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Broadband, and access to it, has been a major issue in the last few years, especially when everyone went into isolation during the pandemic. Schools were no exception, with many students being issued hotspots to allow them to conduct their remote learning sessions. Many, Westmoreland County’…

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Graduation is still a bit of a tricky subject since the pandemic is still going on, and even with vaccines being administered, not many are expecting government crowd regulations to be lifted any time soon. At last week’s School Board meeting in Westmoreland County, Superintendent Dr. Michae…

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Montross Middle School 7th grader, Dallas Barringer, was named Region 8 winner in the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) 2021 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.  Each year, the VML offers all Virginia 7th graders the opportunity to enter its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The theme for this y…

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A breath of spring was celebrated as the WDES pre-K classes petted farm animals on Friday, April 16. Owner of the Blue Daisy Farm, Ms. Katie Hutt, a Pre-K teacher at Washington District Elementary School, brought several baby goats, chickens and a rooster from her farm to greet the students …

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The School Board held their public hearing during their meeting last month. For the public hearing on the School Board’s budget, Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Cathy Rice, gave what she described as a “highlights reel” of what was going on with the budget for this year. It turned out there may b…

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Colton Davis is six years old and in Kindergarten at Lancaster Primary School. According to Youth Director Timika Croxton, “Colton loves coloring, drawing, and playing youth soccer and basketball at the YMCA. He attends Whitestone Church of the Nazarene where he is active in the youth progra…

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Joshua Robinson, son of Larry and Michelle Robinson of Dunnsville, is the first place recipient of the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest scholarship for the state of Virginia. Robinson is a tenth grade student at Light of the World Academy. Active in his school’s Student Council…

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Across the state, the effects of remote learning has had an impact on students. In Westmoreland County, teachers went the extra mile to make the experience as fun as possible for their students, but many students are in dire need of remedial instruction. It was after a vaccine update at the …

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As 2021 continues, and more vaccines are distributed, many residents of Westmoreland County keep their eyes on the School Board, wondering when a return to full, in-person learning will take place. The School Board decided to tentatively test the waters with hybrid learning once again back i…

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If it had not been for the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Westmoreland County’s public schools would have been utilizing a new calendar which would have started their first day of school a lot earlier than years before. The idea had originally been to start in August rather t…

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Historic Christ Church & Museum is pleased to announce the 20th-annual Northern Neck History Fair. The competition is open to 4th-grade students at Lancaster Middle School and Northumberland Elementary as well as 3rd-grade students at Chesapeake Academy. Fourth-grade homeschoolers from L…

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Montross Middle School student, Julianna Lewis, was named first place winner in the middle school level, at the 2021 VSBA (Virginia School Boards Association) Spring Networking Forum, Eastern Division. Each year, the fifteen schools in the Eastern region meet to learn and advocate education.…

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Laura Thomas, a teacher at Rappahannock High School in Warsaw, Virginia, is one of only 120 teachers selected for a National History Day® spring professional development program. This course focuses on using online Library of Congress resources to develop and support historical arguments and…

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Local school board members soon discovered after their election the number of hours they must spend serving their school district.  Each new school board member embarks on their term with an array of training and programs offered by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Many times, …

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As part of National School Breakfast Week, March 8-12, 2021, the No Kid Hungry Virginia group is celebrating the school nutrition staff and their service to WMLCPS. One year ago the WMLCPS Food Service department was turned upside down. When the pandemic outbreak began, the Governor ordered …

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One way to save money on higher education is to earn college credits while in high school.

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Two Washington & Lee High School seniors, Kelsey Henry and Mykia Redmond, were honored at the 21st Annual Virginia Black History Month Gala on February 28. Held at the beautiful Salamander Resort in Middleburg, the event is the culmination of the groups’ mission to “provide community act…

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One of the biggest items on the wish list of people excited for the construction of the new high school here in Westmoreland County is the inclusion of a dedicated auditorium. It had been such a sore spot that a meeting of the Board of Supervisors several years ago saw the meeting room packe…

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Westmoreland County Public Schools were excited to welcome students back to classes on March 2, 2021. Students will again follow a hybrid learning plan, with “Gold” day students reporting on Tuesday and Wednesday while the “Blue” day students will be coming to school on Thursday and Friday. …

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Lancaster and Northumberland 4-H is offering a Microgreens Grow Kit program this winter and is inviting Westmoreland & Richmond County youth to participate. All are welcome whether you are currently involved in 4-H or not!

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Those that eagerly awaited the return to in-person learning can breathe a small sigh of relief. As of the time of this writing (and by the time this is published, assuming that there hasn’t been a spike in Coronavirus cases), students are able to head back to in-person classes at Westmorelan…

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Students at Washington District Elementary School celebrated Black History Month by learning about how prominent Black leaders paved the way for others. Each day a video featured a local person that gave a brief presentation on someone who influenced them and their life choices. Located on t…

Students at Washington District Elementary School celebrated Black History Month by learning about how prominent Black leaders paved the way for others. Each day a video featured a local person that gave a brief presentation on someone who influenced them and their life choices. Located on t…

Those that eagerly awaited the return to in-person learning can breathe a small sigh of relief. As of the time of this writing (and by the time this is published, assuming that there hasn’t been a spike in Coronavirus cases), students are able to head back to in-person classes at Westmorelan…

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Lancaster and Northumberland 4-H is offering a Microgreens Grow Kit program this winter and is inviting Westmoreland & Richmond County youth to participate.  All are welcome whether you are currently involved in 4-H or not!

