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, February 23

VSBA Legislative Blog
Virginia General Assembly Updates from the VSBA Lobbying Team

VSBA Hot Topic Conference- March 14, 2018
This conference will cover topics such as local partnerships, creating trauma response in schools, mental heath and schools, integrated student support, teaching problem solving and empowerment through traditional hands on…

Hampton Roads superintendents join forces to address school threats
Ten superintendents from school divisions across Hampton Roads are teaming up and speaking out about recent school threats following last week’s school shooting in Florida. Since the Florida shooting, more than a dozen middle and…

Student receives Scholastic Gold Key award
Maiya Pencile, a senior at Matoaca High School, recently won a Gold Key award from Scholastic’s Art and Writing for her mixed media piece titled “Equality”. Her piece is a plea for sentencing equality in our federal prisons amongst all races​​…

School shootings on minds of Virginia Middle students
What began as a civics program about the criminal justice system and internet safety Tuesday soon evolved into a conversation about school safety. About 100 seventh-grade students at Virginia Middle School listened attentively as police…

Student saves choking child
A nursing student at Prince Edward County High School *PECHS) saved the life of an elementary school student who was choking on a school bus Tuesday, representatives of the school and the student reported. Ar’Queonna Hurt is a…

Culpeper Middle School students roar on WCMS TV morning news program
“It’s always just a little bit of chaos and a whole lot of fun.” That’s how Culpeper Middle School drama teacher Ken Wayne describes the school’s new televised morning announcements, WCMS TV. The cast and crew of WCMS TV…

Teacher salary increase remains a top priority for Waynesboro schools
Waynesboro Schools Superintendent Jeff Cassell told Waynesboro School Board members Tuesday that the 3 percent proposed salary increase for teachers and other staff is a top priority in next year’s budget. “It’s a priority for…

Virginia Beach's opioid education could soon be model for schools across Virginia
Earlier this year, Bayside High students learned about Caitlyn Weems, a former athlete at the school who died in 2013 after becoming addicted to prescription drugs. The room was silent as Carolyn Weems, a School Board member…

Bomb threat empties Richmond school; increased police presence in Chesterfield
Students were evacuated from John Marshall High School, on Old Brook Road in Richmond, Thursday morning as police investigated a bomb threat. The threat was phoned into the school, according to Richmond Schools spokesperson…

Stonewall Jackson middle school has a committee to help decide name change
Stonewall Jackson Middle School has received requests for a name change due its Confederate ties. The school board has now officially put together a committee to decide whether to change the name. We spoke with committee…

School event set to honor Franklin
Cumberland County Elementary School (CCES) will host Jump Rope for Heart on Feb. 28 for a CCES second grader, Derek Franklin. According to Glenda Grubbs, a CCES physical education teacher, Franklin is a Congenital Heart…

Deputies hand deliver letters to students
Several members of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Mike Worrell, recently had lunch and read to students at Riverlawn Elementary School. The officers were there to personally hand deliver reply letters to the students…


Thursday, February 22

VSBA Legislative Blog
Virginia General Assembly Updates from the VSBA Lobbying Team

VSBA Hot Topic Conference- March 14, 2018
This conference will cover topics such as local partnerships, creating trauma response in schools, mental heath and schools, integrated student support, teaching problem solving and empowerment through traditional hands on…

Basketball League Gives Students with Disabilities Sporting Opportunities
Four central Virginia high school basketball teams made up of players with disabilities are hitting the hardwood for their first season in a newly formed league. Madison County High School senior Ashley Haines helped start a…

CCHS forensics team named regional champions
On Saturday, Feb 10, the Cumberland County High School forensics team competes in regional competition at Galileo Magnet School. Under the direction of Mr. Charles Haigh, the Cumberland team was named the Region 1B…

Harrisonburg schools to get new safety system
After 17 kids were killed in a school shooting last week, school safety has been on the minds of many. On Tuesday night, school leaders in Harrisonburg talked about it. There has been a plan in the works to make Harrisonburg schools…

Stafford earth science students get field experience with award-winning teacher
On a recent chilly February morning, a group of 15 or so Gayle Middle School students rushed joyfully out of the school and into the blustery wind. Equipped with pick-sticks and garbage bags, rubber gloves and scientific sample…

City schools seek improvement
With the goal of getting all schools fully accredited, the Danville School Board is seeking ways to improve schools so students can perform better. At the Feb. 15 regular meeting, chief academic officer Sandra Andrews presented an update…

Students Stage Walkouts At Arlington High Schools
Arlington high school students walked out of class Wednesday at about noon, joining nationwide protesters responding to a recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Wakefield High School students made their way to the athletic stadium for…

Students learn skills in forum
Students took part in a leadership forum at Prince Edward County Middle School last week. Members of the “Young Gentlemen 4 Life” group invited family and friends that they consider to be mentors in their personal lives, to join them for…

More recess in Virginia elementary schools? Bill gains more traction
If a bill approved by a House of Delegates subcommittee becomes law, Virginia’s elementary school students might have more time to enjoy a nice weather day like Wednesday. SB 273 from Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, would...

