Lunenburg Middle School Celebrates February as African American History Month
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia (YAV) presented Atumpan - Tales of the Griot at Lunenburg Middle School. YAV performing artists Corey and LaQuita Marie Staten kicked off the celebration of African American History Month. The program titled "Tales of the Griot," told stories and incorporated instruments of West Africa.
The artists incorporated world music, folklore, and dance to enhance the educational experience of students. The students and teachers participated in a story adventure performance, creating a type of hands-on workshop. They played a variety of percussion instruments to create rhythmic patterns.
Students learned chants that, when played with a rhythm, taught them how to remember processes and learn new information. Students were engaged in call-response story listening and learned how African-American storytellers kept history and culture alive through the stories they told.
For more information on Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia, visit www.yav.org. This program was made possible by a grant that Reginald Davis received from the Lunenburg Charity Fund.
Virginia Marble Donates $1,000 to Help the “Portable Chargers” Robotics Team at CHS
Lunenburg County Public Schools and Central High School wish to thank Virginia Marble Manufacturers for donating $1,000 towards the new robotics team, the “Portable Chargers.” The team will compete in two district FIRST Robotics competitions in March.
The group was able to get started with funds donated by Mid Atlantic Broadband and Mid Atlantic Broadband will match funds as well. We also wish to thank Kenbridge Construction, ACE Hardware – Kenbridge Supply, and Bailey Stews for their donations of funds and supplies to help the team.
The team has started building and programming its robot to overcome the obstacles that are set forth in the competitions. Mark Bailey, science teacher at Central High School, is leading this new effort as the team's coach.
Thank You Container First Services!
We are pleased to announce that Container First Services (CFS) has donated $5,000 to Victoria Elementary School and $5,000 to Kenbridge Elementary School to be used for new playground equipment. They have also donated $10,000 to Lunenburg Middle School for a scoreboard on its athletic field. This donation adds up to a $20,000 for Lunenburg County Public Schools! A huge thank you goes to CFS!
Over the last few years, CFS has generously donated $30,000 towards the construction of the concession stand and restrooms for Central High School's baseball and softball fields. They also helped to sponsor the new scoreboards on the high school baseball and softball fields. The school system appreciates all of the things we have been able to do because of their generosity!
Click here for images of the Board of Supervisors meeting, on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at which our schools accepted donations from CFS’s Chief Executive Officer Rob Guidry, Chief Operating Officer Tim Webb, and Lunenburg Operations Manager Sandy Cothran. Photos by B. Nowlin.
VES class wins Read To Succeed Contest
M. Whitlow’s fourth grade class at Victoria Elementary School recently won a National “Read To Succeed” contest using Achieve 3000. Students were awarded with a gift card to use for a celebration of the students’ choice.
The class voted to have a pizza party to recognize their reading accomplishment. It is proven that the more Achieve 3000 lessons students complete, the greater their reading gains.
Whitlow’s fourth grade students built remarkable reading gains over the contest period.
Lunenburg County Holds 2016 Division Spelling Bee
Lunenburg County held its 2016 Division Spelling Bee on January 15, 2016 at Central High School. Spelling Bee participants were P. Manuel, 5th Grader from Kenbridge Elementary School; J. Williams, 3rd Grader from Victoria Elementary School; and B. Currin, 6th Grader from Lunenburg Middle School. Ms. A. Whittle was the pronouncer for the event .
After several rounds of spelling, B. Currin was determined the winner with the winning word being “serpentine.” J. Williams was runner-up and Pedro Manuel came in 3rd.
B. Currin will go on to participate in the Richmond Times Dispatch Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Library of Virginia. J. Williams will represent Lunenburg if B. Currin cannot be present that day for any reason. The winner of the Richmond Times Dispatch Spelling Bee will participate in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. This event is broadcast on ESPN 3.
Many thanks to school level bee coordinators, J. Dalton at Kenbridge Elementary, C. Vermillion at Victoria Elementary, and T. Wilkinson & V. Northington at Lunenburg Middle School. Also, thanks goes to James Abernathy for coordinating the division level bee.
Back Row (L to R) – J. Abernathy, Lunenburg Division Spelling Bee Coordinator; V. Northington, LMS Spelling Bee Coordinator; C. Vermillion, VES Spelling Bee Coordinator; J. Dalton, KES Spelling Bee Coordinator; and A. Whittle, Pronouncer. Front Row (L to R) – Lunenburg County Spelling Bee Champion, B. Currin; Lunenburg Spelling Bee Runner-Up, J. Williams; and Lunenburg Spelling Bee 3rd Place Winner, P. Manuel.
