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Superintendent

3 months ago


Dr. Mark A. Johnston
Division Superintendent
majohnston@shenandoah.k12.va.us
540-459-6222

Dr. Mark A. Johnston

It is an exciting time for public education in Shenandoah County. I am so honored to serve as your Superintendent. As we eagerly anticipate a new school year, we celebrate so many successes. Our students continue to excel in academic, visual and performing arts, career and technical fields, and athletics. In poring over the accomplishments that will be featured in our annual Superintendent’s Report to the Community later this fall, recapping all of our many accomplishments last year, it is truly overwhelming! This is a tribute to our students and staff and their dedication and hard work on behalf of creating a vibrant community we value calling home.

Among areas of eager anticipation for the coming year are the following:Empower 2024

  • With over a year of study and stakeholder feedback, we launch a new strategic plan titled EMPOWER 2024! which sets our direction for the coming six years through the following priorities:

    • Priority A: Every student and staff member contributes to a culture of respect and positive relationships.

    • Priority B: Students are empowered and equipped to develop their passion for learning.

    • Priority C: SCPS engages with parents and community partners to enable students to be emotionally ready to access their learning.

    • Priority D: SCPS provides a positive and engaging environment so that staff feels valued, empowered and supported.

    • Priority E: SCPS facilities and learning environments are current, adaptable, flexible, and support collaboration, creativity, rigor and authentic learning.

  • New Virginia Accreditation requirements, known as the Virginia Profile of a Graduate, which include new graduation requirements for this year’s Freshman Class bring a spotlight to career preparation of our students. In meeting the new requirements, our efforts will help students decide, whether going directly from high school to college, the workforce, or anything in between, what careers and work experiences.

  • An expansion of services and professional development responsive to social-emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-informed care, which will provide students and staff strategies for managing the substantial increase in manifestations of these experiences to stem disciplinary infractions.

  • Creating a systemic implementation of the five C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and civics) stressed in the Virginia Profile of a Graduate and accompanying performance assessments that provide evidence of student learning that goes well beyond traditional tests.

In carrying out our mission and priorities, I commit to continuing to actively engage students, staff, parents, community members, and business partners in our efforts. I will continue to strive for openness, transparency, reflection, data, and feedback for informed decision making.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as Superintendent. I look forward to continued service to the community to the best of my abilities.

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Superintendent's Annual Report


School Board Members

11 days ago

District 1
Karen S. Whetzel
 Chairman
9424 Shenandoah Drive
New Market, VA 22844
Home: 740-8589
kswhetzel@shenandoah.k12.va.us
Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

District 2
Richard L. Koontz, Jr.
Vice Chairman
P.O. Box 193
Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
Home: 477-9646
Office: 477-3131
Fax: 477-3475
rkoontz@holtzmancorp.com
Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

District 3
Cynthia D. Walsh
211 Manor Drive
Edinburg, VA 22824
Phone: 540-335-3465
cdwalsh@shenandoah.k12.va.us
Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

District 4

Michelle Manning
833 Ox Road
Woodstock, Virginia   22664
Phone: 540-257-9128
mimanning@shenandoah.k12.va.us
Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

District 5
Shelby J. Kline
2210 Brook Creek Rd.
Toms Brook, VA 22660
Phone: 540-975-2941
sjkline@shenandoah.k12.va.us
Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

District 6
Sonya Williams-Giersch
462 Crim Drive
Strasburg, VA 22657
Home: 465-5980
Office: 465-5980
Fax:  465-5980
 Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

By Timothy F. Taylor
2018-2019 School Division Goals
Positive School Climate and Culture
Every student and staff member contributes to a culture of respect and positive relationships.

College, Career and Citizenship Readiness
Students are empowered and equipped to develop their passion for learning.

Family Engagement and Community Connections
SCPS engages with parents and community partners to enable students to be emotionally ready to access their learning.

Recruit, Support and Retain Enthusiastic Professionals
SCPS provides a positive and engaging environment so that staff feel valued, empowered and supported.

High Quality and Adequate Facilities and Learning Environments
SCPS facilities and learning environments are current, adaptable, flexible, and support collaboration, creativity, rigor and authentic learning.

Curriculum, Mission, Vision and Belief Statements

3 months ago

Curriculum

The Shenandoah County school system is committed to excellence and has high expectations for all students in kindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum provides for continuous progress and focuses on how students learn and develop. As state and national standards change, local core curricula are altered to accommodate those revisions. 

