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County Supervisors Move $2.64 Million To School Capital Fund

March 9, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on County Supervisors Move $2.64 Million To School Capital Fund

On Wednesday, March 7, Vice-Chair Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) led a motion for the “acquisition of land and preliminary engineering for a future school site.”

The Board of Supervisors approved reallocating $2.64 million from the County Land Acquisition Capital Fund to the Loudoun County Public Schools Capital Fund Project Account. The vote was 6-1-2 with Delgaudio (R-Sterling)voting no and Reid (R-Leesburg) and Higgins (R-Catoctin) abstaining. The vote came after an executive session that lasted over an hour at the end of the morning business meeting.

Although not much information was given, the money will be used to purchase a new school site in the Blue Ridge District. Clarke said that the property was a “bargain” and if the school is not needed then the County can sell the land.

The issue came to the Board early Wednesday morning. Delgaudio said that there could be other locations suitable for the school and that the Board should first look at other property owned by the County. “This is in the middle of a budget season and this is rash, rash, rash,” he said.

Lovettsville, Purcellville Students Participates in Alternative Spring Break

March 4, 2012 Schools Comments Off on Lovettsville, Purcellville Students Participates in Alternative Spring Break

James Madison University’s Alternative Spring Break program is celebrating its 20th year by doing what it does best, sending teams of students to locations in the United States and abroad to immerse themselves in a different community, live simply and offer service. … Continue Reading

When Does School Discipline Policy Discretion Become an Overreaching Abuse?

February 7, 2012 News, Schools 1 comment

By Bob Ohneiser

Over my eight years on the school board I’ve always wondered how fundamental contradictions in law versus school practice never seem to get resolved. I don’t remember ever hearing a candidate for office run on the platform of expelling children from school when no emergency was occurring, no imminent harm was caused and in some cases no intent on the part of the student to violate any rule whatsoever. Do you check the contents of your car trunk before allowing your child to drive your car to school on a weekend? The Virginia Board of Education seems to focus its guidelines for codes of conduct on “preserving a safe, non-disruptive environment for effective teaching and learning”. Locally we’ve all heard the over stated prologue to almost every school activity especially during budget time that “It’s all about the children”. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School’s Music & Arts Association (WMAA) 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Auction & Showcase

February 7, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School’s Music & Arts Association (WMAA) 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Auction & Showcase

Woodgrove High School’s Music & Arts Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Auction & Showcase on Saturday, February 18 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Woodgrove High School, 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville.

The local business community is stepping forward to support this great event. Donations are being received daily for the Live Auction, hosted by Tillett and Damewood Auctioneers. There will be about 30 quality auction items up for bid. … Continue Reading

Emerick PTO Purchases iPads for Teachers

February 7, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Emerick PTO Purchases iPads for Teachers

The Emerick Elementary School PTO recently purchased 10 iPads for teachers at their school as part of a pilot program. The teachers were asked to submit an application if they were interested in being considered for this award. An overwhelming number of teachers applied making the application process a difficult (and exciting) one for the selection committee. The ten teachers selected are thrilled to implement the use of this technology in their classrooms in new and innovative ways. Already, one second grade classroom has been using Skype on an iPad in conjunction with the Promethean board to communicate with a father who is in the Army, deployed in Afghanistan. The students have learned a tremendous amount about the country and the military through this application. The PTO is excited to see all of the other ways that learning will be advanced by this technology. Due to the enthusiasm from the teachers during this pilot program, the PTO is hoping to raise additional funds to provide an iPad for each teacher in the school. Donations are being accepted in honor of or in memory of an Emerick teacher who has made a difference in the lives of children in the Purcellville community. If you would like to contribute, e-mail Sarah Weller, Emerick PTO President at emerickptoprez@hotmail.com.

School Budget Cuts Subject of Public Hearing

February 2, 2012 News, Schools 2 comments

Citizens Speak Out Against Closing Small Western Schools and Bus Driver Benefits Cuts

The Loudoun County School Board room was packed with Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) employees and residents who spoke during the public comments on January 31, 2011. Many of the more than eighty citizens and employees who signed up to speak were concerned with the proposed budget cuts that would, among other things, affect part-time employees. Still others were concerned about the possibility that budget cuts would force the closing of western Loudoun County’s four small public schools – in Aldie, Middleburg, Hillsboro and Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars Woodgrove

February 1, 2012 Columns, News, Schools Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars Woodgrove

2012 has begun and there are many exciting events open for all to attend. Mark your calendars

February 18- 6:30-9:30 p.m.
2nd Annual Mardi Gras Auction and Showcase Fundraiser for Woodgrove Music and Arts Association
Tickets are $10 and available at Haute Dog & Fries, Re-Love It and on Woodgrove HS Website Students free with accompanying adult.

Winter at Woodgrove

January 29, 2012 Columns, News, Schools Comments Off on Winter at Woodgrove

By Dane Mullins

Woodgrove made quite a large impression at the Purcellville Christmas Parade on December 10 getting the crowd into the spirit of the season and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Marching Wolverines led the procession playing a festive holiday repertoire. Mascot, Walter the Wolverine and the Woodgrove Cheerleaders followed the band. All were decked out in their holiday finery. … Continue Reading

Treats for Troops

January 25, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Treats for Troops

Woodgrove is pleased to recognize the Winter Cheer program for their community service project with “Treats For Troops” during the Winter Season. The effort included sending care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Cheer program sent over five care packages filled with greeting cards, candy, games, hand warmers and other hygiene products. They were distributed to the 4-1 Field Artillery Army Unit based in El Paso TX which was deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2011. Collection for “Treats for Troops” will continue throughout the winter season. Items can be sent in to Woodgrove High School to be placed in the collection box outside the front office.

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A Senior’s Hopes and Dreams– Happy New Year

January 5, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on A Senior’s Hopes and Dreams– Happy New Year

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

As the New Year begins, many are making lists of resolutions and changes that they want to make to their lives. Others are compiling their hopes and dreams for the coming year. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School

December 1, 2011 Columns, News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School

By Dane Mullins

As you know October ended with a white out. The snow caused poor road conditions and loss of power for many western Loudoun families resulting in the postponement of the Woodgrove Dedication Anniversary Celebration Dance. Not to fret.

We persevered and continued spirit week up to the hometown rivalry between Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley on November 4. Thanks to the heroic effort by Caleb Welsh and the Varsity Wolverines, Woodgrove had a lot to celebrate at the dance on Saturday night. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge District School Board Representative Priscilla Godfrey

December 1, 2011 News, Schools Comments Off on Blue Ridge District School Board Representative Priscilla Godfrey

By Priscilla Godfrey

As the year 2011 comes to a close, the Loudoun County School Board is finishing its two year review and update of all 200 school board policies. Policies were assigned to related committees, i.e., policies on personnel went to the personnel committee where they were reviewed by committee members and then sent on to the full Board as an information item; followed by inclusion on the next meeting’s consent agenda or listed as an action item at the next meeting. … Continue Reading

Putting College (and Our Value) in Perspective

December 1, 2011 Schools 1 comment

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

During this time of year many young people, mainly seniors in high school, have one major thing on their mind: college. After the applications are submitted, one worries that they might not be accepted and their life will be forever doomed without a college acceptance letter in the spring.

I have submitted college applications already. Of course I wonder if I will be accepted, and I replay every part of my application over and over inside my head. The worst part is that there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. … 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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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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