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Staffing Update May 29
The following administrative appointments have been announced.

Felicia Norwood, currently principal at Featherstone Elementary, will be the new principal of “Ferlazzo” Elementary School effective July 1, 2015. Ms. Norwood has been a principal at Featherstone since 2009.

Therman Flowers, currently Executive Director of Secondary Schools at Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools, NC, is the new principal of Sinclair effective July 1, 2015.

Kirsten Fisher, former School Board member of Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools, Iowa, and former principal at Piney Branch Elementary Schools (PWCS), is the new principal at Pattie Elementary effective July 1, 2015.

AJ Phillips, supervisor of Instructional Technology Services, has been appointed Director of Information Technology Services, replacing Steve George who has retired. Her appointment is effective July 1.
Ron Crowe, Administrative Coordinator for Security Services, has been appointed Director of Risk Management and Security Services effective July 1, 2015. He replaces Patti Pittman who is retiring.
Parents Urged to be Vigilant about Activities of their Children
Parents Urged to be Vigilant about Activities of their Children

May 29, 2015

Earlier today, law enforcement authorities announced multiple arrests of adults and youth in connection with a four-month-long undercover narcotics investigation. Some of those arrested are students in our high schools. Our community can be assured that our schools act promptly and decisively to prevent problems and keep our schools safe for students and staff. This is our top priority.Throughout the year, school and School Division staff work closely with police to monitor any reported drug use or illegal activity of any kind.

We remind parents that it is important to educate yourself on what narcotics look like and their many different forms. Please take this opportunity to talk with your student about the negative consequences of drug use and the School Division's zero-tolerance policy.

We also remind students that it is important to report any suspected use of illegal narcotics or drug activity to a responsible adult immediately.

Information provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs

Commonly Abused Drugs Charts
In the JROTC, Tapping New Leaders is a Time-Honored Tradition
Unit commanders poised to achieve high levels of leadership, community service, and citizenship.

May 29, 2015

As has been 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. 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 1,500 cadets countywide, and their ranks are growing every year.
This year’s ceremony in the atrium of the Kelly Leadership Center on May 28 was attended by cadets and their instructors, cadets’ families, school administrators, and the Superintendent and his staff. Superintendent Steven L. Walts gave welcoming remarks and congratulated the cadets on the many accomplishments of their units this year. Cadets were impressive as they stood at attention in their uniforms.

As daylight dimmed and the evening sky began to glimmer through the skylights above, conversations during the reception seemed to be those you hear when the school year ends: talk of plans after high school; pride in the accomplishments of sons and daughters; gratitude expressed to instructors and principals. Many lingered, as you might imagine—these young men and women who could one day be our country’s great leaders, military and otherwise. It was a heartwarming occasion, one warranting a very long pause to reflect on all those along the way who helped shape these outstanding young cadets.
The cadets singled out to lead their JROTC units in a variety of roles share a commitment to uphold the ideals of character and leadership development, citizenship, and community service. Striking in their singular accomplishments and diversity, the leaders stand out as scholars who are also involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, and community service.

The unit commanders are rising seniors, with a solid record of achievement in their units. The retired military commanders of the units spoke with pride about how far the cadets had come since their first year in JROTC.
Superintendent Steven Walts expressed it best. “You have demonstrated to your instructors and fellow cadets the essential skills needed to build a successful organization,” he said.
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm for Junior ROTC,” said Fred Milbert, supervisor of JROTC, health, physical education, driver education, and athletics. “The community service activities that our units are engaged in are very impressive, from food and toy drives, to providing cell phones for soldiers, to environmental stewardship—all are meaningful and set an example for students of all ages.”
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.
View reception program and list of honorees.

Stonewall Middle School Student Spells Her Way to the Spotlight
In her second appearance at the National Spelling Bee, Ankita Vadiala is a semi-finalist.
May 28, 2015

With poise and humor, speller 261 Ankita Vadiala made her way to 11th place at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. For the second year in a row, Ankita spelled her way on to the national stage and left a lasting impression on the audience and judges.

When she approached the microphone for the first time Ankita asked "Is there any way you could give me the spelling and make my life easier?" She received the word "geta."  Ankita, who is a fan of Japanese culture, easily spelled the word for wooden clogs correctly.

Next, the Stonewall Middle School eighth-grader successfully spelled the word "angiitis" to complete the first day of live competition.

On the second day of competition Ankita again shone in the spotlight saying "Hi Dr. Bailly. Can you give me an easy word?" Bailly responded, "I hope it'll be easy for you. Your word is improvisatrice."  A word meaning: woman who composes verse extempore. Again, Ankita successfully made it through to the next round.

On the last round Ankita had just one request for the announcer Dr. Bailly "Think you can make this as easy as the last round?" she said. Dr. Bailly replied "I have no choice. I'd like to." Luckily, Ankita knew "ballabile."

"Yes!" she said, grinning. After she spelled it correctly, she jumped up and down. "Thank you, Dr. Bailly, you really are the best."

