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There will be no school Monday (5/25) for Memorial Day.

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End of the Year Dates
As we approach the last week of school, here are some important dates. There is NO school Memorial Day (5/25).  The last day of school is Thursday May 28 (two hour early dismissal).  Forest Park Academy's Graduation is Wednesday May 27 at the Jefferson Center at 6 p.m.  Friday (5/29) William Fleming's Graduation is at 10 A.M., Patrick Henry's at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies are at the Berglund Center.
Hallie Carr passes away
We've lost a member of the RCPS family.  Hallie Carr passed away Wednesday.  Hallie worked for RCPS for 35 years, many spent at William Fleming High School.  She was the principal from 1999 to 2005.  She retired as the school system's Director of Guidance in 2014.  As you can see from this1995 yearbook, Hallie loved working with students.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (5/23) at Oakey's North Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour before.
Two schools receive state top honors
Congratulations to Crystal Spring Elementary (pictured) and Highland Park Elementary for receiving awards from Governor McAuliffe and Virginia's Board of Education.  Crystal Spring received the highest award- the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence.  Crystal is just six schools in the state to win this award.  Highland Park received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.  Both schools should be proud of their hard work.
Warren Craft wins B'nai B'rith Award
Congratulations to Warren Craft of William Fleming High School.  He received the B'nai B-rith Athletic and Achievement Award from the Israel Friedlander Lodge.  Warren is the first male winner from William Fleming since 1986.  The award is based on athletics, academics, and citizenship.  Warren will attend the University of Virginia (UVA) next year.  He certainly exemplifies Colonel Pride.
RCPS Retirement Dinner
27 employees were honored at the annual RCPS Retirement Dinner.  The honorees included teachers, coaches, operations workers, and even a principal.  Combined, they have nearly 500 years of service to Roanoke City Public Schools; 498 to be exact.  THANK YOU for your years of service.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to RCPS and wish you all the best in retirement.
Congressional Art Winner
Congratulations to Kayla Prillaman of William Fleming High School for winning the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition.  Kayla's photo of autumn woods was picked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte to represent Virginia's 6th Congressional District.  Kayla's work will be on display for one year in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol.  She will also be honored at a reception at the Capitol in June. 
Art Accolades for Breckinridge
There were 140 submissions nationwide, just 10 were selected including James Breckinridge Middle School Art Teacher Daniel Kuehl.  His sculpture titled "Leaf" is now on display at Elmwood Park.  It is made of wood, mirrors, and it rotates.  Mr. Kuehl selected an Elmwood leaf because it is for Elmwood Park.  The Roanoke Arts Commission, which sponsored the art exhibit, chose the theme 'The Natural City.'  His work will be on display for the next 18 months.
Bezos Scholars Program
Congratulations to Ciara Mulcahy (left) and Diane Casola of Patrick Henry High School.  They've been selected for prestigious Bezos Scholars Program.  It brings together 12 of the nation's top public high school juniors, and 12 exceptional educators for an all-expense-paid week at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.  Upon return, they create "Local Ideas Festivals" on an important and relevant issue in their own hometowns.  This is the second PH student selected for this program.
Apply to Fishburn Park
DEADLINE IS FRIDAY. Fishburn Park Elementary is an environmentally focused school where students participate in gardening, recycling, and projects to preserve our planet.  Any Roanoke City student can apply to attend Fishburn Park.  Applications for rising Kindergarten through 5th graders will be accepted through May 22, 2015.  Click here to download an application or pick one up at the school.
Local Colors features Highland Park
Local talent at Local Colors.  Highland Park Elementary's Marimba Group took part in Saturday's Local Colors Festival.  "The Swaggin' Highlanders" performed at Elmwood Park to plenty of cheers and smiles.  Local Colors celebrates Roanoke's diversity and cultures.  This was the 25th anniversary of the festival.  Nine Highland Park students wowed the crowd.  They did a great job.
Noteworthy Music Festival
Thanks to everyone who came out to Patrick Henry High School for the 4th annual Noteworthy Music Festival.  The seven hour concert featured ten bands playing all kinds of music.  Organizers raised thousands of dollars for music programs in Roanoke City Public Schools.  Since the Noteworthy Music Festival started, nearly $20,000 has been raised for our music programs.  Bravo!
New Principal at Fishburn Park
Congratulations to Steven Lin.  At the May School Board meeting, he was approved to be the next principal of Fishburn Park Elementary.  Mr. Lin will replace Ms. Lackey, who is retiring in June.  He is currently an assistant principal at Fairview Elementary.  Mr. Lin says he's passionate about public education and Fishburn Park.  His goals are to increase the school's student population, working with community partners, and to encourage more parent involvement.
Earthquake Relief
Wasena Elementary has 21 Nepali students.  When they heard about the earthquake in Nepal, they wanted to help.  After brainstorming with their teacher, the students have decided to collect change to help earthquake victims.  All the money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.  The students have been making announcements over the intercom, visiting classrooms, and collected change during the school's PTA picnic.
RCPS Art Show
Our students are certainly creative, talented, and imaginative.  Now, it's time to see their works of art.  The annual art show is now taking place at the Jefferson Center. Come and see nearly 150 works on display from every school in the district.  You will see creative paintings, portraits, photography, sculptures, and even robots!  Our Facebook page has plenty of pictures:  www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Round Hill Update
SOL testing hasn't slowed down construction of a new classroom wing at Round Hill Elementary, but the timing of the work has shifted.  Construction crews have graciously agreed to work after 2:30 p.m. so there are no distractions during standardized testing.  The project is currently on-time and on-budget.  Once completed, the wing will house twelve new classrooms.  We anticipate the new classrooms will be ready by the beginning of the next school year. 
State Champion
Congratulations to Cadet Grady Hutchins of Patrick Henry High School/ROTEC.  He won the State Championship in the Individual Armed Exhibition Category at the Air Force Junior ROTC State Drill Championships near Richmond.  Individual Armed Exhibition is a brand new category making Grady's win that more memorable.  This is the first State Championship for Patrick Henry ROTC, the second overall for PH this year. 
RCPS 2015 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Mark Levy of Patrick Henry High School.  He is the 2015 Roanoke Teacher of the Year (TOY).  He and all the TOY candidates were honored at a dinner at the Jefferson Center.  Mr. Levy received a $1,000 from Interactive Achievement, $250 from WDBJ-TV, and a bouquet of flowers from George's Flowers.  Before the dinner, the candidates were pampered at Zee's Salon and were transported by limo to the event, thanks to Prestige Limousine.
RCPS+ Information
Our summer enrichment program RCPS+ will run from June 15 - July 24.  The program is FREE and transportation will be providedPLEASE NOTE:  This year, RCPS+ Elementary will run from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M., Middle and High from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Click here for more details about the program and for a list of the RCPS+ sites.  We will provide more information as we get closer to the launch of the program.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you to everyone who made Teacher Appreciation Week so special for our teachers.  PTA's provided catered luncheons, administrators left witty and appreciative notes in their boxes, and there were countless special gifts from students.  While the week may be over, it is never too late to show your appreciation to your teacher. 
National School Nurse Day
Wednesday was National School Nurse Day.  It is a time we recognize the hard-work, dedication, and compassion our school nurses show our children every day.  From patching up scrapped knees to taking our temperature, these medical professionals are there we need them.  For that, we say thank you.  Please take a moment to show your appreciation to our nurses.
Judy Lackey plans to retire
She has been an educator for 42 years!  Now, Judy Lackey plans to retire in June.  Ms. Lackey has been with RCPS for nine years, the last seven as principal of Fishburn Park Elementary.  "It is with a heavy heart that I leave because I love my school, my faculty, and especially my students.  But I look forward to my future," said Lackey.  She plans to travel more and make plenty of pottery.
Breckinridge Teacher is heading to Seattle
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation thinks highly of Stephanie Doyle of James Breckinridge Middle School.  She has been invited to participate in the national Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET) Conference in Seattle in July.  It brings teachers together to share their successes and challenges while elevating the profession.  The entire trip will be paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Helping Hands at Crystal Spring
They may be in middle school now but they haven't forgotten where they came from.  Once a week before school, James Madison Middle School students return to Crystal Spring Elementary as part of the Helping Hands Program.  They help teachers with various projects as well as tutor and play games with the elementary students.  This week, Crystal Spring held a breakfast to thank these young students and the school's nearly 100 volunteers.  THANK YOU!
PH/WF are a W!se Choice
Working in Support of Education (w!se) has named Patrick Henry High School (pictured) and William Fleming High School one of the "100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance" in the country.  W!se determines the rankings partly based on the average score on the Financial Literacy Certification Test.  Only 17 states require personal finance instruction in high school including Virginia.
Ready for SOLs
The SOLs are underway for many of our students.  Before the big tests, many schools held SOL Pep Rallies and other events to get students excited and ready.  Fairview Elementary threw a cookout for students in 3-5 grade.  Students at Preston Park Elementary participated in fun games.  Lincoln Terrace students dressed up as superheroes.  We know this is a stressful time of year.  We want to wish all students and staff the best during the SOL testing season.
Little Feet Meet
There were plenty of smiles, high-fives, and medals handed out at the annual Little Feet Meet at Northside High School.  More than 1,200 elementary school students from across the region participated in the Special Olympics.  RCPS was well represented with students from Fallon Park, Lincoln Terrace, Hurt Park, Highland Park, Fishburn Park, Garden City and Westside competing in the games.  For more pictures, http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Children's Cabinet visits Fallon Park
Governor McAulliffe's Children's Cabinet held its first meeting in Roanoke.  Various state leaders visited Fallon Park Elementary to discuss issues impacting children, youth, and families.  The group toured the school and then held a roundtable discussion with school officials, School Board Members, community partners, and local agencies.  Topics included early childhood education, health, homelessness and what's working at Fallon Park Elementary. 
Volunteer Appreciation
THANK YOU!  They are words you will be hearing often at our schools the next few weeks as we show our appreciation to our volunteers.  Roanoke City Public Schools if fortunate hundreds of volunteers who give their time and their hearts.  They assist teachers, mentor and tutor students, and so much more!  Many schools are holding events this month to say thank you.  We greatly appreciate all that you.
Madison's Mermaids
Thanks for everyone who came out for James Madison Middle's production of Little Mermaid, Jr. at Patrick Henry High School.  It tells the story of a mermaid who wants to be human.  See Little Mermaid, Jr. Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and a matinee on Saturday at 11:00 am.  All shows are at Patrick Henry High School. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students.  "Take it from me," this is great.  65 students make up this talented cast.
Westside Debate Team in Philly
They made Roanoke proud.  The Westside Debate Team did a wonderful job during its four day trip to Philadelphia.  The students won their exhibition at Temple University.  They debated an area middle school team about whether police officers should carry fire-arms.  Their reward for doing so well?  A pool party and all you can eat ice cream!  They also toured several museums and visited the Liberty Bell.  Congratulations!
Accolades for Addison
A Lucy Addison Middle School student is about to get an once in a lifetime opportunity.  Noah Davis is one of 25 selected nationwide to participate in Youth Quest at Gettysburg.  Noah will get an all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg College this summer.  Over four days, he will work with Admissions Staff to learn how to get ready for college as well as participate in leadership building activities.  Additionally, he will get a behind the scenes look at the battlefield and museum.
NASA at Jackson
It was an out of this world experience at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  Students in the 21st Century Learning Center are participating in the NASA Stem Challenge.  You may remember Jackson Middle won a challenge last year.  There are more states and schools participating this year.  NASA representatives traveled to Jackson to see the students in action.  They created a plant growth chamber for a lunar dwelling. They'll learn in late May whether they won this year.
2015-2016 School Calendar
The Roanoke City School Board has approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar.  We are doing something different this year with the first day of school.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  Monday will be a Teacher Service Day.  The school year will end before Memorial Day.  Want to see the full calendar?  Click here to view a PDF of the calendar.
 
