Education

Changing accreditation comes with changes to tests

FRONT ROYAL — Between the 2004-2005 school year and the 2012-2013 school year, schools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties failed to be fully accredited a total of four times. Since then, the numbers have risen sharply. Last year, 10 schools between the three counties were listed as ...

Triplett Tech student fares well at national competition

Zachary Biggs, a recent Strasburg High School and Triplett Tech graduate, recently walked away with an award from the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships held June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. After winning the state championship in carpentry, Biggs was pitted against 45 of the best high school ...

Trump’s new health care bill would mean major cuts to local schools

As the Senate prepares to vote as early as next week on President Trump's new health care bill, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released a report Wednesday on how its proposed cuts are going to affect Virginia schools. The report shows that in Virginia alone more than $32 million will be cut from ...

School Board candidates file for fall election

Five Shenandoah County residents have filed the necessary paperwork to be put on the ballot for the School Board election in November. Chairwoman and District 1 Board Member Karen Whetzel said she will run to remain on the School Board. “I am proud of the work that the Shenandoah County ...

County schools cut employees who have old felonies

A handful of Shenandoah County Public Schools employees with felony records lost their jobs this week as a result of a 2015 Virginia Supreme Court ruling. Superintendent Mark Johnston confirmed Wednesday that the ruling affected five employees in good standing with the division and essentially ...

Foltz named new Strasburg High School principal

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board Tuesday approved the promotion of Melissa Foltz to the position of principal at Strasburg High School, effective July 1. Foltz replaces Morgan Saeler who will be transferring to Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, also effective July 1. Foltz said she has ...

School Board approves grading changes, winter holidays

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved grading scale changes and winter break holidays at Tuesday night's meeting. David Hinegardner, director of middle and secondary education, recommended the grading scale changes after three years of work performed by a grading committee, ...

Supervisors graded on educational support

Shenandoah County supervisors Steve Baker and Conrad Helsley scored well and supervisors Cindy Bailey and Marsha Shruntz flunked in the opinion of a local organization that advocated for more funding for Shenandoah County Public Schools in the recently approved budget. The evaluation by PASS ...

Monday Spotlight: Studying Nordic mythology in Iceland

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal resident spent the last year in Iceland as a student studying Nordic mythology and will soon begin her thesis on shapeshifting. Caroline Oxley, 25, of Front Royal, recently returned to the United States after spending the past year as a student at the University ...

Stonewall Jackson students ready for more opportunities

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School seniors are ready to take on the world after graduation. One of them, Carmen Becerra, 17, of Mount Jackson will graduate after compiling a stellar record in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service. She said she was born in ...

Classroom receives $3,000 United Bank donation

WOODSTOCK – United Bank presented a $3,000 check to a third grade classroom on Wednesday morning. United Bank’s Sales and Service Representative Debbie Good and Branch Manager Jason Fream presented the check to Fay Wymer-Hollar’s students  at W.W. Robinson Elementary School. United ...

Strasburg students gearing up for graduation

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School seniors are gearing up for what the future holds. Cortney McDonald, 18, of Strasburg, is one senior who will be graduating on Friday.  She said she has really enjoyed her time spent at Strasburg High School and for the opportunities it provided ...

Triplett Tech student ready to join law enforcement

MOUNT JACKSON – A cybersecurity student at Triplett Tech is ready to gain experience in law enforcement after graduating. Kylie Stottlemyer, 18, of Maurertown, has been studying cybersecurity over the last semester and will graduate from Triplett Tech Thursday, and her base school Central ...

Sherando senior to cherish high school memories

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando High School senior Ben Gustafson, 18, of Winchester, said he has really enjoyed his time in high school. The club and group activities that he has been involved with - including the debate team, the academic team, student government association and class office, the ...

Tuesday Spotlight: FCCLA student looks for new opportunities

STRASBURG – A freshman at Strasburg High School has served as a state officer of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America over the last year and is ready for future opportunities. Jana Bowman, 15, of Strasburg, is a freshman at Strasburg High School and served as a 2016-2017 state ...

Cadet: MMA offers opportunities not found in public schools

WOODSTOCK –  Massanutten Military Academy cadet Jessica Hirsch has high praise for her school. The 17-year-old battalion commander from McLean, who will be graduating May 27 along with 23 other cadets,  said MMA has been a good fit for her and has provided her opportunities that public ...

Randolph-Macon senior plans to fly to new heights

FRONT ROYAL — Randolph-Macon Academy senior Parker Overstreet is leaving high school satisfied with his experience, and with high hopes for the future. Overstreet plans to eventually work in the airlines industry. He is going to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, ...