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Load The Bus for Kids
July 10, 2014
Roanoke City Public Schools and Roanoke County Public Schools are joining forces to hold the largest school supplies drive in the Roanoke Valley.  We will collect supplies at three Walmart locations including Valley View, Bonsack, and Clearbrook.  It will take place Friday, Aug.1 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please stop by and donate school supplies.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, please call 853-2816. 
Back-to-School 2014
July 18, 2014
The first day of school will soon be here and we've got you covered.  Our Back-to-School web page has important dates, Orientation information, the complete 2014-2015 School Calendar, as well as the school supply list of each school.  We will post school bus routes closer to the beginning of school. Remember, the first day of school is Monday, August 18.  Click here to view our Back-to School web page.
It's a wrap
June 22, 2014
Thank you teachers and students who participated in RCPS+.  We had more than 2,500 students in our summer enrichment program and we heard nothing but good things about it.  One parent wrote on our Facebook page "So sad to see it end, my kids loved it."  We also heard compliments about the field trips and how much the students learned because of RCPS+.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!    
Generous donation
July 21, 2014
We put out the call and Elks Lodge #197 of Roanoke answered in a very big way.  Members donated $1,000 for our school supplies campaign.  When they heard we had more than 600 homeless students last year and 76% of our students are on free and reduced lunch, it prompted the organization to make a large donation.  A big thank you to the Elks Lodge for caring about our community.
Important Dates for Back-to-School
July 7, 2014
Back-to-school will be here before you know it.  Here are a few important dates:
August 11- Convocation for teachers is at 9 a.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center
August 16- Back-to-School Extravaganza is 9 a.m. to noon at William Fleming High School.  We will distribute free school supplies to Roanoke City students
August 18- First Day of School for students.
Round Hill Update
July 15, 2014
The big pieces are now in place at Round Hill Elementary.  The school's renovation project includes a new kitchen, cafeteria, and six new classrooms.  The kitchen and cafeteria were built in Pennsylvania and then shipped to Roanoke.  Crews installed the 8 large sections using a crane. The project is expected to be completed sometime this fall.  Until then, the current cafeteria will stay operational.
Surprise Gift
July 14, 2014
Middle school students who participated in the Governor's School Science Camp got a sweet surprise. Each camper went home with a free brand new laptop, courtesy of the Interactive Achievement Foundation for Kids.  "The IA Foundation for Kids Board of Directors felt it would be a huge benefit for these students to have a computer as they strive to qualify one day for the Governor's School," said CEO Jon Hagmaier. 
New principal at Virginia Heights
July 8, 2014
Theresa Schmitt is the new principal of Virginia Heights Elementary.  She was appointed at the July School Board meeting.  Ms. Schmitt has been an educator for 25 years.  She's been a teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and an Assistant Principal.  "I'm excited about this journey.  I spent a lot of time last year at Virginia Heights and look forward to continue to build relationships with students, staff, and parents.  Not to mention the Grandin Village community. 
2014-2015 School Year Calendar
March 28, 2014
UPDATE:  We have received our waiver from the state to start before Labor Day.  The first day of school for students is Monday, August 18.  To see a more detailed look at the 2014-2015 School Year Calendar, click here.
New principal at Westside
June 25, 2014
Tamika Singletary-Johnson says it already feels like home.  She is the next principal of Westside Elementary.  She has more than a decade of experience as an educator.  More recently, she was an assistant principal in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  "I'm honored to be the principal of Westside Elementary.  I already have plenty of Eagle pride," said Singletary-Johnson.  Welcome to Westside.
RCPS+ Information
June 2, 2014
Our summer enrichment program runs from now  through Friday, July 25.  More than 2,500 are participating in RCPS+ in the second year.  For more information about the program and bus routes, click here.  You will get details about the themes each week, the field trips, and an overview of the curriculum. 
New principal for Madison Middle
June 10, 2014
Whitney Johnson will take over as principal of James Madison Middle.  She has been the assistant principal at Madison for the last several years.  "I'm so honored to be named the new principal of Madison.  I look forward to serving the district in a leadership role," said Johnson.  She plans to hold an open house as we get closer to the beginning of the school year.
New principal for Garden City
June 10, 2014
She's back.  Jill Lane has been named the new principal for Garden City Elementary.  She had been an assistant principal in Roanoke for many years, the last two she was a principal in Floyd County.  She lives in Southeast Roanoke and is looking forward to working with the Garden City community.  Welcome back!
Middle school camp at Governor's School
June 26, 2014
It's not rocket science, the earlier the better.  With that in mind, the Roanoke Valley Governor's School held a camp for middle school students.  20 students from six area school systems participated in the three week camp.  The goal is to get them excited about science, learn computer skills, and spark interest in the Governor's School.  The camp was free for students, thanks to Interactive Achievement.  By the end, each student completed a Science Fair Project.
Westside Debate Team to present at VSBA
June 18, 2014
Educators from all over Virginia will soon see what Roanokers already knows, the Westside Debate Team is impressive.  The Virginia School Boards Association has invited the Westside Debate Team to perform at its conference in Richmond in July.  Three students from Westside will debate Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Later.  Congratulations and good luck.
Instructional Assistant Interview Event 2014
June 20, 2014
RCPS will offer an Instructional Assistant Interview Event on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Patrick Henry High School. Interested participants had to pre-register by July 3rd. Click here for more information.

Stephanie Hogan promoted
June 10, 2014
A familiar face is the new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Stephanie Hogan was appointed to the position at the June School Board meeting.  She has spent 22 years with Roanoke City Public Schools, the last several as principal of James Madison Middle.  She is excited about the job and is looking forward to working with everyone in Roanoke City Public Schools.
Summer School
June 13, 2014
Summer School for high school students runs from now until Friday, July 25.  For bus route information, click here.  Please note:  These routes don't include RCPS+ for rising 9th graders. For that, please visit the RCPS+ webpage. 
Investiture Ceremony
June 5, 2014
Two familiar faces are returning to the Roanoke City School Board.  Bill Hopkins and Lori Vaught were reappointed to the School Board during an Investiture Ceremony at the Roanoke City Courthouse.  Judge David Carson, past chairman of the Roanoke City School Board, presided over the swearing in.  Mr. Hopkins and Ms. Vaught will serve for four years.
Class of 2014 Graduates
May 29, 2014
There were plenty of smiles, pats on the back, even a few tears as more than 650 graduates of Roanoke City picked up their diplomas during Commencement Ceremonies at the Roanoke Civic Center.  You can find a lot more photos from both Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools graduations at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Forest Park Graduation
May 28, 2014
This is just the beginning.  That was the theme at Forest Park Academy's 6th graduation.  72 graduates picked up their diplomas at a ceremony at the Jefferson Center.  More than 750 have now graduated since Forest Park Academy opened six years ago.  It is a school designed to help students who are in danger of dropping out.  Principal Eric Anderson told the graduates "You haven't seen your greatest days yet.  This is just the beginning."  Congratulations graduates.
Meal at a Mansion
May 28, 2014
It is one of the most famous homes in Roanoke and students from Westside Elementary's 21st Century Program got to visit the Rockledge Mansion on Mill Mountain.  Nancy and Kevin Dye (pictured) hosted the students and local chefs from The American Culinary Federation.  These culinary masters teach cooking class at Westside during the school year.  The students were treated to a delicious meal.
End of the year fun
May 23, 2014
During the school year, it is all about hard work.  At the end of the school year, it is all about having fun. Students were treated to field/fun days as well as cookouts.  They played on slip and slides and inflables, as well as fun games like beach volleybal and sack races.  Not to mention they ate plenty of hot dogs right off the grill.  More pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Close Shave
May 27, 2014
Would you let a student cut your hair?  Principal Birdlebough of Stonewall Jackson Middle is certainly a brave one.  He and Assistant Principal Littleton allowed students who did really well on the SOLs to shave their heads!  One by one, the students took turns with the electrical shaver until their hair was all gone!  Be sure to check out Mr. Birdlebough and Mr. Littleton's buzz cuts. 
Virginia Preschool Initiative
May 21, 2014
RCPS is sitll accepting applications for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).  Children must be age four by September 30, 2014.  Eligibility and placement are based on the child's home address and identified needs.  The child must be a Roanoke City resident.  Applications are available in elementary school offices, www.roanokepreschool.org  or call 853-2957
Baseball Bleachers
May 24, 2014
Take me out to the ballgame is more enjoyable at James Madison Middle School.  With the help from the PTA, the school raised $8,000 to buy bleachers for the baseball field.  The main fundraiser was a walkathon when students secured pledges and then walked around the school.  Before, fans had to sit on the grass or bring a lawn chair. 
RCPS is ahead of the curve
May 22, 2014
Eating healthier is a way of life at all Roanoke City Schools.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will require  schools next year to serve whole grain in everything from pizza crusts, rolls, biscuits, tortillas, to pastas.  RCPS is already meeting the new standards, transitioning to whole grains two years ago.  Students have adapted easily to the changes.  We haven't seen a decreases in lunch purchases. 
Last Week
May 7, 2014
This is the last week of school.  We want to remind you of a few important things:

May 29- Last Student Day (2 hours early dismissal)

May 30- Graduation (Patrick Henry at 10 A.M., William Fleming at 2 P.M.)


Combined Champs
May 27, 2014
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT.  Fresh off their State Championship, Patrick Henry High School's Forensics Team will perform with Salem High School's Forensics Team.  Forensics is a mixture of public speaking, poetry, interpretation of plays, and lots of humor.
2014 Retirement Celebration
May 19, 2014
A job well done!  61 employees are retiring from Roanoke City Public Schools this year and they were honored during a reception at the Roanoke Country Club.  Combined, they have 1,348 years of service with RCPS.  "I'm very appreciative of their combined years of service.  These individuals have demonstrated their true commitment to our children," said Dr. Rita Bishop.  Thank you and enjoy retirement.
Pink for a principal
May 20, 2014
April Plympton is learning a lot about love, support, and friendship.  The Fairview Elementary principal recently discovered she has breast cancer.  To show support, teachers and staff have been wearing pink shirts.  "I have been overwhelmed with not only the support from my Fairview family, but also the support from other schools, my peers, central office, and our facilities department as I begin my battle with cancer.  I am honored to be a part of the RCPS family," said Plympton.
Baccalaureate Services
May 18, 2014
Honoring the Class of 2014 is underway. Both Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools recently held Baccalaureate Services.  The ceremonies highlighted academic achievements and seniors accepted into the Community College Access Program (CCAP).  Various awards and scholarships were handed out to deserving seniors.  More pictures: www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Hope at Highland
May 16, 2014
When Highland Park Elementary opened a school store, it was stocked with toys, stuffed animals, and school supplies donated by area churches, staff, and the PTA.  The whole idea is to reward students who have good grades, good behavior, and good attendance.  But administrators found many students would rather donate the bucks their earned to help others.  The school is collecting money to buy desks for students in Malawi, providing hope to students half a world away.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
May 15, 2014
It started five years ago with just a few small groups.  Today, it has expanded to include every kindergartner in Roanoke City.  Each spring, students visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation for a fun and educational opportunity.  They don't just tour the museum.  They have to solve problems, take part in scavenger hunts, and explore their imaginations. The best part?  They visit the museum free of charge. 
Grant gratitude
May 14, 2014
Denise Wilson of Fairview Elementary knows how to get creative with money.  The kindergarten teacher has received more than $6,000 in grants to help pay for extras in her classroom.  They include a lego table (pictured), books, an ipad mini, and other educational materials.  She often uses www.donorschoose.org; a website that allows ordinary folks and businesses to fund classroom projects.  Wilson recently received $500 from the Roanoke Macy's.
Community Meeting
May 15, 2014
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT.  Superintendent Rita Bishop will hold a community meeting at Virginia Heights Elementary.  It is a chance for parents to discuss the qualities and characteristics you believe important for the next principal at Virginia Heights. 
Preschool pizza
May 13, 2014
Grandin Village is a great place to shop and go to school.  Virginia Heights Elementary has now brought the two together.  Throughout the school year, preschoolers visit many of the businesses in the Grandin area to get to know the community. This week, they stopped by Grace's Pizza to become pizza makers.  Students made their own pizza and then ate it all up.  It was a chance for them to learn about the different food groups and good table manners.  Looks yummy.
Wilson student wins favorite teacher contest
May 13, 2014
Ms. Hanes calls her a doll and for good reason.  Kaitlin Potter of Woodrow Wilson Middle School entered the My Favorite Teacher Essay Contest sponsored by Barnes and Noble.  Kaitlin wrote about her English Teacher Ms. Hanes who she calls a good role model.  Kaitlin was the winner from the Valleyview Roanoke location and has received a certificate.  Ms. Hanes got a plaque, tote bag, and a candle.  Congratulations to both.
RCPS Art Show
May 12, 2014
Our students have a lot of talent and now it's being showcased at the Jefferson Center.  On display you will find more than a hundred works of art from elementary, middle, and high school.  You will find photography, portraits, drawings, and ceramics.  High school is featured on the 2nd floor, elementary and middle on the 3rd floor.  They will be on display at the Jefferson Center until May 23rd.  You will find more pictures of the art at facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Preston Park student wins contest
May 12, 2014
Elijah Law of Preston Park Elementary can give a good speech and now he is an award winner because of it.  The 5th grader is one of eleven winners nationwide of the NCUST Excellence in Urban Education Student Speech Contest.  Elijah submitted a video of his speech titled "How My School Influences My Life."  He will receive a check for $200 from the National Center for Urban School Transformation.  He plans to use the money to buy kid friendly games.
Preserving History
May 9, 2014
George Washington is now at Grandin Court Elementary.  The Nancy Christian Fleming Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated a framed pictured of the first president.  The group has provided this gift to 3 of our schools and plans to do more in the future.  Grandin Court's first graders received the picture because they are learning about George Washington as part of the SOLs.
Anne Holton visits Fallon Park
May 6, 2014
Fallon Park Elementary is a great example of an urban school making the grade.  That's why Virginia's Secretary of Education held a roundtable discussion with some of the faculty at Fallon Park.  Anne Holton wanted to know what works, what doesn't, and what needs improvement.  They talked about the importance of preschool, parent involvement, and the need for more technology at home.  Ms. Holton thanked the teachers and gave them each a box of chocolates.
Safer Play
May 6, 2014
How about a playground that if you fall on the ground you barely have a scratch on you?  It is a reality at Monterey Elementary. RCPS has replaced mulch on the playground with rubber surfacing. The benefits are it is virtually maintenance free, it will not freeze or hold water, it's insect free, and the rubber surfacing is made up of 70% recycled material.  The hope is to eventually install this at other schools.
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6, 2014
Thanks to everyone who made Teacher Appreciation Week so special for our teachers.  Many of our schools and PTA's held special events including providing breakfast, lunch, desserts, and gfit bags.  Teacher Appreciation Week may be over but it is never too late to thank a teacher and show your appreciation.
Westside Community Meeting
May 8, 2014
UPDATE:  Thanks to everyone who came out for this meeting. There is a principal opening at Westside Elementary.  Parents are invited to participate in a meeting to discuss the qualities and characteristics they believe important for the next principal at Westside.  Please join Superintendent Rita Bishop at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT, in the Westside Cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you.
A plate full of appreciation
May 8, 2014
Any recipe for success includes good food and good people.  With that in mind, we said thank you to all our food services workers during School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week. "RCPS Food and Nutrition employees serve 2.3 million meals throughout the school year.  Their hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated," said Food Services Director Tom Powers.
Little Feet Meet
May 5, 2014
Better late than never.  The Special Olympics held its annual Little Feet Meet at Northside High School Monday.  It was postponed several times last week because of the rain.  Elementary students from 35 schools in the Roanoke Valley competed in various activities including bowling, jumping, and soccer.  Congratulations to all the Special Olympians and thanks to Northside for hosting the event.
Fishburn Park Elementary Applications Being Accepted
April 11, 2014
FINAL WEEK:  RCPS is now accepting applications for enrollment into the Fishburn Park Elementary School- Focus for Environmental Science program.  City residents who will be in kindergarten through fifth grade in school year 2014-2015 and are interested in the environment are encouraged to apply.  Transportation is provided.  The application deadline is May 9, 2014. Click here to download an application.

