Reminder: Police Training at former Nokesville Elementary School, October 2
Don’t be alarmed. It’s just an exercise and unrelated to schools.
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October 1, 2014
As United Way Month kicks off, PWCS invites you to join others who give to the United Way Campaign. Past contributions have funded a multitude of service organizations, providing much-needed services, including shelter and emergency assistance, crisis intervention programs, care for terminally ill patients, family counseling, legal aid for the elderly, training for persons with severe handicaps, youth programs, and medical and dental care. Last year, PWCS employees contributed more than $109,000 to various organizations through the United Way Campaign.
SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, receives thousands of dollars thanks to donations made through the United Way. This money helps the Foundation continue to offer educational assistance to students and teachers through the Innovative Grants program, Dr. Edward L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, and other special projects.
Those interested in giving to SPARK this year may designate code 8167 on their United Way pledge forms. Federal government employees may also donate dollars toward local education by contributing to SPARK via the Combined Charitable Campaign; designate code 84495 to have your money make a difference for education in Prince William County.
With the generous support of Kitchen Gourmet and Potbelly Sandwich Shop adding to the PWCS effort, SPARK looks forward to the most successful campaign yet.
PWCS staff may click here to contribute online.
October 1, 2014
What began as an old school bus is now ready to serve up an array of cold foods from a special salad bar inside. Students with special challenges get the real treat, feasting on new skills and experience as they operate the Bistro on Wheels.
“It’s fabulous. We’re very excited,” said Freedom Principal Inez Bryant. “We have a vision for our challenged students that the sky is the limit.”
Parents and staff enjoyed the students’ culinary delights today. Superintendent Steve Walts proclaimed them “delicious.” He documented the scene in preparation for a soon-to-launch Twitter presence that will let you see and hear more from the Schools’ chief.
Customers from the area surrounding Freedom will soon get their chance to taste the Bistro’s offerings.
“Once they leave Freedom we want them to have specific skills they can use outside these walls. This is a stepping stone to a future with lots of potential,” added Principal Bryant.
September 30, 2014
On this first edition of “Board Briefs” for the school year, School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns broadcasts from the site of the 12th high school, scheduled to open in 2016, and updates the community about other new construction and renewal projects across the School Division.
Board Briefs is a periodic feature on PWCS-TV (Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36), with rotating segments of School Board members sharing their views, news, and information about events taking place in PWCS. The program is produced by Media Production Services, in the Office of Communications Services. This episode will air at various times throughout the day through October.
In addition to the broadcasts, "Board Briefs" is available on-demand or as a podcast at http://pwcstv.com, and via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/PWCSchools.
For more information about PWCS-TV productions or for a complete listing of show times and schedules, visit PWCS-TV.
September 29, 2014
Forging friendships around the world. Taking computer wizardry to the next level. Unscrambling mysteries of DNA. PWCS students are quick to tell you what they are getting out of PWCS specialty programs. Like International Studies at Hylton, Information Technology at Forest Park, or Biotechnology at Osbourn Park High School, PWCS offers a broad range of opportunities that are unique for their diversity.
Check out program offerings at the upcoming Special Opportunities Information Nights for Middle School Specialty Programs and High School Specialty Programs. Students and faculty in specialty programs will be on hand to answer your questions and provide detailed information.
These are programs of choice, open to all students who are interested in pursuing a particular field of interest. High-tech corporations and businesses across the spectrum support specialty programs by providing mentors and volunteers, and financial and other resources.
Note that an application is required to participate in Specialty Programs even when the program location is in the student’s base school.
If a school receives applications for more students than the specialty program can accept or the school can house, a lottery is held to select participants. Under conditions of extreme overcrowding of a given school, a program may be open only to students within the school’s boundary and may be closed to all transfer students. Additionally, other programs may be filled through lottery, if necessary, due to capacity.
The application deadline is February 1, 2015 for most PWCS schools.
Middle School Program Opportunities Information Nights
Monday, October 13, 2014 from 7–9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 7–9 p.m.
Kelly Leadership Center
High School Program Opportunities Information Nights
County-wide programs that will be represented both nights are: Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (Freedom), Center for International Studies and Languages (Hylton), The Biotechnology Center (Osbourn Park), and Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Woodbridge).
Monday, October 20, 2014
Gar-Field High School
Eastern Prince William County —Forest Park (Information Technology), Gar-Field (International Baccalaureate), Potomac (Cambridge), and Woodbridge (Advanced Placement Scholars)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Stonewall Jackson High School
Western Prince William County—Battlefield (Information Technology), Brentsville District (Cambridge), Patriot (Advanced Placement Scholars), and Stonewall Jackson (International Baccalaureate)
International Walk to School Day is an effort to promote health and environmental awareness and safer routes for walking and bicycling. On October 8 many elementary schools will participate in a variety of ways that include all students, not just walkers. All elementary schools will be offered support by local fire and rescue stations.
PWCS is promoting safe routes to school activities in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiative and the Virginia Department of Education. The PWCS coordinator is Rebecca Short, a retired firefighter. She is working with Prince William County (PWC) Fire and Rescue and the PWC Police Departments to coordinate support for walkers and riders on International Walk to School Day. To learn more and get involved, visit the PWCS Safe Routes to Schools Web page, or contact Rebecca Short at email@example.com or 703.791.8798.
SRTS is a federally funded program to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school; make walking and bicycling safer and more appealing transportation alternatives; and facilitate planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
Registration for Prince William County Public Schools Adult Education classes begins next week for the fall session which starts October 27. Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are offered for adults 18 years of age and older at locations throughout Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park.
