The mission of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is to provide an academically rigorous college preparatory education in an atmosphere fostering moral character, respect, responsibility and compassion. With a commitment to honor above all, the Academy seeks to develop and inspire leaders who value diversity, creativity, scholastic excellence and community service.
QUIPS AND QUOTES
As we get ready to send the Class of 2013 toward the next step of their journey, here is some Saints love from Class of 2011 graduate, Kelsey Smith, upon being named to the 2012 All-Academic team at Virginia Tech, "It's kind of a cliche' because NSA is all about preparing you for college, but honestly, they really did." Read the full article on Kelsey Smith '11 and her success beyond NSA here. Also, see a few scenes from the forty-two year old NSA tradition of Senior Day with the Class of 2013 here.
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MS CHORUS FESTIVAL SINGING SAINTS
The Middle School Chorus traveled to Lafayette High School in Williamsburg for a very successful adjudication recently. They competed against choruses from Fairfax County and Henrico County, known for their music programs. They performed "Pie Jesu" and "Erie Canal" with precision and musicality pulling off a superior rating, the highest rating possible. They also came in second place, only missing a tie with the first place school by .5 of a point. This is an awesome group of singers, which is exciting for the future of the choral program at NSA!
Go Singing Saints!
NSA teachers were treated to a spectacular Teacher Appreciation Week thanks to the efforts of our wonderful
volunteers and donors!
Much hard work and creativity went into the planning of thisspecial week thanks to Chairman Lauren Alphin '00. The faculty and staff truly appreciated the time and effort that went into organizing their daily treats, including breakfast, lunch, goodies and raffle prizes. Special thanks goes to these dedicated volunteers: Stephanie Freel, Kakki Morgan, Emily Runyon and Mari Whiteman. In addition, these generous donors helped provide special gifts and prizes for our teachers:
1 Foot 2 foot Stems Spa Kakki Morgan
Amicis Kelly's Nursery
Avon by Stephanie Freel Mari Whitman
Blackwater Gallery Massage Envy
Blair Bros., Inc. Plaid Turnip
C3Vino Richardson and Nash
Cedar Point Country Club Shooting Star Gallery
Chick-Fil-A Simply Susan's
Dr. Aubrey Myers Smithfield Inn
Dr. Bob and Becky Anderson Starbucks of Suffolk
Dr. Lindsay Parker Spires Susan Gibbs
Edible Arrangements of Chesapeake (Mrs. Patel)
Edible Arrangements of Suffolk Windsor Hardware
Howell Dentistry Wendy Spain Photography
Thank you to everyone who made the NSA Teacher
Appreciation Week such a success!
NEW BAND DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
Head of School Debbie Russell has announced Ms. Charlee Eaves as Nansemond-Suffolk Academy's new Band Director for the coming academic year.
Recommended by Mrs. Carrie Swatsworth-Estes, Ms. Eaves comes highly qualified to assume her new responsibilities. Since 2011, Ms. Eaves has instructed middle and high school band at Veritas Christian Academy in Chesapeake. She also taught K-6 general music, music appreciation/theory classes and has served as the music director for musicals, guitar and vocal ensembles and choir. Prior to her time at Veritas, Ms. Eaves was an adjunct faculty member of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School where she served as woodwind coach, rehearsal coach and accompanist for musicals as well as the assistant handbell choir director. In addition, Ms. Eaves served as a staff member for the Oscar Smith High School Marching Band, coaching the woodwind section in marching fundamentals, drill and music. Her experience also includes serving as an adjudicator for All-District middle school band saxophone auditions for two years, teaching private lessons and coordinating recitals with the Renaissance School of the Arts in Suffolk. Ms. Eaves is currently the principal alto saxophone in the Virginia Wind Symphony.
Ms. Eaves graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in 2007 with a Music Education major and was a part of the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band, the Saxophone Quartet and the Marching Band while there. In 2010, she received her Bachelors in Music in Music Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, concurrently earning her Virginia teaching license in K-12 instrumental music. Her Major Instrument was alto saxophone and she participated in the Wind Ensemble as a principal, the Orchestra on harp and the Jazz Band on baritone saxophone. Currently, Ms. Eaves is completing her Masters in Music Education at Old Dominion University with alto saxophone as her Major Instrument.
Ms. Eaves is a member of the National Association of Music Education and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society this year. She was named to the ODU Graduate School Dean's List this year and has been a guest soloist for the ODU Percussion Ensemble concert.
Ms. Eaves recently shared, "During my visit to NSA, I found students to be positive, engaging, respectful, talented and eager to have fun making music. What an awesome group to work with and a great place to be!" With her philosophy of providing students a comprehensive approach to music in order to educate their whole person and to encourage them to create and experience music on a deep personal and social level, Ms. Eaves is the perfect fit for our already outstanding band program at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
We all wish Mrs. Carrie Swatsworth-Estes, our well-loved Band Director, all the best as she leaves NSA at the end of this year to spend more time with her family. We appreciate all her hardwork and dedication to the bands over the last twelve years.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is currently seeking qualified candidates for these additional employment opportunities - Director of Admissions and Head of Upper School. To review the full statements of opportunity click here
. Thank you for your interest in employment at NSA!
