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Education

  • 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.

  • Grayson schools meet benchmarks, fall short of full accreditation

    INDEPENDENCE — Division-wide, Grayson County met all state testing objectives, but fell one school short of full accreditation.
    The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) represent the percentage of students within each subgroup in the lowest-performing schools that must pass state Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in reading and mathematics in order to reduce by half the gaps separating those students from their peers in the highest-performing schools within six years.

  • What is a college degree worth?

    Virginia students and parents now have a new source of information about the potential economic value of a college degree.
    It’s long been clear that higher education translates into higher income. But how much difference does it make which school you choose? And which major?
    Potential answers to those questions are now available online.
    A huge database that went online Oct. 4 reveals wages earned by recent Virginia college graduates, broken down by school and major.
    A few samples of what you can learn:

  • All Galax schools fully accredited

    City schools met SOL standards this year, though math scores dipped after a new test was introduced.

  • CCHS renovations continuing

    HILLSVILLE  — Contractors on the Carroll high and intermediate expansion projects have moved to interior finishes for the most part, a good sign for completing construction on schedule, according to the clerk of the works.
    Dennis Cole updated both the Carroll School Board and supervisors at their September meetings.

  • Making molasses is a sweet assignment

    HILLSVILLE — This weekend’s homework for the Carroll High agricultural students: Make molasses.
    Part of their classroom work up to now has been cultivating and harvesting the sorghum to cook up the traditional sweetener.
    The ag classes and the Future Farmers of America chapter will carry out their assignment, for extra credit, at Shockley’s Old Timey Day on Saturday.

  • Galax city schools sign in to social networking

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Social networking is on the rise in the Galax public school system, and not just among the students.
    The new Twitter and Facebook pages for the school system have officially launched, and the division’s Facebook page already has more than 140 followers.
    In a presentation at the Sept. 11 meeting, Galax Middle School Assistant Principal Derrick Spence gave school board members examples of what educators are hoping to accomplish through social media.

  • Galax schools working to meet new standards

    According to the No Child Left Behind Act’s new Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO), each subgroup of students will have a different target to meet based on the history of how those groups have performed, said Rebecca Cardwell, Galax Schools’ assistant superintendent.
    That’s what makes AMOs different from the federal education act’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks, which no longer apply in Virginia.