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Kindergarten Registrations: Children five years old on or before September 30, 2015, and who plan to attend Giles County Public Schools, may register for Kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year on the following dates: 
     Narrows Elementary - March 26,
     Eastern Elementary - April 1,
     Macy McClaugherty - April 8.
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Spelling Bee:
Giles County Schools held their county spelling bee sponsored by Scripps Howard and the Roanoke Times on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  Haley Hansen, daughter of Lori and Chris Hansen, won the Spelling Bee in the 22nd round by spelling the word, "wunderkind".  Haley is a seventh grade student at Eastern Elementary/Middle School. The Spelling Bee is open to students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.  Winners from each of the five schools participating in the County Spelling Bee were:  Jamie Wall, 5th grade NEMS, Peyton Rader, 7th grade MMS, Frankie Cahoon, 8th grade NHS, Haley Hansen, 7th grade EEMS and Adellaide Nielson, 8th grade GHS. Congratulations to all of the school winners and good luck to Haley as she travels to Roanoke for the next level of competition!  Thank you to all the facilitators at the schools for all the work you do!  Thank you to Josh Sparks for serving as our district pronouncer!

National History Bee:
The results of the On-line Qualifying Exam have been shared and congratulations are in order for all five students that participated in the On-Line Qualifying exam. They will all advance to the next round of competition. Caleb Clemons and Frankie Cahoon, both 8th grade students at NHS, Cale Daniels, 8th grader at GHS, Morgan Ralph, 7th grader at NEMS and Lucas Morris, 7th grader at Macy, have been invited to the Regional Finals in Charlotte, NC on February 14, 2015. The highest ORQE scorers in each of the 37 regions attend and compete at the Regional Finals which are organized and staffed by the National History Bee. These five GCPS students will participate in several rounds of buzzer competition. The top students from each of the Regional Finals qualify to participate in the National Finals in May. Congratulations and Good Luck to All!

Congratulations to the 2015 School History Bee winners!  The top five scores in the Intramural Bee held at each school are: Cale Daniels (8th grade GHS), Lucas Morris (7th grade Macy), Morgan Ralph (7th grade NEMS), Caleb Clemons (8th grade NHS) and Frankie Cahoon (8th grade NHS).  They participated in the On-Line Qualifying exam held at Narrow High School to determine if they will move on to the next level of competition.  Those selected will travel to Charlotte, NC on February 14, 2015 to participate with other students in the Regional History Bee. 

During the 14-15 school year, curriculum related to Family Life Education (FLE) will be covered by your child's teacher.  A copy of the FLE objectives can be found under the "Parents" menu above or at each school or the School Board Office.

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Factsheet

2014-15 State Accreditation Ratings
Congratulations to all for the successes and accomplishments of our students, teachers and schools !

State News Release: New Gains in Math

Enterovirus D68: EV-D68 Facts for Schools

Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science:  EEMS Teacher, Margret Journell, is one of five Virginia teachers who have been selected as state finalists for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award, ­regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers, ­ recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.  Congratulations Mrs. Journell! We wish you the best and look forward to hearing the 2014 winners.   State News Release

NEMS Teachers Participate in VISTA Initiative - This summer, four teachers from Narrows Elementary/Middle joined initiative designed to change how science is taught across Virginia.  Krista Dascano, Sarah McGlogthin, Donna Ralph and Michelle Robertson began a year-long program with the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), which kicked off with an intensive, four-week Elementary Science Institute at Virginia Tech.
Funded by a $34m grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program applies the principles of hands-on science, student-centered inquiry, the nature of science, and problem-based learning.  For more information visit VISTA.

New River Connection /Average Per Pupil Expenditures

At the Picnic Table
- a special 2014 Summer Meals Program Newsletter - Click here to learn more about the exciting programs in Giles and across the State.

Attention High School Students/Parents:
Students and their families are encouraged to use a variety of information sources to select a college and major. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) provided one such source that is available here.

Free Summer Food Programs
continue again this summer offering free nutritious meals at two locations throughout the summer.  Visit Macy McClaugherty for breakfast and Narrows High School for lunch!  Breakfast and Lunch Menus available here.

