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Smyth County teachers at annual Southwest Virginia Technology Splash

Smyth County Teachers Learn New Tech Skills for Upcoming School Year

Approximately 45 Smyth County teachers learned new instructional technology skills and methods to use with their students this year, during the annual Southwest Virginia Technology Splash held July 13 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The Tech Splash is an annual professional development event for area educators. It is sponsored by The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium, and various area school divisions. This year's event drew approximately 245 educators. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ginno Kelley, Microsoft's Director of Teaching and Learning for Worldwide Education.

Smyth County School Board to Meet July 29

The Smyth County School Board will hold a called meeting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 29, in the board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va.

State Department of Education Seeks Public Input on School Performance Report Cards

The Virginia Department of Education is asking parents and other members of the public to complete a 16-item online survey on improving annual School Performance Report Cards for schools, school divisions and the Commonwealth. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous. The survey will remain active until Friday, August 14, 2015.

School Board Seeking Substitute Bus Drivers

The Smyth County School Board is seeking substitute bus drivers for individuals available to drive early morning and after-school regular routes plus the opportunity to drive activity trips. Classes will be held August 24–29, 2015. The cutoff date to sign up is 4:00 pm August 17. For further information, please contact Stephanie Hester at 276-783-8865, extension 2312.

Chilhowie High, Marion Senior High Schools Receive VHSL Sportsmanship Awards

Chilhowie High School and Marion Senior High School are among 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.