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Camp Among Students To Represent United States of America 

December 2, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Camp Among Students To Represent United States of America 
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In June 2016, Elena Camp from Lovettsville will travel to Normandy, France with the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band, which was chosen to participate in ceremonies honoring American World War II veterans, and to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landing.
The students will perform at the Omaha Beach Cemetery, as well as in the town square of St. Mere Eglise as part of the Salute to Liberation. Other notable performances include a ceremony at the American cemetery at Brittany and marching in the D-Day Memorial Parade.  
The Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band was chosen as the only American musical ensemble to participate in this incredibly prestigious ceremony and will be representing not only the state of Iowa, but our entire United States of America.  The band was chosen through a competitive application process and their selection was based upon the excellence and tradition of the entire band program at Iowa State University.   … Continue Reading

Foxcroft Announces Art Scholarship

November 1, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Foxcroft Announces Art Scholarship
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The Ruth T. Bedford Merit Scholarship for the Arts, which will support as many as eight Foxcroft School students with $25,000-a-year grants, has been endowed by a portion of the largest gift ever made to a girls’ high school, Head of School Catherine S. McGehee announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes one year to the day after Foxcroft made headlines by revealing that Bedford, a 1932 Foxcroft graduate, had bequeathed the boarding and day school $40 million. A daring and creative woman with a good deal of grit, Bedford loved theater and worked on Broadway in the 1940s and so, fittingly, the scholarship bearing her name will support new students who share her passion for the arts and embody her sense of adventure and enterprise. Three scholarships will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year with more to follow in subsequent years as the Scholarship endowment grows. (Marion’s suggestion: “as the gift gains earning power” … Continue Reading

The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School

September 30, 2015 Schools Comments Off on The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School
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Dylan Buckley, a third grader at LCDS, wanted to have a special bench at recess where anyone who needed a buddy to play with, could sit and then others would go ask the student to join their game. She thought of this last year as a second grader, and our librarian Renee Kelahan, helped her make it happen. Dylan and other students raised funds through lemonade stands and asking their parents for money. Dylan and her classmates are sponsoring the buddy bench each year until they graduate in eighth grade. Each fall they will explain the purpose of the bench to other students.

Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame

September 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Athletic Hall of Fame
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Loudoun Valley High School will be inducting nine people into the school’s Hall of Fame on September 25. They will honor the school’s former athletes with a reception at 5 p.m. and then on the football field during halftime of the game that night.

This year’s honorees are:
Archie Moore, who coached from 1971-2005 for basketball, football and baseball.
Austin L. Thomas, who played basketball from 1975-1979.
Avery G. Howard Sr., who competed in track from 1983-1987
Chris Doran, a soccer player from 1987-1991
Jennifer Cooper Barlow, a gymnast from 1990-1994
Jennifer Everhart, who played softball and volleyball from 2001-2005
Lewis W. Owens, a football player from 1969-1973
Frank Ortiz, who supported Loudoun Valley athletics from 1975-1989
Trip Wilhelm, who played football and baseball from 1995-1999

Noyes New Head Soccer Coach at Wakefield

September 3, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Noyes New Head Soccer Coach at Wakefield
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Wakefield School in The Plains has hired Dave Noyes as the head coach of the boys’ soccer program.

Noyes is currently the technical director of Culpeper’s Soccer Club. His passion for soccer has allowed him to play, coach and manage all levels of soccer clubs in the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland areas. In 2014, Noyes was the head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Lord Fairfax Community College. Prior to LFCC, Noyes was the general manager of the professional soccer club Real Maryland FX and was the assistant coach/GK Coach with the Carolina Railhawks, both teams are members of the United Soccer Leagues. … Continue Reading

To Our Students, Our Ambassadors of the Future

September 2, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on To Our Students, Our Ambassadors of the Future
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By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Welcome to another school year in Purcellville. For some of you, this will be a brand new experience, while for others it is the continuation of your ongoing adventure of learning and growth. Either way, you are all on the journey of a lifetime that will shape you into Western Loudoun’s ambassadors of the future. As you enter the halls of Emerick, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Loudoun Valley High, and Woodgrove, be aware that you are not alone on this journey. Our community of parents, guardians, teachers, friends, and elected officials are present to enable and to challenge you to think critically, to collaborate and to communicate locally, nationally, and globally, and to contribute to our country and the world. As you are being positioned to become global contributors, please accept this challenge with passion, commitment, focus, and excellence. Have a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year, and feel free to reach out to me for any assistance. … Continue Reading

