Alexis Stiles, who last August started her first year of teaching at the age of 19, this month successfully completed school year 2018-2019 for Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) as a 4th grade teacher at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School.
“My first full year of teaching has been such a wonderful ride,” Stiles told the Royal Examiner. “I have loved taking on the responsibility of my own classroom. I know some people had doubts in my capabilities of becoming a teacher at such a young age, but I think looking back on the year, it has gone really well.”
Her boss agrees.
“Miss Stiles had a successful first year of teaching,” said Lori Layman, principal at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School. “She consistently asked for and used feedback to help her grow. Her students enjoyed her class and learned so much from her this year.”
Even the higher-up boss concurs.
“I only heard good things about Miss Stiles so I would say she has been a successful first-year teacher,” said Greg Drescher, superintendent of WCPS.
Stiles, a Front Royal, VA, native who will turn 20 on Aug. 26, said she’s learned a few things this school year that she can share with other first-year teachers.
“My biggest advice to new teachers is it is okay for things to not work out as you planned,” she explained. “Things may not go the way you wanted them to, but that is what will make you stronger as a teacher.”
She said new teachers also should be flexible and learn to adapt. “No matter what, make sure you are putting your kids first.”
Stiles added that she’s also learned she has areas to improve upon. But that doesn’t faze her because she’s confident her strengths will grow as the years progress.
At the same time, Stiles also realized she couldn’t have had a great school year without support from Principal Layman and the fourth-grade teaching team, Faith Falkenstein and Rebecca Foerster.
“Being in a smaller school, Mrs. Layman has a lot on her plate, but despite that, she still always made time to answer all my questions and lend me a helping hand if I asked for one,” Stiles said. “I have loved working with my fourth-grade team this year as well. Mrs. Falkenstein and Ms. Foerster have been so supportive towards me which has made this school year such a pleasure.”
While taking on classroom duties, Stiles also continued coursework this past year toward her master’s degree in business administration. She plans to finish her college classes in November, as well as those needed to earn her professional teaching license.
“I have one class and three state tests left until turning my provisional license into a professional license,” she said. “Down the road, I plan to get my doctorate degree in leadership administration with a long-term goal of becoming a principal. I do plan to teach for several years to fully understand the field before I would like to move up.”
With an eye on eventually earning a principalship, Stiles acknowledged that she has taken a 4th-grade teaching position at Greenwood Mill Elementary School in Frederick County for the 2019-2020 school year.
“I have absolutely loved my time at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School as that was where I went to school as a kid, but I know moving the move early in my career is what is best for me,” Stiles said.
Her new school in Winchester, Va., also is closer to both her residence and East Coast Gymnastics and Cheer, where she holds a competitive coaching position.
Despite Stiles’ departure from WCPS, Superintendent Drescher said the county does have a good retention rate for first-year teachers.
“Once a teacher gets four or five years of experience is when we typically start losing them to other school districts,” said Drescher.
Principal Layman said the Rhodes faculty and students are sad to see Stiles leave.
“We wish her the best at her new school and in her gymnastics coaching career,” said Layman. “Her enthusiasm, determination and kindness will always be remembered by her students and colleagues.”
Virginia State Police investigating serious crash in Shenandoah County
Virginia State Police Trooper M.T. Brill is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County. The crash occurred August 20, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. on Route 55 at 4 tenths of a mile east of Route 623 (Back Road).
A 1998 Dodge Dakota was traveling east on Rt. 55 when the driver lost control, crossed the center-line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevy Tahoe.
The driver of the Dodge, Joshua C. Haggerty, 35, of Upshur, WV., suffered serious injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center. Haggerty was not wearing a seat-belt.
The driver of the Chevy, a 48-year-old female, of Strasburg, Va. was seriously injured in the crash and was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. The female was wearing a seat-belt.
Haggerty was charged with reckless driving and failure to wear a seat-belt.
The crash remains under investigation.
Pvt Jeffrey Collins – Revolutionary War Patriot Honored
On August 20, 2019, the Colonel James Wood II, Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution honored Pvt Jeffrey Collins in a grave marking ceremony at the Lewin-Lawson Cemetery in Browntown, Virginia.
Jeffrey Collins was born on February 14, 1756 and lived in the Browntown Road, Gooney Manor area of the County. He married Jemima Arterburn on August 25, 1789 in Woodstock, Virginia.
Collins served as a Private in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. In March 1777, he volunteered for Captain Michael Rader’s Company. The company marched to Fort Pitt and then on to Wheeling where the unit fought Indians. His company remained to guard the fort at Wheeling until his discharge on March 26, 1778.
The Sons of the American Revolution strive to ensure that the patriots who gave us the United States of America are not forgotten and to promote patriotism in support of our country and its modern day heroes and to support teaching the history and values of the American Revolution and our constitutional freedoms.
Gainesville: University Boulevard Lane Closure the Week of August 26th
GAINESVILLE – The right lane of southbound University Boulevard is scheduled to be closed between Route 29 and I-66 from 9 a.m. Monday, August 26, to noon on Friday, August 30. The closure is needed so that construction crews can install curbs and gutters and pave the entrance to the new University Boulevard (Gainesville) Park and Ride Lot.
The first portion of the lot will open this October with more than 960 parking spaces available for carpooling, vanpools, and commuter bus service during construction of the Transform 66 Project. When fully completed in late 2022, the facility will provide over 2,000 park and ride spaces with access to and from the I-66 Express Lanes from University Boulevard.
