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Superintendent’s Budget Proposal Rescheduled
After postponement of earlier School Board meeting, budget presentation set for February 18.

January 26, 2015

 
The Prince William County School Board will hear the Superintendent’s proposed budget for 2015-16 on February 18 instead of two weeks earlier, as previously scheduled. Presentation of the proposed 2016-25 Capital Improvements Program will also be pushed back. The delays follow the cancellation of the January 21 School Board Meeting because of weather conditions.

Some budget discussion remains on the February 4 agenda. Board Members plan to provide the Superintendent with guidance to find program cuts to fill the widening gap left by state and county funding that has not kept pace with growing enrollment and inflation.   

The latest challenge is the Board of County Supervisors recent tax rate guidance that would reduce 2015-16 School funding by $11 million below what was in the previously approved five year county plan. If implemented, the tax guidance would take a larger toll on school revenues each year. Over five years, PWCS revenue would be cut by more than $100 million, while enrollment and educational costs continue to grow. 
 

PWCS Announces “Intent” to Change School Age Child Care Provider to AlphaBEST Following Competitive Contract Process
 

January 22, 2015
 
AlphaBEST, an established afterschool care, camp, and tutoring company, has been selected to operate the 3,600 student PWCS School Age Child Care Program (SACC), and related Next Generation Program for Middle School students, when the current contract with Minnieland Academy expires August 31.

The PWCS Purchasing Office yesterday afternoon posted the “Notice of Intent to Award,” advising competing firms of the recommendation to award the contract to AlphaBEST. The announcement triggers a legally required 10-day period for competing firms to review submitted proposals and selection process details. The new contract is on the agenda for approval at the February 4 School Board meeting.

Once approved, the contract will shift SACC and Next Generation programs to AlphaBEST, effective at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

A PWCS staff evaluation committee recommended AlphaBEST according to procedures required by Virginia’s Public Procurement Act. Selection factors included price, and bidders’ understanding and plans for meeting PWCS requirements, along with experience, ability, and references. Plans detailed in the AlphaBEST proposal call for the North Carolina-based firm to establish local offices and management structure specifically to support contract related activities in Prince William County.

No changes are expected through the end of the school year for SACC or Next Generation programs. Forms and information about both upcoming summer programs and those for the 2015-16 school year will be provided after the contract has been awarded.
PWCS Students Dazzle Audience at MLK Day Community Celebration
Dramatic speeches leave you wanting to hear more.

January 21, 2015

Don’t wait--click here to watch short video preview. Read this later!

Six finalists in the 25th Annual Youth Oratorical Contest wowed the audience of 2,300 in the Hylton Memorial Chapel on MLK Day. Barely had students ended their speeches when the audience rose to give standing ovations. Interrupted countless times with resounding applause, the students delivered their interpretation of the program theme, “The high road of peace and brotherhood.” The theme was based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eulogy for the four girls killed in the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.

Congratulations and thanks to the teachers, coaches and coordinators for their efforts and additional hours spent helping all participants shine. In the words of School Board Member Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), who was one of the founders of the Youth Oratorical Contest, “The speakers were phenomenal!”

Middle school winner Zoree Jones from Ronald Reagan Middle School called on everyone to put words into action. “It isn’t enough to believe in peace; one must work for it,” she said.

Stonewall Jackson High School’s Norman Jones was the high school winner. “Nothing is more dangerous than sheer ignorance,” he said, quoting Dr. King.

Both students were named best before the judges at the regional competition and best before the judges at the King Day event.

For a list of finalists see previous announcement.

Winners of an essay contest held in conjunction with the oratorical contest were Pershia Woodcox, fourth-grader at Henderson Elementary, and Hillarie Adams, fifth-grader at Mountain View Elementary School. Honorable Mention awards went to Richard McCoy Copeland III, River Oaks Elementary School fourth-grader, and Grace Ryan, a fifth-grade student at Mountain View Elementary School.

The oratorical event is sponsored by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

 

Full Length Video:
 
 

 
Elected officials and other dignitaries attending included U.S. Senator Mark Warner, U.S. Congressman Gerald Connolly (1th), PWCS Superintendent Steven L. Walts and members of his leadership team, Manassas City Schools Superintendent Catherine B. Magouyrk, Sheriff Glendell Hill, Chief of Police Steve Hudson and other officers, Manassas City Mayor Hal Parrish, members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, PWCS School Board members Betty D. Covington (Potomac), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge). Numerous PWCS principals also were there to see their students perform.
 
Middle School Winner Zoree Jones                High School Winner Norman Jones
Get Help Applying for College Financial Aid at Super Saturday Event on February 7
January 20, 2015
 
Don't miss this opportunity with experts who can take the mystery and confusion out of the financial aid process. Stonewall Jackson High School and the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) will host Super Saturday on February 7 from 9 a.m.–noon at Stonewall Jackson High School, located at 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas, VA.
 
Super Saturday is an annual service project which provides free one-on-one assistance in completing the federal financial aid form for postsecondary education, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal financial aid.
 
There will be two financial aid workshops, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., explaining the federal and state financial aid process. Computers will be available for students and parents to apply for federal aid electronically, with the help of volunteer financial aid experts.
 
Students should bring the following documents to the event: PIN number, social security number, driver's license, 2014 W-2 forms, 2014 federal income tax return (or most recent estimate), list of untaxed income, current bank and investment records, and alien registration or permanent resident card if applicable. Students and their parents are advised to request their PINs (Personal Identification Number) electronically at www.pin.ed.gov. Parents should get their own PIN in addition to the student’s.
 
