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Your School’s Summer Reading List is Now Online
June 23, 2016
This summer, slow down, relax, and let your imagination take you to places and adventures near and far, without leaving the comfort of home, the beach, or wherever your favorite reading place may be. 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 view the list of suggested books for you to read this summer, go to and choose “Parent” icon to find the Summer Reading List web page or visit your child’s school website.
High School Summer Program Bus Schedule Now Available
June 21, 2016

Bus transportation for students attending summer school at Forest Park High School is now posted on Transportation Services Web site. Buses stop at all PWCS high schools to pick up students for transportation to Forest Park High School. The high school summer program begins Monday, June 27. 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 Forest Park 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 Forest Park High School. El programa de verano de la escuela secundaria comienza el lunes 27 de junio. Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano (Summer School Web page) para más detalles.

Staffing Update June 17
Congratulations to the following on their appointments and transfers:
  • Shana Robinson, administrative intern at Ashland Elementary, is transferring as administrative intern to King Elementary School, effective August 11.
  • Marcia Wieduwilt, assistant principal at Bennett ES, has been appointed principal at Antietam ES, effective July 1.
  • Betsy Campagna, French teacher at Woodbridge HS, has been appointed assistant principal at Hylton, effective July 5.
  • Christy Katsourakis, reading teacher at Benton, has been appointed administrative intern at Enterprise, effective August 11.
  • Ann Quattrone, third grade teacher at Marshall, has been appointed administrative intern at Bel Air, effective August 11.
  • Angela Owens, principal at Gravely, is transferring as principal to Woodbridge MS, effective July 1.
  • Pamela Delgado, assistant principal at Mullen, is transferring as assistant principal to Fitzgerald Elementary, effective July 22.
  • Joseph Scotto, a fifth-grade teacher at Montclair ES, has been appointed as the new assistant principal at Leesylvania Elementary School, effective July 22.
  • Matthew Meyer, current music teacher at Cedar Point, has been appointed as the administrative intern at Yorkshire, effective August 11.
  • Patricia Koscinski, assistant principal at Cedar Point, is transferring as assistant principal to Victory, effective July 22.
  • Inmar Romero, teacher on administrative assignment at Gar-Field High School, has been appointed assistant principal at New Directions.
  • Amy Cole, assistant principal at Hylton High School, is transferring as assistant principal to New Directions.
Organizational Change with Alternative Centers
As of July 1, Robert Eichorn will assume the leadership of PACE East, New Directions, and New Dominion, which will constitute the campus of the yet-to-be named non-traditional school at Aden Road and Joplin Road. The groundbreaking for the new school will be held in the fall of 2016. Eichorn and the schools he oversees will now report to Dr. Rene Lacey, director of Non-Traditional Education, Office of Student Learning, Department for Student Learning and Accountability, which is overseen by the Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss.
The Last Day of School! Happy Summer!
Superintendent Steve Walts congratulates students, teachers, staff members and PWCS families on the conclusion of another great year. Check out his video message.

June 17, 2016


New Non-Traditional Campus to Blend Wide-Ranging Services to Meet Student Needs
A groundbreaking in the fall of 2016 will launch the construction of a three-story, state-of-the-art facility that promises far more than typical academic programs and opportunities for non-traditional secondary students and those with special needs.

June 17, 2016
When completed in 2018 at Joplin and Aden Roads in Manassas, the new center will merge and expand the successful offerings of the New Directions and New Dominion Alternative Education Centers and PACE East. New Directions Principal Robert Eichorn will supervise the combined offerings.
All three schools are contributing to plans for the new facility to ensure that every student can progress like never before through access to a full range of programs and appropriate levels of instruction. Combining centers and staff means students attending the non-traditional campus will not be limited to educational opportunities based on placement.  Services will be truly student centered, and student-to-student interaction and mentoring will be fostered as part of the school culture.
Key elements of the center include:
  • An accredited alternative high school;
  • Flexible scheduling;
  • Advanced placement classes:
  • Accelerated and remedial courses; and
  • Career and Technical Education.
Students will benefit from a year-round educational model, providing opportunities for summer study to meet graduation requirements. Anticipated services will assist middle school and special needs students in successfully transitioning to high school and ultimately to college and careers.
The campus will have a comprehensive school counseling department, student clubs, intramural athletics, and extra-curricular activities. Its flexible design will include resources like multiple computer and science labs, a media center, a gymnasium, and a multi-purpose stage for the performing arts. There will also be a full service cafeteria, an art studio, and an outdoor greenhouse. Classrooms will get the latest technology to support 21st century learning and skills development.
“Teamwork was critical in developing physical plans for the nontraditional campus” says New Directions Principal Robert Eichorn, who becomes principal of the new non-traditional campus on July 1, 2016. “But the real excitement is just beginning,” 
In taking on the new role, Eichorn will assume oversight of all three non-traditional schools and work in concert with the principals of New Dominion and PACE East to develop transition plans. This will include creation of advisory committees that will emphasize participation from students, parents, community stakeholders, and staff.
The next phase, Eichorn says, will involve an inter-school planning team to combine the best practices of three great schools with some new ideas to deliver something new and unprecedented in Virginia. “We are creating a thriving academic community where opportunities once thought impossible can now be achieved,” he says.
Professional learning communities and educator support teams will help to meet the essential learning requirements of each student and the professional needs of each staff member, in a rapidly growing and diversifying community.
“Students facing serious socio-economic and emotional challenges, and the greatest need for intellectual opportunities deserve the best schools, teachers, and support services.” Eichorn says, explaining the vision for the new non-traditional campus. “When provided with a World-Class Education, these students can become self-sufficient, confident, and motivated life-long learners. Making that happen is what the non-traditional campus is all about.” 
Senator Gets First Look at Colgan High School
Former Virginia Senator Charles Colgan declared Prince William County’s 12th high school “a treasure,” following a sneak-preview tour of the school that will bear his name. The Charles J Colgan Sr. High School will be dedicated August 22 and open for classes a week later.

June 15, 2016

Senator Colgan toured the school June 15. With construction nearing completion, furniture and equipment are arriving daily. He was joined by School Board members, Ryan Sawyers (Chairman), Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Lillie Jessie (Vice-Chair, Occoquan).  

Director Named for The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
The Joint Board of The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park has named W. Jason Calhoun, Ph.D., as director of the Governor’s School effective July 1.

June 15, 2016

Dr. Calhoun replaces Karen Dalfrey, Ph.D., who will become science department chair and teacher at the new Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School in Manassas when it opens in August.

Calhoun received his doctorate in education from George Mason University where he has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Human Development since 2013. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty, College of Education, at the University of Mary Washington. In both universities, he teaches courses in science curriculum development and methodology for teaching science at the elementary and secondary levels. He earned his master’s degree in organic chemistry from Cornell University and bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morehouse College. He has published numerous papers in scientific and education journals and has presented frequently at state and national conferences on curriculum and science education.

During his post-secondary years, Calhoun was a summer intern conducting research with the National Institutes of Health and DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company on organic synthesis research.

Calhoun joined PWCS in 1999 as science teacher at Gar-Field High School and became department chair in 2006. He was appointed as PWCS curriculum supervisor of science in 2008. In that position, he directed science curriculum development and assessment for grades kindergarten through grade 12 and served as science liaison for the School Division with schools and the community, including businesses, government entities, and institutions of higher education.

The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park is a collaborative venture of the Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County Public School Divisions in cooperation with George Mason University. The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park offers selected juniors and seniors from these school divisions an advanced and intensive program in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students selected to attend the two-year program attend classes at George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus each morning. Students return to their base high schools each afternoon to complete other requirements for graduation.

Eichorn to Lead New Non-traditional Campus; Oversee Three Non-Traditional Schools
After eight years of successfully leading New Directions Alternative Education Center, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) alternative high school, Robert L. Eichorn has been appointed the principal of the Division’s yet-to-be named non-traditional campus.

June 17, 2016
He will lead efforts to combine the resources of New Directions, PACE East, and New Dominion into a single thriving non-traditional academic community. Eichorn assumes the new role July 1, and will immediately take on oversight of the two other schools, while continuing his leadership of New Directions.
Eichorn will be working with the leaders, staff, and communities of all three schools to forge program and staffing plans for the new campus, as construction of the physical facility gets underway.       
Since arriving at New Directions, Eichorn has transformed alternative education itself and attitudes toward the non-traditional student across PWCS. His commitment to non-traditional students has equipped many to exceed their own expectations, and helped propel PWCS to an all-time high on-time graduation rate of 91.4%.
Eichorn and the schools he oversees will now report to Dr. Renee Lacey, Director of Non-Traditional Education, and, through her, to Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss. These reporting changes will not be visible to many. However, they will be important in making certain that our students have more and stronger advocates who share a vision and commitment to giving them pathways to success.
Eichorn has 26 years of experience as an alternative educator. He served as the president of the National Alternative Education Association, was honored as a nominee for the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, and presented with the National Stem Education Leadership Award from the National Education Foundation. He established the PWCS Non-traditional Education Leadership team which organizes an annual professional development conference for over 200 alternative educators from around the region.
New Directions Alternative Education Center has been recognized with the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the highest honor for dropout prevention in the United States. New Directions remains the only alternative school in the nation to earn the designation as a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program in consecutive submissions, and the first in Virginia to receive the award. The staff have been recognized with multiple teacher and counselor of the year awards.
PACE East Students Focus on Doing Good for Others
June 16, 2016

School Resource Officer Mike Lomonaco and PACE Senior Class advisor/teacher Tranee Knotts.Congratulations to the PACE East senior class on raising $4,010 selling Support the Blue shirts.

“The money is being donated to the James Edward Fisher Memorial Trust Fund,” said principal Jody Pankowski.  “This fund supports the educational expenses of children of the deceased or disabled police officers of the Prince William County Police Department.” 