Although she spelled her words correctly in front of the crowd, she was just shy of the points needed for the top-ten spot needed to put her in the final round. 
Nursing Graduation and Capping Ceremony Set for June 5
May 28, 2015
The Prince William County School of Practical Nursing will hold a Graduation and Capping Ceremony on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Osbourn Park High School. Twenty-eight students are graduating as part of the class of 2015 while 52 students will receive their caps and lamps as part of this time-honored ceremony that signifies the entrance of their clinical experience phase in the practical nursing education program.
The graduation marks a student's successful finish of the practical nursing program which takes 18 months to complete. The preclinical instruction phase is taught at Osbourn Park High School and runs for nine months followed by nine months of supervised clinical practice where students are involved in direct patient care and classroom activities for seven hours each day.
The Capping Ceremony, a tradition that dates back to the founding of modern nursing, marks the transition between phases and is held at the beginning of the student’s clinical experience.
Students who satisfactorily complete both the pr-eclinical and clinical phases of the nursing program are eligible to take the State Board of Nursing examination to become a licensed practical nurse. For more information about the School of Practical Nursing, visit their Web site or contact the School of Practical Nursing at 703.365.6692.
2015 Graduation Dates
April 29, 2015
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 Board members are expected to attend these events. 
School Day Date Time Location
Adult Ed & Summer School Thursday August 6 7:30 p.m. Stonewall Jackson HS Gym
Battlefield HS Wednesday June 10 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Brentsville District HS Saturday June 6 10 a.m. Brentsville District HS
Forest Park HS Saturday June 6 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Freedom HS Saturday June 6 7:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Gar-Field HS Saturday June 13 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Governor’s School Awards Ceremony and Banquet Saturday May 30 9:59 a.m. Manassas Park MS
Hylton HS Saturday June 6 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
Independent Hill School Friday May 29 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium
New Directions Alternative Ed Center Senior Awards Thursday June 4 6 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Osbourn Park HS Saturday June 13 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
PACE East Senior Awards Friday May 29 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium
PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 4 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium
Patriot HS Wednesday June 10 7:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Potomac HS Monday June 8 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Practical Nursing Program Friday June 5 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium
Stonewall Jackson HS Tuesday June 9 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 20 7 p.m. Patriot Center
Woodbridge HS Saturday June 13 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS
Three PWCS Programs Showcased as Successful Models for Innovative Student Learning
May 28, 2015

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its VSBA “Showcases for Success” directory, highlighting successful K–12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. This year, featured programs fit within one of two categories: Virtual/Blended Learning and Career and Technical Education.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.
  • Hylton High School’s Television Production Program is a four-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) Specialty Program. Students study all aspects of video and media production, planning and writing to producing, recording, and editing and building the foundation for an exciting career. Hylton High School’s facilities contain a 5,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art television studio.
  • The Virtual High School @ PWCS (VHS), a pioneer in online learning in the Commonwealth, has offered a World-Class virtual learning program to students for more than 14 years. The VHS program frequently collaborates with divisions nationwide, serving as a model for online learning. More than 11,000 students have completed credits through the VHS where the average course pass rate is 94% and the Standards of Learning pass rate is 91%. Students often take courses to achieve scheduling flexibility and increase participation in specialty programs or advanced placement coursework. The program has improved on-time graduation rates by offering students accelerated semester options to work ahead or recover credit. The VHS offers blended programs to allow seniors to take courses online while concurrently participating in college courses, internships, or other job opportunities during their senior year. The program has won a national curriculum award and is approved by the NCAA as a non-traditional program.
  • The Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment Program (or VA STAR) is a state-wide program that teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware from government agencies and private companies. The refurbished computers are donated to families, organizations, and school divisions. Through participation in the program, students work toward earning industry-standard certifications such as IC3, CompTIA A+, Network +, Security +, Cisco CCNA, and Microsoft MOS, which pave the way for access to higher education opportunities and well-paying jobs. The VA STAR program, fully funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, is currently in 57 schools spanning 36 school divisions around the state. The program is based on the model provided by Forest Park High School in Prince William County and is administered and coordinated by Prince William County Public Schools and SPARK, the School Division’s education foundation.

Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services.
High School Exam Dismissal Schedule
May 28, 2015

Prince William County Public Schools have announced the dismissal dates for high school seniors during final exams on the following schedule:
May 29 and June 1–3
Brentsville District High School
Freedom High School
Forest Park High School
Hylton High School

June 1–4
Potomac High School
Stonewall Jackson High School
June 2–5
Battlefield High School
Patriot High School

 June 5 and 8–10
Gar-Field High School
Osbourn Park High School
Woodbridge High School

The high school final exam dismissal schedule for students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be June 15–18, with the last day of school for the 2014–15 school year on June 18. 
Middle School Parents — Crash Course in Study Skills and More!
May 28, 2015

This summer help your student be ready for middle or high school. A one-week summer course on note-taking, time management, organization, and study skills will be prepare your student for success. The program will be held at Benton, Marsteller, and Woodbridge Middle Schools on July 13-17 and July 20-24, from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m., and will be taught by PWCS Middle School Counselors. Applications are available here, and in middle school counseling offices. View details about transportation, cost, and application instructions. 
Gravely Students Bounce to World Stage with Rubber Bands
Technology is a wonderful thing; but the more we depend on it, the bigger the disruption when something goes awry.

May 27, 2015

What would you do if the power went out during a presidential election in "Petland"? In the imaginary world of some Gravely Elementary School students, such a question was the perfect launch to answer this year’s Odyssey of the Mind challenge—“Experiencing Technical Difficulties.” Their solution, to create a performance and build a series of devices powered entirely by rubber bands, took them all the way to 18th place at the World Finals in May.

The Finals performance showcased how the students used their devices to discover who had won the election, with a surprise ending. Using engineering principles, the devices could spin a disco ball, open a ballot box, power a motor boat, operate a car, ring a bell, raise the Petland flag, and change the wording on a campaign sign. The simple machines were created primarily with office supplies and recycled materials.  
"Gravely's Odyssey of the Mind team is well on its way to being the best in the world and has everything it takes to be World Champions. The pride and joy we feel regarding this team's tremendous achievement is beyond words!" said coach Michael Heilen.
The Gravely team of Ella Brazy, Leah Forbes, Naomi Heilen, Sophia Heilen, Joseph Machosky, Michael Machosky, and Anya Mischel refined their performance throughout the school year and captured first place titles at the regional and state level along the way.
"We feel strongly that with this highly successful World Finals experience under our belts, the team now knows exactly what it takes to be the best in the world. They now know that the ultimate level of achievement—the World Championship—is fully within their reach. There is no turning back now," said Jennifer Heilen. 
Thirteen Proves to be a Lucky number for Archers
Reagan Middle School has banner year in competition.

