• County SOL scores drop

    Though scores were expected to drop in some categories compared to last year’s scores—because of a new series of tests in science and English—student achievement on Standards of Learning tests for students in Bedford County Public Schools fell below what school officials had hoped.
        In results released last week, average pass rates of Bedford County students dropped in 23 categories for the 2012-2013 testing while increasing in seven; four remained even with results from the 2011-2012 testing.

  • Action on middle school funding urged

        Two new administrators were introduced to the school board at their regular meeting Thursday night.

  • Infosnap allows for online registration

        Parents attending this week’s open houses at one of Bedford County’s schools were introduced to the school system’s newest registration initiative—Infosnap.

  • New guidelines for wellness

        Don’t bother sending energy drinks with your students to school this year—they’re not allowed.
        And don’t send extra food with your child to trade or share with other students—that’s being discouraged.
        If possible, replace cupcakes and other high-calorie school treats sent to classrooms for school parties with more nutritious foods.
        These, and a number of other guidelines, are now a part of the Bedford County Public Schools student wellness policy.

  • Graham takes over at BCES

        Education wasn’t the career path Scott Graham initially imagined.

  • It's a new year

        On Thursday, some 10,338 students are expected to fill the classrooms throughout Bedford County’s public schools. The 2013-2014 school year is officially underway.
        Meeting those students will be 99 new teachers to BCPS, including 55 first-year teachers.
        “I’m excited for a new school year,” stated School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch last week.

  • Technology takes center stage in pilot program

        Like it or not, change is coming.

  • Learning the Arts

    A number of area youth spent the past week learning the arts at Bower Center’s Youth Art Camp.

  • Mrs. Virginia sees value in promoting the arts

        Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia, has a heart for art.

        A Huddleston native and Staunton River High School graduate,  Austin-Witcher earned her bachelor’s degree in theater at Lynchburg College and serves on the board of directors for Little Town Players (LTP). She played the office drunk in LTP’s recent production of 9 to 5, a musical.
        “My bit was very comical,” she said.

  • School Board opts not to let students shut out of Thaxton Elementary to attend that school

        Despite a request from a parent and a board member, the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday not to allow six students who had been denied a zone transfer request to Thaxton Elementary to attend that school anyway.