Bridging the Gap computer program takes community effort
An idea that started at Meadowbrook High School six years ago is now being used at L.C. Bird High. Matt Bland, teacher of the Success program that works with at-risk ninth-graders, needed someone to help him with the Bridging the Gap computer program, and he recruited Bill Stehle, a... Read more
Chester teacher going to South Korea for geography conference
Chester resident Anne Canipe is headed to South Korea this month. Canipe, a teacher at Cosby High School, was invited to participate in a week-long geography education conference and field study in the northeast Asian country. The group with which Canipe is traveling is made up of 14 teachers... Read more
L.C. Bird High graduates 443
Valedictorian Lily Tran had attendees of Lloyd C. Bird High School’s June 7 graduation laughing. Tran told her fellow graduates to look underneath their seats, paused and then said, “Just kidding.” She encouraged them to treat each person they come across with compassion and kindness. “Good deeds are never... Read more
Matoaca High School graduates 416
Valedictorian Lillian Wilmarth and salutatorian James Marrs were among the students who graduated from Matoaca High School June 4. Wilmarth and Marrs were among 81 students who received college scholarships. Tobias Konieczka and Drew Lather each received $100,000 scholarships. Konieczka was awarded Hampden-Sydney College’s Venable Scholarship, while Lather got... Read more
Meadowbrook High School graduates 350
Meadowbrook High School led off a series of three graduations June 7 at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. School board chairman John Erbach said the class – which walked onto the floor with many smiles and much cheering – was one of the most impressive he’s seen.... Read more
Thomas Dale High graduates 552
The 110th commencement of Thomas Dale High School saw 552 graduates receive their diplomas before a large crowd at the Siegel Center. Interim superintendent Donald Fairheart noted the school received platinum donor status for donating $6,675 toward “The Cure Starts Now,” an anti-cancer fundraising organization. School board member Carrie... Read more
Event encourages students to read during the summer
Trying to help avert a “summer slide” was the driving force behind last week’s first-ever Summer Reading Palooza. The event, which was organized by three librarians at Carver Middle School, drew students from 13 local schools. Stephanie Stargardt, head librarian at Carver, said the event was organized to get... Read more
English teacher uses literature to help teach social skills
Brian McGill knew he wanted to become a teacher when he was a sophomore in high school. When he was going through difficult times he had influential teachers who were there for him, and he wanted to “pay it forward” by becoming a teacher. In addition, he felt he... Read more
Rudd completes training program
Shane Rudd of Chesterfield recently completed the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training Program. The 11-week program provides both classroom and hands-on training in safety, climbing techniques, electrical theory, aerial framing, rigging, Operation Utility Service Equipment and Commercial Driver’s License Training. SVCC offers the Power Line Worker... Read more
Theater background helps in classroom with fourth-graders
Before she decided to become a teacher, Hillary Mekanik was a theater major at VCU. After two years, she decided she’d rather use theater as a hobby or skill and said she sort of “fell into teaching.” Mekanik teaches fourth grade at C.C. Wells Elementary. She said her days... Read more