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BTEC Habitat for Humanities House

posted May 27, 2015, 12:25 PM by bcps web

BTEC Habitat for Humanities House

Botetourt Education Foundation, Botetourt County Public Schools, Botetourt Technical Education Center and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to build a house for a local family.  The house is being built by Botetourt Technical Education Center (BTEC) students and will be given to Habitat for Humanity next fall.  The house is a 3 bedroom 2 bath modular house that is approximately 1350 sq. ft.  The students will build the house up to rough in stage which will include the plumbing and electrical.  The house will then be given to the Habitat for Humanity for placement.

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 graduates 231 in Class of 2015

posted May 26, 2015, 11:39 AM by bcps web   [ updated May 26, 2015, 11:39 AM ]

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.

LBHS Graduation Slideshow

By Cathy Benson

James River High School graduates 152 in the Class of 2015

posted May 26, 2015, 11:35 AM by bcps web

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!

JRHS Graduation Slideshow

By Cathy Benson 981-3140

High School Graduation Information

posted May 18, 2015, 8:39 AM by bcps web   [ updated May 18, 2015, 8:39 AM ]

James River High School Graduation - Thursday, May 21, 2015, James River High School, 7:30 p.m.

Lord Botetourt High School Graduation - Friday, May 22, 2015, Roanoke Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.

Please contact schools with questions regarding graduation.

Congratulations 2015 Retirees!

posted May 15, 2015, 4:53 AM by bcps web

Twenty-one teachers, staff, bus drivers and administrators were honored with a retirement dinner at The Glebe. Music, including hand chimes, was provided by the choral students at Lord Botetourt High School and James River High School chorus members.

Speakers, including School Board Chairman Ruth Wallace, reminded the retirees of all the young lives they have touched over the years. Freda Frey, who has been retired for one year, told the retirees how much they would love being retired. 

A brief presentation on the careers of the retirement group played, and Superintendent Dr. Tony Brads finished the night with a few remarks thanking them and wishing them well.

Members of the BCPS retirement class of 2015 are Dorothy Barnett, Tina Bishop, Lynne Bolton, Rodney Corl, Frances Doyle, Linda Fralin, Sherry Graham, Michael Goad, Barbabra Helms, Donna Huffman, Celeste Lutjen, Kathleen Malloy, Rhonda McDonald, Joyce McElwaine, Debra Patterson, Joni Poff, Pat Richards, Melissa Suters, Charline Toliver, Margaret Williamson and Betty Wilson.

By Cathy Benson 

BTEC Plant Sale

posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 AM by bcps web

Attention: 2014 CTE graduates

posted Apr 9, 2015, 5:54 AM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 5:55 AM ]

Attention 2014 graduates of Botetourt County Public Schools! 
We need your help.  Please use the link below to complete an important survey reflecting on your experience as a former student.  We appreciate your time!!

Botetourt County High School Senior wins prestigious award

posted Mar 27, 2015, 4:26 PM by bcps web

WDBJ7- Lindsey Fenster won the Harry Byrd Scholarship February 2015.  Harry Byrd was a state and U.S. Senator in Virginia. The $10,000 merit-based scholarship is given to one student in each of Virginia's eleven congressional districts.  Fenster is the first Botetourt County High student to receive the award and she hopes to inspire future students at James River.  "It happened to me and that's not just a singular case. I feel like a lot of kids in this school have the potential to be where I am, and I hope I can inspire them to achieve that potential," Fenster said. Fenster grew up on a farm and she is active in 4-H.  She plans to attend the University of Georgia to study animal science in the fall.

Information Regarding the Community Health Survey

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:26 AM by bcps web   [ updated Feb 25, 2015, 7:26 AM ]

To better answer these questions and meet the health needs of our community, Carilion Clinic is partnering with community organizations to conduct a comprehensive health assessment.


There are two ways to participate in this short survey:

By phone: 888-964-6620

The survey runs through April 30. And if you complete the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of five  $10 Kroger gift card.

By participating in this health survey, you’ll help lay the groundwork for community-wide healthcare solutions.

For more information, see information flyer attached below.


posted Feb 18, 2015, 11:31 AM by bcps web

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school term will be made-up on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 10:00am - 6:00 pm at each elementary school.  In addition, you may register your child between 9:00am and 1:30pm on March 3, 4, or 5.


Virginia school law states that children are of school age if they have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30th.  


Information requested at the time of registration will include:

·        Birth Certificate and Social Security Number

·        Documentation of Proof of Residency (copy of deed/mortgage/ lease/real estate tax statement,              current utility bill, current bank statement, or check stub issued by an employer)

·        A physical examination and a record of immunization will also be required prior to the first day of          school


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the school at the following numbers:


  • Breckinridge Elementary:  473-8386
  • Buchanan Elementary:  254-2084
  • Cloverdale Elementary:  992-1086
  • Colonial Elementary:  977-6773
  • Eagle Rock Elementary:  884-2421
  • Greenfield Elementary:  992-4416
  • Troutville Elementary:  992-1871

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