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Powhatan Named Green School

November 17, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on Powhatan Named Green School

Powhatan School in Boyce has been named a “Green School” and placed first in the state for schools of its size in the Green Independent Schools Challenge. Head of School, Sue Scarborough, will present the award to the student body at a special All School Gathering in the Niemann Auditorium on Friday, November 18 at 2:20 p.m.

Ten percent of Powhatan School students live in Loudoun County.

For more information visit: www.powhatanschool.org

Woodgrove High School Update

November 2, 2011 Columns, News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Update

By Dane Mullins
Dedication Anniversary Celebration …

Woodgrove had its dedication anniversary celebration the last week of October. Events included student spirit week, a powder puff football game (congratulations Junior Girls 2-0), an exciting football game between the two newest Loudoun County high schools – Woodgrove vs Tuscarora – and a celebration dance on Saturday night (regretfully postponed ‘til November 5 due to snow).

Sports Wise, Woodgrove Has A Lot to Celebrate and A Lot to look Forward To … … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School

October 7, 2011 Columns, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School

By Dane Mullins

Fall is officially here and things are busy at Woodgrove. It is hard to believe we are now on our fourth week of school.

Fall sports teams are all doing very well.
Football
Varsity 3-2
JV 3-1
Freshman 5-0 … Continue Reading

New Western Loudoun Political Action Committee (PAC) Fights for Better Schools

October 7, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on New Western Loudoun Political Action Committee (PAC) Fights for Better Schools

Western Loudoun citizens have formed a PAC called “Western Loudoun Schools” to support local candidates favorable to an education reform agenda that includes better oversight of how the Loudoun Public School system buys land, builds schools, compensates teachers and draws bus routes. The group is also pushing for greater transparency and honesty within the system.

Western Loudoun Schools’ website, www.westernloudounschools.com, notes that the PAC is motivated by the fact that kids are suffering because new schools are not being built in time or close enough to the communities in which they live. Town-based schools in Aldie, Middleburg, Lincoln and Hillsboro also face the constant threat of being closed. … Continue Reading

George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

September 28, 2011 Schools Comments Off on George Washington’s Home Awards Inaugural Scholarship

Historic Mount Vernon selected future George Mason University student Matthew Jongema as the recipient of its inaugural John F. and Emma B. McDonnell Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2011, the $1,000 scholarship recognizes an outstanding college or college-bound student who demonstrates a solid record of community involvement and leadership. The scholarship program is open to active members of Mount Vernon’s staff, as well as their spouses, children, and grand children. … Continue Reading

LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

July 30, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on LVHS Aerospace Scholars Graduate NASA Academy

Loudoun Valley High School seniors Connor Bluhm, Emma Thomson and Ben Baker are proud graduates of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Summer Academy. The three students attended the third session, in which they were tasked with planning in minute detail every aspect of a human mission to Mars. Bluhm and Baker worked long hours on the “Getting There” team, which was responsible for safely transporting all equipment, crew and other payload to the Red Planet. Thomson was a key player on the “Living There” team, which planned how the crew would survive in the harsh conditions of Mars. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing July 25-30 as “Private College Week” in Virginia

July 7, 2011 News, Schools 1 comment

Rising high school juniors and seniors – and their families – are invited to participate in Virginia Private College Week from July 25 – July 30, hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).

Colleges will offer a campus tour and information sessions about admissions, financial aid and academic programs. College officials will also address some common myths about the cost of a private college education.

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three CICV colleges for free. High school guidance counselors and college consultants who participate and visit at least three colleges during Virginia Private College Week are eligible to receive three application fee waivers as well. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Ceremonially Signs ‘Top Jobs’ Higher Education Reform Legislation

June 21, 2011 Government, News, Schools Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Ceremonially Signs ‘Top Jobs’ Higher Education Reform Legislation

Flanked by students from Virginia colleges and universities, Governor Bob McDonnell today ceremonially signed the “Preparing for the Top Jobs of the 21st Century: The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011” during a morning bill signing at Dominion Resources in Richmond. During the bill signing, Governor McDonnell announced that as a result of this new legislation, based on an early review of enrollment projections, Virginia institutions of higher learning will be adding approximately 6,000 new slots for in-state students this fall.

