Buena Vista City

Parry McCluer High School and Virginia Military Institute Timber Frame Project

Categories: Buena Vista City | 2017

A 24" X 48" timber frame pavillion will be constructed March 31-April 4 inside the gate of the PMHS athletic field by community members and high school and college students. The project will be led by Colonel Grigg Mullen, Jr., a professor of civil engineering at VMI. All materials have been donated by local community members and businesses. This is a true community event where the young and coold(er), experienced and inexperienced are coming together to create a structure using a construction process that dates back thousands of years.

Contact

Anna Graham
Principal/Assistant Superintendent
anna.graham@bvcps.net
5402612129


Teachers for Tomorrow Course—Building Our Future Teachers

Categories: Buena Vista City | 2017

Students in the program earn one college credit their junior year and three college credits their senior year. During their first year, students visit elementary classrooms several times each semester. During their senior year, they visit an assigned elementary class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the entire year. Students assist teachers with preparing instructional materials, reading to students, leading small groups and monitoring students on computers/ipads. This program not only provides high school students the opportunity to get hands on experience in their future careers, but it also provides elementary teachers (and students) additional classroom support.

Contact

Melissa Cobb
Teacher
melissa.cobb@bvcps.net
540-261-2127


Writer’s Workshop

Categories: Buena Vista City | 2017

We have implemented a 40 minute daily block of direct writing instruction (K-2).  The program is modeled after the Lucy Calkins curriculum.  Each day duiring their literacy blocks student sin grades K & 1 rotate through a "writer's workshop" for forty minutes and are isntructed by a Highly Qualified teacher.  Second graders receive writing instruction in the same fashion only from their homeroom teachers.  We have seen huge gains in our students ability to write, read,  and spell.  This year's second grade class is the first class to go all the way through the program and we have over 80% at or above grade level.  Creating a master schedule to accommodate the time for the program was a key, but we felt it is a priority and it has proven to be very effective.

Contact

Lisa Clark
Principal
lisa.clark@bvcps.net
540-261-6717