Super Saturday is open to the public and assistance with the FASFA will be given to new as well as returning college students. For more information about Super Saturday, please visit www.vasfaa.org. Contact Nancy Pomaranski, school counselor, at pomransk@pwcs.edu or 703.365.2992 with questions. See the event flyer.
Students' App Wins "Best in State" and "Best in Region"
January 20, 2015
 
Fresh off their win at the state level, a six-student team from The Governor's School @ Innovation Park has been named "Best in Region" in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Amber Thaxton and Sydney Williams from Battlefield High School; Margaret Anderson and Isabel Madden from Woodbridge High School; along with teammates Naima Chughtai and Kat Crim have earned a $5,000 cash grant to support programs at GS@IP.
 
The team submitted "Block It Out" in response to the challenge of designing a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities. Aimed at the issue of distracted driving, but with uses in other area, this app blocks or filters out calls and messages allowing drivers to keep their attention on the road. Unlike other car safety apps, "Block It Out" can also send messages explaining why the user is not responding.
 
Each of the 24 Best in Region student teams now moves on to the finals, where eight Best in Nation winners will be chosen—from four middle schools and four high schools. To learn more about the app watch the submission video at https://vimeo.com/112344336
Proposed School Budget and Capital Improvements Program to be Unveiled February 4
Keep up with the 2015–16 budget process.
 
January 20, 2015

Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts will present his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget to the School Board along with the Capital Improvements Program for 2016–25 on Wednesday, February 4. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the School Board meeting room in the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. Keep up with the 2015–16 budget process through the Budget Updates Web page.
 
Walts’ presentation will be broadcast live on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18, Verizon Channel 36, and via Web cast at www.pwcstv.com; and will be posted online following his presentation. School finance officials will meet with the news media in the lobby adjacent to the Board meeting room following the budget presentation.
 
 
 
Your Input Needed on PWCS Strategic Plan
Use public comment site to help shape measures of success
 
January 20, 2015
 
PWCS is updating the Strategic Plan for FY2016–20. Primary goals are unchanged, but the plan is being streamlined and updated to better serve all stakeholders. Collaborative teams of Level Associate Superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents are revising benchmarks to help guide school/Division efforts and measure success.
 
What do you think? How should PWCS measure success toward its stated goals? Weigh in at   (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pwcsstrategicplan). Any member of the community can comment on specific measures or the plan as a whole. The site will be open for comment through the month of February. In addition, a community input meeting will be held on February 19, at 7 p.m. in room 1101 of the Kelly Leadership Center.
 
Informed by your input, the proposed plan will be presented to the Prince William County School Board in April 2015. Please, add your thoughts now.
Finalists Announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Youth Oratorical Contest January 19
Honoring King’s legacy through the eyes of PWCS students.

January 16, 2015

PWCS students have taken on the daunting challenge of  bringing  Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of peace and brotherhood to a bigger audience. After weeks of research and writing, middle and high school students from across the School Division will show off their skills at the 25th Annual Youth Oratorical Contest.

School  Board Members Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco District), Betty D. Covington (Potomac), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan District), Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville District), and Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge District) are expected to attend.
 
The oratorical contest was open to middle and high school students. Students in fourth and fifth grades competed in an essay contest. School level finalists were selected last week and are listed below. Pictures in the accompanying slide show are from the judging event on January 9.

The final competition will be held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on King’s birthday holiday, January 19. The event will take place at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Finalists - Middle School (in alphabetical order by student name)
Zoree Jones – Ronald Reagan Middle School
Ayesha Khurseed  – Graham Park Middle School
Ksanet Mehari  – Stonewall Middle School

A fourth middle school participant (recipient of the Judge’s Choice/Honorable Mention Award) was chosen who will be announced at the program. 

Finalists - High School (in alphabetical order by student name)
Jacob Gonzalez  – Thomas Jefferson High School
Denzel Goodlin  – Potomac High School
Norman Jones  – Stonewall Jackson High School

A fourth high school participant (recipient of the Judge’s Choice/Honorable Mention Award) was chosen who will be announced at the program. 

Essay Contest Winners:
4th Grade: First Place, Persia Woodcock- Henderson Elementary; Honorable Mention, Richard McCoy Copeland-River Oaks Elementary.

5th Grade: First Place, Hillarie Adams- Mountain View Elementary; Honorable Mention, Grace Ryan Mountain View Elementary.

Eighth-grader Ayesha Khursheed will represent Graham Park Middle School for the third consecutive year.
“We are very proud of her hard work and diligence,” said Tara Funches, contest coordinator and social worker at Graham Park.
 
Funches has championed the Youth Oratorical Contest for many years. She held intensive research and writing workshops twice a week for any Graham Park students who were interested in the contest.
 
“Speaking is becoming a lost art. I try to help students understand Dr. King’s legacy and that what he did affects all of us. Participating in the contest leads to other opportunities such as scholarships and speaking engagements,” said Funches. “The King Day celebration is a wonderful community event that everyone looks forward to.”


