THE CAMPAIGN FOR STUART HALL SCHOOL
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Changing the Landscape A LETTER FROM YOUR CAMPAIGN CHAIRS Dear Friends of Stuart Hall, Sitting in my classroom as a senior at Stuart Hall in 1967, I could not have imagined the world as we know it in the 21st century. Today, many of the sentiments we see young people expressing echo the momentum and emotionally-charged atmosphere of the 60s. There exists in the hearts and minds of our next generation a sense of rapid cultural movement that we also felt at their age. Our lives at Stuart Hall in that era, however, were cloistered. We received an outstanding, but traditional, liberal arts education within the walls of our historic campus, and we had strict rules about stepping out with a friend, walking downtown, and engaging with the world around us. The young leaders of today carry the world in the palm of their hands. They speak a native language of technology and devices that our generation learned as foreign citizens. The changes and challenges facing them are unimaginable, just as tablets and cloud technology were unimaginable to my 17-year-old self, studying in my dorm room in Cochran House. Our youngest students do not have the option to be sheltered. The world is coming to them in pixels and images at a rate that is changing the landscape of youth itself. As a member of the Board of Governors, it is my duty and pleasure to serve a school whose strategic vision and mission is to prepare students to face this rapidly advancing phase of our human history. Our downtown “Staunton is our Campus” initiative with an innovative Authentic Learning curriculum will usher Stuart Hall into a new era. I hope you will join David and me in making this vision a reality for the 300 students we currently serve, and the countless others who will benefit from this unique program, both as day and boarding students. Forward Ever, The Campaign for Stuart Hall School will help to secure our beloved school’s future and will carry us through a monumental period of change and development. Your partnership will make the difference to this important next step, and I look forward to working with you to realize the achievements of this incredible school. Sincerely,
CATHY PARKS LOEVNER ‘67 AND DAVID LOEVNER
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“Our vision is to produce students who are invaluable to the future, and who will navigate with confidence a world we cannot even imagine.” DENNIS CROSS Chair, Board of Governors
Forwardever In a challenging landscape for independent schools, Stuart Hall recognizes that the schools which thrive are those that continually and act boldly. Acting from a position TO ACCOMPLISH THIS,self-assess WE WILL: of strength, we have developed a vision that will allow us to: • Fully realize theour benefits of beinglearning a PreK - 12th grade school with a diverse boarding • Revolutionize physical environment program
• Commit strategic partnerships with Staunton institutions ourlearning area • Take fullto advantage of our location in downtown and itsacross experiential opportunities
• Support our faculty in their professional development
• Combine the tenets of a liberal arts education with a project-based, Authentic Learning curriculum to prepare students for a world we cannot even imagine • Restore and enhance critical aspects of Old Main to create learning and living spaces that support our vision • Enhance the current Lower School facility • Renovate 107 West Beverley Street to create a state-of-the-art, flexible learning environment • Support faculty with professional development opportunities and salary increases • Develop a robust transportation system among our three locations • Commit to strategic partnerships with institutions across our area
Changing Education for a Changing World…
generation ago, the phones we carry in our pockets were the stuff of science fiction. The way people interacted in the workplace is unrecognizable in today’s office settings. Technology has changed us all, and education must change as well.
As a 2017 Gallup study notes, “The changes that are affecting organizations today are coming fast and furious. They are overlapping and colliding in ways they haven’t before. They are historic and monumental.” At Stuart Hall, we are committed to creating successful young people who are ready for higher education and a rapidly changing social and economic landscape. Therefore, we must create flexible, adaptable thinkers who are ready for any direction the world may take them.
A TRADITIONAL, LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM ALONE WILL NOT MEET THE NEEDS OF FUTURE STUDENTS.
The Way Forward: Our Program KEY PROFICIENCIES Our skills-based program creates a graduate who is:
HONORABLE and ethical
CRITICAL EFFECTIVE CREATIVE communicator innovator thinker
Driven by these proficiencies, our Authentic Learning curriculum creates experiences that deepen learning outcomes.
uthentic Learning is an inquiry-based approach to education in which students solve realworld problems, emulating the work of professionals by creating a product or presentation of findings that reaches beyond the classroom. Students engage in discourse, collaborate in teams, and direct their own learning with a teacher as facilitator. They learn skills and pertinent contentâ€”traditionally taught through a textbookâ€”as a means to an end, not as an end in itself. Our students are already engaging in an authentic learning curriculum, whether by managing our campus compost as part of service learning in 4th grade, or working with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library to mine and analyze data as part of an Advanced Math class. Our vision requires innovative learning spaces that will maximize the potential of this unique program.