In another example of students getting involved, PACE students at Independent Hill raised money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Check out NBC news story


It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning; College Fairs Set for September 26 and October 13
June 16, 2016

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

The Western Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held at Battlefield High School, located at 15000 Graduation Drive in Haymarket, on Monday, September 26 from 6–8 p.m.

The Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 6–8 p.m. at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge. 
Summer Food Service Program in PWCS
June 16, 2016
Prince William County Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided at eligible schools during their Summer School session.  Meals will be available to those 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. Participation requirements for the program are the same for all children 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 on a first-come, first-served basis at the sites and times as follows:
School Dates Times
Dale City Elementary June 27–July 22
(No service July 4)
8:45–9:05 a.m.
12:00–12:15 p.m.
Ellis Elementary July 5–July 22 8:15–8:45 a.m.
12:45–1:15 p.m.
Fitzgerald Elementary June 20–August 26
(No service July 4)
8–8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Fred M. Lynn Middle June 27–July 1 9–9:15 a.m.
12–12:15 p.m.
Fred M. Lynn Middle July 5–July 22 8–9:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m. –12:15 p.m.
Fred M. Lynn Middle July 25–August 12 8–9:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m.
Freedom High School June 27–August 5
(No service July 4)
7:25–7:55 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Gar-Field High School June 27–July 22
(No service July 4)
7–7:30 a.m.
10–10:30 a.m.
Hampton Middle School July 5–July 22 8–8:20 a.m.
12–12:30 p.m.
Kerrydale Elementary July 5–July 22 8:30–9:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Kilby Elementary August 1–August 19
9– 9:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.– 12 p.m.
King Elementary June 20–August 26
(No service July 4)
8–8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Loch Lomond Elementary June 27–August 11
(No service July 4)
9– 9:30 a.m.
12–12:30 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary June 27–August 11
(No service July 4)
9– 9:30 a.m.
12–12:30 p.m.
Occoquan Elementary July 5–July 22 9:30– 10 a.m.
12–12:25 p.m.
Potomac Middle July 5–July 22 7:30– 8 a.m.
9:45–11 a.m.
Potomac View Elementary July 5–July 22
9:30– 10 a.m.
12–12:25 a.m.
Rippon Middle June 27–July 15
(No service July 4)
7:50–8 a.m.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
River Oaks Elementary July 5–July 22 9–9:30 a.m.
12:15–12:45 p.m.
Sinclair Elementary June 20–August 26
(No service July 4)
8–8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Stonewall Middle July 5–July 22 7:45– 8:15 a.m.
11 a.m.– 12:15 a.m.
Sudley Elementary July 5–July 22 9–9:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary June 20–August 26 8–8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
West Gate Elementary
July 6–August 4
(Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs)
8–8:35 a.m.
10:15–11:30 a.m.
Woodbridge Middle July 5–July 22 7:30–8 a.m.
9:45–10:45 a.m.
Yorkshire Elementary July 5–July 22
8:30– 9:15 a.m.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
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Save the Date! Ribbon Cutting for Schools Scheduled in August
June 16, 2016

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled for Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School, Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School, and George M. Hampton Middle School. The dates and times are listed below.
Monday, August 22, 6 p.m.              
Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School
1388 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
Tuesday, August 23, 6 p.m.
Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School
5710 Liberty Hill Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
George M. Hampton Middle School
14800 Darbydale Avenue
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Woodbridge High Student Wins Cappie Award
Danny Waldman, who graduated Saturday from Woodbridge High School, accepted his Cappie Award for Lead Actor in a Play Sunday night at the Kennedy Center.
June 15, 2016
Danny Waldman, winner of Cappie Award for Lead Actor in a PlayCongratulations to Danny Waldman, and to all students from Woodbridge and Potomac High Schools who were nominated for the Cappie Awards.
Danny, a student in Woodbridge High School's Center for Fine and Performing Arts, won his Cappie for his role as Stanley Kowalski in “A Stree
tcar Named Desire.” 

Danny Waldman and Woodbridge Theatre Teacher Terri Caretti.Celeste Taica, Danny Waldman, Fatima Dyfan at The Kenndy Center for Cappies Awards.
Graduates Showcase PWCS Pipeline for Teachers
PWCS students exhibit the philosophy, high standards, and expectations of future educators.

June 15, 2016

The Second Annual Prince William County Public Schools Growing Our Own Teachers Senior Recognition Ceremony recognized and commended the instructors, advisors and graduating seniors for their special achievements, determination, hard work, and outstanding commitment to the teaching profession. Growing Our Own is an innovative program that supports and mentors middle and high school students who desire to pursue a career in education. The PWCS program helps to identify, recruit, and mentor those current students who, after college, may return to Prince William County classrooms as teachers and school leaders.  
Three students, Ashlyn Johns (Stonewall Jackson), Rachel Jenkins (Hylton) and Taylor Petty (Woodbridge) all received a Dr. Edward L. Kelly scholarship. Matthew Mast (Forest Park) received a $3,000 scholarship from the AFCU Education Foundation for his early commitment to the education profession.  Luz Hernandez (Stonewall Jackson) received a $2,500 NVCC-Growing Our Own Teachers scholarship. Additional recognition included Bobbie Mandro (Gar-field) for the Distinguished Educator award and AFCU Ed Foundation, for the Outstanding Business Partnership award. More than 100 from Battlefield, Brentsville, Gar-field, Hylton, Osbourn Park, Patriot, Stonewall Jackson, and Woodbridge High Schools, along with their parent attended.
Student participants received a certificate of recognition as well as the honor cord(s) for the organizations in which they participated. Other attendees included School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan) and Diane Raulston (Neabsco).  

Innovative Grants Fund Programs in 28 PWCS Schools and Departments
SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, awarded nearly $183,000 in grant funds for the 2015-16 school year.
June 15, 2016

Each year, SPARK funds a variety of new and innovative programs that enrich the lives of PWCS students, teachers, and staff. These programs are not normally possible through limited budgets. 

Through its Innovative Grants Program, the Foundation invests in programs that directly and measurably impact student achievement. These programs may impact a single classroom, a team of teachers, an individual school, or the entire School Division. SPARK awarded a total of 34 Innovative Grants that directly affected 28 schools and departments.
This year, SPARK designated funding specifically for Makerspace grants. Makerspaces are essentially a space where students and teachers can gather to create, invent, and learn with tools such as 3-D printers, electronics, and craft and hardware supplies. SPARK is excited to receive more grants to support this innovative way of learning in the future.

With funding from the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia to include $25,000, matched by SPARK, along with generous contributions from the Micron Foundation and SRC, SPARK and the Office of Career and Technical Education launched the first Cyber Security Lab in Prince William County at Potomac High School.
SPARK also received funding in the amount of $23,000 from the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia to support an initiative spearheaded by the Office of History and Social Science to educate eighth grade students about civic responsibility.
Each year, the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation designates $5,000 to the Innovative Grants Program, allowing SPARK to provide transportation for thousands of students to attend performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center throughout the year. This unique opportunity allows students to experience and appreciate fine arts at a performing arts venue right here in Prince William County.
Through continued support of our business and community partners, SPARK is able to fill in the gaps, provide unique and innovative learning opportunities, and ultimately bolster student achievement.
HCHY Students L.E.A.D. Team Celebrates 2016 Graduates
June 15, 2016

Graduating seniors across the county who are members of their school’s Healthy Communities Healthy Youth
(HCHY) Students Learning Essential Assets of Development (L.E.A.D.) Team were honored by school sponsors, parents, and community members. The students shared their post-graduate plans and their gratitude for their experiences as members of HCHY. Many said the opportunities they had to network with other youth and community members influenced their choice of roommates for college, career selection, internships, and volunteer work. All were proud to represent Prince William County Schools as they begin the next chapter in their lives. Several plan to attend United States Military Academy at West Point, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Stanford University, George Mason University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Others have joined the military.

The highlight of the afternoon was the awarding of a $500 scholarship from RRMM Architect in Chesapeake, VA to Edgar Cartagena at Freedom High School. Edgar will be attending Northern Virginia Community College next year and plans to eventually enroll at George Mason University.
Valedictorians and Salutatorians of the Class of 2016
June 14, 2016

Congratulations to the following students who earned the highest grade point average in their respective graduating class. Watch for profiles on these students in the coming weeks.

Battlefield High School
Valedictorian:      Noah Xavier Tan Reilly
Salutatorian:       Ian Sukamto Cabacungan

Brentsville District High School
Valedictorian: Samantha Warner
Salutatorian: Mary Jane Cribbs

Forest Park High School
Valedictorian: Zayyad Siddiqui
Salutatorian: Russell Rudd
Freedom High School
Valedictorian: Lauryn Downing
Salutatorian: Jeaneth Reyes         
Gar-Field High School
Valedictorian: Mabel Janet Amara
Valedictorian: En En Low
Salutatorian:  Nancy Zhou
Hylton High School
Valedictorian:  Rachel Kanefsky      
Salutatorian:  Michelle Abban

Osbourn Park High School
Valedictorian:     Karanbir Singh Gothra
Salutatorian: Faiz Mujib Plastikwala        
Patriot High School
Valedictorian:     Steven Shipley
Salutatorian: Christopher Truong             
Potomac High School
Valedictorians: Simran Budhwar              
Salutatorian: Jean Recklau
Stonewall Jackson High School
Valedictorian:  Greg Klatt
Salutatorian:  Morgan Kurst
Woodbridge High School
Valedictorian:  Hafsa Abdi
Salutatorian:   Connor Segal
Solar Power Soars at T. Clay Wood Elementary School
Future scientists learn how to capture solar energy to generate electricity and heat through new energy education program..

