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PACE East Senior Class Supports the Blue with Tee Shirt Fundraiser
May 2, 2016

The 2016 senior class at the PACE East Program, under the direction of their teacher, Tranee Knotts, have announced their campaign to show support for the police department as a community service project. “Support the Blue” tee shirts designed by students are offered for sale for $20 (larger sizes 2XL and 3XL are an additional $2). Ten dollars will be donated to the police for each shirt sold.
To kick off the project, the students invited active and previous School Resource Officers (SRO) who have worked at PACE East along with Lieutenant Jacques Poirier, Commander of the Special Victims Bureau to the school where they were presented the first Support the Blue t-shirt and a certificate for their dedication and service to PWCS.  School Resource Officers Marc Langsam, Mike Lomonaco and Aron Shore also were recognized with a certificate and shirt.

PACE East seniors present tee shirts and certificates to School Resource Officers
Suicide Awareness Walk May 21 from Forest Park High School
May 2, 2016
The 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness Walk will be held at Forest Park High School (FPHS) on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. Senator Jeremy McPike will be the keynote speaker and Congressman Gerry Connolly will also be on hand to deliver remarks.
The community is invited to join students at Forest Park or along the route from Forest Park to Hylton High School and back, a total of 6 miles. There will be three water stations manned by the FPHS ROTC. Water and breakfast bars will be available and the event is free and open to everyone.
A memory scroll will also be on hand so that walkers can write the name of a loved one lost to suicide. As you walk toward Hylton, there will be signs along the way with hopeful messages and some with statistics. 
This is a community walk, but it is being hosted by Forest Park High School. Many groups will be there to support the issues under the umbrella of suicide and mental health, including PTSD, Freeze Bullying for Payton, etc. There will be a crisis team present to help those who need it. Those who would like to participate in other ways are encouraged to volunteers. To volunteer or donate breakfast bars or water, contact Shannon Geraghty at


Please join us as we take the U out of Suicide—“You are not alone.”
Thank Your Teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers instill a passion for learning; perseverance, empathy, and understanding. Join the campaign, #ThankATeacher

May 2, 2016

"Thank You" to PWCS Teachers from the Prince William County School Board and Leadership Team, on behalf of our 87,000 students, for the great job you do, for your dedication, and for building relationships with students that make a difference.

At the recent ceremony for PWCS retirees, Hylton High School seniors Colin Bushweller and Sara Howell expressed appreciation to those teachers they have had over the years. "In our world language classes, we've learned the twists and turns of different societies and cultures. But more importantly, our teachers have taught us about compassion," Bushweller said. Teachers taught her to be prepared, educationally and emotionally, to be willing to take on challenges despite the uncertainty that may come with them, said Howell. The same can be said of all educators within PWCS; the Superintendent, administrators, and colleagues salute one and all.

The Governor’s Office is partnering with the Virginia Lottery and the Virginia PTA to encourage Virginians to show their appreciation to educators in their lives through social media, using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Share a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with the simple message saying "Thank You"; a picture of your child with his or her teacher; or share a picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present.
Battle of the Brains—Who Will Win? Teams Prep for SOLs
May 2, 2016

Are you smarter than a sixth grader? Find out this week when Godwin Middle School teams return to defend their title for a record fourth straight year at the annual PWCS Battle of the Brains at Stonewall Middle School on Thursday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an SOL review designed in scholastic game show format, and promises to be an exciting edge-of-your-seat event. The popular competition between four PWCS International Baccalaureate middle schools will be streamed live at, allowing classrooms across the county as well as parents and individuals at home to watch.

School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers and Board members Diane Raulston (Neabsco) and Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville) are expected to attend.

The competing schools are Stonewall, Godwin, Beville, and Fred Lynn. Students from each grade level will go head-to-head in the auditorium answering questions in the categories of language arts, math, science and social studies. There will be breaks for class changes and lunch.

Via web cam, students on site can get help from their fellow students back at their base schools on any questions that have them baffled. Questions are not easy. For example, here’s a question from last year’s competition: “Balance the following chemical equation by adding the correct coefficient to the product side: C six, H twelve, O six, plus six O two yields blank C O two plus six H two O plus energy.”
Members of the media are asked to contact Irene Cromer, if planning to attend. 
Another Chance to Succeed, Improve Skills, Take a New Course or Enrichment Class— Register for the PWCS Summer Program
April 29, 2016

The PWCS Summer School Program offers opportunities for remedial or new courses as well as enrichment. Check out “Resources” under the “Students” tab on the PWCS home page for full details.
Elementary and middle school students can attend a remedial program which is aligned with the school year curricula and focuses on language arts and math. At the middle school level, students participate in a social skills component. Students will be taught core skills and strategies with activities that keep them engaged and interested.
Young Picassos and Rembrandts are invited to explore “Color Your World” in the annual PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program. The program is open to all local-area students currently in grades 2–8.

High school students in grades 9–12 may take courses for new or repeat credit. With approval from the student’s base school administrator or designee, rising ninth-grade students (2015–16 current eighth grade students) may also take certain high school classes for credit. Additionally, a two-week SOL Remediation course will be held for all end-of-course tests and the SOL will be administered at the end of the class. The Virtual High School at Prince William County Schools (VHS@PWCS) is a program designed to expand the access of challenging curricula through the delivery of high quality online courses. Details may be found on the PWCS website.

Summer school provides students with more individualized instruction due to smaller class sizes. It also allows students to accelerate their course work or take a course that was previously failed. Summer school gives students the opportunity to focus on one or two classes in a more relaxed learning environment. One of the goals of the summer school program is that every student have a successful summer school experience which can ultimately improve a student's self-esteem and raise his or her personal academic expectations.
May Events Schedule; School Board Members May Attend Some Events
April 29, 2016

Beyond the time Prince William County School Board members spend in meetings, their calendars fill with school events. Spring is generally one of the busiest times of the year, and this year is no different. Below are lists of events which may draw as many as three or more School Board members. Members of the media may contact Irene Cromer, supervisor of Community Relations, for names of School Board members who plan to attend specific events.

Community Meeting on Elementary School Boundary Adjustments – May 2   FLL Fun Day – May 7
  •  The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Fun Day will take place on Saturday, May 7.  The event will be held at Osbourn Park High School with the opening ceremony to begin at 9 a.m. FLL involves several teams from elementary schools who work at developing and programming an autonomous robot.
  Saluting Our Stars – May 12, 6 p.m.
  •  This year’s Saluting Our Stars event will take place on Thursday, May 12 at Patriot High School. The event honoring PWCS students and staff members will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. The ceremony will start promptly at 7 p.m. to include awards to invited honorees, performances, and special guests. 
Presentation on Dangers of Social Media – May 18, 6 p.m.
  • Middle and high school students and their parents are invited to attend a presentation on the dangers of social media by the Prince William County Police Department in collaboration with PWCS. Topics will include cyberbullying, cyber stalking, impersonation, and much more. The event will take place Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Brentsville District High School auditorium
 ​“Cinderella” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center- May 19
  • Eastern elementary school students will attend “Cinderella” performed by the Manassas Ballet Theatre on Thursday, May 19. The performance will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas 20110, with a start time of 11:30 a.m.  
 Prince William County Community EXPO- May 21, 11 a.m.   ​Forest Park Suicide Awareness Walk – May 21, 9 a.m. 
  • Meet at Forest Park High School at 9 a.m., walk to Hylton High School and return to Forest Park; a community event.
 Groundbreaking Ceremony – May 23, 9: 30 a.m.  Growing Our Own Senior Recognition Ceremony- May 23      
  •  On Monday, May 23 the Department of Human Resources will hold a ceremony to recognized the instructors, advisors, and graduating seniors for their special achievements through the Growing our Own program. The ceremony will be held at the Kelly Leadership Center from 6:30- 8 p.m.
Music Speaks to All—and if it’s Jazz, it’s Even Better at the White House
PWCS students hear great jazz artists at the White House Jazz Festival Workshop..
April 29, 2016
Music students and staff of Freedom, Battlefield, Forest Park, and Woodbridge High Schools were invited to attend a jazz workshop today hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“It was an awesome day for all. We were led to a beautifully set room where the press was in full effect,” says Angela Cabell from Freedom High School. “On our seats was a program that read, `Michelle Obama welcomes you.’  “Afterwards, the First Lady spoke on the importance of an education. The finale was performances by jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, DeeDee Bridgewater, and Bobby Watson. There was a Q&A session afterwards, and at the end we all got to take pictures and get autographs. What a great day for PWCS.”

The First Lady told the audience of students from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia that jazz is a "blend of irresistible rhythms and irrepresible creativity:"

"Today, we aren’t just celebrating a uniquely American art form, we’re also honoring the history and the people who shaped the art form into what it is today.  And that history goes way back.  As many of you know, if you were students of jazz, it unfolded in smoky dance halls in New Orleans and in clubs in Harlem, and in simple shacks all throughout the South where African American artists drew on our nation’s diverse cultural heritage to invent a new kind of sound.  And it’s a blend of irresistible rhythms and irrepressible creativity, but jazz is also described as America’s greatest contribution to the arts," said the First Lady.

Students wore shirts showing the college or university they hope to attend in the fall.

Principals and Assistant Principal Earn Recognition from Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals
April 28, 2016

Congratulations to Donna Kirby, principal of Victory Elementary School, Andy Jacks, principal of Ashland Elementary School, and Hamish Brewer, principal of Occoquan Elementary School, who received the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) School Bell Award for exceptional contributions as administrators. 

Glenkirk Elementary School Assistant Principal Kaye Bush received the Professional Development Award.

The School Bell Awards are presented to school-based administrators who are members of VAESP. The nominees are to have made significant contributions to their schools, school systems, state association, national association, and/or other educational organization. The recipients are selected based on the nominee’s specific contributions and career summary including any awards/honors, articles published, civic and/or political activities, organizations, and association participation. Only VAESP members may nominate award recipients; and only VAESP members may receive the award. The Board of Directors screens nominees and selects the award recipient(s).