May 27, 2015

The school year may be winding down but the Reagan Middle School Archery team is getting geared up for its next challenge. They have just qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) world tournament in July.

The team turned in its highest score ever (3,303) at the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, KY to finish 13th out of 201 middle school teams in the bulls-eye competition. The team also finished 13th out of 100 teams in the 3D Challenge.  Adrian Engel led the way in bulls-eye and Amanda Kraemer led the team in 3D.  
Teachers—Important Summer Courses for All PWCS Educators; First Course Begins June 22
The English Learners (EL) Office has worked with numerous expert educational organizations and many PWCS Offices to plan a variety of summer professional development opportunities for all educators in all curriculum areas who instruct English Learners (ELs). Sessions begin June 22 and run through July 28.
These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2015–16 school year by educators instructing ELs in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements.

View course descriptions, dates, and course codes; then search for the course codes and register on the Professional Learning Catalog.
School Board Meeting Schedule for June
May 27, 2014

The June public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 and June 17 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Agendas for School Board meetings may be viewed online from the Electronic School Board Web page. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.

Meeting Schedule:
June 3
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m. Public Meeting
June 17
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session
7 p.m. Public Meeting
June 24 (Tentative)
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session – Disciplinary Hearing Committee (Johns, Bell, Williams)

Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during Public Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at by noon on the day of the meeting. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
Be a Listener, Be a Friend; You Are Not Alone
Students send messages of hope; community responds 400+ strong to walk from Forest Park to Hylton High School, and back.

May 26, 2015

The message was universal: break the stigma about asking for help when feeling depressed; suicide is not the answer. What began as an Advanced Placement Government project at Forest Park High School became a cause touching hundreds in the community who showed up on May 23 to walk nearly 8 miles to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

With support from businesses, the county police, and administrators, students, and their families from Hyton and Forest Park High Schools, the “Spriggs United” was the first walk of its kind in the county led by students. School Board Vice Chairman Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) passed out bottles of water while Board Members Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco) and Loree Williams (Woodbridge) joined the walk.

Forest Park AP Government Teacher Shannon Geraghty’s students followed the lead of senior Hannah Kolkmeyer who suggested the walk as a class project. Geraghty told students they could execute a project in lieu of taking the final exam, but they had to do everything themselves. The event was well organized and ran like clockwork, Geraghty said. Students arrived at 6 a.m. to set up and packed up following the walk at about 1 p.m. Volunteers manned tables with information on mental health, hotlines, and other school and community resources. Speakers shared personal stories and words of comfort and encouragement.

Among the key messages:
  • Break out of your own world; invite someone new to sit at your lunch table; develop relationships outside of your peers.
  • Don’t try to be your friend’s therapist; be a listener, be a friend, and refer your friend to the resources available.
  • Know yourself; be a strong person, and seek help when things are a little off kilter.
  • Life is full of ups and downs; life does get better.

Carol Knight Honored by Virginia Council of Mathematics Supervision
Lifetime Service Award bestowed on PWCS Supervisor of Mathematics.

May 26, 2015

Carol Knight, supervisor of Mathematics in the Office of Student Learning, received the Lifetime Service Award from the Virginia Council of Mathematics Supervision for her many years of dedicated service to students in the Panama Canal Zone, Georgia, and Prince William County.

Her 31 years with PWCS includes teaching mathematics for 13 years at Woodbridge Middle School and five years as a member of the Divisionwide Instructional Support Team. In 2002, she was appointed mathematics supervisor, where she has served for 13 years. In addition, she taught mathematics methods courses for pre-service and inservice teachers as an adjunct professor for George Mason University, Old Dominion University, and The University of Virginia, and was a founding member and past-president of the Battlefields of Northern Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Get Out and Explore: Manassas Battlefield Offers Up Lessons for Everyone
Saturday in the park event offers a scientific approach.
May 26, 2015

Students and families received a wealth of information while enjoying a "Saturday in the Park" at Manassas Battlefield Park recently. The National Park Service provided a great opportunity to learn about the area's natural resources as well as share the lessons students receive when they visit the park. Take a look and make plans to attend next year's event.

Get a Jump Start on Course Credits through Virtual HS @ PWCS; Summer Session Registration Open
May 26, 2015

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.  

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. 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.

Hear how the Virtual High School @PWCS helped three students reach their goals in the video below:

Staffing Update May 22, 2015
The following administrative appointment has been made:
Meisram Hernandez, currently assistant principal of Marumsco Hills, will become the principal of Marumsco Hills effective July 1.
Teams Square Off in Battle for “The Biggest Brain”
For the third year in a row, Godwin Middle School earns the title in academic quiz show.

May 22, 2015

See video below.
The annual “prep” for Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in four PWCS middle schools was THE show not to miss at Beville, Godwin, Stonewall, and Fred M. Lynn Middle Schools. Just days from the start of SOL testing, students from these International Baccalaureate schools tuned in to watch their teams compete in the annual “Battle of the Brains.”

Questions were pulled from the Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Standards of Learning. Each team was able to video-conference with base schools for a "Shout Out" and get help with any questions that had them stumped. This friendly competition was streamed live by Prince William County Public Schools Office of Media Production Services to the participating schools across the county, and is now available on demand at

The event was hosted and moderated by Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools William Bixby, and attended by students and staff from each of the four schools. After three hard-fought rounds, it was Godwin Middle that once again took home the title of “The Biggest Brain."

What’s after High School? Videos and Resources from Parent Summit are a “Must See” for After-High School Planning
May 22, 2015

Visit the Student Services High School Parent Summit page to check out videos and resources from the half-day Summit that was held in January at Hylton High School. Those who attended got a chance to hear expert presentations on graduation requirements and earning college credit, financial aid and scholarships, college admissions information, SAT/ACT information, career and workforce information, trade and technical options, and much more.