June 13, 2016

Excitement was simply electric this morning at T. Clay Wood Elementary School. Students, staff, dignitaries, and officials from The Dominion Foundation witnessed the ribbon cutting for the installation of a solar array panel, the first step in an energy education and training program, “Solar for Schools” which Dominion is piloting in four schools statewide. T. Clay Wood is the only elementary school among the four schools.

The photovoltaic system will convert sunlight to electric power. Students will be able to view real-time data online and the amount of electricity generated for use in classroom activities. Dominion’s program includes solar energy training for classroom teachers and solar curriculum and hands-on kits to teach teachers, parents, and students about the various aspects of producing solar power. 
SPARK Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients
June 10, 2016

SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, has awarded scholarships to 10 students for the Dr. Edward L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship and Micron Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE). 

The Dr. Edward L. Kelly Memorial Scholarships provide $1,000 to three graduating high school seniors who intend to become a teacher. Kelly served as Superintendent of PWCS for 18 years. The recipients and their universities are:
  • Rachel Jenkins, Hylton High School, Christopher Newport.
  • Ashlyn Johns, Stonewall Jackson High School, James Madison University.
  • Taylor Petty, Woodbridge High School, Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Micron STEM and CTE Scholarships award $1,500 scholarships to graduating students who intend to pursue a professional certification or a career in STEM fields. The recipients and their universities are: 
Micron STEM
  • Christina Bagnati, Woodbridge High School, Purdue University.
  • Rachel Kanefsky, Hylton High School, VA Tech.
  • Anna Schmitt, Woodbridge High School, VA Tech.
  • Adam Tucker, Patriot High School, West Virginia University.
Micron also awarded a STEM scholarship of $1,500, renewable for four years, to a student attending George Mason University and pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and math. The recipient is:
  • Afnan Ali, Woodbridge High School.


PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 13, 2016

PWCS-TV will air recordings of most PWCS high school graduation ceremonies. These broadcasts 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 Click on Video On Demand.  Look for PWCS-TV Originals and then scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.

School Broadcast Dates
Stonewall Jackson High                   July 4 & July 8
Battlefield High July 11 & July 15
Potomac High July 18 & July 22
Patriot High July 25 & July 29
Woodbridge High August 1 & August 5
Gar-Field High August 8 & August 12
Osbourn Park High August 15 & August 19
Forest Park High August 22 & August 26
Freedom High August 29 & September 2
Hylton High September 5 & September 9
Brentsville District High September 12 & September 16
Adult Ed and Summer School September 19 & September 23
New Directions September 26 & September 30
Saluting Our Stars Photo Gallery Now Available
June 10, 2016  

A photo gallery from the May 12 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, from PWCS students and staff, 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.
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 2016–17 school year. Enrollment for both plans begins on or after July 1.
  • Markel Insurance has a $75,000 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.
Performance on National Latin Exam Garners Honors for Students
June 10, 2016
Latin continues to flourish in Prince William County Schools as evidenced by the performance of students on this year’s National Latin Exam (NLE). Honors are awarded to those achieving top scores on the NLE taken by more than 150,000 Latin students annually in 50 states and 13 foreign countries. It is offered under the joint sponsorship of the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League to “promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.” Prince William County Public School students fared well in this year’s exam, bringing home 26 awards.
“The study of Latin offers all students the opportunity to understand word parts in English better, facilitating vocabulary development in English which leads to better achievement results 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 of studying Latin.”
There are 842 students studying Latin in Prince William County Public Schools at five high schools: Battlefield, Brentsville District, Hylton, Osbourn Park, and Stonewall Jackson High Schools. Forest Park and Patriot High School students are enrolled through the Virtual High School@PWCS and Virtual Virginia.
This year's winners are:
Battlefield High School
Teacher: Kendra Yount
  • Elizabeth Dudas, Magna Cum Laude
  • Dylan Fernandes, Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude
  • Jack Lynam, Magna Cum Laude
  • Donovan Murphy, Cum Laude
Brenstville District High School
Teacher: Stephanie Lopez
  • Caitlin Boyce, Cum Laude
  • Ashley Dimino, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
  • Gavin Kent, Cum Laude
  • Rachel Landry, Magna Cum Laude
  • Robert Mangum, Cum Laude
  • Campbell Miles, Magna Cum Laude
  • Deysi Orellana, Cum Laude
  • Nathaniel Romanowski, Cum Laude
  • Megan Underwood, Cum Laude
Hylton High School
Teacher: Page Warren
  • Keyyatta Bonds, Magna Cum Laude
  • Timothy Cha, Magna Cum Laude
  • Arianna Lawrence, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
Osbourn Park High School
Teacher: Anne Tra
  • Alexandria Christie, Magna Cum Laude
  • Matthew DeLancey, Cum Laude
  • Gwendolyn Etemadi, Cum Laude
  • Jackson Hoppe, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
  • Chance Moore: Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude
  • Kevin Malloy, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
  • Grace Sheehy, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
  • Justin Staff, Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude
Stonewall Jackson High School
Teacher: Kristen Fort
  • Jason Farrell, Magna Cum Laude
The philosophy of the NLE is “predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for each individual student since, on the NLE, he is not competing with his fellow student on a comparative basis, but is evaluated solely on his own performance on the exam.”
Staffing Update June 10
Congratulations to the following outstanding educators on their recent appointments:

Leigh Allen-Hughes, previously an assistant principal at Hutchinson Elementary in Herndon, VA, has been appointed assistant principal at Ellis Elementary effective July 22, 2016.

Toi Tanton, currently administrative intern at Rockledge Elementary, has been appointed assistant principal there, effective July 22, 2016.
Lesley Leto, Physical Education teacher at Occoquan Elementary, has been appointed administrative intern at Fitzgerald Elementary effective August 11, 2016.
Derik Whitehouse, Fifth grade teacher at Dale City Elementary has been appointed administrative intern at McAuliffe Elementary effective August 11, 2016.
Christopher Beemer, administrative intern at Battlefield, has been appointed assistant principal at Woodbridge High School effective July 5, 2016.
Broadway, Here We Come! PWCS Students Shine in Theatre Productions; Earn Cappie Nominations
Four students from two PWCS schools earned nominations for this year’s Cappie Awards, the region’s elite recognition program for high school theatre productions.
June 9, 2016

Three students from Woodbridge High School were honored for their performance in the school's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Celeste Taica, a junior, was nominated for Featured Actress; Fatima Dyfan, a junior, for Supporting Actress in a Play; and Danny Waldman, a senior, for a Lead Actor in a Play. Danny played Stanley Kowalski, Fatima played Stella Kowalski, and Celeste played Eunice Hubbel. The production was directed by Woodbridge High School's Theatre Teacher Terri Caretti.
Emmanuel Kikoni, a junior at Potomac High School, earned two nominations. He was nominated for Male Dancer and for Choreography for his portrayed as The Cat in the Hat and for choreographing the entire show.
The Cappies Awards Gala will take place on Sunday, June 12 at the Kennedy Center. The Cappies "Critics and Awards Program" is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers like "The Washington Post."  
The Cappies of the National Capital Area holds its Gala in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center; the center's largest performance space. These Galas are formal and generally include local V.I.P. award presenters, along with performances of songs or scenes from nominated shows. They usually run from two-and-a-half to three hours and some are televised.
Great Golf Tournament Raffle Prizes—Get Your Chances Now
June 8, 2016

The 2016 Tee Off for Education Golf Classic, sponsored by SPARK, is set for Friday, August 5 at Old Hickory Golf Club. SPARK is the Education Foundation for PWCS.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase in advance and you do not need to be present to win. Each ticket is $10. The grand prize is a 1-year membership to Old Hickory Golf Club valued at $4,500 in addition to multiple gift baskets and golf foursomes. Limited tickets will be sold, so enter while they last. To reserve tickets or purchase raffle tickets, please contact SPARK at 703.791.8001.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will support SPARK’s Innovative Grants program to enhance public education in Prince William County. For information or to register, contact SPARK at 703.791.8003 or visit the Foundation’s website at Donations of auction and raffle items are welcome and sponsorship opportunities are still available; those interested should contact the Foundation’s office to learn more. 
We Have A Budget!
Deal Retains Investments, Cuts Safety Net
June 2, 2016

The Prince William County School Board Wednesday balanced the need to protect programs, positions, and raises, with the risk of cutting its reserve safety net, passing a final 2017 Prince William County Schools (PWCS) budget in the face of lower-than-anticipated county funding.

The School Board accepted staff-recommended budget adjustments to eliminate the multi-million dollar revenue shortfall stemming from the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) decision to eliminate a tax rate increase. Revenue from that increase had been factored into the PWCS budget which was unanimously passed by the School Board back in March.    

The newly passed final budget plan retains top priorities funded by the original, including:
  • A one-step compensation increase for all employees;
  • Major investments in new teachers and support staff to help reduce class sizes; and
  • Full funding of school construction and renovation plans in this year’s Capital Improvements Program.
It also spends $1.6 million on legally mandated costs associated with 600 more English Language Learners than originally expected; adds $951,000 to serve Special Education students; and covers an extra $1 million offered, but not yet guaranteed, by the BOCS to fund added class-size reduction efforts.
The full budget plan costs approximately $10.8 million more than PWCS will receive after the county budget decision.

As recommended by the Superintendent, the Board closed some of the gap by spending money normally set aside as reserves to cushion the Division from unexpected budget developments. That spending includes approximately $3 million in anticipated savings from staff turnover and vacancies, and another $1.6 million in additional reserves.

