School maintenance staff honored for its efficiency

May 21, 2015

Recently named a Campus Champion by School Dude Inc., the maintenance department for Shenandoah County Public Schools has been recognized for its speed and skill at completing work orders. Shenandoah is one of only 154 chosen as a Campus Champion this year.

LFCC student focuses on helping others

Cynthia Forrester, a 17-year-old Front Royal home school student, will graduate Saturday with an associate of science degree and will be the commencement speaker for this year's 1,036 graduation candidates at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

MIDDLETOWN — Cynthia Forrester wanted to be a pediatrician, but knowing it would take a long time to get through high school, college and medical school, she decided to expedite the process.

Board approves classes a year early

May 15, 2015

At a regular meeting Thursday evening, the Warren County School Board approved an addendum to the program of studies the division was able to institute a year early.

Masonry students earn first place wins at SkillsUSA

Triplett Tech masonry students Zach Hutchison, 19, left,  and Jeremy Morris, 18, work on a chimney in the shop at the school in Mount Jackson on Wednesday. Morris won first place in masonry at the SkillsUSA state State Leadership Conference & Skills Championships held April 17-18 in Roanoke, and Hutchison won first place in brick laying.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 15, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — At Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson, graduating high school with practical life skills is its own reward. Though earning a more tangible prize for one’s hard work is certainly welcome, too.

School Board to mull boiler request

May 14, 2015

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County School Board plans to ask the county for money to fix or replace a boiler at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock.

‘Sweet’ alternative

Carly Bokanyi, 19, a senior in Central High School's chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America, pours mint-infused water into a paper cup during the school's Rev Your Bev event on Wednesday to encourage students to choose healthier drinks over sugary ones.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 13, 2015

WOODSTOCK — Everybody knows soda is full of sugar. But Central High School students at a Wednesday Rev Your Bev event said they were surprised to learn the sorry truth of what sweetens some of their other favorite beverages.

College vice president to become first provost

Christopher Coutts

May 13, 2015

Lord Fairfax Community College has announced Christopher Coutts as its first ever provost. Currently vice president of academic and student affairs on the Middletown campus, Coutts will serve as the face of the Fauquier Campus in Warrenton.

Riverfront students pack meals for community

Riverfront Christian school second grade student Paige Fake, 7,  spoons a cup  of noodles into a bag during the school's  Pack-A-Thon. Courtesy photo

May 10, 2015

For its first ever community service project on April 30, students from Riverfront Christian School in Front Royal raised about $2,000 to purchase meals that would go feed area residents.

A non-traditional path

Julia Duke, a 36 year-old mother of two from Stephens City, will graduate from Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Business School this Saturday with a bachelor's degree in business administration.   Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

Julia Duke knows her children are proud of her upcoming graduation from Shenandoah University. A former military wife, she traveled the world for nine years with her Marine husband. Then in 2009, she jumped at the opportunity to invest in herself.

Tours help draw eyes to schools

May 7, 2015

For National Teacher Appreciation Week this week, school administrations and local Parent-Teacher Associations planned special lunches and small gifts of acknowledgment for teachers and other staff.

Shenandoah names Teacher of the Year

Kara Bates, right, agroecology teacher at Massanutten Regional Governor's School in Mount Jackson, talks with students Isabella Hall, left, 18, and Leila Husain, 17, both seniors at East Rockingham High School. Bates was recently named Shenandoah County Teacher of the Year. Josette Keelor/Daily

May 7, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON — Agroecology teacher Kara Bates loves what she does. Recently named Shenandoah County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, the 36-year-old Massanutten Regional Governor’s School Teacher said part of what makes the job for her is that students want to be there.

FCCLA lauds third state president

Haley Copeland

May 7, 2015

Strasburg High School junior Haley Copeland has achieve a “very unusual” feat. The school’s third consecutive Virginia state president for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, the 17-year-old gives credit to former presidents Laura Taylor, 2013-14, and Alexis Mathias, 2014-15, for helping her get this far.

Tech expo to encourage creative thinking

May 6, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Technology is more than computers and video games, and at Riverfront Christian Academy in Front Royal, information technology teacher Elizabeth Coffey has challenged her students to think about technology in new — or sometimes old — ways.

A desire for technology

Shenandoah County School Board Vice Chair Karen Whetzel, left, and  County Supervisor Steven Baker talk during a Thursday morning tour of Stonewall Jackson High School  in Quicksburg.  Josette Keelor/Daily

April 30, 2015

QUICKSBURG – In the library at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Librarian Lisa Gibson said students are imagining the future of education. And they’re not the only ones.

Constructive solutions

Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley stands inside the hallway surrounded by students at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a school tour that was open for members of the School Board and Board of Supervisors on Friday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 24, 2015

STRASBURG — There’s a common refrain heard in the halls of Shenandoah County Public Schools, where creative space making could be its own class.

Board deliberates on school problems

April 24, 2015

WOODSTOCK — After two hours of discussion at a Thursday work session, the Shenandoah County School Board came to a consensus. They need to solve the problem of overcrowding in schools as soon as possible and develop a timeline for a short-term solution.

Sharing the track

Bradley Stevens, 21, of Maurertown, leads this group of the Champions Together track team during a recent practice outside Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 22, 2015

For the first time in Shenandoah County, students with and without disabilities competed alongside each other through Central High School’s Champions Together Unified Track and Field Event.

Training day a ‘snapshot’ of instruction

April 22, 2015

WINCHESTER — Nobody wants to miss school on the day of a class trip, Director of Student Support Services Charles M. “Mitch” Peeling remarked Wednesday at a training session for Frederick County Public School personnel.

R-MA Commandant Sadler to resign

Col. Gary N. Sadler (USAF retired)

April 22, 2015

Randolph-Macon Academy Commandant Col Gary N. Sadler, USAF resign, has announced his intention to retire on June 30.