Event organizers heard from parents that they would like to have these presentations available to watch again or view those they missed. These resources also give parents of younger students an opportunity to plan. 
School Board Names 12th High School
May 22, 2015

The School Board named the 12th high school for State Senator Charles J. Colgan, Sr. at its meeting on May 20. Senator Colgan was lauded by Board members for his dedication to public service, for his statesmanship, and advocacy for public education.  

“[Senator Colgan] always made his decisions about what was best for Prince William County. He voted across the aisle on any number of issues, and especially at times when compromise was needed to keep the state moving, his contribution was enormous,” said School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns.

Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School, located at 13833 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112, is scheduled to open in September 2016.
Osbourn Park and Battlefield High School Ranked Among Top 600 in Nation by US News & World Report
Osbourn Park and Battlefield High Schools rank 22nd and 23rd of 327 Schools in Virginia
May 22, 2015

The schools rank 589 and 603 out of more than 21,000 schools in the 2015 “Best High Schools” list published online by U.S. News & World Report. They are among the top 10% of schools nationally that earned a Silver Medal.The ranking is based on state data and on state assessments initially and then success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Data for Cambridge examinations is not included in this ranking. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which Prince William County Public School students also attend, was ranked third in the nation. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

“This is great news,” said Osbourn Park High School Principal Neil Beech. “It is a real testament to the work our students and teachers are undertaking.”
Dual Enrollment Leads to Simultaneous Success! College Courses Put These Students on the Dean’s List
May 22, 2015

These PWCS students who are also dually enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) earned placement on NOVA’s fall 2014 Dean’s List:
Battlefield High School
Vladislav Andreevich Belov
Christina Louise Davidson
Mark Anthony Elmore
Timothy Aaron Gochnour
Hollie Brooke Hurdle
Andrew Davis Lahann
Meryem Elizabeth Murphy
Blake Austin Pagon
Audrey Lee Schroeder
Spencer Clark Ramsey
Dixie Leigh Smith
Freedom High School
Serna Nicole Lam
Diana Carol Rengifo-Emore
Associate Superintendent Shifts Roles; Focus Remains on Educational Improvement
Rita Everett Goss to Lead Student Learning and Accountability
May 21, 2015
Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools Rita Everett Goss will leave her current role on July 1 to take on new duties as the Division’s Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability. In that role, she will continue to empower and lead a department focused on understanding and improving Divisionwide performance in meeting the needs of students, teachers, and schools.
After four years of fostering quality teaching and learning in the Division’s 19 Eastern Elementary Schools, the former elementary and middle school principal sees her new role as a natural progression.
“I am passionate about student learning and I am excited about the opportunity to support it from Kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Goss. “I see this as an amazing opportunity to work with outstanding professionals as a champion for all children across Prince William County.” 
Functions housed in Student Learning and Accountability include: testing; program evaluation; serving speakers of other languages; professional development; special education services, overseeing curriculum for all subjects; preschool, gifted, alternative, and special programs, and student services, counseling, health and other student services.
Mrs. Goss takes the reigns of Student Learning and Accountability from current Associate Superintendent Dr. Tim Healey, who is returning to his passion of working closely with students every day. Dr. Healey will be the first principal of the county’s 12th high school, newly named in honor of Virginia’s longest-serving State Senator, Charles J. Colgan Sr. The school will open in August, 2016. As principal, Dr. Healey will continue his collaboration with Mrs. Goss to ensure World-Class teaching and learning.
Mrs. Goss holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, also at George Mason.
Woodbridge High School Junior Nominated for Cappie Award
May 21, 2015
Danny Waldman, a junior at Woodbridge High School and member of the schools’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts theatre program, has been nominated for “Best Supporting Actor in a Play” for the annual Cappie Awards. The nomination is for his performance in the theatre’s production of Fahrenheit 451 where he played Captain Beatty. The school's theatre instructor Terri Caretti directed the play.

The Cappies, "Critics and Awards Program," is a student 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."

At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala, which will be held this year on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Parents and Students: Summer Schedule for Parent Portal and School Websites
May 21, 2015
Below is the end of the year schedule for accessing the Parent Portal and your school website.

June 8: Parent Portal new user account registrations will be disabled. For those who already have a Parent Portal account, the ability to edit your contact information will be disabled and no further edits will be accepted after June 8. However you will be able to view your contact information and grades until June 27. Parents may visit their school office to update their contact information in person.
Editing in Parent Portal will be enabled sometime in August (the date will be announced). If you do not have a Parent Portal account or want to see details about how to register and use the Parent Portal go to the Parent Portal Information page.
June 26: The Parent Portal will be offline and parents and students will no longer be able to view 2014-15 grades, attendance and contact information. Summer school grades will not be posted on the Parent Portal.
July: School Web sites will continue to be accessible for parents, students, and teachers throughout the summer to view 2015 summer assignment information. However summer school class information may not be on school websites depending on the school.
August 13: In August the 2014-15 classroom pages will no longer be available in order to begin the process of creating the 2015-16 classroom web pages. More information will be announced in August about accessing the Parent Portal and school websites for 2015-16.
Students Deliver at National Competition for Future Educators
May 20, 2015

Five outstanding PWCS students represented the School Division at the national conference of the Future Educators Association®. On their way to becoming the best of the best teachers, Alexis Green, Hylton High School; Kelly Flores and Dakota Lawhorn, Gar-Field High School; and Shangool Khan and Lindsay Sowers, Forest Park High School, competed in events that challenged their abilities to communicate and gave them a glimpse of their future. Dakota Lawhorn placed third in the public speaking event.

Green and Flores competed in the FEA Moment category, where they had four minutes to convince their audience why they were focused on becoming educators.

As a team, Khan and Sowers participated in the Inside Our Schools Competition to showcase one innovative strategy that their school or school district employs to enhance teaching and learning. The creative presentation, which involved a live presentation and a video, appealed to anyone looking for smart ways to take teaching and learning to a higher level.

