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, May 24

VSBA School Law Conference: June 2, 2017
Your school division needs you, your superintendent, and your attorney to be at the 2017 VSBA Law Conference. Why? Because many of the decisions you make have legal implications that will impact will impact your school division for…

Wilson senior finds passion in helping others
Sometimes you find what you’re good at when you’re young and you never look back. That’s the case for John Garvey, a soon-to-be Wilson Memorial High School graduate who will be attending the University of Mary Washington in…

Newsome to give State of the Schools address
City school officials and Petersburg City Public Schools Superintendent Marcus Newsome will host the State of the Schools event Wednesday at Petersburg High School. The public and those interested in the school system are…

Students explore career options
Grayson County 4-H partnered with several businesses in the Galax area and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for a Career Immersion event for 40 students. The event offered these students an opportunity to experience local…

In a surprise move, three Chesapeake schools will add full-day kindergarten this fall
Three primary schools – Western Branch, Norfolk Highlands and Greenbrier – will add full-day kindergarten this fall. That will bring the number of schools that offer such programs to 10. The city has 20 schools with children that age…

New Powhatan middle school gets its name
Although it isn’t nearly finished yet, the building that will serve sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders beginning in the 2018-2019 school year now has a name, and it should be pretty easy to remember – Powhatan Middle School. The three...

Virginia school buses missing required safety feature
As many as 4,000 school buses in Virginia are missing a brake interlock device — a required safety feature, according to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The brake interlock helps prevent the school bus’ parking brake from…

Head of the Class: Third grader takes the reins at Carlisle
One third grader recently got to rule the school. Maxie Garrett, a third grader at Carlisle School, took over Tommy Hudgins’ position as Head of School for a day, an honor won at a recent school fundraising auction. She had several…

Debora Collins Now Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning
Albemarle County Public Schools has appointed Debora Collins, its executive director of student learning, as its assistant superintendent for student learning. Ms. Collins’ management responsibilities will include oversight of all curriculum…

Saying an emotional farewell to two county schools
The usual jubilation and energy that accompanies the final hours of the last school day of the year was tinged with sadness and melancholy at Beverley Manor Elementary School on Tuesday.  Between shouts of "freedom" and…

Candidates yet to file for school board
No one has filed to run in the first school board election in Prince Edward County- set to take place Nov. 4- according to County Registrar Lynette Wright. The deadline to file is June 15 at 7 p.m.- less than 13 business days from…

River restoration
Two dozen students from Orange County High School ecology and biology classes planted 100 trees and shrubs along the Rapidan River May 2, to create a 50-foot riparian buffer. A riparian buffer is a vegetated area which helps shade…

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Visits Edward W. Wyatt Middle to Highlight School Breakfast Growth
First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe joined Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent, Virginia State Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Virginia State University Head Football Coach and former NFL player Reggie Barlow and other partners…

Cuts include positions, bonus
As part of budget cuts in its upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year (FY) budget, Cumberland County Public Schools will experience a reduction in teaching and staff positions, as well the elimination of a one-percent bonus. Division…

City school board to ask council for $150K extra in budget
The Franklin City School Board members voted unanimously during their regular scheduled meeting on Thursday evening to request that the City Council increase their local funding for their fiscal year 2017-2018 budget by $150,000…

Wise County, VA school board votes to close Appalachia Elementary
Monday night school board members voted 6-2 to close down Appalachia Elementary school, a school that has been open since 1976. As of this fall, the approximately 300 students at Appalachia Elementary will be moving into…


Tuesday, May 23

VSBA School Law Conference: June 2, 2017
Your school division needs you, your superintendent, and your attorney to be at the 2017 VSBA Law Conference. Why? Because many of the decisions you make have legal implications that will impact will impact your school division for…

Colonial Beach schools adopt new tobacco-free policy
A King George High School senior who led the effort to create a stronger tobacco-free policy in his county’s school system last year has helped persuade Colonial Beach do the same. Eric Davis, 17, worked with the Y Street program…

Va. public schools will soon be required to test water for lead
Right now, if your child attends a public school in Virginia, there is no way to know if the school’s drinking water is contaminated with lead, since schools are not required to test for the highly toxic metal. But come July 1, 2017, schools in…

Henrico middle school class raises money for area animals
A group of middle school students helped raise money for area animals. The eighth-grade gifted elective class from Moody Middle School has just been recognized as one of 15 national second-place winners for their service…

Tiny house a huge learning experience for WAHS students
It’s taken the entire school year, and a few delays and learning experiences along the way, but students at Western Albemarle High School have constructed a fully functioning tiny house in their shop class. It’s the first time students in…

4-H has an ‘app’ for that
Are you familiar youth the slogan “There’s an app for that”? It was popular a while back in an advertising campaign and I thought it fit perfectly with my topic today. The 4-H youth development program is well known for producing…

Public school buses need safety device installed
The Virginia Department of Education notified the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions last week that nearly 4,000 school buses may need retrofitting to install a safety device that prevents the parking brake from accidentally disengaging…

Hudson receives PCHS top senior award
Makayla “Kadie” Hudson, the daughter of George and Julie Hudson, was named Most Valuable Cougar during senior assembly ceremonies Friday at Pulaski County High School. Hudson is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho…

