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Ravenscroft Reports has gone weekly! Enjoy timely Ravenscroft stories and videos alongside the news and calendar information you need most, delivered to you in a new-and-improved Friday communication: Ravenscroft Weekly. But don't worryall of the great Reports content from the 2019-20 school year is still available below. 

Friday, Jan. 22

Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

While students were not able to celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy through the usual campus Day of Service projects, classes viewed a short video reflecting on his inspirational words. We hope you’ll enjoy it as well.


Reimagining Rube Goldberg Machines

In this all-new post for Hub: The Innovation and Research Blog, Honors Engineering teacher and Innovation Lab Co-Coordinator Michael D'Argenio explores how his students used the week of remote learning earlier this month to reevaluate what constitutes this engineering-class staple by creating a fully virtual Rube Goldberg machine. Read here


Exciting Updates

We are pleased to share our plans for a comprehensive Center for Student Life. This exciting project — a continuation of the institution’s proud legacy of strategic and visionary leadership — promises to be transformational for our community of learners and leaders. Read more here

Friday, Dec. 18

Happy Holidays!

The Upper School Spiritual Task Force worked across divisions to put together a virtual chapel to celebrate the holidays. Please enjoy this year's holiday video, featuring a welcome from Mrs. Kelly, the story of Hanukkah from Sadie Becher '31, a prayer from Xavier Rivera '28 and several performances from our Upper School ensembles. 


Center for Student Life: Construction

Updated photos from the construction on the Center for Student Life! Check out more photos and videos here


Friday, Dec. 11

Middle School Marks Computer Science Week with Hour of Code

As a division, the Middle School set their growth mindsets in action earlier this week when students and teachers participated in the Hour of Code, part of the international Computer Science Education Week, that introduces students to coding through engaging activities in a low-pressure environment.

Read more about the Hour of Code in Middle School here


“The Possibilities Are Endless”

Parents Michael and Amelia Warner were already committed to supporting Ravens’ access to cutting-edge technology. Over the summer, they came forward with another gift that helped fund the school’s plan for a hybrid approach to instruction.

Learn why they’re so passionate about the role of technology in education — and the impact their gifts are making right now — in Makers, part of the Fall 2020 Ravenscroft Magazine. 


Friday, Dec. 4

Basketball Standout Aliya Richmond ’21 Voted N&O Athlete of the Week

Ravenscroft basketball player Aliya Richmond ’21 was voted the News & Observer Athlete of the Week for Nov. 15-21. The recognition came after Richmond, a 5-foot-8-inch senior guard, averaged 17.7 points, nine rebounds, eight steals and four assists per game to help the Ravens get their season off to a 3-0 start.

But while those numbers spell success for Richmond as an individual, they’re part of a larger commitment she has made to the team. Read the whole story here!


Friday, Nov. 27

We are thankful for our faculty and staff!

As the season of gratitude and celebration begins, we’d like to thank our faculty and staff, who have done such a remarkable job this year. We’d also like to welcome a few new Ravens to our school community! We are so grateful they have joined us. Read about our newest faculty and staff members here


Solving Real World Problems with Creative Solutions

The District C Middle School class revolves around cultivating mindsets — specifically, analytical, design, collective and self-aware — that allow a team to be successful. The structure of the class also provides a variety of tool sets needed to be effective in working in a mixed group of students. The goal of each project is for the team, called a squad, to understand the context of the business’s problem and then provide solutions. Read more about District C here


Friday, Nov. 20

Thanksgiving Celebrations

Despite the many challenges around us, our Ravens took an opportunity to pause and consider our many blessings as we head into the Thanksgiving break. In lieu of our traditional Thanksgiving Chapel and Lower School Grandparents & Special Friends Day, the Upper School Spiritual Task Force worked across divisions to put together a virtual chapel (read the full program here). 

As faculty and students wrapped up their week in preparation for a week’s holiday in recognition of Thanksgiving, some Lower Schoolers learned how other cultures and communities express gratitude and shared what and how they celebrate. Read more about how first grade celebrated here


Read more stories about our Ravens!


Friday, Nov. 6


South Asian Affinity Group Shares Diwali with Upper School

This week, students in the Upper School’s South Asian Affinity Group shared some of the traditions of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with their teachers and classmates. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Students put up posters, created a table display and shared videos, including a dance demonstration, to explore the holiday.

Read more! 


Friday, Nov. 6

Introducing Heroes Circle

Last year, Ravenscroft offered a new item in the PA’s Online Auction fundraiser: naming rights for the Fine Arts Circle for a period of one year. As active members and supporters of the Ravenscroft community, Lower School parents Pratik and Shital Patel made the winning bid. 

With a strong appreciation for the value and importance of the relationship between teachers and students, they have graciously named the circle in honor of Ravenscroft faculty and staff. Read the story behind our newly named “Heroes Circle.” 


