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PWCS Educator Honored for Dedication and Teaching Excellence
Pattie Elementary School teacher Sherri Croghan earns praise and recognition for teaching students in gifted education program.

June 19, 2105

Sherri Croghan, a teacher of gifted students who attend Pattie Elementary School, has been named to the SENG Honor Roll in recognition of her outstanding service to gifted children. She is known for taking the time to work with each child to identify their strengths and help them shine, each in their own unique way.

The parent who nominated Croghan said that her class was the highlight of her son’s week.

“Mrs. Croghan is upbeat, funny and outgoing—a teacher who forms bonds with her students and makes learning a wonderful and entertaining experience for all of them. She loves her job and it shows,” the parent said.

Helping families and communities influence the development of giftedness in children and adults and fostering mental health and social competence in gifted individuals is the mission of SENG, known in the gifted community as Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted.

School Board member Betty D. Covington (Potomac) presented the SENG certificate to Croghan at the June 17 School Board meeting. “She is a wonderful teacher,” said Covington.
PWCS Science Teachers Honored for Teaching Excellence
Sudley, Occoquan, and Nokesville science teachers got a surprise during their schools’ year-end assemblies.

June 29, 2015

Dr. Jason Calhoun (2nd from left) and Jessica Starzyk (center)Bearing gifts of plaques and embroidered lab coats, Dr. Jason Calhoun, supervisor of Science and Family Life Education, presented Jessica Starzyk from Sudley Elementary School, Kerri Cabacar from Occoquan Elementary School, and Erin Hart, a teacher at The Nokesville School, with Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.

The awards are part of the ongoing effort to support outstanding science education in Prince William County Public Schools.

"Teachers were nominated through a confidential process," explained Calhoun. "Their teaching methods ensure students are receiving a solid education in the science areas of focus, which include literary, rigor, differentiation, and hands-on inquiry."

Hamish Brewer and Kerri Cabacar
Eric Worcester and Erin Hart
Summer Newsletter Now Available for Parents of Students with Special Needs
June 29, 2015
The Summer 2015 issue of “Special Focus,” a newsletter for parents of students receiving special education services, is now available online. This newsletter is published by the Prince William County Public Schools Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). View "Special Focus" newsletter.
Paper copies of the newsletter can be obtained from the PRC. Call 703.791.8846 (voice) or email or to request a copy.
Dumfries Elementary School Playground Refreshed
June 4, 2015
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s Omicron Chi Omega Chapter played the role of guardian angel to the Dumfries Elementary School community recently. As part of the "Environmental Ownership Initiative, 1908 Playground Project" the school had aspects of its playground restored, refreshed, and renewed. A dedication and ribbon cutting took place on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the outcome.
Obey School Flashing Yellow Lights Even During Breaks—Summer School Will Be in Session at Some Locations
June 29, 2015
Motorists can expect school flashing lights to continue operating although school ended on Thursday, June 18. 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.
Staffing Update June 26, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:
Latanya Haskins-Ladson, administrative intern at Potomac Middle School, will become assistant principal at Potomac Middle School effective July 22.
Rachel Pierce, teacher on administrative assignment at New Dominion Alternative Center, will become the administrative intern at New Dominion Alternative Center, with the effective date to be determined.
Dr. Kim McGee, professional development specialist for science in the Office of Professional Learning, will become assistant principal at Rippon Middle School effective July 22.
Joe Murgo, administrative intern at Gainesville Middle School, will become assistant principal at  Saunders Middle School effective July 22.
Dr. Michael “Tim” Neall, currently a professional development specialist in the Office of Professional Learning, will become the supervisor of Program Evaluation in the Office of Accountability effective July 1.
Orchestra Camp for Beginning and Continuing String Students
June 26, 2015

It is not too late to register for orchestra camp. Check out this opportunity to discover or improve musical talent your child may have. The 2-week camp will be held at Gar-Field High School.
Pardon the Inconvenience; Our Summer Improvements will Help Us Serve You Better
June 26, 2015
If you need to register your student for school or visit schools for other reasons this summer, you can check on the status of maintenance projects affecting building accessibility by consulting the projects list on the Office of Facilities Services Web page. Under “News and Announcements,” click on “2015 Summer Projects Planned for Existing Facilities.”

School renovations this summer for elementary schools include Featherstone, Henderson, King, and Springwoods. Offices at these schools will be open and available for school registration throughout the summer. Lake Ridge is also being renovated but its office will be temporarily relocated to Westridge Elementary School during the summer and Lake Ridge parents can register at that location.

Rippon Middle School is scheduled for an addition and the entire facility will be unavailable to the public this summer.

All of these schools will be reopen August 31 for the 2015-16 school year, with completion of the renovation or addition scheduled for the following summer.

Site work at Kilby Elementary School will mean the current building will be closed during the summer but will re-open on August 31. A replacement for Kilby Elementary School is scheduled to open during the 2016-17 winter break.

Several schools are scheduled for other improvements this summer such as replacement of air conditioning systems, installation of artificial turf on fields and tracks, roof replacements and repairs, and kitchen equipment upgrades. Also included are refresh projects such as replacing carpeting, tile, and painting for several designated schools. View the website for a complete list of schools being repaired or refreshed.
Rising 6th Graders Need Important Vaccine Before New School Year Starts
Now, sixth-grade students under 11 are included.

June 25, 2015

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 changed in 2014. Now, all sixth-grade students are included. There is no exemption for those under 11 years of age.
Parents should check with their doctor to be sure their children have all required vaccines. Proof of immunization or documented exemption must be presented before students begin sixth-grade classes for the 2015-16 school year.
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William Health District. Take a copy of proof of the Tdap vaccine to your child’s middle school as soon as possible between now and the start of the new school year and keep a copy for your files.
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 22191, 703.792.7300.
Please take the time to get your student this important protection and to get their proof of the vaccine on file at their new middle school before the school year begins.
View more information on the Student Services School Health page.
Bus Schedules for All Summer Programs Now Available
June 24, 2015

Bus transportation schedules for students attending high school, middle school, and elementary school programs are now posted on Transportation Services Web site.
See Summer School Web page for details about summer programs.
Horarios de autobuses disponibles para todos los programas de verano
24 de junio de 2015

Los horarios de  transporte en autobús para los estudiantes que asisten a los programas de la escuela secundaria, intermedia, y primaria están disponibles en la página Web de Servicios de Transporte.
Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano para más detalles sobre los programas de verano.
July & August Date Options for Workshop for Brothers & Sisters of Kids with Special Needs

June 22, 2015
Brothers and sisters, age 8–11 years old, can come to a workshop and talk about the challenges and joys of having a sibling who has a disability.  

