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  • Head of School Fall 2020 Highlights
       Mr. Christopher Ryan
    When I think back to last March and the events that led us to close in person classes, I could never have imagined that in September we would be back in person learning with full classes. This summer has been like no other in my memory, the fear of contamination from an unknown virus, lockdown, social isolation, and social unrest. As an educator, I look upon the many issues that arose this summer and seek to understand every perspective. 
    I hope that by developing my own understanding, I can help others engage in discourse and build a brighter future for everyone regardless of race, belief, or religion. I had conversations with my peers from around the country and one suggested that I read the book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD.  In her book, Tatum challenges us to “explore racial stereotypes, beliefs, and perspectives if classrooms are to become places where equity is valued. After reading Tatum's book, I decided to share a copy with each of our faculty and challenged them to read the book as well. 
    The Board of Trustees and I completely agree that cultural understanding and cultural awareness are central to the values that underpin a MIllwood education. This summer, at our annual retreat, we finalized our strategic plan and from that the goals for our school community over the next five years. The full details of our strategic plan will be published soon, but one area of priority is how we increase our community's racial and cultural understanding through education and dialogue. On Friday, October 9, at our teacher professional day, the faculty and staff welcomed Robinette Cross from Cross Cultural Talks LLC. Ms. Cross spent the afternoon with us discussing Tatum's book and engaging the faculty in conversations about how we can successfully weave cultural understanding into our own curriculum. A link to Mrs. Cross’ bio is included here.
    These are indeed strange times and as we enter our third month of instruction, we should not forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and continue to adhere to the safety guidelines in our Back to School Plan. I am very grateful to all our parents for putting their faith in Millwood and entrusting us with that which is most precious to you, your child and their development.

  • Millwood Recognized Among the 2020 Best

    Millwood School Recognized Among 2020 Best Schools in America!

    February 5, 2020--Here at Millwood, we’re thrilled to announce that we have been recognized as a 2020 Best School by Niche! This year, we ranked #2 for Private Schools in Chesterfield County. We’ve earned this ranking by scoring highly in many different factors that aim to capture what it’s really like to attend Millwood. While we’ve always known that Millwood is a wonderful place to learn and grow, we’re so proud of our students and staff for earning this national distinction.
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    You can check out our Niche profile and see the full list of 2020 rankings, methodologies, and data sources over at Thanks again to our community for working hard every day to make Millwood School a one-of-a-kind experience!
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  • Millwood Senior Featured in RTD