Chess Changes
The Chess tournament scheduled for this Saturday April 18, 2015 has been moved from Fallon Park Elementary School to Fishburn Park Elementary School.  Fishburn Park School is located at 3057 Colonial Avenue, next to Virginia Western Community College, the Gator Aquatic Center,  and James Madison Middle School.  The entrance is on Overland Road.  Registration opens at 8:00 am and games start at 10:00 am.
 
Fleming Play at Mill Mountain Theatre
TODAY:  Remnants of a Broken Past is a play written by two William Fleming High Schools students.  It tells the story of three Genocides; The Holocaust, Rwanda and Cambodia through the eyes of four high school students who have been assigned to work together on a project.  See Remnants of a Broken Past TODAY at 2 pm & 7 pm at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (Church Avenue side).  Cost is $5.
Welcome Back
As we head back from Spring Break, we want to remind you that this is Our Best Year Ever.  There are countless examples, too many for us to list in this small box.  But we want to thank you for your role in making this Our Best Year Ever.  We couldn't do this without you, and for that, we are very grateful.  As we approach the busy testing season, we want you to know we appreciate all of your efforts.  We hope the rest of the school year is a good one!  THIS IS OUR BEST YEAR EVER.
Arbor Day Celebration
The seed has been planted.  The City of Roanoke held its annual Arbor Day Celebration at Highland Park Elementary.  RCPS and Clean Valley Council paid to have eight cherry trees planted around the school.  Roanoke has been named a Tree City USA, from the Arbor Day Foundation, for 20 years in a row.  The celebration included music by students, a poem about trees and a Proclamation by Mayor Bowers.
State Champions!
Congratulations to the Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team for winning the 6A State Championship.  Additionally, six Patrick Henry students won first place in their categories.  This is the second year in a row Patrick Henry's Forensics Team has won the State Championship. Forensics is a combination of speech, debate and acting.  The team has made all of Roanoke proud.
Sit up and take notice
One man's trash is another man's treasure.  That may be the best way to describe an art project at Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy.  Students have taken four old wooden chairs and turned them into works of art to benefit local art programs.  One of the chairs is titled "Roanoke" and features everything Roanoke is known for, like the Mill Mountain Star.  The project encourages team work and it shows students what they create can be shared with other people for a good cause.
Dance Espanol
Another great year, another great show.  Thank you to everyone who came out for this year's Dance Espanol performance at William Fleming High School. Dance Espanol is a partnership between RCPS and the Southwest Virginia Ballet.  It incorporates dance, Spanish and this year Science.  Mr. Pedro, as he is affectionately called, teaches the classes at Highland Park Elementary, Morningside, Lincoln Terrace and Wasena. 
Westside Debutantes Ball
The goal is to turn girls into young ladies.  That was certainly on display at the first ever Westside Future Debutantes Ball.  The Debutantes are made up of twelve Westside girls who meet after school.  For the last month, they teamed up with fifth grade boys to learn the waltz.  Saturday night, the girls wore beautiful pinks gowns, the boys white shirts and bow ties as they danced to plenty of smiles and applause.  Go to our Facebook page for more pictures and video.
March Madness at Madison
Students at James Madison Middle School are filling out their brackets but not in the way you may think.  U.S. History Teacher Mr. Wilder is using March Madness to engage his seventh graders about history.  Rather than pick basketball teams, students are using their brackets to determine the most influential historical person after the Civil War.  For example, students are debating who was more influential--Henry Ford or Alexander Graham Bell. It is a lesson that sounds like a slam dunk.
100% Club
You could call it Woodrow's Way.  This year, Woodrow Wilson Middle School started a 100% Club.  The goal is to reward students who have completed all their class and homework assignments during each nine week grading period.  For the latest, 21 eighth graders were treated to ice cream sundaes.  The club has become so popular, the school is talking about expanding it to more grades next year. 
Shining Stars
Sometimes it's the students who can teach us.  At lunch one day, teachers at Morningside Elementary were throwing out ideas for a Bullying Prevention Project when fifth grader Megan Price chimed in.  With that, you could say a star was born.  She suggested every student design their own star and write what makes them so special and unique.  It makes sense since Morningside is known as the Shining Stars.  The goal of the project is to show we all shine differently. 
ROTEC Extravaganza
More than $5,000 worth of scholarships were handed out at the annual ROTEC Extravaganza.  It was a chance for students to showcase their talents and to highlight the need for career and technical education.  Virginia Western Community College President Robert Sandel was the keynote speaker.  He says career and technical education is needed now more than ever to produce a skilled workforce. Thank you to the 15 businesses and individuals who sponsored this year's event.
Lucy Addison Memorial Wall Groundbreaking
Before it was a middle school, Lucy Addison was a high school from 1928 to 1973.  Alumnae of Lucy Addison High School are raising money to build a memorial wall at the school.  It will list the names of graduates and staff members of Lucy Addison High School.  Thursday, the steering committee held a groundbreaking.  The goal is to unveil the Lucy Addison High School Monument Wall in the fall.  It will certainly be a lasting legacy.
Fleming's Leap of Faith
FINAL WEEKEND:  Be sure to catch Leap of Faith at William Fleming High School.  The musical is based on the 1992 movie starring Steve Martin.  The "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale is an electrifying performer and con artist whose bus breaks down in a small Kansas town.  He pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival.  But things don't go as planned.  You can see Leap of Faith Friday and Saturday (3/27,28) at William Fleming at 7:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students.
Wasena Elementary wins national award
Congratulations to Wasena Elementary.  The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) has selected 15 schools across the country as winners of its 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award.  Wasena received the Bronze Award.  All the winners will be recognized in Dallas.  Previous winners from Roanoke City include Fallon Park Elementary and Preston Park Elementary.
Major Music Award
Bravo!  Roanoke City Public Schools is the 2015 recipient of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.  The school system was honored for its partnership with the Roanoke Symphony.  The program will be highlighted during a Yale Symposium in June.  Our partnership was chosen because it represents the characteristics of a quality program that Yale is seeking to study and celebrate at its symposium.
National High School Heart of the Arts Award
Congratulations to Ray Johnson of Patrick Henry High School.  She is one of eight students across the country to receive the National High School Heart of the Arts Award sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  The award recognizes those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. 
Legally Blonde at Patrick Henry
Thanks to everyone who supported this year's spring musical.   Patrick Henry High School's Spring Musical is Legally Blonde, based on the movie made famous by Reese Witherspoon.  It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. 
Save our trees
Could you go paperless for a day?  That question was put to the test at Fishburn Park Elementary.  Each grade tried to go paperless for a day.  Teachers and students used computers more, white boards and reused paper.  At the beginning of week, they weighed the amount of recycled paper which was 335 pounds.  At the end of the week, the environmentally focused school had reduced its carbon footprint by 100 pounds. Job well done!
Teacher Grants
Congratulations to Suzanne Bazak (right) of Patrick Henry High School and Schuyler Thoemke (left) of Virginia Heights Elementary.  They are this year's recipients of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League's (GRCL) Teacher Grant Program.  Ms. Bazak will use the grant money to buy tablets for math classes.  Ms. Thoemke plans to have her students make ceramic store fronts of businesses on Grandin Road.  Here they are with GRCL President Kit Hale.
Road to Richmond
They fought to the end and came close.  The William Fleming High School Girls Basketball Team lost by one point in the 4A State Semi-Finals in Richmond.  Final Score: William Fleming 57 Monacan High School 58.  The Lady Colonels had a wonderful season.  While it wasn't the outcome we wanted, these players made us ALL PROUD.  Congratulations Lady Colonels.
Regional Champs
They've done it again!  For the second year in a row, the Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team has won the Regional Championship. Of ten categories, Patrick Henry had eight regional champions.  The ten students who placed in the top 3 at regionals will now compete in the State Championship.  You may remember the Forensics Team won the State Championship last year. 
 
