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October - From The Headmaster

Last Friday marked the end of the first quarter grading period.  It took a while to get there due to missed school days as we all hunkered down for hurricanes Florence and Michael respectively.  The quarter has been a little “chopped” up but we managed it.  I hope that you and your family got through the storms without too much damage.  I am very proud of the effort and hard work of our students and staff during the first nine weeks.  I have observed some incredible teaching and learning at all levels.  One of our school-wide goals this year was to increase student engagement with technology in the classroom.  We have trained our teachers to use Google Classroom as a learning platform and they are implementing it in the Lower and Upper School.  They are also integrating tools such as Kahoot, Prodigy, and Accelerated Reader.  Our computer labs are being used daily as well, working in tandem to build the skills our students need to be successful in the 21st century.  Our “bring your own device” (BYOD) is also progressing very well.  We will continue to blend technology with more traditional classroom methods.

This summer, our marketing committee began a consultation with a group called Carney and Company, a firm out of Rocky Mount.  The purpose was to identify Kerr-Vance Academy’s “brand” and create a plan that will move our school forward for the future.  A team of staff, parents, and board members attended a work session in July to begin planning.  Several months later, we now have some strategies that we will begin to implement with the goal of increasing our enrollment and putting our school on sound financial footing.  One of those strategies is to tell “the KVA story” through our students.  The first video product featuring students was released during homecoming and you can find it on our school web page under “KVA – The Future is Here”.  Look for more great things to come.

You may have noticed some work taking place on our campus in recent days.  The two oldest buildings on campus, lower school and upper school are getting roof restorations.  The work should be completed over the next few days and we should be very happy with the results which should save us on energy costs.

We have had an outstanding season in fall athletics.  The KVA Tennis and Volleyball teams are on the hunt for state titles with sights on championship matches this coming weekend.  Senior Emma Hogge qualified for States in golf and will compete Monday and Tuesday in Whispering Pines.  The Spartan cross-country team has competed at a high level in and out of conference under the leadership of coach Wendy Goodwin.  The varsity soccer team developed into a cohesive unit that became more dangerous for opponents as the season progressed.  They also qualified for States, falling to The Burlington School 4-0 to finish their season last Tuesday.  Stay tuned to see how our teams finish this week and thank you for your support of KVA Athletics.