8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Milton C. Johns, Chairman At-Large of the School Board, is the Committee Chairman; Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe, School Board member for the Coles District also serves on the Internal Audit Committee. Lisa E. Bell, School Board member for the Neabsco District is the alternate School Board member. Dave Cline, Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services, represents the School Division and Rae Darlington, Deputy Superintendent, is the alternate School Division member. Gary Maness is the Chief Internal Auditor.
April 22, 2014
From installation of solar panels to water conservation, from powering down unused electronics to conducting facility audits, Prince William County Public Schools is rapidly moving to the top of energy-wise schools in the country.
As of the latest accounting (another is expected shortly after Earth Day), the School Division has avoided expenditures upwards of $8 million that would otherwise have gone to utility costs and system maintenance.
PWCS expects to be recognized by a top Environmental Protection Agency official on May 1 for moving toward the front of the pack with its number of schools earning EnergyStar certification. The designation means facilities meet high conservation standards.
Benton Middle School showcases an example of how students Divisionwide are getting involved through recycling, energy efficiency, and measures to reduce costs. Students prepared presentations to remind everyone to turn off lights and educated staff and classmates alike on the savings realized by unplugging electronic devices that continue to use energy even when turned off. Benton students are now seeking green certification for their school.
For nearly a decade, PWCS has replaced boilers, installed extensive water conservation devices on plumbing systems, and converted outdated HVAC components. These projects contribute to operational cost savings, with full benefits to be realized over the next four years. Upcoming energy infrastructure improvements are included in the Capital Improvements Program. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Go Green Virginia has designated PWCS a Silver Certified Green School Division in recognition of its sustainability initiatives and energy conservation and efficiency efforts.
PWCS is making every day Earth Day. Education and taxpayers are reaping the rewards.
Nokesville Elementary School, located at 12625 Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville, was built in 1928 and sits on about 10 acres. A gym was added to the school in 1932 and four additions were added through 1956. The building underwent a renovation in 1993.
A substantial prize of $500 will go to the best entry in a contest to brainstorm solutions to unwanted litter at public bus stops in Prince William County. The contest, sponsored by Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB), is open to PWCS students in grades 9-12. The deadline for entries is April 30. The competition challenges students to use critical thinking and real-life skills. See www.kpwb.org for additional information.
April 22, 2014
The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together top robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with and against the best teams from around the world. The 2014 Championship will include nearly 700 teams from over 400 VEX Robotics Competition qualifying tournaments that are happening in cities around the world.
VEX Robotics is just one of nine robotics platforms that is currently in place within Prince William County Public Schools. In 2013-14 PWCS boasted the highest number of VEX teams from one school district in the state of Virginia, 158 out of 381 teams. For more information about any PWCS robotics programs, contact Denyse Carroll, Regional STEM Education Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Some teams will need interpreters to work with the PWCS students. Anyone interested should contact Carroll directly.
PWCS teams that will be competing are listed below.
VEX IQ Challenge
VEX Robotics Competition – middle school division
VEX Robotics Competition – high school division
April 15, 2014
School communities submitted nominations for the awards, and the School Board and leadership team honored all nominees at a reception in February. Read about all nominees.
Huckestein turned competition to collaboration among high school principals, establishing and providing vision for the first Divisionwide high school principals’ team. This is a forum for principals to problem solve and propose solutions, including developing plans to increase SOL performance, graduation rates, and participation in rigorous courses. His systemic approach to learning is changing the culture of high school education in Prince William County Public Schools.
Richardson attended the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She holds a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction and a Master of Education, ED, LD, both from George Mason University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Her teaching career has taken her to Palmyra, Virginia; Dover, Delaware; and Fort Stewart, Georgia. She joined PWCS in 1987.
12th High School Community Meeting
- Date: Wednesday, April 30
- Time: 7 p.m.
- Location: Brentsville District High School Auditorium
- Date: Thursday, May 1
- Time: 7 p.m.
