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The River Counties Community Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education have awarded grants to support the College’s community-based efforts to increase college enrollment among area high school students.

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Eight months ago when she was preparing for State Beta Convention, Taylor Vaughn never thought that she would place first in Virginia for Apparel Design or that she would be having to “attend” the National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, virtually.

Back in March, COVID-19 plowed through the country, the disruption from concerns about its possible effects being akin to the typical bull in a china shop, and the school system here in Westmoreland County was no exception. While everybody hunkered down and worked on learning through meeting…

Driving along sandy roadsides and fields of the coastal plain in summer, it is always a delight to find our native Purple Passionflower, a deciduous vine with dark green, three-lobed leaves and exquisite, showy flowers and edible fruit. This vigorous vine is native to the southeastern US fro…

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When the doors finally open for the new year at Montross Middle School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Leah Segar was recently selected to be the assistant principal at MMS.

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The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County Middle/High School Auditorium for a regular meeting. The meeting was open to the public practicing physical distancing and face covering requirements. The public had access through audio conferencing as a…

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Boys & Girls Club members, ages 6 to 9, have been enjoying the first two weeks of their summer program at the Dream Fields Hayden Building. Each child has an assigned seat at a long table, at least six feet from their nearest neighbor. Masks are required for staff and for children if gro…

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Five Colonial Beach High School (CBHS) seniors recently received a total of $2,500 in scholarships from Beach Arts Music Mentoring (B.A.M.M.) through the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. Each student was awarded a $500 scholarship to use for the upcoming academic year.

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Educator Mark Van Doren once wrote, “The art of teaching is the act of assisting discovery.” Westmoreland County Public Schools are very fortunate to have many incredible and talented educators who guide students on an incredible educational journey every day. Since 1964, school systems have…

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Five seniors graduating this year from Northumberland High School have received scholarships from Historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of our local economy—our healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go through your day without being served by an RCC alum is some way. …

The Northumberland County Public Schools’ School Board met at the Northumberland County School Board Office beginning at noon for a Special Called Meeting and 2020-2021 Budget Work Session. The public had access through audio conferencing as a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders and CO…

At the Westmoreland County’s School Board meeting a few weeks back this month, scholarships were discussed. WCPS’s Superintendent, Dr. Michael Perry, had prepared a presentation for the board that displayed the numerous scholarships that had been awarded to the graduating class of the 2019-2…

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for budgets everywhere, and Westmoreland County’s public schools were no exception. Unfortunately, there was a bit more information on the already dwindling school budgets at this month’s School Board meeting. Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice was on hand…

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Although the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors did not increase the county’s funding of its schools over the 2019-2020 funding at its June 18 meeting, the schools will still have $336,126 more for the coming fiscal year than during the last.

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Back when fears about the COVID-19 were at their fever pitch, just about everything ground to a halt. The quest for a return to normalcy has been long and arduous, and many nagging questions remain, one of the biggest of which is if schools will reopen for the next school year. This was a bi…

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Westmoreland County Public Schools’ Food Service has announced its summer feeding program schedule.  On June 17 and June 24, meal delivery will be from 12 noon till 1 pm.  Families will be receiving seven breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

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Washington & Lee High School followed a Cum Laude system this year in acknowledging graduates.  This year eight graduating seniors were recognized for attaining superior academic achievement as Summa Cum Laude graduates. The eight students were ranked according to their grade point avera…

As summer rolls along, the school system in Westmoreland County is not sitting on its laurels. At a meeting last week on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Michel Perry gave a quick low-down on what the status of the school summer meals program was. 

While good news about the construction of the new high school continues, unfortunately the renovations to the front door of Montross Middle School have had to be delayed, due in no small part to the brutal budget crunch courtesy of the coronavirus. All of this came to light during a facility…

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By now, everyone in the country knows the name George Floyd, as well as the circumstances of his death. Not surprisingly, the revulsion to what happened has been universal across the country; Westmoreland County was no exception. 

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Colonial Beach Public Schools honored long-time employee Bev Horner upon her retirement from the school system. With more than 30 years working for the schools, Horner is retiring this year.

