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.

Two girls look for words in an alphabet picture book. Jaelin S. and Morgan M. search for words beginning with the letter S.

Students in Ms. Phillips’s reading class took a break from short stories and explored the vocabulary-rich world of Graeme Base’s ANIMALIA book. The book, rich with alphabetic illustrations with what seems an endless assortment of embedded objects, kept students busy all week. Most of the records for finding the most words were shattered by the highly competitive group of students. With an emphasis on vocabulary expansion during the month of March, this activity was a fantastic way to get students fired up for exercises and games to build knowledge of roots, base words, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will begin a new collection of short stories in April.

Students stand holding certificates and ribbons won during the school art show. High Point artists show off their winning certificates and ribbons!

March is Youth Art Month across our country. At High Point Elementary, the students and staff have celebrated this by "Making A Splash With Art and Music." The front entrance to the school was turned into the bottom of the ocean! From crabs and seashells, to pirate ships and starfish, our school was swimming with all kinds of ocean art! On Thursday, March 27th, we brought Youth Art Month to a close with the Art & Music PTA program. All students (K-5) had art on display, and were rewarded for their amazing talent. Here are the winners:


  • Honorable Mention: Trevor T., Nicholas S., Amelia K., Brodie M., and Lauren F.
  • 3rd Place: Ethan W.
  • 2nd Place: Anna A.
  • 1st Place: Mykael E.

1st Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Aryana P., Josiah D., David B., Ethan B., and Bailey M.
  • 3rd Place: Elbie R.
  • 2nd Place: Shane L.
  • 1st Place: Shayla A.

2nd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ian O., Isabella S., AJ B., Ethan Mc., and Maggie S.
  • 3rd Place: Kennedy J.
  • 2nd Place: Arrow B.
  • 1st Place: Keira L.

3rd Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ivy O., Anthony S., Corey W., Conner F., and Haley M.
  • 3rd Place: Hannah N.
  • 2nd Place: Kaity W.
  • 1st Place: Kassie B.

4th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Morgan S., Shelbie P., Miguel B., HannaJo Mc., and Adham N.
  • 3rd Place: Anthony S.
  • 2nd Place: Hannah M.
  • 1st Place: Richie B.

5th Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Alysun L., Kylee C., Bryson A., Noah T., and Emily P.
  • 3rd Place: Belle S.
  • 2nd Place: Damion S.
  • 1st Place: Savannah A.

Best In Show

  • 4th Grader - Richie B.
A group of teenaged students, both male and female, stand along a classroom wall with two adult men who were guest speakers in their class. Driver's Education Students stand with their guests from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

On Monday, April 7, Derrick Combs and Randy Felty of the Virginia Department of Transportation came to Holston High School to speak to the Driver's Education Classes about work site safety. Combs is responsible for road sign installation in both Russell and Washington County. Felty, a 29-year veteran of the department,is an equipment operator who teaches first aid classes to VDOT employees. Both men were tasked by VDOT to teach safety to potential drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Combs and Felty led off discussion with a video that demonstrated the hazards of being inattentive in highway work zones. They then gave personal accounts of incidents wherein drivers did not use good judgement. They also brought a reflective vest and hard hat for the class to see. Students answered questions and asked questions of the guests. Their appearance was timely, as there are two major road construction projects underway in the Holston attendance zone. Dan Strong and Luke Parks are the Driver's Education Teachers.

Students stand on risers singing. Mrs. Cupp leads students in their performance for PTA.

On Thursday, March 14, 2014, Watauga Elementary first-grade students presented their program, "Amazing Animals" to the PTA. The program was both entertaining and educational. Students wore fox masks. Speakers came forward and shared information that students have learned about animals and animal groups during science this year. The entire grade sang some songs about animals, including "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", "Animal Fair", and "Down By the Bay". The grand finale was the crowd favorite. Students performed "The Fox" with some lively dance moves, and asked the question, "What Does the Fox Say?". Students had a great time sharing what they've learned, and singing and dancing to some fun songs.

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