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RCPS Leaders Study at the Bay

During the summer, RCPS instructional leaders traveled to the Chesapeake Bay for hands-on field studies as part of a planning retreat focused on aligning outdoor learning with class content.

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Trebuchet Contest in RCPS

On Saturday, November 1, students from RCPS secondary schools will compete in the first Trebuchet Competition, challenging each team to see who has constructed the most powerful and accurate trebuchet. Dr. Fenn has joined Team Montevideo Middle School and is assisting the students in the construction of their trebuchet. Students are keeping a critical eye on her work to make sure it meets their expectations for success.


MMS students help Dr. Fenn use the drill press as they work to build their trebuchet.

The Trebuchet Competition is part of the REFI Great Pumpkin Run activities at Back Home on the Farm on November 1.  Parents and students are encouraged to participate in the run or walk.

For more details, please see the Rockingham Educational Foundation’s website.


(Pics and info submitted by Ed Smith, REFI Executive Director)


Ferek a Finalist for $100,000 Grant


Cindy Ferek accepts congratulations from a Farmers Insurance executive upon learning that her proposal made it to the finalist stage for a $100,000 award.

Seventeen years ago Cindy Ferek began to dream big!  Cindy’s dream was to create a one mile paved trail around Turner Ashby High School that would allow for walking, biking, rollerblading, golf carts, and a means for students with handicapping conditions to become more physically active.  Cindy’s dream also included fruit trees around the perimeter of the path so people could eat as they exercised and lines painted on the path so driver education students can practice driving skills on bikes.

Fast-forward seventeen years to last spring when Cindy pursued a grant through Farmers Insurance Company’s “Thank a Million Teachers Program” and the Dream Big Teacher Challenge.  Not only did Cindy’s proposal meet all the standards, last week she was surprised while in class at Turner Ashby by two representatives of Farmers Insurance Company, who flew from California to inform her and principal Steve Walk that the proposal for a multi-purpose path around Turner Ashby had been selected as one of fifteen national finalists and one of three finalists on the east coast.  Cindy’s dream will be realized if the proposal is the winner of the east coast division, which means that if Cindy’s proposal gets more votes than the other two in the east coast division, Rockingham County Public Schools will receive a check for $100,000  from Farmers Insurance Company to make Cindy’s dream a reality.


The Dream Big Teacher Challenge Grant is awarded by individuals casting a vote for the proposal of their choice.  Starting on October 1st, and continuing until November 30th, individuals may visit and cast a vote for Cindy Ferek’s proposal (TWO WHEELS SQUARED DRIVING COURSE CHALLENGE) to create a multi-use trail for the students at Turner Ashby High School and the citizens of Dayton and Bridgewater.


Text and Picture Submitted by Scott Bojanich, RCPS Director of Support Services

Elks Donate Safety Glasses to RCPS


Mr. Fitzgerald (left) and Mr. Sencindiver

Eric Fitzgerald, RCPS Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), thanks Page Sencindiver of Harrisonburg Elks #450 as he delivers over 500 pairs of safety glasses for distribution to the Rockingham County Public Schools’ CTE programs.  RCPS appreciates the community spirit and the service of the Harrisonburg Elks, as this donation benefits hundreds of students in our schools!

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