RCPS+ Information
March 23, 2015
RCPS+ is underway!  More than 3,000 students have signed up to participate in this year's summer enrichment program.  RCPS+ will run from June 15 - July 24.  PLEASE NOTE:  This year, RCPS+ Elementary is from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M., Middle and High from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Click here for more details about the program, a list of RCPS+ sites, and bus routes.

A salute to Patrick Henry's JROTC
June 11, 2015
Patrick Henry High School's JROTC has received a prestigious award.  Patrick Henry's unit has earned the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit from the Department of Air Force.  Patrick Henry was just one of two units recognized from the state of Virginia.  Congratulations to Colonel Boyd, the instructors, and all the cadets for winning this award.

High School Summer School
June 10, 2015
Summer School for high school students will run from Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24.  Summer School take place at Patrick Henry High School from 8:55 am to 3:35 pm.  Click here to view bus routes.  If you need to re-take a SOL test, please contact Howard Goldberg at 853-2759.  If you are looking for RCPS+ Bus Route Information, that's located in the RCPS+ webpage.

School Board Send-Off
June 9, 2015
There was plenty of appreciation, fond memories and even a few tears as we honored outgoing School Board Members Todd Putney and Mae Huff.  Both have served honorably for the last nine years.  Chairman Putney was applauded for his leadership, dedication to students, and his love for school athletics.  Ms. Huff was honored for her kindness, her love for students and efforts to create an Equity Task Force.  Mayor Bowers presented both with a key to the City of Roanoke. 
RCPS Leadership Conference
June 8, 2015
This year's Leadership Conference featured a New York Times Best Selling Author.  RCPS joined forces with the City of Roanoke to bring Dan Heath to the Star City.  Heath and his brother Chip have written several leadership books.  Dan Heath's latest book "Decisive" was the focus of this year's conference.  The book shows you how to make better choices in life and work.  Pictured are Superintendent Rita Bishop, Dan Heath, and Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill.
State Semi-Finals
June 5, 2015
Congratulations to the Patrick Henry High School Boys Lacrosse and Girls Tennis Teams for making it all the way to the State Semi-Finals.  While they both lost their games/matches, we are extremely proud of their accomplishments this season.  The Boys Lacrosse Team lost to Robinson High School 11-6.  The Girls Tennis Team lost to Oakton High School 5-0. 

Special Graduation
June 4, 2015
Better late than never!  Deng Ashwil is now a graduate of Patrick Henry High School.  Deng missed graduation because of life-saving surgery to fix his kidneys.  During a special ceremony, Principal Jablonski presented Deng with his diploma as he was surrounded by his family, friends, and teachers at PH and ROTEC.  Deng is tired but in good spirits.  He expects to make a full recovery. 

Congratulations Class of 2015
May 28, 2015
More than 700 diplomas were awarded at the Berglund Center to graduates of Patrick Henry and William Fleming High schools.  We have several hundred pictures posted on our Facebook page.  Here is a partial list of where the graduates are heading: Yale, LSU, UVA, George Mason, Emory, Michigan, Clemson, Cornell, Wake, William & Mary, Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Alabama, Temple, UNC-Asheville, Fresno State, VCU, Univ. of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Forest Park Academy Graduation
May 27, 2015
Do you believe in second chances?  Forest Park Academy will make you a believer.  The school helps high school students who are in danger of dropping out.  Since it opened in 2007, Forest Park Academy has graduated 778 students.  At the Jefferson Center, the school added another 75.  Congratulations to the Class of 2015.  We have pictures of the graduates and the ceremony on our Facebook page.

Record CTE Certifications
May 27, 2015
They've certainly been busy over at ROTEC.  A record number of Roanoke City students earned Career Technical Education (CTE) certifications this year.  Industry-recognized credentials signal that students have acquired a defined set of skills and knowledge.  This year, 1,485 certifications were earned, up from 972 last year.  Congratulations and job well done.

Two schools receive state top honors
May 19, 2015
Congratulations to Crystal Spring Elementary (pictured) and Highland Park Elementary for receiving awards from Governor McAuliffe and Virginia's Board of Education.  Crystal Spring received the highest award- the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence.  Crystal is just six schools in the state to win this award.  Highland Park received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.  Both schools should be proud of their hard work.
Boys Lacrosse State Semi-Finals
June 5, 2015
Patrick Henry High School is getting ready to host the Boys Lacrosse State Semi-Finals for the first time.  The game will take place TODAY (6/9) at Patrick Henry High School at 6 p.m. against Robinson High School.  Come out and fill the stands to show the Patriots your support.  Per VHSL rules, tickets cost $10.  Good luck to Patrick Henry High School's Boys Lacrosse Team.

End of the Year Fun
May 26, 2015
The last week of school was all about having fun.  Many of our schools held various events to mark the end of the year.  They includeed plenty of fun games, ice cream socials, relay races, inflatables, picnics, and even a mechanical bull (we have the pictures to prove it).  Check out our Facebook page for lots of photos.  We just want to say thanks for a wonderful school year.  You helped to make it  OUR BEST YEAR EVER!

High School Summer School Registration
May 31, 2015
This week we will hold Summer School Registration for high school students.  At Patrick Henry High School, you can register Wednesday (6/3) and Friday (6/5) from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. & 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.  At William Fleming High School, you can register Thursday (6/4) from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. & 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.  Summer School runs from June 15 through July 24.

Hallie Carr passes away
May 20, 2015
We've lost a member of the RCPS family.  Hallie Carr passed away Wednesday.  Hallie worked for RCPS for 35 years, many spent at William Fleming High School.  She was the principal from 1999 to 2005.  She retired as the school system's Director of Guidance in 2014.  As you can see from this1995 yearbook, Hallie loved working with students. 

Warren Craft wins B'nai B'rith Award
May 19, 2015
Congratulations to Warren Craft of William Fleming High School.  He received the B'nai B-rith Athletic and Achievement Award from the Israel Friedlander Lodge.  Warren is the first male winner from William Fleming since 1986.  The award is based on athletics, academics, and citizenship.  Warren will attend the University of Virginia (UVA) next year.  He certainly exemplifies Colonel Pride.

End of the Year Dates
May 11, 2015
This is the last week of school.   Here are some important things to remember.  The last day of school is this Thursday (5/28) with a two hour early dismissal.  Friday (5/29) is graduation for William Fleming High School and Patrick Henry High School.  William Fleming's is at 10 A.M., Patrick Henry's at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies are at the Berglund Center.

RCPS Retirement Dinner
May 18, 2015
27 employees were honored at the annual RCPS Retirement Dinner.  The honorees included teachers, coaches, operations workers, and even a principal.  Combined, they have nearly 500 years of service to Roanoke City Public Schools; 498 to be exact.  THANK YOU for your years of service.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to RCPS and wish you all the best in retirement.

Congressional Art Winner
May 18, 2015
Congratulations to Kayla Prillaman of William Fleming High School for winning the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition.  Kayla's photo of autumn woods was picked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte to represent Virginia's 6th Congressional District.  Kayla's work will be on display for one year in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol.  She will also be honored at a reception at the Capitol in June. 
Art Accolades for Breckinridge
May 15, 2015
There were 140 submissions nationwide, just 10 were selected including James Breckinridge Middle School Art Teacher Daniel Kuehl.  His sculpture titled "Leaf" is now on display at Elmwood Park.  It is made of wood, mirrors, and it rotates.  Mr. Kuehl selected an Elmwood leaf because it is for Elmwood Park.  The Roanoke Arts Commission, which sponsored the art exhibit, chose the theme 'The Natural City.'  His work will be on display for the next 18 months.
Apply to Fishburn Park
April 16, 2015
DEADLINE IS FRIDAY. Fishburn Park Elementary is an environmentally focused school where students participate in gardening, recycling, and projects to preserve our planet.  Any Roanoke City student can apply to attend Fishburn Park.  Applications for rising Kindergarten through 5th graders will be accepted through May 22, 2015. 

Bezos Scholars Program
May 12, 2015
Congratulations to Ciara Mulcahy (left) and Diane Casola of Patrick Henry High School.  They've been selected for prestigious Bezos Scholars Program.  It brings together 12 of the nation's top public high school juniors, and 12 exceptional educators for an all-expense-paid week at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.  Upon return, they create "Local Ideas Festivals" on an important and relevant issue in their own hometowns.  This is the second PH student selected for this program.
Local Colors features Highland Park
May 14, 2015
Local talent at Local Colors.  Highland Park Elementary's Marimba Group took part in Saturday's Local Colors Festival.  "The Swaggin' Highlanders" performed at Elmwood Park to plenty of cheers and smiles.  Local Colors celebrates Roanoke's diversity and cultures.  This was the 25th anniversary of the festival.  Nine Highland Park students wowed the crowd.  They did a great job.

Noteworthy Music Festival
May 13, 2015
Thanks to everyone who came out to Patrick Henry High School for the 4th annual Noteworthy Music Festival.  The seven hour concert featured ten bands playing all kinds of music.  Organizers raised thousands of dollars for music programs in Roanoke City Public Schools.  Since the Noteworthy Music Festival started, nearly $20,000 has been raised for our music programs.  Bravo!

