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SEES Alumni Break World Record and Raise $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research

SEES graduates Sanzio Angeli and Dylan Whitesel (both class of 2011) made news across the USA recently when they launched nearly 4,000 rockets simultaneously and raised $20,000 for breast cancer research in the process.

The launch, which took place at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds on October 26, 2014, broke the existing Guinness World Record of 3,130 rockets set off at one time.

The boys were inspired by the courage of Dylan’s mom, Diane Whitesel, who is living with breast cancer since her diagnosis 6 years ago. They formed a non-profit organization, rocket4thecure, to manage contributions. Donors paid $10 to sponsor a rocket, many in memory or in honor of someone who battled breast cancer. After construction and launching expenses, the boys were able to donate $20,000 to the Central Virginia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For more information and to watch a video of the launch, please visit

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SEES Fifth Grade Outreach Project Raises $13,000 to Aid Former Student with Rare Genetic Disease

SEES Fifth Grade Outreach Project Raises $13,000 to Aid Former Student with Rare Genetic Disease
SEES Student Coin Challenge Raises $7,400+ in a Week 

The Michaux family of Midlothian is waging war. They call it “Woody’s War on Wilson’s” and it’s a battle for their 23-year-old son, Woody Michaux. Woody was a typical college student studying chemistry and physics at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va., until two years ago when he was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder. The disease has caused severe neurological symptoms due to his body’s inability to rid itself of copper, resulting in it accumulating in his brain. Since his diagnosis, medication is helping, but Woody still requires round-the-clock care with feeding, personal care, medications and therapy.

Woody and his family are also in need of a new, permanent ramp for their house and a wheelchair-accessible restroom. Currently, Woody must be taken to a nearby gym to bathe. When Woody’s former fifth grade teachers, Michele Mooney and Krista Stackow, at St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School (SEES) learned of this, they immediately adopted his cause as theirs.

This school year, the SEES fifth grade has conducted several fundraising activities for Woody’s cause. Their most successful project to date was completed Friday (Jan. 17, 2014) with a school-wide, week-long coin drive. The goal was to raise $5,000 in loose coins. Last week, SEES students and faculty raised a remarkable $7,445.80. Student and parent volunteers counted and rolled 57,591 coins. 

The coin drive combined in-kind donations and the fifth grade’s bake sale and waffle breakfast have raised more than $13,000 for Woody’s cause. For more details, visit

“Our students and staff have an incredible capacity for helping others,” said Emily Elliott, SEES principal. “Woody and his family are very much a part of the St. Edward-Epiphany School family, and it’s been a blessed privilege for us to have this opportunity to make a hopeful difference in their lives.”
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First Phase of SEES Integrated Technology Plan Implemented

First Phase of SEES Integrated Technology Plan Implemented

In 2011, SEES formed an Instructional Technology Committee to advise the school on ways to help students and teachers better collaborate, communicate and learn. Through the generous support of families and others in the community, SEES was able to invest in new technology improvements this year, including:

Chromebooks. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are now using Google Chromebooks.

Computer centers. Computer stations are being installed in classrooms so students will always have access to technology.

Online textbooks. We have purchased online textbooks for science and social studies from Discovery Education as well as new Algebra and Pre-Algebra textbooks.

Email addresses. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students now have a SEES email account, allowing for better communication with teachers, and giving them access to Google Apps for Education.

Transition to Edline. Teachers now have Edline pages where they post class news and assignments. The Edline communications platform provides parents with timely access to information about their student’s academic environment and progress.


Race for the Future Campaign
SEES kicked off a campaign in October called Race for the Future to raise money for additional technology improvements that are needed to ensure our students are prepared for high school and beyond. Those improvements include interactive boards and tablets, document cameras and interactive software. For more information or to make a pledge, contact Emily Elliott at


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It's Not Too Late to Register for the 7th Annual 5K Eagle Challenge on October 19

Are You Ready to RUN IT???

October 19, 2013 – 8:00 am

5K Eagle Challenge presented by Stemmle Plumbing Heating and Air, Inc.


Register Now!

 Join us at 8 AM on Saturday, October 19 at the USATF-certified Woodmont course adjacent to SEES!

Race Packet Pickup and Walk-up Registration will be available at St. Edward-Epiphany School both on Friday, October 18 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM as well as the morning of the race from 7:00 to 7:45 AM. 
Online registration is open until midnight on Thursday, October 17.

Need another reason to sign up?
Why not take a walk on the Boardwalk!! Our award winning water stop crew will be taking you through the game of Monopoly along our 3.1 mile USATF-certified course. Don't Drop, Stop!  Who knows where you will end ... Park Place, St. Charles Place, Reading Railroad! Entertainment surrounds along the course -- you don't want to miss out on the fun!

