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Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

May 27, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement
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The former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Russell Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn was indicted on May 15 by a Loudoun County Grand Jury for felony embezzlement. The information came to light in March 2016 after unauthorized charges were discovered in the association’s financial records.

The monies were embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as the president of the PTA.

LVHS Students Win $120,000 in Technology

May 4, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Students Win $120,000 in Technology
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By Amanda Clark
Loudoun Valley High School’s hard work in the Solve for Tomorrow contest has paid off leading them to be one of the five Grand Prize winners out of more than 4,100 contestants. This contest allows public school students from grades 6-12 to use their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to address a local issue. Loudoun Valley students chose the Washington and Old Dominion Trail that starts just outside of D.C. and runs 45 miles into Purcellville. This trail due to length and location has poor cell reception, is not lit, and is not monitored or patrolled by police. The trail also crosses many roads and given the large number of assaults and pedestrian-cyclist accidents the students felt there was a need for a safety alert system on the trail to enable calling for police or ambulance services. The students designed and created a wireless, solar powered, and weatherproof safety alert system for the trail. This system can relay the call with location information to law enforcement in regards to any crimes or rescue services for accidents. Due to the project’s impact, Loudoun Valley High School was chosen as a Grand Prize Winner by a panel of judges and was honored at an awards luncheon in Washington D.C. on April 27 with the other winners. At this luncheon, the school had the opportunity to meet their Congressional Representatives and discuss their projects.

Loudoun Country Day School 8th Grader To Go to State Level Geography Bee

March 29, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Country Day School 8th Grader To Go to State Level Geography Bee
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In January, Loudoun Country Day School eighth grader George McCabe won a school-wide Geography Bee, with fourth through eighth grade students competing. Assistant Head and eighth grade civics teacher Tim Beauchemin has organized and led this activity for sixteen years.

George took an exam to determine if he qualified for the state level of the National Geography Bee, to be held on April 1 at Longwood University. The National Geographic Society invites up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each state to compete in the state Bees. … Continue Reading

LVHS Travels To New York For STEM Competition

March 29, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Travels To New York For STEM Competition
Malcolm Miller of Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville presents the solar powered alert system for nature trails to a panel of judges during the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Finalist Pitch Event in March.

Update: Four Days To Vote For Loudoun Valley High School

Public social media voting for the STEM Competition is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1. To vote for Loudoun Valley High School voters must post or tweet using the school’s dedicated hashtag #SamsungSolveLVHS and #SamsungSolve on Instagram and/or Twitter. Votes are limited one vote per person per day. Multiple votes a day or retweeting and sharing social posts will not count as votes. There have been a total of 49,157 submissions for all 15 National Finalists in the competition (as of 5:00 pm ET Mar 28). The school with the most public votes will be named one of five National Winners and receive about $120,000 in technology for their school. To see Loudoun Valley High School’s progress, check out the public voting leaderboard online: www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/finalists/#leaderboard
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The Nature Generation Launches Free Online Environmental Games

March 9, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on The Nature Generation Launches Free Online Environmental Games
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At a time when the nation needs to inspire our next generation of environmental stewards more than ever, nonprofit The Nature Generation announced the launch of EnviroPlay, a series of online games about the environment, at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville last month.

The games engage and challenge K-12 students with questions about water, energy, geology, and other environmental topics, while inspiring them to think about the role they play in the delicate balance of nature.

Teachers, students, eco-clubs, and community organizations are invited to play EnviroPlay at www.NatGen.org/classroomgames. … Continue Reading

Volleyball Tournament March 11

March 6, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on Volleyball Tournament March 11
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Town of Purcellville Vs Faculty of LVHS and Woodgrove

On Friday March 11, at 7:00 p.m., Woodgrove High School will host a volleyball tournament between the Town of Purcellville’s leadership and the faculty members of both Loudoun Valley High School and Woodgrove High School. Last year, Mayor Kwasi Fraser presented the idea to Tim Brown, a teacher at Woodgrove High School, to promote a sense of community and cooperation, friendly competition, and physical fitness as a lifestyle. The Physical Education departments of both schools as well as the Student Council Association will be supporting this effort, and an award will be given to the winning team. With a goal of developing this into an annual event, funds raised (cost is $5.) will be divided between the two high schools for use with PE efforts. “I look forward to a good work out and a great time with our community,” said Fraser.

BRMS Bee Winners

March 2, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on BRMS Bee Winners
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Students at Blue Ridge Middle School recently demonstrated their knowledge of both world geography and spelling, competing in two different school-wide bees. Both competitions began at the classroom level, with students participating in preliminary qualifying rounds. Once classroom winners were identified, the finalist competed against one another to determine the school champions. … Continue Reading

Students Discuss Loan Debt with Senators Warner and Kaine

February 3, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Students Discuss Loan Debt with Senators Warner and Kaine
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Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges recently traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact of rising student loan obligations during a roundtable conversation organized by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The students represented a diverse cross-section of Virginia’s public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities.