Sibshops, a PWCS and the Arc of Greater Prince William-sponsored event, will be held on two dates:
  • Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Tyler Elementary School, 14500 John Marshall Highway, Gainesville; and

  • Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Fitzgerald Elementary School, 15500 Benita Fitzgerald Boulevard, Woodbridge.

Sibshops is a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Preregistration is required and the cost is $5 per child/$10 family max.

Find the registration forms and flyers on the Parent Resource Center Event Calendar (See “Sibshops” on July 17 or August 18) or at the links below. For additional information or contact the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8845 or email or
Flyer in English, Registration form in English
Flyer in Arabic, Registration form in Arabic
Flyer in Spanish, Registration form in Spanish
Flyer in Vietnamese, Registration form in Vietnamese
Flyer in Urdu, Registration form in Urdu
PWCS Congratulates the Top Scholars from the Class of 2015

Get to Know Battlefield High School’s Salutatorian and Valedictorian

June 24, 2015
Valedictorian, Kajol Gupta
"As generic as it sounds, my family was my inspiration throughout all of high school," says Kajol Gupta. "I wanted to work hard and get the best grades and get into a good school to make them proud and repay them, specifically my parents, for all that they have done for me."

Extracurricular Activities:
Debate Team, Captain
Academic Achievements and Honors:
The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
Summer Residential Governor’s School for Math Science and Technology
French Honor Society
Math Honor Society
National Honor Society
English Honor Society
Youth Salute Panel
PWCS Schools Attended:
Mountain View Elementary School
Bull Run Middle School
Community Involvement:
Gainesville Neighborhood Library volunteer
Bull Run Middle School’s Science Club volunteer through Project BEST

College Plans:
Kajol will be attending the University of Virginia this fall. She hopes to get into McIntire School of Commerce her third year.

Salutatorian, Robert George Drummond
Robert Drummond plans to spend his summer enjoying time with family and friends before taking on the challenge of six-weeks of basic cadet training at West Point.

Extracurricular Activities:
Key Club International, Vice President
11th Grade Representative
Cross-Country, Varsity/Co-Captain
Varsity Track

Academic Achievements and Honors:
Graduate of Governor's School @ Innovation Park
National Honor Society, Service Chairman
National English Honor Society
Principal’s Award Recipient
AMC 12 Certificate of Merit Recipient (2 years)
PWCS Science Fair Honorable Mention in Engineering (2013), First Place in Earth & Planetary Science (2 years)
Boys State Attendee
IT Program Gold Medalist
English Department Student with Zing Award
Battlefield National Honor Society Scholarship Winner
PWCS Schools Attended:
Mountain View Elementary

Community Involvement:
Wreaths Across America
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Haymarket Food Pantry
March of Dimes
Tidings to Troops
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Elementary School tutor
College Plans:
Robert turned down a 4-Year Army ROTC Scholarship to Princeton University and a 4-Year Navy ROTC scholarship to Virginia Tech in favor of an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is considering civil or mechanical engineering as possible majors.
Staffing Update June 22, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:

Alfie Turner, principal at Potomac Middle School, will become the principal at Reagan Middle School effective July 1.

Artesha Adamson, a fourth-grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, will become assistant principal at Ellis Elementary School, effective July 24.

Shana Robinson, librarian at Fitzgerald Elementary School, will become the administrative intern at Ashland Elementary School effective July 27.
Bell Times for 2015–16 School Year
June 22, 2015

Bell times for school year 2015–16 are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Bell times have been added for Chris Yung Elementary School opening this fall.

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 Summer Program Bus Schedule Now Available
July 22, 2015

Bus transportation for students attending summer school at Stonewall Jackson High School is now posted on

Transportation Services Web site. Buses stop at all PWCS high schools to pick up students for transportation to Stonewall Jackson High School. The high school summer program begins Monday, June 29. 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 W Stonewall Jackson 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 Stonewall Jackson High School. El programa de verano de la escuela secundaria comienza el lunes 29 de junio. Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano (Summer School Web page) para más detalles.
Gar-Field High School’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian
PWCS congratulates the top scholars from the class of 2015.

June 19, 2015
Valedictorian, Christine Logan
Christine Logan, Valedictorian
If I were to sum up my high school career in one word, it would be 'Great.' Great teachers, great classes, great friends…I am so grateful to have had such a fantastic high school experience,” says Christine. Although she is sad to be leaving high school behind, Christine is excited for all of the adventures awaiting her at the University of Virginia. 

Extracurricular Activities:
  • Varsity Field Hockey: Varsity Letter and Pins, Neabsco District Supervisor’s Trophy for Academic Achievement, Scholar Athlete Award
  • Varsity Scholastic Bowl (It’s Academic): Varsity Letter and Pins, Coach’s Award
  • Varsity Lacrosse: Varsity Letter, Scholar Athlete Award
  • Crew: Scholar Athlete Award
  • Debate
  • Key Club
Academic Achievements and Honors:
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • IBMYP Certificate
  • National Honor Society
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation Letter of Commendation
  • Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for Spanish
  • Virginia Girls State Delegate
  • Academic Letter and Pins
  • President’s Award for Educational Excellence
  • Summa cum laude Scholar
  • Department Awards in Biology, Computer Science, and Spanish
  • Air Force ROTC Scholarship Recipient
PWCS Schools Attended:
  • Swans Creek Elementary School
  • Godwin Middle School
Community Involvement:
  • ACTS Food Pantry Volunteer
  • Prince William County Schools Summer School Student Aide
 College Plans:
This fall, Christine will attend the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar.

 Laura Logan, SalutatorianSalutatorian, Laura Logan

“I was blessed to have had so many wonderful people encouraging me these past few years.” says Laura. She cites her friends Sami and Vic as two of her greatest supporters and sources of inspiration. “Without them by my side, I would not have been able to achieve as much as I did in high school.” Laura looks forward to spending the summer with her friends and family before leaving for college.

Extracurricular Activities:
  • Varsity Field Hockey: Varsity Letter and Pins, Scholar Athlete Award
  • Varsity Scholastic Bowl (“It’s Academic!”): Varsity Letter and Pins
  • Varsity Lacrosse: Varsity Letter, Scholar Athlete Award
  • Key Club: Vice President
  • Crew
Academic Achievements and Honors:
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate
  • AP Scholar with Honor
  • IBMYP Certificate
  • National Honor Society
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation Letter of Commendation
  • Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities
  • Virginia Girls State Delegate
  • Academic Letter and Pins
  • President’s Award for Educational Excellence
  • Summa cum laude Scholar
  • Air Force ROTC Scholarship Recipient
PWCS Schools Attended:
  • Swans Creek Elementary School
  • Godwin Middle School
Community Involvement:
  • ACTS Food Pantry Volunteer
  • Prince William County Schools Summer School Student Aide
College Plans:
Laura is heading to Charlottesville in the fall. She will attend the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar.
Does Studying a Foreign Language Reap Benefits? "Da" Say these Hylton Students
Colin Bushweller and Emma Ross selected to study Russian language overseas.

