Recent News

Developing leadership in Shenandoah County

One of PASS’ goals is to encourage parents and supporters of school-aged children to take a more active role in the leadership of Shenandoah County. The Shenandoah County Chamber has created a leadership program that will allow you to do just that. The program will give participants

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Conservatives and local government

PASS Parents and Friends: (Dan here.) This e-mail is mainly written for the benefit of my fellow Republicans and conservatives. We are very grateful to and for our Democratic supporters and you are certainly welcome to read along; it’s just that this is written from a perspective

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New Grading System

PASS Parents and Friends: This past Thursday The Free Press published a headline story, “Failure becomes tough assignment”. After reading this article I felt my first e-mail as a PASS Board Member should help dispel the myths of this headline and story. As I closed out my

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Katie

PASS Parents and Friends: Before any of us, there was Katie. Before Ken Scheck and Jamie Nichols started Save Our Schools; before Abby and Jennifer started Shenandoah Supports New Schools, and well before Cyndy and I even began talking about PASS, Katie Freakley saw the storm clouds

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PASS Grades Supervisors on Support for Education in Shenandoah County

EDINBURG – For the third year in a row, Shenandoah County Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools (PASS) marked the last day of the school year by issuing a report card, grading individual members on the county Board of Supervisors based on their relative support for education funding. The letter grade issued to each Supervisor is intended to reflect that member’s statements, actions and votes with respect to…

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Congratulations to our graduates

To the Stonewall, Central and Strasburg Classes of 2017: As each of your high school careers come to an end, we hope these final days are among the most lived-in of your young lives. You are understandably proud of your accomplishments, in the classroom; on the athletic

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Recent history of tax rates

PASS Parents and Friends — In 2005, Shenandoah County had a real estate tax rate of 68 cents per $100 of assessed value ($0.68 for short). The next year, a new real estate assessment showed that property values – driven by the housing bubble at the time

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Our School Nurses

PASS Parents and Friends: As the year winds down, it occurs to us that we have been remiss in not recognizing one very small but important group of people in our schools – the school nurses that take care of our kids. I’ll sheepishly acknowledge that May

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More Dysfunction from the BOS

PASS Parents and friends —(Abby here) We at PASS had made a decision that, after all the bad news we had during the budget season, we were going to “accentuate the positive” and focus on teacher of the year, national teacher appreciation week and other upbeat news

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Teacher Appreciation Week

PASS Parents and Friends: This week, our schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week (though some others celebrate it next week). Teacher Appreciation Week is kind of a big deal here at PASS, as you can imagine. The single most important ingredient in strong schools is good teachers.

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