Please plan on attending the event of the century — literally! VES is kicking off its 100th year, and we want you to be a part of the festivities. Mark your calendar for September 30 - October 2, 2016.
Every year, all VES students study a Shakespeare play. At the conclusion, VES’ English Department hosts a themed dinner and activities, followed by an all-school trip to attend a world-class performance at the American Shakespeare Center. This year, through a stroke of interdisciplinary genius, the school combined their English studies with an exercise in business management and filmmaking. See the results.
VES is a blend of young men and women, both day and boarding students, from all over the United States and the world. Our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students and faculty learn from and respect each other.
VES’ mission remains true to when the school was founded 100 years ago — to know students individually and help each grow Toward Full Stature. Intentionally small, VES offers both the programs and vibrant community to develop well-rounded students — scholars, athletes, arts enthusiasts and confident, globally aware leaders.
We love nothing more than sharing our VES story and showing off our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. Contact us to schedule an indiviudal tour of VES and meet our students, faculty and coaches.
Following the flag ceremony on Monday, students and advisors gathered for small group discussions of our summer reading book, Station 11. This now annual tradition brings our community together to share insights about the book’s characters, themes, setting, symbolism and more—a great way to start conversations and get to know each other.
We kicked off our first day of school with Virginia Episcopal School’s annual Flag Ceremony, celebrating the diversity of people and thought that our VES community enjoys. This year we welcome students and faculty from 16 countries, 11 states and the District of Columbia. We wish all our students a great start to our 101th year!
Last week at VES, we hosted a four-day intensive professional development workshop for the World Languages faculty. We were joined by Dr. Mark Darhower of NC State University, who trained the faculty in how to conduct and rate Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) using the speaking standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The OPI assesses functional language ability, making it a holistic assessment of a speaker's strengths and weaknesses in real-life situations. Our faculty will use this tool for diagnostic placement and program evaluation. In addition, the ACTFL standards we studied serve as guiding principles in the design of course materials and assessments for the World Languages curriculum.
Michelle Staggers ’15—freshman defender for the Duke women’s lacrosse team—is currently in New Delhi, India, serving with ACE (Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program). During her time there she will being coaching sports activities, teaching English as a second language and promoting computer literacy initiatives for local students.
Will Sutton '18, working to earn his Eagle Scout rank, chose to help H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston -Salem for his Eagle Scout project. He held a hot dog fundraiser that resulted in a large donation of much needed hair nets and gloves plus a $100 donation. Equally impressive, Will also constructed a heavy duty cart to carry the lunch coolers and several portable produce washing stations.
VES art teacher Jesi Thompson had the opportunity this summer to participate as an instructor in the three-week Spoleto Study Abroad visual art program in Spoleto, Italy. In this creative immersion and enrichment program, students study Arts and Ideas—where they explore the inter-relationship among the arts, how culture and history help to shape our views of art, and how to become astute patrons of art and architecture—and Italian, taking a daily class in the language. They also study in their area of specialty—Visual Arts—through hands-on intensive studio classes, art history and field trips throughout the medieval town of Spoleto.
Congratulations to alumna Courtney Carter ’13 (sister of Bryson Carter ’19)—currently attending Haverford College—on being named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll this spring and for being named to the 2016 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/ZagSports Academic Honor Roll!