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Marion Senior High School Forensics Team Wins Conference 39 Forensics Festival Championship

Marion Senior High School’s Forensics Team won the Conference 39 Forensics Festival held Feb. 14 at Marion Senior High. Each member of the team advances to the Region 2A-West Tournament hosted by Randolph Henry High School on Feb. 28. This is the second consecutive year MSHS has won the Conference Championship, and also the first year of competition for 11 members of the team. MSHS teacher Todd Necessary coaches the forensics team.

Forensics competition consists of 10 events that focus on public speaking, performance, or interpretation.

Group photo of 2015 Marion Senior High School Forensics Team

Smyth County Schools to Offer Tdap Vaccines

Virginia law requires all students who are about to enter sixth grade to receive a Tdap vaccination. The Tdap vaccine protects children against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Smyth County school nurses will administer the Tdap vaccine to students on March 17 and March 19-20. If you want your child to receive the Tdap vaccine, please read this information sheet and sign the informed consent form and return it to your child's school by March 11, 2015. Children who don't get a Tdap vaccine before entering sixth grade in 2015-2016 may be excluded from entering school.

Mini-grants Available to Smyth County Teachers

The W.L. Lemmon Endowment Fund is making $1,000 and $500 mini-grants available to Smyth County teachers. The deadline to apply is March 10. Details and application form…

Smyth County School Board Seeking Substitute Bus Drivers

The Smyth County School Board is seeking substitute bus drivers for individuals available to drive early morning and after-school regular routes plus the opportunity to drive activity trips.

Classes will be held March 9–14, 2015. The cutoff date to sign up is 4:00 pm March 2, 2015. For further information, please contact Stephanie Anderson at 276-783-8865, extension 2312.

SkillsUSA Participants Eligible for $1,000 Scholarships

Up to 50 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to SkillsUSA students (graduating seniors in high school as well as college/postsecondary students) whose area of study will lead them into a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)-related field. Online applications are due March 15.

Mount Rogers Health District Urges Vaccination, Hand Washing to Prevent Flu

The Mount Rogers Health District has released information to help parents and other caregivers prevent the spread of influenza. Proper hand washing practices and vaccinations remain the primary means of preventing the spread of flu. More details…

Influenza Fact Sheet

Information for Parents Regarding Flu and Cold Season, Plus Enterovirus D86 and Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Cold and flu season has started, and area health providers are also seeing children with enterovirus D86, as well as hand, foot, and mouth disease. Please see the Smyth County Schools Health Services webpage for more details.

Public Service Announcement

Recently, Smyth County Public School bus drivers have reported an increase in the number of vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses. As a school division, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students. We are asking our community to share this commitment. We would like to remind our community members that all motorists are required to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading children. All of our drivers are required to complete a pre-trip inspection to ensure all safety devices are working properly. All motorists should be aware that in the event these safety devices are not functioning, you are still required to stop when a bus is loading or unloading children. Drivers are required by state law to stop in all directions when the red lights on the bus are flashing and/or the stop sign is out unless they are travelling on a divided highway. There are penalties for failure to stop for a stopped school bus. Penalties may include:

Our students are our most precious resource, and we take the responsibility of ensuring their safety seriously. Central Office staff, school administrators and bus drivers work together to coordinate our bus stops and have as many students as possible load and unload on the passenger door side of the road. This is not always possible and as a result, some students actually have to cross the road when they are loading and dismissing from the school bus. When a bus is stopped and its red lights are flashing, a child could potentially have to cross the road in front of traffic. Please consider all of the above mentioned safety rules to ensure the safety of our students.