Constructive solutions

Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley stands inside the hallway surrounded by students at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a school tour that was open for members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 24, 2015

STRASBURG — There’s a common refrain heard in the halls of Shenandoah County Public Schools, where creative space making could be its own class.

Board deliberates on school problems

April 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK — After two hours of discussion at a Thursday work session, the Shenandoah County School Board came to a consensus. They need to solve the problem of overcrowding in schools as soon as possible and develop a timeline for a short-term solution.

Sharing the track

Bradley Stevens, 21, of Maurertown, leads this group of the Champions Together track team during a recent practice outside Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 22, 2015

For the first time in Shenandoah County, students with and without disabilities competed alongside each other through Central High School’s Champions Together Unified Track and Field Event.

Training day a ‘snapshot’ of instruction

April 22, 2015

WINCHESTER — Nobody wants to miss school on the day of a class trip, Director of Student Support Services Charles M. “Mitch” Peeling remarked Wednesday at a training session for Frederick County Public School personnel.

R-MA Commandant Sadler to resign

Col. Gary N. Sadler (USAF retired)

April 22, 2015

Randolph-Macon Academy Commandant Col Gary N. Sadler, USAF resign, has announced his intention to retire on June 30.

Warren student wins $50K scholarship

Mary O'Connor, 18, is surprised by a $50,000 check for a McDonald's Greens for Grads college scholarship on Monday afternoon at Warren County High School in Front Royal. Beside her, her grandmother Candace Cane brings her flowers and chocolates in congratulations.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 20, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Mary O’Connor knew there was a slight chance she would win a $50,000 McDonald’s Greens for Grads scholarship.

Truancy Prevention Summit inspires greater attendance

Vivian Stith-Williams, school social work specialist for the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Student Services, talks during the 3rd Annual Truancy Prevention Summit on Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown. The all-day summit attracted 140 attendees, more than twice the number as last year.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 17, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Truancy is a bigger problem than the simple act of arriving to school late or skiving off class every now and then. It affects a student’s education, it reduces graduation rates and it leads to questions of what students are doing with their time if not in school.

Schools to repair faulty water main

April 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Following a fourth water main rupture at Signal Knob Middle School over Easter weekend, Shenandoah County Public Schools will use roof replacement funds to fix the water main this June.

Grant to fund teacher training for writing programs

April 12, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project has announced it will use a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and develop teacher leadership and improve the teaching of writing and learning in area schools.

Stuck on reading

Amethyst Roland,10, a fourth grade student at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, straps a piece of duct tape on thschool principal Thomas Matteson during school on Friday. Students used  duct tape to tape Matteson and reading specialist Jennifer Hill to the wall as a reward for doubling their Dr. Seuss reading challenge in March. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 10, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Students at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Front Royal outdid themselves in this year’s March reading challenge, and after doubling their literacy goal, they had earned an unforgettable Friday afternoon celebration.

Board OKs design for new school

April 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board voted at a Thursday night meeting to approve construction documents for a new middle school, exchange surplus property with the county for land on which to build the school and authorize a search for building contractors.

State officials discuss myths of aging

Scott King, left, a psychology teacher at Shenandoah University in Winchester, talks with Dr. William A. Hazel Jr,, right, Virginia secretary of Health and Human Resources, on Tuesday at the Winchester Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park. Hazel spoke Tuesday as part of a two-day visit to the area at Gov. Terry McAuliffe's request. Also pictured is Robert Brink, center, deputy commissioner of the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 7, 2015

\WINCHESTER — Tuesday at the Winchester Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park, speakers at a special luncheon discussed unfair stereotypes and myths about the nation’s aging population.

Skills for a lifetime

Daniel Miller, 19, of Strasburg,  cleans up in the kitchen area inside the L.I.F.E. classroom at Central High School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 6, 2015

WOODSTOCK — On a recent afternoon at Central High School, students in the county’s Learning Independence for Everyday program were hard at work.

Instilling love for reading

Kelli Gathers reads to her daughter Emma, 1 1/2,  in a preschool classroom at Central High School in Woodstock after attending the opening of the school's Little Free Library.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 5, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Thursday, at the opening of the Little Free Library at Central High School in Woodstock, preschool students crowded around an old newspaper dispenser-turned-book receptacle in a grass yard behind the classroom.

Health Science Expo expands career horizon

Ashley Funkhouser, 14, left, practices the Heimlich maneuver on Ciara Philpott, 15, during Thursday's Health Science Expo for Shenandoah County ninth graders at Central High School in Woodstock.   Josette Keelor/Daily

April 3, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Thursday in Woodstock, Shenandoah County ninth graders learned that a career in health science doesn’t have to mean becoming a doctor, a nurse or a paramedic.

Raising awareness

Woodstock Police Lt. Aaron Patti helps Carson Clark, 4, plant a pinwheel in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse on Thursday morning. The pinwheel garden was planted to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.  Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2, 2015

WOODSTOCK – A pinwheel garden is spinning in front of the Shenandoah County Circuit Courthouse to raise awareness for child abuse prevention.