Mrs. Newbill’s 2nd Grade Class at Kenbridge Elementary Publishes Book
At the school board meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016, members of Mrs. Newbill’s 2nd Grade Class were present to share the book they published. Mr. Berkley was presented with a copy to put on display at the school board office. The book titled, “When Santa Came to KES?,” was written by the students, and they also illustrated the book. Mrs. Newbill has been notified that their book is a finalist in the National Book Challenge sponsored by the publishing company. Last year, Mrs. Newbill’s 2nd Grade Class published “The Big Fat Turkey.”
Photos by B. Nowlin and M. Spencer
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The Portable Chargers Robotics Team Gets Started at Central High School
On January 9th, FIRST Robotics held the kick off for competition season at VCU. The Portable Chargers, the new CHS team, picked up its kit to build a robot. Students started this week organizing and inventorying the kit as well as organizing the tools. They are set to start building before the end of the week.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation has generously donated start-up funds, including registration fees for the team. Benchmark Community Bank and Virginia Marble have donated funds to the team, and ACE Kenbridge Supply has donated tools for the team. We hope to have more donations in the coming weeks. Thanks to these businesses for helping to make it possible for these students to participate in this outstanding program! Click here for more images.
CHS Theatre Group Presents...
“After Hours” for Which They Received Awards at the Conference and Regional Level
The Central High School (CHS) Theatre Group, under the direction of Reanna Langert, presented, “After Hours,” at CHS on the evening of Thursday, December 17, 2015. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
All is quiet on the storefront as the owner of a small clothing shop (portrayed by C. Kates) locks up for the night. Little does she know that when the lights go out, activity in her store really picks up! Two lively mannequins, LuAnn (A. Parham) and Patty (C. Bailey), have been waiting all day for a chance to loosen up. When they discover fellow mannequin Danny (J. Clarke) in a mistakenly delivered crate, the night really gets interesting! The new mannequin on the block talks of his dreams of becoming a crash test dummy. He not only gets out of his box, he thinks outside the box when a pair of bungling burglars (H. Bayne and L. Puleo) breaks in. With Danny taking the reins, the mannequins show the crooks who the real “dummies” are, playing games with their minds, frightening them out of their wits and sending them on their way. With great comic dialogue and stage action, the CHS Theatre Group’s presentation was superb!
During the fall, the group participated in the Virginia High School League Conference # 42 Theatre Festival 2015. They won 2nd place. In addition, Jonathan Clarke won best actor, Ashley Parham won best supporting actress, Luke Puleo and Caitlin Bailey received honorable mention, and Christian Blake received honorable mention for his understudy for three other roles while also performing his own part.
The group then advanced to Virginia High School Regional Theatre Festival 2015 where they placed 6th, and Caitlin Bailey, Jonathan Clarke, Ashley Parham, Justin Blackwell and Luke Puleo all received honorable mention for their roles. The CHS Theatre Group has had a very successful year so far! Congratulations to Ms. Langert and all of the members of the group!
Hour of Code Observed at LMS
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week 93 students and two teachers from Lunenburg Middle School participated in the worldwide event called the, "Hour of Code". Students designed computer code that programmed robots and designed computer apps for the past two weeks in Mr. Fowler's and Mrs. Sutphin's classes.
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
Plans are underway to improve and expand the current Central High School patio, an area that is enjoyed regularly by students, staff, and community members. This newly renovated area will be called, "The Charger Courtyard." The Charger Courtyard Campaign is being spearheaded by Assistant Principal Natalie Coronas.
The project includes purchasing shade sails for the current patio, building additional picnic tables, and creating a center courtyard off of the patio. A gazebo will be built by carpentry students and a brick walkway will be made with engraved, memorial/honorary bricks purchased to help fund the project.
The project will cost approximately $15,000 to complete, and the memorial/honorary bricks may be purchased for $50. If you are interested in purchasing a brick, click here for an order form. Your donations are greatly appreciated. As funds come in from these donations, we will be able to purchase materials and move forward with our projects. The laying of the bricks will be one of the final items to be done in this process.
Other fundraiser's are being held as well. You may reach Mrs. Coronas at 434-696-2137 for more information about this project.
Pictured here is a diagram of the proposed project.
CHS Student Wins VCU Community Memorial Hospital’s Window Painting Contest
On December 1, 2015, several of Mrs. J. Kunath’s art students participated in the VCU Community Memorial Hospital’s annual Christmas window painting contest. Three CHS seniors participated in the contest.
