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Don’t Let Students Miss Out on Safe Fun and Enrichment in SACC/Next Generation
Register Now for New and Improved Middle School and Elementary Programs!
 
July 24, 2015 

PWCS after- and before-school programs are better than ever, thanks to the new partnership with AlphaBEST. Get info and register now to secure a spot and get all paperwork completed for the very first day of school on August 31. Some discounts are available.

Kids think it’s fun and cool, too. Parents like that students have a safe place to go to get homework help, enrichment, and activities they enjoy.

Whether it’s SACC (School Age Child Care) for elementary students, or Next Generation for middle schoolers 13-and under, students have opportunities to make friends while they engage in STEM, dramatic and visual arts, and fitness activities as well as complete assignments with guidance from staff.

Working parents who are not at home often can feel secure in knowing that their child is not only in a safe environment after school, but also getting opportunities for learning that they might not have otherwise. SACC is offered in most elementary schools. Next Generation is offered in the following seven schools:
  • Benton Middle School
  • Bull Run Middle School
  • Godwin Middle School
  • Parkside Middle School
  • Potomac Middle School
  • Ronald W. Reagan Middle School
  • Woodbridge Middle School
Learn more at http://sacc.departments.pwcs.edu/ or call 703.791.8844.
 
Shop for School Tax-Free before School Begins; Virginia Sales Tax Holiday is August 7-9
School supplies drive begins at Kelly Leadership Center.

July 17, 2015

School supplies selling for $20 or less per item and articles of clothing, including footwear, selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax during the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday scheduled for Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9.

Families with children in Prince William County Public Schools are encouraged to take advantage of these savings to prepare their students for the upcoming school year. Check your school’s website or call your school for a copy of the 2015–16 supply list. For a directory of schools, go to pwcs.edu and click on “Schools,” then select the directory by grade level.

Go to the Virginia Department of Taxation Web site for additional details and links to other resources and information.

Beginning July 20, SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, will collect school supplies at the Kelly Leadership Center to help ensure that all students have the back-to-school basics they need to return to school ready to learn. The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112 and will accept donated school supplies from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Most-needed items include backpacks, 3-ring binders, tabbed dividers, folders with pockets, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, colored pencils, pencil boxes/bags, tissues, hand sanitizer, marble composition books, ink pens (blue or black), No. 2 pencils, washable markers, crayons, highlighters, glue/glue sticks, rounded scissors, index cards, and graph paper.
Day of Fun, Food, and Family Support for Siblings of Children with Disabilities, August 18
Día de diversión, comida y apoyo familiar para los hermanos de niños con discapacidades: 18 de agosto  
 
August 3, 2015

Brothers and sisters, age 8–11 years old, can come to a workshop and share the challenges and joys of having a sibling who has a disability. Sibshops, a PWCS and the Arc of Greater Prince William-sponsored event, will be held on Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Fitzgerald Elementary School, 15500 Benita Fitzgerald Boulevard, Woodbridge.

Sibshops is a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Preregistration is required and the cost is $5 per child/$10 family max. Download details and registration form.

For additional information visit the Parent Resource Center Event Calendar (See “Sibshops” on August 18) or contact the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8845 or email maherba@pwcs.edu or howartmj@pwcs.edu.


Download details and registration form in Vietnamese.
Reagan Middle School Archers Hit the Mark
Team claims World Champion trophy in 3D Archery

July 31, 2015

Reagan Archery came up big in Nashville where the team of 24 archers competed in the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) World Tournament and the NASP/International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3D World Tournament. Building on a successful season, the team was named World Champions in the NASP/IBO World 3D Challenge.

"It was a tight competition with only 7 points separating the first and third place teams," said coach Johnathan Bukva. "Rising ninth grader Amanda Kraemer shot well enough to make the podium and finished 5th for all middle school girls. Rising eighth grader Jack Riccardi missed 5th place for middle school boys by one bullseye. This is the first time that a team from Virginia has finished on the podium in any tournament at the National or World level."

