball at Expedition K2M: The Stem Summit
What’s a little snow when you can go solve a murder mystery at Foxcroft School’s super fun STEM competition? Saturday's 6-plus inches wasn’t enough to deter over 50 students from three schools from participating in the fourth annual Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, an all-girls event presented by Foxcroft’s Math and Science faculty.
|Fox/Hound Weekend is Coming Soon!|
Let the preparations begin!
Fox/Hound Weekend and the days leading up to it are an exciting and eventful time for the entire community. Preparations kicked off this week with tryouts for the Fox and Hound basketball teams. Teas will be held Monday, February 23 at 5pm to announce the members of the six teams, and the three games -- Cub/Puppy, Brush/Stern, and Big Game -- are scheduled for February 27-28!
We will also be inducting the two newest members of Foxcroft's Sports Hall of Fame during halftime of Big Game. For more information, please click here
Continue reading for the complete schedule.
|Foxcroft School + Kashmir World Foundation Together: The Sky's The Limit!|
Head of School Catherine S. McGehee Sunday announced a new STEM education and advocacy partnership between Foxcroft School and the Kashmir World Foundation, declaring with a smile, "As this partnership takes flight, the sky's limit!"
McGehee prefaced that conclusion with an aside about being corny, but there's nothing trite about this new endeavor. The girls' school and the international foundation -- unlikely partners at first glance -- have, in fact, similar missions, parallel approaches to STEM education and complementary assets. Already, the KWF, headed by CEO Aliyah Pandolfi, has given two teams of Foxcroft girls opportunities to build and learn robotics in a fun, purposeful context, while Foxcroft has opened its spacious, 500-acre campus for flight testing and led an effort to take their lessons and message to national educational conferences.
Foxcroft and the KWF already have a clear set of objectives, ranging from from the concrete (provide role models) to the grandiose (improve the lives of humans and animals everywhere). They are:
|Students Present $4,500 Check to Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation|
Foxcroft School students presented an oversized check for $4,500 representing the funds raised at the School’s Fifth Annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament in January to Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation Board members Rebecca Hoecker and Stephanie Knapp Friday morning at an all-school meeting in Currier Library.
Since 2007, Foxcroft has raised more than $50,000 for the Foundation, which supports early detection and treatment of this insidious disease with grants to local medical institutions for effective screening systems and direct assistance to women, and by educating the public about breast cancer. It also funs research to eliminate the disease.
|STEM-ulation! Fourth Annual K2M Summit on Tap for Feb. 21|
How popular has Foxcroft’s unique STEM competition become? In December, our 12 teams filled up before you could say “Science, technology, engineering and math really are fun for girls at Foxcroft!”
A unique interscholastic team competition organized by our Math and Science faculty, K2M: the STEM Summit has become a highlight of the winter – for students at Foxcroft and beyond. Both the high school and middle school divisions have waiting lists for this year’s event, slated for Saturday, February 21!
|Alumnae Panel Highlights Foxcroft Career Day|
School and all that comes with it can be all-consuming for students, and in some ways that’s appropriate. It is also important, though, to occasionally lift one’s head and take a look ahead – not just to college but to Life After College. Foxcroft students will have a unique opportunity to do just that Wednesday on a special “Foxcroft Career Day.”
A panel of alumnae who work in fields ranging from systems engineer to educator, scheduled for 5pm in Currier Library, highlights the day. Opportunities for networking, as well as a fun BINGO game, will take place throughout the day as well.
|A Great Day for Girls and STEM Education -- this Sunday!|
Da Vinci Challenge Flight Test Day to feature Foxcroft team and exciting announcement
It may be Take Two for flying drones around campus Sunday, February 8, when Foxcroft hosts the DaVinci Challenge’s Flight Test Day for the second time. But there will be nothing old hat about the day! For the four teams, including one comprised of Foxcroft students, that spent the past month building and programming their own "unattended aerial devices" (UAV), testing the product of all that hard work will be suspenseful and, if successful, thrilling.
|Six Students Named to Cum Laude Society|
Four seniors and two juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Matthew Mohler announced Friday. The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
Seniors Phoebe F., Molly M., Tori W. and Stephanie Z. were named during an all-school meeting in Currier Library. They join classmates Meredith D. and Amy Z., who had the extraordinary distinction of having been elected as juniors a year ago. This year, juniors Patia F. and Charlotte S. were bestowed with that honor.
|Lilly P. '15 wins fourth Competitive Poetry Reading title and Faylyn H. '16 takes Slam title at Bergan Poetry Festival|
Carli '16, Lindsay W. '17 and L'Nya '18 also take laurels
Senior Lilly P. completed the sweep Saturday, winning her fourth straight championship in the Competitive Poetry Readings at the Paul Bergan Poetry Festival with her reading of Paisley Rekdal's "Bats."
Sophomore Lindsay W. also repeated by winning the 201 level, while junior Carli M. and freshman L'Nya took 301 and 101 laurels, respectively, capping an afternoon of readings that included more than a dozen poems read in a total of eight foreign languages.
Visiting poet Maggie Blake Bailey, who had given a reading of her work and conducted a workshop in the morning, judged the formal readings and was clearly impressed with the breadth and depth of talent.
|A Day of Diversity with Virginia Diversity Network (VDN)|
"We the People," a student club celebrating diversity, has been busy. On Monday, the group presented a powerful video honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earlier, the club attended a high school conference on diversity. The group that went -- Fernanda '18, Ja Yoon '15, Maleia '15, Natalie '16, Virginia '16 and Club Advisor Esther Sánchez -- represented diverse countries and backgrounds as well! Foxcroft is a "Member School" of the VDN, an association to help promote diversity within independent school cultures.
Here's a report on the conference from Maleia '15 and Natalie '16.
This past Saturday, the “We the People” Diversity Club took five girls to the Virginia Diversity Network Conference at St. Margaret's School. There were about 155 students there from different independent schools in Virginia.
At the conference, we heard from a great keynote speaker, 17-year-old high school senior Justin Bachman, who spoke about his life living with Tourette's syndrome and accepting not only our own differences but others’ as well.
|Droning On: The Da Vinci Challenge Continues!|
Our second Da Vinci Challenge team attended its first workshop Sunday to begin building a drone that will -- hopefully! -- make its maiden voyage on Sunday, February 8 when Foxcroft again hosts “Flight Day.” Dr. Maria Eagen, the group’s advisor, notes that this team is particularly excited about moving towards the next phase of the Da Vinci Challenge, which is motivated by using drones to track endangered species. ”The excitement level is high," she says.
Here’s a report from team member Olivia '17:
Some say that the environment and technology cannot go together, but sometimes a drone can save an animal. This is what the Kashmir World Foundation is proving by providing the Da Vinci Challenge. The Da Vinci workshops show people of all ages how to build a drone with the goal of using drones to keep poachers away from endangered animals.
This is the first year that Foxcroft participated in this grand program. Four girls went one day a week for approximately a month in the fall of 2014 to build a drone. Each girl had a job to do, whether it was taking notes of the process or connecting wires of the “hexacopter” drone they built. In October, this drone passed its flying test on Big Track at “Flight Day.” Foxcroft hopes to use the drone for school management, such as an overview of the campus or in classes like STEM.
|A Shining Star: NASA'S Chief Scientist Mesmerizes Students and Faculty Alike|
Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist, was as brilliant as the solar system she studies and as fascinating as the human mission to Mars she is helping the agency plan when she visited Foxcroft School Friday morning. Dr. Stofan shared intriguing insights into space exploration and the possibility of life on other planets, as well as thoughts on everything from black holes and climate change to the need for more women in science and the validity of sci-fi literature.
|Fireside Financial Seminar Debuts|
"What's the difference between a checking account and a savings account?" "Why is the interest rate so low? And what IS compound interest?" "How does Foxcroft reconcile its checkbook each month?"
These were among the many and varied questions students had for Foxcroft Business Manager Deborah Anderson and Financial Algebra teacher Denise Simms Wednesday night (Jan. 14) when a new evening seminar called "Fireside Financial," debuted in Roomies.
About a dozen girls from all four grades showed up to learn about banking basics; 26 have signed up to participate in the five-part seminar about managing and investing money, for individuals and organizations.
|Think Pink Tournament Raises More than $3,000 -- Along with Two Champions|
The sixth annual Think Pink Tournament, held at Foxcroft School on Saturday, January 10, provided a red-letter day for basketball aficionados -- and a bright green day for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
Twenty-one games were played -- three going on at the same time -- over six and a half hours with teams participating on a varsity and middle school level and one junior varsity exhibition game thrown in for good measure. There was more than enough spirited hoops action for all -- and admission was free.
Meanwhile, thanks to the good work of Foxcroft's Athletic Association, more than $3,000 was raised to benefit the CBBCF, which supports breast cancer treatment, support, education and research in Loudoun and surrounding counties.
|Maggie Blake Bailey to Highlight 2015 Poetry Festival|
Maggie Blake Bailey, whose work has been published in numerous literary magazines, will be the featured writer at Foxcroft School’s Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival January 23-24, English Department Chair Anne Burridge announced Tuesday. All the festival events are open to the public at no charge. Schedule specifics will be released early in January.
|Foxcroft closes fun days Camp to Explore New Opportunities|
Foxcroft Head of School Cathy McGehee annnounced recently that the School was closing its summer day camp, Fun Days@ Foxcroft, in favor of other opportunities.
Programs operated by Foxcroft, she said, need to be closely aligned with the School's mission and fun days@foxcroft no longer seemed the best vehicle to do that. The day camp offered a variety of specialty camps as well as traditional day camp programs in an innovative flexible schedule aimed at children 5-12. Foxcroft is a college preparatory school for girls grades 9-12.
The Foxcroft campus, however, will not be quiet next summer, McGehee noted. "We are full," she said, "and that is pretty amzing considering that it is only December."
Each summer, the School hosts a variety of camps and other programs run by outside organizations. Many of these outside groups, which are typically residential sports camps, have been coming to Foxcroft for as long as 20 years.Plentiful athletic fields, a modern fitness center, and meeting and recreational space on the beautiful 500-acre campus accommodate many activities.
|Two members of the Class of 1995 Elected in Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame's Second Year|
Equestrian Alison Firestone Robitaille and field hockey/lacrosse star Jacy Edelman to be inducted
Alison Firestone Robitaille, a former U.S. Olympic Committee Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, and Jacy Edelman, one of the most honored athletes in the history of Wellesley College, have been named to the Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame, Head of School Cathy McGehee announced Thursday.
The two members of the Class of 1995, who were elected by an eight-member voting board, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 28, at halftime of the annual Fox/Hound Basketball "Big Game." In the second year of the School's Sports Hall of Fame
, entrance was a challenge: nominees had to appear on 75 percent of the ballots cast to gain election. Each voter selected three names from 12 nominations.
|An Encouraging Start|
Varsity Basketball hoping to contend for division title
After splitting its first two games of the season the Foxcroft basketball team is confident it can contend
for the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II title.
The team showed enough in its first two games to warrant that optimism.
|Foxcroft Receives MBPA's Heritage Award|
The Middleburg Business and Professional Association presented it inaugural Heritage Award to Foxcroft School Tuesday (Dec. 8) at its annual awards presentation held at Emmanuel Church.
The award, which Head of School Cathy McGehee accepted from MBPA President Punkin Lee, was created to honor "those organizations, institutions or people who epitomize our history and who continue to have an influence on our community and beyond."
|Blood Drive collection scheduled for January 28 |
Across the United States, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day -- and the blood supply is always low following the holidays. Start the New Year off right by participating in our Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
The drive will be held from 1:30pm to 7pm in the Athletic/Student Center. Donating blood takes less than an hour and making an appointment can further speed your visit. To schedule your donation, call 800.RED.CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code “Foxcroft School.” You may also contact Beth Lamond, Assistant to the Head of School, at 540.687.4322 or email@example.com with questions. Walk-ins are also welcome and can generally be accommodated promptly.
This is the second of three scheduled drives held at Foxcroft each year. The last one of the year is scheduled for April 15. Students, led by junior Hannah B. of Purcellville, work hard to publicize the events and will be on-hand to greet donors and serve refreshments.
|Patia '16 Selected to NASA's VASTS Program|
Patia was selected by a panel based on her outstanding academic record, essay composition, and letter of recommendation. The VASTS program is an interactive online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experience that could earn her several college credits and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.
|Come One! Come All! Foxcroft School's Christmas Pageant is Sunday|
Live animals, Santa highlight afternoon of fun and tradition -- and everyone is invited!
Adults and children of all ages are invited to join Foxcroft School students in celebrating the holiday season Sunday, Dec. 7, with a spectacular Christmas Pageant, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. The performance, which is free, will begin at 2pm in Engelhard Gymnasium.
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we were overwhelmed by the show of support for girls' education through #GivingTuesdayFXC!
|Fourteen Foxcroft Athletes Honored |
Fourteen Foxcroft athletes from four different sports have earned All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors for their outstanding performances this fall, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Monday.
|A Wonderful Event at the Cathedral|
Organ recital and reception draw an appreciative group to hear teacher Eric Dombrowski perform
It was an irresistible opportunity: Visit the wonderful Washington National Cathedral, hear Foxcroft faculty member Eric Dombrowski play the 10,650-pipe Great Organ, and meet Head of School Cathy McGehee just 100 days into her tenure.
Approximately 60 members of the Foxcroft family attended the lovely event on Sunday, November 16, which included a pre-recital reception in the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel. Alumnae representing classes from 1947 to 2010, parents (of current students and alumnae), students, and faculty came from near and far -- one alumna happened to be visiting from San Francisco!
|Shootout at the Fox/Hound Field|
Hounds edge Foxes on overtime strokes in Field Hockey Big Game
It was like deja vue all over again for Pipsy S. '16.
Two weeks ago, the junior midfielder lifted Foxcroft to a first-round victory in the state field hockey championships by scoring on the last of 10 overtime penalty strokes following a regulation game and overtime period. Saturday, she did it for the Hounds, capping an exciting afternoon of fiercely- and fairly-fought field hockey by stepping up to the ball and flicking it past Fox goalie Elle L. '17 on her team's last-chance penalty strokes to decide the first Fox/Hound competition of the year.
This time Pipsy's shot gave the Hounds the shootout, 3-2, and lifted the Hounds Big Team to a 1-0 triumph over a disappointed Fox squad that had played its heart out all afternoon. It also gave the Red and Yellow a sweep of the day: earlier, the Puppy Team had won Little Game, 2-1, and Hound Mia M. '18 took New Girl Runnings.
The day didn't feel as lopsided as that sounds. The Foxes fielded two strong teams and both games were close -- and exciting. And when it was over, it was 'Friends to the End," as always, as virtually the entire student body took the field to sing their songs and beat their drums once again.
|Foxes and Hounds Ready for First Competition|
Drums, banners, and cheers will be abundant on Fox/Hound Field Saturday, November 22, when Foxes and Hounds face off in the first competition of the 2014-15 Fox/Hound season. Do you have your Fox or Hound colors ready? The day starts early at 9am when the Middleburg Hunt departs from Covert, and culminates with Big Game at 2pm. Make your plans now!
|"Thank You, Ruth!"|
Foxcroft community celebrates announcement of transformative gift from Ruth Bedford '32
Currier Library was stuffed to the gills Tuesday morning with students, faculty, staff, and a stunning number of guests -- some familiar, some not; a few with cameras and notebooks. The excitement and anticipation was palpable as Foxcroft Head of School Catherine S. McGehee took the floor and made a fabulous and jaw-dropping announcement: Ruth Thomas Bedford '32 had left the School a gift of more than $40 million.
"Today is a very exciting day to be a member of the Foxcroft community," she said, as the room filled with applause, cheers, whistles and "woo-hoos." While the story had broken overnight, with a giant spread on the front of the Metro section of the Washington Post, the announcement was a surprise to many people in the room, and most of the rest were still trying to get their heads around the significance of the news.
The gift is the largest gift ever given to a girls’ school, and the largest received by any U.S. independent school this year. It is by far the largest gift Foxcroft has ever received -- larger than the School's current endowment. "So it is by all measures a gift of great significance, one that underscores the importance of a girls’ school education, and specifically of a Foxcroft education, and one that will help to sustain it," said McGehee. "You can be proud to be part of a school that inspires this kind of loyalty among its alumnae."
Indeed, it is the connection and commitment that inspired the gift from Bedford, a lifelong Westport, CT resident who was born the year Foxcroft was founded (1914) and graduated 82 years ago that McGehee highlighted while talking to the school community.
|First in Flight: Foxcroft's Drone Leads the Way in Da Vinci Challenge!|
It felt just a bit like what one imagines the Wright Brothers experienced at Kitty Hawk back in 1903. After hours of work and care, and a whole lot of last-minute calibrating and double-checking of systems, the big question was: Will it fly?
Standing out in Big Track on a bright and beautiful, if a bit blustery, afternoon Sunday, Gaby '15, Patia '16, Jasmine '16 and Saylor '18 were ready to see. Over the past month, they and a half-dozen other student or family teams participating in the Kashmir World Foundation' s Da Vinci Challenges had built their own drones. Now, after completing a number of pre-flight tests and making a few adjustments, their hexacopter had been cleared to test.
With a whirring of rotors and motors, and a steady hand on the remote control, the drone lifted off the ground and headed skyward, easily making the proscribed maneuvers and drawing a hearty round of applause from the assembled parents, students, faculty, family, and friends. The only all-girl team, Foxcroft was also the first in the air. Head of School Cathy McGehee, an enthusiastic booster of STEM education for girls, was beaming. So was Dr. Maria Eagen, Foxcroft's Science Department Chair, who has a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering and used to launch satellites from Cape Canaveral.
|A Day of Giving Back|
Foxcroft students and faculty spread out around campus and into neighboring communities Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 15) to lend their hands and hearts to an afternoon dedicated to community service -- a Foxcroft tradition as old as the School itself.
Founder Charlotte Haxall Noland set the tone 100 years ago with outreach that varied from presenting an annual Christmas Pageant with presents of clothes and toys for all the town's children to establishing the Middleburg Clinic and joining the war effort in the 1940s. Every step of the way students were involved, so that they might help those lesss fortunate and also themselves, by developing an Understanding Heart. Some say that community service permeates the air at Foxcroft.
|Da Vinci Challenge to Take Flight at Foxcroft on October 26|
Student-made drones -- including one made by a Foxcroft team -- will take to the skies above Big Track on October 26 in an exciting flight demonstration that culminates the Kashmir World Foundation’s Da Vinci Challenge. Everyone is invited to come watch the event, which begins at 1pm on the Sunday of Parents' Weekend.
The Da Vinci Challenge, created by the KWF's tech arm, Kashmir-Robotics, is a four-session workshop during which students build their own drones, learning about the fundamental components and electronics of remotely-operated aerial vehicles (UAVs) along the way. Juniors Patia F. and Jasmine M., senior Gaby P. and freshman Saylor comprise the Foxcroft team, the only one from a girls' school! They have been traveling to Tysons weekly (thanks to Science Department Chair Dr. Maria Eagen) to build their drone, which they brought to Morning meeting on Monday.
|Give the Gift of Life|
Foxcroft School invites area residents to participate in the three Red Cross blood drives held on campus each year. The first drive is scheduled for Monday, November 3, from 1:30-7pm outside the Athletic/Student Center.
Call 800.RED.CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code Foxcroft School to make an appoiuntment -- an hour of your time can help save someone's life!
|A Record 25 Foxcroft Girls Earn AP Scholar Status|
A record 25 Foxcroft School students -- including six current seniors and more than a third of the class that graduated last May -- earned 2014 AP Scholar designation from the College Board for extraordinary achievement on Advanced Placement Exams, Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Friday. This is the 11th consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits.
|A Day to Celebrate!|
Foxcroft decided to observe the International Day of the Girl a day early Friday and the timing yielded some extra wonderful news to celebrate.
Student Head of School Lilly P. '15 led off a presentation during Morning Meeting by telling the community about the event's founding. In 2011, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring October 11th to be the International Day of the Girl to recognize the rights of girls and the unique challenges they face worldwide. The news of the morning naming the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Lilly then noted, made the day especially relevant and timely because they are Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzay of Pakistan. Satyarthi was honored for his work to end child labor and Yousafzay for her efforts and sacrifices to bring education to young women around the world.
Read on to learn about presentations by other students. m two courses ion the girls presented, read on. To watch videos of the presentations, click here.
|Plenty of Pink|
Foxcroft hosts lively Cherry Blossom Walk, Run, & Pooch Prance "Nanette's Walk" for second straight year
Foxcroft School hosted the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer for the second year in a row Sunday, helping to raise some $40,000 for the local individuals, families, and health centers facing the scourge.
Catherine S. McGehee, who was installed Friday as Foxcroft's 10th Head of School, and Lizanne Driskill, daughter of Nanette White, in whose honor the walk was first held, cut the ribbon to start the walkers, runners, and prancers on their way -- and three Foxcroft women came home with medals in the competitive 5K run. Another handful of students and faculty family members ran while virtually the entire student body, a large contingent of faculty and staff, and a smattering of Foxcroft dogs walked.
|It's Official! Catherine McGehee is charged as 10th Head of Foxcroft|
To watch video of Board Chair Reggie Grove '76's charge, Head of School Cathy's remarks, and NCGS Executive Director Meghan Murphy's address, please click here.
Foxcroft School Board Chair Reggie Groves '76 charged Catherine S. McGehee with upholding the school's mission and leading it forward, and Megan Murphy of the National Coalition of Girls School paired compelling research on the value of girls' schools with McGehee's passion and gifts for carrying that out Friday afternoon when McGehee was officially installed as Head of the Middleburg, VA, boarding and day school.
McGehee responded by sharing her goal to serve Foxcroft with devotion, passion, and conviction for girls past, present, and future, and "to enjoy hard work and fun."
"By the authority of the Board of Trustees, I install you as the 10th Head of Foxcroft School and charge you to uphold the mission and ethos of Foxcroft School and to lead this school forward into its second century with vision, integrity, courage, strength and purpose," said Groves '76 before nearly 400 people gathered in Miss Charlotte's Garden for the the first installation of a Head of Foxcroft School in a quarter-century.
|Cherry Blossom Walk, Run and Pooch Prance Comes to Foxcroft Again!|
In 2007 when the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation held its first fundraising event -- "Nanette's Walk" -- in Middleburg, Foxcroft girls got up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to support the cause. Since then, the enthusiastic support of students from the local girls boarding and day school has been a cornerstone of the annual event and the two organizations have developed a strong relationship.
That relationship, and the critical need to support breast cancer victims, health institutions that screen for and treat it, and scientists who continue the search for a cure, will be front and center again Sunday (Sept.28) when what has become the "Cherry Blossom Walk, Run and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer" is held on Foxcroft's campus for the second year in a row.
|A Look Into the Writing Process with Margaret Thornton|
Last Friday, novelist Margaret B. Thornton, author of Charleston, visited Foxcroft. She spoke at Morning Meeting, signed books, which were donated by her sister-in-law Foxcroft parent Nancy Hector for students and faculty members, and visited English classes. The discussions were engaging and the opportunity to learn about the writing process from a published author was a valuable experience for our students.
|Fashion Industry Next Up for Niblack Arts Lecture Series|
Allegra Brantly ’04 to Offer Fashion Workshop & Insight into Working in the Fashion Industry
The Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series was established by Austi Brown ’73 in memory of her mother. It has brought a variety of literary, performing, and fine artists to Foxcroft to share their work, stories, and perspective on the nature of the creative process with both students and the larger community since it began in 2007. One of the goals of the Niblack series is to provide an artist with the opportunity to share her artistic journey in a comfortable and familiar setting, creating space for an exchange of ideas that just might inspire a Foxcroft girl or two to chase her own artistic dreams. Foxcroft should be a very comfortable setting for alumna Allegra Brantly ’04! She will be sharing her story and her perspective on fashion on Thursday, October 2 during a two-part workshop for about a dozen students, and then again on Friday, October 3 in a presentation to the entire Foxcroft community during Morning Meeting where the results of the workshop will also be front and center.
|McGehee to be Installed as 10th Head of School Friday|
Catherine Smylie McGehee will be installed as the 10th Head of Foxcroft School Friday evening (Sept. 26) in Miss Charlotte’s Garden on the campus of the girls’ boarding and day school.
Megan Murphy, the Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which begins at 5pm. Reggie Groves, the Chair of Foxcroft’s Board of Trustees and a 1976 graduate of the School, will welcome attendees and give McGehee her official charge. The Rev. Robert L. Banse, Jr., of Trinity Episcopal Church (Upperville, VA) will give the invocation and Dr. David H. Charlton, President of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, will present a reading and share a benediction.
|Olympic Field Hockey Star Visits Foxcroft|
What better way to prepare for your season-opening game than to spend some time with an Olympian? Foxcroft's field hockey players were clearly excited and inspired as Carrie Lingo, a member of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey team, visited campus Sunday and Monday to give a clinic, talk with students, share in Morning Meeting, and help with the Varsity's final practice before opening their fall campaign against Middleburg Academy Tuesday.
Lingo, who also played on two US World Cup teams and was named USA Field Hockey Female Athlete of the Year in 2009, spent three hours Sunday afternoon working with the varsity and JV field hockey teams. She also brought Jackie Kintzer, one of Team USA's current goaltenders, along to give Foxcroft's netminders some tips and a great workout.
"It was a tremendous afternoon," said Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff, who arranged for the visit by Lingo, who lives in Rehobeth Beach, DE, and has focused on serving her sport as a member of the US federation and Olympic Selection Committee and holding camps and clinics since retiring. "It's so great for the girls to hear from someone other than their regular coaches and when it's someone with this level of experience and great personality . . . "
|Foxcroft Tabbed a Top High School in Virginia AGAIN!|
For the second year in a row, Foxcroft School has been selected as one of the top high schools in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine. Foxcroft’s hands-on approach to engineering in co-curricular programs and academic classes earned the Middleburg girls boarding and day school a place among the commonwealth’s top schools in the Science, Math, and Technology category.
In 2013, Foxcroft was honored in the capital improvements category and for its unique Exceptional Proficiency Program. Top High Schools and Colleges 2014, a special section of Virginia Living's September/October issue, hit newsstands September 5.
|How far can we go in 2014?|
Fall Sports Season Swings Into High Gear Beginning Tuesday
Coming off a very successful 2013 campaign, Foxcroft athletes begin the 2014 fall season in earnest next week with high hopes as varsity and junior varsity field hockey, and tennis, cross country and JV volleyball all facing their first competitions.
Varsity Volleyball opened its season on Thursday (Sept. 4), with a tough 3-2 home loss to Delaney Athletic Conference rival Quantico High School.
|Ms. Conner featured on PCACAC website!|
To celebrate the Potomac Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling is celebrating its 50th Conference Anniversary by highlighting outstanding members of the Association -- including Foxcroft's own Director of College Counseling Barbara Conner!
|Foxcroft's New Head Opens the School's 101st Year|
Catherine S. McGehee, the 10th Head of Foxcroft School, launched the renowned girls’ school’s second century Saturday with an eloquent mix of humor, compassion, and shared anticipation in her first official speech.
Speaking to a standing-room-only Convocation crowd in FoxHound Auditorium, McGehee, who became Head of Foxcroft in July, noted that she too was a “New Girl” and talked about the nervous mix of excitement and fear change can bring. She then told a personal story of being embarrassed in front of her entire boyfriend’s family as a teenager – and the shared legacy of jokes and laughter the incident spawned through the years as that man, Dr. Read McGehee, became her husband and his family became hers.
|Second Century, Here We Come!|
Following a glorious year of centennial celebration, Foxcroft School officially launches its second century Saturday when some 50 new students from across the country and around the world join a vibrant student body, extraordinary corps of faculty and staff, and -- for the first time in 25 years -- a new person in charge.
Catherine Smylie McGehee, who will be officially installed as Foxcroft's 10th Head of School on Sept. 26, arrived July 1 and already has infused the girls' boarding and day school with energy, enthusiasm, and an almost-palpable sense of excitement. The faculty is already hard at work preparing for the year, which features a number of academic and technological additions, and returning students arrive Thursday. The "New Girls" who hail from a half dozen states, Washington DC, and seven countries, arrive Saturday.
|Stuart Hall Named USGBC “Best In Building” Award Finalist|
Foxcroft School’s Stuart Hall has been named a finalist for one of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Best of Building Awards, it was announced recently. The awards, established this year, celebrate the “best of the best” in green products, projects, organizations, and individuals with an impact in green building.
The 50-student dormitory was designed by USGBC member Hord Coplan Macht and opened in August 2013. It is one of just seven finalists in the “Best Project Design for LEED Building Design and Construction” category, which recognizes buildings with excellent design that were certified in the past year under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating systems. The winner will be announced in early September.
|Lilly P. '15 Goes to Southeast Asia with the State Department |
Lilly P. '14 is one of just 20 high school students from around the United States spending a month in Southeast Asia through a special U.S. State Department program. The rising senior, who has been elected Foxcroft's Student Head of School for the coming year, is participating in the 2014 American Youth Leadership Program with Singapore and Malaysia, a virtual and international exchange experience supported by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
|Molly '15 Selected to Attend Governor's School|
Molly, a rising senior from Middleburg, will attend the prestigious Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities, Foxcroft Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Wednesday.
The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools are highly-selective institutes for gifted 10th and 11th-graders sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and held at university campuses in Virginia. They provide an intensive educational experiences in such areas as the arts, humanities, mathematics, science, and technology.
|Jane Lockhart Award goes to Fred McMane, Penny Alderman and Susan Erba receive chairs at Awards Assembly|
Fred McMane, coach and volunteer extraordinaire at Foxcroft School, was presented the Jane Lockhart Service Award by Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer on Thursday (May 22) during the School’s annual Awards Assembly on the Audrey Bruce Currier Library courtyard.
Leipheimer also honored Penny Alderman, Director of Foxcroft’s Northcross Health Center, and Mathematics Department Chair Susan Erba for their 25 years of service to the School, presenting each with a Foxcroft chair.
|Miss Charlotte's Garden hosts Foxcroft's 100th Commencement |
The spirit of Foxcroft founder Charlotte Haxall Noland was especially present in the garden named for her Friday morning as the School's 100th commencement took place under picture-perfect conditions. Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer, presiding at her 25th and final graduation, awarded diplomas to 46 girls from 11 states, the District of Columbia, and four foreign countries and then introduced two speakers who invoked Miss Charlotte's legacy.
|Study Buddies: A New Partnership with Middleburg Elementary|
by Emily C. '15
Study Buddies is a new club that formed this year and we work with students at Middleburg Elementary. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ms. McKibbin takes a group of students to the elementary school, where we help the kids there with their homework. They are from kindergarten through fifth grade, and usually need their with their math and reading. After their homework is done, we read books with them, and then go to the computer lab to use a computer program that helps them with their math and reading skills. Also, each of us generally stays with the same student every session.
|Foxcroft Riders Collect Five Ribbons at IEA Nationals, finish 10th in the country!|
Every Foxcroft rider earned at least one ribbon this weekend at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat National Finals in Springfield, MA, and the team finished 10th among 22 rivals in its first trip to the championship.
Sophomore Marisa S., Foxcroft's only rider to qualify as an individual, took fifth in both the individual and team JV Beginner competitions. Senior Ashleigh D., was fourth in the Varsity Intermediate on the Flat, freshman Brittany H. got fifth in the JV Novice on the flat and Guen G., another freshman, was eighth in the Varsity Open Over Fences competition.
Guen also took fifth -- among ALL Upper School riders -- in the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Horsemanship Test.
The team is trained by Director of Riding Kate Worsham.
|Lacrosse Brings Home First State Championship!|
State champions! What a way to cap a Centennial celebration!
Led by junior attack Emma R. nine goals and three assists, Foxcroft defeated Norfolk Collegiate, 18-13, Saturday to win the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II lacrosse championship.
It is the first state championship in any sport for Foxcroft and capped the first perfect lacrosse season in school history at 17-0.
“Seventeen and oh on the 17th in (year) 100,” quipped Foxcroft Coach and Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff.
|High School Musical Rocks FoxHound Auditorium|
Last weekend’s performance of High School Musical was a huge success. The cast and crew of more than 20 students and music faculty worked tirelessly for months under Fine Arts Department Chair Karin Thorndike preparing to bring this hit play to the Foxcroft stage. From the moment the musical was announced, Foxcroft students have been anxiously awaiting the performance -- as most of them grew up singing and dancing along to the Disney movie sensation. They were not disappointed. This high energy tale of breaking stereotypes and moving out of your comfort zone to find your true passion was brimming with teen drama, quirky characters, toe-tapping music, and catchy songs.
Junior Meredith D. played Troy Bolton -- East High’s Basketball star and misunderstood jock with a heart of gold. When Troy is forced to sing karaoke with a mysterious girl, Gabriela Montez (Rebecca C. '14/Molly M. '15), at a New Years Eve party, his whole world is turned upside down. Back at East High, Troy tries to get his head back in the game, but when Gabriela shows up at his school everything that seemed important to him seems to be in question -- and the high school antics ensue.
|Campus Visit from Award-Winning Author|
by Lilly P. '15
Marcus Sedgwick is the author of thirteen young adult books and the recent winner of the 2014 Printz award for “literary excellence in young adult literature” for his novel Midwinterblood. His other works include White Crow, My Swordhand Is Singing, and Revolver.
