- What is a Governor’s School?
CBGS is an academic-year Governor’s School program, which means that it offers supplemental coursework during the school year to high-ability high school students. This allows these students to delve deeper into a particular field of study, with targeted, small-group instruction.
- How do I apply to CBGS?
Students interested in applying to CBGS can obtain an application from their school counselor, or download one here. Completed applications should be submitted to your home school counselor.
2016-2017 School Year
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School Holds 14th Annual Science Symposium
The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School hosted its 14th Annual Science Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, March 11th. During the morning sessions seventy-seven seniors presented their independent research projects which were judged by visiting members of the scientific community from Virginia Commonwealth University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Rappahannock Community College, among others. During the afternoon session the keynote address, “Research at the Bottom of our Planet: The Changing Antarctic Ecosystem” was given by Dr. Deborah Steinberg, a professor at The College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
For more information, including a list of awards, please see the press release.
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School‐Warsaw Campus Competes in the 20th Annual Regional Ocean Science Bowl
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School‐Warsaw Campus sent two teams to compete in the 20th Annual Blue Crab Bowl, held February 18 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. The day‐long academic tournament is the Virginia regional contest for the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB©). Fifteen teams came from across of the Commonwealth, from Manassas to Virginia Beach, Warrenton in the west to Exmore, on the Eastern Shore. The nearly 80 students spent the day in heated tournament competition focused on the marine sciences.
For more information please see the press release.
Director’s List Honor Roll (First Semester 2016-17)
The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School commends our students who earned a place on the “Director’s List Honor Roll” for the first semester of 2016-17. Director’s List Honors are awarded only to students who have earned a 3.6 or better in the semester term. We congratulate the following students for this honor:
Bowling Green Campus Glenns Campus Warsaw Campus
Governor’s School Students Win Yorktown Chess Tournament
The tournament was hosted by the Virginia Scholastic Chess Association (VSCA) which holds rated and unrated tournaments monthly around the state. VSCA tournaments have brackets for all ages and skill levels. CBGS plans to participate in several rated tournaments in the following months. Students, adults, and schools in surrounding areas interested in learning more about chess or participating in tournaments are welcome to contact Mr. Dorsey at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for more information (email@example.com) or visit the Va. Scholastic Chess site at vschess.org.
2015-2016 School Year
Two CBGS Teachers Win the Governor’s Conservation Classroom Challenge
CBGS Students Win Multiple Awards at VJAS
The following students are recognized for their selection to present at VJAS:
Allison Burgess (Northumberland H.S.), Destiny Chamberlain (King & Queen H.S.), Mathilde French (Essex H.S.), Elizabeth Hipple (Essex H.S.), Andy Jin (New Kent H. S.), Michael Johnson (Washington & Lee H.S.), Nancy McClain (Lancaster H.S.), Stephen Parker (Northumberland H.S.), Edwin Rice (Northumberland H.S.), Kenneth Rioland (Northumberland H.S.), Kristen Shipman (Lancaster H.S.), Olivia Vogel (Northumberland H.S.), Kayleigh Webster (Lancaster H.S.), Alec Westall (Washington & Lee H.S.), Kelly Wood (Middlesex H.S.)