Matt Newton is Teacher of the Year
May 1, 2014
Congratulations to Matthew Newton of Fishburn Park Elementary.  He was crowned the 2014 Teacher of the Year at a banquet at the Jefferson Center.  He received a $1,000 check and a $400 gift card from Interactive Achievement as well as a $50 gift card from Kroger.  Runner-ups Tana Thomas of Wasena and Angela Wimberly Montery received a $250 check from WDBJ-TV and gift certificates for a Virginia Dare Cruise.  Congratulations to all the candidates.
Noteworthy Music Festival
April 29, 2014
It ended on a high note.  Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday to the Noteworthy Music Festival at Patrick Henry High School.  The crowd was treated to a dozen acts; everything from 70's music to country.  More than $1,800 was raised for our elementary music programs.  Since the festival started three years ago, more than $20,000 has been raised for such a worthy cause.
Girls Rock
April 30, 2014
At Preston Park Elementary, girls just want to have fun and they are.  This year, the school started the Girls Rock Club for 5th graders.  28 girls meet once a week after school.  Part of it is a support group but it is also a chance for them to learn physical health, ways to prevent cyberbullying, and how to prepare for middle school.  The club took part in a career fair that featured women from all over the Roanoke Valley.  The main message to these girls?  Go to college!
The three E's
April 30, 2014
It is all about etiquette (silverware), ethics (scales), and excellence (trophies) at Jackson Middle.  The school started a new club this year for 8th graders that focuses on manners, character, and excellence.  Nearly a 150 students met once a month after school and it featured team building, guest speakers, workshops about applying for jobs as well as public speaking.  There was even a parent meeting that focused on the transition to high school and the dangers of social media. 
Governor honors Crystal Spring
April 29, 2014
Congratulations to Crystal Spring Elementary.  The school has received the 2014 Board of Education Excellence Award.  The Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the Board of Education.  Staff and students should be proud!
Middle School Science Camp
April 15, 2014
The Roanoke Valley Governor's School is sponsoring a free 3 week summer science camp for rising sixth and seventh grade students.  The camp will take place from June 16 through July 3.  During the camp, students will take part in various hands-on fun activities and experiments.  Click here for full description of the camp. Click here for an application. 
Dollars and sense
April 28, 2014
Twenty-nine of the nation's 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction are in Virginia.  Both Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools are on that list!  Working in Support of Education announced the top-100 list at the New York Stock Exchange.  Students in Virginia, who entered 9th grade in 2011, must complete a course in personal finance and economic literacy in order to graduate.
Little Feet Meet POSTPONED
April 28, 2014
The Little Feet Meet originally scheduled for this Thursday, then moved to Friday, will now take place Monday, May 5.  It will still take place at Northside High School.  This will give the fields plenty of time to dry out.   If you get the chance, please come out and cheer for these Special Olympians.
Boston Strong
April 15, 2014
Christine Lange ran to remember the victims and to honor the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.  The kindergarten teacher from Westside Elementary has run several marathons before but the Boston Marathon was a first.  Lange finished an impressive 3:27.  Out of more than 36,000 runners, she placed 8,370.  Congratulations.
RCPS+ Information
March 31, 2014
Registration is now over for RCPS+; our summer enrichment program.  It is FREE, voluntary, and open to current students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  RCPS+ will run from Monday, June 16th through Friday, July 25th.  We will post additional information in the coming months.  Click here to view the RCPS+ webpage.  If you have questions, call 853-2300.
Planting the seed
April 18, 2014
Hundreds of our students are now tree planters.  Thanks to a grant, 4-H has donated 630 seedlings to students of Roanoke City.  This week, 1st graders at Fairview Elementary received a grey dogwood seedling.  The students are encouraged to take the seedlings home and plant away.  During the visit, 4-H also educates students about the environment through various science activities. 
Spelling bee winner
April 16, 2014
Katelyn Diaz of Virginia Heights Elementary has no "grievance."  She won this year's Elementary Spelling Bee.  13 students from across the school system competed at Woodrow Wilson Middle school.  Katelyn won in the 10th round with the word grievance.  We congratulate the winner and all the participants.  Also, thank you to WDBJ-TV's Kimberly McBroom for emceeing the spelling bee.
A step up!
April 17, 2014
More of our schools have started their own step teams after the success of Westside's.  Step is a collection of rhythms made by using your hands and feet.  When Round Hill Elementary started a step team earlier this year, it had more students than slots. The students have been working hard and will soon hold their first public performance.  Madison Middle and William Fleming High School also have step teams.
Earth Week at Fishburn Park
April 14, 2014
It is a week that is all about protecting the environment.  Fishburn Park Elementary held various events for Earth Week.  The school kicked it off with a visit to the Kirk YMCA to learn about water safety since this year's theme was water.  Other events included a walkathon, projects to beautify the Fishburn campus, an art project with an environmental focus, and a viewing of the new movie "Bears."
Science museum hits the road
April 14, 2014
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is not only a great place to visit, it also provides wonderful educational opportunities.  The museum visits our elementary schools and brings hands-on activities.  For example, Grandin Court Elementary recently learned all about rocks.  Students got to touch the rocks, even got to do experiments.  All of the museum's lessons are SOL related.
Westside goes to Washington
April 7, 2014
They were the talk of Washington D.C.  With their uniforms pressed and proudly displayed, people stopped them on the streets to ask about the Westside Debate Team.  While in the nation's capital, the students spent time at Howard University, where they performed and got pointers from Howard's Debate Team.  The students also visited the memorials and museums throughout D.C., and made a brief appearance on News One Now hosted by Roland Martin.
The next best seller
April 10, 2014
They can now add author to their resume.  Kindergartners at Crystal Spring Elementary have written and illustrated their very own book.  Parents were invited to the school to hear the students read their books out loud.  The exercise creates excitement about reading, gets the creative juices flowing, and helps them with public speaking.  Afterwards, they all gathered for tea and cookies.
French government honors Fleming teacher
April 9, 2014
Mary Jo Fassie, teacher of advanced French at William Fleming High School, has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight in the Order of Academic Palms) by the French government.  The order has been around since the 1800's and recognizes those who have advanced French education and have contributed to the prestige of the French language and culture.  Felicitations Madame Fassie.  (Congratulations Miss Fassie).
National Volunteer Week
April 9, 2014
We couldn't do it without them.  During National Volunteer Week, we said thank you to the countless volunteers who help and donate to our schools.  We have more than a thousand people who volunteer throughout RCPS.  At Highland Park Elementary alone, volunteers put in about 5,000 hours each year.  To say thanks, schools like Highland Park held a breakfast to show their appreciation.
National recognition for Patrick Henry
April 8, 2014
The Washington Post is out with its latest rankings for America's Most Challenging High Schools.  Patrick Henry High School placed 365th of all the high schools in the nation. The Washington Post ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated last year.
James Madison Middle presents "Aladdin"
April 7, 2014
Congratulations to all the performers.  "Aladdin" was a huge hit.  Get ready to go on a magic carpet ride as James Madison Middle presents the musical "Aladdin."  With just a rub of the magic lamp, Aladdin's journey takes you into an exotic world full of adventure, comedy, and romance. 
Living History
April 3, 2014
The Jamestown Settlement has landed in Roanoke.  Interpreters from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation are visiting all 4th grade classes the next two weeks.  They are bringing the museum experience to the classroom, like here at Highland Park Elementary.  Students learn and actually touch artifacts that were common from America's first English Colony.  The hands-on lesson comes at a good time, since students are about to take the Virginia Studies SOL.
CCAP Concert
April 1, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Jazz Honor Band Concert at the Jefferson Center Saturday night.  It featured high school students from all over the Roanoke Valley, including Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  All the money raised will benefit the Community College Access Program (CCAP).  It allows graduating seniors to attend Virginia Western Community College tuition-free.
Autism Awareness
April 2, 2014
There was plenty of blue at Roanoke City Schools April 2nd.  Many teachers and several students wore blue as part of World Autism Awareness Day.  On this day, people around the world celebrate the unique talents and skills of people with autism.  1 in every 68 kids has autism.  In addition to wearing blue, some schools had special decorations and made cupcakes with blue frosting!
Patrick Henry High School Orchestra in Chicago
March 31, 2014
Congratulations to Patrick Henry High School's Orchestra for receiving first place at a music festival in Chicago.  The students automatically earned a spot to perform at a concert at the prestigious Orchestra Hall.  Additionally, 11 Patrick Henry students qualified for honors orchestra.  Bravo!
Career Week at Virginia Heights
April 1, 2014
What do you want to be when you grow up?  It's a question recently answered at Virginia Heights Elementary.  For a week, the school held events centered around careers like Vehicle Day.  It featured various vehicles from the police and fire departments, as well as a sanitation truck.  Other events included Dress Up Day and College Day.  The idea is for students to start thinking about a career now and have a little fun along the way.
State Champs
March 29, 2014
Congratulations to Patrick Henry High School's Forensics Team for winning the 6A State Championship in Harrionsburg Saturday.  Forensics is a combination of public speaking and performance. The team will have a performance Friday night in the Black Box Theater at PH at 6:30 p.m.  Students will perform dramatic adaptations of plays, poetry, and prose.
Extended School Day
March 18, 2014
REMINDER:  From now and lasting until Friday, May 23, we will extend the school day by 15 minutes.  We've missed a lot of instruction time because of winter weather and we believe this is what is best for children.  As we have said before, there are no plans to shorten Spring Break.  A letter was sent home with students last week.  Click here to see it. Versión española
Simply the best!
March 26, 2014
Roanoke City Public Schools has been designated a 2014 Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.  Now in its 15th year, the award evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music education.  This year, 376 school districts are being recognized across the country.  Congratulations to everyone who made this award possible.  Bravo!
Dance Espanol
March 25, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to see Dance Espanol at William Fleming High School.  It was a packed house as 200 students performed from Highland Park, Morningside, Lincoln Terrace, and Wasena Elementary Schools.  Bravo to the dancers and Instructor Pedro Szalay of Southwest Virginia Ballet.  More photos and video: www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Book Bracket
March 26, 2014
March Madness has taken over Westside Elementary.  But second graders are using books rather than basketballs.  Each day, Ms. Blandy reads two books and then students vote for their favorite.  They use their own brackets to create an Elite 8, a Final Four, and finally a winner.  The fun activity encourages students to read and they're learning about probability.  Sounds like a slam dunk to us!
Teacher of the Year Finalists
March 24, 2014
We are happy to announce the three finalists for Roanoke's Teacher of the Year.  They are Angela Wimberly, Matt Newton, and Tana Thomas.  Wimberly is a reading specialist at Monterey Elementary.  Matt Newton is a special education teacher at Fishburn Park Elementary.  Tana Thomas is a ELL teacher at Wasena Elementary.  Congratulations to all the candidates.  They will all be honored and a winner selected at a banquet on May 1. 
Potato procedure
March 21, 2014
Mr. Spud went under the knife...sort of, and perhaps not in the way you may think.  Health and Medical Science students from ROTEC took part in a hands-on exercise called "Potato Man Surgery."  They performed various surgical procedures on a potato like a tracheotomy, limb amputation, and splinting.  All students were dressed in full surgical attire to make the exercise as real as possible.
Recording artists
March 20, 2014
Move over Katy Perry, you have some stiff competition from the Fairview Rockers.  With the help of recording artist Toni Blackman, students at Fairview Elementary have written their own rap song titled "Feel Good."  This week, they visited the Music Lab at the Jefferson Center for a recording session.  The students will eventually receive a copy of the CD and can now say they are recording artists.
William Fleming presents "Cinderella"
March 19, 2014
FINAL WEEKEND:  Will there be a fairy tale ending?  Of course!  William Fleming High School presents the beloved musical "Cinderella" this weekend.  You can catch the shows, complete with a magical carriage, this Friday and Saturday (3/28-29) at 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students.  Don't worry, you will be out by the time the clock strikes midnight.
Outdoor classroom at Addison
March 19, 2014
Lucy Addison Middle took the first step this week creating an outdoor classroom.  With the help of Blue Ridge Soil and Water, students in the Ecology Club constructed their own rain barrel.  They will use it to catch rain that will then be used to water plants.  This will save money and it teaches students to be good stewards of the environment.  Down the road, the club plans to plant flower beds and possibly add a bench for the whole school to enjoy.
Science Fair Winner
March 18, 2014
Congratulations to Warner McGhee, a Patrick Henry High School and Governor's School student.  He was selected as one of the two Grand Award winners at the Western Virginia Regional Science Fair for his project on The Effect of a Magnetic Field on the Solubility of Various Compounds.  He will now compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California in May. 
RCPS+ is a go
March 11, 2014
The Roanoke City School Board has approved RCPS+ for another year.  The summer enrichment program for rising first graders through ninth graders will take place June 16-July 25.  Parents will receive detailed information and an application in the coming weeks.  We will keep you posted as we get closer to the application process.  But start planning now for this wonderful program. Remember, RCPS+ is voluntary.
Preston Park wins national award
March 17, 2014
Congratulations to Preston Park Elementary.  The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) has picked 16 schools across the country as winners of its 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Award.  Preston Park received the Bronze Award.  All the winners be recognized in San Diego in May.  "They prove that our nation's urban schools can be wonderful centers of learning that change children's lives," said Joseph Johnson, Executive Director of NCUST. 
Cupcakes for a Cause
March 15, 2014
Pedro Szalay, artistic director for the Southwest Virginia Ballet, traded a tutu for an apron Saturday.  He served cupcakes at Bubblecake to raise money for arts programs in Roanoke City Public Schools.  His efforts brought in more than $500.  Thanks to everyone who came out to buy a tasty treat.  Be sure to check out "Dance Espanol" Thursday, March 27 at William Fleming H.S. at 7:00.  Pedro will lead four elementary schools as they dazzle you with exciting Spanish dances. 
Patrick Henry presents "Spamalot"
March 12, 2014
FINAL WEEKEND:  Be prepared to laugh as Patrick Henry High School presents the musical comedy "Spamalot."  You can catch the show this Friday and Saturday (3/21-22) at 7:00 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School.  "Spamalot" is a musical based on Monty Python and features King Arthur, his Round Table, and the Killer Rabbit. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students.
School Climate Parent Survey 2013-2014
February 20, 2014
How is the climate at your child's school? Good?  Needs improvement?  Does the school respond to your calls/e-mails in a timely manner?  These are just a few of the questions asked in the annual School Climate Parent Survey.  We encourage your feedback.  We need it!  This will help us improve your child's school.  Survey responses are anonymous. Click here to complete the survey. 
WF Girls Basketball Team plays for State Championship
February 28, 2014
Congratulations to the Lady Colonels on an outstanding season.  William Fleming High School's Girls Basketball Team played for the State Championship Thursday night in Richmond.  It was a close game all the way until the end.  The final score was William Fleming 50 Lake Taylor 57.  We would like to thank all the fans who traveled to Richmond to cheer on the players.
Preschool Registration
February 12, 2014
This is the time of year we accept applications for preschool.  We know you may have plenty of questions.  We've put together a webpage that should answer most of them.  Click here for all the information and an application for preschool.
Breckinridge Middle honors Nelson Mandela
March 11, 2014
When Nelson Mandela died in December, students at Breckinridge Middle got to work to honor the former South African president through art.  The piece was created by over 30 students, who worked on a square at a time, using a gridded original photograph.  They created their own square separately, then brought them together to create a portrait of Mandela.
Read Across America Day
March 10, 2014
Cat in the Hat visited several Roanoke City elementary schools as part of Read Across America Day.  It is held every March to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Schools had guest readers from our school board, city council, local TV stations, and countless charitable organizations.  Not to mention all the teachers and students who dressed up for the occasion.  More photos: www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Accessiblity for all
March 6, 2014
There is a new feature at Fishburn Park Elementary's playground that is a first for RCPS, and possibly the Roanoke Valley.  The school has installed a wheelchair swing.  It was paid through a grant from the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League (GRCL).  Nearly a dozen students will use the swing but it is also adult sized, making it possible for everyone to have fun on the playground.
Important Announcement
March 7, 2014
We have missed many days due to winter weather; consequently, this Friday, March 14 will now be a full school day.  It was originally scheduled to be an early dismissal day.  Many of you have also inquired about Spring Break.  We want you to know there are NO plans to shorten Spring Break, which is scheduled for April 21-25. 
Happy homecoming
March 4, 2014
John Rivera of Grandin Court Elementary got the surprise of his life.  His mother, deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised her son at school.  John was practicing for a performance when his mother just walked into the cafeteria.  Click here to watch the emotional homecoming.  The video on the school system's Facebook page has been seen more than 90,000 times.
PH Forensics Team wins Regional Championship
March 5, 2014
Not bad for a team that has only been around for about 5 years.  Patrick Henry High School's Forensics Team has won the 6A Regional Championship.  Forensics is a combination of public speaking as well as performance and Patrick Henry's Team has nailed it.  11 students are now moving on to the State Championship at the end of March.  Congratulations and good luck.
Fine tuning with a maestro
March 5, 2014
We are fortunate to have orchestra programs in many of our schools.  We are even more fortunate that David Stewart Wiley of the Roanoke Symphony helps with these programs.  His latest visit was Stonewall Jackson Middle.  For two hours, he worked with students fine tuning their skills, as they get ready for concert assessments next week.  Thank you to Mr. Wiley for supporting music education.
RCPS educators honored
March 4, 2014
The Urban Professional League (UPL) has honored two Roanoke City educators.  Sharon Hicks, administrator on assignment at Hurt Park Elementary, received the Educators Award.  Jeff May, debate and step team coach at Westside Elementary, received the Community Service Award. Congratulations to both and thank you for all that you do for our children.
Food is Art
February 27, 2014
We all know food tastes great, now it looks good too.  A new art exhibit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital showcases the talents of our students.  It is called "Food is Art."  The rules were simple, the art had to evolve around food.  The rest was up to their imagination!  30 works of art are now on display at the Mountain View Cafe on the 3rd floor.  We ask that you don't eat any of the pieces. 
Preston Park is a finalist for major award
February 26, 2014
Congratulations to Preston Park Elementary.  It is one of 16 schools in the nation to be recognized as a finalist for the "National Excellence in Urban Education Award" by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).  The school has been notified it has been elevated to at least bronze status and remains eligible for silver and gold.  We will keep you posted.
Celebrating Black History Month
February 25, 2014
February was Black History Month; a time to recognize and remember the history, struggles, and accomplishments of African Americans.  Many of our schools had special programs, performances, and lesson plans.  At Lucy Addison Middle, 7th graders in U.S. History did special presentations about famous African Americans.  There are also posters around the school and books in the library that highlight Black History Month.
Pasta for Pennies
February 19, 2014
UPDATE:  Staff and students at Hurt Park Elementary raised $1,138 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  For two weeks, they cleaned out their piggy banks and collected more than 13,000 pennies for the Pasta for Pennies campaign.  Mrs. Mattox's 5th grade class raised the most coins and will receive a Pasta Party courtesy of Olive Garden. Congratulations to everyone! 
Books come alive
February 24, 2014
How do you generate excitement about reading?  You get the characters to jump right off the page and come alive.  Staff and students at Roanoke Academy dressed up as their favorite book character for a day.  Harry Potter, princesses, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all popular choices. Educators hope this exercise will encourage more students to open a book and let their imaginations run wild.
Science Fair
February 20, 2014
Move over "Big Bang Theory."  Roanoke City Public Schools held its annual City-Wide Science Fair at William Fleming High School.  More than 150 projects were on display, everything from Atoms to Zinc.  The creativity of the students was awarded with various prizes.  The grand award winners will now compete in the Regional Science Fair at Hollins University on March 15.
Helping the hungry
February 21, 2014
Students in Roanoke City won't be going hungry thanks to the Rotary Club of Downtown Roanoke and our Congregations in Action (CIA) partners. They teamed up to buy more than $1,000 worth of food for Highland Park Elementary's Pack a Snack Program.  It provides nonperishable, easy to prepare food for elementary school students to have something to eat over the weekend while school is out.  We thank both groups for their generosity and for caring about our students.
Spelling Bee Winner
February 20, 2014
Gabe Scott of Stonewall Jackson Middle School was all smiles as he won the annual Spelling Bee for Roanoke City Public Schools.  He won in the 9th round with the word "torsion."  Haylee Ho of Lucy Addison Middle School placed second.  Thanks to WDBJ-TV's Robin Reed for pronouncing the words for the event.  Scott now competes in the Regional Spelling Bee at the end of March.
Check presentation for Round Hill
February 18, 2014
What's it like to hold a check for $1,700,000?  Just ask Christopher Johnson (right) of Round Hill Elementary.  Roanoke City Council presented a check from the sale of the old Huff Lane Elementary to Johnson and Principal Hawks.  The money will be used to renovate and expand Round Hill Elementary.  This summer, the school will receive a brand new cafeteria and six new classrooms.  To see an artist rendering of the new cafeteria, click here.
FREE SAT Prep Courses
February 17, 2014
Roanoke City Public Schools is offering FREE Princeton Review SAT Preparation Courses for William Fleming and Patrick Henry High School students.  You read right, it is FREE.  These courses won't cost you anything.  Princeton Review has a history of improving student performance on the SAT.  See your school counselor to register.  For further information, click here.
George Washington visits Fishburn Park
February 19, 2014
History came alive at Fishburn Park Elementary when the first president of the United States stopped by for a visit.  George Washington spoke to students about his life and his presidency.  Washington took questions, posed for pictures, and even sang "Yankee Doodle" with the students.
Thrill ride
February 18, 2014
It was one of the most frustrating assignments but also the most rewarding.  Students at Woodrow Wilson Middle had to make a roller coaster for a lesson on Newton's laws.  The rules are simple.  The roller coaster has to work, must have one loop and two hills, and a name is required.  A marble is used to test it.  Students came up with all kinds of shapes and sizes, as well as some creative names.
Thank you!
February 15, 2014
We want to take a moment to say thank you to all our maintenance crews.  They put in long grueling hours removing all the snow from our school sidewalks and parking lots.  We haven't seen this much snow in a long time but these workers are up for the challenge.  It wasn't easy but we want them to know how much we appreciate all their hard work.
Bowling Buddies
February 11, 2014
There were plenty of smiles at Lee-Hi Lanes in Salem as Special Education students from Patrick Henry High School joined forces with their peers for a fun field trip.  Bowling is popular with Special Education students because they learn life-long skills and it helps them mature.  No one kept score.  It was all about the bowling and the bonding.  Other schools will make similar trips in the coming weeks.
Face the judge
February 10, 2014
Students from Crystal Spring Elementary visited the Roanoke City Courthouse.  They weren't in trouble.  Judge David Carson arranged a visit to give fifth graders the chance to learn about the judicial system.  Students witnessed actual cases, got to ask judges questions, and toured various courtrooms as well as a holding cell. 
Surprise!
February 10, 2014
It is not everyday you get a check for $1,000 but that's what happened to a teacher at Grandin Court Elementary and Patrick Henry High School. The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League (GRCCL) handed out its annual teacher grants.  Angie McFarland (pictured), a reading specialist at Grandin Court, will use the money to buy reading books.  Jack Esworthy, Astronomy teacher at Patrick Henry, will buy telescopes.  Thank you to GRCCL for supporting our teachers.
Follow us on Twitter
January 29, 2014
There is just one official Twitter page for Roanoke City Public Schools.  We post useful information on Twitter including school closings and delays.   Follow us on Twitter: @RoanokeSchools
Student Scientists in Action
February 6, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology's 28th annual Student Project Forum.  There were various scientific projects on biochemistry, computer and mathematics, medicine and health, physics, and engineering.  Nearly $6,000 was raised through a silent auction.  That money will be used to buy equipment for the Governor's School.
Wait is over
February 6, 2014
Better late than never!  Garden City Elementary learned that lesson with the renovations to its gym.  Installing the new rubber floor was delayed several months because of humidity.   During that time, students were still able to use the gym, but now that the project is complete, it has created a new level of excitement.  Principal Smith says it is like having a brand new facility. 
Team USA
February 7, 2014
There is plenty of red, white, and blue at Fishburn Park Elementary.  Students and staff are wearing patriotic colors to show their pride for Team USA during "The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics."  They've also created banners to hang in the school and many teachers are incorporating the Olympics into their lesson plans.  Fishburn Park receives the gold for team spirit!
Important Weather Information
February 12, 2014
Let the digging out begin!  Roanoke City residents can call 211 for questions about snow removal or general information about weather-related conditions.  Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.  To report power outages, call AEP at 800-966-4237.  The American Red Cross has put together some helpful tips. To see that and other information from the City of Roanoke, click here.
Rewarded for Reading
February 5, 2014
A good book has its rewards, especially at Monterey Elementary.  The school's Accelerated Reading Program encourages students to checkout books from the library.  The more books they read, the more points they get.  At the end of the month, the top five point earners in each grade get a celebration.  This month the students took part in various fun activities in the gym.
RCPS Instructional Job Fair
January 17, 2014
Want to teach for Roanoke City Public Schools?  We are holding a job fair to find new teachers and other staff positions.  The RCPS Instructional Job Fair will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Patrick Henry High School. You must first register.  The registration deadline is February 12, 2014. Click here for more details.
Showing the love
February 4, 2014
Roanoke students are jumping for joy!  February is National Heart Month and several of our schools are having Jump Rope For Heart fundraisers for the American Heart Association.  Some elementary school students are jump roping during gym classes and learning how to maintain a good heart.  One of the schools participating, Crystal Spring Elementary, raises about $1,000 every year.
100 Days....
February 3, 2014
When they started kindergarten, they were shy and nervous.  Today, they are smarter and not so shy anymore.  Roanoke Academy (RAMS) held an all day celebration to mark the 100th day of kindergarten.  Students wore special hats, made art projects, and found ways to count to 100.  A few of the students even dressed up like someone who is 100 years old!
National School Counseling Week
February 3, 2014
They are one of many unsung heroes of Roanoke City Public Schools.  School Counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, personal/social skills, and career awareness for post-secondary options.  Last week was National School Counseling Week and we would like to say thanks to all of our counselors for all that you do.
How are you going to pay for college?
January 27, 2014
THIS WEEKEND:  When applying for college, you need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  But it can be confusing and time consuming.  Let us help!  Super FAFSA Week will take place Saturday, February 8 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at Virginia Western Community College inside Webber Hall on the 3rd floor.  This seminar is free and open to anyone who plans to attend college in 2014-2015.  For more information, click here.
Cardinal rule at Virginia Heights
January 30, 2014
A compliment can go a long way and there is no better example than at Virginia Heights Elementary.  The school has started a new program that rewards good behavior.  If students are following the expectations of the school as a class, they will get a compliment.  Then a cardinal (school mascot) sticker is placed on a branch of a tree poster located outside the classroom door.  Once every class gets 20 cardinals, the school will throw a celebration as a reward.
Young Artists
January 31, 2014
It is never too early to learn about art.  With that in mind, kindergartners from Monterey Elementary visited the Taubman Museum of Art.  It was a chance for students to see some of the masterpieces and make some of their own.  They also showed their creative side, from dressing up to staging their own puppet show.  Teachers say this was also a good opportunity to teach them the proper way to act in a museum.
PH Orchestra gears up for national stage
January 28, 2014
First it was Carnegie Hall, now it is Orchestra Hall in Chicago.  Patrick Henry High School's Orchestra has been selected for the prestigious WorldStrides Heritage Performance Music Festival in Chicago.  75 students will make the trip at the end of March.  The PH musicians will compete with high schools from all over the country.  On the last day, Patrick Henry's Orchestra will perform on the stage at Orchestra Hall. 
CCAP Success Story from Patrick Henry
January 24, 2014
Yadav Sapkota, a 2013 Patrick Henry High School Graduate, is living the American dream, thanks to the Community College Access Program (CCAP).  The Nepal native is studying science at Virginia Western Community College.  "CCAP has made me really confident with school work and college life, and achieving my goals," Sapokta.  He hopes to eventually become a physician assistant.  Could you be the next CCAP success story?  To learn more and for an application, click here.
Tuberculosis Information
November 25, 2013
UPDATE 1/23:  The Health Department has retested more than 100 who were originally tested for tuberculosis at William Fleming High School.  There are no additional active cases of tuberculosis at Fleming and the Health Department advises us there is no reason to expand the testing.  To see our tuberculosis web page, click here.
Reading and robots
January 27, 2014
Could you program a robot to play soccer?  Some Hurt Park Elementary students can.  The school's 21st Century Program is in the second year of "Reading and Robots."  After school, 5th graders spend part of the time sharpening their reading skills.  They then work to build and program their own robot.  The whole idea is to get kids interested in science early so they can take more advance science courses when they are older. 
Students today, teachers tomorrow?
January 15, 2014
RCPS is launching the Teachers for Tomorrow program.  The idea is for our students to become teachers here in Roanoke one day.  Pending state approval, the program will begin next school year and be offered to high school students at Patrick Henry and William Fleming in grades 10, 11, & 12.  Students will take part in internships at the pre-school, elementary, and middle school levels.  We will post more information about the program in the coming months.
Buddy Clubs expand
January 16, 2014
We could all use a buddy.  With that in mind, Roanoke City Public Schools is expanding "The Buddy Club" program.  The idea is for special education students in middle and high school to interact with their peers.  The hope is to raise awareness and prevent bullying.  The program started at Patrick Henry High School three years ago. Buddy Clubs are now at Fleming, Madison, Addison, and Jackson.
CCAP is a finalist for national award
January 14, 2014
Virginia Western Community College has been named a finalist for the Community College Futures Assembly's 2014 Bellwether Awards for its Community College Access Program.  CCAP allows graduating seniors in several localities, including Roanoke, to attend Western tuition-free for two years.  400 applications were received, just 30 finalists were chosen.  The winner will be announced January 28 in Orlando, Florida.
Jackson Middle presents to NASA
January 10, 2014
Team Cupcake was impressive.  Hannah Akers, Elizabeth Phipps, and Makayla Whittaker of Stonewall Jackson Middle School presented to a NASA panel.  The students had to give a presentation by webcam and answer questions from the panelists.  Just four schools in the country were selected for the NASA presentation.  Congratulations to the team
Fishburn Park teacher selected for state team
January 13, 2014
Can we teach mathematics in a whole new way?  Matt Newton, of Fishburn Park Elementary, is part of a team to find out.  He is one of 15 teachers selected statewide for the Elementary Mathematics Innovative Learning Team.  These teachers will work with Virginia's Dept. of Education to develop an iTunes course that teaches mathematics in an innovative and different way.
Another CCAP success story
January 5, 2014
Logan Manley has an older sister in college.  "Two in college isn't cheap," said Manley.  That's why she and her parents are thankful for the Community College Access Program (CCAP).  The Patrick Henry H.S. Graduate is attending Virginia Western Community College tuition-free.  "I absolutely love it here.  Everyone is welcoming.  There is always someone there to help you," said Manley.  To learn more about CCAP and for an application, click here.
Robots invade William Fleming High School
January 11, 2014
Wall-e would be impressed.  Saturday, William Fleming High School hosted a VEX Robotics Competition.  More than 20 teams from Virginia and North Carolina competed in the all day event, including a team from ROTEC/William Fleming.  Students had to build their own robot and then battle it out against each other in various games/obstacles. 
Gas grants
January 10, 2014
Crystal Spring Elementary and Westside Elementary have received Exxon Mobil Education Alliance Grants.  The schools can use the money to help with math, science, or technology.  Crystal Spring has already decided to buy more SMART-Boards.  The grant money totals $1,500. Thanks to Exxon Mobil for the generous donation.
Magazine Mentions
January 9, 2014
We already know our students, teachers, and administrators are great.  It's even better when the rest of Roanoke learns it.  This month's Roanoker Magazine has a feature story about Woodrow Wilson Middle School's Bike Club.  Roanoke Business Magazine has an interview with Superintendent Rita Bishop.  In the article, she touts many of the recent successes of the school system.  Check out both!
Principals Appreciation Week
January 8, 2014
Our principals put in long hours, are extremely dedicated, and work to ensure student and teacher success.  For that, we say thanks.  Virginia declared January 5-11 Principals Appreciation Week.  "The role of the principal as the instructional leader of the school is critically important to ensure students are provided the opportunity to learn," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright.
Weather Closings/Delays
November 25, 2013
When there is winter weather weather in the forecast, how will you find out if schools are delayed or closed?  Listen to local television and radio stations.  Also check:
www.rcps.info
Twitter: @RoanokeSchools
www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Inclement Weather Hotline at 853-2006.
CCAP success story
December 11, 2013
Nelson Amaya moved to America from Honduras 4 years ago.  He graduated from William Fleming last year and today is in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) at Virginia Western Community College.  "This program is saving me and my family thousands of dollars.  Without this program, college wouldn't be a reality," said Amaya.  Could you be the next CCAP success story?  To learn more about CCAP and for an application, click here.
William Fleming receives state grant
December 18, 2013
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded a grant to William Fleming High School to support the Y Street teen volunteer group.  Y Street promotes healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle for teenagers in Virginia.  Fleming's DECA chapter will use the money to fund field trips, various club activities, and community outreach projects. 
Can we be friends?
December 30, 2013
Roanoke City Public Schools has a strong presence on social media.  We invite you to join us on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow us on Twitter @RoanokeSchools and www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools for Facebook.
VH1 Announcement
December 9, 2013
It is certainly music to our ears.  VH1 Save the Music Foundation has agreed to buy instruments to jump start music programs in all of our elementary schools next year. Currently, there are VH1 Save the Music Foundation programs in 12 of our schools.  This announcement will bring that number to 17.  To date, VH1 Save the Music Foundation has purchased $350,000 worth of instruments for Roanoke students.
District Christmas cards
December 17, 2013
We don't have to look very far to find our Christmas cards.  Every year, the Superintendent holds a student contest to design the district's Christmas cards.  This year, Dr. Bishop chose art work by three Roanoke Academy students. They are Montay Logan, Nariyah Meade, and John Smith, all second graders.  This year's card features three penguins skating.
New chapter at Virginia Heights
December 10, 2013
There are not too many things in life that are free, but a library card is one of them.  With that in mind, Roanoke Public Libraries and Virginia Heights Elementary have joined forces to encourage more students to get a library card.  A librarian has visited the school several times to show students the benefits of the library.  The new program is working.  So far, nearly 70 students have signed up for a library card.
Roanoke's Christmas parade
December 14, 2013
Thousands turned out for Roanoke's annual Christmas parade and RCPS was well represented.  Participants included William Fleming High School's Marching Band, Step Team, and ROTC.  Patrick Henry High School had its marching band and JROTC.  The band from Lucy Addison Middle School (pictured) also wowed the crowd.  Great job everyone.
Recycled Christmas Tree
December 12, 2013
It may not look green, but the Christmas tree at Fishburn Park Elementary is still green, just in a different way.  Staff and students have made a tree completely out of recycled materials.  The stem is a PVC pipe, the branches are soda cans.  The decorations consist of straws, puzzles pieces, and soda tabs for garland.  It shows Fishburn Park is living up to its mission, protecting the environment.
Making spirits bright
December 11, 2013
A hospital is the last place you would want to be during the holidays but some don't have a choice.  That's why the school system's Student Leadership Team brought Christmas cheer to sick kids at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital.  Students sang carols, read poetry, and handed out treats to the patients.  Despite their obvious pain, the performance brought big smiles to many of the children.
Holiday/Winter Concerts Schedule
December 1, 2013

