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School Board Cuts Teacher Hours
Staff Told to Trim Budget, Retain Spending for Pay Hike and Cut-Class Reduction.
 
May 24, 2016
 
The contract day for Prince William County Public School teachers will be reduced by 30 minutes from 7.5 to 7 hours, effective at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Board members voted to reverse an action taken by their predecessors in 2012 to bring local teacher hours into line with other School Division contracts in the area. Annual teacher salaries will be unchanged from expected levels, and will include the one-step compensation increase built into the budget plan previously passed by the School Board.

The all-employee step increase, averaging 2.88%, will remain untouched as the Superintendent and Division staff seek to cut more that $7.1 million from the approved School Board budget to make up for reduced funding provided by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS). Another $1 million from the county also remains uncertain.

School Board members directed that new spending on class-size reduction that was part of their original spending plan also be spared from the budget axe.

Budget reductions are needed since the plan unanimously approved by the School Board in March was built on revenue generated by a higher tax anticipated under the county’s approved five-year plan and included in previous tax guidance. When the BOCS voted to keep the tax rate flat, total school revenue dropped.
The county funding cut will eat into higher-than-expected state revenue. The Virginia increase was meant to start making up for years of previous state cuts.

All-in-all, PWCS will still get more funding in 2016-17 than in the previous year. However, rising enrollment and lower county funding mean that PWCS is once again searching for big cuts without taking a big toll on the ability to deliver on student needs and community expectations.

The School Board will review staff recommendations and is expected to adopt final budget revisions at their June 1 meeting. 
Parents! Give Your Middle School Student a Head Start for 2016-17 through World-Class Student Success Academy
May 24, 2016

Are you wishing your middle school student was better organized? Good time management skills can help students succeed in middle school, and ultimately lead to success in high school.

The School Division offers an opportunity for skill building in note taking, organization, study skills, and time management at the Student Success Academy, to be held this year at The Nokesville School. The tuition is $125 for a one-week session.

Session I will be held from July 11-15, and Session II will be July 18-22. Download and complete the     application form and send it to your child’s school counseling office along with payment by June 3. Only money orders and cashier’s checks will be accepted. 
Teachers Inspire and Excite Students to Eat Healthier Through Vertical Gardening
Students in Nutrition and Culinary classes at Patriot High School are learning the benefits of growing their own vegetables and herbs. Check out the unique way they are doing this inside their classroom.
 
May 23, 2016

 
Virtual High School in PWCS Highlighted in Annual Review of Digital Learning
May 20, 2016

The online publication, “Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, 2015” highlights the School Division’s policies and practices in online learning, with a special focus on the Virtual High School. PWCS has offered online courses for more than 15 years.
2016 Business Partnership Winners Announced
Celebrating collaboration between schools and corporate partners.
 
May 20, 2016
 
Resources from corporate partners reach classrooms and boost student achievement, imagination, and excitement. The partnerships honored at the School Board meeting on May 18 as Partnerships of the Year are listed below.
 
Bookworm Central, represented by Radhika Bajaj and nominated by Coles Elementary School, represented by administrative intern Stacy Weatherspoon.
 
Bookworm Central has played an integral role in promoting the joys of reading and creating literacy-rich environments in our schools. Bookworm Central recommendd books to improve reading skills and generously donates time, funding, and resources directly to schools and SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools. Through the Reading In Summer to Excel Program, also known as the RISE Program, students experiencing economic challenges are provided with resources to continue reading and improving literacy skills over the summer.
 
Micron Technology, represented by Zuzana Steen, and nominated by Pennington Traditional School, represented by Principal Joyce Stockton.
 
Micron Technology is a global leader in designing and building some of the world’s most advanced memory and semiconductor technologies and is located in Prince William County. In addition to Micron’s monetary support, Micron supports volunteerism as part of its External Engagement strategy. Micron employees serve as mentors in many of our schools where they inspire and build relationships with our students. Micron’s work with the robotics programs in our schools is a clear reflection of their dedication and Zuzana Steen is a shining example of fulfilling Micron’s educational outreach mission.
 
Potomac Pediatric Dentistry, represented by Dr. Hau Le, was nominated by not only one, but two schools, Minnieville and Montclair Elementary Schools. Assistant Principal Deborah Ellis represented Minnieville Elementary School and from Assistant Principal Danny Miller represented Montclair Elementary School.
 
The partnership with Potomac Pediatric Dentistry ensures that students are educated about the importance of dental care, life-long dental health, and career education in the dental field. Through their Give Kids a Smile Day held for the community this past February, over $32,000 worth of dental care was provided to over 140 children whose families would otherwise not have been able to afford it. In addition to community days, Potomac Pediatric Dentistry works closely with the nurses at Minnieville and Montclair Elementary Schools to ensure that children in need of assistance are provided treatment and supply the schools with an abundant amount of dental hygiene products. 
 
“These Partnerships of the Year set the bar for what makes a strong and effective collaboration between a school and its community,” said School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers.
 
