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a male and 2 female students standing together smiling.On April 16th, Washington County CTE students Madison B., Bayleigh D., and Michael P. participated in the State SkillsUSA Crime Scene Investigation competition held in Fredricksburg, Virginia where they earned second place honors.

A group of kids standing in front of a large fish tank.Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Drapers Pre-K class would like to thank a Pets in the Classroom grant for the $125.00 awarded to purchase our new 29 gallon aquarium.  All of the kids helped put it together and the parents were kind enough to send in donated items such as plants, decorations, and weekend feeders.

Twelve teenagers and a man standing in a field.Twelve students from Patrick Henry High School completed a day hike to Mount Rogers. Monday, April 25th, was beautiful as well as educational for students enrolled in Mr. Thayer’s Natural Resource class who completed a 9 mile hike.

A group of students sitting on a beach.Damascus Middle School GATE students recently visited Charleston, South Carolina where they spent five days on an aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown.  Students were treated like true military and had to sleep in the original berthing quarters, eat in the mess hall, and were awakened each morning early to reveille and retired each evening to the playing of "Taps."

Two girls pose for a photo after winning a district competition.As part of the District VIII SkillsUSA Food Preparation competition, Washington County CTE students had to construct assorted food items, from scratch, in a timed event. Each competitor had ninety minutes to prepare five separate food items.

Seven students stand in front of their island projects.Ever thought about living on your own island?  Students in Mrs. Johnson's math classes at Wallace Middle School designed, created, and named their own island.  This hands-on activity helped to make this VA Standard of Learning come to life.

Two boys playing soccer.On April 15, John Battle High was informed that senior soccer player Aspen O. was selected as the state of Virginia Maxpreps player of the week for the week of March 28th thru April 1st.  The Trojans played Ridgeview High School on March 29th and Aspen scored 4 goals and contributed 1 assist.

A boy in a black shirt sitting and making a Lego robot.On April 14, 2016 students from Glade Spring Middle School traveled to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to participate in a session of LEGO Robotics.  Students were able to use onsite laptops to program their robots to move forward, backwards, and turn in circles.

A student poses for a photo in his Culinary Arts uniform.Lincoln L., a Culinary Arts first year student at the CTE Center, won the District VIII Culinary Arts Competition. Lincoln competed against second and third year culinary students.

1st grade students in a circle with small dog in the center.First graders had a special treat on Friday, April 15th.  We were visited by some four legged animals….the Tail Waggin’ Tutors! Students were very excited to get to know the dogs and their owners by asking the owners questions about the dogs.

Books laying on library tables.April is School Library Month with the theme “School Libraries Transform Learning.” National Library Week is April 10-16, 2016.  Abingdon Elementary School library helped create much thinking and
celebrating of books during National Library Week.  Each morning, Mrs. Hobbs, our librarian, came on the morning news with a book trivia question of the day.  Five fortunate students won a gift card to Books-a-Million!

Dear GATE Parents/Guardians,

Your child has a wonderful opportunity to participate in the 2016 Washington County Gifted Summer Camp!  The camp will be held June 15, 16, 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Neff Center in Abingdon.  This is a 

free camp for all rising 1-8th grade Washington County gifted students. Click the following link for more information 2016 GATE Camp Information.

A self-portrait done with ebony pencil.Damascus Middle School eighth-grade student Kai B. was recently named the middle school division winner in the county-wide Virginia School Boards Association Art Contest.  His self-portrait, based on a 5 x 7 black and white photograph taken by his art teacher Ms. Jennifer Smith, is an ebony pencil drawing created using the grid method.

4 people standing and playing instruments.Recently, local musicians, Adam Graybeal, Jim Graybeal, and CanJoe John, presented a history of the music of the Appalachian region to John S. Battle GATE and Dual Enrollment English 12 students.

Three girls who won a culinary competition stand beside each other. Culinary Arts students recently competed in the annual District VIII SkillsUSA Commercial Baking competition.  The competition was a timed event requiring each student to prepare multiple baked items including: yeast breads, muffins, cakes, pies, cookies and muffins.

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