 
Woodrow's World
John Scott Roberts is on top of the world.  The Woodrow Wilson Middle School 8th grader qualified for the National Geographic State Bee.  100 students from all over the state will compete at Longwood University March, 27.  To qualify, students had to answer such questions as:  Taylor Swift performed last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders that South China Sea?  Answer: Malaysia.  We wish John all the best!
Kindergarten Registration
Roanoke City Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Registration Friday.  Certain documents are required for registration.  The process will go faster if you fill out the application beforehand.  We've put together a webpage that should answer your questions and you can download the Kindergarten Registration Application.  Click here
Round Hill Update
Construction is moving along nicely on a new classroom wing at Round Hill Elementary.  Twelve new classrooms are currently being built in back of the school, not far from Round Hill's new cafeteria.  The new classroom wing should be ready by the first day of school.  Construction on eight additional classrooms will soon get underway.  They are scheduled to be completed by January 2016.  Believe it or not, the harsh winter hasn't slowed the project down.
Makeup Days????
It is a question many of you have been asking, are we going to have to make up days?   The state requires school systems to have 180 teaching days or 990 teaching hours. We have missed a total of 9 school days, and at this point, have enough days built into our calendar.   What we can say with certainty--Spring Break is NOT in jeopardy.  If necessary, we will extend the school day like we did last year.
The Waltz at Westside
May I have this dance?  It is a question the boys are asking the girls at Westside Elementary.  The Westside Debutantes are getting ready to hold a ball.  The after-school club helps turn girls into young ladies. To get ready for the big night, the Debutantes are learning the waltz with the boys.  On the night of the ball, the Debutantes will have their hair and nails done and will be treated to a dinner before they hit the dance floor with their male counterparts.  Get the tissues ready.
Read Across America
It's a day our students and teachers look forward to every year.  Read Across America Day honors the life of Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate, many of our schools have guest readers including elected officials, local celebrities, and members of various community based organizations.  Some even dress up for the occasion.  We saw The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and several Thing 1 and Thing 2's.  It is a great event that promotes the importance of reading.  Thank you to all our guest readers.
Preserving the past
How do you get young people to appreciate where we've come from?  The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and the City of Roanoke Planning Building and Development Dept. donated a copy of "The Little House" to each 2nd grade classroom.  The Virginia Lee Burton book tells the story of a home's changing environment as urban development extends into the country.  Teachers have used the book to show how Roanoke has changed over the years.
Future Forecasters?
It all started with a spark of interest from a student.  Before long, Wasena Elementary was starting a Storm Club.  Ten 2nd graders are meeting every month after school to learn everything they can about weather.  Their first meeting featured a special guest, WDBJ 7 Meteorologist Brent Watts.  He taught the students how to make their own clouds and tornadoes!  They also asked him questions, like how much snow we are going to get from the latest storm.
Let's be social!
Want to get the latest school cancelations or delays?  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Social media is a great way to know the great things going on at our schools.  This past week, we had 70,000 views alone on our Facebook page!  So if you haven't, join us:
http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Twitter: @RoanokeSchools 
Career and Technical Education Month
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  At ROTEC, more than 2,800 industry certifications have been issued in the last five years.  Students are taking marketing (pictured), sports medicine, cosmetology, automotive, engineering and many more.  CTE provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness.  This year, 4,700 Roanoke City students are taking CTE classes; that number grows every year.
CCAP Deadline is FRIDAY
The deadline to apply for the Community College Access Program (CCAP) is this Friday (2/27).   If you have questions or need assistance submitting supporting documents, please see your counselors.  CCAP allows qualifying seniors to attend Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) tuition-free for two years.  To apply to CCAP: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap/:   
Feeding Stations
Thanks to all the volunteers who served lunches to students on Friday.  We provided 350 meals at four locations across the city.  Each bag contained enough food for at least two meals.  Additionally, Jill Hufnagel and a group of volunteers donated 180 bags full of food to go home with students.  They raised $1,200 in less than 24 hours to buy the food.  We truly live in a caring community.  Thanks to everyone who made this event a success.  Our children thank you!
An Appreciation
Thank you to all the maintenance crews, building managers, plow drivers and other workers who worked around the clock.  They cleared sidewalks, stairs and parking lots at all of our schools.  We had more than 150 personnel working to clear the snow.  They are doing a great job and we appreciate all their hard work.  Be sure to thank them the next time you see one of these unsung heroes. 
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a time to educate students about important African Americans.  Many of our schools are holding events throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month.  At Morningside Elementary, illustrator Joel Christian Gill shared little known African American History stories.  Students at Noel C. Taylor made artwork and poetry (pictured) about Black History Month.  They will be on display at Roanoke's main library later this week for the rest of the month.
Science Fair
We saw the best in Chemistry, Animal Sciences and Microbiology at the city-wide Science Fair.  165 students competed from the city's middle and high schools, as well as the Governor's School.  Various awards, medals and cash prizes were handed out during the awards ceremony.  The top 23 high school and top 12 middle school winners will now compete at the Regional Competition at Virginia Western Community College in a few weeks.  Congratulations to all the participants. 
RCPS Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Ryan Margaret Smith of James Madison Middle School for winning the Division-wide Spelling Bee.  She won in the 19th round with the word "slalom."  We congratulate her and all the competitors from the five middle schools.  Ryan will now compete in the Regional Competition Saturday, March 14.  We wish her all the best.  Thank you to WDBJ's Robin Reed for emceeing the city's Spelling Bee.
Showing the love
There was plenty of love as many schools celebrated Valentine's Day.  At Jackson Middle, students (pictured) showed their appreciation by making 600 cards for teachers.  At Monterey Elementary, students decorated Valentine's Day cards for residents of Friendship Retirement Community. At James Madison Middle, a quartet sang to Mrs. Bryant to celebrate her wedding anniversary.  Students at Preston Park Elementary made posters to help promote pet adoption. 
Important Storm Information
Here are some important phone numbers from the City of Roanoke: Call 211 for information on the status of road conditions.  To report power outages, call AEP at 1-800-956-4237.  To report water problems, contact the Western Virginia Water Authority at 853-5700.  911 should only be reserved for medical, fire, or police emergencies.  Please stay off the roads during the storm. 
Soup for Seniors
Our students will warm plenty of hearts and stomachs this winter, thanks to their generous donations.  Several of our schools participated in the Soups for Seniors Program.  The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is collecting cans of soup for 3,000 seniors in the Roanoke Valley.  Lucy Addison, Virginia Heights (pictured), Lincoln Terrace, Crystal Spring and William Fleming collected more than 3,600 cans!  A shout out to the students and staff at Lincoln Terrace for taking in 1,500 cans.
Meet the Debutantes
Westside Elementary is successfully turning girls into young ladies.  The Westside Future Debutantes promotes leadership, academic achievement, community service, and builds character.  Twelve 5th graders meet twice a month after-school for workshops, fun activities, and guest speakers.  The latest was Miss Roanoke Valley Addison Walker.  She talked about the importance of setting goals and having values.  The Debutantes will hold their first Gala in March.
Playground Dedication
Students at Highland Park Elementary have new playing power.  RCPS and the City of Roanoke joined forces to install a new playground in Highland Park. The partnership allowed for a bigger playground, 25% larger to be exact. The playground is now made up of two structures; one for 2-5 year olds, the other designed for 5 to 12 year olds.  A big hit with students are the rock walls and the color scheme.  They actually got to vote on the color of the new playground.
Ancestry at Addison
What does your family tree look like?  Students at Lucy Addison Middle School are about to find out.  History Teacher Ms. Motley has secured a one-year free subscription to Ancestry.com.  The service can be used on any computer at Addison and will encompass just about every subject.  History classes are about to use it to look up historic documents on the Boston Tea Party.  At the end of the year, Ms. Motley will have her students research their own family history.
Governor's School Project Forum
Thank you to everyone who came to the annual Roanoke Valley Governor's School Student Forum.  265 students showed off their Scientific Projects; many were fascinating, mind blowing, and sometimes defied logic.  The Silent Auction raised a lot of money; all the proceeds will benefit the Governor's School.  Next up?  The city-wide Science Fair on Thursday, February 12 at 4:30 p.m. at William Fleming High School.
Dance Espanol
The program is so popular it literally has 4th graders jumping for joy and that's ok.  Dance Espanol is a partnership with the Southwest Virginia Ballet that is offered at four elementary schools.  Mr. Pedro, as he is affectionately called, combines dance and Spanish, with a new twist this year: science.  Dancers are using their bodies to express the movements of science.  This year's Dance Espanol Finale is Thursday, April 2 at William Fleming High School at 7 p.m.
Chess Tournament Rescheduled
The Chess Tournament that was postponed on January 24, 2015 has been rescheduled for February 14, 2015 at Fallon Park Elementary.  If you are unable to attend that date, you can move your registration to the February 21 or April 18 tournaments.  If you need to reschedule, please email Mickey Owens at mowens@rcps.info by February 9, 2015.
Important Health Information
We are concerned about students health.  That is why Roanoke City Public Schools is hosting a series of forums about the dangers of STD's.  These forums will provide vital information on what you can do to protect your children.  The last one is TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. For the complete list of forums, click here.
Book Club at Lincoln Terrace
It started with a suggestion by a PTA parent.  Now, Lincoln Terrace Elementary has come up with another way to get students excited about reading.  The school has started a Book Club.  Students choose the book and meet every Monday night at Lincoln Terrace to read it.  Right now, they are enjoying James and the Giant Peach.  Once completed, they'll have a pizza party to discuss the book and watch the movie.  The goal is to read three books in the club's first year.
RSO & RCPS
It was an experience our students experienced either on the stage, in the audience, or online.  The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teamed up with WDBJ-TV for its first live educational broadcast.  115 musicians performed, including several Patrick Henry High School Orchestra students (pictured), who are in the Youth Symphony.  Additionally, 700 of our students attended the performance at the Berglund Center or watched it online from their classrooms.
Virginia's Math Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Jennifer Hatch of James Breckinridge Middle School.  She is the 2015 Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year for the Middle School Level.  "I feel blessed to work with such wonderful, supportive, and inspiring people in Roanoke City Schools and Breckinridge Middle.  The parents, students, teachers, and administrators are exemplary and push me to be better every day," says Hatch.
Green Team at Fishburn Park