New Principal at Fishburn Park
May 11, 2015
Congratulations to Steven Lin.  At the May School Board meeting, he was approved to be the next principal of Fishburn Park Elementary.  Mr. Lin will replace Ms. Lackey, who is retiring in June.  He is currently an assistant principal at Fairview Elementary.  Mr. Lin says he's passionate about public education and Fishburn Park.  His goals are to increase the school's student population, working with community partners, and to encourage more parent involvement.

Earthquake Relief
May 12, 2015
Wasena Elementary has 21 Nepali students.  When they heard about the earthquake in Nepal, they wanted to help.  After brainstorming with their teacher, the students have decided to collect change to help earthquake victims.  All the money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.  The students have been making announcements over the intercom, visiting classrooms, and collected change during the school's PTA picnic.
Spring Concerts
April 13, 2015
Our students have been working hard learning to sing, dance and play an instrument.  Now, you can see and hear their talents.  From now, until the end of the school year, many of our schools will hold Spring Concerts and Performances.  We've made it easy to keep track of all the events. Click here for the schedule.  We hope you enjoy all these wonderful performances.

RCPS Art Show
May 11, 2015
Our students are certainly creative, talented, and imaginative.  Now, it's time to see their works of art.  The annual art show is now taking place at the Jefferson Center. Come and see nearly 150 works on display from every school in the district.  You will see creative paintings, portraits, photography, sculptures, and even robots!  Our Facebook page has plenty of pictures:  www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools

Round Hill Update
May 7, 2015
SOL testing hasn't slowed down construction of a new classroom wing at Round Hill Elementary, but the timing of the work has shifted.  Construction crews have graciously agreed to work after 2:30 p.m. so there are no distractions during standardized testing.  The project is currently on-time and on-budget.  Once completed, the wing will house twelve new classrooms.  We anticipate the new classrooms will be ready by the beginning of the next school year. 
State Champion
May 5, 2015
Congratulations to Cadet Grady Hutchins of Patrick Henry High School/ROTEC.  He won the State Championship in the Individual Armed Exhibition Category at the Air Force Junior ROTC State Drill Championships near Richmond.  Individual Armed Exhibition is a brand new category making Grady's win that more memorable.  This is the first State Championship for Patrick Henry ROTC, the second overall for PH this year. 

RCPS 2015 Teacher of the Year
April 30, 2015
Congratulations to Mark Levy of Patrick Henry High School.  He is the 2015 Roanoke Teacher of the Year (TOY).  He and all the TOY candidates were honored at a dinner at the Jefferson Center.  Mr. Levy received a $1,000 from Interactive Achievement, $250 from WDBJ-TV, and a bouquet of flowers from George's Flowers.  Before the dinner, the candidates were pampered at Zee's Salon and were transported by limo to the event, thanks to Prestige Limousine.
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3, 2015
Thank you to everyone who made Teacher Appreciation Week so special for our teachers.  PTA's provided catered luncheons, administrators left witty and appreciative notes in their boxes, and there were countless special gifts from students.  While the week may be over, it is never too late to show your appreciation to your teacher. 

Pre-School Registration
April 21, 2015
Applications are being accepted for the Virginia Preschool Initiative program in Roanoke City Public Schools. Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classes serve qualified four year olds. Children must be age four by September 30, 2015. Eligibility and placement are based on the child’s home address and identified needs.  Applications are available in elementary school offices If you have questions, call 853-2957.
National School Nurse Day
May 6, 2015
Wednesday was National School Nurse Day.  It is a time we recognize the hard-work, dedication, and compassion our school nurses show our children every day.  From patching up scrapped knees to taking our temperature, these medical professionals are there we need them.  For that, we say thank you.  Please take a moment to show your appreciation to our nurses.

Judy Lackey plans to retire
April 27, 2015
She has been an educator for 42 years!  Now, Judy Lackey plans to retire in June.  Ms. Lackey has been with RCPS for nine years, the last seven as principal of Fishburn Park Elementary.  "It is with a heavy heart that I leave because I love my school, my faculty, and especially my students.  But I look forward to my future," said Lackey.  She plans to travel more and make plenty of pottery.

Breckinridge Teacher is heading to Seattle
April 29, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation thinks highly of Stephanie Doyle of James Breckinridge Middle School.  She has been invited to participate in the national Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET) Conference in Seattle in July.  It brings teachers together to share their successes and challenges while elevating the profession.  The entire trip will be paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Helping Hands at Crystal Spring
April 28, 2015
They may be in middle school now but they haven't forgotten where they came from.  Once a week before school, James Madison Middle School students return to Crystal Spring Elementary as part of the Helping Hands Program.  They help teachers with various projects as well as tutor and play games with the elementary students.  This week, Crystal Spring held a breakfast to thank these young students and the school's nearly 100 volunteers.  THANK YOU!

PH/WF are a W!se Choice
April 27, 2015
Working in Support of Education (w!se) has named Patrick Henry High School (pictured) and William Fleming High School one of the "100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance" in the country.  W!se determines the rankings partly based on the average score on the Financial Literacy Certification Test.  Only 17 states require personal finance instruction in high school including Virginia.

Ready for SOLs
April 24, 2015
The SOLs are underway for many of our students.  Before the big tests, many schools held SOL Pep Rallies and other events to get students excited and ready.  Fairview Elementary threw a cookout for students in 3-5 grade.  Students at Preston Park Elementary participated in fun games.  Lincoln Terrace students dressed up as superheroes.  We know this is a stressful time of year.  We want to wish all students and staff the best during the SOL testing season.
Little Feet Meet
April 23, 2015
There were plenty of smiles, high-fives, and medals handed out at the annual Little Feet Meet at Northside High School.  More than 1,200 elementary school students from across the region participated in the Special Olympics.  RCPS was well represented with students from Fallon Park, Lincoln Terrace, Hurt Park, Highland Park, Fishburn Park, Garden City and Westside competing in the games.  For more pictures, http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools

Children's Cabinet visits Fallon Park
April 20, 2015
Governor McAulliffe's Children's Cabinet held its first meeting in Roanoke.  Various state leaders visited Fallon Park Elementary to discuss issues impacting children, youth, and families.  The group toured the school and then held a roundtable discussion with school officials, School Board Members, community partners, and local agencies.  Topics included early childhood education, health, homelessness and what's working at Fallon Park Elementary. 
Volunteer Appreciation
April 18, 2015
THANK YOU!  They are words you will be hearing often at our schools the next few weeks as we show our appreciation to our volunteers.  Roanoke City Public Schools if fortunate hundreds of volunteers who give their time and their hearts.  They assist teachers, mentor and tutor students, and so much more!  Many schools are holding events this month to say thank you.  We greatly appreciate all that you.

Madison's Mermaids
April 21, 2015
Thanks for everyone who came out for James Madison Middle's production of Little Mermaid, Jr. at Patrick Henry High School.  It tells the story of a mermaid who wants to be human.  See Little Mermaid, Jr. Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and a matinee on Saturday at 11:00 am.  All shows are at Patrick Henry High School. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students.  "Take it from me," this is great.  65 students make up this talented cast.
Westside Debate Team in Philly
April 15, 2015
They made Roanoke proud.  The Westside Debate Team did a wonderful job during its four day trip to Philadelphia.  The students won their exhibition at Temple University.  They debated an area middle school team about whether police officers should carry fire-arms.  Their reward for doing so well?  A pool party and all you can eat ice cream!  They also toured several museums and visited the Liberty Bell.  Congratulations!
Accolades for Addison
April 14, 2015
A Lucy Addison Middle School student is about to get an once in a lifetime opportunity.  Noah Davis is one of 25 selected nationwide to participate in Youth Quest at Gettysburg.  Noah will get an all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg College this summer.  Over four days, he will work with Admissions Staff to learn how to get ready for college as well as participate in leadership building activities.  Additionally, he will get a behind the scenes look at the battlefield and museum.
NASA at Jackson
April 13, 2015
It was an out of this world experience at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  Students in the 21st Century Learning Center are participating in the NASA Stem Challenge.  You may remember Jackson Middle won a challenge last year.  There are more states and schools participating this year.  NASA representatives traveled to Jackson to see the students in action.  They created a plant growth chamber for a lunar dwelling. They'll learn in late May whether they won this year.
2015-2016 School Calendar
March 10, 2015
The Roanoke City School Board has approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar.  We are doing something different this year with the first day of school.  Students will return to school on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  Monday will be a Teacher Service Day.  The school year will end before Memorial Day.  Want to see the full calendar? 
Chess Changes
April 15, 2015
The Chess tournament scheduled for this Saturday April 18, 2015 has been moved from Fallon Park Elementary School to Fishburn Park Elementary School.  Fishburn Park School is located at 3057 Colonial Avenue, next to Virginia Western Community College, the Gator Aquatic Center,  and James Madison Middle School.  The entrance is on Overland Road.  Registration opens at 8:00 am and games start at 10:00 am.
Fleming Play at Mill Mountain Theatre
April 17, 2015
TODAY:  Remnants of a Broken Past is a play written by two William Fleming High Schools students.  It tells the story of three Genocides; The Holocaust, Rwanda and Cambodia through the eyes of four high school students who have been assigned to work together on a project.  See Remnants of a Broken Past TODAY at 2 pm & 7 pm at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (Church Avenue side).  Cost is $5.