Mr. Sedgwick came to Foxcroft last Wednesday to promote his most recent release, She Is Not Invisible. After a lunch discussion with Foxcroft’s book club, The Next Chapter, Mr. Sedgwick gave a presentation in Currier Library which invited students and faculty on a virtual tour of the cottage where he does his writing. Each item of the room led to a different discussion about Mr. Sedgwick’s books and his writing process, ranging from where he finds the inspiration for and the organization of his plots to the variety of designs created for the international covers of his books. After the talk, Mr. Sedgwick signed books and chatted with students.
Thanks to Mr. Matthews, who organized the event, the end of the year will see many members of the Foxcroft community relaxing with signed copies of She Is Not Invisible.
|Student Art Collections Grows|
A stunning ceramic piece created by senior Vivia T. was introduced as the newest addition to Foxcroft's Permanent Student Art Exhibit Friday by Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer and Visual Arts teacher Gary Cox.
Each fall, Mr. Cox asks one of his top students to offer her artistic services as part of the Parents' Association Auction. This year, Vivian was the selected artist and Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer was the "angel" having placed the winning bid for the newest addition to Foxcroft's Permanent Student Art Collection. Next time you are in Schoolhouse, take a look around the lobby outside the Admission Office to see the wonderful collection of pottery, photography, paintings, and drawings we have collected since the tradition began! For a sampling of the collection, click here
|10 Students Honored for Excellence on National French Contest|
Isabella '17 captures top ranking in Virginia for French II!
Isabella Z. '17 and Sofia C. '16 earned silver medals and freshman Lindy D. picked up a bronze to lead an impressive group of 10 Foxcroft School students honored for their outstanding performances in the 2014 National French Contest, French teacher Arnaud Boulestreau announced Wednesday.
|A Good Time Was Had by All -- But Only Leipheimer Got a Diploma! |
Head of School honored during Centennial Celebration Weekend full of fun, action, reminiscing, learning, meeting, honoring, and more!
The long-awaited, much-anticipated Centennial Celebration finally arrived and it did not disappoint. In fact, it was every bit as wonderful as anyone could have imagined. Somewhere around 900 alumnae, students, faculty (current and former), family (past and present), and friends (through to the end!) came to campus for some part of the action-packed, fun-filled weekend.
Foxcroft women representing more than 70 graduating classes from nine decades led the way with the first official event, Friday's Alumnae Association Luncheon. On Saturday day, attendees enjoyed the two most unique, most "Foxcroft" events -- a demonstration of military drill and a fiercely-fought alumnae Fox/Hound field hockey game, complete with March In and SingSing.
Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer, who is retiring on June 30 after 25 years at the helm and 47 years of service to the School, was honored with a special presentation by Foxcroft Board of Trustee President Reggie Groves '76 at Saturday's All Together Now! Dessert. Among Leipheimer's eight predecessors as Head, only Charlotte Haxall Noland, the School's beloved founder, served longer.
|Foxcroft Flashback: Alumnae Dazzle Hundreds with Military Drill Session|
Sometimes the passage of many decades can leave a person out of step. Not at Foxcroft, though.
Military drill was once part of the program at Foxcroft and, though the young girls of yesterday are now middle-aged women, a dedicated group of alumnae brought back the tradition Saturday (April 26) as part of the School’s Centennial Celebration. The performance was a highlight of an action-packed weekend that included art and history exhibits, presentations and panel discussions, an alumnae Fox/Hound field hockey game (Hounds won 3-0), and more.
Of all the activities, though, the drill demonstration was perhaps the most unique. Performing on FoxHound Field in front of a four-star general, the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and several hundred spectators, a group of 31 women executed a military drill session, complete with rifles, introduced to them by the School’s founder Charlotte Haxall Noland more than 50 years ago.
|It Begins! Centennial Celebration Weekend is Underway|
Alumnae young and old began arriving on campus this morning as Foxcroft's long-awaited Centennial Celebration Weekend began. At first, it didn't seem much different from other annual Reunions -- except for the tents that have gone up around campus, the unveiling of two beautiful Centennial Fox/Hound Banners at Morning Meeting, and the very palpable sense of anticipation all around.
Before the weekend is through, upwards of 1,000 people are expected to come honor Foxcroft's legendary past, history, extraordinary present, and bright future. The three major events on the schedule today do just that:The Present:
At noon, the Alumnae Association welcomes the members of the Class of 2014 -- Foxcroft's 100th class -- into its ranks at a luncheon for graduates, seniors, and trustees.The Past:
A "Diversi-Tea" at 4:30pm celebrates Foxcroft's history of diversity and the richness that international students, students of color, and others have brought to the community. Foxcroft first two African-American graduates, Debbie Atkin Cross '73 and Veda Howell '73, are expected.The Future:
Foxcroft's next Head of School, Catherine Smylie McGehee, will be introduced at this evening's "When Pigs Fly" barbecue, which will be held at McConnell Stables -- a fitting venue since Foxcroft and its riding program pretty much started together.
A variety of activities -- including an appearance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Drum & Fife Corps and Foxcroft's own Drill Corps (a group of alumnae revisiting their student days when marching was de rigeur --
will take place Saturday from 9am-3:30 pm (click here
for a schedule). The public is welcome. Alumnae, parents, and friends are invited to share in many of the activities, view exhibits, photos and video, and send messages via our Centennial Weekend page
|"The Tree" Comes Down, the Flags Go up: It's Foxcroft's Centennial!|
Perhaps the biggest event Foxcroft School has ever hosted is this weekend, when more than 1,000 people are expected to converge on campus for the long-awaited Centennial Celebration. So far this week, the Celebration's imminent arrival has been heralded in two very different ways: the 100-year-old tree that has welcomed visitors for decades as they arrived on campus came down -- and a collection of bright green Foxcroft Centennial flags went up.
The tree, a silver maple that was recognized by the Virginia Big Tree Program 33 years ago, loomed large in actuality and in the minds of many. Reportedly the largest of its kind in Loudoun County, the tree measures 23 feet in circumference at its base (which remains), according to Foxcroft Director of Facilities Dale Stotler.
On a campus full of majestic trees, it was one of most majestic, and was cherished.
|You're Invited: Award-Winning Author Speaking April 23|
Marcus Sedgwick, winner of the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for his novel, Midwinter Blood, will speak at Foxcroft on Wednesday, April 23 at 12:45pm in the Audrey Bruce Currier Library. The public is invited to the presentation, after which the popular author will sign books.
Foxcroft students will have an additional treat as Sedgwick has lunch with members of Next Chapter, our student book group, and visits classes. Many thanks to Steve Matthews, our librarian extraordinaire, who served on the 2014 Printz Award Committee and arranged the visit with MacMillian Publishing Company.
|Fife and Drum Corps, Diversi-Tea, and Sports Added to Centennial Program|
With Foxcroft's Centennial Celebration Weekend just a fortnight away, exciting additions to the schedule promise to make the School's 100th even more spectacular. The alumnae Drill Demonstration Saturday will feature The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and a four-star general, a special gathering Friday will celebrate the School's history of diversity, and three athletic events willl be offered.
At 2pm Saturday, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps -- which performs regularly at the White House for visiting dignitaries and heads of state -- will accompany 30+ alumnae revisiting their days as students in the '50s and '60s on Fox/Hound Field. The troops, which have borrowed "pieces" from a local ROTC unit and have been practicing, will be reviewed by General Crosbie E. Saint, Ret., who graciously arranged for the Corps to appear.
The public is invited to attend this and myriad other events on Saturday, April 26 from 9am to 3pm. (Additional activities Friday-Sunday are reserved for registered Centennial guests.) The Saturday program, entitled "Foxcroft: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," will offer art and history exhibits, musical performances by students, mini-classes taught by Foxcroft faculty, campus tours, riding demonstrations, panel discussions, and more. For a complete schedule, click here. For more information or to RSVP, call 540.687.4510.
|IEA Team Qualifies for Nationals!|
Zone 3 Team Title, individual JV championship advances Foxcroft riders to Hunt Seat Finals May 16-18
Four riders put on a terrific performance Sunday (April 13) to win the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3 Team Championship held at Owings Mills, MD, and earn Foxcroft a trip to the Hunt Seat National Finals for the first time since the School joined the IEA four years ago. The IEA National Championship will be held May 16-18 at the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.
Literary magazine reborn as online publication
After several years' hiatus, Foxcroft's literary and art journal, Chimera, has been reinvented as a beautiful online publications thanks to a devoted board of student editors, many terrific contributions, and broad support by faculty members. And it is terrific!
|Junior Class Collects $4,600 through Walkathon -- and Plans Another Fundraiser|
Silent Auction scheduled for Monday April 14 at 5:30pm to support the fight against human trafficking
After a successful Walkathon, the Junior Class had raised more than $4,600 for the Polaris Project which fights human trafficking, but the girls aren't done!
Class officers announced this week that they will hold a silent auction at Roomies in the Athletic/Student Center on Monday, April 14 from 5:30-7pm. All are invited to come take a bid on the wonderful baskets donated by local businesses, including Betsey, Wylie Wagg, the Home Farm Store. Auction proceeds will go to the Polaris Project
, which fights human trafficking around the world, and will conclude the Junior Class's fundraising effort for this cause.
More than 150 students, faculty, family, and friends trekked 3.5 miles on campus March 28 under a surprisingly sunny sky to support the Class's Walkathon.
|Niblack Arts Lecturer Holly Pyne Connor '70 Presents Angels & Tomboys|
Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Arts Lecturer provides look into "Girlhood in 19th Century American Art"
Dr. Holly Pyne Connor '70, curator emerita of the Newark (NJ) Museum and an expert on American 19th-century art, mesmerized the 21st-century young women of her alma mater with stories about the lives of girls portrayed by artists two centuries ago Wednesday (April 9) when she presented “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art.”
|Strengthening Global Outreach: Foxcroft's Model United Nations |
On Saturday March 29, 14 Foxcroft students attended a Model United Nations conference hosted by Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. This challenging international simulation program offers high school and college students the opportunity to develop their public-speaking and diplomacy skills as they explore important contemporary and historical conflicts that affect the global community.
|Looking for Connections|
Visiting Niblack Artist Sallie Ketcham ’73 shares her approach to art and encourages students to choose their own aesthetic during day-long mixed media workshop
For the most recent Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series event, mixed media artist and alumna Sallie Ketcham ’73 brought with her slides of works from renowned artists as well as samples and slides of her own mixed media pieces for inspiration and a series of exercises to stretch the imaginations, senses, and skills of the students in each art class. Her day-long workshop in the Schoolhouse Art Studio invited the girls at various times to explore textures, shapes, and vessel forms with slabs of clay, to “see” with their other senses using gestural charcoal drawing and newsprint, to look for the invisible energy that connects all objects in space, and to alter existing photographs to open up “windows,” allowing a view into all the connecting layers beneath.
|Lilly B. '14 Named one of Loudoun County's Future Leaders|
Lilly B., a senior whose courage, heart, and voice have inspired the entire Foxcroft community, was named one of Loudoun County's Future Leaders
March 12 by the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
The eighth Foxcroft student so honored, Lilly was one of just 15 individuals -- the only from an independent school -- chosen from more than 80 nominated high school seniors. She was featured in a special section of the weekly newspaper and receives a $1,500 scholarship towards her college studies. To read the profile of Lilly and see a short video, click here
|Walking for a Cause|
Junior Class Walkathon this Friday
Please join us this Friday, March 28, as the Class of 2015 leads walkers, runners, and cyclists in the annual Junior Class Walkathon. Through their solicitation of charitable contributions from businesses, family, and friends, the Class has launched an ongoing fundraising campaign in support of their chosen cause, Polaris Project. Friday’s Walkathon is the culmination of eight months of work in which members of the Class selected and researched their cause, initiated contact and developed a relationship with the foundation, and presented educational sessions during Morning Meeting. Their fundraising for the cause continues with personal solicitations to parents, family, neighbors, and local businesses.
If you live in the area, we encourage you -- especially parents of juniors -- to support this effort by walking with the Class, which will be joined by much of the Foxcroft community and guests! Walkers will gather this Friday at 3:30pm outside Brick House and the 3.5-mile trek will depart shortly thereafter.
No matter where you live, please consider sponsoring your daughter with a tax-deductible donation! Checks payable to The Polaris Project may be mailed to: Walkathon 2014; Foxcroft School; P.O. Box 5555; Middleburg, VA 20118 or given to members of the Class. Online donations of any size are welcome and can be made through the Polaris Project Class Page
|"Bunny" Mellon '29, Distinguished Alumna Award winner, dies|
Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon ’29, one of Foxcroft’s oldest and most illustrious alumnae, died Monday (March 17) at her home in Fauquier County, VA. She was 103.
A renowned philanthropist, horticulturalist, and art collector, Mellon was the 1987 recipient of Foxcroft’s Distinguished Alumna Award for her many accomplishments.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, March 28th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. The pre-service music, "Requiem" by Gabriel Fauré, will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the service, at 11:30 a.m.
|Five Feted at First Sports Hall of Fame Induction |
Foxcroft celebrated its athletic tradition with a contrast of old and new Saturday, March 1, 2014. when five women were inducted into the School's brand new Sports Hall of Fame at one of its oldest annual events.
Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer presented Jane Forbes Clark '73, one of the most influential women in sports, and Olympic rider Juliet Graham '72 with engraved pewter boxes during "Fox/Hound Basketball Big Game," a century-old tradition. Olympic bronze medalist Nina Fout '77 was inducted in absentia while pioneers Charlotte Haxall Noland and Teresa Shook were accorded posthumous honors at the packed Leipheimer Gymnasium.
|Foxcroft: The Art of Women & the Sporting Life Exhibit at National Sporting Library & Museum through August|
An exciting Centennial event opens Saturday, March 15, at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. Called "Foxcroft School: The Art of Women and the Sporting Life," this special exhibition has been put together by the museum staff in conjunction with our Centennial Celebration. It focuses on Foxcroft women as sporting enthusiasts, sporting artists, and sporting art collectors. Comprised of loans from alumnae of the prestigious Middleburg college-preparatory school for girls and their relatives, approximately thirty paintings and sculptures develop a picture of the collecting interests of our alumnae and members of their families as well as their role in 20th century sporting life and art.
The exhibit runs through August 24, 2014. Special tours for Centennial attendees will be conducted on Friday, April 25, at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The museum, located at 102 The Plains Road, is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Please visit the NSL&M website for more information.
|And they are off! School Exchange takes 10 students to Madrid to immerse themselves in Spanish culture and language|
Ten students participating in our "Spanish Exchange" have arrived in Madrid and begun their adventure! The group left Saturday and will spend 12 days living with the families of girls who they hosted at Foxcroft in September. The program, reserved for students of the Spanish language, will include some sightseeing and time spent at Jesus Maria Juan Bravo, the co-educational day school which is our exchange partner.
Follow their adventures on the "Where's Foxcroft?" blog
To learn about this and other international programs, read on.
|From China to the Cherokee Nation |
"International Week" looks at American Heritage as well as foreign lands
Our international students aren't the only ones with varying ethnic heritages, and this year International Week has opened a wonderful window on our multicultural community. The fun started Monday when freshman Chloe X. shared her Shanghai ravioli-making skills with American, Spanish, and Korean students. Those delicacies and other Chinese specialties comprised Tuesday's dinner -- the first of three special meals created and served by students (with a lot of help from Mr. Brown and his staff)
|Hounds Nip Foxes in Big Game Thriller|
In one of the most exciting endings in the 100-year history of the Fox/Hound basketball Big Game, Hound Big Team captain Emma R. stole an inbound pass and Alex G.’16 scored with five seconds remaining Saturday to lift the Hounds to a 27-26 nail-biting victory and win the Cup for the first time in three years.
|Stuart Hall Wins Two Wintergreen Awards|
Stuart Hall wins two awards for excellence in green building
Our new dormitory, Stuart Hall, received not one, but two Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building last Thursday from the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter! And Wednesday in Morning Meeting, another opportunity to be part of a project by the award-winning team was announced.
|Foxcroft presents $14,000+ check to Cherry Blossom Foundation|
Students presented an over-sized check for $14,070 to Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation
President James Atkins and Board member Stephanie Knapp Monday (Feb 24) at Morning Meeting. The sum, raised mostly through the School’s Think Pink Basketball Tournament in January and the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run, and Pooch Prance last September, puts the School among the Foundation’s strongest supporters.
“Foxcroft was one of the three largest donors this past year,” said CBBCF chairman and founder James P. Atkins in accepting the check. “Your efforts and generosity helped us have our best year ever. What you have done for the women of Loudoun and Fauquier is absolutely phenomenal. Thank you very much.”
|Basketball falls just short in DAC Championship game|
Coach Patrick Finn asked his team to "leave it all on the floor" in the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II Championship Game, meaning he wanted the squad to play as hard as it could and not give in to a Fredericksburg Academy team that had easily won two regular season meetings between the two teams this winter.
The team did just that, playing perhaps its best game of the season against a tough opponent and falling just a little short in losing 27-23 to FA at Highland School (Warrenton) before an enthusiastic group of Foxcroft supporters.
|Six Elected to Cum Laude!|
Four members of the Senior Class and two juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Matthew Mohler announced Wednesday. The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate-level Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Seniors Miranda G., Meredith G., Andeulazia H-M, and Tessa P-B were named at an all-school meeting. They join two classmates elected as juniors: Lydia B., Kate E., and Lilly M.
This year, only two juniors earned that exceptional honor: Meredith D., and Amy Z.
|Successful Book Drive More Than Doubles Collection Goal!|
On February 11, Foxcroft presented over 1,300 books, school supplies, and DVDs to Books for America. According to the book drive organizer, Junior Lilly P., the idea for the drive began while attending the Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference last June. “At HOBY, they asked us to think of a service project and make a plan for implementing it over the next year. I’ve always loved reading and I have been accused of never being out of hands' reach of a book. Since books are such an important part of my life I knew I wanted to do something related to literacy. I researched a lot of ideas, including starting my own non-profit organization, when I found Books for America online.”
|Five Women Elected to Foxcroft School’s New Sports Hall of Fame|
Olympians, Baseball Hall of Fame Chair, and Foxcroft legends comprise inaugural class
Jane Forbes Clark, a 1973 Foxcroft School graduate and one of the most influential women in sports today, heads a group of five women elected to Foxcroft’s inaugural Sports Hall of Fame class, announced Wednesday by Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer.
Charlotte Haxall Noland, who founded Foxcroft in 1914, also was named to the Hall of Fame, along with two Olympic riders, Nina Fout ’77 and Juliet Graham ’72, and one of the pioneers of the School’s athletic program, Teresa E. Shook ’30. The five will be officially inducted at a campus ceremony on March 1. One of the few girls’ schools with a Sports Hall of Fame, Foxcroft began the initiative a year ago, inspired by the School’s growing athletic success and reputation. The inaugural induction is timed to fall during Foxcroft’s Centennial year.
|Foxcroft's "Number Ninjas" Bring K2M STEM Title Home!|
Build the best roller coaster. Solve a murder mystery. Look at an X-ray of a spine riddled with scoliosis and, much like a doctor preparing for surgery, calculate the degree of the curves and the best way to straighten them. These are just a few of the creative challenges that pushed 176 girls from 22 schools to have fun with math and science Saturday at Foxcroft Schools third annual K2M Summit: The STEM Challenge. When the day was over, St. Patrick's School had claimed the middle school championship and four of Foxcroft's own -- seniors Becky Z. and Mist L. and juniors Phoebe F. and Amy Z. -- had won the High School Division.
A number of other teams received medals for individual events and other girls took home cool prizes ranging from a Kindle Fire and Godiva chocolate to a Vera Bradley bag and Sephora gift certificate for answering brainteasers. In many ways, however, every single participant was a winner for the workout she gave her brain, the fun she had with her teammates, and the confidence she gained in fields so often reserved for boys.
|They Have Arrived! Senegal Group is Welcomed in Koussanar|
After a long and exhausting journey from Foxcroft to Dulles Airport to Dakar to Kaolack and finally to Koussanar, Senegal, 10 Foxcroft students and two faculty members were welcomed Saturday with a wonderful party including dancing and music. Read more about their adventures on the Where's Foxcroft? blog this week as they spend Wintermission sharing time, energy, and medical support with the people of this small village.
Thanks to a partnership with a non-profit organization in France that trip leader and Director of International Programs Arnaud Boulestreau has worked with for a number of years, the girls will join professional opticians and ophthalmologists in the distribution of used eyeglasses, helping to fit these eyeglasses -- which they collected from the Foxcroft community, family, and friends -- to the many Senegalese people in search of corrected vision. They will also help with other tasks, such as painting classrooms, teaching classes, or cooking for the children.
|Sheila Johnson and 50+ professionals highlight Mentor, Internship, and Career Fair Jan. 30|
Thursday's Mentor, Internship, and Career Fair offered students an astonishing abundance of expertise, examples, and experience from the business and professional world. A "fireside chat" with entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson conducted by seniors Monet and Brianna led off the afternoon program and was followed by a dynamite group of speakers, including six of the seven Foxcroft alumnae who participated, who shared their their knowledge and insights about breaking into the working world.
Afterwards, the 50+ professionals who had come to campus representing a wide range of professions and occupations, spent nearly two hours meeting our students, offering advice, and talking about opportunities to learn more about their businesses. Engelhard Gymnasium buzzed with activity as girls asked questions, shared resumes, inquired about internships and jobs, and generally practiced their networking skills.
Fields represented ranged from interior decorating, construction and special education to health care, public service, banking and law. In addition to seven alumnae, five Foxcroft parents (of alums as well as current students), and several faculty family members took part. Organizations sending representatives ranged from local establishments Middleburg Bank, Popcorn Monkey, and the Middleburg Eccentric
to national establishments such as the Atlantic Council and Mary Kay. For a complete list of participants, review the program
|A Fantastic Day!|
Sheila Johnson, alumnae, and others share experience, insights, and advice at Career Fair
Engelhard Gymnasium was abuzz last Thursday as students availed themselves of a terrific opportunity to learn from and network with nearly 60 professionals at the Mentor, Internship, and Career Fair so ably organized by Gretchen Eagen, mother of Brianna '14. A "fireside chat" with entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson and brief comments from a dynamite group of speakers, including six Foxcroft alumnae, set up the networking/fair part of the afternoon, and a number of common themes about how to succeed in the working world emerged:
|Tradition and Innovation come together February 8 at Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit |
It’s getting to be a tradition. Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit has become a fixture on Foxcroft’s annual calendar, just like last week’s Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival and January 11’s Think Pink Tournament. And just like those events, it continues to generate a LOT of excitement.
A week from Saturday, 44 teams from 22 public and independent schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, will converge on campus for the fun and challenging competition. The Summit, which is in its fourth year, showcases Foxcroft's innovative and appealing focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in which women are traditionally underrepresented. It’s also fun!
|A Weekend of Wonderful Words|
Andeulazia '14 VA, defended her title at the Poetry Slam and junior Lilly P. took her third straight championship in the Competitive Readings last weekend at the Paul Bergan Poetry Festival.
Senior Meredith G., sophomore Natalie H., and freshman Lindsay W. also earned laurels—literally—for winning their divisions in the Competitive Readings. Visiting poet Tina Barr, a 1973 graduate of Foxcroft, published poet, and renowned teacher, judged the competition after a morning in which she gave a reading and conducted a lively workshop. An open mic hour featuring both sung and spoken word, and readings of original and published poems in eight different languages rounded out the weekend.
|Giving the Gift of Reading|
Junior Lilly P. has teamed up with Books for America to organize a book drive at Foxcroft. Through Morning Meeting announcements and the distribution of flyers, Lilly has educated the community on the importance of donating materials to and getting involved with the organization, which promotes literacy by sharing the materials with those less fortunate.
Lilly has set a goal of collecting 500 books before the deadline of February 5, and has a donation box in Currier Library. Donors are also invited to fill out a raffle ticket and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to the Books for America's used book store.
For a list of acceptable items to donate and how to give, please continue reading.
|17 AP Scholars Announced!|
Seventeen Foxcroft School students -- including five current seniors and one-third of the class that graduated last May -- earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program Exams, Interim Academic Dean Courtney Ulmer announced Friday.
This is the 10th consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Worldwide, only 22 percent of the 2.2 million students who took AP Exams performed well enough to earn an AP Scholar Award; Foxcroft students far exceeded this standard.
|Foxcroft Alum, Tina Barr '73, Headlines Upcoming Poetry Festival |
Tina Barr, an award-winning poet, esteemed teacher of creative writing and member of the Class of 1973, returns to her alma mater Saturday, January 25 as the featured writer at Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, English Department Chair Alexander O. Northrup announced recently.
As Foxcroft marks its centennial year, it is especially appropriate to feature one of its very accomplished alumnae. Barr is author of three award-winning chapbooks and “The Gathering Eye,” a collection of poems that won the Tupelo Press Editor’s Award. She has had works published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies as well and was director of the Creative Writing Program at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, for more than a decade.
|Victories for Wakefield, St. James, LCDS -- and Foxcroft's Think Pink benefit|
The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation was the big winner Saturday (Jan.11) when Foxcroft School held its Fifth Annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament, raising $5,300 for the local foundation.
Wakefield School, St. James School, and Loudoun Country Day claimed titles in the varsity, JV and middle school divisions as the day of bouncing balls and spirited crowd included 14 teams, 20 games, and hundreds of enthusiastic spectators. Organized by Foxcroft's all-student Athletic Association and Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff, the tournament is a cornerstone of the School's annual fund-raising efforts for the CBBCF, with which Foxcroft has a special relationship. Foxcroft students have raised nearly $50,000 for the CBBCF in the past seven years and the student body honored as one of the first "Cherry Blossom Champions" in 2012. Recently senior Maddy T. and junior Lilly P. were named to the CBBCF Board -- its first student members.
|Olympic Phenom Dara Torres Visits Foxcroft|
Inspiring story and a wealth of wisdom from 12-time -- and oldest female swimming -- medalist welcomes students back
Swimmer Dara Torres
, a 12-time Olympic medalist, shared her amazing story with the Foxcroft School community Tuesday (Jan. 7), detailing the elements and attitudes that helped her succeed at the highest level over a 24-year period and inspiring students and faculty alike to set -- and reach for -- lofty goals in their lives.
|Schedule for Fifth Annual Think Pink Hoops Tournament Announced|
All are invited to a day of fun competition Saturday (January 11) to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation
Foxcroft's Varsity Basketball Team kicks off the fifth annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament Saturday morning with a game against 2013 VISAA Division III state finalist Wakefield School.
Tipoff between the two Delaney Athletic Conference rivals is at 9am in the Engelhard Gymnasium of Foxcroft’s spacious Athletic/Student Center. In the adjacent Mary Louise Leipheimer Gymnasium, which houses two more full-size courts, Hill School (Middleburg) will play Quantico Middle School and Loudoun Country Day School takes on Randolph-Macon Academy in the six-team middle school division.
The home varsity team also takes on Fredericksburg Academy, at 10:40am, Randolph Macon Academy at 12:25pm and St. James School, at 1:15pm, in the round-robin event, while Foxcroft's Junior Varsity has back-to-back games with Wakefield and St. James beginning at 12:30. The tournament, which benefits the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, will be conducted in round-robin formats on varsity, JV, and middle school levels with 20 games on tap for the day. Click here
for a complete schedule.
Admission is free and all are invited. Food concessions, “Think Pink” shirts, and a free-will offering will raise money to help the fight against breast cancer. The tournament is organized by the Foxcroft School Athletic Association together with the Athletic Department.
|Into the Future: Career Development Day, January 30|
Be a part of our Internship and Career Development Day, Jan. 30!
According to a recent survey of employers, internships are the single most important credential for recent college graduates to have on their resume and -- thanks to the expertise and energy of one of our parents -- students will have a special opportunity to learn about internships and at an “Internship and Career Development Day” on January 30, from 11:30am to 4pm.
|Eventing star Chase S. featured in video and story by Warrenton paper|
Junior Chase S., the U.S. Eventing Association 2013 Junior Preliminary Rider of the Year, and Foxcroft's Exceptional Proficiency Program are featured this week in a video and news story by the Fauquier Times-Democrat of Warrenton, VA.
On the video, both Chase, who also was named the Nutrena Rising Star in Eventing for the year, and Associate Head of School Sheila McKibbin talk about how the EP Program has enabled Chase to train and compete intensively while remaining an integral part of the Foxcroft community.
Since moving from Wyoming 2 1/2 years ago to attend Foxcroft and train with international-level instructors, Chase has improved significantly. She spends the winter in Aiken, SC, training and competing, and also is able to get off campus to train during the school day when she is at home -- all thanks to the EP Program.
To view the video news story on the Times-Democrat website, please click here.
To read more about her accomplishments on the Foxcroft website, please click here.
|Get Your Foxcroft Gear Online!|
Apparel, gifts, and accessories now available at www.foxcroft.org
If you want to show your school spirit -- for Foxcroft in general or the Centennial in particular -- and cannot get to campus to visit the School Store, you can now find a selection of clothing, gifts, and accessories at our new Online School Store
About 50 items, all currently sold at the "PX" on campus, are available by mail. Offerings range from a new Centennial jacket, sweatshirts, t-shirts, polos, and pants to coffee mugs, picture frames, hats, baby bibs, and koozies. More items will be added as interest and availabilty warrant.
|Three Tennis Players Earn All-State Honors!|
Foxcroft's terrific fall athletic campaign brought more accolades Monday when Tennis Coach Susan Erba announced that three members of the Varsity Team that went 13-1 had received Virginia Independent School’s Athletic Association Division II All-State honors.
Sophomore Annie M., who was the Delaney Athletic Conference Player of the Year, repeated as a First Team selection and was joined by sophomore Marina S. Senior Kelly B., a First Teamer in 2012, was named to the Second Team.
They join cross-country standout Amy E. '14 and field hockey stars Lilly M. '14, Alicia H. '14, Alex G. '16, and Pipsy S. '16.
|100th Year of Fox/Hound Competition Gets Off to a Thrilling Start|
The Foxes and the Hounds each took home a victory Saturday when the two teams squared off in two exceedingly tight field hockey games, opening the 100th year of the revered rivalry on a clear, cold day. Both games ended 1-0, with the Foxes winning Big Game and the Hounds taking the Little Game title.
Earlier in the day freshman Hound Millie M. won New Girl Runnings, streaking past all challengers and scrambling up the gazebo to foresee a Houndy victory that did not materialize.
The Fox/Hound tradition dates back to the very first year of Foxcroft's existence. The first event -- a basketball game played outdoors -- was held on November 26, 1914.
|Defense attorney for Zacarias Moussaoui Visits History Class|
Edward MacMahon, noted attorney and father of a Foxcroft senior, spoke to Alex Northrup's History of the Middle East class on Monday afternoon. MacMahon was the court-appointed defense attorney for Zacarias Moussaoui, who was accused of being involved in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on September 11, 2001.
The class had just finished reading Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower about the events leading up to that day, so the discussion was very timely.
|A Memorable Autumn in Athletics|
It was an autumn to remember for the athletes of Foxcroft.
Field hockey, tennis, volleyball, and cross country all enjoyed notable seasons that culminated in several athletes being named to all-conference teams.
For the second year in a row, field hockey reached the final game of the VISAA Division II state final and, also for the second straight season, tennis reached the VISAA semifinal round.
Both teams won more games than they did a year ago as field hockey posted a 14-4-2 record and tennis went into the final match of the season with a 13-0 record before losing to Norfolk Collegiate, 7-2, in a semifinal match.
|A Record 15 Athletes Receive All-DAC Honors|
Foxcroft's athletic program is flourishing -- to put it mildly. Not only did the tennis and field hockey teams both earn number 2 seedings in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state tournament, but an impressive 15 fall athletes received All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors last week.
Led by DAC cross country champion senior Amy E. and Player of the Year for tennis Annie M., a sophomore, every sport had multiple selections, with field hockey having six players honored, tennis four, volleyball three, and cross country two. The total of 15 set a record for the most Foxcroft selections in one season since the School joined the conference in 2008. The previous best single-season total was 11.
|Foxcroft Goes Green -- and Gold!|
Stuart Hall earns Gold LEED Certification for sustainability
Stuart Hall, the beautiful new dormitory that opened in August, has achieved Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program for new construction, Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer announced Friday.
The gold designation, the second highest among four levels, is an impressive indication of the building's sustainability and the School's commitment to the environment. Stuart Hall earned 60 out of 110 possible credits in six "green" categories. It excelled especially in water efficiency (ranking in the top 14% among LEED projects in the U.S.) and energy (top 16% in Virginia) as well as indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. The last category includes an educational component that was achieved in large part by our students' involvement through Project Green Build and the Lucid dashboard design.
