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Staffing Update June 17
Congratulations to the following on their appointments and transfers:
  • Shana Robinson, administrative intern at Ashland Elementary, is transferring as administrative intern to King Elementary School, effective August 11.
  • Marcia Wieduwilt, assistant principal at Bennett ES, has been appointed principal at Antietam ES, effective July 1.
  • Betsy Campagna, French teacher at Woodbridge HS, has been appointed assistant principal at Hylton, effective July 5.
  • Christy Katsourakis, reading teacher at Benton, has been appointed administrative intern at Enterprise, effective August 11.
  • Ann Quattrone, third grade teacher at Marshall, has been appointed administrative intern at Bel Air, effective August 11.
  • Angela Owens, principal at Gravely, is transferring as principal to Woodbridge MS, effective July 1.
  • Pamela Delgado, assistant principal at Mullen, is transferring as assistant principal to Fitzgerald Elementary, effective July 22.
  • Joseph Scotto, a fifth-grade teacher at Montclair ES, has been appointed as the new assistant principal at Leesylvania Elementary School, effective July 22.
  • Matthew Meyer, current music teacher at Cedar Point, has been appointed as the administrative intern at Yorkshire, effective August 11.
  • Patricia Koscinski, assistant principal at Cedar Point, is transferring as assistant principal to Victory, effective July 22.
  • Inmar Romero, teacher on administrative assignment at Gar-Field High School, has been appointed assistant principal at New Directions.
  • Amy Cole, assistant principal at Hylton High School, is transferring as assistant principal to New Directions.
Organizational Change with Alternative Centers
 
As of July 1, Robert Eichorn will assume the leadership of PACE East, New Directions, and New Dominion, which will constitute the campus of the yet-to-be named non-traditional school at Aden Road and Joplin Road. The groundbreaking for the new school will be held in the fall of 2016. Eichorn and the schools he oversees will now report to Dr. Rene Lacey, director of Non-Traditional Education, Office of Student Learning, Department for Student Learning and Accountability, which is overseen by the Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss.
New Non-Traditional Campus to Blend Wide-Ranging Services to Meet Student Needs
A groundbreaking in the fall of 2016 will launch the construction of a three-story, state-of-the-art facility that promises far more than typical academic programs and opportunities for non-traditional secondary students and those with special needs.

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

June 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 17, 2016
 
He will lead efforts to combine the resources of New Directions, PACE East, and New Dominion into a single thriving non-traditional academic community. Eichorn assumes the new role July 1, and will immediately take on oversight of the two other schools, while continuing his leadership of New Directions.
 
Eichorn will be working with the leaders, staff, and communities of all three schools to forge program and staffing plans for the new campus, as construction of the physical facility gets underway.       
 
Since arriving at New Directions, Eichorn has transformed alternative education itself and attitudes toward the non-traditional student across PWCS. His commitment to non-traditional students has equipped many to exceed their own expectations, and helped propel PWCS to an all-time high on-time graduation rate of 91.4%.
 
Eichorn and the schools he oversees will now report to Dr. Renee Lacey, Director of Non-Traditional Education, and, through her, to Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss. These reporting changes will not be visible to many. However, they will be important in making certain that our students have more and stronger advocates who share a vision and commitment to giving them pathways to success.
  
Eichorn has 26 years of experience as an alternative educator. He served as the president of the National Alternative Education Association, was honored as a nominee for the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, and presented with the National Stem Education Leadership Award from the National Education Foundation. He established the PWCS Non-traditional Education Leadership team which organizes an annual professional development conference for over 200 alternative educators from around the region.
 
New Directions Alternative Education Center has been recognized with the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center, the highest honor for dropout prevention in the United States. New Directions remains the only alternative school in the nation to earn the designation as a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program in consecutive submissions, and the first in Virginia to receive the award. The staff have been recognized with multiple teacher and counselor of the year awards.
 
 
It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning; College Fairs Set for September 26 and October 13
June 16, 2016

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

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

The Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 6–8 p.m. at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge. 
Save the Date! Ribbon Cutting for Schools Scheduled in August
June 16, 2016

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled for Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School, Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School, and George M. Hampton Middle School. The dates and times are listed below.
 
 
 
Monday, August 22, 6 p.m.              
 
 
 
 
Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School
 
 
1388 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
 
Tuesday, August 23, 6 p.m.
 
