A community review of the standards, called West Virginia Academic Spotlight, is underway to increase awareness and understanding of the standards and to solicit actionable feedback on specific standards in ELA and Mathematics. State residents are being asked to share their reflections and thoughts on the specific standards in ELA and math as they are currently implemented. The WVDOE, WVBOE, and WVU have partnered together to develop a website which will serve as the platform for feedback collection. The commenting period will remain open until September 30, 2015, in order to maximize the amount of high-quality feedback received. After the commenting period has closed, comments will be evaluated by a team of diverse stakeholders, who will then make recommendations to the WVBOE based on these comments to meet the needs of our WV students.
Students at Sandy River Middle School have recently been involved in a horticultural experience! Over 110 seventh and eighth graders have received instruction in various topics including container gardening, bulb planting, vegetable gardening, and plant science. So far, they have harvested broccoli, radishes, and carrots. And, they are currently growing sweet peppers, watermelon, corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, okra, potatoes, cucumbers, and kale. The initiative is being sponsored by the McDowell County 4-H Leaders Association, partnered with the McDowell County Board of Education. Mr. Donald R. Reed, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent & Instructor is spearheading the project.
Bradshaw Elementary has a first place winner in the West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest! Jacob Adkins, a fifth grader at Bradshaw Elementary was a First Place State Winner in the recent competition. Jacob received a framed certificate, $30.00 from the West Virginia Forestry Association, and a tree was planted in his honor on the front lawn of his school. Jacob is pictured with his teacher, Mrs. Wanda Justice and Mr. Andrew Sheetz, Partnership Coordinator for the Division of Forestry. Jacob's parents are Hobart and Jennifer Adkins.
McDowell County Schools salutes Mrs. Amanda Lester, Science Teacher at Sandy River Middle School. Mrs. Lester is the 2015 recipient of the Hallie Harless Distinguished Teacher Award. This award shows appreciation and gives recognition to those people who have been identified as outstanding contributors to West Virginia’s educational system, with special focus on the rural areas of the state. Mrs. Lester was honored May 7 during the 13th Annual Harless Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Our parents and community members had a Seusstacular time at our Parent Advisory Council Meeting on March 2, 2015. The meeting was filled with activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! After a read-aloud of Bartholomew and the Oobleck, we used corn starch and water to make our very own green Oobleck! The parents were amazed that it is not a liquid nor is it a solid – its Oobleck! We created our own pillows and learned another great reading strategy that focuses the child on the sound spelling before reading the word. Participants were encouraged to take a look at the reading adoption materials on display at the Board Office and at each school site. The next meeting is April 13, 2015 at the Phoenix Center in Welch.
On March 11, Mount View and River View High School students had an opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture, history, and the language from two teachers from China who currently work in WV schools teaching Chinese. The presentation comes to us in the light of offering Chinese I in both high schools next year online, taught by a teacher from China. Chinese is the 4th most frequently spoken language in the United States, and our students will have a great opportunity to learn this increasingly popular language.