The entire Commonwealth Academy school community (students, faculty and staff members) recently travelled to a local theater to see the Oscar-nominated biographical drama, Hidden Figures. “The movie provided a great learning opportunity as Commonwealth continued our ongoing efforts and conversations around complicated social themes,” said Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot, Head of School. “Every student […]
Happy 20th Anniversary, Commonwealth! Commonwealth Academy is proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year in 2017. On the twentieth of each month we will be celebrating our 20th year of empowering students who learn differently. 1997-2017 1997 Commonwealth Academy opens with a handful of high school students in space at the Krasnow Institute at […]
Social Protocols by Peri-Anne Chobot, Ed.D. Feedback from fireside chats with parents this fall suggested a need to reinforce basic social protocols at Commonwealth. Our administrators, faculty and staff are in agreement! Such an effort ties nicely into our school year theme of “Empowering the Mind through Mindfulness.” Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to introduce […]
October, 2016 — Daniel Furman, Middle and High School Math teacher at C/A, will present at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference (October 31-November 2, 2016) in Philadelphia. Mr. Furman is joining other experts in mathematics education, who will share their insights and strategies at workshops and sessions. Mr. Furman’s session is […]
October, 2016 — Jane Hanson, who teaches Middle School Support, 8th Grade Writing and Lower School Reading at C/A, will present at the 2016 International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference this month (October 26-29, 2016) in Orlando. Ms. Hanson is a Certified Academic Therapist (CALT) from Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center. Ms. […]
October, 2016 — C/A invites our parents to attend a Diversity Workshop that will focus on “Creating our Dream School.” The workshop will be held in the C/A gym the evening of Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. As Maya Angelou once stated, “in diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” […]
August, 2016. We were excited to see this interview with Jacob Braham ’15. Since graduating from C/A, Jacob has been to Portugal to play with U-19 SC União Torreense and returned to the States to play Division I soccer for UNC Wilmington while majoring in marine biology. While he was only at C/A for second semester […]
2/3/16. The Commonwealth Academy Board of Trustees has named Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot as the next head of school, commencing with the 2016–17 academic year. Dr. Chobot succeeds Dr. Susan J. Johnson, who will retire this year after serving as head of school for the past 14 years. “After an extensive nationwide search, we are […]
1/25/16. Last week’s edition of the Alexandria Times included an article about C/A’s J-Term. Click here to read the story.
October 21. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment and former C/A parent Catherine A. Novelli officiated and gave a keynote address. The Makerspace is a dedicated, naturally-lit, construction room to support active learning in grades 3–12. With access to a secured outside area to expand the work surface for large projects, it’s […]
9/14/15. C/A students and our Diploma Certificate program garner attention from the Alexandria Times. Seniors Rachel, Gabe, and Chris are highlighted. Click here to read the story.
8/27/15. This summer, science teacher Megan Burgess attended the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Teacher Research Academy as a 2015 C/A CARE Award grant recipient. Ms. Burgess attended the Level I Biotechnology Research class where she deepened her content knowledge and learned about biochemical lab techniques. She’s looking forward to bringing new biotechnical experiments back to […]
6/28/15. A recent edition of MissHeard, an online magazine published by Lindsey Turnbull, celebrates “amazing women and girls who excel at STEM,” and includes a profile of one of our C/A parents, Mercedes Meyer, as well as articles from one Middle School student and six of our High School girls who are pursuing or have earned […]
6/15/15. C/A’s Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development Tara Nappi was honored to serve as an expert panelist at last week’s Decoding Dyslexia Virginia’s Town Hall Meeting entitled Too Little, Too Late. Fielding questions central to the conversation about the need for early identification and proper remediation of students with dyslexia in order to create favorable […]
10/27/14. C/A welcomes the VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) accreditation team this week for an on-site evaluation—part of our re-accreditation process. Prior to the visit, our accreditation team reviewed numerous documents and a self-study we prepared based on survey responses from our various constituents. While on-site, the team will interview members of the Board […]
By Christina Bordeaux 9/29/14. Commonwealth Academy marked National Yoga Month by introducing its first yoga class to Middle School students as a 45-minute elective offered year-round. Through age-appropriate yoga poses, games, and activities, students learn techniques to calm their bodies and their minds. Taught daily, yoga creates a non-competitive atmosphere that allows the imagination […]
C/A students, families, and faculty joined Alexandria dignitaries and scores of citizens to honor victims of the Holocaust at the city’s annual Day of Remembrance. Head of School Dr. Susan Johnson was the invited keynote speaker and explained to a solemn crowd the story of how art teacher Ksenya Litvak, inspired by her role model, […]
New Media teacher Ricardo Pontes will exhibit over 20 original drawings from the summer weeks he spent in Portugal. The collection includes landscapes from his village and a small fishing village as well as figures. The exhibit opens December 13: Artworks Fine Art Studio 7740 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD Opens: December 13, 2013 […]
Nov. On a recent college visit to Juniata in Pennsylvania, Director of College Counseling Services Steve Maczynski connected with C/A graduate Ethan ’13.