Math Wizards at Stonewall Middle School Compete in MathCON
April 28, 2016
Two students from Stonewall Middle School were chosen out of 44,000 applicants from across the country to participate in MathCON, a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools in Chicago on April 23.
Among the 564 finalists chosen were Bayna Phou, a 6th grader, and Tuan Vuong Tran, an 8th grader, at Stonewall Middle School. They had to have a qualifying score.  Each of the students scored in the 99th percentile. The top 20 students in each grade level in each region competed at the national event. 
Students from 41 states took the initial exam to qualify for MathCON, The day-long event brought together elementary middle and high school students to compete for various prizes such as mini IPads, gift cards, and national prestige through various math questions and activities.
“We’re incredibly proud when any of our student earns recognition for their accomplishments, and we’re so excited to have Bayna and Tuan represent Stonewall Middle School at MathCON,” John Miller said. “The STEM field is such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom. This is a great honor not only for Bayna and Tuan, but also for Stonewall.”
“MathCON is our way of inspiring the future leaders in science, technology, math and engineering by engaging students at a young age, making STEM fun and demonstrating its real-world applications,” said Ayhan Caputlu of Concept Schools, which organizes the event. “The competition allows us to reach students from all over the nation and help them establish, improve and maintain skills that can lead to many possibilities throughout their educational careers and beyond.”
School Division Earns High Marks for Making Budget Understandable and Useable as Policy Document
April 28, 2016

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) for its fiscal year 2016 budget document. This is the 16th consecutive year that the School Division has earned this award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

The School Division’s budget met nationally recognized guidelines that assess how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted, the GFOA also presents a Certificate of Recognition to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for the achievement. This year, the GFOA has presented that certificate to Kathleen Addision, supervisor of Budget.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
Porter Traditional School’s Librarian Hailed as Digital Innovator
April 28, 2016
Derra Banks, librarian at Porter Traditional School, was selected by PBS to join a group of educators nationwide, and one of 20 in Virginia, as “Digital Innovators. She will participate in yearlong professional development which is designed to reward, foster and grow a community of 100 digitally-savvy educators making an impact in their classrooms.
Fun, Health, and Fitness Combine at May 21 Community Expo
April 28, 2016

The public is invited to participate in sport, dance, fitness, fun, and physical challenges at the PWC Community Expo set for Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Pfitzner Stadium Complex.
The event will include activities for all ages, such as a petting zoo, mascot dance off, BMX demonstrations, on-stage performances, prizes, food vendors, a rock climbing wall, reptile and raptor demonstrations, nutrition education, and physical education activities.

The PWC Community Expo is coordinated by Prince William County Public Schools, Prince William County Healthy Communities l Healthy Youth, PWCS Health and Physical Education, PWC Parks and Recreation, and SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, and the Hylton Foundation. See details on the Community Expo Web page.

The Expo could be cancelled for severe weather or lightning. Check or any Prince William County Public School Web Site for event status.
Gainesville Middle School Geographic Bee Champion Places 2nd at State Bee
April 28, 2016
Gainesville Middle School scored big at the National Geographic State Bee, with student Prithvi Nathan placing second in a field of 100 contestants. Gainesville Middle School for the Arts & Sciences has had a student qualify to compete at the state level every year for the past five years. Separately, on April 11, Nathan also qualified for the National Championships for the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

“Prithvi missed being the state champion by just one question,” says Gifted Education Department Chair and Resource Teacher Patricia Harmon. “His performance in both events was exemplary.” 

Students who ascend to the state championship must first win their school-level Bee. After winning the school-level championship, they are administered a rigorous written test to qualify for the state competition. From the list of school champions throughout Virginia, this test narrows down the state competitor pool to the 100 best performers on the written qualifying exam.
One winner from Virginia will advance to the national competition held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will compete against the winners from each state and territory of the United States in the national finals for scholarships.
The National Geographic Bee is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Questions asked during the competition challenge students to identify familiar geographic landmarks, name capitals of countries across the globe, pair historic events with their sites of origin, and more.
Social Media and What Parents Should Know is Focus of May 18 Program
April 28, 2016

Middle and high school students and their parents are invited to attend a presentation on the dangers of social media by the Prince William County Police Department in collaboration with PWCS. Topics will include cyberbullying, cyber stalking, impersonation, and much more. The event will take place Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Brentsville District High School auditorium.

Groundbreaking Ceremony May 23 to Kick Off Construction on “Potomac Shores” Elementary School
April 28, 2016
The Prince William County School Board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school in eastern Prince William County on Monday, May 23. The ceremony for the “Potomac Shores” elementary, located at 2500 River Heritage Boulevard, Dumfries, will be held at 9:30 a.m. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.
School Division employees and the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. School Board members and other local elected officials are expected to attend.
The construction of this school is possible through the cooperation of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and funding received from general obligation bonds via the Virginia Public School Authority.
V. F. Pavone Construction was awarded the construction contract; the architect is Moseley Architects. Upon completion, this new elementary school’s 850-plus seats will provide much needed relief to projected overcrowding at elementary schools in the area. 
Summer Orchestra Camp, July 18-29
April 28, 2016
Summer Orchestra Camp is an opportunity for students rising in grades 4-12 to retain the musical playing skills learned during the school year or for beginners to learn how to play a stringed orchestra instrument. The two-week camp offers group instruction tailored to ability and a beginning student class, and culminates in a concert on the last day of camp. Private instruction will also be offered. For more information, contact Karen von Bernewitz by email at or call 703.494.5154.
Camp Dates: Monday–Friday, July 18–July 29
Times: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Gar-Field High School
Cost: See details on registration and payment options.
Eligibility: Students entering 5th–12th grades in September 2016
Last Day of School Student Dismissal Schedule, Friday, June 17
April 28, 2016
The last day of school for the 2015–16 school year is scheduled to be Friday, June 17, if there are no unexpected closures that impact the school schedule for the remainder of this school year. The standard early dismissal plans is as follows: 
  • Elementary and middle school students will be dismissed on a half-day schedule.
  • High school dismissal is set for 10 a.m.
  • June 17 dismissal times for all schools will be posted on the Transportation Services website as soon as they are available.
  • PACE students will follow the high school schedule.
  • There will be no preschool special education, Head Start, or Virginia Preschool Initiave (VPI or PVI+) classes on Friday, June 17.
  • Lunch will not be served in the high schools.
  • Lunch will be served in the elementary and middle schools.
  • Each SACC and Next Generation site will open at school dismissal on June 17 and will remain open until the normal closing time of 6:30 p.m.
Four PWCS High Schools Ranked Among Top in Nation by US News & World Report
Osbourn Park, Battlefield, Patriot, and Hylton High Schools Earn National Silver Medals.

April 28, 2016

Osbourn Park and Battlefield rank #627 and #776 out of more than 21,000 schools in the 2016 “Best High Schools” list published online by U.S. News & World Report. Patriot and Hylton rank #906 and #1063, respectively. The four schools are among the top 10% of schools nationally that earned a Silver Medal.
On the state level, Osbourn Park ranked #23, Battlefield #25, Patriot #28, and Hylton #31 of 327 schools. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.
The rankings are based on 2013-14 state data and on state assessments initially; and then success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Data for Cambridge examinations are not included in this ranking. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which Prince William County Public School students also attend, was ranked fifth in the nation and first in Virginia.
PWCS Rocks It with Robotics at VEX World Championships
Woodbridge High School Team 1575A Places 5th in World Tourney for Middle and High School Division.
April 27, 2016
Student teams from around the world battled it out last weekend in Louisville, KY, and three of seven top awards given out went to PWCS teams. All teams qualified to compete at Worlds by their top performance at the state level.
The atmosphere was electric: picture a stadium, all eyes focused on the battleground center of the arena, robots engaged in intricate maneuvers under the steady hands of students. Robots? Yes! Fireworks, wildly cheering crowds — you may have to experience it to believe it, but it’s not a stretch to compare the fans at the World Championship of VEX Robotics to those at the Olympics.
Woodbridge High School’s Team “Athena,” 1575A, placed fifth. Benton Middle School's Team 1231A won:the Design Award and Team 1231D won the Judges Award. Woodbridge High School's Team 1575A placed fifth, was Division Champion, and won the Design  Award; and Team 1575C won:the Design  Award. Woodbridge High School sent a total of four teams and Benton fielded two. Bull Run and Marsteller Middle Schools and Forest Park High School each sent one team. All competitors earned a berth at the Worlds through performance at state tournaments. George Mason University fielded a team of all PWCS alumni that competed in the VEXU level.
Also competing in a companion VEX IQ tournament were teams from Triangle Elementary School and Graham Park Middle School. Members of the Graham Park team competed previously at the World Championships when they were students at Triangle—a feeder school for Graham Park—an example of how robotics is growing and why PWCS is well known on the state and world stage of robotics.

Triangle Elementary School's robotics team placed in the top 36 of all elementary school teams and made the World Finals, while Graham Park ranked 43rd out of all middle school teams.  

"Our success is largely driven by a supportive school-based and division administration and great business partners that see the value in robotics and real-world learning," says Ryan Osweiler, instructional technology teacher and robotics club sponsor at Triangle Elementary School. "The public would be shocked to know how much time these kids spend on robotics. It's great to see our kids transitioning to middle and high school and continuing to achieve at a high level as they did here at Triangle."

