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The Rappahannock Industrial Academy, or RI Academy as it was called, was established by African Americans to fulfill the need for high school education for African Americans at a time when no public schools in the area offered it. It existed from 1902 to 1948 and primarily served students fr…

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As this school year gets closer to the finish line, so too does this article series on the plans by the schools of Westmoreland County to try to undo some of the damage that the switch to virtual learning in 2020 inflicted over the last two years.

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Despite everyone’s efforts, remote learning during the pandemic was an absolute disaster. Grades across the country dropped like bricks.  Now, the schools are working to repair the damage that was inflicted on their students, and Westmoreland County is no exception.

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As the new Westmoreland High School goes up, there has been near-constant hand-wringing over how much of the project will actually be complete and how much will have to be added at a later date.

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Krysti Albus taught multiple subjects for 20 years and now teaches early childhood special education. She saw many colleagues leave the classroom in the middle of the year for better-paying corporate jobs.

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On Saturday April 23, RHS freshman and seniors Rachael Haynie, Elena Milsted, Shayla Ashton, Mariana Zamora and Quentessa Gaines competed at the KidWind Renewable Energy state competition at Virginia State University in Petersburg.

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This week’s series on the plans to help get at-risk students on the path for passing, turns attention to what principal Christie Douglas and her staff have come up with and implemented since school got back into full swing.

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Rappahannock Community College (RCC) recently announced the winners of the College’s IDEAL Award. Presented annually to a full-time instructional faculty member; a full-time classified staff, an administrative, or professional faculty member; a part-time wage employee; an adjunct faculty mem…

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With the dust somewhat settled from the election of Governor Glenn Youngkin, several Virginia School Board Association policies have been getting tweaks and updates, and they have started to filter out to the schools.

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The last couple of years have been brutal on everyone, especially kids seeking an education. The lingering question is how the schools will handle the students that fell through the massive cracks brought on by the shift to virtual learning during the pandemic.

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Last Wednesday, some local cell phone users received an alarming message directing them to “Please shelter in place until further notice” due to a bomb threat at St. Margaret’s School on Water Ln. in Tappahannock. The alert was not a test or an error.

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On April 1, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck celebrated the opening of the new Northumberland Unit with a cookout and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Many club members, BGCNN staff and community leaders were in attendance, reported BGCNN marketing assistant Justin Parks.

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Every year, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Area Band hosts an Honor Band event. Students representing the 12 regional middle schools audition for an opportunity to perform in a joint regional showcase concert. Montross Middle School had 13 student musicians selected.

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After a long, competitive, and rigorous process, six W&L freshmen students were selected to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (CBGS). Since only six slots were open to Washington & Lee High School, the competition was highly competitive this year.

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Students from Northumberland High School presented 15 laptop computers to the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck at their new Northumberland Unit location. The NHS students participate in the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishing (VA STAR) program under the direction of CTE coor…

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Each year, the Virginia School Board Association hosts a regional spring art contest. In this year’s competition, three pieces from different students across all three school levels were entered into the contest for this region, and as it happened, a student from Washington & Lee High Sc…

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The new high school in Westmoreland County is almost at the finish line. Unfortunately, due to some troubles involving equipment and supplies, the project looks like its completion will be delayed another month. This all came out at last week’s meeting of the Westmoreland County School Board…

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To students in 11th and 12th grade, the prom is pretty much the big social event of the school year. Unfortunately, there is confusion as to the status this year’s prom in Westmoreland County’s public schools to the point that members of the public came before the school board to ask about i…

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For the last two years, the Northumberland unit was housed within First Baptist Church and Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville. “We are incredibly thankful for our partnerships with Macedonia and First Baptist,” said executive director Philip Mumford. “Our successes in Northumberland wou…

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Not too long ago Westmoreland County Public Schools said goodbye to its attorney as he moved to Prince William County. At last week’s meeting of the school board, superintendent Dr. Micheal Perry introduced the division’s new lawyer, Nicole Cheuk.

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It is March, and that means the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) is hosting its annual Regional Spring Network Forum Art Contest. Westmoreland County’s schools are not going to be sitting this one out. Its nominees have all been submitted.

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I have always been very interested in the life, times and legend of the late Colin Luther Powell. Over the years, I have read various articles, journals, and stories of his major prestigious accomplishments.

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Black History Month can trace its roots back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week. It was established in February, which included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. In 1976, that week blossomed into Black History Month.

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As of this weekend, one juvenile had been detained and charges were in the works related to a fight at W & L on Friday that caused the school to go into lockdown.

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Rappahannock Community College is partnering with the Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE) to offer a course that will provide students with limited or no previous work experience in the solar industry with the skills and training to obtain employment as utility-scale s…

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For a rural school division like Westmoreland County, grants can make all the difference when it comes to securing the funding needed for a project or upgrade. Fortunately for the school division, it has received a number of grants recently, ranging from security equipment to bus driver ince…

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To mask or not to mask? It’s quite a question these days, with some insisting that masks are an absolute necessity while others state that the cons far outweigh the pros, especially when it comes to the education of children. As with everywhere else in Virginia, the topic came up in Westmore…

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Last Thursday’s special-called school board meeting ended with the decision that face masks will be optional in Northumberland County schools.

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For 12 tense rounds, the district’s school spelling bee champs walked to the center of the stage and competed against one another. One after another they lost their turn until finally three students went back and forth. Then the final eligible speller, Montross Middle School’s David Lane, a …

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To say that the new high school in Westmoreland County has been at the front of many peoples’ minds over these last few years is a massive understatement. Washington & Lee High School has served its students and faculty well, but the community is eager for a new chapter in a new school.

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Each time people tour the new high school, there is far more added to the building’s innards. The first stop during a recent facility update of the interior was the gymnasium, which Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry described as “all but complete. And when I say complete, I mean they mark the…

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At the school board’s final 2021 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry told the board to be prepared to address the issue of mask wearing after Governor Elect Glenn Youngkin takes office.

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John Pierce, the new varsity football coach at W&L High School, was recently named the Northern Neck District Football Coach of the Year. He modestly noted that this award came to him because of “our team’s effort of playing well.” The Washington & Lee High School Eagles finished fir…

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In partnership with the Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE), in 2022 RCC will begin offering a course to provide students with limited or no previous work experience in the solar industry with the skills and training to obtain employment as utility-scale solar installa…

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It’s no stretch to say that Virginia’s Northern Neck is steeped in some of the richest historical treasures in the country, but Westmoreland County boasts what can be considered among the crown jewels of the region in the form of Stratford Hall, the ancestral home to several generations of t…

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When Richmond County Supervisor John Parr attempted to revisit the conversation about vault privies for the Amish, it was revealed that some members of that community have been operating an unapproved school.

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Westmoreland County, and the Northern Neck as a whole, is utterly steeped in history.  One of its most famous sites is Stratford Hall, the birthplace and residence of the Lee family. Now a colossal historic site and tourist attraction, people come to Stratford Hall year-round from all over. …