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Education

  • Grayson SOL results mixed

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Results were mixed for Grayson County students who took the state’s Standards of Learning exams last year.

    The results, released last month by the Virginia Department of Education, show that overall the students improved in two main categories, but fell in three, although the tests reportedly increased in difficulty over the previous year.

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • Carroll schools accredited by state

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary reports have Carroll County school administrators feeling positive about the improvements they have made in their curriculum over the past year.

    According to preliminary state and federal accountability reports, all nine schools within the Carroll County Public School (CCPS) system were found to be accredited.

    Additionally, five out of the nine met federal accountability standards, with four missing the bar only by one or two objectives out of the required 36.

  • Grayson students to receive free laptops

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will roll out its digital conversion this week, as the pilot program kicks off at four division schools.

    Speaking about the new initiative – which will put laptop computers in the hands of students in various grade levels throughout the county – Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant said everything is moving ahead as planned.

  • Galax sets hearing on proposed school site

    The Galax School Board on Aug. 12 voted to approve entering into a contract to purchase property on Kipling Lane, the proposed site for building a new elementary school.

    The board has spent several months planning the project and discussing the property purchase with Galax City Council and the city’s planning commission.

  • Carroll has nation's first agricultural STEM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Just in time for the fall semester, Carroll County High School opened the doors to its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab for agriculture — the first in the nation of its kind — on Aug. 6.

    Carroll County has deep roots in the field of agriculture, with farm production and agriculture providing the largest economic sector. According to a news release from the county, this project has been one of the many agricultural efforts supported by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Carroll changes the way it picks top grads

    HILLSVILLE — Beginning this fall, Carroll County Public Schools’ top graduates will be honored differently than in previous years.

    Instead of choosing a class valedictorian and salutatorian, two students will be chosen from the Summa Cum Laude graduates by members of the senior class and members of the school’s faculty and staff to serve as graduation speakers, according to the student handbook.

  • Carroll serves up meal plan changes

    HILLSVILLE — Policy changes concerning the school nutrition program at Carroll County Public Schools were approved last week, in order to prevent future abuse of student meal plan accounts.

    The previous policy allowed unlimited charges for students who couldn’t pay for their meals at school. This lenient practice resulted in the accumulation of a negative balance totaling more than $41,000 in recent years.

  • Galax schools look at grading, class weighting

    Galax City Public Schools is looking at changing the way classes are graded and weighted.

    At the June 10 school board meeting, Dr. Patricia Sebens of the Galax High School guidance department addressed the board in a discussion about the changes.

    “Instead of [the current method of] weighting classes where we give an extra point for classes, we would use the names of the classes to indicate that,” said Sebens. “Colleges would be able to see from the name itself that it was a more rigorous class.”

  • Carroll's top students honor their mentors

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School celebrated the first-ever Golden Cavalier Celebration and Banquet this year on May 22 at the school’s media center.

    The event was held to honor the high school’s top 10 seniors, and give them an opportunity to, in turn, honor their greatest inspiration within the school system.

    “Each senior was asked to write an essay about a member of the Carroll County Public School staff, and we invited the staff without telling them [who was honoring them],” said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.