Education

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 ...

School Board to select 2017 chair, vice chair

The Shenandoah County Public Schools Board will select its chair and vice chair for 2017 at a meeting Tuesday. Karen Whetzel has served as the board’s chairwoman for 2016 and R.L. “Rick” Koontz Jr.. has served as vice chairman, reversing their roles from the previous year. At the ...

Triplett Tech to offer night classes

Triplett Tech will be offering night classes for masonry and nursing beginning in January. Masonry for Beginners will teach basic masonry skills with hands-on instruction from Jan. 17 to Feb. 22 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost per student is $120. Nursing ...

Students to embark on writing marathon

North Fork Middle School English teacher will take her students on a writing marathon around historic Mount Jackson and New Market sites today to inspire their writing. Donna Shrum, eighth grade English teacher at the middle school, will take the majority of the eighth grade around the ...

Students raise funds for childhood cancer cure

WOODSTOCK - Members of Central High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization held a rally at Wednesday's basketball game to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds to find a cure. Senior Gwyneth George, 17, of Edinburg, said organization officers sold ...

Central’s principal nominated for national award

Central High School Principal Melissa Hensley has been nominated for the 2016-2017 national LifeChanger of the Year Award. “I am humbled to receive a nomination for an award that illustrates the overall impact others feel that I have had in their lives, on our school and in our ...

A breakfast for leaders: Education is focus of gathering at Triplett Tech

MOUNT JACKSON – County and state leaders spent Wednesday morning at Triplett Tech for a legislative breakfast to explain the state of Shenandoah County Public Schools and how leaders can help move the division forward. State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg; Shenandoah County school ...

Free documentary screening featuring former local students

The Woodstock Community Theatre will host a free showing on Saturday of "Little Green Men," a documentary about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, featuring Shenandoah and Frederick county students. Five years ago, Alec Snider, a Frederick County Public Schools student at Sherando High School, ...

School Board approves course changes

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board approved course changes and the meeting calendar, and heard presentations on the Capital Improvement Plan, English learners and Every Student Succeeds Act at its Thursday night meeting. The board voted to approve the course of studies changes ...

Interests sparked at biomedical expo

WOODSTOCK – The Biomedical Sciences Academy class of 2019 held expos at Shenandoah County's high schools to showcase why others should join the program. First-year students of the program held the expos throughout the week to introduce eighth and ninth graders to the program, hoping to ...

Board to discuss major projects, course offerings

The Shenandoah County School Board will discuss the Capital Improvement Plan and Every Student Succeeds Act at its Thursday night meeting.  The board also will vote on course offerings and the 2017 School Board schedule. The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Shenandoah ...