“These students live and breathe robotics. If they could go at it all day long, they would,” said Bethany Lightfield, math teacher and robotics sponsor at Graham Park Middle School. Oscar McCullough, an engineer and PWCS graduate, is a volunteer who also is a club sponsor.
“Experienced or not, our students are always impressed at the Worlds because every team has a translator, and they meet students from all over the world,” Lightfield says. “Robotics is a team sport, and that is what our students are learning—how to collaborate with others, work on solving problems together.”
In addition to Triangle and Graham Park, Ashland Elementary School fielded one team and Glenkirk Elementary School sent two teams to compete in the VEX IQ World Championship.Woodbridge HS VEX Robotics World Championship Team 1575A

In Memoriam Update – Memorial Service Set for Peggy Verdonck

April 26, 2016

In Memoriam Update for Peggy Verdonck, Former Library Media Assistant at Marsteller and Gainesville Middle Schools

A memorial service has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 17,  6–8 p.m. at Molon Lave Vineyards, 10075 Lees Mill Road, Warrenton, VA 20186
Peggy Verdonck passed away January 11, 2016 after a long illness. Ms. Verdonck worked at Marsteller Middle School from 2000–13 and at Gainesville Middle School from 2013–15.
In June 2015 she relocated to Georgia to be closer to her son.  
This information can be viewed on the In Memoriam web page. (Scroll down to see the January 19, 2016 message.) 
From Fashion to Forensics—STEM is Everywhere

Catch the highlights from Benton Middle School's second Introduce a Girl to Engineering day, where participants discovered that no matter what their interest, there is bound to be a STEM career related to it.

April 25, 2015


School Board's Internal Audit Committee to Meet on May 4, 2016
April 25, 2016

The School Board’s Internal Audit Committee will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in room 1132 of the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Ryan Sawyers, School Board Member At-Large, is the Committee Chairman; Gilbert A. “Gil” Trenum, School Board Member for the Brentsville District, also serves on the Internal Audit Committee. Justin Wilk, School Board member for the Potomac District is the alternate School Board member. Dave Cline, Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services, represents the School Division and Rae Darlington, Deputy Superintendent, is the alternate School Division member. Gary R. Maness is the Chief Internal Auditor.

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.

Online Registration Opens May 2 for Families New to School Age Child Care Program
April 22, 2016

Online registration is now open for current students of the Prince William County Public Schools School Age Child Care (SACC) program administered through AlphaBEST Education, Inc. Families new to the program may begin registration for the 2016–17 School Year on May 2.

SACC tuition for the 2016–17 school year remains the same as tuition for 2015–16. Visit the SACC program website for details and to register.

The SACC program delivers a safe, exciting, enriching environment, including homework support and opportunities in STEM, dramatic and visual arts, fitness, language, and cultural discovery.

SACC offers online registration, online weekly payments, and electronic check-in/check-out. Additionally, SACC includes an educational enrichment component, which brings a certificated teacher to SACC sites. The teacher works along with SACC staff to provide math and reading enrichment in a small group setting.

AlphaBEST also offers Next Generation, an after-school program for middle school students in grades six and seven who have not reached their thirteenth birthday before August 31, 2016.

Visit the Next Generation website for details.

PWCS Seeks Public Input on Proposed Boundary Adjustments at Community Meeting on May 2 at Hylton High School
Four locations affecting a small number of students are in need of attendance area boundary adjustments to improve transportation efficiency and assign existing homeowners, as well as soon-to-be homeowners, the same school boundaries as their immediate neighbors.

April 22, 2016

A community meeting will be held in the auditorium of Hylton High School on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. PWCS staff will provide information about the proposed boundary adjustments and offer citizens an opportunity to comment on proposals. Those needing translators are asked to call 703.791.7312 at least three days prior to meeting.

In a total of four instances of proposed boundary changes, as few as five current students will be affected. In two of the four cases, new home construction necessitates the need for adjustment of boundaries. The proposal affects current students who would be involved in reassignments between either Gar-Field and Hylton High Schools, Henderson and Pattie Elementary Schools, or Gainesville and Marsteller Middle Schools. Adjustments to attendance boundaries are displayed on a map on the Office of Facilities Services website. Families immediately affected have been notified of the proposed adjustments. Planning staff have met or have scheduled meetings with advisory councils at these schools where current students are affected.
Affected Areas
  • Case 1: Thomas Mill Subdivision (Gar-Field and Hylton High Schools affecting two students)
  • Case 2: Shaker Court in Montclair Community (Henderson and Pattie Elementary Schools affecting one student)
  • Case 3: Ashleys Park Lane in Crossman Creek Community (Gainesville and Marsteller Middle Schools affecting two)
  • Case 4: Hickory Falls Court (No Current Students Affected)
Community members can provide feedback to Planning staff by emailing Dr. Matthew Cartlidge, Supervisor of Planning, at or by calling the Planning Department at 703.791.7312. 
SACC Summer Camp Enrollment Open
April 21, 2015

The PWCS School Age Child Care Program is accepting applications for the 2016 summer camp administered by AlphaBEST Education, Inc. through June 13. The summer camp session runs Monday–Friday beginning June 20 and ending Friday, August 26 with hours of operation from 6 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Campers must have successfully completed kindergarten or been enrolled in grades 1–5 during the 2015–16 school year.

This year’s summer camp locations are Bristow Run, Fitzgerald, Gravely, King, Lake Ridge, Marshall, Sinclair, Vaughan, Victory, and Williams Elementary Schools. Please visit for details and registration information.
School Division to Honor Retirees on April 26
April 20, 2016

The School Board, Superintendent, and Administrative Leadership Team will recognize and honor retiring School Division employees during a ceremony and reception on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. Those to be recognized have collectively given tens of thousands of hours of expertise, dedication, and service to the students, schools, and offices of PWCS. Though they are retiring, the impact of their contributions will be felt for years to come.

Families, colleagues, and friends are expected to join the School Board in honoring 235 retirees in 68 schools and 13 offices.
This year’s retirees and their school/department are as follows:
Central Elementary Schools
Debra Antenen, Donna R. Carleton, Robyn Cronje, Harry L. Earman, Teresa Felch, Eileen Fink, Andrea Freeland, George Frye III, Margaret H. Fuller, Elizabeth M. Gerovac, Grace Higginbottom, Allison J. Kelley-Hoak, Jan M. Kellstrom, Bonnie F. Klakowicz, Diane Lienard, and Connie S. Louderback.
Also, Ellen L. Mackinnon, Melanie McClure, Maryann R. McManus, Gina M. Merenda, Barbara J. Minner, Catherine A. Pavlik, Annette R. Pfohl, Rita Santiago, Vera L. Sincere, Barbara H. Staubs, Christy H. Tayler, Betty Williams, and Chung Wong.
Eastern Elementary Schools
Charlene Beckner, Emily S. Bossin, Mary C. Byrd, Jerelyn M. Condon, Sandra A. Foster, Sandra K. Gehlhoff, Martha Greene, Rebecca S. Hardy, Carol A. Jones, Linda S. Klotz, and Zorina Lally.
Also, Catherine H. Lewis, Arlene F. McFadden, Timothy O'Rourke, Susan Porter, Elizabeth H. Potente, Mary Knapp Preston, Beverly Samuels, Eileen C. Scholar, Helen D. Schorsch, Maria F. Smith, Donna Willison, and Pamela D. Zemlan.
Western Elementary Schools
Linda Arbogast, Lois K. Bateman, Patricia Boelman, Barbara Boyd, Donna M. Crissup, Deborah T. Douglas, Guerry F. Drey, Susan Ertel, Gary P. Fekete, Jane A. Haycraft, Miao Huang-Fu, Patricia E. Jacobs, David A. Koss, Chris Lowell, Kathryn S. Lund, Lynn Maletick, Pamela Moody, Mary N. Orlando, James Quinn, Debra Spaldo, Brenda Stringfellow, Barbara C. Thomson, Barbara A. Vignovich, and Carol Zurat.
Middle Schools
Neil Alexander, Sally Altman, Charlene S. Baron, Nancy N. Burns, Trinidad D. Carballo, Faye Chappell, Jodi L. Conway, Sharon B. Cooper, Thomas R. Cotter, Amy K. Crotty, Ann Davis, Frankie D. Curry, Colleen Dengler, Judy S. Dietrich, Joyce T. Doyle, Alfred F. Eaton, Kathryn M. Eaton, Nancy S. Esser, Karen A Houser, Daniel I. Hurlow, Lang Huynh, Vijayarani Isaac, Barbara G. Miller, Judith Minor, and Carol A. Moonan.
Also, Edith C. Morton, Timothy R. Post, Carrie T. Rehberg, Cora Richards, Sandra I. Rivera, Shelia M. Roberts, Sharon A. Robinson, Rosa H. Salmeron, Boualaphanh  Southivongnorath, Josie Stevenson, Richard L. Stoppa, Dennis M. Tucker, Eugene T. Vest, Barbara J. White, Gregory Williams, Carol A. Wisloski, and Melody P. Young.
High Schools
Perpetual Adjei, Effie E. Afordakos, Christopher K. Aleo, Debra Beasley, Donna Butwill, Carolyn M. Clay, Patricia Cole, Joseph Cooper, Scott T. Crow, Art W. Dietrich, Nancy M. Doggett, Frank D. Dunn, Mary Jane Earman, Amy Ethridge-Conti, Carol A. Fitzwater, Deborah L. Floris, Marlene E. Forrest, Eastern Gault, Frank M. Gregorio, Maria Hernandez, Wanda L. Higgins, Margaret Holt, and Alma R. Jackson.
Also, MaryAnne H. Jewart, Paulette F. Jones, Mary T. Kenneally, Jane H. Kotulka, Anne N. Lytle, Patricia A. Mathews, Pamela C. McCarthy, Janice L. McCurdy, Mary E. Molter, Nancy Murphy, Maria Ordonez, Shirley Parker, Margaret Payne, Joan Pennline, Guillermo Salmon, Trina Sheckels-McFarland, Pamela Skeens, Elizabeth Slack, Patricia Smith, Tammy Smith, Chris H. Sparkman, William Stearns, Heidi S. Summers, Muriel Walburn, Judith E. Weiss, Patricia J. Williams, and Marla Yackshaw.
Communications and Technology Services
Diana Hobbs, Linda Jensen, Duc Vu, Allen White, and Paul A. Whitham.
Finance and Support Services
Shirley Aldridge, Sandra Bailey, Nora Baird, Luigia Battuello, Wilma Blizzard, Sylvia Buranen, William Cantrell, Adrian Carneal, Maria Cavin, Vanthong Chounlamany, Dennis Clark, Robert Clarke, Sharon Combs, Priscilla Corbin, Marian Critchley, James Day, Yves Dusart, Brenda Dye, Linda Edwards, Richard Embrey, Linda Faucett, Betty Forsht, Sharon Fossum, Lawrence Griffith, and Patricia Hood.
Also, Eleanor L. Howell, Barbara Hubbard, George Hurd, Julia Kelbaugh, Donald King, Kathleen Lyons, Nancy Markov, Linda Marshall, Janet Masarick, Faye Mills, Michael Mohaupt, Laura Morton, Gail Newman-Spencer, Robert Petrey, Betty Plotz, Frances Poplin, Jackie Elaine Rawlings, Janice Rolley, Jose H. Salmeron, Stacy Swartz, and Mary F. Vlahos.
Human Resources
Susan Golladay and Meg E. Gruber.
Student Learning and Accountability
Pamela Brick, Sherley Channing, Lourde Cruddas, Margaret Evans, Janet L. Gillespie, Janet Greer, Jocerlyn L. Hardy, Peggy A. Kollmann, Ann W. Leazer, Fred Milbert, Fanoula Senese, Diane Signorino, Dawnita Truitt-Calderone, Kathleen Wanat, and Margaret Weathers.
PWCS High Schools Make Top Ten Percent of Nation’s “Most Challenging”
All 11 PWCS high schools rank among the best in the nation for challenging students with rigorous college level courses, according to the latest analysis by the Washington Post.

