Education

Community weighs in on overcrowding solutions

Sandy Hook Elementary School technology teacher Heather Ashley, center, discusses overcrowding solution options with her group at the Wednesday night stakeholders meeting.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

September 2, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah residents took part in solution proposals to address school overcrowding at the final facility stakeholder meeting for the Shenandoah County Public Schools on Wednesday evening.

New school will have ecological standards, not certification

September 1, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County School Board’s building committee discussed pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the middle school under development at a Tuesday afternoon meeting.

School staff looking forward to bright year

Kara Bates, a nature resources and ecology teacher at the Massanutten Governors School at Triplett Tech, speaks during the Shenandoah County teacher and staff  convocation Friday afternoon at Central High School. Bates was the school's teacher of the year for 2014-2015.    Rich Cooley/Daily

August 28, 2015

A sea of teachers and faculty sporting highlighter yellow-green shirts filled the Central High School gym for Shenandoah County Public School’s all-employee convocation Friday afternoon to look toward a bright new 2015-2016 school year.

Stakeholders consider solutions to school overcrowding issues

August 26, 2015

Parents, teachers and administrators Shenandoah Public Schools considered multiple solution options to remedy the overcrowding issues in the northern and central regions of the county at a Tuesday night facility stakeholders’ meeting.

LFCC adds specialization classes to its catalog

August 23, 2015

Students starting at Lord Fairfax Community College today will be able to choose new areas of specialization within their associate’s degree this year. By doing so, they can set themselves on a more direct path to a job or further studies at a four-year university.

LFCC, Shentel announce new partnership

Shentel President Chris French, left, and Cheryl Thompson-Stacey, president of Lord Fairfax Community College, sign an agreement for a new partnership that promises more job opportunities for  students. Kevin Green/Daily

August 20, 2015

Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah Telecommunications Company have formed an expanded partnership to boost employment opportunities for students.

Board approves inspection for new middle school

August 20, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County School Board unanimously approved awarding a contract for special inspection of the new middle school to Triad Engineering at a special meeting on Thursday.

School Board discusses facilities

August 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK – In anticipation of the coming school year, parents in Shenandoah County continued to press the need for long-term solutions to the overcrowding of schools like W.W. Robinson Elementary and Sandy Hook Elementary at a School Board meeting this week.

Local SOL results reflect state gains

August 11, 2015

Virginia students continued to improve their performance on Standards of Learning tests after revised standards were put in place during the past few years.

Board shifts administrative positions

August 6, 2015

The Shenandoah County School Board announced after a special closed meeting on Wednesday that Amanda Roller will take the position of principal at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock.

SU religion professor attends interfaith seminar

August 2, 2015

Shenandoah University assistant professor of religion Kevin Minister will leave on Sunday for DePaul University in Chicago to attend seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding.

County, EDA looking into workforce answers

July 27, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce are starting a project focused on enhancing the area’s workforce opportunities.

A lifelong love of reading

At left, Iris Vann, 97,  a former elementary school teacher in Shenandoah County, and Laura Wade, a retired Sandy Hook Elementary librarian, look over children's books by  author Tasha Tudor, who lived in Vermont and died in 2007. Wade recently visited the author's 1830s-replica home, which is now a museum, and got Tudor's son to autograph a book for Vann.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 26, 2015

STRASBURG — When Iris Vann started teaching in 1939, she taught at a little one-room schoolhouse in Fort Valley. Next she moved to a three-room school and taught all seven grades. Now 97, Vann recently recalled her years in Fort Valley and Toms Brook and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.

Building for the future

Warren County Superintendent of Schools L. Gregory Drescher stands at an adjustable keyboard in his office. Among his plans for the new school year is the hope of implementing a health and wellness initiative for students and staff.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 26, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Sitting at an asymmetrical cherry wood table he built himself, new Warren County Public Schools Superintendent L. Gregory Drescher said he has some constructive plans for the future of the school system.

Libraries offer summer fun

William Richards, 4, of Woodstock, reacts to The Loud Poetry Guy at the  Shenandoah County Library on Tuesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

July 24, 2015

EDINBURG — Libraries are no longer the silent, no-talking zones they used to be, and recent additions at Shenandoah County Library are helping redefine what a library should be to its community.

Educator spotlights love of agriculture

July 20, 2015

Some agriculture teachers might find middle school tough for inspiring a love of agriculture. Children change a lot at that age, said Derek Ritenour, this year’s Virginia Agriscience Teacher of the Year. But that’s also why he loves teaching middle school.