The team also competed in the bullseye tournament on Saturday morning. The team's score of 3332 was not enough for the podium, but has improved in every tournament this year.

The team's motto this year has been "The Diligent Shall Prosper."  That motto proved to be true at the World Tournament as the team has been shooting together since November. Reagan's archery club shoots from September into November. The team's hard work and practice have produced World-Class archers.

 The team hopes to continue its success in the final tournament of the year. Fourteen Reagan Middle School archers will compete in Ellicottville, NY in August at the NASP/OBO World Outdoor 3D Challenge. 

Day of Fun, Food, and Family Support for Siblings of Children with Disabilities, August 18
August 18 at Fitzgerald Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 10, 2015

Brothers and sisters, age 8–11 years old, can come to a workshop and share the challenges and joys of having a sibling who has a disability. Sibshops, a PWCS and the Arc of Greater Prince William-sponsored event, will be held on Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Fitzgerald Elementary School, 15500 Benita Fitzgerald Boulevard, Woodbridge.

Sibshops is a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Preregistration is required and the cost is $5 per child/$10 family max. Find the registration forms and flyers on the Parent Resource Center Event Calendar (See “Sibshops” on August 18) or at the links below. For additional information or contact the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8845 or email maherba@pwcs.edu or howartmj@pwcs.edu.

Flyer in EnglishRegistration form in English
Flyer in ArabicRegistration form in Arabic
Flyer in SpanishRegistration form in Spanish
Flyer in VietnameseRegistration form in Vietnamese
Flyer in UrduRegistration form in Urdu
Orchestra Camp Performance Open to the Public
Listen to the world premiere of a Ben Bernstein original performed by up-and-coming musicians.

July 29, 2015

Since 2005, students in grades 4-12 have been gathering at PWC Orchestra Camp for fun and a chance to strengthen their skills. Led by Lake Ridge Middle School Orchestra Director Karen von Bernewitz, the camp has seen steady growth and now welcomes more than 100 students each year.

A special feature this year had the campers performing a new piece written by PWCS strings teacher Ben Bernstein.  This teacher shares his talents with Marshall, Rosa Parks, and King Elementary Schools. The piece was given a big thumbs-up from Dr. Ed Stephenson, PWCS supervisor of  arts, who stopped in to listen and even had a little fun playing the cello.

The camp will conclude with a performance on July 31 at 10:30 in the Gar-Field High School Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event.

PWCS Students (and Parents) Rack Up Robotics Success
Students across PWCS piled skills and recognitions learning STEM by building, programming, and operating robots of all sizes. Many teams made it to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, with Ashland’s team placing 14th and Triangle’s capturing the Amaze Award in the VEX IQ division. Parent Karen Cinnamon was named Mentor of the Year.
 
July 29, 2015

This past school year more than two thousand students got hands-on experience building, programming, and controlling some amazing robotic creations through dozens of teams and programs that blanket PWCS. Each one introduces students to important disciplines in science, technology engineering and mathematics—STEM.   

Students learn through fun and hands on-discovery. The knowledge they gain is increasingly vital to success in 21st century colleges and careers, as is the focus and teamwork that comes from countless hours of working together to make their robots work.

The robotic excitement starts in elementary schools with students in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) assembling kits that fit together like the company’s familiar plastic bocks. Resulting robots are small, but mobile. Once students master some programming language, their assembled robots can lift things, navigate obstacle courses. All the while, the budding robotic engineers pick up teamwork and problem solving skills  

The smaller, VEX IQ program gives elementary students similar experiences. It too offers plenty of opportunities for success.

Five 10 and 11-year olds from the robotics club at Triangle Elementary School competed against 90 elementary school teams from around the world in the VEX IQ division at the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. The students earned the competition’s Amaze Award, for having a well-built robot, while having a good strategy and cooperating as a team. Ashland Elementary’s team placed 14th in the VEX IQ World Championship.