Click here to view a quick scoreboard of Stuart Hall's certification on the USBC Green Building Information Gateway. Compare its rating with others in Virginia and the U.S. here.
|Andeulazia '14 earns National Achievement Scholarship Program Recognition|
Andeulazia '14 has been named an “Outstanding Participant” in the National Achievement Scholarship competition, Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer announced Friday.
A senior from Chantilly, VA, Andeulazia is one of just 3,100 students nationwide who qualified for this honor. She did so by scoring in the top 3 percent of the more than 160,000 Black American high school students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2012. The names of these academically-talented students have been referred to colleges and universities across the United States.
|Catherine McGehee Named Foxcroft's Next Head of School|
Catherine Smylie McGehee has been named head of school at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA, Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees Reggie Groves ’76 announced Monday.
McGehee, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2014, currently serves as the Director of the Upper School at St. Catherine’s School, in Richmond, VA. She succeeds Mary Louise Leipheimer, who is retiring after 25 years at the helm of the school. One of the preeminent day and boarding schools for girls in the country, Foxcroft is celebrating its Centennial this year.
At a brief all-school meeting Monday afternoon, Foxcroft's current Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer shared the announcement with students, faculty, and staff and a personal note from McGehee was read.
|Sea of Pink and Off-Campus Service Projects Kick off Centennial with Style!|
Foxcroft kicked off its Centennial Celebration Sunday with a great, big “giving back” party.
Upwards of 350 people – all wearing pink – and dozens of dogs similarly attired walked, ran, and pranced around the Foxcroft campus to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, setting a record for participation in the Middleburg event and raising more than $38,000, not including funds raised by the Foxcroft community. A key part of the Walk since it was founded in 2007, Foxcroft hosted the event for the first time and CBBCF President James Atkins has already asked to come back next year.
|Surprises Highlight Stuart Hall Dedication|
Nan Stuart surprised, and was surprised, Saturday afternoon when her namesake building, Stuart Hall, was dedicated at Foxcroft School. After hearing how the making of the $10.3 million, 50-bed dormitory was used to educate 26 girls about design and construction, Stuart took the podium and said she would give scholarships to any of those students who decided to study architecture or engineering because of their experience.
“The great thing is the way the students were able to see and learn from the building as it went up,” said Stuart, a 1971 Foxcroft graduate and current trustee. “If any of those girls decide to study engineering, architecture or architectural engineering because of what they did, I will provide the funds.”
A collective gasp of stunned delight went through the assembled crowd before the students, alumnae, family, faculty, and friends erupted with applause and cheers – and Stuart added, “And I hereby dedicate this building. I commend the Board and school leaders for having the guts to build now.”
Many people contributed to the creation of Foxcroft’s first new dormitory in more than 40 years -- over 100 names were listed on the back of the program. Foxcroft Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer thanked them all for their generosity and noted that the dedication of the dorm on the eve of the School's Centennial Celebration Kickoff made it a special thrill.
|Ready, All, SERVE!|
Foxcroft women around the world are gearing up to kick off the School's 100th year with Sunday's Centennial Day of Service.
On campus, dozens of alumnae and parents who have traveled from as far as Maine and Mississippi will join with the entire student body, faculty, family, and friends -- not to mention the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation's Board and supporters -- for the day's flagship event, the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run & Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer.
At the same time -- or close, given the time differences -- Foxcroft graduates will be taking clothing collected over the past month to an orphanage in Hyderabad, India. They will be working with condors at a sanctuary in Cuzco, Peru, with abandoned dogs in Montre Grande, Argentina,and with stray cats at a shelter in Missoula, MT. In San Francisco, a dozen alumnae, parents, and friends will spend the morning cleaning, painting and gardening at a children's home in the Mission, and in New York several dozen women will do a 5K walk/run they are calling Cherry Blossom North.
All of these people -- and those at a score of additional locations from Providence, RI, and Cambridge, England, to Ketchum, ID, and Elkin, NC -- are honoring the spirit of “giving back,” which permeates the Foxcroft School community -- and has since it was founded in 1914. While the yearlong Centennial Celebration culminates in a grand event next April, organizers thought a day of service a most appropriate way to get things going for the School that taught them, among so many things, that a caring and understanding heart is at the center of being a good citizen of the world.
|Dig It! Score! for Breast Cancer Awareness on Sept. 26|
Support our teams -- and an important cause -- at a fun prelude to Foxcroft's Centennial Day of Service on Thursday, September 26!
Can you dig it? Varsity Volleyball will be doing just that at its “Dig It for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation” home opener Thursday, September 26, against Chelsea Academy of Front Royal, VA. Varsity Field Hockey, too, will join the effort as it hosts Middleburg Academy. Both contests begin at 4pm, at Engelhard Gymnasium and the Lower Field, respectively. Admission is free and all are invited. Wear pink and expect some fun surprises!
Refreshments and merchandise will be on sale at both games with proceeds supporting the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer, which will be held on the Foxcroft campus on Sunday, September 29. The walk is part of the worldwide Day of Service that kicks off the School's 100th anniversary celebration and includes community service events at several dozen locations ranging from England and Peru to San Francisco, New York, and Missoula, MT.
So, students and faculty, moms and dads: Dress in pink and come on out!
|Going Green: Keep track with our online dashboard|
One of the many cool features of our newest building, Stuart Hall, is that it is environmentally aware -- really! Not only is it our first LEED-certified building but it also has a large touch-screen monitor in its lobby that features up-to-the-minute information on energy and water consumption, solar and geothermal power production, and the weather. The dashboard, created last spring by Foxcroft engineering students working with Business Manager Deborah Anderson and Lucid Technologies, also has information about "green" initiatives and activties all over campus.
Even better, you can access the dashboard online anywhere, anytime. Just click the "Foxcroft School Green" circle in the lefthand column of any page of this website -- or click here!
|'Give Back" Sept. 29 to Kick Off Foxcroft's 100th with the Centennial Day of Service |
It's spreading . . .
The spirit of "giving back," which permeates the Foxcroft School community -- and has since its founding in 1914 -- is very contagious. As the September 29 Centennial Kickoff Day of Service draws near, more and more alumnae, students, family, and friends are making their plans to participate, either on campus, in the "Cherry Blossom Walk, Fun Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer," or at one of the growing number of locations across the country and around the world. It's fitting.
|Foxcroft Flashback: Foxcroft featured on NPR commentary in honor of MLK Jr. Day|
As many gather just down the road in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech," we are reminded of this story we posted on January 15, 2007:
Foxcroft School and the part it played in raising a young African-American girl's consciousness is featured in a commentary that aired Monday [in January 2007] on National Public Radio in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In the piece, Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, a Foxcroft School alumna [Class of 1985] and alumnae parent [daughter: Korama Danquah '09], recounts her experience participating in the 1982 march in Washington, D.C., to support a bill to make Dr. King's birthday a federal holiday. At the time, Meri was a freshman at Foxcroft, which offered students an opportunity to miss classes to take part in the march.
"It was one of the most extraordinary and impacting experiences of my life," she says in her commentary, noting that the legislation carried in 1983.
|Annual Fund Exceeds $1 million!|
From the Development Office
The final numbers are in and we are thrilled to announce the 2012-13 Annual Fund topped the $1 million mark! The generosity and commitment of our parents, alumnae, students, faculty, trustees, and friends helped us to exceed the School’s budgetary goal of $975,000. These gifts combined with the earnings from the Honor/Memorial Endowment for Annual Giving helped us once again reach this incredible milestone.
Highlights of this year's Annual Fund campaign included 100% participation in giving by our students, our faculty and our trustees.
Annual Fund dollars are truly the lifeblood of the School because each year they help bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the real cost of educating our students. Each gift to the Annual Fund directly benefits our students. On behalf of our girls and the School, thank you for your generous and thoughtful support!
|Got Glasses? Brianna '14 Certainly Does!|
Brianna E. '14 has had a busy summer -- drumming up support, raising funds, and collecting eyeglasses for next February's Wintermission trip to Senegal!
Foxcroft has committed to helping the people of Koussanar, Senegal, over the next few years and Brianna is one of 10 girls who will visit the village on behalf of the School to participate in hands-on community service. A primary activity will be working with professional opticians and opthalmologists in the distribution and fitting of used eyeglasses to hundreds of people in need. The group set a goal of collecting 500 pairs of eyeglasses for this purpose -- and Brianna has already collected 400!
|Former Head of School Coit Johnson Dies|
F. Coit Johnson II, Foxcroft School's fifth Head of School and a lifelong educator, passed away last Friday (July 26) in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Johnson succeeded Alexander Uhle as Head of School in July 1975. He resigned four years later, having returned from a major illness, citing the need for "a younger leader in full health and confidence to take on the major tasks ahead." Anne Kane McGuire, president of the Board of Trustees at the time, accepted the resignation "with real regret," noting that Coit and his wife, Holly, have "won the affection and admiration of the school community" during their short tenure. Family, friends, and former students remember Johnson for his infectious smile and gracious spirit.
|Name of New Dormitory Announced: Meet Foxcroft's Own Stuart Hall|
Foxcroft School announced Thursday that its newest building, a 26,000-square-foot "green" dormitory scheduled to open with the new school year, has been named Stuart Hall. The honor of naming the building, which will house up to 50 students and three faculty families, went to Nan Stuart, Class of 1971, as the major donor to the project.
|Learning about Leadership|
Two rising juniors, Lilly P. and Molly M., were selected as Foxcroft School representatives to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (aka HOBY) Conference this year. Founded in 1958, HOBY aims to inspire and develop global youth to a life of leadership, service, and innovation and holds programs for local and international youth across the U.S. each year. Here's Lilly's report:
On June 6th, Molly and I set off to represent Foxcroft at the HOBY Leadership Conference. The four-day conference centered around three perspectives of leadership: individual, group, and community and society. The speakers we listened to, the activities we participated in, and the other kids I met all contributed to an incredible experience.
We listened to many different speakers and panels on topics like leading groups, the future of energy, entrepreneurism, and bullying. We were encouraged not to be passive listeners, and at the end of the discussions we asked many questions – some sparking extensive debate.
|Foxcroft Riders Perform Well -- Again|
Caroline Q. '13 was named Champion Local Hunter and put together a slew of good rides on two horses last week (June 12-15) at the Loudoun Benefit “AA” Horse Show held in Upperville, VA. DeeDee Q. '15, Mary Shannon '15, and Hannah B. '16 all collected Blue Ribbons in another terrific week for Foxcroft riders.
School may be long over for the year, but the learning, working, and training at the McConnell Stables have not slowed down. Click below for full results of the Loudoun Benefit Show and watch for more as the summer continues.
|Sisters Sophie '16 and Miranda '14 stand out at Upperville |
Five Foxcroft riders competed at the famed Upperville Colt & Horse Show June 3-9 and two of them -- sisters Miranda '14 and Sophie '16, both riding School-owned horses -- dominated the Children's Jumper class!
Sophie G. and her mount, Berlysca van de Vaelenberg, were named Champion Children's Jumper after finishing first, second, and fifth in three 1.10m tests. The next day the pair won the Children's Jumper Classic 1.15m, another impressive feat. Miranda teamed with Ebb Tide for three third-place finished to earn Reserve Champion status. She finished 8th in the Classic
Competing in various Hunter classes, Caroline Q. '13, Meghann H. '16, and Ashleigh D. '14 also rode well. Click below for full results.
|Stewart Herbert and Lee Lockhart Receive Chairs for their Service |
Stewart Chapman Herbert '77 and Lee Lockhart have both been connected to Foxcroft School for decades. Stewart first came to Foxcroft as a freshman in the fall of 1973, about five years after Lee had moved to campus with his wife, Jane, and started working for the School. Although both of them have left and returned several times since then -- she to attend college and both for other jobs -- the passion for and commitment to the School endured. That commitment was honored last Thursday when they each received a Foxcroft Chair at the Awards Assembly.
|"Miss Penny" receives Lockhart Service Award!|
Penny Alderman, Director of the Northcross Health Center at Foxcroft School, was presented the Jane Lockhart Service Award by Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer Thursday (May 23) before a appreciative crowd of students, faculty, and families who jumped to their feet to give her a standing ovation at the School’s Awards Assembly in the Engelhard Gymnasium.
|Dr. Eagen Appointed to Stevens Chair for Science|
Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer named Dr. Maria Eagen to the Eleanor B. Stevens Chair for Science Thursday (May 23) at the School’s annual Awards Assembly. The Stevens Chair, which is reserved for outstanding teaching and scholarship, is a great honor that was symbolized by the presentation of a Foxcroft chair. Only two individuals have previously held the Stevens Chair, which was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation.
|Commencement #99: Cold, Windy, and Wonderful!|
Class of 2013 celebrates achievement and enthusiasm in Miss Charlotte's Garden
Undaunted by temperatures dipping into the low 50s and winds gusting over 20 mph, the members of Foxcroft’s Class of 2013 strode through Miss Charlotte’s Garden Friday (May 24) to receive their diplomas and celebrate their achievements at the School’s 99th Commencement.
|Lacrosse beats Highland (again) to advance to State Championship Game!|
Carter ’13 scored with 3:43 remaining and a rock-hard defense allowed just one goal in the second half Friday morning to lead Varsity Lacrosse to a 7-6 victory over Highland School at Collegiate Field in Richmond and a berth in the VISAA State Lacrosse Final for the first time in school history.
Foxcroft, the No. 2 seed in Division II, will play for the championship Friday at 11am against top-seeded Covenant School (Charlottesville).
On Tuesday, May 14, four students spent the day at K2M, the Leesburg biotech firm that has sponsored Foxcroft's interscholastic STEM competition the past two years. AP Biology and Intro to STEM students, along with teachers Wendy Spicer and Maria Eagen, joined them for a tour in the afternoon. Here's a report on the day, by Kate '14:
As we got out of the van in front of K2M in Leesburg, we joked about how we would most likely be surrounded by geniuses who would not be able to get on our level and we would just be watching them work. Truth was, none of us really knew what to expect. As soon as we stepped through the door, K2M's lovely receptionist chatted us up and we started to see lots of young people walking through the building. Then our host, Stephanie Young, came to lead us through the maze of incredible scientific progress to each of the engineers that we would shadow for the day.
|Lacrosse Advances to Final Four of State Tourney with 12-10 win|
Out of sync in the first half and beaten to the ball regularly by its opponent, Varsity Lacrosse picked up its game in the second half Tuesday and rallied to defeat Trinity Christian, 12-10, and advance to the semifinals of the VISAA Division II state tournament.
Foxcroft, seeded second in the tournament, will meet Delaney Athletic Conference rival Highland, the third-ranked team that defeated Fredericksburg Academy 10-8 in its first-round game, in a semifinal match. That game will be held at 11 a.m. Friday on Collegiate School's Robins Campus in Richmond. Both the semifinal and the championship game, scheduled for 11 am Saturday, will be live-streamed on VISAA.TV
|Six Laxers Honored by DAC; Emma Named Player of the Year!|
Sophomore attack Emma R. was selected as Player of the Year for lacrosse in the Delaney Athletic Conference and five other Foxcroft players earned All-Conference honors in voting by the league coaches, Foxcroft coach Patrick Finn announced Monday.
Foxcroft won the DAC championship Thursday with a thrilling quadruple-overtime victory over four-time champ Highland and will host Trinity Christian (Fairfax) Tuesday in the first round of the VISAA Division II state tournament.
Freshman Alex G., and seniors Caroline F., Carter W. and Olivia Jane J. joined Emma on the All-DAC First Team. Junior defender Kate E., playing only her second season of the sport, received honorable mention. The three senioers all were named to the team last year, when Emma earned honorable mention. Carter was selected First Team for the third consecutive year.
|Lacrosse Wins First DAC Championship!|
Carter scores in fourth OT to end Highland's six-year streak
An all-state player performing in her final Delaney Athletic Conference game and a freshman backup goalie who was on the big stage for the first time combined to lead Foxcroft’s lacrosse team to the Delaney Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and end Highland’s six-year reign as league champions.
Carter W., a senior from Middleburg, scored a sudden death goal with 2:44 remaining in the fourth overtime to lift Foxcroft to an 8-7 victory over Highland on Thursday. The victory enabled Foxcroft to win the postseason tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2008.
|Soccer Has Four Players Honored by DAC|
Led by senior midfielder and team co-captain Rebecca, who was selected for the second consecutive year, Foxcroft placed three players on the All-Delaney Athletic Conference first team in soccer, Coach Bethany Lowe announced this week.
Joining Rebecca on the first team were sweeper Bebe J. ‘13 and midfielder/goalkeeper Meredith D. ’15. A fourth player, forward Heather P-B ’16, received honorable mention.
|Four Juniors Selected to Summer Governor's Programs!|
Four members of Foxcroft's Junior Class -- Alicia H., Lydia B., Kate E., and Lilly M. -- have been accepted to the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Summer Programs, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Wednesday. The largest Foxcroft contingent to be admitted to the extremely selective institutes for gifted students in some time represents nearly 10% of the Class of 2014 and includes the School's first selection to the Governor's Foreign Language Academy for Latin.
|Zumbathon for ALS Research on campus May 4|
Come “dance for a cure” at a Zumbathon to benefit the ALS Association Research Fund scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 8:30pm in the Athletic/Student Center. The event is being held in honor of two Loudoun County residents who died of ALS -- Mike Mallen and Bob Leisher, who was Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer's brother.
Admission is $10, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis) research. The event is being organized by Mary Ann Wall, who has recruited a number of popular instructors to lead the Zumbathon, which will feature door prizes. She invites all -- including beginner and experienced Zumba enthusiasts and their friends -- to join the fun. Contact her at 703.927.4364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
|Caroline H. '14 earns Champion and Reserve Champion honors at IEA Nationals!|
"Comeback Kid" wins Varsity Intermediate flat class and finishes second over fences
Junior Caroline H., who missed an entire year of riding because of a broken arm that just wouldn't heal right, capped her triumphant return to the ring over the weekend by earning National Champion honors in the Varsity Intermediate flat and Reserve National Champion over fences at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals, held in Syracuse, NY.
Caroline was one of just two riders among the 40 competing at the Varsity Intermediate level to have qualifed for both classes, a remarkable achievement. She did so by competing well at regular-season "point" shows and then sweeping both events at the Regional Finals and again the Zone Finals. Caroline's awesome performance at Nationals extends a tradition started by Mckenzie Canard '12, who was Reserve National Champion in the Varsity Open flat and fourth in the invitation-only Varsity Open Championship last year.
|Engineering Students Install Projects for Therapeutic Riding Center|
A dozen members of the Exploration in Engineering class hauled parts, shoveled dirt, drilled, hammered, and painted at Golden Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center Tuesday afternoon, completing several projects begun last fall. Some of the girls had never used a shovel before and clearly preferred holding paintbrushes over handling worms while others showed expert skills with power drills and hammers and relished the opportunity to get their hands dirty. For all, it was a wonderful learning experience.
And when the girls were done working in the hot sun, they had installed a beautiful new grain storage bin for the center's horses, an elegant cedar bench and planter to be used by its clients and their families, and a half-dozen colorful birdhouses for their fine-feathered friends.
|Junior Class Walkathon Raises More than $3,500 |
More than 140 students, faculty, family and friends trekked 3.5 hilly miles Friday under bright if slightly cool skies to support the Junior Class Walkathon. The Class, which chose Room to Read
as its cause this year, has raised more than $3,500 so far to create a school library in a developing nation.
Before the walk, Junior Class President Miranda G. thanked those who had helped to organize the event, as well as the participants. Huntington Lyman and Claire Nichols, two local residents, Hill School faculty, and longtime supporters of Room To Read, spoke to the organization, which is dedicated to spreading literacy, education and gender equity in developing countries.
|Telling Stories that Haunt the Imagination|
Niblack Arts Lecture Series Brings Filmmaker Lavinia Currier to Foxcroft
It’s about the stories you choose to tell. That was the theme at the heart of Lavinia Currier’s remarks to students Wednesday at the final event of her two-day visit to Foxcroft School. Currier, a local filmmaker and environmentalist brought to Foxcroft by the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series, Tuesday had shared a meal with 10 lucky students and screened her film, OKA!, to a capacity crowd of about 350 in the School’s Student/Athletic Center. After the screening, Currier fielded questions from students and others. At each event, she returned again and again to storytelling, and the importance of stories.
|Odyssey of the Mind Headed to States!|
Six students have been working hard since November to solve their long-term, humorous problem for Odyssey of the Mind. They chose to tackle "It's How You Look at It," a problem about perspectives. Their solution needed to include two different characters exhibiting odd behavior, showing juxtaposing scenes where their behavior was considered normal or obviously odd. A meter was also necessary to document the oddity and some other creative elements. The solution is presented in the form of an eight-minute presentation.
|Support the Junior Class Walkathon for Room to Read|
Because when you educate a girl, everything changes!
Each year Foxcroft School's Junior Class organizes a Walkathon by researching non-profits and choosing one as a beneficiary, educating students and faculty about their cause, eliciting sponsorships from local businesses, families and friends, and conducting the walk with help from faculty sponsors. This year the Walkathon will depart from campus on Friday, April 5th, at 3:00pm. We invite all parents and families who live locally to join us -- and bring your friends!
|Send Dr. Eagen to Space!|
Vote for Science Department Chair to earn an out-of-this-world trip!
Dr. Maria Eagen, Head of the Science Department, has wanted to go to space since she wrote an essay about it in third grade. That's why she got her PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. She has supported satellite and rocket launch programs for both the Air Force and the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), even running missions from the same post at Cape Canaveral that ran several Apollo missions. She has designed satellite constellation orbits, launch techniques, and control of the constellation via command and telemetry, and used her astrodynamics expertise to consult on the GPS constellation -- all before becoming a teacher at Foxcroft School!
|A Foxy Victory|
Foxes Keep the Cup with a Big Game victory; Hounds win Middle and Little games
Led by Fox Big Team captain Caroline H. '14, who hit three 3-point baskets, the Foxes rolled past the Hounds, 37-17, Saturday in the annual Fox/Hound Basketball Big Game. Played before a raucous crowd in the Mary Louise Leipheimer Gymnasium, the victory gave the Foxes possession of the coveted Cup for at least another year.
Foxcroft, it turns out, is full of Space Cadets. In a good way. During Wintermission, 20 students and two chaperones spent a week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama going through the Advanced Space Academy, which is a five-day program rigorous enough to earn participants an hour of college credit in science.
|Lavinia Currier to screen and discuss "OKA!" March 12|
Public invited to see movie based on an inspiring true story set in the African rainforest
Local filmmaker and environmentalist Lavinia Currier will screen and discuss her movie OKA! at Foxcroft School on Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm. The public is invited to attend the event – the latest offering of the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series -- in the Athletic/Student Center on the School’s Middleburg, VA, campus.
|Students Offer "A Night to Yourself" to Area Parents|
Every parent needs an evening out now and then and Foxcroft School is offering just that Saturday, March 9, with its second annual “A Night to Yourself” fundraiser. Foxcroft students and faculty will babysit children, ages 1-12, at the School’s scenic 500-acre campus from 5pm to 10pm.
|NATS Student Auditions this Weekend!|
Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with more than 7,000 members in the United States and internationally. Members hold teaching positions at various institutions, ranging from community music schools to colleges and universities. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization's most widely recognized competitions -- student auditions -- and Foxcroft is excited to announce three talented students are heading to auditions this weekend.
|Humanitarian Trip to Senegal Introduced|
From Teacher of French and International Programs Director Arnaud Boulestreau
We are pleased to announce a new exciting opportunity for our girls! Foxcroft School has decided to commit itself to supporting the development of a small town in Senegal for the next few years with fundraising, eyeglass collection, and a Wintermission trip.
The purpose of this project is for the Foxcroft community to give back by helping the residents -- especially the children -- of Koussanar, a town of 17,000 in central Senegal. As a community, we will find ways to raise funds for our on-site projects. We will collect used eyeglasses from students, faculty, family, and friends with collection boxes and drives to take to Koussanar.
|A Big Check and a Bigger Announcement|
Foxcroft School students presented a big check — worth more than $8,000 — to the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation Wednesday morning, but the announcement that the School will host the 2013 Cherry Blossom Nanette’s Walk, Fun Run and Pooch Prance as part of its official Centennial celebration kick off may have been even bigger news.
The Walk will be held Sunday, September 29, said Foxcroft Assistant Head of School Sheila McKibbin, and Chairman of the CBBCF Board James Atkins, over scenic paths and cross-country trails on the 500-acre campus. It will be the flagship event of a “Centennial Day of Service” that includes community projects organized by Foxcroft alumna and friends across the country and around the world.
|Expedition K2M "STEM-ulates" Students in Lively Competition|
Foxcroft is getting quite a reputation -- for making math, science, and engineering fun. Really fun. So much fun that 24 middle school teams -- twice as many as last year -- and 18 high school squads came to campus Saturday to build and destroy towers, crack codes, and solve “murders” at the second annual girls-only Expedition K2M: STEM Summit competition. More than 150 girls from 19 schools participated, and dozens of teachers, family members, and friends came to watch them wrap their brains and creative energy around the challenges created by Foxcroft's Math and Science faculty.
There are absolutely no midwinter blues at Foxcroft this week as learning has moved beyond the usual textbooks and term papers, frequently taking place outside the traditional classroom and occasionally happening entirely off campus. Wintermission, a process-oriented, one-week term designed to shake things up by giving students a chance to learn in a different context, has launched!
|Foxcroft announces upcoming Centennial Celebration |
A visit by "Miss Charlotte" highlights the fun-filled official launch
Foxcroft School, which is preparing for a very big party to celebrate a century of educating young women, Friday officially kicked off the buildup to the bash with a combination of old and new, serious and silly, much in keeping with the School’s inimitable style. [Click here
to see a video of the event.]
|Putting Their Thinking Caps On|
Girls from Foxcroft and a dozen other schools will take the K2M Expedition challenge Saturday
Scores of girls -- including many of your daughters! -- will be putting their math, science, and engineering knowledge, as well as general logic, deductive reasoning, and common sense, to the test Saturday when they embark on the second Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, which is co-sponsored by the the Leesburg bioengineering firm and the Foxcroft Parents' Association. Nineteen high school teams (11 of them comprised of Foxcroft girls) and 24 middle school teams will enjoy a day of challenging problem solving in Schoolhouse and the Athletic/Student Center, vying for medals and prizes. A Foxcroft team won the overall championship last year and we’ll be working hard to defend the title.
The middle school division, which offers a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn about Foxcroft and its STEM initiatives as well as have fun, is twice as large as it was last year. Foxcroft's CAPs and other students not participating in the high school event will help welcome them and show them around. In addition, female engineers from K2M will present challenges in both divisions and talk about their careers at the concluding presentations. Parents and students not participating in the day are welcome to come see the speakers and watch the fun!
For a complete schedule, please continue reading.
|Fun Days Summer Camp Open House on Feb 24|
Fun Days @ Foxcroft, the unique day camp that made its debut to rave reviews last summer, invites prospective campers and their families to a summer preview Open House at Foxcroft School on Sunday, February 24, from 1:00-3:00 pm.
The Open House, hosted by Fun Days co-directors Michelle Woodruff and Katie Turner, will be held at the Athletic/Student Center on Foxcroft’s 500-acre campus. A nationally-renowned girls’ boarding and day school, Foxcroft is located four miles north of Middleburg, on Foxcroft Road.
|Scaling K2M Again!|
Foxcroft's fun interscholastic STEM competition for girls is coming soon!
Foxcroft is beginning to buzz with anticipation and excitement about the second Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, which will take place on Saturday, February 9. A fun and stimulating science, technology, engineering, and math competition for girls, the event will see more than 40 teams from a score of middle schools and high schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC come to campus to take the challenge, win some prizes, and have a lot of fun.
|Visiting “Slam” stars, student standouts light up the Bergan Poetry Festival|
The Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival was double the fun last weekend as it featured two visiting poets, one double winner, and a two-time champion.
To kick off the annual celebration of the genre, visiting poet Clint Smith arrived Friday with a surprise guest -- fellow poet and Slam master George Yamazawa. The two young men, ranked fifth and ninth, respectively, among the nation’s Poetry Slam competitors, awed the enthusiastic audience with the power and presence of their words in a “reading” that was half performance, half workshop, and all inspiring.
|Nine Students, Two Faculty Members Named to Cum Laude Society|
Nine students and two members of the faculty have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday. The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate-level Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
|Save a Life!|
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. One day, it could be you or someone you know. That’s one of the many reasons we urge area residents to participate in the upcoming Red Cross blood drive.
The drive is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 1-7pm in FoxHound Auditorium in Schoolhouse. An additional drive is slated for April 24, 2013. Donating blood takes less than an hour and you may make an appointment to further speed your visit. Please contact Beth Lamond at 540.687.4322 or email@example.com
to secure an appointment.
|Think Pink Tournament crowns repeat champions, raises $5,000+|
The Athletic/Student Center was alive with bouncing basketballs, fantastic fans -- including a cheerleading squad from one school! -- and plenty of pink Saturday when the Foxcroft's fourth annual Think Pink Tournament took place. It was a case of deja vu all over again when the varsity and JV champions were crowned, but the expansion of the middle school division to six teams, cool new long-sleeved shirt designs, and the number and enthusiasm of the participants and spectators was totally fresh. Best of all, more than $5,000 was raised for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
For the second year in a row, Wakefield School (The Plains) went 3-0 in the Varsity round robin to win that division and Madeira School (McLean) took the JV title. Amidst the middle school teams, Wakefield also went undefeated to to give the school two 2013 championship basketballs.
|Search Committee Formed; Process Outlined|
An announcement regarding the search for Foxcroft's next Head of School, released January 9:
Since late September when Mary Louise Leipheimer announced her June 2014 retirement as Foxcroft’s ninth Head of School, the Search Chairs, Reggie Groves ’76 and Sally Bartholomay Downey ’78, have been working with the Board of Trustees, Mary Lou and the Search Firm, Carney Sandoe, to plan for the upcoming transition.
The first order of business was to create a Search Committee, which was unanimously approved in December by the Board of Trustees. We are pleased to announce the following members: Ellen MacNeille Charles ’55; Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87; David MacDonald parent ’12, ’14; DD Alexander Matz ’81, parent ’00; and Steve Matthews parent ’02, faculty member, 1977-present. Mick Hellman parent ’05, ’08, ’10 will serve in an ex officio role during his term as Board Chair.
Our search structure:
|D.C. Slam Champion to Highlight Bergan Poetry Festival|
Clint Smith, students celebrate poetry and "spoken word" art Jan. 25-26
Clint Smith, the 2012 Graffiti DC Poetry Slam champion and a veteran of international individual and team “spoken word” competitions, will be the featured poet Friday, Jan. 25 at the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, Foxcroft School’s English Department Chair Kathleen Boswell announced recently.
, a New Orleans native who teaches at Parkdale High School in Riverdale Park, MD, will perform some of his original poetry, conduct a workshop and help judge the annual student poetry slam in Fox/Hound Auditorium Friday, beginning at 7 pm. The public is welcome to attend the festival, which continues Saturday, Jan. 26 with formal and informal readings by students and faculty. Please call 540-687-4511 for more information.
|Fourth Annual "Think Pink Tournament" Scheduled for Jan. 12|
Fourteen girls teams will compete in varsity, junior varsity, and middle school divisions Saturday, January 12 when Foxcroft School holds its fourth annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breats Cancer Foundation. Everyone is invited and admission is free.
begins at 9:00 a.m. in the School’s Athletic/Student Center as defending champion Wakefield School (The Plains), St. James School (Hagerstown, MD), and Madeira School (McLean) join Foxcroft in the Varsity competition. JV teams from Madeira, St. James, Fredericksburg Academy, and Foxcroft will compete in their own division while a special middle school round-robin of shortened games will feature six schools: The Hill School (Middleburg, VA), St. James, Fredericksburg Academy, Randolph Macon Academy, Quantico, and Wakefield.
|Double Honor: Two Alums Receive Honorary Degrees |
Not one but two Foxcroft alumnae -- Sophie Engelhard Craighead ’68 and Nan Stuart ’71 -- received honorary doctorates from Colorado State University Friday afternoon at the Graduate School Commencement in Fort Collins, CO.
“It was quite an honor,” said Stuart, “and what are the odds of two schoolmates getting such an honor together?”
Long enough that their high school English teacher, Mary Louise Leipheimer, decided she needed to be there. Now Head of Foxcroft School, she looked on proudly as the two women received Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from CSU President Anthony A. Frank at Moby Arena.
|Happenings in STEM -- Winter 2012|
An update from Dr. Maria Eagen, Science Department Chair
We are off to another exciting year of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activity. Students have a wide array of new opportunities to both excite and motivate them. These include three new science electives, in computer programming, STEM applications, and “green” engineering construction, as well as and some service-learning projects for one of our student community service club partners through the Explorations in Engineering EPICS Program.