November 4. Congratulations to New Media teacher Ricardo Pontes, whose recent work is displayed at VisArts current gallery show, Best of our Best. Mr. Pontes teaches drawing and sculpture at VisArts in his spare time. Two of his drawings and a sculpture were selected for the show which opened on October 25. Prior to the […]
November 1. Honor Month culminated on Nov. 1 with High School students in each class signing the honor code. Their signatures, framed with the honor code, are displayed at school. During the month of October, students discussed honor and integrity during advisory, watched relevant films, and shared written reflections about the subject.
October 31. Photographer, retired economist, and polyglot Jim Coates spoke to Spanish 3 students today about an adventure he will soon cross off his bucket list: a motorcycle trip to Uruguay.Students are excited to follow Coates’ newest travel blog, and a road bike blog that he is working as an advisor. He showed the class his trip […]
Oct. 28, 2013. Sixth and seventh graders, dressed as the explorer of their choice from one of the four major colonial powers, presented maps and timelines about them themselves to peers and lower schoolers.You can read more on multimeter reviews
Rap Genius Chief of Education Dr. Jeremy Dean spoke to C/A’s English department about incorporating Rap Genius’s revolutionary annotation technology in the classroom. One of the top 100 websites in the world, Rap Genius enables students collaborate virtually as they build their own interpretations on text; they can highlight and annotate texts online as well […]
October 5, 2013. C/A Alumni John Salmons ’09 and Remy Lavelle ’09, (front row, left), were among three students to speak at the College Planning & Preparation for the Special Needs Student presentation held on Saturday. Hosted by C/A, and sponsored by the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, the workshop included […]
Lower Schoolers use Pixelogic’s Sculptris to create 3-D objects in the Mac Lab. With this project, students enter the digital world, use math concepts, and demonstrate their understanding of transformations (such as reflections, translations, and rotations) that they have examined with actual objects in the Visual Thinking & Strategy Lab. Students also apply concepts from […]
Writing Department Chair Case Anderson kicked off Honor Month on Monday during High School advisory, joined by Head of School Dr. Johnson, Science Department Chair Katie Theobald, and Director of College Counseling Services Steve Maczynski, who shared their personal reflections about honor and integrity. During October, each Thursday advisory will be dedicated to discussions pertaining […]
Congratulations to all newly elected SGA officers and grade representatives! In High School, Sofia ’15 (Secretary), Chris ’16 (Treasurer), and Robert ’16 (Communications & Technology) join SGA President Peter ’14 and Vice President Chris ’14, who were elected at the end of last year. High School grade representatives are: Andy (12th), Juliet (11th), Rachel (10th), and Gabby (9th). Middle Schoolers elected […]
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, The Stixrud Group is sponsoring a gala to raise money for C/A and other local independent schools that serve students with learning differences. The gala, which will be held on November 2, is cosponsored by the Center for Adoption Support and Education. (Tickets to the gala are available to purchase […]
May 30. Congratulations to Tyler ’13 and Sam ’16 who received awards in the recent juried photography contest held by Kingsbury Day. The contest called for entries dealing with the theme “Habits of Mind.” Tyler’s entry (right) received third place and Sam’s entry (far right) was selected as a runner up.
Congratulations to our newest inductees to the National Honor Society: Aiko ’13, Natalie ’13Peter ’14, Jana ’13, and Ashley ’13 .
May 18. Middle School Math Teacher and Department Chair Susan James received her M.Ed. in Education Leadership with a concentration in Mathematics from George Mason. Congratulations, Ms. James!
