Education

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 ...

Monday Spotlight: Friendly Giants: Someone to look up to

WOODSTOCK – A Central High School senior has brought high school and elementary students together by creating a mentoring program to give kids at W.W. Robinson Elementary School a little extra attention and to help them to build self-esteem. Kaelyn Cary, 18, of Woodstock, created "Friendly ...

Skyline teacher charged with four felonies

Steven Bretsch, a teacher at Skyline High School, has been charged with four felonies relating to taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff's Office. Deputies met with Skyline High School ...

School Board approves $64.9 million budget

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved the proposed $64.9 million 2017-2018 budget at a Thursday night meeting. Superintendent Mark Johnston’s proposed budget is more than $3 million higher than last year’s $61.6 million budget. The proposed budget includes funding ...

LFCC receives grant to expand health care pathways for high school students

Lord Fairfax Community College’s Educational Foundation has received a $144,000 grant from the Virginia-based Claude Moore Charitable Foundation to expand health care career pathways for high school students. Brenda Byard, the Lord Fairfax Community College’s dean of academic student ...

Monday Spotlight: Swimming her way to the top

STEPHENS CITY – A local middle school girl is making her mark in the swimming world, beating out more experienced swimmers. Chelsey Jones, 12, of Stephens City, will be competing in the Virginia state swimming meet March 9-12. Chelsey, a sixth grader at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, ...

Students dispel high school myths

Central High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students conducted a survey among eighth graders about their attitudes toward entering high school and then offered guidance to dispel myths about the change. Freshmen Trinity Long, 15, of Fort Valley, and Shannon Nicely, ...

School Board discusses impacts to budget

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board discussed impacts from the General Assembly session and health insurance bids affecting the proposed 2017-2018 operating budget of $64,811,247 at a Thursday night work session. Director of Finance for the school division Barbara Stombock ...

Shenandoah University receives $20,000 writing grant

The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project at Shenandoah University has been selected to receive a 2017-2018 grant of $20,000. Emily Burner, director of Communications for the University, said the funds will be used until July 1, 2018, for current Shenandoah Valley Writing Project teacher ...

Monday Spotlight: Student keeps active and dreams big

WOODSTOCK – An eighth grader at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School is keeping busy with academics and athletics in hopes of attending a good college later on. Aliyah Kibler, 13, of Woodstock is involved with many athletics and school programs, all while keeping her grades up to par. Aliyah ...