CouchFest '16 wasn't necessarily pretty, but it was eventful! Texting during CouchFest is not encouraged as a student flees before this couch takes out a half-dozen hay bales and tripod - camera, student and mobile device survived.
Dragon | October 12, 2016
Plan to arrive on campus between 1:15pm - 1:30pm. The weather will be perfect for great activities both indoors and out. We would love to see all of our Dragons and their families, past and present. Everyone is more than welcome to attend!
Dragon | October 3, 2016
On Friday, September 30, the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes took their first field trip of the year to the Manassas campus of George Mason University. While there, the students participated in a program called The Edge which is led by current educators and students at GMU. Throughout the day, students were thoroughly engaged in challenging elements that helped them to build trust, improve teamwork, shape leadership, and develop valuable communication skills. The misty, overcast day did not dampen anyone’s spirits. It was yet another successful event to start the school year and a great day to be a Dragon!
Dragon | Sept, 28, 2016
All students and their families are welcome to attend College Counseling Night on September 28. We will discuss how students should prioritize their college application process and we will walk through the nuts and bolts of filling out a college application.
Ample time will be given to answering specific questions about the application process. While this evening is geared toward the seniors and their families, students and families from all grade levels are welcome to attend.
Dragon | Sept. 23, 2016
This was my fourth and final Back to School Night. It was by far, the best. There was a very good number of parents in attendance with a good positive vibe reverberating throughout the hallways. I felt starting with the Advisors was great, this way one could get the lay of the land and have contact with them. The teachers were excited about their classes and presented very well. Everywhere there were a lot of smiles and positive talk amongst all the parents."
Dragon | Sept. 16, 2016
Alan Salacain undertook a field school this summer to learn all the skills he would need to become an Underwater Archaeologist. These skills included operation of a total station, piloting an ROV, and scanning the seabed with high tech sonar. Very few places allow students to handle such expensive equipment with their own two hands, but that was the best part of this field school. The highlight of the week was surveying an unidentified barge that foundered only 100ft from shore in 3ft of water. As it is considered code that all archaeologists publish their work, Alan and his team were no exception. The following PDF is the finished document.
Dragon | Sept. 9, 2016
To know Middleburg Academy is to know what an extraordinary independent school educational experience can be. To know Middleburg Academy is to know that your child will be afforded the opportunity to be part of a community which cares deeply about the fulfillment of his or her potential. It is the place where a student comes of age, a place we call Middleburg Academy.
Dragon | Aug. 9, 2016
We approach this great year with the fact that we at Middleburg Academy see children in a different light - our own Light in August. We have extraordinarily high expectations in our approach, and as you and your family take in the last of our summer August, I want you to know that we will engage your child as the adults we know they can be.
Dragon | July 29, 2016
Mrs. Myers is spending her summer at Middlebury College, furthering her education and participating in the renowned Language program. Middlebury College Language School is like the Hogwarts of Modern Language study. Like the various different houses at Hogwarts, the Summer Language Program at Middlebury consists of 11 different language schools with their own histories, traditions, and essences. This euphoric realization that she was actually living the life of a favorite story book character first came to her during the opening ceremony of the Language Schools on July 6, 2016. "It was a contemporary version of the tower of Babel: over 300 people, from ages 5 to 75, speaking distinct language and various dialects of said languages all crammed in Mead Chapel on the Vermont campus chanting their respective school's mottos. It was in that moment that they were initiated into the Middlebury Language program's 101 year long history. It was in this moment we became language students."
Dragon | July 12, 2016
For the next five weeks, Dave Gillis will be traveling to West Virginia University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa and Eastern Michigan University as a Master Teacher for the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Computer Science (CS) Curriculum. Last summer during his own personal training, he was asked to invest in becoming a PLTW Master Teacher due to his industry experience combined with his almost 15 years of being an educator. During the winter Dave completed the required coursework to qualify as a master teacher.
This is a great opportunity to share the Middleburg Academy Computer Science success that was realized this past school year. In addition, it is a stellar time to compare notes with the other PLTW Master Teachers that will be involved in this teaching circuit. As the Middleburg Academy CS program expands into three full years of curriculum up through College Board AP, it is invaluable to blend in new ideas from such a diverse set of experiences. It is truly a win-win that directly benefits the Dragon CS Students.