USED BOOK SALE BUY BACK OPTIONS
There are two options for you to make the most of selling your NSA Upper School student's used textbooks this year.
1. If purchased your books in the fall from MBS Direct, our textbook supplier, you have the option of returning them to MBS. The MBS buyback dates and times areTuesday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Book drop-off location for both dates is in the band room. Books will not be accepted after 1:00 p.m. on May 30 as MBS Direct freight pick-up will arrive by 1:30 p.m.MBS Direct buyback books should not be deposited in the bins in the US hallways.
2. The second option for our families is the NSA Used Book Sale, a service that the Band Program is pleased to bring back this year. Even if you bought your student books from MBS, you can turn them into the NSA Used Book Sale. Students just need to complete a label, available from their teacher or the front office, and affix it to the inside cover of each book to be sold. Students then deposit the books into the blue bins placed around the Upper School. These books are then rated into four categories: 1) Excellent, sold with a 20% discount off the brand new price; 2) Good, sold for 30%; 3) Fair, sold for 40%; 4) Poor, sold for 50%. The Band Program receives 20% of the final sale to help cover the costs of providing the used book sale. The NSA Used Book Sale will be held Wednesday, June 5, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the band room, which eliminates shipping charges and adds convenience for textbook purchases. This sale in June should also allow NSA families time to purchase discontinued books or books that were previously sold out in plenty of time for the beginning of school. The 2013-2014 textbook list can be found here.
If you turn books into the used book sale and they don't sell this year, they will be entered in the sale next year; unless they are in very poor condition, they will probably sell then. You can request a check for books that are sold or you can apply the amount to your student(s) tuition. Families of seniors selling books without younger siblings at NSA will automatically receive a check.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Carrie Swatsworth-Estes at email@example.com or 539-8789 ext. 3316. Thank you in advance for your support of the NSA Used Book Sale!
OUR 'IDOL' JESSICA CHANG '20
Jessica Chang '20 and her mom, Cynthia Chang, were the lucky winners of a Fox43 News/WAVY News 10 contest that earned them a trip to see the big "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA! At left, Jessica is showing her Saints pride in front of the theater. It was an exciting trip for the mother-daughter pair as they toured the L.A. Zoo, the Grammy Museum, met Idol contestants, collected autographs, saw the amazing show and even attended a special after-party! Read Fox43 News/WAVY News 10 reporter Nicole Livas's blog about the Changs' trip here
Vote until 7:00 p.m. TONIGHT for Varsity baseball player
Jake Grady '14 for this week's Player of the Week. There are currently two ways to vote: send an email to
or on Suffolk News-Herald's Facebook page here.
Please note, winners are calculated by the TOTAL votes from both FB and emails.
TCIS ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Congratulations to our spring sports student athletes selected to TCIS All-Conference teams!
Jake Grady '14 - 1st Team All-Conference
Alan Meyers '13 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Harris Howell '13 - 1st Team All-Conference
Jacob Edwards '14 - 2nd Team All-Conference
David Gough '15 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Corey Cutright '13 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Jackson DeMello '14 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Lindsay Elliott '13 - 1st Team All-Conference
Jessie Lerner '15 - 2nd Team All Conference
Stuart Brazil '13- 1st Team All-Conference
Keith Cooper '15 - 1st Team All-Conference
Trey Wren '14 - 1st Team All-Conference
Darcy King '14 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Meagan Todd '16 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Maya Venkataraman '15 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Devin Coyne '13 - 1st Team All-Conference
Katelyn McCracken '13 - 1st Team All-Conference
Macy Mears '14 - 1st Team All-Conference
Brooklyne Carr '16 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Delaney Taylor '17 - 2nd Team All-Conference
Jared Morse '14 - 1st Team All-Conference
Also a big congratulations to our Varsity softball and Varsity golf teams who were runners-up in TCIS championship play!
Stay tuned - VISAA All-State spring sports results will be
Click here for fall sports start dates.
Be sure to register your child for the 2013 Summer Program at NSA soon before camps are filled!
Please note: the last day to sign up for Week 1 is
TODAY, May 22!
To view the catalog online click here or the image above. Contact Mrs. Ann Lovell, Director of Summer Programs, at 539-8789 ext. 2110 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about NSA Summer Programs or to request a booklet.
NOTE: SAILING CAMP UPDATE
Last day to sign up for this camp is May 24!
Dates: June 18, 20, 25 and 27 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Departure: 7:30 a.m.
