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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:

2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher

posted May 6, 2014, 1:08 PM by bcps web   [ updated May 6, 2014, 1:14 PM ]

Congratulations Summer Underwood!


Cloverdale, VA – There are some amazing teachers out there. “Super Teachers,” in fact, and many of them are right here in Virginia. Summer Underwood is one of those teachers and that’s why she was selected to receive the 2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.


Ms. Underwood received the award today in a surprise presentation at Read Mountain Middle School in front of students, faculty and special guests. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.


This is the seventh year for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards, which honor outstanding K-12 public school educators. Each year, the Lottery asks for nominations from all across the state and, this year, nearly 800 were received. Eight teachers are then selected – one from each geographic region across the state – to win. Summer Underwood is the third educator to receive the Super Teacher Award for 2014. Five more surprise presentations will occur this spring. 


“Without doubt, Summer is the most passionate member of our entire staff by being a tireless promoter of Rachel's Challenge and creating a community of kindness, caring, and compassion amongst our students and staff alike,” said colleague and nominator Stephanie Hufton. “She works nights, weekends, mornings, afternoons and any time in between on projects and activities for our students to demonstrate all that Rachel's Challenge is about.”


The 2014 Virginia Lottery Super Teachers were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including:


·         Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction

·         Dr. Martha Ross, professor emerita, JMU

·         The Honorable James W. Dyke, former Virginia Secretary of Education

·         Brenda Sheridan, President of the Virginia PTA

·         John Bennett, 2013 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Mary Munford Elementary School


The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations and educators’ qualities as exemplified by the nominator. Each nomination included answers to four questions addressing everything from the teacher’s passion for and commitment to the profession, to innovation and creativity in the classroom, to how they involve the parents of their students.


“We’re game for education and these awards are a great way for the Lottery to demonstrate that,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “We are committed to supporting Virginia’s public schools, and that includes recognizing outstanding Super Teachers like Summer Underwood who are making such a difference in the education of Virginia’s youth and, indeed, our future leaders.”


Botetourt County Public Schools received nearly $900,000 in Lottery profits for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2013. Lottery dollars are funding programs such as Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, Mentor Teacher, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast, Algebra Readiness, Regional Alternative Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Virginia Teacher Corps (NCLB/EFAL), textbooks and Race to GED (NCLB/EFAL).


When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is game.  In fact, it’s the reason we play.  We generate more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2013.



Super Teacher page:

Paula Otto:

Virginia PTA:

Supply Room Companies:






Dr. Brads named Superintendent of the Year in Western Region 6

posted Apr 28, 2014, 3:37 PM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 6:44 AM ]

Congratulations Dr. Brads! 

The School Board of Botetourt County, via the Office of the Division Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Tony Brads as the Region 6 - Western Virginia Superintendent of the Year. Region 6 - Western Virginia is an advisory group for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and represents the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and the cities of Covington, Danville, Martinsville, Roanoke, and Salem. Dr. Brads was selected by his colleagues and is now eligible for the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) State Superintendent of the Year award.

Dr. Brads is currently in his 9th year as Superintendent for Botetourt County Public Schools. During his tenure, the school division has been recognized for ambitious instructional programming most notably the opening of the STEM-H Academy for high school students, access to over 65 dual enrollment courses that include academic and CTE offerings, implementation of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) at two elementary schools, and innovative scheduling at both the middle and high school levels. Additionally, Dr. Brads led the effort to make participation in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) a reality for Botetourt County students.

Under his guidance, the division has continued to make access to and implementation of instructional technology a priority. This includes the placement of interactive boards in over two-thirds of the division’s classrooms, the expansion of wireless capacity in all schools, and the use of a longitudinal data management system that helps administrators and teachers look at the individual needs of students over the course of their entire school career. Furthermore, the division is poised to rollout a 1-to-1 initiative during the 2014-2015 school year.

In efforts to maximize opportunities for the division’s students and staff, Dr. Brads has made purposeful efforts to cultivate collaborative relationships across the Roanoke Valley. The division has a strong partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) and Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) that not only allows students to access college level coursework while attending high school, but to attend advanced programs on the campuses of VWCC and DSLCC. Over the last five years, the participation in these programs has grown while the division has also had an increase in participation at the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School and the Jackson River Governor’s School. Understanding that rigorous programs are dependent on highly qualified staff, Dr. Brads worked hand-in-hand with Jefferson College of Health Sciences to create a Graduate Certificate in Biology that is now available to high school science teachers.

These notable improvements in programs and services to students have been made in spite of very difficult economic times. Dr. Brads, along with School Board, has guided the division through making difficult budget decisions while trying to minimize the impact on teaching and learning. He has provided leadership that has allowed the system to offer progressive programs and opportunities to the students of Botetourt County.

Submitted by Dr. Joni Poff, Director of Instruction for BCPS

BTEC/FFA Plant Sale

posted Apr 9, 2014, 10:54 AM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 10:54 AM ]

When: Starts SATURDAY APRIL 12; 9-2 ; continues APRIL 14-17, 9-4
Plant list is attached.

Questions: Contact Andy Bell,

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