Partner in Education Award Winner
Chuck Drake, who leads our homegrown Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment program – also known as Virginia STAR, was nominated by Belmont Elementary School Principal Brenda Lewis. Drake serves as the statewide coordinator of the program. The Virginia STAR program provided computers to 45 students at Belmont Elementary School (approximately ten percent of the entire school population).
 
Started here in Prince William County Public Schools in 2010, the Virginia STAR program has been adopted as a statewide initiative and has grown to include forty school divisions and over sixty schools around the Commonwealth, including eight schools here in Prince William County. Students engaged in the Virginia STAR program gain the critical skill sets needed to refurbish surplus computer hardware from government agencies and private companies. The refurbished computers are donated to families, organizations, and school divisions in need of technology.
 
“I thank all of our more than 1,000 business and community partners for what they do for our students and staff… You truly make a difference in the education of our students and demonstrate `Excellent Schools are Everyone’s Business,’ said Sawyers.”
 
The PWCS Office of Community and Business Engagement works closely with business leaders and schools to develop partnerships.

Hampton Middle School Selects Colors and Mascot
Come August, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade PWCS students in Woodbridge will learn and compete under the blue and black banner of the “Hampton Huskies.”  

May 19, 2016

More than 1,100 student ballots picked the mascot and colors to shape the identity of the soon-to-be rededicated George M. Hampton Middle School.

The process was modeled on the approach used to make selections for the soon-to-open Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School. Since the middle school is already in operation, a committee of current students initially identified dozens of proposed color combinations and potential mascots, before narrowing the choices to three of each. Votes were cast by rising seventh and eight graders, who will attend Hampton next year, as well as by fifth grade students headed to the middle school from Bel Air, Dale City, Fitzgerald, Minneville, Neabsco Elementary Schools.

“They decided to become ‘the Huskies,’ and they picked the blue and black,” said Principal Jehovanni Mitchell. “It’s important that their choices make the George M. Hampton Middle School feel like their school.”

Another important part of that transition is slated for June, when students who don’t already know him will get to meet the community leader and philanthropist who is lending his name to the school. George Hampton’s example is meant to inspire students to follow their own paths of learning and service that contribute to the community.

The official ribbon cutting for the George M. Hampton Middle School is set for Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m. Classes for the 2016-17 school year begin on August 29.          
  
STEM is Everywhere; Just Ask Graham Park Middle School Students
Annual event plants “seeds of interest” that can lead to exciting and rewarding STEM careers.
 
May 18, 2016
 
Students don’t know what they don’t know. Enhanced, rich environments that open students’ minds to possibilities, what their future might hold, is a goal that drives administrators and teachers at Graham Park Middle School.
 
“Nearly everything we touch, we see, and feel is connected in some way to science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Cheryl Mills, who along with Laura Schubert, organized the school’s second annual STEM day. Both are seventh-grade science teachers at Graham Park Middle School.  “STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences; it builds communities and transforms nations,” Mills said.
 
Planning for this event began soon after last year’s event, “Response last year was overwhelming. Students loved it, and this year was a big hit, too,” Mills said. “We must encourage students and future generations to understand and embrace all aspects of STEM.”
 
The entire seventh grade – more than 300 students – spent half the day exploring stations of discovery and meeting professionals in the STEM fields. Students traveled through 13 STEM stations. These stations included experiments using drying agents, finding density, makey makeys, building robots, squishy circuits, audiology, creating inventions and securing a patent for their inventions, cyber security, computer coding and health services using a simulation mannequin.  
 
“My students loved the hands-on experience,” said Robin Orluk, Language Arts teacher.
 
“The mannequin really had a seizure; now I know how I can help someone if they have a seizure,” said Zachary Barbour, seventh-grade student.

PWCS Faces $7 Million Budget Shortfall
The administration and School Board will be forced to cut more than $7 million from the 2016-17 school budget that was unanimously passed by School Board members back in March.

May 11, 2016

The cuts are needed to make up for reductions in expected revenue after the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) voted May 6 to keep the Prince William County tax rate unchanged for the coming year. The school budget was built around the county’s previously approved five-year plan and its official tax rate guidance to the School Division.  

The focus will be on protecting compensation and retention of qualified teachers and other staff, as well as the continuing efforts to reduce class-sizes and better equip teachers to deal with the numbers of students they face. The administration will look to the School Board for budget guidance to account for the loss of local funding.

On May 10, the BOCS decided to proceed with separate funding to continue a $1 million contribution toward class-size reductions in seventh-grade and to provide up to $2 million toward acquiring a site for a new elementary school to help relieve overcrowding in the eastern part of the county. Details of the separate funding arrangements have yet to be finalized.

Building Successful Classrooms—Mentors Forge Relationships with Beginning Educators
Congratulations to Bel Air’s Clifton Palmer, Lead Mentor of the Year, and the recipients of the 2015-16 Mentor Awards and CARE Awards. 

