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Divisionwide Announcements
Immunization Rules Protect All PWCS Students
New Q and A Answers Concerns About New Arrivals From Other Countries  
  1. What is new about the immunization requirements that will apply to any new immigrants entering Prince William County Schools?
Nothing has changed in our policies or our commitment to protecting students from disease. As they always have, children newly arriving from other countries will need to meet the same immunization standards required of all other PWCS students, either immediately, or by following a catch-up schedule specified by the Centers for Disease Control, and required by state and federal law.
  1. Do students new to Prince William County have to meet school entrance immunization requirements to register?
All students entering Prince William County Public Schools are required to be immunized against specific diseases, according to state and federal guidelines. Proof of required immunization must be provided before the student may attend classes.
  1. Are there any exceptions?
Given their challenging circumstances, certain children in foster care or meeting the specific criteria to be considered “homeless,” may be given a short grace period to provide proof of immunization or secure the required vaccines. This has long been used to assist a small number of homeless children currently living in Prince William County. It may also apply to a small fraction of new arrivals. In all cases, school health officials work with the Prince William Health District and other organizations to ensure that children promptly receive the immunizations needed. Additionally, a small number of students avoid specific vaccines for religious or health reasons.
  1. Students who are not fully immunized before starting school may need a lot of vaccines, how long will they have to get them? 
There are state and federal guidelines for those students who have not been immunized on a traditional schedule. They are designed to ensure the health of the school community and to aid new students to quickly receive all required vaccinations. Guidelines apply to all students.
  1. How can I be sure that these guidelines are followed in Prince William County Public Schools?
PWCS staff members are committed to student health and safety. School staff is trained throughout the school year to follow the regulations and procedures set forth by the Prince William County School Board when enrolling new students.
  1. Should I worry about my child’s health if I am unsure of the immigration status of someone in the classroom?
There is no reason to worry. If your child is adequately immunized, there is generally no increased risk involved in interaction with a student who has not yet been fully immunized. While no vaccine is 100% effective, the procedures in place in Prince William County Public Schools do provide significant protection for all our students.
School health staff will notify parents of chronically ill students in the event that specific issues arise that need to be addressed.
  1. Shouldn’t I be concerned that a student arriving from another country could expose my child to diseases not typically found here?
In an age of frequent international business and tourism, health authorities are constantly on the alert for outbreaks of illness imported from other parts of the world. This monitoring helps keep us safe at all times. Those children who are becoming involved with the federal government at a U.S border crossings are getting immunized and receiving a physical prior to being sent into the United States. They receive proof of the immunizations so they may meet initial school entrance health requirements. In general, these children appear to be in good health.
  1. Why should I get my child immunized in order to enroll in school, while others might get what looks like special treatment?
The best reason to get your child immunized on schedule is to protect him or her from avoidable diseases. PWCS follows state and federal laws to ensure that all our students get that important protection. A fraction of current and newly enrolling students sometimes need some extra time (as required by those laws) to meet the requirement. Along with a short grace period, they receive the time and assistance needed to get them fully immunized, either immediately, or by following a catch-up schedule specified by the Commonwealth and the Centers for Disease Control and designed to afford maximum protection.
  1. Will schools keep track of the immunization status of undocumented students who enroll?
Schools carefully monitor the PWCS immunization status of all students, both to comply with state and federal laws and to assure that students have appropriate protection. However, PWCS is prohibited by law from inquiring about the legal/documentation status of any student.
News Stories
Steady Upward Trend on Prince William ACT Scores; PWCS Continues to Exceed National Scores
August 20, 2014
In all four content areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science, Prince William County Public School students exceeded the national average composite score on the ACT exam, continuing a 19-year record for the college-readiness benchmark.
PWCS composite scores for 2013-14 were up five-tenths of a point to 22.5 on the 36 point scale. That beats the national composite score by 1.5 points, and is a tenth of a point below Virginia’s average for  public school students.
The biggest gains in the last three years have been in reading, with scores increasing from 22.3 in 2012 to 23.1 in 2014, and in science, where scores rose from 21.6 to 22.3. In the same period, the average ACT score in mathematics increased to 22.4 in 2014 from 21.8. The English average ACT score rose from 21.4 to 21.7.
ACT scores assess high school students’ general educational development and ability to complete college-level work. Unlike an aptitude or reasoning test, the ACT is designed to be an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT consists of multiple-choice questions. 
Three Schools Receive Grants to Operate After-School Programs
August 20, 2014

Freedom High School and Fred M. Lynn and Godwin Middle Schools were notified this week that they have received grants to house 21st Century Community Learning Centers at their schools over the next three years. The centers provide after-school and summer tutoring, enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs, literacy, and other educational services to students and their families.

The grants total $554,853. Freedom will receive $187,502, Fred M. Lynn will receive $182,351, and Godwin will receive $185,000 to operate the centers over the next school year. Each school will receive the same amount over the following two years contingent upon the funds being available; satisfactory performance, including serving the number of students stated in the applications; and efficient stewardship of funds. Parkside Middle School is currently entering the third and final year of a grant to operate a community learning center; it will receive $140,000 this year.

Each center is required to operate with a community partner. The two middle schools are partnering with the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation. Freedom High School’s partner is the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Action. Parkside works with the Manassas Boys and Girls Club. Partners assist in the centers’ operation and provide services to students and families.
Take a Course in the Comfort of Your Home - Registration for Fall Virtual High School Session Open through September 8
August 20, 2014
Enrollment for the fall session of the Virtual High School @PWCS, the School Division's online high school program opened on August 13 and remains open through September 7. The Fall session classes that start September 8 and conclude in January. Register online by visiting their Web site at
Students looking to accelerate their course of study, or those who want additional time mastering a previously attempted subject before moving on, have a tremendous resource in the Virtual High School @ PWCS. Twenty-one online courses for high school credit are being offered this fall, including the new graduation requirement: Economics and Personal Finance that will be offered during all sessions.
Making History -- The Nokesville School Opens Doors
Community celebrates the beginning of new traditions at ribbon cutting on August 18.

August 19, 2014

Eager young children ran through the hallways, up every stair they faced, challenged their agility on the steps of the stage, and in general could not contain their enthusiasm for their new school. Older siblings were more restrained but still awed by the size of their new school, the first in the county to teach students from kindergarten through grade eight. Elected officials at every level gave congratulatory remarks to a crowd of nearly 500 parents and children, teachers,and administrators. Welcome to The Nokesville School!
Eric Worcester commented, “As the first principal of The Nokesville School, I am pleased to be working with a staff and school community that is dedicated to providing a World-Class Education for every child. We will accomplish this by working together to fulfill our school’s mission to be a visionary community inspiring excellence. We are committed to ensuring student achievement through quality classroom instruction, authentic literacy, and academic and behavior support.” 
“Everyone was so excited,” said Amy Brown, office manager. “We are excited and can’t wait to start the new year.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Study at Independent Hill Complex Assures No Health Risk
August 18, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues its assessment of groundwater at the one-time Manassas Air Force communication facility, now the site of Prince William County Public Schools’ Independent Hill complex, as part of an ongoing effort to assess and clean up former Department of Defense sites. Periodic reviews and studies of the site have occurred since 1986. The complex was connected to the county water system in 1986 to avoid any potential exposure to possible solvent contaminants.