As students get older, the robots get bigger and far more complex. By middle school, students use the VEX platform that incorporates metal parts and sensors. These go into robots designed to start competitions within strict size limits, then “morphing” to achieve their missions. They can quickly deploy robotic arms or rise up on pneumatic lifts to help them accomplish specific tasks from stacking cubes to blocking competitors.  Middle school teams competing at the VEX Robotics World Championships included Bull Run, Benton, and Marsteller; and Pennington Traditional School. Stonewall Middle School won the Sportsmanship Award at the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championships against middle and high school teams, 272 in all.

High school students take it even further, first imagining, then planning their creations using CAD—Computer Aided Design. Next, they turn their plans into working realities weighing up to 150 pounds and able to reach 12 feet. Their robots can travel over large distances, lift large objects, or even one another to accomplish competition objectives. Gar-field and Forest Park also sent teams to the VEX World Championship, and Woodbridge High School fielded four VEX teams. Woodbridge took home the Design Award and Teamwork Award.

In the SeaPerch program, students build a remotely operated underwater vehicle to operate in a pool. Teams face real-world challenges, such as the simulated capping of a runaway underwater oil well.

The skills of PWCS students have even gone out of this world. PWCS students communicated directly with the International Space Station, as astronauts put student-programmed satellites through their paces in the orbiting lab.

The robotics teams and programs are powered by the expertise and dedication of parents, volunteers, and business partners. Leading technology companies like Micron and Lockheed Martin provide essential funding. Employees from these and other high-tech firms serve as coaches and mentors, sharing their excitement about STEM and showing students its limitless potential for creativity and careers.
Benton Middle School, Ashland and Triangle Elementary Schools with Mentor of the Year Karen Cinnamon
Parents play an equally important role. Parent Karen Cinnamon was recently named Mentor of the Year at the VEX Robotics World Championships Louisville, Kentucky, and inducted into the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation Hall of Fame.  She was selected from among 12,000 teams from 33 countries. Cinnamon mentored 65 students at Forest Park High School, Benton Middle and Ashland Elementary School, helping all of them find a path to success through robotics. 

High tech businesses partners are excited to be inspiring and equipping their future workforce, and making Prince William County Public Schools a standout in school robotics. 
Verizon Innovative App Challenge Opens August 4
July 29, 2015

Have you ever caught yourself saying, "Someone should make an app that can ____ (fill in the blank)"? Why not gather your friends and give it a try?

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an opportunity for students around the country to participate in a project-based learning experience. Designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the Challenge is also an opportunity to explore new ideas and consider future careers in STEM.

There is opportunity to win prizes at the state, regional, and national level. A team from the Governor's School @Innovation Park won "best in state" and "best in region" in last year's contest.  Sign up at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/about-challenge
Parents Can Expect Student SOL Scores Next Week
July 28, 2015

PWCS will be mailing score reports by the end of this week to parents or guardians of students who participated in Spring 2015 Standards of Learning assessments. Parents or guardians who do not receive a score report for their studentshould contact their child’s school directly.
U.S. Department of Education Gives Virginia Top Rating for Compliance with Special Education Act
July 27, 2015

Virginia has earned the highest overall rating designation of "meets requirements" under the accountability method for measuring compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Earning the maximum number of possible points on 13 of the 14 indicators, Virginia achieved a total score of 95.83—the second-highest score.

“In every school division in the Commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to succeed,” Governor McAuliffe said. “These accomplishments are the result of their efforts, as well as successful partnerships between the state and localities, in developing innovative programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.”  See Virginia Department of Education news release.

“This is a reflection of the efforts of our School Board, teachers, administrators, and staff,” said Prince William County Public Schools Director of Special Education Dr. Jane Lawson. Prince William is the second-largest school division in the state and has an enrollment of about 9,860 students with disabilities.
Take a Course in the Comfort of Your Home—Registration for Fall Virtual High School Session Opens August 12
Enrollment for the fall session of the Virtual High School @ PWCS, the School Division’s online high school program, opens August 12. Two new courses added.
 
