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Welcome Back to School for 2022-2023!
Please see below for Parent Survey about Parent-Teacher Conference Day...




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Opportunity Ready      August 22, 2022



Welcome Back to School!

On August 11, our schools welcomed back over 13,000 Roanoke County students, as we kicked off the 2022-2023 school year. The planning and preparation started well before that as our principals, staff, and teachers worked throughout the summer to get things ready. Parents and families have also been taking advantage of opportunities to attend open houses and other back-to-school events. It has been refreshing to see everyone back together and enjoying the excitement that comes with a new school year. We look forward to seeing you all at upcoming games, PTA/PTO events, and Back to School Nights!


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Thank You for Loading the Bus!




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 The recent tax-free weekend was also the annual Load the Bus school supply drive sponsored by Roanoke County Public Schools in partnership with Walmart and other neighboring school divisions.


For over 20 years, this campaign has collected donations from all over the Roanoke Valley to help students start off their year with the school supplies they need. The kick-off event at the Bonsack Walmart was a true celebration with the William Byrd High School drumline along with cheerleaders from Roanoke city schools getting the weekend started. Thank you to all of our principals, teachers, staff, students, and bus drivers for volunteering their time and thank you to all the families who gave generously to help students!



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Parent Survey about Conference Day
We want to hear from you...

We want to hear from you!  For many years prior to 2019, RCPS had designated days for parent-teacher conferences. These were usually in November and February. Parents and teachers were always welcome to schedule a conference outside of those days as needs arose. In 2019, the designated days were replaced with a flexible schedule in which conferences could be held by phone, video call, or in person and scheduled as requested by parents or teachers.

In an effort to make sure our parents and families feel connected to our schools, we want your opinion about returning to having a designated day for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences could be conducted in person or by phone or video call to accommodate work schedules, but would held during normal school hours, with schools being closed that day for students. While the intention of having a designated day for parent-teacher conferences is to let parents and families know that our schools want to have open communication as we work together for student success, we do not want to make assumptions about what works best for you.

Let us know what you think, by completing the brief survey linked here:

Please complete by September 1.

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Golfers: Enjoy a Day of Fun and Sun While Supporting the RCPS Education Foundation

> 2022 RCPS Education Foundation Golf Tournament
> September 19
> Hidden Valley Country Club

Presented by Member One FCU as title sponsor along with a number of other generous corporate sponsors.

The Education Foundation supports classroom grants, student scholarships, and the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Awards. Support the foundation through your charitable giving, event sponsorships, and event participation.

For more information and to register, click here.

Thank you to students from all five RCPS high schools who performed for teachers at the 2022 RCPS Faculty Convocation, including these musicians from NHS. 

Apply today for bus driver, nutrition associate, instructional assistant, and building operator/custodian positions. 

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CTE Citizens Advisory Committee Hosts Business Events

Next Event:
Wed, Aug. 24, 6:00 PM
South County Library

The CTE Citizens Advisory Committee continues its work planning for replacement of the current Burton Center for Arts and Technology. Originally constructed in the 1960’s as a vocational school serving over 200 students, the current Burton Center for Arts and Technology is a specialty center with over 23 programs enrolling over 700 students. The school motto “One Burton: Infinite Possibilities” reflects the unique mixture of diverse programs and students under one roof, which provide focused study, training, and performance outcomes as well as opportunities for collaboration on real-world community projects.

Four programs at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology comprise the Governor’s STEM Academy at BCAT: Mechatronics/Robotics, Motorsports, Center for Engineering, and Center for Mass Communication. These and most programs at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology are under the direction of Career and Technical Education (CTE). All programs at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology are specialty programs providing opportunities for specialization, beyond that which is available at the five base high schools and located at one central specialty center accessible to all Roanoke County students. Our goal is to construct a modern, state-of-the-art specialty center, designed to meet the space and equipment needs of current specialty programs and student population and provide opportunities for expansion of programs and student access.

Based on recommendations from the Citizens Advisory Committee, RCPS has identified and initiated purchase agreements for a proposed new site located in Roanoke County on Peters Creek Road. As the committee continues its work in recommending scope and programming, community events were planned to invite area businesses to learning more about the project and provide input regarding workforce needs in the Roanoke Valley. The first event was held August 17 and the second event will be held Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 PM at the South County Library on Merriman Rd. near Penn Forest Elementary School.

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Green Valley Named VTEEA Program of the Year

Congratulations to Green Valley Elementary for being named the 2022 Program of the Year by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA). The award was made in recognition of the faculty’s effort to help ensure that students in the program learn about design, engineering and technology as part of the total elementary school experience. 

Additionally, Green Valley will receive the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association “Program Excellence Award” during the ITEEA annual conference in Minneapolis in April 2023.

Principal Kim Bradshaw says she is “proud of the dedicated and talented teachers at Green Valley who continue to strive for student excellence.” Congratulations!

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Did You Know?...

> RCPS is the 20th largest school division in Virginia out of 132 divisions. 

> RCPS ranked 8th in Virginia in overall math assessments and 10th in overall reading assessments for 2021-2022. 

> RCPS has an on-time graduation rate of 95%.

> RCPS is a Virginia School Division of Innovation. 


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