The past and ongoing reviews by USACE indicate there are no health threats to students, occupants, or residents of the Independent Hill complex and none of the scheduled construction at Independent Hill alters safety conditions. The Independent Hill School, PACE East, and other buildings and offices on the site are not affected. The USACE reconfirmed findings from past reviews and shared with local representatives the groundwater at only the southern portion of the site contains chlorinated organic compounds.

As part of its work, the USACE is evaluating and developing treatment options for the site. School Division staff have worked closely and coordinated work activities with the USACE, monitored their activities and progress, and will continue to ensure that students and occupants work in a safe and healthy environment. The public is invited to learn more about how the USACE manages and executes environmental cleanup projects and other associated responsibilities on formerly-used defense sites, and in particular the Independent Hill complex, by contacting Andrea Takash, Corporate Communication, US Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore district, at 410.962.2626 or
Applications Available for Families Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
August 15, 2014

Parents of Prince William County Public School students wishing to apply for free and reduced-price meals can complete and submit their application online. The process can help families avoid delays they may encounter by mailing in an application, and will ensure that applications are complete because applicants will be prompted to submit all of the necessary information required.
Apply now for Meal Applications online. Links to the online application in English and Spanish are also on the left navigation of School Food Services Web site at All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 2014 will receive an application packet in the mail. Families with students who registered after that date will need to secure an application from their local school. Applications may also be obtained at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.

Ya están disponibles las solicitudes para aquellos que califiquen para la comida gratis o a precio reducido

15 de agosto de 2014

Los padres de alumnos de las Escuelas del Condados de Prince William que deseen solicitar comida gratis o a precio reducido, pueden completar y enviar la solicitud por internet.  El proceso evitará a las familias las demoras que pueden producirse al enviar la solicitud por correo. Además, podrán estar seguros de que la solicitud se completó en su totalidad ya que el sistema les pedirá que proporcionen toda la información necesaria.
Completen ya la solicitud en línea. Los enlaces a las solicitudes en inglés y español se encuentran en la barra de navegación izquierda de la página de los Servicios de Comida (School Food Services) en Toda la información proporcionada será confidencial y estará a disposición solamente de la Oficina de Servicios Alimentarios y Nutrición.
Los padres tendrán la opción de completar la solicitud por escrito. Las familias de estudiantes registrados en las Escuelas del Condado de Prince William antes de fines de julio de 2014, recibirán un paquete de inscripción por correo. Las familias de estudiantes registrados después de dicha fecha deberán retirar la solicitud en su escuela. Las solicitudes también pueden obtenerse en el Kelly Leadership Center ubicado en 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
Por preguntas relacionadas al proceso de solicitud, llame a la Oficina de Servicios Alimentarios y Nutrición al 703.791.7314.

PWCS Proposes New Site for Urgently Needed Western Transportation Center -- FAQs Now Available
A public hearing is planned for September.

August 18, 2014

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is proposing a new site near Catharpin Park (northwest of the Manassas Battlefield) for a transportation center to help provide safe, reliable bus service to thousands of students in the growing western part of the county.

Click on picture to view enlarged map.The proposed location sits on 14 acres adjacent to Catharpin Park on Sudley Road, with an entrance on Kyle Wilson Way.  

 “With this site we can provide improved bus service to students along the Route 15 corridor without compounding existing traffic issues,” said Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services, Dave Cline.  “It offers sufficient road capacity, safe access, and an ideal location.”

The new site will permit important safety inspections and routine bus maintenance without necessitating extra time and fuel to move buses across Route 29 and I-66 to the current McCuin Center on Piney Branch Road in Bristow. McCuin will remain in use for its local service area, but is currently overburdened and lacks capacity to meet future needs.

“Transporting a single bus that extra distance down to McCuin wastes approximately $900 in fuel every year and even more is spent on driver down-time,” said Transportation Director Ed Bishop. “With the 150 buses the new center can eventually serve, we will be saving $340,000 a year for education even as we make it quicker and more efficient to handle potential safety concerns and replace disabled vehicles to keep kids moving safely.”

The new transportation center will also provide adequate space for dispatchers and phone operators to service the needs of the western area’s 30,000 bus riding students. The proposed site balances public desire for a more distant, industrialized location with the reality that moving it further from homes would cause more congestion on area roads.

School officials will pay $1.3 million to Prince William County for the Catharpin site. The funds will benefit the local community through planned improvements to Catharpin Park. Nearly 250 of the Transportation Center’s paved parking spaces will also be available to park users at nights and on weekends.

The new site has been submitted for approval under the County’s Public Facilities Review process.  A hearing and information session is planned for late September. Meanwhile, interested residents can learn more about the site and transportation center plans at The Web site will address “frequently asked questions" and include an email link to raise additional inquiries or post comments.     

PWCS officials say concerns sparked by the thought of a transportation center often fade in the face of   facts.  For example, buses that would be served by the center already travel on area roads daily, so when service and parking become more local, overall road use will go down. Additionally, the School Division will work to minimize the impact on adjoining properties through the use of buffers, berms, and other landscaping to improve aesthetics.