July 27, 2015
 
Students looking to accelerate their course of study, or those who want additional time mastering a previously attempted subject before moving on, have a tremendous resource in the Virtual High School @ PWCS. Twenty-three online courses for high school credit are being offered this fall, including two new World Language offerings: Latin I and Spanish I.  Latin II will be added to the catalog for the spring 2016 session.  Students can also fulfill the online course graduation requirement with any of our courses, including the very popular Economics and Personal Finance course. Registration is open through September 7 for fall session classes that start September 9 and conclude on January 19. Students must register online at http://virtualhigh.schools.pwcs.edu
 
“Students and parents are attracted to the flexibility the Virtual High School offers and many students enjoy increased scheduling opportunities to take their desired electives at their base school,” says Gina Jones, coordinator.
 
In a home environment, students have the chance to work at their best time to learn. Students complete their assignments working at any location and any time of day, while communicating online in real time with their VHS teacher during office hours. Teachers also provide live lessons bi-weekly in their “Collaborate” virtual office, allowing students to synchronously participate in the lesson with a web conferencing system. All Virtual High School course instructors are highly-qualified PWCS teachers. The VHS offers three sessions per year allowing students to earn a full-course credit in 17 weeks in the fall and spring sessions, and in only six weeks during the summer session.
 
“Students need to be motivated, reflective learners, and have good time-management skills to succeed in the online classes,” Jones said.
 
The Virtual High School program began during the summer of 2000, offering just three courses. In this summer’s program, 1,100 students completed the six-week session.
 
All Virtual High School courses are aligned with PWCS and state Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives. Students are given dates and locations to meet with proctors to take their SOL, midterm, and final exams, but the bulk of the remaining course work takes place via the Internet. The fall session schedule provides important dates and is posted now on the Virtual High School website.  Jones noted that Virtual High School classes boast an overall pass rate of 93%, with 90% of the students passing their SOL tests. 
 
For additional details or to register for Virtual High School courses, visit the program’s website at http://virtualhigh.schools.pwcs.edu or email Gina Jones at jonesgk@pwcs.edu.
 
Love of Science and Technology Reaps Rewards
Congratulations to PWCS teacher LoriAnn Pawlik and recent graduate Emily Stafira for receiving recognition from Air Force Association.

July 20, 2015

LoriAnn Pawlik (center)LoriAnn Pawlik, a teacher at Penn Elementary School, has a knack for motivating her students toward scientific disciplines. This is what stood out to the Air Force Association committee as they reviewed this year's nominations and is the reason she was ultimately selected as Aeorospace Education Teacher of the Year for 2015.

"She approaches her work with imagination and vigor," said Kevin Lewis, D.W. Steele Sr. chapter president for the Air Force Association. "Her starting a robotics team and reaching out to improve parental involvement through STEM family night are just two examples of the efforts that made her stand out in this year's competition. She is truly a role model for her students to aspire to and her colleagues to emulate."

Pawlick received her award at the recent Air Force Association meeting that served as the platform for celebrating the award she and others garnered in the AFA awards and scholarship program.

Emily StafiraAlso receiving acclaim was 2015 Forest Park High School graduate Emily Stafira who received a $1,000 scholarship toward her education at the University of Virginia where she will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. She is dedicated to breaking through barriers and making the world a better place through science.

"I want to join Engineers Without Borders and help underserved communities here and abroad by designing solutions to problems like clean water, sanitation, protection from natural disasters, and safe living conditions," said Stafira. "I have often heard that STEM fields are male dominated, but I have gained a lot of confidence by challenging myself academically. As a young girl I tinkered with my dad's erector set, constructing vehicles and houses for my Polly Pockets. In school some of my favorite activities have been the Robotics Club and design competitions. As a member of the BAE Women in Technology program I was exposed to inspirational women working in many disciplines of engineering."
 
What Should Virginia “School Report Cards” Tell You?
VDOE Survey Seeks Your Advice

 July 16, 2015

VA Legislators followed parent, teacher, and PWCS advice and decided not to rank school quality with an A-F "report card."  Now, they want your help deciding how the Virginia Department of Education should report the extensive information it gathers on the schools across the Commonwealth.
 