 
Kyle R. Wilson Elementary School
 
5710 Liberty Hill Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193
 
 
 
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
 
George M. Hampton Middle School
 
 
 
 
14800 Darbydale Avenue
Woodbridge, VA 22193
 
                              
PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 13, 2016

PWCS-TV will air recordings of most PWCS high school graduation ceremonies. These broadcasts give graduates, friends, and families a second chance to view the big event from the comfort of their own home. Broadcasts will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and are available via Video On Demand after the first airing date. Go to pwcstv.com and Click on Video On Demand.  Look for PWCS-TV Originals and then scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.

 
School Broadcast Dates
Stonewall Jackson High                   July 4 & July 8
Battlefield High July 11 & July 15
Potomac High July 18 & July 22
Patriot High July 25 & July 29
Woodbridge High August 1 & August 5
Gar-Field High August 8 & August 12
Osbourn Park High August 15 & August 19
Forest Park High August 22 & August 26
Freedom High August 29 & September 2
Hylton High September 5 & September 9
Brentsville District High September 12 & September 16
Adult Ed and Summer School September 19 & September 23
New Directions September 26 & September 30
Optional Student Accident Insurance Available Online
June 10, 2015

Many parents without insurance coverage worry about protecting their children in the event of an illness or injury. Optional student accident insurance is an inexpensive way to provide medical coverage in such events. Student accident insurance is not just for those without health insurance. Optional student accident insurance is a secondary level of coverage for those students who are already covered under a parent or guardian’s primary insurance plan. In such cases, optional student accident insurance may cover expenses not paid for by the primary insurance plan such as co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Student accident insurance is available for purchase at a group rate with two plans offered through the School Division for the 2016–17 school year. Enrollment for both plans begins on or after July 1.
  • Markel Insurance has a $75,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by Markel Insurance, call 877.444.5014 or visit http://markel.sevencorners.com.
  • VML Insurance Programs costs less and has a $25,000 maximum coverage limit. For more information or to enroll in the plan offered by VML Insurance Programs, call 800.727.7642 or visit https://www.k12specialmarkets.com.
PWCS does not provide accident coverage for students but offers the optional insurance for purchase from external companies as a way to help parents recover medical costs.
 
Staffing Update June 10
Congratulations to the following outstanding educators on their recent appointments:

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

Toi Tanton, currently administrative intern at Rockledge Elementary, has been appointed assistant principal there, effective July 22, 2016.
 
Lesley Leto, Physical Education teacher at Occoquan Elementary, has been appointed administrative intern at Fitzgerald Elementary effective August 11, 2016.
 
Derik Whitehouse, Fifth grade teacher at Dale City Elementary has been appointed administrative intern at McAuliffe Elementary effective August 11, 2016.
 
Christopher Beemer, administrative intern at Battlefield, has been appointed assistant principal at Woodbridge High School effective July 5, 2016.
Parent Tips for Graduation Parties
June 6, 2016

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

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

You can also “like” Partners for Safe Teen Driving on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Partners-for-Safe-Teen-Driving/314940121902116 and follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PFSTD
Summer Schedule for Parent Portal Access—Important Parent Information
June 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bell times for school year 2016–17 are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services web page. Bell times have been added for Kyle Wilson Elementary School opening this fall.

Generally, high schools will be in session from 7:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m.; middle schools from about 8:10 a.m.–2:50 p.m.; and elementary schools from approximately 9 a.m.–3:40 p.m.

The School Division continues to employ a three-tier system so that the same buses and drivers can be used to transport high school, middle school, and elementary school students in succession.
Staffing Update May 27
Congratulations to the following outstanding educators on their recent appointments. The appointments are effective July 1, 2016:
  • Alyssa Francisco, currently a third grade teacher at Old Bridge Elementary, will become assistant principal of Old Bridge Elementary School.
  • Heather Sylvia, currently a fourth grade teacher at Haymarket Elementary and former assistant principal at Ellis Elementary, will become the assistant principal at Haymarket Elementary.
  • Rhonda Jeck, currently acting principal of Bristow Run Elementary School, will become the principal of Bristow Run.
  • Chanel Evelyn, currently administrative intern at Yorkshire Elementary School, will be the incoming assistant principal at Vaughan.
  • Skyles Calhoun, principal of Woodbridge Middle School, will become the principal of Lake Ridge Middle School.
  • Audrey Berryman, currently administrative intern at Fred Lynn Middle School, will become assistant principal at Fred Lynn Middle.
  • Angela Naggles, currently assistant principal at McAuliffe Elementary School, will become assistant principal of Kerrydale Elementary.
  • Gretchen Drzewucki, Title I teacher at Neabsco Elementary, has been appointed assistant principal of Kyle Wilson Elementary School.
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Online Registration Opens May 2 for Families New to School Age Child Care Program
April 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Next Generation website for details.

