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FAFSA Completion Workshops - Tuesday, Feb. 23rd between 3pm-
7pm at the Giles Technology Center or Monday, Feb 29th between
3pm-7pm at Narrows High School.  All parents/guardians are invited to
attend either event.  Assistants will be available to help you complete
the online application and answer questions. Click here to learn what
you will need to bring.

ACCE - Access to Community College Education - a Giles County
and New River Community College Partnership which makes college
available, tuition free, to Giles County high school graduates. Click here
for more details.

Red Ribbon Campaign Winner - Congratulations Eastern
Elem/Middle School - for earning recognition as the Red Ribbon Photo
Contest School Winner for Region 3 ! The purpose of the contest was
to involve families, schools and communities in spreading a message that
promotes healthy and drug free kids. Visit the Red Ribbon Photo
Contest website for a complete list of winners.

Congratulations to Heidi Sizemore for receiving the Outstanding
Career and Technical Education New Teacher Award in July, 2015 during
the State Conference !  The award was presented by Virginia's Health
and Medical Sciences Educator's Association.  The purpose is to
recognize new health occupations education teachers who are providing
outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and or
adults in one of the health fields. Recipients of this award must have
made significant contributions toward innovative, unique, and novel
programs which are serving to improve and promote career and
technical education.  Join us in congratulating Heidi in this honor and for
all that she has accomplished. 

Congratulations Teresa Lowe for her receiving the Region VII
"Creating Excellence Program" award in June in Richmond !  Join us in
congratulating her for this honor !

2015-16 - List of Suggested School Supplies

2015 Teacher of the Year:  Congratuations to Emily Dwoyer, Guidance
Counselor at Narrows High School, in earning Giles County's Teacher of
the Year award for 2015! We are proud to have her represent Giles
County and look forward to future announcements regarding Virginia's
Regional Teacher of the Year recipients.  Join us in congratulating Emily
and wishing her the best!  We would also like to recognize our school
level winners.  They are:
Eastern Elem/Middle - Sarah Woods
Macy McClaugherty - Katie Ponzio
Narrows Elem/Middle - Tracie Turner
Giles High - Lynn Williams
Congratulations to all! 

Summer Lunch Programs 2015: free nutritious meals at two locations
throughout the summer.  Macy McClaugherty and Narrows High School
will offer free lunches from 11:30 until 1pm on selected dates. Click here
for more information.

42nd Annual Regional Spelling Bee : Best Wishes to Haley Hansen as
she competes in Roanoke on Saturday, March 14th!

ACCE - Access to Community College Education - A Giles County and
New River Community College Partnership providing tuition-free
opportunities for eligible Giles County Graduates.
Application deadline for 15-16: midnight on March 4, 2015

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.
Visit here to view recommended times and additional details

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

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.

Congratulations 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
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County Spelling Bee:  Feb 16th - 1pm
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