The Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Classes recently took a trip to Washington, DC, to visit Smithsonian museums tying into courses that we are taking. Our morning included visiting either the National Museum of Natural History or Air and Space Museum for STEAM-based courses.
Here we go again! Foxcroft and Fredericksburg Academy will meet Friday in the semifinal game in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II state field hockey tournament for the fifth time in seven years.
On Friday, October 25 during Morning Meeting, Head of School Cathy McGehee announced our students who qualified in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Roughly 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year, Foxcroft is pleased to recognize seniors Kenzie G. and Mimi S. as National Merit Commended Scholars.
On Friday evening, a talented group of Foxcroft students brought Foxstock music festival to FoxHound Auditorium. Through an array of performances featuring many female singer-songwriters and classic tunes, each girl showed the community her “true colors” (with Mimi S. ’20’s Cyndi Lauper number) and gave the audience more than “one reason” (during Abby A. ’20’s rendition of Tracey Chapman’s hit) to cheer and applaud. By the finale with the whole company singing KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See,” the audience truly was “held captivated in [their] palms!”
Two achieve select National AP Scholar designation
Two Foxcroft School students achieved the rare status of National Scholar to lead a group of 27 girls who earned 2019 AP Scholar Awards from the College Board for outstanding achievement on Advanced Placement Exams taken last spring.
“Hello, these are my children Kelsey, Koaster, and Kevlar,” offered Nan Stuart ‘71 as she introduced her four-legged children to the girls of Foxcroft during Morning Meeting. Nan and her crew – three beautiful golden retrievers known at the Flint Animal Cancer Center as the “K dogs” – recently spent the day at Foxcroft where she talked to students about her work with the One Cure program at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU), and her Code 3 professional animal disaster response and resources organization.
On Wednesday, September 25, Foxcroft hosted a group of middle school girls on campus for a “Coding Carnival” — an evening of fun activities meant to get girls engaged and excited about computer science — without actually sitting in front of a computer! Hosting the Coding Carnival presented a great opportunity for Foxcroft’s AP Computer Science (APCS) students to share their knowledge and excitement with younger girls. The event also furthered the mission of Foxcroft’s STEM Department to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to boost their confidence in using and developing a wide range of technologies.
Area middle school girls are invited to attend an evening of carnival-style games and fun as they learn the theory behind programming on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-8pm.
Foxcroft School and its STEM Department are excited to invite area middle school girls to an evening of carnival-style fun and games designed to encourage and create awareness around one of the fastest-growing career fields: computing. The Coding Carnival will be held Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30-8pm in the Audrey Bruce Currier Library on campus.
“The way I like to describe GenHERation is, ‘If you can see it, you can be it,’" explained Katlyn Grasso, founder and CEO of GenHERation, and Foxcroft’s 51st Alison Harrison Goodyear ’29 Fellow. “I think it's so important for young women to have a relatable role model.”
Head of School Cathy McGehee has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools (NCGS) and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).
First of four Admissions events takes place on Monday, October 14
Families looking for an outstanding secondary school experience for their daughters are invited to visit Foxcroft School on Monday, October 14, when the first of four Admissions Open Houses scheduled for this school year takes place.
Additional Open Houses are scheduled for December 6, January 17, and April 24. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Families are also welcome to schedule visits at other times by contacting Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator Katie Turner at email@example.com or 540.687.4343.
“I am pleased to extend my congratulations to the faculty and staff of Foxcroft School,” wrote U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia. “Your focused efforts to give young women the opportunity to develop computer science skills will help bridge the gender gap in the field in the coming years. I commend you for this important work and your dedication to helping your students succeed.”
Foxcroft is one of only six schools in Virginia and 490 worldwide to earn the AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award. Schools receiving the Award have either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population.
Katlyn Grasso, whose GenHERation network, where young women and female executives connect, has been named a 2019-20 Alison Harrison Goodyear ’29 Fellow at Foxcroft School, and will keynote at their schoolwide Leadership Day, Friday, September 6 at 9am in Engelhard Gymnasium.
