Northwood High School Destination Imagination Team Finishes Ninth in World
Northwood High School’s Destination Imagination team finished ninth in the Destination Imagination Global Finals held May 19–24 in Knoxville, Tenn. The team competed in the scientific challenge, titled “Going to Extremes.” The challenge was to create a story about a character who would survive in an extreme environment. The team had to use scientific methods to create “extreme gear” that would help their character survive. There were 70 teams from around the world competing in this challenge. After their presentation, the NHS team received a standing ovation from family, friends, Destination Imagination personnel, and NASA officials, and earned the ninth place ranking from the judges. The NHS team has won eight regional titles, six state titles, and advanced to Destination Imagination Global Finals for the last seven years, finishing in the top 20 or better each year. The team has won multiple Da Vinci and Renaissance awards for creativity. This year, the team won the coveted Spirit of DI award for dedication. Team members are Lauren Griffin, Cody Davidson, Matthew King, Austin Widner, Ashley Frye, and Bailey Counts.
School Board Committees to Meet in July
The following Smyth County School Board committees will meet during July:
- The Insurance Committee will meet at 4:00 pm Monday, July 21.
- The Long-Range Planning Committee will meet at 5:00 pm Monday, July 21.
- The School Safety Committee will meet at 4:00 pm Thursday, July 31.
School Board to Meet July 31
The Smyth County School Board will hold a called meeting at 5:00 pm Thursday, July 31, in the board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va.
School Board Adopts Calendar for 2014-2015 School Year
The Smyth County School Board has set Wednesday, August 20, as the first day of the 2014-2015 school year. You can view the entire calendar on our calendar page, or see a condensed version here.
Notice to Parents of PreK and Kindergarten-Age Students
If your child will be eligible to attend prekindergarten or kindergarten in the fall of 2014, please register your child at the Smyth County elementary school that your child will attend as soon as possible. This will help the school system make plans for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, contact the school in your attendance area.
VRS Offers Learning Resources for Hybrid Retirement Plan
The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) offers a variety of learning resources for current Smyth County School Board employees who are interested in the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan. Details…