Welcome Back
April 12, 2015
As we head back from Spring Break, we want to remind you that this is Our Best Year Ever.  There are countless examples, too many for us to list in this small box.  But we want to thank you for your role in making this Our Best Year Ever.  We couldn't do this without you, and for that, we are very grateful.  As we approach the busy testing season, we want you to know we appreciate all of your efforts.  We hope the rest of the school year is a good one!  THIS IS OUR BEST YEAR EVER.
School Climate Parent Survey
February 24, 2015
Here at Roanoke City Public Schools, we value your opinion.  We are conducting our annual School Climate Parent Survey.  The results of this survey will be used to make changes in your child’s school to ensure a positive climate for teaching and learning.  The survey is voluntary and confidential.  Click here to take the survey.  Thank you for taking the survey.

Transfer Requests
March 25, 2015
The deadline for submission of applications for within district transfers is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Applications must either be delivered to the central administration building or postmarked by this date to be considered.  may be obtained from your child’s school.

Arbor Day Celebration
April 3, 2015
The seed has been planted.  The City of Roanoke held its annual Arbor Day Celebration at Highland Park Elementary.  RCPS and Clean Valley Council paid to have eight cherry trees planted around the school.  Roanoke has been named a Tree City USA, from the Arbor Day Foundation, for 20 years in a row.  The celebration included music by students, a poem about trees and a Proclamation by Mayor Bowers.

State Champions!
March 25, 2015
Congratulations to the Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team for winning the 6A State Championship.  Additionally, six Patrick Henry students won first place in their categories.  This is the second year in a row Patrick Henry's Forensics Team has won the State Championship. Forensics is a combination of speech, debate and acting.  The team has made all of Roanoke proud.

Sit up and take notice
March 31, 2015
One man's trash is another man's treasure.  That may be the best way to describe an art project at Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy.  Students have taken four old wooden chairs and turned them into works of art to benefit local art programs.  One of the chairs is titled "Roanoke" and features everything Roanoke is known for, like the Mill Mountain Star.  The project encourages team work and it shows students what they create can be shared with other people for a good cause.
Dance Espanol
April 1, 2015
Another great year, another great show.  Thank you to everyone who came out for this year's Dance Espanol performance at William Fleming High School. Dance Espanol is a partnership between RCPS and the Southwest Virginia Ballet.  It incorporates dance, Spanish and this year Science.  Mr. Pedro, as he is affectionately called, teaches the classes at Highland Park Elementary, Morningside, Lincoln Terrace and Wasena. 

Westside Debutantes Ball
March 28, 2015
The goal is to turn girls into young ladies.  That was certainly on display at the first ever Westside Future Debutantes Ball.  The Debutantes are made up of twelve Westside girls who meet after school.  For the last month, they teamed up with fifth grade boys to learn the waltz.  Saturday night, the girls wore beautiful pinks gowns, the boys white shirts and bow ties as they danced to plenty of smiles and applause.  Go to our Facebook page for more pictures and video.
March Madness at Madison
March 30, 2015
Students at James Madison Middle School are filling out their brackets but not in the way you may think.  U.S. History Teacher Mr. Wilder is using March Madness to engage his seventh graders about history.  Rather than pick basketball teams, students are using their brackets to determine the most influential historical person after the Civil War.  For example, students are debating who was more influential--Henry Ford or Alexander Graham Bell. It is a lesson that sounds like a slam dunk.
100% Club
March 29, 2015
You could call it Woodrow's Way.  This year, Woodrow Wilson Middle School started a 100% Club.  The goal is to reward students who have completed all their class and homework assignments during each nine week grading period.  For the latest, 21 eighth graders were treated to ice cream sundaes.  The club has become so popular, the school is talking about expanding it to more grades next year. 

Shining Stars
March 23, 2015
Sometimes it's the students who can teach us.  At lunch one day, teachers at Morningside Elementary were throwing out ideas for a Bullying Prevention Project when fifth grader Megan Price chimed in.  With that, you could say a star was born.  She suggested every student design their own star and write what makes them so special and unique.  It makes sense since Morningside is known as the Shining Stars.  The goal of the project is to show we all shine differently. 
ROTEC Extravaganza
March 19, 2015
More than $5,000 worth of scholarships were handed out at the annual ROTEC Extravaganza.  It was a chance for students to showcase their talents and to highlight the need for career and technical education.  Virginia Western Community College President Robert Sandel was the keynote speaker.  He says career and technical education is needed now more than ever to produce a skilled workforce. Thank you to the 15 businesses and individuals who sponsored this year's event.
Lucy Addison Memorial Wall Groundbreaking
March 19, 2015
Before it was a middle school, Lucy Addison was a high school from 1928 to 1973.  Alumnae of Lucy Addison High School are raising money to build a memorial wall at the school.  It will list the names of graduates and staff members of Lucy Addison High School.  Thursday, the steering committee held a groundbreaking.  The goal is to unveil the Lucy Addison High School Monument Wall in the fall.  It will certainly be a lasting legacy.
Fleming's Leap of Faith
March 17, 2015
FINAL WEEKEND:  Be sure to catch Leap of Faith at William Fleming High School.  The musical is based on the 1992 movie starring Steve Martin.  The "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale is an electrifying performer and con artist whose bus breaks down in a small Kansas town.  He pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival.  But things don't go as planned.  You can see Leap of Faith Friday and Saturday (3/27,28) at William Fleming at 7:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students.
Wasena Elementary wins national award
March 18, 2015
Congratulations to Wasena Elementary.  The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) has selected 15 schools across the country as winners of its 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award.  Wasena received the Bronze Award.  All the winners will be recognized in Dallas.  Previous winners from Roanoke City include Fallon Park Elementary and Preston Park Elementary.

Major Music Award
March 16, 2015
Bravo!  Roanoke City Public Schools is the 2015 recipient of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.  The school system was honored for its partnership with the Roanoke Symphony.  The program will be highlighted during a Yale Symposium in June.  Our partnership was chosen because it represents the characteristics of a quality program that Yale is seeking to study and celebrate at its symposium.

National High School Heart of the Arts Award
March 11, 2015
Congratulations to Ray Johnson of Patrick Henry High School.  She is one of eight students across the country to receive the National High School Heart of the Arts Award sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  The award recognizes those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. 

Legally Blonde at Patrick Henry
March 10, 2015
Thanks to everyone who supported this year's spring musical.   Patrick Henry High School's Spring Musical is Legally Blonde, based on the movie made famous by Reese Witherspoon.  It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. 

Save our trees
March 15, 2015
Could you go paperless for a day?  That question was put to the test at Fishburn Park Elementary.  Each grade tried to go paperless for a day.  Teachers and students used computers more, white boards and reused paper.  At the beginning of week, they weighed the amount of recycled paper which was 335 pounds.  At the end of the week, the environmentally focused school had reduced its carbon footprint by 100 pounds. Job well done!
Teacher Grants
March 13, 2015
Congratulations to Suzanne Bazak (right) of Patrick Henry High School and Schuyler Thoemke (left) of Virginia Heights Elementary.  They are this year's recipients of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League's (GRCL) Teacher Grant Program.  Ms. Bazak will use the grant money to buy tablets for math classes.  Ms. Thoemke plans to have her students make ceramic store fronts of businesses on Grandin Road.  Here they are with GRCL President Kit Hale.
Road to Richmond
February 28, 2015
They fought to the end and came close.  The William Fleming High School Girls Basketball Team lost by one point in the 4A State Semi-Finals in Richmond.  Final Score: William Fleming 57 Monacan High School 58.  The Lady Colonels had a wonderful season.  While it wasn't the outcome we wanted, these players made us ALL PROUD.  Congratulations Lady Colonels.

Regional Champs
March 8, 2015
They've done it again!  For the second year in a row, the Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team has won the Regional Championship. Of ten categories, Patrick Henry had eight regional champions.  The ten students who placed in the top 3 at regionals will now compete in the State Championship.  You may remember the Forensics Team won the State Championship last year. 
Woodrow's World
March 9, 2015
John Scott Roberts is on top of the world.  The Woodrow Wilson Middle School 8th grader qualified for the National Geographic State Bee.  100 students from all over the state will compete at Longwood University March, 27.  To qualify, students had to answer such questions as:  Taylor Swift performed last summer in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of which Asian country that borders that South China Sea?  Answer: Malaysia.  We wish John all the best!
Kindergarten Registration
February 9, 2015
Roanoke City Public Schools will hold Kindergarten Registration Friday.  Certain documents are required for registration.  The process will go faster if you fill out the application beforehand.  We've put together a webpage that should answer your questions and you can download the Kindergarten Registration Application.  Click here

Elementary Teacher Job Fair
February 27, 2015
Roanoke City Public Schools is hiring teachers, specifically at the elementary level.  RCPS is holding an Elementary Job Fair Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Patrick Henry High School from 9 A.M. to Noon.  We are looking to fill teaching positions for first, second, and third grades.  You must pre-register for the job fair by March 18.  For full details and to register, click here.

