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Giles County Public Schools
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Dr. Terry E. Arbogast, II
Students attend the Governor’s School each
day for half a day to take science, math, and
research classes. The students not only acquire
credit necessary for graduation from
high school, but they earn college credit as well.
Students take away not only the knowledge they have gained
through texts, lectures, and labs; but they also take away the knowledge they have acquired from “real
world” experiences. These experiences include presentations by visiting scientists, three-month internships in the fields of their choice, and various field research.
Giles County Public Schools
151 School Road
Pearisburg, VA 24134
Welcome to Giles County Public Schools!
Giles County Public Schools strives to provide an
educational program that offers a broad range of
opportunities for the intellectual growth and personal
fulfillment of our students. We are committed to the improvement of both
the scope and quality of our instructional programs. We believe in the
provision of opportunities for students, the importance of parent/school
relationships, and the power of effective teaching.
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The school utilizes the combined resources of
the participating school divisions to provide
programs that facilitate the acquisition of
scientific and technical knowledge through
laboratory investigation and research.
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“Our mission is to give intellectually gifted high school students the opportunity
to achieve their academic potential by providing an accelerated and enriched
science and mathematics learning environment of exceptional quality, setting the
pace for excellence in science and mathematics education in Southwest Virginia.”
100 Northwood Drive
Pulaski, VA 24301
Mrs. Rebecca Phillips
151 Students, grades 11-12
Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Cathy Webb, Autism Specialist/Focus program for Giles County, was recognized as the 2010 Region VII Teacher of
the Year and 2010 Virginia Teacher of the Year
Students with disabilities comprise approximately 13% of the total school population.
Special education programs are individually designed to serve the needs of students
with physical, learning, or emotional disabilities. Students with moderate and severe disabilities are involved in
community-based instruction and vocational training. Parents and staff support the heterogeneous groupings of
children and the inclusion of students with disabilities into the mainstream of programs and activities within our
Students in Grades K-12 are offered differentiated instruction based on needs and interests as part of the Gifted Education Program. Categories of identification for students in
Grades 4-12 are General Intellectual Aptitude, Specific Academic Aptitude (in math and
language), and Visual Arts. A Young Scholars program and Visual Arts Talent Pool are
available for students in grades K-3, with formal identification for the Gifted EducationProgram completed in grade 4. In addition, a two week summer exploration program is
designed for students, grades K-6. Furthermore, specialized computer instruction is
available for students in the elementary schools.
Over the last couple of school years, we have had many individuals recognized at the regional and state level
for their work in education. In addition, we have had several teachers recognized by local groups for their
dedication to their students and their work within the schools.
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Our school system serves approximately 2430 students from Kindergarten
through grade 12 in the following facilities: 3 elementary/middle schools (Eastern Elementary/Middle, Macy
McClaugherty, & Narrows Elementary/Middle School) , 2 secondary schools (Giles High School & Narrows
High School), 1 technology center and 1 alternative education program. Over the past 15 years, we have completed renovations to our school facilities thanks to the collaboration between our local Board of Supervisors
and School Board. In addition GCPS is also a member of the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School for Math,
Science, and Technology. With approximately 370 faculty/staff members, GCPS is able to serve our students
with much individual attention.
Giles High School
“Beyond academics, the school also offers plenty of athletic
and extracurricular activities to enrich student life.”
1825 Wenonah Ave
Pearisburg, VA 24134
Mr. Jason D. Mills
656 Students, grades 8-12
“The mission of Narrows High School is to empower students for the future.
We will incorporate sound communication, social, and thinking skills into all
areas of the curriculum. ”
1 Green Wave Lane
Narrows, VA 24124
Dr. Jill Hopkins
287 Students, grades 8-12
Recent highlights include:
• A total of $748,000 secured by GHS 2012 graduates in the form of
scholarship and or grants.
• A total of 1,481 College Credit hours earned by the class of 2012.
• 17 Students enrolled in the SW Virginia Governor’s School for the 2011‐2012 school year.
• 32 Students enrolled in the NRCC Distance Learning Program.
• 23 of a total of 94 Senior students graduated with an Advanced Diploma in 2011.
• 21 distinguished graduates who have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 and higher
for the 2011‐12 school year.
• 18 Honor graduates who have achieved a grade point average of 3.45‐3.99 for the 2011‐12 school year.
• GHS 2011 SOL Scores: Math 91%, English 87%, Science 91%, Social Studies 79%
• Choral Program receives regional and state recognition annually.
“It is our mission at Macy McClaugherty to help others, as well as
helping our students be successful. This is something that not only occurs at
school, but more importantly our students learn the tools that are necessary
to succeed in life.”
1001 Henson Avenue
Pearisburg, VA 24134
Mr. Jared Rader
514 Students, grades Pre K-7
Located in the central area of the county, Macy
McClaugherty includes both primary and middle
education from pre-kindergarten through seventh grade.
Itinerant teachers are provided for music education,
physical education and primary art.
• Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) programs completed.
