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Hillsboro Charter Academy Accepting Applicants For Board Of Directors

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s new community-run, non-profit public charter school, is seeking directors to join its governing board. The tuition-free public charter elementary school, open to children from across Loudoun County, offers a hands-on learning environment where Project Base Learning focuses on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) disciplines.

Hillsboro Charter Academy’s mission includes the commitment to “being a small community-run school of choice for the children of Loudoun County where students are nurtured as individual in a hands-on learning environment with lessons designed to enhance problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative learning.”

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BRMS Brings Joseph’s Technicolor Dreams To Loudoun Audiences

February 1, 2017 Schools Be the first to comment
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What do you get when you combine a simple and timeless tale of love, betrayal and redemption … a rock legend named Elvis … a boy with the power to interpret dreams … and local children exploring their delightfully unguarded dramatic abilities under an award winning director?

Find out by attending any one of seven upcoming performances of Blue Ridge Middle School’s production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – produced by Dolly Stevens, sponsored by the BRMS PTO and running February 24 through March 5. … Continue Reading

Emerick Elementary Nominated As a National Blue Ribbon School

January 27, 2017 Schools Be the first to comment
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Emerick Elementary has been nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program was established in 1982 to honor America’s most successful schools. Emerick is one of seven 2017 Virginia nominees for this award. The Virginia Department of Education selects nominees based on the eligibility criteria required by the United States Department of Education. “High performing” is defined by the superintendent of each state, but at a minimum means: Performance for all tested students in both reading and mathematics must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state. For each of the school’s subgroups, the performance of all tested students in reading and mathematics must be in the top 40 percent of all schools in the state. Emerick now begins an application process that will end when the Secretary of Education announces the Blue Ribbon honorees in September.

The last Loudoun County Public Schools to receive the Blue Ribbon designation was Belmont Station Elementary in 2011. Other LCPS schools that have received this award include Meadowland Elementary (2003), Leesburg Elementary (2005) and Lincoln Elementary (2010).

Woodgrove Celebrates National Education Week

December 1, 2016 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Celebrates National Education Week
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The Woodgrove High School Class Councils and Student Council sponsored various events during the week of November 14 to celebrate American Education Week.

During the week prior, the student body was invited to nominate teachers in the building to be recognized as Educator Idols. Over 1,000 students wrote positive and encouraging statements. These notes of praise and thanks were delivered to the staff members on Thursday, November 17 — Ms. Bingaman and Mr. Welsh were selected as the most popular instructors. … Continue Reading

Schools Start New Year with Great Enthusiasm

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

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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