School briefs

New teaching certification program: American Public University System announced a new online teaching endorsement and certificate program for West Virginia K-12 teachers. The APUS program, developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is designed to help enhance online instructional competencies and improve student achievement outcomes. The program adheres to the tenets of the U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan 2010, which calls for personalized learning and learning supported by technology. In addition to the certificate, West Virginia teachers may enroll in any of the five graduate-level APUS courses individually for professional development, which can be applied toward recertification.

Art gallery exhibit: Shepherd University’s Scarborough Library will host a gallery opening Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the painting and sculpture exhibition “EQUUS, The Finished Works” by senior painting and drawing student Isabelle Truchon. The exhibit will be on display through April 30. A resident of Harpers Ferry, Truchon will exhibit relief paintings, organic sculptures, and large scale gestural paintings, which feature horses in a monochromatic palette. The opening reception is free to the public, and the artist will be present to answer questions and discuss her work. Visit Isabelle Truchon’s website for more information on the artist at Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. For more information, contact Isabelle Truchon at 571-291-5988.

Performance by Masterworks Chorale: Shepherd University’s Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Erik Reid Jones, will present Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” and the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy,” with full orchestra and soloists this weekend.

Performances happen Saturday at 8 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town and on Sunday at 7 p.m at the Frank Center Theater on the campus of Shepherd University as part of the Friends of Music concert series. Featured soloists in the program include Natalie Conte, Melanie Regan, Joseph Regan, and Colin Brady. General admission for Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is $22 in advance and $27 at the door. The tickets are $22 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $15 for students 18 and under. For ticket information, call 304-876-5765 or visit

Shepherd University choir concert: The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division will present the Shepherd Preparatory Chorus in concert along with the Preparatory Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble in the Frank Center Theater on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission price is $5, and free for Shepherd students and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For details, call 304-876-5555 or visit

Jefferson High School Scholarship concert: Jefferson High School’s three audition choirs invite the public to an evening of song and celebration April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the JHS auditorium. All proceeds from the concert will fund scholarships for graduating seniors in the vocal music department. The Vocal Music Department is asking for a minimum $5 donation at the door. Those who cannot attend may send a donation to Jefferson High School Vocal Music Scholarship Fund, 4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction 25442, Attention Karma Wood, director.

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