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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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. Click the underlined headlines to view the articles.


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Grant will establish watershed education for students of Fredericksburg City Public Schools

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a three-year, $236,000 grant to fund watershed education and training to students of Fredericksburg City Public Schools. Friends of the Rappahannock announced the grant in a press release issued last week.

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CHS renovation: Not quite 'Taj Mahal' but 'Buckingham Palace'

CHRISTIANSBURG - The town high school is on track to receive a facelift and expansion over the next few years, but some elected officials are raising questions about whether it's the best possible improvement. The ongoing plans for Christiansburg High School - built in the 1970s - were among the several topics the Montgomery County School Board discussed with the board of supervisors this past week.

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Schools, students continue coping with COVID

Washington County Virginia Public Schools (WCS) is reporting hundreds of COVID-19 cases less than a month into the school year. Since starting on Aug. 9, the school system has recorded 485 COVID cases among staff and students, according to Paula Nichols, school health coordinator and head nurse.

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Lotus Academy, Caroline County's relaunched alternative education program

Hanging on one wall at the Lotus Academy are letters from outgoing students to future students, all typed or handwritten and framed. The letters express understanding for whatever struggles the student is facing and advice and encouragement for overcoming them. "If you trust your teachers and keep your head down, you will succeed," one student wrote.

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New security measures at VB Schools this year

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Safety additions are heading for Virginia Beach Public Schools as students go back to class Tuesday morning. Tommy DeMartini works as the director of the Office of Security for the division. He says they take a proactive approach when it comes to security measures.

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Hampton Roads heads back to class: Here's how Chesapeake's Hickory Elementary celebrated its 100th first day.

As Hickory Elementary celebrated its 100th First Day on Tuesday morning, kids streamed in on foot and from cars and buses, greeted by teachers and staff. Principal Jay Lewter was on the curb opening car doors, helping kids with their backpacks and greeting many by name.

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Hanover students return to their classrooms with few teacher vacancies

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. - The last of four school districts in Central Virginia return to the classroom on Tuesday including Hanover, New Kent, Colonial Heights and Prince George. Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill said during a Friday interview that the district has not been immune to the staffing shortages that have plagued school systems nationwide.

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Frederick County family finds support for child through online public school

An online public school option is sparking new excitement for a Frederick County family that was seeking alternatives to their previous classroom experiences in their local school system. Virginia Connections Academy, an in-state chapter of a nationwide online school, started in August and has signed on more than 390 Virginia students enrolled in grades six through 10 for the new school year.

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ART 180's summer residency program brings RPS high schoolers together

On an August morning, ART 180 looked more like someone's living room than an art studio. A group of teenagers had made themselves right at home, with their shoes off as they laughed and cracked jokes with one another. The Disney movie "Holes" played quietly on a projector.

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Virtual learning programs seeing increased enrollment

Like many local students, Scott Clark's four daughters went back to school last month, but for them, it just meant starting up their computers. The girls-ages 7, 14 and 12-year-old twins- are enrolled in Virtual Virginia Academy, or VAVA, an online learning program that uses curriculum from Stride K12 and partners with local public school districts.

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Don't miss these upcoming VSBA Events

2022 VSBA Paid Webinar Series: Skills for Leaders

Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is offering a webinar series to assist school board members, superintendents, and administrators in improving their leadership skills. Dr. Noal Cochran, our dynamic speaker, at the VSBA Conference on Education introduced this series with his keynote presentation, “Worry 'Bout Dem Der Gators in Da Water”— An Introduction to Leadership. This session is designed to help leaders identify their feelings and understand the connection to emotional responses from others. Attendees will learn the dynamics that motivate success and takeaway skills that can be directly applied to effective leadership.

2022 VSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference, September 22, 2022

Now, more than ever, school board member voices need to be heard! The stakes for public education have never been greater and school board members must be prepared to advocate effectively for public schools. Join VSBA at our 2022 Legislative Advocacy Conference where you will gain valuable insight into the issues that promise to have lasting impacts on the Commonwealth. This conference will inform and educate school board members as leaders discuss the Virginia Literacy Act, cyber security reporting requirements, a glimpse into how current events will influence the direction of the 2023 General Assembly, and much more.

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