A boy holding an LCD candle and another boy work on their stories. Hunter P. and Alex M. share a candle as they work on their stories about Merlin’s cave.

Ever been to Merlin’s Cave? Not many get the opportunity to travel to Cornwall, England, but students in Ms. Phillips’s English Language Arts classes had an opportunity to go on a virtual field trip at the beginning of Writing Workshop. Students learned about the hike along the cliffs near the cave, saw pictures of the cave, and heard the sounds of the wind and the sea from inside the cave. While sitting in cave-like darkness (by LED candlelight), students wrote their own spooky cave stories. After two days of writing, everyone enjoyed hearing the stories. With the lights out and the candles on, students shared their flair for the creepy, the scary, and the magical. Writers discovered they had voice—and the power to wow with word choices!

Three students sit next to a compost bin. Three Greendale Elementary third-grade students work on their compost.

Students in Mrs. Lutzo’s third-grade science class recently explored the world of composting! After learning about soil and its different parts, the students received a somewhat messy homework assignment…bring in some stinky, some rotten, or some sticky “stuff.” Students definitely did their homework! Some of the items that students brought in were as follows: coffee grounds, straw, hair, sawdust, and fruit and vegetable peelings, which were added to soil to make compost. Then, with the help of Mrs. Lutzo, the students mixed in worms and water and made holes in the top for the air to go into the compost. They will use this as soil in the front flower bed. The students have learned a lot about soil through this project, such as the importance of adding compost as nutrients for soil and the importance of worms to the decomposition process. The plants in our front flower bed should be healthier, thanks to this project!

Students stand with a sign. Holston High students Lindsey A. and Chase T. donate blood in the Johnston Memorial bloodmobile.

Holston High School’s FBLA Club and Johnston Memorial Hospital sponsored a blood drive on Thursday, March 6. A total of 34 students and faculty members donated. About the blood drive, Senior Scott H. says, “I never knew it was so easy to save a life; everyone should do it.” Senior Cody H. also discussed the rewards of giving blood. He says, “Teenagers tend to focus on themselves, so donating blood gives us the opportunity to do something for the good of others.” Students who donate blood a total of six times while in high school will receive a red cord, known as the Cord of Courage, to wear with their gown on graduation. Faculty members who donated were entered into a drawing for a gift card. Physical education teacher Luke Parks was the faculty winner.

The Johnston Memorial Blood Bank is only one of two self-sufficient, hospital-based, blood donor collection centers in Virginia. A vast majority of the blood products that are collected through Johnston Memorial’s blood donor center and bloodmobile remain in southwest Virginia.

The Holston High School FBLA Club, and its sponsors, Sam Campbell and Joy Munsey, thank all those students and teachers who graciously donated.

Kindergarten students standing in the gym. Watauga Kindergarten PTA.

The kindergartners from Watauga Elementary School went buggy for their April PTA program! The students dressed as caterpillars, bees, butterflies, ants, ladybugs, and flies, and loved sharing lots of insect facts with the audience. The students learned and shared that insects have six legs and three body parts (the head, the thorax, and the abdomen), that many insects go through metamorphosis, and that while some insects are helpful, others are pests. The students sang several songs such as “The Ant, the Bug, and the Bee”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and “Buzzin’ Around”. The student favorite was “Flick a Fly” by Hap Palmer. Our busy bees are buzzing with excitement for learning!

A teacher and students stand in front of a color paper tree. Mrs. Tolliver and her students created a poetry display.

April is National Poetry Month and to mark the occasion at Glade Spring Middle School, Mrs. Meghan Tolliver’s seventh grade English classes have created a Poet "Tree" Park in the exploratory hallway. The “park” consists of several trees made of bulletin board paper with multicolored pages adorning their branches. The pages feature poetry Mrs. Tolliver’s students have written over the course of several weeks. The students came up with the idea for this colorful display as a special way to share the poetry they had written. Teachers and students have enjoyed a stroll through the Poet Tree Park which is a great showcase of student creativity.

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