School/Education News

Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

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Dec. 11

Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.
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School and sports news for Dec. 11

Winter sports are in full swing, and several Rappahannock sports teams have already begun to rack up the wins.
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Page turners

By E. Raymond Boc

Letter: Thankful for the many blessings of Rappahannock

Veterans Day at the high school, Mark Raiford snapped a shot of his dad saluting while his son, with fellow Troop 36 scouts, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whenever I tell people from outside our region I’m from Rappahannock they inevitably ask, “Is that near Fredericksburg?” I reply “no” and give them the geographic location and an explanation. Inevitably, their next question is, “What’s there to do there — what’s it like?” I admit I am most always at a loss for...
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Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

RCHS cross-country, with the girls’ 1A runner-up trophy at states, are (front row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Katelyn Fisher, Emma Endre and (back row) Rapp boys’ top finisher Gavin Jenkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Brooke Athelli, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly, Kelsie Strobel, Emily Allen, Julia Wood and coach James Sharpe.

Julia Wood takes her second state cross country championship, and Rapp girls comes within two points of bringing home the Virginia High School League team runner-up trophy in the 1A state tournament.
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School and sports news for Nov. 20

Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), and Del. Michael Webert attend a Veterans’ Day presentation hosted by Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters.

In this week’s school and sports news, RCHS varsity girls cross country team brings home the state runner-up trophy, the varsity theater troupe is crowned Region 1A East champions, Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters honor our veterans, and more.
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Jed’s Eye View: Carrots and lettuce and beef, oh my!

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Nov. 20

Rappahannock public school students enjoy locally produced food during Local Food Week at RCPS cafeterias.
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Eye savers, Elks funds

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Dennis Henline, right, exalted ruler of Front Royal Elks Lodge #2382, presents Rappahannock County High School technology and engineering teacher Scott Schlosser with one of the 100 pair of Elks Safety Glasses the lodge donated to the school last month. The glasses were purchased with funds from a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National...
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School & Sports News for Nov. 13

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In in this week’s school and sports news, Rapp’s girls cross country and volleyball teams bring home trophies, the Scholastic Bowl gets underway and RCPS’s Farm-to-Table program is highlighted in Virginia Living magazine’s “Top High Schools” feature.
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Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

This week I had the rewarding and entertaining experience of watching the Rappahannock County Panthers defeat three other regional schools — Strasburg, William Monroe and Warren County — at the Scholastic Bowl held at Rappahannock County High School. I enjoy and respect most sporting events, but nothing has made me more proud to be a...
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 6

RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.

Rappahannock and Wakefield sports updates (including athletics awards plus volleyball, theater and cross country successes); CCLC wins accreditation; RCHS works hard on upcoming career fair.
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Rappahannock County Public Schools Honor Roll

Rappahannock County Public Schools Honor Roll

RCHS Honor Roll First nine weeks, 2014-2015 All A Honor Roll 12th Grade: Gary Jenkins, James MacLeod, Henry Mason, Stephanie Nicholson, Amanda Pullen, Jane Purnell, Robert Sidrow, Julianne Stonecipher, Sara Streightiff 11th Grade: Kayleigh Flanagan, Julia Wood 10th Grade: Jasmine Arismende, Kimberly Dellinger, Devyn Hitt, Jacob Love, Tyler McDowell, William Montgomery, John Norris, Michelle...
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Letter: To all who made the fall festival a success . . .

The barrel train rolls, singer Ryan Jewel rocks and Nathaniel Moore enjoys his caboose ride at the Oct. 19 RCHS Fall Festival.

We would like to thank everyone that came out to the Rappahannock County High School Fall Festival Oct. 19. Once again, the county came through for our fundraising event. There are so many people to thank, from the teachers and class sponsors to the students and volunteers, that to name them all would take...
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School & Sports News for Oct. 30

After School students wait for the chance to check out the rocks at Patricia Lessard’s geology presentation last month.

The Panthers late-season successes, and an after-school geology lesson with Patricia Lessard at RCES.
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Washington column for Oct. 30

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Oct. 30
Sharron Proper shows off the Pennsylvania-sent balloons she found on Bessie Grigsby’s property.