Round Hill Update
March 4, 2015
Construction is moving along nicely on a new classroom wing at Round Hill Elementary.  Twelve new classrooms are currently being built in back of the school, not far from Round Hill's new cafeteria.  The new classroom wing should be ready by the first day of school.  Construction on eight additional classrooms will soon get underway.  They are scheduled to be completed by January 2016.  Believe it or not, the harsh winter hasn't slowed the project down.
Makeup Days????
February 23, 2015
It is a question many of you have been asking, are we going to have to make up days?   The state requires school systems to have 180 teaching days or 990 teaching hours. We have missed a total of 9 school days, and at this point, have enough days built into our calendar.   What we can say with certainty--Spring Break is NOT in jeopardy.  If necessary, we will extend the school day like we did last year.
The Waltz at Westside
March 3, 2015
May I have this dance?  It is a question the boys are asking the girls at Westside Elementary.  The Westside Debutantes are getting ready to hold a ball.  The after-school club helps turn girls into young ladies. To get ready for the big night, the Debutantes are learning the waltz with the boys.  On the night of the ball, the Debutantes will have their hair and nails done and will be treated to a dinner before they hit the dance floor with their male counterparts.  Get the tissues ready.
Read Across America
March 2, 2015
It's a day our students and teachers look forward to every year.  Read Across America Day honors the life of Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate, many of our schools have guest readers including elected officials, local celebrities, and members of various community based organizations.  Some even dress up for the occasion.  We saw The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and several Thing 1 and Thing 2's.  It is a great event that promotes the importance of reading.  Thank you to all our guest readers.
Preserving the past
February 28, 2015
How do you get young people to appreciate where we've come from?  The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and the City of Roanoke Planning Building and Development Dept. donated a copy of "The Little House" to each 2nd grade classroom.  The Virginia Lee Burton book tells the story of a home's changing environment as urban development extends into the country.  Teachers have used the book to show how Roanoke has changed over the years.
Future Forecasters?
February 25, 2015
It all started with a spark of interest from a student.  Before long, Wasena Elementary was starting a Storm Club.  Ten 2nd graders are meeting every month after school to learn everything they can about weather.  Their first meeting featured a special guest, WDBJ 7 Meteorologist Brent Watts.  He taught the students how to make their own clouds and tornadoes!  They also asked him questions, like how much snow we are going to get from the latest storm.
Let's be social!
February 21, 2015
Want to get the latest school cancelations or delays?  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Social media is a great way to know the great things going on at our schools.  This past week, we had 70,000 views alone on our Facebook page!  So if you haven't, join us:
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Career and Technical Education Month
February 4, 2015
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  At ROTEC, more than 2,800 industry certifications have been issued in the last five years.  Students are taking marketing (pictured), sports medicine, cosmetology, automotive, engineering and many more.  CTE provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness.  This year, 4,700 Roanoke City students are taking CTE classes; that number grows every year.
CCAP Deadline is FRIDAY
January 13, 2015
The deadline to apply for the Community College Access Program (CCAP) is this Friday (2/27).   If you have questions or need assistance submitting supporting documents, please see your counselors.  CCAP allows qualifying seniors to attend Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) tuition-free for two years.  To apply to CCAP: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap/:   

Feeding Stations
February 19, 2015
Thanks to all the volunteers who served lunches to students on Friday.  We provided 350 meals at four locations across the city.  Each bag contained enough food for at least two meals.  Additionally, Jill Hufnagel and a group of volunteers donated 180 bags full of food to go home with students.  They raised $1,200 in less than 24 hours to buy the food.  We truly live in a caring community.  Thanks to everyone who made this event a success.  Our children thank you!
An Appreciation
February 18, 2015
Thank you to all the maintenance crews, building managers, plow drivers and other workers who worked around the clock.  They cleared sidewalks, stairs and parking lots at all of our schools.  We had more than 150 personnel working to clear the snow.  They are doing a great job and we appreciate all their hard work.  Be sure to thank them the next time you see one of these unsung heroes. 

Black History Month
February 2, 2015
February is Black History Month, a time to educate students about important African Americans.  Many of our schools are holding events throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month.  At Morningside Elementary, illustrator Joel Christian Gill shared little known African American History stories.  Students at Noel C. Taylor made artwork and poetry (pictured) about Black History Month.  They will be on display at Roanoke's main library later this week for the rest of the month.
Science Fair
February 10, 2015
We saw the best in Chemistry, Animal Sciences and Microbiology at the city-wide Science Fair.  165 students competed from the city's middle and high schools, as well as the Governor's School.  Various awards, medals and cash prizes were handed out during the awards ceremony.  The top 23 high school and top 12 middle school winners will now compete at the Regional Competition at Virginia Western Community College in a few weeks.  Congratulations to all the participants. 
RCPS Spelling Bee
February 11, 2015
Congratulations to Ryan Margaret Smith of James Madison Middle School for winning the Division-wide Spelling Bee.  She won in the 19th round with the word "slalom."  We congratulate her and all the competitors from the five middle schools.  Ryan will now compete in the Regional Competition Saturday, March 14.  We wish her all the best.  Thank you to WDBJ's Robin Reed for emceeing the city's Spelling Bee.

FAFSA Fill Out
February 10, 2015
UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.  Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) is hosting the Great FAFSA Fill out Saturday (2/21) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students applying for financial aid to attend any college next year can get free assistance.  No appointments needed.  You need to bring certain information/documents. 

Showing the love
February 13, 2015
There was plenty of love as many schools celebrated Valentine's Day.  At Jackson Middle, students (pictured) showed their appreciation by making 600 cards for teachers.  At Monterey Elementary, students decorated Valentine's Day cards for residents of Friendship Retirement Community. At James Madison Middle, a quartet sang to Mrs. Bryant to celebrate her wedding anniversary.  Students at Preston Park Elementary made posters to help promote pet adoption. 
Important Storm Information
February 16, 2015
Here are some important phone numbers from the City of Roanoke: Call 211 for information on the status of road conditions.  To report power outages, call AEP at 1-800-956-4237.  To report water problems, contact the Western Virginia Water Authority at 853-5700.  911 should only be reserved for medical, fire, or police emergencies.  Please stay off the roads during the storm. 

Soup for Seniors
February 6, 2015
Our students will warm plenty of hearts and stomachs this winter, thanks to their generous donations.  Several of our schools participated in the Soups for Seniors Program.  The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is collecting cans of soup for 3,000 seniors in the Roanoke Valley.  Lucy Addison, Virginia Heights (pictured), Lincoln Terrace, Crystal Spring and William Fleming collected more than 3,600 cans!  A shout out to the students and staff at Lincoln Terrace for taking in 1,500 cans.
Meet the Debutantes
February 5, 2015
Westside Elementary is successfully turning girls into young ladies.  The Westside Future Debutantes promotes leadership, academic achievement, community service, and builds character.  Twelve 5th graders meet twice a month after-school for workshops, fun activities, and guest speakers.  The latest was Miss Roanoke Valley Addison Walker.  She talked about the importance of setting goals and having values.  The Debutantes will hold their first Gala in March.
RCPS Instructional Job Fair
January 13, 2015
Want to teach for one of the best urban school systems in Virginia? Roanoke City Public Schools is holding a job fair to find new teachers and other staff positions. The RCPS Instructional Job Fair will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Patrick Henry High School. You must first register. The registration deadline is WEDNESDAY (2/11). Click here for more details.

Playground Dedication
February 3, 2015
Students at Highland Park Elementary have new playing power.  RCPS and the City of Roanoke joined forces to install a new playground in Highland Park. The partnership allowed for a bigger playground, 25% larger to be exact. The playground is now made up of two structures; one for 2-5 year olds, the other designed for 5 to 12 year olds.  A big hit with students are the rock walls and the color scheme.  They actually got to vote on the color of the new playground.
Ancestry at Addison
February 3, 2015
What does your family tree look like?  Students at Lucy Addison Middle School are about to find out.  History Teacher Ms. Motley has secured a one-year free subscription to Ancestry.com.  The service can be used on any computer at Addison and will encompass just about every subject.  History classes are about to use it to look up historic documents on the Boston Tea Party.  At the end of the year, Ms. Motley will have her students research their own family history.
Building Operations Worker Interview Event
January 27, 2015
Roanoke City Public Schools is hiring!  We are having a Building Operations Worker Interview Event on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Ruffner Operations Center.  We have several full-time and part-time openings for custodians.  You must pre-register by Sunday, February 8.  Click here for full details and to pre-register.

Governor's School Project Forum
January 30, 2015
Thank you to everyone who came to the annual Roanoke Valley Governor's School Student Forum.  265 students showed off their Scientific Projects; many were fascinating, mind blowing, and sometimes defied logic.  The Silent Auction raised a lot of money; all the proceeds will benefit the Governor's School.  Next up?  The city-wide Science Fair on Thursday, February 12 at 4:30 p.m. at William Fleming High School.

