Varsity boys basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls opened their season against the Knights from Chelsea Academy on Dec. 2. The Knights got out to a seven-point lead but the boys warmed up and took a 29-17 lead into halftime. The Owls’ strong team effort continued in the second half and earned them a 49-32 win. Alex Foster recorded a double-double, leading all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Stone also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Johns contributed five rebounds, six points and a team-high four assists. Fred Wang pulled down six rebounds and was the only other Owl to score.
The Owls were in action again the next day (Dec. 3), hosting Fresta Valley Christian in a non-conference game. The boys got off to a quick start with Foster, Wang and Stone combining for 17 first-quarter points and giving the Owls a 35-17 halftime lead. Sean Brown found his range in the second half, hitting three three-pointers; the boys shot perfectly from the foul line and notched a 62-36 win. Foster recorded his second straight double-double, leading all scorers with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Stone had another solid game with 14 points, while Wang grabbed 11 rebounds and added eight points. Johns contributed four assists and three points.
The Owls faced an athletic non-conference team in Randolph-Macon Academy on Dec. 5, losing 51-31 despite a strong effort. Foster was the Owls’ leading scorer with 10 points, while Stone led the team with seven rebounds. Foster, Stone and Johns each had four assists. Their record is 2-1.
Varsity girls basketball: The Lady Owls opened their season hosting Fresta Valley Christian in a non-conference game on Dec. 3. Both offenses got off to slow starts, though the girls did lead 18-6 at the half. A 16-point third quarter proved the difference and helped them Owls open their season with a 39-21 win. Maeve Dale single handedly outscored the Pioneers, notching a double-double with 24 points, 10 steals and eight rebounds. Kim Pankow contributed eight points and eight steals. Emily Hennessy chipped in five points, while Tatumn Vaught had four assists, five rebounds and five steals. Vita Vyas contributed eight rebounds, and Julia Weir also scored.
The Lady Owls hosted the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets on Dec. 5. The Owls led 14-11 at the half, despite a rash of turnovers from both teams. The third quarter again proved the difference, as the Lady Owls secured a 40-20 victory. Dale had her second double-double, leading all scorers with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but Pankow topped her performance with a triple-double — 11 points, 10 steals and 10 assists. Vaught scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five steals, while Emily Hennessy added four points. Vita Vyas and Julia Weir also scored, while Weir collected eight rebounds. Their record is 2-0.
Rappahannock third-graders held their annual Market Day at the elementary school Nov. 25. Students came with homemade products or provided services for a “fee,” while students and visitors were given an “allowance” with which they could purchase the products/services. Each student created a sign for their business and opened shop at 1:30.
Their teacher, Shelley Shankle, explained that the idea for Market Day came from a workshop that she attended in the summer of 2001 at James Madison University. Sponsored by the Kaufmann Foundation, the goal of the program was to bring economic and financial awareness to education and to improve economic literacy at the elementary school level.
Shankle immediately adapted the program to align with the SOLs for third grade, and, that very year, applied for a mini-grant through Headwaters. The mini-grant was approved and Market Day was held that same year. Shankle recalls only one year since 2001 that Market Day has not happened. Even then, that particular cohort of students — with the help of the Gifted and Talented coordinator Lilo Wolfe — was able to participate in Market Day as 7th graders.
The overall goal of Market Day was to integrate math and social science, giving students a chance to review economic and math concepts in a fun and real way. Market Day gives students a chance to practice making change, counting money, adding and subtracting, as well as using natural resources and recycled products. Students are required to keep the cost to produce their product or service below $10.
Some of this year’s products included snowflakes, animal balloons, used cars and stick people. One student enticed customers with the promise of a free cupcake with any purchase of one of his handmade bookmarks. Other students offered nail painting, chair massages, raffles and magic tricks.
— Karen Ellis