Education

Summer programs set pace for reading success

Levi Blankenship, 5, of Edinburg, finds a book to explore inside the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg. Summer reading for children helps prevent brain atrophy by keeping students active readers during summer vacation.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 29, 2015

Area libraries are promoting more than just reading — by involving whole communities, they have focused on summer learning, said Donna Hughes, youth services division head for Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

Board names new school for Warren County

June 25, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The name of a new middle school in Warren County will sound like the name of the county’s existing middle school. The existing Warren County Middle School will change its name to Skyline Middle School, and a second middle school planned to open in the fall of 2017 will be named for Warren County.

When school lunch is hard to swallow

June 23, 2015

Long familiar with school children who haven’t had money for extras, Shenandoah County parent Heidi Flynn has at times given her son extra money to share with classmates who otherwise couldn’t buy ice cream at lunchtime.

Students swarm Shenandoah for study

Jack Lankard, 10, of Mount Jackson holds a crayfish that was caught during the River Rangers Program held Monday morning under the Meems Bottom Bridge in Mount Jackson. Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation offered the program for fourth through seventh graders as they learned how to monitor the water and aquatic life quality of the river.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 22, 2015

QUICKSBURG — How healthy is the Shenandoah River? Ask a creature that lives there. The more different kinds of life you can find, the healthier your river is.

Central High School Class of 2015 graduation

Courtney Copp, 18, of Woodstock, smiles after receiving her dipoloma during commencement exercises outside the sports complex at Central High School on Saturday morning. There were 214 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 14, 2015

Courtney Copp, 18, of Woodstock, smiles after receiving her dipoloma during commencement exercises outside the sports complex at Central High School on Saturday morning. There were 214 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

Strasburg High School Class of 2015 graduation

Strasburg High School class valedictorian Ian Priest, 18, of Strasburg  tosses his cap at the end of commencement exercises Saturday night inside the school gymnasium. There were 144 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 14, 2015

Strasburg High School class valedictorian Ian Priest, 18, of Strasburg tosses his cap at the end of commencement exercises Saturday night inside the school gymnasium. There were 144 seniors receiving diplomas during the event. Rich Cooley/Daily

Mom fed up with bullying goes public

June 13, 2015

Bullying can be a “she said-she said” type of situation. That’s why a Warren County mother has sought help outside the public school system for her eighth grade daughter, who has made regular reports of bullying to Warren County High School since last August.

Inspired by Strasburg spirit

Laura Taylor

June 12, 2015

When envisioning her senior year at Strasburg High School, 18-year-old Laura Taylor never expected the year she has seen. The late nights studying she could predict. Writing essays on a plane, not so much.

Thankful for support

Jessica Rodriguez

June 12, 2015

Central High School senior Jessica Rodriguez, of Toms Brook, never thought she would pursue a career in the military. Settled on studying at the College of William & Mary, she said she changed her mind after attending the National Flight Academy camp last summer. “That changed everything. I knew that I was meant for military.”

Board to vote on middle school name

June 12, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — At a Thursday evening meeting, the Warren County School Board heard preliminary results of a survey from residents on potential names for a new middle school.

Group grades supervisors on school funding

June 11, 2015

Thursday was the last day of the school in Shenandoah County, and the Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools has issued its own end of year report card for county supervisors. On an A to F grading scale, supervisors earned a C+ average — the highest an A+ and the lowest an F — based on their relative support for local educational funding.

With graduation, a chapter ends

Stonewall Jackson High School senior Amber Gonzalez plans to attend the University of Virginia. She'll be among those graduating from Stonewall Jackson during today's ceremony in Quicksburg.   Courtesy photo

June 11, 2015

Amber Gonzalez, of Mount Jackson, will graduate from Stonewall Jackson High School with 116 classmates on Friday. “It’s kind of like the closing chapter,” she said.

School Board votes to buy new bus radios

June 9, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a Shenandoah County Public Schools meeting Tuesday, School Board members voted to purchase a school bus communications system. The new system will replace the district’s current one, which were described in meeting materials as outdated and increasingly difficult to repair.

Sheriff’s Office set for backpack drive

June 8, 2015

Announcing a return of its summer backpack drive, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office plans to help area underprivileged children acquire needed school supplies before fall.

Frederick schools invite success stories from academic year

June 8, 2015

Some of the greatest successes in a school year can go unnoticed by all except those they touch. Those are exactly the sort of stories Frederick County Public Schools aimed to celebrate in its Season of Celebration and Success program that ended Thursday and invited the community to submit their moments of success from the last school year.