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Education

  • County pitches in $10K for new ball field

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have pitched in $10,000 to go towards construction of a recreational facility at the Grayson Highlands School,  as long as the school board and school’s Parent-Teacher Organization are willing to put in equal amounts.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet received a letter last month from Rhonda Halsey, Grayson Highlands PTO president, asking the board to consider a donation.

  • State approves A-F school grading scale for schools

    RICHMOND — Most of the state’s schools would earn an A or B letter grade based on preliminary data used to establish a new grading formula approved last Thursday by the Board of Education.

  • Educators say students subjected to too many tests

    HILLSVILLE — With a belief there are too many Standards of Learning tests in a student’s life and too few significant learning opportunities, Carroll School Board members asked the Virginia General Assembly to reexamine its system of measuring school accountability.

  • Supervisors: gym ideas should come from educators

    HILLSVILLE — Though the Carroll County supervisors supported a vague motion to look for a way to pay for an auxiliary gym at the high school, they rejected a more detailed motion on the same topic at their Nov. 14 meeting.
    The same supervisor, Bob Martin, proposed both motions, asking his fellow elected officials to “get the ball rolling” on an addition that would solve several areas of concern at Carroll County High School.

  • Reece named Carroll teacher of the year

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s Teacher of the Year made a career change in her early 40s, moving from business to the world of education.
    Connie Reece, teacher of eighth grade math and algebra at Carroll Middle School, said she wishes she had the foresight to become a teacher earlier in life.
    After leaving her job as customer services and prototype manager at brake maker TMD Friction in Dublin, Reece has taught in Carroll County for nine years.
    “I wish I’d done it sooner,” she said. “I love it.”

  • Cheers help students tackle tough subjects

    As curriculums are changing to fit more rigorous testing, Galax teachers continue to seek new and creative ways to make their lessons stick in students’ heads.
    Many teachers have found that one great way to get students to memorize their lessons is to use a little rhyme and rhythm.
    As an example, Jessica Farina’s sixth grade math class performed for the Galax City School Board several cheers they have been learning to remember math formulas.

  • School honors beloved librarian

    CANA — St. Paul’s beloved librarian will continue to have an impact on the school and the community where she taught and touched the lives of students for 37 years.
    Joyce Slate had enough time in her career to make a generational impact on St. Paul students and on their sons and daughters, as she encouraged reading, sponsored the yearbook, documented the school year with her camera, took children on field trips and threw fundraising events to be able to afford those trips.

  • Woodlawn transfer vote divides board

    HILLSVILLE — Two protest votes cast by Carroll School Board members against transferring Woodlawn to the county supervisors nearly defeated the idea, as the school board chairman thought the land might become useful for growth in the future.
    When the board members discussed the matter Oct. 8, several of them felt the idea to turn over the more than a century old facility to county officials was a “done deal.”

  • Woodlawn School auctions pieces of history

    The last official Carroll County school system function at the long-standing Woodlawn facility was the surplus auction on Saturday.

  • Tech offers hands-on learning

    Months after Galax Elementary School’s Cooperative Center for Exceptional Children received the exciting news that they had won a $10,000 prize to buy a smart board for their curriculum, Order of United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT) President Robert Kellogg and wife Bert dropped in to see first-hand what the national contest sponsored by the fraternal organization has made possible.