Daily News

The Virginia Daily Education News is a daily update (Monday through Friday) of education news throughout Virginia. Links are created to various media outlets throughout the state. Simply click on the headlines below for the full news articles.

Wednesday, March 29

HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports
Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized…

Riverheads ag teacher feels at home
It was rainy Tuesday during Spring Break week, and Riverheads High School was quiet, with very little student or staff activity. A few students sat under the overhanging near the front door, staying out of the rain. Around the back of the…

Gloucester schools chief gets region's top honor
Walter Clemons, Gloucester County's superintendent of schools, has been named Region III Superintendent of the Year. Clemons has been superintendent in Gloucester for nearly three years. He is among eight school leaders…

392nd Army Band rocks at Hopewell High
Six musicians from the 392nd Army Band performed a live concert in the Hopewell High School auditorium March 17 as part of the annual outreach program "Music in Our Schools." The Fort Lee-based band members will…

Students lend a helping hand
Cumberland County High School’s (CCHS) carpentry students recently participated in a Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity build, helping fulfill the organization’s mission in providing shelter for partner families across the Heart…

Division gets high marks from AdvancED
AdvancED, a nonpartisan organization that conducts on-site external reviews of school divisions and individual schools, has awarded Buckingham County Public Schools full accreditation status. The independent organization reviews…

Students in Falls Church teach art to peers with disabilities
Vladimir Shevkun has long enjoyed art class, but now the 14-year old is excited about it for an entirely different reason. "Working with these kids. Seeing how excited they get," the 8th grader at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls…

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Engagement Drives Richmond Robotics Team
Each Spring, students across the country compete in robotics competitions. The initiatives develop proficiencies in STEM. But they also foster business skills, collaboration and community engagement. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp…

Henry County School Board to appoint interim member
Following the death of Reed Creek district school board member Betsy Mattox, the Henry County School Board met on Monday to discuss the election of an interim member to fill the vacancy. School Board Attorney George Lyle…

Bristol Virginia Schools prepare for new law requiring schools to teach teen drivers how to interact with police
A new bill is prompting changes to the drivers education curriculum in the state of Virginia. The bill was signed into law earlier this month by Governor Terry McAuliffe, it requires schools to teach teen drivers how to act and what do…

Students learn about community banking at Virginia Partners Bank
Massaponax High School senior Sydney Jones knows she wants to major in accounting when she goes off to college this fall. But whether that course of study will lead her to a private accounting firm, another type of business or…


Tuesday, March 28

Petersburg educators learn to incorporate computer science, coding into curriculum
Angelica Park, a first grade teacher at Walnut Hill Elementary School, laughs when talking about the enthusiasm for the new Coding Club that was started back in January. "They love it," she said, speaking as rows of her students sat…

Wythe teacher saves student
A Max Meadows Elementary School teacher is being hailed a heroine after she saved the life of a choking student. The drama unfolded on Thursday, March 9, right after Julie Lienhart picked up her grandchildren from school. While waiting…

Rappahannock schools propose a smaller budget for FY18
Gary R. Blair, the interim superintendent for Rappahannock County Public Schools, is requesting a fiscal 2018 schools budget of $12,641,062 — some $11,000 less than the current FY17 budget. However, while the school system…

Elon Elementary archery team wins third straight state title
Amherst County archers had an impressive showing at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state archery tournament this past weekend in Doswell. The elementary team division was dominated by Amherst County…

GES plans proceed, despite objection
Galax City Council will allow the school board to forge ahead with plans to expand Galax Elementary, despite strenuous objection by Council Member Ches Helmick, who voted against it and raised numerous concerns regarding the…

Hopewell schools embrace project-based learning
To learn about government, students held a question-answer session with their state delegate. To learn about health, they prepared smoothies for visitors. To learn math, they built scaled rulers out of wood. Again and again this year…

