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Group photo of Chilhowie High Schools's 2017 forensics team, which finished second in the Virginia State Forensics Tournament.

Chilhowie High Forensics Team Places Second in State Competition

The Chilhowie High School Forensics Team completed the 2016-2017 forensics season with three title wins. The team won the Mountain West-Conference 46 Competition on Feb. 19. The team finished second at the 1A West Regional Competition on March 4 at Radford High School; then took second-place in the state Group 1A competition on March 25 at Clover Hill High School in Richmond. Seated l-r: Ashlynn Surber (Poetry: conference-4th); Lacie Phillips (SI: conference-3rd/regional-2nd/state-4th); Jordan Guinn (Prose: conference-2nd/regional-3rd/state-2nd); Reanna Lilly: (Manager). Standing l-r: Isaiah Hutton (SI: conference-4th); Shelby Louk: (Manager); Micah Hutton (Prose: conference-1st/regional-1st/state-3rd); Avery Smith (Extemporaneous: conference-1st/regional-3rd/state-2nd); Abram Clear-Captain and fourth consecutive state placement: (HDI: conference-1st/regional-2nd/state-2nd); Alex Wheeler: (Impromptu: conference-1st/regional-2nd/state-3rd); Cody Cruey (Storytelling: conference-1st and regional qualifier); Katie Wagoner (Poetry: conference-1st/regional-3rd/state-2nd).

The CHS Forensics Team is coached by English and Theatre instructor Jackie Clark.

Group photo of the Saltville Elementary School archery team. Photo of Summer Turley, Virginia NASP state champion in the elementary girls division.

Saltville Elementary School Wins State Archery Championship

Saltville Elementary School won first place in the 3D Elementary Division of the Virginia NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), held March 11 in Dowell, Va. SES fifth-grader Summer Turley (right) was the elementary girls division state champion.


Symbolic painting of Mother Nature by Deanna Lavern, best-in-show winner in Art League of Marion's High School Art Show

Marion Senior High Student Wins Art League Best-in-Show Award

Marion Senior High School student Deanna Lavern won Best-in-Show in the 24th annual Smyth County High School Art Show, sponsored by the Art League of Marion. Smyth County high school students submitted over 150 entries in the competition. The award-winning projects are currently on display at the Smyth-Bland Regional Library in Marion. Complete list of winners…


Group photo of members of Marion Senior High School forensics teams who participated in the Virginia State Forensics Tournament

MSHS Forensics Team Finishes Second in State Tournament

The Marion Senior High School Forensics team finished the 2017 season as the Virginia High School League State Forensics 2A Runner-up team. The State Forensics Tournament was held March 25, at Clover Hill High School. Four new MSHS State Forensics Champions were crowned, as well as one runner-up and two third-place finishers:

  • Brock Davidson–6th Place–Storytelling
  • Duncan Martin–6th Place–Impromptu Speaking
  • Riana Rutherford–3rd Place–Humorous Dramatic Interpretation
  • Kendall Funk & Luke Sage–3rd Place Humorous Duo
  • Jacob Armstrong–Runner-up- Humorous Dramatic Interpretation
  • Hunter Blevins–State Champion–Extemporaneous Speaking (MSHS's first Extemporaneous State Champ)
  • Faith Hannula–State Champion–Serious Dramatic Interpretation
  • Charlie Hampton & Lily Gray–State Champions–Humorous Duo

This is the tenth consecutive year MSHS has qualified for the State Forensics Tournament and the program now numbers 14 individual State Champions. The team is coached by Todd Necessary.


Group photo of the Northwood Middle School archery team.

Northwood Middle Archery Team Advances to National Tournament

The Northwood Middle School archery team advanced to the national NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) national tournament, to be held in Louisville, Ky., May 11-13. The team advanced on the strength of its performance in the Virginia state NASP tournament, held in Doswell, Va., on March 11.


Photo of 2017 Smyth County Spelling Bee champion Liam Myers, flanked by Marion Middle School principal Damon Mazoff and Smyth County Superintendent of Schools Dennis Carter.

Marion Student Earns Trip to National Spelling Bee

Marion Middle School student Liam Myers is the 2017 Regional Spelling Bee Champion. Liam outspelled 16 other county or city spelling champions from Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties during the March 11th Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee Championship. He earned the right to represent the region in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins May 28 near Washington, D.C. Liam is pictured here after winning the Smyth County Spelling Bee, with MMS principal Damon Mazoff, left, and Smyth County Schools Superintendent Dennis Carter, right. More details…

Free Athletic Physicals Offered

Smyth County Public Schools and area health care providers will offer free athletic physicals during May for students who wish to participate in athletics during the 2017-2018 school year. Details…

School Board Approves 2017 Graduation Dates

Smyth County Schools 2017 Graduation Dates
School or ProgramTime/Date/Location
Alternative Program6:00 pm Thursday, May 4, at Chilhowie High School
Smyth Career & Technology Center7:00 pm Tuesday, May 16, at Chilhowie High School
Northwood High School7:00 pm Thursday, May 18, at Northwood High School
Chilhowie High School6:00 pm Friday, May 19, at Chilhowie High School
Marion Senior High School8:00 pm Friday, May 19, at Marion Senior High School
Nursing Program7:00 pm Saturday, May 20, at Chilhowie High School

School Board Approves 2017-2018 Calendar

The Smyth County School Board has set Thursday, Aug. 10, as the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. More details…

PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, Parent Portal Now Available on New Server

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

Smyth County Schools Health Department Provides Info on Flu and Cold Prevention

The Smyth County Schools Health Department has published information on protecting your child from flu and colds this season.

Schools Adopt New Procedure for Screening Volunteers

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

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.