An estimated 60 percent of Virginia college students graduate with student debt, and the average debt load in Virginia now tops $26,000 per graduate. Nationwide, Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, outstripping credit cards and auto loans as the country’s leading source of non-mortgage debt, according to the Federal Reserve. … Continue Reading

Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School

January 18, 2016 News, Public Safety, Schools Comments Off on Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School
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This evening, Loudoun Valley High School Principal Sue Ross sent an e-mail to Loudoun Valley families discussing a rumored threat to the school. Below is her message.

Good evening, this is Sue Ross, principal at Loudoun Valley. During the last few hours there have been numerous posts on social media saying that it is unsafe to attend Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Emotions ran high Friday at our school after the death of a student Thursday. Out of frustration, a student may have said something irresponsible that was overheard by other students. To their credit, these students reported these words to the administration immediately. The student was questioned and it was determined that there was no threat whatsoever. There was, and is, no credible threat to student and staff safety at Loudoun Valley. Purely as a precaution — and let me stress this — purely as a precaution, there will be extra law enforcement officers at Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Last Thursday, I asked our students to be responsible and mature when using social media and they responded beautifully. I would renew that request tonight knowing you will respond in the responsible manner I’ve come to expect of you. Thank you.

Middleburg Academy Model UN Club Travels To D.C.

January 7, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Model UN Club Travels To D.C.
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By Matt LaMotte

Middleburg Academy launched its first Model UN Club program this fall. The group plans to participate in Model UN competitions hosted by colleges and universities like Georgetown and the University of Virginia. After several preparatory meetings with Faculty Advisor, Matt LaMotte, and Student Assistant, Saki Vellanki, 15 students travelled to the Pan American Health Organization building near George Washington University and attended a Model UN Training Conference. Hosted by the United Nation’s Global Classrooms organization, the students were immersed in a day-long series of discussions, debates, caucuses, and speeches, culminating in a resolution recommending adoption of a global vaccination program. Ranging from 8th graders to juniors, the students came away with a much clearer idea about what the UN does and how the UN works Vis a’ Vis parliamentary procedures, negotiations, and international relations.

The team came home with a “Global Classrooms DC Distinguished Global Education” Certificate. Plans are to attend a full-blown, high school level Model UN conference in the spring.

Tolbert Environmental Achievement Award Goes to Tuscarora High School

December 2, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Tolbert Environmental Achievement Award Goes to Tuscarora High School
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The Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission announced Tuscarora High School as the winner of the 2015 John W. Tolbert, Jr. Environmental Achievement Award.  This award program recognizes students, community groups, and individuals who conduct or participate in activities that benefit the Town’s environment.  The Leesburg Town Council will present the award at the December 8 council meeting.

The EAC chose Tuscarora High School as this year’s award recipient for its innovative environmental science program that has helped spur several initiatives in sustainability. One example of the school’s efforts is the reuse of excess printed paper to create notepads, eliminating the need to purchase new paper notepads. A second initiative has been to aid the plight of the monarch butterflies with a garden waystation to help sustain the butterfly migration. In a third initiative, Tuscarora High School has implemented a new lunchroom recycling program developed and run by the Environmental Sciences classes. … Continue Reading

Students Create Posters for Breast Cancer Awareness

December 2, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Students Create Posters for Breast Cancer Awareness
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Forty sixth-graders from the Blue Ridge Middle School have partnered with the Loudon Breast Health Network to help spread awareness of breast cancer issues by creating posters illustrating insights in the following eight categories: Surviving Cancer Metaphor; Character Traits of Survivors; Empathy and Celebration; Journey Through Illness; How to Support Survivors; Awareness and Prevention; Message of Hope and Combination.

The posters were presented at LBHN’s Annual Survivor Tea held at the Carver Center in Purcellville on Nov. 14 and at a ceremony help on November 20 at BRMS. Breast cancer survivors selected first-place, second-place and third-place winners. The children’s efforts were directed by the teacher of their art class, Ms. Liz O’Neil. LHBN intends to exhibit the posters in other venues both in Loudon and elsewhere.

Middleburg Academy Names New Board of Trustee Members

December 2, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Names New Board of Trustee Members
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Middleburg Academy has named Mary Looney and Rachel Kahler to its Board of Trustees.

Mary Looney was raised over the mountain near Boyce where she attended Powhatan School 1st through 8th grade and attended Notre Dame Academy from 1979-1980 as a five day boarder. She finished high school at Garrison Forest, an all-girls’school in Maryland. She then went on to graduate from Keene State, NH with a BS Degree in Business Management with a minor in Communications and Political Science. She has worked as a special events coordinator at both a hotel and on political campaigns. In 1990 she worked for Marymount High School, a small catholic high school in Richmond.

Rachel Kahler has been an advocate of small independent schools since experiencing their unique benefit first hand at the Woodward School for girls in Quincy, MA as an eighth grader. She moved to Virginia in high school and graduated from the University of South Carolina.

Her daughter Tori is credited with finding Middleburg Academy and the family has been all in since their first visit in June of 2013.


 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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