Inclusiveness in special education

Taylor Flavin shares conversation with a student who caught up with her in the hallway at Wenonah Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

An inclusive special education teacher at the school, the teacher was on her way to co-teach in a 4th grade classroom where she planned to work with students in reading and word study. 

When asked, most students in the school do not realize she is a special education student which in turn does not signal out any specific student simply because she works with them … as she works with them all. 

The cat from the quilt patch

Meet Sweet Blue … the cat often seen in the window at Rachel’s Quilt Patch at the train station in Staunton.
(Video by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

Stuarts Draft pep band rocks gymnasium

Members of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.” They perform before the start of their boys’ home basketball game against Wilson Memorial, played in Stuarts Draft on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

By Mike Tripp/The News Leader

Saxophonists perform as part of Stuarts Draft’s pep band, playing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

STUARTS DRAFT — The pep band rocked their school Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017.

The atmosphere of  the evening’s boys’ basketball game made the gymnasium feel more like a college game at James Madison University’s Convocation Center as opposed to one at Stuarts Draft High School.

As one, they raised musical instruments of all types and played.

Hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” got the toe-tapping.

We’re not talking the canned stuff that comes from a CD or radio, but good ole music played live.

It echoed from one end of the court to the other.

Band director Andrew Fauber holds up a sign letting the Stuarts Draft’s pep band know their next song will be Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

Band director Andrew Fauber came to life as his students performed “I Want to Believe,” made famous by the legendary Jackson Five.

His hands may have conducted the musicians, but Fauber’s head was bobbing up and down while his body and feet found dance steps to call their own.

The brass section plays loud as the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

As a former member of JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes marching band  … plus Wilson Memorial High School’s band before that, the director’s love of music shined bright from his heart and soul.

It radiated from teacher to students as his enthusiasm got many young musicians grooving like their teacher.

“It adds to the home court atmosphere,” said Fauber about the pep band.

“Just like cheerleaders and a vibrant student section, we fill a hole to create a true home-court advantage.”

A trombonists plays as part of the Stuarts Draft High School pep band as they rock their gymnasium, performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Clarinetists perform as part of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Band director Andrew Fauber leads Stuarts Draft’s pep band for Stuarts Draft High School perform the pop classic, “Hooked on a Feeling.”

 

Saxophonists with Stuarts Draft’s pep band rock their gymnasium performing hit songs like Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets.”

 

Members of the Stuarts Draft High School pep band cheer for their varsity boy’s basketball team.

Members of the pep band for Stuarts Draft High School rock their gymnasium performing pop classics, like the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.”

Trying to make the Shot

Robert E. Lee's Tavian Brown is fouled by East Rockingham's Javon Butler while taking the ball up and shooting during a Conference 36 semifinal basketball game played in Elkton on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Robert E. Lee’s Tavian Brown is fouled by East Rockingham’s Javon Butler while taking the ball up and shooting during a Conference 36 semifinal basketball game played in Elkton on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

On the edge of a sinkhole

A Honda Fit is balanced on the edge of a sinkhole that opened up under the driveway of a residence on Skymont Road as Staunton Public Works repair a broken waterline across the road on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

A Honda Fit is balanced on the edge of a sinkhole that opened up under the driveway of a residence on Skymont Road as Staunton Public Works repair a broken waterline across the road on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

An interstate to yourself

A car is the only vehicle visible as it drives center of Interstate 81's southbound lanes during a winter storm in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

A car is the only vehicle visible as it drives center of Interstate 81’s southbound lanes during a winter storm in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

Building a Robot

Zander Armstrong, 15; Michah Gilmer (center), 11; Micah Mutscheller, 15; and Seth Kilmer, 16, of Tech Busters 8275 work together on their team's robot at Augusta County Library in Fishersville on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Zander Armstrong, 15;  Michah Gilmer (center), 11; Micah Mutscheller, 15; and Seth Kilmer, 16, of Tech Busters 8275 work together on their team’s robot at Augusta County Library in Fishersville on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

Walking through the snow

Jadyn Bussard, 11, walks beside Lee Tripp, who pulls a sled filled with various items, as Abigail Tripp, 8, fixes her hair as snow falls in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Abi stayed with Jadyn and her family while Abi's parents, including photographer Mike Tripp, were at work. Returning the favor, Jadyn visited with the Tripps after they returned home for the day.

Jadyn Bussard, 11, walks beside Lee Tripp, who pulls a sled filled with various items, as Abigail Tripp, 8, fixes her hair as snow falls in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

Sledding … not just for kids

Shane Siron of Waynesboro holds on as he rides the snow tube to the bottom of the hill at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2016. This past weekend's snow storm made conditions ideal for sledding and tubing on the hill at the park.

Shane Siron of Waynesboro holds on as he rides the snow tube to the bottom of the hill at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2016. This past weekend’s snow storm made conditions ideal for sledding and tubing on the hill at the park. (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)

Sheep Protector

Hansel keeps watch over the flock, helping to keep the sheep safe from coyotes and other predators. The Great Pyrenees stands near owner Leo Tammi at Shamoka Run Farm in Mount Sidney on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

Hansel keeps watch over the flock, helping to keep the sheep safe from coyotes and other predators. The Great Pyrenees stands near owner Leo Tammi at Shamoka Run Farm in Mount Sidney on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.  (Photo by Mike Tripp/The News Leader)