School/Education News

School year calendar adopted

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April 16

The school board adopted a 2015-2016 calendar that adds two days to spring break, allows for nine snow days and starts classes on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
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School and sports news for April 16

Dylan Hitt

CEP Joins Headwaters The Headwaters Foundation announced this week that it is adding the Curriculum Enrichment Program (CEP) to its services that support Rappahannock County school children. After several months of meetings, representatives of Headwaters and the public schools’ CEP merged the application guidelines, form and funding streams of CEP with those of Headwaters’...
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Letter: A big band and boosters thank-you

A huge thank you to all who supported the RCHS Band and the Band Boosters by your participation in our strawberry sale this spring, and the fruit sale last fall. The money raised goes towards the fees necessary to participate in competitions, to assist those students who cannot afford to go on our yearly...
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School and sports news for April 9

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April 9
Fourth graders pause on the steps following their tour of Scrabble School last month with teacher Kelly Estes and SSPF President Bob Lander in back row.

Rapp AD's update, fourth-graders visit Scrabble School, Old Dominion University honors for RCHS grad Trey Swindler.
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Swindler: A tough choice for his next team  

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April 2
Outgoing athletic director Jimmy Swindler pauses for a photo before a soccer match at Panther Stadium Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Swindler, RCPS athletics (and facilities) director for the past four years, says his most recent roster decision — on his own position with the team — was his most difficult.
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School and sports news for April 2

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April 2
RCHS’ concert band, shown here on last week’s spring trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, brought back a “Superior” rating from March’s VBODA competition.

Rapp spring sports get going (or is it late winter?), the RCHS band is "Superior" again, and honors for Rappahannock County college students.
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Kids’ musical energy unleashed

By Molly M. Peterson

Paul Reisler has made his Kid Pan Alley songwriting program known throughout the nation, but its home and heart is still right here in Rappahannock County — as last Friday's concert at RCES demonstrated.
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A helping hand for the Next Step  

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April 2
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School and sports news for March 26

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March 26
From left, Shannon Kelly, Eva Parios and Elizabeth Burns enjoy a brief snack with Ethan Frost at WCDS’ Medieval Faire.

The latest from Rapp athletics, plus a Medieval Faire at WCDS, a strong showing by Rapp middle-schoolers at the regional science fair and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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The Rapp for March 26

A few of the eggs created by students at Studio School’s last Pysanky workshop in Flint Hill.

It's Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, plus a free Kid Pan Alley concert, "Birdman" April 3, a serious egg decorating workshop, fantastical "Elementree Stories" at Middle Street, a MADD startup and more in The Rapp.
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School staff learns mental health first aid

Rappahannock County Public Schools are leading the state of Virginia in addressing the critical area of mental and emotional health of their students, according to the Mental Health Association of Fauquier, which has recently expanded its role to serve Rappahannock and entered a first-in-Virginia partnership with the local school system to offer the evidence-based...
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$12.56 school budget sent to supervisors

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March 19

The Rappahannock County School Board adopted a $12.56 million 2015-2016 budget Monday night that would increase the county’s share of school-division expenses by about $94,000 — or just over 1 percent.
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The Rapp for March 19

Elementary students sing at Kid Pan Alley’s last songwriting program and concert at RCES.

Kid Pan Alley circles back to its Rappahannock home for a songwriting residency and concert, and Narmada Winery takes a "giant step" in Richmond in this week's The Rapp.
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School and sports news for March 19

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March 19

The latest on Rappahannock athletics, plus winter sports awards.
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A damper on the library

Photo by Vickie Miller

Letter: An unforgettable evening at Belle Meade

The cast of Belle Meade’s “Addams Family” musical on stage last weekend.

Last Friday and Saturday the big yellow schoolhouse, just a few miles from Sperryville on F.T. Valley Road, was transformed into a swanky dinner theater. It was there the students and staff from Belle Meade School presented their version of the Broadway musical, “The Addams Family.” I was amazed by the talent displayed by...
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Letter: A pay raise for school board members?

They say public service can be a thankless job. Well, the burden should be a bit lighter for members of our Rappahannock County School Board if their proposed 2015-2016 budget is adopted. Buried in the 38-page “Working Document” unveiled Tuesday evening are increased pay and new benefits that amount to a 700-percent pay raise...
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Letter: RCHS Quiz Bowl team: Well done!

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March 19

Amidst all the controversies, local, state, and national, let’s pause to applaud the Rappahannock County High School Quiz Bowl team. My husband and I drove to Williamsburg early one morning to watch these young people compete in the state tournament. The team members, looking classy in their blazers, answered challenging question after challenging question. The content was...
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The Rapp for March 12

Give Local Piedmont participants and volunteers shout (or at least show off) this year’s online fundraising campaign date from the rooftops.

A spring-like late-winter weekend of events, Give Local Piedmont gears up, St. Patrick's treats, a hospital open house, changes at CCLC and a celebration of cello in this week's The Rapp.
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School and sports news for March 12

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March 12
In the center of this photo taken March 3 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, Kat Carter, recipient of Wakefield Country Day School’s Leonard Cowherd Scholarship, and Anna and Lucy Clark, whose grandfather served in the honor guard at the Tomb memorial, present arms during the playing of  “Taps.”

Rapp's athletic director update — including on his own move to facilities director — plus sports awards at Chelsea Academy and memorable trips by students at Wakefield Country Day School and members of the 4H Livestock Club in Rappahannock.
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Sperryville column for March 5

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March 5
Belle Meade School students at work in the farm’s vegetable patch last summer.