 
PWCS Teachers: English Learner (EL) Educator Courses Scheduled for January and February
January 16, 2015
 
Several English Learner (EL) Courses are offered in January and February including a graduate level course through George Mason University. Go to the ESOL website for more detailed course descriptions and information. Registration is on the Professional Learning Catalog
It’s Never Too Early to Seek Student Scholarships Through SPARK
January 16, 2015

Looking to offer your students scholarship opportunities?  SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, will award at least ten scholarships to graduating seniors this year. Applications are now available on the SPARK website for the following scholarships:
  • The Derek Crowe Scholarship allots $2,500 to two graduating student athletes.
  • The Dr. Kelly Scholarship offers $1,000 to three graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue studies to become a teacher.
  • The CTE scholarship, sponsored by the Micron Foundation, offers $1,000 to one graduating high school senior who plans to pursue a professional certification in Career and Technology.
  • The STEM scholarship, sponsored by the Micron Foundation and Lockheed Martin, offers $1,500 to at least four graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in the STEM field.
  • An additional $6,000 four-year scholarship ($1,500/year) will be offered to a student who plans to pursue a degree in a STEM field at George Mason University.
To download these applications visit www.poweredbyspark.org or contact SPARK for further information at 703.791.8003. 
Support Arts Education in PWCS—Attend the All-County Orchestra Concert
January 16, 2015
 
Outstanding orchestra students from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) at the middle and high school levels will combine their talents for an afternoon of music at the upcoming All-County Orchestra program, scheduled for Saturday, January 31 at Battlefield High School. The annual event gives young musicians a chance to perform challenging scores under the direction of a guest conductor.
 
Taryn Wood, orchestra director at Woodbridge High School, will direct the All-County Junior Honors Orchestra.
 
The All-County Senior Honors Orchestra will be under the direction of Elizabeth Reed, orchestra director at Lake Braddock Secondary School with Fairfax County Public Schools.
 
“This event provides a unique opportunity for strings students in the county because they   perform both string and full orchestra repertoire in the program,” said Joyce Zsembery, supervisor of the Arts for PWCS.
 
Students participate in rehearsals that culminate in the 4 p.m. performance. (Snow date is February 14.) Guests are encouraged to attend and support arts education in PWCS schools.
January and February School Calendar Includes Two Holidays and Other Adjustments
January 15, 2015
 
The 2014–15 School Calendar for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) includes the following dates for January and February:
 
Monday, January 19: All schools and central offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The School Age Child Care (SACC) program will also be closed.
 
Friday, January 23: PWCS middle and high schools will maintain a normal school schedule.  Elementary schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule for parent/teacher conferences. This schedule follows the School Division’s regular practice of holding elementary level parent/teacher conference days at the end of the first and second grading periods.
 
On January 23, elementary school schedules will include a regular lunch period prior to dismissal. Preschool special education and Head Start classes will not be held. SACC will be open beginning at the half-day dismissal time until regular closing for students who are registered for after-school care and for before- and after-school care.
 
Monday, January 26: A teacher inservice/workday is scheduled and schools are closed for all students. SACC will offer a full day program from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for all SACC students on January 26. Some of the SACC programs will be combined. The Next Generation middle school program does not operate on teacher workdays.
 
Monday, February 16: Schools and central offices will be closed in observance of the President’s Day holiday. The School Age Child Care (SACC) program will also be closed.
What is Nontraditional Education? PWCS to Look at Best Practices at January 26 Conference
January 15, 2015

The Fourth Annual Nontraditional Education Conference on Monday, January 26 will bring together educators and support professionals from New Directions Alternative Education Center, New Dominion Alternative Center, PACE East/Independent Hill, PACE West, Juvenile Detention Center, and the PWCS Office of Student Management and
Alternative Programs as well as educators from surrounding school divisions.

The conference will emphasize program and research-based best practices, effective models of collaboration, strategies for differentiated instruction, and collegial networking. The conference will be held at Independent Hill School, located at 14780 Joplin Road, Manassas, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional presentations by central office content specialists will provide sessions that address authentic assessment and SOL preparation.

PWCS staff should register through the Professional Learning Catalog using code OPD 730.2, "PWCS Nontraditional Education Conference." Educators from school divisions outside PWCS, should contact the Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs at 703.791.8577 to RSVP.
Don’t Miss the Chance to Tell PWCS What You Think; No se pierdan la oportunidad de darnos su opinión sobre PWCS
Don’t Miss the Chance to Tell PWCS What You Think
 
January 13, 2015
 
How do you rate your child’s school and the education programs in our county?  The Prince William County School Board wants to know. All parents or guardians of students enrolled in Prince William County Public Schools will receive a survey to measure satisfaction and determine how well the School Division is meeting the instructional needs of students.
 
Those who have email addresses on file with PWCS will be contacted by email and given a computer link to complete the survey online. All others will get the survey and link by mail and will have the option of completing the paper or online version.
 
Parents with children enrolled in more than one school will receive a survey for each school.
You have until January 30 to complete the return the mail or online form(s).
 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Program Evaluation at 703.791.7277.


No se pierdan la oportunidad de darnos su opinión sobre PWCS

¿Cómo califica la escuela de su hijo/a y los programas educativos de nuestro condado? La Junta Escolar del Condado de Prince William quiere saber su opinión.  Los padres o tutores de los estudiantes inscritos en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William recibirán una encuesta para medir su satisfacción y determinar en qué medida la División Escolar está satisfaciendo las necesidades educativas de los estudiantes.

Si PWCS tiene su dirección de correo electrónico archivada, entonces los contactaremos por esa vía y enviaremos un enlace para que puedan completar la encuesta por en línea. Si no, recibirán la encuesta y el enlace por correo postal y tendrán la opción de completar la versión en papel o la versión en línea.

