Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Surry County Public Schools as a Common Sense District.
Surry County Public Schools has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our district's’ commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.
To learn more about the criteria Surry County Public Schools met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.
Surry County Public Schools has been awarded one of sixteen state-funded CTE Competitive Innovative Program Equipment Grants for High-Demand and Fast-Growth Industry Sectors in the amount of $37,500. This competitive grant award will be used to procure and integrate drone technology in the division’s agriculture and technology program course offerings. As a recipient of this grant, the Virginia Department of Education expects that Surry County High School will “serve as a model for providing students with classroom experiences relevant to the 21st century workplace”.
The receipt of this grant will allow SCPS to continue to expand its intentional efforts to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) into its curriculum. In addition, this new technology will support the division’s increased emphasis on performance based assessments across its program and course offerings; while preparing our students for college and career readiness.
Surry County Public Schools was awarded $100,000 by Governor Terry McAuliffe in School Security and Equipment grants. A total of $6 million was awarded to 104 school divisions and regional educational programs across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The grant will support Surry’s efforts to enhance interior and exterior security monitoring and building access control capabilities at each of the division’s three school locations. SCPS is 1 of only 10 school divisions among the 104 receiving grants to be awarded the maximum amount of $100,000.
For more information about the statewide grant, visit the Virginia Department of Education website.
100% of Surry County Schools Earn Full Accreditation!
For the second year in a row, all Surry County schools have earned full accreditation based on student performance on the Standards of Learning (SOL) and other state-approved assessments in English, Mathematics, Science and History during the 2016-2017 school year! Surry County Public Schools is 1 of only 65 school divisions out of 132 divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve full accreditation for all of its schools.
“We are very proud of the hard work of our students, teachers, building administrators, support staff and families who made this significant accomplishment possible for the second year in a row,” said SCPS Superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton. “This performance will serve to energize our efforts to push towards even higher achievement for all of our students.”