Those students were S. Gillikin, T. Brown, and Y. Bell.
These students competed against other students from Park View High School, Bluestone High School, and Kenston Forest School to see who could create the best window drawing and painting for the Hundley Annex residents’ windows.
S. Gillikin was named the first place winner for his wonderful drawing and painting of a Charger in a sleigh. He received recognition as well as a monetary award for his fine work. We are very proud of all of these creative, artistic students, and we applaud Shawn’s accomplishment!
S. Gillikin is picture here with his winning artwork. Click here for more images.
CHS Students Receive Internship with Dominion Brunswick County Power Station
Central High School seniors, B. Williams and H. Alphin have been awarded an Internship with Dominion Brunswick County Power Station. The seniors were recommended by their High Performance Technology instructors at Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center (SVCC) in South Hill, where they are 2nd year dual enrollment students. Once Dominion Power received their recommendations, the students completed an application and then participated in a panel interview process.
The Internship positions are prestigious and difficult to receive and these young men completed the steps and were accepted! During the Internship period (6 months), they will work 20+ hours in the facility and they will be revising and developing procedures and training material for the company.
They will make valuable employment contacts and gain much on the job training. In May, both students will earn a Career Studies Certificate in High Performance Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Technology and a total of 48 college credits with SVCC. Central High School is very proud of these well deserving young men.
KES Garden is Becoming a Reality
KES is creating a garden with the help of Twigs and Berries and Matthews Lawn Care. The KES Garden Project was spearheaded by KES Teacher Mark Roncinske. Students will plant, grow, and eat vegetation grown here.
Assistant Principal Lucy Hall says, "People wonder why living in a small town is so great. Here is one of the reasons... This is the beginning of the KES garden. The pictures don't do it justice. A huge thank you to Twigs and Berries and Matthews Lawn Care!! They have given us a great foundation and a place for the students at KES to learn even more."
Students will be helping out with the garden this Friday, November 6, 2015. We will post more photos at that time so that you can see the progress being made.
Lunenburg County Public Schools Hold Parent Teacher Conferences on November 3, 2015
On November 3, 2015, Lunenburg County Public Schools held its first set of Parent Teacher Conferences for the school year. At both elementary schools, the Reading Specialists had Parent Activity Stations set up. Parents were able to take home various activities and supplies to work on various reading skill sets with their children. These supplies and activities were free for parents.
Parents were able to register to win a $15 Food Lion gift card, and students were also entered into a drawing for some fun Superhero themed prizes. Books were also offered for sale for $1 each. Lunenburg Middle School (LMS) held its first “Chat & Chew” session for parents. LMS administrators shared current activities and issues with parents. Parents had the opportunity to give feedback and discuss issues of concern to them. Parents were able to enjoy some light refreshments.
Click for images from parent teacher conferences at KES, VES, LMS, & CHS.
Benchmark Donates Funds to the new FIRST Robotics Team at Central High School started with a Grant from Mid Atlantic Broadband
Lunenburg County Public Schools has worked with Bill Wilson, through the Southside VA Regional Technology Consortium, of which we are a member, to secure a grant through Mid Atlantic Broadband to start up a FIRST Robotics Team at Central High School. The grant we have received covers our registration cost and other start up of the team. Mark Bailey, science teacher at Central High School, will be leading this effort as the team's coach. Currently, there are 16 students committed to the team called the Portable Chargers.
We are grateful to Benchmark Community Bank who has already donated $1,000 to the cause. This donation will help us to match some of the remaining funds that are available to us for start up cost. The team will travel to compete in two district events, and there will be additional costs involved with traveling that are not covered in the grant funding.
We are looking for sponsors to cover this cost and to help match the remaining funds for which we are eligible. The Portable Chargers will be organizing fundraiser's as well. This is a project that will allow us to utilize our new 3 D printers and will help us move our students into the 21st Century.
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Attn: Parent Concerns
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Lunenburg County Public Schools Announcements and News
**Monday, February 15, 2016 will be a regular school day. All schools will be open on that day.
** Congratulations to LMS Boys and Girls Basketball Teams! The boys defeated Powhatan last night 55-51. The Lady Blue Devils defeated Powhatan last night also 30-29.
** "The Portable Chargers," CHS's New Robotics Team would like to announce that they have been the fortunate recipients of the Schubert Grant offered by Showbest Furniture Corporation. This grant, in the amount of $2,000, helps with travel expenses for the FIRST Robotics competitions. Thank you to the Schuberts and Showbest Furniture Corporation!
