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School news for May 2

‘Chicago’ a hit at Rappahannock High: Dramatic dance routines, powerful vocal performances, and “all that jazz” filled the Rappahannock County High School auditorium during the Drama Club’s performances of Chicago, High School Edition. […]

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Overwhelming support for entire schools budget request

RCPS seek social worker and 4 percent pay raise: Hampton District Supervisor John Lesinski isn’t waiting for the conclusion of the county’s FY20 budget negotiations to announce his support for the Rappahannock Public Schools’ budget request that would bring a full time social worker and 4 percent teacher pay raise to the school district. […]

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Entire class of Rappahannock nurse aide students immediately land jobs

Rappahannock County High School Nurse Aide (NA) students completed their final day of clinicals at Heritage Hall Front Royal on April 12th. And not only did the ten students leave the facility with hands-on experience, they each had a job offer to work at the nursing facility. This is the second year in which the high school’s nurse aide students have all received job offers upon completion of the program. […]

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School news for April 18

RCHS state champs in ‘Governor’s Challenge’ — on to Nebraska; Dr. Shannon Grimsley and the School Board recognized RCPS art students for participating in the Virginia School Board Association’s (VSBA) Regional Student Art Contest; RCES students laughed, danced, and learned about biodiversity during a special performance by Billy B Productions. […]

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Confronting the dangers our children face

“We all are aware of the dangers of online predators and identity theft but it was revealing to understand that the real predators are the social media companies we use, preying as they do on the data we willingly give them and then profiting on the sale of that data,” said RCHS Principal, Jimmy Swindler. […]

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School news for April 11

RCHS Junior Ninon Kirchman earned 7th chair Trumpet in the All-Virginia Symphonic Band and 10th chair in the state; and fourteen students from RCHS were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) during the 2019 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on April 1st. […]

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New reality for Rapp schools signals need for social worker

For those who might question the need for a social worker, Dr. Grimsley said it would fill a role necessitated by a disturbing new reality for even small rural school districts.“ We’re seeing more issues extending from the increase of students living in poverty,” she said. “We see more issues of substance abuse, neglect, homelessness. Things that we haven’t really encountered too much before.” […]

Broadband/Internet

Robin Bolt recognized for bringing bandwidth to ‘rural Rappahannock’

In honor of Women’s History Month, Education SuperHighway recently published a blog featuring Bolt, Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Executive Director of Administrative Services. Prior to the recent upgrade, the internet at the schools was insufficient for the needs of all of the students. In fact, Rappahannock was one of only six school divisions in the state that wasn’t equipped with fiber. […]

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School news April 4

The Leos are the youth organizations serving their communities with sponsorship and assistance of the Lions Clubs International and, specifically, the Lions Club of Rappahannock Co; twenty-one students from Karen Sanborn’s horticulture class participated in a pasture walk at Kattle 1 Beef Company; and Rapp resident and business owner Phil Irwin this week donated several hundred pocket sized copies of the U.S. Constitution. […]

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School news for March 28

The Rappahannock County High School Prom last Saturday was held in an “Enchanted Garden;” The Panther Band had an incredible time over the weekend in NYC checking out Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, seeing Chicago on Broadway, and performing on the deck of the USS Intrepid; and WCDS students duel for Castle Wakefield. […]

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School Board to lobby for 4 percent teacher pay hike

Piedmont District School Board member Rachel Bynum has hinted of a full-court press to secure a Rappahannock Schools budget for FY20 that would provide the 4 percent salary increase for teachers and staff proposed by Schools Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley. “Now that we have a well-constructed and detailed budget proposal . . . we need to be prepared to lobby for it so that it will be intact for our Supervisors to vote on.” […]

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CCLC looks to broaden children, family reach

Rappahannock’s population trends have not been good news for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). In fact, there have been times in recent years when the nonprofit, which has been providing day care and education for young kids in the county since the 1970s, has faced the prospect of shutting down because it didn’t seem it would be able to sustain the enrollment needed to keep operating. […]

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Rappahannock students win prestigious writing competition

Two Rappahannock County students received awards at the University of Virginia Fralin Museum of Art’s Writer’s Eye 2018 competition. The awards were presented Sunday in Charlottesville. Roxie Beebe-Center of Woodville won a third place award in the middle school (grades 6-8) prose category for “By the Motel Pool.” She attends Grymes Memorial School in Orange. […]

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School news for March 21

Hearthstone’s middle school students will use drama, photography and art to share stories of kindness, creativity and courage from their March 6th service trip to Puerto Rico; while accompanied by a Virginia State Police trooper, students had the opportunity to drive a State Police golf-cart simulator through an obstacle course of cones; and over on the West Coast, Holly Jenkins presented at the 2019 Napa Valley Student Wellness Conference. Like her teammates in Charlottesville, she presented each of the program’s three key areas: cafeteria, classroom, and community. […]

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Grimsley crowned Rising Star

Rappahannock County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley was presented with the Women Education Leaders in Virginia 2019 Rising Star Award March 15th at the 20th Annual WELV Conference in Charlottesville. The award is presented to a woman educator who demonstrates the traits of an outstanding leader, strong commitment to students, inspires other women educators. […]