John Scharfenberg receives Leipheimer teaching award
History teacher John C. Scharfenberg, a former Capitol Hill staffer who carries a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his pocket and does his best to make sure his students understand it, was presented with the Mary Louise Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award by Cathy McGehee, Head of School, on Thursday (May 23) at the School’s annual Awards Assembly.
Heide Hotchkiss, whose combination of high expectations, practical lessons, creative fun, and hugs has prepared scores of new students for boarding school success, received the 2019 Jane Lockhart Service Award from Foxcroft Head of School Catherine S. McGehee on Thursday (May 23) at the School’s annual Awards Assembly.
A mainstay of Foxcroft’s residential and student life programs for nearly two decades, Hotchkiss becomes the eighth recipient of the Award, which carries a cash gift and honors an employee who “exemplifies a personal commitment to and understanding of all of our students — with an emphasis on all.” It was established by Foxcroft parents and students in appreciation of Jane Lockhart, a beloved and dedicated Foxcroft staff member for 50 years (1966-2016).
Class of 2019 receives diplomas, prizes, and good advice at Foxcroft’s 105th Commencement
The weather could not have been any better nor the spirits any higher Friday morning when the 46 members of the Class of 2019 representing seven countries, 11 states and the District of Columbia gathered in Miss Charlotte’s Garden for Foxcroft School’s 105th Commencement.
Under sunny skies and the proud gazes of parents, faculty, and friends, senior speaker Kayla L. reminisced about their years at the School, prizes were presented, Head of School Cathy McGehee acknowledged the Class’s achievements, and Board of Trustees Chair Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87 awarded diplomas to the impressive group. Collectively, the members of the Class of 2019 received 177 offers of admission from 120 colleges and universities in five countries and 29 states and were offered more than $2.4 million in merit scholarships.
FXC faces Cape Henry Collegiate in semifinal game tomorrow (5/17) at Highland!
Varsity Lacrosse, ranked sixth among VISAA Division II schools, stunned No. 3 Norfolk Collegiate, 22-11, in a quarterfinal match Tuesday to advance to the “Final Four” of the state tournament for the first time in three years. The semifinals and championship game are tomorrow and Saturday, respectively, at Highland School in Warrenton. Coach Laura Moan reports:
Last weekend’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical was so much fun it should be against the law! The cast of 25 students, along with four faculty members, sang and danced their way into the audience’s heart as their talent, energy, and some outstanding choreography brought the quirky characters, engaging story, and welcome “girl power” message to life.
Mo Regulinski, creator of the “Healing Avatars” series of wearable art, and the second Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Series lecturer this year, brought her unique artistic journey to Foxcroft last Friday to start the Arts Weekend off with her keynote at Morning Meeting.
It was a celebration as festive and fun as the weather was bright and sunny. Beginning with the leis and pompoms distributed as people arrived, to the joyful ribbon-cutting beneath a green-and-white arch of balloons, and through the animated March-In and Fox/Hound field hockey game, Saturday’s dedication of the new turf fields and induction of our newest Sport Hall of Fame member was simply a glorious event.
Jennifer Fill Crooks ’91, whose compassion for orphaned children living in poverty and passion for improving their plight led her to found an international nonprofit called Uryadi’s Village, was named Foxcroft School’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna Thursday evening (April 11) at the School’s Reunion Weekend Alumnae Association Dinner.
What do real estate, horses, insurance, cranberries, and Foxcroft have in common? William Howard Weeks, or Bill, as he is known to all of us. For the past 18 years, Foxcroft has been blessed to have Bill on its team. From that fortuitous day when his daughter Alexa came to visit the School — and Bill, rightly thinking the focus would be on her, yet came away feeling that he was actually the one being interviewed — to the successful completion of Foxcroft’s Centennial Campaign, Bill’s work, wisdom, and leadership have had a powerful impact on this School and its future.