May 18, 2016

Love what you do and share your experience and talent—that’s the secret of success, and we have it in abundance in Prince William County Public Schools, where dedicated professionals lead, share, teach, and pay it forward.

Taking professional educators who are new to PWCS under their wing is a matter of pride to veteran educators in schools. Starting from their first day on the job, new educators participate in a year-long orientation and professional development training program. This induction system includes an August orientation; school-based mentoring for teachers with no experience; networking; and ongoing professional learning.  

The Mentor Awards program recognizes mentors and lead mentors who best promote a learning-focused environment that helps new teachers problem solve and guides them toward self-discovery; who model research-supported instructional practices; overcome logistical challenges to providing quality mentoring interactions; and who advocate for new educators and mentoring.

At the end of each school year, those who have created outstanding environments and shown exemplary
dedication as mentors are recognized by the Office of Professional Learning. Congratulations to the following:

CARE Educators of the Year
Rebecca Anderson, Music Teacher, T. Clay Wood Elementary School
Ronita Hayes, Biology Teacher, Gar-Field High School
 
Lead Mentor of the Year
Clifton Palmer, Fourth Grade Teacher, Bel Air Elementary School
 
Mentor of the Year
Jennifer Guertin, Language Arts Teacher, Woodbridge Middle School
 
Elementary School Support Team of the Year
Kerrydale Elementary School

Kimberly Guidinas, Principal
Wendy McGrael, Title I Teacher, Lead Mentor
Cahterine Cabral, Teache of Students with Learning Disabilities
Kathryn Cruise, Fourth Grade Teacher
Roberta King, ESOL Teacher
 
Middle School Educator Support Team of the Year
Benton Middle School

Denise Huebner, Principal
Kathy Erickson, Government Teacher, Lead Mentor
Kelly Carson, Language Arts Teacher
Maria Clark, Sixth Grade Teacher
Jodi Conway, Life Science Teacher
Marcus Damanda, Sixth Grade Teacher
Laura Edwards, Sixth Grade Teacher
Stacy Hopkins, History Teacher
Annie Maxson, Spanish Teacher
James Pratte, Band Teacher
 
Above and Beyond Award
Jennifer Calhoun, ESOL Teacher, Lead Mentor, Yorkshire Elementary School
Bridget Carter, Fourth Grade Teacher, Lead Mentor, River Oaks Elementary School
Dana Gore, Instructional Technology Coach, Lead Mentor, Occoquan Elementary School
 
Congratulations to 2015-16 Mentor and Lead Mentor Nominees:
Lindsay Furnari, English Teacher, Forest Park High School
Joan Herrell, First Grade Teacher, Henderson Elementary School
Donna Hessein, ESOL Teacher, King Elementary School
Judith McDaniel, Special Education Teacher, Marsteller Middle School
Jennifer Peel, Librarian, Woodbridge Middle School
Tim Vaughan, Technology Ed Teacher, Marsteller Middle School

The Office of Professional Learning provides training for lead mentors, mentors, and educator support teams in schools. In addition, the office facilitates mentor program data collection and monitors overall system implementation.

Fred Lynn Middle School Victorious in Battle of the Brains
The academic competition is a warmup for Virginia SOL examinations.
 
May 18, 2016
 
Trophy for Battle of the Brains competition, now at Fred Lynn Middle School.The greatest student minds from the School Division’s four middle schools with International Baccalaureate programs—Beville, Fred Lynn, Godwin, and Stonewall—competed in the 5th annual PWCS "Battle of the Brains," and Fred Lynn students won. The competition, an academic quiz similar to the game show, “Jeopardy,” is a warmup for Virginia SOL examinations and was streamed live to all county middle schools.
 
It took four hours, nine rounds of questioning, and three sudden death overtimes for Fred Lynn Middle School (FLMS) students to emerge victorious. The victory was especially sweet, as they overcame three-time champions (and reigning champions) Godwin Middle in both the 6th grade and 8th grade rounds.
 
The FLMS eighth-grade students correctly answered six out of six questions in front of PWCS Superintendent, Steve Walts; Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools, William Bixby; Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss, and School Board member, Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville).
 
Congratulations to the following Fred Lynn Middle School students who competed:
 
6th Grade:
Ruben Quinteros
Nataly Munoz
Axel Sejas Vargas
Gabriella Jackson
 
7th Grade:
Cameron Ryan
Robert-Allen Weeks
Kenneth Rodriguez
Ailyn Huerta-Torres
 
8th Grade:
Pravar Johari
Sara Mazrawi
Alex Selenskikh
Roberto Alvarez
 
Fred Lynn Middle School students at the Battle of the Brains contest
 
Important Message from Police on Scam in Prince William and Neighboring Counties
Recently the Prince William County Police Department has received reports of “virtual kidnapping” scams. Read more. 
Hylton Students of Russian Continue Exemplary Performance on National Exam
May 16, 2016

The American Council of Teachers of Russian has announced winners of the National Russian Essay Contest from C.D. Hylton High School. Students demonstrated their written proficiency in Russian by writing essays on a topic announced at the beginning of a two-hour period. The contest was held after school in November and essays were judged over the winter by university professors of Russian language and literature.