May 14. International development specialists Addie Ryan and Tim Hoffine spoke to World History II students about the 2011 Somalia famine as part of the students’ exploration of contemporary global issues. Small groups brainstormed responses to the famine at various levels (Somali household, Somali government, US Secretary of State, United Nations World Food […]
April 30. The CARE Awards dinner on April 25th was a wonderful testament to the outstanding educators who comprise our C/A faculty. It was a genuinely enjoyable event, filled with warm conversation and heartfelt speeches. We were delighted to welcome longtime C/A friends Mayor William Euille and Delegate Rob Krupicka to the dinner again this year. For […]
April 4. Attention Talk Radio Show’s recent podcast, “Answers to Teen Questions Most Don’t Ask,” was recorded at Commonwealth Academy and co-sponsored by CHADD of Northern Virginia and our school. Host Jeff Copper interviewed Dr. Clifford Sussman, asking questions about ADHD medications and other topics teens might be afraid to ask, including some of the […]
April 3. Trevor Romain (author and illustrator of children’s self-help books, PBS host, and founder of The Comfort Crew for Military Kids) toured C/A and spoke to Lower School students about bullying, ADHD, and dyslexia. Well-known for his unparalleled rapport with kids, Mr. Romain was heartily welcomed by our students who will long-treasure the selection […]
Lower School students stage a simulated wax museum for parents, faculty, and peers. After researching compelling historical characters, students created posterboards and scrapbooks highlighting their character’s life and dressed the role to present to parents, siblings, and faculty who visited the “museum.” Afterwards, visitors watched videos and short movies that Lower School students made throughout […]
March 5. C/A students raised $1,500 today for Officer Laboy and his family. Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was critically injured in a routine traffic stop last week. Student leaders in the MS and HS SGA organized the bake sale. Thanks to everyone for making this a success!
March 5. Digital artwork created by two C/A students was selected for exhibition at the Artisphere in Roslyn through the Artisphere Teen Work Experience program. New Media teacher Mr. Pontes submitted artwork prepared by C/A students in class to the competition. Congratulations to Brandon ’14 and Ellie ’14 for their winning entries, a typography portrait […]
Seniors Conor P. and Brendan M. worked on resolutions dealing with the growing role of drones in international warfare at the Model United Nations held at Johns Hopkins University in February. Several other C/A students joined participants from across the Eastern seaboard as observers: Lane N. ’15, Hilary K.’15, Simon B.’15, Colin B.’15, Peter S. ’14, and Connor M. ’13.
Because many of our current and prospective students have been diagnosed as dyslexic, we thought the following article from Ann Dolin’s Educational Connections newsletter would be of interest. It provides some insight into how words appear if one is dyslexic, and underscores the valuable role technology can play in helping “normalize” the reading environment for […]
As we continue to try to process the enormity of loss in the Newtown shootings on Friday, Dr. Johnson from Shooting Authority suggests the following article as a guide to help discuss the events and resulting emotions with our children. HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH THE NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS Robert Evans, Ed.D. and Mark Kline, Psy.D. […]
Mayor Bill Euille, Police Chief Earl Cook, and Fire Chief Adam Thiel joined Head of School Dr. Susan Johnson and C/A students, parents, faculty, and friends on November 13 to dedicate the new Lower School space. Word of our successful program has spread rapidly: the Lower School has almost tripled in size in just three […]
Middle School English and Drama teacher Bill Vander Clute was on stage again this fall, appearing as Donald in the critically-acclaimed comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The play was staged at the James Lee Theater by the award-winning community theater company Providence Players of Fairfax.
During November, C/A High School students will spend their Monday advisory periods considering and discussing different scenarios and questions related to honor and academic integrity. This marks the second year of setting aside an “Honor Month” to provide students designated time, in advisories and Writing class, to reflect on the topic and bring the ideas […]
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time.com, reports on a long-term study about ADHD that followed a group of 136 men who had been diagnosed with ADHD as children for 33 years. Click here to read the article.
Of course we love to brag about our students more than anything else. But it’s also great to be able to brag about our school and tremendous faculty. Here are two anonymous parent reviews brought to our attention that were previously posted on GreatSchools.org. Thank you to all those involved in making C/A the leading […]
10/1/12: Middle and High School SGA elections were held last Thursday and Friday respectively. Congratulations to all the candidates who stepped forward to help lead our student body, and to those who were elected: Middle School Gabby S. ’17, President Corey G. ’17, Vice President Tyler Y. ’17, Treasurer Chris N. ’17, Secretary Charley C. ’17, 8th […]
During the past two weeks, C/A faculty and staff participated in numerous professional development workshops as they prepared for the upcoming academic year. Educational consultant and advocate Rich Weinfeld and clinical neuropsychologist Dr. William Stixrud were among the presenters. On August 22, Rich Weinfeld led a round-table discussion about his book, Smart Kids with Learning […]
This summer, two C/A seniors joined other students from the Washington DC metro area and over 20 countries to learn about foreign policy in a class entitled “US Foreign PolicyClass: Focus U.S.-Russia Relations.” As part of the class, students attended a briefing on Capitol Hill to examine current legislation before the House and Senate that […]