The Star News

A Monthly Newsletter for RCPS Families: November 2021

RCPS Gives Thanks

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, RCPS is reflecting on how much we have to be proud of and thankful for. This month, we are excited to share recent accomplishments and achievements of our students, staff, and community.

We are also thankful for the positive feedback we’ve received so far about The Star News. We are glad families find it a helpful resource to keep track of dates, stories, and reminders. We welcome your feedback, questions, or suggestions by emailing

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break and the start of the holiday season!

Reminder: Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 24 is a non-student/teacher day. Schools will also be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Enjoy your time off! Click the button to access RCPS' full calendar.

Superintendent's Corner

RCPS Family,

As Thanksgiving draws near, I am reminded of the importance of giving thanks. We have much to be thankful for in our RCPS family, and I am so proud of our students, staff, and community for working together to overcome challenges, grow, and succeed.

Recent accomplishments in our RCPS family include:

  • More than 40 students were recognized at our November School Board meeting for achieving perfect scores on their SOLs in spring 2021
  • William Fleming and Patrick Henry JROTC units and the Patrick Henry Marching Band participated in the annual Virginia Veterans Parade
  • The community heeded our call for coat donations to ensure all our students stay warm this winter, including a large donation from New Life Christian Ministries to Hurt Park Elementary
  • Together, our employees raised $10,480 for RCPS’ annual United Way Campaign, surpassing our goal.
  • RCPS' Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ending June 30, 2020, has been recognized for excellence in financial reporting. The Finance Department was also recognized with the Meritorious Budget Award for the 2021-22 budget year.

We know this is only a glimpse of all the amazing things happening within Roanoke City Public Schools. You will find more examples throughout this newsletter, and I encourage you to follow Roanoke City Public Schools on social media. We are truly “RCPS Proud,” and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the school year brings!

Thank you for your continued support of Roanoke City Public Schools. I hope you and your family have a restful Thanksgiving break.


Verletta B. White


Save the Date

Breakfast with Santa

The annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at William Fleming High School from 9 to 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit RCPS' Help the Homeless Fund!

Attendees will receive a pancake breakfast (pancakes, bacon, and baked apples) and see Santa! Click here for more information.

Winter Break

Schools will be closed from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31 for Winter Break. Students and staff will return on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

The last day of classes before break, Friday, Dec. 17, will be an On-Demand (Asynchronous) Virtual Learning Day. This means students will complete assignments as instructed by their teachers at their own pace and will not report to school. Click here for the full RCPS calendar.

School Highlights

We received these photos from teachers and principals over the past month. This month we highlight Monterey, William Fleming, and Noel C. Taylor. We will feature new schools each month!

Parent & Community Engagement

November is Family Engagement in Schools Month! Our families and community partners play an important role in student success and achievement.

Have you met Mr. Frazier yet? Mr. Frazier took on the role of Coordinator of Parent and Community Engagement in July. In this role, Mr. Frazier works to strengthen the relationship between families, the community, and our schools. You can look forward to Parent & Community Engagement updates in future editions of The Star News.

P: (540) 853-1359 | E:

Twitter: @AnthonyFrazier

AVID Launches in Schools

This year, RCPS introduced AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination.) AVID is an in-school college-readiness program designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful in college. It is currently offered as an elective at Breckinridge, Lucy Addison, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming. Want to learn more? Contact Mr. Frazier or your school counselor for additional information.

PTA Membership Drive

Special congratulations to the following schools for placing in the top three during our recent PTA Membership Drive:

Elementary Schools

  • 1st place: Crystal Spring
  • 2nd place: Grandin Court
  • 3rd place: Highland Park

Secondary Schools

  • 1st place: James Madison
  • 1st place: John P. Fishwick
  • 3rd place: Patrick Henry

It's not too late to join your school's PTA! Contact your school today to learn more.

New & Noteworthy

  • Have you seen the new "RCPS Newsroom" on the division’s website? Here you will find photos and news stories about RCPS students, schools, employees, and the Roanoke School Board. Visit to access the RCPS 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. Click here for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now also available for students ages 5-11.
  • 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.