Superintendent's Message On Safety

Dear Washington County School Community:

In the continued wake of the most recent school shooting in Florida, we have heavy hearts full of sympathies, sorrowfulness, and even, fury. Like most of you, our attempts to fathom the mindless and senseless loss of innocent lives is confounding at best.  Our schools and school communities should be havens of safety void of unnecessary distress, fear and anxiety. Conversely, our schools should be places of remarkable student learning and engaging leadership development opportunities for all.  That remains our expectation.

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A teenaged girl poses against a wall.From April to April 7th, Holston High School junior Jenna G. attended the 2018 Virginia All-State Chorus event.  She was selected in February along with a few other District VII students to attend the prestigious event.

A group of teenagers standing on a stage.Months of hard work came to a conclusion when Holston High School students put on their Spring Musical on March 23rd and 24th. Holston’s Chorus students began planning before the Christmas break and started practicing shortly after they returned in the second semester.

A teenaged boy stands by a building.Pride A. has grown up farming.  He is among the last of the students in Washington County to have worked in the region’s once-abundant tobacco fields.  He has developed an aptitude for his chosen profession.  He has received numerous awards for his prowess and has recently been recognized by the Bristol Herald-Courier, which ran a feature article about him.

A group of students are standing in front of a blue car.Sixth grade students at Wallace Middle School recently had the opportunity to meet WCYB Chief Meteorologist Dave Dierks and see the new StormTracker vehicle up close.

A birds eye view of a group of students sitting in their desks in a classroom.Ms. Jennifer Daniel's Dual Enrollment English 12 Class at John S. Battle High School recently completed a yearlong Google Sites project.

Abingdon Elementary School will be an open site for free summer meals. The Summer Food Service Program is free to all children 18 years of age and under. No application or proof of income is needed.

A female high school student holding her award and smiling.Holston High School senior Diana S. was recently awarded the prestigious Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarship.  Diana was one of seventeen high school students in Virginia chosen for this scholarship.

Students sitting on a bench with 2 Lowe's employees standing beside them.Watauga Elementary School students received a Buddy Bench from Lowe’s located in Bristol, Tennessee. A Buddy Bench is a bench that students can go to if they feel lonely or left
out at recess.

All parents of school-aged children and youth who receive special education services in Virginia’s schools are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement Survey. 

A man standing behind table holding play money.Visa's Practical Money Skills has nominated Thomas Larimer as the Innovative Educator for the Month of May. Mr. Larimer teaches Economics and Personal Finance at Patrick Henry High School.

A female student is holding her certificate.Ainsley D., an eighth grade student at Wallace Middle School, placed first in the school division and first in the region for the Black's Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) American History Essay Contest.

A boy and girl with crowns on.On March 17, 2018, John S. Battle held their second-annual Mr. and Miss JSB pageant. Students were selected by their teachers, coaches and peers to represent their classes, sports and clubs.

A small outdoor bookshelf in the shape of a house with a door for storing books.Meadowview Elementary has a new addition to their landscaping. Jennifer Puckett, Meadowview Elementary School’s Media Specialist, along with parent volunteers Justin and Sarah Dick, built and installed a “Little Free Library” at MES.

Students standing in front of paddle boards.During the afternoon of Friday, April 27, nineteen members of the Patrick Henry Outdoor Club and their fearless sponsors, Mr. Eric Hoffman and Mr. Andrew Smith, ventured to Beartree Lake, part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, to enjoy the variety of recreational activities the park offers.

A group of students holding up their awards.On Thursday, April 12th, Watauga Elementary held its 6th Annual Spring Art Show, showcasing preschool through fifth grade students.

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