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A group of students standing on a beach. Wallace Middle School’s GATE students enjoyed an action-packed trip in Charleston, South Carolina, filled with adventure and opportunities for learning about ecology and history.  One of the goals of GATE Coordinators, Ms. Logan and Ms. Mutter, was to plan events that would offer opportunities for career exploration in STEM careers, including oceanography and marine biology.

A male student holds a snake.May 28 was not a typical last day of school this year.  Eighth grade students from Glade Spring Middle School were invited to attend a Career Academy at Virginia Highlands Community College.

A large group of students stand in front of a room divider.Forty-eight students from Damascus Middle School were recognized as Junior Washington County Community Scholars for their community service, scholarship, attendance, and citizenship on Friday, May 1 with a luncheon at Golden Corral.

A group of students and one adult sit in front of a fireplace.Recently, Damascus Middle School students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to visit Amish Country.  Throughout this school year, students have prepared for this trip by completing four units about the Amish way of life.

Five students hold a variety of items related to Greek Mythology.Students in Mrs. Blackburn’s seventh-grade English classes at Damascus Middle School recently completed research projects about Greek mythology.  After choosing his/her topic and conducting research, each student made a shield, designed a PowerPoint, wrote a paper, or created another form of visual representation to present his/her findings.

A large group of students stand in the grass.Glade Spring Middle School seventh graders enjoyed another year of Trout in the Classroom. This year, the trout eggs were delivered to the new Agriscience exploratory classroom.  Under the supervision of Mrs. Mary Rhudy, Agriscience teacher, the students observed the eggs that later became fish.

Three students hold certificates and plaques.Congratulations to the Damascus Middle School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Small Animal Care Team, composed of the following students: Megan D., Hunter T., Mary-Kate C., and Taylor M.!  On Thursday, March 26, these four competitors had to complete a written test, answer five skill questions, and identify forty different types of small animal breeds and equipment, and they placed first against teams representing E.B. Stanley and Wallace Middle Schools.

Children stand behind a miniature brick wall with adults standing behind them.On Thursday, May 21st, the story time class from the Kidz Place (Title 1 Parent Resource Center) learned about the Three Little Pigs and the types of houses they built.  They wanted to discover why the big, bad wolf could not blow down the brick house.

A teacher works with a group of students using computers.Students in Mrs. Renee Sanders’ first core English class at Damascus Middle School recently won Achieve3000’s Read to Succeed Contest for their successful participation in TeenBiz activities during the contest period!  Throughout the year, students use TeenBiz, an online program to help develop reading comprehension, fluency, writing proficiency, and vocabulary development.

Nine students pose for a picture.The Pharmacy Technician class has had a very successful year. The students successfully passed the Virginia Pharmacy Technician examination with a 100% passing rate.

A group of students stand in front of an aquarium.The following members of the Damascus Middle School Outdoor Club, sponsored by Coach Michael Ratliff and teacher Mr. Shannon Markham, traveled to Bass Pro Shop on Wednesday, April 1: Cole B., Brandy B., Randall B., Greg F., Josh F., Chase J., Chandler L., Kenzie P., Brandon P., Dylan R., Josh R., Joseph S., DJ T., Eric T., Noah T., Rylee T., and Cade W.

Seven first grade students holding new library books.Rhea Valley Elementary first graders won their school $500 in new library books through their participation in the Reading Makes Cents initiative sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan.

Four retiring teachers stand side by side.With an almost combined 150 years of teaching, Susan Copenhaver, Susan Crookshank, Kathy Johnson, and Shirley Ruemmler are leaving the classrooms at Meadowview Elementary School.

A student takes a cupcake from a teacher.Ms. Sandra Dutemple, chair of the Virginia Schools to Watch Program, visited Damascus Middle School on Thursday, April 9 to present the students, faculty, and staff with a certificate redesignating Damascus Middle School as a “School to Watch!” After presenting the award, Ms. Dutemple addressed the students, thanking them for “being nice, as nice gets a person a long way,” and focused on the importance of this trait in future success in life.

A Meadowview Elementary 5th grader sits on the floor next to a preschool student with a book.On Wednesday May 20th, 2015, pre-k students and 5th graders celebrated “buddy day”.  During SOL testing pre-k students prepared various “good luck” notes for the 5th grade students.

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