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The WVDE is providing three surveys online to gather input about school re-entry efforts, the impact of the school closure, and to gauge the needs of students, families and the education community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to understand students’, parents’, and staff members' perceptions of there school and school district’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and to guide the West Virginia Department of Education’s future planning, they are inviting you to participate. Your responses will help the WVDE understand your needs so we can best serve you.

This study is for planning purposes only: all information you provide will be maintained on a confidential basis by Hanover Research and will only be used and reported in an aggregate form, so please be candid in your responses.

School Re-entry Planning Survey

The School Re-entry Planning Survey is an over-arching survey conducted in partnership with Hanover Research. It will provide insight into the impact of the extended school closure with questions surrounding online/remote and in-person instruction, and the socio-emotional, physical and academic effects of the pandemic on students and other important topics.

Re-entry Community Survey

The Re-entry Community Survey gathers input from community stakeholders and addresses re-opening scenarios, communications, community engagement and other important topics.

Adult Education Community Needs Survey

The Adult Education Community Needs Survey is for the adult learner who is interested in building upon existing or acquiring additional skills.

Go online to wvde.us to choose a re-entry survey to complete. Questions about the survey may be submitted by email to surveys. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Joshua West earned his Eagle Scout award in August of 2019 completing a “Buddy Bench” project at Petersburg Elementary School.

Delays in paperwork, the weather, and now the virus have made the celebration of his accomplishment next to impossible. These facts take nothing away from the challenges overcome to achieve his goal.

West started this journey as a Cub Scout in Roanoke Va., at age 5. After moving to Mechanicsville, Va., he continued with Cub Scouts as a Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Weblo I and Weblo II scout. He earned beltloops, attended camps, and earned the Arrow of Light award. He bridged to Boy Scouts and continued to attend camps, became a member of the Order of the Arrow honor society, and earned his ranks toward Eagle.

The ranks in Scouting were more difficult and helped West develop leadership skills. He started as a member of Troop 63 where he become a member of the Order of the Arrow. He moved to Troop 60 and was the liaison to the Order of the Arrow, assistant troop leader, and troop leader. West worked one summer at scout camp as a lifeguard and trained the troop in water safety for summer camp.

After earning his Eagle award, he continues to work with the troop and had planned to attend camp as an adult leader this summer.

Working on his project West raised funds to build the benches, organized help to build and install them and completed the paperwork to submit by his 18th birthday.

He collected donations from local stores for the benches, met with the PTO and secured a donation, organized and ran a car wash, and worked hard to install the benches. His dedication, time management, and leadership skills were developed and challenged in this process.

At Petersburg High School he played varsity soccer for four years, basketball and track, and was a member of the choral program. Other activities included church youth group, 4-H and Sunday school.

West plans to attend a carpentry apprentice program in the fall in Cumberland, Md. He is currently working at Builders Center in Petersburg.

He is the son of Randy and Elizabeth West and the grandson of Carrie and the late John Barbarito and Ronald and Roseanne West.

The West Virginia Poultry Association Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not hold this year’s West Virginia Poultry Association Convention and Festival.

Many factors were taken into consideration including current CDC guidelines for gatherings, WVU Extension’s inability to participate in many summer activies as well as the current financial hardships that many individuals and businesses are facing.

The board did, however, approve a possible golf tournament at Valley View Golf Course after it was determined the tournament could meet the guidelines presented by the Hardy County Health Department. Contingent upon sufficient participation and monetary support, the tournament is set for Thursday, July 16.

Last year’s poultry queen, Carmen Ketterman, and teen queen, Maddy Clayton, have agreed to continue their reign during 2020. As with previous cancellations of the convention, current officers will continue to serve another year.

Since the State Fair of West Virginia will be held as scheduled, the WVPA board is encouraging assocation members and integrators to participate in the poultry industry display at the fair. For more information on participating contact WVPA executive secretary Cindy Shreve at 304-530-2725.

South Branch Career and Technical Center announces their local Skills USA champions for the 2019-20 school year in first, second and third place order.

Automotive: Alex Bolsey - PHS, Jacob Rohrbaugh - PHS; and Damian Miller - PCHS.

Industrial motor control: Lukas Angland - PHS; Dakota Rohrbaugh - PHS; and Tyler Carr - PHS.

Carpentry: Isaiah Shifflet - MHS; Christian Ours - PHS; and Trent Crites - MHS.

Broadcast news production: Matalyn Mowery - PCHS and Levi Alt - PHS.

Job interview: Jay Tomplins - PCHS.

Nursing assistant: Jeffrey Paugh, Sierra Swick and Brittany Goldizen.

Medical terminology: Sierra Swick, Asia Rexroad and Brooklynn Hull.

Technical computer applications: 

AM post secondary: Arlan Daughtery, Tyler Judy and James Nelson.

PM post secondary: Ethan Herron and Ethan Moyers.

Overall post secondary: Ethan Herron, Arlan Daughtery and Tyler Judy.

Secondary welding: Riley Weasenforth - PHS; Wyatt Arbaugh - PHS; and Branson Nelson - PCHS.

Post secondary welding: Denver Nelson.

Technical computer applications:

AM secondary: Cale Snyder - PCHS; Patrick Simmons - PCHS; and Sam Rodgers - PCHS.

PM secondary: Logan Hill - PHS; Norse Whyte - MHS; and Jennie Alexander - PHS.

Overall secondary: Cale Snyder, Logan Hill and Patrick Simmons.

Cosmetology - high school:

Upstyle: Chassitty Stump - PHS, Rylee Adams - PHS and Kelsey Kimble - PCHS.

Esthetics: Lexi Helman - MHC.

Nails: Alexus Leatherman - PHS and Addison Curl - PHS.

Cosmetology: Kaitlyn Lahman - PHS and Regan Davy - MHS.

Cosmetology - adult winners:

Esthetics: Sadee Feaster. Nails: Alyssa Strother; Cosmetology: Hayley Snoberger, Makayla Wilkins and Alyvea Fields.

Winners in the HOSA competitions are as follows: 

AM class: Brooklynn Hull - PCHS; Sadie Porter - PHS and Asia Rexroad - PHS.

PM class: Jeffrey Paugh - EHHS; Sierra Swick - PHS; and Lena Grillo - EHHS.

Overall winners: Jeffrey Paugh, Brooklynn Hull and Sadie Porter.

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