Education

Central sets up technology help desk

Students and staff at Central High School can fix their electronics and learn about technology at the school’s technology help desk. Central High School Librarian Tripp Ennis said the school was able to set up a technology help desk for students and staff through Moore Grant funding. He ...

Monday Spotlight: Sherando student to follow his dreams to Virginia Tech

STEPHENS CITY – Justin Petrie, a senior at Sherando High School, will follow his passion for agriculture to Virginia Tech this fall. Justin, 17, of Stephens City, will study agricultural science at Virginia Tech after spending about seven years participating in agricultural programs since ...

Students and parents work together at STEM Night

WOODSTOCK - Elementary school students showed off their hard work and scientific innovations at W.W. Robinson Elementary School's STEM Night on Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, showcased the work students have completed in the science, technology, ...

Strasburg Rotary keeping busy with community projects

The Strasburg Rotary Club has been working throughout the year to provide resources to the community’s young people. Brandy Boies, the 2016-2018 Strasburg rotary president, said the group has been supporting literacy and efforts for youth in Strasburg for many years. “For over 15 ...

Division reviews budget survey results

Shenandoah County Public Schools has gathered final results from a budget survey conducted in January about the development of the superintendent’s proposed 2017-2018 budget. Survey responses were gathered Jan. 13-27 from 609 people. Of the respondents, 52 percent were school division ...

Sit, roll over, fetch: Students learn social skills from therapy dog Duke

WOODSTOCK – Duke, an 11-month-old labradoodle, supplies endless happiness and kisses to students and staff in Shenandoah County Public Schools. Heather Pugh, an occupational therapist who works with special needs students, brings Duke, her three-quarter poodle, one-quarter Labrador ...

MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Sisters make healthy changes at schools

FRONT ROYAL – Twin sisters at Skyline High School are working to make their community healthier through tobacco and childhood obesity campaigns. The Chichester sisters, Sarah and Hannah, both 18, have made a change in their lives and the lives of their classmates through the award-winning ...

Students showcase robotics used in the classroom

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Government Center’s Board Room was taken over Thursday afternoon by students showcasing robots they had created in their schools. Six stations were set up across the room to demonstrate and explain how they use robotics in the classroom for ...

School divisions recognized for green initiatives

Shenandoah and Frederick County public schools have been honored as green schools in the 2016 Virginia School Board Association’s Green Schools Challenge. Barbara Stombock, director of finance for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said the competition is designed to encourage school ...

Monday Spotlight: Teen’s artwork to adorn company’s products

STEPHENS CITY – A young Stephens City artist saw her dreams come true when her logo design was chosen to be featured on merchandise for a family owned and operated hops yard in Loudoun County. The design by Skylar Vollmer, 13, will appear on shirts, hats, bags and other items sold by ...

School Board discusses creating a needs-based budget

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board discussed how to create a needs-based budget for students during a Thursday night work session. Superintendent Mark Johnston reviewed the division’s goals and beliefs with the Board. “The idea being that all of this informs you as we ...

School Board to hold budget work session

The Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board will hold a work session on Thursday to discuss the budget. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Training Room on the second floor of the Shenandoah County Government Building in Woodstock. Superintendent Mark ...

School Board approves Capital Improvement Plan

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Plan and discussed state and division initiatives at its Thursday night meeting. The plan is a five-year capital budget and planning document updated annually by the board. Projects are evaluated ...

Division launches online budget survey

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools launched an online 2017-2018 budget survey to gather feedback on what the community views as high priorities for the school division to prepare for the fast-approaching budget season. Director of Finance Barbara Stombock said the survey consists ...

Board to vote on Capital Improvement Plan

The Shenandoah County School Board will vote to accept the Capital Improvement Plan and hear reports on the Virginia Profile of a Graduate and status of 504 plans during a Thursday night meeting. A closed session will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. public meeting in the county board ...

Monday Spotlight: Perfect scores for Central’s Woodward

Editor's note: Monday Spotlight is a new weekly feature highlighting Northern Shenandoah Valley youth and their accomplishments.  MAURERTOWN – Accomplished Central High School senior has received three perfect Advanced Placement scores and missed a perfect ACT score by 1 point. William ...

Schools close for first snow day of the year

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick County school divisions closed schools Friday for the first time this school year due to snowy weather. Superintendent Mark Johnston, of Shenandoah County Public Schools, said he closed schools in Shenandoah County based on reports that only interstates and ...

After school meal program to begin at Ashby Lee

The Shenandoah County Public Schools will begin a three-day-a-week after school meal program at Ashby Lee Elementary School on Tuesday. School Food Services Supervisor Beverly Polk said the Child and Adult Care Food Program at the elementary school is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ...

Whetzel, Koontz retain positions on board

WOODSTOCK - Shenandoah County School Board members Karen Whetzel and R.L. "Rick" Koontz Jr. retained their positions Tuesday as chair and vice chair of the board respectively. The board vote was unanimous and the terms are for one year. Board member Cynthia Walsh thanked Whetzel for ...

Year in Review: Major educational changes hit the region

Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick County schools saw major educational changes, including facilities plans, boundary changes, new school calendars, a new superintendent, the building of a new middle school and chapel and many awards given to educators in the region. Shenandoah County The ...