Pictured with Principal Dave Cassady and Russian teacher Paul Rischard are Natalia Kulczycki (bronze medal), Catherine Kemp (honorable mention), Alondra Burton (bronze), Colin Bushweller (gold), Alex Kang (honorable mention), Emma Ross (silver) and Mary Gordon (bronze). Other students earning honorable mention were Rihaana Stephens, Zoe Boston, Callie Brown, Shauna Pergues and Marcus McEachin.

The Pushkin Institute in Moscow, Russia, awarded a silver medal to Colin Bushweller at the International Russian Essay Contest.

Janine Sadki, Director of English Learner Programs and Services, on Panorama Latino
May 17, 2016
 
Janine Sadki, a recognized leader in English Learner programs, is interviewed on Panorama Latino, a monthly televised interview-format program that serves as an important link between our region’s local governments, education systems, and community outreach services, and the large number of limited English speaking Hispanic members of our community. The program is televised in Spanish only.
 
During her interview with show producer Stephanie Williams, Sadki provides an overview of English Learner Programs offered in Prince William County Public Schools, including the Parents as Educational Partners program. She also comments on the School Division's various resources for parent outreach including web sites and services of interpreters to help with communication in English. Additionally, she highlights educational and recreational activities for families this summer. Residents may contact the School Division’s English Learner office and receive information and assistance in Spanish by calling 703.491.8432. 
 
Watch Mrs. Sadki's interview here:


 
Watch full episodes of Panorama Latino online at the Comcast Community TV YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq7qH-SGY7Z5m0R7NrtqI7g
 
Read more about Panorama Latino at http://panoramalatinotvshow.com
 
 
PWCS Schools and Offices Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
May 17, 2016

The Kelly Leadership Center will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 28–30, for the Memorial Day holiday. All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30.
 
Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the sacrifices of United States military men and women. Visit U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Memorial Day Web page for Memorial Day resources.
 
Celebrate with Retirees Meg Holt and Janet Greer
May 17, 2016

Meg Holt, Hylton High School Teacher & CISL Coordinator; Reception June 13
A retirement celebration dinner and reception will be held for Mrs. Meg Holt, CISL/AP Coordinator, June 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Old Hickory Golf Club. The cost is $45 per person and includes dinner and contribution for a gift. For those wishing to attend the dinner, please view the attached flyer for more information including RSVP and payment, due by June 3 to Melanie Forgas at Hylton High School.

 

Dr. Janet A. Greer, Director of Professional Learning; Reception June 17
Dr. Janet A. Greer, director, Office of Professional Learning, is retiring after twenty-nine years of dedicated service with PWCS…with a total of 45 years of educating students and supporting teachers. Please join us in honoring Janet’s 45 years of service and dedication, and wishing her a Happy Retirement, on Friday, June 17, from 3–5 p.m., in the atrium at the Kelly Leadership Center. The cost is $15 towards refreshments and a gift. Please R.S.V.P. (laroccrx@pwcs.edu) and send your cash/check to Rose LaRocca, via courier, to room 1230-A – Kelly Leadership Center, by Friday, June 10.

For information on other retirees, please see school or department websites.

Middle Schoolers from Marsteller Get Singular Recognition as STEM Presenters on Capitol Hill
May 17, 2016

Marsteller Middle School was the only middle school in the nation to have students present and exhibit its technology and engineering program at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Showcase on Capitol Hill in March. The students told Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and other senators how the hands-on activities in PLTW, such as graphic animation, VEX robotic programming, and assembling robotic systems prepare them for their future endeavor. They also met with administrative aides and staff to explain many of the workplace readiness and transferrable skills they have learned. The presentation was featured in the April 2 issue of the “Bull Run Observer.” Marsteller Middle School’s Project Lead the Way instructors are Tim Vaughan and Sam Benson.
 
PWCS Staff to Serve on Distinguished Boards of Directors
May 16, 2016

Robin Weisman, administrative coordinator for the PWCS Office of Special Education, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, which serves a community of over 5,000 individuals and families affected by autism through education, advocacy, and support. Board members serve a minimum term of one year. Weisman has been with PWCS for 15 years, formerly as administrative coordinator for Autism Programs in the office of Special Education and as an autism specialist before that. She also serves on the Disability Services Board of Loudoun County.

Diane Harazin, supervisor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Information Technology Services, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education for the 2016-2019 term. Harazin has more than twenty years of experience in her field and was on the forefront of the “Bring Your Own Device” initiative in education. She has presented at local, state, and national conference on innovative practices, resources, and instructional strategies and best practices.
 
 
PWCS Counselors Honored by their Peers
May 16, 2016
 
Counseling Team of the Year: Jason Froehlich, Tyrone Mthewson, and Kecia Wolf of PACE West.The Prince William Regional Counselors Association recognized several Prince William County Public Schools counselors and social workers for their leadership at its annual awards ceremony on May 12. Congratulations to the award winners.
 