There is a new club at Fishburn Park Elementary and it is all about being green.  Twelve students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade make up the Green Team   They are in charge of the school's environmental initiatives like recycling, campus cleanup, and teaching younger students about composting.  It's a very selective group.  There was an application process that included an essay.  The Green Team is another way Fishburn Park showcases its environmentally focused mission.
Wilson student wins essay contest
Kendryek Wheeler may only be a 7th grader but he knows exactly what he would do as mayor of Roanoke.  The Woodrow Wilson Middle School student is one of eight regional winners in the If I were Mayor Essay Contest.  Nearly 1,000 students submitted essays statewide.  Kendryek will receive a $150 cash prize as well as meet the Governor next week in Richmond.  Roanoke Mayor David Bowers (pictured) congratulated Kendryek in his office at City Hall.
Coat Drive
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Coat Drive.  So far, we have collected about 225 winter coats for students.  We purchased many of the coats through a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley and a donation from Walmart.  We also received donations from employees, churches, and community members.   If you want to donate, please call 853-2816We will accept new or gently worn winter coats, hats (hats have to be new), and mittens/gloves.  THANK YOU!
MLK Day
It is a day that honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and our students were a big part of it.  The Westside Step Team wowed the crowd at the MLK Breakfast at the Hotel Roanoke. Students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine took part in a MLK Service Day at James Madison Middle.  The William Fleming High School Marching Band as well as the Gospel Choir from Fleming, Patrick Henry, and Lucy Addison marched in the MLK March in downtown Roanoke. 
Fallon Park at Paddington
The popular children's book about Paddington the bear has now been made into a movie.  Paddington tells the story of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home.  Students from Fallon Park Elementary got to see a special screening of the new movie at Carmike Cinemas.  630 students and 100 chaperones were wowed by the movie's main theme: be kind, take care of each other.  Thank you to Carmike for giving students a special deal on the ticket price.
Reading with RAMS
A good book made for a great day at Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the school held Reading with RAMS.  Guests from all over the community were invited to read to students in their classrooms.  The readers included school board members, celebrities, educators, elected officials, community members, and business leaders.  The goal of the event was to show students the importance of reading and how much fun a good book can be. 
National Board Certification
It is a prestigious group and now two Virginia Heights Elementary teachers have joined it.  Rebecca Camper (left) and John Thompson (right) have earned National Board Certification.  There are only 100,000 teachers nationwide who have this distinction.  National Board Certification was created 25 years ago with the mission to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators.  Congratulations.
Important High School Information
High School students who plan to take dual enrollment classes next year or enroll in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) must take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).  We are testing at Patrick Henry and William Fleming throughout January and February for CCAP and March for dual enrollment.  Virginia Western Community College is hosting workshops to help students prepare for the VPT.  Have questions?  Click here.
Middle School Basketball Showcase
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Star City Middle School Boys' Basketball Showcase.  The day long event at Lucy Addison featured all five of the city's middle schools and others from around the region.  It was so successful, there is already talk of bringing it back and expanding the showcase next year.  Jackson, Madison, Breckinridge (pictured), and Addison all won their games.  Congratulations. The money raised will benefit middle school athletics.
RAMS on the radio
Turn your dial to ViBE 97.7 to hear the voices of some Roanoke Academy students.  They've recorded promos for a book drive the radio station is doing for the school.  ViBE is collecting new or gently used books at its studios on Electric Road (the K92 building).  You can drop books off all through January.  Roanoke Academy will hold the first ever Read with RAMS Day next week. Various people from the community will read to children to generate excitement about opening a book.
Central Main Entrance Re-opens
We are back in business.  The main entrance at Central Administration has re-opened to employees and the public.  It was closed due to renovations to the outdoor plaza.  You will find the stairs are new and there is adequate parking in front of the building.  Handicapped parking has been permanently moved to the other side of the building.  As you come onto Douglass Avenue, take an immediate right and follow the signs for handicapped parking. 
Our Best Year Ever
As we begin the second half of the school year, remember this is Our Best Year Ever.  How?  Matthew Newton of Fishburn Park Elem. was named Region 6 Teacher of the Year.  Wasena Elem. is up for a national award.  We received national attention for our partnership with VH1 Save the Music.  William Fleming High School is fully accredited.  Patrick Henry's Marching Band represented Virginia at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. The list goes on and on--and will grow.
Let's be social!
Roanoke City Public Schools has a strong presence on social media.  We were one of 25 school systems in the country recognized by the National School Public Relations for our Facebook page.  What are you waiting for?  Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.  Our Twitter handle is @RoanokeSchools.  Our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
K-Guard Classic Champs
William Fleming High School's Boys Basketball Team began the New Year celebrating.  The Colonels won the K-Guard Classic.  The three day tournament took place at the Salem Civic Center and featured high school basketball teams all over the region.  The Colonels beat Cave Spring 67 to 49 to win the championship.  Congratulations. 
Important Survey
Time is running out so please take our Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Your answers will help improve your child's school.  Is the main office staff helpful?  Are your calls to the school returned within 24 hours?  These are some of the questions asked in the survey.  It will take you less than 5 minutes.  Good or bad, we want to hear from you.  For English version, click here.  For Spanish, click here
Bullying Hotline
Roanoke City Public Schools takes bullying seriously and we want to make sure every child feels safe at school.  For that reason, we have launched a Bullying Hotline. The Hotline is open to anyone who experiences or observes bullying that is school related.  Bullying is defined as any aggressive behavior intending to harm, real or perceived imbalance of power and repeated over time or causes trauma.  Call 853-1700 to report bullying.  You can remain anonymous. 
All Stuck Up
Talk about being in a sticky situation.  Round Hill Elemenetary's principal allowed his students to duct tape him to the wall before Winter Break.  They were rewarded for either having perfect attendance for two months or were tardy less than two times.  The experiment worked.  More than 200 students won the chance to put duct tape on Mr. Hawks.  He was stuck to the wall for nearly 90 minutes!
Shark Tank at Jackson Middle
Does Roanoke need another cupcake shop? That was one of many questions a potential business owner had to answer at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  7th graders in Make It Your Business class had to propose a business idea to potential investors.  Just like in the TV show Shark Tank, the judges then decided how much to invest.  The goal is to for students to sharpen their public speaking skills and learn about the business world. The ideas were innovative and yummy.
Walk Like An Egyptian
Many of our second graders are walking back in time, some 3,000 years.  They are visiting the King Tut Exhibit at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.  Students are seeing more than a 100 replicas of the famous pharaoh.  They are also watching a movie about Egypt in the planetarium, making  headpieces, and making ornaments from papyrus; a thin paper-like material popular in Ancient Egypt.  Some of this history lesson will be covered on the second grade History SOL.
Holiday Helpers
We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community.  Many churches have donated food and clothing for students this holiday season.  Huntington Court United Methodist Church (pictured) donated several boxes of food for students at Noel C. Taylor.  Grandin Court Baptist Church collected food for four schools in the area.  Second Presbyterian Church made knitted hats for more than a 100 students at Highland Park. These are just a few examples.  THANK YOU!!!
Staff Santas
Many of our staff members have chipped in to provide our students with toys and clothing this holiday season.  A great example is at Fallon Park Elementary.  The staff collected enough items to help nearly 50 children from the school.  Believe it or not, this picture is only a small sampling of the presents.  These acts of kindness are happening throughout our school system and for that, we are grateful.
Roanoke Christmas Parade
Students from Roanoke City Public Schools were well represented at the Roanoke Christmas parade.  It featured the marching bands from Patrick Henry High School, William Fleming High School, Lucy Addison Middle School, the choirs from Addison and James Breckinridge Middle, the Fleming Step Team,  as well as ROTC cadets from PH and WF.  Theater students from Fleming led the parade.  More pictures, http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Wasena is a finalist for major award
Wasena Elementary is one of 22 schools across the country chosen as finalists for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).  The award recognizes schools that serve urban communities and have strong test results, high rates of attendance, and excellent student behavior.  Wasena Elementary will receive a site visit in February.  The winners will be announced in March. Congratulations Wasena.
Fleming makes an impact
An old club has a new name but the same purpose.  William Fleming High School's Impact Club is made up of general education and special education students.  The goal is for all students to work together for the common good and create a better understanding of one another.  The club read books and sang songs to young patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  20 students are taking part in the Impact Club, that number grows each week.
Generous Gift
Many of our students became sugar plum fairies when they saw the Southwest Virginia Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  The classic ballet was first performed in Russia in 1892 and has wowed people ever since.  Thanks to the Southwest Virginia Ballet, 280 of our students saw the production at the Berglund Center--free of charge.  Before the show, students at Hurt Park Elementary read the classic story to get ready for the stage version.
Jingle All the Way
The sounds of jingle bells could be heard throughout the halls of Roanoke Academy (RAMS) last week.  The school has started a new program called the 12 Days Before Winter Break Celebration.  The idea is to get students and staff in a festive holiday mood.   Each day there is a theme; one day it was jingle bells.  Still to come is a an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, a holiday card exchange, and an ornament swap. 
Secret Santa
It is a holiday tradition that has been going strong for 15 years now.  Every December, Virginia Heights Elementary students, who have hearing impairment, go shopping for one another.  It is a chance for these students to experience working with money and to work on vocabulary development.  The Roanoke Valley Fund For Deaf Children provides the money for the Secret Santa shopping at Target.  The students then visit Santa and get a free train ride at Valley View Mall.
Patrick Henry is back from Hawaii
Talk about a shock to the system.  Some members of the Patrick Henry High School Marching Band walked off the bus in Roanoke wearing shorts.  The cold temperatures reminded them they are no longer in Hawaii.  Congratulations to the band for representing Virginia at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.  Patrick Henry was one of 10 high school bands in the country invited to participate. 
World Fair
It has become such a popular tradition, no one can remember exactly when it started at Monterey Elementary.  Every year, the school holds a Multi-Cultural Day.  This year, more than a dozen different cultures were represented at Monterey.  Students visit different stages to learn about countries and they eat all kinds of ethnic foods.  The goal is to create a better understanding of one another and show how our schools are truly the melting pot of Roanoke.
Swim Safety