If there’s one group that moved slicker than a rubber ball coated in grease, it’s got to be the food service folks that work for Westmoreland County’s public schools. As mentioned at previous times, Westmoreland County’s staff has gone the extra mile in serving up meals that got rapidly deli…

As the new high school for Westmoreland County rolls along, a burning question is probably echoing in the minds of a few people: “Are we going to have a new building with old stuff in it?” If the facility update at last week’s Westmoreland County School Board meeting is any indication, that …

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of our local economy—our healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people. It’s hard to go through your day without being served by an RCC alum is some way. …

It should come as no surprise that many places have had to cut back their budgets due to a massive decline in revenue coming in. Westmoreland County’s Public Schools are no exception to this, as was discovered during the School Board meetings in April and May, when Deputy Superintendent Cath…

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The coronavirus has shaken up a lot of lives and schedules this year, ranging from illness and death to lock downs and job losses. Students got impacted pretty hard, as suddenly schools were shut down for the rest of the year and distance learning was implemented. With the school year all bu…

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The Louise Miller Clopton and William Boyd Clopton Memorial Scholarship was established for the purpose of providing financial assistance to graduates of Rappahannock High School who wish to attend college, university or technical school.  The fund is administered by the Episcopal Church Wom…

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This month marks the ending of the 2020 school year, which was unprecedented in so many ways and at so many levels. While the school buildings were closed, the “Raider” spirit was alive and well seeking to aid our students and their families in whatever capacity necessary.

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As the new high school continues construction, one can sense a great deal of excitement shooting through the county. This is a project that has been in the works for the last five years. Washington & Lee High School has served the county well, but it’s creaking with age and in dire need …

To say bus drivers have an important job is a massive understatement. They ferry students from home to school and back again; and to plenty of other places when a field trip comes up. However, sometimes their job may call on them to be a little something more. At this month’s meeting of West…

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With all the crazy changes going on of late in the country due to COVID-19, it’s nice to see that some things can remain constant. Next month, Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry’s contract with the School Board was due to expire, as each contract lasts four years.

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When the doors finally swing open for a new year at Washington District Elementary School, excited students will meet an equally excited new administrator. Mrs. Christie Douglas has been selected to lead the team at WDES. Currently the assistant principal at Montross Middle School, Mrs. Doug…

Rappahannock Community College’s Lifelong Learning program will hold its first-ever online class through Zoom. “Conversational Spanish” will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., July 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5 and 12. This course will cover basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structur…

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Geneva Dawson, current president of the Northern Neck Association of Realtors®, presented a check for $2000 to Sarah Pope, executive director of the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation. This contribution continues a long tradition of NNAR support for the college.

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With the coronavirus still fresh in everyone’s heads, perhaps a bit of news completely unrelated to it is warranted for a change. In this case, well the folks on the Westmoreland County School Board made the announcements for Teacher of the Year in each of the four schools.

With the drastic changes to learning forced upon the school system by the coronavirus pandemic, some burning questions are probably lingering in everyone’s heads right about now, not the least of which is “What about those with no internet?” It turns out people in such a situation were on th…

While everyone is busy watching out for Coronavirus, life goes on, and school as well, which means people still need to get paid and places need funding, and school systems are no exception. In this case, there was a matter brought before Westmoreland County’s School Board back in April deal…

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School traffic can be a real hair-puller at times. It’s likely why people are so thankful that the bus loop was created, allowing cars to slip to the school, drop off or pick up their kids, and then head out without having to watch for the lumbering yellow behemoths. Old school buildings may…

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The Coronavirus already made a splash when schools nationwide were forced to close down their buildings (but not their lessons). It turns out that this pandemic will wreak havoc with school summer programs as well. At a livestreamed meeting of Westmoreland County’s School Board, Deputy Super…

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After graduating from Lancaster High School in 2013, Shawn Talley began attending Virginia Tech in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree. As a freshman, Shawn realized it was all a bit too much, too soon. He returned home and began looking at the options available in his familiar environment. 

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Boys & Girls Club volunteer Ann Vaden was thrilled when she received photos of Heather and John Headley’s work on a project she had designed to introduce children to the artist Henri Matisse. Ann has taught art in classrooms for over 25 years and began working with the Club’s after-schoo…