Students stand holding certificates and ribbons won during the school art show. High Point artists show off their winning certificates and ribbons!

March is Youth Art Month across our country. At High Point Elementary, the students and staff have celebrated this by "Making A Splash With Art and Music." The front entrance to the school was turned into the bottom of the ocean! From crabs and seashells, to pirate ships and starfish, our school was swimming with all kinds of ocean art! On Thursday, March 27th, we brought Youth Art Month to a close with the Art & Music PTA program. All students (K-5) had art on display, and were rewarded for their amazing talent. Here are the winners:


  • Honorable Mention: Trevor T., Nicholas S., Amelia K., Brodie M., and Lauren F.
  • 3rd Place: Ethan W.
  • 2nd Place: Anna A.
  • 1st Place: Mykael E.

1st Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Aryana P., Josiah D., David B., Ethan B., and Bailey M.
  • 3rd Place: Elbie R.
  • 2nd Place: Shane L.
  • 1st Place: Shayla A.

2nd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ian O., Isabella S., AJ B., Ethan Mc., and Maggie S.
  • 3rd Place: Kennedy J.
  • 2nd Place: Arrow B.
  • 1st Place: Keira L.

3rd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ivy O., Anthony S., Corey W., Conner F., and Haley M.
  • 3rd Place: Hannah N.
  • 2nd Place: Kaity W.
  • 1st Place: Kassie B.

4th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Morgan S., Shelbie P., Miguel B., HannaJo Mc., and Adham N.
  • 3rd Place: Anthony S.
  • 2nd Place: Hannah M.
  • 1st Place: Richie B.

5th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Alysun L., Kylee C., Bryson A., Noah T., and Emily P.
  • 3rd Place: Belle S.
  • 2nd Place: Damion S.
  • 1st Place: Savannah A.

Best In Show

  • 4th Grader - Richie B.
A group of teenaged students, both male and female, stand along a classroom wall with two adult men who were guest speakers in their class. Driver's Education Students stand with their guests from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

On Monday, April 7, Derrick Combs and Randy Felty of the Virginia Department of Transportation came to Holston High School to speak to the Driver's Education Classes about work site safety. Combs is responsible for road sign installation in both Russell and Washington County. Felty, a 29-year veteran of the department,is an equipment operator who teaches first aid classes to VDOT employees. Both men were tasked by VDOT to teach safety to potential drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Combs and Felty led off discussion with a video that demonstrated the hazards of being inattentive in highway work zones. They then gave personal accounts of incidents wherein drivers did not use good judgement. They also brought a reflective vest and hard hat for the class to see. Students answered questions and asked questions of the guests. Their appearance was timely, as there are two major road construction projects underway in the Holston attendance zone. Dan Strong and Luke Parks are the Driver's Education Teachers.

Students stand on risers singing. Mrs. Cupp leads students in their performance for PTA.

On Thursday, March 14, 2014, Watauga Elementary first-grade students presented their program, "Amazing Animals" to the PTA. The program was both entertaining and educational. Students wore fox masks. Speakers came forward and shared information that students have learned about animals and animal groups during science this year. The entire grade sang some songs about animals, including "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Animal Fair", and "Down By the Bay". The grand finale was the crowd favorite. Students performed "The Fox" with some lively dance moves, and asked the question, "What Does the Fox Say?". Students had a great time sharing what they've learned, and singing and dancing to some fun songs.

A blue bulletin board is covered in hands. The hands are proudly displayed for all to see.

The seventh graders at Wallace Middle School have been gearing up for their Standards of Learning Tests by "giving each other a hand" with Literary Devices. The students each had a different topic, such as metaphor, simile, oxymoron, and many others. They had to research their topic, come up with five good examples, and illustrate their topic and their examples on a traced outline of their hand. The students did a great job with the project and their presentations!

Two adults sit reading to a group of students. High Point First Graders Learn About the Garden!

It’s usually brown, way down in the soil, you scrub it to bake it, or peel it to boil. It doesn't have ears, but it does have eyes, it’s really a favorite when mashed or as “fries.” If you guessed a potato, you are correct! This vegetable grows on a vine with skin that is green, it’s sliced in a salad, it’s long and it’s lean. But sometimes it’s shorter with soft little prickles and placed in a jar for real tasty pickles. Did you guess a cucumber? The students at High Point Elementary did! Students learned that good food doesn't begin in a box on the store shelf. Good, healthy foods begin in our gardens! FFA students from John S. Battle High School and former students of High Point Elementary School, Abby J. and Grace M., spent the morning with our K-2 students exploring the story, “What’s in the Garden?” by Marianne Berkes. Rhyming riddles in this book was a perfect way to get students thinking about and discussing, just where does good food come from? Students were also asked to tell some of their favorite fruits and vegetables and they even got to ask the FFA students questions too. To conclude the discussion, students were given tomato seeds to grow in classrooms, and several copies of the book were given to the HPES school library for every student in the school to enjoy. Thank you Abby J. and Grace M. for teaching High Point students about fruits and vegetables in a very entertaining way!

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