Spotsy School News

Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County schools. You can email him at

RSS feed of this blog

Spotsy schools have started the school year!

They got rolling a day late, but students across Spotsylvania County rolled out of bed this morning and started the 2011-12 school year.

Livingston Principal Terrie Cagle is excited about a new school year with a theme of "Dare to Dream."

This morning, I visited three of the schools closest to the epicenter of this week’s earthquake. All went well at Livingston Elementary, Post Oak Middle and Spotsylvania High.

Livingston Principal Terrie Cagle and her staff were outside with smiles and hugs as youngsters arrived. Then she visited every classroom to welcome all of the 400-plus students in her school.

Mrs. Cagle proudly shows her inspirational school T-shirt.

This year’s theme is “Dream Big” and, while there, Mrs. Cagle showed me the T-shirt staff will soon be wearing. It reads “Dare to Dream” on front (in case you can’t read it in the photo), and “Inspiring Students to DREAM BIG at Livingston Elementary!”

At Post Oak, I

Post Oak Principal Keith Wolfe used his science background to teach this morning.

walked in during the orientation for seventh graders. Afterward, Principal Keith Wolfe told me he had started the morning by returning to his teaching roots. I’ll fill you in on the details in a full story tomorrow. But, he also pointed to the mural on the cafeteria wall, noting how appropriate it was given Tuesday’s earthquake.

A painting on the left is a giant oak tree with the words, “When you’re mighty as the oak” and is paired up with a second painting of an eagle. Below it reads, “”you don’t fall easily.”

Wolfe thought it appropriate since the school sustained only minor damage during the quake.

Spotsylvania High School Principal Rusty Davis didn’t have any visual aids but did have some sound effects to report. Again, I’ll keep you in suspense until I have the full story together.

Check out tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star for the rest of the story. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.