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Photo of students enjoying homeroom in newly remodeled Northwood High School library on first day of school

Several Smyth Career & Technology Center students attended the Virginia Department of Transportation Career Fair at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. VDOT showcased various departments and job opportunities. Representatives of other companies and businesses, including Wings Air Rescue, Ambulance Services, state and county police departments, branches of the military, colleges and universities, and private industries were also on hand for this event. The students received valuable information to prepare them for the future, whether they decide to go directly into the work force or on to school to further their education. Students who attended this fair have the opportunity to receive a scholarship offered through VDOT. Smyth Career & Technology Center has been invited to come back to this event next year.

Smyth County School Board Seeks to Fill Vacancy in Chilhowie District

As required by Virginia Code Section 24.2-228, when a vacancy occurs in a local governing body or an elected school board, the remaining members of the body or board, respectively, within forty-five days of the office becoming vacant, shall appoint a qualified voter of the election district in which the vacancy occurred to fill the vacancy.

This interim appointee will serve until a special election is held to elect a member of the Smyth County School Board from the Chilhowie District to serve through December 31, 2017.

Interested candidates may deliver a letter of interest no later than 4:00 p.m., October 9, 2015 to:

Clerk of the Smyth County School Board
Smyth County Public Schools
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300
Marion, VA  24354
Phone: (276) 783-3791

The Smyth County School Board will make this appointment pursuant to Code of Virginia §24.2-226 and §24.2-228.

October Board Meeting to Be Held at Chilhowie Elementary School

The Smyth County School Board will hold its regular October board meeting at 5:00 pm in the library at Chilhowie Elementary School, 130 Lee Highway, Chilhowie, Va.

Schedule for Flu Vaccinations

The Mount Rogers Health Department and Smyth County Schools will administer free flu vaccinations to students during October. Here is the schedule and more details about the vaccine.

Smyth Career & Technology Center Health Occupations Students to Host 5K Run/Walk

The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter from Smyth Career & Technology Center will host a 5K Run/Walk at the Chilhowie Recreation Park (next to McDonalds) on Oct. 10, 2015, at 10 am with registration from 8:30-9:30 am. Those who pre-register will receive a free t-shirt. Pre-registration will end on Oct. 5, 2015. Money raised will be used locally to support Childhood Cancer Awareness and Alzheimer’s Awareness. You can print this registration form and mail it in, or register online at www.eventbrite.com.

Smyth County Schools Receive Equipment Grant for Security Cameras, Access Control Gear

Atkins Elementary School, Chilhowie High School, and Northwood High School have been awarded school security equipment grants by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The grants total $64,485, and will be used for security cameras and electronic-access controls. The Virginia General Assembly established the school security equipment grant program in 2013, in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

"Virginia students, teachers, administrators, support staff—and the parents and others who visit our schools throughout the school year—are safer today because of this program," Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. "This program enhances school safety and gives our schools and first responders the tools they need to keep out intruders and respond quickly and effectively if a security threat does arise." More details…

School Board Adopts New Screening Procedure for Volunteers

Smyth County Schools have adopted a new screening procedure for school volunteers. Details…

Family Life Education and Guidance Preview Dates Set by Schools

The Guidance and Family Life Education curriculum for Smyth County Schools will be available for parent preview at the times listed on this page. Family Life Education instruction will begin after the completion of the preview days and is taught throughout the school year. An appointment to review the materials on another date or at another time can be made by contacting the school if these dates are not convenient. If parents do not wish their child to participate in all or part of the FLE curriculum, they must opt their child out of the program by coming to the school and signing the appropriate opt out form with a school administrator. This form must be updated annually. Please contact your child’s school with any additional questions.

Khan Academy Offers Free Resources to Help Students Prepare for Redesigned SAT Test

The web-based Khan Academy is offering free resources to help students prepare for the redesigned SAT college entrance exam. The College Board will begin delivering the new SAT to students in the spring of 2016. The new Khan Academy resources are free and available here.

Public Service Announcement Regarding Stopped School Buses

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.