Register at any of the following locations on dates and times below:
Mon., Oct. 6, 2014 - Freedom High School
Tues., Oct. 7, 2014 - Osbourn High School
Wed., Oct. 15, 2014 - Freedom High School
Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014 - Osbourn High School
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014 - Adult Learning Center
Allow approximately one hour for registration. Classes are in 12 Week/90 hour sessions. Tuition is $165 and is due at registration, payable by cash, cashier's check or money order to PWCS. Credit or debit cards, or personal checks will not be accepted. Children will not be allowed at the registration.
For more information please click below, call 703.791.7357, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the following brochures.
ABE-GED Class Brochure Fall 2014
ESOL Class Brochure Fall 2014
Classes de Otoño 2014
Your email address listed in the Parent Portal will be used to send notifications from both Parent Portal and from school Web sites (SchoolFusion). Since the Parent Portal is self-service you must change your email address in the Parent Portal and it will be automatically changed for school Web site notifications. View instructions on the Parent Portal FAQ’s Web page.
However, if students have changed their student email address but are still not receiving Web site notifications, check with your school office staff; they may need to make a change in the student database.
Your password for both Parent Portal and your school Web site must be changed in the Parent Portal. See instructions for changing your password and for retrieving a forgotten password.
The October public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and October 15 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. View School Board meeting agendas online and find additional information on the School Board Web page. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.
In addition, a disciplinary hearing is tentatively scheduled on October 22. If needed, members Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Gil Trenum (Brentsville) will convene to review up to four cases.
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m. Public Meeting
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m. Public Meeting
October 22 (tentative)
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Disciplinary Hearing
Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on pwcstv.com and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at pwcstv.com.
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during Public Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at email@example.com by noon on the day of the meeting. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
September 24, 2014
A record number of Prince William County Public School students who entered high school in the fall of 2010 graduated on time in 2014. The new on-time graduation rate of 91 percent continues a steady climb from 83 percent just six years ago.
"This is truly cause for celebration," said PWCS Superintendent, Dr. Steve Walts, who noted that nearly 47 percent of all students earned advanced studies diplomas.
Seven of 11 PWCS high schools saw improved on-time rates in 2014, with Freedom High School leading the upward climb. Freedom's on-time rate soared by more than four points over 2013, to a new level of nearly 86%.
"Freedom's success is a tribute to what can be accomplished by hard work and dedication," added Walts. "Everyone at that school should be extremely proud."
New Directions School played a significant role in the Divisionwide success story. The alternative school assists students who faced challenges that once created big obstacles to graduation. New Directions programs put students back on the path to academic success, graduation, and even bigger achievements ahead.
The PWCS on-time graduation rate exceeds the Division's Strategic Plan target, and also surpasses the steadily climbing statewide record.
PWCS On-Time Graduation Stats:
- Graduation rates have increased from 83% in 2008 to 91% in 2014.
- 46.7% earned an advanced studies diploma in 2014, compared with 43.5% in 2013.
- Graduation rate for Black students increased from 88.9% in 2013 to 89.0%.
- Graduation rate for Hispanic students increased from 81.8% in 2013 to 84.3% in 2014.
- Graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students increased from 82.5% in 2013 to 85.3% in 2014.
- Seven of 11 PWCS high schools showed increases in on-time graduation rates.
- Seven of 11 PWCS high had graduation rates higher than the state average.
- For the first time, ALL high schools in PWCS met the graduation benchmark required for full accreditation (Graduation and Completion Index).
“American Promise” is a documentary that follows a 13-year journey of two African-American families to chronicle implicit assumptions on issues of race, class, and opportunity. The free screening, made available through PWCS and the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., will be held on October 4 from 6–9 p.m. at Gar-Field High School. See the “American Promise” Screening flyer for additional details.
Seven Prince William County Public School students are among the highest-scoring students in Virginia. They have been named National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists for 2015 based on the results of the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test they took as juniors. The students join more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors designated semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The semifinalists are Brianna J. Gilmore from Battlefield High School; Noah Hawkins of Forest Park High School; Ian B. Jones from Osbourn Park High School; Sydney A. Jordan a student at Stonewall Jackson High School; Francesca L. Peavie and Hannah C. Wied of Patriot High School; and PWCS student Rollin N. Woodford attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
To qualify as a finalist and be considered for an Achievement Scholarship, a semifinalist must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and submit SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. The semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which also details the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and educational goals.
Two types of Achievement Scholarship awards will be offered in 2015: one-time National Achievement scholarships worth $2,500 awarded regionally and about 100 Achievement Scholarships funded by corporate and business sponsors who set individual award criteria. The National Achievement Scholarship Program will release the names of the 2015 Achievement Scholarship winners in April 2015.
September 24, 2014
Ladies in red came in force to the School Board meeting on September 17. Representing the Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, they invited School Board members and the community to the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will be held on Monday, January 19 at 11 a.m. in the Cecil D. Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge.
The King Day Celebration will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition. The contest draws middle and high school students in Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park who conduct research and write a speech or essay on the annual theme, and compete in a school-level contest. School winners are then eligible to compete in the regional competition held at Hylton Chapel.
The theme for the 2015 competition is "The High Road of Peace and Brotherhood," a reference to the eulogy delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. at the funeral service for three children killed in a bombing on September 15, 1963.