Lillian Orlich, counselor at Osbourn Park High School, received the William Van Hoose Career Service Award. Ms. Orlich has been with PWCS for more than 60 years.
 
Laura Bell, Victory Elementary School, received the Counselor of the Year Award ; Sara Young, National Counseling Group, was honored as Clinical Counselor of the Year; the award for Counseling Team of the Year went to Jason Froehlich social worker; Tyrone Mathewson, school psychologist; and Kecia Wolf, social worker, of PACE West School. Kathy Bowden, school social worker at Osbourn Park High School, received the Humanitarian & Caring Person of the Year Award.
 
Quench Your Thirst and Give at PACE East School’s Drive-Thru Lemonade Stand
May 16, 2016

Customers can take a drive through the bus loop at Independent Hill School to quickly quench their thirst, pick up a treat, and be on their way, on Wednesday, June 8.

Students from the PACE East program will be out in the sunshine from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., operating a lemonade and cookie stand for their annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser.

“Students get a chance to practice customer service skills, handle money, and calculate correct change as they assist visitors who come to the stand, all while contributing to a worthwhile cause,” said Vicky Smith, special education teacher for Independent Hill School’s PACE East Program.

Be sure to stop by to say hello!

Visit the official event page for additional details and to submit an online donation at www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1228054 

Please note the official online campaign is being observed on June 10.
 
Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders
Parents are reminded that all students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall must present proof that they have had a booster dose of the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before entering the sixth grade. 

May 16, 2016

Experts say the Tdap booster gives adolescents added protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (better known as whooping cough). These potentially serious ailments are largely preventable with proper vaccination.

Children must meet all Virginia school immunization requirements. The law changed in 2014 to require Tdap vaccination of all sixth graders, including those under the age of 11. To avoid the last-minute rush before the start of school, parents should consider getting the Tdap booster for their child as soon as possible to fulfill this Virginia requirement.
 
Tdap boosters may be obtained from a doctor, military clinics, or the Prince William Health District, which will provide written documentation that the requirement has been met. If completed before the end of this school year, documentation should be taken to the nurse at the school where the child currently attends. The school nurse will notify the child’s intended middle school that the vaccine has been received. This will ensure there will be no delay in your child’s admission to middle school on their important first day of school on August 29.

The Prince William Health District may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703.792.7300.
PWCS Statement on New Federal Guidance on Student Rights
May 16, 2016
 
Prince William County Public Schools staff are studying and assessing how the new transgender guidance from the federal Departments of Education and Justice, in conjunction with other current legal developments, may affect Prince William County Public Schools and all school systems across the nation. 
 
We understand that some have expressed concerns with the federal announcement, but rest assured that we will do our due diligence on this matter. We continue to focus on compliance with all laws and regulations in the service of all students.

 
Annual Awards Ceremony Salutes Achievements in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.
Exciting beyond words: stars among PWCS students and staff at “Saluting Our Stars” ceremony.

May 13, 2016

In a Hollywood-style salute, 900 students and staff who inspire us were honored by their families, the School Board, Superintendent, and Leadership Team last night at Patriot High School in Nokesville. The honorees were selected for awards won at the local, national, and international levels. In addition, this year’s event honored several “unsung heroes” whose contributions might otherwise be unknown. These individuals drew standing ovations from the audience.

All those honored in the “Saluting Our Stars” ceremony received medals provided by the event’s primary sponsor. SPARK, and local and regional businesses. Championship teams were represented by one team member on-stage; medals for team members will be sent directly to their schools in the coming week.
View program for list of honorees.

Staffing Update May 13, 2016
Congratulations to the following on their recent appointments:
 
Latiesa Green, current principal at Antietam Elementary School, has been appointed principal of Potomac View Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace Susan Porter, who is retiring.
 
Kelly Nickerson, assistant principal at King Elementary School, has been appointed principal of Enterprise Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace Melanie McClure, who is retiring.

Kendra Chapman, currently assistant principal of Bull Run Elementary in Fairfax County, has been appointed principal of Sudley Elementary, effective July 1, 2016. She replaces retiring principal Pamela Moody.
 
Ronald Whitten, principal at Leesylvania Elementary School, will be the new principal of “Potomac Shores” Elementary School, effective July 1. “Potomac Shores” Elementary Schools is scheduled to open in September 2017.
 
Jason Mastrangelo, previously project manager in Facilities Services for PWCS, has been appointed administrative coordinator for Construction, effective May 16, 2016.
What Are You Doing This Summer? Check Out the 2016 Summer Camp & Recreation Opportunities for Students with Special Needs
The 2016 Summer Camp and Recreational Opportunities for Students with Special Needs listing is now available online. This listing is compiled by the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center and is provided for informational purposes only. The summer camps, classes, therapy sessions, etc. listed do not reflect recommendations or endorsements by The Parent Resource Center or Prince William County Public Schools.