This is the final week for Holiday/Winter Concerts.  We hope you've enjoyed the ones so far.  Our students are doing a great job.  If you are looking for a list of performances for this week, click here  Enjoy and Happy Holidays.


Safety Patrol
December 9, 2013
Safety is a big priority at Hurt Park Elementary and the school uses students to fulfill that mission.  Hurt Park has a safety patrol.  Members have various responsibilities, including greeting other students and encouraging them to get to class quickly.  They also take part in a number of community service projects and assist at parent nights.
Colonial Day at Highland Park
December 6, 2013
It was like stepping back in time Friday at Highland Park Elementary.  The school held the 2nd annual Colonial Day celebration.  Students in 4th grade dressed up in periods costumes, wrote Calligraphy, and played games that were popular during the Colonial period.  Not to mention they had great food like peach cobbler.  Students certainly had a lot of fun but also learned plenty about Virginia Studies.
Turkey Bowl
December 5, 2013
Crystal Spring Elementary proved it's better late than never.  Bad weather forced the school to move its annual Turkey Bowl twice.  Teachers, students, and parents cheered as 4th and 5th grade held their annual tag football game Thursday.  The fundraiser for the Rescue Mission took in more than $2,850 this year.  Since it started 7 years ago, the Turkey Bowl has raised $20,000 for the homeless shelter.
Multiculturalism at Monterey
December 5, 2013
Diversity is our strength here at Roanoke City Public Schools.  A good example is at Monterey Elementary where 16 countries are represented.  Every year, the school puts on a Multicultural Day.  The goal is to teach students about different cultures and create a better understanding of our community.  They visited different stages to play music, make art projects, and eat plenty of ethnic foods. 
Patrick Henry H.S. student heading to Liberty Bowl
December 4, 2013
Ammie Cook, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, will be spending New Years Eve in Memphis, TN.  Ammie has been chosen by America's Homecoming Queen organization to represent Virginia at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.  Ammie will visit sick children at St. Jude's Hospital, march in a parade, and participate in the half-time show at the football game. 
Read all about it
December 3, 2013
Students at 8 of our schools are receiving free books thanks to the "Reading is Fundamental" grant.  Reading is Fundamental is a children's literacy group.  Its mission is to make sure all children have access to books and to discover the joys and value of reading.  Students at each site choose their own book, which they get to keep.  This year, Macy's funded the grant.
Her name was Lola...
December 3, 2013
THIS WEEKEND:  Many high schools stage a musical in the spring but Patrick Henry High School is doing something a little different.  The Chamber Choir and Jazz Band are performing a winter musical, Barry Manilow's "Copacabana."  You can catch the show Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in PH's Auditorium.  Cost is $10, $5 for adults. 
NASA visits Jackson Middle
November 27, 2013
Are they up for the challenge?  NASA thinks so.  A representative from NASA visited Stonewall Jackson Middle School's 21st Century Program.  Students are competing in the STEM Challenge sponsored by NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Education.  One challenge asks students to come up with a way to parachute a spacecraft on to Mars.  The NASA representative watched as students tested their parachutes.
We are thankful for....
November 26, 2013
to our students and staff who truly care about people.  There may be no better example than the food drive for the Salvation Army. 15 of our schools collected non-perishable food items.  Stonewall Jackson Middle took in more than 1,900 alone!  All donations will help needy families throughout the holiday season.  Thanks to everyone who worked and donated to this worthy cause.
Interactive field trip to Transportation Museum
November 26, 2013
There is an app for that!  RCPS joined forces with the Virginia Museum of Transportation for an interactive learning experience for 7th grade U.S. History students.  At the museum, they borrowed Samsung Galaxy tablets with a custom made app.  Students learned about transportation and Roanoke history.  They made videos, and even took part in a scavenger hunt.  The program touched on 15 different SOL's.
The scoop on Crystal Spring
November 21, 2013
Crystal Spring Elementary teachers are trading their pens and pencils for an ice cream scooper.  They're taking part in a celebrity scoop night at Maggie Moo's in Roanoke.  For four Thursday nights, teachers serve ice cream to customers.  In return, the store donates a percentage of the sales to Crystal Spring.  These teachers will be scooping one more time; Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ending bullying
November 20, 2013
There are fewer strangers at Patrick Henry High School.  SGA, Key Club, and the school newspaper teamed up to have "Mix It Up Day."  At lunch, students were encouraged to sit with someone they've never met before, like the two in this picture.  The exercise created good conversation, new friendships, and a better understanding of one another.  School leaders hope this will result in less bullying.
Grandparents Day
November 22, 2013
Students at Fishburn Park Elementary invited their grandparents and special friends to school.  They toured classrooms, browsed a book fair, and ate cookies together.  Many of the students presented their art work to the guests.  One set of grandparents traveled all the way from Texas for this special day.
Feeding the needy
November 20, 2013
You could say our students stepped up to the "plate."  For the past 15 years, ROTEC and Patrick Henry High School students have collected food for the needy at Thanksgiving.  This year, the total amount was 2,300 pounds of non-perishable items.  Health and Medical Sciences students boxed it all up at the Elks Lodge.  It was delivered to 100 area families just in time for Thanksgiving.
Thank you teachers and staff!
November 19, 2013
We want to say thank you to everyone who donated to the United Way Campaign.  60% of our staff donated to the United Way this year.  Seven schools had a 100% participation rate!  They are Noel C. Taylor, Monterey, Roanoke Academy, Madison Middle, Westside, Round Hill, and Forest Park.  Monterey received a visit from Miss Virginia.  The six other schools got cookies and milk as a thank you.  Thanks to the Culinary Arts students from ROTEC for baking the delicious treats.
Jackson Middle blasts off with NASA
November 19, 2013
How do you parachute on to Mars?  The answer may be at Stonewall Jackson Middle School's 21st Century Program.  The school is one of just 8 in Virginia selected to participate in the STEM Challenge sponsored by NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Education.  The goal is to look for future scientists and engineers.  In addition to coming up with a way to parachute a spacecraft on to Mars, students also need to develop a game for play aboard the International Space Station. 
Let The Music Play....
November 18, 2013
The "Fairview Rockers" are now rappers.  Recording artist Toni Blackman from New York City visited Roanoke to work with students at Fairview Elementary.  Thanks to the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, students are writing their own music with the help of Ms. Blackman.  She believes rap is a tool to make the world a better place.  Later this year, students will record their rap song onto a CD. 
Balanced Scorecard 2012-2013
November 13, 2013
Call it a report card of sorts for Roanoke City Public Schools.  What is our graduation rate?  How many students took AP Tests? What is our volunteer hours?  How many tons are we composting?  What is 9th grade retention like?  They are all answered in the 2012-2013 Balanced Scorecard.  Click here to see it.
Ghosts haunt William Fleming's stage
November 13, 2013
Thanks to everyone who came out to see "Gramercy Ghost" at William Fleming High School.   It is about a woman who inherits a ghost in her landlady's will.  She is the only one who can see the ghost, creating total mayhem. 
Take Your Legislator to School
November 18, 2013
November is "Take Your Legislator to School Month."  The goal is to promote a closer relationship between public education and the Virginia State Legislature.  It is also a chance for students to interact with elected officials and learn about the important roles and responsibilities of Virginia General Assembly members.  So far, Delegate Greg Habeeb, Delegate Onzlee Ware, Senator Ralph Smith, and Senator John Edwards have visited Roanoke schools this month.
Friday Football
August 29, 2013
Congratulations to the Patrick Henry High School Football Team on a great season. The Patriots fell to Forest Park High School 21 to 6.  This was the first football playoff game Patrick Henry has hosted since 1985 and it was certainly a wet one.  Thank you to all the PH fans who came out in the pouring rain to support the team.