June 19, 2015

Hylton HS Student Emma RossLearning a second language has many benefits other than simply learning to converse with someone from another country. It has been shown to support academic achievement and provides cognitive benefits to students. Studying another language has even been shown to affect attitudes and beliefs about language learning and about other cultures. At Hylton High School, students learning Russian have made another discovery. Learning another language can also take you places.

Students Colin Bushweller and Emma Ross have been selected by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program to study Russian language overseas. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. For seven weeks this summer these students will immerse themselves in the Russian language. Bushweller will travel to Estonia and Ross will travel to Moldova.

Under teacher Paul Rischard's lead, students studying Russian have also participated in a number of competitions that encourage and test their mastery of the language.

Hylton HS Student Colin BushwellerIn the International Russian Essay Contest judged in Moscow at the Pushkin Institute of Linguistics,
Sydney Millar won a Silver Medal at the advanced level against students from 60 other countries. Millar also won a Gold Medal in the National Russian Essay Contest.
Gold Medals for participation in the Virginia Olympiada of Spoken Russian were won by Alondra Burton, Adriana Dominguez, Anthony Lewis, Emilee Ryals, Emma Ross, Michael Terrones, Giselle Amanullah, Rukhsar Amanullah, Hannah Folks (top in Virginia - Level II), Catherine Kemp (top in Virginia - Level III Heritage), Sydney Millar (top in Virginia - Level V non-native).
Staffing Update June 18, 2015
The following administrative appointments and transfers have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:

Lucy Jensen, a 3rd grade teacher at Minnieville, will become the administrative intern at Mountain View effective July 1.

Jeremy Byrd, administrative intern at Stonewall Jackson High School, will become an assistant principal at Freedom High School effective July 1, 2015.

Jeremy Cortash, administrative intern at Gar-Field High School, will become an assistant principal at Gar-Field effective July 1, 2015.

Lisamarie Kane, science teacher at Forest Park, will become an assistant principal at Gar-Field effective July 1, 2015.
Outstanding Principal to Assume Larger Role
Acclaimed West Gate Elementary School Principal Craig Gfeller will share his educational leadership skills with students, teachers, and administrators Divisionwide as the newly named Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools.

Gfeller will oversee 19 schools and serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Staff in shaping teaching, learning, and related services across the county. He assumes the post being vacated by Rita Goss, who moves July 1 from Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools to Associate Superintendent overseeing the Division’s massive Student Learning and Accountability operation. 

Gfeller led West Gate from one of the Division’s lower-performing schools to earning “PWCS School of Excellence” status in just two years. He fostered a team approach that enabled teachers, staff, and parents to help students master required subjects at the same time most were working to learn English as their second language. Test scores rose dramatically, earning West Gate and Gfeller widespread respect, recognition, and a visit from Virginia’s Governor.

“It’s not only showing they’re meeting their numbers, they’re excelling; what they’ve done here at West Gate with the Bulldogs is extraordinary,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe, after touring  West Gate, meeting students, staff, and Principal Gfeller back in April.

The Governor praised the school’s outstanding passion and accomplishments, adding, “We need to be doing this all over the Commonwealth.”

PWCS Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts says Gfeller will be a powerful addition to his leadership team. “He made a tremendous impact at West Gate and I am excited that he will have the chance to share the energy and expertise that produced that success with many more of our schools and our students, said Walts

​"I am excited to have the opportunity to lead teaching and learning by focusing on collaboration, instruction, and results. I believe the highest duty of a leader is to create conditions to help others succeed," said Gfeller. 

The newly named Associate Superintendent holds an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and taught and served as a school administrator in Fairfax County, prior to becoming West Gate Principal in 2012.

Gfeller assumes his new post July 1.  
Parker Haller, Tenacious Teen, Walks Across Stage after Paralyzing Injury
Astounding determination brings triumph for Hylton High School grad.

June 18, 2015

Parker Haller’s journey from a swimming injury three years ago to the day of his graduation has been chronicled by local broadcast station NBC 4. Morning News Anchor Aaron Gilchrist told Parker’s inspiring story on the news last night, and we are proud to share it with our Prince William County Public Schools community. Almost 46,000 fans have viewed the NBC 4 story on the PWCS Facebook page. (Photos here are by Allan P. Chacey, Hylton High School.)

Summer Food Service Program in PWCS
June 18, 2015
Prince William County Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Feeding Program. Meals will be provided at eligible schools during their Summer School session.  Meals will be available to all students enrolled in Summer School, as well as any children age 18 and under from the surrounding community who care to eat.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

School Dates Times
Bel Air Elementary June 29–August 13
(No Service on 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/7)
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11–11:45 a.m.
Belmont Elementary July 6–July 24
8:30–9:05 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Dale City Elementary June 29–July 24
(No service July 3)
9–9:20 a.m.
12:10–12:30 p.m.
Dumfries Elementary July 6–July 24 9:30–10 a.m.
12–12:25 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30 – 9 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fitzgerald Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Freedom High June 29–August 7
(No service July 3)
7:25 – 7:50 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Godwin Middle July 6–July 24 7:50– 8:15 a.m.
12:15–12:45 p.m.
Kilby Elementary August 3–August 14 9–9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Loch Lomond Elementary June 29–August 13
(No service August 7)
8:45– 9:10 a.m.
10:55–11:45 a.m.
Marumsco Hills Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary July 6–July 24
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:30–8:45 a.m.
12:30–12:45 p.m.
Mullen Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Neabsco Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30– 9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Stonewall Middle July 6–July 24 7:35– 8:05 a.m.
10:50–11:20 a.m.
Stonewall Jackson High June 29–August 7 7:30–8 a.m.
11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Sudley Elementary July 6–July 24 8:50–9:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary June 29–July 16
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:30–8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
West Gate Elementary July 6–August 6
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:10–8:30 a.m.
10–11:30 a.m.
Woodbridge Middle July 6–July 24 7:30–8 a.m.
9:45–11 a.m.
Yorkshire Elementary July 6–July 24
8– 8:30 a.m.
12:30–1 p.m.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:
            Director, Office of Civil Rights
            1400 Independence Avenue, SW
            Washington, DC  20250-9410
            (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD)
            USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In furtherance of its own non-discrimination policy, Prince William County Public Schools provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual will handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, including Section 504 and Title IX: Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, Prince William County Public Schools, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA  20108; 703.791.8377
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, 17 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 20–July 11 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 21–July 12 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Prince William County Public Schools offers 11 world languages for formal study: Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, 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: 
Battlefield High School
Katie Hulett, French
Sean Kelly, German
Chris Laingen, Japanese
Justine Suegay, Spanish
Forest Park High School
Marguerite Franklin, Japanese
Gar-Field High School
Iram Sharieff, Spanish
Devin Stewart, Spanish
Kelly Tran, French
Hylton High School
Rahi Taylor, Japanese
Osbourn Park High School
Jonathan Keller, Spanish
Robert Revell, Japanese
Patriot High School
Sarah Merrill, Japanese
Cami Toribio, Spanish
Stonewall Jackson High School
Larissa Massie, Japanese
Woodbridge High School
Sandra Rodriguez, German
Amy Rose, Spanish
Emma Seguin, Spanish
Staffing Update June 17, 2015
The following administrative appointments and transfers have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:

Chris Dalton, administrative intern at Pennington, will become the assistant principal at Pennington effective July 1.