Can you finish the 5K race in under 20 minutes?
If so, you can plan to participate in the CapTech Run for the Money Challenge! Line up on October 19 and try and catch Sharon St. Clair to the finish. You could be the lucky winner of $500.00!!!

We will see you on the course!!

For more information and volunteer opportunities, please visit

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SEES Alum Talks About His Journey to the Priesthood

St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School graduate Danny Peterson ('99) is now a seminarian at the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. He recently described his calling to the priesthood to NBC news in an interview published on line. See photo and article ("I'm Not Going to See Pearl Jam Anymore") at
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Sixth Annual 5K Eagle Challenge Draws Nearly 600 Participants

Sixth Annual 5K Eagle Challenge Draws Nearly 600 Participants
Congratulations to all of you who came out and RAN IT!!! The Sixth Annual 5K Eagle Challenge, presented by Old Dominion Insulation and SERVPRO of Chesterfield, Tri Cites & Newport News, was held on Saturday, October 20th at the USATF-certified race course in the Woodmont neighborhood adjacent to St. Edward-Epiphany school. With a total of nearly 600 registered runners, walkers, kids and sleepers, this proved to be our largest race to date!!

We welcomed our special guest, Rodney the Ram, from VCU. Following the race, the festivities continued with the dedication of the new Richards athletic field, and the SEES annual Fall Festival -- complete with music, awards, games, bake sale, and a huge array of fun kids' activities!

To see race results and photos, please visit

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St. Edward-Epiphany Named as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

St. Edward-Epiphany Named as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School
We are proud to announce the wonderful news that St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School has been recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made on September 7, 2012 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. SEES is one of nine Virginia public and private schools awarded Blue Ribbon status this year.

St. Edward-Epiphany met and exceeded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence eligibility guidelines, in part due to its students' continued high performing scores as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics. Principal Emily Elliott made the announcement to the students, faculty and staff, commending them on their achievement. "This is a fantastic recognition for all of the great things that have happened at St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School over the past fifty years. Our students, teachers, parents and staff are very deserving of this honor."
All 269 National Blue Ribbon schools were recognized at a formal ceremony in Washington, D. C. on November 12th, 2012. Attending from St. Edward-Epiphany School were Fourth Grade Teacher Mrs. Vicki Long, former Principal Georgette Richards, and current Principal Emily Elliott (pictured left to right with National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Director Aba Kumi, above).

Additional information about the National Blue Ribbon process may be found at the following sites:

Department of Education Press Release

List of all 2012 Recipients

Times Dispatch Article on Virginia Blue Ribbon Recipients

Learn more about the purpose and history of Blue Ribbon status

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Join Us as a Founding Donor to The Georgette M. Richards Scholarship Fund!

Established to honor Principal Georgette Richards' devotion to Catholic educational excellence upon her retirement this July, The Georgette M. Richards Scholarship Fund seeks founding donors. The Fund will award a partial scholarship to one well-rounded, devoted rising eighth-grader each year in June. For more information, please contact Stacy Price at
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A Very Special Celebration in Recognition of SEES' 50th

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo celebrated St. Edward-Epiphany School's 50th Anniversary with a Eucharistic Liturgy. There were over 600 alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents in attendance. The Liturgy was followed by a reception at the church and tours of  the school.

Special thanks to our extraordinary 50th Anniversary Co-Chairs -- Lisa Hale, Lisa Gill, and Leslie Winder -- for their detailed planning and overseeing of this day. Many thanks to Stacy Price, Director of Development, for her expertise and attention given to the archives and media for our celebration, and to Katie Bonomo for her artistic creativity in transforming every nook and cranny of the school for the event.
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Principal Honored for 25 Years of Service

The students and faculty of St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School recently honored principal Georgette Richards in celebration of her 25 years of service to our school.

Ms. Richards was surprised at the school's opening liturgy with special gifts, archival photos, and the announcement of a faculty luncheon in her honor that afternoon.

Each class presented Ms. Richards with flowers and handmade cards, and music teacher Sarah Kelley led all the students in a sung tribute to their principal.

Thank you, Ms. Richards, for all you have done to lead our school to "50 Years of Faith and Excellence!"
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Come Celebrate "50 Years of Faith and Excellence" at a Special Mass this Sunday

Come celebrate "50 Years of Faith and Excellence" at a special Mass this Sunday, November 6, at 1 p.m., at St. Edward Church. All are welcome and invited to worship and enjoy a reception afterwards, complete with School tours. Bishop DiLorenzo, Father LeMay, and Father Gordon will officiate.
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Join SEES on Facebook

Parents, alumni and friends...become a fan of the St. Edward-Epiphany Alumni page on FB and receive updates and news about exciting new developments. To become a fan, please visit this Facebook page.  Please contact Stacy Price at with any questions.
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