Recent News

On School Accreditation.

PASS Parents and Friends: I thought it might be worth taking a minute to try to explain the accreditation situation and what it does and doesn’t mean. Education policymakers have long been frustrated with certain schools, many of them in poor urban communities, which produce consistently poor

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Bad News from Richmond

PASS Parents and Friends — As we celebrate the holiday season and begin an exciting new year in our county, we want to share with you this article from the Richmond Times Dispatch. The article reminds us that our school resources continue to be stretched thin. Article

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Gratitude

PASS Parents and Friends – Thursday is our national holiday dedicated to gratitude, and I hope each of you has a “full plate” of things for which to be grateful, along with your full plate at dinner. I have a short gratitude story of my own. We

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Hearing from the Teachers, Part 4: Discipline

PASS Parents and Friends – Continuing our American Education Week observance, we have a column from a group of teachers at PMMS talking about discipline, and the challenges faced by all sides in that context. PASS Friends: Think back to your time in school. Was there a

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Hearing from the Teachers, Part 3 — Special Education

PASS Parents and Friends – As you probably know by now, PASS is observing American Education Week by having a new email each day from a different SCPS teacher, each with their own unique perspective. Today, we have Darla Moomaw, who started out as a paraprofessional at

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Hearing from the Teachers Part 2 — AP and Dual Enrollment

PASS Parents and Friends – For American Education Week, we are doing a post a day from an SCPS teacher, giving us their perspective on local education. Today, we have Corey Harlow, a Guidance Counselor at SHS. His experience with Dual Enrollment, as both a student and

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Hearing from the Teachers, Part 1 — Contributing to a Vibrant School Community.

PASS Parents and Friends –(Dan here.) As I mentioned yesterday, in honor of American Education Week, we are going to only do e-mails from teachers this week. The e-mail below is from a first grade teacher at WWR, Melissa Dodge. Dear Friends and Supporters of PASS, On

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American Education Week — listening to the teachers

PASS Parents and Friends ~ You may not have heard, but the National Education Association has designated next week as American Education Week. We at PASS wanted to do something to recognize the occasion. Friday on PASS’ page, WWR teacher Melissa Dodge had a comment that I

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What Made the Difference?

Hi PASS Parents & Friends!  (Abby here :)) In the Supervisor elections four years ago, Shenandoah County elected two anti-spending Supervisors, one by a narrow majority and one with a plurality in a three-way race. On Tuesday night, both of those Supervisors were defeated by large majorities.

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Finally!

PASS Parents and Friends ~ (Dan here.) I’ve waited a long time to write this e-mail. Last night, education supporters “ran the table.” Karl Roulston defeated Cindy Bailey by more than a 2–1 margin. Dennis Morris defeated Marsha Shruntz by close to a 2–1 margin. Dick Neese

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