School/Education News

Photos: The river rules

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Sept. 25
Locating the Rappahannock watershed on a map. Photo by Matt Wingfield

Rapp schools fully accredited

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Sept. 18
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New state accreditation standards were released Tuesday (Sept. 16) by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and report that RCES, “accredited with warning” last year, is fully accredited this year.
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RCHS’s project-based environment

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Sept. 18
Environmental science students (from left) Samantha Keys, Hope Carr and Autumn King take measurements in Cliff Miller’s Sperryville stream.

“Project-based learning” may be a new buzzword in the education community, but Rappahannock County High School’s environmental science is ahead of the curve, and has been using PBL techniques for years.
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School & sports news for Sept. 18

Rappahannock and Wakefield Country Day School sports updates in this week's school and sports news column.
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The Rapp for Sept. 11

A family of Rough Riders signals their readiness for last year’s event (from left): Sabrina, Sherry, Madeleine, Ava and Chris Hayes.

Second Friday at the Library features a talk by Cliff Miller, the annual Rough Ride is Sept. 20, CAST performs “Much Ado About Nothing,” RCHS hosts a trivia night, CDSMP discusses how to manage chronic diseases and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 11

With summer giving us a (hopefully) final blast of heat last week, Rapp athletics matched the weather, turning in some red hot performances and bringing home some wins.
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Letter: Rapp’s own, moving forward at VMI

Evan Hitt (third row, center) among the VMI freshmen in New Market last weekend.

Last Sunday (Sept. 7), three of Rappahannock’s own took the Virginia Military Institute oath on the Field of Lost Shoes in New Market, Va.: Evan Hitt, Ben Estes and Bill Hogan, all Rats (as freshmen are called at VMI), who have survived the nine-day period of immersion into the VMI way of life known...
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Washington column for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11
The 12 graduates of the Professional School of St. Marc accept their diplomas while wearing self-made suits and gowns.

Russ Collins journeys to (and returns from) watching 12 students graduate in Haiti, Tula’s is starting a ping pong club, the 59th annual house tour begins in a few weeks and more in this week’s Washington column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 4

Shannon Kelley’s photo, “Rising Up,” took first place in the youth wildlife category.

Rapp sports notches a few wins to open the season, RCES spotlights a new reading program and Amissville’s Shannon Kelley wins big in the Audobon Nature Photography Contest in this week’s school and sports news.
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Video: RCHS staff rises (as one) to ALS challenge

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Aug. 29
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Faculty members at Rappahannock County High School rise, as one, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday afternoon at the school
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The Rapp for Aug. 28

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Panther football kicks off tomorrow night, the Democrats host their annual Dog Days Yard Sale, RCHS and the RCSO plan fall fundraisers, RAAC screens “American Hustle,” local Richard Viguerie speaks on the future of the Republican party and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 28

Varsity football kicks off its season tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Panther football season kicks off tomorrow night, JMU welcomes the Class of 2018 to campus and RCHS offers more college credit courses in this week’s school and sports news.
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School & sports news for Aug. 21

Last week Rapp Sports opened their fall season with some home scrimmages. More are scheduled this week as we prepare for our regular season openers on Aug. 26.
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Letter: Privileged to be a Pre-K teacher

Last Tuesday (Aug. 12), I spoke to the Rappahannock County School Board and shared my feelings of gratitude concerning the efforts to build a Pre-K program for our students. I would like to share my comments with the community and extend my thanks to all who have assisted to make this program a reality....
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School & sports news for Aug. 14

School & sports news for Aug. 14

Rapp sports kicks off its fall seasons with a football game tomorrow night, RCHS hosts two guest speakers for Convocation Day and RM-A hands out its end-of-year awards in this week's school and sports news.
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PRACEP honors graduates

Thirty adults are set to graduate from Piedmont Regional Adult & Continuing Education Programs (PRACEP) with a GED on Aug. 27.
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Bus route changes in Tiger Valley

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Aug. 7
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The estimated six-week closing of Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) by the Virginia Department of Transportation while it replaces a bridge over the Rush River is affecting the road’s residents and two of the school system’s bus routes.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

“The Rangers,” a local indie web series, shoots in Rappahannock later this month.