Fire Prevention Week Art Contest Winners
November 13, 2013
Roanoke Fire-EMS held its annual Fire Prevention Week Art Contest.  This year's theme was preventing kitchen fires.  17 Roanoke City students were honored at a party at Fire Station #5.  The winners received a gift bag and dinner complete with pizza and cake!  Congratulations to all the winners.  To see more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Poetry Recital
November 14, 2013
Highland Park Elementary is full of poets!  The school held a poetry recital for 3rd graders in the gifted program.  Students had to pick a favorite poem and memorize it.  The goal is for students to work on their oral presenting skills and become more comfortable with language.  The recitals have become so popular the school now holds several a year.
Man's best reader?
November 12, 2013
They're not only man's best friend, but dogs are also good listeners.  Twice a month, Duncan from Therapets visits Lincoln Terrace Elementary.  He's a reading buddy to about 10 students.  It is a chance for them to practice their reading skills and gain self-esteem as well as confidence.  A similar program at Addison Middle has shown therapy dogs help students make major strides with their reading.
Proposed Attendance Zone Changes
October 23, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board is considering making some minor changes to attendance zones.  If approved, this would impact fewer than 30 students.  The School Board has now conducted two public hearings.  Members are expected to vote on the proposal in January.  Click here to see the proposed changes.


American Classic comes to Patrick Henry Stage
November 5, 2013
Thanks to everyone who came out to see Patrick Henry High School Theatre Department's production of "Twelve Angry Jurors," an adaptation of the classic 1957 teleplay "Twelve Angry Men." 
Veterans Day
November 11, 2013
It is the day we set aside to honor the brave men and women who defend our country.  Veterans Day celebrations included a flag raising and retirement ceremony by William Fleming High School's ROTC. Many of our schools also held Veterans Day programs throughout the week.  It is our students way of saying thank you to all of our Veterans.
Customer Satisfaction Survey
October 10, 2013
FINAL WEEK:  Roanoke City Public Schools is conducting a Parent/Guardian Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Your feedback will help us serve you and your child/children better. The survey is in English and Spanish.  If you would like a paper version of the survey, please call 853-2816.
English Version
Spanish Version

Honoring our veterans
November 7, 2013
Sometimes a simple thank you can go a long way.  With that in mind, several Roanoke Schools participated in a project to honor our veterans.  On Veterans Day, Golden Corral in Roanoke offered free meals to the men and women who served our country.  Each vet also received a thank you note or special artwork from one of our studentsPictured is a Fairview Elementary student.
Science Museum hits the road
November 4, 2013
What does a guitar have to do with science?  Plenty.  The Science Museum of Western Virginia is visiting elementary schools teaching students about forces.  They include hands on lessons about moving air, gravity, and magnetism, all of which are on the Standards of Learning (SOL).  On Monday, museum volunteers visited first graders at Fairview Elementary. 
Charity Game
November 6, 2013
Everyone came out a winner at the video game marathon.  Students from the Technology Student Association at William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools played video games for 24 hours.  It was all for a good cause, the Children's Miracle Network at Carilion Clinic.  The students raised more than $1,700 and all of that money stays in the Roanoke Valley.
Miss Virginia visits Monterey
November 1, 2013
Desiree Williams was crowned Miss Virginia in June.  Last week, she made her first school visit and it was Monterey Elementary.  Miss Virginia spoke to more than 500 students about eating and staying healthy.  Monterey won the appearance because 100% of its staff participated in the United Way Campaign.  A big thank you to Miss Virginia for donating her time.
Breckinridge Stands Up to Cancer
October 31, 2013
Got a penny or two?  James Breckinridge Middle could use it.  The Girls Volleyball Team is raising money for breast cancer research.  The players are having a friendly competition to see which class can bring in the most pennies.  All donations will go to the local chapter of Susan G. Komen.  The players are also sporting special pink jerseys to wear during the games.
Curt Baker appointed Superintendent in PA
October 30, 2013
Deputy Superintendent Curt Baker has been appointed to be the next superintendent of Moon Area Schools in Pennsylvania.  He will accept that position, pending state approval and finalization of a contract.  Baker joined RCPS in 2007 and oversaw finance and operations.  "This is really a bitter sweet situation.  I love it here, it's going to be hard to leave," said Baker. 
Red Ribbon Week Winners
October 29, 2013
The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) has announced the winners for this year's Red Ribbon Week Contest.  Garden City Elementary won 1st place.  The school will receive $250.  Hurt Park Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Middle won "Spirit of Red Ribbon Week." Both will receive $100.  Congratulations to the winners.
Happy Halloween
October 31, 2013
There were plenty of ghosts, goblins, witches, cats, and superheros at our schools on Halloween.  We're not just talking about the kids, many of the teachers also got into the fun. There were some really cute costumes, and scary ones too.  We've posted a bunch of pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Snow plow winner
October 28, 2013
Fallon Park Elementary has more of a reason to look forward to a snow day.  The school has won the People's Choice Award for the snow plow project.  12 of our schools decorated snow plows for the city's Public Works Department.  We then had an online contest to determine a fan favorite.  More than 3,000 voted and Fallon Park was declared the winner.  The Fallon students who worked on the project will receive a pizza party sponsored by the Roanoke Arts Commission.
Fleming student saves teacher's life
October 25, 2013
His nickname around school is hero.  Kenny Reynolds, a freshmen at William Fleming H.S., recently saved his teacher's life.  Cathy Dickenson was choking on her lunch when Kenny sprung into action, performing the heimlich maneuver.  Amazingly, he just learned how to do it in Health class the week before.  "He was really mature.  I can't stress that enough.  He really saved my life," said Dickenson.
Did You know?
October 24, 2013
We currently have the largest class ever enrolled in the Community College Access Program (CCAP) at 108!  CCAP allows graduates of RCPS, who meet certain criteria, to attend Virginia Western Community College tuition free.  Since the program started in 2009, more than 200 of our students have attended VWCC.
RCPS Walking Challenge
October 22, 2013
It is week 5 of the annual Walking Challenge.  It is a 8 week program that encourages staff to walk 10,000 steps-a-day.  Jennifer Oliver and Rhonda Swanson of Garden City Elementary are big believers in the challenge.  Oliver (left) lost 50 pounds, partly because she walks more.  "I'm more energetic, I'm in shape.  I feel better about myself," said Oliver.
Red Ribbon Week
October 21, 2013
We saw some great examples demonstrating the importance of Red Ribbon Week.  It is an annual nationwide campaign to teach students to stay away from drugs.  Activities took place all week at our schools.  Students at Woodrow Wilson Middle had to fold a piece of paper wearing boxing gloves.  It was designed to show them what it's like being impaired using drugs or alcohol.
United Way Campaign
October 13, 2013
Thank you to all who donated to the annual United Way Campaign.  We couldn't do it without you!  Congratulations to Monterey Elementary.  It was the first elementary or middle school to get 100% of the staff to donate.  Monterey will now receive a visit from Miss Virginia.  Five additional schools had 100% staff participation.  They will all receive a prize as well.
VOTE HERE FOR FAVORITE SNOW PLOW!
October 15, 2013
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.  We will announce the winner Monday.  More than 3,000 voted for their favorite snow plow.  12 of our schools decorated snow plows for Roanoke's Public Works Department.  We had an online contest to see which snow plow was the favorite with the public.
Mr. Smith goes to Preston Park
October 17, 2013
The voters have spoken!  Preston Park Elementary is one of the few to have a Student Council Association (SCA) for elementary students.  On Thursday, the school gathered to install new student officers.  State Senator Ralph Smith, who went to Preston Park as a child, was the keynote speaker.  SCA members work on various community service projects during the school year.
Substitute Teacher / Teacher Aide Information Sessions
October 7, 2013
Learn how to become a Substitute Teacher or Instructional Aide for Roanoke City Public Schools at one of our available information sessions on October 23rd!  Two sessions will be held and each session should last approximately an hour. Click HERE for more information and to register to attend.

Garden Groundbreaking
October 15, 2013
The seed has been planted at James Madison Middle.  Virginia Western Community College, RCPS, Roanoke City, and state leaders gathered to break ground on an outdoor learning center and garden at Madison.  The Food for Thought Program will teach middle school students to make healthy choices.  The learning center will include an outdoor classroom, raised garden beds and fruit trees, a greenhouse, water conservation, and an amphitheater.
Real Men Read
October 16, 2013
Reading isn't just for girls.  To prove it, Lincoln Terrace Elementary held the first ever Real Men Read program.  Various men from all walks of life came and read to all students.  Readers included the mayor, council members, business leaders, firefighters, and local TV personalities.  The goal is to get boys excited about reading.  It was so successful, Lincoln Terrace plans to make it a monthly program.
Round Hill's new gym
October 14, 2013
Call it a slam dunk!  Round Hill Elementary's new membrane gymnasium is already a big hit with staff and students.  In the past, the school had gym classes in the cafeteria or a modular unit.  The school also has a new playground and additional parking.  This is the 1st phase of major renovations planned for Round Hill.  Next summer, the school will get a new cafeteria, kitchen, and classrooms.
The Monterey Players
October 9, 2013
You could say the SOL's took center stage at Monterey Elementary.  Roanoke Children's Theatre conducted acting workshops in several classes.  It was a chance for students to put together a play about the Jamestown Settlement; something they need to know for Virginia Studies.  Students practiced their lines and some made their own costumes before they raised the curtain on their production.
All in the family
October 9, 2013
When you are at Lincoln Terrace Elementary, you are part of the family.  Once a month, the school holds a Family Night to get parents involved in their child's school.  October's Family Night focused on literacy.  Students got free books, made bookmarks, and had the chance to sign up for a library card.  In the school's library, big kids read to the little ones.
Graduation rate at all time high
October 8, 2013
Roanoke's On-Time Graduation Rate is now more than 80%.  Pretty remarkable when you consider five years ago, the city's graduation rate stood at 59%.  "This is an outstanding achievement that everyone in Roanoke should be proud of.  A lot of people, particularly Dr. Julie Drewry and her team, have worked hard to help our students stay on track and graduate on time.  But there is still work to be done and we will not rest until that number is even higher," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
Walking Challenge
October 7, 2013
The Annual RCPS Walking Challenge has gotten off on the right foot.  The 8-week campaign encourages employees to walk 10,000 Steps-a-Day.  Research shows that walking that much per day can help you lose weight and improve your heart health.  More than 500 employees are participating this year, and after the 2nd week, Garden City Elementary is in the lead.  It is still early in the competition so get walking.
RCPS Snow Patrol
September 17, 2013
They're finished!  Thanks to the Roanoke Arts Commission, 12 of our schools have decorated snow plows for the Public Works Department.  These works of art demonstrate a winter scene.  The goal of the project is to engage all of Roanoke in the arts.  Forest Park Academy's (pictured) features the school's mascot.
Hurt Park's new playground
October 3, 2013
The days of sandboxes and a few metal slides are over.  Just take a look at the new playground at Hurt Park Elementary.  It features more slides, climbing bars, and even a few drums.  The playground is designed to be fun, educational, and encourage fitness.  In the last five years, the school system has replaced more than a dozen playgrounds at its schools. 
Fleming fight song winners
October 2, 2013
The Colonels didn't have to look far to find a new fight song.  William Fleming High School held a contest to see who could come up with a new school anthem.  The judges have selected pieces from Broddie Thompson and Kenny Basham; both members of Fleming's Marching Band.  Their selections have been combined into one arrangement.  The new fight song debuted at Friday night's football game.
Future Firefighters?
October 1, 2013
As elementary students, they visited the fire station to learn about fire dangers.  As high school students, they are now returning for career opportunities.  Roanoke Fire-EMS and Jefferson College of Health Sciences hosted 32 students from William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools.  It was a chance for them to see first-hand what it takes to be a firefighter and EMT. 
Crystal Prowls
September 30, 2013
Don't mess with a tiger.  Crystal Spring Elementary held its first ever Prowlathon, a PTA walkathon to raise money for the school.  Students got pledges and then walked around the school's field.  The fundraiser brought in $20,000.  Not bad since the goal was $17,000.  Crystal Spring will use that money to buy technology.  The classroom that raised the most money will now get to name the Tiger Mascot.
Did You Know?
September 13, 2013
Middle school athletics continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Two years ago, Roanoke City Public Schools put a real emphasis on sports at the middle school level.  As a result, more than 1,300 students are now participating in middle school athletics.  RCPS offers 16 different middle school sports, everything from cross country to wrestling.  Now you know!
More musicians
September 25, 2013
We can't sing its praises enough.  This school year, VH1 Save the Music Foundation has donated instruments to Preston Park Elementary and Fallon Park Elementary.  VH1 is now in 12 of our schools and has donated $350,000 worth of instruments to Roanoke in the last 6 years.  "Our music programs have grown by leaps and bounds thanks to VH1," said Fine Arts Coordinator Cari Gates.
Fall Festival
September 26, 2013
You know fall has arrived when Westside Elementary holds its Fall Festival.  Hundreds of parents, students, and teachers turned out for the annual event last week.  Westside's Debate and Step Teams first performed for everyone in the cafeteria.  Students and parents were then treated to fun games, face painting, and snacks.  More pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Bike Club
September 24, 2013
It is one of the most popular clubs at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.  Every Monday, students stay after school for bike club.  They fix-up donated bikes, which they get to keep.  Officer Goad of the Roanoke City Police Dept. teaches them the rules of the road and the importance of community service.  During the school year, students pick-up trash, rake leaves, and visit a nearby nursing home.
State Accreditation Status
September 20, 2013
The VDOE has released school accreditation results. This year RCPS has 7 elementary schools and one high school that are “Accredited with Warning.” All other schools in Roanoke are “Fully Accredited.” Only 36 out of 132 school divisions in Virginia have all their schools accredited. It has been a very difficult year with respect to reading and writing assessments throughout Virginia.  Click here for a full explanation about our results and what RCPS is doing about it.

