NED CHEELY RETIRES AT WALSINGHAM ACADEMY
Walsingham Academy's athletic administration is undergoing a major overall. Boys athletic director Ned Cheely announced this week he's retiring at the end of the month, wrapping up a four-year stint at the school. Jessica Spadafora-Boone, who served as the women's athletic director for the last two years, will also not return next fall.
Walsingham Academy president Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle confirmed the new in an interview Thursday. "When we looked at it, we wanted to do an internal re-organization," Oesterle said. "We had done an experiment with two athletic directors, and as we looked at it and thought about it, right now it will be better served with one person in that position." Click here to read the full Virginia Gazette article by John Harvey.
WALSINGHAM ACADEMY SENIORS PURSUE PASSIONS, FAMILY LEGACIES
Following their passions has graduating Walsingham Academy seniors pursuing everything from culinary arts to training at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Family and tradition are guiding four seniors in vastly different directions this fall. Click here to read the full Virginia Gazette article by Susan Robertson.
WALSINGHAM MADRIGALS TO PERFORM BEFORE POPE FRANCIS I
The Walsingham Academy Madrigals, a choral ensemble featuring students from 10th through 12th grades, have already got plans for New Year’s. They’re going to travel to the Vatican to join the Sistine Chapel Choir during the New Year’s Day Papal Liturgy with Pope Francis I. They will also serve as the principal choir for the Cardinal’s Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and will perform a concert featuring Christmas and American music in Rome. Click here to read the full WYDaily article by Gregory Connolly.
HOMETOWN: WALSINGHAM STUDENTS HELP, MAKE
FRIENDS WITH THE ARC
Walsingham Academy 7th graders spend several days each year helping disabled citizens in the community – but the students benefit from the partnership just as much as the folks they help. Last September, Walsingham students in the 7th grade participated in a 5K run to raise money for the Arc of Williamsburg, a nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. In November, the students helped do yard work for Arc clients at a Rake-A-Thon, and in January, students and Arc members had fun together at and arts and crafts night. Last week, they played Bingo together. Click here to read the full WYDaily.com article by Desiree Parker.
THE FUTURE IS NOW AT WALSINGAM ACADEMY
iPADS IN THE HANDS OF EVERY TEACHER AND STUDENT
Walsingham Academy is integrating technology into every classroom this fall, when every student - from prekindergarten through twelfth grade - will be issued an iPad. It's a feat made possible because of a $300,000 donation to the school’s digital technology program.Walsingham’s administration is currently working with an Apple strategy team to integrate the digital technology program in their school. The goal of the program is to help students and teachers develop and use 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, problem solving, and teamwork in an innovative educational atmosphere. As an administration and as a learning community, we are excited to share our digital learning program. It is the first in this area and we are pleased to integrate this cutting edge educational tool into all levels of our curriculum, ensuring our students' competitive edge in this technological era. The excitement is truly contagious. Watch the video now.