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Comparing Their Lives To Those of Children 200 Years Ago

June 3, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment
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Fabled Oakdale School Program a Western Loudoun History Star

With smiles as big as the hats they wore, last week an enthusiastic group of Lincoln elementary school students stepped back in time.

Walking from their own modest elementary school to the even more modest historic Oakdale School, the children experienced what is called an “1881 school day.”

Each was given the biography of a boy or girl student from the time whose identity they assumed for a two-hour “lesson.” A docent in period dress served the role of their teacher, and they, also in period dresses, hats, pants and shirts entered the old Oakdale School to see exactly what it was like to be educated back in that time, sitting on old wooden benches, flipping through original 1818 text books and taking a turn with hand-made quill and ink pens. … Continue Reading

The Countdown To Graduation

June 3, 2014 Schools Comments Off on The Countdown To Graduation
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By Mary Rose Lunde

As the final week begins for seniors at Potomac Falls High School, senioritis has taken its hold on everyone. The anticipation for graduation has only increased with each and every hour and each and every block that passes. As one of these seniors I am just waiting for something to just happen. It’s finally struck many of us that we indeed graduating within a month and will be attending college soon. It’s a bizarre thought and the expression “time flies when you’re having fun” seems to fit this situation perfectly.

It’s not all a happy thought though; many seniors can’t shake the dreadful idea of saying goodbye to what they’ve grown accustomed to, especially to close friends and amazing teachers. Carolina Chung, who will be attending the University of Virginia, said that she’s “most upset about leaving her underclass men friends behind.” … Continue Reading

Old but Awesome – and for Now, Staying Open

April 30, 2014 News, Schools 1 comment
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School Board Votes 6-3 To Preserve Western Loudoun Elementary Schools

“Old but awesome” is how Lincoln elementary student Finn Gustavson described his school at last week’s Loudoun County Public School System public hearing. Gustavson, who lives just south of the village of Lincoln was one of the 400 parents, teachers, community members and youth who attended the LCPS public hearing on the possibility of closing western Loudoun’s Lincoln, Hillsboro, Aldie and Hamilton elementary schools. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Tree Commission Sponsors “Fourth Grade Foresters” Program to Revive Arbor Day

April 24, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Leesburg Tree Commission Sponsors “Fourth Grade Foresters” Program to Revive Arbor Day
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This year’s Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 25 at Cool Spring Elementary School. Each year, a new site is chosen by the Leesburg Tree Commission with a tree planting celebration. Fourth grade students from Cool Spring Elementary will participate along with Mayor Umstattd, Tree Commissioners and other dignitaries in the celebration and presentation of the Arbor Day tree.

Fourth graders from Cool Spring Elementary and John W. Tolbert Elementary Schools in Leesburg will all receive trees to take home and plant, courtesy of the Leesburg Tree Commission, who purchased approximately 265 tree saplings. Students will receive tree planting and care instructions, a brief history about Arbor Day and its founder, Mr. J. Sterling Morton, and become official members of the “Fourth Grade Foresters”. … Continue Reading

Four Small Schools Saved

April 23, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Four Small Schools Saved
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The Loudoun County School Board, in a surprise late night vote on April 22, chose not to close Lincoln, Hamilton, Aldie and Hillsboro elementary schools. The vote was 6-3, with only Hornberger, Kuesters and Sheridan in favor of closure.

Members of the Loudoun County School Board:

Eric Hornberger
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Small Community-Based Schools Threatened with Closure

April 15, 2014 News, Schools 4 comments
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Facing budget shortfalls of more than $38 million, the Loudoun County School Board is exploring ways to cut costs for the 2015 school year.

On the possible chopping block are the Lincoln, Hillsboro, Aldie, Hamilton and Banneker Elementary schools. Closing these schools would trim $2 million of the Loudoun County Public School System in 2015.

LCPS ranks as one of fastest growing school systems in the county and the fastest in Virginia. The system includes thirteen high schools, fourteen middle schools, 1 intermediate school, and over fifty elementary schools. Approximately one-half of the elementary schools in the county were built in the last 10 years. … Continue Reading

The Other ‘B’ Word

April 1, 2014 News, Schools, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Other ‘B’ Word
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By Mary Rose Lunde

We all heard growing up never to call someone names, and yet the adjectives we use to describe people have turned to the worst. As I walk around Potomac Falls I hear people call their friends names that little children have now taken to calling others. It’s not right to call anyone names, yet alone the name I, myself have been called a few times. Yes, I’m talking about the other “b” word, bossy. But should the word bossy be banned? When the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, and the CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, Anna Maria Chavez, stated their opinion to the public last month, it sparked a nationwide debate.