King George school closed Tuesday after testing shows water is unsafe to drink
Sealston Elementary School in King George County will be closed Tuesday because tests showed bacterial problems have made the water unsafe to drink without boiling. Residents of the nearby Oakland Park subdivision have faced…

In Prince George High School, a Royal passion for news continues to bloom
Throughout each and every month of the Prince George High School academic year, a class of editors, writers and photographers come together and build a tapestry of news, features, sports, events and editorials. Sophomore Anna…

Peter Balas Named New T. C. Principal
Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley has appointed Peter Balas as the new principal of T. C. Williams High School, citing proven strong leadership skills and academic experience as the reason for the choice. Balas has spent the last 15…

Postal employee to seek seat on Franklin County School Board
Jeff Worley announced he will seek to represent the Rocky Mount District on the Franklin County School Board. Worley, 47, is the only person so far to announce his candidacy. Sarah Alexander, who currently represents the district…

Loaded gun found in student's backpack at Norfolk high school
A loaded gun was found in a student’s book bag Monday. Khalilah LeGrand, a school spokeswoman, said the gun was found during searches of late-arriving students at Booker T. Washington High School. The student ran out of the…


Monday, March 27

Henry Co. schools earn national recognition for technology
Henry County Public Schools’ investment in technology is paying off. The school system recently placed eighth in its category for the Center for Digital Education’s 2016-17 Digital School Districts Survey Awards. Depending on school size…

Reading role models: Middle school kids pass on love of literature
It was the day before Spring Break at Berkeley Glenn Elementary school, and the students were antsy. They were looking forward to the final bell on Friday, which marked the start of their weeklong vacation before the final stretch of the…

Petersburg classrooms to incorporate performing arts
Students at Westview Early Childhood Education Center sang, danced, and drummed along with Kofi Dennis, all while learning about scientific concepts like force and plant-growth. Dennis, from the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning…

Canned food drive ‘life-changing’ for alternative Hopewell students
For several weeks, students at New Hope Academy in Hopewell collected canned food donations for the Hopewell Food Pantry, wanting to give back to those in need — but what the students didn't expect was how much their…

Charles City’s school board makes case for more local funding
After approving its budget at the Mar. 21 regular board meeting, Charles City’s school board presented its proposal to county supervisors during a Mar. 22 special joint meeting. School board chairwoman Helen Payne-Jones and…

Marion Senior High students earn accolades at regional science fair
Five Marion Senior High School students received recognition for their achievements at the recent 26th annual Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair. All five students also attend the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for…

School board and supervisors to confer
The school board has discussed the fiscal year (FY) 2018 proposed budget at recent meetings. The proposed budget represents a more than $1.1 million increase from the FY 2017 adopted budget. Larry Johns, assistant…

Norfolk School Board asks city for $10 million more in next budget
The School Board on Wednesday approved a budget that would cut nearly 50 positions and ask the city to contribute about $10 million more than it currently does. The $329 million spending plan is about $7 million bigger than the…

Miss Virginia encourages Stafford students to let their lights shine
Jacqueline Carroll, 22, recalls being a self-described “jock” in high school who would rather play volleyball than wear heels. Fast forward several years, Carroll hasn’t turned in her volleyball shoes, but she is rocking a pair of heels as Miss…

Southwest Virginia school swings into action to create inclusive playground
A Southwest Virginia community is coming together to make sure all kids can enjoy playing outside. Sugar Grove Elementary School in Smyth County is working to upgrade their current playground to make it inclusive for all. The…

Suffolk students get spacey with NASA lunar rock and meteorite exhibit
Students at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School continue to move ahead at full STEAM. Annual STEAM Night was held at the K-5 school on March 16. It’s been going on for about five years, and the primary focus is a high-tech curriculum…

Committee helps PVES students with transition to new schools
As Pleasant View Elementary School moves closer to its final day at the end of the school year, a transition committee is working to ensure assimilation of PVES students into Temperance and Elon Elementary schools goes smoothly. PVES…