Education

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 ...

Schools look for public input on textbooks

Shenandoah County Public Schools is looking for community input on social studies materials that will replace 14-year-old textbooks. Susan Smith, textbook coordinator for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said the division has begun the process of adopting materials for secondary social ...

Monday Spotlight: Former student helps manage athletic team

WOODSTOCK – A former Central High School student continues to participate in the school’s athletics program in a management role. John Albright, 20, of Toms Brook, helps manage the girls basketball team at Central High School and participates in Champions Together. In Champions ...

Sherando Academic Team moves on to state competition

STEPHENS CITY – The Sherando High School Academic Team has remained undefeated this season and moves on to the state competition Feb. 25. Brian Davis, the team's coach, said the eight team members include five seniors and three juniors, all excited to be heading to the state competition at ...

Teacher salaries among top concerns during hearing

WOODSTOCK – Better pay for teachers drew strong support among members of the community at a public hearing Thursday night on the proposed 2017-2018 Shenandoah County Public Schools budget. Superintendent Mark Johnston proposed a $64,811,247 budget at last Thursday’s school board meeting, ...

Students celebrate family, community

Central High School organizations are celebrating inner beauty, family and community this week during lunch. Holly Roberts, Central High School family and consumer science teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America adviser, said FCCLA students held a #nofilter day on ...

University students fight hunger, food waste

Shenandoah University joined The Campus Kitchens Project, a national nonprofit encouraging students to fight hunger and food waste. The university has formed its own Campus Kitchen - the 59th in the national network – that will collect surplus food from the campus dining facility and turn ...

Monday Spotlight: Strasburg student to attend Brown University

STRASBURG – A Strasburg High School senior had a dream  come true when he received early acceptance to Brown University to study neuroscience. Eric Steacy, 17, of Strasburg, will major in neuroscience at the  Brown University this fall and he is considering a second major in computer ...

Schools chief proposes $64.8 million budget

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston is proposing a budget that's almost $3.2 million higher for the 2017-2018 school year than the current year's $61.6 million spending plan. The proposed $64.8 million budget, presented at Thursday's School Board ...

Strasburg students learn self defense

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students kicked and punched their way through attack simulations Friday, arming students with ways to defend themselves against assault. Heather Hiserman, Strasburg High School’s FCCLA advisor, said 16 ...

Board to discuss budget, teacher resources, special education costs

The Shenandoah County School Board will discuss the budget, resources available to teachers and special education costs at its meeting on Thursday. The board will hold a closed session at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the county board room in the Shenandoah ...

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 ...