“The western part of the County is growing by leaps and bounds. Our School Division needs a new transportation center by 2017 so we can safely and efficiently move our students and provide top notch customer service to the citizens of this county,” adds Cline.
Email comments or inquiries to:
Have a Question? Answers May be Here
From cell phones to dress codes, from homework to field trips, check out School Division regulations if you have questions.
August 14, 2014
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 Web site, 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.
Rules Have Changed - All Children Entering Sixth Grade Must Have Tdap Immunization
Cambio en la normativa-Todos los estudiantes que van a entrar al sexto grado deben tener la vacuna triple bacteriana (Tdap)
Articulo completo.
August 14, 2014
All students entering sixth grade must present proof that they have received the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis before starting school this year. Virginia rules have changed, so all sixth-grade students are now included. There is no exemption for those under 11 years of age. Parents are asked to check with their doctor to be sure their child is current on shots. Proof of immunization must be presented to enroll children in sixth grade for the 2014-15 school year.
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health Department. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or Central Registration.
The Prince William County Health District may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6300, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22191, 703.792.7300.
Schools Announce Open House and Orientation Sessions
August 13, 2014
In preparation for the school year, many Prince William County Public Schools have scheduled orientations, open houses, and meet-and-greet events. Please check your school's Web site for times, dates, and more detailed information. As dates and times are subject to change, please check back for updates.
High Schools:
Middle Schools:
Traditional and K-8 Schools:  
Elementary Schools:
Alternative and Special Education:
Staffing Update August 8, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:
Danna Johnson, currently a Third Grade Teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, has been named an Administrative Intern of Featherstone Elementary School, effective August 14, 2014.
Jeremy Byrd, currently a Social Studies Teacher at Woodbridge High School, has been named an Administrative Intern at Stonewall Jackson High School, effective August 14, 2014.
Richard Martinez, currently an Assistant Principal at Freedom High School, has been named the Principal for Forest Park High School, effective date to be decided.
Joseph Murgo, currently a Health & Physical Education Teacher at Gainesville Middle School, has been named an Administrative Intern at Gainesville Middle School, effective August 14, 2014.
Congratulations to these talented individuals.
2014-15 Bell Times Revised for Woodbine Preschool
Five minutes has been added to the morning and afternoon sessions at Woodbine Preschool Center. This will provide a 10-minute increase in the school day which is consistent with the 10-minute increase previously added to other schools. The revised bell schedule reflects this change. View revised bell schedule.
School Board Meetings for 2014-15 School Year
August 7, 2014
The first public meeting of the Prince William County School Board for the new school year will be held on Wednesday, September 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
With the exception of meetings on Tuesday, November 18, and Wednesday, April 8 and 22, the School Board meets during the school year on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. In addition, a public meeting is set for Monday, February 9, to discuss the 2015-16 budget and a budget work session is scheduled on Wednesday, March 11.
Regular public meetings are open to the public and are streamed live on, and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Closed sessions are held prior to the public meetings at 6 p.m. and are not open to the public. Items discussed in closed sessions are confined by law to personnel, student matters, acquisitions/disposition of real property, legal, and other specific matters exempted from open sessions under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.
Special meetings are called when necessary to conduct school business and are announced in advance on the School Division’s Web site and through local news media. All School Board meetings, except closed sessions, are open to the public.
View meeting schedule for the school year.
Electronic School Board agendas are available online in advance of meetings from  Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings. “Board Briefs” summarizes the actions taken by the School Board at each meeting and are also available online.
Individuals who wish to address the School Board under Citizens’ Time may notify the board clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
School Board Calendar for August
August 6, 2014

School Board members may attend any of several professional development sessions for staff this month, as well as Summer School graduation and the ESOL Summer High School Scholars program, as listed below. Members of the media may contact Irene Cromer, supervisor of Community Relations, 703.791.8721, or if they have questions.

Thursday, August 7 7 p.m. Adult Education and Summer School Graduation Woodbridge High School
Friday, August 8
10 a.m. ESOL Summer Scholars Program Woodbridge High School
Monday, August 11 7:45 a.m. Assistant Principals’ Summer Conference Kelly Leadership Center
Tuesday, August 12 8:30 a.m. Classified Professional Development Conference Hylton High School
Thursday, August 14 7:30 a.m. Excellence and Equity in Education Conference (Administrators and Teacher Teams) Hylton High School
Friday, August 15 7:30 a.m. Student Services Symposium Hylton High School
Thursday, August 21 8:30 a.m. Teacher Connect (New Teacher Orientation and Induction) Hylton High School
Disciplinary Hearing Committee
The School Board Disciplinary Hearing Committee will meet on August 20 at 6:30 p.m. following dinner at 5 p.m. and a closed session at 6 p.m. Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns and members Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) and Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge) comprise the Disciplinary Committee for this hearing.
Try a Different Path to Your High School Diploma
Benefit from Your Life Experience and Work Know-How

August 6, 2014

Need a high school diploma to advance in your career? If you have acquired academic skills through life and work experiences and can demonstrate what you have learned, the National External Diploma Program may be for you. In addition to the GED Program (for individuals 18 years and older), PWCS Adult Education offers this competency-based high school completion program for individuals 21 years of age and older. Successful completion of this program earns the participant a high school diploma issued by the local school board.

To learn more, attend the information sessions scheduled on August 18 at both 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. for your convenience. Sessions are held at the Adult Learning Center, Building 4, 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas, VA 20112 (Independent Hill).

For additional information, please call 703.791.7357 or refer to the Adult Education Web site
Federal Rules Raise Lunch Prices for 2014–15
August 6, 2014

School lunches will cost more this school year. Prices will increase a nickel at all levels due to federal directives that require parity with the amounts school divisions are reimbursed by the free and reduced price lunch program.

Come September, prices will be:

$2.40 Elementary School;
$2.55 Middle School; and
$2.65 High School. 
School Site Cemetery Remains Re-Interred; Public Invited to Memorial Ceremony
August 6, 2014

Remains and artifacts discovered in the previously undiscovered cemetery at the site of the County’s 12th high school were respectfully re-interred on the property last week, in accordance with plans approved by the Commonwealth and shaped by community input. The reburial involved the use of heavy equipment to place concrete vaults in an area that is part of an active construction site. While safety considerations precluded public participation in the actual re-interment, a planned memorial ceremony will allow community members to pay their respects.      

The ceremony will be held on the site Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Safety and limited parking concerns require that all attendees meet by 9:45 a.m. at the Edward Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Bus transportation will be provided from there to the ceremony site.  Participants are cautioned not to drive to the high school site or enter the Independence Drive community to attend the ceremony. 

Prince William County Public Schools looks forward to this opportunity to recognize those who lived and were buried on the site. We will honor their memory with a permanent resting place that will endure as new generations learn of and build on community history at the school being built nearby.

For planning purposes, individuals intending to attend the ceremony are asked to notify PWCS on or before August 25, by calling 703-791-7308.
Staffing Update August 6, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:
James 'Jim' Smith, currently a Social Studies Teacher at Osbourn Park High School, has been named an Administrative Intern at Battlefield High School, effective August 14, 2014; and

Artise Gill, currently a Professional Development Specialist with Professional Learning, has been named an Administrative Intern at Patriot High School, effective August 14, 2014.

Congratulations to these talented individuals.
Staffing Update for July 31, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:

Karen Najjum, administrative intern at Kilby Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal there, effective August 7.

Cindy Kemp, an elementary instructional specialist at Hogansville Elementary School, Troup County Schools, Georgia, has been appointed assistant principal at Westridge ES, effective August 1.

Virtual High School Enrollment Hits New Record
Students are getting ahead, catching up, and enjoying new options.