Los padres que tengan hijos escritos en diferentes escuelas, recibirán una encuesta por cada escuela. Tienen hasta el 30 de enero para completar la encuesta y devolverla por correo ordinario o por Internet.
Si tienen dudas o preguntas, por favor llamen a la Oficina de Evaluación de Programas al 703.791.7277.
Division’s Advisory Committee Meetings for February
January 13, 2015

The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in February. Meetings are open to the appointed members and the agendas, presentations, and minutes are available to inform the general public. Space limitations may make it difficult to open meetings beyond the membership. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office.
   
  • ​CTE (Career and Technical Education) Advisory Council, on February 11, 4:30–7 p.m., (KLC room 2011). See the ​CTE Advisory Council Web page. Contact the CTE program at 703.791.7297 for assistance.
  • Gifted Education Advisory Council, on February 17, 7 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Council, on February 9-CHANGED TO FEBRUARY 10, 6:30 p.m., (KLC room 3011)
  • See the Safe Schools Advisory Council Web page (click on “Meetings”). Contact Risk Management and Security Services at 703.791.7206 for assistance.
  • Special Education Advisory Committee, on February 17, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 2002/04). Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.
  • Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction, on February 12, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.

All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific Web pages to confirm details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location. 
Crushed Gravel Brings Safety to School Grounds
Change from brown sand to gray gravel catches many by surprise, but provides a better grip on safety.

January 12, 2015

Prince William County Public Schools spread nearly 330 tons of ground gray gravel or "manufactured sand" across school roadways and parking lots last week to battle nature’s first ice and snow assault of the season. Surprised parents and students wondered what became of the old brown sand, 

“The gray manufactured sand is more readily available, environmentally friendly and provides better traction.” said Facilities Services Director John Windley. “As always,we are putting safety first.”

Come springtime, the School Division will sweep up remaining debris to help keep it from reaching storm sewers and polluting waterways, in an effort to comply with strict state and federal rules. 

For now, look for the gray gravel to help make for better driving and footing on wintry pavement. “The gravel blends in and is a little harder to spot. But, if the lot is sprinkled with gray, it’s good to go,” added Windley
 
Application Deadline Approaching for Specialty Programs
Interest-based specialty programs get students on path toward careers; apply by February 1 for most schools.
 
January 9, 2015

Forging friendships around the world. Taking computer wizardry to the next level. Unscrambling the mysteries of DNA.  PWCS students are quick to tell you what they are getting out of PWCS specialty programs. Like International Studies at Hylton, Information Technology at Forest Park, or Biotechnology at Osbourn Park High School, PWCS offers a broad range of opportunities that are unique for their diversity.

Check out program offerings at the upcoming Special Opportunities Information Nights for Traditional Schools and Elementary, Middle, and High School Specialty Programs. These are programs of choice, open to students who are interested in pursuing a particular field of interest. High-tech corporations and businesses across the spectrum support specialty programs by providing mentors and volunteers, and financial and other resources.

Note that an application is required to participate in Specialty Programs even when the program location is in the student’s base school.
 
If a school receives applications for more students than the specialty program can accept or the school can house, a lottery is held to select participants. Under conditions of extreme overcrowding of a given school, a program may be open only to students within the school’s boundary and may be closed to all transfer students. Additionally, other programs may be filled through lottery, if necessary, due to capacity.

Schedule for remaining information nights:
 
Elementary School Specialty Program Opportunities Information Nights
 
World Language Programs Signal Hill Elementary School
January 12, 2015 from 6-7 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary School
January 13, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.
River Oaks Elementary
January 14, 2015 from 6-7 p.m.
Mullen Elementary School
January 22, 2015 from 5-6 p.m.
Lake Ridge Elementary School
January 22, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.
Tyler Elementary School
January 28, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.
Math Science Program Sudley Elementary School
January 13, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Buckland Mills Elementary
January 27, 2015 from 6-7 p.m.
 
Middle School Specialty Program Opportunities Information Nights
 
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Beville Middle
Tuesday January 20, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Godwin Middle
Tuesday January 13, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Stonewall Middle
Wednesday January 7, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Math and Science Program Graham Park Middle
Monday January 12, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Marsteller Middle
Monday January 12, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rippon Middle Meeting
Monday January 12, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
 
Traditional School Program Information
 
Pennington School Questionnaire Completion                                
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10 and 11 a.m.
 
Questionnaire Completion                                
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10 and 11 a.m.
 
Porter School Program Information Meeting          
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
New Parent Visitation                                         
Friday, January 16, 2015 from 10-11 a.m.
 
Questionnaire Completion                
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Questionnaire Completion                                
Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Questionnaire Completion                
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
 
High School Specialty Program Opportunities Information Nights
 
Advanced Placement Scholars
 
Patriot High School
Monday, January 12, 2015
Woodbridge High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Biotechnology Center Osbourn Park High School
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences Freedom High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Center for Information Technology Battlefield High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Forest Park High School
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Center for International Studies and Languages Hylton High School
Tuesday, January 15, 2015
 
 
CTE Transfer Programs
 
 
Automotive Technology
Hylton High School
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Osbourn Park High School
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Project Lead The Way (Enriched)Engineering Program
 
Osbourn Park High School
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Patriot High School
Monday, January 12, 2015
Woodbridge High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Television Production Hylton High School
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
 
CTE Transport Programs
 
Building Trades Patriot High School
Monday, January 12, 2015
Cosmetology Woodbridge High School
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Culinary Arts Patriot High School
Monday, January 12, 2015
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning  (HVAC) Hylton High School
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Medical and Health Science
Practical Nursing
Osbourn Park High School
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
 
School Board Names 2015 Delegates to Professional Organizations and Committees
January 9, 2015

In accordance with Board Policy 180, the Prince William County School Board takes action annually regarding membership in professional organizations and selection of Board representatives to each organization.
 
