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.

Friday, December 08

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Virginia Beach student's battle with vision has helped him see his future
Perhaps it’s been Josh Hughes’ battle with his vision that has helped him see his future so clearly. First, it’s off to college – preferably Georgetown University – to study political science. Then to become a lobbyist for medical research, all with…

Going for Gold: Martinsville robotics team wins state championship
For the first time in Martinsville Middle School’s history, a FIRST LEGO League team took home a first place trophy at the state level of competition. Held over the weekend, 10 girls traveled to James Madison University in Harrisonburg…

Students Show Skills At Mock Vet Clinic
Over the last 10 weeks, a dozen Skyline Middle School students learned about animals’ body language, how to give vaccines and performed surgery on oranges and bananas. On Tuesday afternoon, nine of those students showcased what…

Grayson auto tech program recertified
The Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification. Angie…

Girls craft cards for Woodland
The Prince Edward County Public Schools Girls on the Run team crafted Christmas cards for residents at The Woodland. Some of the students participated in face-to-face delivery this week. It was truly a wonderful…

Fort Chiswell Middle holds book fair, coin drive
Fort Chiswell Middle School held its inaugural All for Books coin drive during the Scholastic book fair in November. The purpose of the coin drive was to raise money for students who might not be able to afford a book. A competition was…

Look for art when snow arrives
Artistic masterpieces can show up in the oddest locations and at the strangest times. Union High School art teacher Lisa Davis and her students are doing their part to make this happen. The next time a Virginia Department of…

Interim Superintendent Unveils Proposed $459 Million Ten-Year CIP Budget
Alexandria City Public Schools Interim Superintendent Lois F. Berlin last week presented her proposed Capital Improvement Program budget for FY 2019-2028, in line with the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facilities…

Roanoke council alarmed by survey results on heroin use among city students
A biennial survey of Roanoke students found more than 150 who have used heroin — including sixth- and eighth-graders — and two in 10 high school students who responded said they had attempted suicide. Results from the…

Gifted and Talented program will continue
The Appomattox County School Board approved a plan to continue the Gifted and Talented Program through the 2017-2022 calendar school years. School Psychologist Matthew Wallin presented the board with an outline of the…

F.C. Council, Schools Mull Holding Tax Hike to 6 Cents With New HS
The Falls Church City Council and School Board held their annual joint meeting Monday night to get a first glimpse at what the coming budget cycle will look like, and with the citizens’ solid approval of a $120 million bond referendum to build…


Thursday, December 07

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Chesterfield's elected leaders set priorities for General Assembly session
Members of Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors and School Board gathered Tuesday to meet with the county’s delegation in the General Assembly to lobby for its priorities in the upcoming session. The joint meeting at the…

Newport News school board has new acting superintendent
Newport News school board named Brian Nichols as the acting Superintendent of Schools. The announcement was made on Tuesday during a special meeting. Nichols is expected to guide the daily operations of the school division…

Harrisonburg School Board discusses national teacher shortage
Teachers across the nation are leaving the profession for a variety of reasons, according to a presentation from the Harrisonburg School Board. A presentation from December 5th's Harrisonburg School Board meeting said the biggest…

School superintendents meet in Wytheville
School superintendents and educators from more than 20 school divisions across the commonwealth came together Monday afternoon to organize and set priorities for the Small Rural School Coalition that aims to amplify the voices of…

Moran recipient of technology in education award
Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, has been named one of two Virginia recipients of the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2018 Making IT Happen award. The award cited Moran’s work…

Lee High takes home statewide win for one-act play
It's not just the Robert E. Lee High School football team knocking at the door of a statewide title, on Monday drama students brought home first place in the Virginia High School League's annual one-act play competition for the first time…

A Lyrical Gift: Da Capo uses music to help students communicate
Some children couldn’t see the instruments they were playing. Others couldn’t stand with the choir. Others couldn’t express their feelings through verbal communication. However, an estimated 85 students from kindergarten through…

‘Grant’-ed an opportunity
New Kent’s Educational Foundation presented a check for $10,667.98 to New Kent County Public Schools during the board’s Monday evening meeting. The amount covers 27 accepted grants by the organization to assist with instruction…

Cave Spring High School to be renovated on 27-month schedule
Cave Spring High School ninth-graders will stay at the middle school while renovations proceed, school officials decided Tuesday. Roanoke County schools’ construction committee told the district to move ahead with plans for a 27…

MHS Marching Band Presented Award of Appreciation
The Middlesex High School marching band was presented an Award of Appreciation following the Urbanna Christmas Parade last Friday.