"Students deliver thought-provoking and well-written speeches,” said Sandra Mitchell, co-chair of the oratorical contest. "Mrs. [Lillie] Jessie told us many years ago, 'When you expect the best from students, they will never disappoint you,' and she was right." School Board member Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan) was the first chair of the oratorical competition.
The sight of fire crews or police swarming around the former Nokesville Elementary School should not cause alarm in the weeks ahead; they will be taking part in routine, but realistic-looking training. The now-closed school buildings and grounds are being used to help Prince William County first responders better protect the safety of all county residents.
Police training is currently planned for October 2 and 10. Firefighters are scheduled to train at the old school on November 26 and December 9. Trainings will begin in daylight hours, but some may continue well after dark.
Ongoing email and social media messages will remind residents that these are simply training exercises and not to mistake them for actual emergencies. Signs will also carry the “training” message.
The soon-to-be temporary training site, Nokesville Elementary, ended its long operation as a school last June. Students now attend The Nokesville School, a brand new K-8 facility nearby. Students walking to or from the new school may encounter the training scenes along their way. Parents and school personnel should strive to make sure they know there is no reason for worry.
Plan now to participate in the 2014 Global Education Conference during International Education Week, November 17-November 22. All PWCS educators are encouraged to take part. The conference is soliciting proposals through November 15. This will be a week of free online professional learning in webinar format with educators and innovators around the world. The conference will take place entirely online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform which can be accessed at any time, even in the evenings. See the Blackboard Web site for details.
September 22, 2014
What do schools do when there is a computer or technical issue? They turn to their TSSPEC ("T-Spec") or Technical Support Specialist for guidance. TSSPECs have the specialized knowledge that keeps computers, interactive white boards, and school networks running smoothly. Watch "School Focus" to see the important role that these employees play in our schools.
"School Focus," produced by the Office of Media Production Services, and airs regularly on PWCS-TV (Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36), on demand at pwcstv.com, and on YouTube. Episodes air daily at 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. For more information about PWCS-TV productions or for a complete listing of show times and schedules, visit pwcstv.com. The airing schedule is subject to change.
PWCS has launched a new initiative to help military-connected students and their families make a smooth transition into the School Division and community. Through a Department of Defense grant, PWCS recently hired Carolyn Juba, a Military Student Transition Consultant from the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Juba will work initially with families from Ashland, Henderson, and Pattie Elementary Schools to develop a military-connected transition program for the entire School Division. These three schools have more than 15% military dependent student enrollment.
The new military-connected student support Web site serves as a resource for information about PWCS, Prince William County, military resources, and community resources. The Web site can be found at www.pwcs.edu under “How Do I Find” as well as on the “Parents” tab.
Juba is available to assist families with questions and/or issues as they arise in transition, deployment, and relocation. If you have any questions, please contact Darlene Friedline at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Carolyn Juba at email@example.com or call the PWCS Military-Connected Academic Support Program at 703.791.7463. Dr. Deborah Ransom, supervisor of Elementary Counseling and Related Services, is the grant project director.
September 18, 2014
At the September 17 School Board meeting, Delegate Michael Futrell, 2nd District, read General Assembly House Joint Resolution No. 5035 which commends the Potomac Panthers for winning the Virginia High School League championship last March.
Futrell presented Keith Honore, head coach for the Potomac High School boys' basketball team, Principal Michael Wright, and Director of Student Activities Bill Stearns, with a prepared resolution as a congratulatory gesture.
September 18, 2014
Prince William County School Board Chairman At-Large Milt Johns reaffirmed the Division's commitment to battling hunger at the launch of a new group created to help lead that battle countywide.
Prince William County Public Schools play a huge role by providing tens of thousands of free and reduced price breakfasts and lunches to children every year. The Food Council wants to build on those efforts by helping to make certain every eligible child takes part, and by working to expand efforts that take place when schools are not in session.
Speakers at Thursday's launch acknowledged the enormity of the challenge. But along with Johns, they echoed the Food Council's determination to ending hunger in our community.
September 18, 2014
The School Board’s meeting last night included an item not on the agenda—commendations for Superintendent Steven L. Walts on leading a great team of administrators, teachers, and support staff to such accomplishments as implementation of the regional Governor’s School @ Innovation Park and full-day kindergarten; raising the on-time graduation rate to 90%, and taking the School Division into the digital age.
School Board members extended best wishes to Walts as he begins his 10th year. Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns, noted that Walts has much to show for his leadership, and “he’s got a few more gray hairs than when he was hired in 2005.”
The Joint Board of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park will hold its first meeting of the year on September 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 110H of the Occoquan Building on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, located at 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas.
September 25, 2014 Business Meeting
December 11, 2014 Business Meeting
February 19, 2015 Business Meeting
April 23, 2015 Business Meeting
June 18, 2015 Business Meeting
Members of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park's Joint Board are Scott Albrecht, Manassas City Public Schools; Arthur Bushnell, Manassas City Public Schools; Brenda Foster, Manassas Park City Schools; Milton Johns, Prince William County Public Schools; Dr. Fran Kassinger, Manassas Park City Schools; and Dr. Michael Otaigbe, Prince William County Public Schools.
View meeting agendas and minutes.
September 16, 2014
Their parents tell them, their teachers tell them: reading is important, exercise is important; some may listen. But offer kids a chance to engage with their football heroes, and a little convincing goes a long way coming from some of the coolest guys around.
At a revved-up rally on September 9, about 300 third-through-fifth-grade Dumfries Elementary School students kicked off the school year with a visit from some Washington Redskins Football players and the NFL Play 60/Read 20 Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway. Three hundred backpacks were donated to the school.
