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What's New

May 22 Will be Last Day of School

The Smyth County School Board has set Wednesday, May 22, as the last day of the 2018-2019 school year. Students will be dismissed two hours early that day.

New English Language Arts Textbooks Available for Preview by Public

Smyth County Schools are evaluating new textbooks for English language arts classes at all grade levels. Parents and other interested citizens may review the textbooks under consideration by contacting any Smyth County school.

Class of 2019 Graduation Dates Announced

The Smyth County School Board has approved the following graduation dates for the Class of 2019:

Alternative Education6 pm Thursday, May 2, at Chilhowie High School
Smyth Career & Technology Center7 pm Tuesday, May 14, at Chilhowie High School
Northwood High School7 pm Thursday, May 16, at Northwood High School
Chilhowie High School6 pm Friday, May 17, at Chilhowie High School
Marion Senior High School8 pm Friday, May 17, at Marion Senior High School

2019-2020 School Year Will Begin Aug. 8

Thursday, Aug. 8, will be the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. The School Board adopted the 2019-2020 calendar at its March meeting. More details…

Chilhowie High School's Molly Rhudy Wins Two State Track Events, Sets State Track Meet Record

Molly Rhudy

Molly Rhudy, a senior at Chilhowie High School, won state championships in the 55 meter dash and the long jump at the VHSL 2A State Indoor Championship held February 25—26 at Roanoke College. She set a new 2A state meet record with a time of 7.27 in the 55 meter dash finals.

State Releases School Quality Profile for Smyth County Public Schools, Other School Divisions

The Virginia Department of Education has released Smyth County's School Quality Profile. The School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. School Quality Profiles are available for schools, school divisions and for the Commonwealth.

Parents of Students With Disabilities Invited to Provide Input on Schools

Smyth County Schools and the Virginia Department of Education are seeking input from parents of students with disabilities in Smyth County. Below are links that will take you to an online survey where you can voice your opinion of your experience with Smyth County Schools in serving your child.

Smyth Schools Launch Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

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Smyth County Public Schools have launched the Strive for 5 campaign to reduce the number of students who are chronically absent. Details…

PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, Parent Portal Now Available on New Server

PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, and Parent Portal are now available on a new server:

Smyth County Teacher of the Year Sarah Deel with Mike Davidson, Chris Ballenger, Dennis Carter, Lori Cutshaw, Joann Groseclose, and Cole Spencer.

Sarah Deel Is Smyth County Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020

Marion Senior High School science teacher Sarah Deel (third from left) is Smyth County's Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. She received the news of her selection on April 23, with a surprise visit from MSHS principal Mike Davidson and assistant principal Lori Cutshaw; central office administrators Chris Ballenger, Dennis Carter, and Cole Spencer; and former Smyth County and Virginia Teacher of the Year Joanne Groseclose. Ms. Deel will represent Smyth County in the competition for the Region 7 Teacher of the Year.


Photos of Ballad Health CEO and wife Laura reading to students at Marion Elementary School.

Alan Levine, President and CEO of Ballad Health, and his wife Laura recently read to first, second, and third grade students at Marion Elementary School.


Group photo of Marion Senior High School's forensics team.

Marion Senior High Forensics Team Finishes Second in State

Marion Senior High School's forensics team finished second in the Virginia High School League's 2018-2019 2A competition. Two MSHS students were state champions in their categories: Natalia Garcia in Serious Dramatic Interpretation and Brock Davidson in Storytelling. MSHS also had three state runners-up: Lily Gray in Serious Dramatic Interpretation; Harrison Stewart in Impromptu Speaking; and Luke Sage and Riana Rutherford in Serious Duo.


Photo of Smyth County preschool students in cafeteria

Smyth County Observes National School Breakfast Week

March 4-8 is National School Breakfast Week. PK students at Saltville Elementary School kicked off the week with a photo booth. The purpose of the week is to make people more aware of the benefits of starting the school day with a health school breakfast.

Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith takes a question from an Oak Point Elementary School third grader.

Congressman Morgan Griffith Visits Oak Point Elementary School

Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith visited Oak Point Elementary School recently to discuss representative democracy with the school's third graders.

Smyth County students discussing drone programming with Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni Smyth County students discussing drone programming with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Smyth County Students Participate in STEM Event With State Leaders

Several Smyth County students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on Tuesday. Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (above left) and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (above right) were among the state leaders attending the event. Students demonstrated their drone programming and other STEM skills to the two leaders.

Members of Marion Senior High School's one-act play cast.

Marion Senior High Earns Second Place in State Theatre Competition

The Marion Senior High School Hurricane Players competed in the VHSL State Theatre Championship on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Monticello High School in Charlottesville. The team finished as the runner-up ensemble with their performance of Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard, Jr. Luke Sage also received one of the four Outstanding Actor Awards. The Hurricane Players are coached by MSHS English/theatre teacher Todd Necessary.

MSHS Student Codes Spectacular 3D Animation

As part of an AP Computer Science Principles assignment, Marion Senior High student Ethan Blevins coded this animation in JavaScript, using the Three.js 3D JavaScript library. His project consists of an animated 3D cube with images from the Field Museum mapped onto its surfaces, an imported STL file of a spacecraft rendered in 3D mesh, and a yellow sphere. You can view his project in full resolution here. Be sure to use your mouse to view Ethan's 3D scene from different angles, and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.