Additional gap-closing help came in the form of greater flexibility to use $3 million in state funding, as well as an added $908,000 in Virginia funding to help meet the demands from increased enrollment of English Language Learners and students with special needs.     
Further savings came from:
  • Hiring two new behavior specialists instead of four;
  • Adjusting new hiring to maintain a total of 11 instructional coaches;
  • Eliminating one of two new diagnosticians;
  • Not hiring a Division ombudsman; and
  • Cutting some enhanced spending meant to go above and beyond requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Despite the changes, the budget still permits PWCS to add more than 140 new instructional positions to aid in class-size reduction efforts affecting virtually all levels. 

Budget challenges could still lie ahead if state revenues fall below projections. With lower PWCS reserves, any loss of expected state funding could force new spending reductions. For now, however, PWCS has a balanced budget to start the new school year.

The 2017 fiscal year begins on July 1.
“You Are Not Alone” Spriggs United Suicide Awareness Walk
Despite the rainy conditions, volunteers and families participated to bring depression and other mental health issues that could lead to suicide out of the shadows.

June 8, 2016

The second annual Spriggs United Suicide Awareness walk brought out more than 200 participants who walked three miles in a continued effort to educate the community and talk about suicide. Students in U.S. Government and History classes at Forest Park High School organized the walk with the help of their teacher, Shannon Geraghty. Student leaders from Forest Park spoke at consecutive School Board meetings in May to promote the event. Social Workers, counselors, teachers, local students and support groups provided information and support for the crowd.

Following the walk, guest speakers included Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, and state Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-29th. Both gave remarks about the issue of suicide in the community. School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan) and School Board members William Deutsch (Coles), Alyson Satterwhit (Gainesville), and Justin Wilk (Potomac) were in attendance.

(See video below.)

In the JROTC, Tapping New Leaders Is a Time-Honored Tradition
Unit Commanders poised to achieve higher levels of leadership, community service, and citizenship.

June 6, 2016

A PWCS tradition for more than a decade, new Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) unit commanders and officers were inducted during an annual medal ceremony on May 26. The first event in 2004 involved only four schools and a handful of family members. Now there are units in nine schools and more than 1,600 cadets countywide, and their ranks are growing every year.
The occasion was heartwarming, warranting a long pause to reflect on all those along the way who helped shape these outstanding young cadets. The cadets share a commitment to uphold the ideals of character and leadership development, citizenship, and community service. The unit commanders are rising seniors, with a solid record of achievement in their units. Striking in their singular accomplishments and diversity, these leaders stand out as scholars who are also involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, and community service.
Superintendent Steve Walts, School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), and School Board member Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville) were among those who spoke highly of the cadets and their accomplishments.
Dr. Walts presented the Superintendent’s Cup, a perpetual trophy awarded to the winner of a basketball tournament between the county’s JROTC units, to Potomac High School’s Naval JRTOC.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, JROTC instructors presented Fred Milbert, supervisor of JROTC, health, physical education, driver education, and athletics, a plaque in recognition of his leadership and dedication to the JROTC program. (Milbert is retiring from his position at the end of June, but will assume the position as girls’ basketball coach at the new Colgan High School.)
“The JROTC program has grown in our Division because of the tireless work of the instructors and the success of the student leaders and commanders. These are the people that share the value of the program with their friends, family, and community. This is why these programs are growing,” Milbert said.
For details on Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy JROTC units in Prince William County Public Schools, visit the websites of Battlefield, Forest Park, Freedom, Gar-Field, Hylton, Osbourn Park, Potomac, Stonewall Jackson, and Woodbridge High Schools.

Florence Nightingale’s Legacy Recalled at Graduation and Capping Ceremony
Prince William County School of Practical Nursing launches 46th Class of graduates.

June 6, 2016

Amid roaring cheers and tears of joy, 26 graduates and 47 students in the Class of 2017 were honored on June 3 at Osbourn Park High School, home of the county’s School of Practical Nursing. The graduates are entering a field where there is a high demand for their skills locally and nationally. The capping ceremony, a tradition that dates back to the founding of modern nursing, marks the beginning of a student’s clinical experience. In many ways, the ceremony pays homage to Florence Nightingale, commonly known as the “mother of modern nursing.” Female students received their cap and the male students received a pin to symbolize their cap.

Graduates received diplomas and the nursing lamp, symbolizing that used by Nightingale as she made her rounds to the sick at night. “The lamp not only signifies leading our way to help our patients, but our commitment and dedication to our career and our patients. Today, the lamp is known as the lamp of knowledge,” said Tammy Dean, RN, BSN, director, PWC School of Practical Nursing.

Graduates are now eligible to take the National Certification Licensure Examination; once they pass the examination, they can be employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

“Many of our graduates have already secured jobs out of their preceptorship assignments. Ten out of the 26 graduates already have jobs lined up,” said Dean.

Parent Tips for Graduation Parties
June 6, 2016

Graduation time should be a positive experience, one that a graduate will never forget. As your teen navigates this important life change there is much to do and talk about—but the most important conversation should come from you, the parent. Explain to your child that during graduation night and at other celebrations, safety is crucial in the planning process, and that alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes are not necessary for a fun time!
• Demand that alcohol not be allowed.
• Insist that everyone in the vehicle wear seat belts at all times.
• Prohibit your teen from texting or talking on a cell phone, while driving.
• Limit the number of passengers your teen will be allowed to transport.
• Make sure the vehicle your teen will be driving is in good working condition.
• Don’t allow driving after midnight. Make alternative arrangements (chauffeur, car pool with other parents, taxis) if necessary.
• Make sure your teen provides contact phone numbers where he or she can be reached.

Visit for tips on how to encourage responsible behavior and minimize the risks inexperienced drivers often face.

You can also “like” Partners for Safe Teen Driving on Facebook: and follow them on Twitter:
Staffing Update June 3, 2016
Congratulations to the following outstanding educators on their recent appointments:

Current Supervisor of Science and Family Life Education, Jason Calhoun, has been appointed Director of the Governor’s School effective July 1.

Natasha Valencia has been appointed administrative coordinator for program analysis in the Office of Financial Services, effective June 1.

Karen Giacometti has been appointed principal of Belmont ES effective July 1. She is currently assistant production manager at the National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago. She replaces acting principal Brenda Lewis, effective July 1.

Lesley Leto, Elementary PE Teacher at Occoquan Elementary School has been appointed Summer School Principal at Potomac View Elementary School, effective July 1.
Margaret “Meg” MacGregor, assistant principal at Leesylvania Elementary School, has been appointed principal of Leesylvania Elementary, effective July 1.  
Antoinette McDonald currently Assistant Principal at Victory Elementary, has been appointed Principal of Bel Air Elementary, effective July 1.  
Summer Schedule for Parent Portal Access—Important Parent Information
June 3, 2016

Parents who currently have Parent Portal accounts may continue to view student grades, attendance, and account information for the 2015–16 school year through June 30, when it will go offline for yearly maintenance.

Summer school grades will not be displayed on the Parent Portal.

Those who may need to update their contact information in Parent Portal should visit their child’s school in person. Parents who do not have a Parent Portal user account must wait until August to establish their account.

Parent Portal will be back online with full access in August. Watch school websites for a date when parents can apply and use the system again.

Those who do not have a Parent Portal account and want to view details about how to apply and use Parent Portal should visit the Parent Portal Information page.

Fight the Bite! Prevent Zika this Summer
June 3, 2016
Outbreaks of Zika virus infection have occurred in many parts of the world, and travel-related cases have been diagnosed in Virginia. Because the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus are found in the U.S., including Virginia, the Prince William Health District is spreading the word about how to protect yourself and your family.
The Disease: Mosquitoes can get infected with Zika virus when they bite a person who carries the virus, and then can infect other people by biting them. Four out of five people who are infected do NOT become sick. For those who do, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika has been linked to birth defects, such as microcephaly (small head) in babies and other syndromes in a small number of patients. Prince William Health Director Dr. Alison Ansher advises, “There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. So it is important that we all do our part to prevent mosquitoes by eliminating their breeding sites and protecting ourselves and our families from mosquito bites.”
Prevention: To fight Zika:  
  1. Cover and repel. Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and a hat. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent according to label directions.
  2. Remove collected water. Remember: tip, toss and cover! Inspect your yard/grounds for any containers that can hold water and empty them. Throw it away if it is trash or cover it to prevent water from gathering.
  3. Keep mosquitoes out of your home. Keep windows closed or make sure they have screens that keep mosquitoes outside.
For more information, visit or Follow the Prince William Health District: @PrinceWilliamHD or
Bell Times for 2016–17 School Year
June 2, 2016

Bell times for school year 2016–17 are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services web page. Bell times have been added for Kyle Wilson 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.
Caution Advised After Bear Sightings in Western Prince William
May 31, 2016

Amid continued reports of bears in the area of Tyler Elementary School and PACE West School, we are re-issuing the information provided by Prince William County Police last week.

"Due to the increase in bear sightings reported to police, we would like to provide the following safety tips...
Homeowners and businesses should remove food sources. Common attractions include bird feeders, pet food, grills and trash containers. We do not want the bears to become accustomed to people. Once that happens, the bear must be destroyed. Read More
Staffing Update May 27
Congratulations to the following outstanding educators on their recent appointments. The appointments are effective July 1, 2016:
  • Alyssa Francisco, currently a third grade teacher at Old Bridge Elementary, will become assistant principal of Old Bridge Elementary School.
  • Heather Sylvia, currently a fourth grade teacher at Haymarket Elementary and former assistant principal at Ellis Elementary, will become the assistant principal at Haymarket Elementary.
  • Rhonda Jeck, currently acting principal of Bristow Run Elementary School, will become the principal of Bristow Run.
  • Chanel Evelyn, currently administrative intern at Yorkshire Elementary School, will be the incoming assistant principal at Vaughan.
  • Skyles Calhoun, principal of Woodbridge Middle School, will become the principal of Lake Ridge Middle School.
  • Audrey Berryman, currently administrative intern at Fred Lynn Middle School, will become assistant principal at Fred Lynn Middle.
  • Angela Naggles, currently assistant principal at McAuliffe Elementary School, will become assistant principal of Kerrydale Elementary.
  • Gretchen Drzewucki, Title I teacher at Neabsco Elementary, has been appointed assistant principal of Kyle Wilson Elementary School.
Quench Your Thirst and Give at PACE East School’s Drive-Thru Lemonade Stand
May 16, 2016

Customers can take a drive through the bus loop at Independent Hill School to quickly quench their thirst, pick up a treat, and be on their way, on Wednesday, June 8.