At its January 7 meeting, the Board approved the following actions and appointments for organizations/committees as follows: 

Continue membership in the Virginia School Boards Association and renew membership for National School Boards Association for 2015.
 
Betty D. Covington (Potomac) as delegate to the Virginia School Boards Association Annual Convention in Williamsburg on November 18–20, 2015.

Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge) as alternate to the Virginia School Boards Association Annual Convention in Williamsburg on November 18–20, 2015.

Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles) as delegate to the National School Boards Association Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on March 20–23, 2015.

Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge) as alternate to the National School Boards Association Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on March 20–23, 2015.

Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) as representative to the Northern Virginia Special Education Regional Board for 2015.

Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) as alternate to the Northern Virginia Special Education Regional Board for 2015.

Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan) as representative to the National Alliance of Black School Educators for 2015.

Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge), as alternate to the National Alliance of Black School Educators for 2015.

Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) as representative to the Prince William County and Schools Joint Audit Committee for 2015.

Betty D. Covington (Potomac) as alternate to the Prince William County and Schools Joint Audit Committee for 2015.

Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) as delegate and Gil Trenum (Brentsville) as second member to serve as representatives to the Prince William County Public Schools Budget Liaison Committee for 2015.
 
Gil Trenum (Brentsville) as representative to the Washington Area Boards of Education for 2015.

Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles) as alternate to the Washington Area Boards of Education for 2015.

Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan) as representative to the Head Start Advisory Board for 2015.

Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles) as representative to the School Health Advisory Board for 2015.

Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) and Gil Trenum (Brentsville) to serve on the Safe Schools Advisory Council for 2015.

Gil Trenum (Brentsville) and Betty D. Covington (Potomac) to serve as representatives to the Prince William County Public Schools Internal Audit Committee for 2015. 

Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) to serve as alternate to the Prince William County Public Schools Internal Audit Committee for 2015.  
School Board Elects Alyson A. Satterwhite as Vice Chairman
Gainesville representative was unanimously elected Vice Chairman at the School Board’s annual organizational meeting.

January 7, 2015
 
Alyson A. Satterwhite, Gainesville Magisterial District representative on the Prince William County School Board, was unanimously elected vice chairman for 2015 at the School Board’s annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 7. Officers, with the exception of the Chairman At-Large, are elected at the organizational meeting, during which the annual calendar of regular meetings and the annual agenda are established. Satterwhite replaces Gil Trenum (Brentsville) who served as vice chairman in 2014.
 
The Board reappointed Deborah Urban as clerk of the Prince William County School Board for 2015. Rae E. Darlington, deputy superintendent, was reappointed designee of the Division Superintendent to attend meetings of the School Board in the absence or inability of the Superintendent to attend.
 
The Board established the location of its regular School Board meetings at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia, on the first and third Wednesdays of the months January through June and September through December. Closed session meetings will begin at 6 p.m., and public meetings shall convene at 7 p.m.
 
Current School Board members will serve through December 31, 2015. The district and address for Board members are as follows:
 
Milton C. Johns
Chairman At-Large
8243 Crackling Fire Drive
Gainesville, VA 20155
 
Alyson A. Satterwhite
Vice Chairman
Gainesville District
P.O. Box 575
Gainesville, VA 20156
 
Lisa E. Bell
Neabsco District
4480 Dale Blvd.
Woodbridge, VA 22193
 
Betty D. Covington
Potomac District
P.O. Box 115
Dumfries, VA 22026
 
Lillie G. Jessie
Occoquan District
2753 Omisol Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
 
Michael I. Otaigbe, Ph.D.
Coles District
P.O. Box 2666
Woodbridge, VA 22195
 
Gil Trenum
Brentsville District
12038 Hooker Lane
Nokesville, VA 20181
 
Loree Y. Williams
Woodbridge District
1478 Arkansas Court
Woodbridge, VA 22191
 
Biographical information on each School Board member is posted on the PWCS School Board website.
 
 
Dr. Otaigbe Announces He Will Not Run for Re-Election
Coles District representative Michael I. Otaigbe will not seek reelection when his term expires at the end of 2015.

January 8, 2015

Otaigbe announced his decision during the School Board’s regular meeting on January 7, noting his pride in accomplishments that transformed the School Division into one that is world-class. He is currently serving his third consecutive term on the School Board. During his tenure Otaigbe has championed all-day kindergarten, the concept of a Governor’s School in Prince William County focusing on STEM, expansion of opportunities for students through the virtual high school program, and dual enrollment partnerships with colleges. He stated that he was proud of being part of the team that hired Superintendent Steve Walts. “With his leadership we have achieved a lot…He built a world-class School Division.”



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Registration for Virtual High School Spring Session Now Open — Online Courses Fill Quickly
January 7, 2015

If online courses would help you balance your high school course load, take a look at the Virtual High School @ PWCS to deliver full-credit courses. The program is ideal for students who want to work ahead, recover credit, or fulfill electives. Work from any location with Internet connection. Spring session registration is open through February 2. Courses fill quickly, so register early. See details and register online at the VHS Web site.

 
Know the PWCS Weather-Related School Closing Procedures
Wintry weather forecast serves as a prompt to review PWCS inclement weather procedures.