** ACT Testing at CHS is Saturday, Feburary 6, 2016. Students must be there NO LATER THAN 7:45 a.m. All students must bring their admissions ticket and proper Identification (ID).
** SAT Testing at CHS as been rescheduled to Saturday, February 20, 2016. Students must be there NO LATER THAN 7:45 a.m. All students must bring their admissions ticket and proper Identification (ID).
** Lunenburg County’s Virginia Preschool Initiative Program Screening Day is set for Friday, April 15, 2016 at Kenbridge Elementary School. Click here (English) (Spanish) for the a flyer with more information. Click here for our NEWapplication. Applications must be returned to the school board office, in person or by mail, by April 8, 2016 to reserve an appointment time for the Screening Day on April 15. All applications received after June 3, 2016 will go on our waiting list.
** Central High School will sponsor a Super FASFA Night on Thursday, February 11, 2016 betweeen the hours of 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm at the high school. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Four seniors (Statewide) will win one of four scholarships. 1 - $1.000 dollar scholarship and 4 - $250.00 dollar scholarships will given away following the statewide drawing. CHS students must attend the Thursday FASFA event in order to enter for the drawing.
For more information you can contact Mrs. Stephanie Powers or Mrs. Geneva Hines
** Kindergarten Registration Week is March 14 - 18, 2016 at KES and VES. The Kindergarten Sample School Day Program will be on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 9 - 11 a.m. at both schools as well. Click here for a flyer with all the details.
** Congratulations to the Lady Blue Devils Basketball Team who defeated Prince Edward last night 21-15. Lunenburg Middle Boys' Basketball Team defeated Prince Edward 45-29. The boys' record is 8 wins and 1 loss. The boys are still top of the district!!
** GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program) has resources for students to gain financial aid to further their education beyond high school. This assistance is for more than just college bound students. Click here for more information and to go to a video on the CHS page that let's you know more about this program.
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** Lunenburg County Public Schools appreciates its Guidance Counselors! We thank them for all that they do for our students and parents!
KES - La Freda Ogburn VES - Janet Johnson LMS - Thelma Craig Celia Miller, Guidance Secretary CHS - Stephanie Powers & Geneva Hines Cathy Liggon, Guidance Secretary
** LMS Revised Basketball Schedule:
February 1, 2016 vs Amelia (at home)
February 3, 2016 vs Prince Edward (at home)
February 4, 2016 vs Powhatan (at home)
** Students at KES and VES received tickets to a Longwood Lancers Basketball Game for reaching their reading goals. It was scheduled for this Saturday, January 23, 2016. The game has been moved to this Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM and 5 PM for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. Vouchers will still be able to be redeemed for both games, AND for the rescheduled READING DAY which will be Saturday, March 5th at 2 PM. To watch the game from home please click here...visit on the Big South Network.
** Lunenburg County Public Schools makes Top 10 Best Up and Coming School Districts in Virginia according to the research engine StartClass. Click here to see more.
** ATTENTION PARENTS: INFORMATION ON NEW TESTING METHOD FOR MATH SOLs - In 2015-2016, most students taking the grade 3 mathematics test and grades 6, 7 and 8 mathematics tests will be administered a computer adaptive version of the Standards of Learning (SOL) test. 7th Graders actually took the computer adaptive version of the mathematics SOL last year as 6th graders. But for this year’s 3rd, 6th, and 8th graders, it will be completely new. Watch the videos to learn how computer adaptive testing provides students with a customized assessment experience. Click here for videos and more information.
** Parent Math Workshop to be held at KES on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Your students will receive a flyer in the their backpack with an RSVP to be returned to school by Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Click here (English or Spanish) for more information. A Parent Math Workshop will also be held at VES on Thursday, February 25, 2016 with more information to follow.
** Charger Football Players are recognized at the State Level on the Virginia Prep website. Congratulations to these players and their coaches for a job well done! Click here to see the names of your Central Chargers who are listed.
** CHS DECA Chapter Wins Awards at the District IV Leadership Conference Held on January 6, 2016. Click here for more info.
** Want to receive the CHS Newsletter by email? Email Natalie Coronas, Assistant Principal, at email@example.com to be added to the email distribution list today!
** Report Threats Anonymously Here on our Website. There is an epidemic of violent school threats. Of course this causes fear and frustration for educators, students, and parents. The majority of these threats turn out to be hoaxes. However, we at Lunenburg County Public Schools are taking any threat seriously. In order to stop a threat and possibly save lives, we need your help. If you are aware of a SERIOUS threat, you can now report it using our “Report a Threat Anonymously” Quicklink (Click Here) at the bottom of this page. Once you submit your threat report, key staff members are alerted. We thank you in advance for using this service wisely for the safety of our schools and the community.
