Roy Boyles honored

Juandiego Wade, current Virginia School Boards Association president and chair of the association's Board of Directors, presents a resolution honoring Roy Boyles, a former Warren County School Board member. Courtesy Photo

Warren County School Board member Roy Boyles was honored at the Virginia School Boards Association’s Valley Region spring forum held March 30 at Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson.

Boyles was recognized for more than 35 years of involvement in Warren County education, his board membership since July 2004 and his 2012 tenure as the association’s president  and chair of it  Board of Directors. He recently announced his retirement from his position as vice chair of the Warren County School Board effective April 1, citing health reasons.

Shenandoah Superintendent Jeremy Raley introduced presentations on infusing STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) education into Ashby-Lee Elementary School’s curriculum and making teaching and learning more fun at Signal Knob Middle School. Chris Cook, principal of Signal Knob Middle School, added that technology has been a big part of those changes. It all began with the purchase of a 3-D printer. Now there are additional hands-on technologies including LittleBits electronic modules, Cubelets robotic modules, Makey-Makey circuit boards and Legos programmable robotics.

Presentations also included the progress of the L.I.F.E. program at Central High School, a county-wide program for post-graduate students with disabilities to help them develop skills necessary to secure a job and live as independently as possible or within an assisted living facility.

Rachel Berry from Luray High School in Page County and Kylie Britt of Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County presented a research project called “Variability of Photovoltaic Thin-Films” as part of the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School Research project. Their project on electric current improves the process of solar-hydrogen as a renewable energy resource making it more cost effective.

Prior to the business meeting attendees had dinner prepared by Triplett Tech’s culinary students under the direction of Chef Paje Cross. Shenandoah’s county-wide student orchestra performed under the direction of Robert Curry.

Thirty-six pieces of artwork entered into the association’s valley region art contest were exhibited by students from 14 Shenandoah Valley school divisions. Alexis Halterman, an eighth-grader at Signal Knob, placed first in the middle school level.