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The purpose of BRVGS is to serve the academic needs of a community of motivated, high-ability students through a variety of instructional strategies and learning opportunities that engage their interests and challenge their intellectual boundaries beyond a traditional high school experience.

The mission of BRVGS is to inspire and challenge our students through unique, rigorous, technology-centered learning experiences, and to prepare them with the skills to be the leaders, collaborators and innovators of the future.

BRVGS Address:

14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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Monday
Sep102012

Madison Biology Students Investigate Nanotechnology

The BRVGS AP Biology students of Madison County High School got some firsthand experience with nanotechnology on September 4th, when Dr. Cassandra Fraser, Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, brought information and examples of nanotechnology to their classroom.  The nanoparticles that Dr. Fraser and her team are working with have light-emitting properties that make for possible detection of certain cancers.  In addition, the unusual "force-responsive" and "self-erasing" properties of the luminescent dyes used with the bio-compatible nanoparticles make them a unique new "renewable" medium for art.  Dr. Fraser provided information on the chemical and physical properties of the particles, and then moved students into the lab for some hands-on demonstration.  You can see more photos of Dr. Fraser's demonstration by clicking on "Nanotechnology in Madison."

Monday
Aug202012

BRVGS to hold "Back To School Night" on September 5th

Blue Ridge Virtual School will hold an open house "Back To School Night" for parents and students at 6:30 PM., on Wednesday, September 5th, at the Best Western Zion Crossroads.  BRVGS officials will present information on BRVGS policies and expectations as well as specific information about upcoming events for BRVGS classes for the 2012-13 school year, and parents will have the opporuntiy to meet and ask questions of BRVGS staff.  The meeting is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour.  Light refreshments will be provided.

On another note, BRVGS students will be bringing home copies of the BRVGS Student/Parent Handbook for parents to read and sign in the next couple weeks.  The handbook is also available online at BRVGS Student/Parent Handbook.

Parents and student with questions about the BRVGS "Back to School" meeting or about the handbook should contact BRVGS director Marc Carraway at mcarraway@brvgs.k12.va.us or by phone at 434-989-3972.

Thursday
Jul262012

Busy summer for BRVGS students and staff!  

School may be out for summer, but many of our BRVGS students and staff members have been keeping busy with educational and other activities.  Several of our students have attended summer governor's school programs and other challenging educational opportunities (see "A successful year for BRVGS Students and Staff" for more info).  Many of the BRVGS senior students have also gotten a head start on their senior-year internship, research and community service projects as well.

BRVGS staff members have also been busy this summer.  BRVGS teachers Rachel Carlton (Orange) and Aaron Grubbs (Fluvanna) are taking gifted certification courses, and new BRVGS Biology teacher Kathy Richardson is attending AP Biology training in Williamsburg.  BRVGS Director Marc Carraway spent 10 days in China for an educational tour sponsored by the University of Virginia's School University Partnership and EF Tours.  To see a brief slideshow of that trip, go to Mr. Carraway's China Slideshow.

In addition to educational activities, two of our BRVGS staff members from William Monroe HS were busy with other important pursuits.  Kirstin Dexter (BRVGS AP Biology) and Isaac Hutchison (BRVGS World History) both had weddings in June, so it was a big summer for them.  Big congratulations and best wishes to both of them from BRVGS!

Thursday
Jun282012

Summer Work for Freshmen that missed Orientation

Summer work packets were mailed out June 26 to all freshmen that missed the Orientation. If you were unable to attend, and have not received your packet yet, please email Terry Levinson, administrative assistant via tlevinson@brvgs.k12.va.us.  If you have received your packet, but have questions regarding the summer reading assignment, please contact your BRVGS World History teacher as per the BRVGS Staff page.

Friday
May252012

A Successful Year For BRVGS Students and Staff

As the school year comes to a close, we want to congratulate the many Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School students and staff members who have earned achievements, awards, scholarships, and recognitions this year. We are extremely proud of their hard work, commitment to teaching and learning, contributions, and excellence!  A few examples of student and staff accomplishments include:

  • Virginia Burleson - Louisa County High School - Received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Rowan Dell DeRonde - Invited to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program Summer Academy at NASA
  • Chynna Hatton - Received George Mason's University Scholar Scholarship, which includes full tuition, a $1,000 stipend, and admittance to the Honors Program.
  • Lauren Haynes - Madison County High School - Received nearly full-tuition scholarship to Drexel University.
  • Aubrey Kinser - William Monroe High School - Received the McDermott Scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas (an estimated $140,000, which includes full tuition, cohort travel, study abroad, etc). Aubrey is also a National Merit Finalist and received a scholarship of $750 yearly for four years.
  • Hannah Mawyer - Orange County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor’s School for Math, Science, and Technology.
  • Caleb Snyder - Louisa County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor's School at Radford this summer.
  • Jesse Stowe - Nelson County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor’s School NASA program.
  • Kirsten Dexter - William Monroe High School, Biotechnology Teacher - Greene Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award recipient ($1,000 and awards ceremony recognition).


A fuller list of student and staff accomplishments can be found listed by going to “2011-12 Student/Staff Achievements”.

We also want to acknowledge our BRVGS Seniors for a stellar job on their independent projects, presentations, internships, and Exposition displays and interactions. Judges and visitors alike were impressed with the quality of the projects, and students’ knowledge of their subject matter. Photos of the Senior Expo can be viewed by going to the “Gallery” link on the menu bar above.