Positioned for Success
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istoric Staunton is continually recognized for the beauty of Beverley Street, its restaurants, and its architecture. Beyond aesthetics, Staunton offers a multitude of civic and private organizations with which we have built relationships that we will continue to leverage as we realize our vision. By adding a robust transportation system among our three locations, our students in Staunton and Verona will have full access to these valuable resources.
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Emmanuel Episcopal Church
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Trinity Episcopal Church
Staunton City Hall
STUART HALL SCHOOL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
“The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” - Architectural Digest
“Top-20 Best Small Towns in America” - Smithsonian Magazine
“As Presidents of the Parents’ Association, we know the vision for the future is to build on Stuart Hall’s success and to stay at the forefront of education, providing an experience that truly prepares its graduates for success in life and in universities worldwide. This campaign is a vital and necessary part of keeping Stuart Hall on the leading edge of excellence for decades to come.”
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JERRY AND MARYANNE ACUFF Presidents of the Stuart Hall School Parents’ Association
Mary Baldwin University
Heifetz Music Institute
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library
American Shakespeare Center
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Staunton’s recent accolades include listings in the following articles: “The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” - Architectural Digest “Top-20 Best Small Towns in America” - Smithsonian Magazine “America’s Best Main Streets” - Huffington Post
Old Main Renovation Declared ready for occupancy in December of 1846, Old Main housed 50 students and dorm parents its first winter. Today it continues to house dorm rooms as well as classrooms and offices.
• Enhance key spaces that are vital to student learning and collaboration
• Pilot design in collaborative spaces that will guide our future renovation plans
• Maintain and update basic amenities that provide our students with a comfortable learning and living environment
• Enhance classroom technology to meet the needs of today’s teachers and learners
“Stuart Hall will continue to evolve to meet the needs of today’s students and families. Our vision utilizes hands-on, authentic learning experiences right here in our community to develop both knowledge AND essential skills for all students, PreK-12.”
MARK H. EASTHAM, Head of School
Stuart Hall 107 West Beverley In the spring of 2017, with the unanimous support of the Board of Governors, Stuart Hall acquired 107 West Beverley street, a 26,000-square-foot building in the heart of downtown Staunton, just over a block from our historic campus. Designed by renowned Staunton architect T. J. Collins and built in 1894 to serve as a hotel, the building has served many functions in the community throughout its history. The building provides an open canvas to proceed with our vision and will ultimately serve as a downtown “hub” of activity and coursework for grades 9-12.
HAVING A DOWNTOWN LOCATION WILL: • Create more collaborative opportunities with organizations in Staunton • Increase our level of safety as we explore an authentic learning curriculum, with students closer to our partners in town • Provide additional academic, social, and dining spaces for our growing community
Staunton is our campus
Lower School LOWER SCHOOL CAMPUS ENHANCEMENTS • • • •
Upgrade classroom spaces with state-of-the-art technology Strengthen security to ensure student safety Improve transportation system enabling further cross-division and cross-cultural exchange and collaboration for faculty and students Enhance classroom spaces to promote collaborative and creative environments
Faculty Support and Professional Development • Offer competitive salaries to attract and retain the best educators • Provide educational opportunities that will further enhance the preparation of our students • Explore professional development opportunities that support our Authentic Learning curriculum
riends of the school may participate and help us reach our campaign goals in a number of meaningful ways, including:
• Contributions to the Annual Fund or the Stuart Hall endowment • Capital gifts and enhancements to our Staunton and Verona campuses • Capital gifts to our new downtown space, 107 West Beverley Street • Planned estate gifts
Answer the Call
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Forwardever FROM THE ALMA MATER
Midst the hills of old Virginia, Stately and so tall, Proudly stands our Alma Mater, Dear old Stuart Hall. FORWARD EVER is our watchword, Conquer and prevail! Let us join to laud and praise her, Stuart Hall, all hail! Though our friendships all may sever, Paths apart may be We shall sing her praise forever, Through eternity.
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THE CAMPAIGN FOR STUART HALL SCHOOL
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