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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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Robin Williams film showings to benefit Concern Hotline

Four screenings of Robin Williams' movies at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester this week will benefit area residents in crisis.
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Child's diagnosis spotlights under-diagnosed disease

FRONT ROYAL -- Jozie Palmer seems like any other happy 5-year-old girl. She plays with her younger brother Scott Jr., or S.J. for short; she loves Walt Disney's "Frozen" and "Tangled," and she's preparing to start kindergarten this fall.
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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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Campus Move-in Day is a team effort

WINCHESTER -- College freshmen who moved into residence halls at Shenandoah University during Tuesday's Move-in Day breezed through their first big steps on campus. Helped by about 300 volunteers, new students and their parents unpacked cars within minutes, allowing for a long line of other cars to quickly take their place alongside greetings of "welcome home."
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Frederick County has successful first day

WINCHESTER -- Twins Madison and Damon were a little nervous on their first day of kindergarten Monday, but their father Stephen Moore said he was probably even more nervous than they were.
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Warren County School Board to pursue $44 million project

The Warren County School Board hopes to break ground on construction of a new middle school by next March or April.
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Frederick County schools prepare for academic year

As Frederick County students prepare to start the 2014-15 academic year Monday, school officials have prepared changes for the coming year.
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Two schools over 100 percent capacity

WOODSTOCK -- As Shenandoah County Public Schools prepare for a new school year, overcrowding was an important topic of discussion at a Thursday night School Board meeting.
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School Board votes to pursue purchase of chiller

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Public Schools has decided to pursue the option of buying a new chiller for W.W. Robinson Elementary Middle School in Woodstock.
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Back to School: Kindergarten, sixth grade are prime time for vaccinations

As families prepare children for the new school year, school districts remind of vaccines required through the Lord Fairfax Health District.
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Nationally recognized teacher farms students into scientists

Agricultural education isn't what it used to be. Nearly 30 years ago when Sherry Heishman started teaching agriculture at Central High School in Woodstock, a lot more of her students were raised on farms, and they looked to her for a different kind of education than today's students do.
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Back to school: School districts plan for fewer SOL tests

Changes in nationwide Standards of Learning requirements have allowed for fewer standardized tests at the public school level beginning this fall. Administrators in the Northern Shenandoah Valley say the reduction of SOL tests has long been anticipated and will free schools to focus more on other ways of measuring student success.
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College professor wins Catalyst Award for online course

Cheryl Brindle's first-ever online math course won her Lord Fairfax Community College's first ever Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design. But that doesn't mean she won't change it up before the upcoming fall semester.
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Chiller unit needed to keep elementary cool

WOODSTOCK -- Tuesday morning at a Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting, representatives from the public school system informed the board of the need for a replacement chiller at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock.
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Yard crawl drives bargain hunters to valley

Every year Brad Dellinger and his friends from Edinburg buy matching hats to wear at the Route 11 Yard Crawl. It adds to the experience and, according to Dellinger, helps lighten the mood when visitors to the more than 40 miles of yard sales become agitated with long waits or slow traffic.
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EpicCare's first shaky steps include records breach

Health care visits should be easier now for patients and medical staff since Valley Health's launch of a new EpicCare database across the Northern Shenandoah Valley; however, the health care system has faced unexpected trials.
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Sweet, skittish Snoopy looks for friendly family

BERRYVILLE -- Snoopy might have a famous name, but the 2-year-old Chihuahua mix wants anything other than fame or excitement.
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Winchester pediatric clinic increases specialty care from UVA

Area families who used to make the drive to Charlottesville for outpatient pediatric cardiology care now have more options closer to home.
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Area students study health care career options

WOODSTOCK -- When the new school year begins later this month, some students in Shenandoah and Warren counties will have more than the usual summer vacation stories to tell their friends and teachers.
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Tax-free holiday to ease school shopping costs

It's back to school time, and in Virginia that means the return of a three-day sales tax holiday. Beginning Friday, many clothing items, shoes and school and office supplies will be free of sales tax. In combination with back-to-school sales, it's a good time to save on items for the new school year.
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Habitat for Humanity a community effort

The first house that John Brishcar helped build wasn't like the others he's built through the years.

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