 
Are You Registered to Vote? Note These Deadlines if You Plan to Vote in 2016
April 8, 2016
 
  • Monday, April 11, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the May 3 Town Elections for Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, and Quantico.
 
  • May 24, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the June 14 Primary Election. (Primary Elections are held as needed and announced when information becomes available.)
 
  • October 18, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 General Election for President of the United States and House Representatives.
 
Students who will be 18 years old by the General Election on November 8, 2016, are citizens of the United States, and are residents of Virginia are eligible to vote. 
 
Students are encouraged to register online by visiting www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/vote or www.vote.virginia.gov
 
Students may also register by completing a registration application and mailing it to either their local registration office or the address printed on the form. 
 
Community Meeting on Potential Transport Center in Bristow

April 1, 2016
 
Community Meeting Set on Potential Transportation Center

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

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


 
Western Transportation Center Community Meeting
 
Thursday, April 14, 2006
7-9 p.m.
Gainesville Middle School Cafeteria
8001 Limestone Drive, Gainesville.
 
For more information on the Western Transportation Center, visit: http://www.facilitiesservices.departments.pwcs.edu 
 
 
 
PWCS Celebrates Milestones of Service by Dedicated Employees

March 19, 2016
 
The Prince William County School Board and leadership team salute and congratulate employees who have reached significant milestones in their careers with Prince William County Public Schools. These employees have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education. All will be recognized for their dedication at their schools and offices.
 
Honorees include one employee celebrating 45 years of service, six employees with 40 years of service, 21 employees with 35 years of service, 40 with 30 years, 70 with 25 years, and 114 with 20 years of service. Another 1,663 employees reaching milestones of 5, 10, and 15 years will be recognized for their continued service at their schools and offices. Approximately 10,700 employees serve full and part time for Prince William County Public Schools.
 
"The employees we are honoring have brought our School Division to where it is today, and are leading our effort to provide our students with a World-Class Education," said Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts.
 
A list of all of the employees follows.
 
Forty-Five Years
Doreen Haynes, Potomac View Elementary School.
 
Forty Years
Joseph Ritenour, Facilities Management Services; Sherry Jones, Financial Services; Ann Davis, Marsteller Middle; Christine Abeel, Fred Milbert, Student Learning; and Debra Bishop, Student Services.
 
Thirty-Five Years
R. Crittenden, Glenn Cantrell, and Wayne Kline, Facilities Management Services; Elizabeth Gibson, Forest Park High School; Danny Armstrong, Imaging Center; Michele Cherry, Neabsco Elementary; Caywood Black, Osbourn Park High; and Patricia Good, Parkside Middle; Mary Lester and Marcia Nuzum, River Oaks Elementary.
 
Also, Pamela Childress and Kathryn Eaton, Saunders Middle; Jan Kellstrom, Signal Hill Elementary; Toai Ton, Special Education; Doreen Dauer, Student Services; Michael Anns, Colleen Durbin, Linda Kuster, Charles Payne, Elizabeth Rector, and Rhonda Scott, Transportation Services.
 
Thirty Years
Lynn Maletick, Bristow Run Elementary; Linda Williams, Bull Run Middle; Charles Fitzgerald, Henry Hill, Ronnie Presley, and Edwin Zelek, Facilities Management Services; Jackie Rawlings, Financial Services; Deborah Frye, Fred M. Lynn Middle; Ellen Pierce, Freedom High; G. Bissell, Gainesville Middle; and Mary Stoy, Godwin Middle.
 
Also, John Simpson, Information Technology Services; Marcia Bull, Lake Ridge Elementary; Anna Griffith, Loch Lomond Elementary; Sandra Goodman, Montclair Elementary; Sue Gochenour, New Directions; Rosanna Torres, Nokesville K-8; and Teddy Hawley, Julie Mahoney, and Kathleen Thomas, Osbourn Park High.
 
Also, Jill Seamster and Kimberlie Wagner, Pattie Elementary; Arleen Mccallum-Graham, Rippon Middle; Susan Danielson, Rosa Parks Elementary; Deborah Courter-Folly and Cathleen Nickerson, Saunders Middle; Elsie Harvey, Sinclair Elementary; Kelly Carr, Special Education;  Sue Cerrone, Springwoods Elementary; and Donna Stofko, Student Learning.
 
Also, Mary Hancock, Sudley Elementary; Michael Mulgrew, Superintendent's Staff; Barry Rosenberg, Swans Creek Elementary; Peggy Fletcher, Karen Hoppe, Augusta O'Brien, Debra Smith, and Linda Whetsell, Transportation Services; Frances Stubbs, Triangle Elementary; and Nora Payne, Westridge Elementary.
 