July 31, 2014

With 955 enrollments in 22 courses, this summer’s Virtual High School @PWCS (VHS@PWCS) session is by far the largest to date. This online resource uses technology to give students the opportunity to get ahead, catch up, and explore interests. Offering individualized instruction, students are learning to their fullest potential and preparing to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
The summer session opened with School Board Member Dr. Michael Otaigbe (Coles) speaking to students and parents about the advantages of having access to quality online courses offered by the School Division’s virtual high school. He praised students for dedicating six weeks of their summer to academic progression and encouraged them to stay on top of their online courses by remembering that motivation is key, and repeating the mantra: “inch by inch is a cinch but by the yard is hard.”
For parents, the orientation sessions provided a chance to learn more about VHS@PWCS; for students, it was a chance to meet their instructor, ask questions, and work alongside their peers in a hands-on environment.
Gina Jones, VHS @ PWCS Administrative Coordinator, notes that time management and organization are vital to online learning and vital skills for a lifetime. By providing the opportunity for students to complete their first day assignments in-person with their VHS@PWCS instructor at orientation, students are set on the path for success. This valuable introduction to the rigorous online learning option is provided for every session.
For more information on the VHS@PWCS visit their Web page. The fall session schedule is now posted. Registration opens August 13.
PWCS Students Attend Summer Governor’s School
July 31, 2013

Each year PWCS students join the droves of high school students filling out the extensive application from the Virginia Department of Education in hopes of attending one of the Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs. The process puts the brightest minds in Virginia in competition with each other to earn a four-week college campus experience while still in high school. This summer, 47 PWCS students are pushing themselves toward their full potential during this once in a lifetime experience.

Each school focuses on one special area of interest—visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; life science and medicine; or through mentorships in marine science or engineering.  Students stay on a college or university campus for up to four weeks, living, studying, and getting to know other students with similar interests and abilities from across Virginia.
This summer’s attendees are:
  • Governor’s School for Agriculture at Virginia Tech: Forest Park High School, Mary Croghan and Kelsea Mensh; Hylton High School, Mishal Baig; Osbourn Park High School, Kelly Fish and Dayana Obeldobel; and Stonewall Jackson High School, Mary Duong.
  •  Governor’s School for the Humanities at Christopher Newport University: Battlefield High School, Afua Asenso; Brentsville District High School, Julianna Kinsolving and Katia Zillic; Forest Park High School, Ian Greene, Sarah Kivimaki, Tapiwanashe Mandizvidza, Meghan Shinton; Gar-Field High School, Sarah Baig, Khrissa Chun, and Sean Rastatter; Hylton High School, Cristian Candray-Rios, Gloria Neilson, Elizabeth Rathburn, Heather Santos, and Jennifer Sunga; Osbourn Park High School, Faith Lee; Patriot High School, Tiffany Ko and Allison Washburn; Potomac High School, Annette Tamakloe; Stonewall Jackson High School, Erika Bosak, Tovga Haji, and Samuel Keltz.
  • Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Lynchburg College: Forest Park High School, Raina Clasen and Erica O-Donnel; Hylton High School, Alexandra Russell; and Osbourn Park High School, Clara Bailey.
  • Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University: Battlefield High School, Laura Isbell, Jeffrey Kelso, and Laura Shanks; Forest Park High School, Anna Mach; Hylton High School, Priscilla Gyamfi, David Hardin, Kylee Lammers, Valaria Merced Gonzalez, and Dina Williams; Osbourn Park High School, Grant Adams, and Hannah Sylvester; and Woodbridge High School, Kathryn Boling Nicholas MacFarlane, and Dan Song; and Patriot High School, Tristen Gulley-Davenport.

For more information, visit the Governor’s School Web site
Like Journalism? Post’s Summer Workshop Puts You in the News Room—Apply by August 7
July 29, 2014

High school students in the Washington area can apply for the 2014 Young Journalists Development Program Multimedia Storytelling Workshop, a free, weeklong multimedia journalism workshop hosted at The Post from Monday, August 11–Friday, August 15. Participants will work closely with journalists from The Washington Post to sharpen their skills as multiplatform journalists. Workshop topics include beginner and intermediate level news writing, story development, interviewing, reporting, video editing and more. All rising juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Download an application at

All application components must be received by Thursday, August 7. 
Staffing Update July 29, 2014
The following administrative appointment has been made:

Catherine Porter-Lucas, currently an Assistant Principal at Battlefield High School, has been appointed Principal for Gainesville Middle School, effective August 4.
Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School’s Archery Team Finishes 16th in World Tournament
“Sport for all” gains in popularity following the 2012 Olympics, “Hunger Games” book series and movies, and the movie “Brave.”

July 29, 2014

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School's Archery Team at World Tournament, July 2014Although archery club activities were over, avid archers at Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School did not put away their bows and arrows when school ended. The archery team kept practicing with their target in mind: the world tournament in Madison, Wisconsin on July 13. There, the team put in a World-Class performance with a final score of 3,210, and finished 16th out of 52 teams. Archery is an activity in which people from all walks of life and almost every size and ability can participate. It teaches students focus, discipline, goal setting, sportsmanship, and social interaction.
Olivia Stickel led the team with a score of 282, finishing 19th out of 512 middle school females. Jack Riccardi was the top male archer with a score of 279, finishing 63rd out of 562 middle school males. 

Other individual scores with the student’s grade in brackets are listed below.

Adrian Engel [7] 275; Amanda Kraemer [7] 273; Elise Ambrose [7] 269; Nathan Ray [8] 266; Autumn Gray [7] 266; Alex Scott [6] 261; Makenzie Boggs [7] 261; Alex Kuzmicki [8] 260; Olivia Mumma [8] 259; Mia Scott [7] 259; Malik Stuckey [7] 258; Skylar Ondrejko [6] 254; Drake Jones [8] 253; Ian Novak [7] 251; Danielle Walker [7] 248; Jack Ryan Moore [7] 244; Nick Demcheshen [7] 240; Rhiann Stevens [8] 227.

Reagan’s team of 33 members and alternates is coached by Jonathan Bukva and is the only archery team in the Prince William County Public Schools. Bukva is the school’s athletic director and health and physical education teacher. Many schools teach archery as part of their physical education program, and a few have a club. There were over 100 students in the archery club/program at Reagan this past school year.

“Nearly everyone can enjoy success in archery,” said Bukva. “Archery is highly inclusive and is a lifelong activity for many enthusiasts. It’s a diverse and super-safe shooting activity with a wide variety of formats and styles. In the NASP-style program, students of all genders, abilities, and background can flourish.”
VSBA Conference on Education Brings Together Educational Leaders From Across Virginia
July 25, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Address Attendees
Nearly 500 Virginia school board members, educators, governing officials, attorneys, and legislators, including School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns, Vice Chairman Gil Trenum (Brentsville), and members Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco), Betty D. Covington (Potomac), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles), and Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 29th annual Conference on Education in Richmond, VA on July 22, 2014. The purpose of the conference was to offer participants the opportunity to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state. 