More than a 100 of our students are hitting the pool but it's not exactly fun in the sun.  They are taking part in a pilot program run by the YMCA.  2nd graders from Hurt Park, Lincoln Terrace and Morningside are learning about water safety, boat safety and beach safety.  It is free for students, takes 3 days and includes classroom instruction as well as in the pool at the YMCA.  The goal is to teach these students about water safety when they are young.  They are certainly making a splash.
Ribbon Cutting
State lawmakers, Roanoke City Council Members, and School Board Members were on hand as Round Hill Elementary dedicated its new cafeteria/kitchen.  Principal Hawks and two fifth graders had the privilege of cutting the ribbon.  The new facility is state of the art and larger.  For example, the new kitchen is bigger than the old cafeteria.  Thank you to the architect, Hughes Associates, for providing cupcakes for the children and invited guests.
Round Hill Cafeteria Opens
There were plenty of big eyes and oohs and aahs as students walked into the new cafeteria at Round Hill Elementary  They found a much larger cafeteria with new tables and chairs as well as a stage.  The serving area is more spacious compared to the old one.  Cafeteria staff are happy to have a larger work area and all new equipment.  There will be a ribbon cutting for the new facility December 4.
Giving back this Thanksgiving
Our students and staff are certainly generous this Thanksgiving.  Many of our schools collected cans of food for the Salvation Army; Fallon Park Elementary had more than 2,000 cans!  At Lucy Addison Middle, students in the Friends of Rachel Club collected enough food to help four families from the school.  Our churches in Congregations In Action (CIA) are also doing their part.  Greene Memorial United Methodist Church fed 30 families from Highland Park Elementary.
Elementary Spelling Bee
It took twelve contestants, nearly a dozen rounds and about a hour but we have a winner.  Congratulations to Aaron Henley of Highland Park Elementary.  He is this year's Elementary Spelling Bee winner, which was held at Woodrow Wilson Middle.  The winning word? Sanitary.  Aaron received a trophy and plenty of applause.  Thank you to WDBJ-TV's Robin Reed for serving as pronouncer for the spelling bee.
A helping hand this Thanksgiving
Once again, our high school students have teamed up with the Elks Club for a massive food drive in the Roanoke Valley.  Students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools collected over a ton of food to help 101 needy families.  Each recipient received the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, plus enough food for three weeks.  Health and Medical students from ROTEC packed up the food and Elks Club members delivered it to families.
U.S. Cellular rewards RCPS Teachers
Six Roanoke City School teachers got a really nice surprise from U.S. Cellular.  The company will fund classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers Program.  The teachers are from Lucy Addison, Fallon Park, Roanoke Academy, and three from Fairview Elementary.  They submitted proposals through the website DonorsChoose.org.   All told, U.S. Cellular's total investment in Roanoke City is $2,730.  A big thank you to U.S. Cellular for your generosity.
Amateurs at William Fleming
Thanks to everyone who came out supported William Fleming High School's production of Amateurs.  It was a great success.
Pride and Prejudice at Patrick Henry
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Patrick Henry High School's Production of Pride and Prejudice.  It was an overwhelming success.
100% at Forest Park
Forest Park Academy was the first school to have all of its staff donate to the United Way.  As a thank you, the staff received a pizza party.  We had 5 total schools this year with a 100% staff participation in our United Way Campaign.  The other schools are Noel C. Taylor, Monterey Elementary, Lucy Addison Middle, and Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  These schools will receive cookies made by our Culinary Arts students.  Thanks to everyone who gave to the United Way.
Round Hill's New Cafeteria
Construction is complete.  Workers are now putting the finishing touches on the new cafeteria at Round Hill Elementary.  They will assemble the new tables in the coming days.  We anticipate students and staff will begin using the new cafeteria the week of November 24.  Thank you to everyone for their patience during construction.  We know it hasn't been easy but we believe the end result will be well worth it.
Football Playoffs
The season comes to an end for the football teams of Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  The Patriots lost their playoff game 49 to 0.  The Colonels lost their playoff game 42 to 19.  Congratulations to both teams on a great season.  You should be proud.  Thank you to the fans for supporting these young athletes throughout the entire season. 
Honoring Veterans
There is plenty of red, white and blue in our schools this week as students say thank you to our Veterans.  At Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Veterans were treated to lunch.  First graders from Crystal Spring Elementary traveled to the VA Medical Center to sing patriotic songs to the Veterans.  Garden City Elementary students made cards that Golden Corral will give to Veterans at its restaurant.  Other schools are holding special programs and making art projects.
Fleming's Canstruction
What could you do with 5,000 cans? Some William Fleming High School students have a creative answer.  They built a sculpture out of cans for Canstruction; an event that raises hunger awareness for the Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank.  The students constructed the Pac-Man themed sculpture at the Taubman Museum of Art.  Fleming's team took home the Best Meal Award.  The sculpture will be on display at the Taubman for the next two weeks. 
Girls on the Run
If you have ever trained for a race, you know it can be tough.  But the girls at Westside Elementary make it look so easy.  Twelve 3rd and 4th graders are participating in the newly formed Girls on the Run Club.  It is a chance for them to learn ways to stay healthy and to feel good about themselves.  They meet twice a week and it includes workshops on anti-bullying and self-esteem.  The group is training for its first 5K.  The students will run the Jingle Bell Run in December. 
Reading Rewards
Reading can be fun and delicious.  Wasena Elementary is having a lot of success with its Accelerated Reading Program.  Students are encouraged to read as many books as possible every nine weeks.  They are then entered into a drawing for a pizza party with the principal.  There is one winner from every grade. The more books they read, the more chances to win.  The goal is to motivate students to read more.  At the end of lunch, they pick out some books to take home.
Central Office Changes
Due to the on-going construction at Central Office, the main entrance is closed.  You can access Central Office through the employee entrance.  It is located to the right of the old main entrance.  It has a big number 2 above the door.  Parking on Douglass Avenue is restricted.  Once you turn onto Douglass Avenue, you are encouraged to take an immediate right at the Annex Building and park behind the building.  This parking lot will put you closest to the temporary main entrance. 
Fallon's Family
You could call it All in the Family.  Fallon Park Elementary prides itself on family and tradition.  For more than a decade, a colorful family tree has been prominently displayed on a wall in the art room.  Each leaf has the name of a student and staff members.  With more than 800 total, that is a pretty big family tree.  The main purpose is to show the school's "growth" is tied to everyone working together. 
Red Ribbon Week
Thanks to all the schools that participated in Red Ribbon Week and to students who took the pledge to stay drug-free.  The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) has announced the winners of Red Ribbon Week.  James Madison Middle School won the Making A Difference Award.  Crystal Spring Elementary won the Spirit of Red Ribbon Week Award.
United Way Campaign
Congratulations to Salena Morton of Lucy Addison Middle School for winning our United Way drawing.  She received two tickets to a Virginia Tech Football Game.  Thanks to everyone who donated to this year's United Way Campaign.  We had a number of schools have 100% staff participation including Lucy Addison Middle, Monterey Elementary, Forest Park Academy, and Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  Each school will receive a prize. 
Lucy Addison H.S. Monument Wall
It will honor the history and alma mater of Lucy Addison High School.  Plans to build a monument wall at what is now Addison Middle are moving forward.  Congressman Bob Goodlatte has donated a $1,000 for the project.  Anyone who attended Lucy Addison High School is eligible to be listed on the wall.  The unveiling of the monument is scheduled for next fall.  If you would like to donate, send checks to: LAHS Monument Wall Fund, P.O. Box 6257, Roanoke, VA 24017
Addison's Angels
It was a purrfect project.  Lucy Addison Middle School students volunteered for several hours at Roanoke's Angels of Assisi.  They are part of the new Builders Club sponsored by Kiwanis.  The club focuses on volunteerism and community service.  Students cleaned cages, bowls and swept the floors.  They also learned how to care for animals and the importance of spay and neutering your pets.  The club plans to volunteer throughout the community every month.
Preston Park hits the pavement
It is one of the most popular after school clubs at Preston Park Elementary.  More than 50 students are participating in the Panther Running Club this year.  They meet once a week and it is more than just running around the school.  Community organizations have taught the kids proper stretching techniques and how to safely handle a strange dog while outside.  Teachers are tracking their progress.  Four students have run enough miles, that combined, add up to a half marathon. 
Rule of Law Day
It started in Roanoke five years ago and now the program is in schools across the state of Virginia.  Every year, legal professionals visit our five middle schools for Rule of Law Day.  Judges, attorneys, and clerks talk to 8th graders about our judicial system and about their rights and responsiblities.  Some of the legal topics include the dangers of social media, sexting and driving while intoxicated.  More than 40 area legal professionals participated in the program this year.
Carvins Cove Grant
More of our students will experience the great outdoors.  The Western Virginia Water Authority has secured a $3,400 grant supported by the Virginia Wildlife eStore Grant Program through a partnership between the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.  The money will pay for transportation for field trips to Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.  At the reservoir, the students experience educational programs about water and take a nature hike.
Sweet Symphony
Music should be accessible to everyone.  That is the mission of the Roanoke Symphony.  Throughout the  year, the RSO visits all of our schools and conducts various programs for different age groups.  Rhythms of the World introduces elementary school students to all kinds of instruments.  They don't just see or hear the instruments, they also get to try them out.  The symphony's latest interactive visit was at Fallon Park Elementary.
Astronomy Night at Hurt Park
It was truly an out of this world experience at Hurt Park Elementary.  The school held an Astronomy Night to get students excited about science.  Some of the activities included conducting science experiments, touring a mobile planetarium, and looking at the stars through telescopes.  This is just the beginning for exploring.  Hurt Park is launching a new Astronomy Club that will meet once a week after school.
Classic book, classic movie
They have read the book, and now seen the movie.  8th graders from James Madison Middle recently read Harper Lee's classic "To Kill A Mockingbird."  Nearly 200 students traveled to the Grandin Theatre to watch the classic movie version starring Gregory Peck.  Additionally, students wrote book reports and designed their own book cover.  Principal Johnson calls it her favorite American novel.
Round Hill Update
We are one step closer to the completion of the new cafeteria/kitchen at Round Hill Elementary.  We are happy to report the project is 90% complete.  This week, workers installed the tile flooring inside the new cafeteria.  We anticipate students will begin eating in the new facility in the next two weeks.  Construction on the six new classrooms is coming along nicely.  They are scheduled to be finished by the first of the year.  .
8th grade laptop initiative update
They have been delivered!  Nearly a thousand 8th graders have received a brand new Dell laptop as part of the Portable Anytime Student Systems (PASS) program.  Students can take these laptops home. The laptops will come with enhanced batteries that should last the entire school day, when fully charged.  Students are expected to use the laptops at school and at home.
Students tour renovated main library
After an 11 month renovation, Roanoke's Main Library re-opened to the public.  Students from Round Hill Elementary and Preston Park Elementary were part of the festivities.  They helped cut the ribbon and then were some of the first to see the renovations.  They saw thousands of new books and a kids area that includes a slide, which is popular with students AND staff.  They also had storytime with "Max and Ruby" author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.