- Location: Hylton High School Auditorium
April 11, 2014
“Stop. Teen. Trafficking.” A PWCS-created billboard at the intersection of Cardinal Drive and Route 1 subtly but starkly introduces the growing problem of teen trafficking to the local community while avoiding unduly frightening anyone. Teen trafficking is the use of force, fraud, and coercion to manipulate youth into the world of commercial exploitation.
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is taking the lead in bringing this issue to the attention of the public, students, and families, fulfilling a non-funded mandate from the Virginia Board of Education to provide training in human trafficking and strategies for prevention. PWCS sought and received funding from the Potomac Health Foundation for a public awareness campaign related to the mandate.
The billboard has generated over 49,000 impressions during its 30-day display and lists two help line numbers to call—703.368.4141 for the county’s Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Services (SAVAS), and 1.800.THE.LOST, for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “Impressions” is a term used in the media industry to describe how many times a message has been communicated.
“Teens are roped into this world through methodical and intense psychological manipulation,” said Jessica Woelkers, a PWCS social worker on special assignment for Human Trafficking Prevention. “An older individual will pose as an older boyfriend who uses a powerful combination of love and fear to keep the teen under his control.”
About 4,000 school social workers, counselors, psychologists, and school nurses are carrying this message to 3,000 ninth graders in six high schools in eastern Prince William County, the Potomac Health Foundation’s service area. Support agencies and activities will provide a continuum of services to youth who have been trafficked, are at risk of being trafficked, or at risk of gang involvement. Anyone who knows of any students who have been approached or victimized by trafficking is encouraged to contact Woelkers at email@example.com.
“We are the first School Division in the state to roll out a lesson for students,” said Woelkers. She will participate, by invitation, on an educators’ panel on prevention at the National Trafficking in America Conference in July. The PWCS classroom lesson, designed by a multidisciplinary team, has been accepted by The National Educators to Stop Trafficking for inclusion in its online curriculum warehouse.
Today’s students are growing up in a digital world where technology breaks down the barriers of resources, geography, and time to access information 24/7. School Board members and officials of Prince William County Public Schools—a recognized leader in digital learning across the country— recently shared how PWCS has embraced the digital movement through cloud computing.
School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns; Superintendent Steven Walts; Associate Superintendent for Communications and Technology Services Keith Imon; A.J. Phillips, supervisor of instructional technology; Jason Dasher, supervisor of information security services; and Steve George, director of information technology services, presented an interactive session on the benefits and instructional aspects of cloud computing and the integration of mobile devices in the classroom at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) conference. Their session drew an audience of more than 100 school board members and educators. Of particular interest was discussion of cloud computing with a “bring your own device” program to enhance student learning through use of tools such as Google Apps for Education. For three years, PWCS has allowed students to bring personal mobile devices to their classrooms under conditions specified in policy, regulation, and student “Code of Behavior.”
In addition to Chairman Johns, other School Board members who took advantage of this NSBA professional development opportunity included Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles), Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville), and Loree Y. Williams (Woodbridge).
While attending the conference, the School Board and Superintendent were presented with the 2014 Digital District Award from the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education. PWCS was ranked first in the 2013-14 Digital School Districts Survey among the nation’s largest school divisions.
April 10, 2014
Families, pack your picnics and go local this summer, exploring top recreational sites in Prince William County. As a warm-up for summer fun, come to the PWC Community EXPO on Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium. Admission is free. Close out the day watching a Potomac Nationals baseball game. Pfitzner Stadium complex, the home of the Potomac Nationals baseball team, is behind the McCoart Building on Prince William Parkway.
In early May, all PWCS schools will receive Explorer Passports for children to take home. The Explorer Passports entitle kids free admission at each location listed on the passport. Students should turn in the passports to their schools in September for a chance in a prize drawing. To be eligible for the grand prize, the passports must be stamped at the May 10 Community EXPO.
Attractions at the Community EXPO will please children young and old, and include:
- Outdoor activities (hiking, rope skills course, rock climbing wall, etc.)