Rachel Martin, the 2019 Alison Harrison Goodyear ’29 Fellow, has achieved the pinnacle of success in radio journalism as co-host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, one of its flagship programs, heard by nearly 15 million listeners weekly. Reflecting on her career before the entire Foxcroft community and a score of visitors in the Audrey Bruce Currier Library last Thursday, she dismissed any notion that it came easy, that there is a linear path that she took from there to here. Her first full-time, paying job in journalism, she noted, did not come until she was 33!
Freshman Cecilia M. took third place in the Junior Varsity Novice Over Fences competition and Foxcroft riders earned a ribbon in every class over the weekend at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 3 Finals. Foxcroft’s Riding Team placed eighth among 12 schools in the Rustburg, VA show that included teams from Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina, as well as Virginia.
Cecilia also picked up a sixth in the JV Novice Over Fences Individual Rider competition and Foxcroft School's horse Kitty, aka Dream Away, was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Horse or Pony at the show.
Grand Prix show jumper from The Plains, VA, to be inducted April 13
Sloane Coles, a Grand Prix champion rider and all-conference collegiate lacrosse player, has been elected to the Foxcroft School Sports Hall of Fame, Selection Committee Chair Fred McMane announced Monday. The 2007 Foxcroft graduate will become the 11th member of the Hall at an induction ceremony Saturday, April 13 at the all-girls’ boarding and day school.
Congratulations to senior Roxy C. and sophomores Shea H. and Emma N. on being 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medalists! All three girls received Silver Medals Wednesday when the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the results of the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.
More than 340,000 works in 29 categories — ranging from memoirs and critical essays to sculpture, editorial cartoons, and video game design — were submitted by students from every state in the U.S. this year. Of those, only about 2,700 works become national medalists.
Roxy was recognized in the Mixed Media art category for her piece "The Afghan Girl.” Emma’s “Boys on the Swing” was selected in the Photography class and Shea’s “Autumn Loaf” earned Poetry honors. Silver medals are awarded for “works demonstrating high honors on the national level,” according to the Scholastic website.
Rachel Martin, host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and award-winning correspondent who has covered stories ranging from the War in Afghanistan and the Virginia Tech shooting to the 2006 World Cup, has been named a Alison Harrison Goodyear Fellow at Foxcroft School and will speak there on Thursday, March 28.
The public is invited to attend the talk entitled “Finding Your Voice,” which will be held in the Audrey Bruce Currier Library beginning at 11am. For more information, please call 540.687.4510, as space is limited.
Riding team rides to IEA Zone 3, Region 3 Championship — and advances one step closer to Nationals
Senior captain Kayla L. won one class and took second in another, and no Foxcroft rider placed lower than fourth on March 3 when the Riding Team captured the Championship ribbon at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 3, Regional 3 Finals held at Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg, VA. The victory — by just two points over rival Madeira School — was Foxcroft’s first IEA regional title ever and qualified the team for the Zone 3 Finals for the first time in five years.
In addition, junior Elena B. and freshmen Gigi G. and Cecilia M. advanced to the Zone Championship as individual riders and will compete in four classes there. Elena, who flew back from the Winter Equestrian Festival to compete, won the Individual Varsity Open Over Fences and Gigi won the Junior Varsity Novice Flat. In the JV Novice Over Fences class, Gigi finished third, behind Cecilia, but will join her clssmate at Zones because the winner of the class cannot compete there.
The Zone 3 Finals, scheduled for March 29-31 in Lynchburg, VA, will include riders from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The top finishers will advance to the U.S. National Finals, in Harrisburg, PA, on April 26-28. Foxcroft won Zones in 2014 when it made its only appearance as a team at Nationals.
