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Community News & Events: Aug. 14

Library

Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a game night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday for middle and high school students. Chaperons will be present. Snacks provided.

Information: 540-662-9041.

Night sky

Shenandoah National Park will hold its annual Night Sky Festival Friday through Monday at 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray.

Astronomy experts will be on hand. Featured will be Ranger programs and children’s activities. The park will also view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Information: www.goshenandoah.com/activities.

Gardeners

Shenandoah County Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Extension office in Woodstock. Information: 459-6140.

Schools recognized

The Virginia Department of Education recognized 25 school divisions last month for their success in implementing the Virginia Tiered System of Supports, a systematic approach to meeting the academic, behavioral and social needs of students.

The following local school divisions were recognized July 25 at the Classrooms Not Courtrooms conference in Richmond:

• Distinction in Implementation of Leadership Team: Frederick and Warren counties.

• Distinction in Implementation of Academic Interventions: Page County.

The awards were presented by Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and Del. Lamont Bagby of Henrico County. Gov. Terry McAuliffe also personally congratulated representatives of each school division.

Bagby was the chief patron of House Bill 1924, which was approved by the 2017 General Assembly and signed by the governor. The bill directs the Board of Education to establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspensions.

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