SOLAR GRANT AWARDED
SVGS was selected as one of four schools in Virginia school in the Dominion Solar for Schools program! The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, has selected four K-12 schools in Virginia to pilot this program. SVGS will receive a 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, a data acquistion system and student portal. National Energy Education Development (NEED) will administer the project by providing technical support, installing the panels, preparing educational materials for students, and training the teachers. To learn more, review the following articles:
- NBC 29 ” Fishersville School Among 4 Piloting Dominion’s Solar Education Program” 9/30/15
- The News Virginian “Here comes the sun: Governor’s School part of pilot program” 10/1/ 15
- Daily News Leader – “Governor’s School to install solar panel” 10/8/15
SVGS begins its implementation of a new strategic plan for 2015-2020! This plan builds on SVGS’s committment to student learning, relevance and continuous improvement.
The 2015-2020 strategic plan was submitted to the SVGS Steering Committee and was unanimously approved in September 2015. Implementation will begin in 2015-16. Status updates on progress will be reported to the steering committee annually in May.
During the fall of 2014, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School (SVGS) began developing a strategic plan for 2015-2020. As part of our planning process, stakeholders provided input through a community survey. In addition, insights and data were collected through focus groups for parents, students and local school personnel. Focus groups were facilitated and assessed by a representative of James Madison University’s Center for Faculty Innovation. Four regional planning teams were then formed with representatives of colleges and universities, school divisions and the community. Each team was assigned one of the following areas: curriculum and instruction, student development, resources and community partnerships. Representatives from the SVGS strategic planning committee participated on teams in each area. Each team met a minimum of twice and submitted a report of recommendations for consideration in planning.
SVGS extends thanks to the many people who contributed to this collaborative process!