Highland, Norwood take high school and middle school competitions
The theme of last Saturday’s Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit was “Pandemics,” but judging from the energy and enthusiasm that pervaded the Athletic/Student Center at the end of the day, everyone felt just fine. Spending the day solving math, science, and logic problems with names like Poison Control and Cure Confusion, it seems, was like a shot in the arm for the 157 girls from 23 schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia who participated. Win or lose, everybody had fun!
Saturday’s STEM competition will feature fun challenges, problem solving, and more!
When the competitors gather Saturday to embark on the eighth annual Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, they will set off on a day filled with collaboration, calculations, deductive reasoning, and — above all else — STEM-centric fun!
Nine of Foxcroft’s 28 honored works earn top regional honors and advance to national competition
Senior Roxy C. collected two Gold Keys — one each in writing and art — and one Silver Key to lead a group of 16 Foxcroft School students that had 28 outstanding works selected recently for special recognition in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Southeast Region-At-Large competition.
Including Roxy, eight Foxcroft students received a total of nine Gold Keys — the highest regional designation. The “golden” artists are Khaki K. ’19 (mixed media); Emma N. ’21, Ava B. ’21, and Tess O. ’21 (photography); and Sylvia Y. ’19 (printmaking). Courtney B. ’20 and Shea H. ’21 picked up Gold Keys in the poetry category. Emma, Khaki, and Courtney each picked up a Silver Key as well.
Seniors Grace M. and Seabrook B., who helped Foxcroft School reach the state tournament title game last fall, confirmed their commitment to continue their educations and play intercollegiate field hockey at Washington & Lee University and Sewanee: The University of the South, respectively, in a joyful ceremony attended by their parents and the entire School community Monday.
Enthusiastic cheers filled Foxcroft’s Audrey Bruce Currier Library as the two student-athletes put their signatures on NCAA Division III celebratory signing forms. “I am delighted to be standing here with you to celebrate Seabrook and Grace as they prepare to play field hockey at their respective universities,” said Athletic Director and Field Hockey Coach Michelle Woodruff. “It’s a fabulous day for the Athletic Department as we celebrate your accomplishments and the next step in a long journey. Enjoy it!”
This year,the theme ofFoxcroft School’s all-girls STEM competition, Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit, is sick.
It’s not that it isn’t healthy — the February 23 event is filled to capacity with 40 teams of girls from middle and high schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, scheduled to take part — but the day will revolve around pandemic diseases. And organizers are confident that participants will find that sick, as in awesome.
“Through movies, history class, and even board games, many students are familiar with the outbreaks of various pandemics throughout history, from the bubonic plague to influenza,” says Director of STEM Education and competition director Kristine Varney. “In this year’s event, students can expect fun and exciting challenges where they use their STEM skills to determine the cause of the outbreak, find a cure, and deliver it to the people who need it.”
Last Sunday, four Foxcroft students competed at the James Bland Music Scholarship competition, sponsored by the Middleburg chapter of the Lion's Club of Virginia and held at The Hill School. Finy Z. ’22, Teddy S. ’19, and Seabrook B. ’19 were in the Senior Voice division, and Scarlett D. ’21 was in the Senior Instrumentalist division.
Five seniors and five juniors have been elected to the Foxcroft School Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, President Matthew Mohler announced recently. They join four members of the Senior Class who were named to the national high school scholastic honor society a year ago.
Seniors Haley B., Lily F., Chloe G., Anne K., and Jenna T. were elected to Cum Laude, which is modeled on the collegiate Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Kenzie G., Tam L., Nell N., Mimi S.,and Maya Y. were accorded the special distinction of being selected during their junior year.
Two top finishes each by sophomore Shea H. and junior Courtney B. highlighted an outstanding presentation of original and published poems at Foxcroft School’s 2019 Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival.
Shea won the Chimera Poetry Contest, conducted by the School’s literary magazine staff, with an original poem and took the 10th grade Recitation Competition title with a piece by Brenda Shaunessy. Courtney placed second in the Chimera contest and won the coveted Poetry Slam championship to cap a daylong celebration of the written and spoken word that began with a morning reading by visiting poet Tina Barr ’73.
