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Education

  • Personalized learning fair: Helping teachers teach everybody

        Bedford County Public Schools held a personalized learning fair, late last month, at the School Board Office Conference Room. The fair gave county teachers a chance to talk with 18 other teachers to get personalized learning classroom ideas.

        The teachers have been using Google Chromebook laptop computers to implement personalized learning.
        “We’re starting the transition to more personalized learning,” said Mel Taylor, a science teacher at Forest Middle School.

  • Moving ahead

        The Bedford County School Board selected its chairman—Gary Hostutler—for the upcoming year, held a public hearing on the 2017-2018 budget and got a look from some Forest Middle School students at what it might take to get to Mars.

  • Fully accredited

        Boonsboro Elementary School held an all day event Nov. 30 to celebrate being fully accredited.

        “This is the first year we are back to fully accredited,” said Beth Williams, the school’s principal.
        The school once was fully accredited, but slipped from that status. It was a long road back.
        “It was a very hard climb to turn it around,” she said.
        Williams felt the achievement was worth celebrating.

  • JF unveils Cyber SWAT team

    In an effort to reach students at the elementary and middle school grade levels, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation has tapped local high school students as the best messengers to preach Internet safety to their younger peers.

  • Liberty High School GENTS

        A group of young men at Liberty High School (LHS) accepted a challenge from Brian Wilson, the school’s assistant principal.

        The challenge was to become better gentlemen and be a positive example to other students at the high school. The students formed a group and called the group GENTS. It’s an acronym for Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand.

  • Board gets update on Moneta Elementary

        Though not accredited by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) this year, Moneta Elementary staff and administrators feel the school is headed in the right direction with its personalized learning pilot program.

  • The project is underway. Liberty Middle School breaks ground

        Members of the Bedford County School Board, Bedford County Board of Supervisors, M.B. Kahn Construction and others gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new middle school in the Liberty zone.     Liberty Middle School is slated to be open in Aug. 2018 with actual construction expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.

  • School employees to receive 2% pay raise as of Dec. 1

        Employees of Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 2 percent pay raise, beginning with the check they receive on Dec. 30.
        At its meeting on Nov. 21, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved enough local funds to support the 2 percent pay raise for all employees that the Bedford County School Board approved in the FY 2017 budget. This raise is effective Dec. 1 and applies to all full-time, part-time, substitute, and hourly employees, and will be reflected in the paycheck at the end of December.

  • JF senior receives All-American honor

    By Brandi Mitchell

    JF Intern Writer

        On Tuesday at 1:45 p.m., senior Allyson Gilmour became the seventh Jefferson Forest High School student to join the elite United States Army All-American Marching Band in just six years.
        She was honored for her outstanding achievement in color guard, as well as her qualities of leadership and integrity, before her classmates, teachers, fellow band members and her closest friends and family.

  • Bedford Middle School honors veterans

    Bedford Middle School honored veterans Nov. 11.