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2 Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 THE JOURNAl. Start of school year brings new faces BY PATTY KELLY LONG Westmoreland County Public Schools It was a full house at Washing- ton and Lee High School on Au- gust 24, 2016, as Westmoreland County Public Schools held its an- nual Opening Day Convocation. Superintendent, Dr. Michael Perry, welcomed School Board members, teachers, staff, administration, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, the gen- eral public, county administrators, and retired teachers to the yearly celebration. lames Cook, Assistant Super- intendent, began with the intro- duction of new staff positions by introducing new administrators Leslie Steele, Principal at Cople Elementary, Justin Savoy, CTE Di- rector at W&L, and Deputy Kim Simon, District School Resource Officer. Teacher transfers included Ann Lurba, English teacher from MMS to W&L, Jacob Spears, Eng- lish teacher from W&L to MMS, Elizabeth Johnson, SPED teacher from WD to Cople, Maria Hutt, Pro K teacher from WD to Cople, Kelly Evans, Reading Specialist from Co- pie to MMS, and Allison Ondovcik, English to Reading Specialist from W& L to MMS. New support posi- tions are Rob Wright, District In- struction/Gifted Resource teacher, Andrea Cottom, District Instruc- tion/Gifted Resource teacher, Nata- sha Tate, Cople Reading Specialist, Meghan Smith, W&L Instructional Technology Specialist, Millard Samuels, WDES Instructional Technology Specialist, and Michael Breunig, Cople Instructional Tech- nology Specialist. Student support p6sitionsIinclude Merita Carey, Co- pie Instructional Assistant, Bethany Bojorquez, WDES Instructional As- sistant, and Amanda Straughan, WDES part-time Instructional Assistant. Two clerical positions are being filled by Sherri Kennedy, W&L secretary and Linda Henry, WDES part-time secretary. Food service staff includes Renee Thomp- son, Cople Food Service Manager, Kim Harriman, Cople Food Service Assistant Manager, and Glenn Kel- ly, W&L kitchen employee. A new custodian person at MMS will be Mack Straughter. Pupil Transporta- tion welcomes bus drivers Richard Harman, MM/W&L, Joyce Brown, WDES, Georgia Kelly, MMS/W&L, Avery Baylor, MMS/W&L, Deborah Bennett, MM/W&L, and Bill Hall, MM/W&L. New teachers for the upcoming year include the following: W&L - Spencer Sadler, Librarian; Yanira Guerrero, Spanish; Ariany Mancera, Spanish; Tyler Engel, Band; Chast- ine Perry, Mathematics; Jacob Inge, Government; Adam Nash, Math- ematics; Ashley Jonson, Special Ed- ucation; Jessica Davis, English; and Bryan Lee, Computer Systems. MMS will welcome the these teachers; Cecilia Goodell, Librar- ian; Kristy Beamer, Mathematics; Marcia Becker, Choral Music; Brian GoodelI, History; Josh Wild, Physi- cal Education; Rosalind Doneghy, Special Education, Bruce Passaretti, Band; Paul Ziebell, Mathematics; Tammy Ware, Technology; John Bertrand, English, and Stacie Mot-t, Science. Cople Elementary welcomed Amanda Allen, Kindergarten, and Megan Kryger, Grade 3. Washing- ton District Elementary School new teachers include Jordan Coates, Grade 3; Anabell Salazar, English Learner; Rebecca Jones, Special Education; Kellen Donelson, Mu- sic; Monica Naylor, Grade 4; Debo- rah Castle, Grade 5; Ashley Ziebell, Grade 5; Morgan Berg, Grade 4, and Kathleen Berry, Grade 1. Continuing education is always encouraged among staff. Cathy Rice, Deputy Superintendent, asked persons who had earned advanced degrees this past year to come for- ward and celebrate their achieve- ment. Ms. Rice then introduced the Westmoreland County Teachers of the Year. Representing Washing- ton and Lee High School was Faye Turner; Cindy Flickinger was Mon- tross Middle School's teacher of the year; Copies Sarah Maier and Sa- mantha Dougherty of Washington District were the elementary level representatives. WMLCPS District Teacher of the Year, Faye Turner, was unable to attend and present. A musical selection by Kelly Wright, Choral music teacher at W&L was presented in honor of the teachers. She was accompanied by her hus- band, Rob Wright. One of the highlights of the morning was the Vendor Row in the hallway. Teachers and guests could visit among the various vendors and compete for some excellent door prizes. Connie Allen coordinates this effort every year. The WMLCPS Food Service, led by Hazel Hickman, had a special raffle to raise funds for student gifts throughout the year. Attendees vied for dazzling baskets filled with goodies and surprise gift cards and even a Dallas Cowboy chair. The food service department raised over $1,124.00 on the raffles. After a sumptuous lunch served by the WMLCPS Food Service De- partment, Dr. Perry addressed the employees about this year's focus; fundamentals. He reiterated the im- portance of effective lesson plans, proper planning, and relative cur- riculum. This year students will write, in every class, every day. It is an important skill that is necessary for success and their metacognitive skills. There is a new synergy at West- moreland County Public Schools. You can feel it in the hallways of the schools and the