School news for Sept. 27

New athletic director in town

Rappahannock County Public Schools warmly welcomes Daniel Nobbs as the new athletic director.

Daniel Nobbs is the new athletic director for Rappahannock County Public Schools. By Holly Jenkins

A former collegiate baseball player for the Shepherd University Rams, Nobbs served as an intern assistant coach for the University of Virginia. His profession background includes 16 years of classroom experience teaching career and tech classes such as business, sports marketing, marketing, accounting, and nutrition & wellness.

Perhaps he is best known as the former baseball coach for Eastern View, where he was named either conference, district, or all area coach of the year for five separate years. The varsity baseball team, under his direction, won an impressive eight championships out of 10 seasons.

While Nobbs has quite an impressive resume, he is a very down to earth, family man. His family of four enjoy spending time attending sports games together. In addition, he is an avid reader of sport themed biographies, autobiographies, and informational books.

Nobbs is already enjoying his new role for the Rappahannock Panthers.

“I am really excited,” he said. “Everyone I have met is helpful and seems genuine. The relaxed atmosphere is a great change and fits my personality.”

Of course, Nobbs isn’t the only one who is grateful to fill the AD role. Jimmy Swindler, RCHS principal and interim AD prior to Nobbs’ arrival, is beaming with excitement over his new colleague.

“I am thrilled to have Daniel Nobbs join the RCPS team as our newest athletic director. Daniel brings Rapp a wealth of VHSL experience, gleaned from his years as a coach and assistant athletic director at Eastern View High School, where he was clearly admired and respected.

“Daniel’s professional qualifications were a known quality, but the pleasant surprise has been his prodigious people skills — he has a smile and a disarming manner that makes him approachable and very likeable. I am confident our staff and our stakeholders will quickly realize we have a quality person in this position again.

“Daniel has only been on the job for two days, as of last Friday, and has already made some suggestions that will improve the way we do things in athletics. I am very excited to see what the future holds for RCPS athletics under Nobbs’ leadership.”

Nobbs was recommended for the position by an interviewing panel of stakeholders comprised of coaches, students, parents, staff, and community members. In addition, RCPS had asked the community, in a wide scale survey, to identify important attributes and qualities, which helped guide the interviewing panel during the interviewing process.

According to RCPS Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley, “Mr. Nobbs is exactly the person Rappahannock County Schools needs to enhance our athletic program. Our interview team did an excellent job in selecting a top-notch candidate for quantifiable, well-grounded reasons using input from the community. I look forward to all Mr. Nobbs will accomplish in this role.”

Holly Jenkins

Dr. Dunn and fellow future scientists

By Holly Jenkins

Rappahannock County Elementary School students took full advantage of the popular STEAM Museum, presented by Mobile ED Productions through a Headwaters Foundation Educational Enrichment Grant. The school gym was transformed into a variety of interactive stations, incorporating elements of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students like 4th grader Marley Dunn seen here learned about energy, gear ratios, robotics, structures, friction, gravity, problem solving and more.

Perfect 600 Awards

Perfect 600 Awards were presented to, among other students, (left to right) Madelyn Sneed, Carmen Pond, David Loock, Noah Heyward, Elias Genho, and Everett Zook, seen here with RCES Principal Ben Temple. By Holly Jenkins
RCHS Principal Jimmy Swindler with Perfect 600 awardees Lauren Petty and Alec Petty. By Holly Jen

Rappahannock Public Schools Principals Jimmy Swindler and Ben Temple presented Perfect 600 Awards to students who earned a perfect score on their spring 2018 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests:

Elias Genho (Grade 4 Mathematics), Noah Heyward (Grade 3 Mathematics), David Loock (Grade 5 Science), Alec Petty (Algebra II), Lauren Petty (Chemistry), Isaac Plaksin (Virginia Studies and Grade 4 Mathematics), Carmen Pond (Grade 4 Mathematics), Madelyn Sneed (Grade 3 Reading), Mikayla Steinbach (Virginia Studies), Rachel Weghorst (Algebra II), Everett Zook (Grade 4 Mathematics).

At the high school, Lauren Petty and Alec Petty were congratulated by principal Jimmy Swindler.

In addition, teachers who earned a 100 percent pass rate on last year’s SOLs were recognized.

Fall Non-Writing 2017 Teachers: Mr. Stephens, Algebra 1; Ms. Shackelford, Geometry; Ms. Roseberry, Geometry.

Spring Non-Writing 2018 Teachers: Ms. Shackelford, Grade 8 Math; Mr. Paulette, Reading; Ms. Lamb, Reading; Ms. Wolfe, Grade 7 Reading; Mr. Stephens, Algebra 1; Mr. Naser, Chemistry.

Writing 2017-2018 Teachers: Mr. Paulette- Writing.

WCDS Family Carnival

Nate Brigham, of Huntly, plays one of the fun fair games at Wakefield Country Day School’s much anticipated Family Carnival last Saturday. By Lisa Ramey

Stars at Hearthstone

Rappahannock County has been moving towards preserving its dark starry night skies, even though this year has been very cloudy. Joyce Harman has brought her photographic exhibit of these starry nights taken in the county to Hearthstone School for the month of September. Both the exhibit and the hallway art gallery were funded by Claudia Mitchell grants.

Joyce spoke to the students this week, sharing experiences of photographing the night sky in Rappahannock, along with some education about the importance of saving the dark skies. The exhibit is being done in coordination with the middle school learning block on astronomy. The students are learning the many wonders of astronomy, the concept of the universe, constellation history and the movement of the stars. These active lessons include drawing, reading, writing and presenting their findings. Investigation of topics discovered during group discussions, allows students to explore specific areas of interest as they arise.

Students observe the sky and take notes each evening, and often during the day. They learn about direction and the importance of navigation throughout history. The exhibit will be open to the public through the end of September, then will move to Griffin Tavern for the month of October.

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