Lawhorn entered the Public Speaking competition, where self-composure, confidence, and the ability to clearly articulate and communicate information are valuable skills. This category highlighted students who demonstrate these qualities by combining thoughtful preparation and confident delivery into an interesting presentation on a current education topic. Lawhorn gave a four-minute speech of approximately 600 words in front of a panel of four judges.

Special Education Advisory Committee Meets June 16
May 20, 2015

The PWCS Special Education Advisory Committee will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on June 16, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 2002/04).

Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.

The meeting will be held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location. 
Quench Your Thirst and Give at PACE East School’s Drive-Thru Lemonade Stand
May 20, 2015

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 Friday, June 12.

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 event page for additional details at
Miss Ability Pageant Showcases Those with Special Talents—Apply by June 1
May 20, 2015

Know a young lady who is full of talent? Help her beauty and gifts shine through as she builds new friendships, gains confidence, and has the opportunity to showcase her abilities at the Miss Ability Pageant, scheduled at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Stonewall Jackson High School. Any student with a disability who is between 10–22 years of age and resides in Prince William County, Manassas City, or Manassas Park is eligible to apply. For additional details, see the Contest Information Sheet. Submit the Miss Ability Pageant Application by June 1.

The pageant is organized by a committee of local educators and volunteers and hosted by Didlake, a Manassas-based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities.
Register Now for STEM Summer Camps at NOVA
May 19, 2015
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) invites students to participate in hands-on, robotics camps this summer at the NOVA Woodbridge campus and Patriot High School. Activities focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Registration and information is available online.
New Website Is More Parent Friendly
May 18, 2015

The new Find Your School website, will inform parents and other users to which elementary, middle, or high school a residence served by PWCS is assigned. In three easy steps, parents will type in their information and view their school's location overlaid on a map of Prince William County and neighboring communities. Try it now!
Stonewall Middle School Robotics Team Earns Praise at Championship
May 15, 2015

Stonewall Middle School robotics teamStonewall Middle School's robotics team won the Sportsmanship Award at the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the combined middle school and high school levels, In all, 272 teams competed. A judge was overheard to say, "These teams from Virginia put their hand out to shake our hand before we can even put our hand out to them!" Other schools fielding teams at this national competition included Bull Run and Benton Middle Schools, Pennington Traditional, The Nokesville School, and Stonewall Jackson High School. Stay tuned for future updates on robotics.
Parent Resource Center’s 2015 Summer Camp and Recreation Opportunities for Students with Special Needs Now Available
May 8, 2015
The 2015 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 or
Prince William County Student is a Standout, Awarded $2,500 National Merit Scholarship
May 8, 2015
Justin Yum, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is among approximately 2,500 talented high school seniors from across the United States who will receive a $2,500 scholarship in the 2015 National Merit® program. He was named in September as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
Yum earned the Merit Scholar title on the basis of his abilities, accomplishments, and personal attributes considered important for success in rigorous college studies. He qualified for the honor through his outstanding score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. In addition his scholarship application included an essay and information about his participation and leadership in school and community activities.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is famous for having a highly competitive scholarship program, with the level of semifinalist or finalist one of the greatest academic achievements a student can reach. Yum was chosen from among 15,000 outstanding finalists.
His accomplishment will be recognized at the May 14 “Saluting Our Stars” celebration.
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Educational Leader Induction Participants
May 7, 2015
The following first-year principals have completed the year-long PWCS Educational Leader Induction seminar series:

Dr. Elliot Bolles, Penn Elementary School
Lynmara Colon, Mary F. Williams Elementary School
Rhonda Ellington, Mullen Elementary School
Kim Gudinas, Kerrydale Elementary School
Laurence Khan, Westridge Elementary School
Richard Martinez, Forest Park High School
Maria McDonald, PACE West
Catherine Porter-Lucas, Gainesville Middle School,
Christie Taylor, Lake Ridge Middle School
Carrie Webb, Signal Hill Elementary School
The theme of the Educational Leader Induction was “A Journey Toward Leadership Excellence.” Monthly seminars designed and led by Deputy Superintendent Rae E. Darlington and Natalie Bonshire, TIPA project director, provided professional learning opportunities on topics that were timely and applicable to support these educational leaders in making a successful transition to principalship.
The Educational Leader Induction program was, according to one principal, “Absolutely the best training opportunity I’ve had in 12 years of administration.”
Special thanks to the associate superintendents, experienced principals, and central office directors who supported these sessions through their presentations and discussions. Each new principal was also paired with an experienced PWCS principal as a dedicated mentor. We wish these educational leaders the best as they continue their administrative career in PWCS.

Pictured in front row, left to right: Ms. Maria McDonald, principal, PACE West, Ms. Kimberly Gudinas, principal, Kerrydale Elementary School, Ms. Lynmara Colon, principal, Mary F. Williams Elementary School, Ms. Rhonda Ellington, principal, Mullen Elementary School, back row, left to right: Dr. Elliot Bolles, principal, Penn Elementary School, Ms. Christie Taylor, principal, Lake Ridge Middle School, Ms. Catherine Porter-Lucas, principal, Gainesville Middle School, Ms. Carrie Webb, principal, Signal Hill Elementary School, Mr. Richard Martinez, principal, Forest Park High School, and Mr. Laurence Khan, principal, Westridge Elementary School
School Board Meeting Schedule for May
May 5, 2015

The May public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 and May 20 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Agendas for School Board meetings may be viewed online from the Electronic School Board Web page ( Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.

