The School Insider

Thanks go out to student school board representative Adam King for the following report of what’s happening inside Clarke County Public Schools:


    • First grade is taking on a Discovery Museum program to further understand  geography followed by a day trip to Oak Knoll Farm
    • Kindergarteners are also doing Discovery Museum program about music.
    • Author Grace Chang is coming to Primary and DG Cooley! Chang is author of “Jin Jin the Dragon”  and “Jin Jin the Rain Wizard”. – March 31st and April 1st


    • The Shenandoah Showmakers will be presenting a children’s theatre ensemble show on March 23


    • Course registrations have started for the coming year
    • Spring sports are finally underway, along with the reinstatement of a Boy’s Tennis  Team



  1. Just sayin says:

    Ummm…what about the musical, “The Music Man,” which will be performed this weekend? How does a high school student not know that?

    • Great to see the “insider” news column and hear what special events are going on in Clarke’s five schools (thanks Adam- please keep the updates coming!) the Discovery Museum has WONDERFUL programs for schoolchildren, and the spring musical is of course worthy news (DEFINITELY plan to attend- so many talented students in our community!!!)

      Sadly the Music Man is not even posted on the CCHS Webpage (I tried to find info. about tickets last week, at least JWMS finally posted the dates a couple of days ago) Posters are up and many of us know students in the show but overall we’re just not getting the word out about local student performances………… time to be on the lookout for news from the schools’ music and arts departments in this upcoming spring concert season!

      It is tough for CCHS to actually sponsor the musical when there is no stage or auditorium at the current high school. Many of us are looking forward to a well-equipped and modern facility in the new high school building!!! Thanks to Andy Kiser, JWMS librarian/musical theatre director and Christine Brewer, HS drama director (whose students are bused to the middle school for a theatre elective every other day) – without their dedication and willingness to take on extra work the high school would have very little by way of “traditional/classic performing arts opportunities.

      • Mr Mister says:

        A little signage around town wouldn’t hurt either. I don’t think they get the word out enough. They seem to rely on “word of mouth”. I see more signs from the churches that use the schools then I do for the musical that uses the same space. I’m sure that there are some families that would like to have some hometown entertainment.

        • Just sayin says:

          I’ve seen a few posters around, but I agree. However, I don’t know that Mr. Kiser or Ms. Brewer or any one person can do it all. Good thing CDN is here to help get the word out, too…

          CDN Editor: CDN will be taking photos of the Music Man dress rehearsal tonight and plans to run a story tomorrow.

  2. Tom Toon says:

    Can’t wait to see the 76 trombones this weekend. The kids have been working hard. Hope there is a great turn out.
    Bring your family. Tell your freinds. Ya got trouble.

  3. Brenda L. Barr says:

    I have attended many musicals and also had the fortune of my own children participating. Each performance has been standing room only, many turned away at the door on the night of the event. Until a larger seating venue is available, word of mouth is plenty advertising!

    Break a leg!