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Two students hold a nutcracker in front of a Christmas tree.On Friday, December 12, students in Damascus Middle School’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program traveled to the Paramount Center in Bristol to see The Nutcracker, a Highlands Ballet Original Production.

Members of AES History Bowl team pose for picture with winning ribbons.Right before heading off for spring break, Abingdon Elementary held its annual History Bowl on Wednesday, April 1.  No fooling here, four teams comprised of sixteen expert history buffs came together to compete for the opportunity to move on to the county history bowl at Meadowview later in April.

Children standing on a stage singing.First grade students at Watauga Elementary have been learning about calendars. The students enjoyed singing songs and sharing facts about the twelve months and a holiday from each. The program was enjoyed by faculty, staff, family and friends. Great job first graders!

Five children, three girls and two boys, stand behind their projects made out of boxes to highlight a favorite book from The Boxcar Children series.First graders at Greendale Elementary School have been reading The Boxcar Children books and having an exciting time learning new vocabulary, enjoying the genre of realistic fiction, and comprehending a story set around 75 years ago.

Two students give pajamas to a teacher. Damascus Middle School participated in the sixth annual “Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive,” sponsored by Scholastic, from November 24-December 12.  For each pair of pajamas donated, Scholastic donates a book.

miniature pyramids.Have you ever wondered what life would be like without clocks, calendars, and paper?  How would we tell time ,know what day of the week or month of the year it was, or even write a letter?  We can thank the ancient Egyptians for these contributions to the world.

Two girls and two boys stand while holding their projects. Students in Michele Sutton’s sixth grade class at Wallace Middle School recently completed a special biography project which they decided to share with their classmates.  The project was devised as a new approach to book reports.

Young girl, winner of DAR essay contest, reads her essay from lectern.Abingdon Elementary is proud to congratulate Grace A, who came in third place for the DAR Essay Contest.  Grace wrote her essay on "What the Flag Means to Me."  She eloquently shared her thoughts and feelings about the American flag in her essay.

Students sit at a table while a man holds a human heartThis semester Ms. Smithlund’s Biology classes had a guest lecturer, Jeremiah Gaddy, to talk about body systems. Jeremiah is a 4th year medical student about to graduate from the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU and heading to Wake Forest to begin a three year residency for emergency medicine.

2015 Gifted and Talented Education Camp Registration is open for the 2015 GATE Camp! Our focus this year is STEAM – Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics for rising 4th – 9rd graders. Appalachian culture, through STEAM activities, is the theme for rising 1st – 3rd graders. GATE camp is June 8, 9 and 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Parents are asked to join our presentations on June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Deadline for registration is May 13 and late forms will not be accepted. Make your plans now and join us at the Neff Center for the free STEAM GATE Camp!

Children gathered in a music room.Fifth grade students at Watauga Elementary School have been learning about “the father of American music” Stephen Collins Foster. Foster is one of the most popular composers from the 19th century composing many well know songs associated with the South such as “ Old Folks at Home”, “ Oh! Susanna”, and “My Old Kentucky Home”.

A woman is dressed up in a black and white cat costume with a red and white hat on standing in with two students in front of a Read Across America green bulletin board. Students, teachers and visiting readers plunged into the world of Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day on Monday, March 2. This is a nationwide reading event that takes place every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Young lady sitting in small auditorium room at table signing document with a lady and gentleman (her parents) sitting beside her; two female and male coach standing behind.After four years at Abingdon High School as a varsity starter, Taylor B. is moving up Interstate 81 to continue her academic and basketball careers. The list of institutions was trimmed to six, which included Emory & Henry, Roanoke, Concord, UVA-Wise, King, and Randolph.

A 5th Grade girl is helping 2 kindergarten boys with their work.Kindergarten is gearing up for first grade with the help of fifth grade study buddies. The fifth graders come each morning before their classes begin to listen to the little ones read books and word lists, write sentences, and to help in the preparation of the kindergarten day.

Two students each do a split in front of tumbling mats.Recently, two Damascus Middle School students competed at the Big Dog Gymnastics Meet in Ripley, West Virginia. Eighth-grader Jenna G. won first place on Vault, first place on Balance Beam, and first place All-Around in her age division at the silver level.

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