We are excited about all of our new developments. Please read on to learn more about these developments and come visit a classroom to experience them for yourself!
|Annie '16 and Kelly '14 named to All-State Tennis Team |
by Fred McMane
Freshman Annie M. and junior Kelly B., who led Foxcroft School’s tennis team to berth in the semifinals of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II tournament, have received First Team All-State honors, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Friday.
The tennis players join five other Foxcroft athletes named to All-State Teams this fall. Junior Amy E. earned All-State honors at the VISAA Cross Country Championships Nov. 9 and four members of Foxcroft’s second-ranked and state tournament runners-up field hockey team were named All-State in mid-November. The field hockey players are seniors Caroline F. and Olivia Jane and juniors Alicia H. and Lilly M..
|Four field hockey players named to All-State Team |
Four members of the Foxcroft School field hockey team that finished second in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II Tournament received All-State honors, Foxcroft Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announcement Friday.
Seniors Caroline F. and Olivia Jane J. and juniors Alicia H. and Lilly M. were four of just 11 players named to the All-State Team. It was the most All-State honors for one Foxcroft team ever, capping a season in what may have been the field hockey team’s best season ever. It’s a little hard to say for sure when a school is almost 100 years old!
|Fox/Hound Rivalry Renewed on a Gorgeous Fall Day|
Scores of alumnae, family, faculty, and friends -- not to mention virtually the entire student body -- enjoyed a brisk, sunny day of fun Saturday as the annual Fox/Hound Field Hockey rivalry, which dates back nearly a century, was renewed on Foxcroft School's Middleburg campus. The Hounds, who lost both field hockey and basketball last year, won Big Game 1-0 -- a victory foretold (perhaps) by Hound Alex G. '16 winning New Girl Runnings in the morning. Little Game, played with endless enthusiasm if not excessive expertise, ended in a 0-0 tie.
|Field hockey caps its best season ever with medals and a trophy at States!|
Field hockey loses a tough final to finish second at VISAA Division II Championship
It was all new territory for Foxcroft Athletics and the members of the School's Field Hockey Team made the most of it. No Foxcroft team -- in any sport -- had ever made it to a state championship game. No field hockey team had ever advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament, or hosted a first-round game, for that matter. And a weekend at Virginia Beach, playing at the National Training Center?
|You're Invited! Pageant scheduled for December 2|
Live animals, Santa highlight afternoon of fun and tradition
Adults and children of all ages are invited to join Foxcroft School students in celebrating the holiday season Sunday, Dec. 2, with a spectacular Christmas Pageant, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. The performance, which is free, will begin at 2p.m. in the Engelhard Gymnasium in the Athletic/Student Center.
|Foxes and Hounds Ready for First Competition|
Drums, banners, and cheers will be abundant on Fox/Hound Field next Saturday, November 17, when Foxes and Hounds face off in the first competition of the 2012-13 Fox/Hound season. Do you have your Fox or Hound colors ready? The day starts early at 9am when the Middleburg Hunt departs from Covert, and culminates with Big Game at 2pm. Make your plans now!
The tradition of Fox/Hound dates back to the opening of the School in 1914, and honors the spirit of competition and bonds of friendship. Foxes and Hounds, while fierce competitors during the field hockey, basketball, and riding events, are "true friends 'til the end." For more on this unique aspect of life at Foxcroft, please visit the Fox/Hound page of our website.
Please continue reading for a detailed schedule of next Saturday -- we hope to see you there!
|Visitors Share Stories, Stimulate Students|
Warming up for Parents’ Weekend – when we expect LOTS of visitors – we hosted several interesting guests on campus in the past week. They were a stimulating group:
- Olympic diver Cassandra Cardinell Metzler spent three days on campus, talking about and working with individuals and groups on all matter of sports and life issues.
- Friday featured a return visit by representative of Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of and addressing the effects of the LRA conflict in east and central Africa that has enslaved thousands of children.
- On Monday, Melissa Leppert Niehoff, a Purdue University graduate who works for the Navy, talked about the field of engineering during a special Morning Meeting.
Please click below to learn more about their vists.
|A Stimulating STEM Affair|
At the beginning of the month, four members of the faculty travelled to Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, for the 2012 VMI STEM Education Conference. The emphasis for the inaugural conference was "Let's Solve America's Toughest Math Problem." Math Department Chair Susan Erba, Science Department Chair Maria Eagen, STEM Coordinator Lindsey Bowser, and Math teacher Callie Hughes joined 400 educators and administrators to explore ways to increase interest in STEM by improving math curriculum and methods of teaching.
It was a treat to hear keynote addresses from Cathy Seeley, author of Faster Isn't Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History; Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy; and several leaders from the Virginia Department of Education.
|A Truly International Community|
One of the joys of Foxcroft is its diversity. Girls meet girls from other countries and cultures here that they would never meet at home. Our 30+ international students and their friends celebrated that last night at the International Bring a Friend Dinner hosted by the Office of Student Life (Thank you Ms. McKibbin and Ms. Coil!). Good food, great dancing, and fun and games at the pool and foosball tables highlighted the evening, which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy.
The event was the third international happening of the week and just part of a larger international initiative this year. On Sunday, a dozen girls attended an international student pool party and picnic with boys from Georgetown Prep, and in Monday's Morning Meeting our new international student advisor and Academic English teacher Lisa Boulestreau and several students taught us a great lesson about cultural differences, even in some simple activities.
From French Teacher and International Programs Director Arnaud Boulestreau
Foxcroft School will again have the opportunity to offer to all students our "Foxcroft/Daniélou French Exchange" program in 2013. The Centre Daniélou
, a Catholic girls' school outside of Paris, will send 13 students to the Foxcroft campus from February 24-March 6. In exchange, 13 of our students will be invited to spend two weeks in Paris. Each student will be hosted by a French girl and her family and will attend two days of classes at the Daniélou School. Our projected travel dates are May 30-June 12, 2013. Last year's theme was "Paris, L'Art de vivre."
This year, our touring theme will be "Your Trip to France: Inside the French Way of Life".
|15 Foxcroft School students earn AP Scholar honors|
Fifteen Foxcroft School students, including five current seniors, earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program Exams, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Monday.
|In the Pink|
Foxcroft leads Nanette's Walk
Nanette’s Walk might be called Foxcroft’s Walk these days. About 90 students, faculty, and friends participated Sunday in the fundraiser for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. Foxcroft’s Cross-country Team led the pre-walk warm ups, and as Cherry Blossom Champions -- an honor bestowed upon the Foxcroft students body last spring for its awesome support of the cause -- Foxcroft also got to lead off the walk itself!
It was a beautiful day for a walk, or a run, which a number of students did. Many of the freshmen were sporting pink tie-dyed shirts they had made during the Class Trip and virtually everyone was "in the pink." The mood was ebullient, especially after Assistant Head of School Sheila McKibbin reported that Foxcroft had already raised more than $3,000.
|College Admissions Panel Scheduled for Sept. 24 |
Washington and Lee, Ohio State, Guilford, Rider, and Sewanee reps to present at the Athletic/Student Center event
Representatives from five colleges will present at a College Admissions panel Monday, September 24, at Foxcroft School. The presentation, which will be held in the School’s Athletic/Student Center, will begin at 7pm with a Q&A session to follow. All are invited to the free event.
Foxcroft’s Director of College Counseling Barbara Conner has organized a fascinating evening with Andrew Strickler, Director of Admissions at Guilford College, highlighting the program. Representatives from admission offices at Ohio State University, Washington and Lee University, Rider University, and Sewanee: The University of the South will also make presentations.
|You're Invited! Open Houses scheduled by Admission Office|
Prospective students and their families can learn about the Foxcroft School’s innovative curriculum, outstanding riding program, and growing plant as well as meet students and teachers on Monday, Oct. 8 when the School holds its first Admission Open House, Director of Admission and Financial Aid Gina B. Finn announced recently.
Those interested may register for the open house online
or by calling 540.687.4340. Space is limited so sign up early! Additional Open Houses will be held Friday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Jan. 18. Families are also welcome to schedule visits at other times.
|What Does It Mean to be Ethical: An All School Workshop on Ethical Fitness|
From Librarian Steve Matthews
With the recent attention on cheating at Harvard and the growing campaign to end cyberbullying, the whole school gathered on Opening Day to think and talk about ethics in our daily lives. We all know what the term physical fitness means, but what does it mean to be “ethically fit”? Dr. Rushworth Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics
, developed this term to describe the dynamic and developmental nature of personal ethics. We need to embrace values which ring true, and then make our daily decisions on those values that we commit ourselves to follow. During the beginning of a new year, students routinely read and discuss the major school rules in dorm meetings and leadership gatherings, but this workshop was set up to explore the broader and more personal issue of what it takes to become and remain a moral person who practices ethical decision-making as a part of the way she lives her life.
Using the principles put forth in the teen-targeted book Is It Still Cheating if I Don’t Get Caught?
by Dr. Bruce Weinstein, who is known as “The Ethics Guy” and writes the ethics column for businessweek.com
, the workshop introduced the Five Life Principles, which if reviewed when one is greeted with an ethical dilemma, great or small, can provide a personal mechanism to reach an ethical decision. The principles are -- 1. Do No Harm; 2. Make Things Better; 3. Respect Others; 4. Be Fair; and 5. Be Loving/Compassionate -- and they were presented to the whole school with personal commentary by five seniors.
|Recent graduate ready to compete in Sport Climbing World Championships|
Faith Sullivan, who graduated in May, is in Singapore to compete in the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Youth Championships. The 18-year-old from Hamilton, VA, qualified last month to represent the United States in the Junior Speed Competition -- the highest highest youth class,
Read more about the event and follow Faith's progress on the IFSC site.
|School starts soon!|
Foxcroft's 99th school year gets underway tomorrow when returning students arrive on campus.
|Swimming Lessons Available |
Private and semi-private swimming lessons are being offered Monday - Thursday at Foxcroft School's pool. These lessons will be taught by an experiencerd Certified American Cross Instructor.
Students will receive an American Red Cross Swim Level Certificate at the completion of 6 lessons.
For more information please contact Foxcroft School Athletic Director and fun days@Foxcroft
Camp Director Michelle Woodruff (firstname.lastname@example.org
|Building Begins on New Dormitory!|
First step of residential piece of Campus Master Plan is underway
The earth moved at Foxcroft School this week when preparations for construction on a new dormitory began. A section of Foxhound Lane, aka the loop road, is being reconfigured to accommodate the new dorm, which will anchor the west end of the campus. Fences have gone up and bulldozers have been busy getting the project started. Construction of the dorm itself will follow in quick order, with a target opening date of Fall 2013 -- which also marks the start of Foxcroft's 100th year.
The dormitory, which will be a "green" building, is an important component of an extensive residential expansion and renovation project called for by the School's Campus Master Plan. Once it is completed, each of the the five existing dormiitories will be taken out of service one by one to be upgraded and right-sized. The student body will not grow as up-to-date infrastructure and enhanced faculty and staff housing will affect the capacity of each building.
|New Award Created in Honor of Jane Lockhart|
Jane Lockhart, a woman who for nearly 50 years has served the students of Foxcroft School with dedication, love, and steadfast candor, became the first recipient of an award named in her honor at Friday's Awards Assembly.
Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer surprised Jane at the annual Awards Assembly held on the eve of Commencement by announcing the establishment of the Jane Lockhart Service Award. The honor will be granted annually to a staff or faculty member. It includes a $2,000 honorarium.
|Class of 2012 Walks through the Garden and out into the world!|
Just before the ceremony started at 10 am Friday morning, the sun broke through the morning haze and the brass quartet started playing as Foxcroft School celebrated its 98th Commencement by awarding 36 diplomas and a special “Head’s Prize” for courage and character to the Class of 2012 in Miss Charlotte’s Garden.
Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow, best known for her portrayal of Phoebe Buffay on the hit TV show Friends, was -- especially appropriate for this class -- the featured speaker. Alexis Hall, who served as Student Vice Head of School this year, was the Senior Class speaker.
|The Class of 2012 Graduates Today!!|
Award-winning actress Lisa Kudrow will deliver the featured address at Foxcroft School’s 98th Commencement today (Friday, May 25), it was announced today.
Foxcroft will graduate 36 members of the Class of 2012, in a traditional garden ceremony on its Middleburg campus. Tickets are required. The celebration begins this afternoon with the Awards Assembly on the courtyand of Foxcroft's Currier Library and Baccalaureate tonight at Trinity Church in Upperville. The Rev. Robert Banse is the Baccauleate speaker.
|Avery '13 Chosen to Attend STARTALK Academy|
Junior Avery F. has been selected to attend the Virginia STARTALK Academy (VSA) for Portuguese, a special program similar to the elite Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academies, Foxcroft Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced recently.
Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Education collaborate to operate STARTALK Academies, which are funded under the National Security Language Initiative and offer intensive training in languages considered critical to our nation’s security. The VSAs are open to gifted juniors and seniors who are residents of Virginia, recommended by a teacher, and undergo a challenging application process.
|Cape Henry Collegiate bests lacrosse team in State semifinal|
Cape Henry Collegiate 17 Foxcroft 0
The Foxcroft laxers travelled to Norfolk Friday to take on the #1 seeded Cape Henry Collegiate Dolphins in a state semi-final matchup at Old Dominion University. This was the first trip for Foxcroft to a Division II semi-final game, and the fourth-seeded team did its best against a talented top seed. Although the score would end in a lopsided manner, it was not indicative of the effort and grittiness of the losing side.
|Engineering Students deliver planting beds -- and joy -- to disabled|
Early Wednesday morning, a group of teenage girls pulled up to NW Works, Inc., in Winchester. They got out of their vehicles, unloaded their equipment and got to work -- with drills and hammers and enthusiasm. Their excitement was soon matched by their project partners at NW Works.
Members of Foxcroft School’s Explorations in Engineering class, the girls were delivering garden beds they had designed and built for NW Works,
a non-profit that provides vocational training and employment opportunities for 175 adults with disabilities. NW Works had an idea for starting a new commercial kitchen venture to engage their clients, but they needed to find a way for physically handicapped individuals to grow the herbs, vegetables and lettuce for the project.
|Foxcroft advances to state semifinal with 11-8 win over Fredericksburg!|
Olivia Jane '13 and Emma '15 each scored three times and Foxcroft came alive with nine goals in the second half Tuesday to defeat Fredericksburg Academy, 11-8, in the first round of the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II Girls Lacrosse Tournament. It was the first state tournament victory for Foxcroft since 2007.
Foxcroft will play top-ranked Cape Henry Collegiate in the semifinals, scheduled for Friday at 4pm at Old Dominion University. The Championship game is planned for Saturday at 1pm. In 2007, foxcroft beat Covenant School in Charlottesville before losing to the Potomac School in the semifinals.
|Eight Foxcroft Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors!|
Six members of the Delaney Athletic Conference regular season champion lacrosse team received all-league honors while soccer and softball eached had one player honored in a celebratory finish to the Foxcroft spring sports season. In addition, the Varsity Lacrosse triumverate of Patrick Finn, Kathy Gonzalez, and Michelle Woodruff was named DAC Coaches of the Year by their colleagues.
In lacrosse, juniors Olivia Jane, Caroline F. and Carter; senior Charlotte M., and sophomore Lilly M. all were named First Team all-DAC in a vote by the league's coaches. Freshman Emma received honorable mention. Junior Rebecca M. was selected to the First Team in soccer and senior Caroline H. received a similar honor in softball.
|Lacrosse to host State tournament game Tuesday!|
For perhaps the first time ever, Foxcroft will host a state tournament game tomorrow! The Varsity Lacrosse team, ranked fourth in the state among Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II teams, will play Fredericksburg Academy Tuesday in the first round of the VISAA Division II State Championships. The game begins at 4pm on the Lower Field of the girls college preparatory school campus in Middleburg, VA.
|Making a Career of Making a Difference |
Patrick Evans of the UN shares his story
One of the many reasons that Foxcroft students know the value of giving back is the fascinating role models they encounter from time to time. On Friday, April 27, Patrick Evans, who works with the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization and is currently stationed in Sri Lanka, shared his story with the community, inspiring students and faculty alike with the things he has done and the challenges ahead.
"Pay attention to what is going on around you," he said. "You want to enjoy your life, of course, but find a passion and a path that can address some of the major issues in the world. It might be very rewarding and you you might be able to affect and help a lot of people."
|Students Support "Horses on the Hill"|
"Horses on the Hill," an event last Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., gave the AP Government class and other students interested in the humane treatment of horses an opportunity to lobby for a permanent ban on horse slaughter.
Upon arrival at the Capitol, students were escorted to a press conference held by Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana. Joining other members of Congress and celebrities in attendance were students from Foxcroft and Madeira. Students learned more about each speaker’s affiliation with the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and their views on the importance of having the legislation passed.
|Foxcroft Girls Receive Cherry Blossom Champion Award!|
The students of Foxcroft School were honored for their stunning support and impressive fundraising on behalf of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation (CBBCF) at the first annual Cherry Blossom Champion Award Dinner earlier this month. CBBCF Board member Sandy Atkins presented the award to four student representatives, praising Foxcroft not only for "making" the annual Nanette's Walk with its numbers and enthusiasm and raising $10,000 for local detection, treatment, education, and elimination of breast cancer, but also for the School's commitment to giving back.
“These 156 girls have raised, in this school year alone, $10,000," said Atkins. "This is an amazing gift for a school of this size and certainly we will put it to good use. What moves me the most, though, is that the School, the administration, and the faculty are so committed to teaching these young women the value of philanthropy. These lessons are going to stay with these girls throughout their lives -- the fact that they were able to use their time and their talent to raise money for a cause that is so important, to give back to the community, and to make a difference.”
|Miranda '13 Selected for Governor's School Summer Program|
Junior will attend foreign Language Academy for French
Miranda '13 has been selected to attend the prestigious Virginia Summer Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for French, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Wednesday.
|Mckenzie Is Named National Reserve Champion at IEA Finals|
Senior Mckenzie C. earned second place in the Varsity Open on the flat and fourth place in the invitation-only Varsity Open Championship last weekend (April 20-21) at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Championships held in Syracuse, NY. She will also receive between $1,500 and $2,100 in scholarship money for college.
The IEA Nationals showcase riders who had survived local, regional and zone qualifying events to participate in the largest high school equestrian competition in the United States. This was Mckenzie’s second appearance in as many years.
|A Legend is Honored|
For nearly half a century, anyone who was involved in Foxcroft School's Riding Program knew Norman King. King, who retired last fall as Manager of the Jean duPont McConnell Stables and Riding Arena, worked at Foxcroft for 45 years. Not only did he care for countless horses, but he was a friend to hundreds of girls, many, many co-workers, and not a few administrators. Last Saturday, an enthusiastic representation of all those people honored Norman at a luncheon held during Alumnae Weekend.
”Forty-five years!" said Foxcroft Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer as the crowd in Engelhard Gymnasium jumped to their feet and gave King one of several standing ovations. "Loyalty, commitment, and passion like Norman’s are rare -- in fact, in today’s world they are on the endangered species list."
“You, Norman, made a difference in the lives of all you touched -- human and equine!” continued Leipheimer. “Schools, families, communities -- we all need glue. Norman, you have been Foxcroft’s glue for nearly half a century, and the connection is strong and so adherent that you will be forever a Foxcroft legend."
|Mary '13 wins first sanctioned steeplechase race, is featured in Baltimore Sun |
Junior Mary M., one of a handful of teenage girls with a jockey license from the National Steeplechase Association, won her first sanctioned steeplechase race earlier this month when she rode her horse Woodmont to victory in the John D. Schapiro Memorial in Monkton, MD on April 16. Not only did she win but Mary also broke the 2002 race record for the race, which had previously been six minutes, 15 seconds. She won in 5:59.
The performance earned her a place on the front page of the Baltimore Sun's Sports section the next day. Several days later, The Steeplechase Times had a story on the amzing teenager,, who takes advantage of Foxcroft's unique Exceptional Proficiency Program to train during the school week. She has also been featured in the Fauquier Times-Democrat and in a feature in Middleburg Life which is also posted on the Leesburg Today website.
Last fall, Mary and her horse, Woodmont, made their debut in big-time steeplechase racing and performed well, placing fifth in the Steeplethon at the International Gold Cup and third in a major race at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. This spring she has become a regular on the circuit!
|Randolph '56 Receives Anne K. McGuire Award|
Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees Saturday bestowed its highest honor -- the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award -- on Pickett Davis Randolph '56, a former member of the Board of Trustees and outstanding volunteer whose patented "Go Foxes!" greeting reflects her love of the School. A Bethesda, MD, resident and graduate of Wheaton College and the Naval War College, Randolph becomes the 28th recipient of the award.
The surprise presentation took place Saturday (April 14) at the Senior Class luncheon, an event held annually during Reunion Weekend, at Foxcroft's Athletic/Student Center. Randolph was clearly stunned at the announcement of the honor by Board Chair Stuart D. Thayer and when her brother and his family walked in, but she was not rendered speechless. "Go Foxes!" she said as she took the podium.
|"The Fantasticks" Comes to Foxcroft Stage |
The classic tale – which ran for 42 years Off-Broadway – will be presented on Friday, May 4
The Fantasticks, a simple allegory told with music and words that became one of the longest running shows in theater history, will be staged by Foxcroft School’s Chorale members Friday, May 4, at 8 pm in FoxHound Auditorium. Admission is free but please call 540.687.4511 as space is limited.
|Parents' Night Out Produces Smiles All Around|
Parents were smiling because they had some time to themselves. Children were smiling because they had a wonderful time. And the baby-sitting students of Foxcroft School were smiling because they had raised nearly $900 for Sadie's Smile Foundation. Oh, and they had so much fun that they might just do it again. Soon.
|Odyssey of the Mind Team Earns a Shot at Virginia State Title!|
For the second year in a row, Foxcroft School students are going to the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Championships
! Using only 13.2 grams of balsa wood, a team of four sophomores and two freshmen built a structure that held 445 pounds to place first in the “Structures” division of the regional competition held March 24 at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.
The winning team, comprised of sophomores Alicia G., Melody K., Sarah M., and Vivian T. and freshmen Phoebe F. and Soo Min L., will compete in the State Championships in Newport News on Saturday, April 14. They are working hard to surpass last year's bronze-medal winning effort.
|Junior Class Walkathon raises thousands of dollars for LessCancer|
Sent off with a welcome, a commendation, and a tweet -- the last from from actress Fran Drescher (aka The Nanny) -- an enthusiastic crowd walked or ran the 5K Friday (March 30) to raise money for cancer prevention at the Foxcroft School’s Junior Class Walkathon. The participants, who included a score of townspeople along with much of the Foxcroft School community, raised almost $5,000 for the LessCancer Campaign, a program of the Next Generation Choices Foundation.
|Foxcroft to present "Legally Blonde"|
Stage adaptation of hit movie stars Middleburg residents Kate '14 and PJ Erba; performances April 27 & 28
Law school, looks, and love combine for a few amusing evenings in April when Foxcroft School presents Savannah Guernsey’s stage adaptation of the movie Legally Blonde. Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 8pm in Foxcroft’s FoxHound Auditorium. Admission is free and all are invited, but please call 540.687.4511 as space is limited.
|Junior Class Walkathon to benefit Less Cancer scheduled for March 30|
Foxcroft School’s Junior Class invites area residents to join them in making a difference in our world by supporting the Foxcroft Walkathon to benefit the LessCancer campaign, a program of the Next Generation Choices Foundation, on Friday, March 30. Walkers, runners and cyclists are welcome to join the five-mile trek, which starts at Brick House on the campus of the Middleburg, VA school at 3:30 p.m.
|Students offer "A Night to Yourself" babysitting evening in support of Sadie Smile Foundation|
Foxcroft School students and faculty will babysit children, ages 1-12, at the School’s Athletic/Student Center from 5-10pm, Saturday, March 31, to raise funds for the Sadie Smile Foundation
Children will have their choice of games and sports to play, movies to watch, and activities to try in the spacious Athletic/Student Center, which has three gyms and a large activities center. Dinner will also be served at 6 pm. Supervision will be provided by Foxcroft students and faculty members Sheila McKibbin, Jane Lockhart, Michelle Woodruff, and Jessi Coil. The charge is $25 for one child and $10 for each additional child. Please call Jane Lockhart at 540.687.5555 for reserve a spot.
|Foxes Beat Hounds to Win the Cup After 11-Year Drought!!|
It’s over!! A drought that lasted more than a decade has finally come to an end. The Foxes beat the Hounds, 26-17, on Saturday to win the prestigious Big Game and take home the Cup for the first time in 11 years. Tears and cheers erupted all around in Mary Louise Leipheimer Gymnasium when the final second clicked off the clock of what had been a hard-fought battle played before a packed, thunderous crowd.
For student Foxes, many of whom were in first or second grade the last time the Cup sported blue ribbons after Big Game, and for Fox alumnae and faculty who have worn the blue and pink proudly despite the long suffering, the victory was sweet indeed. Fox captain Kristen T. '12 and Fox Big Team co-captains Debbie '13 and Melanie '13, wore smiles as wide as their faces as they tied the ribbons.
As always, affirmations of friendship among and between teams and one more spirited SingSing followed, capping an exciting week that saw Fox Little Team and Hound Middle Team each take a victory on Friday.
|Longtime faculty member Chal Hemmenway passes away at age 91 |
Mary Chalmers Hemmenway, who taught at Foxcroft School for 37 years and returned annually to direct the Christmas Pageant for another 11, died February 19 in Massachusetts. Please click here
to read a letter from Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer about the loss of a great friend of the School.
|Excitement builds for Fox/Hound Basketball!|
Foxes and Hounds -- which is to say, every member of the Foxcroft community -- are all getting excited for the big Battle for the Cup that takes place this coming weekend. One of the oldest traditions at the girls' boarding school, Fox/Hound is essentially an intramural competition but, at Foxcroft, it is much more. Students and faculty are all "chosen" to one team or the other upon arrival. Before each of the three annual athletic competitions and at SingSings (pep rallies) throughout the year team spirit, colors, and cheers pervade the community.
The most important competition is "Basketball Big Game," scheduled for Saturday. The winner of that contest gains possession of the revered Cup for the year. Two preliminary contests, "Little Game" and "Middle Game," will take place Friday afternoon and a variety of other activities building the excitement take place during the week. Here's the complete schedule.
|Fun Days @Foxcroft Preview draws a crowd|
If the turnout at Sunday’s Fun Days @ Foxcroft Summer Preview is any indication, a lot of local children seem to be looking for fun this summer – and they expect to find it at Foxcroft School’s new summer camp program!
More than 60 people turned out for the three-hour open house hosted by Fun Days camps director Michelle Woodruff and her staff at the School’s Athletic/Student Center. Prospective campers and their families met directors of most of the specialty camps as well as the core Fun Days camp. Counselors were on hand to give tours of the facilities, including the swimming pool, two gymnasiums, and tennis courts.
|Now on video: Foxcroft, Norwood take top prizes at K2M STEM competition|
Foxcroft School hosted K2MExpedition: The STEM Summit -- a cool math, science and engineering competition for girls -- in February. Read a story about the day (below) and watch a YouTube video of the day (click here).
Dozens of high school and middle school girls spent Saturday engineering brick walls, mixing chemical solutions, solving genetic and forensic quandaries, and conquering tricky logic problems at Foxcroft School’s K2M Expedition: The STEM Summit. When the fun-filled day was over, Foxcroft and Norwood School (Bethesda, MD) had captured the high and middle school titles, respectively; a score of other girls took home prizes ranging from an iTunes gift card to a Kindle Touch, and just about every one of the 150 people involved was wearing a K2M t-shirt and a smile.
|A New Look for www.foxcroft.org|
If you haven't been to www.foxcroft.org in the past few days, you are in for a treat! On Tuesday, we launched our new, completely redesigned website. We invite you to plunge in and acquaint yourself with the new design! It offers a stimulating, colorful, and wide-ranging experience, with many great photos, easy navigation, and plenty of personality. Meet our girls, view galleries of student art work, learn more about our outstanding faculty, and watch videos of School events and happenings distributed throughout the site (with more to come in the future).
|We're all on a . . . WINTERMISSION!|
Foxcroft's new mid-winter alternative learning term, Wintermission, began Monday (Feb. 13). During this week, regular academic courses are suspended so that students and faculty can explore learning in different ways. An adaptation of the Interim program from previous years, Wintermission allows students to take one or two intensive courses that examine a subject in great depth, or provide opportunities for off-campus travel and service. Courses range from the chemistry of cooking, journalism, and sports psychology to archiving Foxcroft's history, studying dreams, and making a movie in five days.
Many classes will extend beyond the classroom, taking students to big cities like Washington, DC, and New York, or distant countries like Honduras. Students taking "Would the Real American Indian Please Stand Up" class headed to the National Museum of the American Indian in DC on Monday, "Teacher, Teacher Students" have begun their assistant teaching at a local elemenatary school and the "How to Become a Zuckerberg" class already spend two days in Cary, NC, to attend the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) High School Programming Day.
To follow Wintermission all week, check out the Wintermission blog and the Honduras trip on our Where's Foxcroft travel blog. For more information on thef course being offered, read on.
|Foxcroft raises $10,000 to beat breast cancer|
Check presentation culminates year-long, multi-event effort that nearly doubles the School’s goal!
Talk about going above and beyond! Last fall, the Foxcroft School community set a goal of raising $5,000 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. Then the students went out and raised $10,000!
Senior student leaders Maeve, Charlotte W., and Alex presented an over-sized check for $10,000 to CBBC Board representatives Monday (Feb. 6) at an all-school meeting. The funds were raised mostly through the School’s Think Pink Basketball Tournament in January, participation in Nanette’s Walk last fall, and the generosity of an anonymous donor who supports the girls’ efforts.
|Foxcroft's Solar Initiative is online!|
Follow Foxcroft's power production here!
Last semester the students in Dr. Maria Eagen's Explorations in Engineering I class investigated the potential for implementing solar panels on campus and came up with a proposal to install four test panels. In January those panels were installed near the Observatory, and this week an online feed reporting the power production of those panels went live. Check it out
Each of the four panels independently sends information to the Foxcroft website about how much energy they are generating. The panels will be used by the science classes for experimentation on tilt angles, cleaning schedules, and the like.
Bringing solar power to Foxcroft was spearheaded by seniors Charlotte W., Maeve C., and Sydney R.G., the team leaders for the solar project. They presented the Engineering Class's findings to the administration in November. The proposal was approved and the panel installation ordered. When the Board of Trustees met in January, these girls again presented their finding and and answered questions about the potential of solar power on campus.
Dr. Eagen's Engineering Class will monitor the performance of the panels and make another proposal for how and when Foxcroft might grow its solar power production. Stay tuned!
|Riding Team, six individuals advance to Zone Finals|
Six individual Foxcroft riders qualified in a total of eight classes Sunday in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3, Region 2 Finals at Foxcroft to advance to the Zone Finals. In addition, the Riding Team finished third and
will also compete at Zones, which are scheduled to be held at the Garrison Forest School February 25-26.
A year ago, only one Foxcroft riders qualfied to compete beyond the regular schedule!
Individual Zone Final qualifiers are seniors Mckenzie and Kim in both Varsity Open Over Fences and Flat, sophomore Miranda G in Varsity Open Over Fences, senior Olivia G. in Varsity Intermediate Over Fences, Tessa '14 in Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences, and Mary Shannon' 15 in Junior Varsity Novice Flat. In the team competition, Olivia G. '12 and Mary Shannon S '15 earned blue ribbons in their respective classes to lead the squad.
"The girls rode beautifully and should be commended for a job well done as both riders and hostesses of a busy event!" said Director of Riding Kate Worsham. "Thank you to all who helped make the show run smoothly."
|Ride On! IEA Regional Finals at Foxcroft this Sunday!|
More than 80 riders from 13 schools and riding clubs will compete Sunday when Foxcroft hosts the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 3, Region 2 Finals Horse Show. Hunt seat competition among individuals and teams that have qualified in 26 different classes is scheduled to begin at 10:30am at MConnell Stables.
|Bergan Poetry Festival: Sounds Better, Means More, and Yields a Delightful Weekend|
Visiting poet Stephen Cushman did more than share his work Saturday at Foxcroft School's Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival. He shared some working definitions of the genre, some wonderful insights into why and how it is used, some fun exercises to create poems, and some fine examples -- that he wrote.
"Poetry is language that sounds better and means more than everyday language," said the University of Virginia professor and author of four volumes of poetry. "It is a place where it is permissable to say one thing and mean another. Some language is what I called 'nailed down' language. It doesn't move; you don't want it to move. if a sign says Stop, it means STOP. Poetry is language you want to move -- the language we use for larger subjects, like love or God, is not nailed down."
Poetry may not be nailed down language but a few students nailed down titles with outstanding performances at the Festival. Alexis '12 defended her title at Friday night's Poetry Slam and Olivia '12, Miranda '13, Allie '14, and Lilly '15 earned laurels Saturday at the Competitive Readings. An open mic hour featuring sung and spoken word, and readings of original and published poems in nine languages rounded out the weekend.
|Explorations in Engineering Students Focus on Projects for Local Non-profits|
The students in Dr. Eagen's Explorations in Engineering I have been busy working to finalize designs and build products for their project partners. Four different projects -- for Banneker Elementary School, NW Works, Aldie Mill, and Foxcroft's green initiative -- are underway with various schedules and deliverables.
|20 High School and 10 Middle School Teams to Compete in Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit |
Math, science, and engineering skills to be tested in fun girl-only event
The fields are set and the challenges have been created for Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, a fun and stimulating science, technology, engineering, and math competition for girls to be held at Foxcroft School on Saturday, February 18.
