On July 1, 2021, Shenandoah County Public Schools welcomed Ms. Melody Sheppard as division superintendent.
Ms. Melody Sheppard has over 23 years of experience as a school administrator. She started her educational leadership career as a director of technology, in which she established the technology infrastructure to ensure reliable, high-speed internet connectivity was available. Ms. Sheppard served as the director of career and technical education and principal of Blue Ridge Technical Center for four years. For the last eight years, she has served as assistant superintendent for administration. During her tenure as assistant superintendent, she served as interim superintendent for nine months. As assistant superintendent for administration, Ms. Sheppard facilitated the renovation of two elementary schools, a non-traditional school, and the building of a new middle school. Ms. Sheppard has experience in organizational and instructional improvement.
Ms. Sheppard is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership through the University of Virginia, with anticipated completion in June 2022. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology in business education.
Ms. Sheppard and her husband, Dana, have two children, Jacob and Cierra.
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 grade 5 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.
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.
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.
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 the Department of Social Services and several 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.
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