School briefs

Library offerings: Starting on Sunday, the South Jefferson Public Library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of several students from Judy Chesley’s art classes at South Jefferson Elementary School.

Chesley has taught for 30 years, and was the Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 1997. She was named the West Virginia Art Education Association’s Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 2006 and Art Educator of the Year in 2004.

In 1999, she won a Fulbright Scholarship for a three-week trip to study in Japan. She has written and been awarded many educational grants from the Jefferson County Art & Humanities Alliance .

This year, Chesley’s students experimented with different media and looked at different subject matter for artwork. The AHA grant supported the purchase of a framed art show at the library and helped with the expense of the reception and supplies for the art room.

The exhibit marks the 37th in the Art in the Library series at the library at 49 Church St. The exhibit runs from Sunday to the end of the month and can be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.. The library is closed Fridays.

On April 14, the library will hold a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the work of the young artists. The public is invited to meet and talk with these talented youngsters, view more than 25 of their beautiful and creative works,and enjoy the refreshment.

For more on the library, contact librarian Sue Floyd at 304-725-6227 or email her at

Screening vs. hearing test: RESA 8 audiologist Michael Zagarella wants parents to know the difference between a hearing screening and a hearing test.

When children start school or a preschool program, it is typical for their hearing to be screened. If the child doesn’t pass the screening test, he or she gets referred on for a complete hearing test. So what’s the difference between these two?

A hearing screening is a quick check of a child’s hearing to see if it falls in the normal range for the sounds that are most important for speech.

If a child does not pass a screening test, it does not mean the child has a hearing problem. There are many other reasons a child may not pass a screening test: the child did not understand the test instructions, the test room was noisy or contained distractions, the child was not feeling well.

Screening tests are designed so that, if the child passes we can be reasonably certain that he or she has normal hearing. If the child doesn’t pass, it simply means more evaluations are needed to see if the child has a problem.

More information may be obtained by calling Zagarella at 304-267-3595 or emailing

Audubon camp: Youngsters in the Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Md., may apply for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s summer youth camp scholarship program through April 6.

Each year, the program helps send deserving area youngsters to summer camps that emphasize conservation and the environment.

Applicants may choose among eight camps that range from the Society’s local day camps to sleepaway camps up to 200 miles away.

For details, go to or contact Kathryn Henry at 304-876-6681 or

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