Making the grade: Colonels, Eagles reaping benefits from textbooks and playbooks
Our week 6 1st and 10 Game of the Week matchup features two Blue Ridge District teams in William Fleming and Franklin County--two programs that have let the success in the classroom guide them in the right direction on the field.
What’s News Today: Return to school plans, vaccine update
The Franklin County School Board will hold an emergency meeting today. The board will discuss the Return to School plan for Franklin County High School. The Central Shenandoah Health District will provide an update today on vaccine distribution. If you want to attend Roanoke’s Monthly Budget Webinar this month, you must register by noon today. In Roanoke, city code says sidewalks should be cleared within three hours of the snow ending, or by 9 a.m.
Franklin County High School going 100% virtual until 2021
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Another Southwest Virginia school is temporarily going fully virtual. On Friday, Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs announced that Franklin County High School will be fully virtual until 2021. [Carroll County schools will shift to virtual amid surge in coronavirus numbers]The school is closing due to community spread of COVID-19 and the difficulty to provide adequate classroom supervision, according to Cobbs. From Dec. 7 until the 22nd, students will be virtual and wouldn’t go back to the classroom until after winter break on Jan. 4, 2021. The county has had a significant rise in cases of COVID-19, according to Cobbs.
Carroll County schools will shift to virtual amid surge in coronavirus numbers
CARROLL COUNTY, Va. – One Southwest Virginia school district is preparing to not have its students inside a classroom again until next year, at the earliest. Carrol County Public School Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette announced Friday that starting Dec. 9, the entire school district will be 100% virtual. [Franklin County High School going 100% virtual until 2021]This decision follows a Thursday meeting of school superintendents across the Mount Rogers Health District with district director Dr. Karen Shelton. That health district contains eight localities: Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties, as well as the cities of Bristol and Galax. On Friday morning, during an emergency school board meeting in Carroll County, the decision to go completely virtual beginning Dec. 9 was unanimously approved.
Franklin County high school sees 7 student-athletes make college commitments
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Seven Franklin County student athletes made decisions on where they will take their talents after leaving the Eagles nest. The school had commitments from it’s soccer, lacrosse and baseball programs. Maddie Chitwood will play soccer at the University of Lynchburg. Oscar Garcia will do the same at Bridgewater and his teammate Julian Nichols will be on the pitch at Ferrum. John Michael Holley will play baseball for Averett while his teammate Michael Williams will take the diamond at nearby Radford University.
Franklin County Public Schools welcomes first Black superintendent
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Franklin County Public Schools announces the name of its new superintendent and she’s a familiar face. Dr. Bernice Cobbs, the school division’s first Black superintendent, was selected after a nationwide search at the school board meeting during Monday’s school board meeting. Cobbs is currently the assistant principal of Franklin County High School and has spent her entire career in Franklin County. “I am honored to be selected as the next superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools,” said Cobbs. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the School Board, staff, community, families and students of Franklin County.
More area schools reversing course on in-person learning as COVID continues to spread
HENRY COUNTY, VA. – A growing number of schools in our area are reversing course after bringing students back to the classroom within just the last few weeks. Henry County Schools announced Thursday they’re going back online until mid-January. Monica Hatchett of Henry County Public Schools knows online learning isn’t ideal, but as the virus continues to spread school is becoming a logistical nightmare. Franklin County High School, a middle school and its tech school announced a recent move back to virtual learning through Thanksgiving break. Based on data and the recommendation of health officials, Roanoke City Public Schools is prepared to pivot as needed.
Three Franklin County schools going virtual through Thanksgiving break
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Three Franklin County schools will return to virtual learning, just days after returning to the classroom. Starting Friday, Nov. 6, Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and The Gereau Center will be operative through virtual instruction. All three schools returned to in-person learning on Thursday after a stint of virtual learning. This time, these schools will be virtual until Nov. 30, the Monday after Thanksgiving. It’s important to note that this does not affect students who are part of our self-contained Special Education classes at the high school or middle school.
Three Franklin County schools move to virtual learning due to positive COVID-19 cases
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – UPDATEBenjamin Franklin Middle School and The Gereau Center have been added to the list of Franklin County schools to switch to online classes until the first week of November due to coronavirus, according to superintendent Dr. Mark Church. According to officials, this change does not affect students who are part of the self-contained special education classes at Benjamin Franklin Middle. ORIGINAL STORYFranklin County Public Schools announced Wednesday in an email to families that one school will move to virtual learning for about a week because of COVID-19. Superintendent Dr. Mark Church said Franklin County High School’s classes will be moved online from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Wednesday, Nov. 4 because the school is having difficulty providing adequate classroom supervision. “Please note that the reason to go completely virtual does not mean that the virus is being transmitted within our schools.
Some Franklin County students switch to virtual learning as COVID-19 spreads in community
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Middle and high school students in Franklin County will switch to virtual learning for two weeks, school leaders announced on Monday. The change goes into effect starting Thursday and will affect students at Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and the Gereau Center. School leaders emphasized that the decision to switch to virtual learning is not indicative of spread within Franklin County Public Schools, but rather, due to the significant rise in COVID-19 cases in Franklin County. Elementary school students won’t be affected by this change, school leaders said. Students in special education classes at Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School will still report to school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, according to school leaders.
Was I surprised? Certainly: School staff recall former student Michael Brown, now wanted for murder
Michael Brown, who is wanted on suspicion of killing his mothers boyfriend in rural Franklin County during the weekend, graduated from Franklin County High School in 2015. Its always shocking when you hear something as awful and as disturbing as that," said Franklin County High School Principal Jon Crutchfield. Certainly.Crutchfield remembered Brown as an average student who did not stand out among the 2,000 students who attended Franklin County High School at the time. Brown, who later became a Marine, spent all four years of high school in the ROTC program. Certainly, tensions are a little higher today based on the events that happened in Roanoke earlier.Franklin County High School did not close school on Thursday as a precaution like Roanoke City Schools did.
Franklin County celebrates July 4th with family fun and fireworks
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - Franklin County High School was the place to be Wednesday night for the 36th annual Independence Day Festival. Thousands of people packed hte football field for family fun, vendors and more. And of course they also staked out spots to watch the fireworks. The Rocky Mount Rotary Club hosts this every year to make sure people in the area have a way to celebrate on their own turf. The Rotary Club hosted a raffle for people to win $10,000 in cash prizes.