FALL FESTIVAL RANKED #2 IN THE AREA FOR 2018!This past year’s Fall Festival was bright and cheerful with lots of Millwood families enjoying the activities. Bounce houses, face painting, and hayrides were just a few of the favorite activities among the students.The cake auction was a huge success with over thirteen bakery items donated. Let’s not forget the ever popular chili cook-off! The Lauranzon-Galvan Family had the winning recipe! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this fall favorite. We look forward to another great showing coming this fall.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019 AT MILLWOOD SCHOOL. 1-3PM.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SUCCESSThe annual Millwood School Golf Classic is a fun day of golf for all who participate. The Golf Classic allows families and area businesses to participate as players, sponsors, or volunteers. Millwood School’s 27th Annual Golf Classic took place on Monday, October 15 at the Brandermill Country Club. Team “Shankapotamus”, with our new Math teacher, Mr. Will Fox, lead the group to take home the first place trophy! We would like to thank all of the Millwood School families who sponsored this event and to all of the volunteers who made this day such a success. With your support we raised $10,000 for Millwood School.This year the 28th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Brandermill Country Club. Please call our Director of Advancement, Ms. Kelly Elias for details at (804) 639-3200 concerning our 2019 Golf Classic this upcoming fall.
Touring our campus or attending an open house event is an important step in becoming a part of the Millwood family. Not only do these opportunities allow you to see all that our facilities have to offer, they help you experience the close-knit community our students enjoy.We look forward to meeting you face to face, introducing you to teachers and school leaders, and allowing you to explore our beautiful campus.
THERE ARE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO VISIT US:
- Open House Events: Our Open House events (occurring each fall and winter) allow parents to hear from our administrators, explore our facilities, and see firsthand if Millwood School is a good fit for their family.
- Private Tours: We happily offer personal tours of Millwood throughout the school year and summer months. This is a vital step in the admissions process and gives you an opportunity to experience how our learning environment is different.
- Student Day Visits: Student shadowing is a great way for your child to become familiar with Millwood School before they even enroll! Prospective students are assigned a “buddy” at their grade level and spend the day by their side. Pre-admission testing is also completed during this time.
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.”
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.Regards,Christen MamenkoHead of Middle & Upper School
Ready to put the fun back in fundraising? This summer and fall, we will be doing fundraising at Kings Dominion for our upcoming France trip in February 2020. Anyone 16 and over can participate - siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins...the more, the merrier!Each participant will work a 7-10 hour shift, earning $10 per hour. Shifts include food and beverage, games, merchandise, the pavilion, and admissions. These earnings can either go to a specific student's trip balance OR can go into the general fund, which will be split evenly between trip participants. For example, if a family of 3 wants to donate to John Smith, that can be up to $300 that goes towards the balance of his trip. Or, if a group of 5 teachers wants to support the general fund, that could be up to $500 that will be split between the balance of the current 15 participants.Why participate? In addition to helping our students make their way to France, there are benefits for you, which is why we are opening up this opportunity to our ENTIRE community - teachers, students, grandparents, alumni, etc.:
1. You may enjoy the park before and after your shift
2. You will receive a ticket to come back and enjoy a day in the parkIn general, they ask for up to 20 participants for each shift. Dates are announced each week. When dates are announced, I will use the Google Form to start calling those who signed up, beginning at the top of the list, until I reach the required numbers. Once we have confirmed our dates and participants, we will coordinate carpools and transportation.Ready to put the fun back in fundraising? Fill out the Google Form today by clicking HERE!Regards,Christen MamenkoHead of Middle & Upper School
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!
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!