Dragon | June 28, 2016
In case you were not aware, Middleburg was assailed by a recent hailstorm that was the proverbial “bull in the china shop” for all of Middleburg. Mr. Olana was the only teacher to escape a broken windshield. The western fronts of the school took the brunt of the damage with screens shredded and windows broken. Our trees have been thinned, but the lushness will return – and there is plenty of grass to cut!
Dragon | May 30, 2016
The Roses: The first class in 1969 did not carry roses, The Class of 1970 began carrying red roses. The Class of 2015 was the first full Middleburg Academy (4 years) class and adopted the yellow roses to reflect the school's colors.
The Passing. Introduced in 2015, this is the final farewell between the graduating class and the faculty that takes place in the intimacy and familiarity y of the Mary House living room.
The Call: Awarding of diplomas includes a moment as the Head of School celebrates every graduate.
Book and Bell: Each graduate signs out of the school registry and rings the school bells for the last time.
The Charge: Selected by the graduates in their exit interviews with the Head of School, it is a member of the faculty or staff.
Class Handshake: The Recessional only includes the graduates who then walk through the Mary House and out the front door (where it all began) and say their final goodbyes to one another.
The Prefects: Prefects serve as official hosts and direct other student leaders in the celebration of the graduates. The Head Prefect is on stage to oversee the Book and Bell and to introduce The Charge. The Head Prefect also wears a Notre Dame pin to honor our past as Notre Dame Academy.
Dragon | May 22, 2016
Junior Cassidy Bolden has received the Classics Book Award from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. This award is given to an outstanding junior for her achievements in Classics. Cassidy was nominated by her teacher Mrs Livesay for her excellence in and dedication to the study of Latin.
As a token of encouragement, the college provided her with a copy of The Gildersleeve Grammar of Latin, a reference book that she will find helpful as she continues her studies in Latin.
In addition to the book, Cassidy will be eligible for a renewable merit scholarship valued up to $80,000 if she chooses to attend Randolph College.
Dragon | May 15, 2016
American history students walk The Mall...
Dragon | May 9, 2016
Trilby Brown '17 in the Miss Apple Blossom Events.
May 2, 2016
Head Prefect, Bridget Rizzo '16 led the community in our annual Move-Up Day ceremony. After the academic prizes were bestowed, the classes then "moved up" and the leaders from the Class of 2017 were installed.
April 30, 2016
Tori Kahler '17 is tapped Head Prefect for the 2016-17 academic year
April 24, 2016
It was Casino Night at this year's Prom!
April 16, 2016
Jonathan Lee and Michael Howely perform in FOOLS
April 9, 2016
What an incredible weekend at Middleburg Academy as teams competed in our inaugural STEAM Competition creating Rube Goldberg projects. Special thanks to our Raytheon Engineers who served as our judges in the competition. Wonderful enthusiasm and creativity came from all of our teams competing. Thank you to all of our participants in contributing to our Rube Goldberg wall in our science hallway. Many schools were represented: Hill School, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, River Bend Middle School, the Nysmith School and the 8th grade from Middleburg Academy. A very special thanks to Mr. Gillis, Ms. Dames, and Mr. Hennigar who engineered a superior competition along with Middleburg Academy Engineering students. FULL STEAM AHEAD AT MIDDLEBURG ACADEMY!
Dragon, April 1, 2016
Middleburg Academy welcomed over 100 colleges for this year's College Fair. Students from surrounding schools, as well as Middleburg Academy, took the opportunity to meet with college representatives and ask questions about academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs. We would like to thank everyone who volunteered, and the college representatives that attended.
April 1, 2016
If you've seen a play at Loudoun Center Theatre recently, you may have seen Blythe Condon in Hairspray, a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. At first there were concerns about casting, but the director felt that the play was timely and important. The play turned out to be a big hit with multiple sellout performances. Blythe sang and danced in the show, something she loves to do as an extracurricular activity. Blythe is currently a freshman at Middleburg Academy and aspires to attend NYU's Theater Program.
It’s a Long Drive for a Gifted Short Track Skater
Short track speedskating is among the more thrilling competitions at the Winter Olympics. A gaggle of competitors crouches at the starting line, followed by fierce jockeying for position as they fly around a treacherously curved 111-meter track, with bodies more than occasionally careening off the course and out of contention.
