The Buena Vista School Board, 2329 Chestnut Avenue, Suite A, Buena Vista, VA 24416, will be accepting sealed bids beginning April 30, 2014 through May 14, 2014 for mowing and weed eating at four of our schools (PMHS, PMMS, Kling, Enderly Heights),  Bus Lot and four Athletic  Fields.  All bids are to be given to Mary Buchanan, located at the School Board Office.  No bids will be accepted after 1:00 p.m., May 14, 2014.  Faxed or telephoned bids will not be accepted.  For further information, please contact Jimmy Mason at 540-261-2129, M-F, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Bids will be opened at 11:00 a.m. on May 16, 2014 .

Buena Vista City Schools reserves the right to cancel and/or reject any or all bids, to waive any informality or irregularity in bids received and accept the bids which are in the best interest of the schools.

Showings of the property to be mowed will be Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Buena Vista City Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer.

noid1y01226Shonna Young came to Buena Vista City Schools in December of 2012, filling the elementary guidance counselor position at both Enderly Heights and Kling. Despite coming in mid-year, Ms. Young stepped in effortlessly and quickly became a trusted and dedicated colleague, as well as a positive role model for the students at both schools.  In addition to meeting with students individually and in groups, Ms. Young helps with Child Study, attends eligibility meetings, and keeps up with attendance issues at each school, sending out letters and meeting with parents to discuss the importance of regulary attending school. When asked to describe Ms. Young in one word, it was quickly apparent just how much Ms. Young has affected those around her.  Words like, outstanding, energetic, caring, involved, wonderful, and sweet were just a few of the many positive remarks spoken about Ms. Young.  It is both a privilege and an honor to work with Ms. Young and we look forward to having her in our elementary schools for years to come.  

Kevin Chandler Morrison – April Senior of the Month

Kevin Chandler Morrison has been chosen as Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for April 2014. Kevin is the son of Tim and Kathy Morrison of Buena Vista.

Kevin is an active member of the PMHS Marching Band, Chorus and Baseball. He lettered in all and was selected to be Drum Major for the PMHS Marching Blues for the past two years.  Kevin is a member of National Honor Society and received the William and Mary Leadership Award his Junior year. Kevin is completing his school Mentorship program at the Lexington News Gazette and with Delegate Ben Cline. In addition to coursework and extracurricular activities, Kevin finds time in his schedule to read the Daily Announcements for PMHS.

Kevin is as active in the Buena Vista community as he is at PMHS. He is a member of the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Church Youth Group and their Worship Band “Undefeated”.

Kevin is well-respected by the administration, faculty, coaches and students of Parry McCluer High School. Ms. Melissa Cobb states, “Kevin is a diligent student who has fabulous school spirit, makes all students feel welcome at PMHS and has made sure all NHS activities have been well executed.”  PMHS School Counselors report that Kevin is always willing to help, which has greatly benefited the 8th Grade Transition Program. After high school, Kevin plans to attend a two-year college and transfer to the University of South Carolina. He will major in Journalism and minor in Pre-Law. His goal is to become an attorney and focus on defending the First Amendment with an emphasis on religious freedom.

AliAli Patton Armstrong has been voted Parry McCluer High School’s Senior of the Month for March 2014. She is the daughter of Laurie and John Armstrong of Buena Vista. Teachers describe Ali as a very responsible young lady with a great work ethic. She is a member of National Honor Society and Interact club. Ali has consistently volunteered to help with 8th Grade Transition activities and served as a mentor/guide. Organizers of the program describe Ali as a wonderful role model for new students. Ali has also been a member of the PMHS Relay for Life team in past years. Last Spring, Ali was voted by her teachers to attend VA Girls State, which she attended last summer. A natural born leader who is quiet and unassuming, Ali said it was a great experience!

In addition to academic excellence, Ali’s discipline and hard work have been reflected in her athletic achievements. She has been a member of the PMHS cross country and track team for four years and represented PMHS at the State meets her 9th, 10th and 12th grade years.

Ali serves as an acolyte at Christ Episcopal Church in Buena Vista. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, camping and being outdoors. She also likes to attend outdoor music festivals. During her senior year, Ali participated in the mentorship program where she fulfilled her requirements by mentoring at “Smiles on Magnolia.” In the fall, Ali plans to attend Virginia Western Community College and pursue a degree in dental hygiene.

Krista CastrodaleMs. Castrodale has the unique ability to see the potential for greatness and beauty in every piece of trash or recyclable you give her. Her art classes are so popular and in demand, she agreed this year to give up her planning periods for both semesters to accommodate students’ needs. Over the summer, Ms. Castrodale painted a beautiful montage of the four Buena Vista schools. This painting now hangs in the superintendent’s office.

Ms. Castrodale is always looking for ways to enhance her art program. Last April, her 3D Concepts class participated in the “One Million Bones” project. Her students made human bones out of clay to contribute to the installation on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to bring awareness and raise money for efforts to prevent global genocide. This year alone, she has sponsored the Origami Club after school, showcased our students in the community art show, held an open studio after school to celebrate art, and applied for and received a Blues Foundation Grant to bring a guest artist into her classroom. In addition to her academic duties, she is also a member of the PMHS 8th grade transition team.

Ms. Castrodale is not only involved in her work as an art teacher; she is also completing her master’s degree and has most recently become certified as a Body Attack instructor. She currently teaches a fitness classes to faculty members after school each week at the high school. She is also teaching Body Attack on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in the SVU Dance Studio.