Students from the PACE East program will be out in the sunshine from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., operating a lemonade and cookie stand for their annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser.

“Students get a chance to practice customer service skills, handle money, and calculate correct change as they assist visitors who come to the stand, all while contributing to a worthwhile cause,” said Vicky Smith, special education teacher for Independent Hill School’s PACE East Program.

Be sure to stop by to say hello!

Visit the official event page for additional details and to submit an online donation at 

Please note the official online campaign is being observed on June 10.
What Are You Doing This Summer? Check Out the 2016 Summer Camp & Recreation Opportunities for Students with Special Needs
The 2016 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
Staffing Update for May 9, 2016
Mary McGowan has been appointed PWCS Division Counsel, effective July 1. She has been working in that capacity through the law firm of Blankingship and Keith for the past several months. As a PWCS employee, McGowan will soon be able to devote her full attention to Division needs. McGowan has represented PWCS on legal matters since 1984 and served as attorney to the School Board from 2001 to 2011.
Get a Jump Start on Course Credits through Virtual HS @ PWCS; Summer Session Registration Open
May 9, 2016

Need to make up course credits or get ahead? No time in your schedule to take every course you want? Then our Virtual High School is right for you. Virtual high school summer session will run from June 27 through August 5; the online program has an average pass rate of 94% in the summer session with an average SOL pass rate of 92%.

Led by highly qualified teachers proven in both real and virtual classroom settings, the courses are open to any ninth- through twelfth- grade student enrolled in an accredited Virginia school. New to the program this year are two world language courses, Latin II and Spanish I.
More details about the program can be found on the Virtual High School @ PWCS website.

Students may register online. Register early, as some classes fill up quickly.
Another Chance to Succeed, Improve Skills, Take a New Course or Enrichment Class— Register for the PWCS Summer Program
April 29, 2016

The PWCS Summer School Program offers opportunities for remedial or new courses as well as enrichment. Check out “Resources” under the “Students” tab on the PWCS home page for full details.
Elementary and middle school students can attend a remedial program which is aligned with the school year curricula and focuses on language arts and math. At the middle school level, students participate in a social skills component. Students will be taught core skills and strategies with activities that keep them engaged and interested.
Young Picassos and Rembrandts are invited to explore “Color Your World” in the annual PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program. The program is open to all local-area students currently in grades 2–8.

High school students in grades 9–12 may take courses for new or repeat credit. With approval from the student’s base school administrator or designee, rising ninth-grade students (2015–16 current eighth grade students) may also take certain high school classes for credit. Additionally, a two-week SOL Remediation course will be held for all end-of-course tests and the SOL will be administered at the end of the class. The Virtual High School at Prince William County Schools (VHS@PWCS) is a program designed to expand the access of challenging curricula through the delivery of high quality online courses. Details may be found on the PWCS website.

Summer school provides students with more individualized instruction due to smaller class sizes. It also allows students to accelerate their course work or take a course that was previously failed. Summer school gives students the opportunity to focus on one or two classes in a more relaxed learning environment. One of the goals of the summer school program is that every student have a successful summer school experience which can ultimately improve a student's self-esteem and raise his or her personal academic expectations.
Gainesville Middle School Geographic Bee Champion Places 2nd at State Bee
April 28, 2016
Gainesville Middle School scored big at the National Geographic State Bee, with student Prithvi Nathan placing second in a field of 100 contestants. Gainesville Middle School for the Arts & Sciences has had a student qualify to compete at the state level every year for the past five years. Separately, on April 11, Nathan also qualified for the National Championships for the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

“Prithvi missed being the state champion by just one question,” says Gifted Education Department Chair and Resource Teacher Patricia Harmon. “His performance in both events was exemplary.” 

Students who ascend to the state championship must first win their school-level Bee. After winning the school-level championship, they are administered a rigorous written test to qualify for the state competition. From the list of school champions throughout Virginia, this test narrows down the state competitor pool to the 100 best performers on the written qualifying exam.
One winner from Virginia will advance to the national competition held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will compete against the winners from each state and territory of the United States in the national finals for scholarships.
The National Geographic Bee is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Questions asked during the competition challenge students to identify familiar geographic landmarks, name capitals of countries across the globe, pair historic events with their sites of origin, and more.
Groundbreaking Ceremony May 23 to Kick Off Construction on “Potomac Shores” Elementary School
April 28, 2016
The Prince William County School Board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new elementary school in eastern Prince William County on Monday, May 23. The ceremony for the “Potomac Shores” elementary, located at 2500 River Heritage Boulevard, Dumfries, will be held at 9:30 a.m. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.
School Division employees and the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. School Board members and other local elected officials are expected to attend.
The construction of this school is possible through the cooperation of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and funding received from general obligation bonds via the Virginia Public School Authority.
V. F. Pavone Construction was awarded the construction contract; the architect is Moseley Architects. Upon completion, this new elementary school’s 850-plus seats will provide much needed relief to projected overcrowding at elementary schools in the area. 
Summer Orchestra Camp, July 18-29
April 28, 2016
Summer Orchestra Camp is an opportunity for students rising in grades 4-12 to retain the musical playing skills learned during the school year or for beginners to learn how to play a stringed orchestra instrument. The two-week camp offers group instruction tailored to ability and a beginning student class, and culminates in a concert on the last day of camp. Private instruction will also be offered. For more information, contact Karen von Bernewitz by email at or call 703.494.5154.
Camp Dates: Monday–Friday, July 18–July 29
Times: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Gar-Field High School
Cost: See details on registration and payment options.
Eligibility: Students entering 5th–12th grades in September 2016
Online Registration Opens May 2 for Families New to School Age Child Care Program
April 22, 2016

Online registration is now open for current students of the Prince William County Public Schools School Age Child Care (SACC) program administered through AlphaBEST Education, Inc. Families new to the program may begin registration for the 2016–17 School Year on May 2.

SACC tuition for the 2016–17 school year remains the same as tuition for 2015–16. Visit the SACC program website for details and to register.

The SACC program delivers a safe, exciting, enriching environment, including homework support and opportunities in STEM, dramatic and visual arts, fitness, language, and cultural discovery.

SACC offers online registration, online weekly payments, and electronic check-in/check-out. Additionally, SACC includes an educational enrichment component, which brings a certificated teacher to SACC sites. The teacher works along with SACC staff to provide math and reading enrichment in a small group setting.

AlphaBEST also offers Next Generation, an after-school program for middle school students in grades six and seven who have not reached their thirteenth birthday before August 31, 2016.

Visit the Next Generation website for details.

School Division to Honor Retirees on April 26
April 20, 2016

The School Board, Superintendent, and Administrative Leadership Team will recognize and honor retiring School Division employees during a ceremony and reception on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. Those to be recognized have collectively given tens of thousands of hours of expertise, dedication, and service to the students, schools, and offices of PWCS. Though they are retiring, the impact of their contributions will be felt for years to come.

