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Focusing on the Future
School of Education
William & Mary
301 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m

A career and academic planning experience for high-ability students (grades 6–12), their parents, and their counselors. Purpose: To expose high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, and sciences. To inform parents and counselors of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning. Student Workshops: Separate concurrent sessions are offered for middle and high school students. Students will be exposed to (a) information about work habits and “habits of mind” that lead to successful careers in various fields, (b) an interactive discussion about a variety of career opportunities in a particular field, and (c) steps to take in preparation for specific careers. Register here!


Girls Day at Maymony
1700 Hampton St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220
February 23, 2019 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Join us for an exciting day of learning about women in history and life science STEM careers during a variety of fun-filled sessions. Spend the morning, the afternoon or stay the whole day! Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls can earn multiple patches/badges; other participants will receive Maymont patches. Snacks provided; girls may bring a bagged lunch. Ages 7-12. $50 for half-day program (morning or afternoon) / $95 for all day. Register online by February 20. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.


Community Event:  “Angst: Raising Awareness about Anxiety”
Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221
March 24, 2019
1:30-3:30 pm

The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation invites you to special film screening of this documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, and experts. The event will feature the 43 minute documentary followed by an informative panel discussion led by Grace Gallagher, Executive Director of the CKG Foundation and child psychologists.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

To learn more or to see a a film clip, visit

Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP)
School of Education
William & Mary
301 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels. Register here for Spring classes (deadline is February 1, 1019). Registration for Summer Sessions closes on June 1,2019.


The Forge 
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220-2057

Science, technology, engineering and math are at the heart of making things. The Museum’s new permanent makerspace, The Forge, harnesses the power of the maker movement, celebrates innovation and encourages guests to roll up their sleeves to create. Part showroom and part workshop, The Forge both celebrates and demonstrates the process of design and fabrication.  Click here for more information!


Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) Program 

Check out this FREE opportunity for current 8th and 9th grade students to interact with other students from Virginia who are interested in the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)! BLAST will offer dynamic three-day residential summer experiences on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia in the summer of 2019. Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm. Visit to learn more and apply today!


This list of community events and opportunities is presented as a courtesy and in good faith for OHS families. Events and organizations listed are not affiliated with or endorsed by OHS in any official capacity and we encourage you to look into them to make sure they are the right fit for your family.