Want to provide your input? Take a brief — voluntary — VDOE survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards
 
Staffing Update July 24, 2015
The following administrative appointments and transfers have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.

Dr. Kristin Waldrop, currently a middle school principal in Shenandoah County, will become the new principal of Marshall Elementary School effective August 6.

Danna Johnson, administrative intern at Featherstone Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal there.

Jay Vaughan, administrative intern at Dale City Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal there.

Alyse Zeffiro, a third-grade teacher at Rockledge, has been appointed assistant principal at Gravely Elementary School.

Regina Nash, assistant principal at Forest Park High School, is transferring to the same post at Potomac High School.

Chris Scholz, administrative coordinator of Central Transportation Center, has been appointed supervisor of Bus Operations, effective August 10.
 
Support Students Even if You Don’t Golf—Get Your Raffle Tickets Today
July 21, 2015

On Friday, August 7, a full course of players will tee off at Old Hickory Golf Club for the 2015 "Tee Off for Education" Golf Classic, sponsored by SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools. The event raises funds to support programs that enhance education for PWCS students.

You don’t need to know how to play golf to contribute. Raffle tickets are available for purchase in advance of the event and you do not need to be present to win. Each ticket is $10. The grand prize is a 1-year membership to Old Hickory Golf Club valued at $4,500. Other raffle items include gift baskets, golf foursomes, and more. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, so enter while they last. To purchase raffle tickets, please contact SPARK at 703.791.8001.
Staffing Update July 17, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:

Stacy Weatherspoon, CEIS Specialist at King and Neabsco Elementary Schools, will become Administrative Intern at Coles Elementary School.

Margaret "Margo" Simpson, Math/Science Teacher at Penn Elementary School, will become Administrative Intern at Penn Elementary School.
School Board Members to Honor Students at Adult Education and Summer School Commencement
July 17, 2015

Stonewall Jackson High School will host the 2015 Adult Education and Summer School Commencement exercises on Thursday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. Several School Board members may attend.
Forest Park High School’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian
PWCS congratulates the top scholars from the class of 2015.

July 15, 2015
 
Valedictorian, Sabrina MazerSabrina Mazer
As a child Sabrina Mazer had dreams of becoming an astronaut. Now she dreams of building the spacecraft that they fly in. The switch came the summer after her sophomore year at the Summer Residential Governor's School where she had the time of her life. "I was so immersed in a community of students passionate about math and science; I had never felt so at home." The Governor's School is where she learned about the Zero robotics competition and began her new trajectory into the world of aerospace engineering.

"The community at the Summer Governor's School led me to the course of study that I've chosen, though they didn't know it at the time. Without the Governor's School, I would have never known about the Zero Robotics team, and I may have never seen the aeronautics/astronautics labs at MIT."

Extracurricular Activities:
  • Academic Team, Captain
  • Marching Bruin Band
  • SuperNOVA FIRST Robotics Competition Team, President, and Vice President
Academic Achievements and Honors:
  • Summer Residential Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology
  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars
  • Prince William County Youth Salute Council
  • SPARK STEM Scholarship
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Chemistry Honor Society
PWCS Schools Attended:
  • Henderson Elementary School
  • Godwin Middle School
College Plans:
Sabrina has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will pursue a degree in aerospace engineering.

 
SHector Solisalutatorian, Hector Solis
Hector Solis credits Rachelle Carlson, his computer science teacher, for inspiring him to pursue his career path. "She has taught me about all the different ways that computer science is important to society and the vast array of opportunities available to those who know how to program. Ms. Carlson has always motivated me to do my best, such as skipping easier courses in favor of more rigorous ones, exposing me to new classes such as database management, and even allowing for me to join the national computer science competition."