November 25, 2014
 
With wintry weather in the forecast, PWCS reminds parents that it is important to listen to local media reports and to check the School Division’s Web and social media sites for any messages about changes in school or School Age Child Care (SACC) schedules. No announcements will be made when schools and SACC are operating on a normal schedule. See the Inclement Weather Closings & Delays Procedures page for complete information.
 
Announcements of changes in school schedules are posted immediately after a decision is made on all School Division websites including pwcs.edu, facebook.com/PWCSNews, and twitter.com/pwcsnews, PWCS-TV (Comcast channel 18 and Verizon channel 36), and on the School Division’s telephone closing line, 703.791.2776. Subscribers to E-News can choose to receive closing announcements by email, text message, or both. To register, visit https://pwcsalerts.bbcportal.com. Local media outlets are informed of schedule changes promptly, but may take time to update their information.
 
Principals have provided a letter to parents through school newsletters and websites with detailed information on closing procedures. Read the letter (English, Spanish).
 
Prince William County encompasses 348 square miles and stretches from the Potomac River to the Bull Run Mountains. Road conditions may change, vary from one end of the county to the other, or improve over time but decisions are made on a Divisionwide basis for the safety of people across the county. The decision to delay the opening of schools is made to allow commuter traffic to clear and hazardous road conditions to improve, or allow school officials to make a subsequent decision to close schools for the day. Early or full-day closing decisions may also be based on conditions in some parts of the county, though others may look very different.
Congressman Briefed on PWCS Student Safety Initiative
January 5, 2015

Jessica Woelkers, Elizabeth Young, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Vicky CastroWord of School Division efforts to protect local students from human trafficking earned the attention of an influential congressional leader in combatting the nationwide problem. Congressman Tony Cárdenas helped establish the first task force to take on the problem in his home city of Los Angeles, California. He now seeks to learn how collaboration between the School Division and community are working to safeguard students here.

Cárdenas got a briefing on the PWCS Human Trafficking Identification, Prevention, and Referral Project from Supervisor of School Social Workers, Elizabeth Young, Human Trafficking Prevention Specialist, Jessica Woelkers, and School Social Worker, Vicky Castro. The trio explained extensive PWCS efforts to highlight the dangers to students, parents, and teachers in middle and high schools. The congressman wants PWCS to collaborate with Los Angeles officials to implement ever-stronger school-based prevention programs, including those that include effective outreach to the Latino community.

Human trafficking is a threat to young people and adults across the country, and Prince William County is no exception. The congressional interest and assistance from across the nation offers hope that local students can avoid the dangers.  

The Potomac Health Foundation funds the PWCS teen trafficking awareness efforts and project.
Don’t Miss the Chance to Tell PWCS What You Think; No se pierdan la oportunidad de darnos su opinión sobre PWCS
December 31, 2014
 
How do you rate your child’s school and the education programs in our county? The Prince William County School Board wants to know. All parents or guardians of students enrolled in Prince William County Public Schools will receive a survey to measure  satisfaction and determine how well the School Division is meeting the instructional needs of students.
 
Those who have email addresses on file with PWCS will be contacted by email and given a computer link to complete the survey online. All others, including those who have requested to receive formal correspondence in their native languages, will get the survey and link by mail and will have the option of completing the paper or online version.
 
Parents with children enrolled in more than one school will receive a survey for each school.
You have until January 30 to complete the return the mail or online form(s).
 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Program Evaluation at 703.791.7277.
 
No se pierdan la oportunidad de darnos su opinión sobre PWCS

La Junta Escolar del Condado de Prince William quiere saber su opinión acerca de la escuela de sus hijos y de los programas educativos de nuestro condado. Los padres o tutores de los estudiantes inscritos en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William (PWCS, por sus siglas en inglés) recibirán una encuesta en inglés o español para medir su satisfacción y poder determinar en qué medida la División Escolar está satisfaciendo las necesidades educativas de los estudiantes.

Si PWCS tiene su dirección de email archivada, entonces les contactaremos por email y enviaremos un enlace para que puedan completar la encuesta por Internet. Si no, recibirán la encuesta por correo ordinario y tendrán la opción de completar la encuesta en lápiz y papel o podrán usar el enlace para completar la encuesta por Internet.

Los padres que tengan a hijos escritos en diferentes escuelas, recibirán una encuesta por cada escuela. Tienen hasta el 30 de enero para completar la encuesta y devolverla por correo ordinario o por internet.
Si tienen preguntas, por favor llamen a la Oficina de Evaluación de Programas al número 703.791.7277.
 
January School Board Meetings
December 30, 2014
 
The January public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7 and January 21 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. Agendas for School Board meetings may be viewed online from the School Board Web page accessible at pwcs.edu. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.
 
A disciplinary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 14. Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco), Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge) will convene to review cases.  An additional disciplinary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 28. Milton Johns (Chairman At-Large), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), and Gil Trenum (Brentsville), may convene to review cases.
 
Board Schedule
 
January 7
5 p.m.               Dinner
6 p.m.               Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m.               Public Meeting
9 p.m.               Work Session-CIP
 
January 14
5 p.m.               Dinner
6 p.m.               Disciplinary Hearing
 
January 21
5 p.m.               Dinner
6 p.m.               Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m.               School Board Meeting
           
January 28 (tentative)
5 p.m.               Dinner
6 p.m.               Disciplinary Hearing
                       
Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on pwcstv.com and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at pwcstv.com.
 
