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.

Six student stand together in a room. SCA leaders, Tayler S., Chloe C., Sam C., Emma B., Eli S., and Mahlon R., attend VSCA Leadership Conference.

On April 4-6 2014, The Patrick Henry High School Student Council delegation traveled to The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA to attend the State VSCA (Virginia Student Councils Association) leadership conference. The VSCA is one of the oldest student leadership organizations in Virginia and this is Patrick Henry's second year in attendance. During their stay, the PHHS SCA performed skits, attended and conducted leadership sessions, spoke to the State Superintendent and State School Board concerning various topics, discussed and voted on resolutions presented to the General Assembly, and campaigned for the office of President of the VSCA. Patrick Henry is proud to announce that we are now the President School for the VSCA, with student leader Emma B. serving as President! For the 2014-2015 school year, PHHS will host and preside over state leadership meetings, as well as plan next year's state conference. The PHHS SCA advisors are Jillian Alder and Amanda Chitwood.

Students stand behind a table. Watauga History Bowl participants.

On April 2, Watauga Elementary School's fourth-grade students participated in the annual History Bowl sponsored by the Washington County Extension Office. Students from Mrs. Dillard, Mrs. Ferris, Mrs Kiser, and Mrs. Light's classes all participated in the double elimination tournament. Special thanks goes to Mr. Phil Blevins who was the host of the tournament, with Ms. Crystal Peak assisting. The bank of questions was pulled from the VA Standards of Learning in VA Studies. This bowl is a good springboard for all students in reviewing for the SOL test in May. Congratulations goes to Mrs. Light's class who will represent Watauga at the county bowl on April 23. Good luck!

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!

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