Families, colleagues, and friends are expected to join the School Board in honoring 235 retirees in 68 schools and 13 offices.
This year’s retirees and their school/department are as follows:
Central Elementary Schools
Debra Antenen, Donna R. Carleton, Robyn Cronje, Harry L. Earman, Teresa Felch, Eileen Fink, Andrea Freeland, George Frye III, Margaret H. Fuller, Elizabeth M. Gerovac, Grace Higginbottom, Allison J. Kelley-Hoak, Jan M. Kellstrom, Bonnie F. Klakowicz, Diane Lienard, and Connie S. Louderback.
Also, Ellen L. Mackinnon, Melanie McClure, Maryann R. McManus, Gina M. Merenda, Barbara J. Minner, Catherine A. Pavlik, Annette R. Pfohl, Rita Santiago, Vera L. Sincere, Barbara H. Staubs, Christy H. Tayler, Betty Williams, and Chung Wong.
Eastern Elementary Schools
Charlene Beckner, Emily S. Bossin, Mary C. Byrd, Jerelyn M. Condon, Sandra A. Foster, Sandra K. Gehlhoff, Martha Greene, Rebecca S. Hardy, Carol A. Jones, Linda S. Klotz, and Zorina Lally.
Also, Catherine H. Lewis, Arlene F. McFadden, Timothy O'Rourke, Susan Porter, Elizabeth H. Potente, Mary Knapp Preston, Beverly Samuels, Eileen C. Scholar, Helen D. Schorsch, Maria F. Smith, Donna Willison, and Pamela D. Zemlan.
Western Elementary Schools
Linda Arbogast, Lois K. Bateman, Patricia Boelman, Barbara Boyd, Donna M. Crissup, Deborah T. Douglas, Guerry F. Drey, Susan Ertel, Gary P. Fekete, Jane A. Haycraft, Miao Huang-Fu, Patricia E. Jacobs, David A. Koss, Chris Lowell, Kathryn S. Lund, Lynn Maletick, Pamela Moody, Mary N. Orlando, James Quinn, Debra Spaldo, Brenda Stringfellow, Barbara C. Thomson, Barbara A. Vignovich, and Carol Zurat.
Middle Schools
Neil Alexander, Sally Altman, Charlene S. Baron, Nancy N. Burns, Trinidad D. Carballo, Faye Chappell, Jodi L. Conway, Sharon B. Cooper, Thomas R. Cotter, Amy K. Crotty, Ann Davis, Frankie D. Curry, Colleen Dengler, Judy S. Dietrich, Joyce T. Doyle, Alfred F. Eaton, Kathryn M. Eaton, Nancy S. Esser, Karen A Houser, Daniel I. Hurlow, Lang Huynh, Vijayarani Isaac, Barbara G. Miller, Judith Minor, and Carol A. Moonan.
Also, Edith C. Morton, Timothy R. Post, Carrie T. Rehberg, Cora Richards, Sandra I. Rivera, Shelia M. Roberts, Sharon A. Robinson, Rosa H. Salmeron, Boualaphanh  Southivongnorath, Josie Stevenson, Richard L. Stoppa, Dennis M. Tucker, Eugene T. Vest, Barbara J. White, Gregory Williams, Carol A. Wisloski, and Melody P. Young.
High Schools
Perpetual Adjei, Effie E. Afordakos, Christopher K. Aleo, Debra Beasley, Donna Butwill, Carolyn M. Clay, Patricia Cole, Joseph Cooper, Scott T. Crow, Art W. Dietrich, Nancy M. Doggett, Frank D. Dunn, Mary Jane Earman, Amy Ethridge-Conti, Carol A. Fitzwater, Deborah L. Floris, Marlene E. Forrest, Eastern Gault, Frank M. Gregorio, Maria Hernandez, Wanda L. Higgins, Margaret Holt, and Alma R. Jackson.
Also, MaryAnne H. Jewart, Paulette F. Jones, Mary T. Kenneally, Jane H. Kotulka, Anne N. Lytle, Patricia A. Mathews, Pamela C. McCarthy, Janice L. McCurdy, Mary E. Molter, Nancy Murphy, Maria Ordonez, Shirley Parker, Margaret Payne, Joan Pennline, Guillermo Salmon, Trina Sheckels-McFarland, Pamela Skeens, Elizabeth Slack, Patricia Smith, Tammy Smith, Chris H. Sparkman, William Stearns, Heidi S. Summers, Muriel Walburn, Judith E. Weiss, Patricia J. Williams, and Marla Yackshaw.
Communications and Technology Services
Diana Hobbs, Linda Jensen, Duc Vu, Allen White, and Paul A. Whitham.
Finance and Support Services
Shirley Aldridge, Sandra Bailey, Nora Baird, Luigia Battuello, Wilma Blizzard, Sylvia Buranen, William Cantrell, Adrian Carneal, Maria Cavin, Vanthong Chounlamany, Dennis Clark, Robert Clarke, Sharon Combs, Priscilla Corbin, Marian Critchley, James Day, Yves Dusart, Brenda Dye, Linda Edwards, Richard Embrey, Linda Faucett, Betty Forsht, Sharon Fossum, Lawrence Griffith, and Patricia Hood.
Also, Eleanor L. Howell, Barbara Hubbard, George Hurd, Julia Kelbaugh, Donald King, Kathleen Lyons, Nancy Markov, Linda Marshall, Janet Masarick, Faye Mills, Michael Mohaupt, Laura Morton, Gail Newman-Spencer, Robert Petrey, Betty Plotz, Frances Poplin, Jackie Elaine Rawlings, Janice Rolley, Jose H. Salmeron, Stacy Swartz, and Mary F. Vlahos.
Human Resources
Susan Golladay and Meg E. Gruber.
Student Learning and Accountability
Pamela Brick, Sherley Channing, Lourde Cruddas, Margaret Evans, Janet L. Gillespie, Janet Greer, Jocerlyn L. Hardy, Peggy A. Kollmann, Ann W. Leazer, Fred Milbert, Fanoula Senese, Diane Signorino, Dawnita Truitt-Calderone, Kathleen Wanat, and Margaret Weathers.
Summer School Assistant Principals Appointed
April 14, 2016
These are the 2016 Summer School Assistant Principal appointments:
Christopher Beemer, administrative intern at Battlefield High School, was appointed assistant principal at Graham Park Middle School.

Crystal Estes, administrative intern at Rippon Middle School, was appointed assistant principal at Gainesville Middle School.

Rachel Pierce, administrative intern at New Dominion School, was appointed assistant principal at Potomac Middle School.

James Utterback, math teacher at Potomac HS, was appointed assistant principal at Forest Park High School.

Fernando Montanez, administrative intern at Osbourn Park High School, was appointed assistant principal at Forest Park High School.

Matthew Carbo, assistant principal at Brentsville District High School, was appointed assistant principal at Osbourn Park High School
Staffing Update April 11, 2016
Congratulations to Christie Taylor, the current principal at Lake Ridge Middle School, on her appointment as the new Director of the Office of Professional Learning, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace Janet Greer, who is retiring.
Pass the Word: PWCS Online Auction’s the Best for Real Deals
April 8, 2016
Prince William County Public Schools uses an online site to auction the School Division’s surplus inventory. Tell your friends and neighbors to check out the site; computers are a frequent sale item on the auction. The instructions for bidding are available on the auction website at
From the home page, select Virginia in the Select Region box, then select Prince William County Schools as the agency.
PWCS employees and relatives residing in the same household may not bid on auction items.
Are You Registered to Vote? Note These Deadlines if You Plan to Vote in 2016
April 8, 2016
  • Monday, April 11, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the May 3 Town Elections for Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, and Quantico.
  • May 24, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the June 14 Primary Election. (Primary Elections are held as needed and announced when information becomes available.)
  • October 18, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 General Election for President of the United States and House Representatives.
Students who will be 18 years old by the General Election on November 8, 2016, are citizens of the United States, and are residents of Virginia are eligible to vote. 
Students are encouraged to register online by visiting or
Students may also register by completing a registration application and mailing it to either their local registration office or the address printed on the form. 
Last Day of School Student Dismissal Schedule, Friday, June 17
April 5, 2016
If there are no unexpected closures that impact the school schedule for the remainder of this school year, the last day of school for this school year will be Friday, June 17, with the standard early dismissal plans as follows:
• Elementary and middle school students will be dismissed on a half-day schedule.
• High school dismissal is set for 10 a.m.
• June 17 dismissal times for all schools will be posted to the Transportation Services website as soon as they are available.
• There will be no preschool special education, Head Start, or Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPE or VPI+) classes on Friday, June 17.
• Lunch will not be served in the high schools.
• Lunch will be served in the elementary and middle schools.
• All SACC and Next Generation sites will remain open until their normal 6:30 p.m. closing time. Programs will open for the afternoon in time to receive students at their scheduled dismissal time.
Community Meeting on Potential Transport Center in Bristow

April 1, 2016
Community Meeting Set on Potential Transportation Center

PWCS proposes to build a vehicle maintenance transportation center at 5728 Wellington Road in Bristow. It is intended to improve the efficiency of school bus maintenance, and increase the safety and reliability of school bus travel for thousands of students in the growing western part of the county. The transportation center would include a maintenance building with three bus service bays and supporting office, a refueling facility, and paved parking for 174 school buses and 206 cars.

A community meeting is set to present the concept, proposed design and site, and to get preliminary public feedback on the suitability of the plans for meeting community needs. 

Western Transportation Center Community Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 2006
7-9 p.m.
Gainesville Middle School Cafeteria
8001 Limestone Drive, Gainesville.
For more information on the Western Transportation Center, visit: 
Staffing Update March 29, 2016
Congratulations to the following administrators on their recent appointments:

David Parrish, currently the assistant principal at Independent Hill/PACE East, and Karima Wesselhoft, currently the specialty program coordinator at Patriot High School, have been appointed as assistant principals at Colgan High School, effective July 1, 2016. Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School will open this fall.
PWCS Celebrates Milestones of Service by Dedicated Employees

