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BOTETOURT (WSLS) - A Botetourt County art student will wake up seeing stars each morning.
Naomi Grooten said she was inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh to create her own masterpiece. She painted her own 8-by-12 foot version of van Gogh's Starry Night. She used the Roanoke skyline in her own piece.
Naomi's canvas was her sister's former room. The Lord Botetourt High School junior said she asked her parents if she could move into the room when her older sister moved out. She had already decided to use the wall for her art.
It's a passion she developed early on.
"I definitely remembered asking for a few coloring books from Christmas just to put in my stocking," she said. "That was definitely one of my favorite Christmas presents when I was younger."
Naomi said it took her three days, at least eight hours per day to complete the work. She posted a sign on her door when she started stating, "Naomi has started to slip into art mode. No one is to disturb her until she has finished painting or they will risk breaking her art mojo".
Band, SCA, Ice Bucket Challenges, Family Fun Night, Football, Volleyball, Field Trips pictures from around the division.
Read Mountain Middle School cheerleaders and volleyball teams recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.
Two Breckinridge Elementary teachers were selected to participate in the Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching (VCET), a new, highly selective professional development program for teachers, which launches this summer on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax.
Donna Snyder and Emily Angle are two of Virginia’s 100 best teachers selected to attend one of four innovative summer academies focused on classroom instruction, education policy and leadership.
Snyder attended the STEM Academy, which ran, and Angle attended the Humanities & Language Arts Academy, which ran .
Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers. The free, six-day residential academies focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); interdisciplinary studies; fine arts; and the humanities and language arts.
“We had an excellent pool of applicants with more than 800 teachers who signed up from all across the state,” said Dr. Elizabeth Sturtevant, VCET director. “One of the goals of the program is to create networks of outstanding teachers who support each other and work together to improve public education in Virginia.”
The VCET programs offer teachers advanced leadership training, including time on Capitol Hill to learn how to leverage the legislative process to benefit education; the latest information and insights on research-based teaching with an experiential and discussion-based curriculum that interweaves current research for teaching diverse learners and for incorporating new technologies; and five graduate credits, which totals approximately 150 points toward the 180-point requirement needed to maintain a Virginia teaching license.
Attached below are photos from the Capitol Hill day. (Credit: John Boal Photography)
Help support children in need by making a donation of school supplies at the Bonsack Walmart on August 1st between 3-7pm, August 2nd between 11-3.
Two teachers from Breckinridge Elementary participated in a three day training program to become Promethean Master Educators. Wendy Coleman and Anne Swandby worked with trainers from Promethean Learning to improve their skills in instructional design, advanced integration techniques, and learned more about how to bring the advanced features and benefits of their ActivBoards to their students. They are looking forward to using their new skills to enhance the instruction that will be taking place in their classrooms this year.
Botetourt County Schools honored its 2014 Retirees on June 5th at the Glebe. Prior to the dinner, Lord Botetourt and JRHS Choir students entertained the group.
The Teacher and Administrator retirees are: Deborah Bychowski, Anne Caldwell, Charlotte Darby, Joseph Harden, Susan Hudson, Wanda Martin, Peggy Ramsey, Carlos Spellman, Annnette Taylor, Romona Trout, Susan Trumbo, Linda Vail, Terry Wright
Classified retirees: Rhonda Benson, Sue Carter, Linda Cronise, Judy Dudding, Don Epperly, Freda Frey, Cynthia Hartman, Janet Howes, Victor Jones, Melinda Mattern, Elaine VanNess, Lorene Walker
from the Botetourt View- The Tiny House is still on the market. Want to see it? Here is when and where and how to bid. Great hunting cain. Constructed by BTEC students, too!
The Botetourt Education Foundation will be holding an open house on Sunday May 25th, Sunday June 1st, and Sunday June 8th from 2-4pm for anyone to stop by and tour the house.
Interested parties can also submit bids to purchase the house. I believe Brian Austin at the School Administration office is coordinating the bid process. We have photos on the Botetourt Education Foundation website here:
Here are the particulars of the tiny house supplied by BCPS administrator Brian Austin:
The Botetourt County School Board will be accepting sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014 for the “tiny house” listed below.
12 X 24 house (“Tiny House”)
4/12 pitched green metal roofing
Walls are on 16’ o.c. and 8’ tall
Living area and kitchen
Bedroom with closet
Spray foam insulation in the interior of roof and floors
Fiberglass insulation in the exterior walls
Handmade kitchen cabinets
Interior walls and ceiling are finished tongue and groove maple, poplar, and pine paneling
Outside is cedar siding
Fair market appraisal - $16,583
The bid opening will take place in the Board room at the SBO on June 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Bids may not be withdrawn after the time set for opening.
The Botetourt County Public Schools Education Foundation is supporting this effort by offering open houses on Sunday, May 25, Sunday, June 1, and Sunday, June 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The house is located at Lord Botetourt High School.
Please contact Brian Austin at 540-473-8263 for additional information.
--Botetourt Education Foundation and BCPS
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