The Nottingham Knight Writer Exemplary Project


The Nottingham Writing Exemplary Project marries rigorous curriculum work with student engagement.  This year is more critical than ever with Arlington County rolling out a new writing curriculum, The Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop.  The Exemplary Project provides professional development to Nottingham’s talented staff.  However, student work is the Exemplary Project’s lifeblood.  Thoughtful exercises motivate student writing, such as the Writing Quests, The Knight Writer, specific contests, conferencing with students, and other initiatives.  Write on! Pinterest

Student Writing Workshops!

  The Northern Virginia Writing Project is hosting writing workshops at George Mason University, Fairfax Campus this winter!  There are workshops for grades 1-3, as well as workshops for grades 4-12. They are even offering a Family Writers Workshop that includes Kindergarten-aged students.  Students choose from a wide array of topics.  Click here for all the […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest Winners Announced!

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest winners were announced today.  Nottingham Elementary proudly boasts two recognized contestants.  In the Visual Art category, 5th grader Sarah Furches placed third in Grades 3-5, and 2nd grader Luc Penella placed second in Grades K-2.  A hearty congratulations to Sarah, Luc, and all Knights that […]

Martin Luther King Jr., Literary and Visual Arts Contest is Here!

The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr., Literary and Visual Arts Contest has arrived! This year’s contest focuses on one of Dr. King’s quote concerning courage, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” In other words, we need to speak up about issues that are important to us.  Use this […]

Congratulations PTA Reflections Contest Honorees!

Congratulations to our Nottingham Reflections Contest Literature Honorees!  Save the date for Friday, December 2, for a breakfast reception from 8:15-8:45 am in the library where ALL the Reflections participants will be honored.  All artists, along with their families (including younger siblings!) are encouraged to attend! Thank you to all the student participants and their […]

The Knight Writer, 1st Edition!

Our first edition of The Knight Writer is hot off the presses…or in this case, hot off the published website.  In keeping with Arlington’s push to, “go green,” only Grades K and 1 will publish a hard copy book.  Click on, “The Knight Writer” left-hand tab, and enjoy creative, heartfelt story telling all year.  Write […]

The Knight Writer

The Exemplary Project finished circulating through grades 2 through 5 to explain the new digital Knight Writer.  Our Knights enthusiastically responded about the opportunity to publish their work online throughout the year.  The first edition is forthcoming.  Discussing this new initiative was a terrific way to celebrate the National Day on Writing.  Write on!

National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing is next Thursday, October 20th!  Students will be celebrating the day through a variety of activities, such as participating the Writing Quest, drafting an entry for the PTA Reflections Contest, as well as creative teacher ideas.  The day emphasizes the joy and importance of writing.  Watch this video by the National […]