Orange County Public Schools Receives Telecommunication Grant

Technology Director Darrell Hatfield inspects ffiber optic cables

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.

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Orange County Announces Administrative Changes for 2017-2018 School Year

Picture of 3 new principals appointed for 2017-18

Left to Right: Nick Sodano (Gordon-Barbour Elementary); Evan Straub (Locust Grove Elementary); Todd Satterwhite (Locust Grove Middle)

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).

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Orange County Public Schools is Partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to Provide Camp Invention

Orange County Public Schools is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide Camp Invention, a unique out-of-school-time elementary enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, July 10-14 at Locust Grove Elementary School. The cost for the weeklong program is $225 and the program runs from 9:00 to 3:30pm.

An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit or call 800.968.4332 for information.

In the Launch curriculum, children will participate in four fun-filled modules each day:

Duct Tape Billionaire™
Your child will experience invention with a twist in Duct Tape Billionaire. Children can choose to explore their imaginations and invent from scratch, or they can select a basic design to make their own. They explore patents, hear how to launch a business, and present their products to mock investors.

Mission Space Makers™
This mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Mission Control sends teams challenges to design inventions that transform the atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs and grow crystal trees. Take on the jobs of tomorrow and explore beyond our galaxy!

Have A Blast™
Your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Children engineer a variety of working tools, including “snowball” throwers, a giant air cannon and more. Everyone builds their own high-tech Bubble Blaster with flashing lights to take home. This summer, campers will Have A Blast that will last a lifetime!

Operation Keep Out™
A young inventor’s dream come true, children create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box to keep treasures secure. First, they must decode a note written in invisible ink, take apart worn out electronics, and then wire their own unique Alarm Box. The objective in Operation Keep Out is to become an electrical engineering super spy!

Register by calling 800.968.4332 or visiting If you have any questions, please contact OCPS STEM Coordinator Jessica Sarver at

Camp Invention Discount Flyer

Orange County Public Schools Featured in 21st Annual VSBA Showcases for Success Directory


Orange, VA – The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 21st annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is one of 56 school divisions from across the Commonwealth that has programs featured in the directory. The OCPS program featured in the directory.

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Orange County High School Teacher Chosen as 2016 Brown Research Fellow


Teresa Muse - Selected for Brown Teacher Research FellowshipsBrown Teacher Research Fellowships provide educators with an opportunity to study a topic related to Virginia’s history and culture and to develop teaching materials in collaboration with the Library’s professional staff. This year’s Fellow was Teresa Muse, a social science teacher with Orange County Public Schools, who developed teacher resources that examine the history of religious freedom in Virginia and created a set of documents to be added to the online resource collection Document Bank of Virginia, the Library’s initiative to get primary documents into classrooms.

Police, Schools Respond to “Clown” Talk

The scary clown concern has come to Orange. Amid concerns over recent clown sightings around the nation, a few local youths posted items on social media referencing clowns in or coming to Orange. Link to article from Orange County Review published 10/6/2106.

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Press Release – Orange Schools Close to Full Accreditation

Orange County came within one point of having all of its schools rated as Fully Accredited. According to information released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), eight of the nine Orange County schools are fully accredited for 2016-17, while one school received a rating of Partially Accredited—Approaching Benchmark.

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