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Education

  • 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.

  • Local schools receive state report cards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    This year’s accreditation scores for schools in the Twin County area are reflecting a statewide trend, as the new and more difficult state tests pose new challenges and set higher goals for school systems to reach.

  • High school aims higher

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    With accreditation standards becoming more difficult to achieve, Galax High School has become proactive in bringing staff, administrators and teachers together to create a team that is focused on learning and success.

  • Closed school as busy as ever

    HILLSVILLE — Though Woodlawn school won’t be used as an educational facility when its transferred to the county supervisors in October, athletic teams will still need the gym and the ball fields for their games.
    Carroll educators have a timeline to give the former school back to the county supervisors, and both governmental bodies have made plans for the transfer.

  • Grayson approves resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between the school board and county supervisors, Grayson County Public Schools will receive two new school resource officers for the current school year.
    County officials came to an agreement on how to pay for the new officers, after earlier funding discussions seemed to indicate the school board could not afford to pay the amount of local matching funds that the supervisors required.

  • Galax to study year-round school

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Grant funding awarded to Galax City Schools will allow the school board to look into the possibility of a year-round curriculum. As a stipulation of the grant, the board will have to make its final decision about the curriculum by next fall.
    In the interest of providing students with resources to succeed academically, the Galax City School Board has looked into several options to improve the curriculum.