Daria Groover will become principal of Featherstone Elementary School effective July 1. Mrs. Groover has been principal of Hampton Oaks Elementary School in Stafford County since 2006.

Shirley Posey, currently supervisor of Bus Operations at the Brentsville Transportation Center, has been named the Division’s new director of Transportation, effective July 1. She replaces retiring director, Ed Bishop. 

Geoffrey Deavers, assistant principal at Belmont Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at River Oaks Elementary School effective July 1.

Oonina Copeland, assistant principal at River Oaks Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Triangle Elementary School effective July 1.

Amanda McCulla, assistant principal at Triangle Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Lake Ridge Elementary School effective July 1.

Rebecca Bolles, assistant principal at Lake Ridge Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Belmont Elementary School.
Janice Improta, currently a systems analyst in Information Technology Services, will become supervisor of Student Information Systems effective July 1. She replaces Susan Dooley, who is retiring.
Middle School Students Strike Gold, Silver, and Bronze on National Spanish Exam
June 17, 2015

A standard of excellence is sometimes measured by exceeding one’s “personal best.” Benton Middle School teacher Marie Maxson and Pennington Traditional School Spanish teacher Lida Lowe challenge their students to strive for more than the best grade on their school tests. As a result, their students compete successfully against students from around the country on the National Spanish Examinations.

The National Spanish Examinations for grades 6–12 offer students who are studying Spanish as a second language a chance to practice language skills while measuring their achievement and proficiency against national standards.
“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States,” he said.

The National Exam program is designed to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language; promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language; assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish; and stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

The awards and students are as follows:
Gold Award
Julian Cumba, Benton Middle School
Edithe Drummer, Pennington Traditional School
Samantha Niño, Pennington Traditional School
Silver Award
Melanie Hupp, Benton Middle School
Elias Rios, Pennington Traditional School
Jaclyn Wilkens, Benton Middle School
Bronze Award 
Ethan Aristanto, Pennington Traditional School
Jennifer Cardona, Pennington Traditional School
Mohammed Faadil, Pennington Traditional School
Jalkah Fierro, Pennington Traditional School
Fyzah Islam, Pennington Traditional School
Joaquin Luna, Benton Middle School
Brock MacGregor, Benton Middle School
Jillian Maxson, Benton Middle School
Ian McCarthy, Benton Middle School
Sophia Navia Munoz, Pennington Traditional School
Ashley Perez, Pennington Traditional School
Swathi Varma, Pennington Traditional School
Gabrielle Williams, Pennington Traditional School
Premios de Excelencia (Honorable Mention)
Benton Middle School
Lillian Cai
Bailey Case
Katherine Cinnamon
Josue Cumba
Jackson Davis
Anna Fenn
David Grinstead
Jack Henshaw
Austin Koehler
Lillian Krajewski
Arianna Mariotti
Hannah Marquardt
Zita Mohr
Megan Patton
Armando Ramos
Rayna Reid
Hannah Stanley
Nahdiri Sullivan
Christopher Taylor
Santiago Valderrama
Pennington Traditional School
Presley Abreu
Aya Alarab
Delaney Dunnigan
Renee Hebert
Alexeis Kirnos
McKenna Morehouse
Patrick Morton
Jackie Nguyen
Isaac Owusu-Appiah
Fahad Rahu
Angelica Rivera
Omar Saadi
Yusra Salih
Zachary Shaffer
Deevena Sista
Nicholas Villacorte
You can find the full listing of awards at
Dreaming a Big Dream Turns PWCS Grad into Musical Star
Teachers played huge role in building the confidence that took Joey Cook to the American Idol finals—watch her return visit.

June 15, 2015

(Watch video below of Joey Cook’s return visit.)

Screaming, squirming fans with colorful posters greeted Joey Cook of American Idol fame when she returned to her roots in Prince William County schools.

Joey received a “rock star” welcome at Rockledge and River Oaks Elementary Schools, with teachers and students vying for “selfies.” Accompanied by her mother and favorite teacher Chari-Lynn Thompson, Joey sang and took questions from the students who packed the floors of the gym at both schools. Thompson was Joey’s first and second grade teacher at Rockledge; she now teaches first-grade at River Oaks Elementary.

Joey graduated from the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge High School, where she studied vocal music under the direction of Carol Ann Rethmel and music technology under Shannon Gunn. She sang her first “big” stage performance, a solo, at Woodbridge High School—a “terrifying experience,” Joey recalled.

Carol Mills, retired music teacher from Rockledge Elementary, was one of Joey’s favorite teachers, and inspired her to pursue music in college.

Middle school chorus teachers Arthur Lockamy and Claudia Plowden stand out in Joey’s memory. Lockamy was one of the first people who recognized her talents, inviting her to be a part of an after-school music program called, “Da Cru.”

“Mrs. Thompson was my favorite teacher because even as a child I could recognize that she genuinely cared about her job and about her students….She speaks to her students like they are people and not children, and never ‘dumbs herself down’,” Joey said.

Fans of American Idol—and Woodbridge fans in particular—showed their love by voting for Joey time and again on the hit talent show. She placed seventh in this year’s competition and will open the six concerts of the American Idol Live tour this summer. (See also photo gallery below.)


Scholarship Awarded to Welding Student
Potomac High School student gets a leg up to launch his career.

June 15, 2015

Potomac High School senior Eutimio Duran just graduated from high school. Like many of his classmates, he has big plans for his future. What sets him apart is that he is heading to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) with a solid plan and the comfort of knowing he will complete his education with little or no debt.

Duran has been part of the dual enrollment Welding Program at Potomac High School for two years, a program offered in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum. Because of his participation, he is graduating with only two classes left before launching his career. Those who come after him will benefit even more from dual enrollment. Welding is now a three-year program at Potomac, leaving only one class left to be taken at NOVA to complete the Career Certificate in Welding.

“Eutimio Duran has displayed true hard work, creativity, imagination and dedication to welding,” said welding teacher Simon Bhagwandeen.

