State Releases School Quality Profile for Smyth County Public Schools, Other School Divisions
The Virginia Department of Education has released Smyth County's School Quality Profile. The School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. School Quality Profiles are available for schools, school divisions and for the Commonwealth.
2018-2019 W.L. Lemmon Foundation Teacher Mini-grant Application Cycle Now Open
The W.L. Lemmon Endowment Fund was established by Bill and Rosa Lemmon to support Smyth County Public Schools teachers. The endowment provides five to ten mini-grants per year to Smyth County Public Schools teachers, ranging in value from $500-$1,000. The deadline for applying for a 2018-2019 grant is Oct. 22. The grant application is available as a Google Doc. After you complete the grant application, print and sign it, then send it to Amy Shortt at the School Board's Central Office.
Smyth County Public Schools Set Preview Dates for Family Life Education Curriculum Materials
The Guidance and Family Life Education curriculum for Smyth County Schools will be available for parent preview on the dates below. Family Life Education instruction will begin after the completion of the preview days and is taught throughout the school year. If you are unable to review the materials on the specified date, please contact your child's school to set up an appointment to review the materials. If you do not wish your child to participate in all or part of the FLE curriculum, an opt-out form is available at each school to be signed in the presence of a school administrator. This form must be updated annually. Please contact your child’s school with any additional questions.
|Atkins Elementary School||Oct. 19, 2018|
|Chilhowie Elementary School||Oct. 2, 2018|
|Chilhowie High School||Oct. 11, 2018|
|Chilhowie Middle School||Oct. 18, 2018|
|Marion Elementary School||Oct. 17-18, 2018|
|Marion Middle School||March 13, 2019|
|Marion Senior High School||Oct. 18, 2018|
|Northwood High School||Oct. 8, 2018|
|Northwood Middle School||Oct. 16-17, 2018|
|Oak Point Elementary School||Dec. 17-19, 2018|
|Rich Valley Elementary School||Oct. 11-12, 2018|
|Saltville Elementary School||Dec. 6, 2018|
|Sugar Grove Elementary School||Oct. 23, 2018|
Parents of Students With Disabilities Invited to Provide Input on Schools
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.
Smyth Schools Launch Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
Smyth County Public Schools have launched the Strive for 5 campaign to reduce the number of students who are chronically absent. Details…
PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, Parent Portal Now Available on New Server
PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, and Parent Portal are now available on a new server:
Marion Senior High Announces Winners of First Annual Student Art Show
Marion Senior High School recognized the winners of its first annual student art show during Parent-Teacher Conference Night on Oct. 18. Pictured with their winning artwork are, left to right, Gracie Odham, second place; Jay Cathcart, first place; and Abby Blevins, third place. Not pictured is Molly Dunford, who tied for third place.
Students Learn Problem Solving, Computer Science With Gravity-Powered Computer
First grade students from Sugar Grove Elementary School tackle a programming challenge with the Turing Tumble, a marble-powered, gravity-driven computer. Computer programmer Paul Boswell and maker Alyssa Boswell created the Turing Tumble to enable students to visualize how computers work. The device comes with a variety of plastic parts that students arrange in different configurations in order to move red and blue marbles from one bin to another. The device is named for British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, the father of computer science. Each elementary school in Smyth County has received one of the devices, which will also be used in Smyth County's computer programming classes.
Turing Tumble educator resources…
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam Visits Oak Point Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten Class
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited Mark Merz's pre-kindergarten class at Oak Point Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of her tour of Southwest Virginia early education classrooms. Mrs. Northam distributed books to the students in Mr. Merz's class.
Smyth County Honors 2019 Teachers of the Year
Smyth County Public Schools honored the 2019 Teachers of the Year with a luncheon ceremony at the Hungry Mother State Park restaurant on Aug. 3, 2018. Pictured left to right are: Amy Prater, Rich Valley Elementary School; Gina Tuell, Saltville Elementary School; David Hoffman, Marion Elementary School; Sherri Gregory, Chilhowie Elementary School; Melissa Lee, Sugar Grove Elementary School; Hannah Sage, Marion Senior High School; Smyth County 2019 Teacher of the Year Douglas Haga, Smyth Career & Technology Center; Cathy Roberts, Chilhowie High School; Ann Chambers, Marion Middle School; Dana Tomlinson, Atkins Elementary School; Lesia Harris, Oak Point Elementary School; Cynthia Poe, Chilhowie Middle School; Tammy Carter, Northwood High School; and Tara Galliher, Northwood Middle School.
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.