- Kids’ Games and Prizes
- Information on Youth Summer Programs (Park Authority, Historic Preservation, Manassas Battlefield, etc.)
- Important School-Related Information
- BMX demonstrations and Race
- Petting Zoo
- Performances (Student groups)
- Mascot Dance-Off
- Reptile and Birds of Prey Demonstrations
- Moon Bounce and Dare Devil Island
- And much more…
Most recently, the state of Virginia selected Hannah to attend the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities as well as Virginia Girls State. She has earned the Gold and Silver Awards for Girl Scouts, and is an accomplished athlete, participating for four years on the varsity tennis team. After graduating from Woodbridge High School, Hannah plans to attend Christopher Newport University's Presidential Leadership and Honors Programs in the fall.
- Group Health, Dental, & Vision Plans (Partially Paid)
- Supplemental Retirement Plans (Lincoln Financial Group)
- Children 3 Months of Age or Older May Ride With You
- Tax Free Dependent Care Assistance
- Sick Leave Accruals and Sick Leave Bank
- Personal Leave
- Virginia Retirement System (Full Time Only)
- Credit Union (PWC and Apple Federal)
April 4, 2014
When students come back and visit a teacher after they have left her class, you know you have a teacher who is priceless. And if she is a teacher with an open door to any student who wants to sit in on a lesson with prior approval, you might call her “Fort Knox Gold.” That teacher is Stephanie DeRaymond. She makes time and room for students who drop into her class during their lunch breaks.
DeRaymond recently received the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year Award. In the words of her principal, Jo Fitzgerald, “Mrs. DeRaymond is truly deserving of this award for she exemplifies what a World-Class professional educator should be.”
DeRaymond manages to get 26 hours or more out of every 24, doing what she loves as a teacher, leader, and volunteer. She is the Math Department Chair at Lake Ridge Middle School; serves on the PWCS Gifted Education Advisory Council; tutors students in SAT prep, algebra, and geometry; teaches a community college math program for incoming freshmen; and has sponsored an after-school math club.
As a teacher leader, DeRaymond shares her innovative strategies for teaching math with colleagues. Her lessons are interdisciplinary, incorporating math, creative writing, and technology. She arrives early to school and stays late, and like all teachers, work continues at home. She insists on giving graded assignments back the next day to her students, “as she knows kids learn best with immediate feedback,” says a colleague.
DeRaymond’s colleagues applaud her for her versatility, willingness to always lend a hand to serve others, and for constantly seeking ways to sharpen her skills in the classroom. She is described as “positive and optimistic, seeing hope in the students most challenged by math.” Students are often overheard exclaiming how much they enjoy DeRaymond’s math class.
One of DeRaymond’s young students, Katie, says it all: “Mrs. DeRaymond is an amazing teacher! She is organized, smart, and has a fun collection of ducks. She is by far my favorite teacher!”
April 2, 2014
As presented, the adopted School Board 2014-15 budget includes the additional one percent employee pay hike recommended by Superintendent Steven Walts as an amendment to his original proposal. The resulting plan aids the vital retention and recruitment of quality teachers and other employees by providing a two-percent pay plan adjustment, plus another one percent to cover the state-mandated boost in employee costs for the Virginia Retirement System. It would fund all existing programs and services without significant reductions, and would allow PWCS to start the long and expensive process of lowering class sizes.
Availability of revenue required to pay for the plan was projected based on the tax rate “advertised” by the BOCS back in February. The advertised rate is the highest taxing level the BOCS can adopt. Projected revenue from that rate helped close a gap in the Superintendent’s original budget proposal, but supervisors could still cut the tax rate—and resulting school funding—when they are expected to adopt a final tax level on April 29.
Sizeable turnouts by parents, students, teachers, and other PWCS employees, highlighted the importance of the school funding decision at recent BOCS meetings. It reinforced the reality that reductions in the advertised tax rate would force significant cuts to the newly adopted PWCS budget (which also depends on not-yet-finalized state funding levels).
