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Attention All Registered Nurses!!

posted Nov 17, 2014, 11:47 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 11:47 AM ]

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

Happy Veteran's Day!

posted Nov 11, 2014, 9:03 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 3:53 PM ]

Today we give thanks our service members and to remember the sacrifices have made. Many schools are honoring Veteran's today. Enjoy slideshow below highlighting a few of the day's events.

Lord Botetourt Band Booster Craft Show

posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:39 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 9, 2014, 1:41 PM ]

Please join us! 

Saturday, November 15th 
Lord Botetourt High School 

OVER 60 Vendors 
Free Admission, Concessions, Bake Sale, Raffles, Door Prizes

Bank of Botetourt presents JRHS Best of Show Award, Mountain Magic Fall Exhibition

posted Nov 6, 2014, 9:22 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 9:22 AM ]

Central Academy Patriots complete standout season

posted Nov 6, 2014, 7:03 AM by bcps web

The Central Academy Patriots had an extraordinary football season this year, setting a school record of seven wins and only one loss.

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

3rd Annual Richard Henegar, Jr.- Act of Kindness Award

posted Oct 27, 2014, 6:18 AM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 5:52 AM ]



RICHARD HENEGAR, Jr. Act of Kindness Community Award

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:

Summer Underwood

c/o Read Mountain Middle School

182 Orchard Hill Drive

Cloverdale, VA 24077


Fax: 966-8656

All nominations should be in by November 18th 2014

Please contact Summer Underwood if additional information is needed.

Celebrate My Drive Contest

posted Oct 20, 2014, 1:39 PM by bcps web

James River and Lord Botetourt high schools are participating in the Celebrate My Drive contest. This is a national campaign sponsored by State Farm. The top 100 schools with the most online safe driving pledges will win really great prizes. The first place schools wins a concert by The Band Perry and $100,000 for the school. The second place wins $100,000, and the others win $25,000 grants. 

Anyone over the age 14 can make the online pledge, not just students. Just go to and make a commitment once a day every day from now until next Friday (10/24). 

3rd Annual Bay Day

posted Oct 13, 2014, 6:49 AM by bcps web

Bay Day 2014

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

Congratulations Sarah Beth Milko, the 2014-15 Botetourt County Kiwanis Club Teacher of the Year

posted Oct 10, 2014, 8:05 AM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 1:01 PM ]

Sarah Beth Milko is the recipient of the 2014 Kiwanis Educator of the Year award. This award is given annually to recognize a teacher that demonstrates exemplary instructional performance, continual professional development, and makes a contribution and service to the profession.  Ms. Milko's colleagues describe her as a master teacher and a role model for other teachers and students within the community.  Her daily actions are evidence of her belief that all students are valued, are capable, and have gifts that should be recognized. 

First Annual STEM-H Fair

posted Oct 8, 2014, 5:38 PM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 5:42 PM ]

We are excited to announce the First Annual STEM-H Fair.  The event will be for middle school students in grades 6 - 8 on October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
 at the Greenfield Education and Training Center. 

Students interested in a STEM-H experience are encouraged to attend.  Activities will facilitated by current STEM-H students and instructors.  Space is limited so students should sign up early. 
The attached flier has more information about the event and the link to sign up online.  Questions about the event should be directed to Stacey Jones or 992-3658.

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