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Governor’s school approves two items

The Governing Board of Southwest Virginia Governor’s School Tuesday unanimously approved a math summer camp and policy on premature school withdrawals.
SWVGS Director Rebecca Phillips suggested that the school needs a three-week math summer camp because of increased interest shown by the students. Math instructor Sherry Pugh said the exact start date of the camp will be announced later.
Discussion of the school withdrawal policy arose when Phillips informed the board that a student from Carroll County had recently withdrawn from the school without completing the required program. She was asked by the board what policy the school has in place to address such a situation situation.
Phillips said she immediately contacted both the student and parents to determine the reason for wanting to withdraw the student. Recalling past incidents, she said that “in most cases, the students have been able to convince their parents that the programs were not for them.”
The policy she presented reads in part: “In the event the Governor’s School program does not meet the needs of the student, an opportunity to withdraw from the program is available at the end of the semester. The withdrawal policy is designed to insure that the decision made is in the best interest of the student.”
Part of the policy also includes scheduling a meeting with the parents and the director, assistant director, the guidance counselor, and the student’s instructors to determine the reasons for withdrawal. The student also must submit in writing to the school’s director a request to withdraw. A copy of the letter is then forwarded to the division superintendent or designee.
The motion to accept the SWVGS withdrawal policy received full acceptance by the board.
In a separate matter, much discussion took place regarding the issue of home-schooled students and students attending private schools who wish to attend governor’s schools. Donna Poland, specialist for the governor’s schools and gifted education office of middle and high school instructions, says that the Department of Education has recommended that each governor’s school develop its own policy for admission of private and home-schooled students. She cited policies that are in place in other governor’s schools in the state. For instance, the Central Virginia Governor’s School allows the participating school division in which the student resides to make the determination for eligibility.
On the other hand, home schooled and private schooled students may receive applications and admission information from Maggie Walker Governor’s School and then submit these applications through the participating public school division of residence.
At Thomas Jefferson Governor’s School these non-public school students who wish to apply may be eligible “provided they meet the residency and course requirements.”
This issue, as applied to the SWVGS, has been tabled until its own policy has been formulated and presented to the governing board at the next meeting in February.
The October Math League results were also given to the board Tuesday, showing eight students garnering five points each: Derek Brown, Sibley Brown, Kristin Campbell, Micah Catron, Sheyenne Cleveland, Matt Clontz, Evan Doud and Logan Nester.
The 22 students who earned four points each are: Samantha Akers, Erin Burns, Preston Childress, Brittany Cook, Aaron deGastyne, Alex Granata, Chelsea Gusler, Clarissa Hall, Hunter Harris, Sara Holston, Katrina King, Alex Larrowe, Ian Lipsey, Tinsley Long, Jared Miller, Katie Patton, Ashley Seese, Jake Tuell, Katie Wagner, Kristina Wiles, Casey Wojtera, and Biyuan Zhao.
The board also was advised of visits made by colleges and universities to SWVGS during the months of September through November.
Prior to the start of the meeting, School Superintendent Donald Stowers and former Governing Board chairman Ronald Whitehead, were honored with plaque presentations and luncheon.
There will be an Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 12 and the school will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 25-27.

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Governor’s school approves two items

The Governing Board of Southwest Virginia Governor’s School Tuesday unanimously approved a math summer camp and policy on premature school withdrawals.
SWVGS Director Rebecca Phillips suggested that the school needs a three-week math summer camp because of increased interest shown by the students. Math instructor Sherry Pugh said the exact start date of the camp will be announced later.
Discussion of the school withdrawal policy arose when Phillips informed the board that a student from Carroll County had recently withdrawn from the school without completing the required program. She was asked by the board what policy the school has in place to address such a situation situation.
Phillips said she immediately contacted both the student and parents to determine the reason for wanting to withdraw the student. Recalling past incidents, she said that “in most cases, the students have been able to convince their parents that the programs were not for them.”
The policy she presented reads in part: “In the event the Governor’s School program does not meet the needs of the student, an opportunity to withdraw from the program is available at the end of the semester. The withdrawal policy is designed to insure that the decision made is in the best interest of the student.”
Part of the policy also includes scheduling a meeting with the parents and the director, assistant director, the guidance counselor, and the student’s instructors to determine the reasons for withdrawal. The student also must submit in writing to the school’s director a request to withdraw. A copy of the letter is then forwarded to the division superintendent or designee.
The motion to accept the SWVGS withdrawal policy received full acceptance by the board.
In a separate matter, much discussion took place regarding the issue of home-schooled students and students attending private schools who wish to attend governor’s schools. Donna Poland, specialist for the governor’s schools and gifted education office of middle and high school instructions, says that the Department of Education has recommended that each governor’s school develop its own policy for admission of private and home-schooled students. She cited policies that are in place in other governor’s schools in the state. For instance, the Central Virginia Governor’s School allows the participating school division in which the student resides to make the determination for eligibility.
On the other hand, home schooled and private schooled students may receive applications and admission information from Maggie Walker Governor’s School and then submit these applications through the participating public school division of residence.
At Thomas Jefferson Governor’s School these non-public school students who wish to apply may be eligible “provided they meet the residency and course requirements.”
This issue, as applied to the SWVGS, has been tabled until its own policy has been formulated and presented to the governing board at the next meeting in February.
The October Math League results were also given to the board Tuesday, showing eight students garnering five points each: Derek Brown, Sibley Brown, Kristin Campbell, Micah Catron, Sheyenne Cleveland, Matt Clontz, Evan Doud and Logan Nester.
The 22 students who earned four points each are: Samantha Akers, Erin Burns, Preston Childress, Brittany Cook, Aaron deGastyne, Alex Granata, Chelsea Gusler, Clarissa Hall, Hunter Harris, Sara Holston, Katrina King, Alex Larrowe, Ian Lipsey, Tinsley Long, Jared Miller, Katie Patton, Ashley Seese, Jake Tuell, Katie Wagner, Kristina Wiles, Casey Wojtera, and Biyuan Zhao.
The board also was advised of visits made by colleges and universities to SWVGS during the months of September through November.
Prior to the start of the meeting, School Superintendent Donald Stowers and former Governing Board chairman Ronald Whitehead, were honored with plaque presentations and luncheon.
There will be an Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 12 and the school will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 25-27.

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