Participants heard from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and National PTA President Dr. Otha Thorton, in addition to having the opportunity to attend their choice of more than 40 mini-workshops on topics such as school law, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, community relations, school safety, testing, finance, special education, and community partnerships. The presenters included educators from state and local levels, university and college professors, business representatives, and attorneys.
  • PWCS School Board presenters and PWCS staff members who assisted, and the title of their workshops are listed below.
  • School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns, Chuck Drake (PWCS), and Mark Jones (Superintendent, King William County Public Schools); “VA STAR to the Rescue”
  • School Board Vice Chairman Gil Trenum (Brentsville) and Fred Milbert (PWCS); “Concussion Management: Providing ‘Return to Learn’ Strategies to Classroom Teachers for Student Recovery from a Concussion”
  • School Board member Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) and Rebekah Schlatter (PWCS); “High School Parent Involvement and Post-Secondary Planning – Supporting Families through the Delivery of Meaningful Learning Experiences”
  • Natalie Bonshire (PWCS) and Kaye Bush (PWCS); “One Size Does Not Fit All: Providing Customized Professional Development On-Site and Ongoing”
  • Carolyn Custard (PWCS) and Doreen Dauer (PWCS); “Fresh New Trends in Bullying Prevention”
  • Dolores Robison (PWCS); “Implementing a K-12 Threat Assessment Process”
Independent Hill School/PACE Team Member Brings Home Gold!
July 25, 2014

Independent Hill/PACE East’s own Lenny Codella recently competed in the 2014 Special Olympics United States Games in New Jersey. The event attracted over 5,000 athletes from all over the nation and was attended by local, state, and national leaders as well as Hollywood celebrities and athletes from the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Codella won gold medals in the 400 meter race and long jump, a bronze in the shot put, and a 5th place finish in the 100 meter relay. The entire school community extends its congratulations to Lenny Codella.

Codella is a graduate of Independent Hill School and is beginning his third year as a teacher assistant at the school.
Staffing Update July 24, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:
Lori Robertson, currently 3rd grade teacher at Ashland Elementary School, has been appointed administrative intern at Ashland Elementary School, effective August 14, 2014
Robert Lucciotti, formerly a 5th grade teacher for Coles Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal at Ashland ES, effective July 23, 2014.
Congratulations to these talented individuals.
Staffing Update July 21, 2014
The following administrative appointment has been made:

Dr. Anita Taylor, formerly a Cluster Director with Fairfax County Public Schools, has been appointed supervisor of Leadership Development, effective July 22.

Congratulations to Dr. Taylor, and welcome to PWCS!
School Supply Lists Available
School Supply Lists 2014–15

Traditional & K-8 Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Location for the Summer English Learner Institute Has Changed
July 10, 2014
The location of the Summer English Learner (EL) Institute has changed. It will now be taking place at Reagan Middle School. Sessions begin June 23 and run through August 8.

These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2014–15 school year by educators instructing English Learners (ELs) in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements. Read the course descriptions to learn how best practices in classroom instruction for ELs are addressed. Find course dates, descriptions, and register using the “EPLP” code to search in the Professional Learning Catalog. For your convenience, the course lists for July and August offerings are attached, as well as offerings planned for the October 13 professional development day. Flyers are available by topic and focus area on the ESOL home page under EL Courses for Staff.
Please contact Christina Jennings ( or Kim Peterson ( with any questions.
Mark Your Calendars; National Book Festival Has New Date and New Venue
July 7, 2014

This year’s National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the Washington Convention Center. This free event is a wonderful opportunity for readers to ask their favorite authors where they get their inspiration for a particular storyline, character, or scene. Authors will give readings from their latest works, field questions from the audience, and autograph books.

For more information, visit the Library of Congress Web site.

Preliminary lineup of authors featured:

School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting Scheduled
June 26, 2014
Members of the Prince William School Board will meet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, for a closed disciplinary hearing.
Important Message to Parents about Student Health - Mensaje importante para padres acerca de salud estudiantil
Eating disorders are serious health problems that usually start in childhood or adolescence and affect both girls and boys. With early diagnosis, eating disorders are treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports. With summer coming soon, many adolescents feel increased social pressure about their appearance, and this can lead to eating disorders.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not diagnosed based on weight changes as much as behaviors, attitudes, and mindset. Symptoms may vary between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person with an eating disorder may not be aware that he/she has a problem or keeps the issues secret. Parents/guardians and family members are in a unique position to notice symptoms or behaviors that cause concern. Noting behaviors common to people with eating disorders may lead to early referral to the primary care provider. It is important for eating disorders to be treated by someone who specializes in this type of care.

After reviewing the information attached if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your primary health care provider, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below:
Toll free, confidential Helpine: 1.800.931.2237
Additional resources may be found at:

Mensaje importante para padres acerca de salud estudiantil

Los trastornos alimenticios son problemas de salud graves, que por lo general comienzan en la infancia o en la adolescencia y que afectan tanto a las niñas como a los niños. Con un diagnóstico precoz, los trastornos de la alimentación se pueden tratar con una combinación de apoyos nutricionales, médicos y terapéuticos. Ahora que va a empezar el verano, muchos adolescentes sienten una mayor presión social por su apariencia, y esto puede conducir a trastornos de la alimentación.

Es importante tener en cuenta que los trastornos alimenticios no se diagnostican tanto a partir de los cambios de peso si no por los comportamientos, actitudes y forma de pensar. Los síntomas pueden variar entre varones y hembras y en diferentes grupos de edad. A menudo, puede que una persona joven con un trastorno de alimentación no sea consciente de que él/ella tiene un problema o puede que guarde sus problemas en secreto. Los padres/tutores y miembros de la familia están en una posición única para notar síntomas o comportamientos que causan preocupación. Tomando nota de los comportamientos comunes de las personas con trastornos de la alimentación pueden conducir a una pronta remisión al médico de atención primaria. Es importante que los trastornos de alimentación sean tratados por alguien que se especializa en este tipo de cuidado.

Después de revisar la información adjunta, si usted cree que su hijo/a puede estar mostrando signos de un posible trastorno alimenticio, por favor póngase en contacto con su proveedor de atención primaria de salud, la enfermera de la escuela, o uno de los recursos que se indican a continuación (en inglés):

Línea de ayuda confidencial gratuita: 1.800.931.2237
Pueden encontrar recursos adicionales en:
Departamento de Educación de Virginia - bajo la sección titulada, “Eating Disorders”

2014-15 Bell Times Revised for Benton and Godwin Middle Schools
June 23, 2014

2014-15 bell times have been revised
today and are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Benton Middle School and Godwin Middle School times were moved forward by 10 minutes, now starting at 8:20 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.
Summer Vacation on a College Campus? Mais Oui, When You Love Languages
June 18, 2014
Global awareness, multicultural understanding, and international education are not the usual agenda for teens during summer vacation. This summer, 14 Prince William County Public Schools students will trade in three weeks of what could be the lazy days of summer to participate in the highly selective Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academies. The students will experience life on a college campus as they participate in immersion and partial-immersion programs sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. These summer residential programs have served Virginia's most motivated and talented foreign language students since 1986.

