School Board: Salaries lower for teachers

February 27th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — When members of the Warren County School Board meet on March 12 to approve the 2016 fiscal budget, they plan to address funding increases for salaries of teachers and other school staff.

Supplying their needs

Ashby Lee Elementary School student Solangh Cuyuch, 8, stacks cat food cans inside the school on Friday while getting help from Nate Sibert, 10, left, and Allie Pool, 8, center, all of New Market. The students have been collecting money and supplies for "Love Your Animals Month" for the Humane Society of Shenandoah County. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 20th, 2015

Last year’s donation by Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg was the largest the Humane Society of Shenandoah County had ever received, and this year’s looks to be even bigger.

The refreeze

Shenandoah County school bus driver Ron Cromer plugs in an extension cord to power his engine block heater on this school bus outside Strasburg High School on Wednesday. Drivers were asked to come in and start their buses, which have been idle since last week, to prepare for the cold weather that is in the forecast for the next few days.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 18th, 2015

The decision of whether or not to close school when weather conditions get bad isn’t an easy one.

Public schools closed a third day

February 18th, 2015

Public schools around the region announced closures for a third day this week, after snow moving through the Northern Shenandoah

Blue Ridge classes give students an edge

February 16th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Third year students at Blue Ridge Technical Center in Front Royal were studying college-level engineering earlier this week – a feat their teacher Tom Breed said will give them an edge when they begin their post-high school studies.

Schools announce Monday closures

February 16th, 2015

Public schools in Shenandoah and Warren counties have announced that schools will be closed Monday. In Shenandoah County, 12-month employees

Schools: Creativity offsets cost of college

February 15th, 2015

In a mass communications class at Shenandoah University, students are told not to purchase books. Instead, they’re to use that money to pay for membership to a professional organization of their choice.

Board discusses benefits of testing

February 13th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — During a presentation on public school testing at a meeting of the Warren County School Board, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Greg Drescher acknowledged that however frequent, benchmark assessments are critical in helping administrators ensure students are learning along the way.

A sustainable future

Calley Smith, 11, of Mount  Jackson,  demonstrates using the chemical energy of an apple to conduct electricity during  the sixth grade science fair held Thursday evening at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 5th, 2015

QUICKSBURG — In preparation for a night of presentations at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg, sixth grade students in John Woods’ science classes did more than sum up a semester of project-based learning on renewable energy sources. They also looked to the future.

Practice makes perfect for Shenandoah County students

February 3rd, 2015

Central High School senior Bethany Neri was surprised to learn her guidance counselor Shanna McComb-Beverage had compared her to fictional brainiacs Hermione Granger of the “Harry Potter” series and Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz of the CBS TV show “The Big Bang Theory.”

School bus chief: Old radios a safety issue

John Gangwer, a Shenandoah County School bus driver, holds a two-way radio microphone while parked outside Central High School in Woodstock on Monday. School officials say the  bus radios are outdated and need to be replaced with a new communications system. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 2nd, 2015

When a Shenandoah County special needs school bus broke down in December and the driver had to walk a mile down the road for help, it was partly by chance that he had an aide to leave in charge of school children.

R-MA names new president


February 2nd, 2015

Brig. Gen. David C. Wesley has been chosen to lead Randolph-Macon Academy as its 11th president.

Music programs short of funding

February 1st, 2015

Those who have attended regular public meetings of the Shenandoah County School Board could easily conclude that music is important to the county’s public schools.

A study in everything

Dillon Campbell, 17, captain of Skyline High School Academic Team, answers a question during a recent team practice. The team recently won the  Conference 28 tournament and ranks No. 2 in the region. The students have advanced to the Region 3A East Tournament that will be held Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 30th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — This Skyline High School after-school club meets four days a week and challenges students to learn all they can about everything. The team recently came in first place in the Virginia High School League Conference 28 Tournament.