Education

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.

Schools, libraries close for winter storm

March 5th, 2015

Public schools in Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Page will be closed today due to a snowstorm expected to drop 4-8 inches around northern parts of the region.

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.

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.