April 19, 2016

Osbourn Park and Patriot lead all eleven PWCS High Schools in the top ranks of the Washington Post 2016 America’s Most Challenging High Schools list, ranking among the nation’s top three percent.  

The analysis identifies the most challenging schools by dividing the number of tough Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge exams given at each by the size the school’s graduating class.
Only ten percent of the nation’s 22,000 schools make the newspaper’s list of the “most challenging,” compiling a “challenge index” of 1.00 or better. All PWCS high schools made the cut, with many exceeding the required mark several times over. On average, Osbourn Park and Patriot High School students take challenging college courses and their associated tests at more than three times the rate that the Washington Post uses to indicate a “challenging” high school.
School Ranking (of 22,000 nationally) Challenge Index Score
Osbourn Park 477 3.536
Patriot 645 3.111
Hylton 810 2.788
Woodbridge 846 2.729
Battlefield 937 2.582
Forest Park 1068 2.364
Brentsville 1178 2.217
Potomac 1186 2.213
Gar-Field 1577 1.759
Freedom 1896 1.432
Stonewall 1931 1.408
Division’s Advisory Committee Meetings for May
Date: April 15, 2016

The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in May.
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 May 17, 7–9 p.m., (KLC 2011). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
• Safe Schools Advisory Council, on May 9, 6:30 p.m., (KLC 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 May 17, 7–9 p.m., at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC 2002-04). 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 May 12, 7–9 p.m., (location TBD). See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction web page.

All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific web pages to confirm dates and details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location. 
Bourgeoning Scientists Share Their Projects at the Junior Division Regional Science Fair
Bacteria on your toothbrush, interference with your wi-fi signal, and the life cycle of the monarch butterfly were just some of the topics explored by the students.

April 15, 2016

Science Fair winnersEmma Brazier from Marsteller Middle School received the grand prize under the junior division with “Banish the Bacteria: The Effect of Different Cleaning Methods on Toothbrush Bacteria.”

First place winners in the junior division are:

Naomi Desautels, Gainesville Middle School
Emily Loomis, Alvey Elementary School
Lilia Saad, Marsteller Middle School
Saahas Gowda, Reagan Middle School
Vincent Flear, Stonewall Middle School
Sophia Heilen, Reagan Middle School
Christian Orrico, Reagan Middle School
Nicole Torres and Sydney Barrow, McAuliffe Elementary School
Students used the scientific method to conduct observations and to learn more about the world around them as they developed their entries for this year's fair. Experiments in the junior division (grades 5–6) included those in animal sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering and mathematics, earth and space sciences, environmental sciences, medicine and health, physics, and plant sciences.

View full list of winners here.

Science Fair project
Staffing Update April 15, 2016
April 15, 2016
The following appointments have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding administrators.

Paula Williams, currently the acting assistant principal at West Gate Elementary School has been appointed as assistant principal there, effective April 15, 2016.

Ike Alberts, currently assistant principal at Forest Park High School, will transfer as assistant principal to Gar-Field High School effective July 5, 2016.

Diane Maloney, assistant principal at Gar-Field High School, will transfer as assistant principal to Forest Park High School effective July 5, 2016.
Students Learn of the Life and Legacy of Fannie Fitzgerald, a Pioneer in Education
Touching tributes honor school’s namesake in assembly for students, by students.

April 15, 2016

Fannie W. Fitzgerald had a 1,000-watt smile that expressed her joy and her love of family and community.

“She helped to bring people together so that, today, children get to learn and play with people who are all different. That helps to make our classrooms and our world more exciting and more interesting,” said one of the students who shared pictures from the Fitzgerald family album.

Children watching the slide show, and those narrating the story, learned of the life that Fannie Fitzgerald led: How she was the first black teacher in a white school; how she loved to cook wholesome, homemade meals; bake bread, apple cobbler, and sweet potato pie; and throw holiday parties. She encouraged her children to follow their dreams, and cherished her grandchildren. She had a "green thumb" and her plants thrived, as did her students. She led a life of faith and worked in her church community. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a lady students came to know well through the celebration of her life.

Listening intently, the students also learned that Mrs. Fitzgerald was highly respected by adults. School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers, Neabsco School Board Member Diane Raulston, and Superintendent Steve Walts spoke highly of Mrs. Fitzgerald and her role in the history of integration of schools in Prince William County. Family members held back tears. School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie was among many friends who attended.

“It was a wonderful and heart-warming celebration,” said Principal Bridget Outlaw.

“It’s time to let our lights shine!” said the student who concluded the program. “Think of ways that will make your school, community, and the lives of others better with your positive choices. It’s the way that Mrs. Fannie W. Fitzgerald would have wanted it!”

Read more.

Summer School Assistant Principals Appointed
April 14, 2016
These are the 2016 Summer School Assistant Principal appointments:
Christopher Beemer, administrative intern at Battlefield High School, was appointed assistant principal at Graham Park Middle School.

Crystal Estes, administrative intern at Rippon Middle School, was appointed assistant principal at Gainesville Middle School.

Rachel Pierce, administrative intern at New Dominion School, was appointed assistant principal at Potomac Middle School.

James Utterback, math teacher at Potomac HS, was appointed assistant principal at Forest Park High School.

Fernando Montanez, administrative intern at Osbourn Park High School, was appointed assistant principal at Forest Park High School.

Matthew Carbo, assistant principal at Brentsville District High School, was appointed assistant principal at Osbourn Park High School
BOCS Delay Mark-Up of County Budget
The Board of County Supervisors has decided to delay the mark-up of the county budget until April 19, the date previously slated for budget adoption.

April 13, 2016

The delay comes after a continued impasse over the 2017 tax rate that will fund both the county budget and the PWCS spending plan.  Four Supervisors want to maintain a flat tax while four others favor the average 3.88% tax bill increase that was advertised by the county and formed the basis for the Division budget plan. No new dates for approval of the county budget or the PWCS plan were identified. The final legal deadline for approval of the PWCS budget is May 15.
Staffing Update April 11, 2016
Congratulations to Christie Taylor, the current principal at Lake Ridge Middle School, on her appointment as the new Director of the Office of Professional Learning, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace Janet Greer, who is retiring.
PSAT Boosts Achievement in Advanced Placement Classes; Business Support Advances Digital Learning in the Classroom
Collaboration is key to student achievement; PWCS staff share best practices at National School Board Conference this week.

April 11, 2016

PWCS representativesSuperintendent Steve Walts; Keith Imon, associate superintendent for Communications and Information Technology Services; Sharon Henry, executive director of SPARK; Chuck Drake, state coordinator for Virginia STAR; and AJ Phillips, director of Information Technology, gave a presentation to educators and School Board members on the success achieved from engaging the business community to bring technology into the classroom. PWCS has embraced this digital movement through improved access to technology resources.

Michael Mulgrew, associate superintendent for High Schools, shared how PWCS has used PSAT scores to dramatically increase student enrollment and effectiveness in Advanced Placement classes. Almost 32% of PWCS students graduate having passed an advanced external assessment.

Also attending the conference were School Board Members Willie Deustch (Coles), Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), Diane Raulston (Neabsco), Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Loree Williams (Woodbridge).
PSAT Boosts Achievement in Advanced Placement Classes; Business Support Advances Digital Learning in the Classroom
Collaboration is key to student achievement; PWCS staff share best practices at National School Board Conference this week.

April 11, 2016

PWCS representativesSuperintendent Steve Walts; Keith Imon, associate superintendent for Communications and Information Technology Services; Sharon Henry, executive director of SPARK; Chuck Drake, state coordinator for Virginia STAR; and AJ Phillips, director of Information Technology, gave a presentation to educators and School Board members on the success achieved from engaging the business community to bring technology into the classroom. PWCS has embraced this digital movement through improved access to technology resources.

Michael Mulgrew, associate superintendent for High Schools, shared how PWCS has used PSAT scores to dramatically increase student enrollment and effectiveness in Advanced Placement classes. Almost 32% of PWCS students graduate having passed an advanced external assessment.

