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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Things were a little different this spring, but the Northern Neck History Fair celebrated its 19th year with a virtual awards presentation this week. Since 2002, the Foundation for Historic Christ  Church  has hosted this annual competition. Local elementary students create projects on an ev…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—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. RCC’…

Mariah Stout, B.F.A., of Colonial Beach, was among the 741 students who received 636 bachelor’s degrees, 100 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees during a ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Lisa Ruckey has been selected to be the Mace bearer at the 2020 Rapphannock Community College virtual commencement ceremony. Tuckey began her career at RCC in 2010 after serving in environmental protection in New York (air quality testing), Florida (State Biologist for the EPA-Tampa) and Sou…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the Northern Neck’s economy—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…

Despite the weather and pandemic, construction continues on the new high school in Westmoreland County by Branch Builds. The High School came up for a quick update during the School Board meeting last week, and Superintendent Dr. Perry marveled at the fact that progress was still being made …

Westmoreland County’s public schools will be opening next school year in August instead of September. The matter came up during the School Board’s monthly meeting, which was conducted online in an effort to keep members from risking potential contact with COVID-19. The plans were laid out la…

As the state continues its shutdown over the Coronavirus, Westmoreland County’s School Board held another online meeting this month. With many places closed, there’s been a fair bit of confusion regarding school itself. At the recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry gave a presentat…

Decisions that the school system made several years ago are paying dividends now, including the investments to expand technology and WiFi capabilities, said Dr. James Smith, superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools.

It took some ingenuity, but Northumberland County’s school board figured out a way to select a new member for District 2 despite the strictures on meetings in response to Coronavirus. Using phone conferencing, the board interviewed the two people who made themselves available for the appoint…

The transition from in-person to online learning isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to mathematics, a subject where many students benefit from classroom learning and individualized attention from their teacher.

Good news was announced during an emergency meeting of Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors. Namely, there was an appeal from Finance Director Debra Whaley to request a decrease in appropriations to the tune of $1.18 million and change. The reason for this was thanks to the initial app…

While everyone else seems to have taken cover during the COVID-19 outbreak, there was still work going on related to the construction of the new high school. At the livestreamed School Board meeting last week, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry gave a quick rundown of what was happening with t…

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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. …

Students in the area have had the opportunity to see just how much love and care their school faculty has for them. At a recent meeting, the School Board discussed the meal deliveries that have been taking place since schools have been out due to the current pandemic. The School Board had no…

Like the rest of the state, Northumberland County’s schools are closed due to the threat of coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean the schools’ staffs are loafing.

The Westmoreland County School Board Meeting for the month of March has been rescheduled to Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Gerald B. Roane Center for Excellence, 171 Opal Lane, Montross, VA., at 6:00 p.m.  The public hearing on the school board budget will be held at 6:15 p.m. 

Project-based learning is the name of the game now in Westmoreland County’s schools. It has steadily gained more and more prominence, even being a key consideration in the design of certain elements of the new high school. At last month’s School Board meeting, the practice was again on the a…

In a precedent setting move, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced that all Virginia schools would be closed for a two-week period beginning March 16th and ending March 27th, 2020. With that news, Westmoreland County Public Schools was plunged with hundreds of other schools into unchar…

Westmoreland County Public Schools’ students gained top honors at the recent Girls, Gizmos and Gadgets event held March 7 at Chesapeake Academy in Irvington. Twelve students from Montross Middle School and Washington District Elementary School were selected to participate in a four STEM chal…

Northumberland County’s schools were busy last week and then Governor Ralph Notham, reacting to coronavirus shut them down, until at least the end of the month. The shut down could affect a number of things.

Students in Richmond County Public Schools won’t have to worry about missing out on school meals during the mandatory closure. On Wednesday, RCPS will begin distributing food throughout the community.

The Crayons, mini Harry Potters, princesses, and sharks were on parade when Washington District Elementary School teachers joined their students in a celebration of reading on March 2 at the annual Reading Character Parade. Everyone in costume carried a book that they represented in their “F…

The carefully packaged eggs were tenderly placed in the hands of the egg drop master before being unceremoniously dropped from afar. To the delight of the watching crowd and the dismay of the egg teams, every egg made a huge splatting sound as they hit the hard mat. This was just one of the …

On Wednesday, February 19, Northumberland High School held a seminar for their Duel Enrollment History and AP Government students with Dr. Bonnie Snyder as their guest speaker. Northumberland teacher, John Sterling, reached out to Dr. Snyder in hopes of her shedding light to students about w…

It’s safe to say that school boards all over have a difficult task. They have to try to make sure that schools are not only safe for the kids entrusted to their care, but that each of the schools are doing their job, have proper funding, and are well-maintained. It can feel like a thankless …

For as long as many can remember, most schools here in Virginia have had to start after Labor Day. Deputy School Board Superintendent Cathy Rice has been looking to change that for the last few years, attempting to get a calendar worked in that would allow Westmoreland County’s public school…

Montross Middle School students are hosting a First STEM Night on Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m..  Families are invited to come and take part in a number of fun activities set up in four different stations.  The science and math departments have designed an evening of skills and enjo…

For the past six years the Stratford Harbour SmileMakers have hosted a fundraising luncheon for a scholarship to a graduating Washington and Lee High School senior who has attended the Northern Neck Technical Center (NNTC). This scholarship was created to honor the late John N. Bowie, Jr., a…

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Thirty-eight students from Montross Middle School were the surprised recipients of the Chris Long Foundation’s “First Quarter for Literacy Week” on Valentine’s Day. Allison Ondovcik, MMS Writing Coach, had applied for a $500 grant from the Chris Long Foundation and received word that she had…

Eighth grade students at Montross Middle School were “virtually” visited by author and poet, Nikki Grimes on February 4. Moderated by Montross Middle School English teacher, Jacob Spears, the students listened to Ms. Grimes as she answered a number of questions posed by the students via Skyp…

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane recently announced the winners of the Computer Science in Your Neighborhood competition. Mark Gooch, a fourth grader at Cople Elementary School, was the Region 3 winner. The competition was a joint project of the Virginia Department of…

The Virginia Senate sub-committee for public education passed SB 515, advancing a bill that gives local school divisions the power to determine when their school year begins.

When kids pay for a school lunch, they are expecting a meal that is both delicious and nutritious. At Westmoreland County’s School Board meeting back in December, the county’s public schools received the 2019 Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award, from No Kid Hungry in Virginia. Many o…