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Dads volunteering at Northumberland

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

A couple of weeks have passed since Northumberland Elementary School implemented the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  Lynne Haynie, guidance counselor at NES says that there is now a regular presence from fathers and father figures. Tyrone Newton and Lawrence Green Sr. recently took the time to describe their experiences as WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers. Newton, whose granddaughters Allysia, Alliya and Nyriel attend NES, started in Mrs. Mitchell’s head-start class. “The kids, they

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  • Michel joins the School Board

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

    The Northumberland County School Board elected Jim Michel to fill its vacant District 1 seat at a special meeting Thursday night, but the election wasn’t a walk-over. Chairman Dick Saxer opened the meeting by explaining what was happening and saying how difficult the process was. As the four applicants, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland, Dana O’Bier and Michel listened, Saxer noted that they had “Stepped forward and offered their services.” He

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  • The public weighs in on Board applicants

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    All four applicants for the open District 1 seat on the Northumberland School Board had supporters speak for them at the Board’s public hearing Wednesday but, if it had been an election, Susan Smith-Leland would have won hands down. Mathew Brent, Jim Michel and Dana O’Bier each had two supporters recommend them to the Board. Smith-Leland was recommended by at least a dozen speakers. The appointment is not, however, an

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  • School Board applicants Q&A

    Posted on February 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    The Northumberland County School Board questioning Susan Smith-Leland.

    Northumberland County’s school board started its search for someone to appoint to the Board’s District 1 vacancy Tuesday night when it interviewed the four applicants for the appointment. Jim Michel, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland and Dana O’Bier had applied for the appointment and were questioned individually by the Board. Chairman Dick Saxer explained to the candidates that they were all being asked exactly the same questions. The candidates’ answers differed

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  • Preparing to block

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Last week the Northumberland County School Board voted to change the high school’s scheduling to a block format.  The new system will have four 90 minute classes per semester. The block system will come into effect in fall, 2015.  That leaves the school with the remainder of this year and the summer to prepare the teachers and students. “Thankfully we have a lot of expertise,” said Dr. Travis Burns, Principal

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  • WATCH D.O.G.S. at Northumberland

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    “We have never had this many men in our school before!” Theresa Larsen, Principal of Northumberland Elementary School said as she welcomed a crowd of fathers and father-figures in the auditorium on Tuesday, January 13.  The reason for the numerous masculine presence was the inauguration of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program at N.E.S. Larsen, along with Assistant Principal Kathleen Howard and Guidance Counselor Lynne Haynie, organized and hosted the event. WATCH

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  • Northumberland County educator named Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year regional finalist

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Tammy Wilkins of Northumberland County, an educator at Northumberland High School, has been recognized as a 2015 regional finalist in Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year program. There were five regional finalists for the Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year program. Marlena “K” Preston of Montgomery County, who teaches kindergarten at Belview Elementary School in Radford, was named the state-level winner. The program recognizes a Virginia educator

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