CTE and STEM celebrated at PCHS
What do you really want to be when you grow up? That question is one that millions of students ask themselves each year, but only a handful are able to make a decision so they can begin to prepare while still in high school…

Virginia among country's leaders in Advanced Placement exams
Virginia is one of the country’s leaders in Advanced Placement exams, newly released data show. The College Board, the group that manages the AP program, released data Wednesday on AP results for last year’s graduating…

Absences spike amid threats at Fredericksburg-area middle schools
Two middle schools in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties reported a spike in absences this week after an anonymous threat on social media that followed a mass shooting at a southern Florida high school. Nearly half of Thornburg…


Wednesday, February 21

VSBA Legislative Blog
Virginia General Assembly Updates from the VSBA Lobbying Team

VSBA Hot Topic Conference- March 14, 2018
This conference will cover topics such as local partnerships, creating trauma response in schools, mental heath and schools, integrated student support, teaching problem solving and empowerment through traditional hands on…

‘Thought she might not make it,’ Virginia 5th-grader saves choking friend
A fifth-grader in Virginia has been hailed a hero for jumping into action when he saw a classmate choking at lunch; she was starting to turn colors and gasping for breath. “I wasn't really calm, my heart was racing I just knew I had to help her…

Prince George FTC robotics team competes
Prince George Schools fielded another FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team in 2017-2018 for the fifth year in a row. The team—Robot Life—was based at Prince George High School and also included students from N.B. Clements…

Community to discuss new façade components for school
The Matoaca Middle School community is invited to a construction update meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Matoaca Middle East, 6001 Hickory Road. Residents will receive an update on school design, review options for what the…

Dinwiddie Elementary School exceeds canned food drive goal
The Dinwiddie Elementary School’s Student Council Association sponsored their annual ten-day canned food drive late last month. The drive was held from Jan. 22 through Feb. 2. The students and their sponsor, Jordan Reekes, set a goal…

Integrating More Movement Into The Classroom
ACPS’ efforts to incorporate more physical activity into our students’ school day just got a giant boost, thanks to grants totaling more than $35,000 from RunningBrooke’s Move2Learn program. Students who are healthy are better…

State Championship rewards
The members of the PCHS Players have finally received the big prize from their recent One-Act Play State Championship performance of “You Don’t Know Jack.” Sunday, after their final performance of their most recent play “Joseph and the…

School board takes personnel actions
Wise County School Board recognized several retirees and departmental employees at its Feb. 13 meeting along with approving two personnel changes. As recommended by the division superintendent, the board approved two…

South Lakes High School cheers on Olympian student
South Lakes High School’s administration and faculty have no shortage of praise for Maame Biney, their 18-year-old student who has spent the past week competing as a speedskater at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics…

Social media threats continue against local schools, despite arrests
Social media threats against Hampton Roads area schools continued for the second straight day, despite two arrests made on Monday. The latest threats were directed at Norview Middle School in Norfolk and Woodrow Wilson and…

Parents, school district react to viral video of reported bullying
Video of an incident between two students on an Alleghany County school bus is receiving attention from around the world, sparking a conversation about bullying and the role social media plays. The cellphone video shown above has gotten…

Each Virginia Beach school's "Teachers of the Year" announced in advance of citywide recognition in May
The 2019 Teachers of the Year have been named by their respective schools, and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Citywide Teacher of the Year will be announced in May at the school division’s Teacher of the Year dinner. Adult…

Best of bootcamp: Teachers become students
Throughout the year, the United States Marine Corps offer teachers, coaches and counselors the opportunity to experience life as a recruit on Parris Island in South Carolina. "In those short days, it transformed us," said Garrett Gordon…


Tuesday, February 20

VSBA Legislative Blog
Virginia General Assembly Updates from the VSBA Lobbying Team

VSBA Hot Topic Conference- March 14, 2018
This conference will cover topics such as local partnerships, creating trauma response in schools, mental heath and schools, integrated student support, teaching problem solving and empowerment through traditional hands on…

Hanover High School among at least 10 Virginia schools where police investigated recent social media threats
Law enforcement officials in all corners of Virginia scrambled over the weekend and early Monday morning to respond to violent social media posts aimed at middle and high schools. At least 10 schools faced threats in eight localities…

Hampton High School helps student stay on track after spinal surgery
Adanna Dube has high expectations for herself. She wants to be a corporate lawyer, a high calling that will require her to complete some heavy coursework at Hampton High School. She’s taking a dual-enrollment English course, which…

Hopewell students hold mock council meeting
Local students got a chance to see firsthand how their hometown operates, as they took part in a special mock City Council meeting on Friday morning. Acting as council members, the students held a meeting in the council chambers, and…