Football Tweets
September 18, 2013
Can't see your favorite football team but still want the score?  We've got you covered.  All you have to do is follow us on Twitter.  We are now live tweeting during Patrick Henry and William Fleming High School football games.  Follow us on Twitter @RoanokeSchools 
Lock-down drills
September 19, 2013
A new Virginia law requires all schools to have at least two lock-down drills a year.  They must conduct one in September and one in January.  Each of our schools are notifying parents about the drills either through a robo call or a letter home.  Roanoke Academy (RAMS) held its drill last week.  Teachers turned off the lights and the students hid in a part of the building.
Westside at Henry Street Festival
September 22, 2013
They were the hit of the Henry Street Festival.  On Saturday, Westside Elementary's Step Team wowed the crowd at the annual event sponsored by the Harrison Museum.  The festival was moved indoors because of the rain but the Step Team performed beautifully. 
Gold Star Teachers
September 18, 2013
Kim Elliott and Megan Faulring sure are a good bet.  These Patrick Henry High School teachers are the 2012-2013 recipients of the Gold Star Teacher Award.  Together, they had an overall pass rate of 91% for all students tested on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Examination in Economics and Personal Finance.  W!SE helps to develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workplace.
Colonels Contest
September 5, 2013
The William Fleming High School fight song you've been accustomed to hearing at football games won't be played now or in the future.  The fight song is the intellectual property of a former employee who wishes not to have it played at Fleming again.  We're having a contest to see who can come up with a new fight song.  The winner will receive $300.  For full contest details and rules, click HERE.
Oliver Hill's legacy lives on
September 16, 2013
Roanoke's historic Oliver Hill House is up and running again.  Oliver Hill was a famous civil rights attorney who helped to end the doctrine of "separate but equal."  The school system has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to hold an out of school mentoring program at the Oliver Hill House.  Currently, 33 students are enrolled from four elementary schools.  They receive help with their homework, play games, and get plenty of one on one attention from their mentor.
FREE SAT Prep Class
September 10, 2013
Getting ready to take the SAT and need help?  RCPS is offering a Princeton Review SAT Preparation Course for students of Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  The course will be held on Saturdays beginning October 5 and ending November 24.  The course is FREE.  See your school counselor to sign up and to get more details.
Healthy Eating
September 12, 2013
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  RCPS is combating the problem with healthier food choices.  For example, at breakfast, students are served egg beaters, turkey bacon, wheat biscuits, and fruit.  Milk is either skim or 1%.  A healthy breakfast containing protein and fiber can help students feel full and focused for their school day.
PH Band performs at NASCAR event
September 11, 2013
The Patrick Henry High School Marching Band was firing on all cylinders last week.  The Patriots were invited to perform at a NASCAR pep rally in downtown Roanoke featuring NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne.  The band performed several numbers, including the National Anthem.  The Martinsville Speedway plans to give the band money for its trip to Hawaii.
RCPS Weather Report
September 9, 2013
Students and staff at many of our schools don't have to go far to get the latest weather forecast. RCPS and Virginia Tech's Department of Meteorology have teamed up to install weather stations at 13 schools.  Students can get real time data on things like temperature, wind speed, and rain fall.  This is all part of a Virginia Tech project to study urban weather patterns.  During some of the installations, VT brought its mobile weather car for students to tour. 
Patriot Day
September 11, 2013
All across America, people remembered and honored the victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.  It was Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  At Fishburn Park Elementary, teachers and staff are proudly wearing red, white, and blue to show their patriotism.
Concert for a Cause
September 8, 2013
They were a huge hit.  Sunday night, the Panamania Steel Drum Band performed a free concert at Virginia Heights Baptist Church.  Proceeds from concessions will benefit the Pack-a-Snack Program at four of our elementary schools.  The program is run by Congregations In Action (CIA).  The principals of each school served the food, helping to raise $613. Thanks to the band and everyone who donated.
RCPS launches new security measures
August 28, 2013
Student safety is always our first priority.  With that in mind, Roanoke City Public Schools launched a new district-wide Visitor Management System.  This system will improve security because it allows us to identify who exactly is in our buildings and why.  After showing a picture ID, visitors will receive a badge that changes color once it expires. 
2013-2014 Parent Handbook
September 4, 2013
The 2013-2014 Parent Handbook has been sent home with students.  This year, we are using high resolution pictures which gives the handbook a more professional look.  We've also added the main phone numbers to each of our schools to make it easier to call your child's school.  We're now working to translate the handbook into Spanish for families of English Language Learners (ELL).
Open House for Virginia Heights
September 3, 2013
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Open House at Virginia Heights Elementary.  It was a chance for parents, students, teachers, and the community to see the recent renovations to the school.  Virginia Heights has 5 new classrooms, a new library, a new multi-purpose room, and the old modular classroom out back is gone.  More pics of the Open House, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Colors at Crystal
September 4, 2013
Brown was the "it" color at Crystal Spring Elementary last week.  No, it's not because fall is coming.  It is to help out the kindergarten students.  Students and staff wore a different color each day to help the kindergartners learn the colors.  It has become so popular at Crystal Spring, even parents get into the act.
Help from Hollins
September 3, 2013
They're used to being graded, but last week, students from Hollins University were doing the grading.  A group of college students volunteered at Breckinridge Middle as part of Hollins University's "Day of Service."  At Breckinridge, volunteers graded papers, decorated bulletin boards, and tutored students on Spanish.  "Day of Service" is an opportunity for Hollins students to link with their host community.
Painting the Park
August 31, 2013
A labor of love over the Labor Day weekend.  Saturday, about 30 Highland Park Elementary students took part in the Parks & Arts Program at Highland Park.  Parks & Arts is a new city-wide initiative to celebrate Roanoke's  neighborhoods. Students spread out around the park and painted or drew what they saw!  Their work will be on display at HIT'S Ice Cream.
Important Food Information
August 16, 2013
Access to school meal information is available online.
Click
HERE to apply online for Free and Reduced Meals
Click
HERE to add money to student’s accounts for lunch and breakfast.
Open House for Garden City
August 15, 2013
Thank you to everyone who came out to Garden City Elementary's Open House.  The school was extensively renovated this summer.  Sixteen classrooms received a modern makeover.  Garden City also has a new kitchen, a remodeled cafeteria, and a new gym floor.  Parents, students, teachers, alumni, and community members came out to see the renovations.
Science is cool
August 28, 2013
You could say the heat is rising at Virginia Heights Elementary, after 4th graders made their own thermometers!  It is a way for students to have fun and to create a better understanding of how our weather works.  When asked what the temperature could affect, one student replied "play time."  Students will be able to take their creations home.
We need laptops!
August 20, 2013
Have an old laptop?  We could use it!  Roanoke City Public Schools is collecting used laptops to put in the hands of students who don't have a computer at home.  Laptops don't have to have internet access.  To donate, please call 853-2381. Thanks for your help!
Dance Contestant visits RCPS
August 27, 2013
"So You Think You Can Dance" contestant Asher Walker visited William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools. The Franklin County native (center) conducted a master class for dance students at both high schools.  Walker taught different dance moves, including Hip Hop.  Walker was on the hit FOX show in 2011.
Going Green
August 23, 2013
All of our schools will be composting this year!  Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.  Last school year, RCPS composted 300 tons!  With 100% of our schools now composting, that number will certainly rise.  Thanks to teachers and students for being good environment stewards!
Second Week of School
August 26, 2013
Hard to believe, but we are in the second week of school.  Just a few reminders for parents: Please return all necessary paper work to your school, including media release forms.  We want to highlight some of the great things your children are doing, but can't until that form is signed.  Also, if you have any transportation issues, please call 853-2807. 
Back-to-School Information Center
July 19, 2013
Once again, we will have our Transportation Hotline up and running this week.  If you have specific questions/issues about Transportation, please call 853-2807.  You will be able to talk to a live person from 6 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  Our Back-to-School page has a lot of useful information, including bus routes, Here is the link: http://backtoschool2013.rcps.info/ 
Terrific Teachers
August 22, 2013
Our teachers are some of the best.  This week, we've been visiting schools to highlight the great work of our teachers. They are dedicated, hardworking, and judging by this picture, very caring.  We salute all of you.  To see more teachers in action, check out our facebook page, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Meet Hurt Park's new leader
August 18, 2013
You could call her a veteran.  Theresa Kabath is entering her 20th year as an educator.  She is the new principal at Hurt Park Elementary.  Before that, she spent many years in Pulaski County.  Kabath's goal for Hurt Park is excellence.  She says her responsibility is to provide the support and resources to encourage students to excel academically, socially, and behaviorally.  Welcome to RCPS!
Meet Round Hill's new principal
August 14, 2013
The new principal at Round Hill Elementary is a familiar face.  Cory Hawks was an Assistant Principal at Fairview Elementary for 3 years.  He takes over Round Hill at an exciting time.  The school is getting a new gym, and major renovations are planned for next year.  "Our mission is to challenge students to achieve academically and to help them develop the social skills and habits of character that will promote current and future well being," said Hawks.
First Day of School
August 19, 2013
The 2013-2014 school year is officially underway!  RCPS welcomed back more than 13,000 students last week.  Teachers and students were especially excited at Garden City Elementary and Virginia Heights Elementary.  Those two schools saw major renovations project this past summer. More pictures of the first day, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Meet Monterey's new leader
August 15, 2013
She's done a little bit of everything.  During her ten years in education, Morgan Johnson has been a teacher, coach, and a coordinator.  She is now the acting principal at Monterey Elementary.  Johnson says the school's theme this year is "never doubt."  She wants her teachers and staff to never doubt that they can make a difference in the lives of students everyday.
Summer School Graduation
August 16, 2013
The class of 2013 is growing!  Friday, nearly 50 students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools picked up their diplomas after completing Summer School.  We congratulate all the new graduates.  We have a lot more pictures from the ceremony at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Moving Day at Virginia Heights
August 13, 2013
It's like having a brand new school.  Teachers and staff are getting their first look at the major renovations to Virginia Heights Elementary.  The school has new classrooms, an art room, library, and multi-purpose room.  Teachers are now busy unpacking and getting the school ready for the first day of school.  "We can't wait to see the children's reaction when they walk through the doors Monday," said Principal Linda Butts. 
Convocation 2013
August 12, 2013
"You Make a Difference!"  That's was the theme as Roanoke City Public Schools welcomed back more than 2,000 teachers and staff at its annual Convocation at the Roanoke Civic Center.  This year's speakers included School Board Chairman Todd Putney and Jefferson College of Health Sciences President N.L. Bishop.  Five of our principals also shared stories of how teachers have touched the life of a child, proving teachers can make a difference.
Back-to-School Extravaganza
August 1, 2013
Our Back-to-School Extravaganza was a huge success.  Nearly 3,000 people showed up at William Fleming High School to get free school supplies, free immunizations, and important forms.  It was also a chance for folks to meet their principals for the upcoming school year.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, especially William Fleming's football team, Fleming's JROTC, and Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) for doing face painting.
Honoring Coach Rudy Dillard
August 7, 2013
About a 100 people came out to honor the life of Rudy Dillard.  The long-time track coach at William Fleming High School passed away last week.  Teachers, students, graduates of WF, and family members gathered on the track for a "Memory Walk."  The crowd shared fond memories and released balloons.  Coach Dillard will certainly be missed.
Important Information for Rising 6th Grade Students
June 17, 2013
Before your child can enter middle school, they must have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccination, if at least five years have passed since the last tetanus shot.  For a full explanation and information on where to get free immunizations, please click here.
When does school start?
June 3, 2013
We're just a week away from the start of school.  Teachers are already back, working hard in their classrooms, getting ready for the big day.  Students will begin the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, August 19, 2013.  We're looking forward to a great year!
Q99's Pack the Bus
July 15, 2013
This year's Pack the Bus was a great success.  Thanks to Q99, Walmart, Pepsi, and everyone who donated school supplies.  You guys rock!  Our principals and administrators had a blast purcashing pens, pencils, crayons, etc.  If you still want to donate, we have collection boxes at Central Office and Ruffner.  More pictures from Pack the Bus at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Summer Construction Update
July 23, 2013
Several of our schools are getting a modern makeover this summer.  Major projects include Garden City Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, and Virginia Heights Elementary.  Among the smaller projects are new gym surfaces at Jackson Middle and Lincoln Terrace Elementary.  Right now, it will be down to the wire but most of the projects should be completed by the first day of school.
RCPS+ was a huge success
June 18, 2013
Our new six week summer enrichment program has come to an end.  RCPS+ had a heavy focus on reading, writing, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)More than 2,000 students took part in RCPS+.  One person wrote "it was a wonderful program.  Major kudos to all who made it happen."  We have many great pictures of RCPS+ at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
New athletic director at William Fleming
July 16, 2013
A big welcome to T.J. "Shep" Shepardson, the new athletic director at William Fleming High School.  He has spent the last 16 years in education, coaching tennis, track, baseball, soccer, and basketball.  "I look forward to meeting the community as we increase pride here at William Fleming and I can't wait to work with coaches and players to win a number of District Championships," said Shepardson.
U.S. Senator visits RCPS+
July 22, 2013
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Westside Elementary to see what RCPS+ is all about.  Kaine had lunch with some teachers, spoke to rising 5th graders about leadership, read to rising 1st graders, and saw some students put together robots.  At the end, teachers and students gave Senator Kaine a Westside t-shirt.
Tweet Together
July 10, 2013
A lot of you have already liked us on Facebook.  It is now time to follow us on Twitter.  We've made it easy. There is a Twitter icon on the top left of this homepage.  Or just go to www.twitter.com/RoanokeSchools
RCPS+: STEM DAY
July 17, 2013
RCPS+ had a heavy emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). With that in mind, Junior Achievement sponsored STEM Day for middle school students.  It was a chance for students to get excited and learn about scientific careers.  They saw demonstrations from nurses, paramedics, utility workers, and microbiologists.
RCPS+ Info.
June 7, 2013
RCPS+ is a six-week program, that will have a heavy focus on mathematics, reading, and writing.  The program is for rising first graders through rising 9th graders.  Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided.  Click here to see the newest bus routes.  Learn more about the exciting activities offered during RCPS+ by clicking here.