** Are you interested in being a member of the LMS National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)?Click here for more information.
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KES 4th Grader Making A Difference
A. Hadley, a 4th grade student at Kenbridge Elementary School was recently recognized as the "Student of the Quarter" from the Lunenburg Chamber of Commerce. At their annual dinner they honored Hadley for his fundraising efforts for new basketball goals on the school playground. Hadley came up with this idea after seeing his fellow classmates getting hurt at the only basketball goal on the playground. He then asked permission from Principal, Kathleen Rainey to conduct a school wide fundraiser to raise money for new goals. He called his fundraising project "basket banks." With the help of other KES students, Hadley collected over $750.00 for the new basketball goals. KES is proud of Hadley's efforts and look forward to using the new goals that have already been purchased.
Bowl Team! CHS Scholastic Bowl Team placed 4th overall in their competition on January 30, 2016. J. Clarke got 1st Team All District.
Prospective Governor's School Students Attend Shadowing Activities Twenty sophomore students from Central High School attended shadowing activities at the Governor's School of Southside Virginia in Keysville on January 29, 2016. Students attended mini courses in Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and English, and were presented with the opportunity to examine previously completed research projects while the instructor previewed the process.
At the conclusion of the coursework, students met at the Workforce Development Building on the campus of SVCC for a question and answer session.
Secondary Art Teachers attend Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Workshop
On Friday, January 29, 2015 the secondary art teachers attended a great workshop at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA). The workshop was about exploring electrolytic etching. It is a safer way to etch metals with salt water and electricity. It was taught by Longwood professor Angela Bubash who specializes in metalsmithing.
J. Kunath's drawing in the solution.
J. Fleisher checking her etched work
(the deepness of it) and removing it
from the solution.
CHS Class Produces Advertising Project
Mrs McGrath's Economics and Personal Finance students recently completed individual advertisements. Some students created advertisements based on existing products and services, and others created their own business to advertise. Students used Moviemaker and PowerPoint. They all had a great time and were extremely creative! One student, sophomore Brittany Tomlinson, created a Ben and Jerry's ice cream ad and brought in three flavors of the ice cream for her classmates to sample.
Scenes from the CHS Girls JV Game against Cumberland. Photos by B. Tomlinson
KES Spelling Bee Winners
Fifth grade student P. Manuel recently won the Kenbridge Elementary School Spelling Bee. This local spelling bee is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is a preliminary round for the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, DC. P. Manuel will represent KES at the division level spelling bee on Friday, January 15, 2016. L. Anderson, a second grade student at KES, was the runner up.
The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. For more info: www.spellingbee.com
P. Manuel, KES Spelling Bee Champion
L. Anderson, KES Spelling Bee Runner-Up
KES held a Comet PBIS Eventon
January 12, 2016 for students who have demonstrated good behavior over the
Grade-level winners were (pictured here L to R) 1st - N. Mansfield, 2nd - R. Jones, 3rd - Jaden Williams, 4th - Hunter Word, and 5th - Chris Talbert.
Congratulations to Jaden William - VES School Champion and Hunter Word - VES School Runner-Up (pictured here L to R).
7th Graders at LMS Give Back to Those Who Have Served
In December, Roxane Hoefer’s 7th Grade Classes prepared Christmas cards for the Veterans at the Hunter H. McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA.
The classes recently received a letter from Jason V. Gray, Chief, Voluntary Service, thanking them for their donation of Christmas cards for the Veterans. Gray stated, “Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country.” These cards made hospitalization more bearable for these Veterans during the holidays. Preparing the cards offered students the opportunity to give back to those who have given us so much—the gift of freedom.
Patriot's Pen Awarded
The VFW & Ladies Auxiliary Post 9954 awarded the Patriot's Pen on November 24, 2015.
Students in grades 6-8 at Lunenburg Middle School (LMS) wrote essays entitled, "What Freedom Means to Me."
Pictured here are the winners of that essay contest from left to right--S. Nelson, 3rd Place; A. Crawley, 2nd Place, and C. Spencer, 1st Place. Pictured with them are their families; LMS teachers, R. Hoefer and H. Whittle; LMS Principal Dr. Stanislas; VFW Post 9954 Ladies Auxiliary President E. Glidewell and Historian S. Batte. Students and their families were treated to a wonderful meal. They were then recognized with a certificate and a check for their accomplishments. Congratulations to these essay writers!
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