RCPS receives state grant
The school system has received $397,259 as part of the Extended School Year Grant Program.  The money will be used at Fallon Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, and Westside Elementary.  Under state guidelines,  RCPS+ qualifies as a year-round school program.  RCPS+ is a six week summer enrichment program for kindergarten through 8th grade students.  The program is voluntary.
Veggie Grant
We all know we should eat our fruits and vegetables.  A grant is making that a reality at three elementary schools.  RCPS received a grant from the USDA that provides fresh fruits and vegetables three times a week at Hurt Park Elementary, Fallon Park Elementary, and Lincoln Terrace Elementary.  Students receive the food right in the classroom with the hope it will encourage healthier eating.
Rain Barrel Project
You can call them artists and environmentalists.  Fishburn Park Elementary has teamed up with the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission for an unique art project.  Students are decorating  a dozen rain barrels with various environmental scenes.  The City's Stormwater Division are now giving away the finished products.  Rain barrels are a cheap easy way to save water to use on gardens, lawns, and for outdoor cleaning. 
Benefit Concert for Africa
Thanks to everyone who came out to William Fleming High School for a concert to benefit Africa.  The choir raised $300 to help a medical center in Northern Ghana..  Choir Director Turner says she chose this region because a Fleming faculty member often takes mission trips to Ghana.  The performance also included the choirs at Lucy Addison and James Breckinridge Middle Schools.
Preserving Lucy Addison's Legacy
The school is named after her, now students from Lucy Addison Middle School are working to preserve her legacy.  Lucy Addison, who died in 1937, is buried in Maryland but she has no marker or headstone.  Students are now raising money to change that.  Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home in Roanoke has agreed to pay half, the students are raising the rest.  If you would like to donate money, call the school at 853-2681.  They have already raised more than $50.
Teachers for Tomorrow
Could these students be our future teachers?  That's the idea behind our new teacher cadet program.  30 students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools are enrolled in Teachers for Tomorrow.  They take classes through ROTEC that focus on things like the history of education, best practices, and field observations.  Students are even visiting our elementary schools to learn from teachers and conduct their own mini lesson.
SEAC Parents Day
Thanks to everyone who came out to Patrick Henry High School for the 5th annual Parents Day sponsored by The Roanoke City Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)  The event included guest speakers and community exhibits. People learned about tutoring, therapy, IEP's, government agencies, independent living, and much more.
Functional Fitness
When they are not busy teaching, the staff at Crystal Spring Elementary is hitting the gym--together.  The school has started a Functional Fitness Club that meets twice a week after school in the gymnasium.  About a dozen faculty members are participating in the intense one hour workout.  They report losing weight and feeling more fit.  One teacher says it is even easier to climb the stairs at school. 
Stand Up to Cancer at Addison
Plenty of pink at Lucy Addison Middle School.  Staff and students were encouraged to wear anything pink for breast cancer awareness.  But it doesn't end there.  This week, the faculty will wear orange to support Leukemia.  The following week, everyone will wear gold or yellow for childhood cancer.  It proves Addison is truly standing up to cancer for the month of October.
RCPS featured on national TV
We all know we have great music programs.  Now, the whole country knows.  RCPS was featured on American Graduate Day on PBS stations across the country.  Dr. Bishop, Patrick Henry Orchestra Director Jeff Midkiff, and PH student Ryan Turpin were interviewed about our partnership with VH1 Save the Music.  Pop Singer Andy Grammer (left) was the host.
Round Hill Construction Update
The end is near!  Construction of the new cafeteria/kitchen at Round Hill Elementary is now 85% complete.  It is scheduled to be ready in a few weeks and will be put into use immediately.  Work recently started on six additional classrooms, which are being built behind the school.  We anticipate the new classrooms being ready by December.
Boys to Men at Westside
Every Tuesday, boys at Westside Elementary will look more like men.  It is all part of The Westside Boys to Men Program.  Once a week, students are encouraged to wear dress shirts and ties.  The new mentoring program will also include bi-monthly in school sessions that will touch on life skills, etiquette, self-control, and self-image.  The program is voluntary.  More than 200 have already signed up, about half of the school's male population.   They certainly look dapper.
Matt Newton is Region 6 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Matt Newton of Fishburn Park Elementary.  He has been awarded Region 6 Teacher of the Year.  He is now in the running for Virginia's Teacher of the Year.  "I am truly proud of Matt. This is the second Region 6 Teacher of the Year for Roanoke City Public Schools in the last three years.  We have the best teachers.  This is another reason this is our best year ever," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
Wasena Ambassadors
They started off as patrols, but now they are called the Wasena Ambassadors.  The group is bigger, has greater importance and has more responsibilities.  Students at Wasena Elementary help with arrival and dismissal.  They put up and take down the American flag as well as plan events to create a better school environment.  It is a very selective group.  Last year, only 5th graders could participate.  This year, it is open to 4th graders after an application process.
Peace at Patrick Henry
A message of peace was prominently displayed at Patrick Henry High School.  Several art classes participated in Pinwheels for Peace to celebrate the International Day of Peace.  Students created their own pinwheels with messages and symbols of peace.  They then planted the pinwheels in the grassy area outside Patrick Henry.  A windy day made the display that more poignant. 
Pastries for Partners
Good food and good company made for a perfect day at Morningside Elementary.  The school held Pastries for Partners.  It was a chance for parents and grandparents to visit the school and have breakfast with their children.  The event is an opportunity for parents to see how their children are doing academically and hopefully lead to more parental involvement at school.  It was so popular the donuts were all gone!
Constitution Day
227 years ago this month the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  Many of our schools celebrated with special events.  Students in Civics class at Woodrow Wilson Middle School made cupcakes, complete with red, white, and blue sprinkles.  They also used the computer to do research on the Constitution and then made birthday cards.  James Madison, representing Virginia, was the chief recorder of information for the Constitution back in 1787.
Breckinridge Tees Off
Ten students from James Breckinridge Middle are hitting the golf course--after school of course.  Breckinridge started a golf team last year to introduce the sport to middle school students.  Once a week, they get pointers from professionals at First Tee of Roanoke Valley at a deeply discounted rate.  Students learn techniques, game etiquette and team work.  They will compete for the first time next month.
Construction Curriculum
It is more than just a construction site, it is also a good place to learn.  Teachers at Round Hill Elementary have incorporated construction of the new cafeteria into their lesson plans.  For example, they've used the renovations to teach younger students about shapes.  The older students go outside and write what they see.  It also helps with behavior.  The principal allows students who do well to tour the construction site.
Star-Spangled Banner Anniversary
This year marks the 200th anniversary of our nation's beloved national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Nearly 700 students at Fallon Park Elementary gathered outside the school to sing the national anthem.  Many waved flags and wore red, white, and blue.  Francis Scott Key wrote the anthem after a long battle at Baltimore's Fort McHenry.
Grandparents Day at Westside
It was all about the grandparents at Westside Elementary.  They were invited to lunch at the school as a way of saying thank you and to encourage more involvement in the education of their grandchildren.  More than 200 grandparents participated, making it a huge success.  Principal Singletary-Johnson expects Grandparents Day to become an annual event at Westside.
Shark Tank Roanoke
Woodrow Wilson Middle staged its own version of the ABC-TV Show "Shark Tank."  Advanced Earth Science students had to find a problem in society and try to solve it with an invention.  They then had to present the products to a mock panel of "Shark Tank" entrepreneurs who decide if their project is worthy of financial backing.  Some of the inventions include a water absorbent counter, disposable deodorant pads, tires that do not require air, and a jar that opens from both sides!
Ice Bucket Challenge
The list and the cold chills keep growing..  A teacher at Fishburn Park Elementary, the administration team at Patrick Henry High School, principals at James Madison Middle, the girls basketball team at William Fleming High School, teachers at Hurt Park Elementary, and now the principals at Jackson Middle have all taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Click here to watch Patrick Henry's challenge.
National Semifinalist from Addison
There are just 300 semifinalists across the country and one of them is a graduate of Lucy Addison Middle.  Kaylee Ho entered her science fair research "The Allelopathic Effect of Black Walnut and Alfalfa on Tomato" in the Broadcom MASTERS STEM Competition.  Pretty amazing accomplishment for Kaylee considering there were more than 2,000 middle school applicants. 
Smart Snacks
The snacks children eat at school have never been healthier.  Strict federal guidelines limit calories and portion size for snacks sold in schools.  They also must be reduced fat and low in sodium.  For example, many snacks are now baked or made with whole grains.  RCPS has been following the rules for several years now.  We've noticed manufacturers are offering more choices because of the new rules.
Central Administration Construction
Construction is underway to repair the plaza outside of Central Administration (40 Douglass Avenue).  While the main entrance will remain open during the work, parking will be limited and some offices may temporarily move out of the building.  We suggest you call ahead before coming to Central Office at 853-2502.  We appreciate your patience during this process.
Planting the seed
Students at Fallon Park Elementary will now have no problem eating their fruits and vegetables.  Why?  Because they are growing their own.  Fallon Park has a new vegetable garden thanks to the PATH Coalition.  The goal is to encourage healthy living and hopefully combat childhood obesity.  Students in every grade level are helping to plant and maintain the garden.  They will eventually take home what they grow.  The PATH Coalition has a similar program at Hurt Park Elementary.
Dive into a good book
Crystal Spring Elementary students are learning reading is rewarding in more ways than one.  The school started a summer reading program to encourage more students to pick up a book during the break.  They had to log 14 hours of reading; 170 accepted the challenge and achieved the goal.  They attended an all day pool party at the Elks Club.  You could say these students did swimmingly!
Virginia Heights gets a high-five
There are plenty of high-fives at Virginia Heights Elementary.  The school has started a new program that recognizes students who do outstanding work each week.  It can be for things like good grades, good behavior, or just doing the right thing.  There will be a boy and girl picked from every class each week.  The winners will receive a certificate and a prize.  The goal is for every student to be recognized by the end of the school year.
8th graders to receive laptops
The Roanoke City School Board has approved a plan to put laptops in the hands of every Roanoke City 8th grader.  While details are still being worked out, distribution of the laptops will happen before October 15.  "This is an essential move to ensure equity among our students," said School Board Chairman Todd Putney.  This initiative is essential to improve instruction in writing, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. 
More Music
It is a partnership that continues to produce sweet music.  Thanks to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, all 17 of our elementary schools now have musical instruments.  The goal of the program is to introduce music education to our youngest students.  To date, VH1 has spent more than $500,000 in Roanoke City Schools.  Five schools are just starting their programs, including Monterey Elementary (pictured).