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Shenandoah County's youngest students begin school with a full-day kindergarten program. The kindergarten through grade5 program is designed to be developmentally appropriate and to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all students. The curriculum addresses the development of knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes, and a broad range of content (language arts, math, science, social studies, health, physical education, music, art, technology) that is relevant and meaningful to children. An integrated approach to curriculum, which recognizes the natural interrelation between content areas in instruction, builds upon what children already know and are able to do and fosters development of thinking, reasoning, decision-making, and problem-solving. 

Middle (Grades 6-8)
The middle school curriculum is designed to meet the needs of developing adolescents. Academic emphasis is on the development of skills in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education. Many exploratory classes allow students to discover their own interests. Students may participate in a range of school activities and extracurricular programs. The middle schools in Shenandoah County seek to provide a gradual transition from elementary to high school. 

Secondary (Grades 9-12)

The high school curriculum includes college preparatory and advanced placement courses, work/study programs, and vocational and technical training that provide entry-level job skills. Student organizations provide experiences in responsible citizenship and give students a voice in school operations. Athletic programs, musical organizations, drama groups, school publications, and debate and forensic teams complement academic offerings, allowing students to explore their interests and develop their skills. 

Special Needs.....Special Solutions
Special attention is given to students who need remedial or advanced programs. Resource teachers assist students who meet the requirement for remedial reading or math instruction. The federal-funded Title I program provides additional services to eligible students through reading specialists and special instructional materials. A differentiated educational program is provided for gifted students in kindergarten through grade 12. A gifted resource specialist in each school provides services to students and classroom teachers. Children with disabilities receive individualized instruction and accommodations through special education services or a Section 504 educational plan. The special education program begins with the preschooler, age two, and continues to offer a free and appropriate public education for students through age 21. Whenever possible, students attend regular classes and have the assistance of specialists. Individualized education programs are developed annually to meet their needs.

Mission

 The Mission of Shenandoah County Public Schools is to prepare each student for a future of life-long learning. We believe that:

  • The success of Shenandoah County Public Schools rests with how well we prepare our students for the future
  • All members of the learning community are valued and respected
  • A work environment must encourage and support trust, mutual respect, open communications, and risk taking
  • Processes which allow for continuous improvement and problem solving are essential
  • The education of all members of the learning community is a shared responsibility.

Vision

    The Vision of Shenandoah County Public Schools is to be the first choice for education by:

    • Producing individuals who have the skills, ability, and attitudes to succeed as productive citizens and develop a mindset of life-time learning
    • Demonstrating high standards and expectations for all school personnel
    • Maximizing the utilization of school resources
    • Fostering goals and values that will be embraced by those whom the school division touches
    • Recognizing superior performance
    • Comparing favorably with Virginia standards.

    Belief Statements

    Great communities come from great schools; therefore, we believe.....

    • All decisions are based on the best interest of our students.
    • Meaningful learning occurs only in the presence of meaningful relationships.
    • Measures of success are unique and individualized for each learner.
    • Continuous growth and improvement is expected for everyone.
    • Problem solving is an essential skill.
    • An atmosphere of respect must exist.
    • The education of our children is an investment of time, labor, and resources in our future.   
    Driving Directions to School Board Office
    Directions to the Shenandoah County Government Center (School Board Office is Upstairs):

    Take Exit 283 Woodstock from Interstate 81. Turn towards the center of town, which is left if you are heading south and right if you are heading north. Go to the second stoplight (Sheetz will be on your right), take a left and go through town. You will go through several intersections and come to a shopping center on your right, which contains Dollar General, Hallmark, and other stores. Take the first right past the shopping center, on Mill Rd. Take the next left into the Shenandoah County Government Center parking lot. Go through the double doors and go to the second floor. The training room is down the hallway on the left.

    School Closings and Delays

    3 months ago

    We announce all school closings and delays via our Mass Communication service called SchoolMessenger.  If you have a student in our division and you are not receiving calls, please contact the school your child(ren) attends.

    TV Stations:
    1. Channel 3 - WHSV
    2. Channel 4
    3. Channel 7
    4. Channel 9
    5. Community Channel 8 via Shentel

    Radio Stations:

    1. WSIG 96.9 FM
    2. WSVG 790 AM
    3. WSVA 550 AM
    4. WBHB 101 FM
    5. WMRA 90.7 FM
    6. WINC 92.5 FM
    7. WZRV 95.3 FM
    8. WUSQ - Q102 FM
    9. WFQX The Fox 99.3 FM
    10. Bright Radio 105-7 (WMXH-FM 105.7)
    11. Rascal 1330 (WRAA 1330)