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Mike Ransome is the new Northumberland Middle School Principal.

Meet Mike Ransome, Northumberland Middle School’s new principal

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Mike Ransome, the new Principal of Northumberland Middle School was born and grew up in Middlesex County, but Ransome seemed destined to be an educator, even at an early age. When he was just a little boy, he used his younger sister as his first pupil. He liked giving  her quizzes and tests. “I  used to get so much joy in marking her papers right, or wrong,  with a red

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  • Northumberland County School Board faced with decision of trimming $637K from 2014-2015 school budget

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The Northumberland County Board of Supervisors did not meet the full school budget request by roughly $1.1 million. In Thursday’s meeting, the board of supervisors allotted the schools $1,175, 396 less than the schools had asked for in their budget request. The school board had asked for $17,383,259 and the Supervisors gave it $16,207,863. The amount provided by the Supervisors, however, included $224,432 more than the county committed to the

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  • A musical ending to elementary adventures

    Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Fifth graders perform selections with their recorders as students do the Limbo.

    At first thought, a ceremony for fifth grade students who have passed into the sixth grade may seem silly. In Northumberland County, at least, it makes sense. The students have completed their studies at the elementary school and will be moving on to a completely new campus next fall. On Thursday, the 102 students moving up were recognized in a program at the middle/high school auditorium. Music teacher Stephanie Phillips

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  • Scholarship awards abound for graduating seniors

    Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    At Northumberland High School’s recent Senior Chapel, graduating seniors collected $87,595 in college scholarships from dozens of organizations. Dierra Green landed the biggest single award: $10,000 from the The Hickory Ground Foundation’’s Josiah Christian Leadership Scholarship. Laura Mangano wasn’t far behind with a $9,000 grant from the University of Mary Washington’s Rappahannock Scholars Foundation. Mathew Harris and Brandon Walker both landed $5,000 grants in Casey Neale Rogers Memorial scholarships. Grace

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  • Students provide a suite life for insects

    Posted on May 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Fifth grade students from Northumberland Elementary School assemble their hotel for insects with organic materials.

    Northumberland Elementary School’s fifth grade science students had barely started filling their “insect hotel” with bug-friendly debris Thursday when they got a to see how much insects like twigs, dried grass and the materials as habitat. As the first of four groups of Becky Crowther’s students began picking up the material from piles they had gathered earlier and with which they meant to stuff the plied up pallets of the “hotel”,

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  • Local students take part in National Bank Day

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Participating in Bank Day were:  (back row – l to r): Lancaster seniors Nick Nonnemacker and Thomas Hyde; Essex senior Kaitlin Saunders; Washington & Lee senior Brandon Thompson; Northumberland senior Katie Crowther; and Washington & Lee senior Milan Bullock; (front – l to r):  Lancaster senior Olivia Beck; Northumberland seniors Imari Mitchell, Dierra Green and Emily Sprague; and Essex senior Lindsey Saunders.

    Bank of Lancaster hosted 11 high school seniors for Virginia Bank Day; and following their mornings in branches closest to the home or school, their tour of the corporate headquarters in Kilmarnock, and a visit to the Operations Center, the students enjoyed a great lunch at Lee’s Restaurant, a landmark in downtown Kilmarnock.  Bank of Lancaster, in partnership with the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA), was pleased again this year to

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  • Northumberland gets ‘WISE’ by making top 100 list

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Northumberland High School IT teacher Rae Edyvane with the banner recognizing Northumberland among the 100 best schools on the WISE financial literacy test.

    Across the country 34 states’ schools have courses in financial literacy encouraged by the New York based “Working in Support of Education.” (WISE) Last week the organization released the names of the 100 schools that performed best on its test of students’ financial literacy. Northumberland County’s high school came in 30th and ahead of all but five of the other 28 Virginia school systems who took up almost a third

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