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September 2015 Newsletter

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P.O. Box 11411, Roanoke, VA 24022

September  2015 

Back To School

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Back To School.  These three words are often met with various emotions.  Students often dislike them because of the work, tests and hard work.  Parents are often thankful because their children learning, on a schedule and back with their friends.  Teachers may have mixed emotions, long hours, a lot of hard work and sometimes challenging students.

One thing every student, parent and teacher needs, are your prayers for this school year.  As a way to help, we have enclosed a list of the area middle and high schools.    We were not able to get numbers for each school, however, it is estimated that in our region, there are just over 30,000 teens in middle and high school.

I grew up in Roanoke, went to college in Roanoke and have seen the challenges the teens, families and schools have faced over the years.  When I graduated from William Fleming in 1983, I thought it was hard.  As I work with area teens and families, the environment has changed and become more challenging for everyone, not just the teens but the school staff and support services too.

In the midst of the chaos, we can find peace and hope, as we take time to pray.  Please set aside time daily to pray over the enclosed list.  Also, pray as you pass a school, you will know the principals name and about how many teens are at the school.  This may be the best school year to date, because our schools are being covered with the prayers of so many in our community.

Shelter Update

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Above is an architectural rendering of one of the bedrooms for the new shelter.  This is designed from room dimensions based on the blueprints of when the shelter was built in the early 1990s.

Pray as we are waiting on the contract for the shelter and 30 acres of land.  We were notified on August 17th that a contract would be sent from the based on our offer.

This is exciting and challenging as we move forward to raise the funds to remodel and operate the facility.  If you would like more information on the financial needs, please email me at keith@straightstreet.org.  Below is another picture of the family room.      septembernews4

Get Involved

The response, prayers and support for the efforts of the human trafficking outreach, Street Ransom, has been amazing.  It is such a blessing to see the support for this effort.

It is also important to keep supporting the other outreach ministries of Straight Street.  For example, the past 20 years, teens have found a place of refuge’ on a Saturday night, having fun but more importantly, learning about Christ and seeing lives surrendered  to Him. septembernews3

As a result of the Saturday night outreach, other ministries have started to serve hurting teens.  From helping teen mothers, teens incarcerated, homeless teens in the area schools and kids that have a parent in prison.

All of these are vital outreaches and must continue.  Pray about helping on a Saturday night, basketball in the street, a game of pool and just spending time talking with a teen.  Pray about being a TeenMOPS volunteer or van driver.  Pray about being a mentor to a child with one or both parents in prison.  Pray about getting involved, being a volunteer and giving financially too.

Please, pray and support the ministry of Straight Street.

School Information for 2015-2016 School Year

Mountain Valley Transportation/Roanoke City Schools Transportation

Roanoke City Schools:    Superintendent, Dr. Rita Bishop

  • James Breckinridge Middle School – Ms. Tracey Anderson, Principal – 568 students
  • James Madison Middle School – Ms. Whitney Johnson, Principal – 577 students
  • Lucy Addison Middle School – Mr. Robert Johnson, Jr., Principal – 627 students
  • Stonewall  Jackson Middle School – Mr. Christian Kish,  Principal – 549 students
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School – Ms. Rosalind Henderson, Principal – 516 students
  • Patrick Henry High School – Mr. Joseph Jablonski, Principal – 1947 students
  • William Fleming High School – Mr. Archie Freeman, III, Principal – 1453 students

 (the Roanoke City alternative schools below do not have student numbers available)

  • Roanoke Valley Governor’s School – Mr. John Kawolski, Director
  • ROTEC Vocational School – Ms. Kathleen Duncan
  • Forest Park Academy Alternative School – Mr. Eric Anderson, Principal
  • Noel C. Taylor Academy Alternative School – Ms. Elizabeth Williams, Principal

Roanoke County Schools:  Superintendent,  Dr. Gregory Killough

  • Cave Spring Middle School – Ms. Fiona Hill,  Principal – 718 students
  • Glenvar Middle School – Mr. Jamie Solstis, Principal – 397 students
  • Hidden Valley Middle School – Mr. Mike Riley, Principal – 658 students
  • Northside Middle School – Ms. Lori Wimbush , Principal – 733 students
  • William Byrd Middle School – Ms. Tammy Newcomb, Principal – 857 students
  • Cave Spring High School – Mr. Steve Spangler, Principal – 901 students
  • Glenvar High School – Mr. Joe Hafey, Principal – 575 students
  • Hidden Valley High School – Ms. Rhonda Stegall, Principal – 999 students
  • Northside High School – Mr. Frank Dent, Principal – 995 students
  • William Byrd High School – Mr. Richard Turner, Principal – 1182 students