Paper copies are available, upon request, from the Parent Resource Center by calling 703.791.8846 or emailing howartmj@pwcs.edu.
Prince William Schools Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
May 12, 2016
 
Making financial reports understandable is the goal of effective communication by PWCS officials. It not only serves the taxpayers of Prince William County, it gets the attention of finance officials at the national level. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the School Division a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. This is the 15th year the School Division has received this distinction. 
 
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.  The attainment of this award represents a significant accomplishment for the staff and a valuable service to county residents. 
 
Those receiving the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement include John Wallingford, director of Financial Services; Lisa Thorn, supervisor of Accounting Services; and Carolyn Adams-Rossignol, chief accountant.
 
Schools Helping Students Navigate Changes in Grade 3, 6, 7, and 8 Math SOLs
May 12, 2016
 
New Virginia Department of Education guidelines mean this year’s tests will use Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT), where the program selects each question based on how the student answered the one before. Most correct responses produce a harder next question; an incorrect answer usually generates an easier follow up question.  
 
The approach means that most of the questions a student sees are neither too easy, nor too hard for them, while still gauging how well they know the material. Many students find CAT tests more engaging than other types of tests. 

The new tests have fewer questions than in the past, but students should remember some important rules:
  • Each question must be answered before a student can move on to the next;
  • Students cannot skip a question, return to an earlier problem, or change an answer after moving on.
  • Only a complete test can be submitted.
Students in 6th grade already experienced the CAT exams last year. For all the tests, the level of performance needed to pass the SOL exam and the reporting scale remain the same as in previous years.

Parents have already received a letter on the changes from their child’s school. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Education CAT page, featuring videos, Q and A, and test comparisons.
 
PWCS Educators Earn Accolades, Serve with Distinction
May 11, 2016

Congratulations to the following PWCS Educators on their special achievements:
  • Clare Phillips, an ESOL teacher at Occoquan Elementary School, earned a Certificate of Study from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for continuing her professional learning in the arts. She is one of 55 teachers honored for participating in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. The workshops focus on enhancing educators’ knowledge of and appreciation for the arts and on developing skills for teaching about the arts or teaching other subject areas through the arts. The courses and workshops are designed for teachers of Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 and address issues of teaching students with diverse needs.
 
  • Reagan Middle School’s Cheryl Scofield will study in Ireland this summer. She was accepted to the summer graduate study abroad program at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The program is part of the University of Maryland’s graduate program in “Teacher Leadership with a Focus in Arts Integration.” Scofield is director of the Theatre Department at Reagan Middle School.
 
  • Robin Weisman, administrative coordinator for Special Education, was recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. This society supports families in the entire Northern Virginia area. 
 
  • Stonewall Jackson High School’s Music Department was recognized nationally for supporting music education. The faculty received the National Association for Music Merchants’ SupportMusic Merit Award. This award is given to individual schools across the nation in recognition of the school’s strong support for and commitment to music education. Stonewall Jackson was one of 118 schools recognized with the SupportMusic Merit Award, and only one of three schools in Virginia to receive the award. Jennifer Malechek is the orchestra director, Tom Hiravi is the band director, and Wanda Boley is the choir director.
 
 

 
Colleagues Say Goodbye to PWCS Retirees
It’s bittersweet, some say, leaving jobs they love for a slower pace.

May 10, 2016

Members of the School Board and Superintendent Steve Walts were among administrators and colleagues congratulating 230 retirees at a ceremony at the Kelly Leadership Center. “It is our great loss,” Walts told retirees. “You will be hard to replace.” 

Hylton High School seniors Colin Bushweller and Sara Howell spoke on behalf of students of PWCS. They expressed their gratitude to retirees for their dedication to education. "You have proven that kindness and the passion to serve are indeed alive and well," Howell said. Both shared life lessons learned from their teachers, including the importance of imagination, perseverance, empathy, and ​having faith in themselves.

After 34 years as an educator with Prince William County Public Schools, with 17 as principal of Sudley Elementary School, Pamela Moody is “on a roller coaster of emotions” as she prepares to retire. She has nearly spent her lifetime in PWCS, getting all her primary and secondary education here, graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School. She began her career as a special educator at New Dominion and was a social worker in the Office of Special Education prior to becoming an assistant principal and principal.

Like many eligible retirees, Moody will participate in the School Division’s Retirement Opportunity Program, working on a limited schedule in other administrative roles for a number of years that varies from retiree to retiree. “I also plan to go back to my roots,” she says, “working part time supporting students in or in need of Special Education services.” She earned three degrees from Virginia Tech, including her doctorate in the field of special education.

Spending more time with family is the most-repeated benefit of this major life transition, but it’s a change that will take some getting used to. Potomac View Principal Susan Porter will also participate in the Retirement Opportunity Program, volunteer, and continue to travel. “I am so busy finishing out the year that I haven't really fleshed out my plans yet,” says Porter.