The immersion programs in French, German, and Spanish provide an intensive experience and unique challenge for students who have excelled in language study. They will continue their study of language in a total immersion environment, which is generally unavailable in the regular school environment. These academies will take place from June 21–July 12 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

The partial-immersion program in Japanese is for students who excelled in another language for two years and will be introduced to the Japanese language and culture. This academy is offered from June 22–July 13 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Prince William County Public Schools offers 10 world languages for formal study: Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. The Governor’s Foreign Language Academies provide unique experiences for students to learn a new language like Japanese in order to apply their language skills to inter-disciplinary enrichment studies such as the arts, music, social sciences, and sports.
The participating students and their schools are: 
Sara Valentine, Osbourn Park High School                             
Brianna Gilmore, Battlefield High School                   
Colin Bushweller, Hylton High School                       
Olivia Chowning, Woodbridge High School
Taylor Petty, Woodbridge High School
Sadie Peloquin, Hylton High School
Logan Burum, Woodbridge High School
Madison Lynch, Woodbridge High School
Halle Williams, Patriot High School
Brandon Chaney, Patriot High School
Kyleigh Hynes, Battlefield High School
Jesse Dawsib, Patriot High School
Francesca Peavie, Patriot High School
Bikar Michael, Stonewall High School
Obey School Flashing Yellow Lights Even During Breaks—Summer School Will Be in Session at Some Locations
June 18, 2014
Motorists can expect school flashing lights to continue operating after school has ended on Thursday, June 19. These lights must be obeyed according to law. Flashing lights are controlled remotely and may be indicating summer school is in session at that site.
High School Summer Program Bus Schedule Now Available
June 17, 2014

Bus transportation for students attending summer school at Woodbridge High School is now posted on Transportation Services Web site. Buses stop at all PWCS high schools to pick up students for transportation to Woodbridge High School. The high school summer program begins Monday, June 30. See Summer School Web page for more details.

El horario de los autobuses está disponible para la escuela de verano de escuela secundaria

El transporte en autobús para los estudiantes que asisten a la escuela de verano en Woodbridge High School está publicada en el sitio Web de Servicios de Transporte (Transportation Services Web site). Los autobuses paran en todas las escuelas secundarias de PWCS para recoger a los estudiantes y transportarlos a Woodbridge High School. El programa de verano de la escuela secundaria comienza el lunes 30 de junio. Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano (Summer School Web page) para más detalles.
Bell Times for 2014–15 School Year
June 16, 2014

Bell times for school year 2014–15
are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Bell times have been added for the new schools opening this fall, Haymarket Elementary School and The Nokesville School.
Generally, high schools will be in session from 7:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m.; middle schools from about 8:10 a.m.–2:50 p.m.; and elementary schools from approximately 9 a.m.–3:40 p.m.
The School Division continues to employ a three-tier system so that the same buses and drivers can be used to transport high school, middle school, and elementary school students in succession.
High School Students: Need a Summer Project? Make a Video to Compete in Student Contest
 June 13, 2014

Got a camera with video capability? If so, you and your friends can create a video and compete to win the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) student video contest. The contest invites all Virginia high school public education students to create a video based on the contest theme, “Virginia, we are one!” Contestants should submit a 30-second video clip. It can be in any format, such as a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. The video can feature people, photographs, animation—whatever best demonstrates the concept in a way that is clear, compelling, and real.
See the flyer for full details and submission information. Submission forms must be submitted to VSBA. All videos must be uploaded to the Internet and then submitted as follows: email your name, school name, school division, and the URL of your uploaded video to Bridget Merker, coordinator of board development, at Submit the Student Video Contest Submission Form, attached to the flyer, by downloading and completing the form and sending with your video submission to the above address. Visit (click here to access details and forms about the VSBA Video Contest). Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 1.
Student Accident Insurance Available Online
 June 13, 2014

Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever-increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the 2014–15 school year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling 877.444.5014.

This Web site allows parents to:
• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased.
PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 12, 2014

PWCS-TV will air broadcasts of most PWCS high school graduation ceremonies. The shows give graduates, friends, and families a second chance to view the big event from the comfort of their own home. Broadcasts will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and are available via Video On Demand after the first airing date. Go to and scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.

Potomac High School
June 30 and July 4

Battlefield High School
July 7 and July 11
Stonewall Jackson High School
 July 14 and July 18
Patriot High School
July 21 and July 25
Osbourn Park High School
July 28 and August 1
Forest Park High School
August 4 and August 8
Hylton High School
August 11 and August 15
Gar-Field High School
August 18 and August 22
Woodbridge High School
August 25 and August 29
Freedom High School
September 1 and September 5
Brentsville District High School
September 8 and September 12
Adult Education and Summer School
September 15 and September 19
New Directions
September 22 and September 26 

Register Early for Elementary Professional Educators Conferences on August 26—Space is Limited
June 11, 2014

The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three conferences for elementary educators on August 26. These conferences are targeted toward teachers in the following grade level bands: K–1, 2–3, and 4–5 and are scheduled from 8 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, instructional technology, and general interest sessions. Teachers will receive five recertification hours for attending. Pre-registration at is required due to limited space at all locations. Sessions will be selected during the registration process. See the Elementary Professional Educator's Conference flyer for full details and registration instructions.
News from the Principal of Haymarket Elementary School
Principal Jewell Moore has posted important news and information on a Web page for parents and students of the new Haymarket Elementary School which opens September 2. The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony before the school opens on August 19 at 6 p.m. Go to Web page.
View Web story on the Groundbreaking ceremony in 2013.
You Can Go to Unknown Places, Be a Detective, a Sports Expert, a Pop Star, or a Top Chef — Find Out How
June 11, 2014
Let your imagination take you to places and adventures you would not normally experience. Reading has the power to do this and more. Your school’s summer reading list has been carefully selected and designed by librarians for your enjoyment as well as for enriching your mind. This summer is your opportunity to slow down and relax with a good book. Find the right books and articles that interest you and they can entertain and inspire you, as well as teach you. There are many kinds of books to choose from on your school’s reading list or from the public library’s summer program. To find the right books for you, begin by going to the Summer Reading List Web page.
Saluting Our Stars Photo Gallery Now Available
June 11, 2014 

A photo gallery from the May 13 Saluting our Stars ceremony at Patriot High School is now available through the SPARK website at and videos from the event are available on-demand at Award recipients may now share their special moment with friends and family.
The event brought together more than 400 recipients of international, national, state, and regional awards in academics, arts, athletics, and education. SPARK is the Education Foundation for PWCS, and sponsors the annual recognition event.  SPARK represents the commitment of the business, non-profit, and civic sectors to encourage and recognize excellence throughout PWCS and to support efforts to offer a World-Class Education to students. 
Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders; Se Requiere Prueba de la Vacuna de Refuerzo de Tdap Para Estudiantes Entrando al Sexto Grado
June 4, 2014
Parents are reminded that students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall must present proof that they have had a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years. By state law, without proof of this immunization, children will not be able to enroll in school for the 2014-15 school year.
If the last Tdap booster shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, this immunization must be administered over the summer. The booster shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and/or Tdap. Parents are urged to call their child’s doctor or local health department if they have questions.
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health Department. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or Central Registration.
The Prince William County Health Department 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 22191, 703.792.7300. 