The school glistened with a start-of-the-school-year shine and students and staff were decked out in football garb in anticipation.
In activity stations throughout the school, students and players danced and exercised to Zumba music, shared stories in reading groups, and, in the library, players handed each student a new backpack in the color of their choice. Students got to fill them up with school supplies and fun promotional goodies, chatting with players as they went.
Nick Sundberg, #57 and the team's long snapper, reminded students that there is an important path to reaching their goals. Before playing football in the NFL, that road includes studying hard and going to college. "It all starts here, at this level," he told them. "This is where you gain the tools to be successful."
Dumfries Principal Marlene Coleman offered special thanks to School Board Member Betty Covington (Potomac) for initiating this event. Eric Williams and Jim Almond of the Prince William County Boys and Girls Club had reached out to Covington to facilitate the event.
“We are so excited to have these special visitors at our school to get the school year off to a great start,” Covington said. “This event gives our kids the chance to hear their heroes reinforce the important ideas of healthy living and lifelong learning that we promote every day.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Walts and Rita Goss, Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools, were also on hand to offer their support.
September 24, 2014
Mental health disorders from mild to severely disabling affect nearly a quarter of adults and one in ten children aged 8-15.
Get the latest information on the resources PWCS provides to support our students and families. Learn about youth mental health issues, and meet some of the many professionals dedicated to the personal and social growth of every student.
Do not miss a special opportunity to discover what good mental health means and what your schools are doing about it.
--Childcare not provided--
Sponsored by the PWCS Safe Schools Advisory Council
The PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center is hosting a series of evening workshops for parents, educators, and community members on the special education process. Interested persons can attend one, two, or all three sessions. All sessions of this series will take place from 7-9 p.m. in room 1101 A & B at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
Thursday, October 9 - "Understanding Special Education: School Intervention, Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility"
Participants will learn about the School Intervention process, how a student is referred for a comprehensive special education evaluation, the evaluation process, and how special education law finds a student with a disability eligible to receive special education services. Michelle Roper, supervisor, Office of Special Education, will present.
Thursday, October 16 - "Understanding Special Education: Parents as Partners in the IEP Process"
Participants will learn the components of the IEP document and how to be an active participant in the IEP process. Robin Blaemire, administrative coordinator, Office of Special Education, will present.
Thursday, October 23 - "Understanding Special Education: Parental Rights in Dispute Resolution"
Participants will learn the "appropriate chain of command" for rectifying problems that arise with regard to a child’s special education services, also gain an understanding of the options for dispute resolution available to parents and schools, which include central office review, state mediation, and due process hearing. Chrystal Thompson, administrative coordinator, Office of Special Education, will present.
There is no charge for attending the workshops; however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, or for further information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8846 (Voice), 703.791.8847 (TDD) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign or foreign language interpreter services, are asked to pre-register by 4:30 p.m. one week prior to the scheduled workshop.
Staff can earn six state recertification points by attending all three workshops in the series. PWCS staff members should register online through the electronic register.
September 16, 2018
A total of 74 out of 86 eligible Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) are fully accredited according to a report released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). These results mean 86 percent of PWCS schools are fully accredited versus just 68 percent of the schools statewide.
The number of schools falling short of full accreditation rose substantially statewide this year, in large part due to the use of more rigorous Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Although related data released just weeks ago showed PWCS schools met or exceeded state pass rates on 29 of 34 of the latest SOL tests, 12 PWCS schools missed full accreditation and were given the designation Accredited with Warning in a specific subject area. This includes six elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools.
“The overall performance shows students continue to make solid progress,” said Superintendent Steve Walts. “Though we are asking them to do more, they are rising to the task. Our schools are already outperforming the state, and we will work to get full accreditation numbers to catch up to higher expectations.”
In addition to the state’s release of accreditation information, VDOE also reported information related to school and division performance on the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) outlined in Virginia’s ESEA Federal Accountability plan.
Last year, PWCS had four schools identified as a Title I Focus School based on the academic performance of some of their student subgroups in prior years. These schools were Ellis Elementary School, Vaughan Elementary School, Yorkshire Elementary School, and West Gate Elementary School.
This year, by increasing the performance of those student subgroups, all four schools exit the Title I Focus School status. In fact, not only did West Gate Elementary School exit, but it also earned the designation of “Met All Federal AMOs and Higher Expectations” along with 52 other PWCS schools. This school year, only Belmont Elementary School was given the Title I Focus School status based on the academic performance of specific subgroups of students at the school.
“We still have work to do, but we are making significant strides to help every student at every school learn and excel,” added Walts.
The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in October. Meetings are open to the appointed members and the agendas, presentations, and minutes are available to inform the general public. Space limitations may make it difficult to open meetings beyond the membership. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office.
• CTE (Career and Technical Education) Advisory Council, on October 8, 4:30–7 p.m., KLC room 3011. See the CTE Advisory Council Web page. Contact the CTE program at 703.791.7297 for assistance.
• Gifted Education Advisory Council, on October 14, 7–9 p.m., KLC room 2011. See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
• Safe Schools Advisory Council, on October 20, 6:30 p.m., KLC room 3011.
See the Safe Schools Advisory Council Web page (click on “Meetings”). Contact Risk Management and Security Services at 703.791.7206 for assistance.
• Special Education Advisory Committee, on October 21, 7–9 p.m., KLC room 2011. Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.
• Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction, on October 9, 7–9 p.m., KLC 1101. See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.
