School/Education News

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

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Dec. 18, 2014

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

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Dec. 18, 2014

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

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Dec. 18, 2014

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

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Dec. 11, 2014

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

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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, 2014
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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Rapp SAT scores up across the board

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Oct. 16, 2014

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 

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Oct. 9, 2014
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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