classrooms as new and returning teachers prepare for the upcoming year. WMLCPS wel- comes its teachers, staff, families and students to a new and exciting school year. Photo courtesy of Westmoreland County Schools Above, Dr. Michael Perry welcomes staff to the convocation to kick off the school year. Below, Food service chief Hazel Hickman puts last minute touches on items for a raffle to raise money for student gifts throughout the year. ANTIO.UES * COLLECTIBLES" HOME DECOB, FEATURING: BACKWOODS BB& THE ( ANDY LADY SATURDAY, SEPT. 17" 8 AM 9600 James Madison Pkwy (Rt. 301) King George www.Facebook.ComlUnique Antiques Trail: School sites map From page I tion were aimed at primary edu- cation for younger children, with some training sites to teach work skills for older claildren. There were a few private schools for African-Americans with high educational standards, some fa- mously established by Julius Ros- enwald, a businessman and philan- thropist from Illinois. At last month's meeting, Hull displayed a first draft of an inter- active web-based map showing some African-American schools and training sites. Several loca- tions were approximated because the buildings no longer exist. Hull explained. "This is a )umping-off point. It's only the beginning. What I've started to do is to approximate the locations of African-American schools, and some sites need to be verified and a lot more need to be added;' Hull said. "This is an unpublished map that will be published as soon as we get confir- mation about the location, dates of operation and other facts. The idea is to add the information for each, so when people click on it they would get links to websites and more information for each site." Hull had distributed paper cop- ies of the draft map with an alpha- betical list of what she had so far, including Avalon School, Hygeia School, Howland Chapel, Krem- lin School, Ralph Bunche High School, Holley Graded, Julius Ros- enwald High school, Little Ark School and Frog Hall approximate. The group who met in King George came up with some more and Hull has since added some. She also made a decision to publish the unfinished map on the North- ern Neck website to more easily gather information from anyone with knowledge of locations and/ or names of educational sites of any type for African-Americans prior to actual desegregation. The direct link to this map site is: african-american-education-in- the-northern-neck/. The map's existence on the site will not be promoted until after it gets into a more finished state. In an email to interested parties after the meeting in King George, Hull explained her reasoning in making the map quietly available online in its unfinished state. "Seeing it once on a screen at a meeting without the ability to re- turn to the places, descriptions and 9hotos, makes it difficult for Call Lorl at 540'709-7495 for all your personal and business printing needs. I Generators Purchase a Honeywell Home Standby Generator between August 15th and September 30th and receive I " MOBILE LINK REMOTE MONITORING INCLUDED I " I Purchase a Honeywell Home Backup Generator and receive a FREE Premium 1Q-year extended parts & tabor limited warranty and 1 year of Moblte Link Remote MonitoHng included. Product details at 1-888-GEN-INFO I I II for a free Home Estimate Call D t. 3456 Kings Hwy- King George , VA you to provide input. This way, you can look at the trail at your leisure - and maybe share with others who were not able to attend the meetings, but who may -- have information;' Hull said. Following the upcoming Mon- tross meeting, future meetings will also be set for Lancaster, Nor- thumberland and Richmond coun- ties. Those with knowledge of a for- mer training or school site for Af- rican-American children are urged to contact Hull to assist in this ef- fort. For more information, or to provide information to Lisa Hull about sites, send questions or any information/corrections to her emaih lhull@nnpdc She can also be reached at the Northern Neck Tourism Commis- sion, 804-333-1919, located at 457 Main Street, Warsaw. Movie: Big hit for foundation From page I "We are definitely going to do it again," said Grisevich. There was no admission charged to attend the outdoor showing. The event was organized to support the Colonial Beach Foundation, which is working to turn the old Lion's Club building at the site into the Co- lonial Beach Community Center, so donations to the foundation were ac- cepted. "It was the beginning of a long term effort at having something where neighbors can come and meet neighbors," said Eric Nelson of Cold- well Banker Elite, who is a member of the foundation and was one of the sponsors of the event. There were popcorn and soft drinks available for movie goers, and a breezy night, as well as fogging, helped reduce mosquito problems. The crowd was well-behaved and enthusiastic, so much so that plans a have already begun for the next out- door movie night. "It was a wonderful community event," said Grisevich. "We are defi- nitely doing it again, hopefully the first Saturday of the month, includ- ing in October and November. It was a perfect night."