Twenty-Five Years
Lisa Keen, Ashland Elementary; Louis Johnson and Thomas Moulen, Battlefield High;
Shelia Roberts, Benton Middle; Mary Costello, Edward Miller, and Sallie Rathbone, Beville Middle; Mark Smaltz, Brentsville District High; Cynthia Stephens, Bristow Run Elementary; Leslie Lydick and Sherri Muster, Bull Run Middle; and Nancy Kulak, Cedar Point Elementary.
 
Also, David Huckestein, Colgan High; Marcia Brugger, Dumfries Elementary; Frank Hughes, Danny Murrin, Robert Potter and Michael Presley, Facilities Management Services; Donna Salinas and Mary Shildneck, Food Services; Gary Alonso, Forest Park High; Vincent Maziekus, Gar-Field High; and Bruce Brown, Graham Park Middle.
 
Also, Daryl Thomas, Gravely Elementary;  Gina Cory, Henderson Elementary; Rodger Jones, Human Resources; Cathy Lane, Lisa Racine, Larry Williams, and Susann Williams, Hylton High; Deborah Cornelius, Kilby Elementary; Elizabeth Schadlich, Leesylvania Elementary; and Karen Gregg and Lee-Ann Paik, Marsteller Middle.
 
Also, Sarah Senio, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Lindalva Thorpe, Montclair Elementary; Teresa Costello, Mountain View Elementary; John Payne, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Adrian Casillas, Osbourn Park High; John Spaulding, PACE East Program; Lisa Vega, Parkside Middle; Robert Dulin and Kevin Kerns, Patriot High; and Debra Yeatts, Porter Traditional.
 
Also, Tamara Foster, Potomac High; Susan Porter, Potomac View Elementary; Flavia Garcia and Nilda Perez, River Oaks Elementary; Melissa Gulley, Reagan Middle; Catherine Norberg, Signal Hill Elementary; Karen Mirkovich, Sinclair Elementary; Gina Bailes, Vicki Fornasar, and  Kelly Sanders, Special Education; Cheryl Gedney, Springwoods Elementary; and Michael Street, Stonewall Jackson High; Karol Garst, Title I, Student Learning;
 
Also, Barry Ramirez, Sudley Elementary; Rae Darlington, Rita Goss, and Sandra Shackelford, Superintendents Staff; Beth Allison, Timothy Arrington, and Stewart Cornwell, Transportation Services; Rebecca Emanuel and Kimberly Gardziel, Triangle Elementary; Marcia Abel, Vaughan Elementary; Nancy Doggett and Deborah Floris, Woodbridge High.
 
Twenty Years
Peggy Kennedy, Accountability; Cathy Renfrow, Ashland Elementary; Christopher Lem and Robert Mello, Battlefield High; Catherine Kerr, Belmont Elementary; Kathryn Creech, Robin Hilliard, Catherine Matese, and Karen Silver, Benton Middle; Angela Gregory, Bristow Run Elementary; Kathleen Brady, Irene Miller, and Marialyce Ortiz, Bull Run Middle; and Pamela Hanshaw, Enterprise Elementary.
 
Also, Eric Huffman, Susan Pieper, and Jose Salmeron, Facilities Management Services; Nancy Markov and Phyllis Wilson, Financial Services; Robert Gunning and Kelly Pratte, Fitzgerald Elementary; Donna Gibson and Janelle Whalen, Forest Park High; Angela Cabell and Patricia Crews, Freedom High; and Debora Bowles, Claudette Johnson, and Teresa Martinez, Fred Lynn Middle.
 
Also, Denise Cowne, Jason Maneno, and Anita McFall, Gainesville Middle; Brian Bassett, Susan Lovegrove, and Greg Quast, Gar-Field High; Bryan Trachsel, Godwin Middle; Kellie Bernal and Krista Kimble, Gravely Elementary; James Livingston, Human Resources; and Brenda Bumbrey, Ana Coreas, P. Angela Jenkins, Deborah Marchio, Jacqueline McBride, Ammala Phantriyavong, and Barry Smith, Hylton High.
 
Also, K. Gail Davidson, Robyn Scott, AJ Phillips, and Lorna Willis, Information Technology Services; Gary Martin and Tommi Del Gaudio, Lake Ridge Elementary; Ronald Whitten, Leesylvania Elementary; Susan Briscoe, Loch Lomond Elementary; Joanne Ortiz, Marumsco Hills Elementary; Robert Hybl, McAuliffe Elementary; Susan Richmond and Jan Smith, Minnieville Elementary; and Kelly Ruotolo, Mountain View Elementary.
 
