• Project brings SOLs alive

    Huddleston Elementary fourth grade science teacher Traci Bratton has helped her students’ study of life cycles and eco-systems come to life — literally.

        Looking for a fresh way to make that study of the standards of learning unit on habitats interesting, she came up with the idea of having the class take care of and hatch chickens. So for the past month, they’ve been doing just that. Last week, the students watched as the chicks pecked their way out of their shells.

  • Class helps student follow life-long dream to become firefighter

    Sometimes little boys say they want to be a fireman when they grow up.

        In the case of Randale Smith, now a senior at Jefferson Forest High School, that’s exactly what he plans to be. In fact, he’s already doing it. Smith, who lives in Evington, already has his firefighter certification and is serving on the volunteer fire department there.
        “It’s what I always wanted to do,” he said.

  • Parents protest principal at Body Camp Elementary being reassigned

        The decision to reassign popular Body Camp Elementary Principal Dr. Marvin McGinnis from the school didn’t sit well with a number of community residents who spoke to the Bedford County School Board at last Thursday’s meeting.

        The remarks followed a 5-0 vote by the board to move Dr. McGinnis to fill a teaching vacancy at Bedford Middle School. He and school secretary Marsha Sheinman had been placed on administrative leave the week before school started.

  • Body Camp principal placed on administrative leave

    Dr. Marvin McGinnis, principal of Body Camp Elementary School, and Marsha Sheinman, the school’s secretary/bookkeeper, were placed on administrative leave last week just as students were preparing for this week’s return to school.

        Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, wouldn’t reveal the reason for the move, stating that it was a personnel matter. The Bedford County School Board will review the issue to see if any further action will be taken.

  • Students head back to school

    Some 10,500 students will fill the halls of Bedford County’s 21 public schools on Monday as bells ring in the 2010-2011 school year.

        A division-wide open house at the schools will be held this Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., giving parents and students a chance to visit their schools and meet their teachers. 
        “It’s always better when they know who their teacher or teachers are,” stated School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch, in encouraging families to attend the open houses.

  • 10 county schools fail to make AYP

    Like most school divisions across Virginia, Bedford County Public Schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards, according to preliminary results released last week by the Virginia Department of Education for 2010-2011.

        Only 12 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions made AYP. Eleven of the Bedford school system’s 21 schools made AYP with four facing school improvement sanctions that include having to offer school choice to the students at those schools.

  • Toler to replace Black on school board until election is held in Nov.

    After several hours of closed-session interviews, the Bedford County School Board announced Thursday that it had selected Cheryl Toler of Forest to replace David Black, who resigned his District 3 seat last month because of a job transfer to North Carolina.

  • Youth have a blast at COP Camp

    The Bedford Police Department’s annual COP Camp once again proved to be a hit with local youth last week. All slots were filled and more children would have attended if the funds had been available to accommodate them.

        The week-long day camp takes place at Bedford Middle School and the Bedford Area YMCA. The goal is to provide opportunities for positive interaction between law enforcement officers and youth. It also teaches the youth some valuable lessons.

  • Living history

    s enrolled in the National D-Day Memorial’s World War II Day Camp last week.  

        The three-day camp allowed the campers to discover what life was like for G.I.s in the war and for civilians on the home front.  Hands-on activities, crafts, living history and “ration” snacks were all part of the three-day experience. 
        The camp was open for students grades 3-6 and this year campers from communities all over the state attended.

  • Bower Center offers enrichment programs

        Along with its regular offerings in the arts this summer, the Bower Center for the Performing Arts teamed up with Bedford County Public Schools to offer summer enrichment programs. The classes were taught by certified teachers.