Superintendent's Blog

Veterans Day and a Rohan Murphy Visit

posted Nov 11, 2016, 11:10 AM by Cecil Snead   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 11:24 AM ]

On behalf of the Buckingham
County School system and myself, we thank all the veterans for their courage during active service; and we thank all of the veterans for their selfless contributions to our country.  If you had the privilege of attending our Veterans Day program at the elementary school today, or our program at the preschool yesterday, you witnessed a heartfelt recognition by our students.  We had the awesome privilege of honoring 80+ veterans today at Buckingham Elementary School.  The students and staff did a remarkable job of entertaining and dining with our guests.  After breakfast was served, our guests retired to the gymnasium for a celebration of freedom and honor by our student body.

Mr. Rohan Murphy spoke to our faculty and staff at our Buckingham County Public School Convocation at the beginning of the school year.  Our employees were so moved by Rohan's inspirational message of truth and honor, they "begged" for me to have him speak to the student body.  I concurred because I was moved and inspired by Rohan's story.  Well, that dream came true today when Mr. Rohan Murphy addressed grades 5-8 in one assembly and grades 9-12 in another assembly.  In my interactions with students today, I can assure you that his message of overcoming adversity resounded with our students.  He had a message to be your "best self" and use "no excuses" as you strive to meet your goals.  He's living proof that life is about hard work if you're to make your dreams come true.  To find out more about Rohan's inspiring message to youth visit:
(You will have to copy/paste this link to your browser.  Also, be patient because the video starts after 12 seconds.)  :-)

Patriot Day and National Day of Service Remembrance

posted Sep 12, 2016, 9:34 AM by Cecil Snead   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

The Buckingham County High School members of the Student Council Association (SCA) under the leadership of SCA Advisor Mrs. Mary Stearrett, SCA President Ms. Rebecca Ragland, and SCA Vice-President Ms. Taylor Corona led 
a dignified ceremony of remembrance in front of the entire high school student body earlier today. A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 AM followed by the presentation of colors by our JROTC followed by our band playing our National Anthem.  We were inspired by the keynote speakers: Sheriff Billy Kidd, Mr. Tajhmir Gough, Sergeant Bruce Grazier, Ms. Kayla Sage, and Mr. Roethel.  These speakers delivered heartfelt messages with regard to service and what the tragic events of September 11, 2001 means to our country. The students are commended for their respect and grace shown to our guest speakers and the ceremony. Buckingham Public School staff thanks you for your support and dedication to our kids as we provide models of service and leadership through such venues.  Buckingham continues to exemplify excellence to our students, as the community unites for the good of all.


First Day of School - August 4, 2016

posted Aug 4, 2016, 11:08 AM by Cecil Snead

In keeping with my annual school-opening tradition, after we ensure all children have safely arrived to their schools, I make a visit to every classroom in the school district to welcome and re-familiarize myself with all the students.  These  visits aid in my ability to maintain vision on our school division's mission, and these visits strengthen the fabric of our school system. I'm always amazed by the fresh student perspective ranging from the preK level to our seniors in high school. Today, a third grade girl raised her hand and exclaimed, "This is the best day of my life."  Of course the teacher, other students, and I completely embraced her statement and moved forward with other positive discussions.  The little girl just beamed with pride at our support of her. 

Simply stated, if we embrace every single day with the correct attitude similar to that little girl, then there is nothing we cannot conquer.  As I visited the grade levels inclusively up to the twelfth grade, I told that story.  As I conversed, sometimes humorously, with the students throughout the day I could tell one thing when I looked into their eyes:  they just want to do their best and experience the best day in their life.  So, to that end, let's keep moving forward with a truly selfless positive spirit as employees and adults so we can give our students the tools they need to have the best "days" of their lives.  The power is within us as adults to do so.  I believe we have those employees and I'm appreciative of that.  Let's have a great year, Buckingham!!!    

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

posted Mar 5, 2016, 11:23 AM by Cecil Snead

I’m so excited to be able to grow professionally with my staff as we continue our thoughtful journey in providing a meaningful digital experience for our students in Buckingham.  Today and tomorrow we are attending, for the second year in a row, a wonderful Google Apps for Education Summit in Charlottesville, which builds our knowledge base to thoughtfully lead our students through powerful digital tools that tap into their learning styles.  Whether it’s collaboration within different spaces and times, or whether the teacher is gathering immediate feedback from students to grow student understanding in real time, Buckingham County Public Schools continues to equip its teachers with world class resources that provide a platform for its students to be competitive in the global market.  We have much work to do to realize all facets of this dream, and we will continue to provide our students with these opportunities along this journey.  What’s even more wonderful is that one idea begets another idea, so we don’t grow stale as an educational entity.  Thank you! It continues to be an exciting and wonderful time for our kids in Buckingham County!

Buckingham County Public Schools Celebrates New Website

posted Jan 29, 2016, 11:07 AM by Cecil Snead   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

We are proud to unveil the tireless energies and hard work of our technology staff in the form of a new web presence for Buckingham County Public Schools! We hope you find this website with even more organic roots to Buckingham than the last website package.  Staff's philosopy and direction embrace a more logical and intuitive approach for how our website is organized.  We hope you find it more parent, student, community, and employee friendly. We realize that as we continue to grow, we also continue to honor the growth by adapting and postioning ourselves for greater heights.  Thank you for helping me celebrate and congratulate our technology staff for allowing this to occur.  We, as a school system, will work hard to continue to market Buckingham County Public Schools in a proper and proud manner in all that we do.  

Buckingham County High School as captured on Sunday, January 24, 2016. 

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