• Wellness Advisory Committee, on October 2, 7–8:30 p.m., KLC 1001 A/B. See the Wellness Advisory Committee Web page. Contact Health and Physical Education at 703.791.7353 for assistance.
All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific Web pages to confirm details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location.
September 15, 2014
In what has become tradition, Superintendent Steven L. Walts launched the 2014–15 school year by spending time in several PWCS schools. He began his September 2 tour with a visit to Stonewall Jackson High School where students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program are earning their IB certificates at a rate that is higher than the national average. The Superintendent also stopped at Beville Middle School and Old Bridge Elementary School to welcome students and staff. Watch "School Focus" to see the excitement captured by the film crew.
With approximately 86,000 students, Prince William County Public Schools continues to be the second-largest school division in Virginia. Ninety-four schools welcomed students on September 2, including one brand new elementary school and one K–8 school built to adapt and to make room for a growing student population.
"School Focus," produced by the Office of Media Production Services, airs regularly on PWCS-TV (Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36), on demand at pwcstv.com, and on YouTube. Episodes air daily at 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. For more information about PWCS-TV productions or for a complete listing of show times and schedules, visit pwcstv.com. The airing schedule is subject to change.
PWCS and Prince William Education Association (PWEA) are excited to welcome the many educators and staff joining PWCS for the first time in 2014–15. All staff, new or old, along with community members are invited to the “New Employee Celebration” to show appreciation and support to our new employees. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 1 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center.
Please R.S.V.P. by going to the PWEA Web site or calling 703.361.2444.
Considering a regional Governor's School for high school? PWCS students have two great options to explore--The Governor's School @ Innovation Park and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Be sure to mark your calendars with these upcoming events as you begin to chart your path.
THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL @ INNOVATION PARK
The Governor's School @ Innovation Park offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn high school and college credit through dual enrollment. Mornings are spent on the Prince William campus of George Mason University where students explore STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Students return to their base schools in the afternoon for additional classes, and continue in their social and extracurricular activities.
Students in grades 7–10 and their parents are invited to attend an open house to learn more about the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park on November 8 or December 8.
December 9* -- Open House 7-8:30 p.m.
THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is a full day four-year regional Governor's School located in Fairfax County. Residents of Prince William County are eligible to attend. Online and paper applications for admission to the TJHSST for the class of 2019 will be available beginning September 22. Students interested in applying should contact their school counselor.
Some important dates to remember:
September 29 —Information Session at 6:30 p.m.
Benton Middle School
7411 Hoadly Road, Manassas, VA 20112
October 7 — Information Session at 3 p.m.
Lake Ridge Middle School
12350 Mohican Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192
October 8 — Information Session at 6:30 p.m.
Reagan Middle School
15801 Tanning House Place, Haymarket, VA 20169
October 17 — Absolute deadline is 4 p.m. for submission of (online and paper) applications to schools or admissions office. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.
November 15 — Open House from 9 a.m.–noon
Holmes Middle School*, 6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312
Change of location due to construction at TJHSST.
*Date updated on 9/23/14
Poster submissions based on the theme “Bully Free Zone” are due by April 30, 2015 for the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation 2015 Poster Contest. See contest rules and details, including pictures of the School Division’s own 2011 winning posters created by students from Bennett Elementary School, at www.vapt.org. (Click on “Poster Contest” and scroll down to view winning posters and contest rules.)
Are you struggling with your child’s significant behavioral issues? Check out this informative session on effective strategies to best help your child learn.
Parents and educators are invited to attend a workshop on Tuesday, October 7 addressing children’s behavioral issues. The free workshop will be held from 7–9 p.m. at The Arc of Greater Prince William Muriel Humphrey Center, 13505 Hillendale Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22193, training room 1. Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 60 participants.
The PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center and The Arc are sponsoring the workshop.
View the flyer for registration information and additional details.
Visit the PWCS Parent Resource Center.
Blackboard Connect (Automatic Enrollment)
Parents and guardians of students and employees of Prince William County Public Schools are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard Connect messaging service. PWCS central office and schools use this system to communicate delayed opening and school closing information, emergency messages, and attendance and school-based outreach messages. Messages are delivered using basic contact information provided by parents and employees.
It is important to keep emergency contact information up to date. Parents may request edits to their child's emergency contact information online through Parent Portal.
Employees may view and update their contact information through Employee Self Service.
Be sure to add the PWCPSE-News@pwcs.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org addresses to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from your child's school and the School Division.
E-News (Blackboard Connect Subscription Service)
Students, spouses, and community members interested in receiving emergency messages, news, events, and updates from PWCS may subscribe to PWCS E-News. News is sent by email; emergency messages and inclement weather closures or delays are sent to your choice of email and/or via a text message. Parents may consider using this service to receive emergency messages at additional phone numbers or addresses not listed in their child’s contact record.
Subscribe to any of the following topics:
- Emergency messages, delayed openings, and school closings (select your schools of interest)
- News releases, Events, and Web stories
- Board Briefs
Subscribers are responsible for updating and removing themselves from the subscription system.
September 12, 2014
With National Preparedness Month in full swing, PWCS officials are reminding parents that during inclement weather or emergencies it is important to listen to local media reports, and to check the School Division's Web and social media sites for any messages about changes in school or School Age Child Care (SACC) schedules. View letter from the Superintendent.
When the weather causes hazardous road conditions schools may open late, close early, or close for the entire day depending upon the severity of the weather. Parents/guardians are encouraged to plan ahead by making alternate arrangements for their child-care needs in anticipation of modified school and SACC schedules.