(L to R): Deputy Secretary of Education Laura Fornash; Thomas Farrell, chairman, president and CEO, Dominion Resources; Governor McDonnell. Photo Courtesy of Michaele White

Fifty-Seventh Closing Exercises for Loudoun Country Day School Class of 2011

June 17, 2011 Schools Comments Off on Fifty-Seventh Closing Exercises for Loudoun Country Day School Class of 2011

Twenty-one students at Loudoun Country Day School received their certificates of graduation on Saturday, June 10, in front of parents, relatives, teachers, and friends for the second graduating class at the Red Cedar campus. In his opening remarks, Headmaster Dr. Randy Hollister welcomed all in attendance, including Mr. Fred Schaufeld, chairman of the board of trustees, thanking him for his many years of service to the school, along with his wife Karen. He mentioned that an oak tree would be planted on the property in Mr. Schaufeld’s honor as a symbol of strength and endurance.

Dr. Hollister celebrated each graduate with a personal tribute about his or her interests, accomplishments, and aspirations for the future. After an address by Class of 2011 student council president Cortney Cunningham and several musical selections, Dr. Hollister read the names of the graduates while Board Chairman Mr. Schaufeld handed out certificates of graduation to the students, asking them beforehand to remember Loudoun Country Day School, to stay close to their classmates, and to return to visit the place that had been their school home for many years. … Continue Reading

Announcing the Christopher Michael Cleveland Memorial Scholarship

June 16, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on Announcing the Christopher Michael Cleveland Memorial Scholarship

The second “Christopher Michael Cleveland Monroe Tech Memorial Scholarship” was awarded to 2011 graduating student James Hunter Nichols at Heritage High School on June 13, 2011.

Each year Susan and Roy Cleveland award a student who graduates from the C.S. Monroe Technology Center Auto Mechanics Program in honor of their son, Christopher M. Cleveland. The scholarship is for a student who excels in the C.S. Monroe Technology Center Auto Mechanics Program and is a person who has overcome both physical and/or educational challenges during their school career. The opportunities that Chris was given at C.S. Monroe Technology Center Auto Mechanics Program gave him a chance develop his talents, pursue his love of mechanics, and boosted his self-confidence. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student who decides to make auto-mechanics his or her career. … Continue Reading

Sixth Graders Create a Quest for Purcellville’s Old Town

June 11, 2011 Schools Comments Off on Sixth Graders Create a Quest for Purcellville’s Old Town

Go on a Quest through Purcellville’s Old Town. Discover the history of the buildings and landmarks. What was there in the early 1900s? Where was the town stable? When did Purcellville become a town? How did it get its name? What was destroyed in the fire of 1914? Where were carriages made and repaired? What was the Bush Tabernacle before it was the skating rink? The more people learn about their town, the more likely they will care for it. The children of Purcellville are its future stewards.

Mrs. Allen’s 6th grade Keyboarding students at Blue Ridge Middle School researched and wrote the Purcellville Old Town Quest as part of placed-based education and a service learning project. While creating an activity for the community of Purcellville, the students also learned about the town where they live and/or go to school. It is similar to treasure hunting with clues to guide the participants and a treasure at the journey’s end. “…Questing uses treasure hunts to accomplish community building, educational, and recreational objectives” (Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts by Delia Clark & Steven Glazer). Johnny Smith of the Trekker team stated, “It was a lot of fun learning about our town and coming up with the rhyming clues. I think people going on the Quest will enjoy it, learn lots, and get some exercise too!”

