2018-2019 Letter From Superintendent

Dear Friends of WCPS:

Welcome to WCPS!  The education of our youth is essential to the viability of our county, state and nation. We believe our children are second to none.

We are privileged to live and work in such a remarkable community. With these privileges comes great responsibility to ensure our children come first and to remain steadfast in being “Committed to the Success of Every Student.”

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There will be a special Called School Board Meeting on Thursday, June 20 at 12:00 PM for final approval of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

A group of students smiling.On May 14, 2019, Senior Government students from Holston High School learned first-hand about our state and federal judicial systems.

A group of three students conduct an experiment with blood spatters.Students in Mr. Cross’ Criminal Justice class at the Washington County Career and Technical Education center recently measured blood stains and drops to analyze angle of impact and also determine points of origin.

A female student holding a trophy.Janalyn V., a seventh grader at Wallace Middle School, participated in the 28th Annual Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair at Radford University. She competed with an experiment entitled "Suck it Up" in the Chemistry and Material Science category.

Five girls smiling.Six John S. Battle High School students received the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy this year.  The test is comprised of four sections: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  In order to earn this seal on the diploma, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language.

Seven people stand in front of letters.On Friday, May 17, photojournalism students from Patrick Henry High School traveled to Barter Theatre's Education Building in Abingdon to attend a photography workshop with photographer David Patterson.

Students are working with batteries and clips.Students in Mr. Wallace’s eighth grade science classes recently completed an electrical lab, which consisted of building a flashlight, a closed circuit, and an electromagnet.

 A female student at a fountain.

Katie B., a 2013 graduate of the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center, graduated from with honors from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy on May 4th.  Katie became interested in a career as a pharmacist when she completed the pharmacy technician program at WCCTEC.  

Students posing for agroup photo.Between Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, each of the four high school bands in Washington County performed for state ratings at the annual VBODA Concert Assessment Event at Virginia High School, Bristol, VA.

Students standing on a stage.

On April 16th, a project based learning (PBL) Oceanography class traveled to Meadowview Elementary School to visit Ms. Stoessel’s third grade class. The Patrick Henry High School students were tasked with creating lesson objectives as part of their project; they were in a role of a teacher trying to educate students about coral reef.

A drawing of a classroom.Congratulations to Grayson C., the 2019-2020 School Calendar and Handbook Cover Art Contest Winner!!

Free summer meals are available to all children 18 years of age and under.

Students stand in front of a statue.On Friday, April 26, Damascus Middle School’s twenty Jr. Washington County Community Scholars traveled to Emory & Henry College to visit the campus.

A group of five students are assembling lockersStudents in Mr. Gene Greer’s Carpentry class have been busy designing and crafting lockers for the John Battle High School Field House. Mr. Greer has trained his students on how to utilize advanced CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with the WCCTEC ShopBot with positional accuracy of +/- .002”.

Washington County Schools is currently reviewing textbooks for possible adoption for Language Arts in grades K-12.  The public is invited to review the materials at the Washington County Public Schools Central Office from May 8 - May 21. Offices are open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, contact Janet Lester at 276-739-3021.  

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