School/Education News

School news for Oct. 4

Rappahannock County Public Schools participated in Start with Hello Week from Sept. 24-28. This nationwide initiative, created by Sandy Hook Promise, was designed to promote a culture of connectedness to prevent gun violence; and check this space next week for complete results of the Wakefield Country Day School annual 5K Fun Run. […]

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Bynum sees proposed Schools Connector trail as beneficial to children’s safety

In a note to district constituents reminding them of last night’s (Wednesday’s) School Safety Forum at the high school auditorium, during which Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley and sheriff and EMS personnel were to address parents and answer questions, Bynum stated “the trail would provide an alternate exit from school in case of a closure of Rte 211.” […]

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School news for Sept. 27

Panthers get new athletic director; RCPS’ perfect 600 SOL students recognized; images from WCDS Family Carnival; and Joyce Harman has brought her photographic exhibit of these starry nights taken in the county to Hearthstone School for the month of September. […]

Youth Programs

A ‘Fantastic’ camp for kids with cancer

The Camp is called “Camp Fantastic,” once a year cancer doctors and nurses gather more than a hundred youngsters who have been diagnosed with one form of the disease or another, and offer them a week at camp — away from their parents and from day-to-day pressures facing a sick kid. […]

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Head Start gets jump start by CCLC

The district is calling the program “First Step,” and the memo includes the stipulation that CCLC seek alternative funding for future years — most likely from People Inc., the county’s designated community action organization, which funds Head Start-like programs in other Virginia jurisdictions. […]

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School news for Aug. 30

“The kids were super excited to spend time outdoors collecting leaves,” said teacher Becky Ernest, leader of the young explorers. Once the group gathered the leaves, the class worked in pairs or trios to sort the needles and leaves into two collections, coniferous or deciduous, and this led them to discuss the different tree characteristics. […]

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School news for Aug. 23

Rapp county schools announce the debut of three new logos — for the public schools, the elementary and high school; and Wakefield faculty members became students again as they attended summer workshops and classes to enhance their teaching. […]

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Not your father’s Rappahannock classroom

Rapp students pedal their way through class in the neuronasium, an active classroom based from the latest brain research that shows a link between movement and learning by increasing attention span, strengthening memory, and boosting brain function. […]

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County seeks funding for alternative Head Start program after sudden funding cut

Rappahannock public school officials are working with the Child Care Learning Center and the department of social services on an alternative for children impacted by the loss of Head Start, a federally funded early childhood education program that had its funding cut suddenly just before the start of the school year. […]

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School news for Aug. 16

School is back in session for Rapp public schools and the dapper high school principal welcomes students back in skater-chic style; and Wakefield Country Day School delegates excel at classics convention in Ohio. […]

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School news for Aug. 9

Rapp public schools welcome six new teachers, who arrived full of smiles and excitement for the upcoming school year; and 13 Wakefield students earned AP Scholar Awards in four categories as recognition of their outstanding achievement on AP exams for the 2017-18 academic year. […]

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Training for the ‘unthinkable’

A full day of comprehensive training, led by Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Currence and Sergeant Chris Ubben, was designed to prepare the county’s emergency personnel in the event of an active shooter. All of Rappahannock County’s emergency first responders were invited to attend. […]


Photo finish for Amissville racer in world soap box derby

Soap Box Derby drivers from around the world — Amissville included — participated in the 81st International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, this past week.

Racers from as far away as Germany, Japan, and Canada — more than 200 all told — competed in the annual weeklong event, which has been going strong since 1934. Among them was 14-year-old Jeremiah Foscato of Amissville, who races in the Masters Division. […]

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School news for July 26

In a recent survey, Rappahannock County student athletes and parents indicated that they would like to see continuing education made available for coaches in all sports. In response to this feedback, Rappahannock County Public Schools are providing more professional development opportunities for its coaching staff. […]

Youth Programs

New 21st century badges for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council announces that 30 new badges are available exclusively for girls ages 5 to 18 for modern times such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. […]

Youth Programs

Plowing the way forward

Through the 4H projects, kids learn to track feed amounts and outlays, calculate monthly costs and monitor market values for livestock. The goal is to learn about budgeting and money management as well as how much work and expense farming involves. […]

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School news for July 19

“With such a large number of quality candidates, the final recommendations for the position were driven not only by the overall qualifications of the individual candidates, all of which were superb, but by a match of necessary skill sets for the various needs of the position as well,” said Swindler. […]

Health and Healthcare

Nurse aide training offers path into health care

Ashlyn Connelly knew from a young age that she wanted to work in health care. Her mother is a nurse and she still remembers the look on her face when she came home after a hard day on the job. Rather than be dissuaded, Connelly learned from that experience the importance of connecting with people — and she hasn’t forgotten it. […]