Dance Espanol
January 29, 2015
The program is so popular it literally has 4th graders jumping for joy and that's ok.  Dance Espanol is a partnership with the Southwest Virginia Ballet that is offered at four elementary schools.  Mr. Pedro, as he is affectionately called, combines dance and Spanish, with a new twist this year: science.  Dancers are using their bodies to express the movements of science.  This year's Dance Espanol Finale is Thursday, April 2 at William Fleming High School at 7 p.m.
Chess Tournament Rescheduled
January 28, 2015
The Chess Tournament that was postponed on January 24, 2015 has been rescheduled for February 14, 2015 at Fallon Park Elementary.  If you are unable to attend that date, you can move your registration to the February 21 or April 18 tournaments.  If you need to reschedule, please email Mickey Owens at mowens@rcps.info by February 9, 2015.

Important Health Information
November 18, 2014
We are concerned about students health.  That is why Roanoke City Public Schools is hosting a series of forums about the dangers of STD's.  These forums will provide vital information on what you can do to protect your children.  The last one is TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. For the complete list of forums, click here.

Book Club at Lincoln Terrace
January 27, 2015
It started with a suggestion by a PTA parent.  Now, Lincoln Terrace Elementary has come up with another way to get students excited about reading.  The school has started a Book Club.  Students choose the book and meet every Monday night at Lincoln Terrace to read it.  Right now, they are enjoying James and the Giant Peach.  Once completed, they'll have a pizza party to discuss the book and watch the movie.  The goal is to read three books in the club's first year.
January 23, 2015
It was an experience our students experienced either on the stage, in the audience, or online.  The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teamed up with WDBJ-TV for its first live educational broadcast.  115 musicians performed, including several Patrick Henry High School Orchestra students (pictured), who are in the Youth Symphony.  Additionally, 700 of our students attended the performance at the Berglund Center or watched it online from their classrooms.
Virginia's Math Teacher of the Year
January 22, 2015
Congratulations to Jennifer Hatch of James Breckinridge Middle School.  She is the 2015 Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year for the Middle School Level.  "I feel blessed to work with such wonderful, supportive, and inspiring people in Roanoke City Schools and Breckinridge Middle.  The parents, students, teachers, and administrators are exemplary and push me to be better every day," says Hatch.
Green Team at Fishburn Park
January 21, 2015
There is a new club at Fishburn Park Elementary and it is all about being green.  Twelve students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade make up the Green Team   They are in charge of the school's environmental initiatives like recycling, campus cleanup, and teaching younger students about composting.  It's a very selective group.  There was an application process that included an essay.  The Green Team is another way Fishburn Park showcases its environmentally focused mission.
Wilson student wins essay contest
January 20, 2015
Kendryek Wheeler may only be a 7th grader but he knows exactly what he would do as mayor of Roanoke.  The Woodrow Wilson Middle School student is one of eight regional winners in the If I were Mayor Essay Contest.  Nearly 1,000 students submitted essays statewide.  Kendryek will receive a $150 cash prize as well as meet the Governor next week in Richmond.  Roanoke Mayor David Bowers (pictured) congratulated Kendryek in his office at City Hall.
Coat Drive
January 9, 2015
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Coat Drive.  So far, we have collected about 225 winter coats for students.  We purchased many of the coats through a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley and a donation from Walmart.  We also received donations from employees, churches, and community members.   If you want to donate, please call 853-2816We will accept new or gently worn winter coats, hats (hats have to be new), and mittens/gloves.  THANK YOU!
January 19, 2015
It is a day that honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and our students were a big part of it.  The Westside Step Team wowed the crowd at the MLK Breakfast at the Hotel Roanoke. Students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine took part in a MLK Service Day at James Madison Middle.  The William Fleming High School Marching Band as well as the Gospel Choir from Fleming, Patrick Henry, and Lucy Addison marched in the MLK March in downtown Roanoke. 
Fallon Park at Paddington
January 16, 2015
The popular children's book about Paddington the bear has now been made into a movie.  Paddington tells the story of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home.  Students from Fallon Park Elementary got to see a special screening of the new movie at Carmike Cinemas.  630 students and 100 chaperones were wowed by the movie's main theme: be kind, take care of each other.  Thank you to Carmike for giving students a special deal on the ticket price.
Reading with RAMS
January 16, 2015
A good book made for a great day at Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the school held Reading with RAMS.  Guests from all over the community were invited to read to students in their classrooms.  The readers included school board members, celebrities, educators, elected officials, community members, and business leaders.  The goal of the event was to show students the importance of reading and how much fun a good book can be. 
National Board Certification
January 14, 2015
It is a prestigious group and now two Virginia Heights Elementary teachers have joined it.  Rebecca Camper (left) and John Thompson (right) have earned National Board Certification.  There are only 100,000 teachers nationwide who have this distinction.  National Board Certification was created 25 years ago with the mission to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators.  Congratulations.
Important High School Information
January 7, 2015
High School students who plan to take dual enrollment classes next year or enroll in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) must take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).  We are testing at Patrick Henry and William Fleming throughout January and February for CCAP and March for dual enrollment.  Virginia Western Community College is hosting workshops to help students prepare for the VPT.  Have questions?  Click here.
Middle School Basketball Showcase
January 6, 2015
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Star City Middle School Boys' Basketball Showcase.  The day long event at Lucy Addison featured all five of the city's middle schools and others from around the region.  It was so successful, there is already talk of bringing it back and expanding the showcase next year.  Jackson, Madison, Breckinridge (pictured), and Addison all won their games.  Congratulations. The money raised will benefit middle school athletics.
RAMS on the radio
January 8, 2015
Turn your dial to ViBE 97.7 to hear the voices of some Roanoke Academy students.  They've recorded promos for a book drive the radio station is doing for the school.  ViBE is collecting new or gently used books at its studios on Electric Road (the K92 building).  You can drop books off all through January.  Roanoke Academy will hold the first ever Read with RAMS Day next week. Various people from the community will read to children to generate excitement about opening a book.
Central Main Entrance Re-opens
January 5, 2015
We are back in business.  The main entrance at Central Administration has re-opened to employees and the public.  It was closed due to renovations to the outdoor plaza.  You will find the stairs are new and there is adequate parking in front of the building.  Handicapped parking has been permanently moved to the other side of the building.  As you come onto Douglass Avenue, take an immediate right and follow the signs for handicapped parking. 
Our Best Year Ever
January 4, 2015
As we begin the second half of the school year, remember this is Our Best Year Ever.  How?  Matthew Newton of Fishburn Park Elem. was named Region 6 Teacher of the Year.  Wasena Elem. is up for a national award.  We received national attention for our partnership with VH1 Save the Music.  William Fleming High School is fully accredited.  Patrick Henry's Marching Band represented Virginia at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. The list goes on and on--and will grow.
Let's be social!
January 4, 2015
Roanoke City Public Schools has a strong presence on social media.  We were one of 25 school systems in the country recognized by the National School Public Relations for our Facebook page.  What are you waiting for?  Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.  Our Twitter handle is @RoanokeSchools.  Our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
K-Guard Classic Champs
January 2, 2015
William Fleming High School's Boys Basketball Team began the New Year celebrating.  The Colonels won the K-Guard Classic.  The three day tournament took place at the Salem Civic Center and featured high school basketball teams all over the region.  The Colonels beat Cave Spring 67 to 49 to win the championship.  Congratulations. 

Important Survey
November 3, 2014
Time is running out so please take our Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Your answers will help improve your child's school.  Is the main office staff helpful?  Are your calls to the school returned within 24 hours?  These are some of the questions asked in the survey.  It will take you less than 5 minutes.  Good or bad, we want to hear from you.  For English version, click here.  For Spanish, click here

Bullying Hotline
October 22, 2014
Roanoke City Public Schools takes bullying seriously and we want to make sure every child feels safe at school.  For that reason, we have launched a Bullying Hotline. The Hotline is open to anyone who experiences or observes bullying that is school related.  Bullying is defined as any aggressive behavior intending to harm, real or perceived imbalance of power and repeated over time or causes trauma.  Call 853-1700 to report bullying.  You can remain anonymous. 
All Stuck Up
December 19, 2014
Talk about being in a sticky situation.  Round Hill Elemenetary's principal allowed his students to duct tape him to the wall before Winter Break.  They were rewarded for either having perfect attendance for two months or were tardy less than two times.  The experiment worked.  More than 200 students won the chance to put duct tape on Mr. Hawks.  He was stuck to the wall for nearly 90 minutes!

