Fluvanna Review

Jaime Sajecki is the Black Bear Project leader for Virginia. Black bears, the only species of bear in Virginia, are not one would expect of a bear. Ask Jaime Sajecki, the Project Leader of the Black Bear Project for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). She points out that many have a vision of bears similar to those we see on TV or in the movies. Many envision a terrifying 750 pounds worth of carnivorous mammal, rising up on its hind legs in an attack stance, claws poised, roaring at its potential prey. This is a closer description of the Brown or Grizzly bear. Virginia’s bears are more mischievous, a little shy and resemble Gentle Ben or the frolicsome Winnie the Pooh.

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Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director.More than 2,000 swimmers and their families are coming to Fork Union for two days of racing this weekend.

Fork Union Military Academy is opening its doors to the Jefferson Swim League for its annual swim championship July 27 and 28, said Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director. Add a comment

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Coach Michele Caron (left) and her assistants brief the Sharks.The Lake Monticello Swim Team defeated the Key West Swim Club by a score of 378-306 on Wednesday (July 18). The meet was held at the Key West neighborhood pool. First year head coach, Michelle Caron said that her team of over 100 youth swimmers has not lost a meet this year, and this was the team’s sixth and final swim meet of the regular season.

Caron, who is a rising junior and varsity swimmer at Bridgewater University, is well known for her swimming prowess. She won the Lake Monticello Fourth of July lake swim repeatedly while she was swimming for the Flucos.

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Fluvanna County Public Schools (FCPS) saw a significant increase in student achievement in the Math Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) for the 2013-2014 school year, according to test results released by the state.
In Fluvanna, 75% of students passed the mathematics assessment for their grade level or course; this compares with 74% statewide. FCPS saw a seven point increase in student performance on the state math assessment. Grade six students saw their scores increase by 12 points: this surpassed the state average by 11 points.
FCPS had an emphasis on mathematics instruction during the 2013-2014 school year. Fluvanna Middle School was not fully accredited last year based on the SOL scores in math. FCPS should learn next month if the middle school has obtained accreditation when the state releases information on accreditation: they anticipate that all schools will be fully accredited. The Curriculum and Instruction Team conducted “Math Retreats” with teachers in grades three through eight. The teachers reviewed test items and discussed testing and instructional strategies.
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Catherine NeelleyJust two months into her new job as general manager of Lake Monticello, Catherine Neelley sits confidently in her office, jotting off e-mails. It’s two in the afternoon. She hasn’t eaten lunch yet. She’s been too busy. Add a comment

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