Interested individuals can monitor and weigh-in on budget developments:
- April 8, 7:30 p.m. BOCS public hearing on budget;
- April 15, 2 p.m. BOCS budget recap (updated schedule);
- April 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. BOCS budget markup;
- April 29, 7:30 p.m. BOCS adopts final county budget on which PWCS funding depends.
- Rishi Kapoor, Alvey Elementary School, Computer Science
- Blake Hewitt, Alvey Elementary School, Engineering and Mathematics
- Anya Anand, Glenkirk Elementary School, Chemistry
- Elizabeth Sullivan, Marsteller Middle School, Animal Science
- Caleb Harmon, Marsteller MiddleSchool, Medicine and Health
- Collin Klaco, Parkside Middle School, Environmental Science
- Mallori Fouser, Pennington Traditional School, Behavioral Science
- Mackenzie McRae, Signal Hill Elementary School, Earth and Space
- Margaret Miller, Signal Hill Elementary School, Plant Science
- Samuel Kristy, Graham Park Middle School
- Aliyah Desautels, Gainesville Middle School
- Teammates Saisamhitha, Dasari and Gia Oana, Reagan Middle School
- Gavin Saul, Pennington Traditional School
- Timothy Cha, Lake Ridge Middle School
- Pranav Avasarala, Pennington Traditional
- Laura Waren, Parkside Middle School
- John Dumoulin, Graham Park Middle School
- Meghan Hancock, Graham Park Middle School
- Elizabeth Shablom, Bull Run Middle School
- Chase Bennett, Gainesville Middle School
- Bradley Skaja, Marsteller Middle School
- Tian Yafeng, Battlefield High School
- Robert Drummond and Joseph Monfort, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Caroline Gellene and Ashleigh Wright, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Madeleine Guyent and Olivia Carros, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Mitchell Gillin, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Michael Machado, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Kendell Dalkiewicz, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
- Nicholas Shablom, Battlefield High School
- Abhishek Gupta, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
Congratulations to Battlefield's ILITE team 1885 for earning a trip to St. Louis for the FRC World Championship. The team qualified for the World Championship by winning the Chairman's Award at the 50-team Washington D.C. Regional. The Chairman's Award is considered to be the most prestigious award at the event, honoring the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate.
Team member Ben Robson was named as the Dean's List Award finalist, an award that celebrates outstanding student leaders. Coach Gail Drake was named the Volunteer of the Year, an award presented to an individual, business or organization that consistently excels in their efforts, with proven results in the areas of impact, leadership, personal commitment, and community and historical contributions.
Two PWCS elementary students are winners in a contest showing that problem solving in math “is a beautiful thing to see.”
The winner in the K-2 level is Perla Valles, a second grade student at Mullen Elementary School. Abigail Rice, a fifth-grader at Lake Ridge Elementary School, was first-place winner in the grade 3-5 level. The unique contest is sponsored by the Virginia Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Perla's math teacher is Susan Larson. Abigail entered the contest through her gifted education class. Her SIGNET teacher is Barbara Mangum.
The contest was open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade throughout Virginia. Perla had to create a pattern that is either a growing or repeating pattern or both. In addition, she had to show a correct solution as well as the logical, sequential development of the solution and write or dictate a paragraph to fully explain the thinking involved and the problem-solving strategies that were used. Abigail had to solve a multi-step math problem and write a paragraph explaining how she arrived at the solution.
The students each won a framed certificate, a $25.00 Wal-Mart Gift card, and a pizza party for their class. See article on PWCS Mathematics Web site.
The following Advisory Committees or Councils will hold regularly scheduled meetings in April. 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 April 22, 7–9 p.m., (Kelly Leadership Center, Rm 1101). See the Gifted Education Advisory Council Web page. Contact the Gifted Education program at 703.791.7400 for assistance.
• Safe Schools Advisory Council, on April 7, 6:30 p.m., (Kelly Leadership Center, Rm 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 April 22 (due to the Spring Break), 7–9 p.m., at the Kelly Leadership Center. 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 April 10, 7–9 p.m., (Kelly Leadership Center, Rm 1101). See the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Instruction Web page.