Also attending the conference were School Board Members Willie Deustch (Coles), Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), Diane Raulston (Neabsco), Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Loree Williams (Woodbridge).
Pass the Word: PWCS Online Auction’s the Best for Real Deals
April 8, 2016
Prince William County Public Schools uses an online site to auction the School Division’s surplus inventory. Tell your friends and neighbors to check out the site; computers are a frequent sale item on the auction. The instructions for bidding are available on the auction website at
From the home page, select Virginia in the Select Region box, then select Prince William County Schools as the agency.
PWCS employees and relatives residing in the same household may not bid on auction items.
Are You Registered to Vote? Note These Deadlines if You Plan to Vote in 2016
April 8, 2016
  • Monday, April 11, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the May 3 Town Elections for Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, and Quantico.
  • May 24, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the June 14 Primary Election. (Primary Elections are held as needed and announced when information becomes available.)
  • October 18, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 General Election for President of the United States and House Representatives.
Students who will be 18 years old by the General Election on November 8, 2016, are citizens of the United States, and are residents of Virginia are eligible to vote. 
Students are encouraged to register online by visiting or
Students may also register by completing a registration application and mailing it to either their local registration office or the address printed on the form. 
Join in the Fun, Attend a Family Friendly Health Event
Get out and enjoy spring by participating in an outdoor event. The following are family-friendly events hosted by Prince William County Public Schools and PTO’s. If you have an additional school-sponsored event that is open to the community, please send information to

Spring Health Events Listing

Piney Branch Family Fun and Fitness Fair —April 15
Kids can try several different sports and training activities, play with various instruments, tour emergency vehicles, enjoy a petting farm and get free samples from many vendors throughout the fair. There will be performances by Spotlight Dance, LifeChamp Martial Arts, BRAG Gymnastics and Bach2Rock. Parents can get current information on local health providers for themselves and their families. Raffle tickets will be handed out to all who attend with prizes valued at $25-$490.  Come join in the fun.

Patriot High School's 5K Walk/Run "Supporting disABILITIES around the World" – April 23
The Interact Club of Patriot High School is proud to announce its Third Annual 5K Walk/Run supporting disABILITIES around the world will take place on April 23. Please click here for the informational flyer and registration. Please click here for the online signup.

5K Fun Run/Walk commemorating the 100th Anniversary of JROTC – April 23
Be a part of the largest run in military history. This Fun Run/Walk will be held worldwide on April 23, 2016, with a local event at Battlefield High School. As part of a worldwide commemoration of the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) 100th Anniversary, this is a one-of-a-kind event that allows participants around the world to run together, with each time zone’s start time synchronized to 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Our local Fun Run/Walk will begin at 11 a.m.

Registration is open now and the public is encouraged and welcomed to participate to support JROTC and help the cadets break the world record. All JROTC and ROTC alumni to join them for the event, either as a participant or volunteer. ​Battlefield, Forest Park, and Woodbridge High Schools, are conducting the event  as a joint effort

Please visit and search "JROTC 100th" to register.
PWCS Community EXPO - May 21 
This annual event will again be held at the Pfitzner Stadium Complex on May 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the PWC Community Expo web page for details and information on some of the scheduled activities. Check back for updates.
Hispanic Youth Foundation Seeks Nominations for Teacher of the Year, Submit by May 16
April 8, 2016
The Victoria D. de Sanchez Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award for Northern Virginia honors a Hispanic, full-time classroom teacher who strives to improve the lives of children and their communities through education. Nominations are due by May 16. Visit the Hispanic Youth Foundation website at for nomination, eligibility criteria, and to submit. 
US Navy Band to Present Free Concert May 5
April 7, 2016

The US Navy Band will present a concert band performance on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge. Admission is free. Call 703.730.7000 for more information.
Godwin Middle School WILL Become Hampton Middle School
After hours of public comments and an intense debate, the Prince William County School Board voted 5-3 not to alter its previous decision to rename the school in honor of longtime community leader and philanthropist George Hampton. 

April 6, 2016

Removing the name of former Governor Godwin had generated strong opposition from many current and former school staff and students. Many were upset about not being consulted about the change. But others argued that the former governor's political history warranted the action.  

Despite the debate, there was strong agreement that the honor of a school name is well deserved by Mr. Hampton's record of community service. With the start of the new school year that service will be recognized with the renamed George Hampton Middle School.
PWCS Budget Goes to County
School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers presented the PWCS 2016-17 Budget Plan at the Board of County Supervisors April 5 meeting. The county provides essential funds to support the budget.         

April 6, 2016

See Sawyer’s presentation slides.  Watch BOCS meeting with presentation and Q and A.
The Chairman addressed questions from the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) with help from PWCS Superintendent Steven Walts and Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services David Cline.

While the School Board controls and has approved the PWCS budget, it is up to the BOCS to determine the tax rate that generates approximately half of PWCS revenue. A BOCS public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for April 12, with the county budget to be finalized the following week. Any changes in projected county revenue could require changes to the School Board-approved PWCS budget.

The legal deadline for BOCS approval of a final schools budget is May 15.    
Thinking Behind the Lipstick and Video Games; Benton Goes All Out to Introduce Girls to Engineering
Experts expand minds and foster dreams never imagined at annual school event.

April 4, 2016

Women make up 24 percent of the workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and that is a statistic Benton Middle School aims to change.

“We need to expose girls to STEM careers as early as possible. Math and engineering are subjects that girls will more likely embrace when they are face-to-face with someone working in the field,” says Denise Huebner, principal of Benton, on the eve of the school’s second event celebrating careers in engineering.

“Math and STEM fields are all around us all the time,” said keynote speaker Lenora Peters Gant, senior executive at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. “From baking a cake to building roller coasters. Look at cosmetics; there is math, chemistry and engineering. It took an engineer to design that packaging, and chemistry to create the product.”

Gant was speaking to believers, an audience of 250 girls with their parents or guardians. All eagerly rotated through 10 sessions presented by mostly females, experts in their fields of aerospace engineering, health care, cyber security, gaming, sports, entertainment, fashion, law enforcement, technology, cosmetology, and first responders. Whatever their interests, participants could discover intriguing aspects of careers, including learning about a simulator to train drone pilots, visual effect design and sound design for video games, crime scene forensics, and identifying fraud, waste, and abuse of data. In addition to having subject expertise, Gant told students they need to have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work on a team.

Last Day of School Student Dismissal Schedule, Friday, June 17
April 5, 2016
If there are no unexpected closures that impact the school schedule for the remainder of this school year, the last day of school for this school year will be Friday, June 17, with the standard early dismissal plans as follows:
• Elementary and middle school students will be dismissed on a half-day schedule.
• High school dismissal is set for 10 a.m.
• June 17 dismissal times for all schools will be posted to the Transportation Services website as soon as they are available.
• There will be no preschool special education, Head Start, or Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPE or VPI+) classes on Friday, June 17.
• Lunch will not be served in the high schools.
• Lunch will be served in the elementary and middle schools.
• All SACC and Next Generation sites will remain open until their normal 6:30 p.m. closing time. Programs will open for the afternoon in time to receive students at their scheduled dismissal time.
Community Meeting on Potential Transport Center in Bristow

April 1, 2016
Community Meeting Set on Potential Transportation Center

PWCS proposes to build a vehicle maintenance transportation center at 5728 Wellington Road in Bristow. It is intended to improve the efficiency of school bus maintenance, and increase the safety and reliability of school bus travel for thousands of students in the growing western part of the county. The transportation center would include a maintenance building with three bus service bays and supporting office, a refueling facility, and paved parking for 174 school buses and 206 cars.

A community meeting is set to present the concept, proposed design and site, and to get preliminary public feedback on the suitability of the plans for meeting community needs. 

Western Transportation Center Community Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 2006
7-9 p.m.
Gainesville Middle School Cafeteria
8001 Limestone Drive, Gainesville.
For more information on the Western Transportation Center, visit: 
Independent Hill School/PACE East Has a Lock on Recycling
March 30, 2016

Independent Hill School/PACE East Program students are in the realm of super stars when it comes to recycling. For the second consecutive year, the school received the Award for Excellence in Recycling from the Virginia Recycling Association, again placing first place in the state. Lorri Jones, employ teacher at Independent Hill, earned a 2014 Green Community Award from the Prince William County government.
Congratulations Principal Jodi Pankowski, Lorri Jones, and everyone at this school and program.
Staffing Update March 29, 2016
Congratulations to the following administrators on their recent appointments:

David Parrish, currently the assistant principal at Independent Hill/PACE East, and Karima Wesselhoft, currently the specialty program coordinator at Patriot High School, have been appointed as assistant principals at Colgan High School, effective July 1, 2016. Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School will open this fall.
Five Osbourn Park High School Students among 12 Finalists in Short Story Contest
March 28, 2016

Read the captivating stories by PWCS students and vote for (“like”) your favorite entry in the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Congratulations to the following budding authors on their imaginative stories:
  • Naomi Kline – Osbourn Park High School, grade 10;
  • Bethany Kressin – Osbourn Park High School, grade 12;
  • Bisma Shaikh – Osbourn Park High School, grade 11;
  • Emma Stohlman – Osbourn Park High School, grade 11; and
  • Kayana Tyson – Osbourn Park High School, grade 10.
Students' stories were inspired by artwork from three Montgomery County artists. Winners and a fan favorite will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 21. The finalists’ stories are available on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website at
Calling All Math Whiz Kids for Challenge 24
March 18, 2016
Is there a math whiz in your family? The Mathematics Challenge 24 Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 8:15 a.m.–noon at Godwin Middle School, located at 14800 Darbydale Avenue in Woodbridge. Students in grades 3–8 who win the grade-level competitions at their individual schools may enter the tournament. Trophies are awarded to the winners at each grade level in the Challenge 24 Tournament. This competition is organized by the PWCS Office of Student Learning - Mathematics. Please visit the PWCS Mathematics website and click the “Game of 24” link on the left navigation bar for more information.
Between now and mid-April, Prince William County elementary and middle schools will hold grade-level competitions for students in grades 3–8 to determine their entry in the 15th Annual Mathematics Challenge 24 Tournament scheduled in April. Interested students should check with their teachers to see if their school participates in this tournament.
In the “Game of 24,” students apply their math skills in computation, problem solving, number sense, critical thinking, and pattern sensing to find a way to mathematically combine four numbers to equal 24. Depending on their grade level, students use whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and solve multi-step problems using integers and algebraic notation.