The Quest begins at the Gazebo in the parking lot across from the Purcellville Train Station and ends nearby. There are 16 stops on the Quest and the walk through town will provide both knowledge and exercise. It is a fun activity for people of all ages. The Quest is published on the Purcellville Town Website. Print a copy and bring it along on the Quest. The address is http://www.purcellvilleva.gov/documents/Other/Blue%20Ridge%20Middle%20School%20Quest.PDF. … Continue Reading

Countdown to the End

June 1, 2011 Schools Comments Off on Countdown to the End

With AP Exams complete and Standards of Learning (SOL) testing well underway, Valley students are anxiously anticipating the end of the school year, which officially ends on June 16 for freshman, sophomores, and juniors, or June 10 for graduating seniors.

Many students, though, feel that school ended after AP Exams in the second week of May. With most students taking at least one AP class, school has become largely pointless for much of the student body. This is especially true for seniors (the grade level who takes the most AP classes) who constitute approximately 45 percent of the student body. … Continue Reading

Lincoln Elementary School Honored

April 15, 2011 Schools Comments Off on Lincoln Elementary School Honored

Lincoln Elementary School has earned the honor of being a “Blue Ribbon” school, and is one of only seven schools in Virginia to win this award. Lincoln Elementary is one of 254 Blue Ribbon schools nationwide selected by the federal Department of Education.

Lincoln Elementary School is one of Loudoun County’s priceless small schools. The school’s rich history dates back to the 1880s http://cmsweb2.lcps.org/512_1156213294/site/default.asp … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

Famous Estate Blunders and How To Avoid Them

These celebrities’ tales are a strong reminder to review your estate plan before it’s too late. There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning: a sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully …

Fidget Gear, Good or Bad?

What do you think about the new fidget cubes and fidget spinners, and do they really help kids with ADHD? They’re making their way around our neighborhood, but I couldn’t find any good studies out there on either of the …

A Community Together: The Ten-Year Remembrance of 4/16/2007

Time moves forward, whether we are ready to move on or not. It’s been ten years since the massacre that shocked America. I’m talking about the event that started a standard of condolences from the president, tears and prayers from …

Soul Lost in Translation

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) tells us in the 1987 movie Wall Street. The newly released book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: North Fork Road

It’s difficult to be in a hurry when all the surrounding geography seems to encourage thoughtful, relaxing contemplation – maybe even a meditative cat nap thrown in for good measure; now – turn your TV off and take the music …

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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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
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GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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First Friday at the Winery

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

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Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Healing Service

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North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting
April 9, 2017

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SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
April 10, 2017

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Easter at the Park

Easter at the Park

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza
April 16, 2017

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Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service
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Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras
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20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

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Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders
April 23, 2017

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Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Jammin' at James

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Lifestyle

Welcome Home to this Colonial in Lovettsville

6 Apr 2017

By Hannah Hager All of us seek to put down roots in ?a pleasant, safe and prosperous area, and you’ll find as much within this home in the Dutchman’s Creek neighborhood in Lovettsville. Today, Lovettsville has all the trappings of an all-American hometown – a pizzeria downtown, excellent schools and busy streets that settle into quiet nights. Its claim to …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful

5 Apr 2017

Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Contact Lovettsville area leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to coordinate pick-up  locations:  laura.long.lieberman@gmail.com.

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Take Me To the Garden Show

5 Apr 2017

The 27th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival comes to town Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The award-winning event, estimated to attract 40,000 visitors over the two days, gets better and better every year. And, that’s not just the vendors and organizers talking; that’s the truth, …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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!

– 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

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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

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

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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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Sports

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

9 Apr 2017

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season. Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

6 Apr 2017

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club will be hosting its first ever summer camp June 26-29 at Foxcroft School in Middleburg.  The coed, four-day camp will run from 9-5 each day and feature advanced skills training, game strategy and mental approaches to the game.  The program will be managed by WLVBC’s Technical …

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