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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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Board rejects extending school year

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March 20
A table full of manipulatives, RCPS’ newest math program addition.

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday night (March 11), the Rappahannock County School Board debated at length whether to add two more days to the school calendar, eventually deciding against it.
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The Rapp for March 20

Seventh-graders assemble raised-bed frames at RCES last week.

Pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, RAAC presents two comedies later this month, Heritage Hollow Farms is “Outstanding in the Field,” Lion Jim Blubaugh is honored by the organization and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for March 20

School & sports news for March 20

Among those honored in the VISAA all-state girls' basketball roster is Wakefield Country Day School’s Maeve Dale, who was named to the second team all-state for the second straight year.
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Rappahannock Youth Basketball 2014

Girls 7-9 Champions are (from left) Ashley Herzog, Belle Perdieu, Katie Courhah, Coach Herzog, Savannah Loving, Faith Kennedy, Payton Cillo and Kammie Brown.

Washington column for March 20

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March 20
With some help from purple paint and cardboard (and a dozen roses), RCHS junior Mikey Mitchell asked fellow junior Kellie Baker to prom March 12 before school.

One RCHS junior gets ready for prom in a very special way, Lenten services continue, the Lyme Disease Network resumes its monthly meetings and more in this week's Washington column.
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School & sports news for March 13

Winter sports athletes are honored at both RCPS and WCDS in this week's school and sports news.
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With some help from purple paint and cardboard (and a dozen roses), RCHS junior Mikey Mitchell asked fellow junior Kellie Baker to prom March 12 before school.

School & sports news for Feb. 20

The Panthers’ Scholastic Bowl team: (standing, from left) Joe Gold, Jonathan Sanders, Gabriel Hernandez, Jacob Sheffield, Charles Gubler, Emily Allen and (seated) Jane Purnell, Henry Mason, James MacLeod, R.T. Leake and Jonathan Streu.

Fall athletic seasons wrap up for the Rappahannock County Panthers and the Wakefield Country Day School Owls in this week’s School & Sports column.
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Photo: Small team, big finish

Photo by Amy Hitt

The Rappahannock County High School Panthers’ wrestling squad celebrated a successful trip to the state tournament in Salem last weekend.
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Letter: Setting the record straight

I fear that the school board and your reporter may have misheard what I said at the public hearing the other day. I did not say, as the Feb. 20 article asserts, that “the board should turn an eye toward the athletic department.” You would find no such words in the transcript (if there...
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Board hears praise for ‘realistic’ school budget

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Feb. 20
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The Rappahannock County School Board held its first public work session on the 2014-2015 school budget Tuesday night (Feb. 18), and while several people advocated for more public disclosure, almost no one had negative comments.
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Double Ds plus three head to state tourney

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Feb. 20
Senior Dylan Hitt (left) and sophomore David Smoot are among the five Rapp wrestlers headed to the state finals this Saturday (Feb. 22) in Salem.

If there’s a little more excitement among students at Rappahannock High School this week it may have more to do with what’s happening in Salem rather than Sochi, as five members of the Panthers wrestling team are headed for the state finals this Saturday.
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School & sports news for Feb. 20

Every member of the WCDS swim team — (from left) Lucas DuMez, Nile Patel, Grayson Galeone, Chris O’Heir, Dante Parker, Josephine Burns, Kathryn Phillippe, Harmony Lindstrom and team manager Misato Aso — achieved personal best times at the recent conference championship meet. DuMez will also compete in the VISAA State Swim Meet on Feb. 14-15.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports updates, four RCES students are selected for the Honor Band, WCDS ninth-graders make wood duck boxes and more in this week's School & Sports.
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Photo: Conference champs

Photo by Janie Jenkins

Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther girls’ basketball team clinched a middle-school conference championship against St. Joseph’s Parrish on Feb. 6.
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Letter: A student masterpiece, thanks to a mosaic of help  

The finished work is on view at Union First Market Bank.