PEC hosts a Pollinators Walk through Bruce Jones’ nature preserve, the Panthers cook up a spaghetti dinner football fundraiser, Rappahannock doubles as Andrasil for “The Rangers” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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RCPS 2014-2015 Bus Routes

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The 2014-2015 Rappahannock County Public Schools bus routes are here, for download or print.
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School & sports news for Aug. 7

WCDS students, including Owen Youngquist, Douglas Griffin, Aaron Corbett and Joe Dowell, march with the Virginia Delegation at the recent NJCL Latin convention.

Panther athletes return to the field (and gym, and track, and practice courts), while WCDS students win big at the VJCL Lation Convention in this week's school and sports news.
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Photo: New to our schools

Photo by Jan Clatterbuck

School & sports news for July 31 

Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.

Panther football practice kicks off, Castleton Alive! enriches students at WCDS and in Headwaters’ summer school sessions and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Video: Camp time at Belle Meade

Camp counselor Joshua Lyons of Banco made this video about Belle Meade School’s summer camp program.

Company wants to build, lease cell tower at high school, other sites

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July 17
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In a 30-minute informational meeting Tuesday night (July 15) attended by fewer than 10 people, the Rappahannock County School Board heard a presentation outlining Community Wireless Structure’s proposal to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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Mohsin’s exemplary adventure

A large group of Mohsin’s classmates and friends, from RCHS, Goucher and the Rappahannock community, attended last Saturday’s celebratory dinner.

To residents and weekend escapers, Rappahannock County is about blue horizons, ponderous cows and glorious summer produce. But for Mohsin Ahmad, who arrived in 2006 as an exchange student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Rappahannock is the place that helped distill a new role in life.
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School & sports news for July 17

RCHS valedictorian Shelby Burnett received one of 12 Wells Fargo Citizenship Award scholarships.

Shelby Burnett, Rappahannock County High School Class of 2014 valedictorian and Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year has received another honor —- this one at the state level.
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Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale

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July 10
The PTO's twice-weekly RappFit classes have proven remarkably popular.

There are many notable charitable organizations working diligently to improve Rappahannock County, many of whom choose willingly to fly under the radar and let their works speak for themselves, including the Rappahannock County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
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After a banner year, Swindler looks forward to his 4th

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July 10
Panther athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year on the job.

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year as the Panthers’ AD — one that also happens to rank as one of the most successful in the schools’ athletic history.
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Schools rehire Matthews, rethinking cell tower

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July 10
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As chairman John Lesinski informed the small crowd at Tuesday night’s meeting (July 8), the Rappahannock County School Board has been offered a deal by Community Wireless Services to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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School & sports news for July 10

Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington competes in Reston for a National American Miss state title this week.

Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington, 7, has been chosen as a state finalist in this weekend’s National American Miss Virginia Pageant.
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School & sports news for July 3

The WCDS Class of 2014.

On a glorious Saturday afternoon, the 18 members of the Class of 2014 graduated Wakefield Country Day School.
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School & sports news for June 19

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Rapp Sports’ 2014 spring season is finally in the record books, but preparations are well underway for the coming fall programs, with a plethora of open gyms and conditioning programs filling up our calendar.
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Wood wins two state titles

Superstar sophomore runner Julia Wood poses with her two state championship medals — her third and fourth overall.

How do you top winning a state track championship in your freshman year of high school? If you’re Rappahannock County High School’s Julia Wood, you follow it up with two state titles — three if you count cross country!
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School & sports news for June 12 

Sophomore runner Julia Wood adds to her state championship total.

The Panther postseason wraps up with several state championships, the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District and Daughters of the American Revolution hand out their end-of-year awards and more in this week's school and sports news.
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RCHS football players, get ready

Rappahannock County High School head football coach Mark Heinle reports that after successful winter and spring off-season weight and training programs for student players, summer programs are about to begin.
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School & sports news for June 5 

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RCHS extends its postseason hopes and awards its three-sport and end-of-year awards in this week's school and sports column.
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School & sports news for May 29

Chelsea's first undefeated soccer team.

Rappahannock postseason success, WCDS spring awards and athletes of the month, and Chelsea soccer’s undefeated soccer season in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photos: Selfie congratulatory

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Washington column for May 29

The RCHS graduating class of 1964 held its 50-year reunion on May 17.

Trinity prepares for Rev. Jenks Hobson’s retirement, the class of 1964 celebrates 50 years, Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church holds its homecoming and more in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for May 22

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Our Fourth (Estate) Friday resumes tomorrow at 9, the Castleton Festival’s artists need homes away from home, Sperryville gears up for its July 4 fireworks, Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre, Janet Davis’ Hill House opens its gardens and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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