Duran is getting another boost to his educational endeavors as the first recipient of a $1,500 scholarship created by Dominion Power VA and earmarked for welding students.

“Jeff Heffelman, supervisor of Dominion Power Virginia at Possum Point, has been a huge advocate for the training and continued education of our welding students in an effort to sustain the future of welding in our area,” said Bhagwandeen. Heffelman is also a member of the SPARK Board of Directors. SPARK is the PWCS Education Foundation.

"This scholarship is a great example of an outstanding business/industry partnership with a CTE school program that leads to a bright future in welding, plus advanced educational opportunities in post-secondary education," said Doug Wright, supervisor of CTE.
PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 15, 2015

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 29 and July 3 

Battlefield High School
July 6 and July 10 

Stonewall Jackson High School
July 13 and July 17 

Patriot High School
July 20 and July 24 

Brentsville District High School
July 27 and July 31

Hylton High School
August 3 and August 7

Gar-Field High School
August 10 and August 14 

Osbourn Park High School
August 17 and August 21 

Freedom High School
August 24 and August 28

Forest Park High School
August 31 and September 4 

Woodbridge High School
September 7 and September 11 

New Directions 
September 14 and September 18

Adult Education and Summer School
September 21 and September 25
Staffing Update June 12, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced and are effective July 1, 2015. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.
Janeene Mainor, formerly an assistant principal in Alexandria City Public Schools, is the new principal of Springwoods Elementary School.
Christopher Knighting, currently a second grade teacher at Leesylvania Elementary School, will become the assistant principal of Marumsco Hills Elementary School.
Kevin Conroy, currently instructional technology coach at Westridge Elementary School, will become the new assistant principal there.
Lynn Ball, administrative Intern at Mary Williams Elementary School, will become the assistant principal of Bristow Run Elementary School.

Michelle Pohzehl, Title I instructional coach, will become assistant principal of Chris Yung Elementary School.
Steven P. Williams, currently a teacher on administrative assignment at Bull Run Middle School, will become the new assistant principal there.
Mathew Mathison, currently serving as a teacher on temporary assignment at Woodbridge High School, will assume the 2015-16 administrative intern position there. He has also served as a social studies teacher and a math teacher.
Ed Stephenson, currently principal of Reagan Middle School, will become the supervisor of arts.
Students and Parents—Be Ready to Start School Before Labor Day
Schools will open August 31 with a full two-week winter break, and school ending June 17, 2016.
June 12, 2015
The first day of school will be Monday, August 31, 2015. The school calendar features 181 days of instruction with 14 days of conferences or professional development/workdays for a total of 195 days. The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 17, 2016.
View the 2015-16 school calendar on the Accountability calendar web page.
View the 2015-16 employee calendar to see additional information for employees.
Holidays include Veterans Day (observed November 11), three days for students and teachers for Thanksgiving (November 25-27), New Year’s Day (January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18), Presidents’ Day (February 15), and Memorial Day (May 30).
The PWCS Connect orientation and induction program for new teachers will be held August 20-21, 2015. Teacher professional development/workdays for returning teachers will be on August 24-28. All teachers will report to their schools on August 24.
Schools will be closed on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) and on November 2 for a teacher professional development/workday. Schools also closed on November 3 for a Parent Conference Day.
This year Thanksgiving break for students and teachers will include 3 full days, November 25-27. Winter break will give students and teachers a full two weeks off from classes, stretching from Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1. School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.
February 1 all schools will be closed for a professional development/workday. Schools are also closed for the Presidents' Day Holiday on February 15, however it is a potential make-up day.
Spring break for students and teachers runs from March 21–28. Schools will be closed on Monday, April 18, for a teacher professional development/workday, however it is also a potential make-up day.
Teacher professional development/workdays will be held on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. June 20 is a potential make-up day.
The annual school calendar is reviewed by employee groups, organizations, and councils prior to being submitted to the School Board for approval each December.
Potomac Health Foundation Grants Will Change Lives, Help Prevent Teen Trafficking, and Target Mental Health Issues
June 12, 2015

Lives will change; many will flourish and find new paths after grants from the Potomac Health Foundation are put to work.

Prevention of Teen Trafficking
Prince William County Public Schools will continue to lead the fight in the prevention of teen trafficking, thanks to continuing support from the Potomac Health Foundation. The Foundation has awarded a grant of $74,719 for the coming year, bringing its funding commitment to $206,935 for this campaign. A grant last year funded an active outreach and awareness campaign which included public service announcements and a billboard along Route 1 in Woodbridge. The second-year project focuses on prevention of physical and emotional trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking. Through an education and prevention initiative, youth are identified and have opportunities to receive coordinated care from supportive community organizations.

“PWCS has received national recognition for this program including a trip to Capitol Hill and a successful partnership with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as, two articles in the Washington Post.” We are the first school division in the state to roll out a lesson for students. A public service announcement targeting parents will soon be released as part of an expanded media campaign,” said Elizabeth Young, PWCS supervisor of school social workers.

“Teens are roped into this world through methodical and intense psychological manipulation,” said Jessica Woelkers, a PWCS social worker on special assignment for Human Trafficking Prevention. “An older individual will pose as an older boyfriend who uses a powerful combination of love and fear to keep the teen under his control.”

Mental Health Services for Students At-Risk
A grant of $86,236 will provide third year funding to an initiative that offers coordinated mental health support for at-risk youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a total of 13 to 20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year. Schools are uniquely positioned to identify and intervene with students who are experiencing difficulties before they rise to crisis levels. Through this project, identified at-risk students will be assigned a dedicated case manager who will provide individualized family support, facilitate coordination of care, and monitor the student’s needs over time. This targeted case management approach will improve outcomes and maintain consistent transition support, improving the capacity of schools to support the needs of students with mental health issues.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences
Osbourn Park High School received a Potomac Health Foundation (PHF) grant of more than $57,000 to support the new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences program at the school. This contribution will purchase equipment and consumables for the new series of PLTW coursework, providing students with access to modern medical teaching equipment.

