VDOE recognizes RCHS breakfast program

Rappahannock County High School was presented the 2024 Virginia School Breakfast Award by the Virginia Department of Education on Thursday.

RCHS was selected for their reintroduction of Second Chance Breakfast, an opportunity for students who missed before school breakfast to take a brief break after their first period for breakfast.

This saw an increase of 50-60% student participation while combating absenteeism and tardiness.

The cafeteria staff was also recognized for their efforts to reduce sodium and sugar content of breakfasts by offering fresh options that incorporate local produce with inventive menu items like a fruit breakfast pizza, parfaits, and smoothies.

Rappahannock County Elementary School received the same award in 2022.

A VDOE survey found that principals of schools offering similar breakfast options report 66% fewer occurrences of student hunger, 21% fewer absences, and a 9% increase in math and reading scores.

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PCPS announces new assistant principal at Shenandoah Elementary

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Page County Public Schools announced that Ms. Jennifer Weikle will serve as the next assistant principal at Shenandoah Elementary.

Jennifer began her teaching career at Shenandoah and most recently at Luray Elementary.

She served as Luray’s interim assistant principal in 2022 and on several Standards of Learning Committees for the Virginia Department of Education.

She brings with her over 27 years of experience and believes every child deserves a safe, supportive, and caring environment to learn and grow.

In addition to her classroom experience, she holds degrees and certifications from Bluefield College, Eastern Mennonite University, and James Madison University.

In the announcement, Jennifer said, “I am incredibly honored to take on the role of assistant principal at Shenandoah Elementary School. I am blessed to come full circle in my educational career as I return to Shenandoah Elementary School. As a tenured educator for Page County Public School, I have had many opportunities that have allowed me the opportunity to grow my wings as an educator and an instructional leader.”

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Executive Order issued in response to Loudoun County overdoses

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order in response to the nine student overdoses of fentanyl at Park View High School in Loudoun County over the last month.

In the last year, 19 juveniles in Loudoun County have suffered an opioid overdose.

The order directs the Virginia Department of Education to guide school districts to ensure all parents are notified of school-connected overdoses within 24 hours, enhance student education about drug abuse, and work closely with law enforcement to prevent overdoses.

According to the release from Governor Youngkin, the Loudoun County Public School division waited more than twenty days to notify parents of the overdose incidents.

The Governor’s office previously introduced the One Pill Can Kill campaign and the Right Help Right Now initiative to attempt to reverse the trend of increasing overdoses by Virginians.

To view the Governor’s release or the full Executive Order, click here.

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Gov. Yougkin releases funds for learning recovery grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that soon $30 million will be released for learning recovery grants for parents and students.

The governor noted the COVID-19 pandemic caused the loss of in-person instruction and in-school support services.

The funds will be used for qualifying education services to address the impact of the pandemic.

The resources for parents will ensure that many children in Virginia have access to tutoring, summer enrichment programs and other specialized services.

Those services will help students reach their full potential and combat the severe learning losses.

Some students could receive up to $3,000 while other students will receive $1,500 K-12 learning recovery grant funds if they and their families meet certain qualifications.

A new platform is available here to give parents and teachers additional information that sheds greater light on individual student learning loss and growth.

Additional information is found at the Virginia Department of Education.

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FCPS outpaces Virginia in on time graduation rate

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Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that their on time graduation rate has exceeded the state’s average.

This is the 10th consecutive year FCPS’ on time graduation rate has exceeded the state’s average on time graduation rate.

The Virginia Department of Education confirms that FCPS’ on time graduate rate for the class of 2022 was 94.6 percent.

Virginia’s on time graduation rate average is 92.1 percent.

This is the fourth consecutive year the FCPS’ rate has climbed.

Since 2011 high schools have had to meet an annual benchmark for graduation to earn state accreditation and Frederick County has gone from 85 percent to nearly 95 percent.

Interim School Superintendent John Lamanna says the community should take great pride in the Frederick County School systems’ graduation rate especially given the challenges of the past few years.

Lamanna points out that the rate is a testament to the perseverance of students, families, staff and administrators.

FCPS offers an online survey for residents to add their thoughts on what they believe to be the qualifications that are necessary for the next School Superintendent here.

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