SURVEY: Help SVGS Plan for 2015-2020

Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School (SVGS) is developing a strategic plan for 2015-2020. SVGS is a public high school program serving 11th and 12th grade students in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro schools. As part of our planning process, we are inviting the community to provide input by soliciting opinions through an on-line survey.  Please take a […]

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Parent Support and Advisory Committee(PSAC) – Monday, 8/25

The PSAC will have it’s first meeting on August 25 at 5:30 pm.  (NOTE: STEM Open House is at 6:30 pm on Aug. 25).  The primary task of the first meeting is informational. Agenda items include discussion of PSAC leadership roles, school calendar, changes in grade report format, and approval of requests for tuition assistance from […]

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College Admissions Counseling for 2014-15 SVGS Students

The entire college admissions process can be overwhelming.  SVGS provides an opportunity for students and parents to receive additional support  by making college counseling  resources available.  We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Russ Ingersoll.  Mr. Ingersoll retired from Fishburne with over 30 years of experience in student counseling and has been working as a […]

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2013-14 Highlights: MATHEMATICS

  ADVANCED CALCULUS Students in SVGS Advanced Calculus wrestled with extending what they learned in calculus last year to three-dimensional space. Along the way, they mastered the use of software tools which (in addition to being powerful problem solving assistants) help us visualize the difficult new concepts of vector calculus. Here’s a link to a […]

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2013-14 Highlights: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY Students used Flash animation to tell stories and learned how to use but­tons, text  and tweens to enhance the stories the students told.  In Flash, unlike the Disney cartoons, the computer creates all the frames in those between the first frame and the last and the students do not have to draw all […]

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2013-14 Highlights: SCIENCE

AP CHEMISTRY The Advanced Placement Chemistry class began with an overview of first year chemistry and who did what when. Essential skills such as experi­mentation, chemical nomenclature and stoichiometry were reviewed and re-enforced with labs and projects such as “how things work”. After a brief review of gas laws, the study of thermo-chemistry included calorime­try […]

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2013-14 Highlights: VISUAL ARTS

SURVEY OF WORLD ART During the first semester in Survey of World Art, students discussed and evaluated the nature of art and what qualities are valued in art by our culture and other world cultures. They considered aesthetics and art criticism as they developed and refined their own definitions of art. Students also studied qualities […]

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2013-14 Highlights: THEATER

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE The juniors read major dramatic works throughout theatre history: The Bald Soprano, Antigone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest,and A Doll’s House. They studied the social conventions and history surrounding each piece and drew some fun, creative connections to their own life experiences through creative writing, collages, a […]

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2013-14 Highlights: HUMANTITIES

HUMANITIES I SVGS Arts and Humanities juniors from area schools began their Humanities I experience by concentrating on what makes effective writing, specifically writing on the college level. By examining model texts, students became proficient in identifying effective rhetorical strategies while applying those strategies to their own writing. In conjunction with examining texts, students honed their oratorical skills by formulating arguments and defending positions […]

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Information Session for New Students and Parents, April 24 and April 28

  To  answer any remaining questions you might have prior to signing the “Memo of Understanding” and assist with course selection, there will be an information session on Thursday, April 24, and Monday, April 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to assist all newly accepted students for 2014-15.  I will make a brief formal presentation beginning […]

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Virginia State Science Fair

More than 200 students from throughout the state presented their original research projects in science and engineering at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 29 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Participants included SVGS students Megan Godsey,WMHS,  Abigail Johnson, Lee HS and Alex Maneval, WHS.  Job well done! Congratulations to Abigail Johnson who was a […]

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PSAC Meeting , Monday 4/7 @ 5:30 p.m.

The Parents Support and Advisory Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.   The focus will be deciding use of PSAC funds for 2013-14, overview and summary of planning and recruitment of parent representative and officers for 2014-15. The meeting will be in the Corner(Mrs. Nelson’s room).

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