Smyth County Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year
Smyth County teacher Chrystle Gates has been named the Region 7 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Gates, an elementary music teacher, received the award in a ceremony at Chilhowie Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 11, from Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steven R. Staples. Ms. Gates was selected from among the 19 individual Teachers of the Year in Virginia's Region 7, which runs from the western tip of Virginia eastward to Radford. "These teachers expect and inspire high achievement from their students," said Dr. Staples. "The example they set is an inspiration to the teaching profession. We are pleased to recognize them as representatives of the great teaching in classrooms across the Commonwealth."
A panel of classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, the business community and 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year Toney McNair Jr. of Indian River Middle in Chesapeake reviewed the portfolios of all of the individual school division Teachers of the Year and selected the eight regional Teachers of the Year. The same panel will interview each of the eight regional teachers to select the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The decision will be announced on Sept. 18 during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. More details…
Students at Northwood High School view the Aug. 21 partial eclipse. Students across the county had an opportunity to view the eclipse, as Smyth County teachers developed special educational activities related to the eclipse.
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.
The Smyth County School Board will hold its October meeting in the library of Rich Valley Elementary School. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm Oct. 9, with a closed session. The open session will begin at 6:00 pm.
The Guidance and Family Life Education curriculum for Smyth County Schools will be available for parent preview on the dates listed 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, the opt out form is available at the 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.