Meeting Schedule:
May 6
4 p.m. Internal Audit Committee Meeting
5 p.m. Dinner

6 p.m. Closed Session Meeting
7 p.m. Public Meeting
May 20
5 p.m. Formal Dinner (Business Partners and SPARK Recognition)
6 p.m. Closed Session
7 p.m. Public Meeting
9 p.m. Work Session
May 27
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Closed Session – Superintendent’s Evaluation

Anyone may attend public meetings, which are streamed live on and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, available on Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Past meetings are also available for viewing on-demand at
Individuals who wish to address the School Board during Public Comment Time may notify the Board Clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at by noon on the day of the meeting. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.
SACC Summer Camp Registration Will Reopen May 6 at Midnight
May 5, 1015

SACC Summer Camp registration will reopen May 6 at midnight. To register, go to and click on 2015 SACC Summer Camp Online Registration. Minnieland has assured us the site will be operational.

Inscripción para el Campamento de Verano de SACC

T. Clay Wood Elementary School Remembers its Namesake
May 4, 2015

Sen. Charles Colgan, left, and T. Clay Wood, right, at school dedication on June 28, 2011.Posted this morning on the home page of T. Clay Wood Elementary School is a short message from Principal Andrew Buchheit beginning with, “It is with a sad heart that I pass on the news…” and notifying the community of Mr. Wood’s death on Friday, May 1. He was 97 years old and died peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Wood was a long-time active Nokesville community and civic member. 

Mr. Wood’s funeral will be on Thursday, May 7 at 12 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Aden Road. Viewing and Visitation will be from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Wood's family and friends at this sad time,” said Buchheit. He goes on to say:

"It was a honor to get to know Mr. Wood. I’m glad he was able to attend our Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony four years ago, participate in our first 5th grade promotion ceremony,  and speak to our students over the morning broadcast.
“I appreciate the many opportunities I had to visit him at his home with our office staff during the summers. He was always excited to talk with us and hear about the school that was named after him. I was always impressed with his kindness, work ethic, and caring nature.
“When we opened T. Clay Wood Elementary School, we established an award called the T. Clay Wood Pride "We Work, We Care, We Share" Award named after Mr. Wood and his ideals of working hard, caring for others and sharing his time and effort in the service of others. In addition, we formed a Rudy Youth Club supported by the Ruritans, which Mr. Wood was a member of for most of his life. 
“We all feel proud at T. Clay Wood Elementary School to be associated with such an involved and important Nokesville community supporter and activist who worked hard to make his part of the world the best it could be."
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SACC/Next Generation Offerings for Next School Year Spark Excitement; Registration Opens April 25
“Wow,” was the typical reaction as PWCS students and families got their first look at plans for next school year’s SACC and Next Generation programs.

April 20, 2015

Check out the programs on the SACCNext Generation, and AlphaBEST websites. Registration for next school year opens April 25, 9 a.m. 

Open houses on April 13, 14, and 15 introduced current and future participants to the new program provider for before and after school care, and the middle school Next Generation program, AlphaBEST. Most really liked what they saw. Robotics and other tech programs were big hits. Others liked plans to get students active, or immersed in new cultures and language skills. Homework help was a big hit with parents.

Join in the Fun, Attend a Family Friendly Health Event
Get out and enjoy spring by participating in an outdoor event. The following are family-friendly events hosted by Prince William County Public Schools and PTO’s. If you have an additional school-sponsored event that is open to the community, please send information to

Spring Health Events Listing

T. Clay Wood Elementary School Health and Fitness Expo: May 8
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about health and fitness opportunities in our area. A variety of businesses will provide information and activities to help educate our community in the areas of fitness, nutrition, health, and safety. The community is invited to attend the event on Friday, May 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Patriot High School Supporting Autism Awareness 5k Walk/Run: May 9
Get your running/walking shoes ready! The 2nd Annual "Supporting Autism Awareness around the World" 5K Walk/Run will be held at Patriot High School Saturday, May 9 at 8 a.m. Patriot's Interact Club is hosting this fun and rewarding event. Proceeds will be split - 50% to a local charity supporting Autism and 50% will go towards an Interact Scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.

Sign up at

Henderson Elementary School Community Running Event, May 31
Join in this family friendly 5K and 1 mile Fun Run through the community of Montclair to support Henderson Elementary School's PTCO.  The 5K event is officially timed.  ​

Please visit or register at

Division’s Advisory Committee Meetings for May
April 15, 2015

The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in May.
Meetings are open to the appointed members and the agendas, presentations, and minutes are available to inform the general public. Space limitations may make it difficult to open meetings beyond the membership. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office.
  • Gifted Education Advisory Council, on May 19, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room 1101). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Council, on May 11, 6:30 p.m., (KLC room 3011). See the Safe Schools Advisory Council Web page (click on “Meetings”). Contact Risk Management and Security Services at 703.791.7206 for assistance. 
  • Special Education Advisory Committee, on May 19, 7–9 p.m., (KLC room TBD). Citizens interested in attending a meeting or seeing the meeting schedule are asked to visit the Special Education Advisory Program Web page or call 703.791.7287 for additional information.
  • Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction, on May 14, 7–9 p.m., (Independent Hill-Building 52 (old administration building) 14800 Joplin Road, Manassas. See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.