The Headwaters/Rappahannock County Public Schools After School Program just finished its third session at Rappahannock County Elementary School and many students participated in a special project.
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Weather lengthens school board session, shortens spring break

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Feb. 13

The Rappahannock County School Board spent most of its time Tuesday night (Feb. 11) focusing on making up the nine days that this winter’s weather has so far cost students.
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School & sports news for Feb. 13

Although spring sports are just two weeks away, winter continues to exact its toll on Rapp Athletics.  Despite the continued reschedules and cancellations however, our Rapp Athletes showed their mettle when given the chance, bringing home victories and even championships last week.
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School & sports news for Feb. 6

In an long but rewarding day, Rappahannock County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team played three matches at Colonial Beach High School last weekend, emerging as the Region 1A East champs.
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Photo: ‘Fiddler’ fundraising

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Wakefield Country Day School eighth graders performed “Fiddler on the Roof” last Friday night (Jan. 31) to a standing-room-only crowd.
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Budget . . . balanced?

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Jan. 30

After just one budget work session, the Rappahannock County School Board may have already worked out a balanced budget — one that provides a long overdue step raise to the school system’s employees and requires no increased funds from the county or the public.
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Weather education

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Jan. 30

Continued cold weather finally got to Rappahannock County Elementary School Monday morning (Jan. 27), as the school’s boiler shut down over the weekend, making for a very chilly start to the week.
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School & sports news for Jan. 30

RCHS students Evan (left) and Dylan Hitt, seen here with Arthur Candenquist (middle), each received a $1,000 scholarship from the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the organization’s Lee-Jackson Day celebration.

Rapp and WCDS sports updates, Natalie Tupper makes JMU’s president’s list and the United Daughters of the Confederacy honors the winners of its coloring and essay contests in this week’s School & Sports column.
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Board supports school funding overhaul

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Jan. 23

In addition to planning the 2014-15 budget at last week’s meeting, the Rappahannock County School Board offered its support to Orange County’s petition asking Virginia’s representatives to reintroduce Senate Bill (SB) 1096, which would redefine the way the state’s local composite index (LCI) is determined.
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RCHS students SOL scores markedly up

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Jan. 23
Teachers whose classes earned a 90-percent or higher pass rate on the SOLs were honored at the board’s meeting. Posing with superintendent Donna Matthews (left) and chairman John Lesinski (left) are (from left) Sallie Shackleford, Beth Gall, Mark Ramey, Dave Naser and (not pictured) Scott Stephens.

With just one exception, Rappahannock County High School’s SOL scores are on the rise — significantly, reported Carol Johnson at last week’s school board meeting.
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School & sports news for Jan. 23

WCDS students and Owl mascot recently visited Samuels Library to help young students learn about winter (and owls, naturally).

Rapp and WCDS sports updates, the Owls visit story time at Samuels Library, two RCES students are finalists in the Smokey the Bear poster competition, this year's 4-H camp offerings and more in this week's School & Sports column.
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Funding down, but no increase in projected schools budget

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Jan. 16

“This is quite a turnout; it must be budget season,” remarked Rappahannock County School Board chairman John Lesinski, as superintendent Donna Matthews presented the board with an “informational” 2014-15 budget at its monthly meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 14).
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School & sports news for Jan. 16

The Panther Quiz Bowl team earned a hard-fought first place finish in the Conference 43 tournament, advancing them to Regionals on Feb. 1.

The Rappahannock County High School Panthers earned first place in the Conference 43 tournament at Colonial Beach High School on Jan. 11, qualifying them to return for Regionals on Feb. 1.
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School board weighs meeting time change

In a brief organizational meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 7), the Rappahannock County School Board floated the idea of changing the start times, and possibly dates, of its monthly school board meetings.
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School & sports news for Dec. 26

WCDS third graders used the money they earned doing Chores for Children to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.

Maeve Dale becomes the first Lady Owl to score 1,000 points, Rapp and WCDS sports teams continue their winning ways, Quiz Bowl notches two more wins, Ben Gillis kicks his way to a Coaches’ Award and more in this week’s School & Sports.
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Rapp schools doing the math to keep up with changing SOLs

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Dec. 19, 2013

Rappahannock County students aren’t the only ones thinking about SOLs, as the school board heard a presentation last Wednesday night (Dec. 11) outlining the school system’s continued efforts to increase students’ test scores.
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