Superintendent McDade wearing a chef's apron while posing for a photo with students enrolled in the culinary program at Potomac High School

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community,

Congratulations to the Freedom High School football team on winning the Virginia High School League Class 6 State Championship for a second consecutive year. As the clock struck zero, signaling the 42-34 victory over Highland Springs High School, our triumphant Eagles solidified a second undefeated season and brought back home the coveted state championship trophy to PWCS. We are so proud of our student-athletes for their commitment, resilience, and fortitude that led to this amazing accomplishment. Go Eagles!

Last night, our school division hosted the swearing-in ceremony for our new and returning School Board members. Congratulations to returning School Board members, including Dr. Babur B. Lateef, Chairman At-Large; Jennifer T. Wall, Vice-Chairwoman and representative for the Gainesville District; Justin D. Wilk, Potomac District; Loree Y. Williams, Woodbridge District; and Lisa A. Zargarpur, Coles District. I would also like to welcome new members, including Tracy L. Blake, Neabsco District; Richard M. Jessie, Occoquan District; and Erica C. Tredinnick, Brentsville District.

I wish to extend my appreciation for all members, past and present, who have taken up the colossal responsibility of representing our community, advocating for every student, teacher, and staff member, and making the decisions that will ensure the success of PWCS. I look forward to working with the School Board in continuing to fulfill our vision to see every student graduate on time with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to launch thriving futures for themselves and their community.

Speaking of thriving futures, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside our talented culinary program students at Potomac High School, directed by Chef Ronald Evans. I was so impressed with the confidence, communication, and command our students displayed in the kitchen. I invite you to watch our culinary challenge and see the value our specialty programs bring to PWCS students.

I also want to remind all students, families, and staff that every school day is vital in a child’s education. Each class is filled with promising potential, and our collective responsibility is to honor our students’ educational time as they develop character, reinforce commitments, and exercise duty. We look forward to seeing every student each day next week before winter break begins on Thursday, December 21.

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