Josette Keelor

School Board proposes plan for preschool classrooms

March 5th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — However possible, Shenandoah County Public Schools plan to add two new preschool classrooms this fall. Despite a decrease in state funding for the classrooms through the Virginia Preschool Initiative, schools could make this effort possible with less overall funding from the county.

Encouraging creativity

Emily Alexander, right, and Courtney Hodges, both 16 and in the 11th grade at Strasburg High School, demonstrate how to build boron trihydride molecules using the school's computer software at Tuesday evening's STEM Share Fair at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg.  Josette Keelor/Daily

March 5th, 2015

STRASBURG – Part of teaching is about challenging students to discover what they never thought possible. It’s also about playing to students’ strengths and interests so they want to keep on learning.

Preschool classes sought at hearing

Allison Gregg, 34, of Woodstock, speaks in support of funding the county's pre-school program during the Shenandoah County School Board's public hearing Monday night at the county government center in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 2nd, 2015

WOODSTOCK — At a Monday night public hearing, the Shenandoah County School Board met to receive community feedback on plans for the school division’s 2016 fiscal year budget.

College forensics team makes a strong argument

John Riggs, 33, right, of Woodstock debates a topic during forensics team practice at Lord Fairfax Community College while teammates Colt Scott, 20, left, of Strasburg and Sunny Moore, 19, of Linden look on.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 1st, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — It isn’t easy keeping one’s cool when faced with the unknown, but that’s exactly what members of the forensics team at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown do on a regular basis.

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.

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: 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.

Free clinic: Uninsured face penalties

February 10th, 2015

The open enrollment period for health insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday, and the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic recommends area residents research their options before it’s too late.