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during 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 pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu 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.
Flu Season Has Arrived; Take Precautions—Ha llegado la temporada de la gripe; se debe tomar precauciones
Careful hand washing is the best means of preventing the spread of germs.

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Washing HandsSchool officials encourage parents to remind their children of the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. It is important to take precautions to protect our students and families from contagious ailments.

Parents are asked to keep sick children at home and to promptly pick up those who become ill at school. Do not allow children to return to school until they have fully recovered.

Important recommendations:
  • Keep children home for a minimum of 24 hours after vomiting, diarrhea, or fever;
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water; use an alcohol-based cleaner if soap and water are not available;
  • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
  • Avoid close contact with those who have symptoms;
  • Seek care for you or your child if needed, and please call ahead to your health care provider's office to tell them what symptoms you have, so they can see you quickly and prevent exposing other people in the waiting room.
  • A bleach solution (one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water) is the most effective way to kill germs on surfaces.
  • Flu season has arrived—make sure everyone is vaccinated, especially those with asthma and other existing health conditions.
 
Ha llegado la temporada de la gripe—se debe tomar precauciones
 
La mejor manera de prevenir la propagación de los gérmenes es lavarse bien las manos. Se les pide a los padres que mantengan en casa a sus hijos enfermos y que recojan con prontitud a cualquier niño que se enferme en la escuela. No deben permitir que el niño regrese a la escuela hasta que se haya recuperado por completo.
 
Recomendaciones importantes:
  • Mantenga a los niños en casa por lo menos 24 horas hasta que los síntomas de vómitos, diarrea o fiebre hayan terminado; 
  • Lávese las manos frecuentemente con jabón y agua. Use un limpiador de manos basado en el alcohol si el jabón y el agua no están disponibles; 
  • Cubre la nariz y la boca con una manga o pañuelo de papel cuando tose o estornuda; 
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca para prevenir la propagación de los gérmenes; 
  • Evite contacto físico con personas que tienen los síntomas; 
  • Busque cuidado médico para usted o su niño de ser necesario, y llame al médico antes de ir a la clínica para que él sepa de antemano sus síntomas; así podrá atenderlo pronto y a la vez prevenir la exposición de otras personas en la sala de espera; 
  • Una solución que consiste en una parte de cloro y 10 partes de agua es la manera más eficaz de matar los gérmenes en las superficies; 
  • Ha llegado la temporada de la gripe—asegúrense que todos están vacunados, especialmente las personas con asma y otras condiciones médicas existentes.
 
 
PWCS Student Artwork and Poetry Showcased January 3
December 15, 2014

The Center for the Arts in Manassas will host an open house exhibiting PWCS and other regional school student artwork and poetry on Saturday, January 3 (with a snow date of January 10) from 3–5 p.m. The 11th annual “Off the Wall” exhibit, sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the Center for the Arts, is held in the Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery on the first floor of the Candy Factory building in Old Town Manassas. Artwork will be on display December 18–January 28.
Division’s Advisory Committee Meetings for January
December 15, 2014

The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in January. Meetings are open to the appointed members and the agendas, presentations, and minutes are available to inform the general public. Space limitations may make it difficult to open meetings beyond the membership. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office.
   
• Gifted Education Advisory Council, on January 20, 7 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
• Safe Schools Advisory Council, on January 12, 6:30 p.m., (KLC room 3011). See the Safe Schools Advisory Council Web page (click on “Meetings”). Contact Risk Management and Security Services at 703.791.7206 for assistance.

• Special Education Advisory Committee, on January 20, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 2002/04). Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.

• Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction, on January 8, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.

• Wellness Advisory Committee, on January 15, 7–8:30 p.m., (KLC room 1001 A/B). See the Wellness Advisory Committee Web page. Contact Health and Physical Education at 703.791.7353 for assistance.
All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific Web pages to confirm details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location. 
Get Your Holiday Gift Early—Download Free PWCS Mobile App
Want to check school news, menus, bus schedules, calendars, or find a contact? Go mobile.

December 5, 2014


The first generation MyPWCS mobile app is now available to download free from the iTunes App store (for Apple products) or the Google Play Store (Android users). Search for "PWCS, MyPWCS Blackboard."

Parents, students, and staff can follow one or more schools, plus the School Division for quick access to information and links to resources such as the Parent Portal.

Be sure to activate “push notifications” to get the best alerts your specific device has to offer. Users’ guides and other helpful information are located on pwcs.edu and in the resources section of the mobile app.  Various devices will have different capabilities. A little exploration will help you find your way. Future capability updates will be available in the app store.

 
Don’t wait. Start your holiday season early and unwrap your gift, a mobile link to your schools.
 
            


 
2015 Summer 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.
 
What Kids at T. Clay Wood Elementary Want to Know
November 5, 2014
 
Delegate Richard L. (Rich) Anderson (51st) visits T. Clay Wood Elementary SchoolA future in public service? Students learned first-hand what it means to be a public official and work on behalf of others. In celebration of the Virginia School Board Association’s “Take Your Legislator to School Month,” T. Clay Wood Elementary School hosted Delegate Richard L. (Rich) Anderson. Anderson represents the 51st House District where the school is located. He spoke to each 4th grade class about the life of a delegate, Virginia history, Virginia government, and how a bill becomes a law, and answered questions from students. Students asked if he has met the President, how long a term is, and if he likes his job, among other questions.
Hylton Planetarium Presents Laser Light Shows in October
October 3, 2014

