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School news for May 23

Patti Waddell was honored at this month’s RCPS School Board Meeting for her 34 years of service at Rappahannock County Public Schools. Dr. Shannon Grimsley, Superintendent, and Wes Mills, School Board Chair, presented her with a Golden Apple Award, which is a new form of recognition for teachers retiring with 30 or more years in the classroom. […]

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Paul Larner quells storm enveloping Wakefield Country Day

Days before the school’s prior board of trustees had sent a surprising two-page letter to the WCDS community stating that unless a tremendous amount of money could be raised in a few weeks’ time the school would likely have to shut its doors at the close of this academic year. To say everyone was caught off guard is an understatement. […]

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School news for May 16

Six players from the RCHS Scholastic Bowl team recently competed in the Small Schools National Competition Tournament held in Chicago; the Rappahannock Lions Club recently awarded seven $1000 scholarship grants to graduating Rappahannock High School seniors; The WCDS Middle School Choir, Class A placed second at Music in the Parks. […]

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School news for May 9

RCHS seniors eagerly walked the red carpet to enter their Hollywood themed banquet; and RCHS Life Skill Workshop Series was offered to ninth through 12th graders throughout the month of April, students were able to learn many skills, including workshops on sewing, self-defense, etiquette, cooking, financial management and banking, resume writing and interview skills, and yoga. […]

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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.” […]


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. […]