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John Graham began a successful mercantile business of shipping tobacco. He traded with
By 1756, Graham Park Plantation included a cooper, carpenter, cord winder, weavers, blacksmith and other craftsmen. Many of these jobs were held by slaves or indentured servants. The plantation boasted a 100-ton subterranean ice storage facility. It was located under the “Indian Treaty Oak”, one of the largest oak trees found in
Graham married his second wife in 1756. His first wife, Christian Brown, died almost immediately after they were married. Elizabeth Catesby Cocke was the daughter of Colonel Gatesby Cocke. Colonel Cocke served for 25-years in the colonial government. Since he had no son, the Colonel arranged for John to become his successor as clerk of
After the American Revolution,
John Graham died at the age of 76 in August of 1787 at his plantation. His son George was active in the
Graham Park is a Math/Science Specialty School. Students enrolled in the program are given opportunities to explore in depth mathematical and scientific concepts and principles in an intensive program of study. Besides a challenging curriculum, students have the opportunity to further develop their critical thinking skills. All students in the program are required to complete a science fair project in the spring.
The site-based SIGNET (gifted education) Program gives students an opportunity to participate in class and independent center activities for a total of 50 hours a year. The SIGNET resource room has over fifty independent centers designed to meet the individual abilities and interests of its students. Those with a proclivity toward science experiment with magnets, electricity and prisms; artistic students gravitate to the computer art, piano, computer music and satire and art centers; others who enjoy writing participate in the Writing On center while some explore the past and learn about the culture and history of Ancient Egypt. All centers are self-paced.
The Park (as Graham Park is affectionately known) offers an eclectic array of activities from student government, Math Counts, drama, ecology, foreign language, step team, and a host of other traditional clubs to sports teams such as soccer, football, track, basketball and baseball/softball to satisfy the needs of the most discriminating student.
Graham Park’s staff is committed to making our school a community of learners in a bully and harassment free environment. We have implemented an exciting new program: R.O.A.R. (Respect, Order, Attitude, Responsibility. This is a Positive School-wide Discipline Program, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education. Incentives such as drawings for prizes (like bicycles and TVs) for kids with no referrals, positive ROAR postcards home, teacher incentives, and a student mentor program to build an upbeat, positive learning environment. The Park provides its students with the mechanisms and skills needed to master the critical challenges and demands of the 21st century in a committed and caring environment.
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