All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center (KLC), located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Meeting dates are subject to schedule changes. Please check the specific Web pages to confirm dates and details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location.
2015 Graduation Dates Announced
Date: February 19, 2015
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 6 7:30 p.m. Stonewall Jackson HS Gym
Battlefield HS Wednesday June 10 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Brentsville District HS Saturday June 6 10 a.m. Brentsville District HS
Forest Park HS Saturday June 6 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Freedom HS Saturday June 6 7:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Gar-Field HS Saturday June 13 2:30 p.m. Patriot Center
Governor’s School Awards Ceremony and Banquet Saturday May 30 9:59 a.m. Manassas Park MS
Hylton HS Saturday June 6 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
Independent Hill School Friday May 29 1 p.m. IHS Gymnasium
New Directions Alternative Ed Center Senior Awards Thursday June 4 6 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center
Osbourn Park HS Saturday June 13 9:30 a.m. Patriot Center
PACE East Senior Awards Friday May 29 9:15 a.m. IHS Gymnasium
PACE West Senior Awards Luncheon Thursday June 4 12:30 p.m. PACE West Gymnasium
Patriot HS Wednesday June 10 7:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Potomac HS Monday June 8 2:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Practical Nursing Program Friday June 5 6:30 p.m. Osbourn Park HS Auditorium
Stonewall Jackson HS Tuesday June 9 7 p.m. Jiffy Lube Live
Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Saturday June 20 7 p.m. Patriot Center
Woodbridge HS Saturday June 13 9 a.m. Woodbridge HS

Summer School, Great for Second Chances and New Opportunities
April 13, 2015

Summer school provides a variety of educational opportunities that serve to mitigate summer learning loss and prepares students for future learning experiences which lead to improved student achievement.

See below for dates and descriptions of the 2015 Summer School program or visit the Summer School Program Web page.
  • July 6–24 (three-week program): The summer elementary and middle summer school program is remedial and complements what is taught during the school year.  
  • June 29–August 7 (six-week program): High school students in grades 9–12 may take courses for new or repeat credit. The Summer School High school graduation date is Thursday, August 6 at Stonewall Jackson High School.
  • July 6–17: Young Picassos and Rembrandts are invited to explore “The Artist’s Toolbox,” the PWCS Summer Art Enrichment program. The two-week program is open to all local-area students currently in grades 2–8.

Information for the summer session of the Virtual High School @ PWCS (VHS), Prince William County’s online high school program is availabale at Registration for VHS began April 9. Learn more.
Want to Create Your Own TV Production? Watch “Producing an i-Report” to Learn How
April 7, 2015
Students: Do you want to be on TV? Or, maybe you would rather try writing and directing a documentary? PWCS-TV invites students, teachers, and parents to try their hand at working on a video production. Here’s how:

Write five paragraphs about one of these topics:
  • Your school activities,
  • Your dream job,
  • Your winter break activities, or
  • Your favorite hobby (cooking, sports, cheerleading, robotics, etc.).
Take 20 photos related to your topic. If you have access to a video camera, have someone record you reading your report. At the end of the video, record, "For PWCS-TV, this is _(your name)__, i-Reporter!"
Email your written report to (with your parent's contact information if you're under 18). Any PWCS staff member or parent is also invited to participate in a student production. Staff in PWCS Media Production Services will work with you, your parents, teachers, or scout leaders to produce your report, using our cameras, if you don't have access to a video recording camera.
Parents, teachers, or students who have questions may call Angie Carey at 703.791.7433. Reports will be broadcast on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36, and on our Web site,
Click here or below to watch this PWCS student-made video, which shows students, parents, and teachers how to be an i-reporter.

Leadership Team for Summer School Announced
March 27, 2015

More than 9,000 students 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
Chris Dalton, Bristow Run Elementary
Geoffrey Deavers, Marumsco Hills Elementary
Malcolm Foust, Coles Elementary
Adrianne Harrison, Glenkirk Elementary
Lucy Jensen, Loch Lomond Elementary
Danna Johnson, Minnieville Elementary
Regina Nash, Dumfries Elementary
Shana Robinson, Fitzgerald Elementary
Melissa Rosenbaum, Westridge Elementary
Carol Schuster, Tyler Elementary
Tiffany Turner-Bell, Pattie Elementary

Summer School Principals for Middle Schools
Kathleen Hybl, Woodbridge Middle
Jodi Puhlick, Benton Middle
Todd Yoho, Marsteller Middle

Summer School Principals for High Schools
Brandon Boles, Stonewall Jackson High
Cassandra Crawford, Stonewall Jackson High
Stacy Norwood, Potomac High (SOL remediation program)

Summer School Assistant Principals for Middle Schools
David Anderson, Woodbridge Middle
Rose Fraze, Benton Middle
Joseph Murgo, Marsteller Middle

Summer School Assistant Principals for High Schools
Jeremy Byrd, Stonewall Jackson High
Jeremy Cortash, Stonewall Jackson High
Joshua Miller, Stonewall Jackson High
James Smith, Potomac High (three-week remediation program)

Visit the Summer School Program web page for additional program information.
NAMI Basics Course for Parents of Children with Brain Disorders begins April 8
March 13, 2015
NAMI Basics will be offered on Wednesday evenings, April 8 to May 20 from 7–9:30 p.m., at the Kelly Leadership Center, room 2002/04. The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas.
NAMI Basics is a free seven-week course designed for parents/caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness/emotional disabilities (ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Onset Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse Disorders and Co-Morbid Disorders). It is not necessary that the child have an “official” diagnosis.
This course is not intended for parents/caregivers of children/adolescents with intellectual/developmental disabilities, autism, brain injuries, or other permanently disabling disorders.
There is no cost for the course; however, class size is limited to 25 participants. No childcare is available. Preregistration is required and should be submitted by Monday, April 6. Sign language or foreign language interpreter services are available upon request. Registrants requiring interpreter services are asked to preregister by Wednesday, April 1. Childcare will not be available. To preregister, or for further information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8846 (Voice), 703.791.8847 (TDD) or email or    
NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
View the NAMI Basics flyer (English, Spanish, Urdu), also accessible from the Parent Resource Center Event Calendar page.
Musicians Prepare for All-County Middle School Band
March 10, 2015

Middle school band students from across the county will come together to perform at the All-County Middle School Band event scheduled for March 21 at Stonewall Middle School. The annual honors event gives young musicians a chance to perform challenging musical numbers under the direction of a guest conductor, while allowing them to experience working as a member of a larger ensemble. The students will spend most of the event in rehearsals, followed by a culminating public performance at 4 p.m.
The Directors’ Honor Band will perform first, conducted by Dennis Brown, director of orchestras at Hylton High School in Woodbridge. The Middle School Honors Band will be conducted by Linda Gammon, current director of the Northern Virginia Junior Winds, and former Fairfax County Public School middle school band director.
The March 21 All County Middle School Band event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to attend and support arts education in PWCS schools.
2015 Summer School Program Dates Announced
December 9, 2014

The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2015 Summer School Program:
  • Elementary and Middle School Remediation Program: July 6–24 (three-week program)
  • High School Program: June 29 - August 7 (six-week program)
  • Art Enrichment Program: July 6–17
  • Summer School High school graduation date: Thursday, August 6 (location TBD)

The 2015 summer school information will be available on the Web site in March 2015. Visit the Summer School Program Web page for more information as it becomes available.

