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Education

Nature Trails program breaks down agriculture for second-graders

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School has taken a $500 grant and bolstered its Nature Trails program for Sandy Hook Elementary School students. On Thursday morning about 130 elementary school students trotted down a nature trail behind the high school, stopping to learn about the water cycle, ...

Digging down deep: Students compete in state soils judging contest

STRASBURG – Dozens of high school and junior high students spent Election Day doing some digging, not through ballots, referendums or measures, but for a chance to get their hands dirty in a statewide soils judging competition. Tuesday's event was between junior high and high senior ...

School division proposes new calendar that takes fair week off

Shenandoah County Public Schools is now proposing a new school calendar which gives students off the entire week of the county fair. School Board members will discuss the revised calendar at Thursday night’s meeting. It was two years ago that the school division shifted its calendar to ...

Board of Supervisors hears of need for elementary schools

MOUNT JACKSON - Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston unveiled the system's new priorities for its long-term facilities planning at a joint meeting Tuesday of the School Board and Board of Supervisors. He told the supervisors that Shenandoah County Public Schools is the ...

Holtzman donates two big trucks to Triplett Tech

MOUNT JACKSON – Two Holtzman Oil employees drove two road tractors -- the kind of heavy-duty truck used to pull or tow trailers on the highway --  to Triplett Tech and parked them outside the auto technology classroom. The trucks were not there for repairs by the students. They were ...

Worlds of Work Expo expands students’ horizons

WINCHESTER - The 2018 Worlds of Work Expo, a two-day career event in which about 2,200 students from area school divisions preview possible future careers, began Wednesday. It features 10 worlds of possible work, including agriculture, communication, finance, health science, manufacturing ...

Virginia State Police charge former deputy, principal

The principal of Ashby Lee Elementary School and a former Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy have been charged within the last week with misdemeanors after separate incidents involving the same elementary school student. Virginia State Police charged Principal Stephen Povlish III and ...

Performance aims to teach kids about inclusion, empathy

FRONT ROYAL — Amy Stone was at a Panera Bread Company restaurant when a conversation about the representation of people with disabilities in a film came up. Stone, who uses a wheelchair, said that the conversation got her thinking about what would happen if a Disney princess was a wheelchair ...

Board OKs pay hike for bus drivers during field trips

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools Board members voted unanimously during their work session on Wednesday to raise the rate they pay bus drivers during field trips after struggling to find enough drivers. The division has been paying its bus drivers $9.50 per hour on those trips, ...

School divisions attend educational conference

Two area school divisions recently attended a national conference in Phoenix. During the week of Sept. 24-28, Shenandoah County Public Schools sent 19 staff members to EdLeader 21, a national conference in the Arizona state capital. The cost to the division was approximately $32,000, or about ...

Proposed calendars call for schools open for part of fair week

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston revealed the division's proposed school calendars for the next three years during Thursday evening's School Board meeting. The calendars do not call for schools to be closed for the entire week of the county fair as ...

Bridging the gap: New educational program partners NW Works with LFCC

WINCHESTER – NW Works and Lord Fairfax Community College have entered into a partnership that brings two levels of the school’s manufacturing certificate program to job seekers. The new seven-week educational program began Friday with five people officially enrolling, being assessed for ...

Strasburg High School receives agriculture literacy grant

Strasburg High School will bolster its Nature Trail Visits program thanks to a $500 grant from the Agriculture in the Classroom nonprofit organization. Agriculture in the Classroom handed out 62 grants to Virginia schools, totaling $30,000.  Strasburg High School was the lone recipient in ...

Warren schools focus on keeping students with disabilities in classroom

Data released Oct.1 by the Virginia Department of Education show 93 percent of students with disabilities at Warren County Public Schools graduated on time, above the state average of 88 percent. Michael Hirsch, director of special services for Warren County Public Schools, focuses on a ...

Skyline students apologize in wake of social media controversy

FRONT ROYAL — A controversy in which a group of Skyline High School students posed in front of posters mocking Strasburg High School took center stage at Wednesday's meeting of the Warren County Public Schools Board. During the board's public comment period, the students offered apologies ...

Board OKs new chiller for elementary school

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new chiller for Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School's air conditioning system  during its meeting on Wednesday. The old chiller at the elementary school broke earlier this year. Mike Riley, the district's ...

Shenandoah schools’ on-time graduation rate above state average

Shenandoah County Public Schools has an on-time graduation rate of 96.7 percent, slightly more than 5 percent higher than the state rate of 91.6 percent. “We are very pleased. Once you get up to that rate, it is hard to get higher,” said Superintendent Mark Johnston. He added that the ...

All but one Warren County school receives full accreditation

All but one of the Warren County Public Schools has received a status of full accreditation this year. But two other schools may be at risk of their full accreditation status in the future. According to results published by the Virginia Department of Education on Thursday, Skyline Middle ...

Every Shenandoah County public school accredited

For the first time in five years, all of Shenandoah County's public schools are accredited. The Virginia Department of Education released on Thursday its accreditation report that revealed that, as the division predicted about a month ago, that all of the schools in Shenandoah County meet ...

LFCC to partner with other colleges on heavy equipment operator training

Lord Fairfax Community College is expanding its access to training for heavy equipment operators, a course of study that was the first of its kind in the state when it began a year ago. The college will partner with two other colleges to provide greater access to training for heavy-equipment ...