Press Release – September 25, 2017
According to information released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), all nine Orange County schools met or exceeded the statewide benchmarks set for Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores and have been rated as Fully Accredited. This year, Orange County was one of only 65 school divisions across the state that were able to achieve 100% of their schools earning that designation.
Orange County Public Schools is going to be collecting student information this year through the use of a new online registration system. PowerSchool Registration will allow the parents/guardians to update their returning students’ information using a computer from any location that has access to the Internet.
August 10, 2017
Orange County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Orange Elementary School (OES) has been awarded the 2017 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. This award is one of the 2017 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Awards for advanced learning and achievement which were announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education on August 8, 2017.
During their regular meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 the Orange County School Board approved the 2018-19 School Calendar.
The Virginia Department of Education presented the second annual Classrooms Not Courtrooms Institute in Richmond on July 24-25, 2017. During this conference, Orange County Public Schools was recognized for their outstanding innovation and commitment to the success of all students.
The award was presented by Dr. Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Delegate Lamont Bagby of Henrico County. Bagby was the chief patron of House Bill 1924 which directs the Board of Education to establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term student suspensions from school.
VTSS’s evidence-based, system-wide practices provide educators with tools and strategies to address the academic, behavioral, social-emotional needs of students while improving the learning environment and addressing disciplinary issues.
Attending the institute from Orange County Public Schools were Bill Berry, Assistant Superintendent; Kelly Guempel, Orange County High School Principal; Merilee Grubb, Locust Grove Primary and Locust Grove Elementary Assistant Principal; Evan Straub, Locust Grove Elementary Principal; and Eugene Williams. Orange County High School Assistant Principal.
Orange County Education Foundation Celebration of Education to Honor Carol Hunter Scheduled for August 20, 2017
The Orange County Education Foundation will hold its annual Celebration of Education on Sunday, August 20, 2017. This years’ event will honor Carol H. Hunter. The celebration will be held at Jame’s Madison’s Montpelier. Tickets are $35 per person.
The Orange County School Board is pleased to announce Mr. Lee Finger as principal of Locust Grove Primary School (LGPS). During its July 10, 2017 meeting, the School Board took action to fill the position vacated after Mr. Nick Sodano was appointed as the principal at Gordon-Barbour Elementary School.
Pictured is Darrell Hatfield, Orange County Public Schools Director of Technology, inspecting the rolls of fiber optic cable which will eventually supply school facilities with high speed Internet connectivity.
Orange County Public Schools is pleased to announce its receipt of a fiber optics project grant from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC is a federal agency that provides assistance to schools and libraries for telecommunication costs. In the past, the school division has received grant funds for projects such as internet connectivity and wired and wireless network replacement. When first made aware of the ability to use grant funds for fiber projects, school administrators approached the county government to determine interest in collaborating in a joint project to increase bandwidth throughout the county.
June 27, 2017
During its meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 the Orange County School Board approved the appointment of Mr. Nick Sodano as principal of Gordon-Barbour Elementary School (GBES), Mr. Evan Straub as principal of Locust Grove Elementary School (LGES) and Mr. Todd Satterwhite as principal of Locust Grove Middle School (LGMS).
Orange County Head Start is now enrolling Head Start and Pre-K students for the 2017-18 school year.
For more information, call 540-661-4470 or visit our web site at https://sites.google.com/a/ocss-va.org/ocheadstart/