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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."
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.
Contact schools with questions.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 981-3140