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Children sitting on a rug reading books.This week, preschoolers at High Point Elementary have been studying dinosaurs. As part of our study on dinosaurs, students have been working very hard to learn valuable kindergarten skills. During small group instruction, the children used rhyming with dinosaur puppets as a way to learn ordinal numbers.

A young boy wearing a dark blue and gray shirt  holding white cards  and a young girl with a pink shirt on stand in front of a microphone on stage.Greendale Elementary 4-H members held their annual “Share the Fun” talent program. 11 members from the fourth and fifth grades performed.

A man posing with children.For the past six weeks a student teacher, Mr. Andrew Griffith, has been part of Mr. Marcum’s fifth grade classroom. Mr. Griffith will soon be a graduate of Emory and Henry College. He is originally from Bristol, Tennessee. Mr. Griffith played outside linebacker for Emory and Henry’s football team.

Children working in a computer lab.Mrs. Atwell’s fifth grade class has been working with the third grade classes to help students develop testing strategies for the SOL test. Each fifth grade student was assigned to a “buddy” where they worked together once a week to discuss a reading passage and then look at the questions that go with the story.

A woman in a shawl stands with a male student.March is Youth Art Month and Glade Spring Middle School Art teacher, Mrs. Tara Williams has planned a month full of activities to celebrate art. Each day during the morning news broadcast, students are treated to an art quote and a featured artwork with a trivia question.

A group of teenage students are on a stage singing and dancing in a musical.The Holston High School Chorus and Student Body are very pleased to present “Once Upon a Mattress”. This delightful musical is a spoof on the old fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea.  It will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at 7:00 PM both nights in the HHS Auditorium.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and senior citizens.  Preschoolers are free.

Five Meadowview Elementary preschool children stand around a table with plants.On Wednesday March 4th Bonnie Plant Company surprised Meadowview Elementary Pre-K students with over 300 plants to plant in their school garden. The plant company donated a wide variety of plants including cabbage, spinach, brussel sprouts, lettuce, kale and strawberries.

Back row three adults front row three students standing .On Monday March 9, three students from Valley Institute were honored for their exemplary writing. Fourth grade students were required to write an essay about George Washington. Only the top three papers were recognized at a special luncheon at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon.

Young girl, holding a certificate, kneels beside her hanging artwork which is of head shot of a young man and a winning ribbon hanging on the portrait.Abingdon High School art students recently participated in the Artistic Excellence Competition. An art reception was held in their honor on Sunday, March 14, at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA. Nine students from Mrs. Anderson’s art classes competed in this event.

Three fourth grade girls, two sitting and one standing near a round blue table, are working on a project with toothpicks, marshmallows and a project sheet. They are constructing shapes to match the instructions.Students in Mrs. Belcher's fourth grade math class are reviewing straight figures, polygons, and 3-D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks! Each marshmallow represents a vertex point and each toothpick represents an edge.

3 children posing with their project.Although spring is still just around the corner on the calendar, geodesic domes have sprung up all over third grade classrooms at Watauga Elementary Schools! WES third graders are continuing to explore and learn through STEM activities. Most recently, students were challenged to use toothpicks and gumdrops to erect geometric domes.

Two students working to build a tower.Recently,  the Second Grade students at High Point Elementary enjoyed a day of various STEM activities. Each classroom teacher chose a different activity for students to complete. A total of five STEM projects were done throughout the day.

A group of students stand in front of a quilt.The character trait recognized for the month of November at Damascus Middle School is assertiveness. Assertiveness is the ability to communicate with others in a way that is direct and honest, without being rude.

Five teenagers, a girl and 4 boys, stand together in a classroom after a forensics competition.Coach Pam Atwell led her HHS Forensics Team to a solid finish at the Crooked Road Conference Tournament on February 11, 2015 at Twin Valley High School.

Four ladies stand in school hallway in front of student lockers holding a banner proclaiming W!se Financial award for Personal Finance.Abingdon High School has once again been recognized for its success in teaching personal finance. On March 19, Sally Stringer of Highlands Union Bank presented Abingdon High School business teachers a banner recognizing the school’s ranking of 27th  in the W!SE Top 100 Best High Schools in America for Teaching Personal Finance.

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