21st Century Programs Expand
Thanks to grants from Virginia's Department of Education, four Roanoke City Schools will soon have 21st-Century Community Learning Centers.  They are Lucy Addison Middle, James Breckinridge Middle, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, and Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  These after school programs provide tutoring and enrichment activities.  RCPS now has 10 21st-Century programs.
RCPS to be featured on national TV
Superintendent Rita Bishop, Patrick Henry's Orchestra Director Jeff Midkiff, and a student have been invited to appear on American Graduate Day.  It is a national seven-hour television broadcast that highlights national organizations working together to help children succeed.  They will talk about our partnership and successes with VH1 Save the Music Foundation.  The broadcast will be recorded at Lincoln Center in September and aired on PBS stations around the country.
Gettysburg Grant
Students from Lucy Addison Middle School won't just learn about history in a book this year, they'll experience it firsthand.  Sixth graders will take a field trip to Gettysburg, the famous Civil War Battlefield.  Teacher Jenny Motley has secured a grant through the Gettysburg Foundation to make it affordable for each student to attend.  About 100 students will make the trip in early spring.
Round Hill Update
Round Hill Elementary's renovation project includes a new kitchen, cafeteria, and six new classrooms.  The kitchen was recently built in Pennsylvania and then shipped to Roanoke.  Crews installed the 8 large sections using a crane and are now building the cafeteria. The project is expected to be completed sometime this fall.  Until then, the current cafeteria will stay operational.
Back-to-School 2014
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year.  Click here to view our Back-to School web page.  You will find school supply lists, bus routes, and a list of Back-to-School Nights.  If you have transportation issues, call 853-2072The theme this year is "Our Best Year Ever."  Have a wonderful school year and thank you for making this a great school system.
Welcome to 2014-2015 School Year
As the new school year gets underway, Superintendent Rita Bishop believes this will be Our Best Year Ever.  She outlines many of our accomplishments in her annual welcome message to parents, students, and staff.  Click here to read Dr. Bishop's full message.  Have a great school year and thank you for being a part of the wonderful things going on in Roanoke City Public Schools.
Back-to-School Extravaganza
Thanks to everyone who made this year's Back-to-School Extravaganza one of the best!  We appreciate the principals who passed out school supplies as well as the countless volunteers.  William Fleming High School Football Players provided some muscle and the Round Hill Elementary Step Team wowed the crowd with several performances.  Our children are starting the school year on the right note.
Convocation 2014
It is our best year ever!  That was the theme at our annual celebration to welcome back teachers.  Convocation featured an upbeat performance by the Jackson Middle School Chorus.  School Board Chairman Todd Putney highlighted some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Guest Speaker Robert Sandel, president of Virginia Western Community College, talked about the importance of a college degree.
Patriots honoring Patriots
Thanks to everyone who came out to Patrick Henry High School Marching Band's concert to honor veterans.
Important Pre-School Information
Bus Routes for VPI/Reach Pre-School children were passed out during Orientation on Friday.  We typically don't post bus route information online because pre-school students are picked up in front of their home or close by.  Reminder:  Parents must be at the bus stop when children are picked-up and dropped off.  If you have questions, please call 853-1438
Tdap Immunizations
Every rising 6th grader must receive a Tdap Immunization.  To receive the necessary immunizations, you can visit the Roanoke City Health Department.  Click here for the immunization schedule.  If you have questions, please call the Health Department at 283-5050.
Load The Bus for Kids
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our school supplies drive.  We saw a record number of donations.  We are truly blessed to be part of such a caring community.  RCPS is also very grateful to Walmart.  The Valley View, Bonsack, and Clearbrook Walmart stores donated space for our drive, several thousand dollars worth of school supplies, and several hundred dollars worth of gift cards. 
Generous donation
We put out the call and Elks Lodge #197 of Roanoke answered in a very big way.  Members donated $1,000 for our school supplies campaign.  When they heard we had more than 600 homeless students last year and 76% of our students are on free and reduced lunch, it prompted the organization to make a large donation.  A big thank you to the Elks Lodge for caring about our community.
Summer home visits
Teachers from Highland Park Elementary are busy this summer but not in the classroom.  They are making home visits as part of Project Good FORM (Family Outreach in Reading and Math).  It is a chance to engage students and their families in reading and math over the summer.  Each student receives books and math games, thanks to the PTA and Congregations in Action (CIA).  Last year, the school visited 65 homes.  This year, it is 80. 
Important Dates for Back-to-School
Back-to-school will be here before you know it.  Here are a few important dates:
August 11- Convocation for teachers is at 9 a.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center
August 16- Back-to-School Extravaganza is 9 a.m. to noon at William Fleming High School.  We will distribute free school supplies to Roanoke City students
August 18- First Day of School for students.
It's a wrap
Thank you teachers and students who participated in RCPS+.  We had more than 2,500 students in our summer enrichment program and we heard nothing but good things about it.  One parent wrote on our Facebook page "So sad to see it end, my kids loved it."  We also heard compliments about the field trips and how much the students learned because of RCPS+.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!    
Surprise Gift
Middle school students who participated in the Governor's School Science Camp got a sweet surprise. Each camper went home with a free brand new laptop, courtesy of the Interactive Achievement Foundation for Kids.  "The IA Foundation for Kids Board of Directors felt it would be a huge benefit for these students to have a computer as they strive to qualify one day for the Governor's School," said CEO Jon Hagmaier. 
New principal at Virginia Heights
Theresa Schmitt is the new principal of Virginia Heights Elementary.  She was appointed at the July School Board meeting.  Ms. Schmitt has been an educator for 25 years.  She's been a teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and an Assistant Principal.  "I'm excited about this journey.  I spent a lot of time last year at Virginia Heights and look forward to continue to build relationships with students, staff, and parents.  Not to mention the Grandin Village community. 
New principal at Westside
Tamika Singletary-Johnson says it already feels like home.  She is the next principal of Westside Elementary.  She has more than a decade of experience as an educator.  More recently, she was an assistant principal in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  "I'm honored to be the principal of Westside Elementary.  I already have plenty of Eagle pride," said Singletary-Johnson.  Welcome to Westside.
RCPS+ Information
Our summer enrichment program runs from now  through Friday, July 25.  More than 2,500 are participating in RCPS+ in the second year.  For more information about the program and bus routes, click here.  You will get details about the themes each week, the field trips, and an overview of the curriculum. 
New principal for Madison Middle
Whitney Johnson will take over as principal of James Madison Middle.  She has been the assistant principal at Madison for the last several years.  "I'm so honored to be named the new principal of Madison.  I look forward to serving the district in a leadership role," said Johnson.  She plans to hold an open house as we get closer to the beginning of the school year.
New principal for Garden City
She's back.  Jill Lane has been named the new principal for Garden City Elementary.  She had been an assistant principal in Roanoke for many years, the last two she was a principal in Floyd County.  She lives in Southeast Roanoke and is looking forward to working with the Garden City community.  Welcome back!
Middle school camp at Governor's School
It's not rocket science, the earlier the better.  With that in mind, the Roanoke Valley Governor's School held a camp for middle school students.  20 students from six area school systems participated in the three week camp.  The goal is to get them excited about science, learn computer skills, and spark interest in the Governor's School.  The camp was free for students, thanks to Interactive Achievement.  By the end, each student completed a Science Fair Project.
Westside Debate Team to present at VSBA
Educators from all over Virginia will soon see what Roanokers already knows, the Westside Debate Team is impressive.  The Virginia School Boards Association has invited the Westside Debate Team to perform at its conference in Richmond in July.  Three students from Westside will debate Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Later.  Congratulations and good luck.
Stephanie Hogan promoted
A familiar face is the new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Stephanie Hogan was appointed to the position at the June School Board meeting.  She has spent 22 years with Roanoke City Public Schools, the last several as principal of James Madison Middle.  She is excited about the job and is looking forward to working with everyone in Roanoke City Public Schools.
Summer School
Summer School for high school students runs from now until Friday, July 25.  For bus route information, click here.  Please note:  These routes don't include RCPS+ for rising 9th graders. For that, please visit the RCPS+ webpage. 
Investiture Ceremony
Two familiar faces are returning to the Roanoke City School Board.  Bill Hopkins and Lori Vaught were reappointed to the School Board during an Investiture Ceremony at the Roanoke City Courthouse.  Judge David Carson, past chairman of the Roanoke City School Board, presided over the swearing in.  Mr. Hopkins and Ms. Vaught will serve for four years.
Class of 2014 Graduates
There were plenty of smiles, pats on the back, even a few tears as more than 650 graduates of Roanoke City picked up their diplomas during Commencement Ceremonies at the Roanoke Civic Center.  You can find a lot more photos from both Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools graduations at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Forest Park Graduation
This is just the beginning.  That was the theme at Forest Park Academy's 6th graduation.  72 graduates picked up their diplomas at a ceremony at the Jefferson Center.  More than 750 have now graduated since Forest Park Academy opened six years ago.  It is a school designed to help students who are in danger of dropping out.  Principal Eric Anderson told the graduates "You haven't seen your greatest days yet.  This is just the beginning."  Congratulations graduates.
Meal at a Mansion
It is one of the most famous homes in Roanoke and students from Westside Elementary's 21st Century Program got to visit the Rockledge Mansion on Mill Mountain.  Nancy and Kevin Dye (pictured) hosted the students and local chefs from The American Culinary Federation.  These culinary masters teach cooking class at Westside during the school year.  The students were treated to a delicious meal.
End of the year fun
During the school year, it is all about hard work.  At the end of the school year, it is all about having fun. Students were treated to field/fun days as well as cookouts.  They played on slip and slides and inflables, as well as fun games like beach volleybal and sack races.  Not to mention they ate plenty of hot dogs right off the grill.  More pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Close Shave
Would you let a student cut your hair?  Principal Birdlebough of Stonewall Jackson Middle is certainly a brave one.  He and Assistant Principal Littleton allowed students who did really well on the SOLs to shave their heads!  One by one, the students took turns with the electrical shaver until their hair was all gone!  Be sure to check out Mr. Birdlebough and Mr. Littleton's buzz cuts. 
Baseball Bleachers
Take me out to the ballgame is more enjoyable at James Madison Middle School.  With the help from the PTA, the school raised $8,000 to buy bleachers for the baseball field.  The main fundraiser was a walkathon when students secured pledges and then walked around the school.  Before, fans had to sit on the grass or bring a lawn chair. 
Combined Champs
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT.  Fresh off their State Championship, Patrick Henry High School's Forensics Team will perform with Salem High School's Forensics Team.  Forensics is a mixture of public speaking, poetry, interpretation of plays, and lots of humor.
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  • School Board Recognitions