Alan Salacain of Middleburg, a 16-year-old junior at Middleburg Academy, has become a skilled practitioner of a sport that is not exactly in the mainstream in the Washington area. Yet, on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays he and his mother Reyne head off to skating rinks inside and outside the beltway for his grueling three-hour practice sessions, usually in the evenings when the hockey crowd leaves the ice...
After successfully competing in local competitions, Middleburg Academy students moved on to Regional competitions, where Madison Busey, Nancy Alcock and Maddie McDermott battled for the lucrative top spots in their respective classes. And as though striding against a tsunami while wearing riding boots, our valiant lady knights managed to get two 4ths and a 3rd. These placings will allow at least Maddie Mcdermott to go to the next level, the awe inspiring, the mystical, Zones. The area of competitive riding for the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) that leads to the final frontier, Nationals.
February 21, 2016
Being on the brink of a new adventure carries with it a great deal of emotion: excitement, anticipation, hopefulness, worry, a little stress…But you know when you are in the moment that the culmination of all of these emotions can only mean one thing- you’re alive.
We are fortunate that we are currently living an experience of service in which we will be changing lives and in which our lives will be changed (like my first minivan driving experience with back up assist…..entirely life-changing and so awesome). Impossible to fully understand in the moment, me and six students from Middleburg Academy are embarking on an experience that will leave all of us different. My last trip to Guatemala resulted in a major life shift, a decision which has led me to this current point in my life.
We are pleased to announce that Bridget Rizzo '16 has been awarded the prestigious Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award and accompanying $10,000.00 academic scholarship. Each year every public and private high school in the Commonwealth of Virginia can nominate one senior for the Byrd Leadership Award. Out of hundreds of nominees who apply for the award, thirty-three students are selected as finalists. These finalists travel to Richmond for a panel interview in front of judges, business leaders, attorneys, and Deans of Admission from UVA, the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee University. Out of the thirty-three finalists, one student from each of the eleven congressional districts in Virginia is selected for the award based on his or her "excellence of character, qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and academic accomplishment." Bridget is the first student from Middleburg Academy to receive this award. In addition, she has also been named an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia.
February 14, 2016
Congratulations to our Student Council for putting on a successful winter formal on Feb 5th. Pictures are up on our photo sharing site.
November 13, 2016
This has been a great year for our Girls Varsity Volleyball! A win on Friday night against Nansemond Suffolk Academy in the state Semi-finals will advance the Dragon Volleyball Team to the championship game. The final game will be on Saturday at 3:00 pm at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA.
Come out and support the Dragons! We would love to see a Middleburg Academy crowd show up this weekend. There will be at least one Dragon Wagon that will make the road trip. Interested students must sign up by email or in person with Coach Adgate. The bus will depart campus at 11:00 am on Saturday and return immediately after the game. The cost will be $5 per student.
October 30, 2015
On Tuesday Oct. 29, the National Honor Society hosted a pumpkin decorating competition during the school day. Students joined their advisories to carve, paint, and decorate pumpkins. Advisors aided their groups in emptying the insides of the pumpkins. Alexa Nosal and Lupe Sandoval overlooked and managed the whole event as Jack-O-Lanterns were being created. As time was winding down, everyone rushed to make a Jack-O-Lantern worthy of winning the competition. Even though it was October, Mr Gillis and Mr. Hennigar’s advisory made a pumpkin snowman out of two pumpkins. Many students proclaimed that they had never stuck their hands inside of a pumpkin and others said it brought back memories of when they were younger. Many interesting, outrageous, and fun pumpkins were made during this event; Mrs. Healy and Mrs. Gobar’s advisory made a pumpkin that had pumpkin guts spewing from its mouth. The students had a fun time as they were brought together in a friendly competition.
October 24, 2015
Monday marks another one of our traditions, the arrival of the Middleburg Hunt on our beautiful campus. If you've never seen this spectacular event, you are invited to join our students, faculty, and parents on Monday, October 26.
School will start at 8:15 am, but everyone will head over to the Mary House for hot chocolate and donuts at 8:30 am. The hunt will kick off around 9 am. Families are welcome to attend.
Our own Andrew Looney '17 has been part of the Middleburg Hunt and we are happy to host one of Middleburg's oldest traditions.
