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Students Discuss Loan Debt with Senators Warner and Kaine

February 3, 2016 Schools Be the first to comment

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


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.

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

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

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

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.

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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






Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)


“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

Bull Run Creek

It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …


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 …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday


THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi


VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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