    For Chesterfield teen, his Corvette dream trip takes a little detour

    BY: BILL LOHMANN Richmond Times-Dispatch, Aug 29, 2019

    Justin Houck, 17, and his grandmother, Shirley Houck kneel between the 1974 Corvette he is restoring and the engine that must be replaced as they pose inside a barn on his other grandmother's property in Chesterfield County, VA Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (pictured on the left).
    Justin and Shirley are driving to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY in less than a week. The engine pictured had a flaw and the company that Justin purchased it from is replacing it with a larger one.
    Justin Houck, 17, talks about the 1974 Corvette he is restoring and the engine that must be replaced and points to a checklist on his car’s roof. His uncle let him use his Corvette to take Grandma Shirley to Kentucky. He’s 17, he’s on a last-gasp-of-summer road trip before school starts, and he’s motoring through the countryside behind the wheel of a Corvette.
    Perfect, right?
    And yet Justin Houck set off on this adventure kind of disappointed?
    “‘Kind of’ is not the word,” Houck said with a laugh. “Very, very disappointed.”
    He’s feeling much better about it now, but he was let down when he first set off on Sunday because of this: He had been working for two years rebuilding a run-down 1974 Corvette that he bought with money saved from summer jobs — and before he even had a driver’s license — with a goal of having the thing road-ready so he and his grandmother could drive it to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., for its 25th anniversary celebration this weekend.
    Last week when we visited the barn behind his maternal grandmother’s home in Chesterfield County where he’s been working on the car, it looked as if he was going to make it. But he discovered an apparent defect in the new engine he had installed, and despite hours and hours of tinkering and experimenting and fine-tuning, he just couldn’t get it to run the way it should.
    Late Saturday night, just a few hours before he and his grandmother Shirley Houck were scheduled to leave, he decided to call the whole thing off.
    Then his uncle, Jon Houck, made available his 2005 Corvette, and the trip was on again, though not quite as originally planned.
    “When he found out, he was gracious enough to offer to let us take it,” Justin said of his uncle in a phone call from a Tennessee hotel on Tuesday evening, where he and his grandmother had stopped en route to Bowling Green.
    And the trip itself?
    “I love it,” he said, as he described meeting up with more than 400 other Corvettes and their drivers in Charlotte, N.C., as they formed an impressive (and, I would imagine, noisy) caravan to head to Kentucky where thousands more would be assembling. His earlier disappointment was further diminished when he got to take his uncle’s car for a spin around the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    “I do feel a lot better just because I’m here,” he said. “It’s definitely a fun experience. Even though I’m not in mine, I still think about how cool it would be if I was in mine.”
    It would have been very cool.
    Now, I don’t know much about cars, but I do know what Houck did strikes me as amazing.
    A rising senior at Millwood School, Houck has been fascinated by Corvettes ever since his maternal grandmother, Dale Couch, showed him pictures of a 1969 Corvette she’d driven in her younger days.
    Then his paternal grandparents, Shirley and Willie Houck, took him to visit the National Corvette Museum a few years ago (which is how Shirley wound up riding shotgun on this trip, which she suggested they take together).
    Given his natural tendency, on display from a young age, to take things apart and assemble them again — “Mom and Dad said I did that a lot, and I remember a little John Deere tractor with pedals and stuff that I’d take apart and put back together,” he says — it seemed only a matter of time before he did the same with a Corvette.
    He saved money from working summers for his maternal grandfather Paul Couch’s construction business and started scouting around for Corvettes in disrepair that he could bring back to life.
    In March 2017, when he was 15, he found one in North Carolina that was a little pricier than he’d hoped — the sale price wound up being $3,200, but Couch spotted him a few dollars that he would later work off the following summer and accompanied him to pick it up — and it was a ’74, a model he liked, because of the “big, swooping fenders.”
    He brought it home and set to work, taking the car completely apart.
    “Every nut and bolt has been off this thing,” he said.
    He stripped the paint with a razor blade and blow-dryer, sandblasted the frame and installed new parts, including a new engine. Essentially what he did was build a new 1974 Corvette, though he’ll invest in a new paint job when he saves some more money. (“I’m not a body-work guy,” he says. “I like nuts and bolts.”)
    He called on friends for help throughout the process, but pretty much did most of it himself.
    How did he learn to do this?
    “Just books and YouTube,” he said.
    (He said he couldn’t have done any of this without his grandfather Couch, whom he called “Djeda,” and who died in May — the same day the car received its state inspection sticker. “He saw me drive it around,” Justin said.)
    I’d say Houck has a pretty bright future in the field, if he wants to go in that direction, which he apparently does.
    “I’d love to go into anything working on cars, really,” he said. “Restoration was fun, but where I really find the most enjoyment is building engines and making them go fast. Long-term, I’d like to be in a performance shop, but a restoration shop would be fun, too.”
    Wouldn’t surprise his Grandma Shirley, who told me of an old photograph she has of Justin when he was young. He’s holding a screwdriver, standing near his Pawpaw Willie who was doing some work around the house.
    “He’s standing right there,” she said of Justin, “with his little screwdriver wanting to help.”
    Shirley Houck texted that they arrived safely in Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon. They will participate in the museum’s anniversary celebration over the next few days, then head home Sunday. School starts for Houck on Tuesday.
    Then it will be back to the barn after school and on weekends for Houck so he can finish working on his Corvette.
    “My plans are to get it running and driving it as soon as possible,” he said, “and go to some car shows before the weather gets too cold.”
  • Spotlight: Upper School
    Dear Families:
    As part of our Entrepreneurial Studies program in upper school, students create a viable business over the course of the four-year program.
    This summer, rising-junior Cassidy Collins had the opportunity to represent Millwood at the University of Delaware. For the first time, the Diamond Challenge partnered with Schoolyard Ventures to help high school students take their ventures to the next level with the Entrepreneurial Ventures Summer Program.
    Cassidy was one of ten students from around the United States selected to participate in the program.  She pitched her idea for her venture, Buzz Brella, to business leaders, receiving feedback and guidance. To see the culminating experience, click here.
    Christen Mamenko
    Head of Middle & Upper School
  • Science Matters: Claire Hollingsworth
    Our very own Claire Hollingsworth is doing such great things and was recently filmed in a recent “Science Matters” episode. Way to go Claire - keep up the good work. Check out the video below!

    Science Matters Because video produced by Science Matters, an educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations, Central Virginia's PBS & NPR stations. For more science fun go to and like us on FB at
  • Millwood Students Visit Wallops Island
    WALLOPS ISLAND — A spacecraft carrying 40 mice, two flying robots and the dreams of hundreds of science students is flying to its scheduled rendezvous with the International Space Station after a flawless launch from a state-owned regional spaceport here on Wednesday afternoon.
    The Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft separated from the Antares rocket nine minutes after the 4:46 p.m. launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, based at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on this barrier island along Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The spacecraft, named after U.S. astronaut Roger Chaffee, is scheduled to dock with the space station orbiting Earth early Friday.
    Before approaching the space station, Cygnus will deploy 63 miniature satellites, called ThinSats, that students in Virginia and other states helped to design for an inaugural experiment for bringing huge amounts of data from the Earth’s outer atmosphere into classrooms across the state and country.
    Earlier in the month, Millwood School middle school students traveling to this exact location and explored the region via scientificy and organic exploration!