Tag: education

By Stefanie Jackson – Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore (SBES), an organization that advocates for the health, well-being, and education of children, hosted the first virtual session of its annual Kids Count forum Feb. 23, coordinated by Barbara O’Hare and titled “It’s Our Nature – Healthy Outdoor Activities for Kids...
Staff Report — Northampton County Public Schools announced this evening (Monday, Jan. 11) that the return to in-person instruction would be delayed at least until Jan. 24. It was originally scheduled to resume Jan. 19. Information about instructional materials and delivery will be communicated by each child's school. "This is due to...
By Connie Morrison — Households with students in Accomack County Public Schools, as well as teachers, will have to shift gears quickly because beginning tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 11, all students will be moved to virtual or remote learning. Parents began reporting the calls and emails announcing the change beginning around 7:30...
By William P. O’Hare — A few years ago, I wrote a report for the yearly KIDS COUNT on the Eastern Shore Forum in which I compared the well-being of children in Northampton County to the well-being of children in other counties and independent cities in Virginia. The comparison was...
By Stefanie Jackson – In light of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down schools and businesses across the country, and the death of George Floyd, which sparked protests calling for an end to systemic racism, the Virginia Department of Education webinar, “Culturally Relevant Remote Instruction,”  offers timely advice to...
Dear Editor: As a graduate of Arcadia High School, the mother of an Arcadia High School graduate, a long time mentor of youth and an engaged community member, I must share my concern for the seemingly lack of or minimal advocacy from the community for our children’s education and also...
Dear Editor: This letter is for concerned citizens of District 4, (Parksley, Bloxom, and Saxis Fire Department voters). There is a very important election coming up in November that can bring wonderful opportunity for fresh ideas and a welcomed change to our school board. A change that over 70% of...
Dear Editor: As we approach the elections in November, I hope that we can secure leadership that will enhance and support solid objectives for a better Accomack County. I have read Miriam Riggs’ top priorities if elected, and believe she has a solid grasp on the needs of the county. Her...
By Stefanie Jackson – Schools in rural, low-income areas are often at a disadvantage when seeking additional state funding, but there may be another way to get it, Northampton school board members have discovered. “We are always complaining, and rightfully so, about the local composite index,” school board member Nancy...
By Linda Cicoira-  When one looks back on former school days, a favorite teacher always seems to come to mind. These instructors are role models, mentors, nurturers, and listeners. They provide comfortable environments and look for signs of trouble. For Terry Ewell, of Clam, that teacher was Emily Wescott at...