Se Requiere Prueba de la Vacuna de Refuerzo de Tdap Para Estudiantes Entrando al Sexto Grado
Se les recuerda a padres de estudiantes que van a entrar al sexto grado este otoño a las escuelas del Condado de Prince William, que tienen que presentar prueba de la vacuna de refuerzo (llamado Tdap) contra el tétano, difteria y tos ferina administrada dentro de los últimos cinco años. Por ley del estado, sin la prueba de esta vacuna, los niños no podrán empezar el año escolar, 2014-15.
Si la última vacuna de refuerzo Tdap fue administrada hace más de cinco años antes de la fecha de entrada a las escuelas en septiembre, este refuerzo debe ser administrado de nuevo este verano. La vacuna de refuerzo puede aparecer en los documentos como T, Td, Dtap, o Tdap. Se les pide a los padres que por favor se comuniquen con el médico de su niño o con el Departamento de Salud local si tienen alguna pregunta.
La vacuna puede ser administrada por un doctor, en una clínica militar, o en el Centro de Salud del Condado de Prince William. La documentación debe ser llevada a la escuela intermedia de su niño/a o al Centro de Matrícula.
Las oficinas del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Prince William están localizadas en las siguientes direcciones y teléfonos: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6300, o 4001 PrinceWilliam Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, Va 22191, 703.792.7300.
In Pursuit of Excellence, Scholarship Recipients Further their Education
May 30, 2014

The Prince William Education Association (PWEA) has awarded scholarships to students Tyler Mazza, Cynthia Kovacich, and Alisha Riley and to Prince William County Public School employees Jessica Hruska, Adrienne Mattison, and Victoria C. Morris.
The Member Dependent Scholarship was awarded to Tyler Mazza, Woodbridge High School alumnus and grandson of Linda Mazza, special education teacher assistant at Independent Hill School. Mazza currently attends Northern Virginia Community College and plans to attend James Madison University.
The winner of PWEA’s Deloris Hampton Future Teacher Scholarship, Cynthia Kovacich, will graduate from Osbourn Park High School and plans to attend James Madison University in the fall. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
To recognize the efforts of student Alisha Riley, PWEA created and awarded the first PWEA Future Teacher Scholarship. Riley will graduate from Stonewall Jackson High School and plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College. Both Kovacich and Riley are members of the Future Educators Association and plan to pursue their certification in education.
PWEA also awarded Member Scholarships to Jessica Hruska, science teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School, and Adrienne Mattison, math teacher at Potomac High School. Hruska plans to continue her studies at Concordia University. Mattison will attend James Madison University.
Victoria C. Morris is a kindergarten teacher assistant at Occoquan Elementary School and the recipient of the Nettie Attkisson Education Support Professional Scholarship which will assist her studies at Grand Canyon University.
Schedule for Last School Day Announced
May 5, 2014

Provided there are no unexpected situations that impact instructional time between now and the end of the school year, the school schedule for the last day of school, Thursday, June 19, will include a new two-hour early dismissal for elementary and middle school students, and high school student dismissal will be at 10 a.m.  Dismissal times for all schools will be posted to the Transportation Services Web site as soon as they are available.

This schedule change is possible based on the additional 10 minutes the School Board added to the school day to adjust for time lost to weather-related closings and delays.
Nokesville Elementary School Site Available for Sale
April 24, 2014
The new Nokesville K-8 School is under construction and scheduled to open September 2014. The existing Nokesville Elementary School will be vacant at that time. The Prince William County School Board has authorized staff to sell and dispose of Nokesville Elementary School at 12625 Fitzwater Drive. The School Board is entertaining offers from any and all interested parties.
The original Nokesville School was built in 1928 with a gym added around 1932 and four additions added through 1956.
The school facility is approximately 44,627 square feet with 19 regular classrooms. The land area of the school site is 10.06 acres, zoned A-1 and planned for public land use.
The property (not including building contents and portable classrooms) is being sold “as is” in its entirety. Offers will be reviewed by staff; feasible offers will be presented to the Superintendent to share with the School Board for consideration.
Contact Maureen Hannan, supervisor of land acquisition and Capital Improvements Program planning at 703.791.7313,, with questions about the disposal process, to visit the school site, or to present an offer.
By Popular Request, Here Are Videos and Resources Shared at the High School Parent Summit—A “Must See” for Parents
March 14, 2014
If you missed the opportunity to attend the High School Parent Summit at Hylton High School on Saturday, January 11, you can still learn much of what was offered. The half-day program included expert presentations on graduation requirements, earning college credit through tests, financial aid and scholarships, college admissions and programs, SAT/ACT information, career and workforce information, trade and technical options, and much more. Event organizers heard from many parents that they wanted to see presentations again and watch those they missed.

Check out the videos and resources
Choose Your E-News—Complete All Three Sign-Up Sections to Get the News You Want
With winter in full swing, the Prince William County community is encouraged to keep up with school announcements through official School Division sites, including the home page on the Internet,; PWCS E-News; Facebook; Twitter; and YouTube. The Office of Communications Services uses these sites to get information to the community quickly during inclement weather.
PWCS E-News is an email and/or text message subscription service that offers a choice of topics including daily news digests, emergency and inclement weather announcements, and in-memoriam announcements.
Get weather and emergency news by email, text message, or both pertaining to your school by signing up online for PWCS E-News.
To subscribe, go to and click on the PWCS E-News logo, located on the left of the home page. Remember to fill out the information on all three pages of the online form by clicking the three tabs on the “MY ACCOUNT” page.
Complete the:
1-    “User Info” tab with your contact information;
2-    “My PWCS E-News Roles” tab with any student/school associations; and
3-    “PWCS eNews” tab with your closing and emergency notification preferences.
View detailed instructions for registering for PWCS E-News, or go to, click on “News and Updates” on the left navigation, and click “How do I subscribe to PWCS E-News” to view them.
Want to Create Your Own TV Production? Watch “Producing an i-Report” to Learn How
December 31, 2013

Students: Do you want to be on TV? Or, maybe you would rather try writing and directing a documentary? PWCS-TV invites students, teachers, and parents to try their hand at working on a video production. Here’s how:

Write five paragraphs about one of these topics:
• Your school activities, 
• Your dream job, 
• Your winter break activities, or 
• Your favorite hobby (cooking, sports, cheerleading, robotics, etc.).

Take 20 photos related to your topic. If you have access to a video camera, have someone record you reading your report. At the end of the video, record, "For PWCS-TV, this is _(your name)__, i-Reporter!"

Email your written report to (with your parent's contact information if you're under 18). Any PWCS staff member or parent is also invited to participate in a student production. Staff in PWCS Media Production Services will work with you, your parents, teachers, or scout leaders to produce your report, using our cameras, if you don't have access to a video recording camera.