• Wellness Advisory Committee, on April 3, 7–8:30 p.m., (Kelly Leadership Center, Rm 1101 A& B). See the Wellness Advisory Committee Web page. Contact Health and Physical Education at 703.791.7353 for assistance.
All meetings are held at the Kelly Leadership Center, located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. Check the specific Web pages to confirm details. Check with building staff on site for questions about meeting room location.
The April public meetings of the Prince William County School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 and April 23 in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
Agendas for School Board meetings may be viewed online from the School Board Web page, accessible from pwcs.edu. Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings.
5 p.m. Dinner
Individually, two students, Malik Stuckey and Olivia Stickel, automatically qualified for the nationals by finishing in the top 10. Two other students, Mia Scott and Lindsay D’Amato, finished with scores just outside of the top 10.
One archer, Amanda Kraemer, won the Amber Nease Memorial Student Archery Leadership Award. This award is given to one archer in the state each year. The Amber Nease Memorial Outdoor Education Foundation and the Virginia Department of Game and Fish annually present the Amber Nease Memorial Student Archery Leadership Award to recognize a student who is a leader and role model among their peers within the Virginia National Archery in the Schools Program. The student may be nominated by an adult associated with the program or a peer participant.
Taylor Campbell, a senior at Stonewall Jackson High School, and Katelyn Blakely, a senior at Osbourn Park High School, have been recognized as Distinguished Finalists in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award program.
Campbell has worked since 2007 to inspire second graders to read. She founded “Ready, Set, Read! The Race to Literacy” in 2007 to inspire second graders to read. Blakely founded “Kids Like Us,” a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $30,000 in two years with its annual “Swim-A-Lap” event and other projects to benefit children in foster care in Prince William County.
- Counselor of the Year;
- Humanitarian and Caring Person Award
Parent Tips for Prom:
The prom or senior ball should be a positive experience for your child, one that he or she will never forget. Before the big event there is much to talk about—gowns, tuxedos, which groups will share a limousine, and of course, who will be the big date. But the most important part of that talk should come from you, the parent, in explaining to your child that prom night safety is crucial in the planning process, and that alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes are not necessary for a fun evening.
• Make sure the vehicle your teen will be driving is in good working condition.
• Limit the number of passengers your teen will be allowed to transport.
• Insist that everyone in the vehicle wear seat belts at all times.
• Don’t allow driving after midnight; make alternative arrangements (chauffeur, car pool with other parents, taxis) if necessary.
• If renting a limo, parents and passengers should sign a contract allowing the driver to phone parents if alcohol is detected. Insist that only registered passengers be allowed transportation.
• Make sure your teen provides contact phone numbers where he or she can be reached.
Date: Saturday May 17
Patriot's Interact Club will sponsor a "Supporting Autism Around the World" 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 26 (rain or shine) at Patriot High School to benefit The Matthhews Center in Manassas. See the flyer and registration form or find them on the Patriot HS Web site or you can register online at
Date: Saturday April 10
Triangle ES will will hold a health and wellness fair on Thursday, April 10 from 6-8 p.m. We will have vendors from all walks of life on hand for you to visit...Lions Club to check your eyes, Yoga to relax you, Red Cross to sign up for our very first Blood Drive on May 5, lots of activities for the young and old alike! Sign up to get Health Insurance for your children. PWC Parks and Recreation will be here to help you spend your summer getting healthy! Visit the Triangle ES Web site or contact School Nurse Dany Peabody at 703.445.0258.
Date: Saturday, March 22
Gainesville Middle School PTO is proud to present our 5th annual 5K race and 1 mile Fun Run on Saturday, March 22nd. The proceeds from the event will support needed programs for the Gainesville Middle School, for Arts and Sciences. Visit the GVMS school Web site for info.