The project supports the national emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and is designed to increase the number of students pursuing healthcare professions. Projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cite healthcare as the fastest growing industry in the nation, with an anticipated job growth of 29% between 2012–22, as compared to the average of 11% growth for other industries. This translates to approximately 22 million new jobs by the year 2022. In 2013, the Virginia Workforce Connection estimated a 35.4% increase in healthcare employment by 2020.
Latin Students Seize the Day to Continue a Winning Tradition
Students from across the School Division show off their Latin skills and reap the rewards.
June 11, 2015
 Brentsville District High School students.Latin is flourishing in Prince William County Schools. As evidenced by student performance and participation in this year’s National Latin Exam, Virginia Junior Classical League, and the Medusa Mythology Exam, the language shows no signs of extinction. There are almost 900 students studying Latin in Prince William County Public Schools at seven high schools and at Pennington Traditional School.
“The study of Latin offers all students the opportunity to understand word parts, through learning about derivations and cognates, facilitating vocabulary development in English, which leads to better achievement on the SAT and other verbal tests, according to research studies,” said Carol Bass, supervisor of World Languages. “Latin also serves as a strong foundation in facilitating the study of other Romance languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese; research continues to support these positive outcomes and benefits of studying Latin for all learners for life.”
Thirteen students from Brentsville District High School came home with awards after facing more than 2,000 other talented Latin students at the annual Virginia Junior Classical League Convention. Awards in art, mythology, history, and grammar were won by Sarah Andrews, Ashley Dimino, Rebecca Flores, Anna Kharko, Campbell Miles, Leah Stumpf, and Sarah Teodoro.
The following Stonewall Jackson High School students took up the challenge of the Medusa Mythology Exam and were rewarded with a "Corona Olivae" award for their efforts: Hernan Arias Cubias, Matthew Ashtiani, Myka Byers, Logan Carter, Maddie Carter, Kelvin Castro, Aimee Coreas, Keren Cubas, Bryan Eagle, Tariq Ellis, Jason Farrell, Juliet Lenor, Brady Maradiaga-Portillo, Alana Mitchell, Jessica Smith, Sean Sorensen, Michael Ulery, and Jasmin Zelaya.
PWCS students also did well in the 38th annual National Latin Exam taken by 140,745 students in 21 countries. Attaining a Silver Medal and maxima cum laude certificate for their performance on the test are Pennington Traditional School students Ish Sethi, and Jim Dapaah; Campbell Miles and Yekaterina Kharko from Brentsville District High School; Hylton High School students Bailey Allen and Arianna Lawrence; and Stonewall Jackson High School Students Bryan Eagle, Jason Farrell, Kaileaa Ford, and Brady Maradiaga-Portillo.
Magna cum laude certificates were earned by Jack Lynam and Gavin Saul from Pennington Traditional School; and Sarah Andrews, Anna Kharko, Ruth Rivas, and Katherine Vaughn from Brentsville District High School.
Achieving cum laude certificates were Battlefield High School student Alex Hollinger; Ashley Dimino, Robert Mangum from Brentsville District High School; Hylton High School students Tyler West-Loiseau, Arlene Hartl, and Amy Guzulaitis; and Angelica Gutierrez and Darien Franklin from Stonewall Jackson High School.
Pennington Traditional students Preethi Chidambaram, Anthony Crupi, Jeremy Dapaah, Mallorie Fouser, and Spogmai Anwar received recognition for their performance on the Introduction to Latin Exam. Dapaah attained the Outstanding Achievement award.
Prince William Schools Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting
June 10, 2015
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 for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.
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 Thorne, supervisor of Accounting Services; Carolyn Adams-Rossignol, chief accountant; and Maria Cavin, accountant.
Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders
June 10, 2015
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 2015–16 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 district if they have questions.
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health District. 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, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703.792.7300.
Plan Now for Next Year—Optional Student Accident Insurance Available Online
June 10, 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. Both plans begin on or after July 1.
  • Markel Insurance has a $50,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by Markel Insurance, call 877.444.5014 or visit
  • VML Insurance Programs costs less and has a $25,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by VML Insurance Programs, call 800.727.7642 or visit
PWCS does not provide accident coverage for students but offers the optional insurance for purchase from external companies as a way to help parents recover medical costs.
Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs Moves to New Location on June 15
June 10, 2015

Effective June 15, the Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs (OSMAP) will open at its new location in building #3 at the PWCS Independent Hill Complex, 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas. This building is located between Adult Education (in building #4) and Title I (in building #2).
Parking is available behind building #3 as well as in front of the brick building, the former PWCS administration building.

OSMAP staff requests your patience as the move takes place on Thursday afternoon, June 11, and Friday, June 12. There will be very limited access to telephones and email during these times. 

All contact information (telephone numbers and fax numbers) will remain the same. 

Visit the OSMAP web page at .
Woodbridge High School Student Wins Cappie for Best Supporting Actor
June 9, 2015
Woodbridge High School junior Danny Waldman won a Cappie award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Captain Beatty in "Fahrenheit 451." Waldman was nominated in May and  learned of his award during the Cappies Gala at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts this past weekend. He is enrolled in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge High School.
The Cappies is a program that recognizes theatre students across the National Capital area for their talent in all aspects of theatre arts, including performance, sets, costumes, special effects, lighting, sound, and more. The program provides training for high school theater and journalism students as theatre critics. They attend student productions and write reviews for schools in Fairfax and Prince William County. Top reviews are then published in local and national newspapers.  
Students—Thinking of a Future in Politics? Apply Now for Fall Senate Page Program for High School Juniors
June 9, 2015
U.S. Senator Mark Warner invites Virginia high school juniors to get involved in government services, see the legislative process in action, and experience life in our nation’s capital through the Senate Page Program.
Young Virginians who would like to apply for the program should visit Senator Warner's website at: Senate Page Program Information for details about eligibility requirements and application materials.
Questions about the Senate Page Program should be directed to Senator Warner’s Washington DC office at 202.224.2023.
Here is the Easiest Extra Credit You Will Ever Get! Read More
June 8, 2015

This summer, see how you can get extra credit toward your grades just by reading a few good books. Slow down, relax, and let your imagination take you to places and adventures you would not normally experience. Reading has the power to do this and more. Find the right books and articles that interest you-- they can entertain and inspire you, as well as teach you. Your school’s summer reading list has been carefully selected and designed by librarians for your enjoyment and enrichment. Find many kinds of books on your school’s reading list or from the public library’s summer program. To find the books your teachers suggest you will read, go to the Summer Reading List Web page.
Staffing Update June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Adriane Harrison, currently Assistant Principal at Glenkirk Elementary School, has been appointed Principal of Mountain View Elementary School effective July 1, 2015.

Be Aware of Tick-borne Lyme Disease
June 5, 2015
Warm weather, which draws families into many outdoor activities also brings mosquitoes and ticks, and with ticks, Lyme disease. There are many steps you can take to prevent Lyme disease, including using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitats. Being aware of surroundings and checking yourself for ticks immediately after being outdoors are further preventive steps. Spread of the Lyme disease bacteria from an infected tick to a person is not likely to occur unless the tick has been attached to the person’s body for at least 36 hours, according to the Virginia Department of Health.  Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. 