Barr, who recently published her third book of poetry, was the judge at the competitive readings. After noting the superior quality of the terrific presentations by the 12 finalists, she presented the laurels (literally) to Shea and to second-time winner Grace C. ’19 and newcomers Joselyn A. ’20 and Maddie J. ’22 for the best performances in the 12th, 11th, and 9th-grade competitions, respectively.
Senior Anne K. wins a provisional patent with application written for AP English Lit
Compassion and innovation are Foxcroft hallmarks and both were demonstrated in December when senior Anne K. received a provisional patent from the United States Patent Office for her “Retractable Limited Dexterity Eating Aid." Receiving a patent is an impressive accomplishment, especially for a young woman (females hold about 10 percent of all the patents in the U.S.). Writing the application for the patent as a school assignment is pretty unusual, too, but thanks to an open-minded teacher and Foxcroft’s willingness to help girls reach their individual goals, that’s just what Anne did: the long and complicated application Anne wrote to obtain the patent was her major writing project for AP English Literature.
“Last year I created an assignment in which each student gets to select her own writing project and I help to guide her through the process,” explains teacher Steve McCarty. “We talk about what the end product looks like and the criteria by which I will grade them. The idea is that they get to try writing something other than the typical English essay.”
A patent grant application was indeed different and, Steve says, he learned how to write one right along with Anne. The invention worthy of a patent, however, was all Anne’s.
“We the People” organizes presentation, procession, and banquet
Foxcroft's student-led diversity and inclusion club, We the People, led the community in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday with a moving program and special banquet that reminded us all of the challenges and joys of living in a multicultural world, as well as our responsibility to it.
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end. The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
From The Snow-Storm By Ralph Waldo Emerson
This month the Foxcroft community enjoys a respite from the snowy January weather to celebrate the written and spoken word at the Paul K. Bergan Poetry Festival, a time-honored tradition among students and faculty alike.
Renamed in 2007 in honor of beloved English teacher Paul Bergan, the Poetry Festival brings established poets to campus to read their published works, to discuss the writing process with students, and to lead poetry writing workshops. It also provides the community with an opportunity to raise our voices in both competitive and non-competitive readings as well as a colorful poetry slam.
We are excited to share the 2018 Wintermission course descriptions and internships! Your daughters are being encouraged to take advantage of this terrific opportunity to “change course” for a week and try something new. Browse through the course catalog with descriptions of classes and internships to check out all the experiential offerings our students can pick from. Registration opened this week; course and internship selections are due by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, January 18. Wintermission begins February 4 and runs through February 8.
Foxcroft School celebrated its 10th annual Think Pink Tournament Saturday not with a trophy, but with a milestone that might have been even more exciting. It passed the $20,000 mark in cumulative funds raised for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation!
"We are excited to continue our loyal support of those affected by this terrible disease,” said Athletic — and Think Pink Tournament — Director Michelle Woodruff after the event raised more than $1,000 to break through.
On the court, Middleburg Academy, Valley Escape Homeschool, and Randolph-Macon Academy won the Varsity, JV, and Middle School titles, respectively, to cap the fun-filled day of non-stop hoops action organized by Woodruff and Foxcroft’s student-run Athletic Association.
Greet the New Year with a new routine to get — or stay — in shape
The New Year brings new opportunities to renew your effort to take care of yourself, and Foxcroft School offers an outstanding opportunity to do just that: Sign up for a membership to its beautiful fitness center.
A “Friends of Foxcroft Fitness” membership includes use of the School’s fitness center and indoor track, as well as stationary bikes and rowing machines located around the track. Because Foxcroft is an all-girls school, the fitness center was created with women in mind and has state-of-the-art cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical trainers, weight-training machines, dedicated free weights, exercise balls, and other training equipment.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.