The following students received section and special interest awards:
Bowling Green Campus
Abigail Raposo (Caroline H.S.): Honorable Mention Environmental Science C
Jacob Beebe (Middlesex H.S.): Honorable Mention Environmental Science A
JW Brown (Mathews H.S.): Honorable Mention Environmental Science A
Sam Gale (Mathews H.S.): 1st Place Environmental Science B, Invited to present at the VAS Agriculture, Forestry, and Aquaculture Section Meeting
Sydney Griffith (New Kent H.S.): Honorable Mention Medicine and Health A
Sylvia Jones (Gloucester H.S.): 1st Place Zoology, VABE Zoology Award, Sea Grant Award Honorable Mention, Invited to present at VAS Biology Section Meeting
Kirby Lingenfelser (Gloucester H.S.): 2nd Place Zoology
Kiwan Lipscomb (King & Queen H.S.): Honorable Mention Environmental Science C
Nicholas Mann (Mathews H.S.): Sea Grant Award Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Ellis (Essex H.S.): 1st Place Environmental Science A, Invited to present at VAS Agriculture, Forestry and Aquaculture Section Meeting
Hannah Gross (Essex H.S.): 3rd Place Environmental Science B, Sea Grant Award winner
Keondra Jenkins (Lancaster H.S.): 1st Place Botany, VABE Botany Award, Virginia Museum of Natural History Award, Invited to present at the VAS Biology Section Meeting
John Richardson (Lancaster H.S.): 1st Place Environmental Science D, Catesby Jones Award for presentation providing the most significant contribution to science, Invited to present at the VAS Environmental Science Section Meeting
Sydney Scherer (Colonial Beach H.S.): 2nd Place Environmental Science D
Megan Squires (Washington & Lee H.S.): Honorable Mention Environmental Science D
Micaela Wilson (Northumberland H.S.): 3rd Place Zoology
Virginia Department of Education Review
Ever wonder how a governor’s school is held accountable? We don’t exactly have the same data sets (SOL scores, graduation index, etc.) as all other public schools. But we do undergo a thorough review every 6 years sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School will have our 6-year Evaluation in 2016, when a team of six educators –most of whom work at governor’s schools themselves – will visit our school, observe, interview stakeholders, and review documents. We look forward to hosting the team in February and hearing their assessment of our strengths and challenges.
Letter from the Director on Possible State Funding Increase
I wanted to let you know that there is information circulating statewide about possible increased funding for all of Virginia’s governor’s schools. Governor’s school directors have met and most certainly hope for this line item to increase, as outdated funding for our schools limits what we are able to do, at times.
Richmond Grand Prix Chess Tournament
The tournament was hosted by the recently founded Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI) to bring accessible chess events and clubs to locations on Richmond area bus lines. The founder, Mike Callaham, a Class A rated player and Virginia Scholastic Chess Association secretary, has been working diligently to expand chess opportunities for Virginia students; the Richmond initiative is only his most recent effort.
RCI programs are open to anyone interested. Students and adults in surrounding areas interested in learning more about chess or participating in tournaments are welcome to contact Mr. Dorsey at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Living Shoreline Installation – Port Royal
On March 18th, students from the Bowling Green campus of CBGS installed a living shoreline at Port Royal. This was part of a collaboration with Friends of the Rappahannock that restored a shoreline by planting native wetland plants at a public boat launch.
CBGS seniors receiving ribbons and certificates for exemplary presentations for their work were:
Taylor Courtney (King George), Mikaila Clinkscales (Caroline), Maryssa Moore (Caroline), Hannah Killian (Gloucester), Chelsea Dorsey (Gloucester), Binh Duong (King George), Madeline Hays (King George), Lauren Donahue (Essex), Rachael Allison (Colonial Beach), Rebecca Daniel (Northumberland), Lewis Harvey (King and Queen), Hallie Maass (New Kent), Logan Blazvick (Gloucester), Grace Rutkowski (Middlesex), Caleb Selph (Mathews), Evan France (Richmond), Thomas Parker (Northumberland), Joseph Rudolph (Lancaster), Robin Thady (New Kent), Jacob Daiger (Westmoreland), Matthew Milstead (Richmond), James DiSpirito (Essex), Joel Tidman (Caroline), Nathan Kendrick (King George), Stephen Rech (King George), Kayla Huffman (King William), Johnathon Williams (Middlesex), Andrew Suggs (Essex), David Bushhouse (New Kent), Philip Harrison (Northumberland), Collin May (Northumberland), Mark Smith Jr. (Northumberland)
2016 Blue Crab Bowl
The 19th Annual Blue Crab Bowl was held February 5-6, 2016, at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The Regional Coordinators are pleased to announce a successful competition involving 16 teams. After a hard fought competition and only one loss after more than 45 matches, students from Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Warsaw Campus Team A took a close Second Place in the Blue Crab Bowl. This 19th Annual Virginia Regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl was held at Old Dominion University’s Norfolk Campus on February 6. Coached by science teacher Bethany Smith, the team consisted of all seniors including: Stephen Parker (Northumberland High School); Lizzie Ellis (Essex High); Michael Johnson (Washington & Lee High); Team Captain John Richardson (Lancaster High School), and Hannah Gross (Essex High).