Shark Tank at Jackson Middle
December 15, 2014
Does Roanoke need another cupcake shop? That was one of many questions a potential business owner had to answer at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  7th graders in Make It Your Business class had to propose a business idea to potential investors.  Just like in the TV show Shark Tank, the judges then decided how much to invest.  The goal is to for students to sharpen their public speaking skills and learn about the business world. The ideas were innovative and yummy.
Walk Like An Egyptian
December 11, 2014
Many of our second graders are walking back in time, some 3,000 years.  They are visiting the King Tut Exhibit at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.  Students are seeing more than a 100 replicas of the famous pharaoh.  They are also watching a movie about Egypt in the planetarium, making  headpieces, and making ornaments from papyrus; a thin paper-like material popular in Ancient Egypt.  Some of this history lesson will be covered on the second grade History SOL.
Holiday Helpers
December 17, 2014
We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community.  Many churches have donated food and clothing for students this holiday season.  Huntington Court United Methodist Church (pictured) donated several boxes of food for students at Noel C. Taylor.  Grandin Court Baptist Church collected food for four schools in the area.  Second Presbyterian Church made knitted hats for more than a 100 students at Highland Park. These are just a few examples.  THANK YOU!!!
Staff Santas
December 16, 2014
Many of our staff members have chipped in to provide our students with toys and clothing this holiday season.  A great example is at Fallon Park Elementary.  The staff collected enough items to help nearly 50 children from the school.  Believe it or not, this picture is only a small sampling of the presents.  These acts of kindness are happening throughout our school system and for that, we are grateful.

Holiday Programs
December 1, 2014
We've had some great Holiday/Winter Programs over the last two weeks.  This is the last week and we have plenty of performances scheduled.  Need help keeping track of what's happening this week?  Click here to see the full schedule and we hope you enjoy these wonderful programs that feature our talented students.  They include concerts, parades, and choral performances.

Roanoke Christmas Parade
December 12, 2014
Students from Roanoke City Public Schools were well represented at the Roanoke Christmas parade.  It featured the marching bands from Patrick Henry High School, William Fleming High School, Lucy Addison Middle School, the choirs from Addison and James Breckinridge Middle, the Fleming Step Team,  as well as ROTC cadets from PH and WF.  Theater students from Fleming led the parade.  More pictures, http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools

Wasena is a finalist for major award
December 10, 2014
Wasena Elementary is one of 22 schools across the country chosen as finalists for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).  The award recognizes schools that serve urban communities and have strong test results, high rates of attendance, and excellent student behavior.  Wasena Elementary will receive a site visit in February.  The winners will be announced in March. Congratulations Wasena.
Fleming makes an impact
December 10, 2014
An old club has a new name but the same purpose.  William Fleming High School's Impact Club is made up of general education and special education students.  The goal is for all students to work together for the common good and create a better understanding of one another.  The club read books and sang songs to young patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  20 students are taking part in the Impact Club, that number grows each week.
Generous Gift
December 10, 2014
Many of our students became sugar plum fairies when they saw the Southwest Virginia Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  The classic ballet was first performed in Russia in 1892 and has wowed people ever since.  Thanks to the Southwest Virginia Ballet, 280 of our students saw the production at the Berglund Center--free of charge.  Before the show, students at Hurt Park Elementary read the classic story to get ready for the stage version.
Jingle All the Way
December 9, 2014
The sounds of jingle bells could be heard throughout the halls of Roanoke Academy (RAMS) last week.  The school has started a new program called the 12 Days Before Winter Break Celebration.  The idea is to get students and staff in a festive holiday mood.   Each day there is a theme; one day it was jingle bells.  Still to come is a an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, a holiday card exchange, and an ornament swap. 

Secret Santa
December 8, 2014
It is a holiday tradition that has been going strong for 15 years now.  Every December, Virginia Heights Elementary students, who have hearing impairment, go shopping for one another.  It is a chance for these students to experience working with money and to work on vocabulary development.  The Roanoke Valley Fund For Deaf Children provides the money for the Secret Santa shopping at Target.  The students then visit Santa and get a free train ride at Valley View Mall.
Balanced/Equity Scorecard
December 1, 2014
and It is a report card of sorts.  It lets our School Board, teachers, parents, students and community know how RCPS is doing.  It highlights our successes and what improvements need to be made.  Please read the documents and see for yourself.

Patrick Henry is back from Hawaii
November 29, 2014
Talk about a shock to the system.  Some members of the Patrick Henry High School Marching Band walked off the bus in Roanoke wearing shorts.  The cold temperatures reminded them they are no longer in Hawaii.  Congratulations to the band for representing Virginia at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.  Patrick Henry was one of 10 high school bands in the country invited to participate. 

World Fair
December 4, 2014
It has become such a popular tradition, no one can remember exactly when it started at Monterey Elementary.  Every year, the school holds a Multi-Cultural Day.  This year, more than a dozen different cultures were represented at Monterey.  Students visit different stages to learn about countries and they eat all kinds of ethnic foods.  The goal is to create a better understanding of one another and show how our schools are truly the melting pot of Roanoke.
Swim Safety
December 2, 2014
More than a 100 of our students are hitting the pool but it's not exactly fun in the sun.  They are taking part in a pilot program run by the YMCA.  2nd graders from Hurt Park, Lincoln Terrace and Morningside are learning about water safety, boat safety and beach safety.  It is free for students, takes 3 days and includes classroom instruction as well as in the pool at the YMCA.  The goal is to teach these students about water safety when they are young.  They are certainly making a splash.
Ribbon Cutting
December 4, 2014
State lawmakers, Roanoke City Council Members, and School Board Members were on hand as Round Hill Elementary dedicated its new cafeteria/kitchen.  Principal Hawks and two fifth graders had the privilege of cutting the ribbon.  The new facility is state of the art and larger.  For example, the new kitchen is bigger than the old cafeteria.  Thank you to the architect, Hughes Associates, for providing cupcakes for the children and invited guests.
Round Hill Cafeteria Opens
November 24, 2014
There were plenty of big eyes and oohs and aahs as students walked into the new cafeteria at Round Hill Elementary  They found a much larger cafeteria with new tables and chairs as well as a stage.  The serving area is more spacious compared to the old one.  Cafeteria staff are happy to have a larger work area and all new equipment.  There will be a ribbon cutting for the new facility December 4.

Giving back this Thanksgiving
November 25, 2014
Our students and staff are certainly generous this Thanksgiving.  Many of our schools collected cans of food for the Salvation Army; Fallon Park Elementary had more than 2,000 cans!  At Lucy Addison Middle, students in the Friends of Rachel Club collected enough food to help four families from the school.  Our churches in Congregations In Action (CIA) are also doing their part.  Greene Memorial United Methodist Church fed 30 families from Highland Park Elementary.
Elementary Spelling Bee
November 19, 2014
It took twelve contestants, nearly a dozen rounds and about a hour but we have a winner.  Congratulations to Aaron Henley of Highland Park Elementary.  He is this year's Elementary Spelling Bee winner, which was held at Woodrow Wilson Middle.  The winning word? Sanitary.  Aaron received a trophy and plenty of applause.  Thank you to WDBJ-TV's Robin Reed for serving as pronouncer for the spelling bee.

hunter hayes with group
Celebration Concert
November 10, 2014
Bravo!  What an inspiring night of music as 450 student musicians took the stage at the Berglund Center.  They were part of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation Celebration Concert.  It was a chance to say thank you to VH1 Save the Music for donating $510,000 worth of instruments to RCPS.  The event also featured an appearance by Country Music Star Hunter Hayes and Maestro David Stewart Wiley guest conducted our high school orchestras.  Great job by our student musicians.
A helping hand this Thanksgiving
November 19, 2014
Once again, our high school students have teamed up with the Elks Club for a massive food drive in the Roanoke Valley.  Students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools collected over a ton of food to help 101 needy families.  Each recipient received the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, plus enough food for three weeks.  Health and Medical students from ROTEC packed up the food and Elks Club members delivered it to families.
U.S. Cellular rewards RCPS Teachers
November 18, 2014
Six Roanoke City School teachers got a really nice surprise from U.S. Cellular.  The company will fund classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers Program.  The teachers are from Lucy Addison, Fallon Park, Roanoke Academy, and three from Fairview Elementary.  They submitted proposals through the website DonorsChoose.org.   All told, U.S. Cellular's total investment in Roanoke City is $2,730.  A big thank you to U.S. Cellular for your generosity.
Amateurs at William Fleming
November 11, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out supported William Fleming High School's production of Amateurs.  It was a great success.

Pride and Prejudice at Patrick Henry
November 11, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Patrick Henry High School's Production of Pride and Prejudice.  It was an overwhelming success.

100% at Forest Park
November 12, 2014
Forest Park Academy was the first school to have all of its staff donate to the United Way.  As a thank you, the staff received a pizza party.  We had 5 total schools this year with a 100% staff participation in our United Way Campaign.  The other schools are Noel C. Taylor, Monterey Elementary, Lucy Addison Middle, and Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  These schools will receive cookies made by our Culinary Arts students.  Thanks to everyone who gave to the United Way.
Round Hill's New Cafeteria
November 9, 2014
Construction is complete.  Workers are now putting the finishing touches on the new cafeteria at Round Hill Elementary.  They will assemble the new tables in the coming days.  We anticipate students and staff will begin using the new cafeteria the week of November 24.  Thank you to everyone for their patience during construction.  We know it hasn't been easy but we believe the end result will be well worth it.

Football Playoffs
July 29, 2014
The season comes to an end for the football teams of Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  The Patriots lost their playoff game 49 to 0.  The Colonels lost their playoff game 42 to 19.  Congratulations to both teams on a great season.  You should be proud.  Thank you to the fans for supporting these young athletes throughout the entire season. 

