MSHS AP Computer Science Students Unveil Solar Eclipse Website
Students in Marion Senior High School's Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles classes have created a website on Monday's Great American Solar Eclipse. The website includes links to numerous eclipse resources, including embedded live streams of the eclipse. The MSHS students are also planning to live stream the eclipse on their YouTube channel on Monday afternoon.
Smyth County Honors 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year
Smyth County Public Schools recognized the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year with a luncheon at Hungry Mother State Park on Aug. 4. Pictured left to right are: Kelly Russell, Chilhowie High School; Mollie Ailey, Marion Middle School; Lindsay Surber, Marion Senior High School; Jamie Pike, Marion Elementary School; Stephanie Holmes, Northwood High School; Lynn Robinson, Atkins Elementary School; Jamie Hayden, Smyth Career & Technology Center; Cherie Sturgill, Sugar Grove Elementary School; Sherry Mullins, Northwood Middle School; Mary Lynn Lawson, Chilhowie Middle School; Terri Totten, Saltville Elementary School; Karen DeBusk, Rich Valley Elementary School; and Chrystle Gates, Chilhowie Elementary School. Ms. Gates was also named the Smyth County Teacher of the Year. Not pictured is Ryan Nutter, who was Oak Point Elementary School's Teacher of the Year.
2017 Graduate Praises County Educators During Teacher of the Year Luncheon
2017 Chilhowie High School graduate Abram Clear praised teachers for the many positive influences they had on his life during his 13 years in the Smyth County School System. Abram, who will attend the College of William & Mary this fall, was the keynote speaker at the annual Smyth County Teacher of the Year luncheon on Aug. 4. He addressed an audience that included teachers and other Smyth County Public Schools employees, school board and board of supervisors members, and 5th District Delegate Israel O'Quinn.
Smyth County Schools Offer 3D Printing to Elementary Students
Smyth County school librarians Rebecca Blevins, Karen Smith, and Toni Yates examine a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer during a 3D design and print workshop held Aug. 4. Smyth County's elementary school libraries will offer 3D printing capabilities for students during the 2017-2018 school year, as part of an effort to provide more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunities to younger students. The students will design 3D projects using open-source software such as BlocksCAD, then print them with the Makerbot 3D printer.
The Smyth County School Board's budget committee will meet at 4:00 pm Aug. 23, in the school board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va.