The Star News

A Monthly Newsletter for RCPS Families: October 2021

Welcome to our monthly newsletter!

We are excited to provide the RCPS community with a new way to stay up to date on district-wide news. Our goal is to provide an additional way to receive reminders and learn more about our wonderful schools!

The Star News will publish monthly. Along with photos, stories, and reminders of important dates, each issue will also feature a personal message from Mrs. White called "Superintendent's Corner."

We are excited to debut this new resource, and we hope you enjoy!

Revised 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

RCPS has adjusted the school calendar to allow our teachers more time for planning and/or professional development. This will provide at least one full day a month between now and Spring Break. Please click the button above for the full calendar.

Superintendent's Corner

RCPS Family,

It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of the first nine weeks. Although challenges remain as COVID-19 continues to be a part of our daily lives, I see how excited our students and teachers are to be back in the classroom full-time. Students are reading, writing, and discussing relevant content in every subject, every day. This has led to better engagement and connections within our classrooms.

And while our students and teachers have been hard at work, I’m also inspired by the work of our Strategic Planning Committee. More than 40 members strong, the committee is made up of teachers, staff, and administrators from across the division, members of the School Board and City Council, family members, and community, business, and educational leaders. They have been meeting since this summer, carefully crafting the strategic path forward for our school division.

The plan features:

• revised mission and vision statements,

• a portrait of an RCPS graduate,

• and priorities and goals for the division over the next five years.

The plan will be presented to the School Board at an upcoming meeting, and we will communicate with our families once it has been approved. I would like to thank the Strategic Planning Committee, teachers, staff, families, and community members who have participated in focus groups and invested their time and talents in the future of our students, our division, and our city. We Are One!

Thank you for your continued support of Roanoke City Public Schools. I hope you and your family enjoy the beautiful fall weather and are excited for the second nine weeks.


Verletta B. White


Save the Date

Virtual Town Hall with Superintendent White

We hope you will join us for a Student & Family Town Hall with Superintendent White on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Questions may be emailed ahead of time to Families can also submit questions during the meeting through the Q&A feature. The town hall will be held on Microsoft Teams, and the link will be available on the RCPS website and social media beginning Tuesday, October 26.

For staff, please check your email or see your supervisor for details on the Wednesday, October 27 Staff Town Hall, including how to submit questions and access the meeting.

School Highlights

We received these photos from teachers and principals over the past month. This month we highlight Hurt Park, Westside, and Crystal Spring. We will feature new schools each month!

New & Noteworthy

  • Our Communications and Marketing team has launched "RCPS Newsroom" to share photos and news stories about RCPS students, schools, employees, and the Roanoke School Board. Visit the newsroom:
  • Patrick Henry and William Fleming athletic tickets are available for purchase. Patrick Henry also has season passes available. Visit and search your school.


  • If your child experiences COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and call your school nurse. Do not return to school without a return date from the school nurse.
  • Your child's school is a great source of information. They always welcome you to contact them directly with questions. Visit for school contact information.

Roanoke City Public Schools

Roanoke City Public Schools is an urban school division in Roanoke, Virginia, serving a pre-K through 12th grade population of approximately 14,000 students. Its mission is to graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world. RCPS believes strong students create strong schools and ultimately a strong city.