Fred Milbert, supervisor of Health, PE, Driver Education, JROTC, and Athletics, is among those employees who have completed or are approaching 40 years with PWCS. “It’s been interesting,” Milbert says, in his typically understated, thoughtful way. “There are a whole lot of people I’ll miss, but the time commitment I will not.”

In each of the areas Milbert supervises, he leaves a legacy of progress that has had a profound affect on the education and health of students. Humble by nature, Milbert is the last to take personal credit, but those who know of his contributions will say he was the driving force behind numerous programs; all would credit his leadership. These include the PWCS Wellness Plan; Action-Based Learning in elementary schools; mandatory parent-student training in Driver Education; expansion of the JROTC from four to nine schools; concussion awareness training for parents, athletic trainers, and teachers; development of the state legislation on concussion awareness, and much more. Prior to his current role, Milbert became a legend as coach of the Gar-Field High School Girls champion basketball team, winning multiple Coach of the Year awards at the local, state, and national levels. 

Among those with long careers in the School Division is school bus attendant Benda Dye, who has worked for more than 46 years. Bus drivers Priscilla Corbin and Janice Rolley have worked more than 40 years; Ann Davis, sixth-grade teacher at Marsteller Middle School, has devoted 40 years; and Nancy Burns, social studies teacher at Stonewall Middle School, is retiring after 42 years. A sincere ‘THANK YOU’ to these remarkable, energetic, and caring individuals, and to all retirees. Very best wishes on your retirement.          


 

 

 

Staffing Update for May 9, 2016
Mary McGowan has been appointed PWCS Division Counsel, effective July 1. She has been working in that capacity through the law firm of Blankingship and Keith for the past several months. As a PWCS employee, McGowan will soon be able to devote her full attention to Division needs. McGowan has represented PWCS on legal matters since 1984 and served as attorney to the School Board from 2001 to 2011.
 
Get a Jump Start on Course Credits through Virtual HS @ PWCS; Summer Session Registration Open
May 9, 2016

Need to make up course credits or get ahead? No time in your schedule to take every course you want? Then our Virtual High School is right for you. Virtual high school summer session will run from June 27 through August 5; the online program has an average pass rate of 94% in the summer session with an average SOL pass rate of 92%.

Led by highly qualified teachers proven in both real and virtual classroom settings, the courses are open to any ninth- through twelfth- grade student enrolled in an accredited Virginia school. New to the program this year are two world language courses, Latin II and Spanish I.
More details about the program can be found on the Virtual High School @ PWCS website.

Students may register online. Register early, as some classes fill up quickly.
 
Staffing Update May 6, 2016
May 6, 2016

Congratulations to Ryan Ferrera, currently an assistant principal at Woodbridge High School, on his appointment as Principal of Battlefield High School, effective July 1, 2016. He will replace Amy Ethridge-Conti, who is retiring.
Shaping Budding Principals into Consummate Leaders
PWCS congratulates the new principals who just completed the year-long Educational Leadership Program.

May 5, 2016
 
Monthly seminars designed and led by Deputy Superintendent Rae Darlington and Supervisor of Leadership Development Natalie Bonshire provided professional learning opportunities on topics that were timely and applicable, in support of these educational leaders making a successful transition to principalship.

A special thank you goes to the associate superintendents, experienced principals, and central office directors who supported these sessions through their presentations and discussions. Each new principal was also paired with an experienced PWCS principal as a dedicated mentor. We wish these educational leaders the best as they continue their administrative career in PWCS.
 
 
Participants in the Educational Leadership Program
 
Pictured in front row, left to right: Ms. Heather Abney, principal, Woodbridge High School, Dr. Sharon Woodson, principal, Sinclair Elementary School, Ms. Janeene Mainor, principal, Springwoods Elementary School, Ms. Daria Groover, principal, Featherstone Elementary School, and Ms. Maria Ramadane, principal, Graham Park Middle School back row, left to right: Dr. Kris Waldrop, principal, Marshall Elementary School, Ms. Adriane Harrison, principal, Mountain View Elementary School, Ms. Meisram Hernandez, principal, Marumsco Hills Elementary School, and Ms. Julie Svendsen, principal, West Gate Elementary School.
 
"It's Time" for Hampton Middle School
The School Board has settled the debate over renaming Godwin Middle School. Now, Superintendent Steve Walts says, "It's time" to help students embrace their soon-to-be George M. Hampton Middle School. 

May 4, 2016
It’s Time for Hampton Middle School
By Steven L. Walts,
Superintendent, Prince William County Public Schools
 
In the weeks ahead, students, staff, and community members will work to embrace a new name to carry Godwin Middle School into the future.

It’s time.

It’s time to realize that only the name is changing. Long held values of hard work, service, and accomplishment remain central to the school’s identity. They are a perfect fit with the name and example of George M. Hampton.

The 87-year old rose to the rank of colonel during decades of Army service that began when African-American leadership was not widely embraced by the military or society. Still, Hampton excelled and led.