Your choice of laser light shows in October will entertain you with spooky lights and sounds or with the pulsating images and music of the band Metallica. Fright Light shows will send chills up your spine or perhaps you will keep your eyes closed and only sneak a peek at fun renditions like Purple People Eater. Or experience the music of Metallica -- tempos, instrumentals, themes, and sound are joined with laser lights of the same caliber and style. Your pulse will pound as the music fills both your ears and eyes. The Irene V. Hylton Planetarium presents laser music and light shows Friday nights in October on the following dates:
 
October 10:
6 p.m. - Fright Light (family friendly)
7:30 p.m. - Laser Metallica
9 p.m. - Fright Light (loud and scary)
 
October 17:
6 p.m. - Fright Light (family friendly)
7:30 p.m. -  Laser Metallica
9 p.m. - Fright Light (loud and scary)
 
October 24:
6 p.m. - Fright Light (family friendly)
7:30 p.m. - Laser Metallica
9 p.m. - Fright Light (loud and scary)

Theatrical lighting, stage effects, the darkness of the planetarium and the SkyLase laser system set to music from various artists such as Michael Jackson, Garbage, Weird Al Yankovic. All 9 p.m. shows will be much louder than the earlier shows so they may not be suitable for everyone. Tickets are $10 at the door. Please bring exact change.

Seating is limited to the first 65 people each show so come early! Park in the main lot and enter the building through door #1. Hylton High School, 14051 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge, VA 22193.  Email Tony Kilgore at kilgorae@pwcs.edu with questions.
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.
 
October School Board Meeting Schedule
September 25, 2014
 
The October public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and October 15 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. View School Board meeting agendas online and find additional information on the School Board Web page. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.
 
In addition, a disciplinary hearing is tentatively scheduled on October 22. If needed, members Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Gil Trenum (Brentsville) will convene to review up to four cases.
 
October 1
5 p.m.           Dinner
6 p.m.           Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m.           Public Meeting
 
October 15
5 p.m.           Dinner
6 p.m.           Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m.           Public Meeting       
 
October 22 (tentative)
5 p.m.           Dinner
6 p.m.           Disciplinary Hearing
 
Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on pwcstv.com and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at pwcstv.com.
 
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during Public Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu 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.
Global Competency--What is It and Why Do Our Students Need It? Participate in Global Conference in November
September 23, 2014

Plan now to participate in the 2014 Global Education Conference during International Education Week, November 17-November 22. All PWCS educators are encouraged to take part. The conference is soliciting proposals through November 15. This will be a week of free online professional learning in webinar format with educators and innovators around the world. The conference will take place entirely online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform which can be accessed at any time, even in the evenings. See the Blackboard Web site for details. 
The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park Joint Board Meeting Schedule
September 18, 2014
 
The Joint Board of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park will hold its first meeting of the year on September 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 110H of the Occoquan Building on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, located at 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas.
 
2014-15 Meetings:
 
September 25, 2014             Business Meeting
December 11, 2014              Business Meeting
February 19, 2015                Business Meeting
April 23, 2015                      Business Meeting
June 18, 2015                       Business Meeting
 
Members of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park's Joint Board are Scott Albrecht, Manassas City Public Schools; Arthur Bushnell, Manassas City Public Schools; Brenda Foster, Manassas Park City Schools; Milton Johns, Prince William County Public Schools; Dr. Fran Kassinger, Manassas Park City Schools; and Dr. Michael Otaigbe, Prince William County Public Schools.
 
View meeting agendas and minutes.  
Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation Hosts Student Poster Contest
September 15, 2014
 
Poster submissions based on the theme “Bully Free Zone” are due by April 30, 2015 for the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation 2015 Poster Contest. See contest rules and details, including pictures of the School Division’s own 2011 winning posters created by students from Bennett Elementary School, at www.vapt.org. (Click on “Poster Contest” and scroll down to view winning posters and contest rules.)
 
 
Parents, Here’s How to Receive Critical Messages from PWCS
September 12, 2014

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 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 email@pwcs.edu and email@blackboard.com addresses to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from your child's school and the School Division.

E-News (Blackboard Connect Subscription Service)

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

Subscribe to any of the following topics: 
  • Emergency messages, delayed openings, and school closings (select your schools of interest)
  • News releases, Events, and Web stories
  • Board Briefs
Updating Contact Information
Subscribers are responsible for updating and removing themselves from the subscription system.
 
Be sure to add the news@pwcs.edu and email@blackboard.com to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from the School Division.
Save the Date; College Fairs Set for September 29 and October 22
September 11, 2014

Parents and students are invited to attend one of the college fairs scheduled in the coming weeks to explore post-graduation options. Representatives from various colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will attend. All seniors and juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Western Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held at Patriot High School on September 29 from 7–8:30 p.m. Patriot High School is located at 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville.

The Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held and at Woodbridge High School on October 22 from 6–8 p.m. Woodbridge High School is located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge.
 
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 menus.departments.pwcs.edu. All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
 
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 2014 will receive an application packet in the mail. Families with students who registered after that date will need to secure an application from their local school. Applications may also be obtained at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
 
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.
 

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

15 de agosto de 2014

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

 
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.
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 pwcstv.com and scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.

Potomac High School
June 30 and July 4

Battlefield High School
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 

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 www.poweredbyspark.org and videos from the event are available on-demand at www.pwcstv.com. Award recipients may now share their special moment with friends and family.
 
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. 
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
here 
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.edu; 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 pwcs.edu 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 pwcs.edu, click on “News and Updates” on the left navigation, and click “How do I subscribe to PWCS E-News” to view them.
 

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