    At its May meeting, the School Board recognized the William Fleming High School Girls Basketball Team for winning the District and Region Titles.

  • School Board Recognitions

    Here is School Board Member Mae Huff hugging Coach Hubbard.

  • School Board Recognitions

    Anne Peyton Brothers of Patrick Henry High School was honored for winning the Regional English-Speaking Union Southwestern Virginia Branch Regional Competition

  • School Board Recognitions

    Caroline King and Sarah Harmon of Patrick Henry High School were honored for winning the Region 6A Championship for Public Forum.

  • School Board Recognitions

    The School Board recognized the Westside Debate Team for its recent trip to Philadelphia and for winning a debate against a middle school.

  • School Board Recognitions

    Grady Hutchins was honored for winning the Individual Armed Exhibition Category at the Air Force Junior ROTC State Drill Championships.

  • School Board Recognitions

    Amira Regina Alderman of Hurt Park Elementary was honored for winning the PATH Coalition Poster Contest. Her work will be displayed on billboards across the Roanoke Valley.

  • Faculty Volleyball

    Staff members from Highland Park, Fairview, and Round Hill Elementary got together for a friendly game of volleyball!

  • Rule of Law Winners

    Congratulations to Maya Ingram (left to right), Amanda Miller, and Hayley McAden of Woodrow Wilson Middle School for winning the Rule of Law Essay Contest.

  • ROTEC Picnic

    At the end of the year, ROTEC holds a picnic every year to celebrate. The Culinary Arts students prepare the delicious feast.

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