Dates for the summer session of the Virtual High School @ PWCS (VHS), Prince William County’s online high school program, will run at the same time as the regular high school summer session listed above. Registration for VHS will open at the beginning of April after the spring break. Learn more.

12th High School Boundary Maps Now Online
December 2, 2014

The 2016-17 attendance boundary maps for the 12th High School have been posted online.  The School Board approved the proposed boundary at its meeting on November 18.
What Kids at T. Clay Wood Elementary Want to Know
November 5, 2014
Delegate Richard L. (Rich) Anderson (51st) visits T. Clay Wood Elementary SchoolA future in public service? Students learned first-hand what it means to be a public official and work on behalf of others. In celebration of the Virginia School Board Association’s “Take Your Legislator to School Month,” T. Clay Wood Elementary School hosted Delegate Richard L. (Rich) Anderson. Anderson represents the 51st House District where the school is located. He spoke to each 4th grade class about the life of a delegate, Virginia history, Virginia government, and how a bill becomes a law, and answered questions from students. Students asked if he has met the President, how long a term is, and if he likes his job, among other questions.
Parents and Students -- Need to Change Your Email Address or Web Site Password?
September 26, 2014

Your email address listed in the Parent Portal will be used to send notifications from both Parent Portal and from school Web sites (SchoolFusion). Since the Parent Portal is self-service you must change your email address in the Parent Portal and it will be automatically changed for school Web site notifications. View instructions on the
Parent Portal FAQ’s Web page.
However, if students have changed their student email address but are still not receiving Web site notifications, check with your school office staff; they may need to make a change in the student database.
Your password for both Parent Portal and your school Web site must be changed in the Parent Portal. See instructions for changing your password and for retrieving a forgotten password.
Global Competency--What is It and Why Do Our Students Need It? Participate in Global Conference in November
September 23, 2014

Plan now to participate in the 2014 Global Education Conference during International Education Week, November 17-November 22. All PWCS educators are encouraged to take part. The conference is soliciting proposals through November 15. This will be a week of free online professional learning in webinar format with educators and innovators around the world. The conference will take place entirely online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform which can be accessed at any time, even in the evenings. See the Blackboard Web site for details. 
The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park Joint Board Meeting Schedule
September 18, 2014
The Joint Board of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park will hold its first meeting of the year on September 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 110H of the Occoquan Building on the Prince William Campus, George Mason University, located at 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas.
2014-15 Meetings:
September 25, 2014             Business Meeting
December 11, 2014              Business Meeting
February 19, 2015                Business Meeting
April 23, 2015                      Business Meeting
June 18, 2015                       Business Meeting
Members of The Governor's School @ Innovation Park's Joint Board are Scott Albrecht, Manassas City Public Schools; Arthur Bushnell, Manassas City Public Schools; Brenda Foster, Manassas Park City Schools; Milton Johns, Prince William County Public Schools; Dr. Fran Kassinger, Manassas Park City Schools; and Dr. Michael Otaigbe, Prince William County Public Schools.
View meeting agendas and minutes.  
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Study at Independent Hill Complex Assures No Health Risk
August 18, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues its assessment of groundwater at the one-time Manassas Air Force communication facility, now the site of Prince William County Public Schools' Independent Hill complex, as part of an ongoing effort to assess and clean up former Department of Defense sites. Periodic reviews and studies of the site have occurred since 1986. The complex was connected to the county water system in 1986 to avoid any potential exposure to possible solvent contaminants.

The past and ongoing reviews by USACE indicate there are no health threats to students, occupants, or residents of the Independent Hill complex and none of the scheduled construction at Independent Hill alters safety conditions. The Independent Hill School, PACE East, and other buildings and offices on the site are not affected. The USACE reconfirmed findings from past reviews and shared with local representatives the groundwater at only the southern portion of the site contains chlorinated organic compounds.

As part of its work, the USACE is evaluating and developing treatment options for the site. School Division staff have worked closely and coordinated work activities with the USACE, monitored their activities and progress, and will continue to ensure that students and occupants work in a safe and healthy environment. The public is invited to learn more about how the USACE manages and executes environmental cleanup projects and other associated responsibilities on formerly-used defense sites, and in particular the Independent Hill complex, by contacting Andrea Takash, Corporate Communication, US Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore district, at 410.962.2626 or
Applications Available for Families Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
August 15, 2014

Parents of Prince William County Public School students wishing to apply for free and reduced-price meals can complete and submit their application online. The process can help families avoid delays they may encounter by mailing in an application, and will ensure that applications are complete because applicants will be prompted to submit all of the necessary information required. Apply now for Meal Applications online. Links to the online application in English and Spanish are also on the left navigation of School Food Services Web site at All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 2014 will receive an application packet in the mail. Families with students who registered after that date will need to secure an application from their local school. Applications may also be obtained at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.

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

15 de agosto de 2014

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

2014-15 Bell Times Revised for Woodbine Preschool
Five minutes has been added to the morning and afternoon sessions at Woodbine Preschool Center. This will provide a 10-minute increase in the school day which is consistent with the 10-minute increase previously added to other schools. The revised bell schedule reflects this change. View revised bell schedule.

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