Announcements of changes in school schedules are posted immediately after a decision is made on all School Division Web sites including pwcs.edu, facebook.com/PWCSNews, and twitter.com/pwcsnews, PWCS-TV (Comcast channel 18 and Verizon channel 36), and on the School Division’s telephone closing line, 703.791.2776. Messages are also sent by email and text message. For subscription information or to verify your contact information please visit "How to Receive Critical Messages from PWCS."
Prince William County encompasses 348 square miles and stretches from the Potomac River to the Bull Run Mountains. Road conditions may change, vary from one end of the county to the other, or look normal later in the morning. The decision to delay the opening of schools is made to allow commuter traffic to clear and hazardous road conditions to improve, or allow school officials to make a subsequent decision to close schools for the day. Closing decisions may also be based on conditions in some parts of the county, though other areas may look very different.
"The safety of our students and staff is always the deciding factor during inclement weather," said Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts.
View detailed information on closing procedures.
September 12, 2014
Local reporter Bonny Fahy has been honored by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) for her high-profile coverage of education news. Fahy, a reporter for the Old Bridge Observer Newspapers, has been added to the VSBA statewide Media Honor Roll for the second time in three years. The Prince William County School Board honored her on September 3.
The Media Honor Roll calls attention to Fahy’s “ongoing responsible and exemplary nature of reporting” on Prince William County Public Schools.
Criteria for honorees include giving a high-profile position to good news about schools; reporting school news in a manner that is fair, accurate, and balanced; and maintaining a cooperative relationship with School Division personnel.
Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns described her writing as “balanced, and provides special insight into the programs that make Prince William County Public Schools stand out as a World-Class School Division.” Fahy’s coverage of the School Division’s budget was especially impressive, Johns said.
Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts commended Randi Reid, publisher of the Bull Run Observer, Manassas Observer, and Old Bridge Observer, on coverage of the schools. “We know that in hundreds and hundreds of classrooms there is something great going on every day, and your publications are capturing those stories.”
Reid accepted a plaque from Johns on behalf of Fahy on September 3.
The School Division's Office of Internal Audit reports to the School Board’s Internal Audit Committee. The Office of Internal Audit is guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve the operations of PWCS through a cooperative approach of Internal Audit working with management and other employees to identify risks and offer solutions that continuously improve the School Division’s internal control environment and governance processes.
View meeting agenda.
Parents and students are invited to attend one of the college fairs scheduled in the coming weeks to explore post-graduation options. Representatives from various colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will attend. All seniors and juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
The Western Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held at Patriot High School on September 29 from 7–8:30 p.m. Patriot High School is located at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville.
The Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held and at Woodbridge High School on October 22 from 6–8 p.m. Woodbridge High School is located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge.
September 11, 2014
In Prince William County Public Schools and offices across the county today, students and employees observed a moment of silence to honor and remember those who lost their lives in a Pennsylvania field, at the Pentagon, and in the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Our school community is united in recognizing the courage of those who risked their lives to save innocent victims.
“Their heroic acts remind us all of the compassion, bravery, and sacrifice that is part of the fabric that makes America strong. Our thoughts and gratitude are with those in uniform who defend our country every day,” said Superintendent Steven Walts.
In honor of 9/11 and the National Day of Service, Lisa Zilka's language arts classes at Parkide Middle School created cards for soldiers for the non-profit, Operation Welcome Home.
A decision on proposed boundaries for Prince William County’s 12th high school will be delayed.
The scheduled vote on the issue has been pulled from the September 17th School Board agenda following receipt of comments from the Federal Department of Justice (DOJ). That agency has been looking into concerns about whether the proposed boundaries would result in a school population that differs substantially from the county’s demographic make-up.
Division staff will talk with DOJ officials before attempting to craft a revised boundary plan that addresses the agency’s demographic concerns, along with community input, educational, and economic considerations. No timetable or planning process has been determined. Any revised staff boundary proposal will require School Board review and approval.
September 10, 2014
Students Benjamin E. DelToro, Robert O. Dulin, Sydney A. Jordan, Alexander J. Kourmadas, Erica T. O’Donnel, Aren G. Porta, Charles Smith, Ian A. Ware, and Justin J. Yum join the nationwide pool of semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.4 million juniors entered the program by taking the 2013 Preliminary
As semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, these nine students will compete for one of the 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, which combined are worth more than $33 million. O’Donnel is a student at Forest Park High School; Ware attends Hylton High School; and Smith is a student at Osbourn Park High School. DelToro, Dulin, and Kourmadas attend Patriot High School with Kourmadas and DelToro dually enrolled at the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park; Jordan attends Stonewall Jackson High School; Porta is a student at Woodbridge High School; and Yum attends Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax.
In order to advance to finalist and be considered for Merit Scholarships, a semifinalist must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and submit
Those chosen as finalists will join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title and were selected on the basis of professional evaluations of finalists' abilities, accomplishments, and personal attributes considered important for success in rigorous college studies.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2015: National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships. The non-profit National Merit Scholarship Corporation will release the names of the 2015 Merit Scholarship winners to news media nationwide beginning in April and concluding in July 2015.
September 10, 2014
Got a camera with video capability? If so, you and your friends can create a video and compete to win the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) student video contest. The contest invites all Virginia high school public education students to make a video based on the theme, “Virginia, we are one!”
Contestants should submit a 30-second video clip. The video can be in any format, such as a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. The video can feature people, photographs, animation—whatever best demonstrates the concept in a way that is clear, compelling, and real.
