February 4, 2019


Upcoming Events

Feb 10 - Spiritual Emphasis Week

Feb 13 - Winter Fun Day

Feb 18 - Spring Sports Begin

Feb 21 - Military School Band Festival

Feb 22 - First Piedmont Tournament

Mar 2 - Military Ball

Mar 4-7 - PG National Championship

Mar 8 - Winter Sports Banquet (Parents Welcome)

Mar 9 - Admissions Open House

Mar 16 - Band @ St Patrick's Day Parade - Charlotte

Featured Faculty - R.J. Reich

Captain Reich joined our CIS department this year as a social studies teacher. Previously he taught, coached and was a building officer at a military boarding school in Pennsylvania.

Following his parents and grandfather, he went into education. "It is the family business." Growing up in a home full of teachers, he had insight into what it was to be a teacher, and he enjoys getting kids excited about events that happened hundreds of years ago.

Captain Reich attended an independent school and benefited from the tight knit community and the personal teaching, attention, care, and concern that he received. "As a teacher, you have the freedom to teach each class effectively. Kids are not automatons, and industrialized education does not work for all of them. Students should be able to pursue interests, debate (and argue) with each other and their teacher to learn."

He is very impressed with Hargrave. "The supportive atmosphere offers options for success and is geared towards cultivating growth as a responsible young man." He relates our monthly character traits into his classwork to help make them more understandable. "Universal skills like honesty, integrity and leadership are important for our students as they develop the young men they will become."

We all have memories of middle school history classes where we focused on memorizing dates and names, but like all of our favorite teachers, Captain Reich knows that history is the story of us. "History is how we have gotten to this point as a society." Students are disconnected with a photo of someone from 300 years ago, but by humanizing events and people, it can quickly become relatable. "What we learn from the past will shape the future. Students are in the very beginning of their lives, and we are setting the life lesson groundwork right now."

He wishes that everyone knew that "Hargrave is an amazing school that takes boys and turns them into young men. It is understated how needed Hargrave is, not just with education, but with value strengthening. Someone needs to lead this generation and set the example." Hargrave men will be there for this essential role.

This month at the Hargrave Center for Leadership and Ethics

As we begin the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year, it is an exciting time in the Hargrave Center for Leadership and Ethics we accept new students into the Foundations of Leadership Course and Exemplary Leadership Practices Course. Each course is a 1/2 credit, semester long course designed to emphasize the basic and advanced leadership skills, knowledge, attributes, and behaviors that can be used in all leadership positions and situations.

In support of Hargrave's Character Across the Campus Program, the curriculum in each course includes character education and development through the use of classroom instruction, practical exercises, group activities and projects, and highlighting Hargrave's 4-week core character trait.

Our current highlighted trait is Faith, which will be discussed and reinforced throughout the campus, to include during Hargrave's Spiritual Emphasis Week. The students will also embark on an introspective journey throughout each course where they will identify their core beliefs and values, create an action plan to achieve one short term goal, and write their personal mission statements.

- Sergeant Major Scott Dooley, Director, Center for Leadership and Ethics

Rifle Team at VMI

The rifle team returns from a great experience but another loss. Our young men had the opportunity to shoot at the Virginia Military Institute. VMI is a Military College in nearby Lexington, Virginia. The young men were given a chance to shoot at a state of the art facility, in a new environment, and face some really good opponents.

I saw this as a chance to step outside of their comfort zone and still perform to the best of their ability. As a team we remained consistent, with a solid 936. However, the other two teams tied with an impressive 985. We left beaten, but not defeated, and the young men grew as athletes and as men of character and poise. We even got to see a few HMA alums who are currently attending VMI!!

- Chaplain Jacob Kave

Cadets visit with Alumni at VMI

During the rifle team visit to VMI, we ran into several Hargrave Alumni. The first was Luis Vale '18 who saw our bus and came running up to say hello and wish us luck.

After our rifle match, the cadets explored the VMI campus and watched the VMI Retreat Ceremony. Just like at Hargrave, Retreat signals the end of the day and is the ceremony in which the colors are taken down.

Joe Murray '17 came up after Retreat and spent some time catching up with his former classmates, telling them about life at VMI and sharing a little cadet insight.

Weekly Gallery

Pep Band members take a break during the basketball game

Varsity Basketball vs Blue Ridge

Hargrave parents came to cheer us on at the VMI meet

Superbowl Baskets from the Faculty and Staff

The Corps and the Colonel cheer on the Basketball Team

Superbowl Baskets from the Faculty and Staff