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  • School Board Meeting of September 21, 2022

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    School Board Meeting of September 21, 2022

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    Launching Thriving Futures Focus

    • The School Board recognized the Patriot High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program for earning the National High School Stand Up award for their advocacy project, and Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School Center for Fine and Performing Arts Creative Writing Program for winning the Virginia High School League State Championship in creative writing.

    The School Board Approved

    Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics

    • Naming of Independence Nontraditional School Gymnasium after Dr. Robert Eichorn
    • Legislative Priorities
    • School Safety & Security
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Speaking time

    Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    Student Representative Matters

    • Offering African American history classes as a history requirement, rather than an elective
    • Elementary school security assistants
    • Capital Improvements Program

    Superintendent's Time

    • Good evening.
    • I have mentioned many times how critical it is to ensure we are educating our students in a safe and secure environment. Recent local events remind us of the importance of working together proactively to address safety concerns. I appreciate our teachers and staff, students and their families, and our school resource officers, who work collaboratively as partners to address issues. In observation of National Security Officer Appreciation Week, I would also like to recognize the efforts of our security officers to build relationships with our students and staff members with the goal of creating a nurturing climate in which students can learn at high levels. Thank you each for all that you do on behalf of PWCS students, families, and staff.
    • And speaking of partnerships. Along with our commitment to improve school safety, our Strategic Plan focuses on the importance of community partnerships in helping schools address student needs that go beyond the classroom. Last week, the Military Child Education Coalition, through the Marine Corps Base Quantico, recognized Prince William County Public Schools as the 2022 Outstanding Individual Program/Project Award-winner for our PWCS goes purple initiative. Congratulations to our Student Services Department and our schools for their hard work and this recognition. PWCS understands the importance of recognizing the sacrifices made by the members of our military, as well as the support required by our military families. Our website – www.pwcs.edu – includes multiple resources for military-connected students and their families.
    • I also want to share information on an additional award bestowed upon PWCS within the past week. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Coles Elementary School has been named one of 297 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. Coles Elementary is one of only seven National Blue Ribbon Schools in Virginia and is being recognized in the category of Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools. Congratulations to the Coles Elementary School teachers and staff, and students and their families, for this well-deserved honor. Coles Elementary exemplifies our School Division’s commitment to launching thriving futures by providing equitable opportunities so that all students may learn and achieve.
    • Before turning this over to our next presenter, I would also like to share that September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
    • Our Hispanic students collectively represent the largest demographic in our schools, and I look forward to witnessing the efforts of our schools to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. I encourage our community members to participate in festivities honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and to watch our website and social media for highlights of observance of this important month.
    • I also want to acknowledge that recently new guidelines have been released from Virginia Department of Education related to transgender policies. We are reviewing the guidelines to determine implications for the school division.
    • I want to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the overall physical, emotional, and psychological safety of all staff and students inclusive of our LGBTQ+ community and PWCS currently implements a Nondiscrimination and Harassment policy, which we will continue to enforce.
    • Positive Climate and Culture is a key commitment in our strategic plan, and in PWCS, we will always treat all students and staff with kindness, compassion, and respect for their identity and overall wellbeing.
    • In keeping with Positive Climate and Culture, it is an honor this evening to share more information about our Prince William County Schools Heals program. Grounded in Commitment 2, Positive Climate and Culture, of our Strategic Plan, the PWCS Heals initiative is a comprehensive plan to provide social and emotional support to students and staff. Ms. Denise Huebner, associate superintendent of Student Services and Post-Secondary Success, will share more information and updates about our PWCS Heals Program which is in its second year of implementation. (Following PWCS Heals program report)
    • Chairman, that concludes my report.