PWCS Celebrates Milestones of Service by Dedicated Employees

March 19, 2016
The Prince William County School Board and leadership team salute and congratulate employees who have reached significant milestones in their careers with Prince William County Public Schools. These employees have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education. All will be recognized for their dedication at their schools and offices.
Honorees include one employee celebrating 45 years of service, six employees with 40 years of service, 21 employees with 35 years of service, 40 with 30 years, 70 with 25 years, and 114 with 20 years of service. Another 1,663 employees reaching milestones of 5, 10, and 15 years will be recognized for their continued service at their schools and offices. Approximately 10,700 employees serve full and part time for Prince William County Public Schools.
"The employees we are honoring have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education," said Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts.
A list of all of the employees follows.
Forty-Five Years
Doreen Haynes, Potomac View Elementary School.
Forty Years
Joseph Ritenour, Facilities Management Services; Sherry Jones, Financial Services; Ann Davis, Marsteller Middle; Christine Abeel, Fred Milbert, Student Learning; and Debra Bishop, Student Services.
Thirty-Five Years
R. Crittenden, Glenn Cantrell, and Wayne Kline, Facilities Management Services; Elizabeth Gibson, Forest Park High School; Danny Armstrong, Imaging Center; Michele Cherry, Neabsco Elementary; Caywood Black, Osbourn Park High; and Patricia Good, Parkside Middle; Mary Lester and Marcia Nuzum, River Oaks Elementary.
Also, Pamela Childress and Kathryn Eaton, Saunders Middle; Jan Kellstrom, Signal Hill Elementary; Toai Ton, Special Education; Doreen Dauer, Student Services; Michael Anns, Colleen Durbin, Linda Kuster, Charles Payne, Elizabeth Rector, and Rhonda Scott, Transportation Services.
Thirty Years
Lynn Maletick, Bristow Run Elementary; Linda Williams, Bull Run Middle; Charles Fitzgerald, Henry Hill, Ronnie Presley, and Edwin Zelek, Facilities Management Services; Jackie Rawlings, Financial Services; Deborah Frye, Fred M. Lynn Middle; Ellen Pierce, Freedom High; G. Bissell, Gainesville Middle; and Mary Stoy, Godwin Middle.
Also, John Simpson, Information Technology Services; Marcia Bull, Lake Ridge Elementary; Anna Griffith, Loch Lomond Elementary; Sandra Goodman, Montclair Elementary; Sue Gochenour, New Directions; Rosanna Torres, Nokesville K-8; and Teddy Hawley, Julie Mahoney, and Kathleen Thomas, Osbourn Park High.
Also, Jill Seamster and Kimberlie Wagner, Pattie Elementary; Arleen Mccallum-Graham, Rippon Middle; Susan Danielson, Rosa Parks Elementary; Deborah Courter-Folly and Cathleen Nickerson, Saunders Middle; Elsie Harvey, Sinclair Elementary; Kelly Carr, Special Education;  Sue Cerrone, Springwoods Elementary; and Donna Stofko, Student Learning.
Also, Mary Hancock, Sudley Elementary; Michael Mulgrew, Superintendent's Staff; Barry Rosenberg, Swans Creek Elementary; Peggy Fletcher, Karen Hoppe, Augusta O'Brien, Debra Smith, and Linda Whetsell, Transportation Services; Frances Stubbs, Triangle Elementary; and Nora Payne, Westridge Elementary.
Twenty-Five Years
Lisa Keen, Ashland Elementary; Louis Johnson and Thomas Moulen, Battlefield High;
Shelia Roberts, Benton Middle; Mary Costello, Edward Miller, and Sallie Rathbone, Beville Middle; Mark Smaltz, Brentsville District High; Cynthia Stephens, Bristow Run Elementary; Leslie Lydick and Sherri Muster, Bull Run Middle; and Nancy Kulak, Cedar Point Elementary.
Also, David Huckestein, Colgan High; Marcia Brugger, Dumfries Elementary; Frank Hughes, Danny Murrin, Robert Potter and Michael Presley, Facilities Management Services; Donna Salinas and Mary Shildneck, Food Services; Gary Alonso, Forest Park High; Vincent Maziekus, Gar-Field High; and Bruce Brown, Graham Park Middle.
Also, Daryl Thomas, Gravely Elementary;  Gina Cory, Henderson Elementary; Rodger Jones, Human Resources; Cathy Lane, Lisa Racine, Larry Williams, and Susann Williams, Hylton High; Deborah Cornelius, Kilby Elementary; Elizabeth Schadlich, Leesylvania Elementary; and Karen Gregg and Lee-Ann Paik, Marsteller Middle.
Also, Sarah Senio, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Lindalva Thorpe, Montclair Elementary; Teresa Costello, Mountain View Elementary; John Payne, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Adrian Casillas, Osbourn Park High; John Spaulding, PACE East Program; Lisa Vega, Parkside Middle; Robert Dulin and Kevin Kerns, Patriot High; and Debra Yeatts, Porter Traditional.
Also, Tamara Foster, Potomac High; Susan Porter, Potomac View Elementary; Flavia Garcia and Nilda Perez, River Oaks Elementary; Melissa Gulley, Reagan Middle; Catherine Norberg, Signal Hill Elementary; Karen Mirkovich, Sinclair Elementary; Gina Bailes, Vicki Fornasar, and  Kelly Sanders, Special Education; Cheryl Gedney, Springwoods Elementary; and Michael Street, Stonewall Jackson High; Karol Garst, Title I, Student Learning;
Also, Barry Ramirez, Sudley Elementary; Rae Darlington, Rita Goss, and Sandra Shackelford, Superintendents Staff; Beth Allison, Timothy Arrington, and Stewart Cornwell, Transportation Services; Rebecca Emanuel and Kimberly Gardziel, Triangle Elementary; Marcia Abel, Vaughan Elementary; Nancy Doggett and Deborah Floris, Woodbridge High.
Twenty Years
Peggy Kennedy, Accountability; Cathy Renfrow, Ashland Elementary; Christopher Lem and Robert Mello, Battlefield High; Catherine Kerr, Belmont Elementary; Kathryn Creech, Robin Hilliard, Catherine Matese, and Karen Silver, Benton Middle; Angela Gregory, Bristow Run Elementary; Kathleen Brady, Irene Miller, and Marialyce Ortiz, Bull Run Middle; and Pamela Hanshaw, Enterprise Elementary.
Also, Eric Huffman, Susan Pieper, and Jose Salmeron, Facilities Management Services; Nancy Markov and Phyllis Wilson, Financial Services; Robert Gunning and Kelly Pratte, Fitzgerald Elementary; Donna Gibson and Janelle Whalen, Forest Park High; Angela Cabell and Patricia Crews, Freedom High; and Debora Bowles, Claudette Johnson, and Teresa Martinez, Fred Lynn Middle.
Also, Denise Cowne, Jason Maneno, and Anita McFall, Gainesville Middle; Brian Bassett, Susan Lovegrove, and Greg Quast, Gar-Field High; Bryan Trachsel, Godwin Middle; Kellie Bernal and Krista Kimble, Gravely Elementary; James Livingston, Human Resources; and Brenda Bumbrey, Ana Coreas, P. Angela Jenkins, Deborah Marchio, Jacqueline McBride, Ammala Phantriyavong, and Barry Smith, Hylton High.
Also, K. Gail Davidson, Robyn Scott, AJ Phillips, and Lorna Willis, Information Technology Services; Gary Martin and Tommi Del Gaudio, Lake Ridge Elementary; Ronald Whitten, Leesylvania Elementary; Susan Briscoe, Loch Lomond Elementary; Joanne Ortiz, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Robert Hybl, McAuliffe Elementary; Susan Richmond and Jan Smith, Minnieville Elementary; and Kelly Ruotolo, Mountain View Elementary.
Also, Susan Larson, Mullen Elementary;  Laura Pumphrey, Neabsco Elementary; Bonnie Cheshire, Nokesville K-8; Brenda Provorse, Occoquan Elementary; Cynthia Zorn-Pettigrew, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Kirsten Cox and Karl Kronlage, Osbourn Park High; Joseph Burgess, Frankie Curry, Joellen Livingston and Graham Sharpe, Parkside Middle; and Hsiu Fogleman, Pattie Elementary.
Also, Rachel Liming and Christina Silver, Penn Elementary; Kathryn Bailey and Peggy Geyer, Porter Traditional; Michael Adkins, Frank Chimento, and Rose Gallitz, Potomac High; Kevin Smith, Potomac Middle; Cynthia Bushey, Potomac View Elementary; Maria Burgos-Singleton, Professional Development; and Richard Bottomley, Rippon Middle.
Also, Ronald Crowe, Risk Management And Security Services; Marla Jennings, Reagan Middle; Regina Cook and Kimberly Newman, Saunders Middle; Kathleen McLoughlin, Special Education; Christina Coleman, Kim Dailey, Joanne Plum, and Maria Whittington, Stonewall Jackson High; and Allyson Luttrell, Stonewall Middle.
Also, Roberta Apostolakis, Kimberly Chandler, Donna Hankins, Kathleen Morris, Angela Sowers, and Shiron Swinton, Student Learning; Roxana Hudson, Student Services; Kathy Halse, Superintendents Staff; and Kelly Klein, Pamela Lieb, Josefina Lucas, Rosemarie Lyons, Cindy Maccini, Kimberly Martin, Brenda Rogers, Jennifer Tate, Nancy Tate, and Victoria Tucker, Transportation Services.
Also, April Angeli-Rodriguez, Triangle Elementary; Kathleen Maxfield, Williams Elementary; Ann Ragsdale, Mary Sample, and Lisa Wood, Woodbridge High.
Division’s Advisory Committee Meetings for April
March 16, 2016

The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in April. 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 April 13, 4:30–7 p.m., (KLC room 2011). See the CTE Advisory Council Web page. Contact the CTE program at 703.791.7297 for assistance.
• Gifted Education Advisory Council, on April 19, 7 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 April 11, 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 April 19, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 2002/04). 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 April 14, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.
• Wellness Advisory Committee, on April 7, 7–8:30 p.m., (KLC room 1101 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. Meeting dates are subject to scheduling changes. Please check the specific web pages to confirm dates and details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location. 
PWCS Tipline Available 24/7
March 8, 2016

Whenever there is a concern about a friend's well-being, consider the many resources available, and the three cautionary suggestions below. Parents or students can report bullying or risky behavior anonymously on the School Division's Tipline, 703.791.2821. The Tipline is not recommended in emergencies. In an emergency, call 911. If a young person talks about hurting himself/herself or someone else, it’s important to act.
  • Listen carefully
  • Don’t ignore threats
  • Care enough to tell a trusted adult
Some secrets should be shared…Keep these resources handy:

PWCS Tipline 703.791.2821
Crisis Text Hotline (24 hours)
Text “Connect” to 855-11
ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141            
Register for Summer School – Great for Second Chances and New Opportunities
March 7, 2016

Summer school provides a variety of educational opportunities that serve to mitigate summer learning loss and prepare students for future learning experiences which lead to improved student achievement.