Battlefield 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
Date: March 22, 2014
The Battlefield 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end at the Battlefield High School stadium. There will be medals for the winners. Register online at www.signmeup.com/97593. Proceeds benefit the athletic training program at Battlefield High School.
Community Health Fair
Green Splash 5K Run/Walk at OPHS
Date: February 15, 2014
Support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society by running a 5k sponsored by the Osbourn Park Leadership Seminar Class on Saturday, February 15, at 9 a.m. Raise awareness and raise funds for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma research while running/walking. Participants will get splashed with green glitter, green silly string, and green powder.
Kindergarten registration for the 2014–15 school year is set for Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 24 at individual schools. Parents should contact their school for specific registration times.
During the kindergarten registration days, schools will ask parents of children who speak or understand a different first language, in addition to or instead of English, to call Central Registration to make an appointment for an English language evaluation. This evaluation helps determine the language support children might need to be successful in school.
Beginning Friday, April 25, English language learners not yet registered at school, will be both registered and evaluated at Central Registration. Parents should call one of two Central Registration locations, the Stonewall Middle School site in western Prince William County at 571.402.3800, or the Ann Ludwig site in the eastern part of the county at 703.491.8432.
PWCS Central Registration Centers:
- The Ann Ludwig Central Registration Center in eastern Prince William County is located at 14575 Potomac Branch Drive in Woodbridge. The telephone number is 703.491.8432 and the fax number is 703.491.8439.
- The western Prince William County location is on the campus of Stonewall Middle School, 10100 Lomond Drive in Manassas. The new phone number is 571.402.3800 and the fax number is 703.831.8773.
Durante los días de matrícula, las escuelas les solicitarán a los padres de niños que hablan o entienden otro idioma en lugar o además del inglés, que hagan una cita con el Centro de Matrícula para que sus niños sean evaluados en las destrezas del inglés. Esta evaluación se utiliza para determinar el apoyo que algunos niños puedan necesitar para tener éxito en la escuela.
A partir del viernes 25 de abril, los niños que están aprendiendo inglés (English language learners), cuya matrícula no se haya completado en la escuela anteriormente, serán matriculados y evaluados en el Centro de Matrícula. Los padres de familia deben llamar a uno de los Centros de Matrícula: Stonewall Middle School, 571.402.3800, ubicado en la zona oeste del condado, o Ann Ludwig, 703.491.8432, ubicado en la zona este del condado.
Los Centros de Matrícula de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William son:
- El Centro de Matrícula en Ann Ludwig; localizado en la zona este del Condado de Prince William, está ubicado en 14575 Potomac Branch Drive en Woodbridge. El número de teléfono es 703.491.8432 y el número de fax es 703.491.8439.
- El Centro de Matrícula anteriormente localizado en el campus de Coles Elementary School ha sido trasladado a Stonewall Middle School, ubicada en el 10100 Lomond Drive en Manassas. El nuevo número de teléfono es 571.402.3800 y el número de fax es 703.831.8773.
In partnership with George Mason University, PWCS offers teachers, and any PWCS employee who holds a bachelor's degree, the opportunity to obtain licensure in teaching students with disabilities who access the general curriculum, plus a Master of Special Education from Mason.
A Mason-PWCS Special Education Cohort Program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014.
- Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in room 2011, in the Kelly Leadership Center at 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in room 2011, in the Kelly Leadership Center at 4 p.m.
GMU personnel will be available to answer questions. For further information, contact Sherley Channing at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Ortiz at 703.791.8318.
Join the VHS @PWCS staff for a program overview and Q&A session at the optional Summer Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hylton High School auditorium.
Watch a video clip in which three students discuss how the Virtual High School @PWCS helped them to reach their goals. From overcoming scheduling issues, to making up credits to help students graduate on time, the Virtual High School @ PWCS is a great part of our “World-Class” School Division. Led by highly qualified teachers proven in both real and virtual classroom settings, the courses are open to any ninth-twelfth grade student enrolled in an accredited Virginia school.
More details about the program can be found on the Virtual High School @ PWCS Web site.
