School news for Oct. 18

Nation takes interest in Rappahannock wellness inroads

Commit to Be Fit representatives Holly Jenkins, Amanda Grove and Jackie Tederick shared their healthy approach to wellness before attendees of the the American School Health Association conference in Indianapolis. Courtesy photo

On October 6th, Commit to Be Fit presented at the American School Health Association 2018 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Entitled Creating a Culture of Community Health and Wellness, a C2BF trio shared their three-pronged approach — cafeteria, classroom & community — with other school health professionals from across the United States.

According to C2BF Wellness Integration Specialist, Holly Jenkins, “We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to share our wellness program at the national level. To have other school wellness professionals from across the United States take an interest in what we are doing in Rappahannock County was an incredible honor.”

In addition to presenting, the team had the opportunity to attend a variety of school wellness presentations during the three day conference.

According to Jackie Tederick, C2BF Wellness Coordinator, “It was refreshing to be surrounded by other professionals that have the same interest, passions, and who are doing the same work. The conference enabled me to bring back knowledge to apply to our school district by collaborating with researchers, clinicians, teachers, and professors on how to support the growth and achievement of the whole child.”

Amanda Grove Butler, C2BF Nutritionist, added: “The conference left the Commit to Be Fit team energized to enhance our current program and inspired for future health initiatives we can bring to our Rappahannock community.”

Commit to Be Fit is sponsored by Rappahannock County Public Schools. Through the generosity of the PATH Foundation, C2BF was created to help promote healthier lifestyles for students, staff, and the Rappahannock community.

Manners matter, says RCHS principal

“On Thursday, October 11, I attended the Virginia High School League’s fall general membership meeting, along with RCHS Athletic Director Danny Nobbs. I was honored to receive, on behalf of Rappahannock County High School, the VHSL “Stay in the Game” Award for the 2017-18 season, presented to schools who complete a full academic year of athletic competition with no player or coach ejections in any contests.

“A testament to the strength of the sportsmanship ethic of a program, typically fewer than twenty percent of the over three hundred participating schools in VHSL qualify for this award. At RCHS, teaching and modeling sportsmanship has been a priority of mine through my days of coaching, as AD, as assistant principal, and now more than ever as principal, a priority shared by current AD Danny Nobbs. It was with great pride that AD Nobbs and I accepted this award on behalf of our players and coaches, who together consistently exhibited the discipline that made this honor possible . . .

“Small in numbers but large in heart, hustle and determination, the Panthers of RCHS continue to bring honor and accolades to their school and their community.”

— Jimmy Swindler

WCDS branches out this autumn

Wakefield Country Day School celebrated fall by taking learning outdoors and into the community. Fifth grade students walked playful pups at RAWL; boys and girls in middle school hiked the hollows of Shenandoah National Park; and upper school students explored Renaissance art at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

An adventurous group of WCDS students spent a day in Shenandoah experiencing history and science in nature’s classroom. The students hiked to Dark Hollow Falls. Along the way they stopped to identify different types of trees and to locate grave sites of Civil War soldiers in the Cave family cemetery.

WCDS students are making the rounds this autumn, including studying plants in foggy Shenandoah Park. Courtesy photo

Fifth graders from Wakefield traveled to RAWL to deliver money and dog supplies for their annual service project. They collected spare change from the school community and donated items including cleaning supplies, treats, and toys. The students learned about the shelter and then spent time walking and playing with the dogs. The dogs received plenty of hugs.

Numerous rescue dogs cared for by RAWL wagged their tails with excitement when 5th graders at WCDS stopped by. Courtesy photo

Last Thursday the 9th grade class travelled to the National Gallery to participate in a Renaissance Art program where they viewed several pieces created by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian. They also had a chance to sketch a Raphael piece, The Alba Madonna.

— Lisa Ramey

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