News Article Index

Title Date Story
Damascus Middle School FFA Continues to Succeed! 06-02-2015

Three students hold certificates and plaques.Congratulations to the Damascus Middle School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Small Animal Care Team, composed of the following students: Megan D., Hunter T., Mary-Kate C., and Taylor M.!  On Thursday, March 26, these four competitors had to complete a written test, answer five skill questions, and identify forty different types of small animal breeds and equipment, and they placed first against teams representing E.B. Stanley and Wallace Middle Schools.

Sticks and Stones Field Trip for The Kidz Place 06-01-2015

Children stand behind a miniature brick wall with adults standing behind them.On Thursday, May 21st, the story time class from the Kidz Place (Title 1 Parent Resource Center) learned about the Three Little Pigs and the types of houses they built.  They wanted to discover why the big, bad wolf could not blow down the brick house.

Damascus Middle School Sixth-Grade Students Win National Contest! 06-01-2015

A teacher works with a group of students using computers.Students in Mrs. Renee Sanders’ first core English class at Damascus Middle School recently won Achieve3000’s Read to Succeed Contest for their successful participation in TeenBiz activities during the contest period!  Throughout the year, students use TeenBiz, an online program to help develop reading comprehension, fluency, writing proficiency, and vocabulary development.

Pharmacy Technician Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate on State Boards 05-29-2015

Nine students pose for a picture.The Pharmacy Technician class has had a very successful year. The students successfully passed the Virginia Pharmacy Technician examination with a 100% passing rate.

Damascus Middle School Outdoor Club Visits Bass Pro Shop! 05-29-2015

A group of students stand in front of an aquarium.The following members of the Damascus Middle School Outdoor Club, sponsored by Coach Michael Ratliff and teacher Mr. Shannon Markham, traveled to Bass Pro Shop on Wednesday, April 1: Cole B., Brandy B., Randall B., Greg F., Josh F., Chase J., Chandler L., Kenzie P., Brandon P., Dylan R., Josh R., Joseph S., DJ T., Eric T., Noah T., Rylee T., and Cade W.

RVES First Graders Learn That Reading Makes Cents 05-28-2015

Seven first grade students holding new library books.Rhea Valley Elementary first graders won their school $500 in new library books through their participation in the Reading Makes Cents initiative sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan.

MES Bids Farewell to 4 Teachers 05-28-2015

Four retiring teachers stand side by side.With an almost combined 150 years of teaching, Susan Copenhaver, Susan Crookshank, Kathy Johnson, and Shirley Ruemmler are leaving the classrooms at Meadowview Elementary School.

Damascus Middle School Celebrates Redesignation as a “School to Watch!” 05-28-2015

A student takes a cupcake from a teacher.Ms. Sandra Dutemple, chair of the Virginia Schools to Watch Program, visited Damascus Middle School on Thursday, April 9 to present the students, faculty, and staff with a certificate redesignating Damascus Middle School as a “School to Watch!” After presenting the award, Ms. Dutemple addressed the students, thanking them for “being nice, as nice gets a person a long way,” and focused on the importance of this trait in future success in life.

MES Pre-K and 5th Grade Team up for “Buddy Day” 05-27-2015

A Meadowview Elementary 5th grader sits on the floor next to a preschool student with a book.On Wednesday May 20th, 2015, pre-k students and 5th graders celebrated “buddy day”.  During SOL testing pre-k students prepared various “good luck” notes for the 5th grade students.

Damascus Middle School Celebrates Youth Art Month 05-27-2015

A student and a teacher stand in front of artwork.Damascus Middle School art teacher Ms. Jennifer Smith and her art students celebrated Youth Art Month with a variety of activities.  Sixth-grade students created mini-masterpieces for teachers to wear with their identification badges.