In the News......
Schools will dismiss two (2) hours early tomorrow (Nov. 25).
Also, schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.
We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
No School for Students: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30- 6:30) ; Middle & High School Teacher In-Service
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the winners of the first Governor’s Competition for Talent Solutions on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The Botetourt Education Foundation was a winner. The grant is a $200,000 match for the funds already raised for the Botetourt Technical Education Center's new welding lab to be applied toward work force development.
Bob Patterson, chairman of the Botetourt Education Foundation, was effusive in his praise for the efforts of Botetourt school division's Brian Austin, Jim Bradshaw, Altec's Brian Price, Pete McKnight, a local developer and Dr. John Rainone and Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
"These people raised the funds that got the lab started and complete enough to use," Patterson said. "It is one of the finest welding labs in the commonwealth. Del. Terry Austin, Sen. Tim Kaine and Commonwealth Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones were integral in their assistance.
"As chairman, I can say I am fortunate to have such good board members and associates. This grant seemed tailor made to our situation. It required a school system, private industry, a 501(c)3 corporation and a high education facility to work together. We had all of them.
"It speaks well for the future of our welding program, including future work with the American Welding Society and perhaps it will even bring people here on a tourist level."
By Cathy Benson email@example.com 981-3140
Report Cards for 1st Nine Weeks will be sent home with students today.
1 Hour Early Dismissal: Teacher In-Service
program will be a display of art created as a joint STEM venture between Botetourt County HS
Biology and Art students bringing to their canvas the world of biology as seen through a microscope.
Our mental protons will be soaring as we enjoy this unique view of the world around us!
Both science and art students were asked to consider the theme "Small World, Big Impact."
Biology students selected a micro- or macroscopic living organism that they were studying
(as a regular part of their Dual Enrollment BIO 102 course). They each researched an organism
and were asked to conceptualize the organism's role and impact in a larger environment.
Then the science students teamed with both 2D and 3D art students to present and further
develop the idea. Art students were then tasked with conceptualizing the impact in their
assigned media. Combined, the scientists and artists will be presenting photographs, 2D
and 3D art and artist statements illustrating their group interpretations.
Opening attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists themselves.
Light refreshments will be served. Invitation with details to follow.
Teachers new to Botetourt County Public Schools spent the day of getting to know the school division and their assigned mentors on the first day back to school for faculty Monday, Aug. 3.
New teachers spent the day at the Greenfield Education and Training Center. The new hires learned what it is like to be employed by Botetourt County Public Schools. In addition to professional development, the more than 30 new teachers and their mentors enjoyed a luncheon.
How much is the technology fee?
The technology fee is $25 per student per year at Lord Botetourt and James River High School. This is part of the School Board's fees-and-charges schedule that is set each year in accordance of JN and JN-BR3.
What is the cost of a lost or broken device?
Consequences for lost, stolen and intentionally damaged devices are outlined in the mobile device agreement, which is signed by the student and parent or guardian.
What if my family can't afford the $25.00 fee?
Families that need financial assistance or who are unable to pay the fee, should contact their school principal. JN and JN-BR3 states that principals may "reduce or waive fees for economically disadvantaged students and students whose families are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay them."