Friday, August 31, 2012
At the beginning of a new school year, we all can benefit from a quick tech safety brush-up
Back to school time is about new beginnings. It is a chance to get started on the right foot or readjust habits that we have all slipped into. Don't Text & Drive! Texting while driving is dangerous and unfortunately incredibly common. In a recent survey, 97 percent of teens say that texting and driving is dangerous but 43 percent admit to doing it. And it isn't just teens, kids learn from their parents and their parents are texting. 77 percent of teens have seen their parents text and drive. AT&T is making a push to heighten awareness of the dangers of texting and driving called "It Can Wait". They will be promoting September 19th as "No Text on Board Day" with a pledge to not text and drive. Take the time to talk to your whole family, …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Deputies plan heightened enforcement of speed, traffic violation as kids return to schools
Loudoun County Public School students will hit the books again Aug. 27 -- and as they walk to and from class, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office plans to hit the roads with extra enforcement, too. Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said in a release this week his office will conduct a Back to School campaign that focuses on increased enforcement of speed and other traffic violations around schools across the county. "The campaign is to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school," the release said, noting that school-aged children walking certain routes to school may forget to watch for drivers. The office is reminding drivers to watch for law enforcement officers and crossing guards directing traffic in school …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Annual walk planned by Ashburn’s Capital Community Church begins at 10 a.m.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Friday, August 24, 2012
Capital Community Church, or CCC, has planned its annual Back to School Prayer Walk for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, to pray for the schools, families and surrounding communities to start the school year. Last year CCC covered almost 60 elementary, middle and high schools and facilities throughout Loudoun County. Among the topics for which Capital Community pray are: Other Loudoun churches are invited all interested churches in Loudoun County to participate. To have your church participate, contact CCC Prayer Coordinator Samantha Francis at Sfrancis@CapitalCommunity.org. [Thanks for Mark Gunderman for providing this information.]
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Loudoun school system encourages parents to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
In an attempt to expand the potential communications between the school system and parents, Loudoun County Public Schools has launched Facebook and Twitter accounts that encourages parents to follow, like, whatever you call it for the respective site. LCPS has website that stays up to date and provides email alerts. Each school also has its own website, all of which can be found by visiting the LCPS website; just choosing your school from pull down bar in the upper left corner of the home page. In addition, the school system is launching the CLARITY portal, through which parents can access their children’s grades and attendance. That system will be fully operational for third grade through 12th grade at some point during the first quarter …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Most school supplies and some clothing items and footwear will be exempt from Virginia's sales tax Friday through Sunday.
Virginia is hosting its annual back-to-school sales tax holiday in August. During the event, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday (Aug. 3 - 5), most school supplies with a pricetag of $20 or less and clothing items and footwear priced at $100 or less will be exempt from Virginia’s 5 percent state and local sales tax. An all-inclusive list of school supplies, a list of exempt clothing and footwear items, holiday guidelines for shoppers and retailers, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the department’s Sales Tax Holiday Information Center. As long as each item purchased qualifies for the exemption, there is no limit on the number of items you can buy. During this sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to …
With a system design by Mackin Education, stocking shelves takes minutes, not weeks.
The term Library in a box may seem odd, but at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, an instant library is what they got. In the past, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Instructional Media Specialist Lisa Shacklette explained, setting up a school library was an onerous task. Thousands of books would trickle in from various publishers over a period of weeks and librarians would have to sort and shelve them in a disjointed manner. Library in a Box from LCPS-TV on Vimeo. That ended several years ago when LCPS contracted with Mackin Educational Resources of Burnsville, MN. Mackin contracts with all major publishers and sorts the books so they can be completely shelved in a matter of hours. On Friday, July 20, 264 boxes of books waited in …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
After joint hearing with the board of supervisors, commissioners now have task of addressing concerns raised by Lansdowne residents.
The Loudoun Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to continue studying a series of land use applications related to a high school proposed in Lansdowne and intended to primarily relieve Broad Run and Stone Bridge high schools. Just more than a dozen speakers, through their comments, showed the range of feelings Lansdowne residents have about plans to build HS-8 next to Belmont Ridge Middle School and the National Conference Center. The comments came during a joint Loudoun Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission public hearing. Traffic and safety were the top concerns raised during Wednesday’s public hearing about a series of land use applications related to the proposal. Supporters said they liked the idea of a school within the …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Casting off the summer-time blues, students and teachers were upbeat beginning a new school year.
The sun was just peeking over the horizon at J. L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, when a cheery student body piled out of bright yellow school buses and rushed across campus eager to begin a new school year. “At this age they want to come back,” said Principal Chad Runfola. “They’re very excited about being here on the first day.” The children demonstrated the sentiment by high fiving their favorite teachers, chatting enthusiastically, or in the case of one young girl with braces, squealing, "Hey, remember me!" The students received a warm welcome from equally excited staff and mascot, The Simpson Mustang, played by costumed P.E. teacher Emily Felker. In fact, it was difficult to tell who was more enthusiastic, the children or the …