MRGS students sweep Envirothon

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Shenandoah County Public School students at the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School are taking steps to protect the environment and recently participated in the third annual Envirothon Competition.

The event highlights high school students’ ability to demonstrate their knowledge of environmental science, ecology, and natural resource management through problem solving and an oral presentation.

In preparation, students studied soil, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and this year’s selected environmental issue, renewable energy.

The event was hosted at the Clermont Farm in Berryville by the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.

Seven teams from around the area competed in Envirothon but Massanutten Regional Governor’s School swept the top three placements.

The school’s B team won first place consisted of students representing Central, Spottswood, and Turner Ashby High Schools.

Students from Luray, Strasburg and East Rockingham made up the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

All three groups will advance to the Area competition on April 30th at McCormick Farm and Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Raphine, Virginia.

The top three teams from that level will advance to the state Envirothon at Radford May 19th-20th.

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Shenandoah County awards Teacher of the Year

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Shenandoah County Public Schools announced the 2023-2024 Division Teacher of the Year at a Staff Recognition Banquet last week.

Jennifer Mason, a Math teacher at Strasburg High School, was selected from a list of nominees representing each school in the county.

Mason is currently completing her 16th year teaching in the county and was selected for her humble approach, positive influence on colleagues, and ability to care and engage with students.

Other honorees at the banquet included:

  •  New Teacher of the Year: Michele Aleshire of Honey Run Elementary School
  • Team of the Year: Sandy Hook Elementary School’s Reading Specialists
  •  Employee of the Year: Nurse Danielle Knox of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School

To view SCPS’s announcement, click here. 

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Triplett Tech students prepare for state level competitions

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Students from Shenandoah County Public School’s Triplett Tech will compete in two upcoming state level competitions in Virginia Beach next month.

Eight students will travel to the State FCCLA competition April 12th-14th to compete in the Food Innovations competition for students of the culinary arts and the Focus on Children competition for students studying early childhood education.

This is the first time Triplett Tech Students have advanced to the state level FCCLA Competition.

Fifteen other Triplett Tech students who placed at the district level SkillsUSA competition will move on to the state competition April 19th-21st to compete in skills like masonry, bricklaying, carpentry, cosmetology, and more.

Triplett Tech Principal Todd Lynn said, “These contests allow our students to showcase what they have learned here at Triplett Tech. Their skills are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our students and staff.”

For a full list of participants, click here.

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SCPS announces grant recipients

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Shenandoah County Public Schools announced the recipients of grants for 2024 from the Moore Educational Trust.

In total, nine grants were awarded for nearly $180,000.

Mountain View High School and Massanutten Regional Governor’s School were awarded $65,300 to implement a functional, accessible, and sustainable living watershed laboratory and outdoor learning space at the high school.

This will provide hands-on learning experiences for all grades and field trip opportunities for elementary and middle schools.

$35,000 of funding will support the Shenandoah Education Foundation’s continuation of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which currently provides over 1,300 children with books per month.

Signal Knob Middle School received $27,625 to construct an outdoor classroom built by Signal Knob FFA and Triplett Tech students.

Some of the other projects included virtual reality learning experiences, support for photography classes, and expanded music instruction.

A full list of awarded grants is available here.

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Honey Run Elementary wins first place in statewide Stock Market competition

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Shenandoah County Public School’s Honey Run Elementary placed first in Virginia at the elementary level for the Fall 2023 competition of the Stock Market Game.

The fifth grade students also finished 16th out of 137 schools among all grade levels in the competition.

Gifted Resource Specialist Ashley Showalter led the fifth graders on the challenge which is designed to “build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing students with real-world skills and practice in math, English, language arts, economics, and other subjects.”

The students and Ms. Showalter will be recognized at the State Stock Market Game Awards Luncheon in May at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond.

To view the announcement from Shenandoah County Public Schools on HRES, click here.

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SCPS and SCSO partner for vaping and drug initiative

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Shenandoah County Public Schools and Sheriff’s Office are partnering up to help inform students and parents about the dangers of vaping and drugs according to a recent announcement.

The school district and sheriff’s office will also review their current Memorandum of Understanding to ensure clear collaboration protocols are in place if a student overdoses.

The announcement also highlighted Governor Youngkin’s executive order in November that requires schools to notify parents within 24 hours of a school-connected overdose.

Both organizations released a Public Service Announcement along with the updates which focused on the dangers of Fentanyl and brought up the recent arrest in Shenandoah County of an individual with 3,500 fentanyl pills and the discovery of fentanyl in a student’s vehicle by a security officer earlier this school year.

A link to the full PSA is available here.

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SCPS hosts 2nd Annual Showcase Education Expo

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Shenandoah County Public Schools will host their 2nd Annual Showcase Education Expo on Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The event will be held October 21st from 10 am to 1 pm and is free and open to all SCPS families and community members.

Musical performances from different school bands and choirs will be held each half hour.

Parent Academy Chats will be held throughout the day on a variety of topics including Discipline, Attendance, and Code of Conduct, Mental Health Resources, and College and Career Planning.

The expo will also provide free books, offer children’s activities, and more.

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Three local school districts awarded for innovation

Three local school districts were honored with the Everfi Empowered District seal.

Those districts include Frederick, Warren, and Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Everfi is a leading social impact education innovator that evaluates public school districts based on their exemplary commitment to comprehensive, digital-first education strategies on topics like financial literacy, social-emotional learning, sustainability, and health.

School districts are awarded the Everfi Empowered Seal on a variety of criteria based on high impact practices across diverse well-being topics that are translated into measurable technology metrics along with at least 10% of the student population utilizing Everfi’s resources.

Some of those criteria include the use of efficacy based programs, well trained staff, appropriate placement, sufficient reach, and outcomes evaluated.

Students within Empowered Seal school districts are eligible to participate in the essay-based scholarship competition which awards $6,000 in scholarships each fall and spring.

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SCPS takes top honors at the Virginia FFA Convention

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Shenandoah County Public Schools students recently competed and excelled at the 97th annual Virginia FFA State Convention held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Shenandoah County brought home the top chapter in the state for both high school and middle school categories with Central and Signal Knob earning the honors.

Central competed against 188 chapters around the state for the competition which looks at all activities conducted by the chapter throughout the year.

The contest was divided into three areas including Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture.

Central won first place in the northern area for Growing Leaders.

Strasburg High School also was named a Superior Chapter with a gold rating and ranked in the top 10% of chapters in the state.

Individual State Winners will represent the Commonwealth at the National FFA Convention held November 1-4th in Indianapolis.

Some of those first place winners include Central’s Tavion Dodson in Poultry Evaluation and Strasburg’s Marketing Plan team of Kerrigan Bauserman, Hannah Fisher, and Tinleigh Rusher.

Bauserman also won first place in Agricultural Sales Proficiency.

To view SCPS press release on the results, click here.

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Sinkhole repairs begin at PMMS

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Repair work has begun at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School after the discovery of a Karst anomaly beneath a portion of the building.

This type of sinkhole was created during construction when significant fill soil was placed over weaker residual soils.

These soil conditions led to a change in the foundation causing cracks in the west wing of the building including classrooms, hallways, and the library.

Pressurized grout and pier systems will be installed over the next to summers to repair the Shenandoah County Public School with costs estimated at $500,000.

Repairs made this summer will be completed by the third week of July and will not impact the school year.

FdNCON and Triad Engineering are contracted for the repairs.

President of FdNCON Freddie Neal spoke on the safety of the school stating, “Based on our experience with other underpinning and compaction grouting projects in similar conditions, the building is safe for students and staff. ”

To view the SCPS press release, click here.

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