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St. Margaret’s School announced that Cathy Sgroi has decided to retire as head of school after dedicating 45 years of her career to the all-girls boarding school. Sgroi began her career as a math teacher and served in many leadership roles through the decades, including head of school for th…

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Since 1970, Rappahannock Community College has been breaking down barriers to education throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—healthcare providers, bankers, lawyers, small business owners and trades-people.

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Montross Middle School does not just celebrate Black History Month for a month. Its innovative teachers and administration have found a way to make students aware of diversity issues and studies throughout the year. Their hard work culminated in the virtual visit on February 18, to Montross …

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Since 1986, the Virginia Associations of Secondary School and Elementary School Principals have requested an annual proclamation from the state’s Governor to recognize their members. This year, Governor Ralph Northam, declared the week of January 24-30, as a week to “recognize the hard work …

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Washington & Lee High School senior, Kylee Rose, has a three-year work experience that most students of her age only dream of. Rose has been working part-time at the Westmoreland State Park in a number of duties. Recently promoted to assistant office manager, she was carrying out a myria…

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A recent survey by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) showed that most counselors stated that their biggest obstacles this year were getting access to students in a virtual environment and providing counseling while the Coronavirus has proven to be “challenging” or “extremely c…

A scholarship fund has been established by William B. Clopton to benefit graduates of Rappahannock High School who are permanent residents of Richmond County, Virginia.  The scholarship fund will be administered by the Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s Church, Warsaw, Virginia.

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What started as 15 days to slow the spread of the Coronavirus has turned into day 300 of a lockdown in many places. Some schools in parts of the county have shut their doors and gone on remote learning, while others have a hybrid model in place, and yet others have decided that they can teac…

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Rappahannock Community College’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) recently learned that several students were winners in a national literary competition. Ilona Duncan of Heathsville, Sarah Collins Honenberger and Shari Dwyer both of Tappahannock, were named winners in the …

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It’s been said quite a few times that one should always remember where they’ve come from so they have an idea of where they are going. Through all of the town hall meetings to discuss what the name for the new high school was going to be, there was one thing everybody agreed on: the history …

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The debate is over and the decision is reached. The School Board, after many months of meetings with the public and much spirited debates, along with countless e-mails, letters and discussions, finally decided that the new high school under construction would not carry the old building’s nam…

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During the January 25, meeting, the Westmoreland County Public Schools School Board held their annual organization of the board session. By unanimous vote, Ralph Fallin was reelected to lead the Board for the 2021 term. Iris Lane was elected to the vice-chairman position. Other members were …

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) continues to offer free tuition and training for residents whose employment status has been affected by COVID-19. The state’s Re-employing Virginians (REV) Initiative program has now been extended through 2021, and RCC navigators are available to walk res…

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Abigail (Abby) Cook is 8-years-old and she is in the third grade at Lancaster Primary School. She and three of her siblings have been attending the Boys & Girls Club for over one year. Math is her favorite subject, and she also loves to draw. Her favorite color is pink and when she grows…

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To call the Coronavirus pandemic a major disruption on education is probably one of the biggest understatements of the decade. Ever since March 2020, schools across the country have closed their doors and attempted to learn remotely, with highly mixed results. When it worked, it worked fine.…

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It’s amazing how much can happen in one year. In the case of Westmoreland County, the site for the new high school has gone, in the span of a year, from a farm field to a construction site, as more and more blocks are set down, more rebar put in place and more concrete is poured. And while t…

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Dr. N. Shane Allen, a 2010 graduate of Washington & Lee High School, earned his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) from Virginia Commonwealth University on December 11. Dr. Allen is the son of Connie Allen and Mark Allen of Kinsale.

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On February 1 2021, Dr. Bernard “Trey” Davis III will take over as superintendent of Richmond County Public Schools.

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With this month’s meeting to discuss what to name the new high school postponed due to concerns about the Coronavirus, now seems to be a good time to take a look back at early November and see just how that particular meeting went. Featuring Washington & Lee Alumni, this meeting actually…

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Last week, the Westmoreland County School Board switched from their hybrid education model back to all-virtual. The reasoning behind this was explained at an emergency meeting the School Board held with the Three Rivers Health District, citing an increase in the rates of community transmissi…

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A small group of dedicated students have taken on the herculean task of creating this year’s Washington & Lee High School yearbook. Traditionally, a yearbook is a culmination of activities that take place over the year in a school. Since the Coronavirus has transformed the way education …

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Aubree Coles is seven years old and in the second grade at Lancaster Primary School.  Timika Croxton, who works with elementary school-aged children at BGCNN’s Kilmarnock program site, says that  Aubree attends Willie Chapel Baptist church where she active in youth activities. “When she grow…

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A new flame has been lit at Rappahannock High School. Matthew Nanny is the new agriculture teacher at RHS. He comes to this school year from Texas and has some big ideas for the FFA chapter. Many local school systems have elected, over the years, to eliminate the agricultural education progr…