School news for Aug. 23

Three new RCPS logos

Rappahannock County Public Schools is excited to announce the debut of three new logos — for the public schools, the elementary and high school — which are similar in appearance.

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One of the three new logos of Rappahannock County Public Schools that reflect student growth and the the county’s beautiful scenery.

According to Holly Jenkins, the school system’s public relations and digital communications officer, the logos are rich in symbolism while reflective of Rappahannock’s unique landscapes.

“All three logos are representative of our beautiful, scenic county, while representing growth (tree) and climbing to the top (mountains). Our RCPS logo is a blend of both logos, representing the strong unity of our two schools,” says Jenkins.

The logos were adopted at this month’s school board meeting.

WCDS teachers are students for the summer

A number of Wakefield Country Day School faculty members became students again as they attended summer workshops and classes to enhance their teaching.

By Lisa Ramey
WCDS faculty members Jaclyn Lawall and April Heddleston are excited to share their summer learning with students

Through a consortium with Rappahannock County Public Schools and Lord Fairfax Community College, teachers Nikki Brady and Amanda Hoffman joined the “Teach Like a Pirate Book Study” to find a treasure of great ideas to enhance student engagement in class.

Math teacher Jaclyn Lawall enrolled in a calculus and analytic geometry class that focused on the study and application of limits, derivatives, differentials, and integration with a brief history thrown in. Trish Mullins studied US History at Lord Fairfax Community College, and upper school Spanish teacher, Sñr. Tisera, kept the role of teacher for the summer months, albeit in a different classroom. For the third time, Gustavo Tisera spent his summer teaching full-immersion Spanish at the Governor’s Foreign Language Academy at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, during June and July.

Teachers also spent the summer months obtaining or renewing certifications. Third grade teacher Becky Ernest renewed her Collegiate Professional License (Certified in Pre-K – 6th grade) and achieved certification in Dyslexia Awareness, Child Abuse and Neglect (Recognizing, Reporting and Responding for Educators), CPR/Child First Aid/AED, MAT IS, and MAT Diabetes. Nikki Brady also earned the MAT Diabetes certification.

April Heddleston, WCDS Librarian, attended the Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University this June entitled “We Are What We Read: Fueled by Books, Connected by Stories, Empowered by Words.”

Featured in the program was Newbery Medal winning author Linda Sue Park, author of A Single Shard, a book Mrs. Heddleston read with the sixth graders several years ago.

“I was very excited to hear directly and in person from these authors,” said Heddleston. “I can’t wait to bring some new books and techniques for teaching them to the students of WCDS.”

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