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Kathleen Borrelli

The band will celebrate its 50th season with a special show next month and has been reaching out to local businesses in search of sponsorships to help replace the school’s 18-year-old uniforms.

Art Guild of Greene will hold an art show this weekend at The Barn behind the Greene County Visitors Center. The show, which will showcase work from 17 area artists, is the biggest array of artistic creations the guild has shown to date and the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic canceled many events last year. Work will be on display Sept. 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Stanardsville Streetscape project took a major step forward this week with the commitment of new grant funding from Charlottesville. Stanardsville Area Revitalization (STAR) Executive Director Roy Dye, who is managing the project on behalf of the town, presented an update to Mayor Gary Lowe and the Stanardsville Town Council Monday.

The Greene County School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Despite a rowdy crowd and lively public comment and discussion from those in attendance (nearly 100 people), the board was able to recognize student and staff member achievements from the past year and hear updates on summer school, professional development, the Sheriff’s office memorandum of understanding and the process for the upcoming fiscal year 2023 budget process.

The first Virginia Clay Festival was held at the high school in 2015 and was a collaborative effort between the tourism office, Noon Whistle Pottery, Blue Ridge Pottery and the Art Guild of Greene County—with support from the high school art department as well.

Car enthusiasts, active-duty and retired military personnel and first responders gathered in Stanardsville on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 for a car show in the parking lot of Nathanael Greene Primary School. Vehicles of all makes, models and years were on display, and visitors enjoyed raffle prizes, food trucks and music while voting for their favorite cars in several categories. Sgt. Marc Lucero led visitors in a tribute to service members in memory of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and a moment of silence for the service members recently killed in Afghanistan.

As expected, the results of Virginia’s 2020-21 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests reflect the extraordinary circumstances faced by students and schools last year. Overall, 64% of Greene County students passed their English/Reading SOLs (given in grades 3-8), while 40% passed the math exams (grades 3-8 plus geometry and algebra 1 and 2) and 56% passed in science (grades 5 and 8 as well as biology, chemistry and earth science). By comparison, pass rates in 2019 were 70% for English, 77% in math and 76% in science.

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