Covenant recent graduate, Hunter Yates, led a NASA Student Launch Team along with participating members, Beau Yates (‘22), Bryce Yates (incoming ‘24), Seamus Allen (‘20), and Mac Allen (‘22). This was a college-level, advanced, high-power rocketry competition hosted by NASA. The team, through Boy Scout Troop 17, was one of only seven middle and high school teams around the United States to be selected to compete for two years alongside fifty universities including Purdue, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and many more.
Last week, several of our middle school girls participated in the 9th Annual Girls Excelling at Math (GEM) competition, which was held remotely this year for students in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.
Covenant Lower School teachers have been providing authentic learning opportunities for their classes and continue to meet the academic and social needs of their students even in this virtual environment.
Starting in Pre-K and Kindergarten, Covenant students build a strong foundation in Scientific Method and STEAM education. By the time they are at the Hickory Campus, students in Grades 6-12 are equipped to explore the deeper realms of STEAM Programs.
Ava Buczynski in Grade 5, was awarded Honorable Mention for Elementary School Prose for her winning entry in Writer's Eye 2019, The Fralin Museum of Art's 33rd Annual Poetry and Prose Competition. Ava's entry, Island of Silence, was inspired by Nakabayashi Chikkei’s Scholar in a Mountainous Landscape and competed against 265 others in her category. The Writer's Eye Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 15, in the Newcomb Hall Ball Room at the University of Virginia. Read her entry below:
Last Friday, students at our Birdwood Campus hosted their annual STEAM Fair.
This event is designed to help students explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through the scientific process. Students were instructed to pick their project topics using their current science curriculum but also encouraged to incorporate cross-curriculum themes such as music, visual art, and historical science.
Have you ever looked back on certain events in your life and thought about the purpose behind them? Senior, Aiya Gilliam, is discovering God’s plan for her life as she reflects on growing up in the mission field and her time at Covenant.
On Thursday, January 23, The Covenant School hosted the annual school finals of the 2020 National Geographic Bee. Fourteen middle school student-participants competed for the school title, answering a myriad of difficult questions, and drawing on their knowledge from their middle school history curriculum.
“Is SpaceX a public company?” fifth-grade student George B. calls out to his teacher, Matt Johnson. How many elementary school students do you know that worry about companies’ IPO and market trends? At Covenant, this is a normal day in a fifth-grade class.
Has your life ever changed while listening to a podcast? For Susy Willetts, Fifth Grade Math Teacher and Lower School Academic Coordinator, the Endurance Horse Podcast provided the spark for what has proven a unique and inspiring opportunity.
Time management can be a challenging task, but junior, Charlie Lepage, strives hard to make sure he balances his time in academics, sports, music, and personal hobbies. “Managing time, for me, has been possible only through creating a schedule and sticking to it,” he said.
Facilities Director, Greg Porter, and his team are the behind the scenes crew that keep The Covenant School operating smoothly. Mr. Porter and the facilities crew have a wide variety of responsibilities including: Maintaining electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and alarm systems; Caring for the grounds, athletic fields, parking lots, and playgrounds; Preserving the exterior and interior of the buildings, as well as the overall cleanliness. The crew manages this all year, even when school is not in session. “We appreciate the time over breaks when the buildings are vacant. These are our most productive work times,” says Porter.
Yesterday, January 16, six Covenant students at our Hickory Campus competed in the annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition. This serves as the first round of the National Shakespeare Competition, sponsored by the English Speaking Union, and has now been held annually for 37 years with over 20,000 students participating across the United States.
Fifth-grade students at the Birdwood campus brought history to life as they presented a “Wax Museum” to conclude their study of the Civil War. In the museum, visitors were instructed to push “buttons” to start each exhibit where students then presented as historically famous and everyday people from the time period.
Located in Charlottesville, VA, The Covenant School is a non-denominational, private, Christian day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.