The event, which is sponsored by K2M of Leesburg, showcases Foxcroft's innovative and fun focus on STEM fields in which women are traditionally underrepresented. Past math and science competitions at the Middleburg school have been much enjoyed so this year's high school division quickly filled with a total of 20 teams from Georgetown Visitation, Highland, Loudoun Valley, Madeira, Middleburg Academy, Wakefield, and Foxcroft itself, which will have more than 40 girls competing.
|Six Students Named to Cum Laude Society!|
Four seniors and two juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday (January 25). The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
|Two more riders qualify for Regionals; Team places 2nd at GFS Show|
Foxcroft's Riding Team was named Reserve Champion among 13 teams and two more individuals, Olivia G. '12 and Annabelle B. '13, qualified for Regionals Finals Sunday at an Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show held at Garrison Forest School.
Olivia, who placed second on the flat, won the Intermediate Varsity Over Fences class to qualify for that event at Regionals. Annabelle took third in both the flat and over fences Junior Varsity Novice classes and will ride over fences in Regionals. fences in Varsity Intermediate and Junior Varsity Novice!
All told, Foxcroft riders won 13 ribbons, including two firsts, three seconds and five thirds. Co-Captain Mckenzie had a first and a second in the Varsity Open competition and sophomore Meredith K. took two thirds in the Junior Varsity Novice but missed qualifying for Regionals by one point!
The Foxcroft IEA Team is also qualified for Regional Finals. Director of Riding Kate Worsham will designate one rider per class to represent the team at this competition on Sunday Feb. 5 here at Foxcroft.
For complete results of Sunday's meet and a look at who has qualified for Regionals, read on.
|Foxcroft girls, local youth hone their pitching skills with former college star|
Zing! The sound of speeding softballs filled Mary Louise Leipheimer Gymnasium Saturday when Alyssa Smith Keehan, a former Ivy League star at Princeton University, conducted a terrific softball pitching clinic at Foxcroft School.
"It was tiring but it was good," said Daphne '15, one of the Foxcroft girls who took advantage of the opportunity to hone her skills. The clinic was 90 minutes long and the girls were throwing much of that time.
"Because the group was small, Alyssa was able to spend time with each girl during each step of the clinic," said Foxcroft Softball Coach Fred McMane. "She really broke down the mechanics of pitching and showed them the proper way to put a pitch together.
The clinic was held in the School's Athletic/Student Center, and drew girls from Purcellville, Lovettsville, Round Hill and Leesburg, along with several Foxcroft students.
|Riding Team qualifies for IEA Regionals!|
Foxcroft's Riding Team placed first among 12 schools at an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Horse Show Sunday at the Madeira School to qualify as a team for the IEA Regional Finals. That show will be held at Foxcroft the first weekend in February.
It was a banner weekend for Foxcroft riders. On Saturday, a small contingent competed at an IEA Horse Show in Stone Bridge, VA., and collected three first-place ribbons, a second, and four thirds to place fifth among 11 teams. On Sunday, the team collected 11 ribbons, including four blue ribbons, en route to the team title.
In addition to the team qualification, six girls have qualified to compete as individuals in the Regional show. Another five riders are very close to qualifying. They will have one more opportunity to qualify when the team goes to Garrision Forest School in Baltimore next weekend.
For complete results and a look at who has qualified, read on.
|Wakefield, Madeira claim Think Pink titles as nearly $4,000 is raised to fight breast cancer|
Wakefield School won the Varsity and Middle School titles and Madeira School picked up the Junior Varsity honors Saturday at the Third Annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament at Foxcroft School. The event was a rousing success with 12 teams and several hundred spectators enjoying a terrific day of competition and fun while helping to raise an estimated $4,000 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
|Kim '12 leads small contingent to big performance at Greenway IEA|
Only four riders traveled to Maryland Sunday (Dec. 4) for an Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show but they performed well and Foxcroft finished fourth among 14 teams!
Senior Kim K. led the way with a first and a fifth in the Varsity Open division. JUnior Abby B. contributed a second and a sixth in the Varsity Intermediate division, and freshman Mary Shannon S.added two second place finishes in the Junior Varsity Novice division.
for complete results, read on.
|Riding teams places fourth at Stonebridge IEA show|
Mckenzie C. '12 won a blue ribbon and Miranda G. '14, Olivia '12, and Ashleigh '14 each earned a second Saturday (Dec. 3) to lead the Foxcroft Riding Team to fourth place in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show held at Stonebridge Farm.
It was the second week in a row that Foxcroft finished fourth among 10 teams. for complete results, click below.
|Foxcroft places fourth in IEA Show -- with just four riders!|
On the first day of Thanksgiving Break, while many students were winging their ways home, four riders represented Foxcroft at an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Show in Baltimore -- and placed fourth out of 14 teams!
Freshman Mary Shannon S. led the way with a first and a second in the Junior Varsity Novice competition while senior Mckenzie C., competing in the tough Varsity Open division, added two seconds. Junior Abby B. took second in the Varsity Intermediate Over Fences class and sophomore Ashleigh D. had a third and a second in Junior Varsity Novice competition.
The show was held at Garrison Forest School.
|Nine Foxcroft athletes honored by Conference|
All-Delaney Conference top teams feature six Foxcroft girls;
three more earn second team, honorable mention
MIDDLEBURG, VA— Nine Foxcroft School athletes, including five members of the state-ranked field hockey team, earned All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors this fall, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Tuesday.
|18 Foxcroft Students Named AP Scholars|
Eighteen Foxcroft School students – nearly one-third of the 55 who took Advanced Placement Exams last May -- earned the AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program Exams, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Monday.
This is the eighth consecutive year in which Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits. Worldwide, only 18 percent of the 1.9 million 2011 AP test-takers performed well enough to be recognized.
|Fantastic Fox/Hound Weekend -- and a Victory for the Foxes!|
A warm and sunny day greeted score of alumnae, parents, faculty, friends and -- most importantly -- students Saturday when several weeks' preparation culminated in the Fox/Hound Field Hockey Big Game. As usual, both teams battled with all their heart and left everything they had out on the field. When all was said and the done, the Foxes had a victory, scoring two goals to none for the Hounds.
|Listening and Learning: Whiffenpoofs' Foxcroft Visit is a Huge Hit!!|
Whiffenpoofs of Yale hold student workshop, “sell out” concert at Foxcroft
Listening to the oldest and most famous collegiate a cappella
group at a jam-packed concert is exciting; learning from its talented singers in an intimate workshop is breath-taking. Literally. Approximately 30 Foxcroft School students found themselves doing breathing and vocal exercises Monday afternoon when the Whiffenpoofs of Yale University visited the girls’ school in Middleburg, VA.
|Riders put on terrific IEA Show, the first at Foxcroft|
Freshman Mary Shannon S. and sophomore Ashley D. each earned a first and a third and Foxcroft riders won ribbons in 25 of their 28 rides Sunday in the first Interscholastic Equestrian Association Meet ever held on campus.
Foxcroft tied Madeira School for fourth place among eight teams with 21 point each, but was dropped to fifth by a complicated tiebreaker procedure. Meadowbrook Stables won the team competition, with 37 points, followed by Garrison Forest School (34)_ and Rose Mount Farm (22). In IEA shows, coaches must choose one "points" rider for each class before the draw, during which riders are randomly assigned horses for each competition. All rides, however, count to each rider's individual reecord and, Director of Riding Kate Worsham said Monday, a number of Foxcroft rirers are well on their way to qualifying for regional finals.
Along with Ashley and Mary Shannon, seniors Mckenzie C. Allie D., and Kim K., juniors Annabelle B and Shea V., sophomores Mniranda, G., Meredith K, and Hannah G., and freshman DeeDee Q. each collected two ribbons. For complete results, click below.
|You Are Invited! Come to Foxcroft's Holiday Pageant Dec. 4|
Live animals, Christms music and Santa highlight afternoon of fun and tradition
MIDDLEBURG, VA--Adults and children of all ages are invited to join Foxcroft School students in celebrating the holiday season Sunday, Dec. 4, with a spectacular Christmas Pageant, followed by a visit from Santa Claus, at the Middleburg, Va., school. The performance, which is free, will begin at 2 pm in the Engelhard Gymnasium (in the Athletic/Student Center).
|Alicia H. '14 Named Athlete of the Week|
Alicia H. '14, whose stellar play in the goal helped Foxcroft almost upset the No. 1 ranked field hockey team among Virginia's Division II private schools, has been named Athlete of the Week for the period ending Nov. 5.
|Foxcroft shows up in force, raises $3,750 at Nanette's Walk|
Yet again, the Foxcroft community -- students, faculty, and administrators -- showed its concern and support for the fight against breast cancer Sunday when more than 60 individuals participated in Nanette's Walk in Middleburg. The walk is part of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation's
three-town walk/run event that raises thousands of dollars each year
Thanks to the terrific leadership by junior Mary M and Assistant Head of School Sheila McKibbin, Foxcroft's group was the largest contingent at the event for the fifth year in a row and raised $3,750 for the cause. The students are already looking forward to the Think Pink Basketball Tournament in January and other fundraisers that will help the School reach its goal for the year of $5,000.
|Choosing to Make a Difference|
On Monday, Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer officially kicked off Foxcroft's 98th year (albeit two days later than planned, thanks to Hurricane Irene). Her Convocation Address focused on the theme chosen by our student leaders for 2011-12 of choosing to make a difference, emphasizing the active, ethical imperative it presents.
"We are a small school," she concluded, after enumerating the groups -- students, faculty, parents and staff -- that have embarked on the Foxcroft experience this year. "Nonetheless, combined, well over 675 individuals have recommitted to this shared three-dimensional journey. Together we will be known, and together we will choose to make a difference if each of us embraces the words of John Wesley:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
As long as ever you can!
We’re off! Godspeed!"
To read Mary Lou's complete speech, please click below.
|NY1-TV airs story on Project Common Bond featuring "Foxcroft's idyllic campus"|
A week and a half after Project Common Bond at Foxcroft School ended, NY1-TV in New York City is airing a two-part series on the program, featuring the School's "idyllic campus" and the very special program it hosted this summer. View Part 1, which aired Tuesday, Aug. 9; look for Part 2 on the 10th.
The broadcast piece is just the latest in a media blitz surrounding Project Common Bond, which brought 77 international teens who have lost loved ones to acts of terrorism together for eight days of peace-building, conflict-resolution, communication and healing workshops, along with plenty of fun activities and a field trip to Washington, DC. Fox 5-TV, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and many other news outlets covered the camp.
|Foxcroft's Annual Fund Exceeds $1 Million for the Fifth Consecutive Year|
Generous support in tough economic times is a testament to the importance individuals feel for the organization to which they give. By that standard, Foxcroft School is truly beloved! The 2010-2011 Annual Fund, which closed on June 30, exceeded the School's budgetary goal of $975,000 and topped the $1 million mark for the fifth year in a row, Director of Development Marion L. Couzens announced recently.
Highlights of this year's Annual Fund campaign included 100% participation in giving by the School's students and trustees and generous gifts by hundreds of alumnae, faculty, friends and parents and trustees both past and present,
"This overwhelming success is due entirely to the generosity and commitment of our constituents," said Couzens. "Annual Fund dollars are the lifeblood of the School because each year they help bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the real cost of educating our students. Each gift to the Annual Fund directly benefits our students.
"On behalf of our girls and the School, we thank all of our donors for their generous and thoughtful support!"
|Rider Mary M. '13 stars in point-to-point races |
Mary M., a rising junior at Foxcroft, just keeps winning. The 16-year-old Upperville, VA., resident was undefeated in 11 North American Point-to-Point Association (NAPPA) junior field masters chases and this year, when she became eligible to participate in "open" races against adults, she promptly won a couple of those!
|French Exchange a grand success, again|
Exhausted but happy, the group of 13 students and two chaperones who spent two weeks in France as part of Foxcroft's Exchange Program with a school outside Paris arrive home Thursday with wonderful stories and memories of their trip. The girls, accompanied by faculty members Mia Franz and Jessica Nelson, had a terrific time with their "corres" (partners) from the Centre Madeleine Danielou, a prestigious girls' school, as well as their host families and touring Paris and environs. This is the fourth year of this program, which annually brings a dozen Danielou students to Foxcroft in the winter.
Read all about their journey by reading the group's blog.
|Foxcroft's McKibbin urges Project Common Bond participants to create global community|
Assistant Head of School Sheila C. McKibbin Sunday addressed 77 teens from around the world who all have lost a family member to acts of terrorism, welcoming them to a program -- Project Common Bond -- and a place -- Foxcroft School -- that together offer a remarkable opportunity for them to share, heal, grow, transform and be transformed.
"You have an opportunity through Project Common Bond to get to know and appreciate each other, to combine individually to create global community," she said at Foxcroft's Currier Library, noting that sharing one's story can be daunting. "You are at Foxcroft. Know that Foxcroft is a magical place that helps people to find their voice and to become known.
"It is essential in today's world that we get to know one another to embrace our differences, share our humanity and celebrate the joy that comes from forging common bonds to and with and between people, " she added. "It is my hope that every one of you will make connections to each other and form relationships that last a lifetime. You will be here for a while and when you leave, you will have the tools and the voice to validate others who are struggling.
"May we all learn from our time together and leave meaningful footprints on each other, on our lives and in the future."
|Claire F. '12 and Rebecca M. '13 selected for Summer Governor's School|
Claire F. '12 and Rebecca M. '13 been selected to attend Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, highly-selective institutes for gifted students held at university campuses, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Friday.
Claire is one of just 28 students in the state selected to participate in the Governor’s School for Life Sciences and Medicine, which will be held July 4-30 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Rebecca is among a group of fewer than 100 student who will attend the Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for French June 25 to July 17 at Washington & Lee College in Lexington.
|Kate Worsham takes reins of Foxcroft Riding Program|
Kate Worsham, who spent the past seven years as riding director at Oldfields School in Maryland, became Director of Riding at Foxcroft School, effective July 1. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, she brings 20-plus years of competitive riding and training experience and an extensive teaching career to Foxcroft’s historic riding program
|Foxcroft Athletes Excel After Graduation!|
Foxcroft has sent plenty of graduates onto equestrian success -- most recently at the Virigina Gold Cup where
Blair Waterman Wyatt and her mount, Bon Caddo, won the 86th running of the prestigious steeplechase. And the School has also sent scores of women to outstanding colleges, ranging from MIT and Princeton to Duke, Cal and Purdue. In recent years, a number of Foxcrft alumnae have left their mark on the playing field as well as in the classroom.
Sloane Coles, a 2007 graduate of Foxcroft, Ashton Marshall ‘10, Caitlin McNaughton ’07 and Jessica Copeland ’06 all achieved all-league honors in lacrosse or field hocky at the Division III level over the last two seasons. Several others, including Claire Mancini ’05, Jessi Coil ’06, Chelsy Coil ’08 and Meredith “Dish” Harris ’10, have made contributions at Division I universities.
|Junior Class Walk-A-Thon raises $4,000 of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International|
Virtually the entire Foxcroft community walked -- or ran! -- a five-mile loop Friday afternoon under cloudy and sporadically sprinkling skies in support of the Junior Class Walk-a-thon to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
The Class has raised more than $4,000 to date and will continue to accept donations through the end of the month.
Contributions of any size are appreciated and may be mailed to Junior Class Walk-A-Thon 2011; Foxcroft School; P.O. Box 5555; Middleburg, VA 20118. They may also be given to members of the Class of 2012. Please make checks out to the Foxcroft School Walk-A-Thon.
|Another Gorgeous Graduation!|
Buoyed by a bounty of sage advice from a woman who had walked in their shoes 30 years earlier, 46 members of the Class of 2011 were graduated from Foxcroft School May 20 in the School’s 97th commencement ceremony.
|Two Foxcroft Teams Earn Third Place at Odyssey of the Mind State Championships|
As rookies competing against schools from all over Virginia, many of whom had lots of experience, Foxcroft's two Odyssey of the Mind teams went to the State Championships April 16 hoping to gain some experience and have a solid showing. They did more than that: Both teams came home with bronze medals emblematic of their third-place finishes!
The all-freshman team of Lydia B., Brianna E., Kate E., Grace H., Alicia H. and Vivian T. placed third in the Classics Division, this year entitled "Le Tour Guide." The other team -- composed of seniors Charlotte Z. and Erica Z., juniors Cindy L. and Hazel Y., and sophomores Julianne M. and Olivia S. -- took third in the "Unhinged Structures" division.
"I'm very proud of our girls for their great results in the first year of competition," said advisor and Math/Science teacher Maria Eagen. "They worked really hard and it paid off!"
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
|18 Students Earn National Spanish Exam Honors!|
Spanish teachers Elizabeth McComas and Archer Davis Monday recognized 18 students for their outstanding performance on the National Spanish Examination administered earlier this year."This is a tremendous showing by our students," said Ms. McComas, who will chair the Foreign Language Department next year. "It's wonderful to have so many students achieve recognition."
Sophomore Olivia S. earned the highest honor, "Premio de Oro" or Gold Prize, awarded to those who score in the 95th percentile or better nationwide. Olivia was in the 98th percentile among Spanish III students with outside experience all over the U.S.. Freshmen Lilly MacDonald and Alicia H. earned Premio de Plata (Silver) and Premio de Bronce (Bronze), respectively, in Spanish I. Lilly scored in the 93rd percentile, missing the Gold cutoff by just two percentage points, and Alicia was was in the top 25th percent.
Another 15 students earned Mención Honorífica (Honorable Mention) for being in the 50th-74th percentile in their levels. Please click below to see those language stars!
The National Spanish Exam is designed by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. More than 100,000 students took this on-line test this year. From those results, a national average score (aka the 50th percentile) was established and students who scored better than this average, falling into a higher percentile, received honors.
|Three Soccer Players and Two Lacrosse Stars Earn All-DAC Honors|
Five more Foxcroft athletes – three from soccer and two from lacrosse - have been named all-Delaney Athletic Conference First Team selections, joining three softball players named last week, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Saturday (May 14).
|Three Softball Players Named to All-DAC First Team!|
Luisa ’11, Claire K. ’11 and Caroline ’12 were named to the All-Delaney Athletic Conference softball team in a vote of the league’s coaches, Foxcroft Softball Coach Fred McMane announced Wednesday.
This marks the first time that Foxcroft has had more than one player named to the team and is the third straight first-team mention for Claire.
|Mckenzie rides to a third and a fifth at Nationals!|
In her first appearance at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Championships last week in Upper Marlboro, MD, Mckenzie C. '13 earned third place in the Varsity Open on the flat and fifth in the invitation-only Equine Journal Varsity Open Championship!
Mckenzie, the only Foxcroft rider to qualify for Nationals in the School's first year of IEA competition, was one of just eight riders called back from among 19 qualifiers from all over the U.S. who competed in two preliminary sections on the flat. She rode beautifully in the final to earn the yellow ribbon, behind Heather E. of Good Shepherd Farm in Yaphank, NY, and Ariana M. of Blue Water Equestrian Team in West Broward, FL.
After the Open classes for both flat and over fences were complete, 10 of the 38 riders -- including Mckenzie -- were invited to compete in the Equine Journal Varsity Open Championship. Each rider completed two tests, one over fences and one on the flat -- and Mckenzie was awarded fifth place!
|Gilmore. Sheehan receive Anne K. McGuire Award for exceptional service|
Surprise presentation of Foxcroft's highest honor
The Board of Trustees and Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer Friday bestowed Foxcroft's highest honor – the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award – on Assistant Head of School for External Affairs Rebecca B. Gilmore and Director of Riding Ellen (Nelly) Sheehan. Both women have dedicated themselves Foxcroft for more than 20 years.
|10 Students Named to Cum Laude Society|
Seven seniors and three juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday (April. 6). The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
|Allie is Schooling Jumper Champion at Sandstone|
Junior Allie D. was Champion of the Schooling Jumper Division and freshmen Paula C. and Tessa P. were Reserve Champion of their divisions Sunday (April 17) to lead an outstanding showing by Foxcroft riders at the Sandstone Farm Jumper Show in Millwood, VA.
|Amanda '11 writes prize-winning story|
Amanda '11 Sunday was awarded third prize in the High School division of the It’s All Write Short Story Writing Contest sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library. Noted author Chris Crutcher presented her with a certificate and a cash prize at a standing-room-only ceremony at the Ashburn Public Library.
|Eventers Ride Well at DVPC Horse Trials|
Freshman Miranda M. and Gaelic Magic won the Novice Rider Division and senior Allegra A., on Fanfare, placed second in the Open Novice class Sunday (April 10) at the Dominion Valley Pony Club Horse Trials held at Foxcroft.
In addition, sophomore Debbie C., who rode her horse Best Grades to fourth-place finish in the Novice Rider, paired with Papi, another private horse, to win the Baby Novice division.
Altogether, five Foxcroft students competed in six events and won ribbons every time. All bt Debbie rode school horses.
|Accomplished Potter Shares Her Life in Clay with Students|
Artist Gay Smith visited campus Monday evening as part of the Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Lecture Series to share her life as a ceramicist with students. Ms. Smith discussed the evolution of her work as she found inspiration from external sources, and later from her own work as she found her unique voice as an artist. Her pots and mugs often incorporated aspects of the human form in their composition, which students viewed both through her presentation and firsthand in the small collection she brought for display.
|Taylor sings her way to a spot at the regional NATS competition!|
Taylor W. '12 placed second in the state Saturday in the Freshman/Sophomore Musical Theater Category singing competition at the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (VANATS) Conference Saturday at James Madison University. The performance earned the 13-year-old sophomore a trip to the MidAtlantic NATS Competition and Conference, scheduled for April 1-2 at Shenandoah University.
|Foxcroft joins Online School for Girls|
Foxcroft's ongoing efforts to provide more outstanding opportunities for students together with a desire to explore the brave new world of the "virtual classroom" last year prompted the School to become a charter affiliate of the Online School for Girls. Since its founding in June 2009, the Online School for Girls (OSG) has grown from four schools to 38 schools from coast to coast, and from 16 students to more than 80 students. Any girl, anywhere in the world can enroll in the Online School for Girls provided she meets the admissions standards for the School and prerequisites for a course.
For Foxcroft, however, OSG means it can offer students courses that otherwise might not be available. This year, for instance, several Foxcroft students are taking Multivariable Calculus. In addition to covering a subject that was not being offered on-campus because so few students were interested, they are gaining valuable experience with the online educational experience, which is becoming a more prevalent pehnomenon with each passing year.
|Mckenzie rides into Zone Finals!|
Mckenzie '12 placed eighth in the Varsity Open under saddle equitation competition at the Region I finals Saturday (March 6) at Garrison Forest School to advance to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association's Zone 3 Show. The Zone 3 finals, which will include riders from Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia, will be held April 2-3 at Stone Bridge Farm in Natural Bridge, VA. The IEA National Championships are scheduled for April 28-May 1 in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Mckenzie becomes the first Foxcroft rider to compete in the Zone competition in this, the School's first year of IEA membership. Congratulations!
|Foxcroft students star at Bland Music competition|
Nicole '13 wins vocal division; Luisa '12 and Claire F. '12 place second in vocal and instrumental, respectively
Singing two very different pieces -- one folk and one classical -- Foxcroft students Nicole M. '13 and Luisa B. '12 swept the top two places in the vocal division Monday evening (Feb. 28) at the Middleburg Lions Club's Annual Bland Music Contest held at Hill School. Violinist Claire F. '12 earned second place among the instrumentalists for her incredibly beautiful and technically difficult rendition of Vivaldi’s Summer.
|Where's Foxcroft? Follow us and find out!|
No sooner did our Interim Trip group return from the rainforest and Amazon River basin of Peru, then another group took off for Madrid, Spain, as part of a pilot exchange program with a school there.
Read about both groups' adventures, as well as previous travels through Foxcroft's international trip blog, Where's Foxcroft?
. We hope you find Where's Foxcroft
to be a fun resource to share with your daughter the diverse travel opportunities Foxcroft has to offer.
|Margaret B. '11 is named National Merit Finalist!|
Foxcroft Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer announced Wednesday that Margaret B., a senior at the Middleburg, VA, school, has been named a finalist in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Margaret was selected as a finalist from among the 1.55 million eligible students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2009! That puts her among the top one percent of high school students in the country and makes her eligible for the National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million that will be awarded later this spring to these academically-talented students.
|Basketball standout Claire A is named First Team All-DAC|
Claire A., a senior center who led the Varsity basketball team with power, skill, and heart, has been named to the first team of the Division I All-Delaney Athletic Conference squad for the 2010-11 season, Athletic director Michelle Woodruff announced Friday.
|Everything We Do is Curriculum: Dean's story featured in boarding school directory|
"Everything We Do Is Curriculum," an article written by Foxcroft's Academic Dean, Alexander O. Northrup, is featured in the 2010-11 edition of NowBoarding, the Official College Prep Boarding School Magazine and Directory, published by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). The story, which reflects Foxcroft's mission and philosophy as well as Northrup's personal take on boarding school, appeared in slightly abridged form in the July issue of KeepingTABS, the Association's e-newsletter for member school professionals.
NowBoarding, however, reaches a much larger audience than KeepingTABS. As the primary source for families investigating the world of residential independent schools, it is distributed to families, schools, libraries, consultants, and embassies around the world. Each year, NowBoarding includes just a handful of stimulating stories about education and boarding school life along with the in-depth profiles of the TABS's 300+ member schools.
"Everything We Do is Curriculum" is just such a story. Based on remarks Northrup made at a faculty meeting, it posits that boarding schools offer a unique opportunity for learning to go on in the classroom and out. It affords, he writes, teachers the chance to truly fulfill their vocation by instructing students in the skills they need to succeed in life, conveying the collective wisdom and experience of our culture, and helping students explore what it "means to be a human being at this time, in this place."
Read the entire story, as it appeared in KeepingTABS, or request a copy of NowBoarding.
|Interim begins Monday, Feb, 28!|
Girls head to Peru, Stonar and a voyage of discover as special term starts.
Special classes, fascinating visitors, grand adventures in the classroom and beyond Foxcroft's gate and myriad approaches to learned take center stage Monday when Interim Term begins. The theme this year is Becoming You: Mind, Body, Soul and the focus will include a variety of classes and activities that focus on self discovery, personal health, fitness and safety, communication, gender roles and ethics.
Exchange programs with the Stonar School in England and Centre Danielou in France and a 10-day trip to environmental, cultural and service trip to the Amazon enrich the experience for some, while service and knowledge field trips and a stunning lineup of visitors highlight the term for all. among this years presenters are movement artist Kista Tucker, who will be artist-in-residence for a week; astronaut Gary Payton, health and nutrition coach and former Chanel, Inc exec Holli Thompson, classical guitarist Rich Barry and hypnotist Dr. Larry Volz. Click below to read more about out visitors.
Check out all the brilliant array of classes in the Interim brochure and, beginning Tuesday, follow the adventures of the group visiting Peru through the blog they'll be keeping. It's Interim!
|Claire A. '11 is named Player of the Week|
Claire A. ’11 has been named Player of the Week for the period of Feb. 13-19, following a three-game set against Delaney Athletic Conference teams in which she averaged 14.7 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game.
|NCS, Madeira and Hill win championships as $1,000-plus is raised to fight breast cancer|
Led by Division I recruit Markell S., Norfolk Collegiate School beat Fredericksburg Academy, 54-26, then defeated the Madeira School, 66-47, Saturday to win the second annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament at Foxcroft School.
The event, which included junior varsity and middle school competitions, drews throngs of people to the School’s beautiful Athletic/Student Center and raised more than $1,000 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, Foxcroft Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Sunday. View stories and photos on LoudounTimes.com, Viva Lopudoun or below.
|Channel 9/WUSA features Foxcroft climbing star|
Three weeks after sport climbing standout Faith S. was featured in a local paper, Channel 9/WUSA, the District of Columbia's CBS affiliate, aired a story about the Foxcroft junior and her terrific talent for scaling walls.
To read the story and view several video clips, please click here.
A Hamilton, VA resident, Faith won a bronze medal in the bouldering competition at the Junior Pan American Games held in Ecuador in November and, earlier this month, qualified for the American Bouldering Series Junior National Championships, scheduled for late February in Boulder, CO. To read the story that appeared in the Loudoun Times-Mirror, please click here.
|Alex C. named Player of the Week|
ALEX CARR NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex C., a junior guard, scored six points in the final quarter to spark Foxcroft's junior varsity to a nail-biting 24-23 victory over Seton on February 8 and earn Player of the Week honors for February 6-12.
Alex led the JV with a season-high eight points in the game and helped the team record its second victory of the season.
A hard-nosed defensive player from Wellington, Fla., Alex has been a sparkplug at the No. 2 guard position all season. She was a first-team all-Delaney Athletic Conference selection in volleyball last fall.
|Gilmore named Head of School at Augusta (GA) Prep!|
Rebecca B. Gilmore, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs at Foxcroft School, has been named Head of School of Augusta Preparatory Day School in Augusta, GA, effective July 1, Robert C. Osborne, Chair of the school’s Board of Trustees, and James Hull, Chair of the Search Committee, announced Tuesday. Gilmore, who has served Foxcroft in key positions since 1987, will succeed Jack Hall, who is moving to the Walker School near Atlanta after 12 years at Prep.
|Foxes and Hounds Meet in Annual Battle|
Hounds keep the Cup in a a fun, spirited competition
Cheers, songs, drums and tambourines filled the Mary Louise Leipheimer Gym Saturday as the Foxes and the Hounds met in the annual ritual that pairs fierce competition with fun-filled spirit and friendship. The Hounds, who had a height and experience advantage inside, collected a 39-16 victory to keep the Cup for the 10th straight year. The Foxes showed their spirit and character by battling to the end and keeping their colors and support showing throughout.
|Riders collect seven ribbons, McKenzie qualifies for Regional at IEA meet|
Junior McKenzie C. won two ribbons and qualified for the Region I finals to lead seven ribbon-winning Foxcroft riders Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Greenway Horse Show at Featherdown, an Interscholastic Equestrian Association points meet.
McKenzie took fourth in the individual Varsity Open over fences competition to qualify in that class. Teammate Kasey C '13 placed third in but her cumulative point total is lower than Mckenzie's. Olivia G '12 and Maddie T. '14 also took third place honors, both in Varsity Intermediate Under Saddle competition. Full results follow.
|Alexander, students, faculty shine at Bergan Poetry Festival|
Montana '11, Isabel '11, Taylor '13 and Kate '14 take competitive reading honors; Alexis '12 wins Slam
Seniors Montana and Isabel, sophomore Taylor and freshman Kate took top honors in their respective class of the Competitive Poetry Readings Saturday at the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival. Alexis, a junior, was crowned the 2011 Poetry Slam champion Friday evening. For videos from the weekend, click here.
The poetry festival is a longtime Foxcroft tradition that was re-named after a beloved English teacher upon his retirement in 2007. It includes a free-wheeling evening of performance poetry and coffee-house “open mic” entertainment, a workshop and reading by a visiting poet of note, and a variety of competitive and non-competitive readings.
|Brianna '13 featured in PA paper for service trip to New Orleans |
Last summer, Brianna E.'14 spent a week in new Orleans helping those whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Last week, she told the Abington (PA) Lions Club members, who had helped fund the trip, all about the experience. That meeting is the subject of a wonderful story in the Abington Journal.
During the trip, organizaed by Rustic Pathways, Brianna spent mornings building walls, plastering and nailing to help rebuild two houses. The afternoons were devoted to learning about New Orleans culture and included visits to the old and new levees, Perservation Hall, the Superdome and more. Highlights included holding a baby alligator during a Mississippi boat ride and witnessing a New Orleans-style jazz funeral.
Rustic Pathways, which visits Foxcroft annually, offers worldwide travel and service opportunities for students. Other Foxcroft girls have traveled to Asia, Africa, and South America with the organization in recent years.,
|Mary Mo rides again!|
Mary M. '13 had another amazing outing with the big-time steeplechasers last weekend when she rode her horse, Woodmont, to third place in the Arthur O. Choate, Jr Memorial NW2 Timber Race at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Mary, who only earned her jockey's license earlier this year, was beaten by just three lengths, by Champion Jockey Paddy Young and Mark Beecher.
|Foxcroft junior featured in Loudoun newspaper|
Sport climbing standout Faith '12 and her recent success at international competitions are the subject of a feature story in this week's issue of the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Faith, a Hamilton, VA resident, won a bronze medal in the bouldering competition at the Junior Pan American Games held in Ecuador in November, finishing fifth overall. She also placed in the top 15 at the Junior World Championships held in Edinburgh, Scotland in September.