A Parent’s Perspective on Remote Learning

Many students and parent volunteers are doing their work for Ravenscroft remotely — but did you know that the same technology that makes it possible to teach, learn and even volunteer from home also allows our families to redefine where “home” is? Ravenscroft parent and busy volunteer Elisa Barbone shares how the school’s investment in technology and a robust learning management platform helped their family stay together, learn and lead from the West Coast this fall. Read the story here! 


Friday, Oct. 30

Ravenscroft Staff Step Into New Roles This Year

This year has been full of new adventures for everyone, including non-instructional staff at Ravenscroft. From helping out at recess so teachers can have a quick break to taking temperatures at morning carpool, our staff — with members of the Leadership Team leading the way — have stepped in to help outside their normal day-to-day job description. We asked them to share their favorite moment from the school year and why they have stepped up. Here's what they had to say. 

Doreen Kelly, Head of School: I have enjoyed covering carpool, study halls and recess this year and getting reconnected to students on the day-to-day. Recently, I covered a PreK recess, and all I can say is there is a special place in heaven for PreK teachers! The kids were wonderful and active!

Read more.


Fine Arts Performances Go Virtual

The show must go on — and for our Ravenscroft performing arts students, it goes on virtually! Thanks to the outstanding direction of our performing arts faculty and the magic of the Internet, the fall play and band, strings and choir concerts are being shared on our website — temporarily, due to licensing restrictions — for families and friends to enjoy.

Available for audiences Oct. 23-24, Willie Reale’s “Short and Sweet: A monologue play” featured more than 20 students in sixth through 12th grades. Each monologue was captured on film in various locations around campus and was artfully combined to entertain the Ravenscroft community. The collection of monologues catalogued the innermost thoughts of adolescents on topics ranging from peer pressure, pet peeves and friendship (or lack thereof) to first kisses and family losses. Through creative interpretation, the monologues managed to convey a modern twist on universally familiar coming-of-age topics, taking the audience through a range of emotions yet leaving us hopeful. 

Currently available on the Fine Arts Performances page: stirring pieces by members of our Upper School band, strings and choir. Tune in next week for Middle School performances!


Varsity Soccer, Cross Country Competing in NCISAA Post-Season Play This Weekend

Ravenscroft Athletics fans have some cheering to do! The boys varsity soccer team hosts Cary Academy in the quarterfinals of the NCISAA today at 5 p.m. Tomorrow, our cross country teams participate in the NCISAA State Championship meets at McAlpine Park in Charlotte. The girls’ race will begin at noon, and the boys’ race will begin at 3:20 p.m. 

Read a round-up on the post-season play of our other varsity teams here. Go Ravens!


Building on Programs That Emphasize Student Leadership and Global Citizenship

In this Hub post by Jessica Yonzon, Director of Global Education, learn about how world language and media studies classes, with a stronger-than-ever alignment with the competencies of Lead From Here, are preparing our students to thrive in a complex and interdependent post-pandemic world.

Read more.


Friday, Oct. 23

Spirit Week 2020

Spirit Week 2020

Whether it’s Pajama Day,  Jersey Day, Color Day or Mismatch Day, we can always count on our Ravens to show their true green-and-gold school spirit during Spirit Week, which wrapped today with the official Green and Gold Day.

Enjoy photos of our celebration throughout the week!


Short and Sweet

Starting tonight, the Fine Arts Department will present Short and Sweet, a monologue play by Willie Reale, featuring students in sixth-12th grades. You can view the play here anytime between 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24


Friday, Oct. 19
Following the demolition of the front side of the A.E. Finley Activity Center late last month, our project partners have been working to clear debris and prepare the site for new construction. Enjoy new photos from on the ground and s video from overhead that truly bring into focus the scope of the plans for the new Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center.


Friday, Oct. 16

A Day in the Life of Lower School

They definitely look like they're having fun, but our Lower Schoolers are doing some serious learning, too! Whether they’re exploring books that fuel their love of reading, getting the scoop on simple machines, mastering new games in P.E. or showing off their creativity with hand-made masks, students in this division are learning (and laughing) every day


@RavenscroftCoffeeHouse

Ravenscroft’s Coffeehouse performance series is back this year in a socially distanced format, showcasing live music by talented Upper School students, faculty and staff. The club kicked off the year Sept. 30 at LJ’s Place with a livestream on Instagram. 

Organizers David Gring ’21, Thomas Barker ’21 and Julianna Rogers ’21 invite interested Upper Schoolers to sign up and submit their song list each month. Enjoy videos and pictures @RavenscroftCoffeehouse.


Center for Student Life Updates


Friday, Oct. 9

Visual Arts Faculty Share Their Work in Pugh Lobby

They’re used to showing off their students’ masterpieces, but this month in the Fine Arts Center, current and former Ravenscroft visual arts faculty are sharing some of their own work.

