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Education

  • Broadway actress shares her wisdom with JF students

        You have to be committed.

        That was the advice a Broadway actress gave Jefferson Forest High School drama students Friday about how to be successful in that business.
        And, she added, “you have to be lucky.”
        Jennifer Simard has been both and she shared with the JF students in Spence White’s drama classes the ups and downs of pursuing an acting career.

  • District 5 School Board candidates

        Julie Bennington, who represents District 5 on the Bedford County School Board, is seeking her second term. She was first appointed to the board in the spring of 2007 to replace Bill Wiese, who left the area to take a new job in North Carolina, and won a full term in the regular election that fall.

  • School Board hears from B.E.S.T.; discusses classes in smaller schools

        Sara Holdren took an opportunity Thursday to introduce the Bedford County School Board to the newly organized Bedford Educational Support Team.

         B.E.S.T. is a 501(c) 4  organization created out of a desire for Bedford citizens to assist in maintaining and improving the current structure of smaller community-based schools throughout Bedford City and County, Holdren told the board.

  • Just like Christmas

        For Laura Kohout and Ana Watkins, the Wednesday before school started seemed a bit like Christmas. They knew they were getting something special, they just didn’t know quite what.

        Then they walked into their new classroom.

  • Donation will cover 10 percent of need

        The Bedford Business Leads Group purchased 35 back packs and stuffed them with school supplies. Karen Hughes, of the Bedford County Department of Social Services, said that she has received 350 applications from parents for back-to-school supplies for children.

        “This is the most we have ever had,” Hughes said.

  • Superintendent: AYP results becoming less relevant

        Six Bedford County schools reached their adequate yearly progress goals for last year; 15 did not. The results reflect a nationwide trend that has more schools failing to meet increasing federal requirements that many say have to be revised.

        “I have a lot of concerns about the No Child Left Behind law as it is currently written,” stated Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • Students head back to school

    While summer won’t officially be over for another month, it practically ends for about 10,300 Bedford County students Monday.

        Summer vacation is through—the 2011-2012 school year is set to begin.
        “We’re just excited to have the students back,” stated Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch. “We’re very excited and enthused about another school year and all of the great things we have in store for the students in the year to come.”
        And there will be changes.

  • School board learns about blended learning

        Computer-based learning is where education is headed, according to Dr. Allison Powell, a representative of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

        “It isn’t just a trend or fad that is going to go away,” she said.

  • Two to vie for District 1 school board seat

        Joy Wright, the two term incumbent who currently holds the District 1 school board seat, won't be in this year's election.

        "When I originally took the seat, I said that I would only serve two terms," she said. "I think eight years is enough."

  • Online learning program kicks off

    Summer school students in Bedford County got the first taste of the school system’s blended learning program, a program likely to become more prominent in the years ahead.

        Simply put, for online learning, the future is now.