JFHMS Wins National FCCLA Award

The J. Frank Hillyard Middle School chapter was awarded the FCCLA 2014 National Middle School Financial Fitness Award.
We were chosen from all the chapters across the nation for having the best project and curriculum for Financial Fitness.

The FCCLA chapter is under the direction of Tammy Dean.

David L. Baker
J. Frank Hillyard Middle School

Civil War History Travels to RCPS

Submitted by Beau Dickenson, RCPS Coordinator of Social Studies, who arranged the activities for the students.

The History Mobile is an interactive “museum on wheels” that is sponsored by the Virginia Civil War Commission. Fourth and fifth grade students from across the county were bused to the Central Office in order to tour the exhibit and participate in three other stations related to Civil War history. In addition to the museum, students interacted with living historians from the 10th Virginia Infantry, they experienced dance and culture of the time period with the “Civil War Era Dancers of the Shenandoah Valley,” and they participated in a short classroom session on Civil War photography with Mrs. Pat Early from the Jamestown Outreach Program.  Thirty-seven classes and over 700 students participated in this event.

See additional pictures here.


Students in Donna Mueller’s 5th grade class at Elkton Elementary were surprised by the weight and size of the weapons the soldiers carried.


Pleasant Valley students took the opportunity to interact with the exhibits inside the HistoryMobile.


The infantrymen encouraged students to examine the artifacts.


Mrs. Pat Early from the Jamestown Outreach Program captivated students with her discussion of Civil War photography.


Students asked many questions throughout the day of the living historians from the 10th Virginia Infantry.


“Civil War Era Dancers of the Shenandoah Valley” led each classroom of students through some of the popular and traditional dances of the time.


Melissa Fox and one of her PVES students discuss an exhibit inside the HistoryMobile.


Beau Dickenson engages Lacey Spring Elementary students as he leads them to their next activity.


The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is an interactive “museum on wheels” housed in a 53’ expandable tractor-trailer.

Learn more about the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile



MTC Students Excel in State Contests

Submitted by Camala Kite, MTC’s Assistant Director for Marketing and Programs

This past weekend, Massanutten Technical Center students competed at both the SkillsUSA and FCCLA state conferences.

We’re so proud of their hard work and effort.  They really represented MTC, their home schools, and RCPS well.  If you see any of these fine young people, please congratulate them on a job well done!  Furthermore, MTC students, Emily Conley and Libby Diaz, won their elections for SkillsUSA state office.  They will be representing the state of Virginia at the national convention to be held in Kansas City this summer.

SkillsUSA winners:

GOLD(Winners in all categories with the exception of EMT will be competing at the national conference to be held this summer in Kansas City.  Our EMT team will not be competing at the national level because there is no competition in that category at this time.)
Andrew Strawderman- Diesel
Kristina Anderson- Prepared Speech
Tyler Phillips- Firefighting
Nicholas Shifflett/Trinity Taylor- EMT
Zachary McDaniel- Post-Secondary Internetworking


Mitchell Thomas- Post-Secondary HVAC
Katie Shifflett, Yarixa Castro, Brittany Ritchie- Crime Scene Investigation
Ben Covington, Larema Dixon- 3D Animation
Joel Bradley- Firefighting
Lauren Hornick- First Aid/ CPR
Josie Salcedo- Post-Secondary Internetworking
Codi Funkhouser- Masonry


Matt Smith- Diesel
Yan Volokitkiin- Electricity

FCCLA winners:


Knife Skills- Warner Shull -  (second place, as well)
Portfolio/Breads -  Sierra Ecroyd


Portfolio/Pastries John Monger -  Bronze
Portfolio/Show Piece – Cassidy Holsinger -  Bronze
Culinary Team- Jared Diehl, Michael Cook, Kayla Fitzgerald – Bronze

Cub Run Holds “Guest Reader Day” During Reading Month

Submitted by Lynn Briggman, guidance counselor at SHS, CRES parent and PTA member, who organized the event.

Cub Run celebrated reading with Guest Reader Day on Monday, Feb. 17th! All students and staff read The Lemonade War, a book that incorporates math into a story of two siblings spending a week of summer vacation with a lemonade stand battle to earn the most money.


Dr. Fenn enjoyed some lemonade when she stopped by to read!

There were school-wide projects throughout the month including some home projects, PTA sponsored events, and classroom counseling activities. Everyone at Cub Run was excited about The Lemonade War!
During Guest Reader Day there was a parent or other community member reading a chapter of the book in all 32 classrooms. It was a terrific experience for students to see the whole community showing an interest in reading and their school. Readers also shared a little about themselves so that students could benefit from learning more about other adults as role models.

A few of the readers were from RCPS Central Office, and the future schools of Cub students….Montevideo Middle School and Spotswood High School. This helps the younger students transition to the other schools by building a connection. Guest Reader Day was a wonderful day in a month where reading is celebrated and enjoyed.


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Jake Dight’s grandmother is from England and students enjoyed her beautiful accent as she read to them! Jake is a 2nd grader in Holli Furr’s classroom at Cub Run.



Mrs. Lisa Pullin, band director at Montevideo, read and performed for Mrs. Miller’s students.


TAHS Students Participate in Save Your Tailgate Activities

Submitted by Cindy Ferek, TAHS PE and Drivers Education Teacher

Students in Cindy Ferek’s 10th grade Drivers Ed and adapted classes took part in leading “Save Your Tailgate” (SYT) activities in the fall. They conducted seat belt checks before school twice and before one of the home football games. Students signed the seat belt pledge during all the lunch shifts. Bridgewater practicum students working with her adapted class helped them her Special Education students write safety messages in chalk on the sidewalks in front of the school where all the students enter/exit and load the buses.

See more pictures here.

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TAHS won a $500 prize for their efforts. Save Your TAIL-Gate, Buckle Up (SYT) campaign was sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police Association, and the Allstate Foundation.

Below is the report Mrs. Ferek submitted that outlines their achievements and activities. Congratulations on an outstanding project!



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