March 19, 2016
The Prince William County School Board and leadership team salute and congratulate employees who have reached significant milestones in their careers with Prince William County Public Schools. These employees have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education. All will be recognized for their dedication at their schools and offices.
Honorees include one employee celebrating 45 years of service, six employees with 40 years of service, 21 employees with 35 years of service, 40 with 30 years, 70 with 25 years, and 114 with 20 years of service. Another 1,663 employees reaching milestones of 5, 10, and 15 years will be recognized for their continued service at their schools and offices. Approximately 10,700 employees serve full and part time for Prince William County Public Schools.
"The employees we are honoring have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education," said Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts.
A list of all of the employees follows.
Forty-Five Years
Doreen Haynes, Potomac View Elementary School.
Forty Years
Joseph Ritenour, Facilities Management Services; Sherry Jones, Financial Services; Ann Davis, Marsteller Middle; Christine Abeel, Fred Milbert, Student Learning; and Debra Bishop, Student Services.
Thirty-Five Years
R. Crittenden, Glenn Cantrell, and Wayne Kline, Facilities Management Services; Elizabeth Gibson, Forest Park High School; Danny Armstrong, Imaging Center; Michele Cherry, Neabsco Elementary; Caywood Black, Osbourn Park High; and Patricia Good, Parkside Middle; Mary Lester and Marcia Nuzum, River Oaks Elementary.
Also, Pamela Childress and Kathryn Eaton, Saunders Middle; Jan Kellstrom, Signal Hill Elementary; Toai Ton, Special Education; Doreen Dauer, Student Services; Michael Anns, Colleen Durbin, Linda Kuster, Charles Payne, Elizabeth Rector, and Rhonda Scott, Transportation Services.
Thirty Years
Lynn Maletick, Bristow Run Elementary; Linda Williams, Bull Run Middle; Charles Fitzgerald, Henry Hill, Ronnie Presley, and Edwin Zelek, Facilities Management Services; Jackie Rawlings, Financial Services; Deborah Frye, Fred M. Lynn Middle; Ellen Pierce, Freedom High; G. Bissell, Gainesville Middle; and Mary Stoy, Godwin Middle.
Also, John Simpson, Information Technology Services; Marcia Bull, Lake Ridge Elementary; Anna Griffith, Loch Lomond Elementary; Sandra Goodman, Montclair Elementary; Sue Gochenour, New Directions; Rosanna Torres, Nokesville K-8; and Teddy Hawley, Julie Mahoney, and Kathleen Thomas, Osbourn Park High.
Also, Jill Seamster and Kimberlie Wagner, Pattie Elementary; Arleen Mccallum-Graham, Rippon Middle; Susan Danielson, Rosa Parks Elementary; Deborah Courter-Folly and Cathleen Nickerson, Saunders Middle; Elsie Harvey, Sinclair Elementary; Kelly Carr, Special Education;  Sue Cerrone, Springwoods Elementary; and Donna Stofko, Student Learning.
Also, Mary Hancock, Sudley Elementary; Michael Mulgrew, Superintendent's Staff; Barry Rosenberg, Swans Creek Elementary; Peggy Fletcher, Karen Hoppe, Augusta O'Brien, Debra Smith, and Linda Whetsell, Transportation Services; Frances Stubbs, Triangle Elementary; and Nora Payne, Westridge Elementary.
Twenty-Five Years
Lisa Keen, Ashland Elementary; Louis Johnson and Thomas Moulen, Battlefield High;
Shelia Roberts, Benton Middle; Mary Costello, Edward Miller, and Sallie Rathbone, Beville Middle; Mark Smaltz, Brentsville District High; Cynthia Stephens, Bristow Run Elementary; Leslie Lydick and Sherri Muster, Bull Run Middle; and Nancy Kulak, Cedar Point Elementary.
Also, David Huckestein, Colgan High; Marcia Brugger, Dumfries Elementary; Frank Hughes, Danny Murrin, Robert Potter and Michael Presley, Facilities Management Services; Donna Salinas and Mary Shildneck, Food Services; Gary Alonso, Forest Park High; Vincent Maziekus, Gar-Field High; and Bruce Brown, Graham Park Middle.
Also, Daryl Thomas, Gravely Elementary;  Gina Cory, Henderson Elementary; Rodger Jones, Human Resources; Cathy Lane, Lisa Racine, Larry Williams, and Susann Williams, Hylton High; Deborah Cornelius, Kilby Elementary; Elizabeth Schadlich, Leesylvania Elementary; and Karen Gregg and Lee-Ann Paik, Marsteller Middle.
Also, Sarah Senio, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Lindalva Thorpe, Montclair Elementary; Teresa Costello, Mountain View Elementary; John Payne, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Adrian Casillas, Osbourn Park High; John Spaulding, PACE East Program; Lisa Vega, Parkside Middle; Robert Dulin and Kevin Kerns, Patriot High; and Debra Yeatts, Porter Traditional.
Also, Tamara Foster, Potomac High; Susan Porter, Potomac View Elementary; Flavia Garcia and Nilda Perez, River Oaks Elementary; Melissa Gulley, Reagan Middle; Catherine Norberg, Signal Hill Elementary; Karen Mirkovich, Sinclair Elementary; Gina Bailes, Vicki Fornasar, and  Kelly Sanders, Special Education; Cheryl Gedney, Springwoods Elementary; and Michael Street, Stonewall Jackson High; Karol Garst, Title I, Student Learning;
Also, Barry Ramirez, Sudley Elementary; Rae Darlington, Rita Goss, and Sandra Shackelford, Superintendents Staff; Beth Allison, Timothy Arrington, and Stewart Cornwell, Transportation Services; Rebecca Emanuel and Kimberly Gardziel, Triangle Elementary; Marcia Abel, Vaughan Elementary; Nancy Doggett and Deborah Floris, Woodbridge High.
Twenty Years
Peggy Kennedy, Accountability; Cathy Renfrow, Ashland Elementary; Christopher Lem and Robert Mello, Battlefield High; Catherine Kerr, Belmont Elementary; Kathryn Creech, Robin Hilliard, Catherine Matese, and Karen Silver, Benton Middle; Angela Gregory, Bristow Run Elementary; Kathleen Brady, Irene Miller, and Marialyce Ortiz, Bull Run Middle; and Pamela Hanshaw, Enterprise Elementary.
Also, Eric Huffman, Susan Pieper, and Jose Salmeron, Facilities Management Services; Nancy Markov and Phyllis Wilson, Financial Services; Robert Gunning and Kelly Pratte, Fitzgerald Elementary; Donna Gibson and Janelle Whalen, Forest Park High; Angela Cabell and Patricia Crews, Freedom High; and Debora Bowles, Claudette Johnson, and Teresa Martinez, Fred Lynn Middle.
Also, Denise Cowne, Jason Maneno, and Anita McFall, Gainesville Middle; Brian Bassett, Susan Lovegrove, and Greg Quast, Gar-Field High; Bryan Trachsel, Godwin Middle; Kellie Bernal and Krista Kimble, Gravely Elementary; James Livingston, Human Resources; and Brenda Bumbrey, Ana Coreas, P. Angela Jenkins, Deborah Marchio, Jacqueline McBride, Ammala Phantriyavong, and Barry Smith, Hylton High.
Also, K. Gail Davidson, Robyn Scott, AJ Phillips, and Lorna Willis, Information Technology Services; Gary Martin and Tommi Del Gaudio, Lake Ridge Elementary; Ronald Whitten, Leesylvania Elementary; Susan Briscoe, Loch Lomond Elementary; Joanne Ortiz, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Robert Hybl, McAuliffe Elementary; Susan Richmond and Jan Smith, Minnieville Elementary; and Kelly Ruotolo, Mountain View Elementary.
Also, Susan Larson, Mullen Elementary;  Laura Pumphrey, Neabsco Elementary; Bonnie Cheshire, Nokesville K-8; Brenda Provorse, Occoquan Elementary; Cynthia Zorn-Pettigrew, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Kirsten Cox and Karl Kronlage, Osbourn Park High; Joseph Burgess, Frankie Curry, Joellen Livingston and Graham Sharpe, Parkside Middle; and Hsiu Fogleman, Pattie Elementary.
Also, Rachel Liming and Christina Silver, Penn Elementary; Kathryn Bailey and Peggy Geyer, Porter Traditional; Michael Adkins, Frank Chimento, and Rose Gallitz, Potomac High; Kevin Smith, Potomac Middle; Cynthia Bushey, Potomac View Elementary; Maria Burgos-Singleton, Professional Development; and Richard Bottomley, Rippon Middle.
Also, Ronald Crowe, Risk Management And Security Services; Marla Jennings, Reagan Middle; Regina Cook and Kimberly Newman, Saunders Middle; Kathleen McLoughlin, Special Education; Christina Coleman, Kim Dailey, Joanne Plum, and Maria Whittington, Stonewall Jackson High; and Allyson Luttrell, Stonewall Middle.
Also, Roberta Apostolakis, Kimberly Chandler, Donna Hankins, Kathleen Morris, Angela Sowers, and Shiron Swinton, Student Learning; Roxana Hudson, Student Services; Kathy Halse, Superintendents Staff; and Kelly Klein, Pamela Lieb, Josefina Lucas, Rosemarie Lyons, Cindy Maccini, Kimberly Martin, Brenda Rogers, Jennifer Tate, Nancy Tate, and Victoria Tucker, Transportation Services.
Also, April Angeli-Rodriguez, Triangle Elementary; Kathleen Maxfield, Williams Elementary; Ann Ragsdale, Mary Sample, and Lisa Wood, Woodbridge High.
Know an Aspiring Artist? Hurry! Sign Them Up for Popular Summer Activity
March 1, 2016

Young Picassos and Rembrandts, join in and explore the many ways you can “Color Your World” during the annual PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program. The program is open to all local-area students currently in grades 2–8. Teachers will lead students to enhance their skills and explore the visual arts through a community perspective. The program begins on Tuesday, July 5, and continues through Friday, July 15 at The Nokesville School. Hours are 9 a.m.–noon each day.

This intensive two-week program offers studio experiences beyond art instruction during the school year. Students will work with 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media. The Office of Student Management and Alternative Programs and the Office of Student Learning/Fine & Performing Arts Program present the Summer Art Enrichment Program annually.

The enrollment fee for county residents is $200 and $250 for non-residents. The fee must be paid in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made out to PWCS. Personal checks, cash, and credit cards will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided at satellite pick-up schools; see the registration form for specific locations.

The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, at 3 p.m. Registration forms are available beginning March 2 from all PWCS elementary and middle school art specialists and online on the Arts Program Web Page. Send the registration form and tuition to the Office of Student Learning/Arts Program, PWCS, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108.