Honoring Veterans
November 12, 2014
There is plenty of red, white and blue in our schools this week as students say thank you to our Veterans.  At Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Veterans were treated to lunch.  First graders from Crystal Spring Elementary traveled to the VA Medical Center to sing patriotic songs to the Veterans.  Garden City Elementary students made cards that Golden Corral will give to Veterans at its restaurant.  Other schools are holding special programs and making art projects.

Fleming's Canstruction
November 6, 2014
What could you do with 5,000 cans? Some William Fleming High School students have a creative answer.  They built a sculpture out of cans for Canstruction; an event that raises hunger awareness for the Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Bank.  The students constructed the Pac-Man themed sculpture at the Taubman Museum of Art.  Fleming's team took home the Best Meal Award.  The sculpture will be on display at the Taubman for the next two weeks. 
Girls on the Run
November 6, 2014
If you have ever trained for a race, you know it can be tough.  But the girls at Westside Elementary make it look so easy.  Twelve 3rd and 4th graders are participating in the newly formed Girls on the Run Club.  It is a chance for them to learn ways to stay healthy and to feel good about themselves.  They meet twice a week and it includes workshops on anti-bullying and self-esteem.  The group is training for its first 5K.  The students will run the Jingle Bell Run in December. 
Reading Rewards
November 5, 2014
Reading can be fun and delicious.  Wasena Elementary is having a lot of success with its Accelerated Reading Program.  Students are encouraged to read as many books as possible every nine weeks.  They are then entered into a drawing for a pizza party with the principal.  There is one winner from every grade. The more books they read, the more chances to win.  The goal is to motivate students to read more.  At the end of lunch, they pick out some books to take home.
Central Office Changes
October 6, 2014
Due to the on-going construction at Central Office, the main entrance is closed.  You can access Central Office through the employee entrance.  It is located to the right of the old main entrance.  It has a big number 2 above the door.  Parking on Douglass Avenue is restricted.  Once you turn onto Douglass Avenue, you are encouraged to take an immediate right at the Annex Building and park behind the building.  This parking lot will put you closest to the temporary main entrance. 
Fallon's Family
November 4, 2014
You could call it All in the Family.  Fallon Park Elementary prides itself on family and tradition.  For more than a decade, a colorful family tree has been prominently displayed on a wall in the art room.  Each leaf has the name of a student and staff members.  With more than 800 total, that is a pretty big family tree.  The main purpose is to show the school's "growth" is tied to everyone working together. 

Red Ribbon Week
October 27, 2014
Thanks to all the schools that participated in Red Ribbon Week and to students who took the pledge to stay drug-free.  The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) has announced the winners of Red Ribbon Week.  James Madison Middle School won the Making A Difference Award.  Crystal Spring Elementary won the Spirit of Red Ribbon Week Award.

United Way Campaign
October 19, 2014
Congratulations to Salena Morton of Lucy Addison Middle School for winning our United Way drawing.  She received two tickets to a Virginia Tech Football Game.  Thanks to everyone who donated to this year's United Way Campaign.  We had a number of schools have 100% staff participation including Lucy Addison Middle, Monterey Elementary, Forest Park Academy, and Roanoke Academy (RAMS).  Each school will receive a prize. 

Lucy Addison H.S. Monument Wall
October 28, 2014
It will honor the history and alma mater of Lucy Addison High School.  Plans to build a monument wall at what is now Addison Middle are moving forward.  Congressman Bob Goodlatte has donated a $1,000 for the project.  Anyone who attended Lucy Addison High School is eligible to be listed on the wall.  The unveiling of the monument is scheduled for next fall.  If you would like to donate, send checks to: LAHS Monument Wall Fund, P.O. Box 6257, Roanoke, VA 24017
Addison's Angels
October 25, 2014
It was a purrfect project.  Lucy Addison Middle School students volunteered for several hours at Roanoke's Angels of Assisi.  They are part of the new Builders Club sponsored by Kiwanis.  The club focuses on volunteerism and community service.  Students cleaned cages, bowls and swept the floors.  They also learned how to care for animals and the importance of spay and neutering your pets.  The club plans to volunteer throughout the community every month.
Preston Park hits the pavement
October 22, 2014
It is one of the most popular after school clubs at Preston Park Elementary.  More than 50 students are participating in the Panther Running Club this year.  They meet once a week and it is more than just running around the school.  Community organizations have taught the kids proper stretching techniques and how to safely handle a strange dog while outside.  Teachers are tracking their progress.  Four students have run enough miles, that combined, add up to a half marathon. 
Rule of Law Day
October 21, 2014
It started in Roanoke five years ago and now the program is in schools across the state of Virginia.  Every year, legal professionals visit our five middle schools for Rule of Law Day.  Judges, attorneys, and clerks talk to 8th graders about our judicial system and about their rights and responsiblities.  Some of the legal topics include the dangers of social media, sexting and driving while intoxicated.  More than 40 area legal professionals participated in the program this year.
Carvins Cove Grant
October 20, 2014
More of our students will experience the great outdoors.  The Western Virginia Water Authority has secured a $3,400 grant supported by the Virginia Wildlife eStore Grant Program through a partnership between the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.  The money will pay for transportation for field trips to Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.  At the reservoir, the students experience educational programs about water and take a nature hike.
Sweet Symphony
October 20, 2014
Music should be accessible to everyone.  That is the mission of the Roanoke Symphony.  Throughout the  year, the RSO visits all of our schools and conducts various programs for different age groups.  Rhythms of the World introduces elementary school students to all kinds of instruments.  They don't just see or hear the instruments, they also get to try them out.  The symphony's latest interactive visit was at Fallon Park Elementary.

Astronomy Night at Hurt Park
October 17, 2014
It was truly an out of this world experience at Hurt Park Elementary.  The school held an Astronomy Night to get students excited about science.  Some of the activities included conducting science experiments, touring a mobile planetarium, and looking at the stars through telescopes.  This is just the beginning for exploring.  Hurt Park is launching a new Astronomy Club that will meet once a week after school.

Classic book, classic movie
October 16, 2014
They have read the book, and now seen the movie.  8th graders from James Madison Middle recently read Harper Lee's classic "To Kill A Mockingbird."  Nearly 200 students traveled to the Grandin Theatre to watch the classic movie version starring Gregory Peck.  Additionally, students wrote book reports and designed their own book cover.  Principal Johnson calls it her favorite American novel.

Round Hill Update
October 15, 2014
We are one step closer to the completion of the new cafeteria/kitchen at Round Hill Elementary.  We are happy to report the project is 90% complete.  This week, workers installed the tile flooring inside the new cafeteria.  We anticipate students will begin eating in the new facility in the next two weeks.  Construction on the six new classrooms is coming along nicely.  They are scheduled to be finished by the first of the year.  .
8th grade laptop initiative update
September 23, 2014
They have been delivered!  Nearly a thousand 8th graders have received a brand new Dell laptop as part of the Portable Anytime Student Systems (PASS) program.  Students can take these laptops home. The laptops will come with enhanced batteries that should last the entire school day, when fully charged.  Students are expected to use the laptops at school and at home.

Students tour renovated main library
October 14, 2014
After an 11 month renovation, Roanoke's Main Library re-opened to the public.  Students from Round Hill Elementary and Preston Park Elementary were part of the festivities.  They helped cut the ribbon and then were some of the first to see the renovations.  They saw thousands of new books and a kids area that includes a slide, which is popular with students AND staff.  They also had storytime with "Max and Ruby" author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.
RCPS receives state grant
October 9, 2014
The school system has received $397,259 as part of the Extended School Year Grant Program.  The money will be used at Fallon Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, and Westside Elementary.  Under state guidelines,  RCPS+ qualifies as a year-round school program.  RCPS+ is a six week summer enrichment program for kindergarten through 8th grade students.  The program is voluntary.

Veggie Grant
October 8, 2014
We all know we should eat our fruits and vegetables.  A grant is making that a reality at three elementary schools.  RCPS received a grant from the USDA that provides fresh fruits and vegetables three times a week at Hurt Park Elementary, Fallon Park Elementary, and Lincoln Terrace Elementary.  Students receive the food right in the classroom with the hope it will encourage healthier eating.

Rain Barrel Project
October 7, 2014
You can call them artists and environmentalists.  Fishburn Park Elementary has teamed up with the City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission for an unique art project.  Students are decorating  a dozen rain barrels with various environmental scenes.  The City's Stormwater Division are now giving away the finished products.  Rain barrels are a cheap easy way to save water to use on gardens, lawns, and for outdoor cleaning. 

Benefit Concert for Africa
October 9, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to William Fleming High School for a concert to benefit Africa.  The choir raised $300 to help a medical center in Northern Ghana..  Choir Director Turner says she chose this region because a Fleming faculty member often takes mission trips to Ghana.  The performance also included the choirs at Lucy Addison and James Breckinridge Middle Schools.