Keswick Hall Chess Open
The tournament was hosted by the Charlottesville based non-profit Playing ACES Chess which has made efforts towards hosting clubs in every public school in the Albemarle/Charlottesville region. CBGS chess coach Greg Dorsey, a Middlesex County native, played a key role in the creation of ACES Chess and hopes to use this background to build a chess presence in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions. Essex High School student Charlie Bussler placed 4th in the competition and CBGS and Essex High School student Christian Diaz placed runner up. CBGS Glenns and Gloucester High School student James Thomas also participated. All Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck residents with interest in joining or creating chess clubs in the area should contact Mr. Dorsey at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (email@example.com).
Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Regional Chess Tournament
To prepare their students for the event, area high schools formed new chess teams and trained in the weeks approaching the event. Tournament director Greg Dorsey (CBGS Faculty), a Middlesex County native, was active with the University of Virginia Chess Club and played a key role in the creation of the new Charlottesville based 501(c)3 non-profit Playing ACES Chess. Playing ACES provides weekly chess clubs to over 15 public schools and community venues each semester. Mr. Dorsey hopes to use this background and experience to build a chess presence in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck regions.
Faculty at Essex and Lancaster High Schools are currently working with Mr. Dorsey to create sustainable chess clubs at their high schools with the potential to have competitive varsity travel teams. The very strong chess presence in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads and an emerging chess presence in Richmond makes this region a perfect central point to compete in chess events over the coming years. All Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck residents with interest in joining or creating chess clubs in the area should contact Mr. Dorsey at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Native Plant Garden – Bowling Green
The native plant garden replaced turf that required additional maintenance with plants that are native to the area. Native plants attract pollinators and improve groundwater infiltration. As more donations become available, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students hopes to install more native plants and cisterns. Cisterns will capture rainwater from the roof of the building to water the plants, again reducing the maintenance of the area.
Additional donations from Brent’s Native Plantings, Fredericksburg, VA; Chenault Lumber, Ruther Glen, VA; and G & G Ace Hardware, Milford, VA made this project possible. The students and staff at CBGS would like to thank all who helped make this community service project possible.
2013-2014 School Year
CBGS seniors receiving ribbons and certificates for exemplary presentations for their work were:
Kate French (Essex), Kaitlin Saunders (Essex), Hannah Richardson (Lancaster), Alexandra Pittman (Northumberland), Laura Ellis (Essex), Quinlan Moore (Middlesex), Beau Nickerson (Lancaster), Nicholas Hipple (Colonial Beach), Jennifer Radcliffe, (Northumberland), Paige Augst (Northumberland), Chiquita DeJesus (Westmoreland), Grace Grossen (King George), Rebecca Bohlmann (Caroline), John DeGaetani (Lancaster), Ronnie Cutler (Lancaster), Hughes Nelson (Middlesex), Elizabeth Ransone (Mathews), Rebecca Rieling (King William), Taylor Webb (Caroline), John Hemenway (Westmoreland), Paul Smith (Westmoreland), India Eguiguren (Northumberland),Callie Morgan (Westmoreland), Tyler Kelly (King and Queen), Josie Lewis (King William), Sarah Eacho (King William), Andrea Gayle (Caroline), Emily Brown (Mathews), Dylan Melton (King William), John Lingenfelser (Gloucester)
Sixth Annual Chemistry Lab Practical Dinner
The Chemistry Dinner categories included: Appetizer, Soup, Bread, Beverage, Entrée, Side dishes, and Dessert. Each student prepares one item. The evaluation includes: name of item, category, written recipe (ingredients and instructions). The report of the item must contain 10 ingredients stating their chemical composition, 10 techniques employed, and 10 chemical reactions that occurred. The item prepared for the dinner is judged on presentation (appearance), and taste for an additional 10 points. Students enjoyed a formal dinner of each of the items prepared.
2012-2013 School Year
CBGS Teacher Selected for 2013 Nautilus Exploration Program
Bethany Smith from Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS) – Warsaw Campus has been selected as a 2013 Educator at Sea and will sail with the Nautilus Exploration Program during their 2013 expedition season. Bethany, who teaches Marine & Environmental Science at CBGS, will join the expedition in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-July.
“I am incredibly excited to join the Corps of Exploration this summer! Our oceans are some of the most unexplored places on our planet, and being able to join Dr. Robert Ballard and this incredible group of scientists, engineers, students and educators aboard E/V Nautilus is a once in a lifetime experience. Getting to share this experience with my students, the community, and the world is equally exciting,” said Smith.
