Warren county public schools plan for traffic disruption

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Due to the closing of the Shenandoah Shores and Happy Creek intersection on Wednesday, February 14th, Warren County Public Schools has announced their plans.

They are asking that students be at their bus stops 5 minutes early to ensure prompt pick up.

The contractor is working with the transportation department to accommodate the morning schedule.

If the work is not completed by afternoon drop off, a second bus will be stationed across the tracks for student transport.

First Responders will be on site to help students cross the tracks.

1450 WFTR presents The River Rivalry Trophy to Skyline and Warren County High Schools

1450 WFTR proudly presents The River Rivalry Trophy.

The winner of the annual football matchup between Skyline High School and Warren County High School will receive the trophy to hoist and display for the following year.

Inspiration from the trophy came from other local rivalries like the Barr-Lindon Crimson Apple, which is awarded to the top high school football team in Winchester and Frederick County, and the Shenandoah County Championship.

1450 WFTR worked with Jean’s Jewelers to select a high quality trophy with a classic look that measures nearly three feet high and features a traditional gold cup design at the top.

Each year, the winning school will add a plate to the base with their name, final score, and year.

From when the school’s first began competing against each other in the 2007-2008 school year, the series has stayed close with Skyline currently holding an edge 12-7.

Skyline has won the last four matchups in a row by a combined score of 123-27, but all time, the series has provided some instant classics with eight games decided by one score or less.

The schools played each other twice in 2007, 2008, and 2017.

1450 WFTR coincides the inaugural trophy presentation with the station’s celebration of 75 years of serving the Front Royal and Warren County community.

The latest installation of The River Rivalry will begin Friday, November 3rd at 6:40 pm on 1450 WFTR, The River 95.3, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App with Randy Woodward and Ryan Rutherford.

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WCPS addresses vape found on a school bus issue

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On September 22 Warren County Middle School (WCMS) was notified by the Warren County Public Transportation Department that a vape was found on a school bus.

Through analysis by a School Resource Officer, it was determined that the vape was suspected to contain THC/Marijuana ingredients.

Further investigation determined the identity of the student that brought the vape onto the bus.

WCMS administration will take appropriate action as that investigation continues.

In a letter to parents of students in WCMS Principal Chris Johnston addressed the situation.

In the letter, Johnston asked parents and guardians to have a talk with their student about vaping and its impact.

The principle went on to remind parents to remind their students that if they see something say something.

Johnston also referenced a free webinar available about Adolescent Drug Use and trends.

Johnston went on to say that this type of activity would not be tolerated at WCMS.

Any questions on the subject should be directed to Warren County Middle School Principal Dr. Chris Johnston at 540-635-2194.

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WCPS hosts open house tonight

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The school year is just around the corner for many local students and Warren County Public Schools will hold an open house tonight from 4-7 pm.

LFK’s will begin at 2pm due to limited parking, while Skyline Middle will begin at 3pm.

Each school will be open to students and their guardians to explore and meet teachers and staff.

Students may also pick up their class schedule, if they have not already done so or pay any fees.

Warren County High School’s open house will also include a Freshman Orientation at 6 pm in the auditorium.

The first day back to school in Warren County is Wednesday, August 9th.

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Three local school districts awarded for innovation

Three local school districts were honored with the Everfi Empowered District seal.

Those districts include Frederick, Warren, and Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Everfi is a leading social impact education innovator that evaluates public school districts based on their exemplary commitment to comprehensive, digital-first education strategies on topics like financial literacy, social-emotional learning, sustainability, and health.

School districts are awarded the Everfi Empowered Seal on a variety of criteria based on high impact practices across diverse well-being topics that are translated into measurable technology metrics along with at least 10% of the student population utilizing Everfi’s resources.

Some of those criteria include the use of efficacy based programs, well trained staff, appropriate placement, sufficient reach, and outcomes evaluated.

Students within Empowered Seal school districts are eligible to participate in the essay-based scholarship competition which awards $6,000 in scholarships each fall and spring.

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WCPS announces summer meal program

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Warren County Public Schools in partnership with No Kid Hungry will offer free summer meals in the county June 5th through July 27th.

Daily meals will be offered Monday through Thursday with a few exceptions for holidays.

Three options are available to acquire the lunches including pick up at E Wilson Morrison Elementary School with breakfast available from 8 AM- 10 AM and Lunch from 11 AM to 1 PM.

A Sodexo Van will also bring meals to stops at Brighter Futures, Front Royal Church of Nazarene, Kendrick Lane Apartments, and Royal Hill Apartments.

Another WCPS SUV Route will travel between Skyline Middle and High Schools and Royal Arms Apartments.

Not all areas of the county qualify for the program but anyone age 1-18 in qualifying areas can receive free meals.

To see if you qualify or to recommend an area to the program call 540-631-0040 ext. 3. 

To view the announcement shared by WCPS, click here.

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WCPS places staff on leave amid investigation

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Warren County Public Schools announced in a press release that staff members at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School were placed on leave pending an on going investigation.

Administration was made aware of complaints made regarding these staff members.

Then WCPS staff contacted the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services to conduct a joint investigation into the complaint.

Parents of children in affected classrooms were notified and asked to speak with their children about the situation and told to contact WCPS staff with additional questions.

Staffing has been shifted to continue providing educational and support services to the school.

The investigation is ongoing and no further comments were made.

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Shane Goodwin announced as FCPS Assistant Superintendent

Frederick County Public Schools announced the hiring of Shane A. Goodwin as the new Assistant Superintendent for Administration.

Goodwin brings with him more than 25 years of experience in public education.

He currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Communication for Warren County Public Schools.

His start date for FCPS is effective on June 1st, 2023.

He recently held other roles in WCPS including Assistant Principal from 2018-2019 at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School before becoming Principal from 2019-2021.

FCPS Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the hire acknowledging Goodwin’s organization and work ethic as important factors and “more importantly… was his consistent demonstration of being student focused.”

Goodwin says he looks forward to “working where students come first, where people are cared for, and where success matters.”

Goodwin holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and masters of arts in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University.

He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Shenandoah University.

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Skyline High School holds final showings of Cinderella

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You still have time to check out Skyline High School and St Johns Drama’s performance of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

They got started last weekend with the final shows taking place today at 1:30 pm and 7: 30 pm and tomorrow at 3:00 pm.

The timeless musical will bring together the charm and elegance of Rodgers and Hamerstein’s version with a modern flair.

The original presentation debuted on television in 1957 and was the most widely viewed program in the history of TV.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the performance.

Tickets will cost $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for children with a family special for the matinees.

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New teachers welcomed to Warren County

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The Front Royal Warren Chamber of Commerce will host a reception for new teachers on Tuesday.

The reception will welcome almost 100 new teachers for the 2022-23 school year at Warren County Middle School starting at 11:30 am.

If you would like your organization to be represented at the event contact the Chamber at 201 East Main Street Front Royal no later than Monday.

Items for the teacher welcome bags must be dropped off at the Chamber Office by noon Monday.

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