Education

Monday Spotlight: Juggling it all pays off for Central senior

WOODSTOCK – Central High School senior Sydney Crosser does it all – academically, athletically and still finds time to give back to the community. Crosser, 18, of Maurertown, has been an All-A Honor Roll student since the start of high school and has taken Advanced Placement and ...

Shenandoah University names athletic center

Shenandoah University announced at an unveiling ceremony on Friday that it will be naming its athletics center the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center. James Wilkins Jr. is a member of the board of trustees and an alumnus of Shenandoah University, where he was an athlete. He is ...

Central one of two schools in state to receive award

WOODSTOCK – Central High School was awarded the Virginia Unified Champion School Award of Excellence during an assembly Wednesday morning. The award is granted to the top schools in the state that demonstrate inclusion and respect for students with disabilities through programs, ...

Schools to consider budget changes

The $64.9 million 2017-2018 budget proposed by Shenandoah County Public Schools at a March meeting will need to be changed after Tuesday night’s decision by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to hold tax rates steady. Superintendent Mark Johnston said that even without a tax raise ...

Monday Spotlight: Busy life allows college dreams to come true

MOUNT JACKSON – A Stonewall Jackson High School student and athlete will attend Boston College in the fall after receiving her Massanutten Regional Governor’s School certificate this spring. Emily Ball, 18, of Orkney Springs, will graduate in June with a one-year college-credit ...

Shooting birds: Strasburg photographer takes aim at beauty in the wild

MIDDLETOWN – A retired Lord Fairfax Community College employee recently had a photograph featured in an online National Geographic article, fulfilling a dream come true in his passion for photography. Alvin Finchum, 63, of Strasburg, took a photo of a short-eared owl with a meadow vole ...

School principals move to other schools

The Shenandoah County School Board approved the administrative transfer of Strasburg High School Principal Morgan Saeler to principal at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, effective July 1. According to a Shenandoah County Public Schools news release, the position became vacant with the ...

School Board approves textbook materials

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved secondary social studies and social sciences textbook adoptions at Thursday night’s meeting. Susan Smith, coordinator of textbooks and public relations for the school division, said she recommended adopting electronic materials for ...

Cybersecurity team advances in competition

The cybersecurity team at Lord Fairfax Community College will compete in the finals of the RUSecureCTF cybersecurity competition April 29 at Radford University. According to a Lord Fairfax Community College news release, the cybersecurity team, The Crashers, placed fourth in the preliminary ...

LFCC ranked Virginia’s No. 2 community college

Lord Fairfax Community College has been ranked Virginia’s No. 2 community college by LearnHowToBecome.org, an organization that ranks colleges based on careers and educational requirements. According to a Lord Fairfax Community College news release, the organization divides colleges based ...

Monday Spotlight: Dreams come true for local musician

STRASBURG – A Strasburg High School student has been accepted into the prestigious strings program at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy next school year. Tenth grader Miranda Lucas, 16, of Strasburg, was accepted into the academy’s Interlochen Center for the Arts program in March ...

University, battlefield foundation form partnership

Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation have announced a partnership with both groups collaborating on projects throughout the Shenandoah Valley National Historic District. According to a Shenandoah University news release, ...

One man’s trash is another’s musical instrument

FRONT ROYAL - Ressie Jeffries Elementary School hosted a performance by Don Knaack, also known as The Junkman, Wednesday afternoon. A fine arts grant from the Warren County School Board allowed Knaack to show off his percussion skills, but with a twist. His instruments are recycled ...

Children receive free books from grant

The Moore Educational Trust Board of Directors has voted to make an annual $10,000 grant for the next five years to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Shenandoah County, with the first grant to be issued July 1. Susan Smith, public relations and textbook coordinator with ...

Sandy Hook students want to hear your stories

Sandy Hook Elementary School fifth grade students want to hear local stories about growing up in the Strasburg community for a storytelling project. Timothy Taylor, instructional technology supervisor of Shenandoah County Public Schools, said on May 6 the school is hosting an opportunity for ...

Students advance to state competition

Students at Ashby Lee Elementary School have advanced to the Destination Imagination state competition in Mechanicsville. Enrichment Teacher at Ashby Lee Elementary School Barbara Miller said the Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on program that fosters students’ creativity, ...

University to host Virginia Humanities Conference

Shenandoah University will host the 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference April 7-8. The conference, “The Unbearable Humanities,” is sponsored by the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, with presentations by scholars, activists and students from a variety of disciplines and ...

Students laugh, learn with visit from author

STRASBURG – New York Times Best Selling author Eric Litwin visited Sandy Hook Elementary School on Tuesday for a day full of singing, guitar playing and reading. Litwin is the author of “Pete the Cat,” “Nuts,” and “Groovy Joe.” His books bring music and reading together, ...

Monday Spotlight: Students aim to provide healthy water for girls in Kenya

MOUNT JACKSON – Three students at Massanutten Regional Governor’s School are designing a fluoride filtration system for a girls schools in Narok, Kenya. Juniors Brittany Rohrer, 16, of Mount Crawford; Gabrielle Delbiondo, 17, of Harrisonburg; And Isaac Alderfer, 17, of Broadway, have ...

College celebrates Global Awareness Day

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax Community College celebrated Global Awareness Day on Wednesday with presentations, food tastings, live music and raffles. A variety of events were planned, including a presentation from history professor Curtis Morgan, who was with the CIA. He gave a military ...