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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".

BCPS Fall 2014 Photo Slideshow

posted Sep 12, 2014, 8:08 AM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 5:32 AM ]

Band, SCA, Ice Bucket Challenges, Family Fun Night, Football, Volleyball, Field Trips pictures from around the division.

Fall 2014

RMMS Ice Bucket Challenge

posted Aug 29, 2014, 9:57 AM by bcps web   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 10:03 AM ]

Read Mountain Middle School cheerleaders and volleyball teams recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

RMMS Volleyball Team- Ice Bucket Challenge

RMMS Cheerleaders - Ice Bucket Challenge

Breckinridge Elementary teachers chosen for leadership academies at GMU

posted Aug 18, 2014, 4:35 PM by bcps web   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 4:42 PM ]

Two Breckinridge Elementary teachers were selected to participate in the Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching (VCET), a new, highly selective professional development program for teachers, which launches this summer on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax.

Donna Snyder and Emily Angle are two of Virginia’s 100 best teachers selected to attend one of four innovative summer academies focused on classroom instruction, education policy and leadership.

Snyder attended the STEM Academy, which ran June 22-27, and Angle attended the Humanities & Language Arts Academy, which ran July 6-11.

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers. The free, six-day residential academies focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); interdisciplinary studies; fine arts; and the humanities and language arts.

“We had an excellent pool of applicants with more than 800 teachers who signed up from all across the state,” said Dr. Elizabeth Sturtevant, VCET director. “One of the goals of the program is to create networks of outstanding teachers who support each other and work together to improve public education in Virginia.”

The VCET programs offer teachers advanced leadership training, including time on Capitol Hill to learn how to leverage the legislative process to benefit education; the latest information and insights on research-based teaching with an experiential and discussion-based curriculum that interweaves current research for teaching diverse learners and for incorporating new technologies; and five graduate credits, which totals approximately 150 points toward the 180-point requirement needed to maintain a Virginia teaching license.

Attached  below are photos from the Capitol Hill day. (Credit: John Boal Photography)

Load the Bus

posted Jul 22, 2014, 7:46 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 12:15 PM ]

Help support children in need by making a donation of school supplies at the Bonsack Walmart on August 1st between 3-7pm, August 2nd between 11-3.

Back To School Information

posted Jul 18, 2014, 2:53 PM by bcps web   [ updated Jul 24, 2014, 5:41 AM ]

Breckinridge Elementary 
  • Open House- August 7th, 11:30-1:30 and 4:00-6:00 

Buchanan Elementary

  • Kindergarten Orientation-August 7th- 6:30 p.m. in the library 

    Students will take a bus ride to learn about bus safety while parents attend the orientation session.  Afterwards, parents and children will visit in the classrooms.  Please bring your child’s supplies.

  • Grades 1-5 Open House- Thursday, August, 7th.  Parents and students are encouraged to visit with their child’s teacher any time during the hours of 1:00-6:30 p.m.  Your child should bring their supplies.
Colonial Elementary
  • Back-To-School Business Night & Open HouseAugust 7th  1-7pm - Parents and students may come any time from 1-7pm to complete paperwork, meet their teachers and drop off school supplies in their classroom.
  • New Student Orientation for Gr.1-5...August 7th  3:00-4:00pm (This is for students who are new to Colonial in Grades 1-5)
  • Kindergarten OrientationAugust 7th  5:00-6:00pm

Cloverdale Elementary

  • Open House-  August 7th 1:30-6:15, New student Orientation 4pm, Kindergarten Orientation 5pm
  • Back to School Nights-  K-2 August 26 7pm, 3-5 August 28 7pm

Greenfield Elementary

  • Launch Day- August 7th from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m
  • Kindergarten Orientation- August 7th from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  All Kindergarten students and their parents are encouraged to attend.  Students will visit classrooms and ride a school bus.  
  • Back-To-School Night - September 9th at 7 p.m. Students and parents will enjoy an information session in student classrooms.  Multiple sessions will be provided for families with more than one child. 

