Smyth County Pre-K Teacher Mark Merz Named Regional Teacher of the Year
Smyth County’s Mark Merz has been named the Region 7 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Merz is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Oak Point Elementary School. He received the news when his classroom was visited by school officials and local media. His students gave him a group hug when the news of his selection was announced over the school intercom. Mr. Merz is one of eight Regional Teachers of the Year announced on Sept. 17 by Governor Terry McAuliffe and Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples. Mr. Merz and the other Regional Teachers of the Year were selected by a panel of classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community and 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalist Melissa A. Porfirio of Fairfax. This panel will interview each of the eight teachers next month to select the 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The decision will be announced during an awards ceremony on October 10 in Richmond. This is the second year in a row that a Smyth County teacher was named the Region 7 Teacher of the Year. Chilhowie Middle School's Tina Cook was last year's Region 7 Teacher of the Year. Region 7 consists of Virginia's 19 westernmost school divisions.
Smyth County Schools to Dismiss Students Two Hours Early Oct. 30
Smyth County Schools will dismiss students two hours early on Thursday, Oct. 30, for parent-teacher conferences.
School System to Provide Health Screenings for Students
As required by law, Smyth County Schools will provide health screenings for some students during the first 60 days of school. Please see the Smyth County Schools Health Services webpage for more details.
Smyth County Students Can Receive Free Flu Vaccine
Smyth County students can receive free flu vaccine during October. Details…
Smyth County 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 October 13–18, 2014. The cutoff date to sign up is 4:00 pm Oct. 8, 2014. For further information, please contact Stephanie Anderson at 276-783-8865, extension 2312.
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…