Also, Susan Larson, Mullen Elementary;  Laura Pumphrey, Neabsco Elementary; Bonnie Cheshire, Nokesville K-8; Brenda Provorse, Occoquan Elementary; Cynthia Zorn-Pettigrew, Student Management and Alternative Programs; Kirsten Cox and Karl Kronlage, Osbourn Park High; Joseph Burgess, Frankie Curry, Joellen Livingston and Graham Sharpe, Parkside Middle; and Hsiu Fogleman, Pattie Elementary.
 
Also, Rachel Liming and Christina Silver, Penn Elementary; Kathryn Bailey and Peggy Geyer, Porter Traditional; Michael Adkins, Frank Chimento, and Rose Gallitz, Potomac High; Kevin Smith, Potomac Middle; Cynthia Bushey, Potomac View Elementary; Maria Burgos-Singleton, Professional Development; and Richard Bottomley, Rippon Middle.
 
Also, Ronald Crowe, Risk Management And Security Services; Marla Jennings, Reagan Middle; Regina Cook and Kimberly Newman, Saunders Middle; Kathleen McLoughlin, Special Education; Christina Coleman, Kim Dailey, Joanne Plum, and Maria Whittington, Stonewall Jackson High; and Allyson Luttrell, Stonewall Middle.
 
Also, Roberta Apostolakis, Kimberly Chandler, Donna Hankins, Kathleen Morris, Angela Sowers, and Shiron Swinton, Student Learning; Roxana Hudson, Student Services; Kathy Halse, Superintendents Staff; and Kelly Klein, Pamela Lieb, Josefina Lucas, Rosemarie Lyons, Cindy Maccini, Kimberly Martin, Brenda Rogers, Jennifer Tate, Nancy Tate, and Victoria Tucker, Transportation Services.
 
Also, April Angeli-Rodriguez, Triangle Elementary; Kathleen Maxfield, Williams Elementary; Ann Ragsdale, Mary Sample, and Lisa Wood, Woodbridge High.
 
 
Leadership Team for Summer School 2016 Announced
February 26, 2016

More than 12,000 students in grades K-12 will enroll in summer school to take advantage of a variety of educational opportunities to improve academic achievement.

Sessions will be led by outstanding school leaders. Summer School principals, assistant principals, and summer school sites are listed below.

Summer School Principals for Elementary Schools
Amy Alexander, Ellis Elementary School
Geoffrey Deavers, River Oaks Elementary School
Lucy Jensen, Mountain View Elementary School
Danna Johnson, King Elementary School                
Amanda Broy, Penn Elementary School (updated April 11, 2016)

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


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


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


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

The following dates have been set for the Prince William County Public Schools 2016 Summer School Program:
  • Elementary and Middle School Summer Program: July 5–22 (starts after the Monday, July 4, Independence Day holiday)
  • High School Summer Program: June 27–August 5 (six-week program)
  • Art Enrichment Program: July 5–15
  • Summer School High school graduation date: Thursday, August 4 (location TBD)
The 2016 summer school information will be available in March 2016. Visit the Summer School Program web page for more information as it becomes available.

Dates for the summer session of the Virtual High School @ PWCS (VHS), Prince William County’s online high school program, will run at the same time as the regular high school summer session listed above. Registration for VHS will open at the beginning of April after the spring break. Watch for details on the Virtual High School @PWCS web page.
 
School Board Members Attending Upcoming Events
February 2, 2016

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

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

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


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


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

October 26, 2015

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

Prevention Hotline: ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

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

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

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

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

MinuteClinic family nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide services for both adults and children, 18 months and older. And they can send a summary of your visit to your primary care provider, with your permission. If you don't have a primary care provider, they can provide a listing of local physicians accepting new patients in your area.
 
Check out MinuteClinic for your families’ health care needs.
 
MyLunchMoney is Now MySchoolBucks, a System for Prepayment of School Meals
August 28, 2015
 
Parents are reminded that their MyLunchMoney accounts for school meals have transitioned to MySchoolBucks.com.  User names and passwords for existing accounts remain the same. MySchoolBucks is a convenient online prepayment option for school meal purchases.

MyLunchMoney.com recently upgraded all of their current customers to MySchoolBucks.com, including all account balances, meal history, profile details, Smart Pay settings, and payment methods. No other changes are anticipated with this transition to the new format.

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

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