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Weekly Update: November 9 – 15

Posted by TNCS on Nov 8, 2019

Monday, November 11

  • Juniors Leave for College Visit Trip

Wednesday, November 13

  • Juniors Return from College Visit Trip

Friday, November 15

  • Admissions Program, 8:30am, Greenwood Commons
  • Festival of the Arts Trip


Admissions Program

We are having our Admission Program on Friday, November 15th at 8:30 am. Please share this information with friends. If they have any questions, please have them reach out to Carolyn Tisdale. Thank you! 

Volunteer Opportunity

The Bellevue Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteers to help pass out water to runners on Pope Avenue at next weekend’s Richmond Marathon on Saturday, November 16. It’s a fun time cheering on the runners and keeping them hydrated. All volunteers get a free Marathon T-shirt. If you or your student are interested, please contact David Lydiard at or 804.677.5050. You are welcome to park in the TNCS parking lot on race day.

Time to Submit Your Box Tops for Education

Submission deadline is THIS FRIDAY, November 15! Please submit all clipped BoxTops by November 15—collection jars can be found in the student kitchen in Founders Hall. Reminder: the clipped BoxTops are being phased out. Learn more about the new process here 

PA Raffle

If you’ve already sold your tickets—thank you! Please turn them in to Massey. If your student would like a chance to win a prize and sell more than 15, please contact Virginia McAndrew. Several students have already sold 15 and Owl House is in the lead for the most tickets sold! Click here for package details. *All tickets not sold must be returned to TNCS. If your family does not intend on selling or doesn’t sell all 15, please return them. 

Free Tickets to Craft + Design

A TNCS parent has generously gifted our school complimentary tickets to attend the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s annual Craft + Design. These tickets are good for admission on Saturday, November 23 or Sunday, November 24. Please stop by Massey Hall to pick up tickets. For more information about the event, please click here.

Tech Tip of the Week

BEE-Aware – This week we revisit a tip about browser hijackers. An increasing number of students have been hijacked recently. Do a quick Google search on MacKeeperMacAuto Fixer, Advanced MacCleaner, MyMac Updater, MacOSDefender, Combo Cleaner, CleanMyMac, Mac CleanUp Pro, and Mac Guard and it will be apparent that these programs have mixed reviews and may not quite be what they claim to be. These programs purport to assist you in speeding up your laptop and ‘cleaning’ it of unwanted malware, adware, viruses, etc. Unfortunately, they don’t really live up to the hype. There are so many versions of this ‘software’ because of a reputation for being PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Software like this has actually been known to slow your system down, install one of those pesky browser hijackers, and carry other PUPs in their install bundle. You will usually see them offer assistance when some websites recognize you are on an Apple computer. They pop up in a very friendly manner and state, “I see your computer isn’t performing at its optimal level” or “Is your laptop slower than it should be?” If you are feeling sluggish, you may be inclined to take help from these seemingly nice folks. That is what they count on and are more than happy to offer you a free download of their software. Please be careful and avoid installing these ‘helpers’ if possible. If you find that you have inadvertently installed one of these programs removing them can be tricky. 


10th Grade Volunteers

On Saturday, November 23rd, 10th grade student volunteers will work at the 9th Annual ASK 5K Donut Run. Our student volunteers help to make life better for children with cancer in our community. Students will even receive an event t-shirt and donut breakfast. We will be stationed along the race route and available to walkers/runners who need help. We will cheer runners and walkers along as they pass. Also, we may help manage traffic and collect trash. Sign up soon! If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Clelland

National History Day

National History Day is accepting applications for student-teacher teams to participate in a travel opportunity this summer surrounding the study of World War 2 on the Pacific front. For more information, please contact Mr. Rothschild. The deadline for application is December 2. (This is not a TNCS-sponsored trip – it is being run by the National History Day organization.) 

College Acceptances

Congratulations on college acceptances!

  • Jacob Franco: Ferrum College and Richard Bland College of William & Mary
  • Joe Seckora: Roanoke College

College Representatives

We were thrilled to have over 20 college representatives on our campus over the past few months. Students asked important questions and gleaned valuable information about a variety of colleges and universities. A representative from VMI will be on campus during the afternoon of November 21st. Stay tuned for other college and career related visitors coming to campus in the coming months. 

College & Career Counselor

Seniors graciously welcomed Taryn Adkins this week as she began transitioning to the role of College & Career Counselor. Ms. Adkins visited seniors in their Senior Skills Seminar class and met with some students individually. Mrs. Harley and Ms. Adkins met with seniors and their Senior Skills Seminar teachers on Monday to review some important reminders about the college application process. This amazing class of seniors is supported by a dedicated team devoted to helping them through this process. Please ask your senior to show you the colleges listed in their Common Applications and/or Coalition Applications. Ms. Adkins and Mrs. Harley will be happy to meet with you and your senior to discuss his or her plans.  

Senior College Application Reminders

  • Send Scores from your College Board Account two weeks ahead of the application deadline. 
  • Select Admission Plan for each college on your Dashboard in the Common Application. 
  • Assign teachers/others as Recommenders to EACH college. 
  • Finalize and copy/paste your essay into the Common Application. 
  • Request Letters of Recommendation well ahead of the deadline. It is recommended that these letters be written by Thanksgiving Break. 
  • Review the Common Application/other applications thoroughly to ensure that you have included activities, honors, and awards. 
  • Be Proactive! Submit applications early for best results.  
  • Notify Mrs. Harley BEFORE you submit applications. 

Click here for a list of Virginia College/University Open Houses.


Seniors interested in taking the ACT should see Mrs. Harley prior to registering. The next ACT date is December 14 – register by November 8. Visit for test dates.  

Junior Class College Trip

Juniors will visit Longwood University, Lynchburg University, and Virginia Tech on the annual Junior Class College Trip. They will depart TNCS after school on Monday, November 11 and returning the evening of November 13. 

PSAT Scores

PSAT scores will be released in early December. Students will analyze their individual score reports in Junior Seminar. Juniors will have the opportunity to use customized SAT practice through their linked College Board and Khan Academy accounts. 


Winter Saber Sports

Many of our winter Saber Sports programs start this week. For basketball information, please click here. Families of students who signed up for rock climbing have received information to register directly with Triangle Rock Club.  Families of students who signed up for winter Strength and Fitness have been contacted by Coach Shannon Elkins.  We’re excited for another great season of Saber Sports!


Pizza Mondays

Mondays are pizza days for lunch at TNCS, to benefit the athletic department. Slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s are available. Students place their order on sheets posted on campus. Pizza is $1.50/slice. Drinks are also available for $1.00. Both are billed to the student’s account. Cash is not accepted.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help serve pizza on Mondays, and a few Fridays, from 11:45am – 1:15. Click here to sign up to help!

Jason’s Deli Lunch Options Tuesday – Thursday

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays students are able to purchase in advance lunches from Jason’s Deli. Orders are submitted online by noon the day before delivery. Click here for the order form, which can also be found via a link at the top of the school’s homepage.

Food Truck Fridays

Join us for our Food Truck Fridays! Upper School Lunch, 12:32 – 1:05; Middle School Lunch, 12:03  12:33.