To read the times-Mirror story, click here.
|Riding Team makes its IEA Debut|
On a busy, frigid weekend full of holiday activities and record low temperatures, the Foxcroft Riding Team participated in its first Interscholastic Equestrian Association meet Sunday and came home with a passel of ribbons. Led by sophomores Kasey C., who captured a blue ribbon in the Varsity Open class and Debbie C., who placed second in two JV Novice classes, Foxcroft collected 18 ribbons and finished fifth out of 10 teams.
Oldfields won the meet with 29 points, followed by Garrison Forest (27), Greenway Stables (26), and John Carroll School (22). Foxcroft and Meadowbrook Stables both finished with 18 points. Traditional Foxcroft rival Madeira had 12 points.
|Foxcroft junior wins bronze at Sport Climbing Pan Am Games|
Awesome! That’s the only word that can describe the experience that Faith S, a Foxcroft School junior, had over Thanksgiving break. Faith, a 16-year-old rock climber, competed in the first-ever Pan American Youth Sport Climbing Championships, in Ibarra, Ecuador, and came home with a bronze medal! Not only that, but none other than the President of Ecuador, Raffael Correa, placed the medal around her neck – even though Faith beat his daughter!
|"Race to Nowhere" engages educators, parents and students |
Nearly 100 parents, students and educators -- including Heads of School from three Middleburg institutions -- gathered at Foxcroft School's Athletic/Student Center Thursday night to view and discuss a provocative documentary film called Race to Nowhere. The film, produced by a concerned mother-turned-filmmaker, has sparked a nationwide discussion by looking at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that permeates schools and student's lives today and questioning policies and practices that focus on testing, performance, and competition, sometimes at the cost of meaningful teaching and learning.
Following the 90-minute movie, which consisted of interviews with children who have been pushed to the brink and parents trying to do what’s best for their kids, as well as psychologists and education experts, Foxcroft's Academic Dean, Alexander O. Northrup facilitated an open discussion. Letting go of the need for every child to be an academic superstar, refocusing on teaching kids how to learn and to love learning, cutting back on homework and even eliminating grades were among the topics touched on.
"I don't think it ends in college or even after college," said Foxcroft Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer. "Children are growing up feeling the need to be on the fast track for everything and forgetting that experience is a teacher too and that sometimes you have to struggle and work through a problem. It's a lifetime issue and we have to begin to look at what is going on and what is being lost."
Northrup thanked the audience for coming and urged them to continue the discussion. "You are the people who care about education enough to be here, to take the time to watch this movie and be part of this conversation," he said. "Use your social capital to go out and further the discussion. Talk to your friends, talk to your colleagues. Use your social capital to make changes to help ensure that our children grow up to be thoughtful, bright, creative, happy people."
To learn more about the event, click below. To see a story about the evening that appears on Leesburg Today.com, click here.
|Save a Life! Give blood at Foxcroft January 13|
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. One day, it could be you or someone you know. That’s one of the many reasons that the Foxcroft School Parents’ Association and its Student Prefects, Sarah G. '11 and Arabella M. '11, urge area residents to participate in the upcoming Red Cross blood drives on the campus of the Middleburg, VA school
The drive is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, from 1pm to 7pm in FoxHound Auditorium in the Schoolhouse at Foxcroft. An additional drive is slated for April 25, 2011.
Bergan Poetry Festival coming soon!
Foxcroft's annual poetry festival is a tradition that reaches back decades -- at still manages to provide a new adventure each year. Famous and engaging visitors, readings and performances by student and faculty, the famed "Slam" and open mike kick-off have all, at one time or another, provided memorable moments and stunning surprises. The 2010 Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, scheduled for next weekend, should be no different!
Poet, playwright and publisher Kwame Alexander highlights the weekend when he reads from his work on Saturday morning but some exciting (and excited!) new talent will debut at Friday's freewheeling Poetry Slam and a slew of students, selected by their peers, will read before a panel of faculty judges tonight in hopes of earning a place in the adjudicated poetry reading competition scheduled for Saturday afternoon. For for more information about the visiting poet and a complete schedule of events. please READ MORE.
|10 Fall athletes earn All-Conference honors|
Ten Foxcroft School athletes, including five members of the perennially powerful field hockey team and three-time cross country honoree Jordan C., earned All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors this fall, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced recently.
|Beautiful weather, throngs of enthusiastic spectators greet Fox/Hound Field Hockey |
Scores of alumnae, parents and friends -- not to mention virtually the entire student body and faculty -- enjoyed unseasonably warm weather, two terrific field hockey games and several other special events Saturday when Foxcroft's cherished tradition of Fox/Hound held its first competition of the school year.
From the early morning gathering of the Middleburg Hunt, which featured a half-dozen senior Foxcroft riders shadowing the masters of the hunt, huntsman and whippers-in, right up until the whistle signaled the end of Big Game, the buzz of excitement, joy or reunion and pure pleasure of friendly competition inundated the School's gorgeous campus.
When all was said and done, Foxes and Hounds, alike, all came away with identical records of a win, a loss, and a tie.
|Thanks for the Donations! Next blood drive Jan. 13|
Many thanks to those of you who participated in the Blood Drive held on Thursday, October 28. There were 15 units of blood donated, with three first-time donors. Each unit of blood can help three people; therefore, through Foxcroft, 45 people will receive the blood they need. Thank you all!
We will be hosting two more Blood Drives this year -- on Thursday, January 13 and on Monday, April 25 -- both from 1-7pm in FoxHound Auditorium. Please put these dates on your calendar now!
|Join us for a screening and discussion of “RACE TO NOWHERE” on DEC. 2|
Schools, community invited to see film that explores the effects of today’s pressure-packed academic culture
The high-stakes, high-pressure culture that permeates today’s schools and students’ lives will be explored Thursday, Dec. 2 at Foxcroft when the documentary film Race to Nowhere will be screened and discussed. The public is invited to join teachers, parents and administrators from Foxcroft and other area schools at the event, to be held in the Engelhard Gymnasium on the School’s Middleburg, VA, campus.
|Being Safe in the Digital World|
Assistant Attorney General speaks to community
How easy is it to find someone on the Internet? Very. That was one of the key messages Lawrence L. “Chip” Muir, Virginia Assistant Attorney General/Prosecutor for Computer Crimes, shared with students and faculty last Friday in a fascinating morning presentation.
|Freshman wins regional essay contest |
We may have a budding historian on our hands! Maddie T., a freshman from Middleburg, recently received the Mosby Heritage Area Association of Achievement and a seat at a conference on the Civil War for an essay she wrote last year.
|In the Pink: Foxcroft raises $2,600 to fight breast cancer|
Foxcroft community raises $2,600 to fight breast cancer at Nanette's Walk
Foxcroft just gets pinker and pinker. Some 85 students, faculty and friends participated Sunday in Nanette's Walk and thanks to the wonderful turnout, terrific leadership by Mary M. '13 and Assistant Head of School Sheila McKibbin and the generosity of several major supporters, Foxcroft raised more than $2,600 to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. That's $1,000 and 20 walkers more than a year ago!
Contributions from the Foxcroft School Student Council, dormitories, a school-wide bake sale and individual sponsorships combined with a substantial contribution by Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer for a total of around $1300. Foxcroft Board member Marcy Harris, whose daughter graduated last May, then matched the entire amount!
For more on the Walk and a gallery of photos, please click below.
|Allegra '11 and Shea '13 earn seconds in Dominion Valley Horse Trials|
Senior Allegra A. and sophomore Shea V. earned second-place finishes Sunday (Oct. 10) at hte Dominion Valley Pony Club Horse Trials held at Foxcroft. Kasey C., also a sophomore took fourth.
Competing in the Novice Challenge Division, Allegra and her horse Harry were fifth after dressage with a score of 35.5. They swept cleanly through the stadium jumping and cross-country portions to move up to second place -- and win won $126! Kasey, also competing in Novice Challenge, and Neville were sixth after dressage, fifth after the jumping and fourth overall.
In the Novice Rider Division, Shea, on Bailey, had a score of 35.5 in dressage to stand fourth. Clean, quick rides in jumping and cross-country moved the teamup to second. Senior Annie Y. and sophomore Debbie C. also competed for Foxcroft.
For complete results of the meet, se the DVPC website.
|Former NCAA star conducts volleyball clinic|
At 6'7" with long arms that seem to stretch all the way to the top of the gym, Tom Hulse is an imposing figure on the volleyball court. And when the former NCAA star talked about the game he loves so well the Foxcroft students listened intently, hanging on every word.
Hulse was part of a coaching group that gave a three-hour volleyball clinic at Foxcroft on Saturday, Oct. 9. Seventeen students, most of the varsity and junior varsity team members, turned out for the clinic which focused on the basics of the game. Eric and Jessica Martin of Alexandria and Foxcroft varsity volleyball coach Elizabeth McComas joined Hulse as coaches for the clinic.
|Field hockey Varsity opens season with a tie |
Varsity field hockey, which won the last two Delaney Athletic Conference Championships and went to the Virginia State Tournament last year, opened its season at home Friday with a 2-2 tie vs. cross-town rival Middleburg Academy.
Sophomore Olivia Jane J. scored both Foxcroft goals. Freshman Lily M. assisted on the first, scored early in the second half, and sophomore Cat R. assisted on the second. Junior Claire F. made a game-saving stop in front of the Foxcroft goal late in the game to preserve the tie.
|Academic Dean's article appears in national educational publication|
"Everything We Do Is Curriculum," an article written by Foxcroft's Academic Dean, Alexander O. Northrup, is featured in the July issue of KeepingTABS, an E-newsletter published by The Association for Boarding Schools.
The article, based on remarks Northrup made at a faculty meeting, reflects Foxcroft's mission and philosophy as well as Northrup's personal perspective on boarding schools. It posits that boarding schools offer a unique opportunity for learning to go on in the classroom and out and for teachers to fully realize their vocation -- instructing students in the skills they need to succeed in life, conveying the collective wisdom and experience of our culture, and helping students explore what it "means to be a human being at this time, in this place."
To read the entire story, click here
Foxcroft School's 97th academic year opened Friday with the arrival of a large and talented cohort of new students, a lovely Convocation service and plenty of hugs and warm welcomes from returning students and faculty.
Some 157 girls from eight countries, 20 states and the District of Columbia comprise this year's student body. Although overall numbers were down due to the economy, the Freshman Class is full, with 36 girls, and there is a waiting list for day students. Once an all-boarding school, Foxcroft affords its day students much of the residential experience which the School's mission and philosophy firmly endorse as part of the education offered at the Middleburg, VA, school. This year, about two-thirds of the students are boarders and nearly 80 percent of the faculty live on campus.
|Ready for action! New Athletic/Student Center to greet returning students|
As the new school year approaches, the entire Foxcroft community is excited to have the use of its beautiful, state-of-the-art Athletic/Student Center from Day 1. The $14 million facility, which opened in stages last spring, features three gyms (a double box and the renovated competition gym), a fitness center, rock climbing wall, mezzanine-level running track and gallery, athletic trainer’s room, team rooms and offices. In addition, an entire wing is dedicated to student activities and includes a dance studio, student center, game room, kitchen and snack room.
|Cramer, Lane receive Anne K. McGuire Award|
Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees Friday bestowed its highest honor – the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award – on Beatty Page Cramer and Thomas D. Lane, two longtime board members and outstanding volunteers who helped harness the energy and enthusiasm of two key constituencies of the Middleburg, VA., school. The surprise presentation took place Friday (April 16) at an all-school meeting that included students, faculty, board members and some surprise guests -- the honoree’s families.
|32 students honored for national foreign language test performance|
Thirty-two students were honored recently for their fine performance on national foreign language exams. The highest accolade went to Margaret B. '11, who earned a 5th ranking regionally and 7th nationally in the Level 5 (AP) French test. This year, more than 101,000 students around the world took the National French Contest (Le Grand Concours), which is administered by the American Association of Teachers of French.
On the National Spanish Exam, designed by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and taken by more than 100,000 students, four Foxcroft students earned "Plata" (Silver) honors and three earned "Bronce" (bronze) designation. In Latin, two Level 1 students were honored.
|Rising senior selected to Governor's School|
Margaret '11 has been accepted into the prestigious Virginia Governor’s School for the Humanities this summer, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced recently.
|Ashton and Dish named to Post's All-Area Team|
Senior lacrosse stalwarts Ashton M. and Meredith (Dish) H. Thursday were named All-Area All-Stars by the Washington Post. Both girls, along with senior defender Anna A. received First Team All-Delaney Athletic Conference honors in May.
Dish and Ashton have anchored the lacrosse team for four years, scoring between them an astounding 419 goals and 156 assists, including 122 goals and 51 assists this season, when the squad posted a 10-2 record.
|51 Girls Receive their Diplomas!|
A picture-perfect day greeted the members of Foxcroft School’s Class of 2010 in Miss Charlotte’s Garden Friday morning (May 21) when Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer presented 51 girls their diplomas at the School’s 96th commencement.
The Class, which includes young women from 12 states and six foreign countries, includes four National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students and a University of Virginia Echols Scholar. Members of the Class have been offered an impressive 191 acceptances and more than $1.25 million in merit scholarship from 129 colleges and universities, including Barnard, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Kenyon, Lehigh, Parsons School of Design, Southern Cal, University of Texas (Austin), Vanderbilt, Virginia, William & Mary, and the University of Wisconsin.
|Loved It! One-woman raises $5,000 for Fine Arts at Foxcroft|
Robyn Yovanovich's show, What I Did For Love, delights Foxcroft and Middleburg audiences
Fine Arts Department Chair Robyn Yovanovich did a fine thing for the fine arts at Foxcroft the weekend of April 2-3), and folks loved it! With the help of daughter Clancey '11, colleague Karin Thorndike and friend Tom Sweitzer, Robyn shared an informal look at her life told in song and story in a special performance for her Foxcroft family on Friday morning and a benefit performance Saturday evening at the Hill School.
The show inspired a nice story in Middleburg Life,, a local newspaper, and raves from her audience. It also raised a lot of money for the Fine Arts at Foxcroft. At an all-school meeting on Friday, April 16, Yovanovich presented Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer with a check for $5,000.
With tears brimming in her eyes, Yovanovich spoke about how it has been her dream to be able to give the gift of her show to her daughter, Clancey '11, and to the entire Foxcroft community. She was overwhelmed by the support of both the Foxcroft and Middleburg communities that allowed her to give such a generous donation to a program that is so close to her heart. The amount of Robyn's gift continues to grow and as of May 15, the total was $6,365.
With the courage she has shown facing her recent health challenges, the passion she shares with Foxcroft students every day, and the determination and talent it took to perform her show, Robyn is an inspiration to the entire community. Her gift to Foxcroft's Fine Arts Program -- a program that she has helped shape over the years -- is a tangible reminder of the love she has for her students, the program and the School.
The show itself was a big hit.
|Observed: Jillian '10 excelling in motorcycle trials|
Fox Jillian '10 was one of the captains of the field hockey Big Team that gave the Blue its first victory in several years last fall. And this spring, she served as manager for the Varsity Soccer Team that put together its best season in memory, including a trip to the DAC Championship Game. Her favorite--and most successful--athletic endeavor, however, is in a sport that many of us have never heard of: observed trials, a motorcycling competition in which riders challenge themselves over an obstacle course that includes tree stumps, boulders, water and generally the toughest terrain a bike can handle. The idea is to complete the course without touching the ground with the feet -- and there are judges everywhere keeping track of when you do!
Jillian started competing in the sport -- which her dad, Shane, also does -- several years ago and she has become one of the best young women in the game. Last summer she placed fourth in the Women's Advanced Class at the U.S. Women's Open in Tennessee and, through April, she was ranked first in the Modern B Class. That's the Men's Modern B Class.
A mid-April competition in Monrovia, MD, put her there after she finished second with only 22 points over 30 sections. It was one of the biggest trials events of the year with close to 100 competitors.
Congratulations, Jillian, and good luck for the rest of the season!
|Foxcroft wins the Third Annual FIT For Lacrosse championship|
Led by co-captains and scoring aces Ashton '10 and Dish '10, Foxcroft Varisty Lacrosse Team won the third annual Foxcroft Invitational Tournament For Lacrosse Tournament Saturday with wins over Wakefield School and Paul VI High School (Fairfax). The tournament hosts, who also won the inaugural FIT title in 2008, cruised past Wakefield School (The Plains, VA) 15-7 in the first game and downed Paul VI High (Fairfax, VA) in the championship game.
Foxcroft is 7-1 on the season, with the only loss coming at the hands of Delaney Athletic Conference rival Highland School.
Norfolk Collegiate, which fell to Paul VI 10-5 in the morning, defeated Wakefield in the consolation final.
|Dedication of the Athletic/Student Center draws an enthusiastic crowd|
Sunny and breezy -- those words describe the weather andthe mood Saturday afternoon when Foxcroft School dedicated its beautiful new Athletic/Student Center. Several hundred students, alumnae, parents, trustees (past and present), faculty and friends gathered around the building to see Forrest E. Mars, the angel of the project, ceremoniously cut a white ribbon and officially open the $14 million, 26,000-square-foot facility. The crowd let out a loud roar when Mars snipped the ribbon and the students, many attired in their athletic uniforms, broke out with ebullient, drum-accompanied Fox and Hound cheers to celebrate a new day in the history of the girls' boarding school.
The building, which opened in stages beginning in February, features three gyms (a double box and the renovated original gym), a fitness center, rock climbing wall, mezzanine-level running track and gallery, athletic trainer’s room, team rooms and offices. In addition, an entire wing is dedicated to student activities and includes a dance studio, student center, game room, kitchen and snack room. It is expected to be one of the showcase buildings of western Loudoun County and, with versatile spaces that can host a variety of events, will benefit the greater community as well as the Foxcroft family.
|Lillibet '10 named "Future Leader of Loudoun" by Times-Mirror|
Senior Lillibet, an outstanding leader of her class and the School's efforts to help fight breast cancer, was named a "Future Leader of Loudoun" March 10 by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Lillibet is the third Foxcroft student in four years chosen for this honor, which includes a profile in the weekly paper and a $1,500 grant toward her college education.
A Middleburg resident, Lillibet was president of her class for three years and is a member of School's Judicial Council. She is also a captain of the Riding Team and Whippers In, a group of the best riders at Foxcroft. Most impressive of all, however, is the dedication and energy Lillibet has devoted to raising awareness and funds for research and for care of those who have breast cancer, a disease that claimed her mother. For three years running, she has organized students and faculty to participate in Nanette's Walk -- leading the largest contingent in the walk every time and raising thousands of dollars for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund.
The "Future Leaders" were honored at a special gathering on Friday, March 12. To read about that and see the rest of the special section on all the outstanding youngsters tabbed by the paper, click here.
Congratulations, Lillibet! We are proud of you.
|Student compete in Bland Competition, Luisa places second|
Luisa '12 took second place in the Vocal Division to lead a group of eight students who represented Foxcroft at the Middleburg Lions Club's Annual Bland Music Contest Monday, February 22. Luisa performed a stunning rendition of Bel Piacere from the opera Aggrippina to best some tough competition in the event, held at Hill School.
|Ten students and one teacher selected to Cum Laude Society|
An impressive group of eight seniors, two juniors and a faculty member have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday (Feb.3). The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
Erba and the other adult members of the chapter presented Cum Laude crosses to seniors Lindsay A., Katherine F., Jayne G., Robyn L., Su Bin L., Meghan T., Hunter W., and Lindsey Y, as well as juniors Margaret B. and Jae-Yeon. Science teacher Lindsay Bowser also received a cross during the traditional -- and suspenseful -- announcement ceremony. The official induction into Cum Laude takes place at Commencement.
|Niblack guest Derrick Gay sings, teaches, and opens eyes|
Opera, hair and tolerance were among the subjects professional singer and independent school administrator Derrick Gay covered in early January when he spent two days on campus, courtesy of the Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Arts Lecture Series. The visit, which included a "master class" with Foxcroft's voice students, attendance at English and History classes, and a two-hour workshop on diversity, culminated in a splendid concert Saturday night that featured four of our girls and voice teacher Susan Merriman, in addition to Gay.
|Junior Class Walkathon praised in AFSP-NCAC's inaugural newsletter|
In its inaugural newsletter, published in July, the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention thanked the Class of 2011 and the entire Foxcroft School community for its fundraising and educational efforts on behalf of the organization. The Class, which organized last spring's Junior Class Walkathon, donated $3,000 to NCAC, the newest chapter of AFSP, and more than $5,500 in total to help fight suicide, one of the leading causes of death in teenagers.
Steve Iselin, NCAC's founder and chairman, came to Foxcroft to speak and participate at the Walkathon, which saw virtually the entire school commmunity make the trek. Throughout the year, members of the Class of 2011 had worked to educate the community about suicide -- statistics, warning signs, ways to help. They also arranged for English teacher Mia Noffsinger to share her personal experience with losing a sister to suicide.
The story of the Walkathon was also posted on the AFSP website. Click here to read it.
|The Importance of “Getting it Done”|
A report on the Alison Firestone Robitaille ’95 Clinic
by Laura Scharfenberg
Last weekend, before making her way down to Palm Beach to meet up with her horses for the winter, Alison Robitaille ’95 visited her old stomping grounds, the McConnell Stables, to share her knowledge and passion with our girls (and a few guests) during a two-day riding clinic.
It was the first of three clinics being presented at Foxcroft this year by celebrated alumnae: Nina Fout ’77 will be here this Saturday (Nov. 13) and Eliza Shuford '96 is scheduled to come in the new year.
|23 Foxcroft Girls Earn AP Scholar Honors|
A record-setting 23 Foxcroft students, including five current seniors and one-third of the Class that graduated in May, have earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams, Academic Dean Alexander Northrup announced Wednesday. This is the seventh year in a row that Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits, and the first in which it passed the 20-student threshold.
|Field Hockey Players Honored by the Post|
Foxcroft athletes nab Player of the Year, four additional All-Loudoun spots
Lacrosse may have earned Meredith "Dish" '10 a place at the University of Denver next year but field hockey has secured her All-Loudoun Player of the Year and All-Met Honorable Mention laurels from the Washington Post. This marks the fifth year in a row that a Foxcroft athlete has earned Player of the Year honors.
Four of her teammates -- seniors Hilary K, Ashton M and Anna A and junior Meredith B -- were also named Thursday to the All-Loudoun Field Hockey team. This fall, Foxcroft was 11-5 and ranked 8th in the state. The team outscored its Delaney Athletic Conference opponents 38-8, with five of those goals coming in its lone league loss, a 5-1 defeat by Fredericksburg Academy.
|Dish featured in Loudoun Times-Mirror|
Senior sports standout Meredith “Dish” H. and Foxcroft School are featured in a major story in the Loudoun Times-Mirror this week. In November, Dish signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at the University of Denver next year. The signing, which brings an athletic scholarship with it, was accompanied by enthusiastic cheers and applause from an auditorium full of students and faculty who had come to witness the signing and attend Foxcroft’s Fall Sports Assembly that followed.
The Times-Mirror story discusses the Middleburg resident's success in four sports (lacrosse, field hokcey basketball and riding) as well asthe origin of her unusual nickname and her plans for the future.
|Jessa '11 named semifinalist in Siemens Science Competition|
Jessa, a junior at Foxcroft School and resident of Bluemont, VA, is one of just 318 students in the U.S. to be named Semifinalists Friday in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Foxcroft Science Department Chair Julie R. Ervin announced. Only 16 Virginia students earned Semifinalist recognition -- eight of whom attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Math and Science in Alexandria.
One of the nation’s leading original research competitions in math, science and technology for high school students, the Siemens Competition is administered by the College Board and arwards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories. Jessa was recognized for her project entitled “Verifying Proper Protein Expression of Mutated ORF5 of the GTA in Rhodobacter capsulatus.”
The project was conducted at Foxcroft School’s Summer Science Research Institute, which debuted at the Middleburg school last summer. Ervin, who also holds the Eleanor Stevens Science Chair at Foxcroft, is the director of the Institute.
|Eventers take two 1sts, three 2nds at DVPC Horse Trials|
Seniors Hailey E. and Malia B. each won their divisions and classmate Rebecca McC. took second in two classes Sunday to lead the Foxcroft eventers to an outstanding debut at the Dominion Valley Pony Club Horse Trials held at Foxcroft. Freshman Kasey C. also took a second while Robyn L. earned a third.
Riding Molly, Hailey was first after dressage and have perfect cross-country and stadium turns to take the blue ribbon ahead of Kasey and Petey. Malia, atop Dutch, was firswt after dressage in her class and held onto first; she was followed by Rebecca on GQ and Robyn on Issy, despite Complete results follow.
|SIXTEEN Foxcrofters earn AP Scholar honors!|
Six current students and 10 recent graduates of Foxcroft School have earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams taken last May, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced Monday. This total of 16 honored students is the School’s best ever performance and marks the sixth year in a row that Foxcroft has seen the number of AP Scholars reach double digits – an impressive record considering it’s small size.
|Field Hockey wins second straight Columbus Cup|
Foxcroft School claimed its second straight Columbus Cup Invitational Field Hockey Tournament Saturday (Sept.26) in The Plains, VA, with rain-drenched victories over local rivals Notre Dame Academy and Wakefield School, the tournament host. Foxcroft is 7-1 and has outscored opponents 24-2 at the mid-point of its season.
|"You can do great things!"|
Special presentation on breast cancer informs and inspires
Breast cancer research advocates shared a message of hope and empowerment with the Foxcroft community Sunday at a stimulating presentation that included personal stories, research updates, important facts and a call to action. Organized by Beth Glenn, a Middleburg resident and breast cancer survivor, the program featured Dr. Nicholas Robert, Chairman of the U.S. Oncology Research Network's Breast Committee and the Research and Cancer committees at INOVA Fairfax Hospital's Cancer Center. He shared facts about breast cancer, discussed exciting treatment advances, and answered many insightful questions from students and faculty.
Perhaps even more moving, though, were the personal stories: Glenn's own journey, the experience of caring for a sister with cancer, told by Glenn's friend Kate Zola of Washington D.C., and the triumph of turning the tragic loss of his wife to breast cancer into an organization to combat the disease, recounted by Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund founder James P. Atkins.
|Summer Science Institute featured in Loudoun newspaper |
Last week was a big one for the Foxcroft School Summer Science Institute, which debuted this year. First, the intensive inquity-based research program was featured in the Loudoun Times-Mirror newspaper. Then the five students who spent six weeks learning and using molecular biology lab techniques to investigate aspects of a larger project on direct drug delivery presented their findings to Dr. Anthony Spano at the University of Virginia. Then they all went rafting!
"These girls worked very hard and did terrific work," said Foxcroft Science Department Chair and Eleanor Stevens Chair holder Julie Ervin, who directs the program. "The paper they wrote regarding their findings was outstanding and they did a good job of presenting their findings. We figured a little fun was in order!
|Three Lacrosse Players Named First Team All-Loudoun by Post|
Junior midfielders Meredith and Ashton and senior attack player Whitney were named to the Washington Post's Loudoun Extra All-Extra Girls' Lacrosse Team Thursday. All three girls, along with defender Anna '10 were named to the Delaney Athletic Conference All-Conference team in May.
|Endowed, Appreciation Chairs Presented|
Four members of the the community receive Foxcroft chairs
The presentation of two endowed faculty chairs and two "special appreciation" chairs highlighted this year's Awards Assembly on May 21. The H. Laurence Achilles Chair for English was presented to Stewart Chapman Herbert '77 and the Eleanor B. Stevens Chair for Science was presented to Julie Ervin. In addition, Linda Reid of Housekeeping was cited for her 27 years of service and Dining Services' Sarah Thompson was recognized on the eve of her retirement after 57 (!) years at Foxcroft.
Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer spoke eloquently about the legendary teachers for whom the endowed chairs are named as well as the recipients -- who all had family and friends on hand.
|Graduates bloom in Miss Charlotte's Garden|
The roses weren’t out yet, owing to the cool spring, but azaleas, peonies and irises, as well as proud parents, faculty and friends, glowed along with the beaming faces of the members of Foxcroft School’s Class of 2009 Friday morning in Miss Charlotte’s Garden as 40 scholars received their diplomas at the School’s 95th commencement.
The Class, which includes young women from nine states, two foreign countries and the District of Columbia, is an accomplished one, having earned 150 acceptances to 88 colleges and universities, including Brown, Lehigh, Notre Dame, Texas, Tufts, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, UVA, and the U.S. Military Academy.
|Three students tabbed for Governor's Schools|
Gabrielle '10 has been accepted into the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for French this summer and two other Foxcroft girls, Annie '12 and Clancey '11, have been selected to attend a Summer Regional Governor's School conducted by Shenandoah Conservatory's Performing and Visual Arts, Northwest (PAVAN) program, Academic Dean Alexander O. Northrup announced recently.
|21 students honored for National Language Exam scores|
Foxcroft's Foreign Language Department recognized 21 students Monday for their outstanding performance on various national language examinations administered earlier this year. Foreign Language Chair Janice Brown was especially excited about the excellent results among her French students, four of whom earned national rankings. "We usually feel lucky to have one or two students who score nationally," she said. "I don't think we've ever had this many in one year!"
|A Magical Night: Goodyear Fellow James Baker, III|
Former Secretary of State James Baker charms an SRO crowd
James Baker, III, received a very warm reception Monday evening -- from the weather as well as the 450 or so people that filled Engelhard Activities Building for the 2009 Alison Harrison Goodyear Fellow's lecture. Temperatures nearing 90 degrees did little to dampen what Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer called "a magical night."
In addition to our students, who looked lovely in their "banquet" dress and did us proud with their questions, a number of noted people were there, including at least one ambassador, several former presidential advisors and under-secretaries of various federal departments, two of the late Anne Legendre Armstrong's children and -- surprising his father on the eve of his birthday -- Douglas Baker.
In a speech clearly aimed at our students, the former Secretary of State and Treasury and White House Chief of Staff spoke eloquently about leadership -- what it means, what it requires and how Mrs. Armstrong, a 1945 grad of Foxcroft and longtime colleague of Baker's, exemplified it. During a lively question-and-answer period after the 25-minute speech, he discussed a wide variety of current issues, from Guantanamo Bay and the legacy of President George W. Bush to Iran, Pakistan and the economy. After the presentation, Mary Lou led the assemblage in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" (Mr. Baker turned 79 Tuesday) and then led guests over to Covert for a splendid reception.
|Walk-A-Thon raises nearly $10,000 for MS Foundation|
A little drizzle here and there didn’t dampen spirits one iota Friday, April 3, when virtually the entire Foxcroft community participated in the School’s annual Junior Class Walk-A-Thon. Through April 7, nearly $10,000 had been raised for this year’s beneficiary, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
|James Baker to speak at Foxcroft!|
Former Secretary of State and White House Chief to speak at Foxcroft April 27
James A. Baker, III, whose 30-year legacy of public service includes senior positions under three U.S. presidents, has been named the 2009 Alison Harrison Goodyear Fellow by Foxcroft School and will speak at the School on Monday, April 27. The public is invited to attend the lecture at 6:30pm in Engelhard Activities Building.
There is no admission charge but space is limited. Those interested are asked to call 540.687.4513 to make reservations.
Baker’s speech, entitled “Anne Legendre Armstrong: Role Model for Public Service,” will focus on one of the School’s own, the late Anne Legendre Armstrong, Foxcroft Class of 1945. Armstrong, the first woman to serve as Ambassador to the United Kingdom and a counselor to several presidents, passed away in July 2008. She and Baker had served together in a variety of public and political positions over the past quarter century.
|Axie Diana receives Anne Kane McGuire Award for Distinguished Service|
Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees Friday bestowed its highest honor – The Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award – on Alix Clark (Axie) Diana, a 1960 graduate of the School and the outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees.
At an all-school meeting that included the Trustees past and present and a number of surprise guests (Diana’s four children and six of her seven grandchildren), Beatty Page Cramer '66, Vice Chair of the Board, presented Diana with a framed citation to the sound of hearty applause.
| FIT for Lacrosse Championship set for April|
Get ready for the third annual Foxcroft Invitational Lacrosse Tournament -- aka FIT for Lacrosse -- which is taking place on Saturday, April 24. The Varsity Team will meet local rival Wakefield at 9am, followed by a game between Norfolk Collegiate and Paul VI. The two winning teams will meet for the championship at 2pm. A consolation game is scheduled for 12:30pm.
Admission to all games is free and a snack bar, benefiting Foxcroft’s Athletic Association, will offer a variety of refreshments to spectators.
|Foxcroft, Notre Dame take top prizes at Math/Science Day|
If the Ferrell McClean Math/Science Competition, held April 4 at Foxcroft School, was supposed to give girls a chance to experience the challenge and satisfaction of an academic competition, the day was an absolute success.
If it was meant to fuel friendly competition among three local independent schools -- Foxcroft, Highland School and Notre Dame Academy -- it was an absolute success.
If it was to show any remaining doubters out there who still think girls "don’t get math and science," it was an absolute success.