See the attached VSBA High School Student Video Contest flyer for full details and submission information. Submission forms (attached to the flyer) must be submitted to VSBA. All videos must be uploaded to the Internet and then submitted as follows: email your name, school name, school division, and the URL of your uploaded video to Bridget Merker, coordinator of board development, at email@example.com. Submit the Student Video Contest Submission Form by downloading and completing the form and submitting with your video URL to the above address. Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 1.
September 9, 2014
Emergencies are rare, but PWCS school staff is trained and ready to respond. Planning, frequent drills, and close coordination with police, fire, and other authorities help ensure the safety of PWCS schools, its students, staff, and visitors.
Getting this message out to parents is the aim of a new PWCS pocket-sized brochure on emergency preparedness. The pamphlet gives school families important information about the plans in place to keep students and staff safe in the event of a crisis. Just as important, it shares tools and resources for how parents can help, stay informed, and get updates about what’s happening. The brochure also includes a perforated tear-out copy of a "Stay in Touch" card/calendar.
The pamphlets came home as part of your back-to-school packets. Please look it over and consider keeping the tear-off section with you so that, in the event of an emergency, you know where to look for news.
A brief video version of the Emergency Pamphlet is being shown at Back-to-School Night events. At only seven minutes long, it’s a quick way to take comfort in the fact that PWCS is doing everything to ensure the safety and well-being of your student.
September 8, 2014
In a solemn ceremony on Saturday, September 6, about 25 Lynn family descendants, friends, and school and county officials assembled to commemorate the reburial of remains and artifacts found at a previously unmarked gravesite on the grounds of the 12th high school. The relocated cemetery is now marked with a plaque and enclosed by a fence. An archeological report determined that the remains and artifacts that were discovered last summer, excavated, and re-interred at the new location are most likely those of William and Cordelia Lynn and their children, who owned and farmed the property from 1848 until the late 1800s.
Pastor Gene Wells, Woodbine Baptist Church, officiated. The church, and Woodbine School, were founded by a member of the Lynn family. Scottish bagpiper Kevin Byrne played while School Board member Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), County Supervisor Martin Nohe (Coles), and David Cline, associate superintendent for Finance and Support Services, laid a wreath. Supervisor Nohe noted that previous occupants of the land buried in the cemetery would likely be very pleased that a new generation of Prince William County leaders will be educated here.
“It was a beautiful ceremony, and school officials did a great job incorporating a new cemetery on this property. We are all very pleased,” said Carolyn Lynn, a direct descendent of William and Cordelia Lynn.
The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in September.
Meetings are open to the appointed members and the agendas, presentations, and minutes are available to inform the general public. Space limitations may make it difficult to open meetings beyond the membership. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office.
- Gifted Education Advisory Council, on Tuesday, September 16, 7 p.m., (KLC 1101). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
- Safe Schools Advisory Council, on Monday, September 8, 6:30 p.m., (KLC 3011)
- Special Education Advisory Committee, on Tuesday, September 16, 7-9 p.m., at the Kelly Leadership Center. Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.
All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific Web pages to confirm details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location.
- Bel Air
- Bristow Run
- Buckland Mills
- Cedar Point
- Dale City
- Lake Ridge
- Loch Lomond
- Marumsco Hills
- Mountain View
- The Nokesville School
- Old Bridge
- Piney Branch
- Potomac View
- River Oaks
- Rosa Parks
- Signal Hill
- Swans Creek
- T. Clay Wood
- West Gate
September 4, 2014
Before we start thinking of tests, report cards, and even snow days, let's reflect on where we are.
Check out our Opening Week Top Ten List, as shared by Superintendent Steven L. Walts at the first School Board meeting of the new school year. It offers plenty of reasons for pride and excitement.
Many parents without insurance coverage worry about protecting their children in the event of an illness or injury. Affordable student accident insurance is available for purchase through your child's school at a group rate. Parents now need to enroll for student accident insurance via the Internet. This process will be accomplished by the use of a dedicated secure enrollment Web site from the insurance provider.
Enroll in Student Insurance.
August 25, 2014
Has it been a long time since you entered a classroom? Need some help boosting your basic reading, math, or writing skills, preparing for the General Educational Development Test (GED Test), or learning to speak English? Come study with adults like yourself to achieve your career and life goals. PWCS has adult education classes beginning in September and October for residents of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park.
Adult Basic Education and the GED program classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over and provide instruction in reading, math, and/or writing skills at the ninth grade level or above.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over who speak a native language other than English.
(See links above to access the flyers for specific class tuition, dates, and locations.)
For classes beginning on or after September 2, registration will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the following dates:
- Monday, August 25, at Stonewall Middle School
- Tuesday, August 26, Gar-Field High School
- Wednesday, September 3, at Stonewall Middle School
- Thursday, September 4, at Gar-Field High School
- Friday, September 5, at the Adult Learning Center, Building 4, 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas (Independent Hill).
- Monday, October 6, at Freedom High School
- Tuesday, October 7, at Osbourn High School (Manassas City School)
- Wednesday, October 15, at Freedom High School
- Thursday, October 16, at Osbourn High School (Manassas City School)
- Friday, October 17, at the Adult Learning Center, Building 4, 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas (Independent Hill).
For additional information, visit the PWCS Adult Education Web site, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703.791.7357.
Freedom High School and Fred M. Lynn and Godwin Middle Schools were notified this week that they have received grants to house 21st Century Community Learning Centers at their schools over the next three years. The centers provide after-school and summer tutoring, enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs, literacy, and other educational services to students and their families.
