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Schools Start New Year with Great Enthusiasm

September 7, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Schools Start New Year with Great Enthusiasm

Loudoun County’s public schools — approximately 90 in all – opened for the Fall 2016 semester on Aug. 29. Some 78,000 students will be in attendance this year. And, although it’s hard to give up the flip-flops for pencils and notebooks, students and teachers seem equally anxious to get the new year going.

LCPS Website: The LCPS website, www.loudoun.k12.va.us has a wealth of information on it. It includes a Student Rights & Responsibilities paper, links to the School Board’s Policy Manual, the LCPS School Profiles report, registration requirements, medical information, and more. The site also has fun feature articles and videos about students’ summer achievements, such as golf championships, conservation projects, writing campaigns, and food drives. … Continue Reading

Board of Education Schedules Hearings on Four Projects in Early Development

July 13, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Board of Education Schedules Hearings on Four Projects in Early Development

The Virginia Board of Education is seeking community input during a series of public hearings this summer as it examines how best to prepare students for academic and career success. The public hearings will focus on the following topics:

  • Development of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, including changes to high school graduation requirements;
  • Implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Virginia’s accountability system;
  • Recommendations regarding the Standards of Quality (SOQ); and
  • Identifying needs of public education for inclusion in the board’s comprehensive plan.

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Wilde Warfield Foundation Donates To BRMS

July 13, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Wilde Warfield Foundation Donates To BRMS
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The Wilde Warfield Foundation, a local non-profit organization headed by Kimberly Wilde Warfield and Richard G. Wilde, recently presented the Blue Ridge Middle School Parent Teacher Organization with a donation of $2,600 to enhance technology at the local middle school. “This donation provides amazing opportunities for BRMS students and staff! We are thankful for the generosity of the Wilde Warfield Foundation,” said Principal Brion Bell. … Continue Reading

Nature Gen Recent Trail Activities

July 7, 2016 News, Schools 1 comment

Students from Loudoun Valley High School learned how to be Stormwater Stewards through hands-on activities in the classroom and on the Chapman DeMaryTrail, thanks in part to a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  They monitored the water quality of the South Fork Catoctin Creek that runs along the trail; researched water issues, recommended a plan of action on how to improve the buffer zones along the bank, and then created informational materials to educate hikers on the trail.  Students came up with six recommendations to enhance the riparian buffer in the pollinator plot located on the trail.  One of the lead students, Jennifer Betz, presented the recommendations to the Town of Purcellville and the land owner.  They will be planting trees and shrubs to enhance the riparian buffer in the pollinator plot close to the creek.  The plants must be native, appropriate for riparian buffer zones and able to provide food and shelter for pollinators and/or be a host plant.

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Field of Dreams Brings Inspiration and Motivation for Cancer Research

June 27, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Field of Dreams Brings Inspiration and Motivation for Cancer Research
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Patrick Beck, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School who will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Gavin Rupp “I Promise” 15 Scholarship Fund. “Patrick said he was inspired by a casual meeting with Gavin during a baseball camp and has since determined his studies will focus on advancing treatments for pediatric cancer patients. We have since learned that Patrick and Gavin have had many teammates in common over the years,” said Chris and Sandy Rupp, Gavin’s father and mother. … Continue Reading

Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

May 27, 2016 Schools Comments Off on Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

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
LVHS Students Win  $120,000 In Technology

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

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

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

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


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


– 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


– 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 …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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