For additional information, please call Jasmine Hawkins, administrative coordinator for the arts, at 703.791.8174 or
2016 Graduation Dates Announced
March 1, 2016
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 Day Date Time Location
Adult Ed & Summer School Thursday August 4 7:30 p.m. Forest Park HS
Battlefield HS Tuesday June 7 6 p.m. (corrected) Jiffy Lube Live
Brentsville District HS Saturday June 11 10 a.m. Brentsville District HS
Forest Park HS Friday June 10 2 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Freedom HS Saturday June 11 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Gar-Field HS Friday June 10 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Governor’s School Awards Ceremony Saturday June 4 10 a.m. Verizon Auditorium, Mason Science & Technology Campus  
Hylton HS Saturday June 11 2:30 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Independent Hill School Friday May 27 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium
New Directions Center Senior Awards Thursday June 9 6 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Osbourn Park HS Saturday June 11 9:30 a.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
PACE East Senior Awards Friday May 27 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium
PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 2 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium
Patriot HS Wednesday June 8 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Potomac HS Monday June 6 2 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Practical Nursing Program Friday June 3 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium
Stonewall Jackson HS Monday June 6 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 18 7 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena*
Woodbridge HS Saturday June 11 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS
It’s Never Too Late to Learn—Registration Begins March 2 for Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL Classes
March 1, 2016

Has it been a long time since you entered a classroom? Need some help preparing for the General Educational Development Test (GED Test) or learning to speak English? Come study with adults like you to achieve your career and life goals. PWCS adult education classes begin the week of March 29 for residents of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park. Classes are scheduled for four evenings a week at different locations around the county. Some classes are held during the day.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over and whose basic reading, math, and/or writing skills are below the ninth grade level of achievement.
  • GED preparation classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over with reading, math, and/or writing skills at the ninth grade level or above.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over who speak a native language other than English.
Allow approximately two hours for registration of Adult Basic Education and GED preparation. Allow approximately 30–60 minutes to register for ESOL classes. A registration fee of $10 and a tuition fee of $160 is due at the time of registration by cash, cashier’s check, or money order only. Class sessions provide 90 hours of classroom instruction.

For further information, visit the Adult Education website, or contact the Adult Education Office at 703.791.7357 or email

Registration dates and sites for Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL classes are listed below.

Register for ABE and GED Classes beginning on or after March 29:

Evening Registration opportunities, 5–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 2, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Monday, March 7, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Inclement Weather Date: Weds., March 9, at Osbourn HS (Manassas City Schools location)
  • Thursday, March 3, at Freedom HS
  • Tuesday, March 8, at Freedom HS
  • Inclement Weather Date: Thurs., March 10, at Freedom HS
Daytime Registration opportunities, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4, Pat White Center at Ben Lomond Community Center
  • Friday, March 11, at the Prince William SkillSource Center in Woodbridge
  • Inclement Weather Date: Fri., March 18, at the Prince William SkillSource Center
Leadership Team for Summer School 2016 Announced
February 26, 2016

More than 12,000 students in grades K-12 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
Amy Alexander, Ellis Elementary School
Geoffrey Deavers, River Oaks Elementary School
Lucy Jensen, Mountain View Elementary School
Danna Johnson, King Elementary School                
Amanda Broy, Penn Elementary School (updated April 11, 2016)

Marisa Miranda, Cedar Point Elementary School.
Regina Nash, Occoquan Elementary School
Shana Robinson, Ashland Elementary School
Kelle Stroud, Buckland Mills Elementary School
Toi Tanton, Rockledge Elementary School
Stacy Weatherspoon, Kerrydale Elementary School

Summer School Principals for Middle Schools
Audrey Berryman, Graham Park Middle School
Dr. Kathleen Hybl, Potomac Middle School
Todd Yoho, Gainesville Middle School

Summer School Principals for High Schools
Jeremy Cortash, Forest Park High School
Katherine Truchio, Forest Park High School
Stacy Norwood, Osbourn Park High School (SOL remediation)

Visit the Summer School Program web page for additional program information.
2016 Summer Program Dates Announced
February 26, 2016

The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2016 Summer School Program:
  • Elementary and Middle School Summer Program: July 5–22 (starts after the Monday, July 4, Independence Day holiday)
  • High School Summer Program: June 27–August 5 (six-week program)
  • Art Enrichment Program: July 5–15
  • Summer School High school graduation date: Thursday, August 4 (location TBD)
The 2016 summer school information will be available in March 2016. 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. Watch for details on the Virtual High School @PWCS web page.
School Board Members Attending Upcoming Events
February 2, 2016

One or more members of the School Board are expected to attend the following events. For specific information on attendance, please contact the School Board Office at
Members of the public and news media are asked to review this message frequently to check for updates.
  • Haymaker STEM Expo and College Fair at Battlefield HS RESCHEDULED for February 6 (three Board members attending)
  • Public Meeting on Proposed Schools Budget, February 8, 7 p.m., Kelly Leadership Center (Board meeting room);
  • Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Capital Conference in Richmond, February 9-11.  (Six members attending);
  • Community Meeting on “Ferlazzo” Elementary School Naming, February 16, 7 p.m., Forest Park High School;
  • Budget Work Session, Thursday, February 18, 6 p.m., School Board meeting room, Kelly Leadership Center (previously scheduled for February 17 following the School Board meeting);
  • VSBA Superintendent Evaluation Workshop in Charlottesville, February 22 (three members attending);
  • Recognition Ceremony for Outstanding Educators, February 23, Kelly Leadership Center. 
  • Community Meeting on “Ferlazzo” Elementary School Naming, February 25, 7 p.m., Saunders Middle High School;
  • Budget Work Session, Thursday, March 3 (previously scheduled for March 2 following the School Board meeting).
Recognition Ceremony to Honor Outstanding Educators Rescheduled for February 23
February 3, 2016

The annual School Board reception and ceremony honoring educational leaders will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. The event was originally scheduled for January 28.

Those to be honored are National Board Certified Teachers who attained certification or re-certification this year; and teachers and principals nominated for the Prince William County and Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Award.

School Division’s IT Director Named to Top 30 in Digital Education
November 18, 2015
Congratulations to Amy Jo Phillips, director of Information Technology Services, who is a Top 30 Award Winner in the 2015 Center for Digital Education awards program. This is a unique annual awards program that highlights 30 of America’s K-12 and higher education technologists, transformers, and trailblazers.

What Every Parent Should Know about Preventing Youth Suicide
A quick reference for parents when a crisis occurs.

October 26, 2015

View brochure, "What every parent should know about preventing youth suicide" or go to Virginia Department of Health website.

Prevention Hotline: ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

A crisis or safety concern may occur at any time in our community or in neighboring communities. Children may be confused and/or frightened by information they hear in conversations and in news reports, and they will look to adults for guidance as to how to react. The following offers parents suggestions for establishing a sense of security and safety to help their children cope in a crisis situation. Additionally, following a crisis, the school psychologist, school social worker, school counselors, and members of the School Division's Critical Incident Team are available to assist students.

You may want to pay particular attention to your child's emotional needs during the next few weeks. A few suggestions for helping your child are as follows:
  • Limit the amount of exposure your child has to newspapers and televised news reports. Repetitive discussion of the situation may re-traumatize a child.
  • Be honest with your children about what has occurred and provide facts about what has happened. Use age-appropriate terms for better understanding.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about his or her feelings and concerns. Share your feelings with your child.
  • Reassure your child that he/she is safe.
  • Spend extra time with your child.
  • Remember the importance of touch. A hug can reassure your child that he/she is loved.
  • Watch for ongoing signs of difficulty which could indicate that your child may need additional help. Some of the signs to watch for are prolonged sadness, withdrawal from social contact, change in eating or sleeping habits, or other behavior unusual for your child.

Workshop Series Answers Your Questions about Special Education
October 13, 2015
A series of evening workshops for parents, educators, and community members will provide information on the special education process. The three sessions will take place from 7-9 p.m. in room 1101 A/B at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. Staff from the PWCS Office of Special Education will present. Learn more about each workshop by following the link to the flyer, above.
  • Thursday, October 15 - "Understanding Special Education: School Intervention, Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility"
  • Thursday, October 22 - "Understanding Special Education: Parents as Partners in the IEP Process"
  • Thursday, October 29 - "Understanding Special Education: Parental Rights in Dispute Resolution"
Attend one, two, or all three sessions.
The free workshops are offered by the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center. Advance registration is required. To preregister, or for further information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8846 (Voice), 703.791.8847 (TDD) or email or
Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign or foreign language interpreter services, are asked to preregister by 4:30 p.m. one week prior to the scheduled workshop.
Staff can earn six state recertification points by attending all three workshops in the series. PWCS staff members should register online through the electronic register.
The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas. 
MinuteClinic Brings the Care You Need to Your Neighborhood
September 28, 2015
PWCS welcomes CVS MinuteClinic as a health services partner to help keep you and your family on track to good health!
You want to make the best choice for you and your family.

You may already know how convenient MinuteClinic is:
  • Open 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends
  • No appointment necessary
  • Located in select CVS/pharmacy® stores, including 3 right within our district and several others close by
  • Plus, MinuteClinic accepts most insurance plans
You might not know that MinuteClinic offers a broad range of services to keep you and your family healthy. In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, injuries and skin conditions, they also provide all kinds of wellness services, including vaccinations, physicals, screenings and monitoring for chronic conditions.

MinuteClinic family nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide services for both adults and children, 18 months and older. And they can send a summary of your visit to your primary care provider, with your permission. If you don't have a primary care provider, they can provide a listing of local physicians accepting new patients in your area.
Check out MinuteClinic for your families’ health care needs.
MyLunchMoney is Now MySchoolBucks, a System for Prepayment of School Meals
August 28, 2015
Parents are reminded that their MyLunchMoney accounts for school meals have transitioned to  User names and passwords for existing accounts remain the same. MySchoolBucks is a convenient online prepayment option for school meal purchases. recently upgraded all of their current customers to, including all account balances, meal history, profile details, Smart Pay settings, and payment methods. No other changes are anticipated with this transition to the new format.

Transaction fees charged by MySchoolBucks will remain the same at $1.95. The ability to review account balances, receive email reminders for low balance, and set spending limits is free of charge.  Cash and checks will continue to be accepted as prepayments in the cafeteria for meals or a la carte purchases. 
Free and reduced-price meals are available to students whose household qualified under federal standards. Parents/guardians must apply for these benefits each year. Applications are available at school offices, online at, or by calling 703.791.7314.

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