School/Education News

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

By Amber Rogers

Washington column for May 29

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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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School & sports news for May 22

Chester Gap resident Brigid Sladky plays the harp at Chelsea Academy’s recent Medieval Festival.

RCHS and WCDS spring sports' seasons come to a close, Chelsea Academy goes Medieval, five Rappahannockers graduate from Mary Washington and more in this week's school news.
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Photo: Ruritan scholarships

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Letter: Above and beyond

Last week I was sitting in front of Rappahannock County Elementary School, waiting for my daughter to finish up some last minute substitute instructions before taking me to a doctor’s appointment. I was amazed to see teachers showing up at 6:50 — 9 out of 10 carrying overflowing satchels of work that I can...
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Letter: Thank you all for keeping the Coffee House hot

The Rappahannock County High School Band Boosters would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the many Rappahannock County individuals and businesses that helped to make our annual Coffee House fundraiser on May 9 a grand success. To our sponsors, whose support helped defray our expenses: Cheri and Martin Woodward Realtors, Jan Makela...
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School & sports news for May 8

Rappahannock and WCDS sports updates, the R-MA dean's list, Quiz Bowl travels to the NAQT tournament and more in this week's school and sports column.
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Photo: Scholars, one and all

Photo by Amy Hitt

The few. The worried. The 2015 budget.

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Slightly less than one person per 10 cents of next year’s proposed property tax rate — 69 cents per $100 of assessed value, should the fiscal year 2015 budget be adopted as is — rose to spoke at Monday night’s board of supervisors budget hearing at Rappahannock County High School.
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Castleton brings the music to WCDS

Castleton Festival general manager Nancy Gustafson (right) teaches a singing workshop at Wakefield County Day School last Friday (April 25).

The Castleton Festival visited Wakefield Country Day School students Friday morning (April 25) for a musically focused seminar — part of the festival’s continued attempts to reach out to, and interact with, the community at-large.
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RCHS ranked 37th of 322 Va. schools by U.S. News

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In addition to its scenic vistas and rural charms, Rappahannock County now boasts the 37th best high school in Virginia, superintendent Dr. Donna Matthews informed the county school board Thursday night (April 24).
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School & sports news for May 1

The AD’s report We still didn’t get a full week of events in due to weather, but four out of five days was enough for Rapp Athletics to bring home some more wins in spring sports. Soccer news takes the lead this week, with our varsity girls team riding a four-game win streak. The girls...
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Photos: Step right up

By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Photo: WCDS’ enviro-team

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Photo: A horse with class

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School & sports news for April 24

We had some interesting “spring” weather last week, but our Rapp Athletes got most of their games in and once again brought home some victories. Meanwhile, WCDS eighth grader Douglas Griffin tries to qualify for the National Geography Bee in May.
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Technical ed scores higher, board hears

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April 17
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The continual process of raising educational standards in Rappahannock was on display at the Rappahannock County School Board’s meeting last Tuesday night (April 8).
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School & sports news for April 17

Now that we’re at the midpoint of spring seasons we finally have beautiful weather coming our way, allowing our spring sports teams to get in some games and bring home some victories. Also featuring WCDS sports updates.
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Photo: Careers to-be

Photo by Robin Bolt

RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one

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April 10
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After a school employee reported seeing a “suspicious person” walking behind Rappahannock County Elementary School just before the school day ended Tuesday, the school and sheriff’s office put the school in lockdown mode for most of an hour while deputies searched the grounds.
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School & sports news for April 10

Rappahannock and WCDS sports updates, and a list of 4-H workshops and camps offered this summer in this week's School and Sports column.
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Photo: Python meets Robin Hood at WCDS

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Photo: Scientifically minded

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Rapp school programs make VSBA ‘showcase’ list

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April 3
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The Virginia School Boards Association recently released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including two from Rappahannock: Books & Barks and the service learning class.
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School & sports news for April 3

The Rappahannock County High School Band and its escorts posed for a group photo during its trip last month to New York.

WCDS sports updates, both RCHS bands win big in the Big Apple, R-MA fields another state geography bee contestant and more in this week's school and sports news.
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School board, supervisors tout a ‘frugal budget’

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March 27
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Despite informing the county board of supervisors that they were able to allocate an additional $59,000 toward the 2014-15 school budget last Thursday (March 20), Rappahannock County’s school board is still not requesting any additional funds from the county — or the public.
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School & sports news for March 27

Volunteer painter Nicholas Plaksin and project coordinator Rachel Bynum pose on the finished map.

The RCES playground gets a new (painted) map of the world; WCDS winter sports award winners in this week's School & Sports column.
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Photo: Ahead, a spring of service

Photo by Beth Gall

The new spring semester service learning group at Rappahannock County High School.
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