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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

Disability Awareness and Transition Expo

posted Feb 18, 2015, 9:32 AM by bcps web   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 10:20 AM ]

Sponsored by:
Botetourt County
Craig County
City of Salem
Roanoke City
Roanoke County

These schools are hosting a Disability and Transition Expo to provide students, parents and school staff the opportunity to learn about transition resources for individuals with disabilities.

WHEN: March 17, 2015

WHERE: Roanoke County Schools Administrative Building

TIME:  3:00PM - 6:30 PM

Vendors booths for parents, students and teacher!

Light refreshments will be served!

30+ Community Agencies!

Door Prizes!

Breakout Sessions may include: Waiver information, Simulated College Experience, Autism, and DARS.

Chromebooks distributed to high school students

posted Feb 7, 2015, 12:16 PM by bcps web   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 6:29 AM ]

Chromebook 2015

From the Botetourt View- Twenty-first century education is something that Botetourt County received accolades for in the recent Virginia Budget and Planning review. On Friday, Jan. 29, and Monday, Feb. 2, Botetourt's high schools took another giant step when Chromebooks were distributed to students.

At James River High School, 576 Chromebooks, 4GB with a 16GB hard drive and pre-loaded with Botetourt County Schools approved software and ready to access the school's new Wi-Fi system, were handed out. They were distributed first to seniors and then the freshman class, which will use the books almost three and a half years.

IT and IT specialist technicians were busy distributing to all four grade levels. Jay Hipes, Sammy Foster, Teresa Simmons, Susan Albrecht and Rebecca Woodie manned the red bags and Chromebook distribution. Each device came with instructions, an adapter and protective sleeve. Students signed into their email accounts and were back to class with the new treasure.

No social media is allowed and other noneducational materials are filtered out, but for assignments and other written work, the Chromebook will be an essential tool.

Freshman Luke Campbell said with enthusiasm, "Now I won't have to write on paper. I am kind of messy, and this should be a real benefit to classwork."

Principal Jamie Talbott said, "It is an exciting time for students and teachers. The one-to-one initiative will enhance classroom instruction and give better education opportunity for all students."

Photo Slideshow-

By Cathy Benson


David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.comMore and more, technology is becoming a must in the classroom.

Botetourt County recently spent nearly one million dollars on laptops for every high school student, it's getting them to students that's the challenge. "We were a little bit nervous because we were doing this midway through the year," said IT expert Michael Moser. When you're giving out 1,1000 laptops about 30 students at a time, it can be hard to find, "An organized way of putting it all together," Moser said.

Botetourt County schools got these Chromebooks just four weeks ago.Since then, it's been a controlled chaotic effort to smoothly get those laptops checked, registered and into the hands of students."The bags are ready to go, the case is ready to go, the charging cables are ready to go, the devices are put out alphabetically," Moser said of the system by which students are getting the computers."The whole team has just been great," said Lord Botetourt High School Principal Janet Womack, "We've been ahead of schedule since Friday and we hope to have the process complete by tomorrow. It just takes Mike Moser and his team just six minutes to make sure the students are good to go. That's when those students head out and another group comes in. "I'm really excited, I think it'll help a lot with classes," said senior Danielle Beckner. "It's cool, you know, that they are getting them out so quick and trying to be efficient," senior Elizabeth Kennedy said, "It felt a little rushed, but it wasn't horrible."

Teachers have had the laptops since November to prepare for the last three months of school where every student has one too. In the coming weeks, students will learn how to better use them, today was just the very quick introduction. Students at James River High School in Botetourt County also got the laptops.

In all, the school system gave 1,675 computers to students.

Botetourt County gives laptops to all high school students (Video)

Lisa Barnett, Instructional Coordinator, invited to State of the Union Address

posted Jan 15, 2015, 6:12 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 8:27 AM ]

Sen. Tim Kaine will invite Lisa Barnett, coordinator for Career and Technical Education for Botetourt County Public Schools, as his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Kaine co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus and has made improving CTE one of his top priorities in the Senate. He grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop and spent a year as a missionary in Honduras, where he worked as the principal of a school that taught welding and carpentry. After experiencing the power of technical education firsthand, Kaine as Virginia governor went on to spearhead the creation of Governor’s Career and Technical Academies in Virginia — now called the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academies. In the Senate, Kaine has introduced legislation to increase access to high-quality CTE programs and facilitate CTE career exploration programs for middle school students.

“I’m thrilled Ms. Barnett will join me as my guest in Washington Tuesday,” said Kaine. “Lisa Barnett and her colleagues in Botetourt County have worked hard to ensure students have access to skills training that will prepare them for good, high-paying jobs that often go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the necessary technical training. Their work to make a high-quality CTE education accessible to students sets an impressive example for educators across the nation. I look forward to continuing my work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to strengthen career and technical education for students across Virginia and the U.S.”

"I am honored to represent Botetourt County at the State of the Union Address,” said Lisa Barnett. “It's exciting to be a part of the national discussion on the relevance of Career and Technical Education. Through project-based learning and real world application, students enrolled in CTE programs apply their academic knowledge and learn valuable soft skills that are vital to success in their future endeavors."

Last year, Kaine’s guest was Army Staff Sgt. Tammy Brown, a machinist and welder stationed at Fort Lee who served on active duty for more than 15 years, including tours in Kosovo and Iraq.

Submitted by Sarah Peck, Sen. Tim Kaine's Office

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