Registration for the PWCS Summer program is now open. See dates and descriptions of the 2016 Summer School program below and visit the Summer School Program Web page for more details.

July 5–22: Students in grades K-1 will receive instruction in language arts only. Those students in grades 2-4 will receive instruction in language arts and math.

July 5–22: Current middle school students, as well as rising sixth graders (current fifth graders) and rising ninth graders (current eighth graders), will attend the middle school and be taught by a team of teachers in three 75-minute rotation blocks of language arts, math, and social skills. The Student Success Academy is offered to rising sixth, current sixth, current seventh, and current eighth grade students. This one-week skill building program focuses on organization, time management, study skills, learning styles, and note taking.  This course will be taught by a professional school counselor.

June 27–August 5: High school students may take a course for new or repeat credit. Classroom driver education will be held at the high school summer school location.

July 6–17: Art enrichment opportunities are available for students in grades two through eight. 
Know an Aspiring Artist? Hurry! Sign Them Up for Popular Summer Activity
March 1, 2016

Young Picassos and Rembrandts, join in and explore the many ways you can “Color Your World” during the annual PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program. The program is open to all local-area students currently in grades 2–8. Teachers will lead students to enhance their skills and explore the visual arts through a community perspective. The program begins on Tuesday, July 5, and continues through Friday, July 15 at The Nokesville School. Hours are 9 a.m.–noon each day.

This intensive two-week program offers studio experiences beyond art instruction during the school year. Students will work with 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media. The Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs and the Office of Student Learning/Fine & Performing Arts Program present the Summer Art Enrichment Program annually.

The enrollment fee for county residents is $200 and $250 for non-residents. The fee must be paid in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made out to PWCS. Personal checks, cash, and credit cards will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided at satellite pick-up schools; see the registration form for specific locations.

The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, at 3 p.m. Registration forms are available beginning March 2 from all PWCS elementary and middle school art specialists and online on the Arts Program Web Page. Send the registration form and tuition to the Office of Student Learning/Arts Program, PWCS, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108.

For additional information, please call Jasmine Hawkins, administrative coordinator for the arts, at 703.791.8174 or
2016 Graduation Dates Announced
March 1, 2016
The following graduation dates, times, and locations have been announced for Prince William County Public Schools high school, summer school, practical nursing program, and adult education students. Events scheduled at Jiffy Lube Live Pavilion and the Patriot Center are subject to change.

School Day Date Time Location
Adult Ed & Summer School Thursday August 4 7:30 p.m. Forest Park HS
Battlefield HS Tuesday June 7 6 p.m. (corrected) Jiffy Lube Live
Brentsville District HS Saturday June 11 10 a.m. Brentsville District HS
Forest Park HS Friday June 10 2 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Freedom HS Saturday June 11 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Gar-Field HS Friday June 10 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Governor’s School Awards Ceremony Saturday June 4 10 a.m. Verizon Auditorium, Mason Science & Technology Campus  
Hylton HS Saturday June 11 2:30 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Independent Hill School Friday May 27 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium
New Directions Center Senior Awards Thursday June 9 6 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Osbourn Park HS Saturday June 11 9:30 a.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
PACE East Senior Awards Friday May 27 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium
PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 2 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium
Patriot HS Wednesday June 8 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Potomac HS Monday June 6 2 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Practical Nursing Program Friday June 3 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium
Stonewall Jackson HS Monday June 6 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 18 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Woodbridge HS Saturday June 11 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS
It’s Never Too Late to Learn—Registration Begins March 2 for Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL Classes
March 1, 2016

Has it been a long time since you entered a classroom? Need some help preparing for the General Educational Development Test (GED Test) or learning to speak English? Come study with adults like you to achieve your career and life goals. PWCS adult education classes begin the week of March 29 for residents of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park. Classes are scheduled for four evenings a week at different locations around the county. Some classes are held during the day.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over and whose basic reading, math, and/or writing skills are below the ninth grade level of achievement.
  • GED preparation classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over with reading, math, and/or writing skills at the ninth grade level or above.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over who speak a native language other than English.
Allow approximately two hours for registration of Adult Basic Education and GED preparation. Allow approximately 30–60 minutes to register for ESOL classes. A registration fee of $10 and a tuition fee of $160 is due at the time of registration by cash, cashier’s check, or money order only. Class sessions provide 90 hours of classroom instruction.

For further information, visit the Adult Education website, or contact the Adult Education Office at 703.791.7357 or email

Registration dates and sites for Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL classes are listed below.

Register for ABE and GED Classes beginning on or after March 29:

Evening Registration opportunities, 5–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Monday, March 7, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Inclement Weather Date: Weds., March 9, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Thursday, March 3, at Freedom HS
  • Tuesday, March 8, at Freedom HS
  • Inclement Weather Date: Thurs., March 10, at Freedom HS
Daytime Registration opportunities, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4, Pat White Center at Ben Lomond Community Center
  • Friday, March 11, at the Prince William SkillSource Center in Woodbridge
  • Inclement Weather Date: Fri., March 18, at the Prince William SkillSource Center
Leadership Team for Summer School 2016 Announced
February 26, 2016

More than 12,000 students in grades K-12 will enroll in summer school to take advantage of a variety of educational opportunities to improve academic achievement.

Sessions will be led by outstanding school leaders. Summer School principals, assistant principals, and summer school sites are listed below.

Summer School Principals for Elementary Schools
Amy Alexander, Ellis Elementary School
Geoffrey Deavers, River Oaks Elementary School
Lucy Jensen, Mountain View Elementary School
Danna Johnson, King Elementary School                
Amanda Broy, Penn Elementary School (updated April 11, 2016)

Marisa Miranda, Cedar Point Elementary School.
Regina Nash, Occoquan Elementary School
Shana Robinson, Ashland Elementary School
Kelle Stroud, Buckland Mills Elementary School
Toi Tanton, Rockledge Elementary School
Stacy Weatherspoon, Kerrydale Elementary School

Summer School Principals for Middle Schools
Audrey Berryman, Graham Park Middle School
Dr. Kathleen Hybl, Potomac Middle School
Todd Yoho, Gainesville Middle School

Summer School Principals for High Schools
Jeremy Cortash, Forest Park High School
Katherine Truchio, Forest Park High School
Stacy Norwood, Osbourn Park High School (SOL remediation)

Visit the Summer School Program web page for additional program information.
2016 Summer Program Dates Announced
February 26, 2016

The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2016 Summer School Program:
  • Elementary and Middle School Summer Program: July 5–22 (starts after the Monday, July 4, Independence Day holiday)
  • High School Summer Program: June 27–August 5 (six-week program)
  • Art Enrichment Program: July 5–15
  • Summer School High school graduation date: Thursday, August 4 (location TBD)
The 2016 summer school information will be available in March 2016. Visit the Summer School Program web page for more information as it becomes available.

Dates for the summer session of the Virtual High School @ PWCS (VHS), Prince William County’s online high school program, will run at the same time as the regular high school summer session listed above. Registration for VHS will open at the beginning of April after the spring break. Watch for details on the Virtual High School @PWCS web page.
Nutritious Evening Meal for Students on the Go Now Available at Gar-Field High School
Dinner available at no cost Monday through Thursday to students in after-school programs.
February 22, 2016
After-school activities can often mean that students may miss an evening meal, but PWCS is stepping up to ensure that doesn’t happen. The School Division is now sponsoring a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) meal program at Gar-Field High School. Dinner will be served free of charge from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday to students participating in after-school programs.
The program, officially known as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in the VDH, began in early February at Gar-Field High School. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Any complaints of discrimination should be submitted to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call, toll free, 866.632.9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay at 800.877.8339 or 800.845.6136 (Spanish). 
For further information please contact Serena Suthers, PWCS Director of Food and Nutrition Services, at 703.791.7318. You may also contact the CACFP at the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Community Nutrition, for more information by calling: 1.877.618.7282 or emailing
Join in the Fun, Attend a Family Friendly Health Event
Get out and enjoy spring by participating in an outdoor event. The following are family-friendly events hosted by Prince William County Public Schools and PTO’s. If you have an additional school-sponsored event that is open to the community, please send information to

Spring Health Events Listing

Stonewall Jackson High School — FBLA Cares 3K Color Run: March 12
The Stonewall Jackson FBLA is holding a 3K Color Run on March 12 here at SJHS. Registration and information can be found at The event will include the run, a variety of food offerings and "after the run" activities. This event is a 50/50 event with 50% of the profits being donated to The CARES Foundation and 50% to FBLA to fund additional Community Service and other FBLA activities.
PWCS Community EXPO: Saturday, May 21
Details coming soon.
School Board Members Attending Upcoming Events
February 2, 2016

