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.
Northwood Middle School Wins County Beautification Award
Northwood Middle School is a winner of the 2017 Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County Beautification Award, for the work the school completed on a tiled garden area at the entrance of the school. Shown accepting the award on behalf of the school is NMS principal Mariann Blevins.
MSHS Hurricane Players Win First Place in Sectional Theatre Festival
The MSHS Hurricane Players won the 2017 VHSL Sectional One-Act Theatre Festival on Saturday, November 4. The ensemble is performing the play Dark Road, by Laura Lundgren Smith. Sara Goetzinger and Faith Hannula received All-Section Cast awards. Luke Sage won Best Actor and Lily Gray was voted Best Actress.
Atkins Elementary School Starts New Fitness Program for Students
Atkins Elementary School has received new indoor and outdoor fitness equipment thanks to a grant from the Wellmont Foundation and Children's Miracle Network. The grant brings the Project Fit America model student health and fitness program to Atkins Elementary students. The program provides state-of-the art fitness equipment, curriculum, and on-site teacher training. The school celebrated the receipt of the equipment with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 29.
Smyth County Teacher of the Year Honored by Va. Dept. of Education
Smyth County teacher Chrystle Gates was among the eight finalists for the 2017-2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Ms. Gates, an elementary music teacher, is the Smyth County Teacher of the Year and the Region 7 Teacher of the Year. She and the other seven finalists for Virginia Teacher of the Year were honored at a reception held Sept. 18 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Governor Terry McAuliffe and other state officials were on hand to honor the eight finalists, pictured above. Ms. Gates is second from the right in the picture. Michelle Cottrell-Williams, fourth from the left, was named 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. She will be Virginia's nominee for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. "These teachers expect and inspire high achievement from their students," said Dr. Steven R. Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction. "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." 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.
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