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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.

Happy Birthday Dr. Brads!

posted Oct 8, 2014, 5:25 PM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 5:29 PM ]

Dr. Brads turns 50!!!!

W!SE awards James River and Lord Botetourt Blue Star School status for Financial Literacy

posted Oct 6, 2014, 7:33 AM by bcps web

On behalf of Phyllis Frankfort Perillo, President and CEO, and all of us at w!se, it gives me great pleasure to announce the Blue Star Schools for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations! A school, testing ten or more students, must have achieved a 75% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80% or higher. 


We are truly proud of your students’ accomplishment. We are equally proud of you and your teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate™. Because of your dedicated and tireless commitment, you have given them vital knowledge about their personal finances. You have also provided them with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.


Once again, congratulations to all of this years Blue Star schools for an outstanding achievement and sincere thanks for your tremendous hard work in helping to improve the financial literacy of our nation’s young people.

Journey students Fox Island 2014 trip, sponsored by Botetourt Education Foundation

posted Sep 30, 2014, 11:09 AM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 11:09 AM ]

Journey students from Central Academy and Read Mountain were selected to participate in the Fox Island trip to the Chesapeake Bay June 28-June 30, 2014. With support funding from the Botetourt Education Foundation, 13 students and 2 chaperones spent 3 days (with no technology) learning about the bay ecosystem and the life of the watermen who depend on the bay for their livelihood.  This educational experience teaches students the value of the Chesapeake Bay and the importance of our watershed in protecting the bay.  

Click here to see video slideshow of trip---->Fox Island 2014

Reminder: Early Dismissal- Wednesday, October 1st

posted Sep 30, 2014, 10:31 AM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 10:32 AM ]

Students will be dismissed one hour early tomorrow. 

Elementary- Teacher In-Service 

Secondary- Parent-Teacher Conferences

Botetourt art student creates van Gogh like painting

posted Sep 15, 2014, 1:26 PM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

BOTETOURT (WSLS) - A Botetourt County art student will wake up seeing stars each morning.

Naomi Grooten said she was inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh to create her own masterpiece. She painted her own 8-by-12 foot version of van Gogh's Starry Night. She used the Roanoke skyline in her own piece.

Naomi's canvas was her sister's former room. The Lord Botetourt High School junior said she asked her parents if she could move into the room when her older sister moved out. She had already decided to use the wall for her art.

It's a passion she developed early on.

"I definitely remembered asking for a few coloring books from Christmas just to put in my stocking," she said. "That was definitely one of my favorite Christmas presents when I was younger." 

Naomi said it took her three days, at least eight hours per day to complete the work. She posted a sign on her door when she started stating, "Naomi has started to slip into art mode. No one is to disturb her until she has finished painting or they will risk breaking her art mojo".

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