School News

Laptop initiative supplies BSHS students with tech access, support

by Kate Evans More than 600 Berkeley Springs High School students in Morgan County are tackling their homework and school assignments on school-provided computers this year. High School Principal Mitch Nida the school has 642 students this year. The school now has Chromebooks for every student. It’s a big initiative that can bring a whole…

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School board considers 10-year plan, other topics at workshop

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board addressed at a number of issues including their 10-year facilities needs, board member and parent involvement in schools and mentoring new teachers and principals at a workshop at the end of their November 5 meeting. 10-year plan School board president Aaron Close raised the need for more…

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Morgan County Schools’ inclement weather plan shared

With the approach of winter weather, Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle announces the following information concerning the delaying, closing or early dismissal of school because of inclement weather. The Transportation Department is responsible for assessing and monitoring road and weather conditions. The assessment includes inspecting road conditions, reviewing temperatures and related factors, and communicating…

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Governor visits Paw Paw Schools, presents award

by Kate Evans West Virginia Governor Jim Justice came to Morgan County on Tuesday, October 22 to honor Paw Paw High School as one of the top-performing schools in the state as reported in the Balanced Scorecard Accountability System. Justice presented Paw Paw Schools Principal Melinda Kasekamp with an award for Paw Paw High School…

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School system sees $276K in savings, 28% power use decline in first year of energy management project

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools is reaping the benefits of their countywide guaranteed energy management project with CMTA Energy Solutions. The Morgan County School Board heard from CMTA project manager and engineer Tom Nicolas at their October 15 meeting about their first year results and cost savings. Nicolas said the school district achieved their…

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County reading, math scores below state level

by Kate Evans West Virginia public school districts   recently received their West Virginia Balanced Scorecard accountability ratings from the West Virginia Department of Education for the 2018-2019 school year. The Balanced Scorecards indicate how well students are learning, growing and achieving and show areas where schools are doing well and need improvement. Morgan County Schools…

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Student arrested over reported school threat

by Kate Evans A Berkeley Springs High School student was arrested on the evening of Wednesday September 11 after school officials received information after school hours about a possible threat at the high school from a parent. The situation was turned over to Morgan County Schools Prevention Resource Officer Deputy Kevin Barney right away, who…

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New Cacapon Kids after-school program begins in Great Cacapon

by Kate Evans A new Cacapon Kids after-school program for students in grades 3-5 started today at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Great Cacapon. The one-day a-week program is sponsored by the church and is part of its youth ministry. Cacapon Kids meets every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. from September 18…

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Widmyer Elementary adds split kindergarten/first grade classroom

by Kate Evans Some Widmyer Elementary kindergarten and first grade students will have a new experience this year with a split kindergarten/first grade classroom. Widmyer Elementary Principal Rhett Beckman said that the decision was made during personnel planning season last school year to hire a split kindergarten/first grade teacher for the school. The move was…

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