Summer Governor's School:
Darien Nagel from Narrows High School and Rachel Ingram from Giles High School have been selected to attend Summer Governor’s School for Theater Arts at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.   Each summer the program serves 20-24 students selected to represent their school districts in a 3-week residential, collegiate program (conferring 3 college credits) for academically gifted and high achieving juniors and seniors (rising).  There is no cost to the students selected to attend and they receive three college credits, free of charge, upon completion of the program!  Nominated students should have clearly demonstrated mature achievement in performance, theatrical design, or technical theater.  Additional information about the program can be found at

National Finals:
On June 6-8,  Caleb Clemons, from Narrows Elementary/Middle School, will compete in the National Finals of the National History Bee in Atlanta, Georgia.  In order to qualify for the National Finals he advanced through multiple stages of competition, including an intramural completion, an online test and a head-to-head regional competition.  Of the more than 10,000 students who began the competition in October, only six hundred will compete in the National Finals.  Congratulations Caleb and we wish you the best in Atlanta!

2014 Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Mrs. Melanie Atkins, English Teacher at Narrows High School, in earning Giles County's Teacher of the Year award for 2014 !   We are proud to have her represent Giles County and look forward to future announcements revealing Virginia's Regional Teacher of Year recipients.  Join us in wishing Melanie the bestl!

Summer Food Service Program
earns recognition and a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the United State Department of Agriculture !  During the March School Board meeting, Dr. Molly O'Dell, Health Director for the New River Health District, presented a plaque honoring the school system for the outstanding initiative and innovation put forth, making the 2013 Summer Food program a tremendous success. The program enlisted the assistance of over 70 volunteers and received support from local community and political leaders. Visit the Virginia Department of Health's announcement of awards for Student Meal Program efforts.  Thanks to all whose efforts make this program possible!  View details about the Summer 2014 Programs!

NRV Leading Lights
recognized Rebecca Kay Stephens, an 11th grader at Giles High and Shana Davis a 12th grade student at Narrows High for their voluntary service and community-changing activities at an Awards Banquet & Ceremony on Thursday evening, April 10th.  Ms. Stephens, the overall winner of the High School Award was nominated by GHS Teacher, Mrs. Mattie Ward, and Ms. Davis was nominated by NHS Teacher, Mr. Dennis Kidd. This program began in 2007, prompted by the outpouring of voluntary service after the shootings at Virginia Tech. Congratulations to these exemplary students for their compassion and service to others! We are proud of all your accomplishments.

Giles Schools recognized in the 18th Annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory: 
Congratulations to Eastern, Macy and Narrows Elem/Middle !  Visit the Directory to learn about each of the best practices and programs receiving recognition.

2014-15 School Calendar

The Teacher of the Year
program allows us the opportunity to recognize outstanding teachers, and to focus positive attention on education and the teaching profession.  We're pleased to announce that, from among our many talented and dedicated teachers, the school nominees for Giles County's Teacher of the Year are:
Eastern Elem/Middle - Christina Martin
Macy McClaugherty - Andrew Graham
Narrows Elem/Middle - Laura Helvey
Giles High - Jack Ellison
Narrows High - Melanie Atkins
Congratulations to each for earning this recognition! We are proud of all of our teachers and look forward to announcing, in April, the committee's finalist who will represent Giles County at the regional level.

to Eastern Elem/Middle School student, Haley Hansen, for winning the County-Wide Spelling Bee!  Haley won the bee when she correctly spelled "earthenware" in the 36th round.  She will represent Giles County at the Roanoke Times Regional Spelling Bee on March 22nd.  Narrows Elem/Middle School student, Frankie Cahoon, is first runner-up. Super job everyone and best wishes to Haley as she prepares for regional competition!

Spelling Bee:
Top spellers from each of Giles County's schools, grades 5-8, will compete at 1pm on Tuesday, February 25th in the County-Wide Spelling Bee at the School Board Office.  School Winners are:
     Haley Hansen - Eastern Elem/Middle, grade 6
     Grace Shockley - Macy McClaugherty, grade 6
     Frankie Cahoon - Narrows Elem/Middle, grade 7
     Andrea Shaver - Giles High, grade 8
     Felena Pack - Narrows High, grade 8
Congratulations to each for earning this spot and representing your school in County competition! The student crowned spelling bee champion will represent Giles County in the Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Roanoke Times, on March 22nd in Roanoke.

