School/Education News

Draft school budget starts by holding the line

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Feb. 19

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

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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

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Feb. 12

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

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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

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Jan. 22

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

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Jan. 15
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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Poll: Colleges should report assaults to police

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More than nine out of 10 Virginians think colleges and universities should be required to report campus sexual assaults to police, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.
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School and sports news for Jan. 15

WCDS history finalists (from left) Abe Nolan, Joe Dowell, Aaron Corbett, Shane O’Heir, Rahmet Rahimi, Max Lilburn and Monica Marciano.

Scholastic Bowl leads the way through Old Man Winter at Rappahannock County High School, history finalists at WCDS and more.
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Jed’s Eye View: Wanna bet me on this?

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Jan. 15
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Here is columnist Jed Duvall's wager: that what’s going on after school at Rappahannock County Elementary is creating in minds of young students memories that will last them all their lives.
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School board declines cell tower lease

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Jan. 13
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

Rappahannock County School Board votes against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures, the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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House Republicans unveil education reforms

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House Republican leaders outlined their K-12 education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on Thursday, echoing several goals announced by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a day earlier.
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School Board pressed on cell details

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A Sperryville resident files a civil action (to be heard Jan. 12) to force the county school board to respond to a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all its cell tower-related communications. Update: The school board asks for 7 more days and $400.
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School and sports news for Jan. 1

Rappahannock’s winter sports teams took a winning percentage into the holiday break, looking to resume their seasons with more victories as the new year unfolds.
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School and sports news for Dec. 18

The AD’s report As our schools prepare for the holidays, our Rappahannock student athletes have been working at a frenetic pace, getting in games and bringing home some wins before taking a well-deserved, albeit short-lived, break. Basketball leads the news this week, headlined by the varsity boys team, which notched two wins in a row in...
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Jed’s Eye View: Could you handle this course?

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Dec. 18, 2014

By 2016, students at RCHS must pass a course on personal finance to graduate, in this week’s Jed’s Eye View column.
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Letter: Cell towers: Too hot for school

I am writing to express my opposition to locating a cell phone tower at the high school. I am not opposed to having cell towers in our county, but I believe placing a tower at a school presents too many potential health risks to a large portion of our population, including many children. My...
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Letter: The inherent dangers of . . . money

At the school board meeting on Dec. 9, I was terribly surprised and dismayed at how unfairly the citizens opposing cell towers at school locations were treated when they finally got the opportunity to speak.  After patiently waiting for an hour and a half for others to speak regarding the football-team issue, I was finally...
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Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

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Dec. 11, 2014

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, 2014

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

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Nov. 6, 2014
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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