The exhibition, curated by Middle and Upper School art teacher Erin Stelling, fills the Pugh Family Lobby with paintings, sketches, photography and mixed-media creations that will delight — and possibly surprise — the teachers’ colleagues and students.

Read more! 


Tennis Player Jae Ramsey ’23 Voted N&O Athlete of the Week

Ravenscroft varsity tennis player Jae Ramsey ’23 was voted last week’s Raleigh News & Observer Athlete of the Week! Jae received more than 50% of the 7,089 votes cast online, edging out Thales Academy’s Cameron Brewer and Cary Christian’s Burke White. She is Ravenscroft’s No. 1 player and won both of her matches last week, including rallying from a first set to win her match against an opponent from Durham Academy. 

Read more here


Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

A Day in the Life: Upper School

Upper School students continue to do great work in their essential business of learning, collaborating and leading. Whether it's performing together, completing labs, perfecting their Spanish or Mandarin Chinese, or taking advantage of a sunny day, our Ravens are making the most of their opportunities in the hybrid-learning environment.  


Tutoring Club Joins Forces and Expands Reach

An Upper School club devoted to online tutoring, which got its start last spring during the statewide shut-down, has joined up with an innovative nonprofit and expanded to serve even more students. Learn about their work in this Hub blog post.

 

 

 


Library and Technology Staff Guide Transition to Virtual Learning

Beginning with a full day of professional development dedicated to technology training and curricular planning on March 9, faculty and staff marshaled their knowledge and resources to provide students with a rigorous and engaging distance-learning experience during the statewide shutdown.

Get the story on how our Library and Technology Services Department served as indispensable partners with faculty and staff making Ravenscroft’s historic shift to remote learning in this story from the latest Ravenscroft Magazine.


Join a committed team of volunteers in support of the largest fundraising initiative on campus. Let your passion for our school lead you to one of our three volunteer teams:

  • Engage TeamLet’s connect! Contact fellow parents and simply listen to their Ravenscroft story. Learn why others love and support our school.
  • Care Team: Let’s show some love! Write thank-you notes or call our FFR supporters, just to say THANK YOU!
  • Commit Team: Let’s ask! Join this team and invite past and present donors to support Ravenscroft with a gift to our fund.

The Fund For Ravenscroft embodies the legacy of generosity from our parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff, friends and even students. No matter where your passion lies — sports, STEM, the arts, Lead From Here, teacher salaries or financial aid — the Fund For Ravenscroft supports it all. This year our fundraising efforts support Ravenscroft’s COVID-readiness. 

Contact Sarah Macey to learn more or get involved today!


Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Demo Underway at the A.E. Finley Activity Center

If your student has been regaling you with stories about giant machinery taking bites out of buildings on campus, then you’ve already heard the news: the demolition phase of the 18-month building project at the A.E. Finley Activity Center — the first step toward Ravenscroft’s vision for a new, comprehensive Center for Student Life — reached a dramatic milestone this week.

As we announced in August, the renovation and expansion of the Finley Activity Center, which was dedicated in 1974, will deliver a 33,000-square-foot facility with features including a dining hall for Middle and Upper School students, large- and small-group meeting areas, wellness and meditation rooms and a revamped school store. As a first step, portions of the existing building have been torn down, including the main front entrance and lobby, restrooms and concessions; the athletic and athletic trainer offices; the Hall of Fame Room; and several seminar and classroom spaces. 

Enjoy this video, taken by Director of Buildings & Grounds Chris Farrow, that captures the excitement (and noise) of the demolition.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The month-long recognition encompasses several important dates in Hispanic heritage, including the respective independence celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

Read more about how Ravenscroft is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month here


Making Social Connections in Middle School

Learn more about the work Middle School faculty and staff are doing to help students build social connections in this Hub Blog post by new Assistant Head of Middle School Nicole Brown!

 

 

Here is a peek into what a "day in the life" of Middle School looks like! 


Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Building Community during COVID-19

The return of many teachers and students to the Ravenscroft campus has involved new practices and protocols designed to keep everyone in our school community safe and healthy as they dig in to a new year. While some COVID-19 mitigation efforts — from eating lunch in classrooms, wearing face coverings and physical distancing to having some classmates and even teachers joining lessons from home — have taken getting used to, our ever-resilient Ravens are finding ways to have fun, feel connected and enjoy their time together. 

Read more here


Center for Student Life: In Progress

 

Wondering What’s Happening Behind the Blue Fence?

In this video by Buildings & Grounds’ Chris Farrow, meet the team working on the new Center for Student Life and take a stroll through the currently closed portions of the A.E. Finley Activity Center for a peek at preparations for demolition and construction.


2020-21 First-Day-of School Stories


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