Orange County Public Schools Implements New Visitor Management System

Orange County Public Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty.  Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.  The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

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Orange County Announces New Principal at Orange County High School

The Orange County School Board is pleased to announce Mr. Wendell Green as principal of Orange County High School (OCHS). During its July 29, 2019 meeting, the School Board took action to replace acting principal Mrs. Sherry Doane.

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral justice from Glenville State College and completed his Master of Education degree and administrative program from the University of Virginia. Mr. Green began his career in education at Orange County High School in 2001 where he served as a special education teacher and football coach. He continued his work in education with Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Public Schools. Prior to his work in education, Mr. Green served as a group home director in Florida before moving to Virginia and serving as Executive Director for Resources for Independence. In this role, Mr. Green directed three residential group homes in Northern Virginia, providing residential housing to 20 individuals with developmental disabilities. He supervised more than 50 employees and managed a budget of 1.1 million dollars.

Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead said, “Mr. Green’s broad range of experiences with students, coupled with his past administrative successes as executive director for various group homes, suggest that he has the skill set necessary to ensure that our high school students are afforded the proper academic, socio- emotional, career and extra-curricular opportunities necessary to engage today’s learners.” Dr. Snead went on to add, “Mr. Green is affable and student-centered. When asked of his strengths, he humbly admits that relationship-building is his strength as he sees this as a key attribute to success with students and adults alike. I’m very pleased to embrace Mr. Green as the visionary leader of Orange County High School.”

Mr. Green resides in Charlottesville with his fiancé Darcina and is the proud father of three boys Cameron, Brice and Torry. Expressing his enthusiasm for the opportunity to return to Orange County, Green said, “It’s an honor and privilege for me to return back to a community that I hold dear to my heart. Orange County is a community of people that values hard work, integrity, and respect for one another. I am looking forward to working with the administrative team, faculty, staff, community, and most importantly, the students”.

Green will begin on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

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Orange County High School Athletes Recognized as All Region

The following Orange County High School athletes were named All Region for the Spring 2019 season:
 
Softball 1st team:
  • Hannah Meadows
  • Sam Ferguson
 
Baseball – 2nd team:
  • Canon Davies
  • Tucker Hensley
  • Keenan Williams
  • Brett Jennings
 
Boys Soccer 2nd team:
  • Jireek Washington
    Trevor Foster
 
Girls Soccer 2nd team:
  • Jenni Pugh

Orange County Announces New Principal at Lightfoot Elementary

The Orange County School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Merilee Grubb as principal of Lightfoot Elementary School (LES).

Mrs. Grubb earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in Elementary Education and completed her Educational Leadership degree from the University of Mary Washington. Mrs. Grubb taught a variety of K-8 classrooms for 15 years and partnered with teachers as an instructional coach for 4 years before coming to Orange County.

When notified of her appointment, Mrs. Grubb expressed her excitement for the opportunity to become part of the Lightfoot Elementary School family. “I have been fortunate to serve as assistant principal to both Locust Grove Primary and Elementary—it has truly been a defining part of my life as an educator. The Locust Grove community is a talented and passionate group of teachers and staff, and I will truly miss working with them on a daily basis. I am looking forward to building relationships with students, staff, parents and the community this upcoming school year to provide the highest quality education to all students of Lightfoot Elementary School.”

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Orange County Public Schools 2019 Summer Food Service Program

Orange County Public Schools is proud to announce that they are participating in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program Seamless Summer Option. Meals will be provided to all children under the age of 18 without charge on a first come first served basis at the sites and times as follows:

Taylor Education Administration Complex (TEAC), 200 Dailey Drive, Orange VA 22960

  • Monday through Thursday, June 3- July 31 (closed on July 4th)
  • Breakfast: 8:30-9:00
  • Lunch: 11:00-12:00

In addition to the TEAC program, the following summer school sites will offer breakfast and/or lunch Monday through Thursday:

