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Dr. Mark A. Johnston

Dr. Mark A. Johnston

I am honored to serve Shenandoah County as your Superintendent and pledge to continue to support the journey to excellence that is well underway.

While this is a time of transition for Shenandoah County Public Schools, it is important to note that the planning that is in place will serve as a guide for continuous improvement. While the School Board will be engaging in updating and revising its goals this summer in response to accomplishments that have been made, the existing School Board planning will continue to serve as a basic roadmap for Shenandoah County Public Schools. Put differently, our areas of work and effort should not come as a surprise to anyone. My previous experience with the School Division should help make the transition period a smooth one.

Preparing our students today for emerging jobs and careers in a quickly changing world is a daunting task. But it is also very exciting to see our students soar as we all dedicate ourselves to providing experiences that support them. Our hard-working and dedicated employees strive each and every day to help our students in making Shenandoah County a 21st Century learning community. Our staff continually reflects upon its efforts and adapts in ways that have allowed us to achieve great success. From my early career as a science teacher, one of my proudest accomplishments was, in just two years, doubling the number of students who took and successfully completed physics. This accomplishment was possible because I was able to change and adapt my teaching and create opportunities for students that did not previously exist, while at the same time maintaining high standards and ensuring learning outcomes. This approach has guided my entire professional career and in all areas of the school division. We need, at times to think differently and creatively in order to foster success.

In leading Shenandoah County Public Schools during this time of transition, it is my intention to actively engage students, staff, parents, community members, and business partners in our efforts. I strive for openness, transparency, reflection, data and feedback for informed decision making. It is my firm belief that a lead indicator of the success of any school division is the extent to which the School Board and Superintendent publicly demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively together to develop both a shared vision and goals. I pledge to work closely with the School Board in this regard.

It is an honor and a privilege to assume the responsibilities of Superintendent. I look forward to serving the community to the best of my abilities.  

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Superintendent's Annual Report

School Board Members

6 months ago

District 1
Karen S. Whetzel
9424 Shenandoah Drive
New Market, VA 22844
Home: 740-8589
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
Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

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

District 4

Michelle Manning
833 Ox Road
Woodstock, Virginia   22664
Phone: 540-257-9128
Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

District 5
Shelby J. Kline
2210 Brook Creek Rd.
Toms Brook, VA 22660
Phone: 540-975-2941
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

Curriculum, Mission, Vision and Belief Statements

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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.


 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.


    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

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    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.

    Here is another website where you can sign up to receive school closing/delay information from:  School's Out

    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)