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Three SCPS Programs Included in VSBA Showcases for Success

21 April 2017 News

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 21st annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting 118 successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. This year’s featured programs highlight successful projects related to Innovative Programs, School Initiatives, and Partnerships. Three Shenandoah County Public School programs are featured in this year’s showcase.

Cyber Literacy and Physics was developed by Matt Britton at Strasburg High School. Students are introduced to cyber concepts in the regular classroom environment, in a cross-curricular, project driven class. Students learn independently and cooperatively using the engineering design process. The students see how concepts of physics, robotics, and programming work in real-life applications.

NFMS Net Zero Science Lab was developed at North Fork Middle School by science teacher, John Woods. The program is a student-led project that engages community partnerships in both the development of extension of an instructional science innovation that immerses students in real-life problem solving and applications using alternative energy to power a science classroom.  The initiative stemmed from investigations conducted by 6th grade science students in response to an energy challenge presented by Dr. Jeremy Raley, then Superintendent of Shenandoah County Schools

The third program is Unified Champion Schools – Special Olympics. This program was developed by Megan Smith, a special education teacher at Central High School. The program is a fitness mentorship program which allows students entering the field of fitness to develop and carry out adapted fitness activities for the special education students. Central also has developed an interscholastic unified track team that practices alongside the varsity track program. Due to their successful initiatives at CHS, a county-wide Special Olympics program was recently established and students with and without disabilities across the county are coming together for sporting events and practices regularly.

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