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Antietam Teacher Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Program
Margaret Stout is one of approximately 49 U.S. citizens awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.
June 5, 2015
Margaret Stout, a teacher of students with autism at Antietam Elementary, is heading to Israel this summer to share her knowledge and experience, to study, and to exchange ideas with educators from other countries. She was selected for the Fulbright program based on her academic and professional achievements and demonstrated leadership in the field of autism.
Stout is a National Board Certified teacher. She has earned numerous endorsements and certificates in special education and behavior analysis from University of Mary Washington, George Mason University, and University of North Carolina. She joined PWCS as an autism resource specialist in the Office of Special Education in 2008 and moved to the classroom at Antietam Elementary in 2011. As an autism resource specialist, she provided instruction in communication, behavior, and social skills across all school settings and grades Divisionwide. 
Saluting Our Stars Photo Gallery Now Available
June 5, 2015   

A photo gallery from the May 14 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. 
Nokesville Elementary School Property Sold
June 4, 2015

At its June 3 meeting, the Prince William County School Board approved the sale of the land and buildings once occupied by Nokesville Elementary School on Fitzwater Drive. The new school, The Nokesville School, located adjacent to Brentsville District High School, opened in September 2014 as a replacement and with expanded capacity to hold grades K-8.

Proceeds from the sale of the 10.06 acre parcel and school will be deposited into a capital improvements fund. View the contract from the School Board agenda site.
Teachers—PWCS Elementary Educators August Conferences Open for Registration
June 3, 2015
The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three professional development conference opportunities for elementary educators. All sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. on August 25, with check in at 8 a.m.

Program schedules and descriptions are linked below: Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, as well as 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.
Woodbridge High School is Setting the Standard for Economics Education
June 4, 2015

Congratulations are in order for teachers and students at Woodbridge High School involved in Economics and Personal Finance.

Susan McNamara, a business education teacher, has earned credentials as a “Take Charge Today National Master Educator.” She is on a national team committed to helping other educators teach personal finance.

As further proof that Ms. McNamara is indeed a Master Educator, a team of her students was crowned state champions in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Team members are Marlon Walker, Jazmin Reyes, Jessica Smith, and Maggie Afriyie.

Piney Branch Elementary School Initiates the First Elementary Honor Society Members in PWCS
June 3, 2015
Piney Branch Elementary School is the first school in PWCS to have a National Elementary Honor Society. During a ceremony earlier this year 36 students committed themselves to focus on the four principles of the organization: scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership. Guided by staff sponsors Nicole Marshall, Danielle Downey, and Annece Flood, these students spent the spring involved with school and community service projects.
"We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments," said Principal Janice Herritt.
At the end of the school year, fourth-graders meeting the requirements of the National Elementary Honor Society will be invited to join and grow the chapter.

Raising the Bar at the Juvenile Detention Center
June 3, 2015


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," Juvenile Detention Center Principal Lisa Gray told two residents who earned their GED certificates at a recent graduation ceremony.

The students made the best of their situation, and reached goals that will help turn their lives around. Gray said about 10 students have earned their GEDs so far this year and a few earned their high school diplomas through computer-based learning. See Prince William County article.

Awards Program Puts School Division in the Spotlight
June 2, 2015
The winning tradition continues for Prince William County Public Schools as it once again finds its original works on the list of winners in the 36th Annual Telly Awards. Four new Telly Awards will find their way to the trophy case in the Office of Media Productions Services. Bronze awards were garnered for Chloe's Story; PWCS Chef Club Showdown 2014; Climate Change LIVE – Program I: Educate, Engage and Inspire; and Climate Change LIVE – Program II: Join the Climate Conversation.
The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The PWCS works were showcased among the best works of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. Entries are evaluated to recognize distinction in creative work—entries do not compete against each other—rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. View the videos on-demand by visiting  
Staffing Update June 1, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced.
Maria Ramadane, an assistant principal at Rippon Middle School, will be the new principal at Graham Park Middle School effective July 1, 2015. Ms. Ramadane is filling the vacancy created by Principal Gary Anderson’s retirement effective at the end of this school year.
Geralyn “Lyn” Marsilio, principal of Springwoods Elementary School from 2013-present, will be the new principal of Yorkshire Elementary School effective July 1, 2015. Ms. Marsilio served as an assistant principal at Yorkshire Elementary School from 2011-2013.
Get Ready & Healthy for School! July 18 Health Screening & Fair
Multiple School-Related Health Services Together in One Place

¡Prepárense y manténganse sanos para la escuela! Feria y Evaluación de Salud el 18 de julio

Reposted June 25, 2015

A Health Screening & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School. The Health Screening & Health Fair will include free K–5 school-entry physicals for uninsured children, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training for middle and high school parents and their student athlete, and enrollment assistance for Medicaid & FAMIS programs.

There will also be health and wellness information, fitness demonstrations, and free giveaways. Tentative plans also include blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose testing; and the mammogram mobile van.

The fair is a collaborative effort between Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids, Novant Health, the PWCS Offices of Student Services and Student Learning.

For information and appointments, contact Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids at 703.967.3772.
2015 Graduation Dates
April 29, 2015
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 Board members are expected to attend these events. 
School Day Date Time Location
Adult Ed & Summer School Thursday August 6 7:30 p.m. Stonewall Jackson HS Gym
Battlefield HS Wednesday June 10 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Brentsville District HS Saturday June 6 10 a.m. Brentsville District HS
Forest Park HS Saturday June 6 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Freedom HS Saturday June 6 7:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Gar-Field HS Saturday June 13 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Governor’s School Awards Ceremony and Banquet Saturday May 30 9:59 a.m. Manassas Park MS
Hylton HS Saturday June 6 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
Independent Hill School Friday May 29 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium
New Directions Alternative Ed Center Senior Awards Thursday June 4 6 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Osbourn Park HS Saturday June 13 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
PACE East Senior Awards Friday May 29 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium
PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 4 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium
Patriot HS Wednesday June 10 7:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Potomac HS Monday June 8 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Practical Nursing Program Friday June 5 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium
Stonewall Jackson HS Tuesday June 9 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 20 7 p.m. Patriot Center
Woodbridge HS Saturday June 13 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS
Middle School Parents — Crash Course in Study Skills and More!
May 28, 2015
Re-Posted June 4, 2015

This summer help your middle school student be ready for middle or high school. A one-week summer course on note-taking, time management, organization, and study skills will be prepare your student for success. The program is open to students who are currently in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.

Sessions will be held at Benton,Marsteller, and Woodbridge Middle Schools on July 13-17 and July 20-24, from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m., and will be taught by PWCS Middle School Counselors. Applications are available here, and in middle school counseling offices. View details about transportation, cost, and application instructions. 

