Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community,

This week, I begin by acknowledging yet another education community impacted by gun violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and Richmond community, less than two hours away. In response to these tragic events, I reaffirm the proactive steps PWCS takes to deter, detect, and defend against this discouraging nationwide trend. I reiterate my devout hope that we all experience a school existence that does not include school shootings. Together we can and must do better for our children.

I am pleased to share that the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has designated PWCS as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. Now in its 24th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the school division answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. I would like to congratulate our music educators, students, parents, and community members for their dedication to promoting the importance of music education.

On Wednesday night, our School Board announced the new student School Board representatives: Isabella Aversano from Gainesville High School, Fernanda Morante from Forest Park High School, and alternate Jackelin Garcia from Osbourn Park High School. I am excited to welcome our new student voices and eagerly look forward to fulfill our mission to serve as trusted and authentic partners throughout the educational process with our students, families, and community.

It has been my honor to attend many of our high school celebrations, as we close out another memorable graduation season in PWCS. This is a special time in the lives of our students as they take the next step in life toward launching a thriving future for themselves and their community. Our students are prepared for any pathway they choose whether that path leads them toward college, the workforce, or enlisting in the military. I wish all PWCS graduates continued success in whatever goals they choose to achieve. Congratulations to the Class of 2023.

As we enter the final week of the 2022-23 school year, please be reminded that June 15 is the last day of school and will be an early release day.

I wish you all a safe and pleasant final weekend of the school year.

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LaTanya D. McDade, Ed.D.
Prince William County Public Schools