Patrick Henry High School principal announced
June 24, 2013
A familiar face is now  the principal of Patrick Henry High School.  Joseph Jablonski officially took over the post on July 9th.  He was previously an assistant principal at PH.  "I look forward to working with students, teachers, and the community to continue the successes here at PH and take the school to the next level," said Jablonski.
Summer Construction
June 20, 2013
The sounds of hammers and nails can be heard at many of our schools this summer.  Major construction projects are taking place at four schools.  The gym at Lincoln Terrace Elementary is getting resurfaced.  Round Hill Elementary is actually getting a new gym.  Virginia Heights Elementary will soon have a new library, gym, and classrooms.  At Garden City Elementary, classrooms and the cafeteria are getting a modern look.
Roanoke College honors Doris Ennis
June 20, 2013
Congratulations to Doris Ennis.  She received the prestigious Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution Education Award at a luncheon at Roanoke College.  Every summer, the school hosts a training program for teachers and administrators that is named for Margaret Sue Copenhaver, a retired teacher from Richmond.  Each year, the Copenhaver Award is given to someone who exemplifies Copenhaver's commitment to education.
School Board Investiture
June 20, 2013
The City of Roanoke School Board Trustee Investiture Ceremony took place at the Roanoke City Courthouse. Suzanne Moore was reappointed to the school board to a 3rd term.  Annette Lewis was reappointed for her 2nd term.  William Hopkins, Jr. is the newest member to join the school board.  The swearing-in was conducted by the Honorable Clifford Weckstein.
Special Education Instructional Assistant Job Interview Event
June 12, 2013
RCPS will hold a Special Education Instructional Assistant Job Interview event will be held from 8:00am-12:00pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interested participants must register by July 3, 2013. Click here for more information.
United Way Day of Caring
June 21, 2013
Our employees give so much to the United Way and last week was a day for the United Way to give back.  Every year, the organization holds a Day of Caring. Volunteers from 25 different companies ventured out to places around the Roanoke Valley.  This year, a group spruced up Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  More pictures, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
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Pay raise for RCPS Employees
June 11, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board has approved a 2% pay raise for all RCPS Employees for the 2013-2014 School Year.  All employees will receive a step increase.  If the step increase is less than 2%, then the raise will be 2%.
Art Camp
June 13, 2013
The Taubman Museum of Art should take note, it may have a future artist in its midst.  Last week, RCPS held its annual Art Camp at the Taubman.  The first session had about 15 middle school students particpating.  They made their own art project; a community map of sorts that documents places that are important to them.   More pics, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Farewell Chairman David Carson
June 11, 2013
He is a great leader and will be missed.  That was said over and over again at David Carson's last School Board Meeting.  Mr. Carson was presented with a framed resolution from the School Board as well as gavel!  How appropriate since he is becoming a Circuit Court Judge.  Mr. Carson says he may be gone from the Board but he will continue to be a presence in the schools.
Leadership Conference 2013
June 10, 2013
For decades, Roanoke City Public Schools has held a Leadership Conference for principals and other administrators.  The goal is to look at new and current approaches that will take the school system to the next level.  The 3 day conference, held at William Fleming High School, focused on the latest technology in the classroom, what's new in data and testing, and techniques that work. 
Community Meeting for Patrick Henry Principal
June 5, 2013
More than 50 people came out to meet the two finalists for principal at Patrick Henry High School.  The audience had a chance to ask each candidate a serious of questions. The finalists are Kathy Duncan, Director of ROTEC, and Joe Jablonski, Vice Principal at PH.
Promoting healthy living
June 8, 2013
Horton Park was the place to be Saturday.  The PATH Coalition held a Community Day for Hurt Park Elementary students.  They were treated to plenty of fun activities and a bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The goal of the event was to promote healthy living.  It was so successful there are already plans to hold another Community Day next year.
Virginia Heights gets the sledgehammer
June 6, 2013
Virginia Heights Elementary has had a modular unit for nearly 15 years, not anymore.  Thursday, the principal and teachers gathered to watch the demolition of the modular unit.  Beforehand, they each got to swing the sledgehammer.  Construction will soon begin on 5 new classrooms, a library, a multi-purpose room, and an art room.  The $2.4 Million project is scheduled to be finished by the first day of school.
City of Roanoke honors David Carson
May 31, 2013
This was David Carson's last Commencement as chairman of the Roanoke City School Board.  Carson will step down in June to become a Circuit Court Judge.  During Patrick Henry High School's Graduation, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers presented Carson with a key to the City of Roanoke.  We appreciate Mr. Carson's years of service with RCPS.
Graduation 2013
May 28, 2013
We tip our hats to the Class of 2013 on a job well done!   William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools held Commencement Ceremonies at the Roanoke Civic Center.  Fleming handed out 301 diplomas, PH 416.  We want to congratulate all the graduates.  Plenty of pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Governor's Summer Residential Program
May 30, 2013
It will be a summer like no other for Joseph Lash and Ben Polk of Patrick Henry High School.  They both attend the Governor's School.  They've been accepted into the Governor's School Residential Program.  It provides gifted high school juniors and seniors, from across Virginia, with intensive educational experiences.  Congratulations to both for being selected for this prestigious program.
Forest Park Academy holds Graduation Ceremonies
May 29, 2013
You can now call them graduates!  Exactly 100 seniors picked up their diplomas at Forest Park Academy's Graduation at the Jefferson Center.  Forest Park is a school that helps students who have dropped out or are in danger of leaving school.  "Forest Park Academy is all about second chances," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
Public art created by RCPS students
May 29, 2013
The next time you drive down Williamson Road, you'll want to pay close attention.  Breckinridge Middle Art students have created a sculpture for the Williamson Road Library.  It is a 7 foot movable cube made out of 150 individual paintings of street signs.  More than 130 students worked on the project.  It will be located in front of the library for the next 18 months.
End of the school year fun
May 28, 2013
The last week of school is all about fun.  Bouncy inflatables, dunking booths, and limo rides are just some of the activities going on, before the last day of school Thursday.  We are trying to get to as many events as we can. You can check out a lot more pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Belk Service Day at Preston Park
May 28, 2013
Preston Park Elementary got a makeover of sorts.  About 55 employees from Roanoke's two Belk stores volunteered at the school last week.  They built picnic tables, book shelves, pulled weeds, and painted murals.  Belk Employees donated their time, the materials, and books for the school.  This is all part of Belk's 125th anniversary.  A big thank you to these volunteers.
Senior Day at Patrick Henry & William Fleming
May 24, 2013
Friday was all about the seniors at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  PH held a picnic at Salem Stadium, complete with hamburgers and hot dogs as well as a mechanical bull.  WF held a cookout inside the cafeteria.  It was supposed to be in the stadium but the high winds forced it inside.  More photos, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Remembering a beloved teacher
May 24, 2013
She was known for her kind heart and for mentoring countless young teachers.  Mary Ann Robinson passed away this school year.  She taught at Highland Park Elementary for 24 years.  Friday, teachers and students gathered to plant a tree in her honor.  Congregations In Action (CIA) donated the tree, which is located in front of the school.
Anti-Bullying Poster Contest Winners
May 22, 2013
How do you stop bullying?  Who better to ask than our students.  Each year, RCPS holds an Anti-Bullying Poster Contest for the elementary and middle schools.  This year's winners are Sarah Jones of Grandin Court Elementary and Jasmine Allinson (pictured) of Jackson Middle School.  Their posters will be reproduced and displayed in our schools.  More pics, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Young Authors
May 23, 2013
How do you get published at a young age?  Just ask the 1st graders in Michele Strayer's class at RAMS.  The students worked together to research, write, and illustrate a book about birds.  The goal is to get these kids excited about writing and for them to be proud of being published.  The students read the book to their parents at school last Friday.
Personal Finance pays off for Patrick Henry High School
May 22, 2013
Patrick Henry High School is one of the Top 100 Best High Schools for teaching Personal Finance.  The announcement was made at the New York Stock Exchange by "Working in Support of Education (w!se)."  This is the first year for the rankings.  The major factor was the average score on the Financial Literacy Certification Test.
Teacher wins the Lottery....kinda
May 21, 2013
Talk about some really good odds. Garden City Elementary Teacher Matthew Miller has won the 2013 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award.  Miller found out during a surprise school assembly.  Virginia Lottery Executive Director, Paula Otto, (left) presented Miller (right) with a $2,000 cash prize and a $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.  Miller says he was completely surprised.
Patrick Henry student wins B'nai B'rith Award
May 21, 2013
Congratulations to Caroline Brailsford of Patrick Henry High School.  She is this year's female winner of the B'nai B'rith Award.  "I'm truly honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award.  I'm so happy to be able to represent PH," said Brailsford.  Caroline will attend UNC next year.
Retirement Dinner 2013
May 20, 2013
They put in countless years of service with RCPS and Monday night we said thanks.  The school system held its annual retirement dinner at the Roanoke Country Club.  More than 30 soon to be retirees were honored.  Mary Robinson, who passed away this year, had 39 years of service! Thanks to all of the retirees.  Enjoy your retirement.  You've certainly earned it.  www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Baccalaureate Sunday
May 19, 2013
They've worked hard all four years of high school and Sunday was a day to honor their achievements.  Patrick Henry High School and William Fleming High School each held a Baccalaureate Service.  It was a chance to hand out awards, scholarships, and congratulate these outstanding graduates. More pictures from both ceremonies at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Capping Ceremony at William Fleming
May 13, 2013
William Fleming High School has a tradition that goes back to the 1990's.  Before graduation, the Senior Class has a Capping Ceremony.  It's a chance for the soon to be graduates to have a loved one or someone special place their cap on their head.  That special someone can be a parent, sibling, friend, and even a teacher.  More pictures, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Thanking our volunteers
May 17, 2013
The thank yous continue.  For the last month, many of our schools have been holding events to show their appreciation to our volunteers.  On Friday, it was Lincoln Terrace Elementary's turn with a breakfast. We calculate that we have more than a 1,000 volunteers working in all of our schools.  Whoa!  Thanks again to all your hard work, your dedication, and making a difference in a child's life.
Learning about water conservation
May 16, 2013
We use it everyday and don't think much about it.  But do you know how much water you waste?  The Western Virginia Water Authority holds programs throughout our schools to teach students about water conservation.  Last week, 3rd graders from Monterey Elementary visited the water treatment plant and went on a nature hike at Carvin's Cove, Roanoke's main water source. 
Vella Wright announces her retirement
May 15, 2013
It is never easy to say good-bye.  After 29 years with RCPS, the last 6 as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Vella Wright will retire this summer.  "The most rewarding career that I can imagine is working with students, teachers, and principals who influence them.  I have enjoyed my experiences and encourage young people to become educators because there is no better job," said Wright.
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March 24, 2013
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Pizza Party!
May 14, 2013
What's better than eating pizza?  Making your own!  Pre-kindergarten students from Virginia Heights Elementary got to do just that at Grace's Pizza.  They poured cheese on their pizza and then enjoyed it once it came out of the oven.  The students are visiting different businesses in the Grandin Village area to get to know their community.  A photo gallery at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Patrick Henry is one of the best high schools in the country
May 7, 2013
This is a good time of year for Patrick Henry High School.  Newsweek's "Best High Schools in America" ranks PH at 1,868.  The Washington Post is also out with its annual list of "America's Most Challenging High Schools."  PH ranks 397 nationwide, 33 in Virginia.  Congratulations to the teachers, administrators, parents, and students!
Feeding the Mind
May 14, 2013
You need a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast before you take the SOL's.  With that in mind, Wasena Elementary's PTA makes breakfast for the first day of testing for each grade.  Last week, it was 4th grade's turn.  It gets students off on the right foot and rewards them for their hard work.  The meal includes a bagel, fruit, and juice.  Photo gallery at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Children's Book Week
May 13, 2013
Read any good books lately?  This week is Children's Book Week.  It started in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.  Many of our schools have special reading programs. For example, the student pictured has read more than 400 books this year at Westside Elementary.  What is your favorite children's book?  A Dr. Seuss book?  Clifford the Big Red Dog? 
Chicks take over Grandin Court
May 10, 2013
They've been incubating chick eggs for weeks, and now kindergarteners at Grandin Court Elementary are seeing the results of their hard work.  The eggs recently hatched and this week they got to hold the chicks for the first time.  While outside, the students put out water for the chicks, but instead they used it for a bath! 
Rita Bishop named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year
May 8, 2013
You read right, Dr. Rita Bishop is this year's Virginia Superintendent of the Year.  She was selected at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) conference at the Hotel Roanoke.  Dr. Bishop will now represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in February 2014. Click HERE to view the VASS press release.
RCPS Art Show
May 7, 2013
Could the next Picasso be right here in Roanoke?  You should head to the Jefferson Center to find out.  RCPS is having its annual Art Show from now until the end of May.   It showcases student art from every school in the district.   You can catch more works of art at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
SOL Strong
May 6, 2013
SOL testing begins this week for elementary and middle schools.  Before the big test, many schools are holding events to get students pumped.  Several had SOL pep rallies with a theme, like Survivor.  Round Hill Elementary had a victory parade. Crystal Spring Elementary (pictured) gave out free Maggie Moo's ice cream.  Good luck to everyone! 
Planting the seed at Hurt Park Elementary
May 6, 2013
How do we stop childhood obesity?  You may want to look at Hurt Park Elementary.  Positive Actions Towards Health (PATH) has funded a garden at the school.  It exposes students to fruits/vegetables they might not normally see.  They also get to plant in the garden, which leads to increased interest and desire to try these foods. This week's rain should help!
RCPS+ exceeds expectations
March 14, 2013
You never know what to expect in the first year but if enrollment numbers are any indication,  RCPS+ is going to be a huge hit.  We set a goal of 2,000 students for the first year.  After the deadline, we now have more than 2,500 signed up!  RCPS+ is a summer enrichment program for Roanoke City students in Kindergarten thru 8th grade.   For more information, click here
School Nurse Day
May 8, 2013
They are there with a band-aid, a smile, and are always there when you need them.  Wednesday was School Nurse Day, a time to recognize school nurses for their dedication and hard work.  There are 74,000 school nurses nationwide.  They are being acknowledged for advancing the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all students by providing a critical safety net for children.
Food for thought
May 9, 2013
This is School Nutrition Employee Week, a time to acknowledge the hard work of food service employees.  Did you know here in Roanoke City, they serve 9,200 lunches and 4,100 breakfasts each day?  They often arrive at the school at 6:30 in the morning, follow strict federal nutrition guidelines, and make a pretty good meal.  We tip our hats to you!
National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7, 2013
Be sure to thank your teachers.  This is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  It is a time to say thank you to all of our dedicated teachers who make a difference in children's lives and put in countless hours.  If you would like to share your memories of a favorite teacher or to say thanks to one, go to our facebook page, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Exclusive tour of new Center in the Square
May 3, 2013
Fishburn Park Elementary was the first school group to tour the newly renovated Center in the Square.  Students got to see workers release clown fish into the new 5,000 gallon fish tank.  Fishburn adopted two fish and got the chance to name them during their visit.   The new Center in the Square will open to the public May 18th. www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Patrick Henry Band to play at Pearl Harbor
May 2, 2013
Just one high school band from Virginia will perform at the 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.  Patrick Henry High School's Band has been selected as an official Battleship state ambassador participant.  PH was recommended to the committee anonymously. If you would like to donate money for the trip, contact Band Teacher Alex Schmitt at aschmitt@rcps.info
Forest Park Academy reaches a major milestone
May 1, 2013
One reason Roanoke's graduation rate continues to go up is Forest Park Academy.  It is a school to help students who are struggling or previously dropped out.  Now in its 5th year, Forest Park has graduated more than 500 students!  By the end of the summer, it expects to be close to 700.  Principal Eric Anderson believes individualized instruction is a big reason for the school's success.  
Banding together at Morningside
May 2, 2013
Call it Survivor: Middle School.  5th graders at Morningside Elementary made survivor bracelets.  They will be used by students to help them band together as they transition to middle school at Stonewall Jackson next year.  You will notice the bracelets are in Jackson's school colors. 
Teacher Appreciation
May 1, 2013
We can't thank our teachers enough.  With that in mind, this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. At Grandin Court Elementary, students brought in bright beautiful spring flowers for their teachers.  The PTA provided a nice sit down lunch complete with homemade mac and cheese as well as gourmet cupcakes for dessert!
SOL Support
April 29, 2013
Taking the SOL's can be very scary, especially if it is your first time.  Students at Roanoke Academy for Mathematics & Science (RAMS) received some encouragement before the big test.  Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church sent letters of support to each of the 3rd graders.  They will start testing next week.  More photos at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
SOL Spirit Week
April 30, 2013
Plenty of students were seeing double at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  To get ready for the SOL's, the school is having plenty of fun activities to get students excited about the test.  Tuesday, students dresssed as twins.  Still to come, jersey and hat day.  Testing begins next week.  More photos at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Noteworthy Music Festival ends on a high note
April 25, 2013
Thanks to all who came out to the 2nd annual Noteworthy Music Festival Saturday at Patrick Henry High School.  It raised more than $3,500!!!  The money will benefit Early Music Education Programs in Roanoke City.   More photos at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Fairview students have the right VIBE
April 26, 2013
Reading books pays-off!  Just ask the students at Fairview Elementary, enrolled in the Accelerated Reading Program.  Students who read 10 books in the past month and passed a test got a special treat Friday.  They got to attend a dance party hosted by a VIBE radio DJ.  230 students danced their shoes off in the gym.  They read a total of 2,300 books.  Whoa!
RCPS students take part in Little Feet Meet
April 26, 2013
With plenty of determination and tons of smiles, hundreds of Special Olympians took part in the 4th annual Little Feet Meet at Northside High School.  It featured Special Olympians from pre-school thru 5th grade and Roanoke City Public Schools was well represented.  Congratulations to all the young athletes.  More photos at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
RCPS selects 2013 Teacher of the Year
April 25, 2013
Congratulations to Daniel Kuehl of James Breckinridge Middle School.  He is the 2013 Teacher of the Year!  Daniel received $1,000 from Lumos Networks, $500 from WDBJ-TV, $150 worth of car supplies from Advance Auto, flowers from George's Flowers, and passes from Virginia Dare Cruises.  Congratulations to Daniel and all the nominees! 
Middle School Summer Art Camp
April 22, 2013
Looking for something to do this summer?  RCPS is holding a Middle School Summer Art Camp at the Taubman Museum of Art.  Students will explore a wide variety of art techniques and even take part in their own art show!  The camp is for rising 7th and 8th graders.  June 10-13 is for Addison, Breckinridge, and Jackson.  July 29-August 1 is for Madison and Woodrow Wilson.  The deadline to apply is May 3, 2013. For more information, call 853-2877. Click HERE for an application.
Apply to Attend Fishburn Park Elementary
March 28, 2013
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year for the Fishburn Park Elementary School – Focus for Environmental Science.  Rising Kindergarten through 5th grade students who are Roanoke City residents and have an interest in the environment are encouraged to apply.  Transportation will be provided.  Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013. Download a PDF or MSWord version of the application.
Honoring our volunteers
April 24, 2013
National Volunteer Week was a big success.  It highlighted people doing extraordinary things through service.  Many schools held special events to say thanks to our volunteers.  Wednesday, Highland Park Elementary had an appreciation breakfast.  During the school year, volunteers put in more than 5,000 hours at that school alone, wow!.  A big thank you to all of the volunteers at all of our schools. 
Fishburn Park celebrates Earth Week 2013
April 23, 2013
The 4th annual Earth Week celebration at Fishburn Park Elementary is now over.  The school had a whole week of activities including hybrid cars, a GPS course, live animals, and a walk-a-thon.  This year's focus was "Goodwill for Earth."  The school also raised money for the Mill Mountain Zoo. 
Congressman Goodlatte honors Jackson Middle students
April 22, 2013
Internet safety is a top priority of Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  Monday, he spoke to students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School who have participated in the "My Digital Life Program."  It covers a wide range of topics including privacy, cyberbullying, and maintaining a responsible social networking profile. Congressman Goodlatte reminded students nothing posted online is private and it stays there forever.
Wasena celebrates Arbor Day.
April 19, 2013
It is a day set aside to encourage people to plant and care for trees.  Wasena Elementary held a big Arbor Day celebration Friday.  The school held an assembly where students sang songs, gave presentations, and had a chance to meet Smokey Bear.  Valley Beautiful donated 7 dogwood trees that have already been planted around the school.  More pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Angry Birds converge on Virginia Heights
April 19, 2013
Students at Virginia Heights Elementary hit the pavement Friday for the school's annual PTA walkathon.  Students got pledges and then walked outside the school for 30 minutes.  This year's theme was Angry Birds!  The PTA will use the money raised to buy library books and instructional technology resources.  More photos, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Signing Day at Patrick Henry
April 18, 2013
They've made their mark at Patrick Henry High School, now they're taking that talent to the next level.  Last Thursday was Signing Day at PH.  Tricia Jesse (left) will play soccer at Washington & Lee next year, Caroline Brailsford will do track at UNC, and Jonathan Gomez will swim at Saint Peters University.  Congrats to all of these outstanding athletes.
Take me out to the ballgame
April 18, 2013
Students from Garden City Elementary were a huge "hit" at the Salem Red Sox.  Last Wednesday, 51 1st and 2nd graders sang the National Anthem on the field.  They then got to stay and watch the game from the stands, complete with plenty of hot dogs.  Garden City Elementary was invited because it took part in the Salem Red Sox Reading Program.  More pictures at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
All Aboard!
April 18, 2013
Talk about traveling back in time!  From now until the end of the school year, RCPS Kindergarteners are visiting the Transportation Museum in Roanoke.  These trips are to engage students about the history of the Roanoke Valley when it comes to transportation.  The students also learn various SOL skills like Reading, Writing, and History.  
Garden City student wins Spelling Bee
April 16, 2013
Imani Jackson wasn't acting, she knew how to spell the word "thespian."  The Garden City Elementary 5th Grader won the District Wide Elementary Spelling Bee, held at William Fleming High School.  Imani competed with students from all the city's elementary schools.  She won in 10 rounds.
Madison Middle presents "Annie"
April 17, 2013
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS A GREAT SHOW. The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!  James Madison Middle School presents the beloved musical "Annie."  It is about a little orphan in New York City who charms everyone's hearts. 
Building Operations Interview Event 2013
April 15, 2013
RCPS will be holding a Building Operations Interview Event on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and Tuesday May, 7 2013. Interviews will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Ruffner Professional Development and Operations Center. More information can be found by clicking here.
Spring Cleaning
April 15, 2013
Band students from Woodrow Wilson Middle School put down their instruments and picked up shovels over the weekend.  Twice a year, the students take part in a community service project where they clean up the Murray Run Greenway, next to Patrick Henry High School.  The students raise money through pledges, that money pays for various band programs. 
District Exhibition Debate
April 16, 2013
Fresh off its national award, the "Westside Debate Team" will be performing along with debate teams from Fairview, Fishburn, Addison, Jackson, and Breckinridge.  The District Debate Competition will take place 4/18 at William Fleming High School.  The debate topic?  Should Roanoke City Public Schools require students to wear uniforms to school?  The competition begins at 6.
RAMS honors Tuskegee Airman
April 15, 2013
Dempsey Morgan left a lasting impression on the students at Roanoke Academy for Math & Science.  He spoke to them several times about his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman, a group of African American pilots who fought during World War II.  Morgan died last week at age 93.  RAMS principal Toni Belton was asked to speak at his funeral.  She brought this heart the students made for him.
Madison student wins $500
April 12, 2013
Talk about a picture perfect gift.  Donovan Starkey, an 8th grader at James Madison Middle, won $500 from the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia's annual Black History Month Art contest.  Donovan drew a portrait of Malcolm X.  He has already used the money to buy an iPod and take his mother to a nice dinner.
Gone Fishin' from Woodrow Wilson
April 11, 2013
Students from Woodrow Wilson Middle had a release party of sorts.  For the last 3 months, they've helped grow and maintain trout hatched from eggs.  This week, about 40 6th graders released the trout into the Roanoke River at Wasena Park.  Using a net, they also captured sediment to see what organisms are living in the Roanoke River.  To see more photos, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Westside Debate Team wins national award
April 8, 2013
Congratulations to "The Westside Debaters."  They've been selected as a first place winner in the 19th annual Magna Awards program.  The award recognizes school districts around the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. 
Patrick Henry's Choir performs in New York City
April 10, 2013
Talk about ending Spring Break on a high note.  Patrick Henry High School Women's Choir and Chamber Choir performed at the famous Riverside Church in New York City.  The students also saw a Broadway show, took a ride to the top of the Empire State Building, and visited the Statue of Liberty.
PH & Fleming students visit the firehouse
April 9, 2013
Students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools visited a fire station to learn what it takes to be a firefighter and a first responder.  Representatives from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences were on hand to tell the students about a scholarship that is just for graduates of PH and Fleming.  To learn more about the scholarship, call Judith McKeon at 985-9083.
Signing bonuses for new mathematics teachers
March 11, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board has taken the bold step of offering signing bonuses to help recruit and retain good mathematics teachers.  The bonuses start at $2,000 and go all the way up to $10,000.  For full details and to apply, Click here.
Nikki Giovanni visits Madison Middle
April 9, 2013
Well-known and respected American poet Nikki Giovanni brought her knowledge and life experiences to students at James Madison Middle.  The poems she read focused on her life growing up in a segregated south and being a civil rights activist.  Dr. Giovanni is a Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
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Transfer deadline nears
April 9, 2013
The deadline for submission of applications for within district transfers is Monday, April 15.  Applications must either be delivered to the central administration building or postmarked by this date to be considered.  Applications are available by clicking HERE or may be obtained from the receptionist at the central administration building.
Letter from School Board Chairman
April 8, 2013
School Board Chairman David Carson has been elected to be the next Circuit Court Judge for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit.  His term begins July 1.  Mr. Carson plans to step down as School Board Chairman at the June 11 School Board meeting.  He wrote a letter to the staff.  To view it, click here.
College Road Trip
April 2, 2013
Girls basketball players from our five middle schools and some of the high schools hit the road for Spring Break.  The girls went to Penn State, Susquehanna University, UCONN, Harvard University, and many others.  The focus of the trip was to introduce these middle school students to a range of colleges.  Many of the college basketball programs welcomed the group with open arms.
William Fleming student receives Ron Brown Scholarship
March 26, 2013
Ollie Howie has already been accepted to Harvard University.  Now, paying for it just got a lot easier.  The Fleming senior has been awarded $40,000 through the Ron Brown Scholar Program.  More than 6,000 applied, just 20 receive the scholarship each year.  Ron Brown was the Commerce Secretary who died in a plane crash in 1996.
Breckinridge students to build sculpture at library
March 27, 2013
You will want to "check out" the Williamson Road Library this spring.  150 Breckinridge Middle School Art students are building a large-scale cubed like sculpture.  The theme will be acrylic paintings of highway signs.  The students started the project this week.  By the end of the school year, it will be placed outside the library for thousands of passerbys to see each day. Click here to view the rendering.
Play celebrates diversity in RCPS
March 26, 2013
Students are learning to accept one another's differences through a new play called "Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans."  It's put on by the Roanoke Children's Theatre and is being performed at five elementary schools.  The goal is to celebrate Roanoke's growing Hispanic population and our diversity.  English Language Learners (ELL) are helping to prepare and present the play to students.
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March 18, 2013
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CCAP Deadline is Friday
March 24, 2013
DON'T MISS OUT:  The deadline for applying for next year's Community College Access Program (CCAP) is Friday, March 29th. Graduating Seniors from Roanoke City Public Schools can attend Virginia Western Community College and have their tuition paid. For full details about CCAP, click here.