RCES staff raises money for breast cancer awareness, Sharron Proper finds a red balloon set loose to kick off an antibullying effort in Indiana, Washington readies festivities for Halloween, time to reset clocks as daylight savings ends and more in this week’s Washington column.
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School & sports news for Oct. 23

Photo: Middle school, top slot | By Susanna McNear Members of Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther cross-country team — first in the Valley Middle School Conference regular-season point total and VMSC tournament champs — pose with trophies and coaches James Sharpe (left) and Mark Ramey (right), including (seated, from left): Luke Ellis, Nick Barnes, Savannah Hensley and Skylar Culbertson, and (standing between the coaches) Sam Barnes, Cassia Gainer, Mackensie Haunold, Danielle Frye and Lillian Jenkins. More school and sports news on page 9.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports teams head for the postseason, a close volleyball win, a RCES trip to Big Meadows and an important accreditation at Belle Meade School in this week’s School & Sports News column.
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Photo: Sperryville ace

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Rapp SAT scores up across the board

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Oct. 16

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ SAT scores are up across the board, according to a presentation by superintendent Dr. Donna Matthews’ to the school board Tuesday night (Oct. 14).
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School & sports news for Oct. 16

Winners from the eighth annual WCDS 5K Fun Run pose at the finish line Oct. 4 with their respective medals.

A complete Panthers sports update; Wakefield athletes of the month, 5K finishers and sports recaps; Chelsea Academy news; and a new grant helps the Owls "Keep Virginia Beautiful" in this week's school and sports news.
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Photo: The war on drug demand

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At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E 

Students wait their turn to sign up for PRIDE Clubs early in August. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

Rappahannock County High School has deployed a new program this fall that is not designed to raise math and reading test scores, at least not directly. It is meant to ensure every student feels connected — both to a teacher and to fellow students with similar interests.
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School & sports news for Oct. 9

High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.

CTE teacher Scott Schlosser becomes an RCHS celebrity, Champlain College welcomes the class of 2018, and the Panthers and Owls continue their march to the postseason in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photo: Panther, meet mule

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Grant will help Rapp schools upgrade security

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Rappahannock was one of 373 Virginia schools that received a security grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office last Thursday (Sept. 25). McAuliffe awarded $6 million total, of which Rappahannock County Public Schools received $13,488.
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The Rapp for Oct. 2

RCHS athletic director Jimmy Swindler promises to give a big kiss to a mule Friday night if enough folks come out to support the volleyball girls’ Dig Pink rally.

Support the volleyball teams’ annual Dig Pink campaigns, learn the history of Amissville, get a glimpse inside SCBI, view Old Rag Gallery’s new tree-inspired photo exhibit and listen to Bill Dietel recount running the nation’s oldest all-girls boarding school in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Oct. 2

Panthers’ Quiz Bowl team members (from left) Henry Mason, James MacLeod and Jane Purnell came up just short in the recent trivia tournament.

A (complete) Rappahannock and WCDS sports’ update, the Democrats’ team wins the RCHS trivia tournament, Belle Meade is fully accredited and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Letter: Healthy kids or cell towers?

We care about the schoolchildren of Rappahannock. We are not against cell service for the county. We attended the Aug. 12 school board meeting because we have four grandchildren who attend or will attend Rappahannock County High School (RCHS). As noted in that week’s Rappahannock News, we spoke up against allowing a cell tower at...
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Letter: Thanks to a lot of generous people . . . 

It’s more than two weeks after the 2014 Taste of Rappahannock benefit, and I am still in awe of all those who stepped up to volunteer their help or donate to ensure guests had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Somewhat belatedly, I want to publicly exclaim my thanks and kudos to all those who helped...
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School & sports news for Sept. 25

More than 70 Rappahannock eighth-graders recently journeyed to Verdun Adventure Bound for an out-of-classroom day of learning.

The Panthers continue racking up wins, the Owls' Ashlyn Ramey holds her serve for an unprecedented 24 straight points and 70 RCES students find themselves "Adventure Bound" in this week's school and sports news column.
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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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