Salem City Schools:  Superintendent, Dr. H. Alan Seibert

  • Andrew Lewis Middle School – Dr. Forest Jones, Principal – 917 students
  • Salem High School – Mr. Scott Habeeb, Principal – 1219 students

Botetourt County Schools: Superintendent,  T.B.A

  • Read Mountain Middle School – Ms. Beth Mast, Principal – 672 students
  • Central Academy Middle School – Mr. Tim McClung, Principal – 454 students
  • Lord Botetourt High School – Mr. Andy DeWease, Principal – 1097 students
  • James River High School – Mr. Jamie Talbott, Principal – 565 students

(the Botetourt County alternative schools below do not have student numbers available)

  • Botetourt Tech Center – Mr. Jim Bradshaw
  • STEM-H Academy – Mr. Stacey Jones

Bedford County Schools: Superintendent,  Dr. Douglas Schuch

  • Bedford Middle School – Mr. Rhetta Watkins, Principal – 542 students
  • Forest Middle School – Mr. Scott Simmons, Principal – 976 students
  • Staunton River Middle School – Ms. Karen Woodford, Principal 762 students
  • Jefferson Forest High School – Ms. Lee Ann Calvert, Principal – 1371 students
  • Liberty High School – Dr. Kathleen Skelding-Dills, Principal – 951 students
  • Staunton River High School – Mr. Josh Cornett, Principal – 1110 students

(the Bedford County alternative school below does not have student numbers available)

  • Bedford Science and Tech Center – Ms. Kim Halterman, Administrator

Other Local Christian, Alternative & Private Schools in the Roanoke/Salem

(Schools listed below do not have student numbers available)

  • Roanoke Valley Christian School – Mr. Rick Brown, School Administrator
  • Hope Tree Academy Alternative/Special Needs  – Dr. Stephen Richerson, President & CEO
  • Parkway Christian Academy – Ms. Angela Goodwin, Senior Administrator
  • Faith Christian Schools – Mr. Peter Bauer, Head of School
  • Roanoke Catholic Schools –Mr. Patrick Patterson, Principal & Head of School
  • Arnold R. Burton Technology Center – Mr. Chris Overfelt
  • Minnick Education Center – Ms. Julie Swanson, President & CEO
  • Rivermont Alternative/Special Needs School –  Operated by Centra Health Services
  • North Cross School – Dr. Christian Proctor, PhD, Headmaster
  • Community School  – Ms. Linda Roth, Executive Director

Homeschoolers & Co-Ops in the Roanoke and surrounding area

Please join Straight Street in praying for the students, teachers and leaders in the area schools.

 

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6:30 pm Teen MOPS
Teen MOPS
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Straight Street now offers a support program to help teenage mothers in the Roanoke Valley.  Teen MOPS meets on Monday nights at The Straight Street Center, located at 333 Luck Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The TeenMOPS program offers mentoring, classes on baby care and information…
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6:00 pm Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM students in grades 6 through 12 can come out for a night of food and fun.  Every week we have a meal ready for the students to share at 6 PM and then after dinner they are…
Jul
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6:30 pm Teen MOPS
Teen MOPS
Jul 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Straight Street now offers a support program to help teenage mothers in the Roanoke Valley.  Teen MOPS meets on Monday nights at The Straight Street Center, located at 333 Luck Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The TeenMOPS program offers mentoring, classes on baby care and information…
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12:00 pm Downtown Prayer Lunch @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Downtown Prayer Lunch @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please join us on  Thursday at Noon for our Downtown Prayer Time/Lunch. A time each month to gather, fellowship, share a devotional and pray. Lunch is provided and we try to end just before 1 PM so you will have time to return to work.…
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6:00 pm Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM students in grades 6 through 12 can come out for a night of food and fun.  Every week we have a meal ready for the students to share at 6 PM and then after dinner they are…