Growing up, my parents taught me that I shouldn’t be a follower, but instead to always voice my thoughts. No matter what, I should stand up for something I believe in, despite what others may believe. I often enjoyed taking leadership roles and thus may have been seen as bossing other people around. But, did I deserve to be negatively labeled “bossy?” In my opinion, no. If you called a little boy bossy, he would more than likely take it as a compliment; however, if you called a little girl bossy, she may reform back into a shell just to be accepted by her peers, forgetting that being a leader sometimes involves giving others orders. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals

April 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Students Win VA Mock Trial State Championship – Head to Nationals
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Two local homeschool students were part of the Virginia High School Mock Trial State Championship team. Logan Kirkpatrick from Waterford and Cooper Millhouse from Purcellville joined four other teammates to win a third consecutive title for the ETHOS-C4 Mock Trial Team.  Kirkpatrick and Millhouse were also awarded individual awards for Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness respectively.

ETHOS-C4, a collection of homeschooled students from Northern Virginia, defeated Ad Fontes Academy from Centerville, and other schools from Oakton, Arlington, and Fairfax. Under the direction of coaches and Patrick Henry graduates Tim Snyder and Mackenzi Siebert, the team will now represent Virginia at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, WI, May 8-10. Kirkpatrick said, “I could not imagine a team of more amazing students or brilliant coaches. I am so excited to share new memories, and hopefully trophies, with them at Nationals.” … Continue Reading

The Stress of Success

March 4, 2014 Schools Comments Off on The Stress of Success
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Stress is something everyone has to deal with. I’ve never once met someone who has never had a bad day, been so stressed out that they’ve snapped at someone or broke down after a long day. Suffice to say, walking down the halls of my high school I see countless people freaking out about all the “stuff” they have to get done or worry about. This “stuff” can include: homework, studying (for any sort of assessment), sports, grades of any sort, drama (whether related to family, friends or teams) and anything else that can add to a person’s worry. In all cases, stress is central in most high school student’s daily lives. It’s the thing that can bring the strongest person to tears.

Yet, each person has a different amount of stress in their daily lives. Just as every student is different, the way a person deals with stress is too. … Continue Reading

Courage Has a Complicated Definition

February 5, 2014 Schools 1 comment
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Courage is the most valued trait a person can have, but what really is courage? “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.” This famous quote written in Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches readers the ideals of courage. It is not in fact a man with a gun but far much more. Having read this as a freshman in English, I was baffled at first about the true meaning of this quote. I only now realize, as I’m about to head off into a new adventure, college, that if I am to succeed I need to have real courage. … Continue Reading

Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove

February 1, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) would like to announce that March 22 is Mulch Day at Woodgrove. You can order your spring mulch now online at www.gotmulch.org. Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch (three cubic feet bags) is available at $4.50/bag for one-39 bags and $4.00/ bag for 40 or more bags. Free Delivery by Wolverine athletes on orders of 10 bags or more within a 10 mile radius of Woodgrove High School. Or you can pick up your mulch at Woodgrove on Saturday, March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All monies raised will go towards the Woodgrove Athletics End of Year Celebration, Scholarships, and supporting the mission of the WWABC.

Homeschoolers Compete in Spelling Bee

January 29, 2014 Schools 1 comment
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The 2014 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee was held on Januart 18 at the Purcellville Library. The junior bee was open to first through fourth graders, and the senior bee was for fifth through eighth graders. A total of 18 students competed.

The junior bee first place winners were Ethan Maher (first grade), Ethan Gonzalez (second grade), Samantha Stock (third grade) and Cayla Marino (fourth grade).

The senior bee first place winners were Kaitlyn Maher (fifth grade), Melissa Turner (sixth grade), Nino DeBarros (seventh grade), and Luke Thornburgh (eighth grade). These spellers will advance to the next level of the Scripps competition which is the Loudoun County Regional Bee. … Continue Reading

Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls

January 8, 2014 News, Schools Comments Off on Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls
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By Mary Rose Lunde

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than you or for someone else.”
This quote, from the novel “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth, depicts the assumption of bravery. But bravery is much more. Consider the bravery of a student being bullied by another student. Aren’t they considered brave? Isn’t bravery just another form of deception in pretty packaging?

True bravery resides in everyone, it is only those that allow it to show that deserve the honor of being called brave. These brave heroes are soldiers. They lay their lives down to protect the innocent and leave the familiarity of home for the sake of others. And how do we honor these brave soldiers, who risk their lives for us on a daily basis? Easy, we send them addressed care packages from home that show our appreciation. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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Grief and Greed

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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 …

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Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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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 …

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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

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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

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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

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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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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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