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Teachers standing and sitting in a circle. High Point Elementary was among 40 Title I schools in the state of Virginia that were honored by the Virginia Board of Education for raising the academic achievement of students. The award is based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.

Many boys are pictured in front of a dinosaur skeleton.The sixth grade boys from Wallace Middle School enjoyed a field trip to The Gray Fossil Museum in November. The museum offered the boys a great opportunity to learn about the Gray Fossil Site and the many discoveries that have been made there.

A girl holds a plaque in front of her.Congratulations to Hannah G., an eighth grade student in Mrs. Tami Counts’ English class at Glade Spring Middle School. Hannah’s essay entitled, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans” was selected as the Patriot’s Pen Essay winner for the local Washington County VFW Post.

Meadowview Elementary Assistant Principal, Mrs. Jackson, stands with Food City Representative holding a check for the School Bucks donation.We want to thank all those who helped support Meadowview Elementary at Food City with the Food City School Bucks program. The program begins in August of each school year. This year’s program began on August 24, 2014.

Several students stand around another student who is kneeling while holding a small solar panel. On December 11, 2014, Dan Swafford, Virginia Tech Extension Project Associate and retired agriculture teacher, visited Mr. Thayer’s Natural Resources I class and explained the importance of alternative energy sources. Students were able to demonstrate the proper angles for photovoltaic panels to obtain the most energy.

Two rows of students holding their blankets.Recently Valley Institute Pre-K teacher Natasha Justus was contacted by Mrs. Maureen McClanahan from Project Linus through the Southwest VA/ Lebanon Chapter. They make quilts for child with special needs. Each student in Mrs. Justus's classroom was provided with a one of a kind quilt that they can keep forever!

A young girl in a pink shirt stands in front of a classroom and delivers a reading to students sitting at desks.Fourth and fifth grade students competed in the Washington County 4-H Dramatic Reading Competition this week. A month ago, these students were given an opportunity to choose a short reading, not exceeding three minutes, from one of their favorite books, stories or poems. They were given directions on dramatic reading and information about paralanguage from Mrs. Crystal Peak, 4-H extension agent on youth development.

High Point Fifth Grade Teacher Talks to Students.Rhythm, rhyme and tons of fun!  High Point Elementary "Family Night" was held the night before Halloween on Thursday, October 30. Lisa Baldwin, a High Point teacher, is also a professional musician and song writer. With great enthusiasm, she encouraged kids to dance, sing, fly, and to get their “groove on”.

A group of students singing on a stage. On Monday, November 3, the second group of sixth-graders to take Chorus Exploratory concluded their class with a performance. Chorus teacher Ms. Sue Spirup and her student teacher Mr. Dennis continued the musical trip through time with selections that followed the scope and sequence of the sixth-grade social studies curriculum.

A female teacher is pictured standing in the hallway outside her classroom.Holston High School Business Teacher Joy Munsey believes that she can serve the needs of students more effectively by continuing her professional development and learning all she can about the world of business and finance. This summer Mrs. Munsey attended the Graduate Teachers' Workshop at the New York Stock Exchange. She spent four days at the New York Stock Exchange and heard from experts in the field. Those present also made three trips to the Exchange Floor and were treated to lunch each day at the NYSE with brokers. They were also invited to visit the investment floor at Chase Bank.

Four students and four life saving crew members stand in front of emergency vehicle in school parking lot.The Washington County Life Saving Crew provides Emergency Medical Services throughout the Washington County, VA area. On November 25, club day at Abingdon High School, crew members, Jill South-Intermediate, Ciara Tilton-Intermediate, Emma Tilton-EMT, and Katie Mattox-EMT spoke to the school's Pre-Med Club. These Crew members spoke to the students on the numerous options in the EMS field to earn a degree.

High Point Elementary School third graders recently traveled to Ancient Greece. On their voyage, students in Mrs. Widner's and Mr. Davidson's social studies classes were directed to tour the area and learn as much as they could about the Grecian culture. The Acropolis was one of the vacation hotspots due to the Parthenon being located there.

Boy stands behind a table.First year Patrick Henry High School agriculture students in Mr. Thayer's shop class completed a project that incorporated many different tasks and teamwork. Students who successfully completed their area of study and skills, focused on one particular area.

One man wearing a blue polo shirt, khaki pants and hat uses hand gestures to emphasize the elements in the book he is holding while a group of young children sit on the floor in the forum facing him.Greendale’s second and third graders had the privilege of listening to Appalachian Power employee, Kevin Sigmon, read to them during Reading to Children Day on Thursday. Appalachian Power has provided this program to schools in communities where their employees live for the past few years. It is an opportunity for AEP employees to connect with schools and share the importance of reading.

An adult talks to a group of students.Just as the typical sixth-grader gets nervous about giving a class presentation, Delegate Israel O’Quinn used to experience anxiety when he spoke in front of others! He shared some of his strategies for coping with anxiety with Damascus Middle School sixth-graders during their Life Skills lesson on Friday, October 31.

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