Dear Community School Families, As communicated to you earlier this week, our Board of Trustees and our Covid Working Group met to review our masking policies and recommendations from the CDC and VDH, in consideration of Governor Youngkin’s recent Executive Order. We value our families and our commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment […]
Dear CS Families, We are well aware of the surge in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant and wanted to review recent updates by the CDC on December 27 related to isolation and quarantine guidelines. The CDC has shortened the recommended time for isolation for positive cases of COVID-19 to 5 days if they […]
On September 7, 1971, Community School opened on thirty-five acres in a rural Salem setting that had once been the Green Hill Country Club. This September marked our 50th start to the school year and in this edition of Community News, we share, among other things, the highlights, and successes of a school year that our founders never would have imagined when we opened as “an alternative to public school”. As their vision took shape during the early years on the Green Hill campus and later on land owned by Hollins University, the “free school” transformed into an institution that would lay the foundation for a half-century of students to become policy makers, artists, doctors, authors, engineers, and more.
Fall Festival week was wonderful! The weather was perfect and allowed our students at all levels to take full advantage of the many outdoor happenings on and off campus. Our youngest students enjoyed the petting zoo from a local farm and seeing the more exotic animals that visited from Mill Mountain Zoo. Most exciting was the […]
Our staff met together in June to reflect on our year and decide on a theme for the upcoming year. We use the theme to focus our instruction on shared topics and find new ways to collaborate with other teachers. This year’s theme is To the Stars.
As we speak to friends across the country whose children have lost focus, who have stalled or even reversed in their academic progress, who have become more anxious, we see our own children thriving. This was no lost year for Community School students, thanks to the tremendous work done by our teachers and staff. They have been compassionate, patient, wise, and strong, creative and nurturing . They have redesigned classrooms, changed curriculum on the fly, adjusted to teaching some kids in the room and some on a screen simultaneously, and done hundreds of other things that we can’t see. They have done a remarkable job individually and collectively to lift up one another and our families and, most importantly out students. And they have done it with grace and love.
Our theme for 2020 and 2021 was Stay Rooted, Branch Out. This year required that we trust our traditions to guide us through the uncertain days ahead. We looked to our roots to sustain us, hold us in place and to remind us of where we came from. We kept our students at the center of the learning process and focused on the whole child. We created a safe space for them.