Smyth County Teacher, Northwood Middle Student Lead Gifted Workshop
Smyth County enrichment teacher Melanie Garrett and Northwood Middle School rising eighth-grader Ethan Surber led a technology workshop at the annual Speaking for the Gifted conference June 12 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Ms. Garrett demonstrated some of the technology she uses with her enrichment students, including a drone and various free software packages. Ethan demonstrated some of the computer coding he has done with the Scratch and Python programming languages.
Doug Haga Named Smyth County Teacher of the Year
Smyth Career & Technology Center teacher Doug Haga, left, has been named Smyth County's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Haga teaches automotive technology at SCTC. He is pictured here with SCTC principal Rick Blevins.
Marion Senior High Students Get Hands-on Practice in Tire Changing
Students in Emily Parsons' senior FACS (Family & Consumer Sciences) class at Marion Senior High School received valuable hands-on instruction in an often overlooked skill: how to change a car's tire in an emergency. The students practiced on the school's driver education vehicle.
35 Smyth Career & Technology Students Place in SkillsUSA Contests
Thirty-five students from the Smyth Career & Technology Center placed first, second, or third in the SkillsUSA Region 8 competitions: 17 firsts, 11 seconds, and 7 thirds. SkillsUSA is a nationwide competition for students in career and technical fields.
|Contest||First Place||Second Place||Third Place|
|Auto Maintenance|| ||Garland Anderson|| |
|Auto Service Technology||Dalton Heath|| || |
|Automotive Refinishing Technology||Colton Farley|| || |
|CNC Milling Specialist||Jake Anderson|| || |
|Commercial Baking||Kara Ratcliffe|| || |
|Cosmetology|| ||Chelsey Heath|| |
|Cosmetology Post Grad||Virginia Joines|| || |
|Crime Scene Investigation|| ||Tatum Woods, Lindsey Orr, Destiny Mills|| |
|Criminal Justice||Zachary Sheets|| ||Trey Cornett|
|Culinary Arts|| ||Katelyn Blevins|
|Electrical Construction Wiring||Dylan Gobble||Hunter Orr||Alex Widener|
|Electronics Technology||Trey Dexter|| || |
|Food Preparation||Sydney Lee||Bradley Gentry|| |
|Industrial Motor Control||Matt Hutton||Luke Combs||Tanner Smith|
|Job Skills Demonstration A Post Grad||Alexis Pennington|| || |
|Job Skills Demonstration Open||Alexis Evans|| || |
|Nail Care Technology Post Grad||Kenzie Blevins|| || |
|Occupational Display||Caroline Davis, Megan Pearcey|| || |
|Precision Machine Technology|| || ||Benjamin Clark|
|Restaurant Food Service||Katelyn Blevins||Allison Hess||Charles Mullins|
|Telecommunication Cabling||Marcus Carter||Tyler Smith||Colton Doane|
|Welding|| || ||Myles Kimberlin|
Northwood Middle School Student Wins 2018 County Spelling Bee
Smyth County Public Schools' 38th County Spelling Bee was held Feb. 6 at Northwood Middle School. The ten individual champions from each elementary and middle school competed for the County Spelling Bee Championship. Going eleven rounds and winning with the word tempestuous, Caroline Hayden (third from right in the photo) of Northwood Middle School became the 2018 Smyth County Spelling Bee champion. The alternate is Parker White of Oak Point Elementary School. Other school champions are: Atkins Elementary School: Travis Blouin; Chilhowie Elementary School: Olivia Gentry; Chilhowie Middle School: Cody Brogan; Marion Elementary School: Connor Barr; Marion Middle School: Shinji Leonard; Rich Valley Elementary School: Eli Williams; Saltville Elementary School: Lacey Crusenberry; and Sugar Grove Elementary School: Bryson Medley.
John Graham was this year's pronouncer. Judges were Lynn M. White, Nanine Woodward, and Sue Tilson. NMS Principal Mariann Blevins and the faculty and staff of her school hosted the Spelling Bee and provided refreshments for the spelling bee participants and their families.
Marion, Northwood Compete in Smyth County Computer Science Bowl
Students from Marion Senior High and Northwood High/Northwood Middle Schools competed in the first ever Smyth County Computer Science Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2. The two teams competed in coding and robotics events. Northwood High/Northwood Middle won the coding event and Marion Senior High won the robotics event. NHS/NMS was the overall winner. The competition was funded with an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The competition's goals were to encourage students to consider STEM careers and develop their computer science and problem solving skills. During the competition, they were given two hours to solve 10 coding problems. They also built their robots from scratch, using 3D-printed parts and the Arduino microcontroller platform. Pictured, l-r, are Ethan Surber, NMS; Matthew Hutton, NHS; Caleb Johnson, NMS; Tyler Widener, MSHS; Ethan Blevins, MSHS; Katelyn Collett, MSHS; Delaney Bumgarner, NMS; Ema Haga, NMS; and Vincent Gullion, MSHS.
The Computer Science Bowl will return in Spring 2018 with a cybersecurity event and a robotics event that will feature the competitors building a Segway clone.
Northwood Middle Team Excels in Regional Lego Robotics Tournament
The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center hosted the 9th annual Lego Robotics Tournament for Southwest Virginia on November 11, 2017. There were 30 teams that participated, 15 in Division I (8 to 11 year olds) and 15 in Division II (12 to 14). Each year Lego Robotics presents the teams with a real-world problem and the teams have to come up with an innovative solution, program a robot and complete robot missions centered around the problem, and work on the Core Values with their teammates and members of their community. This year the challenge was on the human water cycle. Northwood Middle School had a team of six, the Aquifer Irrigators, that participated in Division II of the tournament. They placed third in the robot challenge and won the Overall Judges Award for their project on alternative irrigation. Pictured left to right: Gus Vencill, Clayton Buchanan, Hannah Wilson, Ethan Surber, Gage Foran, and Reid Collins.
The Smyth County School Board will hold a called meeting at 4:30 pm Thursday, June 21, in the school board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va.
Smyth County Schools and the Virginia Department of Education are seeking input from parents of students with disabilities in Smyth County. Below are links that will take you to an online survey where you can voice your opinion of your experience with Smyth County Schools in serving your child.
The Smyth County School Board set Aug. 9, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year, when it adopted the 2018-2019 calendar at its Feb. 12th meeting. More details…
Smyth County Public Schools have launched the Strive for 5 campaign to reduce the number of students who are chronically absent. Details…