The grants total $554,853. Freedom will receive $187,502, Fred M. Lynn will receive $182,351, and Godwin will receive $185,000 to operate the centers over the next school year. Each school will receive the same amount over the following two years contingent upon the funds being available; satisfactory performance, including serving the number of students stated in the applications; and efficient stewardship of funds. Parkside Middle School is currently entering the third and final year of a grant to operate a community learning center; it will receive $140,000 this year.
Each center is required to operate with a community partner. The two middle schools are partnering with the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation. Freedom High School's partner is the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action. Parkside works with the Manassas Boys and Girls Club. Partners assist in the centers’ operation and provide services to students and families.
Parents of Prince William County Public School students wishing to apply for free and reduced-price meals can complete and submit their application online. The process can help families avoid delays they may encounter by mailing in an application, and will ensure that applications are complete because applicants will be prompted to submit all of the necessary information required. Apply now for Meal Applications online. Links to the online application in English and Spanish are also on the left navigation of School Food Services Web site at menus.departments.pwcs.edu. All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 2014 will receive an application packet in the mail. Families with students who registered after that date will need to secure an application from their local school. Applications may also be obtained at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.
Ya están disponibles las solicitudes para aquellos que califiquen para la comida gratis o a precio reducido
15 de agosto de 2014
Los padres de alumnos de las Escuelas del Condados de Prince William que deseen solicitar comida gratis o a precio reducido, pueden completar y enviar la solicitud por internet. El proceso evitará a las familias las demoras que pueden producirse al enviar la solicitud por correo. Además, podrán estar seguros de que la solicitud se completó en su totalidad ya que el sistema les pedirá que proporcionen toda la información necesaria. Completen ya la solicitud en línea. Los enlaces a las solicitudes en inglés y español se encuentran en la barra de navegación izquierda de la página de los Servicios de Comida (School Food Services) en menus.departments.pwcs.edu. Toda la información proporcionada será confidencial y estará a disposición solamente de la Oficina de Servicios Alimentarios y Nutrición.
Los padres tendrán la opción de completar la solicitud por escrito. Las familias de estudiantes registrados en las Escuelas del Condado de Prince William antes de fines de julio de 2014, recibirán un paquete de inscripción por correo. Las familias de estudiantes registrados después de dicha fecha deberán retirar la solicitud en su escuela. Las solicitudes también pueden obtenerse en el Kelly Leadership Center ubicado en 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
Por preguntas relacionadas al proceso de solicitud, llame a la Oficina de Servicios Alimentarios y Nutrición al 703.791.7314.
The first public meeting of the Prince William County School Board for the new school year will be held on Wednesday, September 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
With the exception of meetings on Tuesday, November 18, and Wednesday, April 8 and 22, the School Board meets during the school year on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. In addition, a public meeting is set for Monday, February 9, to discuss the 2015-16 budget and a budget work session is scheduled on Wednesday, March 11.
Regular public meetings are open to the public and are streamed live on pwcstv.com, and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Closed sessions are held prior to the public meetings at 6 p.m. and are not open to the public. Items discussed in closed sessions are confined by law to personnel, student matters, acquisitions/disposition of real property, legal, and other specific matters exempted from open sessions under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.
Special meetings are called when necessary to conduct school business and are announced in advance on the School Division’s Web site and through local news media. All School Board meetings, except closed sessions, are open to the public.
View meeting schedule for the school year.
Electronic School Board agendas are available online in advance of meetings from pwcs.edu. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings. “Board Briefs” summarizes the actions taken by the School Board at each meeting and are also available online.
Individuals who wish to address the School Board under Citizens’ Time may notify the board clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at email@example.com. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2014–15 school year by educators instructing English Learners (ELs) in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements. Read the course descriptions to learn how best practices in classroom instruction for ELs are addressed. Find course dates, descriptions, and register using the “EPLP” code to search in the Professional Learning Catalog. For your convenience, the course lists for July and August offerings are attached, as well as offerings planned for the October 13 professional development day. Flyers are available by topic and focus area on the ESOL home page under EL Courses for Staff.
Bus transportation for students attending summer school at Woodbridge High School is now posted on Transportation Services Web site. Buses stop at all PWCS high schools to pick up students for transportation to Woodbridge High School. The high school summer program begins Monday, June 30. See Summer School Web page for more details.
Bell times for school year 2014–15 are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Bell times have been added for the new schools opening this fall, Haymarket Elementary School and The Nokesville School.
• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased.
PWCS-TV will air broadcasts of most PWCS high school graduation ceremonies. The shows give graduates, friends, and families a second chance to view the big event from the comfort of their own home. Broadcasts will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and are available via Video On Demand after the first airing date. Go to pwcstv.com and scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.
Potomac High School
June 30 and July 4
Battlefield High School
The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three conferences for elementary educators on August 26. These conferences are targeted toward teachers in the following grade level bands: K–1, 2–3, and 4–5 and are scheduled from 8 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, instructional technology, and general interest sessions. Teachers will receive five recertification hours for attending. Pre-registration at is required due to limited space at all locations. Sessions will be selected during the registration process. See the Elementary Professional Educator's Conference flyer for full details and registration instructions.
A photo gallery from the May 13 Saluting our Stars ceremony at Patriot High School is now available through the SPARK website at www.poweredbyspark.org and videos from the event are available on-demand at www.pwcstv.com. Award recipients may now share their special moment with friends and family.
Check out the videos and resources here.
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