For more information contact the Summer School Office at 703.791.8577.
Teachers—Important Summer Courses for All PWCS Educators; First Course Begins June 22
The English Learners (EL) Office has worked with numerous expert educational organizations and many PWCS Offices to plan a variety of summer professional development opportunities for all educators in all curriculum areas who instruct English Learners (ELs). Sessions begin June 22 and run through July 28.
These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2015–16 school year by educators instructing ELs in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements.

View course descriptions, dates, and course codes; then search for the course codes and register on the Professional Learning Catalog.
School Board Meeting Schedule for June
May 27, 2014

The June public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 and June 17 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Agendas for School Board meetings may be viewed online from the Electronic School Board Web page. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.

Meeting Schedule:
June 3
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m. Public Meeting
June 17
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session
7 p.m. Public Meeting
June 24 (Tentative)
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session – Disciplinary Hearing Committee (Johns, Bell, Williams)

Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during Public Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at by noon on the day of the meeting. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
Staffing Update May 22, 2015
The following administrative appointment has been made:
Meisram Hernandez, currently assistant principal of Marumsco Hills, will become the principal of Marumsco Hills effective July 1.
Parents and Students: Summer Schedule for Parent Portal and School Websites
May 21, 2015
Below is the end of the year schedule for accessing the Parent Portal and your school website.

June 8: Parent Portal new user account registrations will be disabled. For those who already have a Parent Portal account, the ability to edit your contact information will be disabled and no further edits will be accepted after June 8. However you will be able to view your contact information and grades until June 27. Parents may visit their school office to update their contact information in person.
Editing in Parent Portal will be enabled sometime in August (the date will be announced). If you do not have a Parent Portal account or want to see details about how to register and use the Parent Portal go to the Parent Portal Information page.
June 26: The Parent Portal will be offline and parents and students will no longer be able to view 2014-15 grades, attendance and contact information. Summer school grades will not be posted on the Parent Portal.
July: School Web sites will continue to be accessible for parents, students, and teachers throughout the summer to view 2015 summer assignment information. However summer school class information may not be on school websites depending on the school.
August 13: In August the 2014-15 classroom pages will no longer be available in order to begin the process of creating the 2015-16 classroom web pages. More information will be announced in August about accessing the Parent Portal and school websites for 2015-16.
Register Now for STEM Summer Camps at NOVA
May 19, 2015
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) invites students to participate in hands-on, robotics camps this summer at the NOVA Woodbridge campus and Patriot High School. Activities focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Registration and information is available online.
Parent Resource Center’s 2015 Summer Camp and Recreation Opportunities for Students with Special Needs Now Available
May 8, 2015
The 2015 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 or
SACC Summer Camp Registration Will Reopen May 6 at Midnight
May 5, 1015

SACC Summer Camp registration will reopen May 6 at midnight. To register, go to and click on 2015 SACC Summer Camp Online Registration. Minnieland has assured us the site will be operational.

Inscripción para el Campamento de Verano de SACC

Join in the Fun, Attend a Family Friendly Health Event
Get out and enjoy spring by participating in an outdoor event. The following are family-friendly events hosted by Prince William County Public Schools and PTO’s. If you have an additional school-sponsored event that is open to the community, please send information to

Spring Health Events Listing

T. Clay Wood Elementary School Health and Fitness Expo: May 8
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about health and fitness opportunities in our area. A variety of businesses will provide information and activities to help educate our community in the areas of fitness, nutrition, health, and safety. The community is invited to attend the event on Friday, May 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Patriot High School Supporting Autism Awareness 5k Walk/Run: May 9
Get your running/walking shoes ready! The 2nd Annual "Supporting Autism Awareness around the World" 5K Walk/Run will be held at Patriot High School Saturday, May 9 at 8 a.m. Patriot's Interact Club is hosting this fun and rewarding event. Proceeds will be split - 50% to a local charity supporting Autism and 50% will go towards an Interact Scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.

Sign up at

Henderson Elementary School Community Running Event, May 31
Join in this family friendly 5K and 1 mile Fun Run through the community of Montclair to support Henderson Elementary School's PTCO.  The 5K event is officially timed.  ​

Please visit or register at

Want to Create Your Own TV Production? Watch “Producing an i-Report” to Learn How
April 7, 2015
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.

Leadership Team for Summer School Announced
March 27, 2015

More than 9,000 students 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
Chris Dalton, Bristow Run Elementary
Geoffrey Deavers, Marumsco Hills Elementary
Malcolm Foust, Coles Elementary
Adrianne Harrison, Glenkirk Elementary
Lucy Jensen, Loch Lomond Elementary
Danna Johnson, Minnieville Elementary
Regina Nash, Dumfries Elementary
Shana Robinson, Fitzgerald Elementary
Melissa Rosenbaum, Westridge Elementary
Carol Schuster, Tyler Elementary
Tiffany Turner-Bell, Pattie Elementary

Summer School Principals for Middle Schools
Kathleen Hybl, Woodbridge Middle
Jodi Puhlick, Benton Middle
Todd Yoho, Marsteller Middle

Summer School Principals for High Schools
Brandon Boles, Stonewall Jackson High
Cassandra Crawford, Stonewall Jackson High
Stacy Norwood, Potomac High (SOL remediation program)

Summer School Assistant Principals for Middle Schools
David Anderson, Woodbridge Middle
Rose Fraze, Benton Middle
Joseph Murgo, Marsteller Middle

Summer School Assistant Principals for High Schools
Jeremy Byrd, Stonewall Jackson High
Jeremy Cortash, Stonewall Jackson High
Joshua Miller, Stonewall Jackson High
James Smith, Potomac High (three-week remediation program)

Visit the Summer School Program web page for additional program information.
2015 Summer School Program Dates Announced
December 9, 2014

The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2015 Summer School Program:
  • Elementary and Middle School Remediation Program: July 6–24 (three-week program)
  • High School Program: June 29 - August 7 (six-week program)
  • Art Enrichment Program: July 6–17
  • Summer School High school graduation date: Thursday, August 6 (location TBD)

The 2015 summer school information will be available on the Web site in March 2015. 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. Learn more.

12th High School Boundary Maps Now Online
December 2, 2014

The 2016-17 attendance boundary maps for the 12th High School have been posted online.  The School Board approved the proposed boundary at its meeting on November 18.
Parents and Students -- Need to Change Your Email Address or Web Site Password?
September 26, 2014

Your email address listed in the Parent Portal will be used to send notifications from both Parent Portal and from school Web sites (SchoolFusion). Since the Parent Portal is self-service you must change your email address in the Parent Portal and it will be automatically changed for school Web site notifications. View instructions on the
Parent Portal FAQ’s Web page.
However, if students have changed their student email address but are still not receiving Web site notifications, check with your school office staff; they may need to make a change in the student database.
Your password for both Parent Portal and your school Web site must be changed in the Parent Portal. See instructions for changing your password and for retrieving a forgotten password.

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