Virginia Schools Earn Top Federal Rating for Special Education

August 7, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Virginia Schools Earn Top Federal Rating for Special Education
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s public schools earned the U.S. Department of Education’s highest overall rating and achieved the second-highest score for serving students with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“In every school division in the commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to succeed,”Governor McAuliffe said. “These accomplishments are the result of their efforts, as well as successful partnerships between the state and localities in developing innovative programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.” 
The federal education department scores and rates states annually on the participation and performance of students with disabilities in state and national assessment programs and on states’ progress in narrowing achievement gaps and improving graduation rates. Virginia earned the maximum number of possible points on 13 of the 14 indicators, achieving a total score of 95.83. … Continue Reading

Student Earns Honors at National History Day Contest

August 7, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Student Earns Honors at National History Day Contest
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After months of intensive research and success at the regional and the Virginia state competitions, Barrett Harrington, a rising eighth grade student at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, presented her project at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest. The international gathering was held at the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus from June 14-18. Her hard work and dedication in creating the website entry “Sir Nicholas Winton: Humble Hero” earned Barrett second place in the nation for the Junior Individual Website Category. “ I first learned about Sir Nicholas Winton and his remarkable acts after watching a “60 Minutes” segment about him last Fall…when my history teacher assigned us to create website entries for the annual National History Day competition with a theme of “Leadership and Legacy in History” I immediately knew who I wanted to create a website about – the person who saved six hundred and sixty-nine children from the Holocaust,” said Harrington.  … Continue Reading

Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary
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In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
 
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Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level

June 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level
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The Woodgrove High School Odyssey of the Mind team was among 800 teams from around the globe to attend World Finals at Michigan State University from May 20-23.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular creative problem-solving team activity in which groups of five to seven students solve long-term as well as spontaneous problems in competition. The program is open to students from kindergarten through college and beyond.

The Woodgrove team placed 24th in the world among high school teams in Problem 2: Experiencing Technical Difficulties. They were competing against teams from 18 U.S. states and teams from Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Mexico, South Korea and Canada. The team qualified to attend World Finals by placing first at the regional competition in February and first at states in April. This is the fourth year in a row the team has qualified to compete at worlds and the third time they have attended. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA

June 3, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA
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Northern Virginia Community College Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Nicole Manici traveled to Woodgrove High School in Purcellville to conduct a signing ceremony with WHS senior Cary Brown. Brown and Coach Mancini signed a National Letter of Intent for Cary to run for NOVA for the fall 2015 season. Brown ran cross country for Woodgrove for 4 years, varsity-lettered as a junior and senior, was a team captain for the 2014 season and put in a solid performance at the VHSL 4A State Championship meet in November 2014. … Continue Reading

Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest

June 3, 2015 News, Schools Comments Off on Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest
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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock announced that Dominion High School junior Alena Titova won the 2015 10th Congressional District Congressional Art Competition. 

The competition, which was open to all high school students who reside in the 10th Congressional District, received 180 pieces of art.  An independent, five-person panel judged each piece of art.

“It was such a privilege to view the great art produced by the many talented students of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District last night,” said Comstock said.  “Alena’s piece is just stunning and incorporates her brother in the piece. I will be bragging about it to my fellow colleagues when I pass it every day in the U.S. Capitol. Thank you to all of the students who participated, and I look forward to hanging their artwork in my Capitol Hill, Sterling, and Winchester offices.  A special thank you to all of the art teachers and parents whose guidance and encouragement brought this competition to a new level.”

Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team

May 26, 2015 Schools Comments Off on Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team
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Allan Edzii of Sterling, Amanuel Eshete of Alexandria, Adam John of Reston and Isabela Lopes of Gainesville were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team during a recognition ceremony in April in Richmond. The four students were nominated by Northern Virginia Community College. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

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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

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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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