Mostly, though it was just fun.
|AHOY! Interim Trip Participants Find their Sea Legs|
A report from sophomore Sarah G . . .
While most of the Foxcroft community stayed on campus and participated in classes during the Interim Term in the first half of March, 20 girls took off with faculty members Mia Noffsinger and Rhema Crowley to take part in their own adventure. These 20 Foxcroft girls traveled through the Caribbean Sea aboard the schooner "Spirit of Massachusetts" with the Ocean Classroom for two weeks.
|Junior Class Walk-A-Thon to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Foundation April 3|
Foxcroft School’s Junior Class invites area residents to join them in making a difference in our world by supporting the Foxcroft Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation on Friday, April 3. Walkers, runners and cyclists are welcome to join the five-mile trek, which starts at Brick House on the campus of the Middleburg, VA school at 3:30pm.
|Matthews becomes 1st independent school librarian named to ALA Board|
Foxcroft School librarian and English teacher Steve Matthews recently became the first independent school librarian elected to the Executive Board of the American Library Association. He is one of three individuals elected in January to serve three-year terms on the body that sets priorities and has fiscal and personnel oversight of the largest library organization in the world.
|RIDING TEAM IS TSEL CHAMPION AGAIN! |
Foxcroft riders collected 13 ribbons and claimed two individual season titles at the Tri-State Equestrian League (TSEL) Finale Saturday to propel the Foxcroft Riding Team to the 2008-09 TSEL Championship.
It was Foxcroft’s third league championship in five years. The team, which is coached by Foxcroft Riding Director Nelly Sheehan and Assistant Laurie Feickert, was reserve champion in 2008 and did not place in 2007 when the Finale was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Foxcroft, which entered this year’s Finale trailing Garrison Forest School in the season standings, earned 37 points to win the show and finish the season with 23 Total Quality Points (TQP). Columbia Horse Center collected 33 points Saturday, followed by Madeira with 29 and Garrison with 25. On the year, Columbia finished with 20 TQPs to claim the Reserve Champion honors, followed by Garrison with 17 and Madeira, with 15 TQPs.
Senior Kate A. took second in the Advanced flat class to clinch the season title among the league’s best riders. Freshman McKenzie C. nabbed 3rd in the flat and 6th over fences in the Intermediate class to capture that season crown.
Foxcroft swept the Novice competition with senior Louisa F. winning the flat and sophomore Carlee K. winning over fences. Louisa finished second among Novice riders for the season and Carlee was fifth, a point behind teammate Margarite '09, who collected a 2nd and a 5th Saturday.
Freshman Allie D. also grabbed two ribbons, placing 6th in the walk-trot and 4th in the walk-trot-canter. Complete results follow.
|Seven students, a teacher elected to Cum Laude|
Five seniors, two juniors and a faculty member have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday (Feb.11) . The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
|Leipheimer Honored by Alma Mater|
Mary Louise Leipheimer receives Distinguished Alumni Award from IUP
As her 20th year as Head of Foxcroft School comes to an official close, on January 28, Mary Louise Leipheimer has been recognized by another institution of higher learning -- her alma mater. Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently announced that Leipheimer has been selected to receive the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. The highest honor given by the IUP Alumni Association, this award recognizes IUP graduates who have achieved distinction through sustained performance in their fields or who have provided outstanding service to IUP. Mary Lou is one of nine recipients who will be honored at an awards gala in March.
|Carly '09, Olivia '09, earn laurels at Bergan Poetry Festival|
Seniors Carly T. and Olivia M. both successfully defended thier titles -- Carly for the fourth year in a row! -- at the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, held last weekend at Foxcroft School.
For the second year in a row, Olivia won the Friday Night Poetry slam, edging out classmates Korama and Kayleigh, with two original pieces drawn from life at the girls boarding school. The next day, Carly too the English 401 competitive reading of a published poem category with a splendid reading of a Wallace Stevens poem. She has won her class's laurels each year since coming to Foxcroft in 9th grade.
|Foxcroft launches Summer Science Research Institute |
Partnership with UVA professor allows Foxcroft to offer girls ground-breaking lab experience in biological science
Foxcroft School is proud to announce the Foxcroft Summer Science Research Institute, a six-week, inquiry-based research program in molecular biology for high school girls making its debut next summer. Under the direction of Foxcroft Science Department Chair Julie Ervin, this unique program will give high school girls experience conducting ground-breaking, university-level research projects. Ervin is working with University of Virginia biology research scientist Dr. Anthony Spano to coordinate the projects.
|11 Foxcroft athletes earn All-DAC honors|
Foxcroft School, winner of the Delaney Athletic Conference’s field hockey championship, dominated that sport’s All-DAC team with six selections -- including co-MVP -- and collected 11 mentions in all Tuesday (Nov. 11) when the all-conference fall sports teams were announced during a school-wide assembly.
|Ground broken for Athletic/Student Center|
Shortly before 2:00pm Saturday (Sept. 27), 14 golden shovels hit the dirt outside Foxcroft School’s Engelhard Activities Building and the entire student body -- decked out in athletic, riding, dance and Fox/Hound garb -- erupted in boisterous cheers and booming drum rolls. The assembled crowd of alumnae (on campus for Reunion), administrators, faculty, and friends joined in with enthusiastic applause. It was indeed a moment worth celebrating: the beginning of construction on a $14 million expansion and renovation of the School’s Athletic and Student Center.
|Motorcycle champion Jillian '10 takes on the boys!|
Jillian '10 moved up a class to the Men's Intermediate (Modern B) division at the Walnut Hill Observed Motorcycle Trials in Strasburg, VA, September 14 -- and placed third. Not only did she get a nice trophy, but she bested her dad, Shane, in her first competition against him! (He finished fourth.)
Jillian also finished second in the AMS District 7 Class at Strasburg. At the American Motorcycle Association National Championships in July, she won the National Youth championship for her class and took second in her class's US Women’s Open competition.
|Mr. Cox's photo is featured on the Gold Cup invite|
The Foxcroft community has long enjoyed the fine photography of Visual Arts teacher Gary Cox. It has graced the cover of our magazine and other School publications, both print and electronic. This fall, when organizers mailed 55,000 brochures inviting folks to October's International Gold Cup Races, a much wider audience had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Cox's work. The cover of the brochure features a photograph he took at the event several falls ago.
"We liked the red bushes and composition," says Diane Jones, Executive Director of the Gold Cup. "It's a very nice photograph." Mr. Cox's picture is also being used on posters, programs and many other Gold Cup materials.
It isn't easy to get a picture like that. “As challenging as riding is for the rider," says Mr. Cox, "I have found trying to anticipate that magical moment in time equally challenging as a photographer.”
|Joanna French '07 speaks about Generation Y|
In a London seminar -- "Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow" -- hosted by iOpener, a consultancy based in Oxford, Joanna French '07 and eight other college students from around the globe gathered to speak on a panel about how Generation Y will be shaping the future. Joanna spoke about how she hopes to have a balance between her life and her work and how she'd like a workplace that will focus on her strengths and help her grow as a person.
To read more and watch a video of the seminar, click here.
|Mr. Northrup's Excellent Adventure|
Delayed one day by a typhoon, Foxcroft School's Academic Dean, Alexander O. Northrup, arrived home August 8 following his Excellent Adventure in the Far East. Mr. Northrup was part of a select group of independent school educators that comprised the National Association of Independent Schools' "Delegation for Diversity" that visited Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei during a 13-day tour.
You can read all Mr. Northrup's reports from his trip online but here are a few highlights:
|Foxcroft's Online Bookstore is Now Open!|
Foxcroft works with an online bookseller, Varsity Books, to provide both book lists for each class as well as the opportunity to purchase books. This bookstore is accessible from the “Academic Program” page of the Foxcroft web site (click on “Order Books”), or by going directly to www.varsitybooks.com, and following the prompts. Varsity is offering 50% off shipping for books ordered during the summer.
|Anne Armstrong '45, first female Ambassador to the UK, honorary Foxcroft trustee, dies|
Anne Legendre Armstrong '45, one of Foxcroft's most accomplished alumnae and an honorary member of the Board of Trustees, died peacefully in Houston, Texas, on July 30, 2008. She was 80.
The first female to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, Armstrong was an advisor to four U.S. Presidents, Chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a regent of the Texas A&M University system and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Armstrong was an inspiration for generations of women who followed in the trail she blazed. She served as Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1973, the first woman to hold such a position for either national political party. In 1972 she was the first woman to deliver a keynote address at a national political convention. President Richard M. Nixon appointed her to serve as Counsellor to the President with cabinet rank, a position she continued to hold under President Gerald R. Ford, who later appointed her Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
|Ms. Dragan wins ISE Language Matters Award |
Foxcroft Foreign Language teacher Kathleen Dragan will receive the 2008 ISE Language Matters presented by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese during the AATSP annual conference, scheduled for July in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The Language Matters Award, sponsored by Intercultural Student Experiences, is awarded to:
- "a high school world language teacher who has achieved outstanding success in getting her students to speak the target language through exemplary motivation and creative methods" and
- "who has provided authentic immersion experiences outside the classroom for students to apply their speaking skills."
|Mr. Matthews selected to serve on two prestigious ALA groups |
Foxcroft students and faculty -- past and present -- know what a wonderful teacher Head Librarian and Master Teacher Steve Matthews is. How many of them, though, the extent to which he is highly-esteemed by his colleagues in the world of libraries? Here are two bits of news that bear witness:
Mr. Matthews was elected to a three-year term on the Council of the American Library Association, the policymaking/governing body of ALA. He was one of 34 individuals elected from a slate of 91 candidates to help lead the largest library organization in the world with a membership of more than 65,000 librarians, library staff, trustees, information scientists and others with an interest in libraries. Elections results were announced in early May.
In addition, incoming ALA President James Rettig, who is University Librarian at the University of Richmond, appointed Mr. Matthews to chair the ALA Committee on Organization. This group overseas the creation and function of all units and committees of the organization and is the arbiter of disputes concerning policy and jurisdiction within the organization.
Congratulations to Mr. Matthews!
|Ashton '10 named to Washington Post's All-Extra Team|
Midfielder Ashton '10 Sunday was named to the Washington Post's Loudoun Extra All-Extra Girls' Lacrosse Team for the second straight year.
Ashton, who helped Foxcroft's Varsity Lacrosse Team to a 7-6 record this spring, set a school single-season scoring record with 59 goals. The record was previously held by Claire Mancini '05, who was Loudoun Extra Player of the Year in 2005 when she scored 51 goals. Mancini plays on the University of Massachusetts team.
|Foxcroft’s 94th Commencement Sends 42 Young Women Into the World! |
Bright skies and bright smiles filled Miss Charlotte’s Garden on the Foxcroft School campus Friday morning, May 23, as 42 members of the Class of 2008 received their diplomas at the School’s 94th commencement.
The Class, which includes young women from nine states, six foreign countries and the District of Columbia, is an accomplished one, having received 125 acceptances to 86 colleges and universities, including Duke, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Southern Cal, Virginia and William & Mary.
|More Language Stars!|
National French and Latin Language Exam results are in!
Last week, Madame Brown and Ms. Bayer announced results of this year's National Language Exams in French and Latin, respectively. More than 100,000 students took the French test, including some 3,000+ in Northern Virginia, according to Mme. Brown. Nine of our 36 French students earned special honors, including four who earned national recognition! In Latin, three students were honored, two of them on the national level.
Congratulations to the following girls:
|Foreign Language Students Excel|
Kudos to all the girls who earned high scores in the National Foreign Language Examinations they took earlier this year. At Monday's Morning Meeting, those Spanish students who participated and placed were recognized.
|Adrienne '08 Named Future Leader of Loudoun County|
Foxcroft School Senior Class standout Adrienne '08 often brings a smile to the faces of friends and acquaintances -- but it usually isn't because the word "HUMOR" is plastered across her forehead! Adrienne, a Unison, VA, resident who has been president of her class for four years, Wednesday was named one of 15 Future Leaders of Loudoun County by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Each of the selected high school seniors -- chosen from a field of 100+ nominees -- was asked for one word to describe herself. "[Being humorous] makes others around you feel better,” she told the reporter for the local weekly newspaper, never guessing that her face would become a poster for the word.
Smiling as usual, Adrienne chuckled about the incident Thursday when she was recognized by Assistant Head of School Sheila McKibbin for being selected at an all-school meeting. "We are very proud of you, Adrienne," McKibbin said.
|Yippee-ki-yay! It's Interim|
Students and faculty immerse themselves in Western Ways
Dovie Thomason entrancing students and faculty alike Tuesday with her Native American storytelling skills . . . girls practicing line dancing steps on the way to the PX . . . a textile artist shares spinning and weaving skills with a group of girls . . . students from Mexico, Taiwan, China, Los Angeles and Unison, VA, teaching their peers . . .
These are just a few of the scenes from the first week of Interim, a time for teaching and learning different things in different ways that energize, excite and invigorate all the members of the Foxcroft community. Today, all the students and most of the faculty are in Washington, D.C., on Infoquests at two museums and creating a Teen Guide to a third.
Click below for more information about upcoming events, Heide Hotchkiss's cool crafts class and some photos from the first few days of this special term.
|Foxcroft riders dominate jumpers show|
Foxcroft School riders Sunday dominated the Children's/Adult Jumpers Class of the Just Jumpers Horse Show at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA. Rachael '08, who won the Time-First Round and placed in the three other events, earned Champion of Division honors while juniors Marguerite and Ansley tied for Reserve Champion.
The girls' performance included a stunning six-place sweep in the Power and Speed event, which Ansley won, followed by Chelsy '08, Rachael, Marquerite, Katy '09 and Louisa '09.
Complete Foxcroft results:
|Five students, teacher elected to Cum Laude Society|
Four seniors, one junior and a faculty member have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday January 29. The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
|Five students, teacher elected to Cum Laude Society|
Four seniors, one junior and a faculty member have been elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Wednesday January 29. The Cum Laude Society is a national high school scholastic honor society modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa.
|13 Foxcroft girls named AP Scholars|
Two current students and 11 recent Foxcroft graduates have earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams taken last May. Jillian Cairns, a 2007 graduate from Chantilly, VA, was named a National Scholar -– an elite designation granted to a rare number of students.
Now a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cairns received an average grade of at least 4 (out of 5) on every AP Exams she took and grades of 4 of higher on eight or more of the tests to become Foxcroft’s third National Scholar.
|Triumphant Poetry Festival crowns many winners|
Junior Carly captured her class’ Competitive Poetry Reading Prize for the third straight year and sisters Olivia '09 and Rachel '08 gave the weekend a family flavor with victories in two rather different events during Foxcroft School’s Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, held Jan. 19-20.
Olivia was named the 2008 Poetry Slam Champion Friday evening after animated performances of original poems about Calculus class and dorm life. Her older sister Rachel earned top honors among English 401 students in Saturday afternoon’s competitive reading with her rendition of “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou.
Carly's outstanding rendition of T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” wowed the judges and kept her undefeated in three years of competitive readings. Gabrielle '10 and Taylor '11 were the winners in English 201 and 301, respectively, at the competition, held in Foxcroft’s FoxHound Auditorium and judged by visiting poets Sandra Beasley and Joanna Lin Want.
|Swim team makes a splash in its debut!|
The Foxcroft Swim Team competed in its first meet on Tuesday against Stone Ridge! It was a fantastic experience and many girls competed for the first time ever or tried new events or distances. Some individual highlights are as follows:
|Four field hockey players honored by Washington Post |
On the second straight day her photo appeared in the Washington Post, Foxcroft field hockey standout Chelsy '08 Thursday was joined by teammates Whitney '09, Meredith '10 and Hilary '10 as First Team All-Extra selections for Loudoun and Fauquier counties.
|Be a Lifesaver: Give blood January 28 at Red Cross Drive on campus|
With holidays depleting the nation's blood supply, Foxcroft Day students encourage you participate in our on-campus Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, January 28th, in FoxHound Auditorium. Appointments may be scheduled from 1:00pm-7:00pm by calling 540.687.4322 or emailing Beth Lamond.
|Chelsy '08 named All-Everything in Field Hockey!|
Returning Player of the Year Chelsy '08 missed several games and Foxcroft School’s Field Hockey Team didn’t have its best season but the senior’s talent is so abundant that she collected an unprecedented array of post-season honors anyway.
|The "Gray Media Chicks" Report|
Upon returning from the Urban Challenge, an autonomous vehicle race sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), in California, Alessandra ’09, Laura ’08, Camille ’09, Montana ’11 and Michelle ’11 each wrote about their experience interviewing a few of the teams. Camille writes, “The interviewing was extremely fun.”
Alessandra and Camille interviewed MIT, Annie Way and UCF. Alessandra wrote about what they learned in their interviews:
|Urban Challenge Report from the Road|
Foxcroft's "Gray Media Chicks" hit the ground running Friday when they arrived in Victorville, CA, for the Urban Challenge, a robotic ground vehicle competition sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
The group of six students and Science Department Head Julie Ervin were at the site, a former army base, early -- despite Thursday's 10-hour trip from Middleburg. After picking up their media credentials, they attended a press confernce announcing the finalists. Of the 35 semi-finalists, only 11 made the finals and the very last team eliminated was Team Gray! Disappointed that the team that had inspired their trip would race no more but intent on their task of covering the grand event, the group carried on. They split into working groups, interviewed finalists and tooklots of pictures. To see the PowerPoint presentation the Chicks have begun to create, click here. For more on the Urban Challenge, go to the official website. To read more of the group's Friday email report, click below.
|Foxcroft's "Gray Media Chicks" head to Urban Challenge|
"The Urban Challenge prize competition has united engineers, scientists, backyard inventors, and students to develop autonomous ground vehicles that can save the lives of our men and women in uniform. Their enthusiasm and can-do attitude are contagious, and I know you will enjoy seeing them in action as they prepare their vehicles to compete in the different stages of the NQE. Let the competition begin!" --Dr. Tony Tether, Director, DARPAA
|Field Hockey, Soccer away for first round of the ISL Tournament|
The seedings for the Independent School League Tournaments in soccer and field hockey were announced Tuesday, sending both Foxcroft teams on the road for their first-round games.
Varsity field hockey was seeded 9th and will face eighth-seeded Holy Child. In soccer, 8th-seeded Foxcroft will travel to #1 Georgetown Day School. Both games are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3:30pm.
The winner of the Foxcroft-Holy Child field hockey game plays Saint Stephen's and St. Agnes School on Friday.
Volleyball seedings are not available at this time.
|Riding team wins first TSEL Meet|
Taking one or more blue ribbons is each class, the Foxroft Riding Team won its first Tri-State Equitation League meet of the year Saturday, defeating Grier and Madeira. Foxcroft collected 55.5 points to 39 for Grier and 29.5 for Madeira.
|Students Announce 100% Participation in Foxcroft's Annual Fund!!!|
Last Friday, at Morning Meeting, student leaders presented a check to Head of School Mary Lou Leipheimer for the Foxcroft Annual Fund. The check for $200 represented a dollar for each student in the School this year "plus a bit more," according to Student Head of School Hannah who made the presentation, along with Student Vice-Head of School Rachel, in front of assembled trustees, faculty and reunion visitors. Last year the Student Council, inspired by the faculty announcement of 100% participation in the Annual Fund, voted to make a similar donation from the monies they raised. This year the students were the first to reach 100% with their generous gift. The school is so appreciative of this phenomenal support. In voting this gift to Foxcroft's Annual Fund, the girls make a powerful statement about their belief in the value of their Foxcroft experience! Thank you, girls!
|WISER: Recent grad challenges the Foxcroft community|
Adela Griswold talks about Kenyan school project, invites Foxcroft to create a scholarship
Adela Griswold '06, a former Foxcroft Student Head of School and current Duke University junior, visited campus this week to tell students, faculty and friends about WISER (Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research), a collaboration between leaders in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, and a group at Duke to build a girls' boarding school and community outreach center in hopes of reducing the gender equality gap in the area.
Adela, an International Comparative Studies major and Global Health certificate candidate, gave a multimedia presentation Monday evening that included video, photographs, startling statistics and a good amount of audience participation. On Tuesday, she had lunch with students interested in committing to support the project. Her main point: Each of us can make a difference.
|Pretty and POWERFUL in Pink: Nanette's Walk|
Getting up early is not a favorite experience for teenagers, but more than 50 Foxcroft girls were up and at it bright and early Saturday (Sept. 15) so they could take part in Nanette’s Walk for breast cancer. Foxcroft was recognized for having the largest contingent in the Middleburg walk to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund, a local organization that supports cancer research, raises awareness and helps local residents get tests and treatment.
Named in memory of longtime Middleburg resident (and erstwhile neighbor of English Department Chair Stewart Herbert) Nanette Hewitt White, who lost a 10-year battle with breast cancer in 1999, the walk covered two miles and drew a total of about 300 people. More than $11,000 – nearly twice the organizers’ goal – was raised at the walk.
Walkers were asked to raise $50 each in order to participate but Mrs. Herbert found a local sponsor, Beth Glenn, to supplement our girls’ fund-raising efforts. Ms. Glenn and Nanette’s Walk organizer Patty Jarvis attended last Friday’s Morning Meeting, to accept a $500 check presented by Adrienne Teeley ’08, Head of Foxcroft Reaching Out, and speak with the girls. The Foxcroft funds were raised through a bake sale and allocation of Student Council money.
|Foxcroft student featured in story about female polo players|
Female polo players are a small but growing group and one upcoming star is among the students who will matriculate at Foxcroft this week. Isabella '09, who is transferring from Highland School to join her younger sister, Alex '10, at Foxcroft, was one of three area riders featured recently in an article in Middleburg Life newspaper.
Isabella began playing polo at age 9 and spent this summer playing in two Virginia leagues -- Great Meadow League (4-7 goal) and Foxlease League (7-9 goal) -- as well as in Saratoga, NY. Although she is only entering her junior year, she has already been contacted by several schools, including the University of Virginia and Cornell University, about playing in college. Isabella is a strong student, loves photography and is interested in perhaps becoming an equine vet. We are delighted to have her as part of the Foxcroft community.
|The Year Begins!|
More than 60 new students and twice as many returning students gathered Sunday to mark the beginning of Foxcroft School's 94th year. Following registration of new students, a welcoming reception and a Q&A for new parents, Convocation marked the official opening of the school year.
The assembly of the entire community in FoxHound Auditorium featured remarks by student and faculty leaders, including Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer, and musical offerings by individual students and choral groups. Soloists Courtney '08 and Hannah '08 sang The Prayer, and Starting Here, Starting Now, respectively. The Chorale, Octet and Afternoon Delights student groups combined for choral presentations of Ubi caritas et amor and Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Sisters Sharon '08 and Shelly '10 played piano selections to open and close the service.
|Lacrosse Goalie repeats as All-America, leading a trio of honored 'Crofties|
Laura '07, a two-time All-ISL goalie who helped Foxcroft's Varsity Lacrosse Team to its first-ever State Torunament appearance, has been named a US Lacrosse Women's Division High School All-American Honorable Mention selection for the second year in a row.
Earlier this spring, the Washington Post named Laura Honorable Mention All-Met; she and Ashton '10 were named All-Loudoun County and teammate Maria '07 was selected to the All-Independent School Leaguie team.
|New Look for Foxcroft Website Community |
Preparations for the new school year at Foxcroft this fall include some exciting changes to the website. In particular, the password-protected community will feature a new look, updated navigation and the capacity to customize what information you see when you log in. All of these changes, we believe, will make the site an even more useful and effective tool for current families, alumnae and faculty.
If you are part of the "Foxcroft family" and would like to explore the password-protected community, just click on one of the log-in buttons for Alumnae or Parents and enter your user name and password. You will find news and announcements just for you, directories of other alumnae and/or faculty and parents, and -- an exciting new feature -- the ability to customize your own “Foxcroft Page.”
|A Graduation Gallery! The Class of 2007 Graduates! |
Bright skies and bright smiles filled Miss Charlotte’s Garden on the Foxcroft School campus Friday, May 25 as 52 members of the Class of 2007 received their diplomas at the School’s 93rd commencement.
The Class, which includes young women from 14 states, four foreign countries and the District of Columbia, is an accomplished one, having received 187 acceptances to 115 colleges, earned close to $2 million in merit scholarships and collected numerous other kudos.
Nikia Bergan, a member of the Class of 1993 and the daughter of revered faculty members Celeste P. and Paul K. Bergan, who are retiring this month, was the featured speaker and gave the graduates three key pieces of advice: Get to know yourselves as you are and learn to love that; Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (and to learn from them) and be kind, always.
|Jillian '07 named National Merit Scholar, AFCEA winner|
Foxcroft's Student Head of School, Jillian '07, picked up two impressive scholarships recently. On May 5, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named her a National Merit Scholar. Four days later, the DC Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s (AFCEA) awarded her one of its 14 scholarships.
Jillian, who plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology next fall, is one of 2,500 distinguished high school seniors to earn a $2,500 Merit Scholarship. She was chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 National Merit Finalists -- and from among more than 1.4 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October 2005.
|Inaugural Niblack Event a Huge Hit; Chan Harris enchants|
He wore a camouflage-colored sports jacket, but Chan Harris had nothing to hide. Addressing Foxcroft School students at the Audrey Bruce Currier Library on campus Tuesday, the veteran Broadway and international actor, singer and director spoke candidly about his own career in show business and urged those in love with the performing arts “to follow your dreams.”
The morning after performing his one-man show, Strange Voyage: An Artist’s Travelogue, as the premier event in the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series, Harris held a question-and-answer session for an hour with the entire Foxcroft community and then met with the theater production class.
As generous with his time as he is with his talent – which is considerable – Harris continued the dialogue with Foxcroft students through lunch and into the afternoon before heading home to New York City.
A day earlier – in the midst of putting the final touches on his show – Harris had taken time out to give some tips to Foxcroft’s Chorale. The group is rehearsing for a workshop performance of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, a show in which Harris appeared on Broadway. As he watched the students run through several scenes, he was quick to offer valuable pointers.
|Celebrating Excellence: Celeste and Paul Bergan honored|
Tears flowed on the cheeks of students, faculty and administrators alike Friday (April 20) when Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees bestowed its highest honor – The Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award – upon Celeste and Paul Bergan, two of the most beloved and revered teachers in the history of the School. The Bergans, who have taught at Foxcroft for 22 years, are retiring at the end of the school year.
|Two Foxcrofters honored for Community Service|
Foxcroft scored an impressive and unexpected double honor Tuesday (4/17) at the Loudoun Volunteer Services 2007 Outstanding Volunteer Awards in Leesburg. Not only was Shannon '07 named Outstanding Youth Volunteer, but the highest honor, Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, went to Nancy Redmond Manierre ' 41, a former member of our Board of Trustees and longtime Alumnae Secretary.
Shannon was cited for her work on the inaugural Loudoun YouthFest, which drew more than 1,500 youngsters to Ida Lee Park in Leesburg last May. She helped develop the concept of the festival and put in hundreds of hours over two years to organize and plan it, making presentations to community leaders, school principals and local businesses to build support and leading weekly committee meetings of students and adults to ensure the event's success.
|Walkathon, Blood Drive, Broadway Performance coming up!|
Please join the foxcroft community for any or all of these upcoming events!
- Junior Class Walk-a-Thon
The Junior Class Walk-a-thon, which will benefit the Pediatric AIDS Unit of the Korle Bu Hospital in Ghana, Africa, is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, beginning at 1 p.m. All are welcome to participate.
- Blood Drive
The Day Students third and final Blood Drive of the school year will held Monday, April 30th, between 2:00 and 6:00pm in FoxHound Auditorium. Please call 540.687.4322 to schedule your life-saving donation.
- The Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Lecture Series Featuring Chan Harris
The premier event of the Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Lecture Series featuring visiting artist Chan Harris, a Broadway and international actor, singer and director, will be held on Monday, April 30th, at 8:00pm in Engelhard Activities Building. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd, to Lauren North at 540.687.4513 or by emailing email@example.com.
|Undefeated Varsity Lacrosse faces Flint Hill|
Foxcroft's Varsity Lacrosse Team, under the guidance of first-year coach Ruth Marshall, will look to continue its winning ways Tuesday when it hosts Holy Child at 4:30 p.m. in Middleburg.
The squad has won its first three regular-season games by a combined score of 35-12 over Georgetown Day, Maret and Highland. Poor field conditions and the school play combined for a matchless week (April 16-22) but the squad has three games in the next four days.
|Shannon '07 named National Achievement Scholar|
Director of College Counseling Paul Horgan announced Monday that Shannon '07 has been selected as the winner of a National Achievement Scholarship, awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Shannon competed against more than 140,000 students who took the 2005 PSAT/NMSQT and requested consideration for the 2007 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth.
|Broadway Comes to Foxcroft: Chan Harris performs Monday, April 30|
Chan Harris, actor and director of shows both on and off Broadway, will present Strange Journey: An Artist's Travelogue, a musical performance inspired by his journals, at Foxcroft School on April 30th as the inaugural guest artist of the Helen Cudahy Niblack '42 Lecture Series.
All are invited to attend this exciting event. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Engelhard Activities Building. Seating is limited so please make reservations by calling the Development Office at 540.687.4513 or 4510. Harris will also visit with students and theater classes during the day Monday and Tuesday as part of this exciting new arts series.
Harris has performed in Into the Woods, Big River and Les Miserables on Broadway, understudying lead roles in each, and has appeared in numerous regional and international productions. The first foreign actor to work in the Korean-language theater in Korea, he earned “Best Actor” honors at the Korean Theater Awards for his performance as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
|Savannah '07 writes, stars in spring production|
Savannah '07 spent part of last summer writing a play -– and much of her spring vacation memorizing lines from it. Next week, she and a score of schoolmates will present her oeuvre: a stage adaptation of Mona Lisa Smile, the 2003 movie that starred Julia Roberts.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, in FoxHound Auditorium, in Schoolhouse. Admission is free but seating is limited. Call 540-687-5555 for more information.
|Foxcroft Senior Named Future Leader of Clarke County|
Sarah S., a senior from Millwood, VA, bound for Duke University next fall, was recently named one of seven "Future Leaders of Clarke County" by the Clarke Times-Courier.
Selected by a community panel, Sarah and the other young leaders were cited for "living a life of meaning and purpose" and realizing " that they can use their passions and interests to influence the future."
In the article that appeared in the March 21 issue of the Times-Courier, Sarah named Celeste Bergan, head of Foxcroft's Science Department and Sarah's freshman biology teacher as her hero.
"I respect that Mrs. Bergan gives every girl who walks through her door a chance to find courage in the classrroom and a love for learning," Sarah said.
|Shannon '07 named to All-ISL Basketball Team|
Varsity co-captain Shannon '07 was named to the All-Independent League Basketball Team, coach Matt Cascio announced Monday.
Shannon, a four-year letter-winner from Purcellville, VA, averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game. She grabbed more than 10 rebounds in nine different games and notched a "double-double" (double-digits in points and rebounds) in six games.
|Foxcroft Girls Excel in Bland Competition|
Nine students represented Foxcroft School at the Middleburg Lions Club's Annual Bland Music Contest Monday, February 26th, at the Hill School and several others attended to support their peers.
In the Vocal Division, Su Im '08 placed first and Candice '10 took second place. Earning Certificates of Participation were Lindsay '10, Korama '09, Courtney '08 and Hannah '08. Fine Arts teacher David Asbury accompanied each girl's vocal performance.
Jane '07 earned first place, on flute, in the Instrumental Division and Sharon '08 placed second on piano. Kayoko '07 was recognized with a Certificate of Participation.
The County Finals will be held later in March. Congratulations to all of the girls who represented Foxcroft on a job well done!
|Interim 2007: The Game of Life|
Each March, during Foxcroft's spring semester, the students participate in Interim, a two-week mini-semester during which the regular curriculum is set aside for classes, events and speakers that are all focused around a specific topic. The title of this spring's Interim is "The Game of Life: It's Your Move" and courses offered will teach life skills that will range from how to cook, change a tire and manage money to things like developing political opinions, career trajectories and even spiritual practice.
The 2007 Interim Term begins March 5th. You may view the Interim website and course catalog by clicking here.
The Interim field trip will take place on March 8th, and the whole school will travel to Washington, DC, to compete in "The Great Career Race." Faculty and students are divided into "Career Teams," and will earn points by meeting people and participating in activities related to their profession. Ideas from the Foxcroft community for exciting "career" activities are welcome! Our career teams are Architecture, Broadcasting, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Fashion/Design, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Military, Parenting, Politics, Psychology and Veterinary Medicine. Please email Alex Northrup at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions!
|A Cappella Encore: Middlebury Singing Group Visits|
The Dissipated Eight, an a capella group from Middlebury College, made an encore performance Tuesday night (Feb. 6) in FoxHound to the delight of about 100 students and faculty.
The group, which features Peyton Coles, the brother of Sloane '07, along with ten other talented young men, entertained at Foxcroft last year and was so well-received that Jane Lockhart arranged for a repeat performance. They sang close-harmony arrangements of songs from a broad range of artists, including Buffalo Springfield, Peter Gabriel and Toad the Wet Sprocket. "The Bare Necessities" from an old familiar Disney movie was a big hit with the girls, who had a chance to purchase CDs after the performance.
|11 students elected to Cum Laude Society|
Nine seniors and two juniors were elected to the Foxcroft School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, chapter president Susan Erba announced Monday at Morning Meeting.