• Conducted a Character Counts Program throughout the school year to
recognize students who show good character towards their fellow
• students and teachers.
• Each week students in grades 3 – 7 complete a ‘mad minute’
• multiplication quiz, with classroom winners being recognized weekly on the announcements.
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) This program has given students the opportunity to
work in cooperative groups after school two days a week for an 8 week period. Students and professors from
Virginia Tech work with our teachers and students to develop skills on problem based learning approaches to
Highlights from recent years include:
• 10 students were enrolled in the NRCC courses and one
student was enrolled in the JumpStart program at NRCC at
NHS during the 2011-12 school year.
• 52 students earned an advanced score on fall SOL tests.
• 100% pass rate on the world geography and US/VA History
• 92% pass rate on English writing. Members of the National Honor Society at
• Narrows High School attended a cyber-bullying workshop and also attended a
VHSL Leadership Conference.
• In conjunction with the Giles Youth Adult Partnership (GYAP) and the Women’s
Resource Center of the New River Valley, Healthy Relationship week activities
were conducted during the 2011-12 school year.
• Ecology and Agriculture classes engaged in county beautification projects around the school.
• Staff participated in the Autism Walk.
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It is very easy to see why learning is fun at Narrows Elementary Middle
School; our students, our staff, our parents and our community have
come to “Expect Success!”
Giles County Technology Center
“Giles County Technology Center is an impressive learning environment
offering specialized classes for Junior and Senior students as well as adults.”
1827 Wenonah Avenue
Pearisburg, VA 24134
Mr. Forest Fowler
165 HS Students 25 Adults
Serving students from Giles and Narrows High Schools as well as adults, the Giles County Technology
Center offers a strong career and technical education program that is utilized by area employers.
• Machining Technology
Areas of study include:
• Computer Systems Technology
• Automotive Technology
• Nursing Assistant
• Building Trades Construction
• Practical Nursing
• Works cooperatively with businesses and industries in the New River Valley, including Celanese,
Fairchild International, Patrick Enterprises, Caterpillar, and 84 Lumber. 67 individuals from the
business/industry community serve on technical program advisory committees assisting with
program improvements, job placement for graduates and donation of tools and materials.
• Dual enrollment available with New River Community College for Nursing Assistant, Machine
Technology, Drafting/Pre-engineering, Computer Tech, Building Trades and Welding. 360 college
credits hours were earned by 2012 technical program graduates.
• All technical programs offer a certification or licensing exam with 77% of 2012 graduates earning
an industry credential. 100% pass rate achieved by graduates in Machine Technology, Welding
• Students participate in SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Student Association technical and
leadership skills competitions at district, state and national levels. In 2012 students were recognized for placing in the top 5 at district and state competitions, earning 72 ribbons/medallions.
Students have represented Virginia in national competition 7 of the past 10 years.
Narrows High School enrolls school students from grades 8-12
and serves the western part of Giles County. The curriculum is
broad based, including NRCC distance learning courses and
opportunities to attend the SW Va. Governor’s School.
Located centrally in the county, Giles High School offers
secondary education from grades eight through twelve.
A strong vocational program is offered, along with distance
learning classes with New River Community College and
participation in the SW Virginia Governor’s School for Math, Science and
Macy McClaugherty School
Narrows High School
401 W. Wolf Street
Narrows, VA 24124
Mr. Rick Franklin
510 Students, grades K-7
Fully accredited since the inception of the state
mandate, Narrows Elementary Middle School
has been recognized by the state department of education
as a Distinguished Title I School in 2005 and 2006.; awarded
the Competency to Excellence award by the Virginia DOE in
• Regionally and state recognized staff with Catherine Webb being
• recognized as the 2011 Virginia Teacher of the Year.
• Curriculum offers physical education and music for all grades as well as
the arts .
• Guidance classes provided in all grades with an emphasis on decision making, career choices, job
readiness, personal relationships, character and bullying.
• Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) programs completed. This course provides students
the opportunity to learn about the dangers of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
Eastern Elementary/ Middle School
“Our mission is to provide a safe and challenging learning environment
that will encourage all students to reach their fullest potential and
contribute positively to their community.”
6899 Virginia Ave
Pembroke VA 24136
Mr. Greg Canaday
484 Students, grades K-7
Fully accredited since the 2002-03 school year, highlights include:
• A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program
was conducted during the Spring of 2012 that gave students the
opportunity to work in cooperative groups after school two days
a week for an 8-week period. Students and professors from Virginia
Tech worked with our teachers and students to develop skills on
problem based learning approaches to real‐world problems.
• SOL Pep rally to kick‐off testing and encourage student achievement.
• School Wide Remediation Grades 3‐7‐‐Integrated into grade level
• SODA (Student Organization for Developing Attitudes) club members
from Giles High School meet monthly with grade levels to promote
• Fun FRIENDS Kindergarten Program promoting self esteem, confidence, and positive social skills was
• conducted during the school year.
• Members of the SCA (Student Council Association) 6th/7th Grade School Leadership Group participated
and organized various community and school activities.