All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.
Learn more about the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project and sign up for project updates and lane closure alerts at Transform66.org.
FRIBA promotes Town with ‘Cardinal’ ornaments, annual Taste of the Town
There’s a fun new project in town featuring the beautiful Virginia state bird: the cardinal.
The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) members with the assistance of American Business Alliance are partnering to help stimulate local business growth in town, and they are doing so with cute, kiln fired clay cardinals. The goal of their partnership is to continue to create unity within the community by celebrating the anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. With the 50th anniversary of the campaign coming up, FRIBA wants to celebrate by creating clay Christmas ornaments in the shape of cardinals and invite the community to paint them for an $8 donation. The cardinals will be used to help fund community love letters to bring the community together and spread the love.
Arline Link with Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor and George and Karen McIntyre from The Apple House introduced us to the project.
Link also wants to spread the word about the Taste of the Town event. A family focused, non-alcoholic community event hosted on September 27 from 6-9 P.M. on East Main Street, Taste of the Town promises to bring the best culinary aspects of Downtown Front Royal to light. East Main Street will be closed off for the event and the night will promise hours of family friendly fun.
In addition, on August 22 at the Open House Middle of Main there will be another community event showing a series of films featuring the history behind the Save Your Town project.
To learn more about Cookie Cutter Cardinals you can contact Arline Link at the Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor, (540) 636-6016.
Watch Arline Link and George McIntyre walked us through the process of how the cardinals are made in this video:
Invitation to bid: WCPS A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation
You are invited to bid on a general contract for Warren County Public Schools, A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation for the Warren County School Board. This project generally consists of approximately 21,070 SF of renovations, including but not limited to new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. All bids shall be on a lump sum basis.
Bids shall be received until 2:00 P.M. local prevailing time on Thursday, September 19, 2019, to the attention of Melody Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, in the Board Room of the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630, at which time they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Drawings and specifications may be examined at the Office of the Architect/Engineer, the Warren County School Board office, and at the following locations:
Valley Construction News
426 W. Campbell Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
Alex Gugliada | The Blue Book Bldg. & Construction Network
800 E. Main Street
Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
Builders’ Exchange, Inc.
3207 Hermitage Rd.
Richmond, VA 23227
DODGE Data & Analytics
3315 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913
30 Technology Parkway South | Suite 100
Norcross, GA 30092-2912
400 SW 7th Street
Stuart, FL 34994
Plans and specifications can be obtained via download from ShareFile upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $25.00. Contact email@example.com for ShareFile access. Upon receipt of check and valid email address, OWPR will provide a password with instructions on accessing and downloading plans and specifications. Hard copies of plans and specifications can be obtained from OWPR upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $400.00. Plans and specifications can be shipped for additional charge. Contact OWPR for further details.
Bids shall be accompanied by a bid guarantee of not less than 5% of the amount of the bid, which may be a certified check or cashier’s check, or a bid bond of 5% of the amount of the bid, made payable to Warren County School Board. A performance bond, payment bond and a material and labor bond will be required and the cost shall be included in the bid price.
Bidders are required under Title 54.1, Chapter 11, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, to be licensed as a “Class A Contractor” before submitting a bid of one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars or more; or to be licensed as a “Class B Contractor” before submitting a bid of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars or more but less than one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars; or be licensed as a “Class C Contractor” before submitting a bid of no more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Each Bidder will be required to give their State Registration Number on their proposal. All non-resident contractors and subcontractors bidding the work described herein shall register with the Department of Labor and Industry under the provisions of Section 40.1-30 of the Code of Virginia.
The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids.
A pre-bid conference will be held on September 12, 2019 beginning at 2:00 P.M. at the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630 with a tour of the school afterwards. The school is located at 224 W. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630. This will provide an opportunity to answer questions and explain any items requiring further clarification.
Bids shall be binding for a period of sixty (60) days from the date on which bids are opened.
Lucky Star Reunion packs Front Royal Brewing Co. with memories of times past
As former Lucky Star Lounge co-owner and oft-bartender Trevor Lipton said Saturday evening, August 17 at the Front Royal Brewing Company in introducing the newest incarnation of the first and last band to play at his establishment, this reunion was more than a reuniting of former clientele and staff of a fondly-remembered eating, drinking and entertainment establishment, and more like an extended family reunion.
And to the backdrop of headliner AfterSHOCK, formerly known as The Shockers, formerly known as EyeSoar – happily reunited with guitarist Pat Flowers and often guest singer Renee Flowers – the evening had exactly THAT feel, as old friends and acquaintances embraced and reminisced about good times, lost times, and times to come wherever and whenever they might be encountered.
The Lucky Star spanned a nine-year period between 2005 and 2013, at 205A East Main Street, not far from the site of the Front Royal Brewing Company-hosted reunion event – and a shout out to the staff for its handling of the large, occasionally-demanding and hungry, and thirsty on a steamy night, crowd. The entrees, appetizers and home-brewed craft beers kept the enthusiastic crowd fueled for more.
Thank you to Lucky Star founding partners Trevor and Lorena Lipton; absent out west but fondly-remembered co-owners Patrick and Shawn Patterson; Star “spiritual advisor” Roxanne Bauserman, family and friends; past and future Zombie Walkers; and everyone else for the memories and opportunity to reunite and fondly recall the bonding characteristics of a true English and early Americana-style pub and eatery – the kind where revolutions, or at least minor rebellions, are planned.