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Photos of construction on Northwood Middle School baseball/softball field

Area Businesses, Residents Pitch In to Build New Ball Field for NMS

Northwood Middle School students are enjoying a new softball/baseball field, thanks to donations of materials and labor by Spectra Energy and its employees, General Shale, and Scott Waddle. The Smyth County Schools Maintenance Department, NMS teachers Carl Brickey and Mark Burkett, and some of Mr. Burkett's students also worked on the field, which is being used by the community, as well as the students.

Chilhowie High Receives Sportsmanship Award

Chilhowie High School is one of 29 high schools to receive the Virginia High School League's 2014-2015 Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award. Details…

Two Chilhowie High School Students Named to VHSL Group 1A All-State Softball Teams

Two Chilhowie High School students have been named to the Virginia High School League's Group 1A All-State softball teams. CHS sophomore Haley Caudill was named first-team second base, and junior Mary Elizabeth Luttrell was named second-team shortstop.

Khan Academy Launches Summer of Scripting for Beginning Computer Programmers

If you are interested in learning how to program, the Khan Academy has a summer program to help you get started. Called the Summer of Scripting, the free program will start June 22 and run into August. It will take 15-40 hours to complete, depending on how deeply you dive into the course. All you need is a computer, Chromebook, tablet, and a web connection. Details…

The Khan Academy course will teach you how to program in Javascript, a widely used language for adding interactive features to web pages. If you want to dive more deeply into what Javascript can do, please check out another free online course called Interactive 3D Graphics, which is offered by Udacity. In this course, you will learn to create 3D graphics using nothing more than a text editor, a web browser, and the open-source Three.js Javascript library. If you have any trouble downloading Three.js from the Three.js site, you can also download it here.

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.

School Board Adopts 2015-2016 Calendar

The Smyth County School Board has adopted the 2015-2016 school calendar. The first day of school will be Aug. 19, 2015. You can view additional calendar details on our calendar page.

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.