Students are at a lunch table holding their chopsticks. Students pose while eating their Chinese lunch.

In lieu of the Chinese New Year, the second graders at Meadowview Elementary had a very special and knowledgeable guest who shared some interesting facts about China. Dr. Xiaoxue Li, professor at Emory and Henry College, prepared a slide show about customs and traditions native to China including facts about the Chinese New Year and calendar. She talked about Chinese writing and described Chinese characters as small pictures. She emphasized that in China, handwriting is very important. She taught our students some popular spoken phrases such as, "Happy New Year." The children learned that “Laoshihao” means “Greetings, Teacher!” Dr. Li explained to the children that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen from space, and the children enjoyed listening to Chinese music as they saw pictures of this amazing, ancient work of art. She also shared that the Ancient Chinese people used items that were available in nature to write on, such as, tortoise shells, bones, and bamboo. Best of all, she explained why Chinese people eat dumplings on the first day of the Chinese New Year and even brought enough homemade dumplings and sauce for all of the children to sample! Meadowview Elementary School second graders had a great time learning about China and look forward to learning more about this VA SOL. They are very thankful to Dr. Li for sharing with them.

Kids standing in a classroom beside a cardboard box leprechaun trap. High Point Elementary School Pre-K Students Show Off Their Leprechaun Traps!

This week, preschoolers at High Point Elementary School worked on building leprechaun traps in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. Teachers explained that leprechauns were very tricky and that they might sneak in on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day in search of anything shiny. The students were excited about the project, and began to draw very elaborate plans for trapping a leprechaun. Some students even came up with multiple plans which they labeled Plans A, B, C, and D. The students also came up with creative items from home to lure in a leprechaun. Some of these items included Lucky Charms, rainbow ribbon, fool’s gold, glittery pipe cleaners, and many other things that leprechauns like. At the end of the school day, teachers and students placed the traps around the classroom. On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, students arrived to their classrooms to find a glittery mess filled with shamrocks and St. Patrick’s Day decorations all over the room. Those naughty leprechauns were not all bad though. They did leave behind gold coins filled with chocolate for the children as well as a tasty St. Patrick’s Day treat. While no leprechauns were trapped, the students definitely enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day and used their imagination and creativity to engineer their leprechaun traps.

Student stands holding a book. Ryan M. Competes in Spelling Bee!

Ryan M., county-wide spelling bee winner and HPES third grader, went on to represent Washington County Public Schools at the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 8th. After winning the county-wide bee, Ryan immediately began studying for the regional competition. He studied French and German words and spelling patterns. His mom and dad helped him study by quizzing him nightly. Ryan said that the most interesting/ hardest word that he was asked to spell was blitzkrieg. Blitzkrieg is a German word meaning a swift military attack or a fast and powerful effort. When asked what the best part of his spelling bee experience had been, Ryan humbly commented that he had met some interesting people and having the opportunity to go was wonderful. He is definitely going to try to make his way back to the regional bee again next year.

Two adults stand with students holding honeybee masks. Principal Mrs. Allyson Willis, Teacher Mrs. Jen O'Neill, and "honeybees" enjoy their Honeybee Party!

Some of Mrs. O’Neill’s students were recently invited to a “honeybee party” in celebration of their success in distinguishing the lowercase letters “b” and “d” in their reading and writing. The students learned that they could easily turn an “h” into a “b” when writing. To help them to remember this, they were encouraged to say “honeybee” as they were practicing. The honeybee party started with Cameron L.’s wonderful reading of Danny Makes a Mask aloud to the group. This book gives directions for making a honeybee mask. Using the materials listed in the book, Cameron and his classmates, Jordan B., Meghan G., Gracie M., Gideon N., and Savannah W. each created their own honeybee masks! Special guests at the honeybee party were Principal Allyson Willis and Elementary School Supervisor Dr. Janet Lester! Success is certainly as sweet as honey for these students!

DAR American History Essay Contest Winners DAR American History Essay Contest Winners

Each year, Washington County students in grades 5-8 participate in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. The title for this year's contest was "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution". Members of the Black's Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution read the essays and select a county winner from each grade level. The students were recognized at a reception at the Abingdon Senior Center on March 18, 2014. Essay winners for 2013-2014 are: 5th grade - Jeni H. (Abingdon Elementary School); 6th grade - Carson B. (Damascus Middle School); 7th grade - Doug L. (Wallace Middle School); and 8th grade - William H. (Damascus Middle School). Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the American History Contest.

Recent Updates

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