Parents, teachers, or students who have questions may call Angie Carey at 703.791.7433. Reports will be broadcast on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36, and on our Web site,

Click here or below to watch this PWCS student-made video, which shows students, parents, and teachers how to be an i-reporter.

2014–15 School Calendar Approved
December 19, 2013
At its meeting on December 18, the School Board approved the 2014–15 school calendar. The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The elementary school calendar features 182 days of instruction with 13 days of conferences or inservice/workdays for a total of 195 days. The middle and high school calendar features 183 days of instruction with 12 days of conferences or inservice/workdays to equal a 195-day-calendar. The last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Holidays include Veterans Day (observed November 11), two days for Thanksgiving (November 27 and 28), New Year’s Day Holiday (January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 19), Presidents’ Day (February 16), and Memorial Day (May 25).
Schools will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014 (Columbus Day) for a teacher professional development/workday.
Students and teachers will attend a half-day on November 26 before beginning Thanksgiving break (November 27–28). Winter break will give students and teachers a full two weeks off from classes, stretching from Monday, December 22-Friday, January 2. Winter break for all employees is December 24 and 25, plus the New Year's holiday on January 1.  School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Spring break for students and teachers runs from March 30–April 3. Spring break for all employees is April 2–3. Schools will be closed on Monday, April 6, 2013 for a teacher professional development/workday.
The annual school calendar is reviewed by employee groups, organizations, and councils prior to being submitted to the School Board for approval each December.
An orientation and induction program for new teachers will be held August 21–22, 2014. All teachers will report to their schools on August 25.

Parents - How to Make Sure You Receive Your School Web Site's Daily Email Notifications
Some parents have indicated recently that they are not receiving the SchoolFusion "recent activity notifications" email which contains their child’s class Web site activities including homework. Here is what you can do to resolve the problem. Also see details about when notifications are sent out.
1)  Make sure that no one in your family is using the same email address. SchoolFusion has a problem with the notifications system if an email address is used for more than one person. If your child is using your email address, please notify the school to delete or change the student’s email address, or change your own in Parent Portal. In the case of a parent who is also a teacher and has 2 accounts, each account needs to have its own email address.

2)  Check the SPAM filter for your email service. It could be that your email service is blocking you from receiving email from SchoolFusion. Check your email options - Add the following to your contact list: SchoolFusion, Daily Digest,, You may also need to call your email provider and ask if these addresses are being blocked.
3)  Check your SchoolFusion notifications settings to make sure that option is turned on. Logon to your school’s Web site; Click "My Account - Personal Settings - Notifications" on the lower left of the screen. Then select "Yes" and "Submit." Also check the setting called Daily Digest which sends announcements and events email. Select one of the options on the menu, such as "Send me a daily Prince William County Public Schools Digest the day before."
Click on  
Select an option.

4) If your email address has changed, change it in Parent Portal -- It will automatically be imported to SchoolFusion:
To change your email address for daily SchoolFusion notifications you will need to first change it in the Parent Portal. Please go to the following URL to change your email address: Be sure to change it in 2 places on Parent Portal -- see instructions at:

Parents/students should receive email notifications between 3 and 8:30 p.m. EST:
The Recent Activity Email contains new information added to the system within the prior 24 hours, and will contain information for the upcoming three days. Teachers need to have information added to their FusionPages, such as new Announcements, New Events, and Homework Assignments posted prior to 3 p.m. EST, in order to be included in that day's email notification. Recent Activity email is sent Sunday through Friday, and is not sent on Saturday.
To view your child's class activities, calendar, and homework at any time, log on to your school Web site and click on "My Family" on the bottom left of the screen.

View more information about SchoolFusion and how to use your school's Web site.
View Parent Portal FAQs.
Parents, Here’s How to Receive Critical Messages from PWCS
September 18, 2013

Blackboard Connect (Automatic Enrollment)
Parents and guardians of students and employees of Prince William County Public Schools are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard Connect messaging service. PWCS central office and schools use this system to communicate delayed opening and school closing information, emergency messages, and attendance and school-based outreach messages. Messages are delivered using basic contact information provided by parents and employees. 

Updating Basic Contact Information
It is important to keep emergency contact information up to date. Parents may view request edits to their child's emergency contact information online through Parent Portal.

Employees may view and update their contact information through Employee Self Service.

Be sure to add the Blackboard email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from your child's school and the School Division.

PWCS ENews (Subscription Service)

Students, spouses, and community members interested in receiving emergency messages, news, events, and updates from PWCS may subscribe to PWCS ENews. News is sent by email; emergency messages and inclement weather closures or delays are sent to your choice of email and/or text message. Parents may consider using this service to receive emergency messages at additional phone numbers or addresses not listed in their child’s contact record.

Updating Contact Information
Subscribers are responsible for updating and removing themselves from the subscription system.

To avoid duplicate messages, parents of PWCS students should not subscribe to “Emergency Messaging” for the school where their child attends if their e-mail and/or phone number is already listed in the contact record for their child. These contacts are automatically included in the Blackboard Connect service. 

Be sure to add the PWCS ENews email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from the School Division.
You may subscribe to any of the following topics: 
  • Emergency messages, delayed openings, and school closings (select your schools of interest)
  • News releases, Events, and Web stories
  • Board Briefs
  • School Board news from At-Large Member – Milton C. Johns
  • School Board news from Vice Chairman (Coles) — Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe
  • School Board news from Brentsville Member — Gil Trenum
  • School Board news from Gainesville District Member — Alyson A. Satterwhite
  • School Board news from Neabsco Member — Lisa E. Bell
  • School Board news from Occoquan Member — Lillie G. Jessie
  • School Board news from Potomac District Member — Betty D. Covington
  • School Board news from Woodbridge District Member — Steven Keen
Parents and Students, Need to Change Your Email Address or Web Password?
Your email address listed in the Parent Portal will be used to send notifications from both Parent Portal and from School Web sites (SchoolFusion). Since the Parent Portal is self-service you must change your email address in the Parent Portal and it will be automatically changed for school Web site notifications. View instructions on the Parent Portal FAQ’s Web page.
Your password for both Parent Portal and your school Web site must also be changed in the Parent Portal. See instructions for changing your password and for retrieving a forgotten password.
PWCS Google Apps Now Available to Grade 6-12 Students
September 4, 2013

PWCS Google Apps for Education is now available to students in grades 6-12. For more information visit the Instructional Technology Web page for Google Apps information.
Rules for School Now Online for Your Review
Providing A World-Class Education requires clear responsibilities, expectations, and rules that apply primarily to students, but also guide the behavior of parents, teachers, and school employees. These are addressed in detail in Prince William County Public Schools’ Policy and Administrative manuals, and are summarized in the Code of Behavior (COB) on the PWCS Web site.

Please review the Code of Behavior. Make sure you and your children understand the expectations, rules and regulations, policies, and procedures it contains. Use these “rules of the road” to navigate opportunities and challenges in PWCS, while protecting the health, safety, and rights of PWCS students and staff, and the quality of our learning environment.

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