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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 student and a teacher stand in front of artwork.Damascus Middle School art teacher Ms. Jennifer Smith and her art students celebrated Youth Art Month with a variety of activities.  Sixth-grade students created mini-masterpieces for teachers to wear with their identification badges.

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.

Kindergarten students line up at a fence to pet farm animals.On Friday, May 15, Abingdon Elementary Kindergarten got to take a peek inside farm life on their field trip to Fern Valley Farm in Bristol, Virginia.  After a bumpy ride on the back road leading to the farm, the students were greeted by two huge dogs and some very energetic farmers.  Farmer Larry and Ms. Lynn gave a brief introduction to the farm and the farm rules.

PreK children with graduation robes on are singing.
Our year has been a full one with many outreaches in the community, field trips, the first year for the traveling Wild About Books mobile, our late nights with the Tail Waggin' Tutors (therapy dogs), doing Story Time at the Washington County Public Library,  and our many story time adventures.  Graduation for our Story Time class was held Thursday, May 14th.

An older woman sings to a group of middle-school students.Members of the Damascus Middle School Student Council Association (SCA) traveled to Abingdon Manor on March 24. Many of the residents there do not have visitors very often, so the students’ visit was truly a treat!

A man speaks to a group of students in front of a SMARTBOARD.Throughout the month of March, students at Damascus Middle School had opportunities to learn about the career choices that are available to them.  On Thursday, March 12, Mrs. Jackie Morris, our Career Coach and Career Investigations Teacher, organized a College and Career Night for students and their families to eat delicious barbeque (prepared by In the Country and funded by the VHCC Foundation) and hear about options for their future.

A group of children stand in front of an American flag.On Saturday May 9th, the 4th and 5th grade combined choir from Watauga Elementary School performed at the annual Relay for Life Event. Many members of the community came out to the Washington County Fairgrounds to show their support for the Relay for Life and listen to choir.

Three students record a scene using clay items.    Damascus Middle School recognized Digital Learning Day on Friday, March 13 with a variety of uses of technology in the building.  Many students began their day by casting their vote for their favorite item on the breakfast menu using Poll Everywhere, an online survey, and the winner is…the chicken biscuit!

A small scale model of outer space with planets. Wallace Middle School sixth graders have been busy creating 3-D solar system displays in their study of space.  Students in Mrs. Carrigan's science classes had to research and display 3-5 facts on the sun, each planet, and the asteroid belt.

A teenaged male stands on a golf course with a team cap and shirt on.

Peyton G. has demonstrated that it is possible to be an outstanding student and athlete.  He set the standard for local high school golfers this year by claiming an individual conference title while leading the Holston Cavaliers Golf Team to their third straight Crooked Road Conference Championship and the regional tournament.

Three students stand in front of a bulletin board.Since research shows that students perform better academically if they eat a healthy breakfast, the Damascus Middle School cafeteria staff encouraged students to “make the grade with school breakfast” during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6.  With two new options on the breakfast line plus an opportunity to win prizes throughout the week, eating breakfast was very tempting!

Three students hold up books they wrote.On Monday, March 2, Damascus Middle School began our celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a reading of his book There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by news crew member Jenna Greene on the DMS morning news show.  Students in Mrs. Blackburn’s seventh-grade English classes continued the celebration, as each student worked to complete his/her children’s book.

HPES Students Give Back​Sadly, a High Point fifth grade student and family lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire.  The fifth grade students wanted to help out the family. They knew that whatever was done had to be done quickly. The students brainstormed and came up with an amazing fundraiser!

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