One or more members of the School Board are expected to attend the following events. For specific information on attendance, please contact the School Board Office at
Members of the public and news media are asked to review this message frequently to check for updates.
  • Haymaker STEM Expo and College Fair at Battlefield HS RESCHEDULED for February 6 (three Board members attending)
  • Public Meeting on Proposed Schools Budget, February 8, 7 p.m., Kelly Leadership Center (Board meeting room);
  • Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Capital Conference in Richmond, February 9-11.  (Six members attending);
  • Community Meeting on “Ferlazzo” Elementary School Naming, February 16, 7 p.m., Forest Park High School;
  • Budget Work Session, Thursday, February 18, 6 p.m., School Board meeting room, Kelly Leadership Center (previously scheduled for February 17 following the School Board meeting);
  • VSBA Superintendent Evaluation Workshop in Charlottesville, February 22 (three members attending);
  • Recognition Ceremony for Outstanding Educators, February 23, Kelly Leadership Center. 
  • Community Meeting on “Ferlazzo” Elementary School Naming, February 25, 7 p.m., Saunders Middle High School;
  • Budget Work Session, Thursday, March 3 (previously scheduled for March 2 following the School Board meeting).
Recognition Ceremony to Honor Outstanding Educators Rescheduled for February 23
February 3, 2016

The annual School Board reception and ceremony honoring educational leaders will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. The event was originally scheduled for January 28.

Those to be honored are National Board Certified Teachers who attained certification or re-certification this year; and teachers and principals nominated for the Prince William County and Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Award.

Short on Funds for College? Seek Student Scholarships through SPARK
January 15, 2016

Looking to offer your students scholarship opportunities?  SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, will award at least 10 scholarships to graduating seniors this year. Applications are now available on the SPARK website for the following scholarships:
  • The Derek Crowe Scholarship allots $2,500 to two graduating student athletes.
  • The Dr. Kelly Scholarship offers $1,000 to three graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue studies to become a teacher.
  • The CTE scholarship, sponsored by Micron and Lockheed Martin, offers $1,000 to one graduating high school senior who plans to pursue a professional certification in Career and Technology.
  • The STEM scholarship, sponsored by Micron and Lockheed Martin, offers $1,500 to at least four graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in the STEM field.
  • An additional $6,000 four-year scholarship ($1,500/year) will be offered to a student who plans to pursue a degree in a STEM field at George Mason University.
SPARK also manages the following five Scholarship Funds designated for students from individual high schools:

Austin Trenum Memorial Scholarship- Brentsville District High School
$1,000 to graduating high school senior at Brentsville District High School.

Kristen Marie Harkness Memorial Scholarship - Osbourn Park High School
$1,500 to graduating high school senior at Osbourn Park High School.

Sara Lott Memorial Scholarship - Forest Park High School
$1,500 to graduating high school senior at Forest Park High School.

Victor A. Cahoon Scholarship - Osbourn Park High School
$2,000 to graduating high school senior at Osbourn Park High School.

"YES" (Yorkshire Elementary School) Scholarship - Osbourn Park High School
This scholarship is offered to a graduating high school senior at Osbourn Park High School who also attended Yorkshire Elementary School. 
To download these applications or for more information visit or contact SPARK for further information at 703.791.8003. 
School Division’s IT Director Named to Top 30 in Digital Education
November 18, 2015
Congratulations to Amy Jo Phillips, director of Information Technology Services, who is a Top 30 Award Winner in the 2015 Center for Digital Education awards program. This is a unique annual awards program that highlights 30 of America’s K-12 and higher education technologists, transformers, and trailblazers.

What Every Parent Should Know about Preventing Youth Suicide
A quick reference for parents when a crisis occurs.

October 26, 2015

View brochure, "What every parent should know about preventing youth suicide" or go to Virginia Department of Health website.

Prevention Hotline: ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

A crisis or safety concern may occur at any time in our community or in neighboring communities. Children may be confused and/or frightened by information they hear in conversations and in news reports, and they will look to adults for guidance as to how to react. The following offers parents suggestions for establishing a sense of security and safety to help their children cope in a crisis situation. Additionally, following a crisis, the school psychologist, school social worker, school counselors, and members of the School Division's Critical Incident Team are available to assist students.

You may want to pay particular attention to your child's emotional needs during the next few weeks. A few suggestions for helping your child are as follows:
  • Limit the amount of exposure your child has to newspapers and televised news reports. Repetitive discussion of the situation may re-traumatize a child.
  • Be honest with your children about what has occurred and provide facts about what has happened. Use age-appropriate terms for better understanding.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about his or her feelings and concerns. Share your feelings with your child.
  • Reassure your child that he/she is safe.
  • Spend extra time with your child.
  • Remember the importance of touch. A hug can reassure your child that he/she is loved.
  • Watch for ongoing signs of difficulty which could indicate that your child may need additional help. Some of the signs to watch for are prolonged sadness, withdrawal from social contact, change in eating or sleeping habits, or other behavior unusual for your child.

Is Your Child Struggling? Try Live Tutoring through Homework Help Feature of Public Library System
October 14, 2015

Students, parents, and teachers check out “Homework Help,” a feature of the “Literati” database provided through the Prince William County Public Library System website. “Homework Help” is live, after-school online tutoring with actual teachers.

The State Library provides this service to all Virginia public libraries. You can access “Literati” and “Homework Help” with a library card number from the PWC Public Library System website by choosing the “Explore” tab and "Premium Services" on the left side of the library home page.

See these additional links for more online resources on Literati:
Workshop Series Answers Your Questions about Special Education
October 13, 2015
A series of evening workshops for parents, educators, and community members will provide information on the special education process. The three sessions will take place from 7-9 p.m. in room 1101 A/B at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. Staff from the PWCS Office of Special Education will present. Learn more about each workshop by following the link to the flyer, above.
  • Thursday, October 15 - "Understanding Special Education: School Intervention, Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility"
  • Thursday, October 22 - "Understanding Special Education: Parents as Partners in the IEP Process"
  • Thursday, October 29 - "Understanding Special Education: Parental Rights in Dispute Resolution"
Attend one, two, or all three sessions.
The free workshops are offered by the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center. Advance registration is required. To preregister, or for further information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8846 (Voice), 703.791.8847 (TDD) or email or
Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign or foreign language interpreter services, are asked to preregister 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.
The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. 
MinuteClinic Brings the Care You Need to Your Neighborhood
September 28, 2015
PWCS welcomes CVS MinuteClinic as a health services partner to help keep you and your family on track to good health!
You want to make the best choice for you and your family.

You may already know how convenient MinuteClinic is:
  • Open 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends
  • No appointment necessary
  • Located in select CVS/pharmacy® stores, including 3 right within our district and several others close by
  • Plus, MinuteClinic accepts most insurance plans
You might not know that MinuteClinic offers a broad range of services to keep you and your family healthy. In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, injuries and skin conditions, they also provide all kinds of wellness services, including vaccinations, physicals, screenings and monitoring for chronic conditions.

MinuteClinic family nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide services for both adults and children, 18 months and older. And they can send a summary of your visit to your primary care provider, with your permission. If you don't have a primary care provider, they can provide a listing of local physicians accepting new patients in your area.
Check out MinuteClinic for your families’ health care needs.
MyLunchMoney is Now MySchoolBucks, a System for Prepayment of School Meals
August 28, 2015
Parents are reminded that their MyLunchMoney accounts for school meals have transitioned to  User names and passwords for existing accounts remain the same. MySchoolBucks is a convenient online prepayment option for school meal purchases. recently upgraded all of their current customers to, including all account balances, meal history, profile details, Smart Pay settings, and payment methods. No other changes are anticipated with this transition to the new format.

Transaction fees charged by MySchoolBucks will remain the same at $1.95. The ability to review account balances, receive email reminders for low balance, and set spending limits is free of charge.  Cash and checks will continue to be accepted as prepayments in the cafeteria for meals or a la carte purchases. 
Free and reduced-price meals are available to students whose household qualified under federal standards. Parents/guardians must apply for these benefits each year. Applications are available at school offices, online at, or by calling 703.791.7314.
Applications Available for Families Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
August 14, 2015

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 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 2015 will receive an application packet via mail or email. 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.
Have a Question? Answers May be Here
August 11, 2015
From cell phones to dress codes, from homework to field trips, check out School Division regulations if you have questions.
From electronic devices to dress codes, homework to field trips, honor rolls to course credits, if you’ve got a question on these—or have other questions—consider looking at School Division regulations.
All regulations and policies of Prince William County Public Schools are available on the School Division website, Both can be searched by topic or number on the home page by choosing “Policies & Regulations” from the left-side navigation menu. Paper copies of PWCS policies and regulations are also kept in the School Board Clerk’s Office located in the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia.
One of the primary functions of the Prince William County School Board is the development of policies for the operation of the School Division. These policies cover instruction, administration, personnel, students, and other areas. 
Optional Student Accident Insurance Available Online
August 11, 2015

Many parents without insurance coverage worry about protecting their children in the event of an illness or injury. Optional student accident insurance is an inexpensive way to provide medical coverage in such events. Student accident insurance is not just for those without health insurance. Optional student accident insurance is a secondary level of coverage for those students who are already covered under a parent or guardian’s primary insurance plan. In such cases, optional student accident insurance may cover expenses not paid for by the primary insurance plan such as co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase at a group rate with two plans offered through the School Division for the 2015–16 school year.

Markel Insurance has a $50,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by Markel Insurance, call 877.444.5014 or visit

VML Insurance Programs costs less and has a $25,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by VML Insurance Programs, call 800.727.7642 or visit

PWCS does not provide accident coverage for students but offers the optional insurance for purchase from external companies as a way to help parents recover medical costs.


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