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Smyth County students who passed State Practical Psychomotor exam to become EMTs.

Smyth County Students Pass Virginia State EMT Exam

Left to right are Peyton Williams, Zachary Crewey and Alex Taschereau, graduates of the 2015–2016 EMT Program at Smyth Career & Technology Center. These students successfully completed the EMT program and passed the Virginia State Practical Psychomotor exam on April 9 at Virginia Highlands Community College, which qualifies them to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Their success on the state exam also qualified them to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) cognitive exam, which they took on May 17 with great success. Their instructor, Ella Frazier, said, "This is a very challenging test with a state pass rate of around 50%. Their success gives the SCTC program a 100% pass rate. This yearlong program focused on pathophysiology and patient care consisting of lectures, skills practice, skills and theory tests on a daily basis. They completed their ride-along requirements with Chilhowie Fire and Rescue and Marion EMS. I cannot thank these providers enough for helping my students meet this requirement. This accomplishment is huge for high school students." These students can find employment through ambulance and EMS services. They can serve their community by volunteering with local rescue squads. They can continue their education by enrolling in a Paramedic Program at the college level. This valuable program is a springboard for all fields of healthcare. Applications for high school students 16 and older who are interested in this program are being taken through school guidance counselors or through SCTC.

SkillsUSA state champion from Northwood High School soldering electronic circuit board

Smyth Career & Technology Center Students
Excel in Virginia State SkillsUSA Competition

A trio of Smyth Career & Technology Center students excelled in this year's Virginia SkillsUSA Championships, sweeping the top two places in the electronics competition and taking third in the telecommunications cabling category. Details…

June 3 Is Deadline for Picking Up Student Medications

If your child takes medication at school, you must pick up that medication by 3:00pm Friday, June 3, the last day of school. Medications will not be released to students to be sent home on the bus. Any medication not picked up by that date will be disposed of on the following day. If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements to pick up your child’s medications, please call the school nurse as soon as possible.

Smyth County School Board to Meet May 31

The Smyth County School Board will hold a called meeting at 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 31, in the board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va. The meeting will be preceded by a reception for the school division's retirees, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Free Day Camp for Diabetic Youths Offered on June 21

There will be a free day camp for youths aged 8-16 with Type 1 diabetes from 8:30am-4:30pm Tuesday, June 21, at the Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center. The camp will feature games, hiking, swimming, and gardening. If you wish to attend, register by called Mary Riggins at 276-378-1000, then meet at 8:30am on June 21 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. The day camp is made possible by climb4acure.

Tech Splash 2016 Scheduled for July 18 at Higher Ed Center

Tech Splash 2016 will be held July 18 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The event will showcase exemplary examples of technology integration in the K12 classroom and focus on new and emerging technologies. Leslie Fisher will be the keynote speaker. You can register online. Smyth County educators should select the option of having the school division billed for their registration fee, using the following information:

Building the Perfect Pig: Final Problem of the Coding Challenge

Building the Perfect Pig is the final problem of the Smyth County Schools 2015 Coding Challenge. Pig is a jeopardy-type dice game. The challenge is to code a computer game that lets a human play Pig against a software opponent. The deadline for submitting responses to this year's coding challenge is 12:00 noon on Monday, June 6. After that, we will tabulate all responses and post the winners on our website.

Smyth County Schools Health Services Department Releases Information on Cold/Flu, and Head Lice Treatment

Smyth County Schools Health Services Department has posted information on preventing and treating colds, flu, and head lice.

Schools Adopt New Procedure for Screening Volunteers

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

Khan Academy Offers Free Resources to Help Students Prepare for New SAT

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.