Kindergarten Registrations:
Children five years old on or before September 30, 2014, and who plan to attend Giles County Public Schools, may register for Kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year on the following dates: 
     Narrows Elementary - April 10th,
     Eastern Elementary - April 2nd,
     Macy McClaugherty - April 9th.
Visit here to view recommended times and additional details

CTE Month
- Governor McAuliffe recognizes February as CTE (Career and Technical Education) Month.  Visit the Giles County Technology Center to learn more about the outstanding CTE programs offered in Giles County. CTE programs here and throughout Virginia and the nation are preparing students to be college and career ready by providing academic, employability and technical job-specific skills.

History Bee Winners to Compete in Charlotte
We are proud to announce four students will be representing Giles County in the Regional History Bee competition in Charlotte, NC on Monday, February 10th.  Congratulations to Caleb Clemons and Frankie Cahoon of Narrows Elem/Middle, Cale Daniels of Eastern Elem/Middle and McKayla Yopp of Narrows High School ! We are proud of you and wish you the best as you compete at the Regional level.  To learn more about the History Bee, visit 

Welcome Board
: We wish to congratulate and welcome newly elected School Board Member, Mr. Eric Gentry as well as returning School Board Member, Mrs. Drema K. McMahon.  Mr. Gentry joins current Board Members Mrs. McMahon, Mr. Joseph M. Gollehon Jr, Mr. Ronald B. Whitehead and Dr. J. Lewis Webb. We look forward to the educational contributions and leadership that each will provide in 2014 and beyond. Congratulations to each for earning this opportunity to serve our students and communities.

Thanks Mr. Buckland:
  The December 19th regular meeting of the Giles Board of Education began an evening of recognition for exiting School Board Chairman, Mr. J.B. Buckland. Mr. Buckland was recognized for his 33 years of continuous commitment to serving the students of Giles County. He was honored at a surprise reception at Eastern Elem/Middle School. Mr. Buckland is in an elite group of only four Board Members across the State of Virginia who have dedicated 33 years, or more, in service to their school communities.  Superintendent, Dr. Terry E. Arbogast, II, and many others, expressed their appreciation for his unwavering commitment, dedication and leadership. His impact on our school system will continue to serve us in the coming years. Thanks and best wishes Mr. Buckland!

State Championship: Congratulations to head coach Jeff Williams, the entire coaching staff, and the 2013 Giles High Spartan football team on their 20-19 overtime win in Salem on Saturday, earning the Group 2A State Championship!  With this win Giles completed a perfect 15-0 season and claimed its fourth state title in school history following previous championships in 1980, 1993 and 2005.  Great Job!

Christmas Artwork: Congratulations to third grade students Abbie, Ryane and Mason on their Christmas drawings!  Visit our Christmas site to view their artwork.  Each will be recognized during the December 19th School Board meeting.

Fully Accredited ! All Giles County Schools are Fully Accredited for the 2013-14 School Year.  View all Schools' Accreditation Results.

US News & World Rpt: Narrows High School recognized with a  Bronze Medal  in the "Best High Schools" as awarded by the US News and World Report.  Click here for more details. Congratulations NHS!

2013 Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Gary Hinson, Science Teacher at Narrows High School, in his earning the 2013 Giles County Teacher of the Year Award!

McGlothlin Award: Pam MacDonald, 5th grade Teacher at Macy McClaugherty, was a 2013 recipient of McGlothlin Award and received $25,000.  Congratulations Pam!  Read more about this prestigious award by visiting Blue Ridge PBS.  Runner-up was another Giles County Teacher, Lisa James, a Title I Teacher at NEMS.  We're proud of you both!
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Important: The ACCE (Access to Community College Education) initiative, provides tuition-free opportunities at New River Community College for eligible 2015 Giles County graduates: *Revised application deadline is midnight on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. 

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          March 26 - Narrows Elem/Middle
          April 1 - Eastern
          April 8 - Macy McClaugherty
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