Belle Meade celebrates In the upcoming weeks, there’s much ado at Belle Meade School. Painted in hues of bright blue and yellow, the school and main house (and B&B) and cottages are a familiar landmark for drivers along beautiful F.T. Valley Road. The property also encompasses a thriving farm, a place where cattle and...
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School and sports news for March 5

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March 5
RCHS’s state-champ Scholastic Bowl team poses in Williamsburg, including (standing, from left) John Riedel, Jacob Sheffield, Savannah Stevens, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, Jacob Love, Virginia Wyatt and (seated, from left) seniors Jane Purnell, Henry Mason, James MacLeod (captain), Nick Riedel and Jon Streu.

Rappahannock County High School's Scholastic Bowl team are state champions!
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School and sports news for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26

The AD’s report In a week bookended by blizzards, our Rapp athletes still managed to get in some postseason performances and produce some record-breaking performances along the way. Varsity wrestling traveled to the state tourney in Salem last Friday (Feb. 20), arriving in town just ahead of some dire weather that shortened the season...
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Letter: Thank you, visionary volunteers

The wonderful volunteers in the Lions Club are people that loyally contribute their support to help others. In partnership with the Culpeper Lions Club, Rappahannock Lions arranged a visit to our preschool for the second year in a row for a state-of-the-art vision screening. The Child Care and Learning Center appreciates their assistance to...
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Washington column for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26
RCHS seniors Dale Jenkins, left, and Katelyn Kestner get a glimpse at real-life financial decision-making from volunteers at the high school’s “Reality Store” exercise.

Mother Nature . . . I hope that everyone survived the snow storm that Mother Nature dumped on us last Saturday (Feb. 21). Then on Sunday, she gave us a warm day to shovel the sidewalks and paths. I am counting the days till spring arrives and hear the birds chirping. This month has...
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Draft school budget starts by holding the line

Although school board members spent some time afterwards discussing adding more than $100,000 for athletics-related positions, superintendent Donna Matthews presented a draft 2015-2016 budget last Thursday (Feb. 12) at the high school that would increase last year’s $9.09 million county-funding tab by just $27,700.
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School and sports news for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19
Members and coaches of RCHS’s varsity wrestling team gather for the traditional grapplers’ version of a group hug, celebrating their runner-up trophy at last week’s regionals tournament. More important: All six medalists are headed to the state wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday in Salem.

RCHS wrestlers and quiz bowl teams head for state championship tourneys, WCDS students tackle history and break a basketball scoring record and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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Senate passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for home-schoolers

By Peter Merholz via Wikimedia Commons

The Senate passed a bill this week that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.
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School budget tonight — but first, some appreciation

The school board — which holds its first public hearing on its 2015-2016 budget Thursday, Feb. 12 in the high school auditorium — took a few lighthearted moments between controversy and budget-crunching at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night to appreciate its staff (and be appreciated in return).
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Twin championships again for Rapp’s J.P. basketball teams 

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Feb. 12
The three-time conference champs Rappahannock Boys Junior Panther Basketball Team poses with coach Wayne Sumner (left ) and assistant coach Judd Hanberry (right).

Dreams are made of the accomplishments of Rappahannock County's middle-school boys and girls basketball teams in their recently concluded 2014-15 seasons.
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School and sports news for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12
Good Answerers: Rappahannock County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team (front row, Tatyana Yates and Jacob Sheffield; back row, Coach Naser, Virginia Wyatt, Coach Weeks; middle row, from left, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, James MacLeod, Jon Streu, Henry Mason, Savannah Stevens and Jane Purnell) last week won the regional trophy as well — and are headed to the state tournament in Williamsburg Feb. 28.

The RCHS Scholastic Bowl team is headed for States, and more winter-sports successes in this week's School and Sports News.
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First impressionists

Rappahannock County Elementary School student Robert Jenkins gets to know the heart of impressionism during a tour last month of the National Gallery of Art and other museums in D.C. Photo by Jane Bowling-Wilson.

School and sports news for Feb. 5

Belle Meade science teacher John Glass, right, works with students on the school’s Kilby Run stream quality assessment project.

STEAM and stream at Belle Meade, and more late-season wins for Rapp’s winter athletes.
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School and sports news for Jan. 29

RCHS’ Scholastic Bowl team and coaches pose with their Rapp River Conference trophy after the Panthers defeated the other Rappahannock (Richmond County’s Rappahannock High School) to win the tournament last week. The team heads to Colonial Beach for the region 1A East tournament Feb. 7.

Snow, ice and dire forecasts continued to challenge our Rapp athletic schedules the past week, but our Panthers continue to make the most of the opportunities they had to bring home more wins.
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The county in court

The county government — or, more specifically, attorneys for the school board and supervisors whose fees are paid by government liability insurance policies — has been spending more than the usual amount of time in circuit court these last few past months.
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CCLC hires new director

Fred Catlin, the new executive director of CCLC.

Fred Catlin, a Washington resident with a background in school management as well as marketing and fundraising, is the new part-time executive director of Washington's Child Care and Learning Center.
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School and sports news for Jan. 22

Winter weather continued to rearrange Rapp’s sports schedules, but even last-minute game changes couldn’t prevent the Panthers from bringing home some wins in the past week.
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Jed’s Eye View: A new kind of first aid training

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Jan. 22

While traditional first aid deals with damage on the outside, such as cuts and bruises, there’s a new first aid course that deals with what may be wrong on the inside, in the mind. Mental Health First Aid Training will soon be offered in Rappahannock County.
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Bill denying in-state tuition to immigrants fails

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The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill to deny in-state tuition to so-called “DREAM-ers” – young adults who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children.
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School board declines cell tower lease

Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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