August 2017

Dear {vc:nick_name},

Today was a wonderful start to the new school year! We enjoyed welcoming all of our Ravens to campus, celebrating the Class of 2018 with the Senior March, and our time-honored tradition of gathering around the flagpole at the center of campus to pause, reflect and rejoice in the beginning of school.

As Head of School, I believe it is important to remind our community of our school mission and values. We’ve all been troubled by the recent events of bigotry, racism, violence and protest spanning the nation. These hateful displays stand in direct opposition of the values upon which our country was built and that we hold dear at Ravenscroft.

At Ravenscroft, we are grounded and guided by our mission, Lead From Here Citizen Leader Framework and our values of honor, respect, responsibility, empathy and cultural inclusivity. We are a community that embraces the Judeo-Christian tradition of Ravenscroft and respects the religious beliefs of each individual. As a working, learning and safe community, we model and teach these values and nourish meaningful and supportive relationships among students, teachers, staff, alumni, parents and the greater community.

We hope you are as happy and proud to be a part of the Ravenscroft community as we are to have you as members of our community. Please enjoy this edition of Ravens Reports, which includes photos and videos from today, stories of summer experiences, campus enhancements, an introduction to our new faculty and staff, and more!

Doreen C. Kelly
Head of School

Welcome Back Video

First Day of School Photos

Solar Eclipse 2017

Lead From Here

Going Global: Middle School Students Explore the United Kingdom with ISCA
by Scott Ringenbach, Middle School instructor

What happens when you walk 12 middle school students through security at the RDU Airport to begin a three-week journey to England?

 Quite a lot, actually!

This summer I was lucky enough to travel to the United Kingdom with a dozen Ravenscroft students to tour southern England with International Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA), a company formed 35 years ago specifically to offer international learning experiences to middle school students... (read more).

New to the Nest: Introducing New Faculty and Staff

Welcome to our new faculty and staff!

In what's become a rite of passage for new employees, many of them attended CCL training in Greensboro to learn more about Lead From Here, get to know one another and prepare for the new school year (pictured).

Get to know new faculty and staff members as well as the details on a few role changes for returning staff.

Campus Upgrades: Summertime Projects  Refresh and Revitalize Facilities

With the start of another new school year upon us, the Buildings and Grounds crew and some faculty and staff have been busy checking off the last few items on their to-do list of summer campus improvement projects — and it was a long list that starts with the Dining Hall... (read more)

Eclipse-O-Mania: Ninth Grade Orientation Includes Activity on Monday’s Solar Eclipse

For many of Ravenscroft’s new ninth graders, their on-campus orientation was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for more reasons than one.

Their introduction to the Upper School on Monday, Aug. 21, overlapped with a natural phenomenon — a solar eclipse — whose arrival had captivated Americans’ interest for months... (read more)

Redesigned Offers Enhanced Functionality, Modern Look

Announcing a new website experience:!

Over the past 10 months, the Marketing and Communications team has been working with many members of the Ravenscroft community to create a new website. Revealed today, the new has a modern look and feel, offers enhanced functionality, allows you to enjoy Ravenscroft stories, and is organized in a way that makes it easier than ever to find the information most important to you.

It won’t take you long to discover many of the enhancements! Seamlessly view school calendars, including the “Day of the Week”; easily enjoy @RavenscroftNC, our social media mashup; subscribe to Ravenscroft news alerts; and view photos from school events. Interested in team scores and sporting event results? Check out the new Athletics section! Want to view Fine Arts galleries? You’ll love the the visually rich Fine Arts section.

Spend time exploring and let us know what you think. If you have questions, comments or feedback, please contact Mary Kornegay, Digital Marketing Manager, in the Ravenscroft Marketing and Communications Team.

Embrace Possibility, the Campaign for Ravenscroft

Perhaps, as you were making your way around campus today, you noticed something different? Something new? Something bright and colorful that caught your eye?

Embrace Possibility, the Campaign for Ravenscroft, Supports Every Raven, Every Day

Our students are given the gift of an extraordinary education at Ravenscroft, delivered through their day-to-day classroom experiences with our remarkable teachers. Our teachers inspire and encourage our Ravens to embrace their full potential every day.

Please join us during Ravenscroft Parent Nights to learn more about Embrace Possibility, the Campaign for Ravenscroft.

Ravenscroft Parent Nights are 6:30-8:30 p.m. and begin in Jones Theatre.

  • Lower School: Thursday, Aug. 31
  • Middle School: Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Upper School: Tuesday, Sept. 5

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