Central Academy

  • Schedule Pick Up - July 30 - 1 pm - 6 pm - students will also receive bus information and be able to access their lockers
  • Sixth Grade Transition Day - August 8 - 10 am - 2 pm
  • Back to School Night -August 25 6:30 pm

Read Mountain

  • Schedule Pick Up - July 31st 12-3; 4-7pm

James River

  • Schedule pick-up and fee payment- July 31, 2014 (Only Grades 10 – 12 )- 3:00 – 6:30 pm
  •  Freshmen Orientation- August 5, 2014- 9:00 am – 12 noon
    Schedule pick-up and fee payment:   12 noon – 3:30 pm  
  • Schedule pick-up and fee payment- Grades 10 – 12 - 12 noon – 3:30 pm

Lord Botetourt 

  • Schedule Pick Up Days- July 31st - 12:00 - 6:00 pm August 5th 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Freshman Transition Program- August 11th- 9:00 - 2:45 pm
  • Back-to-School Night- August 25th- 6:30 pm


  • NEW Student Orientation- Thursday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenfield Education and Training Center.  This program is for students and parents new to the STEM-H Academy for the 14-15 school year.

Promethean Master Educators

posted Jul 17, 2014, 4:38 PM by bcps web

Two teachers from Breckinridge Elementary participated in a three day training program to become Promethean Master Educators.  Wendy Coleman and Anne Swandby worked with trainers from Promethean Learning to improve their skills in instructional design, advanced integration techniques, and learned more about how to bring the advanced features and benefits of their ActivBoards to their students.  They are looking forward to using their new skills to enhance the instruction that will be taking place in their classrooms this year.

Congratulations 2014 Retirees!

posted Jun 16, 2014, 2:26 PM by bcps web   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 10:00 AM ]

Botetourt County Schools honored its 2014 Retirees on June 5th at the Glebe. Prior to the dinner, Lord Botetourt and JRHS Choir students entertained the group.

The Teacher and Administrator retirees are: Deborah Bychowski,  Anne Caldwell, Charlotte Darby, Joseph Harden, Susan Hudson, Wanda Martin, Peggy Ramsey, Carlos Spellman, Annnette Taylor, Romona Trout, Susan Trumbo, Linda Vail, Terry Wright

Classified retirees:  Rhonda Benson, Sue Carter, Linda Cronise, Judy Dudding,  Don Epperly, Freda Frey, Cynthia Hartman, Janet Howes, Victor Jones, Melinda Mattern, Elaine VanNess, Lorene Walker

Tiny House "Open House" Information

posted May 27, 2014, 5:35 AM by bcps web   [ updated May 28, 2014, 6:47 AM ]

from wsls-Botetourt Education Foundation "Tiny House" (video)

from the Botetourt View- The Tiny House is still on the market. Want to see it? Here is when and where and how to bid. Great hunting cain. Constructed by BTEC students, too!

The Botetourt Education Foundation will be holding an open house on Sunday May 25th, Sunday June 1st, and Sunday June 8th from 2-4pm for anyone to stop by and tour the house.

Interested parties can also submit bids to purchase the house. I believe Brian Austin at the School Administration office is coordinating the bid process. We have photos on the Botetourt Education Foundation website here:

Botetourt Ed Foundation

Here are the particulars of the tiny house supplied by BCPS administrator Brian Austin:

The Botetourt County School Board will be accepting sealed bids until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014 for the “tiny house” listed below.

12 X 24 house (“Tiny House”)

4/12 pitched green metal roofing

Walls are on 16’ o.c. and 8’ tall

Living area and kitchen

Full bathroom

Bedroom with closet

Spray foam insulation in the interior of roof and floors

Fiberglass insulation in the exterior walls

Handmade kitchen cabinets

Interior walls and ceiling are finished tongue and groove maple, poplar, and pine paneling

Outside is cedar siding

Fair market appraisal - $16,583

The bid opening will take place in the Board room at the SBO on June 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Bids may not be withdrawn after the time set for opening.

The Botetourt County Public Schools Education Foundation is supporting this effort by offering open houses on Sunday, May 25, Sunday, June 1, and Sunday, June 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The house is located at Lord Botetourt High School.

Please contact Brian Austin at 540-473-8263 for additional information.

--Botetourt Education Foundation and BCPS

Breckinridge Elementary receives Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award

posted May 12, 2014, 8:29 AM by bcps web   [ updated May 12, 2014, 10:21 AM ]

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education has announced that Breckinridge Elementary is a recipient of the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) award for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Congratulations, students and teachers! For the full story, see the following link:

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