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Education

  • Galax opposes homeschool athletes proposal

    School system is against bill allowing homeschoolers to participate in public school activities

  • Isom named Carroll's top teacher

    WOODLAWN — Carroll schools’ county-wide teacher of the year has taught at Woodlawn since beginning her career.
    Becky Isom will also be the last teacher of the year to come from the school that’s scheduled to be closed after the completion of grade realignment, when construction work wraps up at Carroll high and intermediate.
    Surprised in class by school and division administrators, Isom reacted that Woodlawn’s a good school full of good teachers.

  • CCHS yearbook places first in state

    HILLSVILLE — Strong student performance on the Carroll County High School Cavalier Classic yearbook sparked a “three-peat,” with the publication earning statewide awards.
    It’s the third time in a row that the yearbook staff has brought back honors in the Virginia High School League competition, chosen from among 1,000 total entries in three classes, says teacher and advisor Shannon Dalton.
    The book, titled “Spark,” won first place and the students won many awards for their work.

  • St. Paul School changes opposed

    HILLSVILLE — Busing middle school children from Cana to Hillsville would be similar to Carroll County sports teams riding to play away games in Franklin County, said one speaker at the second public hearing on the grade structure at St. Paul.
    The difference is that Cana students would have to take the bus to Hillsville every day, not to the occasional away game, said Mark Beck, one of the 12 speakers who attended a Carroll County School Board public hearing on Nov. 13.

  • Outreach connects high school, elementary students

    In the Students For Students program, GHS students read to and interact with students at GES, help them with homework and provide positive role models.

  • Technology keeps Galax students engaged

    Galax teachers are using the same technology that kids use for recreation to keep them interested in learning.

  • Drug bust a $10,000 boost for ag classes

    An illegal Grayson County marijuana operation has forfeited around $10,000 of its equipment to local agriculture classes.
    Authorities zeroed in an on what they called the “largest indoor marijuana operation in Grayson history” last year after the suspects stole electricity to grow their crops.
    The complaint filed by Appalachian Power Co. led to law enforcement going to the address and discovering that the stolen power was being used to run the operation.

  • Speakers say leave St. Paul School's grades alone

    CANA — Family members not only don’t want to lose any more grades from St. Paul, several speakers at a Tuesday public hearing asked for classes and programs to be restored to the Cana school.
    As Carroll School Board Chairman Brian Spencer recapped at the beginning of the meeting in the St. Paul gym, the effort is well underway to close Woodlawn School, move the sixth and seventh grades to the intermediate school and the ninth grade to the high school.

  • Day care centers aim to improve

    Eight day care centers in Carroll and Grayson have enrolled in a two-year continuous improvement course with Smart Beginnings to boost educational successes for their children.
    The day care centers have volunteered to start with a wide-reaching assessment of their programs, followed by mentoring to increase the benefits they can provide to their kids, said Trudy Golding of Smart Beginnings Twin County.
    She coordinates the local Virginia Star Quality Initiative and reports that participants will include:

  • Nelson reaches for the stars in NASA program

    HAMPTON – Grayson County High School student Brooke Nelson spent a week of her summer planning a mission to Mars.
    Nelson was one of 48 rising high school seniors selected to take part in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) academy. The academy was held June 23-29 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and was hosted by NASA Langley in partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.