Several pieces of artwork are displayed on an easel. This beautiful artwork, created by Greendale Elementary students, was displayed at the School Board Office for Youth Art Month.

March was Youth Art Month, and Greendale Elementary School celebrated art in our school with an exhibit of student artwork throughout our building! In addition to the school-wide exhibit, students from each grade level were presented with Art Awards at our March PTO meeting. The following students were honored for their talent in Art: kindergarten students Seanna G. and Ada C. (honorable mention), Oliver C. (third place), Cody B. (second place), and Luke G. (first place); first-grade students Lea J., Brandon C., and Arden C. (honorable mention), Levi F. (third place), Amber H. (second place), and Charli C. (first place); second-grade students Cayden N., Logan H., and Brianna M. (honorable mention), Alyssa B. (third place), Gracie H. and Rylen K. (second place), and Julie M. (first place); third-grade students Baleigh B. and Johnna V. (honorable mention), Ali B. (third place), Reagan C. and Brady P. (second place), and Camron D. (first place); fourth-grade students Cody F. and Rele D. (honorable mention), Sophie A. (third place), Brynne N. (second place), and Jazmine C. and Kallie D. (first place); and fifth-grade students Jake O. and Phoebe P. (honorable mention), Haleigh B. and Amber W. (third place), Sierra B. (second place) and Connor M. (first place). Art teacher Ms. Ashley Thompson also selected the following five students whose artwork was displayed at the Washington County School Board Office: Alyshia W., Amber H., Lauren S., Ashton W., and Connor M. We are certainly proud of these students and thrilled to have Ms. Thompson, whose teaching definitely matches the theme for Youth Art Month this year, “Start with Art…Learn for Life!”

Four students standing dressed in traditional costumes from New Zealand. Allison L., Teryn T., Ainsley D., and Madison T. perform a traditional Maori dance from New Zealand.

On April 8, the G.A.T.E. and Chorus students at Valley Institute Elementary took the student body and their parents on a trip around the world as they presented a program entitled “A Small Part of the World”. G.A.T.E. students wore traditional costumes or t-shirts with the flag of countries they had researched and gave a few interesting facts of various countries around the world. Chorus students sang Italian, Hebrew, German, Japanese, Zulu, Spanish and English songs. G.A.T.E. students were African drummers and performed traditional dances from Ireland, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand.This helped to remind all of us that there is still a great big world out there beyond our school doors. Many things were learned as these students exhibited their unique talents. A special thanks to Mrs. Donna Edwards for working so hard with these talented students!

Young student sits in front of a computer. High Point Elementary Fourth Grade Student Jett A. takes an Accelerated Reading quiz.

Fourth grade students at High Point Elementary participated in Read Across America Day on February 28th, 2014. Each class had a guest reader who talked about the importance and advantages of being a good reader. Students spent most of the day enjoying their favorite books, while the Cat in the Hat sneaked into classrooms to check up on student progress and play pranks. This day was coupled with “Read the Most Coast to Coast”, which challenged students to take as many AR quizzes as they could in one day. Across the nation, students were challenged to beat last year's record (4,409,662). By the end of the day, a new world record was set as the children passed 4,987,949 quizzes. Students ended the day by singing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss. It was an exciting day for all!

Four students, dressed in blue and gray, stand in the music room. Some Greendale Elementary fourth-graders prepare to present their program.

On Thursday, March 20, directed by Mr. Brad Fore and accompanied by pianist Luke Ponce, Greendale Elementary fourth-graders presented “The Blue and the Gray: The Songs and Soul of the Civil War” at our PTO meeting. Narrated by Konnor K., Dawson B., Abbie R., Sylvia C., Madison M., Raiyan I., and Peyton M., the program contained touching letters about the daily lives of soldiers, tributes to women for the important roles they played during the Civil War, and haunting memories of slaves separated from their families. With each narrative were songs of the time period, including The Battle Cry of Freedom, Good News, and Battle Hymn of the Republic. As these songs demonstrated, people throughout time have turned to music as a way to express their patriotism, cope with boredom, and deal with hardship. Learning the songs and narration for this program was a wonderful extension of their fourth grade history class, and as Principal Allyson Willis noted, this program was an example of what happens when “history and music classes collide!”

Several students stand on steps in outdoor garden in front of colorful flag and plants. Abingdon High School Spanish students enjoy Spanish culture with a Spanish production and lunch outing.

On April 1, Spanish students from Abingdon High school attended the Barter Theatre for a performance of Man of La Mancha. The play is set in the sixteenth century. The main character, Miguel de Cervantes, is put into prison by the Spanish Inquisition. The action takes place in the dungeons while he awaits trial with his servant Sancho Panza. The pair is attacked by the other prisoners and their belongings are taken from them. Miguel de Cervantes wants to hold onto a manuscript that is very dear to him. In order to regain the possession of the papers, he stages a play. The play within the play actually tells the story of the windmill-chasing protagonist, Alonso Quijano, of Don Quixote. The original Broadway production was based on Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote and won five Tony Awards. Following the play, the students enjoyed lunch while practicing their Spanish at Los Arcos restaurant.

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