Randolph county Schools Newsletter
TVMHS Art Club beautifies Bathroom
The Art Club at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School recently tackled a unique school beautification project. Ladies in the Art Club created murals in one of the school’s girls’ bathrooms. Art teacher and Art Club sponsor Tessa Garver-Daniels remarked “This is the place where girls commune by chatting and sharing emotions. It often operates as a space to get away. Knowing this, the girls took this project seriously.” When the work was complete, the club held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mr. Wamsley, TVMHS principal, officially re-opening the bathroom. The gentlemen of the Art Club hope to tackle a boys’ bathroom before the end of the school year.
Coalton Students Create "The Thankful Tree"
At Coalton Elementary, students helped create a new hallway display called “The Thankful Tree.” Students wrote things they were thankful for on leaves; the leaves were then placed on The Thankful Tree art display. “It started as one of the projects students could participate in during our Positive Behavior Support activity around Thanksgiving,” said Principal Alyssa Tallman. “Then, it grew as more students saw the display and wanted to participate.”
Christmas Programs are a holiday treasure
During December, we had the honor of attending school holiday programs throughout the county. Each program was extraordinary! We greatly appreciate the time and effort we know students, parents and very hardworking teachers put into these holiday extravaganzas. These programs are tidings of good joy to our community and showcase good things happening in Randolph County Schools.
Mr. Devono and Mrs. Schmidlen
Pickens school partners with helvetia public library
The Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees approved a measure allowing their library director to work two hours a week at the Pickens School library. This will help the school to plan reading activities that will expand interest in reading for the whole community, as well as coordinating the two library collections. Helvetia Public Library director Doug Davis has started visiting Pickens School, reading to elementary students, and sharing the Helvetia Public Library collection with all students. Students are also being given the opportunity to register for library cards, giving them access to all the libraries in the system, and also opening up the opportunity to teach students how to utilize a public library to advance their academic careers.
Midland Elementary and Elkins High Students Learn Together About Day of the Dead
Midland Elementary fourth graders and Elkins High Spanish students marked Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, by teaching each other what they know about the holiday. During a presentation, the Midland students taught that the holiday is not a sad one but is instead a time to remember happy, fond memories of those who are deceased. The EHS Spanish students then worked one-on-one with the Midland students to teach them various Spanish words and various traditions associated with the holiday.
EHS Students Learn More about Voting
Students in Cody Thompson’s civics class recently welcomed guest speaker, Brenda Wiseman, the Randolph County Clerk. Ms. Wiseman spoke to students about how the voting process works, how to register to vote and showed students one the of voting machines the county uses for election days. Students were then allowed to practice using the voting machine to vote on a mock ballot, and voter registration cards were also handed out to any student wishing to register to vote.
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.
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.
George Ward Students Participate in 4-H Club
Students at George Ward Elementary have the opportunity to join two 4-H clubs the school sponsors. The Bullpup Cloverbuds is for students in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade and the Tygart Valley 4-H club is for students in grades 3rd to 5th. Anyone can join the clubs. Throughout the year, the clubs complete various service projects. They have published books, presented projects and just this past month, created Christmas cards to be mailed to service men and women away from their families during the holiday season.
Elkins Middle SchooL Girls Rock Robotics
Submitted article written by EMS Robotics Team “The Cutie PIs”
We are the Elkins Middle School Robotics Team known as the Cutie PIs. We are a group of six girls with six drastically different personalities. It all started with our coach, Mr. Davis, receiving a grant three years ago to purchase robots and to form an all-girls robotics team. In 6th grade, we started with some brief training from NASA. They taught us basic programming and soon afterwards, we got the hang of it ourselves. Our first competition season was last year in 7th grade. We did a project about ill-fitting horse saddles and how they horribly affect the horse. We won a first place award in the Core Values category at the qualifier meet in Morgantown. We went to states but didn’t get to move on to nationals. This year, however, we did a project on rain gardens, and plan to bring one into Elkins by the Phil Gainer Community Center in the spring. The qualifiers competition was November 18th, where we got champion’s award (first place) overall. We then succeeded to states on December 2nd. Prior to states, we only had a week after Thanksgiving Break to work. We basically redid our entire poster to make it easier to read and clearer. This resulted in being a really good idea. We got a larger score from it, as well as the other work we accomplished in that week. We hope to do First Lego League again next year when we will have more experience and hopefully a lot more fun.
Snow Day Packet Days Explained
New this school year, up to five snow days can be made-up using snow day packets that will be sent home with students early in January. The automated phone call going out on a snow day announcing that there is no school will also designate whether the day is a snow day packet day and which packet students should complete. Teachers will be available via phone, email and LiveGrades message on these days from 10am to 2pm to assist students and students will be graded on the work in these packets.
harman fbla boasts middle-level national event winners
For the first time in chapter history, middle school members of Harman School’s Future Business Leaders of America have been recognized at the national level. The Middle-Level FBLA students competed in multiple events. National event winners included Wes Harman, Megan Raines, Mason Eye and Tyler Ray.
TVMHS Hosts Career Day
Students at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School recently had the opportunity to explore various future careers during the school’s Career Day. Over 30 local businesses and agencies were welcomed to TVMHS and presented information to the students.
North Students Witness Hawk Release
Earlier in the fall, North Elementary students had the rare opportunity to witness a hawk being released into the wild. North Elementary school counselor Chris Storrick and her husband rescued the injured Cooper’s hawk and gave him to Laurel Fork Falconry to be rehabilitated. Over the course of several months, Oscar the Cooper’s hawk healed from his injury enough to re-introduced to the wild. Before the release, Laurel Fork Falconry did a presentation on raptors and students met Ace, a red tail hawk who lives permanently at Laurel Fork.
Randolph Technical Center Classes Collaborate and Incorporate Latest Technology
Classes at Randolph Technical Center are working collaboratively on projects utilizing a new laser engraving machine. The Mill and Cabinet students prepare lumber for the laser machine; then, the CWST students create digital images. These images are then “printed” on the wood using an Epilog Fusion Engraver that can laser text and images onto wood, plastic, leather and glass. Students have also engraved glasses and wooden signs as part of their simulated workplace companies. “The project sounds simple, but there is hours of work that goes into one engraving,” stated Mill and Cabinet instructor Ronnie Cutright.
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.”
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