Shenandoah County

Cyber Literacy and Physics

Categories: Shenandoah County | 2017

  Unlocking future student success is now inextricably linked to the cyber world.  Cyber related jobs have grown exponentially in the past few years.  Preparing our students to be globally competitive in that high demand job market is essential.   At Strasburg High School, we have taken on that challenge by introducing cyber concepts into the regular classroom environment, in a cross-curricular, project driven class.  Students learn independently and cooperatively using the engineering design process.  The students see how concepts of physics, robotics, and programming work in real-life applications.   Student learning is not best defined by scores on a test, it is best defined by student responses such as  ".... the class provided [me with] “hands-on” experiences that have shaped my future and I plan to continue to learn about these skills.”  Several students in the class have shared that they are now considering a career in the cyber-related technology field. 

Contact

Matt Britton 
Teacher
mtbritton@shenandoah.k12.va.us
(540) 465-5195


NFMS Net Zero Science Lab

Categories: Shenandoah County | 2017

This student-led project has engaged community partnerships in both the development of and extension of an instructional science innovation that immerses students in real-life problem solving and applications using alternative energy to power a science classroom.  The initiative stemmed from investigations conducted by 6th grade science students in response to an energy challenge presented by Dr. Jeremy Raley, then Superintendent of Shenandoah County Schools: “Find ways to use alternative energy in our schools to reduce dependence on the grid.”  Students were tasked to describe what “net-zero” would look like at NFMS.  The idea that emerged was that we recycle an unused modular classroom behind the school building into a Net Zero Science Lab. This program employs problem-based learning and authentic hands-on experiences in order to establish the essential elements of conservation in an innovative and collaborative setting and to connect conservation and efficiency to the fundamental principles of sustainability.

Contact

John Woods
Science Teacher
jfwoods@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-842-2444


Unified Champion Schools - Special Olympics

Categories: Shenandoah County | 2017

In SCPS, Central High School, is a school that has been recognized internationally as a school model for inclusion and unity through sport. President and Managing Director of Special Olympics North America and Middle East, Ayman Wahab, visited Central to observe the fitness mentorship program which allows students entering the field of fitness to develop and carry out adapted fitness activities for the special education students. Central also has developed an interscholastic unified track team that practices alongside the varsity track program. Due to their successful initiatives at CHS, a county-wide Special Olympics program was recently established and students with and without disabilities across the county are coming together for sporting events and practices regularly. In using sports as a catalyst, Shenandoah County Public Schools has established a comprehensive model for inclusion, acceptance and respect for all students. It is a model that focuses on ability rather than disability. 

Contact

Megan Smith 
Special Education Teacher
mlsmith@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-664-4366