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Having a ball

FRONT ROYAL -- In Justin Birckbichler's fourth grade class at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School, the fun of learning has taken on another meaning.
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Christian academy pilots remedial program

STEPHENS CITY -- A remedial math and reading program at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy is only five days old but has already sparked the enthusiasm of new test takers.
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R-MA President Forsyth resigns

Maj. Gen Maury Forsyth, president of Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, has resigned.
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Senior seminar touts smart life decisions

At a Thursday morning free seminar in Woodstock, representatives from area organizations stressed how smart life choices benefit everyone involved.
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Signal Knob teacher is tops in region

STRASBURG -- Shenandoah County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year now has a new title: Virginia Region 4 Teacher of the Year.
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Constitution Day presents high school opportunity for lessons

At Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg, Wednesday's Constitution Day and Citizenship Day couldn't be wrapped up in a single lesson. The national observances inspired a week of contests and discourse from students led by government teacher Holly Hoover.
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Accreditation scores may spell school changes

A Tuesday announcement from the Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday has highlighted accreditation results for area public schools that could spell more changes in the future.
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Groundbreaking planned for new Frederick County school

Frederick County Public Schools has announced it will hold a groundbreaking event on Tuesday for the new Frederick County Middle School at 4611 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester.
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County schools expect accreditation with warnings

WOODSTOCK -- Preliminary accreditation results based on last year's Standards of Learning scores name all public schools in Shenandoah County accredited, four of them with warning.
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Safety Day promotes awareness through fun

Organizers of the 9th Annual Community Safety Day will not let predictions of rain dampen their spirits for a fun day of educational activities promoting safety throughout the community.
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Sherando students to study real-world use of math, science

Teachers at Sherando High School have a plan for answering some age-old questions this year: Why students should know math and science and when they will ever need this knowledge in the real world.
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Area youth competes in Soap Box Derby

Landon Rutherford has a history with racing. Recently placing among the top 18 drivers in the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, the 13-year-old Skyline High School student said his interest in building and driving soap box cars came from a family tradition.
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BEE Backpacks to inspire flurry of reading this winter

Something fun, free and educational will start buzzing home with Ashby Lee Elementary School students later this year.
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Pet of the Week: Energetic Dillon needs room to grow

Dillon is a typical puppy. He enjoys playing with toys, walks well on a leash and loves attention.
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Rotary donation to fund E. Wilson Morrison playground

A recent donation to E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School will fund fitness and fun for Warren County children. The $9,000 donation that George Karnes, president of the Rotary Club of Linden, presented to Principal Lori Layman at a Tuesday morning presentation will go to new playground equipment at the school.
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Balloon release inspires statewide birthday card shower

MAURERTOWN -- Helen McCracken has received birthday cards from all around Virginia from well-wishers she's never met.
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Drug addiction discussed at conference

FRONT ROYAL -- Understanding addiction and mental illness is not as easy as knowing risk factors or researching a patient's past. The diseases aren't exclusive to nature or nurture, explained Dr. Kevin McCauley -- they come from both.
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R-MA chaplain returns home to guide students in faith

FRONT ROYAL -- A town on a hill cannot be hidden -- neither should the potential for doing good deeds be hidden. A lesson from the Bible, it's also an idea that Rev. Josh Orndorff plans to promote as chaplain at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal.
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Military Academy updates courses

WOODSTOCK -- In a small room at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, a woman wearing a lacy blue skirt and red lipstick has died. Beside her on the floor behind crime scene tape is a spilled glass of liquid, a phone off the hook and a substance that didn't agree with her.
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Christian schools excited to begin

Changes are in the air for area Christian schools in the 2014-15 school year. Student numbers are up and academic programs are expanding at Eukarya Christian Academy, Riverfront Christian School, Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy and the new Legacy Christian Academy.
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LFCC unveils exciting changes

Exciting changes at Lord Fairfax Community College for the 2014-15 academic year will help the community college compete with other higher education institutions around the country.
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Strength training program targets women

Strength training helps with weight loss, improves balance and will not cause women to look like men.
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Third epilepsy, SUDEP walk to raise awareness

Preventing epileptic seizures is not easy, but organizers of a walk for funding and research in Winchester this month hope to make warning systems more accessible for the one in 26 Americans who will develop epilepsy.
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Shenandoah students return to cool schools on first day back

WOODSTOCK -- On the first day of school at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock, new third grade teacher Emily Roach had a quick cure for her students' jitters.
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Private schools open to excitement for academic year

The first day of classes at area private schools brought increased enrollment and excitement for a new school year.
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Central to host 1K band students at first game

Nearly 1,000 students are expected to be at Central High School's first football game of the season. None of them are football players, but they all plan to flood the field at halftime to perform for a crowd that hasn't seen anything like this at Central High in the last five years.
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SOL scores: Improvements and trouble spots

The results of the 2013-14 Standards of Learning tests released Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Education indicate improvements and trouble spots for area schools.
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Shenandoah schools finalize plans for first day back

Teachers and administrators for Shenandoah County Public Schools have some last minute preparations to finish before the 2014-15 school begins next Tuesday.
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Medicare Café to teach ABCs of retirement benefits

The first in a series of morning "cafes" will educate area residents about Medicare benefits.
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Back to School: First day of school brings excitement in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL -- Monday's first day of school might have started with fog and uncertainty, but moods quickly brightened for Warren County children, parents and teachers.
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Shenandoah schools convocation recognizes success in education

WOODSTOCK -- Education has been a part of agriculture teacher Jaclyn (Roller) Ryan's life since she was born. At Friday afternoon's Shenandoah County Public Schools convocation, she said she followed her father and grandparents into a career in education.
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Authorities: Be alert on roads as Warren schools open

Anticipating Monday's start of public schools in Warren County, town and county authorities have reminded area motorists to pay particular attention near schools, bus stops and residential neighborhoods.
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Livestock competitors bring experience to county fair

Area children showing livestock at the Shenandoah County Fair might be young but they bring years of experience to help them lock horns with the competition.

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