Local seventh graders design, 3-D print their own spinners
Three seventh-grade students at Virginia Middle School were way ahead of the latest toy fad whirling through school hallways. The fad this time around is the fidget spinner, a handheld device with three prongs that can spin around a…

Governor McAuliffe Announces $5.6 Million in Bonds from VirginiaSAVES Program
Governor McAuliffe today announced that Russell County Public Schools will receive $5.6 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds from the VirginiaSAVES program. Established in 2015, the VirginiaSAVES program is…

Riverheads Elementary wins breakfast challenge
Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe stands outside of Riverheads Elementary School on the blacktop in front of the entire student population. "What is the most important meal of the day?" she asks. "Breakfast!" they all scream back…

OCR agreement slows schools' Thinking Maps initiative
Halfway through the five-year period of Thinking Maps taking effect within Amherst County Schools, a legal agreement between the Office for Civil Rights and the division has pushed back the implementation of interactive classroom…

School board discusses redistricting
The Powhatan County School Board had one of its first early public discussions last week about potentially redistricting its elementary schools along with the opening of a new middle school in fall 2018. During its workshop on Tuesday…

GCPS leaders embrace ‘Shadow a Student’ day
This spring, Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) leadership answered the call to “Shadow a Student,” with 12 senior leaders taking a day to walk in the steps of GCPS students throughout the division. The “Shadow a Student…

Schools see teaching vacancies
With the end of the 2016-17 school year approaching, divisions across the area are experiencing varying degrees of vacancies of staff- primarily for teachers. Prince Edward County Public Schools had 16 teaching vacancies, eight of…


Monday, May 22

VSBA School Law Conference: June 2, 2017
Your school division needs you, your superintendent, and your attorney to be at the 2017 VSBA Law Conference. Why? Because many of the decisions you make have legal implications that will impact will impact your school division for…

Summer reading program receives national award
Powhatan County’s Passport to Summer Reading Program was recently recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county…

Warren County Schools launches workplace program
Warren County Public Schools is partnering with Lord Fairfax Community College on a new program that would offer job training and peer support to students with disabilities. The program, according to Michael Hirsch, director of…

Virginia's Secretary of Education visits Hugh Mercer Elementary
Hadley Christie was in the middle of teaching a math lesson when Virginia’s secretary of education walked into her classroom at Hugh Mercer Elementary School on Thursday morning. Without skipping a beat, Christie asked her…

Standout Richmond Public Schools alumna tells city's valedictorians to know their worth, fight hard and give back
When Richmond Community High School alumna Tamara Wilkerson was within weeks of completing an accelerated program at the University of Virginia, she received bad news that almost derailed her. She had come two points shy of…

Supervisors, school board continue talks on CTE facility
After offering 266 career and technical sections during the 2016-17 school year, the Culpeper County Joint Career and Technical Education Advisory Board continues to pursue the construction of a new facility dedicated to vocational…

Russell Jennings Named Teacher of the Year
The Fluvanna School Board meeting Wednesday (May 10) was chock full of good things – accomplished students, favorite teachers and staff and employee bonuses. The Board voted unanimously to give a $400 bonus to all full-time…

98 kids graduate from Danville's Head Start program
On Thursday, 98 kids made their families proud as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas for pre-kindergarten. CIC Head Start in Danville has been around for more than 50 years. With the help of Averett University, they…

Scott Memorial Middle School student following her passion
Thirteen-year-old Olivia Brewer first realized she could sing 10 years ago, when a music professor neighbor watched her sing and twirl and dance in her yard. “The neighbor came up to my grandparents and said it’s not common for a 3…

Outdoor classroom open behind school
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the recently-completed outdoor classroom at Prince Edward County High School on Tuesday. In her remarks, Physical Education Teacher Janet Green- who spearheaded the project- said…

Hanover grading-scale change leads to push for elected school board
Hoping to capitalize on the momentum surrounding the change to Hanover County's grading scale, a group of parents are calling for a change to how the county's school board members are chosen. A group called Hanover Citizens…

These children imagined monsters, and artists brought them to life
A red camel with spikes. A fanged chicken eating ice cream. A bubble monster. A pink bunny with armadillo scales. Those are some of the creatures that 5-year-olds pulled from their imaginations and brought to life with crayons and colored…

World Ebony Network partnering with Petersburg schools for ‘It Takes a Village’ campaign
The World Ebony Network (WEN) is bringing “It Takes a Village” campaign to city schools. The organization’s aim is to partner with Tri-City area schools to foster the communal concept of education children and to improve academic…

Former Cassell students help say goodbye to current school
It's been seven years since they were students at Cassell Elementary School, but it felt fitting that they should return to bid farewell to the current building.  Fourteen Wilson Memorial High School seniors donned their caps and gowns…

Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2017
The Henrico Citizen's seventh-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County. Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted nearly 500 teacher…

Students, parents debate renaming J.E.B. Stuart High School in Va.
The debate over Confederate monuments and symbols has sparked national discussion. It has led to the recent removal of several Confederate statues in New Orleans. Now, there is talk of renaming a Northern Virginia high school…

Cosby teacher surprised with Virginia Lottery Teacher of the Year award
A Chesterfield County teacher was left speechless Friday after being surprised with the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. Anne Canipe teaches World History I – Honors and AP Human Geography & Medical Law/Ethics at Cosby…