Three county boards meet jointly today
There will be a special-called joint meeting today of the Dickenson County School Board, the Dickenson County Board of Supervisors and the Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority to address any questions any…


Wednesday, December 06

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Virginia teacher greets each student with unique handshake
It did not take long for Ms. Antoinette Jackson to set the tone for her Fairfield Middle School students. On the very first day of school, the sixth grade English teacher learned a unique handshake to greet each one of her students. She…

RPS passes vote for facilities plan, Phase I costs $224.8M
The Richmond Public Schools board voted for a facilities plan to modernize schools on Monday. RPS interim Superintendent Tommy Kranz submitted his recommendation for the school division’s FY2018 Facilities Plan on Monday…

Computer Science Education Week kicks off in Virginia
Alex Dunn, Sean Jackson and Regina Farr had good reason for missing the start of school Monday. Instead of learning at Salem Church Middle School in Chesterfield and leading Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond, the three…

Board To Choose Architect For Potential School
The Harrisonburg School Board will have three proposals to choose from when it meets tonight to decide which architectural firm should lead the potential construction of a second city high school. Board members met behind closed…

New coalition plans to show needs of small and rural school districts to General Assembly
Close to a third of Virginia’s school divisions are backing a new coalition to make the case for small and rural localities’ education needs to the General Assembly come January. Some educators drove as many as six hours to attend the…

Hampton Schools remove Robert E. Lee reference from campus name
Hampton City Schools has renamed one of its campuses due to its reference of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in its title, according to a news release from the division. The Campus at Lee will now be called Hampton City Schools…

Community leaders read books to students at Sandusky Elementary
On Tuesday afternoon, Lynchburg Sheriff-elect Donald Sloan sat with a group of kindergartners and read “Fancy Nancy.” He came to Sandusky Elementary School to participate in the school’s Celebrity Read A Thon, put on by school…

Anti-bullying campaign hits the road
New York Giants defensive lineman Kerry Wynn will carry Louisa County Public Schools’ anti-bullying message across the country on Sunday. He won’t be using a billboard or a cardboard sign. He’ll be using his cleats. “I know a lot of people…

In CodeRVA, a high school experiment with hopes for a diverse region
Colton Haden closes out Snapchat and takes off headphones still playing the rap music of Kodak Black. It’s the middle of the school day, and he’s working his way through a geometry assignment. The 14-year-old freshman sits in a lounge…

RU’s NAACP Visits Pulaski Elementary
Radford University Student NAACP Chapter Board Members recently visited Pulaski Elementary School to read to second and third graders. This activity was part of their goal to do community outreach.  They selected from popular books…


Tuesday, December 05

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Bethel High's academies impress elected officials
Bethel High School senior Mekhi Crocker got to show off his school Friday to elected officials and community leaders. Crocker, a senior and a member of the Academy of Law and Public Safety, told a group gathered for Hampton's Take…

Tazewell supervisors to ask school board to postpone ruling on school closures in county
The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors is preparing to ask the county school board to delay any possible decision on school closures in the county. “We will have a resolution asking localities to not take any action on any school…

'I love my kids': Dawbarn Award winner shares passion for education
Amber Loyacano knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. “I always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “My first recollection was in second grade [when] my teacher was reading ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and cried, and I thought…

With coat source gone, city schools will rely on Santa Fund more than ever
Thanks to donations to the Santa Fund, social workers for Charlottesville City Schools were able to provide the same amount of clothing vouchers as last year. But the potential loss of a steady source for new clothing donations could…

Retired educator receives Shining Star Award
Otelia G.Jones of Richmond received the 2017 Shining Star Award for Education on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Meadowbridge Country Club. The Award Gala was sponsored by the Central Virginia Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State…