"The origins of the Middleburg Hunt can be traced to the great international foxhunting match between A. Henry Higginson's Middlesex and Harry Worcester Smith's Grafton hounds in 1905. The match was arranged to settle a dispute between the gentlemen concerning the superiority of their respective English and American packs of hounds. Mr. Smith's American hounds decisively won the match. The hunting during those two weeks of the match as well as the consequent newspaper publicity established Middleburg as the axis of the Hunt Country of America, since the hunting took place largely in the area near the village."
January 8, 2016
The Middleburg Academy Model UN Team has registered to attend the 12th Annual Global Classrooms DC Spring Model UN Conference. It is being held at the U.S. Department of State on Friday, April 8th. Current issues being discussed will include the Situation in Syria, Fair Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, World Heritage Site Conservation, and Climate Change. Committees available to the students include the UN Security Council (UNSC), UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Council on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), and the Disarmament & International Security Committee (DISEC). The students are excited about this opportunity and will be spending their weekly meetings this Winter dedicated to researching and preparing for this competition.
November 20, 2016
At Friday's Fall Sports Banquet we made a surprise announcement - we are giving you the entire week of Thanksgiving off! Please enjoy your holiday and take the time to recharge and rest. See you again on Monday, November 30.
December 5, 2015
We love our town and our Middleburg Academy families. Our school is truly a special place and we hope that more and more people in the local community get to know us and connect with our students. We were very happy to be part of the Middleburg Christmas Parade this weekend. Happy Holidays!
December 11, 2015
The Admissions Office is excited to announce that we will be having our second open house onJanuary 15th, 2016 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Our fall open house was such a great success, and in big part due to the student volunteers we had. We are excited to, once again, show more prospective families how great our Middleburg Academy community is. If you know of anyone looking to attend a private school, spread the word about Middleburg Academy and tell them to register online at www.middleburgacademy.org or call 540-687-5581. Admissions wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and a happy New Year!
December 23, 2015
Christmas time is the season of giving and this year, the National Honor Society collected toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Beginning on Monday, November 30th through December 17th students in each Advisory collected new and unwrapped toys. Toys for Tots is an organization that collects toys for underprivileged children so that they can enjoy the spirit of Christmas. We thank all Middleburg Academy families that contributed in making a difference in a child's life. Toys for Tots plans to give to over 7 million children this year and we are helping to make this possible.
January 15, 2016
Middleburg Academy will be hosting a STEAM competition this Spring, details will be released in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, tell your friends to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about our school.
January 22, 2016
Of no surprise, we are joining the rest of the region in the "Big Dig." We are cancelling classes for Monday, Jan. 25. We will evaluate the conditions across the region on a day-to-day basis over the coming days.
January 30, 2016
Middleburg Academy will be hosting a weekend STEAM competition on March 11-12this year. All Middle School students are welcome to come and test their creative energy and be part of establishing a legacy at Middleburg Academy; building a Rube Goldberg Machine in the science hallway.
For all fledgling engineers and those who are fiercely curious, this event is for you! Friday afternoon and the next day's event will be an experience in 21st century skills development: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Curiosity! Teams will be competing for prizes regarding their contribution to the Rube Goldberg Wall. Raytheon Engineers will be judges at the event, a great opportunity to speak and work closely with engineers who are grappling with today’s challenges.
Friday Afternoon events will be focused on assessing everyone’s potential contribution to saturday's wall design session; through team building and problem solving activities.
Saturday will be focused on the primary goal of designing and building a multi-team integrated Rube Goldberg System in the science hallway. It will become a permanent feature of the developing STEAM Program at Middleburg Academy. Components the contestants create will be developed and produced on MakerBot 3D printers. It is expected that all six simple machines will be employed to make an extremely robust Rube Goldberg System!
February 28, 2016
You might have seen Elle Benefield with her puppy "Noah" on the Middleburg Academy campus recently, but did you know that Elle is training Noah to be a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence? Elle is a volunteer with CCI and will be training Noah until his slated graduation on May 17th. She has a list of commands that the dog has to learn and social skills that he will have to master. It turns out the school is a perfect environment for it. Noah will come for short visits at the school until he is ready to successfully tackle a full day. He wears a cape to show that he is a working assistance dog and not a pet. We ask that the students do not pet Noah.
November 6, 2015
Faculty and students enjoyed a spirited soccer game!