Spring Break Arrives!
March 29, 2013
We wish you all a happy and safe Spring Break.  We took these pictures at a Talent Show at Preston Park Elementary.  We hope they make you smile as you head off to break.  To see more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Preliminary 2013-2014 School Calendar
March 13, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board has approved a preliminary 2013-2014 School Calendar.  School will begin Monday, August 19, 2013. NOTE:  This calendar is pending final passage of the state budget by the General Assembly and signing by Governor McDonnell. To see the full calendar, click here.
Spring Snow Storm
March 25, 2013
It may be spring but it sure doesn't look like it.  A late winter storm dumped up to 7 inches of snow in the Roanoke Valley.  With school canceled Monday, many Roanoke City students headed outside for a day of fun. To see more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Food Survey for parents and students
March 21, 2013
The Department of Food and Nutrition values feedback from parents and students on customer service and food quality. Suggestions and comments will help us continue to improve our service to Roanoke City students.  Click here for the survey.
Miss Virginia brings healthy meals to Madison Middle
March 21, 2013
Call it a crowning achievement.  Miss Virginia visited James Madison Middle to teach students about healthy eating.  Carilion chefs provided the recipes, Miss Virginia helped make the food and sampled it.  Principal Stephanie Hogan (pictured) presented Miss Virginia with a Madison jersey.  More pics at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Lunch is on us at Noel C. Taylor
March 22, 2013
It is often said breaking bread brings people together.  With that in mind, Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy has started a parent luncheon program.  Once a month, parents, students, and teachers get together for lunch.  The goal is to increase parent involvement and give teachers a chance to talk with parents about their children's progress.  Thank you to Walmart for donating the food.
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RCPS named one of the Best Communities for Music Education
March 18, 2013
Don't mean to toot our own horn but this is pretty cool news.  The NAMM Foundation has named Roanoke one of 2013's Best Communities for Music Education.  Just 307 school districts across the country received this award.  "There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life," said NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen.
Preserving the history of Lucy Addison
March 19, 2013
Before it was a middle school, Lucy Addison was a high school.  Now, alumni are coming together for a monument wall project for the school.  It will list all faculty, staff, and alumni of Lucy Addison High School from 1928 to when it closed as a high school in 1973.  "I am truly excited and so happy to be a part of this great endeavor," said Principal Robert Johnson.  Pictured is the steering committee.
Patrick Henry High School presents "Les Miserables"
March 12, 2013
Thanks for making this year's show a huge success.
"Dance Espanol" ready to take the stage
March 19, 2013
Thanks for coming out and supporting this great program.  "Dance Espanol" is a new program between RCPS and Southwest Virginia Ballet.  It teaches both dance and Spanish.  Students from Morningside, Lincoln Terrace, Wasena and Highland Park Elementary came together for a performance at William Fleming H.S. 
Another successful year for "Reality Check"
March 20, 2013
What is it like to be a grownup, to have to pay bills--a mortgage or car payment?  Goodwill helps answers those questions through a program called "Reality Check".  It teaches middle and high school students about careers and finances.  Students get a set amount of money and they quickly learn how to budget.  The program wrapped up for the year at Forest Park Academy.
Two Roanoke students win Regional Science Fair
March 18, 2013
The Western Virginia Regional Science Fair was held at Roanoke College over the weekend.  Joseph Johnson, a Patrick Henry H.S. and Governor's School student, is one of the Grand Award winners.  William Hairfield (pictured), a William Fleming H.S. and Governor's School student, is another Grand Award winners.  Both will compete internationally in Phoenix in May. See photos section (below) for a picture of Joseph.
Election Task Force Public Hearing
March 14, 2013
The public hearing deals with existing voting precincts in the City of Roanoke. For more information, click here.
Easy as Pi(e)
March 14, 2013
3/14 was Pi Day.  Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same.  Every year, 5th graders at Crystal Spring Elementary who memorize at least 50 digits of Pi get to throw a pie at Principal Tate (pictured).  Leanne Vergundia memorized 200 digits, a record at Crystal Spring.  More pictures at, www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Concert to benefit CCAP
March 6, 2013
Thank you to everyone who came to the "Trane  Music Festival."  This event raised more than $20,000 for the Community College Access Program, (CCAP) at Virginia Western Community College.  Thanks to Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Salem, and Franklin County High Schools for performing.
Governor and Board of Education recognize 4 RCPS Schools
March 13, 2013
Crystal Spring Elementary has won a 2013 Board of Education Excellence Award.  Fishburn Park, Grandin Court, and Wasena Elementary Schools each received a 2013 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.  151 schools statewide were honored.  "Each of these schools are setting the standard we should expect for every school in the Commonwealth," said Governor Bob McDonnell. 
William Fleming High School is off to see the wizard
March 5, 2013
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS A GREAT SHOW:  The Colonel's Theatre Company presents "The Wiz," the Broadway Musical version of the Wizard of Oz.  You can expect a  little rock, gospel, and even soul music.  The Munchkins are played by elementary school students. 
William Fleming High School wins big at marketing competition
March 8, 2013
Do you know how to sell yourself?  You may want to contact the marketing students at William Fleming.  The school's Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) won 8 awards at the state marketing competition in Virginia Beach.  The awards include the Fortune 500 Award, a Community Service Award, the Super Star Chapter Award, and Outstanding Advisor Award.
ROTEC Extravaganza sees record crowds
March 7, 2013
Students at the Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) have many talents.  Last week, those talents were on full display at the 5th Annual ROTEC Extravaganza.  The fundraiser, held at the Jefferson Center, had the largest crowd ever.  It raised more than $10,000 for ROTEC.  The money will pay for things like uniforms, and scholarships.
STEM Expo educates RCPS students
March 7, 2013
Wouldn't it be cool to operate your own robot?  RCPS students got the chance at the annual STEM Expo at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.  Students got hands-on demonstrations about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics from Virginia Tech, among others.  Engineering students from ROTEC/William Fleming also got to showcase their own robot!  Pictured are Woodrow Wilson students posing with a batman like robot.
Wasena Elementary receives $500
March 4, 2013
Exxon Mobil is a big supporter of our schools.  Wasena Elementary is the second Roanoke school in a matter of weeks to receive an Educational Alliance Grant from Exxon Mobil.  Wasena will use the $500 to buy materials for Mathematics and Science.  "We are truly grateful to Exxon for this generous gift.  We couldn't do it without these great community partners." said Wasena Principal Babette Cribbs. 
RCPS celebrates Read Across America Day
March 1, 2013
Everyone from The Cat in the Hat to the Grinch stopped by as Roanoke City Elementary Schools celebrated Read Across America Day, an event that celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  THANK YOU all to our guest readers.  It was hard to pick just one picture to put on our website.  You will find many more at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Baseball team's fundraiser is a big "hit"
February 28, 2013
Who doesn't like wings?  That was clearly the case last Thursday night at AllSports Cafe.  Patrick Henry High School's Baseball Team held the first annual "On Deck" fundraiser.  More than 50 came out for a night of wings and a good cause.  The money raised will pay for equipment and field maintenance.  The team took in nearly $700. 
Expansion plans unveiled for Virginia Heights
February 28, 2013
Virginia Heights Elementary is more than 90 years old and cramped for space.  The school is about to get a modern makeover.  The project includes new classrooms, an art room, moving the library, a multi-purpose room, as well as eliminating the modular unit.  Construction will begin this Spring and should be completed by the start of the next school year.
Fun Fitness at Fishburn
February 28, 2013
How do you reward good behavior?  Let students take over the school gym for a half hour.  It happens once a month at Fishburn Park Elementary.  Students who show good character traits can take part in "Fun Fitness at Fishburn."  They can do all kinds of activities like jump rope, basketball, and rock climbing.  For more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Yoda visits Highland Park Elementary
February 27, 2013
Ok, so it was an Origami Yoda but it was still impressive.  Local Author Tom Angleberger spoke to students at Highland Park Elementary.  He is known for the book "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda."  He made special origami projects for many of the students and he showed them how to make their own.  To see more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Two RCPS teachers receive $1,000 classroom grants
February 27, 2013
Surprise, surprise!  The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League (GRCCL) surprised two teachers with a $1,000 classroom grant.  Matthew Newton (on the left) of Fishburn Park Elementary and Anna Beebe Sachs of James Madison Middle School are this year's winners.  Thank you to the GRCCL for its continued support of our schools. For more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Kindergarten/Pre-School Registration is underway
March 4, 2013
It is that time of year, time to register for Kindergarten/Pre-School.  Registration starts today and continues into Friday.  You call the school in your attendance zone to register.  Need to find your attendance zone?  Look for the attendance zones icon on the bottom left of this homepage. You can apply for Pre-School by going to www.roanokepreschool.org
Roanoke Children's Theatre delivers powerful message
February 26, 2013
Teen depression and suicide are not easy topics.  RCPS, the Roanoke Children's Theatre, and several mental health agencies have joined forces to address the issue.  8th graders from the five middle schools are going to see the play "Eric and Elliot" at the Taubman Museum of Art.  The story is of hope and the warning sides of depression.  The goal is to show students that feeling sad is not uncommon and there is always help at the school.
RCPS Superintendent is honored by VH1
February 25, 2013
Superintendent Rita Bishop was honored in Los Angeles by the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.  Dr. Bishop is the recipient of the Administrator Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education.  "Dr. Rita Bishop's work has been a prime example of what public school music programs should strive for," said Paul Cothran (left), Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
RCPS Instructional Job Fair 2013
January 14, 2013
The Roanoke City Public Schools Instructional Job Fair was a huge success.  Nearly 120 candidates were interviewed Saturday for middle and high school positions.   RCPS is especially looking to hire Mathematics, Science, Special Education, and ELL teachers.

Crystal Spring gets $1,000 check
February 25, 2013
Crystal Spring Elementary is 3 for 3.  For the third year in a row, the school has received $1,000 from Exxon Mobil.  The school has to use the money for technology in Mathematics and Science.  Crystal Spring will buy additional Smartboards.  "I'm grateful to have the financial and community support from Exxon," said Principal Kathy Tate. 
And the winner is....
February 21, 2013
Roanoke City Public Schools held its annual city-wide Science Fair Thursday at William Fleming High School.  Students competed from the two high schools, the five middle schools, and the Governor's School.  The top 30 high school projects and the 10 top middle school projects will now compete at the Western Virginia Regional Science Fair in March at Roanoke College.  To see more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
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January 27, 2013
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Lucy Addison principal is honored during Black History Month
February 21, 2013
The Urban Professional League (UPL) highlights exceptional efforts and accomplishments of young African American professionals within the Roanoke Valley.  This year, the group is honoring Lucy Addison Middle School Principal Robert Johnson for his contribution and tireless efforts in the area of Education.  Jerel Rhodes, a guidance counselor at Forest Park Academy, is also being honored by UPL.  Congratulations to both!
Jazz concert benefits Forest Park Academy
February 15, 2013
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Forest Park Academy was the place to be Thursday night.  The Patrick Henry High School Jazz Ensemble held a concert to benefit Forest Park's annual trip to Washington D.C.  Nearly $700 was raised.  Thank you to all who came out!
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Woodrow Wilson student wins Spelling Bee
February 19, 2013
Could you spell gelato?  Isabella Perez, an 8th grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle, knows the word all too well.  It was the winning word in this year's citywide Spelling Bee.  Perez won the prize in the 20th round.  She now competes in the Regional Spelling Bee next month in Roanoke.
Masterclass with a Maestro
February 20, 2013
When he's not conducting the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra or the Long Island Philharmonic, you may find David Wiley in one of our schools.  This week, he taught a masterclass at Patrick Henry High School.  "We are truly honored that someone with this talent would take time to meet with our students and help us we strive to do better," said PH Band Teacher Alex Schmitt.  Wiley plans to teach similar classes at other schools in the future.
PBS Documentary features RCPS
February 19, 2013
This week, PBS aired a documentary about school safety and part of it highlighted Roanoke City Public Schools.  During Ken Trump's recent trip to Roanoke, a film crew followed the school safety expert as he inspected Roanoke Academy for Math & Science.  Superintendent Rita Bishop was also interviewed for the documentary. 
Garden City Elementary is on the run!
February 18, 2013
Talk about girl power.  Garden City Elementary is the first Roanoke School to participate in a program called "Girls on the Run."  It's an organization run by volunteers that teaches young girls about healthy living and self confidence.  Seven girls are currently enrolled for the twice a week sessions.  At the end of the program, they will all run a 5K in May!
Presidential visit for Presidents Day
February 15, 2013
The 16th President of the United States showed up at Fishburn Park Elementary Friday.  Abraham Lincoln spoke to several classes about his presidency and the Civil War.  The school held various activities to celebrate Presidents Day which is Monday. 
William Fleming High School has a new head football coach
February 14, 2013
Football season may be months away but there is plenty of excitement at William Fleming High School.  Bobby Martin has been named Fleming's new head football coach.  Martin played football at Virginia Tech and has more than 20 years coaching experience.  "This is a great school and I'm looking forward to many successful seasons," said Martin.
William Fleming senior receives a letter from the president
February 13, 2013
What would it be like to get a letter from the president?  William Fleming High School Senior Ollie Howie can tell you.  He has won the President's Volunteer Service Award.  Ollie received a letter from President Obama congratulating him on his accomplishment.
Click here to view the letter.

RCPS + is a go!
January 10, 2013
UPDATE:  The Roanoke City School Board approved RCPS +, a 6 week summer reading, mathematics, and science-rich educational opportunity.   The program is optional for K-8 students and will begin shortly after the end of this school year.  RCPS + will be free to students and transportation will be provided.  "This is a great educational opportunity for our students and another example of our School Board putting students first," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
School Board Appreciation Month
February 12, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board got quite a surprise at its meeting this month.  In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, students from Roanoke Academy for Math and Science made Board members special art projects.  A big thank you to Art Teacher Jennifer Shamy and her students for these works of art.  And a big thank you to our School Board!
Lincoln Terrace/Lucy Addison join forces
February 11, 2013
How do you prepare elementary school kids for middle school?  It's a question being answered at Lincoln Terrace Elementary.  Twice a month, male students from Lincoln Terrace and Lucy Addison Middle School get together during the school day.  It's a chance for Addison 8th graders to be good role models to 4th and 5th graders at Lincoln Terrace.  They also help prepare them for a life in middle school.  They do various activities like play basketball and instructional work.
The Wright Kids perform at Fairview
February 12, 2013
They were made famous by "America's Got Talent" and today The Wright Kids took their act to Fairview Elementary.  The Wright Kids are from Franklin County and range in age from 16 to as young as 7.  They were at Fairview thanks to the Roanoke Symphony's School Ensemble Series.  Bravo!  For more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Pasta for Pennies
February 11, 2013
Dig into your pockets because Garden City Elementary could use your pennies.  The school is collecting spare change for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The program is called "Pasta for Pennies."  The class that collects the most change will get a free pasta meal from Olive Garden.  The school is collecting pennies until Friday.  Students hope to raise $750.  For more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Flashback Fridays
February 8, 2013
We've started a new fun segment called "Flashback Fridays."  Every Friday, we are going to post an old photo from our archives on the school system's facebook page.  The goal is to go down memory lane and have a few laughs at the same time.  We hope you enjoy.  Look for a new picture every Friday at www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Patrick Henry principal announces retirement
February 7, 2013
They say all good things must come to an end.  With that in mind, Patrick Henry Principal Connie Ratcliffe plans to retire at the end of the school year.  She has been with Roanoke City Public Schools for 28 years, the last six as principal at PH.  Her accomplishments include opening the new Patrick Henry, expanding the fine arts program, offering more AP classes, and having PH on "Newsweek's Best High Schools List." 
Patrick Henry student signs to play football at Virginia Tech
February 6, 2013
"Go Hokies" could be heard throughout the halls of Patrick Henry High School last Wednesday.  David Prince officially signed to play football at Virginia Tech next year.  Prince says playing for the Hokies is a dream come true.  "If you told me four years ago that I would be playing for Virginia Tech I would have said it was a long shot," said Prince.  For more pictures of the signing, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools  
Virginia Heights receives $1,000
February 7, 2013
Janet Freese of Roanoke won $1,000 from Towers Shopping Center.  As part of her prize, she got to pick a deserving school to also receive a thousand bucks.  Since she lives in the neighborhood, she chose Virginia Heights Elementary.  The school plans to use the money to buy math materials.  Thank you to Mrs. Freese and Towers Shopping Center for their generosity!
Mentoring middle school men
February 5, 2013
When they're not on the rails, workers from Norfolk Southern can often be found at Breckinridge Middle School. Once a month, they visit the school to mentor young men as part of the "Caboose After School Program."  These mentors host guest speakers and help with homework but they also have lots of fun activities.  They've even been known to hold etiquette classes!
Dr. Rita Bishop is honored by her peers
February 1, 2013
Superintendent Rita Bishop has been named Region 6 "Superintendent of the Year."  Her colleagues in the area decided she should get this truly great honor.  "It's always best to have something come from your peers," said Bishop.  She will now compete for Virginia's "Superintendent of the Year."
School Counselors
National School Counseling Week
February 6, 2013
This week, we say thanks to our school counselors as part of National School Counseling Week.  Roanoke City Public Schools has 44 school counselors who help students achieve success through a variety of activities.  They include Character Education, anti-bullying efforts, academic and career planning as well as assisting students and families with personal and social issues.  Let's show a big appreciation to all school counselors.
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Addison hits the slopes
February 6, 2013
When they're not hard at work in the classroom, there's a good chance these Lucy Addison Middle School students are on the mountain.  The school's Outdoor Adventure Club recently had its first ski trip of the year.  The club has about 50 members and does many activities throughout the year including hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing.  The students are going on their first overnight camping trip this Spring!
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Unexpected delivery at Morningside
February 4, 2013
They may just be kids but this week, 3rd graders at Morningside Elementary are more like mother hens.  The students are having to take care of newly hatched chicks, who were born two days earlier than expected.  While in the incubator, students had to turn the eggs 3 times a day and check the temperature.  The 4H Extension Office provided the eggs and the incubator.

Book features Fallon Park
January 30, 2013
We all know Fallon Park Elementary is a great school, now a book proves it.  The book is called "Teaching Practices from America's Best Urban Schools."  It quotes students as saying the teachers at Fallon make learning fun.  The book is published by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.  The group gave Fallon an Urban Education Award in 2009.
New club at Lincoln Terrace focuses on Community Service
January 28, 2013
Lincoln Terrace is the first elementary school in Roanoke to have a Beta Club.  It  is a national organization that promotes high academic achievement, character, service, and leadership.  Twelve Lincoln Terrace 5th graders make up the newly formed club.  The students have already completed their first community service project, making Christmas cards for a local nursing home.  They're working on their next project.
Spring is in the air
January 29, 2013
A touch of spring fever hit RCPS one day last week.  Lately, students have had recess indoors because of the bitterly cold temperatures.  But last Tuesday, students were outside with big smiles because temperatures soared into the 60's.  Here is a picture from Crystal Spring Elementary.  For more pictures, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools.  
Big kids helping little kids
January 24, 2013
Need proof teenagers really do care?  Every Thursday, five Patrick Henry High School students start their day down the street at Virginia Heights Elementary.  They volunteer helping English Language Learners (ELL).  By reading them stories and playing games, teachers have noticed these ELL students are more enthusiastic and are making a lot of progress.  The kids clearly enjoy it and the PH students are learning they can make a difference in someone's life.
Westside 'Steps Up'
January 23, 2013
Westside Elementary is one of the few elementary schools in the country to have a Step team.   Step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the person's entire body is used as an instrument to produce rhythms and sounds through footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. The Step team will perform at Virginia Tech and in Greensboro in March. To see more pictures of the Step team, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools
Richmond
Two RCPS students head to Richmond
January 22, 2013
Wouldn't it be cool to have your classroom be the State Capital?  Robert Kreft of Woodrow Wilson Middle and Will Mason of Patrick Henry High School are spending 7 weeks in Richmond.  They get to shadow state lawmakers and see how bills become law.  Only a few statewide are picked each year to take part in this prestigious program.  Here is Robert Kreft posing with Delegate Chris Head of Roanoke. 
Virginia Tech honors Preston Park students
January 22, 2013
Three Preston Park students placed in the 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster and Essay Contest sponsored by Virginia Tech.  The contest had 549 poster submissions.  Congratulations to Morgan Doyle, Satchel Venable, and Tyriq Poindexter.  They were recognized at a brunch on the Virginia Tech campus.
RCPS maintenance crews answer the call
January 18, 2013
Thank you to our maintenance crews for their hard work during winter weather. They work countless hours plowing school parking lots, shoveling sidewalks, and laying down salt.  We appreciate all of their efforts. This is a picture of Nat Franklin who does maintenance at Central Office. 
National Security Expert gives our schools a checkup
January 16, 2013
Ken Trump, a school safety consultant, returned to Roanoke last week.  A lot of the current security measures in our schools were developed by Mr. Trump.  During his visit, he and his team reviewed and even tested security at several schools.  "Roanoke City Schools are ahead of the curve.  They've been walking the walk and talking the talk for years," said Trump.  Mr. Trump came up with several suggestions to improve security. "No option is off the table," said Superintendent Rita Bishop.
Hats off to Fishburn Park
January 15, 2013
How creative can you get?  Last week was National Hat Day. To celebrate, many students at Fishburn Park Elementary wore hats!  As you can see by the picture, the students certainly got creative.  To see more photos, go to www.facebook.com/RoanokeCityPublicSchools.
SCLC honors William Fleming High School Principal
January 15, 2013
The Roanoke Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) honored Archie Freeman with one of its "Drum Major for Justice Awards" at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Banquet.  "It is an honor to serve the students, parents, community, faculty, and staff at RCPS.  We must keep the vision by providing an opportunity for students to be successful.  Let's work together in achieving this goal," said Principal Freeman.
Impact Aid Survey for Parents/Guardians
January 10, 2013
A Federal funding opportunity called Impact Aid is available to assist local school districts. To qualify for Impact Aid funding, we must collect information about federally connected children enrolled in our schools. Please complete either a paper survey or an online survey by no later than January 18, 2013. A paper survey is being sent home with student report cards.

