One students stands beside 3D printer and one student sits beside of the printer. Sophomore, Nicolas O. holds an X-Box Kinect as he gets ready to make a scanned image of senior, Lily K.on the Makerbot 3D printer.

Patrick Henry High School has purchased a new 3D Printer from MakerBot Industries. This desktop printer can create either specific preinstalled items—including nuts, bolts and chains, or objects designed on software. Items, made from plastic filament in a range of colors, are fully functional. The possibilities for use in the education field are limitless. For example, Chemistry students can design molecules, print them out, and study them; English classes can print out tangible models to be used for symbolism projects. A musical instrument mouth piece has been created and is currently in use by the Rebel Regiment.

During a technology in-service hosted by Patrick Henry High School, PHHS faculty and Neff Center faculty attended several sessions that included the 3D printer. Thingiverse for 3D printer was a session led by Principal Keith Perrigan and guidance secretary, Patty Mitchell that emphasized the many uses of the printer. Sophomore, Nicolas O. also worked along with Dr. Perrigan to explore the amazing opportunities created by this new technology. Nicolas demonstrated to teachers in this session how he learned to use an X-Box Kinect and software called Skanect to create a miniature bust of someone. During the first weeks of school, Nicolas scanned students’ faces during their lunch to create personalized miniature busts for them.

Two other sessions involving the 3D printer were also held during this in-service. Junior and third year drafting student from Abingdon High School, Kurtis G. presented a session on Autodesk Inventor which is the 3D CAD package taught at the Neff Center. It allows students to create parts in 3D on the screen, and then make working drawings from them complete with dimensions and any machining information, or print the object out to 3D printers. PHHS business teacher, Ms. Sarah Helton held a session where she explored some of the techniques she learned from a summer conference about the printer in Chicago, Illinois. Other workshops included WiFi & Google Drive in the classroom and New Laptop training by Dr. Becky Austin; Videography by Mrs. Tammy Snapp; YouTube in the Classroom by Mr. Dale Cross; Excel for Teacher Evaluation by Mrs. Kendra Honaker; Bus Trips, AESOP, and KRONOS by Mrs. Joy Gobble and Mr. Mark Palmer; Scanning and Combining Documents using Adobe Professional by Mrs. Tina Osborne; Photo Shop by Ms. Katie Lamb; CPS Clickers by Mr. John Walker; Interactive Achievement by Mr. Andrew Smith; and Using iPad’s in the Classroom by Ms. Jillian Alder.

Young men and women stand in front of a fountain. John S. Battle FBLA students attend State Leadership Conference.

April 4-6, 2014, fourteen members of the John S. Battle chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the 2014 State Leadership Conference in Reston, VA. Students attended leadership workshops and competed in events ranging from Accounting to Networking Concepts. Sophomore Tara H. was chosen to attend the inaugural Foundation Leadership Institute where she received a scholarship upon completion of her workshops. Senior, Chase H. placed 5th in Insurance and Risk Management and Junior, Cameron P. returned home with 4th place in Accounting II. Business teachers, Holly Fuller, Mimia Herald, and Tamara Lasley are very proud of all the students and their accomplishments!

A group of twenty high school students, both male and female, stand along a wall at a community center. Members of Holston High School’s 4-H Club completed a major service project.

Nineteen members of the Holston High School 4-H club recently participated in a community service project. Club members packed 1800 food bags for elementary students in Russell and Washington counties. This project is a part of the United Way’s “Backpacks Unite” program designed to assist elementary school students. Backpacks Unite delivers nutritious prepackaged food in order to supplement a student's needs over a weekend. Each student in the program receives a bag once per month. The 4-H club members enjoyed being a part of this program. Not only did the students take a hand in helping the community, they also were able to develop organizational skills to accomplish a collective goal.

Woman stands with award. Lisa Henderson displays her award.

Mrs. Lisa Henderson, librarian at Watauga Elementary School, was selected as the Clinch Regional Librarian of the Year for 2014. She was recognized at the regional conference on Saturday, March 29th at Southwest Virginia Community College. Mrs. Henderson is now eligible to be selected as the state librarian of the year. Mrs. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary English and Pre-K to Grade 8 Education from Emory and Henry College. She earned her Library Science endorsement at Radford University. An active member of the Virginia Association of School Librarians, Mrs. Henderson continues to pursue professional growth and development. Her other professional affiliations include the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. Professionally, Mrs. Henderson has been a classroom teacher and a school librarian for the combined total of twenty-three years. She is highly regarded by her colleagues and peers. One of the more innovative programs that Mrs. Henderson has initiated for the Washington County Schools is the “One School, One Book” program. She has successfully continued this program for the past four years.

A group of students stands in front of a large brick building. Glade Spring Middle School GATE students visited Monticello.

On March 27-30, students in the GATE program at Glade Spring Middle School traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia for a fun-filled and educational adventure. Seventh and eighth grade students visited several places of interest including: Liberty University, Monticello, Montpelier, and the University of Virginia. Despite the pouring rain, their favorite part of the trip was watching a baseball game between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The students learned about the historical homes of presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, as well as two university campuses. Glade Spring Middle School GATE is sponsored by Mrs. Colleen Buchanan and Mrs. Sherry Cannon.

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