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.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration to be Held March 22–23
Formal registration for Smyth County Schools' pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs for 2018-2019 will be held at each of the county's elementary schools on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and Friday, March 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The child must be a resident of Smyth County and reside in the school's attendance area. If you are unsure of your attendance area, please contact the Smyth County School Board Office at 276-783-3791.
To qualify for pre-kindergarten, the child must be four years old on or before September 30, 2018. A state-certified copy of your child's birth certificate and verification of your family's income is needed when applying for this program. To qualify for kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 30, 2018. A state certified copy of your child's birth certificate is required for enrollment. Proof of immunizations and a current physical exam are required by August 1, 2018. Contact the school in your attendance area for more information.
Smyth County Schools Schedule Community Review for Math, Social Studies Textbooks Adoption
Members of the public are invited to review and comment on the math and social sciences textbooks being considered for adoption in Smyth County Schools next fall. The mathematics review will be held from 2:00–3:00 pm Monday, March 26, in the Chilhowie High School library, 1160 East Lee Highway, Chilhowie, Va. The social sciences review will be held from 2:00–3:00 pm Tuesday, March 27, in the Chilhowie High School library. McGraw-Hill, one of the publishers being considered for grades K-5 social studies textbooks, is unable to attend the March 27 review, so an additional review for that company's textbooks will be held from from 2:00–3:00 pm Tuesday, April 10, in the Chilhowie High School library.
Smyth County High School Students Invited to Participate in Survey on Chromebook 1:1 Initiative
As part of the high school 1:1 Chromebook initiative, Smyth County Public Schools are asking Chilhowie, Marion Senior, and Northwood high school students to respond to a brief survey. If you are a Smyth County high school student, please complete this survey.
Smyth County School Board to Have Called Meeting March 28
The Smyth County School Board will hold a called meeting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 28, in the school board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Va. 24354.
Smyth County School Board to Hold April Meeting at Chilhowie Middle
The Smyth County School Board will hold its regular April meeting at Chilhowie Middle School, 1160 East Lee Highway, Chilhowie, Va. 24319. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm with closed session, followed by open session at 6:00 pm.
Class of 2018 Graduation Dates
The Smyth County School Board has set graduation dates for the Class of 2018:
|Program or School||Date/Time||Location|
|Alternative Education||6:00 pm May 10||Chilhowie High School|
|Nursing||6:00 pm May 19||Chilhowie High School|
|Smyth Career & Technology Center||6:00 pm May 22||Chilhowie High School|
|Northwood High School||7:00 pm May 24||Northwood High School|
|Chilhowie High School||6:00 pm May 25||Chilhowie High School|
|Marion Senior High School||8:00 pm May 25||Marion Senior High School|
Rising Sixth-Graders Must Have Tdap Vaccinations
Virginia state law requires that all students entering sixth grade receive a booster dose of pertussis-containing vaccine. This means that all rising sixth-graders will need a dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. This vaccine may be obtained from your child's physician or your local health department. If you child has already received this vaccination after seven years of age, please send a copy of the vaccination record to the school.
If your child has not received this vaccination and you would like him or her to be vaccinated at school, the Health Department will provide the immunization at School County Schools March 13 and 15, at no out-of-pocket cost to the student or family. Although there is no cost to the student or family, state law requires the Health Department to bill all allowable costs to third-party payers such as private insurers or Medicaid. This means that complete billing information must be provided as indicated on the vaccination consent form. Your child will not be able to receive the vaccine at school if the required insurance information is missing or incomplete. Instead, your child may receive the vaccine from your child's provider or at the local health department.
The permission forms packet contains three forms:
- Tdap Vaccine Information Statement (read and keep)
- Health Department HIPAA Privacy Notice (read and keep)
- Student Tdap Vaccination Consent Form (complete front and back and return to school)
In order for your child to be vaccinated at school, you must complete the Student Tdap Vaccination Consent Form (front and back) and return it to your child's school by Friday, March 2. If you are unable to print the form, you can obtain a blank permission form from your child's school.
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…
Smyth County's 2018-2019 School Year Will Begin Aug. 9, 2018
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…
PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, Parent Portal Now Available on New Server
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