Extracurricular Activities:
  • Cross Country
  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track
  • Robotics
  • ZERO Robotics, team leader
  • Key Club
  • Computer Science Club
Academic Achievements and Honors:
  • Academic Letter
  • Honor Roll
  • National Society of High School Scholars
  • Stellar Computer Scientist Award
  • Computer Coding Certificate of Achievement
  • UVA High School Programming competition Best Clarification Question
  • ACSL All Star Competitor
  • AP Scholar
  • Chemistry Honor Society
  • Physics Honor Society
  • Science Honor Society
  • Computer Science Honor Society
PWCS Schools Attended:
  • Neabsco Elementary School
  • Montclair Elementary School
  • Rippon Middle School
Community Involvement:
  • Operation Turkey
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Roboticon Volunteer
College Plans:
Hector is heading to the Ivy League. He will attend Princeton University and major in Computer Science but still plans to explore various engineering fields.
Administrative Staff -– Registration for EEE Conference is Now Available Online
July 14, 2015
  
Registration is now open for the 2015 Excellence and Equity in Education Conference (EEE) to be held Thursday, August 13, at Patriot High School. Each PWCS Leadership Team is encouraged to register for the EEE by Friday, July 31. View the day's agenda, speaker information, and session descriptions, as well as register online.
 
Reaching the Gold Standard on Prepping Students for Author’s Visit
Author captures children’s imagination with humor and appetites at Stonewall Middle School.

July 13, 2015


Mad scientists, magic beanstalks, and eating your homework? It’s all in a day’s work if you are a sixth-grader at Stonewall Middle School and the library staff has collaborated with your teachers. The fun began when children’s author Ann McCallum was invited to visit. Delving into McCallum’s books on a personal level— and meeting her—left students inspired to be readers and writers, thinking, “I can do that, I can do that…”

McCallum draws readers into her books through intriguing titles such as, “Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for a Hungry Mind;” “Eat Your Math Homework,” full of tasty recipes and fun math facts; “Beanstalk,” and “Rabbits, Rabbits, Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale.” Her book, “The Secret Life of Math,” was ForeWord’s Gold Book of the Year.

To prepare the students for McCullum’s visit, a librarian visited sixth-graders throughout the school. In every math class, students read from the “Eat Your Homework” series. They counted out pieces of trail mix made from a recipe in "Eat Your Math Homework" to discover theoretical probability, reached their hands into a bag of trail mix 10 times to tally items found to discover experimental probability, and learned about the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.

In language arts classes, students read about fingerprints and genetics, closely examined the loop, whorl, and arch patterns found in their fingerprints, and enjoyed a cookie recipe found in McCullum’s science tales.

When McCallum arrived, students were wearing bunny ears and counting pairs to represent the Fibonacci Sequence. "Looking over an audience of 200 sixth-graders wearing bunny ears and counting number patterns to discover the code behind the Fibonacci Sequence was a sight to witness," said Hope Dublin, library media specialist.

Teachers got wrapped up in the fun as well, wearing protective glasses with signs around their necks playing the role of mad scientists. Students were given items that contained minerals and asked to line up between two teachers that marked both extremes of Mohs Theory of hardness— which identifies minerals in a scale that ranges from soft minerals like talc that is used in baby powder to one of the hardest minerals like a diamond. Students couldn’t help but learn about the German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs, who developed this scale in 1812.

McCallum shared her life growing up in the wilderness of Canada and how she always dreamed of writing a book. She answered students’ questions about how she gets her ideas and the process of putting her ideas down on paper. She also encouraged them to write in a diary every day and collect ideas from their everyday experiences. 

“It was a wonderful way to end the school year—knowing that she filled the students’ heads with the thoughts, ‘I can do that…,” said Dublin. “It was such a great experience for the students and equally so for McCullum, that she will be launching her new book, "Eat Your US History Homework" from Stonewall Middle School on October 16, 2015,” said Dublin.  
Staffing Update July 10, 2015
The following administrative appointment has been made:

Denise Huebner, currently principal of Marshall Elementary School, has been named principal of Benton Middle School.

Congratulations.
A Map You Can Use–Making Learning Fun at Dumfries Elementary School
Bright colors and flowers add new life as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter refreshes school playground.
 
