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Education Watch: Monday, February 12th, 2018

12 February 2018


After joining the Forensic Team at Skyline High School, Teagan Johnson won first place for her prose interpretation in the Virginia High School League’s Region 3B Competition. Teagan memorized and performed a 10 minute prose piece as part of the contest; she will now move on to the “Super Regionals” competition, which will take place at the end of the month near Richmond, Virginia.

Student transfers are being planned in southern campuses of Shenandoah County Public Schools as a means of alleviating the growing problem of overcrowding. Superintendent Mark Johnston has proposed to move Ashby Lee’s fifth grade class to North Fork Middle School, and North Fork’s 8th grade class to Stonewall Jackson High School. This move would mean that Ashby Lee would become a Pre-K to grade 4 school, North Fork a grade 5 to grade 7 school, and Stonewall Jackson a grade 8 to grade 12 school. The move would not only help with overcrowding issues, but benefit students as well; fifth graders that would be a new part of the middle school would have access to elective courses, and an early move to the high school for eighth graders would better prepare them for Virginia’s new high school requirements.