The 2013 educator and student selectees will embark on several expeditions aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, E/V Nautilus, and other research vessels off the coast of the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey. As members of the Corps of Exploration, educators and students will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Exploration Now. When launched in June, Exploration Now will be a 24-hour online portal bringing expeditions from the field to future explorers on shore via telepresence technology.
“One of the major goals of our Nautilus Exploration Program is to inspire the next generation of explorers in STEM fields,” said Expedition Leader and OET Vice President, Dr. Katherine Croff Bell, “so we’re very excited to provide educators and students with the direct experience of pure exploration, while allowing them the opportunity to share their experience far and wide with their peers.”
The Educator At Sea Science Communication Fellowship Program will be bringing out 16 new educators and 4 returning lead educators, including educators from Northern Ireland and Venezuela. Educator at Sea positions entail 2-4 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus and other vessels as communicators of the expedition. An equally important aspect of the program is bringing the expedition back home to local student populations and communities after they have returned home. The Educator at Sea Program is sponsored in part by Bechtel.
The Science and Engineering Internship Program will be bringing out 15 interns, including students from Australia and Canada. The internship program aims to train undergraduate and graduate students studying ocean science, engineering and film in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus and other vessels as Data Loggers, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers.
The Honors Research Program (HRP) will be bringing out 12 students from across the United States. The HRP Program invites junior and senior high school students to participate in a seven-week summer research and exploration program. Students work with scientists at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and are also invited to join our Corps of Exploration aboard Nautilus and other vessels.
About the Nautilus Exploration Program
The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard. Our international exploration program centers on scientific exploration of the seafloor launched from aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel currently based in the Caribbean Sea, and additional research vessels. In addition to conducting pure scientific research, the Nautilus Exploration Program offers telepresence to explorers on shore via live video, audio and data feeds from our ships. The Program also includes an education component that brings educators and students on ocean expeditions. The 2013 Nautilus Exploration Program sponsors are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bechtel, Sea Research Foundation, Office of Naval Research, National Geographic Society, University of Rhode Island, and additional private donors.
Presentations at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury
Sophomore selected as a winner in the 2013 J-aRt contest
Tenth Annual Science Symposium
Seniors Recognized for Exemplary Presentations:
Leira Carreon (King George), Megan Daiger (Westmoreland), Elizabeth Flynn (Lancaster), Emily Dawson (King William), Lauren Brent (Northumberland), Megan Parker (Richmond), Kellen Wise (Northumberland), Andi Mayer (Lancaster), Katie Parr (Essex), Marissa Voight (King and Queen), Alexys Gray (New Kent), Ruth Misch (King George), Jaclyn Campbell (King William), and Elliott Theuerkauf (Gloucester), Megan Knight (Richmond), Emmanuel Valdez (Westmoreland), Travis Lipscomb (King William), Cassie Drain (New Kent), Cory Fox (King William), Autumn Tilghman, Shelby Ware, and Locke Tucker (Mathews), Morgan Duke (Middlesex), Alyssa Ross (King William), Duncan Mollner (King George), Jax Ross (King William), and Dakota Johnson (Caroline), Levi Lott (Middlesex), Rashauna Carter and Nia Jones (Northumberland), Hiba Ann Seager (Caroline), and Lee Siegle (Gloucester)
Students were tasked with creating artwork inspired by these aquatic drifters. On Wednesday, February 27th, the CBGS classroom was transformed into an art gallery as students displayed and presented their work. After researching the different types, forms, and shapes of plankton, students used a multitude of art mediums including pencil drawings, paintings, sculpture, quilling, photography, food, fashion design, and jewelry to represent their chosen source of inspiration. Planktonic organisms that inspired artwork included diatoms, dinoflagellates, radiolarians, copepods, jellyfish, ctenophores, and even the bioluminescence produced by some planktonic organisms. Some pieces of artwork were very literal translations of the plankton that inspired them, while others were much more abstract. Several students even used their personal experiences with jellyfish and bioluminescence to inspire them. The final products were a result of analytical research, creativity, design, and presentation, thus allowing the students to exhibit higher level thinking skills and problem solving, and see just how connected science and art can be.