He went on to serve Prince William County and the Commonwealth for decades, as a mentor to students, a trusted advisor to community members, and serving the administrations of multiple governors. His George M. Hampton foundation donates to scholarships that enhance opportunities for local students. The naming of a school in his honor was earned through years of action and service.

It’s time to let go of the divisive debate about whether Hampton’s name should have replaced that of former Governor Godwin.

Thoughtful people can disagree about whether Godwin’s actions late in life redeemed his long-term legacy. Still, the governor’s one-time leadership of efforts to keep Virginia schools segregated remains an affront to many.

In an increasingly diverse and inclusive community, it’s time for the name on this school to honor and inspire every student.
  
Our students can learn much from the transition. They can discuss and evaluate the Godwin legacy. They can learn about the responsibilities of elected representatives to make difficult decisions that settle controversial issues. And they can meet their school’s new namesake and discover what it means to excel against the odds and commit to a life of service.

The seeds of learning and inspiration have been planted. Staff members, parents, and alumnae can help them take root, while ensuring that the rich history of the school they love lives on. The rest is up to our students. Let’s unite behind them as they make the George M. Hampton Middle School blossom as their school.

It’s time.   
 


 
Steven L. Walts Named Region IV Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Walts recognized as innovative and visionary leader.

May 5, 2016
 
The Virginia Association of School Superintendents has named Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools, as Region IV Superintendent of the Year. Walts has led the Commonwealth’s second-largest School Division since July 2005. He is one of eight superintendents from 140 school divisions across the state who were finalists for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year. He was also named Region IV Superintendent of the Year in 2010.
 
Walts was recognized for demonstrating innovative leadership, clearly targeting teaching and learning. He has helped to establish Prince William County Public Schools as one of Virginia’s leading STEM-focused divisions and for supporting academic rigor, especially through specialty programs from elementary through high school. Such programs include International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, and Advanced Placement Scholars; and others that emphasize biotechnology, environmental and natural sciences, information technology, and international studies and languages. Further, schools Divisionwide offer opportunities for students to be involved in robotics, and PWCS students achieve at the state, national, and international levels in robotics. Walts played a major role in the opening of the academic day Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, a STEM school that serves PWCS students and the region as a whole.
 
Virginia’s Region IV includes the city school systems of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester; and the counties of Fairfax, Fauquier, Page, Arlington, Frederick, Prince William, Clarke, Loudoun, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Shenandoah, Warren, and Orange.

 
Samantha Kline, Osbourn Park Class of 2011, Heads to Germany for International Violin Competition
May 4, 2016

Samantha H. Kline, OPHS Class of 2011, to compete at International Mozart Violin CompetitionSamantha H. Kline, a 2011 graduate of Osbourn Park High School, has been selected to participate in this year's International Mozart Violin competition in Germany.  She is one of only 60 musicians selected worldwide. She is also a 2015 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has studied violin since the age of 4.
In Memoriam — Jean A. Starling, Retired Assistant Food Service Manager, Stonewall Jackson High School
Mrs. Jean Starling died on May 1, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1336 Hal Greer Blvd., Hunting, WV 25701. See Obituary
Class of 2016 Sets Sight on Colleges and Universities Near and Far
Decision Day is memorable for students, families, and friends.

May 3, 2016

See where PWCS graduates are headed.

 
PWCS Principal of the Year Credits Staff for School’s Success
Michael “Buddy” Lint discovered passion for education as a college student.

May 3, 2016

This edition of School Focus shines the spotlight on Michael "Buddy" Lint, Principal of New Dominion Alternative Education Center. Mr. Lint was selected as the School Division's Principal of the Year.   
 
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
 
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 pwcstv.com, 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, cromeri@pwcs.edu 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.
 
 
 
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.
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.
 
 
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 vonberka@pwcs.edu 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.) 
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.

 
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 sacc.departments.pwcs.edu 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.
 
 
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. 
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
 
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.
 
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 www.publicsurplus.com.
 
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 www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/vote or www.vote.virginia.gov
 
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. 
 
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.
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: http://www.facilitiesservices.departments.pwcs.edu 
 
 
 
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.
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.
 
 
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 hawkinsjr@pwcs.edu.
 
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 adulted@pwcs.edu.

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 CACFP@vdh.virginia.gov.
 
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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 pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu.
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.


 
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:

http://corp.credoreference.com/images/PDFs/HomeworkHelp_OneSheet.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhVpKOLtq3k
http://corp.credoreference.com/images/PDFs/HomeworkHelpTips.pdf
 
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 howartmj@pwcs.edu or bamaher@pwcs.edu.
 
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 MySchoolBucks.com.  User names and passwords for existing accounts remain the same. MySchoolBucks is a convenient online prepayment option for school meal purchases.

MyLunchMoney.com recently upgraded all of their current customers to MySchoolBucks.com, 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 pwcs.edu, 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 menus.departments.pwcs.edu. All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
 
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 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, pwcs.edu. 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 visithttp://markel.sevencorners.com.

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 https://www.k12specialmarkets.com.

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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