  • Orange County High School June 3-27, Breakfast 7:45-8:15 and Lunch 11:45-12:15
  • Prospect Heights Middle School June 3-13 and July 22-25 Breakfast 7:45-8:15 and Lunch 11:45-12:15
  • Gordon-Barbour Elementary School July 8-23 Lunch 10:30-11:00
  • Orange Elementary School July 8-23 Breakfast 7:45-8:15 and Lunch 10:30-11:00
  • Unionville Elementary School July 8-23 Lunch 10:30-11:00
  • Orange Baptist Church July 29, 30, and 31 Supper 5:30-6:00
  • The Orange Church of the Nazarene June 3-July 31 Monday Lunch 12:00-1:00 and Wednesday Supper 5:30-6:30

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Brittany Shifflett Named OCPS Teacher of the Year for 2019

Brittany Shifflett Named OCPS Teacher of the Year for 2019

Brittany Shifflett Named OCPS Teacher of the Year for 2019

Mrs. Brittany Shifflett, a third grade teacher at Orange Elementary School (OES), has been named the 2019 Orange County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Shifflett, who earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, is in her 9th year with Orange County schools.
“For me, it is and has always been all about the kids. They motivate me, challenge me to be better, and are constantly teaching me new things. It’s been my goal since day one to bring passion, excitement, engagement, and love into my classroom; to create a space that not only I am proud of but where my students want to come each and every day to learn, grow, and be their personal best. Working in Orange County has not only allowed me to do this but has encouraged me to do so as well. I’ve been extremely blessed to work with amazing families and colleagues who all have been so supportive of what I do”

“Mrs. Shifflett is the Teacher of the Year because she embodies all of the characteristics, skills, passion and love that we want in teachers for our students. Because she goes above and beyond to be innovative and inspire. Brittany Shifflett is a dedicated professional who works so hard to be the best teacher and school family member she can be. Her students will be better because they had her for their teacher” said Mrs. Sherri McGhee, OES principal.

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Kim Shipes, Grade 4 Teacher Lightfoot Elementary School

Kim Shipes, Grade 4 Teacher Lightfoot Elementary School

Gwen Dinkins, Special Education Teacher Unionville Elementary School

Gwen Dinkins, Special Education Teacher Unionville Elementary School

Sandy Hanley, Kindergarten Teacher Gordon-Barbour Elementary School

Sandy Hanley, Kindergarten Teacher Gordon-Barbour Elementary School

John Lentine, Art Teacher Locust Grove Primary School

John Lentine, Art Teacher Locust Grove Primary School

Candice Congdon, Reading Specialist Locust Grove Elementary School

Candice Congdon, Reading Specialist Locust Grove Elementary School

Kristin Shuman, Social Studies Teacher Prospect Heights Middle School

Kristin Shuman, Social Studies Teacher Prospect Heights Middle School

Laura Wright, Math Teacher Locust Grove Middle School

Laura Wright, Math Teacher Locust Grove Middle School

Anna Burkett, Science Teacher Orange County High School

Anna Burkett, Science Teacher Orange County High School

Every Kid Healthy Week at Orange County Public Schools

The Orange County Public School cafeteria team is happy to announce that we were able to collect 565 pounds of donated food during Every Kid Healthy Week in April. This is our third year sponsoring the food drive.

We began this annual food drive when we visited our local food pantry and asked them what time of year they had the greatest need. Most of us think of food donation during the winter holidays. The need for providing nourishing foods beyond the school day is year-round and the food pantry struggles to keep shelves full during the summer months. Donation boxes in the cafeterias and school lobbies quickly filled up and we joyfully delivered to the Love Outreach food pantry!

Anonymous Donor Strikes Again!

Orange County Public Schools would like to express our appreciation once again for the generous donation we received from an anonymous veteran. We are so very thankful for this amazing and generous person!  His donation of over $800.00 will help to pay student meal debts for families in Orange County Public Schools. When asked what we could do for him in return, his only request is that we keep him in our thoughts and that we let the children know that there are good people out there.

Orange County Public Schools Receives Anonymous Donation to Pay Off Student Meal Debts

Orange County Public Schools would like to express our appreciation for the generous donation we received from an anonymous veteran. His personal commitment to our country and our school children is appreciated beyond words. His selfless donation of $1,489.40 was given to pay off student meal debts for families in Orange County Public Schools. His donation specifically will pay off the meal debt of 222 families. When asked what we could do for him in return, his only request is that we keep him in our thoughts and that we let the children know that there are good people out there.