Carroll sets budget goal
At its second meeting to discuss the operating budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Carroll County School Board heard a report on how education is linked to economic development. Tammy Quesenberry, finance…

Presenting the most recent graduate of the Class of 1966
Bonnie Jean Behrendt — formerly Bonnie Jean Jenkins, for those who might have sat next to her in class — has finally been presented with her 1966 Rappahannock County High School diploma during a special ceremony…

Donations to Henrico Education Foundation will double in February
Two anonymous donors have offered to match any donation up to $10,000 that the Henrico Education Foundation receives during the month of February, the organization announced this week. That means that a $50 donation will…

U.S./Chinese school leaders convene in Fairfax
More than 100 Chinese and U.S. educators convened in Fairfax recently as part of AASA’s Discover China program, a cultural initiative to promote and strengthen American K-12 educators and their Chinese counterparts. The…

Wythe's young Lions in training
There are some Lion cubs at Scott Memorial Middle School. But don’t worry, they won’t hurt you. They are all about helping others and public service. They are members of the SMMS LEO Club, a student-run service organization that…

With a second chance, 12-year-old Virginia Beach student wins Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee
Michael Volkov slouched his shoulders and walked away from the mic, his head held a little lower as he walked offstage. He’d been eliminated from the 11th annual Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee. Then he got a second chance. Srivi…

School officials recognized
February is School Board Appreciation Month and school board members and administrators were recognized for their work at the school board meeting. Above, from left, are superintendent of schools Dr. Peter Gretz; board…


Monday, February 19

VSBA Legislative Blog
Virginia General Assembly Updates from the VSBA Lobbying Team

VSBA Hot Topic Conference- March 14, 2018
This conference will cover topics such as local partnerships, creating trauma response in schools, mental heath and schools, integrated student support, teaching problem solving and empowerment through traditional hands on…

Smyth County School Board celebrates education successes
It was a night of recognition at the Smyth County School Board on Monday night as board members recognized students and staff for various accomplishments and were themselves honored for School Board Appreciation Month. The…

Teacher at Stafford County's Ferry Farm Elementary heading to Iditarod
Heidi Sloan’s new winter boots are manufacturer-rated to protect her feet from temperatures as low as 130 degrees below zero. That’s just in case—she expects it will get only as cold as 40 degrees below zero in northern Alaska…

County preschool program to add 66 students
Additional funds from the Virginia Pre-School Initiative mean Augusta County Schools can increase preschool enrollment by 66 students. At a work session Thursday, Jill Martin, director of personnel, shared with the board that they will…

Bristol, VA schools response to Florida and other mass shootings; beefing up security
Most local schools have taken extra safety measures in response to more than 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012. Lisa Dean is the mother of a Virginia High student and one of the school's counselors. "Anytime something…

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney recruits teachers at Virginia Union University
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is again on the campaign trail – this time working to get area college students into city classrooms. Stoney on Friday visited Virginia Union University in Richmond to lure college students into careers as…

Charlottesville School Board adopts funding request for 2018-2019
The Charlottesville School Board on Thursday voted, 6-0, to adopt an $83.7 million funding request for the 2018-2019 school year. School Board member Leah Puryear was absent. The funding request would require a $54 million…

Louisa students learn about the Tuskegee Airmen during Black History Month
Students at Thomas Jefferson and Jouett elementary schools started off Black History Month with a lesson from the son of a Tuskegee Airman. Captain Howard Baugh, a retired commercial and military pilot and president of the Howard…

Park View student’s talent recognized internationally
A Park View High School student has been invited to represent Virginia on the 2018 Track and Field team competing in Australia. Dasia Harris, a senior at PVHS, will be participating in 2018 Down Under Sports competition in…

F.C. Council, Schools Set to Market New School & Big Economic Project
In the wake of last month’s revelations of plans submitted by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority proposing dense mixed-use development at its West Falls Church rail station that caught area officials, including those in…

Floyd County Schools Supt: 'We're in a really good place to make changes'
In planning for a proposed budget for the coming year, Dr. John Wheeler, superintendent, reminded the School Board Monday that the division’s goals are part of a six-year plan. “When we evaluate where we are now, a lot of these…

Colonial Heights High’s locker and team rooms to get major upgrades
The School Board is moving forward with plans to renovate the Colonial Heights High School locker and team rooms beginning this summer. The high school recently received renovations to the science labs, power and fitness center…

School safety an ongoing focus in Danville, Pittsylvania County
In the wake of a deadly school shooting this week, school officials in the Dan River Region say their districts never stopped making school security a top priority. “We are prepared and we have a crisis management plan that we…

Schools still need state’s permission to open before Labor Day
Legislation allowing Virginia school districts to start classes before Labor Day is dead for this session of the General Assembly. ​A Senate committee on Thursday postponed until 2019 consideration of the remaining two bills that would have…