Randolph county Schools Newsletter
EMS Students Recreate Cave Paintings
Students in Laura Davis’ geography class recently studied the famous paintings inside the Lascaux Caves in France. As part of the lesson, students recreated the cave paintings in a simulated environment. Classroom lights were off and windows covered, and students had to use small lamps and candlelight to see as they worked on their paintings; additionally, Mrs. Davis had sounds playing that mimicked the echoing inside a cave.
Kindergartners Learn How Plants Work
In Amy White’s kindergarten class, Third Ward students learned how plants use their stems to transport water. The Delmonte Market in Elkins donated white carnations to the class. The students put each carnation in a glass of colored water. They observed the next day that the flowers changed color to match the color of the water and discussed why this happened.
Harman Hallway Reopens
Submitted article written by Panther Post staff: Zac Roy, Kaylee Dudley, Lacey Rohrbaugh, Kayla Mullenex, Collette Knotts, Alyssa VanMeter, Talitha Fortney
The elementary wing of the school was reopened after 3 years of being close. Opening this section of the school allowed students in K—5 to return to the original classrooms, from before the July 4th roof collapse in 2014. Opening these rooms also made larger rooms for Mrs. Mullenex, Mr. Nestor, Mrs. Mullenex (special education staff), PE staff, and a room that can be used as a conference room. These openings also made another computer lab accessible.
EMS 7th Graders "Speed Date" Books
Students in Chrischele Siler’s English class recently participated in an activity to help them find books they would be interested in reading. The Book Speed Dating activity had students read the front and back covers and the first two pages of a book. If they were not enticed by the book, they passed it down to the next person at their table. If they were, they wrote the name of the book and author on their paper. Students can then refer to this paper throughout the school year to pick books to read that will keep them engaged.
EHS FFA Earns Top Honors
The Elkins High Future Farmers of America organization received the Superior Chapter and Gold Star Award Emblems at the state FFA conference in July. The Gold Star Emblem recognizes clubs that are most active in the state. To be eligible for Superior Chapter recognition, the chapter had to meet quality standards. These awards reflect many hours of hard work by the EHS FFA members and officers. They will go on to compete for the National FFA Star Chapter Award.
Cosi On Wheels Visits Third Ward
In September, a traveling exhibit and exciting hands-on program from COSI in Columbus, Ohio spent a day at Third Ward Elementary. Students learned about astronomy and physics in fun, interactive ways throughout the day.
Senator Capito Encourages Beverly Elementary Girls to Rise Up
Senator Shelley Moore Capito took time out of her busy schedule to visit Beverly Elementary School in October. She brought her “West Virginia Girls Rise Up” program to the school’s 5th grade girls. It focuses on notable women and their accomplishments, while encouraging the girls to be self-confident. The girls signed pledges of self-improvement and had the opportunity to ask the senator questions.
RTC Plays Role In Forest Festival Festivities
Various classes at Randolph Technical Center lent their talents in honor of the Mountain State Forest Festival. The Digital Imaging class designed the annual Forest Festival bookmark that is distributed to elementary students across the county. Industrial Maintenance classes cut leaves out of metal that were painted by the Collision Repair students, and the CWST classes used vinyl cutting equipment to create custom name places to put on the leaves. These leaves were gifts to the jesters and were presented on the day of Maid Silvia’s visit. Maid Silvia herself was presented with a cutting board made by the Mill and Cabinetry classes. These classes also created wooden maple leave display placards that were used by local downtown businesses displaying previous courts costumes.
TVHS FCA Sponsors Successful Blood Drive
Several times a year, the Tygarts Valley High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsors a Red Cross Blood Drive. Students and staff are encouraged to participate, and in the past few years, successful donations have continued to rise at the school. For last month’s blood drive a quota of 25 successful donations was set, and there were 37. This was the group’s best numbers since 2008. Club sponsor Tom Wamsley remarked, “There was a great sense of community spirit and pride among the students who had a sincere desire to contribute to a good cause! I am proud of our Bulldogs.”
North Elementary Welcomes "Heroes" for Lunch
The PTO at North Elementary sponsored a special lunch recently where students had the opportunity to sit down and eat with local heroes—firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement, and even Elkins Mayor Van Broughton. More lunches with other local heroes are scheduled for the school year. Principal Cindy Bodkin said she hopes that students learn that “heroes are not Spiderman, Batman or Wonder Woman, but instead are everyday folks that keep us and our community safe.”
Midland Students rewarded With Magic Show
Every summer Midland Elementary challenges students to read over the break. This summer more than 60 students read for at least 1,000 minutes and were rewarded with a magic show at school in September. Teacher Julie Nestor said the goal of the program is for students “to avoid the summer slide which may put them behind their peers when they return to school in the fall.”
Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab Visits Jennings Randolph Elementary
Jennings Randolph students had the unique opportunity to explore science with hands-on activities when the Mobile Agriculture Science Education Science Lab recently visited the school. One of the real-world experiments students conducted involved oil and water in snack food. Students made hypotheses and conclusions as well as gathered data during their experiments.
TVMHS 8th Graders Attend
EHS Skypes Classes To Pickens
To open up more class opportunities to students at Pickens School, Randolph County Schools started Skyping classes from Elkins High School a few years ago. Since these initial beginnings, the number of classes available and the number of teachers involved has grown tremendously! Additionally, for the first time a Skype Spanish class from EHS to Harman students will be happening during the spring semester.
EMS Students Connect
Every student at Elkins Middle School was presented with a carabineer at a special assembly during the first week of school. All the carabineers were then joined as links to form a large chain. The chain is now hanging at EMS as a symbol of how everyone at EMS connects. Principal Angie Wilson stated “When we connect with others we function differently and we are able to accomplish things.”
TVHS FFA WHEP Team Places Nationally
Tygarts Valley Future Farmers of America Wildlife Habitat Education Program team placed 2nd in national competition in late July. The team also participated in tours and activities arranged by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Wildlife.
Beverly Book Mobile Gears Up Reading
Beverly Elementary ran a Book Mobile that travelled all over the community of Beverly for eight weeks this summer. The project was a collaborative effort of the Historic Beverly Preservation and Beverly Elementary School made possible through many grants. "This project is definitely an affirmation and testament to the spirit of community and what can happen when all of us pull together and work as a single unit to make a difference in the lives of our families," stated principal Paul Zickefoose.
Morris Morrison Educates and Entertains on Opening Day
On Opening Day 2017, the motivational speaker Morris Morrison “jumpstarted” staff with an enthusiastic and energetic keynote.
Mr. Morrison encouraged professional and service personnel to not be afraid to re-invent themselves and work together to inspire students.
Dear fellow staff members, students, parents and our esteemed community,
It is my privilege and honor to welcome each of you back for the 2017-2018 School Year. I am humbled to serve as the Superintendent of Randolph County Schools and look forward to embarking on a journey to make our school system one of the top in our beautiful state.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your hard work, dedication and commitment to our students and family members. As your Superintendent, I am committed to actively gauging our community and stakeholders for new ideas, strategies and programs that will catapult our students to the next level.
I am excited to start this next chapter and look forward to actively collaborating with each of you to promote the Randolph County School System and highlight our many wonderful attributes.
Yours in Education,
Gabriel J. Devono, Superintendent Randolph County Schools