Check out the videos and resources here.
The Governors School @ Innovation Park invites students, and parents of students, interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to the Third Annual Aspiring Scientists, Technologist, Engineer and Mathematician (ASTEM) event. The event is open to students in grades 6 through 10 who currently attend a school in PWCS, MCPS and MPCS. ASTEM will take place Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m.–noon in Bull Run Hall on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus.
Students and parents/adults who would like to attend the event should preregister by March 15. Click here to register.
Visit the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park Web site for additional details.
Finishing high school can be an exciting time, but it can also bring anxiety about what’s next and how to plan for the future. To assist students with disabilities and their families in planning for life after school, the Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park Transition Council will host its Transition Fair. This free event will be held on Saturday, March 1 from noon–3:30 p.m. at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center.
- Transition planning,
- Social security,
- College disability support services,
- Financial aid,
- Estate planning,
- Career planning,
- Supported employment, and
- The Department of Rehabilitative Services and Community Services.
• Your school activities,
• Your dream job,
• Your winter break activities, or
• Your favorite hobby (cooking, sports, cheerleading, robotics, etc.).
The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2014 Summer School Program:
- Elementary and Middle School Remediation Program: Monday, July 7–Friday, July 25 (three-week program)
- High School Program: Monday, June 30–Friday, August 8 (six-week program)
- High school graduation date: Thursday, August 7 (at Woodbridge High School)
- Art Enrichment Program: Monday, July 7–Friday, July 18
The 2014 summer school information will be available on the Web site approximately mid-February 2014. 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. Visit virtualhigh.schools.pwcs.edu for more information about VHS.
For their exceptional academic achievement, Paul Hartman from Hylton High School, Madeleine Guyant from Forest Park High School, and Battlefield High School students Branden Arnold and Daniel Gardeazabal have been named National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. More than 3,500 colleges across the country will soon receive word of their accomplishments.
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Beginning in spring 2014, teacher applicants seeking National Board Certification will find new options for fitting the rigorous application process into their busy schedules, as well as a reduction in cost.
Teachers may choose to complete the certification process over several years rather than one year if that fits better with other demands on their time. Additionally, the total cost of certification will decrease to about $1,900, with each of four components costing no more than $500. Candidates will have the option to pay for and submit each component separately.
View the details about revisions on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Web site.
Blackboard Connect (Automatic Enrollment) Parents and guardians of students and employees of Prince William County Public Schools are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard Connect messaging service. PWCS central office and schools use this system to communicate delayed opening and school closing information, emergency messages, and attendance and school-based outreach messages. Messages are delivered using basic contact information provided by parents and employees.
Employees may view and update their contact information through Employee Self Service.
Be sure to add the Blackboard email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from your child's school and the School Division.
PWCS ENews (Subscription Service)
Be sure to add the PWCS ENews email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from the School Division.
- Emergency messages, delayed openings, and school closings (select your schools of interest)
- News releases, Events, and Web stories
- Board Briefs
- School Board news from At-Large Member – Milton C. Johns
- School Board news from Vice Chairman (Coles) — Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe
- School Board news from Brentsville Member — Gil Trenum
- School Board news from Gainesville District Member — Alyson A. Satterwhite
- School Board news from Neabsco Member — Lisa E. Bell
- School Board news from Occoquan Member — Lillie G. Jessie
- School Board news from Potomac District Member — Betty D. Covington
- School Board news from Woodbridge District Member — Steven Keen
PWCS Google Apps for Education is now available to students in grades 6-12. For more information visit the Instructional Technology Web page for Google Apps information.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact with those who have symptoms of flu.
- Seek care for you or your child if needed, and please call ahead to your health care provider's office to tell them what symptoms you have, so they can see you quickly and prevent exposing other people in the waiting room.
- View all of the coverage and premium options;
- Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
- Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of purchase.
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. To apply online, go to pwcs.menus.schoolfusion.us, click on the “Meal Applications” button on the left side of the page and select the English or Spanish version. All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.