Orange County Public Schools Recognized for Success In Improving Student Outcomes Through VTSS

Orange County Public Schools Recognized for Success In Improving Student Outcomes Through VTSSThe 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.

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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 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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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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