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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. …

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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…

Anyone passing down Route 3 will have noticed the field that had been purchased by the County from F.F. Chandler to be the site for the new high school has finally had some things happening on it, most notably with a chain link fence popping up around the location. It’s a project many years …

The Northumberland County School Board met on Monday, January 13, at 6 p.m. in the Northumberland High School  & Northumberland Middle School auditorium. The meeting began with the reorganization of the board: Betty Christopher, Board Chair; Gayle Sterrett, Vice-Chair; Donna Booth, Clerk…

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rappahannock Community College. RCC graduates form the backbone of the local economy—the 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 Cople Elementary School student council association members led the charge during a December food drive. They collected a whopping 811 pounds of groceries for the Healthy Harvest Food bank in Warsaw. Sarah Maier, advisor, said, “This is so cool. Our SCA members worked really hard to rall…

While site preparation for construction of the Boys & Girls Club’s new clubhouse is in progress, the Club’s after-school program continues in three locations.  At the Lancaster Primary School on January 13th, Club kids enjoyed a flower painting session under the guidance of volunteer Ann…

While site preparation for construction of the Boys & Girls Club’s new clubhouse is in progress, the Club’s after-school program continues in three locations.  At the Lancaster Primary School on January 13th, Club kids enjoyed a flower painting session under the guidance of volunteer Ann…

The Colonial Beach School Board named their new board member at their January meeting. Terri McClure was selected to fill the position vacated by Tim Trivett as he moved on to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors.

Rappahannock Community College was founded back in 1970 in what would later be the Chesapeake Inn at Urbanna. In those years, countless students have enrolled in courses on the numerous campuses or via dual-enrollment classes in high school. Last Thursday, RCC’s current Board of Directors, a…

It took six rounds before a winner was declared for the Westmoreland County Public Schools’ spelling bee district championship. At the end of the evening, fifth grade Washington District Elementary student, Izabella Bojorquez, sealed her victory by spelling correctly the final word of the ni…

Christmas may be over, but families and friends of Boys & Girls Club youth still will be enjoying the special gifts they received from the Christmas store. Northumberland Club members Gavinn Woods (L) and Yzabella LaRochelle shop using the “Character Cash” they earned throughout the year…

The months creep by, and with each one, Westmoreland County Public Schools’ solar projects get closer and closer to completion. Started just a few years back, the ball really got rolling around last January, culminating with Cople Elementary’s solar facility coming online. Washington Distric…

The months creep by, and with each one, Westmoreland County Public Schools’ solar projects get closer and closer to completion. Started just a few years back, the ball really got rolling around last January, culminating with Cople Elementary’s solar facility coming online. Washington Distric…

Colonial Beach Elementary School music program and the Parent Teacher Association put on the annual Winter Concert, Art Show, and Tree Auction on December 12. Music teacher Benjamin Swanson lead 2nd, 4th and 5th graders in a variety of holiday tunes to the delight of the standing room only a…

Many hurdles have been hopped over with regards to the construction of the new high school for Westmoreland County’s public schools, but plenty more remain to be jumped. At a facility update at the county’s School Board meeting for the month, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry went into detail…

Healthy Harvest Food Bank is pleased to announce the Backpack Buddy Program, a weekend food program for children most at-risk for hunger has expanded to serve 150 children in Northumberland County public schools. The program began in 2016 serving 22 children at the elementary school and expa…

Governor Ralph Northam unveiled plans for one of the largest investments ever made in Virginia’s public school system, budgeting an additional $1.2 billion for K – 12 education from 2020 to 2022. “Every child in Virginia should get a world class education, and it’s a top priority to make tha…

Before a panel of five judges on December 5,  two of three Club teens nominated to compete for the Boys & Girls Club’s highest honor, delivered speeches, answered questions and spoke about the impact Club membership has had on their lives.  One of the two would represent the Club at a Bo…

Sixteen students were guests at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg on December 12. Sponsored by the Career and Technical Education Department of Washington & Lee High School and GEAR UP, the students, under the guidance of CTE instructor Kristina Sanders and CTE director Justin S…

Healthy Harvest Food Bank is pleased to announce a new partnership with Rappahannock Community College to bring relief to those struggling with food insecurity at the community collegel level.  Through this new initiative RCC has opened a food pantry for students and staff at the Warsaw and …

On December 4 Colonial Beach High School participated in the International Hour of Code. From the Hour of Code website, “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code,’ to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participat…

The afternoon of Wednesday, November 20, at the awards luncheon during the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Annual Convention, the Richmond County School Board was announced as the VSBA School Board of the Year. This title is given to one outstanding school board each year to recogn…

Author and therapist, Ronnie Sidney, II, visited Ms. Sarabeth Vernon’s 7th & 8th grade Language Arts classes on November 22, 2019 to speak to students about resiliency.  As part of the classes Project Based Learning (PBL) task for this semester, Ms. Vernon’s classes have been studying po…

In the November 20 edition of the Northern Neck News, an article was published commending two young brothers, Ethan and Jared Diggs for raising nearly $600 for the community through their lemonade stands. This idea came from the book, “The Lemonade War,” by Jacqueline Davies. After this arti…

The fledgling Westmoreland County DECA chapter continues to make a stunning impression a year after its debut. Ray Eaton, one of Washington & Lee High School’s business and tech teachers, as well as the DECA club advisor, was on hand at this month’s Westmoreland County School Board meeti…

Rappahannock Community College announces 50th Anniversary celebrations across the service region. On January 9, 1970, the local board of the newly formed Rappahannock Community College met for the first time to chart the future course of the only institution for higher education in the North…

The Northumberland County School Board met on Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in Northumberland High School & Northumberland Middle School auditorium. This meeting date was rescheduled from Monday, November 11, due to the Veterans Day Holiday. The school board approved the following pers…

Holiday treats arrived early for members of the Washington & Lee High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) who won their way to the DECA State Competition. The students participated for the second time and were rewarded for their efforts in Business Service Marketing, Bu…