Preserving Lucy Addison's Legacy
October 6, 2014
The school is named after her, now students from Lucy Addison Middle School are working to preserve her legacy.  Lucy Addison, who died in 1937, is buried in Maryland but she has no marker or headstone.  Students are now raising money to change that.  Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home in Roanoke has agreed to pay half, the students are raising the rest.  If you would like to donate money, call the school at 853-2681.  They have already raised more than $50.
Teachers for Tomorrow
October 2, 2014
Could these students be our future teachers?  That's the idea behind our new teacher cadet program.  30 students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools are enrolled in Teachers for Tomorrow.  They take classes through ROTEC that focus on things like the history of education, best practices, and field observations.  Students are even visiting our elementary schools to learn from teachers and conduct their own mini lesson.
SEAC Parents Day
September 30, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to Patrick Henry High School for the 5th annual Parents Day sponsored by The Roanoke City Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)  The event included guest speakers and community exhibits. People learned about tutoring, therapy, IEP's, government agencies, independent living, and much more.

Functional Fitness
September 30, 2014
When they are not busy teaching, the staff at Crystal Spring Elementary is hitting the gym--together.  The school has started a Functional Fitness Club that meets twice a week after school in the gymnasium.  About a dozen faculty members are participating in the intense one hour workout.  They report losing weight and feeling more fit.  One teacher says it is even easier to climb the stairs at school. 

Stand Up to Cancer at Addison
October 1, 2014
Plenty of pink at Lucy Addison Middle School.  Staff and students were encouraged to wear anything pink for breast cancer awareness.  But it doesn't end there.  This week, the faculty will wear orange to support Leukemia.  The following week, everyone will wear gold or yellow for childhood cancer.  It proves Addison is truly standing up to cancer for the month of October.

RCPS featured on national TV
September 24, 2014
We all know we have great music programs.  Now, the whole country knows.  RCPS was featured on American Graduate Day on PBS stations across the country.  Dr. Bishop, Patrick Henry Orchestra Director Jeff Midkiff, and PH student Ryan Turpin were interviewed about our partnership with VH1 Save the Music.  Pop Singer Andy Grammer (left) was the host.

Round Hill Construction Update
September 25, 2014
The end is near!  Construction of the new cafeteria/kitchen at Round Hill Elementary is now 85% complete.  It is scheduled to be ready in a few weeks and will be put into use immediately.  Work recently started on six additional classrooms, which are being built behind the school.  We anticipate the new classrooms being ready by December.

Boys to Men at Westside
September 23, 2014
Every Tuesday, boys at Westside Elementary will look more like men.  It is all part of The Westside Boys to Men Program.  Once a week, students are encouraged to wear dress shirts and ties.  The new mentoring program will also include bi-monthly in school sessions that will touch on life skills, etiquette, self-control, and self-image.  The program is voluntary.  More than 200 have already signed up, about half of the school's male population.   They certainly look dapper.

Matt Newton is Region 6 Teacher of the Year
September 17, 2014
Congratulations to Matt Newton of Fishburn Park Elementary.  He has been awarded Region 6 Teacher of the Year.  He is now in the running for Virginia's Teacher of the Year.  "I am truly proud of Matt. This is the second Region 6 Teacher of the Year for Roanoke City Public Schools in the last three years.  We have the best teachers.  This is another reason this is our best year ever," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
Wasena Ambassadors
September 22, 2014
They started off as patrols, but now they are called the Wasena Ambassadors.  The group is bigger, has greater importance and has more responsibilities.  Students at Wasena Elementary help with arrival and dismissal.  They put up and take down the American flag as well as plan events to create a better school environment.  It is a very selective group.  Last year, only 5th graders could participate.  This year, it is open to 4th graders after an application process.
Peace at Patrick Henry
September 22, 2014
A message of peace was prominently displayed at Patrick Henry High School.  Several art classes participated in Pinwheels for Peace to celebrate the International Day of Peace.  Students created their own pinwheels with messages and symbols of peace.  They then planted the pinwheels in the grassy area outside Patrick Henry.  A windy day made the display that more poignant. 

Pastries for Partners
September 18, 2014
Good food and good company made for a perfect day at Morningside Elementary.  The school held Pastries for Partners.  It was a chance for parents and grandparents to visit the school and have breakfast with their children.  The event is an opportunity for parents to see how their children are doing academically and hopefully lead to more parental involvement at school.  It was so popular the donuts were all gone!

Constitution Day
September 17, 2014
227 years ago this month the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  Many of our schools celebrated with special events.  Students in Civics class at Woodrow Wilson Middle School made cupcakes, complete with red, white, and blue sprinkles.  They also used the computer to do research on the Constitution and then made birthday cards.  James Madison, representing Virginia, was the chief recorder of information for the Constitution back in 1787.

Breckinridge Tees Off
September 15, 2014
Ten students from James Breckinridge Middle are hitting the golf course--after school of course.  Breckinridge started a golf team last year to introduce the sport to middle school students.  Once a week, they get pointers from professionals at First Tee of Roanoke Valley at a deeply discounted rate.  Students learn techniques, game etiquette and team work.  They will compete for the first time next month.

Construction Curriculum
September 15, 2014
It is more than just a construction site, it is also a good place to learn.  Teachers at Round Hill Elementary have incorporated construction of the new cafeteria into their lesson plans.  For example, they've used the renovations to teach younger students about shapes.  The older students go outside and write what they see.  It also helps with behavior.  The principal allows students who do well to tour the construction site.
Information about Enterovirus D68
September 10, 2014
There have been reports of the respiratory illness Enterovirus D68 in several parts of Virginia.  The virus starts like the common cold but some will get a severe cough and have difficulty breathing.  The risk of any virus can be reduced by encouraging children to wash their hands regularly and avoid close contact with other children such as holding hands and sharing eating utensils.  here.

Star-Spangled Banner Anniversary
September 10, 2014
This year marks the 200th anniversary of our nation's beloved national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Nearly 700 students at Fallon Park Elementary gathered outside the school to sing the national anthem.  Many waved flags and wore red, white, and blue.  Francis Scott Key wrote the anthem after a long battle at Baltimore's Fort McHenry.

Grandparents Day at Westside
September 10, 2014
It was all about the grandparents at Westside Elementary.  They were invited to lunch at the school as a way of saying thank you and to encourage more involvement in the education of their grandchildren.  More than 200 grandparents participated, making it a huge success.  Principal Singletary-Johnson expects Grandparents Day to become an annual event at Westside.

Shark Tank Roanoke
September 9, 2014
Woodrow Wilson Middle staged its own version of the ABC-TV Show "Shark Tank."  Advanced Earth Science students had to find a problem in society and try to solve it with an invention.  They then had to present the products to a mock panel of "Shark Tank" entrepreneurs who decide if their project is worthy of financial backing.  Some of the inventions include a water absorbent counter, disposable deodorant pads, tires that do not require air, and a jar that opens from both sides!
Ice Bucket Challenge
August 28, 2014
The list and the cold chills keep growing..  A teacher at Fishburn Park Elementary, the administration team at Patrick Henry High School, principals at James Madison Middle, the girls basketball team at William Fleming High School, teachers at Hurt Park Elementary, and now the principals at Jackson Middle have all taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Click here to watch Patrick Henry's challenge.

National Semifinalist from Addison
September 8, 2014
There are just 300 semifinalists across the country and one of them is a graduate of Lucy Addison Middle.  Kaylee Ho entered her science fair research "The Allelopathic Effect of Black Walnut and Alfalfa on Tomato" in the Broadcom MASTERS STEM Competition.  Pretty amazing accomplishment for Kaylee considering there were more than 2,000 middle school applicants. 

Smart Snacks
September 8, 2014
The snacks children eat at school have never been healthier.  Strict federal guidelines limit calories and portion size for snacks sold in schools.  They also must be reduced fat and low in sodium.  For example, many snacks are now baked or made with whole grains.  RCPS has been following the rules for several years now.  We've noticed manufacturers are offering more choices because of the new rules.

Central Administration Construction
September 2, 2014
Construction is underway to repair the plaza outside of Central Administration (40 Douglass Avenue).  While the main entrance will remain open during the work, parking will be limited and some offices may temporarily move out of the building.  We suggest you call ahead before coming to Central Office at 853-2502.  We appreciate your patience during this process.

Planting the seed
September 4, 2014
Students at Fallon Park Elementary will now have no problem eating their fruits and vegetables.  Why?  Because they are growing their own.  Fallon Park has a new vegetable garden thanks to the PATH Coalition.  The goal is to encourage healthy living and hopefully combat childhood obesity.  Students in every grade level are helping to plant and maintain the garden.  They will eventually take home what they grow.  The PATH Coalition has a similar program at Hurt Park Elementary.
Dive into a good book
September 3, 2014
Crystal Spring Elementary students are learning reading is rewarding in more ways than one.  The school started a summer reading program to encourage more students to pick up a book during the break.  They had to log 14 hours of reading; 170 accepted the challenge and achieved the goal.  They attended an all day pool party at the Elks Club.  You could say these students did swimmingly!

Virginia Heights gets a high-five
September 2, 2014
There are plenty of high-fives at Virginia Heights Elementary.  The school has started a new program that recognizes students who do outstanding work each week.  It can be for things like good grades, good behavior, or just doing the right thing.  There will be a boy and girl picked from every class each week.  The winners will receive a certificate and a prize.  The goal is for every student to be recognized by the end of the school year.
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