NEW RETURN TIME: 1:00 p.m.
Camp will include 3.5 hours per session of sailing instruction for Optimist Level 1 (ages 8 - 14) and 420 Level 1 (ages 12 - 18). Instruction by Varsity sailing team coach Mr. Pat Hillard and Hampton Yacht Club staff.
REDUCED PRICE: $375
Your child can add on Kaleidoscope, Adventure or Counselor-in-Training Camp for the remainder of both weeks for $250.
VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOP
The Suffolk Art League recently conducted a workshop in Mrs.Sofia Dakos' Lower School art room for select Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grade students. The featured artist was Angelia Armstrong, formerly of Red Thread Studio. Ms. Armstrong discussed the history of quilt making and the process of designing and constructing a quilt. Students used the elements of art and the principles of design to create and
sew their own paper quilt. Kudos, Creative Saints!
From the Office of Admissions...
INTERNATIONAL HOST FAMILY INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Thursday, May 23
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Nancy Russell Auditorium
All are welcome to attend to learn more about hosting an international student!
The Office of Admissions is accepting caring host families who are willing to open their home for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. This proven program provides a unique opportunity for families to make life-long friendships with international students while learning about their cultures, all without leaving home! Please come to the informational meeting or call the Office of Admissions at 539-8789 ext. 3355 for more information.
SAVE THE DATE
Prospective Family Meet and Greet
Wednesday, June 26
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
If you know of a prospective family who may be interested, contact Tracie Thorndike, Community Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com or 539-8789 ext. 3354.
Read more about Admissions Happenings.
From the Office of Advancement...
ALUMNI LACROSSE GAME
Thursday, June 6
Arthur E. Jones Athletic Field
Post-game Alumni Social at Baron's Pub
Join us! For more information contact Devin Arnold '07, Alumni Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-8789 ext. 3346.
Arabella Dixon '21
Are you an alumni, parent, parent of alumni, grandparent, past trustee or friend of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy who has not yet given to the Annual Fund? Gifts can be made through June 30, 2013.
If you make a gift today, you can help us secure much needed Challenge Grants to provide quality programs for our NSA students. Every dollar helps, so please make a gift today!
Click here to donate now!
Thank you for living generously!
CHARLOTTE C. HAWKS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Charlotte Carney Hawks, a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Saints Society member. Mrs. Hawks, 95, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Maryview Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Welton Hawks; sons, Charles Welton Hawks, Jr. and Edward Bascom Hawks; sisters, Kathryn Carney Powers, and Ruth Carney Pope; and grandson, John Hunter Tart.
Charlotte was born in 1918 to Charlotte Hafer Carney and William James Carney. She lived most of her life in Norfolk County, now the Churchland area of Portsmouth, a region long associated with the Carney family farms. After retirement, she and her husband Charles spent many happy years on Muddy Cove in Carrollton.
Educated in the Portsmouth public schools, Charlotte attended Mary Baldwin College. After raising four children and working as a librarian at Churchland Elementary School, she completed her college degree in Library Science at Old Dominion University and pursued a rewarding career at Wilson and Churchland High Schools. She was often lauded by many of her former students who credited her with inspiring their love of reading.
Charlotte's wide variety of interests reflected her dynamic personality. Her life revolved around her family, especially her grandchildren who remember and cherish her intense and personal attention to every aspect of their lives and their times spent with her. Always in close contact with her siblings' children spread from Georgia to Texas, she was a dedicated and caring aunt. She enjoyed quiet times fishing and crabbing on Chuckatuck Creek as well as riding horses and reading a good book. Charlotte traveled widely in Europe and all over America with the Washington and Lee Alumni Group, but was happiest at home volunteering her time with the Jacques Cousteau Society and the Crittenden Library. She was a bit of an iconoclast who always championed the underdog. To those who knew and loved her, she was feisty, pragmatic, strong-willed, stoic, and unfailingly generous.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Susan Hawks Tart and husband John of Dunn, NC; son, James Carney Hawks and wife Claudia of Portsmouth; grandchildren, Charlotte Leigh Tart, John Carney Hawks and wife Melissa, Charles Edward Hawks and wife Jocelyn, Lindsay Warren Hawks, Otis Jefferson Hawks, Jason Thomas Hawks and wife Dawn, Justin Robert Hawks; and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Zachary, Lauren, Katie, and William Hawks. She is also survived by her cousins, Fleet Carney Morgan and Betty Warner Coffey. The family much appreciates the loving attention shown her by her nephew, Robert Carney Powers, especially in her declining years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nansemond-Suffolk Academy for the Claudia Stell Hawks Endowment Fund or to Churchland Baptist Church. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at www.bwfosterfuneralhome.com. Click here to view the complete obituary. For more information on the Claudia Stell Hawks Endowment Fund or the Saints Society, please call the Office of Advancement at 539-8789 ext. 3234.