Students meet a star in the STEM field

Wyatt Campbell, 5, of Winchester, looks over the shoulder of astronaut Mark Kelly as he autographs one of several children's books he purchased during Kelly's appearance on Tuesday at Powhatan School in Boyce.  Rich Cooley/Daily

October 6, 2015

When children say they want to be an astronaut when they grow up, it’s not often they get the chance to learn about that particular path on career day. But students at Powhatan School in Clarke County learned about the future of stellar opportunities in STEM fields when retired astronaut Mark Kelly spoke at an assembly there on Tuesday afternoon.

Graduation rates at area schools up

October 1, 2015

Virginia schools have passed the 90 percent threshold for high school students graduating on time, according to a Virginia Department of Education press release.

Author, illustrator help celebrate school’s anniversary

Bass Hoover Elementary School alumni author Jay Foreman, center, and illustrator Mark Sasser, right, speak to  students inside the gymnasium at Bass-Hoover Elementary School on Wednesday.  The pair graduated from the school in 1983 and returned to share the joy of reading to students and a challenge to read 40 books this year.  Rich Cooley/Daily

September 30, 2015

STEPHENS CITY– In honor of Bass-Hoover Elementary School’s 40th anniversary, local author Jay Foreman and illustrator Mark Sasser, both alumni of the school, read their new book, “Benny the Bearded Bumble Bee,” to a crowd of cheering students.

School staff work to surpass accreditation standards

September 24, 2015

After more students passed reading and math SOL tests at Ressie Jefferies Elementary School, staff will be continuing training efforts to bring student performance above accreditation standards as part of the school’s three-year improvement plan.

Educators attend cooperative forum on poverty and learning

Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, right, speaks during a statewide Poverty in Virginia Public Schools forum held Tuesday at Shenandoah University. Other panelists included Scott Kizner, left, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and Lorenza Kelly, center, assistant principal in Virginia Beach.  Rich Cooley/Daily

September 22, 2015

WINCHESTER – The increase in the number of free and reduced lunches was among topics under discussion by teachers and administrators from throughout Virginia who gathered at Shenandoah University on Tuesday for a conference on poverty and student learning.

Handgun found in student’s book bag

September 18, 2015

A school administrator found a handgun in the book bag of a 10-year-old student at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Front Royal on Friday.

Grant to provide further training for health students

September 18, 2015

With the financial assistance of a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, graduate level health students at Shenandoah University will receive further training for drug abuse assessment and treatment.

Teacher program brings parks to classrooms

Donna Shrum, eighth grade English teacher at North Fork Middle School, is shown at the Fisher's Hill Picnic with her granddaughter Milani Raigner on Aug. 1.  Photo courtesy of John Shrum

September 13, 2015

Shenandoah schoolteacher Donna Shrum marked a first for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Park when she decided to participate in the National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program there this summer.