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Chromebooks will be distributed during Back To School business days at LBHS and JRHS (please check schools website for specific dates/times).
All rising Freshmen must bring signed Mobile Use Agreement form AND Acceptable Use Agreement with them before they will be issued a Chromebook.
All rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors must bring a signed Acceptable Use Agreement form with them before they will be issued a Chromebook.
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This is an exciting opportunity for our students and Botetourt County. The BTEC students will be able to complete all the Virginia Department of Education Building Trades Competencies while building the house. Students will then realize a sense of pride and accomplishment when the house is handed over to the Habitat for Humanity and a deserving family.
Lord Botetourt High School held graduation ceremonies at the Berglund Center in Roanoke on Friday, May 22. The Class of 2015 consisted of 231 graduates.
Superintendent Tony Brads read a laundry list of accomplishments for the class, including over 3,000 hours of college credits in dual-enrollment classes. More than 200 of the students earned CTE industry and license certifications. He urged the graduates to continually raise the bar for their accomplishments in life.
Senior class president Kyle Sperber urged the class to achieve goals. Principal Janet Womack read a letter to the class, as both entered the school four years ago and will exit together as she is going to become assistant superintendent for the division July 1.
Valedictorian Kara Brads said the embodiment of high school is sports and extracurricular activities. Salutatorian Claire Gross spoke of the comparison of her life to the song "Bigger Than My Body" in her college interview. Salutatorian Tyler Kingma said "to live your life at 212 degrees, not at 211, so you can boil and steam and accomplish."
After a song from the choir, the roll call began and the graduates received diplomas. With a pronouncement by Womack, the grads switched the tassels to the left to graduate. Decorated caps sailed in the air.
For the LBHS Class of 2015, the next step began as they marched out of the civic center and into the future.
By Cathy Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
The James River High School Class of 2015 graduated on the football field for the first time since 2012. Though the skies were cloudy and the temperatures chill, the 152 students walked on May 21 for their diplomas.
Superintendent Tony Brads reminded the students how much they are prepared for the real, world as well as college. Through dual-enrollment classes, the class had earned over 2,000 transferable college credit hours and career and technical certifications and licenses for more than two-thirds of the class.
Four speakers, class president Meagan Long, SCA president Sidney Hays, salutatorian Molly Austin and valedictorian Kaleigh Neely, reminded their classmates of the fun times, hard work and even cafeteria food as they leave their school years in the past and head into the future.
With Pomp and Circumstance and the alma mater sung by the choir, the graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Silly string flew through the air after the students were pronounced graduates by Principal Jamie Talbott, a celebratory end to 13 years of school!
By Cathy Benson email@example.com 981-3140
James River High School Graduation - Thursday, May 21, 2015, James River High School, 7:30 p.m.Please contact schools with questions regarding graduation.
Lord Botetourt High School Graduation - Friday, May 22, 2015, Roanoke Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.
Twenty-one teachers, staff, bus drivers and administrators were honored with a retirement dinner at The Glebe. Music, including hand chimes, was provided by the choral students at Lord Botetourt High School and James River High School chorus members.
Speakers, including School Board Chairman Ruth Wallace, reminded the retirees of all the young lives they have touched over the years. Freda Frey, who has been retired for one year, told the retirees how much they would love being retired.
A brief presentation on the careers of the retirement group played, and Superintendent Dr. Tony Brads finished the night with a few remarks thanking them and wishing them well.
Members of the BCPS retirement class of 2015 are Dorothy Barnett, Tina Bishop, Lynne Bolton, Rodney Corl, Frances Doyle, Linda Fralin, Sherry Graham, Michael Goad, Barbabra Helms, Donna Huffman, Celeste Lutjen, Kathleen Malloy, Rhonda McDonald, Joyce McElwaine, Debra Patterson, Joni Poff, Pat Richards, Melissa Suters, Charline Toliver, Margaret Williamson and Betty Wilson.
By Cathy Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention 2014 graduates of Botetourt County Public Schools!
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