Schools prep for new standards
School leaders across the Heart of Virginia are working toward meeting new requirements following the Virginia Board of Education’s Nov. 16 approval of revisions to standards schools must meet for state accreditation and…

Loudoun School Board, state lawmakers review legislative priorities
The Loudoun County School Board welcomed the county’s General Assembly delegation for its annual Legislative Breakfast Dec. 1. The school calendar, full-day kindergarten and increasing cost of college education dominated the…

West Point school staff recommends $34,328 for capital projects
West Point Schools staff has recommended $34,328 be spent to install new exterior light fixtures on school buildings and repair an entrance at the elementary school. The projects will be funded using $75,000 Town Council…

School card project to lift spirits of active duty and wounded soldiers
Wounded and deployed soldiers are in for a surprise this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of Louisa County High School students and faculty, and a partnership with Operation Gratitude. For the third consecutive year, Susan Menton…

Families plus math equals success at Shawsville Middle School
Last week, families and teachers, about 35 people, sat at those tables over pizza, which is round too and sliced in triangles, playing games with numbers, shapes, colored pencils and patterns reaching into the center of the table to…


Monday, December 04

VSBA Capital Conference- January 22-23, 2018
Advocacy by local school board members is a year-round job and even more important during the General Assembly. We will kick-off the two-day conference with an overview of the governor’s budget, commentary on the new political…

Rep. McEachin joins Surry students for ‘Take Your Legislator to School’ Day
Last week, U.S. Congressman Donald McEachin visited Surry County High School for “Take Your Legislator to School” day, where he addressed an assembly of high school seniors and 7th Grade Civics students from Luther…

'Next revolution for health' comes to Richmond Public Schools gym classes
Tyrell Morgan pushes a wooden car from the baseline of a basketball court outside J.L. Francis Elementary School using a magnet. His destination is an orange cone about 15 feet away. As he uses the force of the magnet to move...

R.S. Payne Elementary students prepare for state Lego robotics competition
At R.S. Payne Elementary School on Thursday, nine third-, fourth- and fifth-graders were programming a robot. The team of students — called “The Block Ness Monsters” — was working on their First Lego League project. First Lego…

Sandler Center takes part in study performing arts' impact on literacy
Reading comprehension took center stage at the Sandler Center during a performance of “My Father’s Dragon” late last month. The show is an adaptation of a children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett and part of a collaborative effort…

Wyatt recognized
Three student school board representatives from around the state have been awarded Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Exhibitors Scholarships, and one of them hails from Rappahannock County High School — Virginia…

Virginia Beach schools recognized as certified green school division
The Virginia School Boards Association and Go Green Virginia hold an annual competition to encourage school divisions to reduce their carbon emissions by adopting environmentally friendly policies. Each year, school districts earn…

Campaign in Virginia schools promotes safe holiday driving
A new campaign is about to get underway in Virginia schools to promote safe driving by teens during the holiday season. “Steer Into The New Year, Drive Responsibly” is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a…

Report finds Virginia's early childhood spending holds steady
Virginia is spending $1.37 billion this year on early childhood, less than half of the total cost of care in the state. The Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation released its 2017 Children’s Budget, a report detailing spending on children…

School officials say changes to accreditation long overdue
Local school officials are optimistic about recent changes to the accreditation system that will reward schools for student progress and decrease emphasis on their test scores. The Virginia Board of Education voted 8-1 on Nov. 14 to…

Richmond mayor scouts for future teachers on visit to University of Mary Washington — and finds them
Over lunch with more than half a dozen future teachers at the University of Mary Washington on Friday, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney made a case for why classrooms in his city are the coveted place to be. It was a hard sell, with…

Arlington to Add Solar on Five Schools, For Largest Such Procurement in Virginia
Arlington has solicited bids to add rooftop solar panel systems on at least five schools by 2020, for the largest solar-on-schools procurement to date in Virginia. School system staff designed the solicitation to achieve a competitive price for…

Students, robots as busy and efficient as bees at Virginia Western event
The challenges of coaxing a small, quirky robot along a ping-pong-table-sized course were readily apparent at Saturday’s Worker Bots contest. Held at Virginia Western Community College, Worker Bots was the 11th annual autonomous…