Lynchburg City Schools Strings Program

Why We Stand Out

WHAT’S NEW

  • Comprehensive Plan, focused on the areas of Achievement, Behavior, Culture, Operations and Personnel
  • New Vision: A Tradition of Excellence for All
  • New Mission: Every Child, By Name and By Need, to Graduation
  • Certified Nursing Aid program added to our extensive Career-Tech classes
  • Governor's STEM Academy
  • Early College Scholars, where students can earn their high school diploma while also earning college credits at Central Virginia Community College
  • Amy Huskin, principal of T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation, has taken on the additional role of our Partners in Education liaison
  • April 17th registration for Kindergartners in sync with other public school divisions in the region—encouraging parents to get ready now, register early, and ensure a successful first day of school for their child
  • School Culture Survey administered in the fall of 2012 asked students, parents, staff and community about the culture in our schools.
  • One-to-one initiative brings laptops to all upper-grade elementary students at Dearington Elementary and T. C. Miller Elementary schools for innovation, and tablets to all upper-grade students at William Marvin Bass Elementary
  • Double block of math and English for students who need it

 

CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

  • 23 AP courses, six dual enrollment core courses, 13 Career-Tech dual enrollment courses
  • Both high schools were included in the Washington Post’s 2012 national ranking of the most challenging high schools. Ranking is based on the number of college-level tests, such as Advanced Placement tests, given in the school each year, divided by the number of graduates for that year.
  • Project Launchburg: On November 5, 2012, Lynchburg City Schools sent all 10th graders from E. C. Glass and Heritage high schools to visit area colleges and universities, including Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg College, Sweet Briar College, Liberty University, Randolph College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. This was a huge hit, as it gave students an opportunity to (if they haven’t already) start thinking about their post high school education. This was a chance to highlight the outstanding opportunities right here in our area, and will give Lynchburg a greater chance of keeping local talent within the community.
  • College readiness begins in middle school. Events including Future Fridays, where a professional from the community comes into the school to talk about their career, reality stores where students are given an age, career, and circumstances that are similar to what they might expect as adults, and numerous other initiatives encourage students to start thinking about college and their careers before high school.
  • College Application Day, in partnership with the Beacon of Hope, was a huge success at Heritage High School in November. By the end of the day, 206 HHS seniors attended, and 60 percent had completed at least one college application.
  • Throughout the months of January through April, the “Got FAFSA” initiative is bringing local college representatives to each high school and to Lynchburg’s families at community centers, churches, etc., to assist with the federal financial aid forms.
  • Our extensive Career-Tech program is consistently recognized state- and nation-wide, with top 5 winners in the national contests the past two years. We have a new Culinary Lab in its third year.
  • Building Trades students work with the community and non-profits, building houses for Habitat for Humanity, and most recently, a K-9 training center for the Lynchburg Police Department.
  • Our nuclear technologies class at E. C. Glass is one of only three courses like it in the country.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heritage varsity football reached state championship, and E. C. Glass is currently defending state titles in track and field and tennis.
  • Heritage varsity football coach Brad Bradley was recognized by the Washington Redskins as Coach of the Week in October.
  • Two E. C. Glass lacrosse athletes signed division 1 scholarships last spring to Jacksonville and the Naval Academy.
  • E. C. Glass girls volleyball reached the state semifinals this year.
  • Award winning drama programs at both the middle and high school levels perform more than 10 plays year.
  • Division-wide strings program performs its annual Mall Marathon and Suzuki Strings Festival during the month of March.
  • The E. C. Glass Chamber Choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in April.
  • Heritage and E. C. Glass orchestra, band and chorus students consistently named to the All-State chorus, band and orchestra ensembles.
  • In 2012, the E. C. Glass JROTC Drill Team made history as the first program to win three consecutive state titles. They defend their title again this April.
  • Last spring, 16 Culinary Arts students brought home more than $24,000 in scholarship prize money when they competed in the state leadership conference in Virginia Beach in April.
  • Heritage High School Marketing Students recently swept first place in all 13 events at the district DECA competition and are headed to state.
  • Dearington Elementary students took the theories and ideas they learned in their engineering classes to create a Commonwealth Coal Train that placed in the top 10 of the National Gingerbread House Competition and Display in Asheville, N.C.
  • Heritage Elementary School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program received national recognition in November by the U.S. Department of Education. It was chosen as one of only 15 schools in the nation to be selected for a site visit so that others could study and learn from exemplary sites such as HES and be able to implement promising procedures and strategies in other sites and organizations.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

  • Give Me 5 has been a big hit as we have invited parents to give 5 minutes, hours, days, dollars and classes each year.
  • American Education Week attracted more than 80 prospective parents to our schools, and generated community support with hundreds of parent volunteers. Plus, engineers and other professionals and Partners in Education spent a day applying their own professions to the student curriculum. During Engineers Week in February, several teachers will be hosting an engineer in their classroom.
  • Last school year, more than 2,800 volunteers spent a total of 59,656 hours in the classroom, on field trips, and helping out with a number of other activities. Using minimum wage, these volunteer hours add up to an in-kind dollar amount of $432,506.
  • Support for Linkhorne Elementary School's playground contest was city-wide. With combined community efforts, LES reached as high as the No. 4 spot in the nationwide competition for the top spot to win a new playground. Local businesses, churches, media outlets and community leaders helped spread the word. While LES didn’t win the playground, this tremendous show of support was a win in itself.
  • The Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.’s Board of Directors awarded 49 grants totaling $69,346.50 to Lynchburg City Schools teachers. The Classroom Innovation Grant program, now in its 21st year, provides funds to a wide range of innovative teacher projects and programs. To date, more than $408,000 has been awarded through the program.

 

FINANCE

  • This year’s budget process included presentations at two community meetings and one staff meeting, plus school board discussion, for greater preparation and more stakeholder involvement
  • Financial success! Change in audit findings from largest ever to smallest in years. No major findings.

 

THE DATA
All data is in line with our new comprehensive plan focused on Achievement, Behavior, Culture, Operations and Personnel. The plan includes goals, and strategies to meet those goals. The data here shows the progress made so far. It includes first quarter comparisons from this year to last. First semester data will be available soon.

  • AP enrollment continues to rise;
  • An increase in As and Bs, and most notably, a decrease in Ds and Fs (30 percent at Elementary level, 15 percent at middle level, 16 percent at high level);
  • A 14 percent decrease in students with 7 or more unexcused absences;
  • A 12 percent decrease in students with at least one short term suspension; and
  • A 35 percent increase in the number of volunteer applications received.