Rockingham County

Safe Routes to School

Categories: Rockingham County | 2017

Starting in the spring of 2016, Rockingham County Public Schools began a bicycle safety education program for grades K-8. As one of the only rural counties in the state of Virginia to receive Safe Routes to School funding, Rockingham County is focusing our SRTS efforts on bicycle and pedestrian education. The SRTS grant (managed by VDOT) allowed us to hire a part-time coordinator and purchase a fleet of bicycles for use in physical education classes. After two successful SRTS grant cycles, Rockingham County now has nearly 400 bicycles for use in elementary and middle schools. All middle schools now have a permanent fleet of bicycles. Our elementary schools share four pull-behind trailers that are each equipped with fifty bicycles. Combined with the lack of access to a properly functioning bicycle, many students would not learn to safely ride a bicycle without our new bicycle education program.

Contact

Scott Bojanich
Director of Support Services
sbojanich@rockingham.k12.va.us
(540) 564-3238


STEM Capstone Fair

Categories: Rockingham County | 2017

On May 31st,  Rockingham County Public Schools will hold a district wide STEM Capstone Share Fair at James Madison University’s Festival Center.  Students will cap off their school year by sharing their personalized learning experiences, prototypes, or experiments with each other, business partners, STEM professionals, and community members.  Each student or group of students will create a project movie trailer, a tri-fold science fair board, and a final reflection analysis paper of their project.  The STEM Capstone project provides students the opportunity to synthesize their learning to investigate and design solutions for real-world problems of their choosing.  Throughout the project students will incorporate many 21st Century Skills in a real-world context including the application of creativity, innovation, and invention; problem solving; researching; gathering and analyzing data; and communicating with clarity and efficiency.  The STEM capstone fair will provide feedback, reflections, communication, and connections with their community and STEM professionals.

Contact

Tammy Stone
Coordinator of Science
tstone@rockingham.k12.va.us
(540) 564-3219


Valley Unified Basketball League

Categories: Rockingham County | 2017

Rockingham County Public Schools has created an opportunity for students with disabilities to experience the excitement of participating in competitive basketball.  The “Valley Unified Basketball League” consists of four teams, one from each high school in the district, competing in four “regular season” games and a tournament which culminates in a championship game.   The “League” was initially conceived by Mr. John Woodrum, former athletic director for Turner Ashby High School.  With his guidance and in collaboration with the local basketball association the league became a reality in 2015.  Team composition consists of both students with disabilities and non-disabled peers to ensure a balance among teams.   The program provides students with disabilities the opportunity to experience competition at the high school level.  The students with disabilities learn the responsibilities of teamwork.  The non-disabled peers learn patience and understanding and the art of being flexible while working with disabled peers.  

Contact

Scott Hand
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
shand@rockingham.k12.va.us
(540) 564-3228