VH1 honors Superintendent Rita Bishop
January 10, 2013
VH1 Save The Music Foundation has selected Dr. Rita Bishop as the recipient of the 7th Annual Administrator Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education.  Dr, Bishop will pick up her award at a conference in Los Angeles next month. Jaclyn Shea (left) of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation surprised Dr. Bishop with the announcement at a School Board meeting.
Two RCPS teachers receive national honors
January 9, 2013
It isn't easy becoming a nationally certified teacher.  There are only 100,000 nationwide, 27 in Roanoke City.  Two Preston Park Elementary teachers have joined the ranks.  Kerin Mikowicz (pictured) and Candace Holdren are now National Board Certified Teachers. 
Winter work is wonderful
January 8, 2013
While most of us were enjoying our Winter break, RCPS maintenance crews were busy completing several projects.  The work included new vertical blinds at Fallon Park Elementary as well as Roanoke Academy for Math and Science.  Crystal Spring Elementary got new windows and a security gate.  Some of Round Hill Elementary got new carpeting.  Crews also resurfaced the gym floor at Breckinridge Middle (pictured).
School security gets a second look
January 7, 2013
The Roanoke City School Board and Superintendent Rita Bishop believe student safety is the #1 priority.  In the last five years, the school system has spent $1.2 Million improving security at our schools.  School Safety Consultant Ken Trump, a national expert, helped develop the school system's security plans.  This week, he will return to review our security and make recommendations for additional measures.
Read all about it!
January 7, 2013
More than 3,000 children in Roanoke City are about to get free books.  RCPS received 11,356 books through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program and First Book, two national children's literacy nonprofits. 
Fun in the sun at Woodrow
December 20, 2012
Before Winter Break, Woodrow Wilson Middle held its annual "Holiday Beachball Volleyball Classic."  86 teams took part in the day long tournament.  To participate, students had to have good attendance and good behavior the last few weeks.  The team that won will get a pizza party in January.
Support for Sandy Hook
December 19, 2012
James Madison Middle School students wanted to do something to help.  They held a powder puff game (similar to flag football) to raise money for the Connecticut United Way.  Madison students paid 50 cents to attend the game and ended up raising about $300 for the victims' families.  Students and staff also wore green and white to show their support.  The school took a group picture that will be sent along with the check.
Hats for Highland
December 19, 2012
Churches throughout the Roanoke Valley help Roanoke City Schools on a daily basis.  We call it Congregations In Action (CIA).  They volunteer their time and resources.  For example, many churches provide snack packs that go home with children every weekend.  This week, Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke gave kindergarteners at Highland Park Elementary knitted hats.  RCPS greatly appreciates all the churches who help our students.
Spanish and dance come together
December 18, 2012
The Southwest Virginia Ballet has done outreach programs in our schools for years.  This year, Pedro Szalay, Artistic Director, is doing something different.  He's teaching Spanish and Dance at four elementary schools.  In addition to learning a new language and a new art form, the students also get a lesson about discipline and team work.  In March, all four schools will come together for a performance at William Fleming High School.
Superintendent's Message to Parents/Guardians
December 17, 2012
Click here to view the Superintendent's message to parents/guardians regarding the school tragedy in Connecticut.
Math and Muffins
December 19, 2012
At Virginia Heights Elementary, parents of 3rd and 4th graders were invited to the school for an unique program.  It's called "math and muffins."  The idea is to help increase math scores at the school by increasing parental involvement.  During the program, parents and students had to work together to solve math problems.  They also made math games that can be played at home. 
Holiday Haul Toy Drive helps Hurricane Sandy victims
December 6, 2012
THANK YOU ALL WHO DONATED!  WSLS-TV held a toy drive this holiday season to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  RCPS had a drop-off box in the lobby at William Fleming High School.  Friday night, students from Fleming and Woodrow Wilson Middle School delivered the toys live on WSLS.  The toys have already been distributed up north. 
TV program features Jackson Middle School
December 21, 2012
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW.  Every year, WDBJ-TV airs the holiday show "Sounds of the Season."  It highlights local bands playing holiday music.  This year, the show featured Jackson Middle's choir and orchestra. 
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Holiday Attire Day at Grandin Court
December 14, 2012
On Friday, students and staff at Grandin Court Elementary were encouraged to wear their best holiday attire.  As you can see by the picture, it was very festive!
Cookies for a Cause at Patrick Henry
December 12, 2012
The PHriends Club at Patrick Henry High School is collecting toys for "Toys for Tots."  It is a program by the U.S. Marine Reserves to provide toys to needy children.  PH students who donated toys got a package of free cookies.  A U.S. Marine was on hand to support Patrick Henry's toy drive. 
Holiday Events Schedule
November 26, 2012
Our students have been working hard preparing for holiday concerts and winter programs.  We invite you to go to as many holiday events as you can to see our talented kids perform.  For the entire schedule, click here.  Enjoy!
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Caroling at Carilion
December 7, 2012
Several of our school choirs have been invited to perform at Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital during the holidays.  It is a chance to provide a little cheer to employees and patients as well as showcase the talent of our students.  This is William Fleming High School's choir singing at the hospital. 
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Monterey Elementary makes a trip around the world
December 6, 2012
Monterey held its 10th annual Multicultural Day.  It is a chance to highlight the school's diversity and honor the international students.  Students visited stations to learn about different countries and they got a taste of various international foods.  19 different countries are currently represented at Monterey. 
Nutcracker performers visit Lincoln Terrace and Hurt Park
December 5, 2012
Students from Hurt Park, Wasena, Lincoln Terrace, Highland Park, and Morningside got to see "The Nutracker" for free.  Before they went, a ballerina from the Southwest Virginia Ballet read to students at Lincoln Terrace and Hurt Park.  The Sugar Plum Fairy is Patrick Henry High School Junior Meredith Kelderhouse.   SunTrust and Carilion sponsored the free tickets. 
More RCPS students are saying "checkmate"
December 3, 2012
Most of our schools have a chess club and more students than ever are taking part.  Students play the game once a week after school.  Chess teaches them logical thinking skills and how to solve problems.  Five students from Patrick Henry, Woodrow Wilson, Breckinridge, and Madison just competed in the United States Chess Federation Championship in Orlando, Florida.  Phillip Harmon, a PH senior, placed 2nd in his classification group.
21st Century Community Learning Centers expand
November 29, 2012
13 RCPS Schools are now recipients of 21st Century grants, federal money that funds after school programs. It is part remediation, part enrichment. Students receive extra help with their school work and they have fun.  Community partners like the Taubman Museum of Art and the Jefferson Center put on activities that are both exciting and educational.  The number of students participating keeps going up!
Open Enrollment Ends Today
November 30, 2012
Time is running out! You have until midnight, Friday, November 30th to complete Open Enrollment.  Please go to https://rcpshrsource.hrintouch.com.  Remember even if you decide to not participate in the benefit plan, you must log onto the site and decline benefits for 2013. If you have any questions, please call 1-877-336-8082.
CCAP is changing lives
November 27, 2012
Samira Fudge and K.J. Sims are taking part in the Community College Access Program (CCAP).  It allows qualifying graduating seniors from Roanoke City to have their tuition paid for at Virginia Western Community College.  Fudge graduated from Patrick Henry High School, "Who doesn't want to go to school for two years for free?" said Fudge.  Sims graduated from William Fleming High School.  "CCAP has actually saved me tons of money because if I had gone out of state, that would be costing me $20,000 per semester," said Sims.
Do you want to go to college and have your tuition paid for?
October 3, 2012
Graduating Seniors from Roanoke City Public Schools can attend Virginia Western Community College and have their tuition paid.
For full details about CCAP, click here.
Jackson Middle wins VH1 music contest
November 30, 2012
Congratulations to Jackson Middle's choir and orchestra.  They won the 2nd place Grand Prize from VH1's Save the Music Foundation.  They had to record a version of Ingrid Michaelson's song "Blood Brothers."  While they placed sixth in public voting, Michaelson chose Jackson as the 2nd place winner.  The school wins 25 song books and an acoustic guitar. If you would like to watch the school's video, click here.
Community meeting set to discuss expansion of Round Hill Elementary
December 4, 2012
The public is invited to an informational meeting on Monday evening, December 10, 2012 at 6:30 P.M., in the Multipurpose Room at Round Hill.  At the meeting, we will share preliminary plans for the expansion of the school.  Plenty of time will be set aside for questions and dialogue.
Lucy Addison basketball tournament benefits RCPS students
November 28, 2012
Thank you to all of those who made this year's basketball tournament a huge success.  A lot of toys, clothing, and canned food were collected for families of RCPS students.
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William Fleming basketball player signs National Letter of Intent
November 26, 2012
Ryjae Anderson will play next year at Saint Peter's University in New Jersey.  Anderson plays basketball for William Fleming High School.  "This is a dream come true for me but before I head north, I'm looking forward to my last season as a Colonel.  We are determined to win it all this year," said Anderson. 
Video highlights the successes and challenges of RCPS
November 14, 2012
A video was put together to show state lawmakers what’s going on in Roanoke City Schools. To view the video, click here.
Cookies and milk for United Way
November 20, 2012
Six schools had 100% staff participation for the United Way Campaign. They include Noel C. Taylor, Roanoke Academy, Morningside, Hurt Park, Forest Park, and the Governor's School. These schools received free milk and cookies, generously made by our culinary arts students.
Franks at Fairview
November 20, 2012
Students were treated to a tailgate party for meeting the Accelerated Reader Challenge Goal.  Fairview students read a total of 8,984,231 words.  These were the top readers!
Crystal Spring's Turkey Bowl is a huge success
November 22, 2012
Every year, Crystal Spring Elementary has a football game to raise money for the Rescue Mission.  This year, the staff, students, and parents raised $2,850!  Since the Turkey Bowl started six years ago, Crystal Spring has raised more than $10,000 for the Rescue Mission. 
Lucy Addison Middle Adopts a Stream
November 19, 2012
The Ecology Club at Lucy Addison is taking part in Virginia's Adopt-a-Stream Program.  27 students recently cleaned up Lick Run Stream at Washington Park. They plan to be back several times throughout the school year
Students receive free dental screening
November 16, 2012
Cologate's Bright Smiles, Bright Future Dental Van visited Westside Elementary and Roanoke Academy for Math & Science. Students received a dental screening as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste. The Roanoke Chapter of Links Incorporated put this event together.
Preschoolers receive free books
November 15, 2012
Each preschool student is getting four books provided by RCPS, Roanoke City's Dept. of Social Services, and Star City Reads. This is Highland Park Elementary receiving its shipment.
Patrick Henry's yearbook is one of the best in the state
November 13, 2012
The Roanoke City School Board recognized Patrick Henry's yearbook staff.  It received 1st place from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) for its yearbook.  111 schools in Virginia competed. 
Running clubs are a runaway success
November 14, 2012
More of our schools now have running clubs. Crystal Spring Elementary started one this year for 4th and 5h grade. Students run once a week for about 30 minutes. Several recently ran their first 5K. "They've blown me away," said PE Teacher Channing Groff.
ROTEC students help the needy this Thanksgiving
November 15, 2012
William Fleming and Patrick Henry High School students collected more than a ton (2000 pounds) of food.  Health and Medical Science Students from ROTEC and members from the Roanoke Elks Lodge prepared the food for delivery. They helped 91 families.
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Noel C. Taylor student wins marketing award
November 12, 2012
Larry Stacy finished 3rd in Food Marketing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Leadership Competition.  He will now compete at the State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach in March.

State Lawmakers visit Roanoke City Schools
November 12, 2012
It was "Take Your Legislator to School Day" at William Fleming High School. State Lawmakers heard about the successes and challenges of RCPS from the School Board and City Council. Delegate Greg Habeeb and Delegate Joseph Yost also got a tour from 
some Fleming students.
Schools hold Veterans Day celebrations
November 9, 2012
Lincoln Terrace Elementary invited veterans to lunch. William Fleming ROTC students placed American flags on the graves of veterans at a local cemetery. Wasena Elementary invited veterans to school for a special ceremony. Breckinridge Middle sent cards to veterans at the VA
Hospital in Salem.
Fishburn gets fit!
November 8, 2012
Fishburn Park Elementary has started a fitness club.  Nearly 70 students and staff members have signed up so far.  They meet twice a week before school.  They play games and exercise for about 30 minutes. 
Patrick Henry High School Senior wins prestigious award
November 7, 2012
Volleyball Player Caroline Brailsford has won Wendy's High School Heisman Award. It recognizes performance on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. "It is a honor to be picked from Virginia," said Brailsford.
Anti-bullying message comes to Morningside
November 7, 2012
Carol McCloud, an author from Michigan visited Morningside Elementary.  She is called the "Bucket Lady." She encourages students to fill their buckets by doing and saying nice things for other people.  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students got a free copy of her book. 
Fire Prevention Week Art Contest Winners Announced
November 7, 2012
13 students won the annual art contest by the Roanoke City Fire Dept. "It's important to teach kids about fire safety and what better way to reinforce what they've learned than having them create works of art depicting fire
safety messages," said Chief David Hoback.
A new tune at Highland Park Elementary
November 6, 2012
Highland Park now has marimba music. It is a percussion instrument made with wooden bars.  Students even helped to make the instruments. "They have a real vibrant sound.  They're fun to play," said Music Teacher George Dickenson. 
RCPS honors Doris Ennis with a special tribute
November 2, 2012
Ms. Ennis has been with RCPS for 50 years.  The School Board threw her a special surprise dinner before the PH/Fleming football game.  Ms. Ennis also did the coin toss on the field. "I don't know what I would do without Roanoke City Schools," said Ms. Ennis.
William Fleming High School holds mock election
November 5, 2012
During lunch, Fleming students got to vote on a computer for the presidential candidates. Teachers say students have been engaged. "They are all really informed for people that age," said Government Teacher Chris Ingle.
Young Politicians at Preston Park
November 5, 2012
Preston Park is one of the few elementary schools to have a Student Council.  Students vote for president and secretary.  "It allows our students to participate in the democratic process, but it also allows our students to play a role in our school community," said Principal Eric Fisher. 
Patrick Henry students hold presidential debate
November 2, 2012
PH's Young Republicans and Young Democrats had a debate at school. "It's important for all of our students to be informed and engaged citizens. I'm proud of my students for working towards this goal," said Principal
Connie Ratcliffe.
Opera Roanoke donates tree to Patrick Henry High School
November 1, 2012
Every year, Opera Roanoke plants a tree during National Opera Week. This year, the opera chose Patrick Henry.  The tree is honored to remember Seth Williamson, long time music reviewer for The Roanoke Times.
Fallon Park Elementary holds Fall Harvest Day
October 31, 2012
The school held its annual celebration on Halloween.  It was a chance for teachers and students to dress up.  Several staff members wore Sesame Street costumes. The PTA also provided inflatable bouncy houses for kids to play in.
Pretty in Pink at Virginia Heights Elementary
October 31, 2012
The staff at Virginia Heights took part in a pink event at school.  Many teachers wore pink to honor the  two staff members who are breast cancer survivors.  "I am proud to be part of a staff who supports each other in a
variety of ways," said Principal Linda Butts.
School Board Chairman Wears Many Hats
October 30, 2012
When David Carson isn't at the office, in a courtroom, or at a school board meeting, you can often find him at one of our schools.  Every Friday, the school board chairman reads to elementary school kids.  "He does a wonderful job of engaging students while he reads.  It is truly
a treat," said Fairview Principal April Plympton.
Wasena Elementary Goes International
October 26, 2012
Wasena now has English Language Learners (ELL students). The school recently held an international potluck.  Families brought dishes from their native countries and students sang in Spanish. It was a chance for everyone to learn about different cultures. 
Roanoke City Schools Win Red Ribbon Week Awards
October 26, 2012
Hurt Park Elementary and James Madison Middle won awards from the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coaltion (RAYSAC) as part of Red Ribbon Week.  It is a campaign to encourage students to stay
away from drugs. 
Roanoke students say "No to Drugs"
October 23, 2012
During Red Ribbon Week, many Roanoke Schools took part in the nationwide campaign to encourage students to stay off drugs.  Madison Middle won an award from RAYSAC for Red Ribbon Week.
Breckinridge Student Stands Up To Cancer
October 24, 2012
Breckinridge Middle School student Bryce Moore has shaved his head to show support to his cousin who has leukemia.  "The Breckinridge community is extremely proud of Bryce.  He is an example of how one small act of kindness can touch us all," said Principal
Tracey Anderson. 
Patrick Henry students help Habitat for Humanity
October 15, 2012
UPDATE:  The students raised $1,000 for Habitat for Humanity.  Five choirs, including Patrick Henry High School's, performed to raise money for the charity. 
William Fleming High School Students Write Their Own Play
October 22, 2012
THIS WEEKEND:  It is called "Circus of the Night."  It features demented clowns, colorful cartwheeling dancers, and a fun house.  Go see it October 26 and 27 at 7:00 P.M. at William Fleming High School.
A Shakespeare classic gets a modern makeover
October 18, 2012
FINAL WEEKEND:  The Patrick Henry High School Theater Department presents "Midsummer/Jersey."  It is a modern take of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Go see it October 26-27, at 7:30 P.M. 
Madison Middle School students hold a canned food drive
October 24, 2012
As part of Red Ribbon Week, Madison Middle is trying to collect a canned food from each student.  If that happens, there will be well over 600 cans!!  The cans will then be donated to Roanoke's Rescue Mission.  The
food drive ends Friday. 
RCPS Schools take part in statewide earthquake drill
October 18, 2012
Thursday was the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, the first simultaneous earthquake drill held in Virginia.  Students across Roanoke City learned the best response during an earthquake is to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
October 17, 2012
A news anchor?  A nurse?  A police officer?  Students at Monterey Elementary got a taste of these professions at the school's first ever career day.  Representatives from Carilion, Roanoke City Police Department, WDBJ-TV, and WSLS-TV were on hand.
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Westside Debate Team Talks Presidential Politics
October 16, 2012
The Westside Debaters have been following the presidential debates closely.  Their advice for the candidates?  "Don't put yourself down and be confident.  Try to inspire people," said 5th Grader Cameron Peters. 
Roanoke City Firefighters teach students about fire dangers
October 15, 2012
This is National Fire Prevention Month. The Roanoke City Fire Dept. is doing puppet shows at our elementary schools to teach students what to do during a fire. The theme is to have two ways to get out of a burning home.
United Way Campaign is a HUGE success
October 2, 2012
UPDATE: Roanoke City Students collected more than $2,000 in change for the United Way.  A JOB WELL DONE!
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Students recognized for perfect scores
October 10, 2012
The School Board honored 13 students for having perfect scores on all of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.  Great work!
Could you write a book?
October 10, 2012
Students from Hurt Park and Westside Elementary certainly can. Both schools had a reading program this past summer where students had to write their own book. The Superintendent and the School Board congratulates these young authors.
Lucy Addison Students care about the environment
October 8, 2012
The Ecology Club at Lucy Addison recently marked storm drains near the school.  The messages warn the community about the dangers of dumping waste into the Roanoke River Watershed.
Community comes together to dedicate new Preston Park gym
August 31, 2012
Students, Parents, Faculty, Roanoke's Mayor, Superintendent, and several School Board Members were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Middle School students get a reality check about money
September 26, 2012
As part of the reality check program, middle school students are learning a lesson about budgeting. They receive a profession, a set amount of money, and then must pay their monthly bills without going over. 
Diversity continues to be a big strength of Roanoke City Schools
September 25, 2012
The school system held its first ever district wide conference for parents of English Language Learners (ELL).  The goal was to build trust and communication between RCPS and ELL families.
Lucy Addison Middle School students get to talk to NASA
September 25, 2012
Through a video conference, students got to speak to astronaut and Director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  Bob Cabana told them if they want to be an astronaut they need to do well in school, especially in math
and science. 
Roanoke's Superintendent reads to students at Mill Mountain Star
September 14, 2012
Superintendent Rita Bishop was at the Star as part of the All America City Award Celebration.  These are students from Lincoln Terrace
Elementary School.
FREE SAT Prep Course Offered for Roanoke High School Students
September 5, 2012
RCPS will offer free SAT Prep Courses at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools. 
Click HERE for more information.
Football and food bring Roanoke's high schools together
August 31, 2012
Patrick Henry and William Fleming's football teams had dinner together. The goal is to show that we are 1Roanoke when it comes
to athletics.
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Roanoke's Gem Celebrates A Major Milestone
August 29, 2012
Doris Ennis is celebrating her 50th year with Roanoke City Schools.   Why doesn't she retire for good?  "I love the kids.  It's really not a hard sell," said Ennis.
Fast Friends at Fleming
August 31, 2012
It is only the second week of school and students are already making friends. We took this picture in an art class at William Fleming High School. Talk about Colonel pride.
Your Kid's Bus Routes
August 6, 2012
Click HERE for bus route information.


National Green Ribbon School Award
June 7, 2012
Fishburn Park Elementary Principal Judy Lachey and Science Coordinator Tom Fitzpatrick, accept the federal Green Ribbon School Award in Washington D.C. on behalf of Fishburn Park Elementary Environmental Focus School. Click Here to read news release.
Tracey Nielsen Named 2012 RCPS Teacher of the Year
May 21, 2012
Virginia Heights Elementary Teacher Tracey Nielsen, who works with deaf and hearing impaired students is the 2012 RCPS Teacher of the Year. Click here for the news release. Click here for classroom video of Tracey.

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Madison Student Guest Maestro for RSO
March 6, 2012
James Madison student took center stage as guest maestro for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Photo Courtesy of Jean Jadhon/WDBJ7
Hollins Collaborates with Breckinridge Middle on Art Project
February 22, 2012
Hollins University art students collaborated with more than 50 Breckinridge students on an art project which is on display in the Williamson Road Library.
Fleming Forensics Team and P.H. Players Bring Home Top Awards
February 22, 2012
William Fleming Forensics Speech Team won the District Championship (seen in picture). Patrick Henry Players won 2nd place in the 1-act play District Competition.
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