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Botetourt County Public Schools (BCPS) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of a Nurse's Aide Teaching Assistant. The teaching assistant will be required to accompany nursing students from Botetourt Technical Education Center (BTEC) to off‐site locations within Botetourt County as they paricipate in clinical activities on Monday—Thursday mornings. The position will pay $25.00 per hour. The approximate number of hours required throughout the year is 145. Interested applicants should complete the online "Support Staff" application provided through the BCPS website:
Qualifications: Must hold RN license.
(NOTE: This is not a School Nurse position)
Questions? Contact Lisa Barnett @ 540-473-8216
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There was something special happening with this team from the start of Patriot Pride workouts to the final game against Northside Middle School. It was a combination of hard work, determination and team spirit on the part of the players and the excellent coaching staff.
If you were in the football stands on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 16, for the game against Northside Middle School, then you know that the excitement expressed throughout the game was unbelievable.
For those of you who weren’t there, you missed the game of the 2014 season. It is rare to attend a middle school football game and feel like you are at a high school state championship; this game had it all. Memories were made on the field that night for every one of the CAMS football players. These young boys will always remember the game that put them at the top of the district. But the memories are not just based on that final win, it was so much more.
From the start, the coaches worked tirelessly keeping these boys motivated and looking forward to the next game (Head Coach Nixon and assistant coaches Miller, Firebaugh and Witt). All of these coaches were role models for character on and off the field.
Thank you, parents, for supporting and encouraging your child throughout the season. Thank you, CAMS administration, including Mr. McClung, principal; Mr. Pendleton, assistant principal; and Mrs. Wolfe, athletic director. A special thanks goes to Ms. Vicky for being an outstanding team mom.
As the boys shout before the start and end of each game: Go Patriots!
Submitted by Susan Albert
A CALL TO RECOGNIZE KINDNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY
ANNOUNCING THE 3rd ANNUAL
The third annual Rachel’s Challenge Community event is scheduled for December 5th, 2014, at Lord Botetourt High School. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Rachel Clubs from each Botetourt County secondary school. It will take place in conjunction with the boy’s basketball game between James River and Lord Botetourt. In 2012, the first community event for Rachel’s Challenge took place prior to the annual meeting of these two teams. During halftime, Richard Henegar, Jr., a Lord Botetourt High School graduate, was named the original recipient of our community award. After hearing the story of a Radford University student who had been the victim of a hate crime, Richard took it upon himself to fix and remodel the young man’s vandalized car. This was Richard’s own personal act of kindness. Because of his desire to help individuals, Richard started a non-profit organization, Quality Cares, whose mission is to restore one vehicle per year for a person or organization in need. Richard Jr. is currently working on a project for Goodwill’s Reality Check program.
We are now seeking nominees for the Richard Henegar, Jr. Act of Kindness Community Award, named in honor of our first recipient. Nominees should be individuals who, through their actions, demonstrate kindness and compassion towards an individual, a group of individuals, or the community.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please write a short narrative that summarizes this person’s act of kindness and the impact it had on the individual(s) or community. In your submission, please include your name and telephone number, as well as the contact information for the person you are nominating.
You can submit nominations by mail, email, or fax to:
c/o Read Mountain Middle School
182 Orchard Hill Drive
Cloverdale, VA 24077
All nominations should be in by November 18th 2014
Please contact Summer Underwood if additional information is needed.
In a two day period October 7 and 8, over 350 Botetourt County 4th grade students travel out to the Preece Farm in Buchanan to learn about the Chesapeake Bay. The 3rd annual event held on and hosted by the Preece family on their farm in conservancy, was sponsored by Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in partnership with Clean Valley Council, Western Virginia Water Authority and Camp Bethel’s Outdoor program.
The students learned about how Botetourt County can affect the bay almost 200 miles from here. Dave Perry and Megan Cupka organized the vent for Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. Cupka stated of the event, “They’ll be getting into creeks, forests, and fields, learning about clean water and the Chesapeake Bay.”
The James River which crawls along the state of Virginia from west to east to the Chesapeake Bay has its headwaters in Botetourt County creating a real link between upstream watersheds and the bay.
On Tuesday Oct. 7 students came from Greenfield, Eagle Rock, Troutville and Buchanan Elementary schools. They visited four stations each manned by one of the partnering organizations. The stations included Clean Valley Council doing an analysis of Looney Creek which tested water quality through chemicals for turbidity and oxygen content as well as PH and macro invertebrates in the water. Of course clambering into the creek was part of the activity!
Western Virginia Water Authority used an enviroscape model for watersheds using Robin Bailey and Master Naturalist Donna Haley as instructors. Camp Bethel’s Outdoor classroom in its 8th year of education of area school groups with Beth Weigandt, covered soil and water erosion. She was assisted by volunteer Allison Hegan The Virginia Department of Forestry covered Forests in a watershed and featured Area Forester Denny McCarthy and Virginia Master Naturalist Dennis Woodson.
Eagle Rock students were spot on when asked by Woodson how forests are important in human life as well as ecology. Woodson asked, “How do forests aid the world around them.” Students with hands raised answered listed the importance of forests because they provide food, shelter, energy, economic products like paper and timber, watershed protection, shade, homes for animals and oxygen.
Students from Troutville kept a log of the day’s activities. The education value reaches into the future. First SOL’s in the spring have a section on watersheds, and second, the students learn how watersheds, ecology and biosystems in one area are so crucial to the Chesapeake Bay and the James River.
Tim Miller of Mount Castle’s Soil and Water Conservation helped Buchanan students find animals in Looney Creek, tiny creatures including crayfish, crane fly larvae, Mayfly larvae, water pennies, even a hellgrammite larvae were discovered in the leaves and silt seined from the creek.
Said CVC’s Erin O’Donnell and Dawn Luther who manned the Looney Creek station. “The creek is healthy,” pointing to the cube tray filled with creatures. After bagged lunches in the great field of the Preece Farm, the buses rolled back to school.
By Cathy Benson, Botetourt View