Lee County Robot Drone League teams finish season as champions!
11 students from Lee County participated in Steamworks’ Robot Drone League’s inaugural season. The season, which began in September, finished Saturday, December 7th with a tournament style competition. Lee County fielded two teams in the competition. At the end of the day, one of Lee’s teams, Lee CoTech was named Champions. This was an amazing feat for all of our students as they all began as complete rookies and ended the season as experienced robot designers, builders, and pilots, and complex coders. We are extremely proud of this group of students and excited to see what’s next for Lee County Robotics. Participating students are Aiden Brown, Claira Cox, Bryce Miller, William "Beast" Miele, Jacob Elkins, Mallory Watson, Alex Williams, Wesley Honeycutt, Brayden Blevins, Luke Young, and Christian Baker
Farmer and Miners Bank Mousepad Donation!
Farmers and Miners Bank recently donated 500 antimicrobial mousepads to Lee County Public Schools. Each elementary school received 100 mousepads to be used in the computer labs and testing throughout the school year. Several F & M employees delivered the pads to each school last week and presented them to the principals, guidance/testing coordinators, and members of the student government councils.
“Farmers and Miners Bank is always happy to help out with local projects but this one really had meaning. Our schools are vital to our community and being a local community bank we benefit from seeing our children succeed. Being a part of that is important to our customers and our employees and part of banking like it ought to be.” stated Bill Sage, Chief Executive Officer.
Lee County Public Schools would like to thank Farmers and Miners Bank for their generous donation. Your support means so much, not only to the schools, but to the students you are helping.
Kaleidoscope 25th Anniversary - Alumni Interest Form
Attention all Lee County alumni! This April, we will be celebrating the 25th year of Kaleidoscope. We are hoping that our alumni who participated in chorus, band, art, etc. would be willing to either submit a piece of art in an alumni showcase, possibly participate in a song with the chorus, or maybe play a song with the combined band? If you want to contribute an art piece, but cannot deliver it to anyone in the fine arts department, you can simply take a picture of it and we will compile a digital showcase of art pieces as well. Please complete the interest form below to let us know you would like to participate.
Michele Gamble of Lee County Public Schools is Virginia’s School Psychologist of the Year.
Michele Gamble of Lee County Public Schools is Virginia’s School Psychologist of the Year. The award was given September 26 by the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists (VASP) at their meeting in Richmond.
Gamble has worked for Lee County Schools on and off for over 18 years. At the moment she is the only school psychologist covering thirteen buildings in a very rural district with about 3000 students.
“The awards committee was impressed, not only with Michele's commitment and dedication to her county, but to her ability to provide a full-range of comprehensive services, even in the face of being significantly short-handed,” notes VASP President Terri Sisson who presented the award. “Administrators, teachers, secretaries, and even parents wrote letters of support, praising Michele for her high level of service.”
According to her nomination statement, in addition to excellence in providing data driven evaluation services, Gamble is a “first responder” for emergencies in the schools and collaborates with area mental health agencies. She helps parents make the connections. She has a record of advocacy for students, parents, and her profession.
A supporting letter called Gamble’s experience and knowledge “an invaluable resource to parents and teachers.”
A teacher in another supporting letter, sent to the VASP judges, reports that Gamble makes children comfortable during assessment to “see how they learn.” She is reported to then take time with the teachers on “how to best help this student in the classroom.” The teacher reports students return to the classroom smiling and want to go with “that nice lady again.”
Gamble has occasionally learned how she has made a big difference for a student. She recently heard about how a comment she made years ago was taken to heart. “Our words have power,” Gamble says, “and we must use them to bring peace, love, and grace to those around us.”
Gamble’s award is considered the Academy’s Best Practices Award for the school year. It is the highest honor given annually by the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists. Due to her win, Gamble is now slated to be the Academy’s nominee for the national award in 2020.
Steve Fannin, VASP Awards Chair
Lee County Public Schools celebrate Constitution Week September 17th - 23rd.
Students across the county celebrated Constitution Week during the week of September 17th - 23rd. Students enjoyed a variety of activities including guest speakers and readers, a mock signing of the constitution, and the sharing of fun constitution facts. Pictured are students from EKE, JMS, DES, and LHS.
Middle School Students Enjoy Music, Martial Arts, and Dance Performance
5th grade students from EMS, JMS, and PMS, and students from the LHS Band and Chorus enjoyed a musical performance from cellist, Dave Eggar and company on Wednesday, September 18th. The program, Balance in Two worlds: Music and Martial Arts, sponsored by ProArt featured music from Japan, Brazil, and New Orleans and a variety of Martial Arts performers and dancers.