Atkins Students Build Language Arts Skills Through Totem Pole Project
Students in Catherine Morlock's fifth grade class at Atkins Elementary School drew their own totem poles as part of a research and writing project on Native American culture and history. Fifth-graders study the Kwakiutl Indians from the Pacific Northwest. Kwakiutl clans created totem poles to depict their traditions and important events. Each animal carved into the poles represents or symbolizes specific character traits or events of the family. After studying the Kwakiutl's use of totem poles, Ms. Morlock's students create their own totem poles to represent their families. The students illustrated their totem poles with four to five animals. After creating their totem poles, the students wrote a character trait essay describing two of the animals and how they are related to their family. The project ties together research, reading, character analysis, and writing skills. The students' totem poles and essays are on display in the hallway at Atkins Elementary.
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…