The Foxcroft seniors named to the national scholastic honor society are Tanya (Lovettsville, Va.), Stephanie (The Plains, Va. ), Savannah (Clifton, Va.), Lisa (Reston, Va.), Morgan (New York, N.Y.), Cameron (Fenton, Mich.), Sarah S. (Millwood, Va.), Cherice (Newark, N.J.), and Hadley W. (Middlebury, Vt.). Yejin of Seoul, Korea, and Catherine Y. of Upperville, Va., had the special distinction of being selected as juniors.
|Riding Team's weekend doubleheader|
The old sports adage, "On any given day..." pretty much sums up the Foxcroft's Riding Team's experience this past weekend. Competing in back-to-back Tri-State Equitation League meets, the squad scored just 28 points to place third to Garrison Forest and Linden Hall Saturday, then came back with a 41.5-point performance Sunday to beat Madeira and challenge Garrison.
In the first meet, held at Garrison Forest, freshmen Alex W. and Summer A. were the only winners, in novice and beginner class competitions, respectively. Both girls also collected fifth-place ribbons, while Emily E. '07, in intermediates, and Townsend '07, in beginners, also collected two ribbons each.
Garrison won that meet with 66.5 points while Linden Hall edged Foxcroft, 29.5 to 28, for second place.
On Sunday, Foxcroft traveled to McLean, VA, for a meet at Madeira. Tiffany '07 won both intermediate events and Townsend placed second in both beginner competitions to lead the squad. Hannah S. '07, Kate A' '09, Julia '09 and Gabby '09 also won two ribbons each.
The final score was Garrison 51, Foxcroft 41.5, and Madeira 26.5.
Foxcroft looks forward to defending its TSEL title in April, when it hosts the championship finals.
For complete results pf this past weekend, please read on.
|Maureen, Michael, Carly, Lindsay and Christa win prizes, many share personal work at Poetry Festival|
Senior Maureen’s dramatic reading of a poem by Charles Bukowski earned her the Senior Class title in Competitive Poetry Reading Saturday at the 2007 Foxcroft School Poetry Festival, culminating two days of concerts, readings and competitions among students, faculty and visiting poets.
Michael '08, Carly '09 and Lindsay A. '10 won their respective classes' laurels at the competition, judged by visiting poets Josh Exoo and Sarah Rose Exoo. Stewart Herbert, the chair of the Foxcroft English Department, and colleagues Paul Bergan, Glenn Kantz, Ruth Marshall, and Mia Noffsinger organized the event, a beloved Foxcroft tradition.
In the morning, Christa '07 was named the 2007 Poetry Slam Champion after bringing the house down in the second round of the competition with a poem entitled, “Tuesdays and Thursdays.” A last-minute entry after another student withdrew due to illness, Christa won $100 in the student-judged, let-your-hair-down contest. Amelia '09 placed second and defending champion Shannon '07 took third prize. Sarah Hope '07, Yejin '08 and Nell '08 were the other finalists, who advanced from among 18 brave students that shared original compositions in performance.
|Bishop of Northern Malawi visits|
During a daylong visit he hoped would begin to express his deep appreciation, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi Christopher Boyle Wednesday praised Foxcroft School students for changing the lives of hundreds of African children with a donation last spring to help build schools in his country.
“In Malawi, when we want to say thank you, we don’t write a thank-you note or send an e-mail,” Bishop Boyle told students and faculty in an all-school meeting. “When people help us as you have helped us, we go in person and tell them how grateful we are. It’s important to sit face-to-face and talk.
“When we want to say ‘Thank you,’ we say ‘Zikomo,’” he continued. “But when we want to say ‘Thank you very, very much indeed,’ we say, ‘Zikomo kwambiri.’ On behalf of the 1.2 milllion people in Northern Malawi, I say Zikomo kwambiri to you.”
Led by the Class of 2007, which organized the event, the Foxcroft community raised $15,343 last April with a Walk-a-thon and t-shirt sale. Ambassador Bernard Sande, Malawi’s envoy to the United States, came out from Washington, D.C., to walk with the students and made them “official ambassadors of Malawi.”
|Foxcroft featured on NPR commentary in honor of MLK Jr. Day|
Foxcroft School and the part it played in raising a young African-American girl's consciousness is featured in a commentary that aired Monday on National Public Radio in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In the piece, Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, a Foxcroft School alumna and current parent, recounts her experience participating in the 1982 march in Washington, D.C., to support a bill to make Dr. King's birthday a federal holiday. At the time, Danquah was a freshman at Foxcroft, which offered students an opportunity to miss classes to take part in the march.
"It was one of the most extraordinary and impacting experiences of my life," she says, noting that the legislation carried in 1983.
|Students spread holiday cheer and goodwill|
"Giving back" is an integral part of the Foxcroft experience and at no time is this more evident than the first weekend in December, when service projects, participation in the Middleburg Holiday Parade and presentation of the annual Christmas Pageant to the wider community are the focus.
Friday, December 1 kicked off a busy weekend of community service and holiday celebrations highlighted by a special perspective on the Foxcroft tradition of community service shared by Director of Activities and Transportation Jane Lockhart.
On the eve of attending her 50th Pageant, Jane talked about growing up in Middleburg when Foxcroft girls visited the local elementary school weekly to teach singing, art and sports, and Miss Charlotte sent a bus the first Wednesday of December to bring the schoolchildren to the pageant.
"Afterwards, we got a bag with a cookie and an apple and an orange from Santa," says Jane. "And then we got two presents: something to play with and something to wear. And the clothes always fit!"
Jane takes great pleasure in helping Foxcroft's legacy of "giving back" continue, and students and teachers alike enjoy the multitude of activities the weekend features.
Friday night the dining room was closed and the money saved, along with donations from Student Council, Dean of Students and others used to buy supplies to:
|Field Hockey: Chelsy named All-ISL;|
players, past and present, excel
Co-captain Chelsy '08 was named to the All-Independent School League field hockey team recently by the prestigious Greater Washington, D.C.-area league’s coaches -- continuing a streak of field sports excellence that has become a Foxcroft tradition.
Chelsy, who played center forward, center mid and center back this fall, scored nine of Foxcroft’s 22 goals. She also had four assists and helped lead Foxcroft to a 9-5-2 record. The squad was ranked 10th among independent schools in Virginia and reached the second round of the ISL Tournament before falling, 1-0, in double overtime, to Stone Ridge.
Also contributing significantly to the team's success was co-captain and goalie Laura '07. She had a sensational season, notching 161 saves and eight shutouts while allowing only 16 goals.
|Riders win Mid-Atlantic Interschool Horse Show|
Foxcroft riders won the Varsity title and placed third among JV teams Sunday, November 12th, in the Mid-Atlantic Interschool Horse Show at Garrison Forest School, in Baltimore.
The Green Team (Varsity) scored 68 points to bring home the Surrey Bowl; and the White Team (JV) took third place among six junior varsity teams with 30 points.
|Three students earn National Merit Scholarship honors|
Foxcroft Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer announced Wednesday that Jillian C. '07 has been named a Semifinalist and Cameron '07 and Shannon '07 have been named Commended Students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, Shannon is a Semifinalist in the 43rd annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, a program for Black American high school students.
|Foxcroft Dean tapped to head school in Vermont|
John H. Suitor, III, Dean of Faculty and Academic Dean at Foxcroft School, has been named headmaster of Long Trail School, in Dorset, VT, effective July 1, 2007, Long Trail’s Board of Trustees announced recently.
|Foxcroft student featured in Loudoun Times-Mirror|
One of Foxcroft's super seniors -- and one of the country's top junior riders -- is featured in the Nov. 1 edition of the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
Sloane, who lives in The Plains, VA., is ranked No. 1 in the Bates Equitation Rankings and is competing at the Maclay Finals in Syracuse, NY, this weekend. As the Times-Mirror
story points out, though, she is also an active and important member of the Foxcroft community, serving as a dorm leader, Fox/Hound officer and member of Foxcroft's stellar Varsity Lacrosse team. Foxcroft's Exceptional Proficiency Program has enabled Sloane to be a serious high school student and a serious equestrian at the same time.
|Twelve Foxcroft Students Earn AP Scholar Awards|
Student head of School Jillian '06 and 11 members of the Class of 2006 have earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams taken last May.
|Foxcroft Riders win first TSEL Meet of the Year|
A strong all-round performance in which all 11 riders took at least one ribbon Saturday (Oct. 28) propelled Foxcroft to victory in its first Tri-State Equitation League show of the season.
Freshman Summer A. placed first and second in the Walk/Trot classes to lead the charge as Foxcroft earned 48 points to easily outdistance Grier School, with 43.5 points, and Columbia Stables, with 32.5. It was an auspicious start for the TSEL defending champions.
|Foxcroft sisters featured in Clarke County (VA.) paper|
Sisters Sarah '07 and Hannah '09 and their interest in Asian languages and cultures are the subject of a feature story in this week's issue of the Clarke Times Courier.
The newspaper, which serves Clarke County, VA, west of Middleburg, interviewed the girls about their experiences with distant cultures. Sarah studied and traveled in China before her junior year and attended a Virginia Governor's School intensive Japanese language school this past summer. Hannah attended a Korean language camp and recently sang a duet in Korean with her friend Su-Im '08 at the Battle of the Dorms.
To see the story in the Courier-Times, click here.
|Riders excel at Dominion Valley Horse Trials|
Kate '09 captured two blue ribbons and five other Foxcroft riders place in the top eight Sunday at the Dominion Valley Pony Club Fall Horse Trials held at Foxcroft.
Kate rode Good and Plenty to first place in Division 3 (Novice-Rider 1) competition, placing third in the dressage portion and covering both cross-country and stadium jumping courses cleanly. She then partnered with Smooth Sailin' in Division 5 (Novice, Rider 2) for a second victory, in which she also led after dressage.
|Three Foxcroft students attend Governor's Schools|
Foxcroft School students Savannah '07, Sarah '07, and Shannon '07, attended 2006 Summer Governor’s Schools, highly-selective institutes for gifted students held at university campuses in Virginia. Savannah and Sarah studied languages while Shannon participated in a math, science and technology program.
In addition, Foxcroft Math teacher Laura Berdine was named an Outstanding Educator by the Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology at Lynchburg College after being nominated by Shannon.
The Virginia’s Governor’s Schools Program, sponsored by the state department of education, offers gifted students a range of intensive educational experiences.
Savannah and Sarah both spent three weeks (June 25-July 16) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond attending Governor's Foreign Language Academies, in French and Japanese, respectively. Savannah, winner of Foxcroft’s 2006 French Prize, says she learned to love French last year in Mme. Janice Brown’s class but she became comfortable speaking it during the total-immersion academy.
|Take a trip with Mr. Matthews!|
Hello from the Road!
Steve Matthews, head librarian and master English teacher at Foxcroft School, is taking a trip -- and he’s invited the entire community to come with him.
“I am riding the sabbatical train (actually my new RAV4) from coast to coast looking into the lives, homes, and haunts of six wonderful (and long gone) American authors,” Matthews wrote Foxcroft faculty and students Monday. "I am providing my blog address and hope that some of you join the trip and help me make sense out of all of this. Here's to the road and what it reveals."
Mr. Matthews' blog, a delightful mixture of photos, facts, literary insights and musings on the meaning of "home" can also be accessed through Faculty Focus on Foxcroft's website.
|Catch Foxcroft on TV Friday (9/22)|
Foxcroft School will be featured on the Women's Entertainment Network, which reaches 59 million households nationally, on Thursday, September 22 at 6 a.m.
W.E. will broadcast the educational TV show Today’s Family, which includes a segment on "The Importance of Choosing the Right School." In addition, KPXL PAX-TV in San Antonio, TX, will air the show four times in September, Platinum Productions announced recently.
The show focuses on single-sex education and also highlights Barnard College, an independent liberal arts college for women in New York City. San Antonio airtimes are: Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 PM; Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 a.m.
|NEW: Order Books for Fall Courses Online|
Families can begin using Foxcroft's new online bookstore this month to order books for the Fall 2006 semester. The School is using MBS Direct, a leader in the textbook exchange business since 1973, for all textbook ordering this year.
Starting July 17, Foxcroft's online bookstore will be officially open for the ordering of textbooks. Families may choose to have their orders delivered to their homes or to Foxcroft, where they will be stored until the start of school.
Many returning students have already availed themselves of MBS Direct's buyback program, which started in May and gave them an opportunity to sell their used books easily and efficiently.
Foxcroft's online book store is accessible from the Academic Program page of the School's website. Look for the ORDER BOOKS button on the lower left side of the page.
In his spring announcement about the online bookstore, Academic Dean John Suitor wrote:
|US Lacrosse names Laura '07 All-American Honorable Mention!|
Laura '07, a two-time All-ISL goalie who backstopped Foxcroft to a 9-3 record this spring, Tuesday was named a 2006 US Lacrosse Women's Division High School All-American Honorable Mention selection.
Laura is Foxcroft's first All-American lacrosse selection and is also believed to be the first player from Loudoun County ever selected. In addition, she is the only goaltender from US Lacrosse's very competitive Potomac Chapter and one of the few juniors among the 32 goaltenders chosen nationwide.
Information on the selection process and a complete list of athletes honored may be found here. More information about Laura and the Lacrosse team's season is available in the Athletics area of the website.
|The Class of 2006 Graduates!|
Beneath a placid gray sky in Miss Charlotte's Garden, Foxcroft School graduated the members of the Class of 2006 Friday morning at its 92nd commencement. Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer awarded diplomas to 36 girls, who come from 11 states and three foreign countries and have received 122 acceptances to 87 colleges and universities.
|Math students place at Kings Dominion Contest|
A roller-coaster made out of soda cans and aluminum tubing recently earned a group of Foxcroft School students second place at a competition held in conjunction with the Paramount's Kings Dominion Math and Science Day.
Sixteen students and two math teachers attended the event, held May 19 in Dumfries, VA. In addition to enjoying the amusement park rides, the students participated in math and science contests sponsored by King's Dominion and local science foundations.
The competitions required students to follow very careful specifications or be disqualified, and Foxcroft's students did a fantastic job in this regard in their first year of participation.
For the roller-coaster competition, Jillian '07, Betsy '06, Steffi '07, and Grace '07 spent the better part of two weeks creating a track that uses only gravity to run. They received extra points for vertical loops, g-force areas, longer running times, creative themes and quality of work. Experimenting with with different materials and different angles of rotation in order to get the ball bearing to remain on the track, the students used many mathematical and physics principles to build their coaster. Their work was rewarded with a second place trophy.
|Foxcroft athletes named All-Met, All-ISL|
Lacrosse goalie Laura '07 Wednesday [May 24] received All-Met honors from the Washington Post, and is one of three Foxcroft athletes named to the All-Independent School League teams selected last week.
Laura was joined on the All-ISL lacrosse team by lacrosse co-captain and midfielder Jess '06, while pitcher Lindsay '06 was named to the All-ISL softball team.
|Fox-Hound and Whippers In contests complete riding year|
Foxcroft's talented riders got to demonstrate their prowess to the school community two days in a row this week. On Wednesday (May 17), 30 girls competed in the Fox-Hound Equitation Competition in the McConnell Riding Hall and on Thursday the 10 members of Whippers In contended with a challenging jumping course in the outdoor ring.
For the second straight year, Alex P. '06 won the Whippers In competition. she was one of a very few riders to have a clean ride on a breezy afternoon that stirred horse-spooking flags on several jumps. Emily E. '07, who also made it through the course cleanly, placed second, followed by Michelle '06 and Caitlin M. '07.
In Wednesday's Fox-Hound competition, The Hounds completed their sweep of the year's intramural contests, scoring 25 points to the Foxes' -21.5. Jordan '07 and her older sister, Alex P., took first and third, respectively, for the Hounds in the Big Team class. Julie '06 placed second and Caitlin '07 finished fourth for the Foxes.
|No ZZZZs Here: Sleep Expert visits|
It was standing room only in Celeste Bergan's classroom Friday afternoon (May 12) when Dr. Marc Raphaelson gave a stimulating presentation on a subject that is near and dear to most all of us: SLEEP.
Dr. Raphaelson, the medical director of the Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, is a board-certified neurologist with special qualifications in neurophysiology and sleep disorders medicine -- and also the father of a member of Foxcroft's freshman class. Mrs. Bergan invited him to speak to her Anatomy class and to other interested members of the Foxcroft community.
|Language students score in National Exams|
Three Foxcroft School students earned national recognition and 11 placed regionally on this year’s national language examinations, the Middleburg school announced Wednesday.
In the National Spanish Exam, sophomore Cristina '08 (Lomas, Mexico) placed second in Virginia and sixth nationally among Level 5 Bilingual students. Amelia '09 (Madison, WI) scored in the 95th percentile nationally in Level 1 and Gabriella '09(Coral Gables, FL), also a freshman, scored in the 96th percentile in Level 2, respectively.
Regionally, Jackie '06 (Scarsdale, NY) placed 8th among Level 5 Bilingual students in Virginia; Helen '09 (San Antonio, TX) and Camille '09 (Jackson, MS) placed 10th and 11th respectively, among Bilingual Level 2 exam-takers, and Seline '08(Washongton, DC) placed 19th in Level 4. Tanya Chanh '07 (Lovettsville, VA) was 12th among Virginia’s Level 4 students with Outside Experience.
French students Shannon '07 (Purcellville, VA), Nicole '06(Mexico City) and Whitney '07 (Middleburg, VA) earned regional honors in Le Grand Concours sponsored by the American Association of Teacher of French. Shannon and Nicole placed 9th and 10th, respectively, among Northern Virginia Level 4 students and Whitney placed 11th among the area's Level 2 participants. Shannon and Nicole have been invited to the AATF chapter's awards ceremony next week in Alexandria, VA.
|Lacrosse Varsity drops heartbreaker to Sidwell Friends in ISL Semifinal|
Junior attack Jess M. '07 had four goals and an assist and All-ISL Goalie Laura '07 stopped more than a dozen shots Monday but it wasn't enough as Foxcroft's Lacrosse Team lost 10-9 to Sidwell Friends School in an Indepedent School League Division A Tournament semifinal match. It was the second straight year that Foxcroft lost a heartbreaker in the tournament semifinal.
|Lacrosse team on a roll, wins four straight|
After a season-opening loss played on less than a week's practice, the Foxcroft Varsity Lacrosse Team has rolled to four straight victories, outscoring opponents 55-12.
Tri-captains Bethany '06, Jess C. '06 and Laura B. '07 have been a big part of the effort, with Bethany spear-heading the offense, Laura holding fast in the goal and Jess contributing at both ends. Laura and classmate Maria, who is among the team's leading scorers, both earned Washington Post Loudoun All-Extra honors a year ago. Loudoun All-Extra Coach of the Year, credits stellar play on the part of the defense for holding opponents in check, freeing up the midfield and offensive players to stay on the attack.
In the past week, Foxcroft has racked up wins against Independent School League opponents Madeira (a 12-0 shutout); Georgetown Day School (15-4) and Flint Hill (10-4), as well as local rival Highland (18-4).
The squad faces St. James School, which sports a 5-1 record, Thursday afternoon in Middleburg.
For details of games played and to follow upcoming action, please click here.
|2006 Goodyear Fellow: “Internet Mom" Robin Raskin to speak April 25|
At a time when newspapers, television news and educational journals all herald the lure—and dangers—of websites such as myspace.com and facebook.com, Foxcroft School is delighted to announce that Robin Raskin, an expert on raising children in a digital world, is the 2006 Alison Harrison Goodyear Fellow and will speak at the School on Tuesday, April 25.
The public is invited to attend Raskin’s lecture, entitled “They’ve Got Mail; You’ve Got Trouble,” at 8:00 pm at Foxhound Auditorium, in Foxcroft’s Schoolhouse. A reception will follow the presentation, which is aimed at adults. Raskin, aka “Internet Mom,” is meeting with Foxcroft students in small groups during her two-day visit.
|Blood Drive April 24 to Honor Teacher|
Foxcroft's Day Students, led by student Prefects Amy '06 and Emily '06, invite you to help replenish depleted supplies at a special Blood Drive honoring former teacher Keith M. McBride on Monday, April 24.
McBride, who retired from Foxcroft in 2004, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He taught Science and served in several other capacities in his three decades at Foxcroft. the School's Board of Trustees bestowed on him their highest honor -- the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award -- in thanks for his outstanding service and exemplary achievement.
McBride, lives with his wife, Kendra, in Cross Junction, VA, ajoins the students in urging friends and neighbors of Foxcroft to donate blood in his honor.
The blood drive, one of three conducted annually at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the FoxHound Auditorium. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 540-687-4322 or emailing email@example.com. Students will welcome donors and assist the Red Cross in this crucial community service.
|Ambassador and scores of Foxcrofters walk for Malawi|
By Savannah '07
April 8th was a remarkable day when a group of girls huddled under a plain white sky which was emitting a lazy drizzle and listened eagerly to a man in a black jogging suit make a quick speech.
The event: the annual Foxcroft Junior Class Walk-A-Thon. The cause: A school in the poor African country of Malawi. The speaker: Bernard Sande, the ambassador to the U.S. from that country.
Already the girls had raised $15,000 towards the Tilora School in Northern Malawi. With another $1,000, the Walk-A-Thon funds could pay for the completion of a brand new school under Tilora’s jurisdiction.
”The amount you have raised is a testament to the extraordinary American generosity of this school,” said Ambassador Sande, who made the 90-minute trip from Washington, D.C. in the rain. “Because there is no great genocide or political instability, Malawi is often overlooked by major organizations for foreign aid but our needs are great.
“I am making each one of you an official ambassador of Malawi,” he added, inviting the walkers to visit the Embassy anytime.
|Foxcroft Educational TV Segment to air in Louisville|
Four more airings of Today’s Family , an educational television series featuring Foxcroft School in a piece on “The Importance of Choosing the Right School” were announced Monday (4/10).
WBNA PAX-TV, serving the Louisville, Ky., area, will boardcast the show Wed., April 12 at 5 p.m.; Sat., April 15 (5:30 p.m.); Wed., April 19 (5:30 p.m.) and Sat., April 29 (5:30 p.m.). The show earlier aired in the Alabama, North Carolina, southern Virginia and West Virginia markets. (Se complete schedule below).
The show, which focuses on single-sex education, also highlights Barnard College, an independent liberal arts college for women in New York City. Foxcroft was selected by the show’s producers, the Platinum Television Group, last summer; a film crew visited the campus in October to film the segment.
“Foxcroft provides a residential learning experience for girls in which academic excellence, leadership, responsibility and integrity are the highest values,” Platinum officials said in announcing the selection.
|Riders win Tri-State Championship|
An outstanding performance in the Tri-State Equestrian League (TSEL) Finale Sunday (April 9) in Middleburg catapulted the Foxcroft Riding Team to its second TSEL Championship in three years.
Foxcroft, which was fifth among the seven teams in the standings entering the show, collected 11 ribbons to earn a total of 36.7 points.
The Madeira School earned 35 points while Garrison Forest School, the league leader after the regular-season meets, scored 25, followed by Oldfields Schools (11.5), Columbia (8), Linden Hall (6.5) and Grier (2).
Foxcroft earned 10 points for winning the Finale, boosting its Total Quality Points for the2005-2006 season to 21, one ahead of Reserve Champion Garrison Forest. Madeira finished third with 18 TQPs.
|Foxcroft senior repeats as All-ISL basketball pick|
Jessi C. a senior co-captain and center on the Foxcroft Varsity Basketball Team, has been to the All-Independent School League Division A team for the second year in a row.
Jessi, who led the team to an 8-11 record and a spot in the ISL Playoffs, was a standout at both ends of the floors with her rebounding and scoring. It was her fourth year on the Varsity squad.
A Middleburg, VA., resident, Jessi also was named Loudoun Extra Field Hockey Player of the Year by the Washington Post and made the first team All-ISL in that sport as well. She plans to attend Kent State University on a field hockey scholarship in the fall.
|Foxcroft Student Advances in Singing Competition|
Rachael P., a senior at the Foxcroft School, will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Adjudications of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) next month based on her “superior” performance Saturday at the Virginia NATS competition in Winchester, VA.
The Mid-Atlantic region of NATS includes Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina and the District of Columbia. Its conference and Student Adjudications are set for first April 7 at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
Rachael, a resident of Ligonier, PA., and winner of last week’s Middleburg, VA., Bland Music Competition, participated in the Musical-Theater – Advanced High School Women category at the NATS Conference.
Her classmate Elizabeth, of Fenton, MI, sang in the Advanced High School Women category and missed advancing to the regionals when her score fell just 0.34 of a point short of the superior rating. She earned an excellent rating for her selections from standard classical vocal literature.
It was the first time that Foxcroft students had participated in the NATS event.
|Outstanding basketball season ends with a heart-breaker|
The Varsity Basketball Team capped off a fine year with two fantastic -- if ultimately disappointing -- games against the National Cathedral School last week.
Three days after dropping a thrilling 58-51 overtime battle in its final regular-season game, Foxcroft pushed the Hawks to the brink on their own court Friday in the first round of the Independent School League Tournament. The 43-42 loss left Foxcroft with an 8-11, 7-11 in the ISL record for the season. NCS finished 17-8 overall and 12-4 in the league.
|A la mode francaise!|
Haute coutoure reigned in Schoolhouse in early February as the students in Janice Brown's French I class conducted a fashion show spoof. Why?! It's a fun and experiential way for first-year French students to expand and practice their vocabulary.
|Foxcroft hosts TSEL Meet, finishes second|
A strong showing in the Beginner classes and the over-fences competition helped Foxcroft recover from a slow start to place second in the Tri-State Equitation League meet held Saturday at McConnell Riding Hall.
Garrison Forest won the meet with 47.5 points; Foxcroft had 38.5 points and Oldfields finished third with 38. With the abbreviated three-meet regular season complete, Foxcroft sits two points out of first place. The seven-team finals to determine the champion for the year will be held at Foxcroft April 8-9.
|Foxcroft performers shine at BSSAC Talent Show|
Foxcroft Fine Arts teacher Gary Cox made the beautiful trophy and then Foxcroft students performed beautifully to keep it in Middleburg Saturday (Dec. 3) at the First Annual BSSAC Talent Show, held at Woodberry Forest School.
The talent show featured 25 students representing five schools -- Blue Ridge, Oldfields, St. Mary's,Woodberry Forest and Foxcroft. About 150 enthusiastic sspectators watched as Foxcroft mounted five acts of the 12 acts and easily outscored the competition according to the judges.
Su-Im '08 won the Vocal category with a song sung in her native Korean and Rooni '08 took first in Instrumental with a piano performance. Cameron '07 tapped her way to second in the Dance competition and placed third in Vocals. Fox Fire, a song-and-dance ensemble compsed of three freshmen,Lia, Julita and Lauren, also performed well.
Cox, an accomplished ceramics artist, donated the design and creation of the distinctive trophy for the event.
|Tibetan Duo Shares Music, Art and Wisdom|
Musician Tenzing Tsewang and artist Losang Samten treated Foxcroft students and faculty to demonstrations of traditional Tibetan arts and discussions of their people's ancient culture, philosophy and customs Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the two visited the Middleburg, Va., boarding school for the day.
|Book donations benefit Hurricane Katrina victims|
Katrina-displaced students at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge won't have to share quite as few English textbooks thanks to a donation by Foxcroft School.
Science teacher Susan Davis helped organized a book drive to send much-needed textbooks to schools absorbing the vast number of students whose schools were wiped away by the devastating hurricane. One such donation -- 21 copies of a British Literature textbook -- earned the Middleburg, Va., school a mention on St. Joseph's website.
|Out of Africa: Visitor from Malawi Speaks at Morning Meeting|
"This is not a high school you are attending," Father Raphael Mponda, an Anglican priest from Malawi, told the Foxcroft community Monday at Morning Meeting. "This is like a university... And I can't even put into words how different your lives are from those of the people in my country."
Malawi is located in central Africa and has a population of 11 million people -- 70 percent of whom live in poverty. Fr. Raphael, a training officer for the Diocese of Northern Malawi, and his wife, Esther, visited under the auspices of Foxcroft Reaching Out, a student community service organization. After a short talk and question-and-answer period at Morning Meeting, they toured the campus and joined students for lunch -- and more questions.
"Thirty percent of the people are infected with or affected by AIDs," said Fr. Raphael. "Men earn about a dollar a day, if they have work. The life expectancy is 37 and the average age is 15."
|Chairman of Mars Inc. visits Alma Mater|
Life is a journey that will take you places you never expect, Pam Mars Wright, Chairman of the Board of Mars, Inc., and a Foxcroft School graduate, told students and faculty Monday, Sept. 26, during a special gathering at the School's Currier Library.
“You know I never thought I would be doing what I am doing,” said Wright, sitting among the students and speaking more from her heart than from the notes she brought along. “When I was [a student] here, I had no plans, no idea what I wanted to be or do. I’m still not sure. But life evolves, so don’t worry about what those plans are going to be. I know it sounds corny but life is the journey."
| 15 Foxcroft Students Earn AP Scholar Status|
Three current students and 12 recent graduates of Foxcroft School have earned AP Scholar designation from the College Board for their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams taken last May.
Of special note, Kathryn Grant and Elicia Williams, who both graduated in May, became Foxcroft’s first National Scholars and Jillian '07(at left) earned AP Scholar with Honor designation after her sophomore year. National Scholars are U.S. students who receive an average grade of at least 4 (out of 5) on all the AP Exams they have taken and grades of 4 of higher on eight or more of the tests.
“I think these are remarkable results considering the size of our school,” said Academic Dean John Suitor, noting that Foxcroft’s enrollment last year was 180 girls.
Only about 17 percent of the more than one million high school students in some 15,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar. About 90 percent of the members of Foxcroft's last two graduating classes that took four or more AP courses earned AP Scholar. Foxcroft had 12 AP Scholars in 2003-04.
|Foxcroft raises $2,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief|
Dozens of Foxcroft School students and faculty members played and many more watched, cheered and contributed funds this week in a spirited flag football fundraiser that netted $2,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief.
The tournament, played last Sunday (9/18), was organized by Senior Class President CC, together with the other class presidents and the Student Council. It pitted teams from each of the four classes against each other. There was also a just-for-fun game between faculty and all comers -- including students and parents.
|Students Share their Thai Experience|
Three students who traveled to Bangkok as part of Foxcroft's first "Reverse Thai Exchange" shared their experience Tuesday with an assembly that culminated in the presentation of a beautiful cut-paper sculpture sent to Foxcroft as a gift from the Satit Kaset School.
During a special assembly in Currier Library, Elizabeth '06 Shannon '07 and Kayoko '07 introduced themselves in Thai, demonstrated Thai bowing customs and dance steps and talked about Thai arts and society. Science teacher/chaperone Susan Davis screened a slide show of the trip and the group then presented the gift, which depicts royal ships in Bangkok Bay, to Dean of Students Sheila McKibbin and Admission Director Rebecca Gilmore.
|Head of School's Letter in the New York Times|
Boarding schools transform lives and our nation's schoolchildren need more schools that work and less finger-pointing, writes Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer in a letter to the Editor that appears in today's edition of the New York Times.
The letter, a response to to a Times OpEd piece published last week ("Parental Supervision Required," Sept. 7), may be seen as it appeared in the paper by clicking here.
The full text of the letter Mrs. Leipheimer sent follows.
|Math Department Chair Wendy Williams Named Outstanding Educator|
Wendy Williams, chair of Foxcroft’s mathematics department, was honored as an Outstanding Educator July 22 by the Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Wendy was nominated for the award by Jillian ‘07, who was attending the residential summer program for gifted students at Lynchburg College. The honor signifies the appreciation and thanks of Governor’s School students to teachers who have genuinely affected their lives. Wendy and other honorees spent the day at Lynchburg with their students, and were feted at an awards dinner.
|Washington Post Honors Foxcroft Lacrosse|
Foxcroft lacrosse capped a terrific 2005 season in June by collecting Player and Coach of the Year honors from the WASHINGTON POST.
Foxes' standout Claire '05 was named Girls Player of the Year in the Post's Loudoun Spring All-Extra "Champions and Stars of the High School Season" special. The June 19 article said this "repeat All-Extra selection finished with a team-high 51 goals and 24 assists and was a key component of the Foxes' emergence. A unanimous All-Independent School League A team selection and an honorable mention All-Met, she will play for the University of Massachusetts."
Matt Macdonald was named Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year. "Under Macdonald, Foxes have evolved into a league title contender," the article said. "Foxcroft completed the best season in the history of the program, which included an 8-5 record and its first appearance in the ISL A semifinals."
Foxcroft was also represented in the First Team selections by defensive player Maria '06. "This repeat All-Extra finished with 19 turnovers forced and a team-high 36 ground balls," the story noted.