This past week I was able to attend the Spelling Bee at Kate Collins Middle School Tuesday night. It was so great to see a stage full of bright students ready to engage in this academic challenge. As the rounds continued on the difficulty of the words increased, I’ll have to admit I even learned a new word – dramaturgy (my apologies to my high school English teacher Ms. Weller for not knowing that one, I’m positive she taught it during the Shakespeare unit in AP English). And congratulations of course to Riley Hamp for winning the bee as well as all of the students going forward to the regional competition!
I also spent some time this week crafting emails to legislators regarding the House and Senate’s budgets. As chair of the steering committee for the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School (SVGS) I was concerned by the House’s version of the budget which would reduce funds for governor’s schools. Our Waynesboro students are very fortunate to have access to SVGS. Last month I attended the ribbon cutting for the new solar panel installed on site for faculty and students to utilize for research. Students studying visual arts have pieces on display at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. Our students there are doing great things and I will continue to support and advocate for them. On Thursday the House and Senate passed their budgets and are now headed into conference to reconcile their versions. The final budget will not be passed until March 12th, so I will continue to keep my eyes on Richmond.