Bytes by Bethany

Let's be the learners we expect our students to be- G.Lewman

I hope you have been working to organize and clean out your email as we prepare to move to Gmail in the fall. We are hoping to have more details soon from the Technology department about the move. I will keep you posted as I hear new information.

The end of a school year is very crazy and busy with lots of things to accomplish. Enjoy a short video to hopefully bring a smile to your face and get you thinking about what you desire most for you and your students.

World Best Motivational Videos for Students

Summer Classes from VDOE

VDOE: Intel Element Professional Development courses hosted by the VDOE will be offered for the Summer session (June 15-July 26). Educators can register for these free 6-week, online only courses by following the directions on the web page.

Registration deadline is June 6 with no exceptions.

There are several course that might be of real interest. Check them out here.


Many of you have used Quizlet or Kahoot to have students take quizzes on a device. I stumbled upon another tool that you may want to explore. It is called Quizizz.

Here is a short video overview of the tool. Plus there are lots of teacher resources here.

Do you have a PL Mindset?

Dr. Schuch tweeted last week this article and I thought it was worth sharing. It speaks to the idea that personalized learning is not a set way or thing, but rather an journey.

Grant Opportunity

The Bedford Area Education Foundation has been very generous in supporting our innovative ideas here at JFHS. The next deadline for applications is July 1st. These applications need to be signed by LeeAnn and Mr. Overstreet at the SBO. SO plan accordingly and be a detailed as possible when applying.

Application for Funds

I am happy to help if you have ideas or want support in the ideas or writing the grants.

Also the Foundation is holding a fundraiser event would should be a lot of fun. I know they would love your support if you are interested. See below:

"The Memorial Day Family Fun Extravaganza at Mariners Landing will benefit the Bedford Area Educational Foundation this year! We are looking for volunteers to help BAEF at this event, and when you volunteer you get free passes for you and your family to use at the Mariners Landing Cabana Activity Center! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michele Shaffer at When: Saturday, May 28, 2016. Time: Noon-8pm - various volunteer shifts are available. Where: Mariners Landing at 100 Retreat Lane in Huddleston, VA 24104. Thank you!"