July 10, 2015
 
It took a community….and over 90 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to restore the Dumfries Elementary School playground in May. The project was championed by members of the Omicron Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Home Depot and Lowe’s donated materials as part of their community outreach; and family and friends of chapter members helped “dig in” for new plantings and painting. Their efforts were capped off with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
 
Marlene Coleman, principal of Dumfries Elementary School, was grateful that her school was chosen for the Omicron Chi Omega Chapter’s community impact day initiative.
 
“Members have been generous with their time and materials, and our students were excited to see the improvements. It has been an uplifting experience,” Coleman said.
 
The project included painting a map of the United States and a four-square board on the pavement, a directional pole with words of encouragement, and enhancement of all the playground equipment with educational art. Two dogwood trees were planted for future shade and four planters made from used tires were decorated and filled with flowers.
 
Those who participated in the ribbon cutting included Rita Goss, Eastern Area Associate Superintendent, Betty D. Covington, Potomac District School Board Representative, Charles Brewer, Dumfries Town Council Representative, Marlene Coleman, Principal, Marguerite Taylor, President, Omicron Chi Omega Chapter, and Brenda Johnson, Project Chairman.














 
Stonewall Jackson High School’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian
PWCS congratulates the top scholars from the class of 2015.


July 8, 2015
 
Samuel KeltzValedictorian, Samuel Marshall Keltz

Samuel Keltz credits Stonewall's diverse population for his personal growth and worldview. "I came from a small and generally homogenous private school to Stonewall Jackson High School, which is very large and diverse...or basically the exact opposite. Therefore, in reflecting on how much my life has changed over the four years that I have attended Stonewall, it is necessary that I mention my experiences during one of my best friends’ traditional Filipina coming-of-age parties. If I had told my middle school self that I would one day be a part of the Court for a party like that, then I would not have known how to respond because my worldview was so small; however, Stonewall introduced me to so much more—ideas and people that I never could have imagined."


Extracurricular Activities:
  • Model United Nations, President, Historian, and Secretary                              
  • Varsity Cross Country, Captain, Coaches Award, Varsity Letter
  • Varsity Tennis, Captain, Coaches Award, and Varsity Letter                                   
  • Chemistry Club (Member of the American Chemical Society), Vice-President, and Secretary

 Academic Achievements and Honors:

  • Cornell Club of Washington Book Award                         
  • Youth Salute        
  • Governor’s Certificate of Recognition, Early College Scholars Program         
  • French Honor Society, President, Historian
  • National Honor Society
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Certificate   
  • International French V Award   
  • AP Comparative Politics and Government Award
  • Spanish I Award
  • Academic Letter
  • Principal’s Honor Roll      

Community Involvement:

  • Volunteers for Peace, France
  • 2014 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities, Yearbook Committee       
  • Principal’s Community Planning Council
  • Freshman Orientation Mentor  
  • Georgetown University International Relations Summer Institute       
  • Ellis Elementary School Kindergarten Mentor        
  • Academy of Russian Ballet, backstage crew for the Nutcracker performance

 College Plans:
In the fall Sam is heading to New York to attend Cornell University. He will study in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations.
 

Salutatorian, Annegret VenterAnnegret Venter

Reflecting on her high school years, Annegret Venter is thankful that her teachers inspired her to explore her many and vast interests. "This is why I find this school to be so wonderful; it did not force me in a certain direction, but allowed me to acquaint myself more fully with each subject, keeping my options and mind open." She encourages those who follow to take opportunities and chances. "I encourage everyone to learn as much as they can, and stay open minded, for a balanced person is much more stable in the long term."

Extracurricular Activities:
  • French Honor Society

Academic Achievements and Honors:

  • IB Geometry Student of the Year
  • IB English Student of the Year
  • IB Art I, II, and III Student of the Year
  • IB French III and IV Student of the Year
  • IBMYP Award
  • IB Diploma Candidate

PWCS Schools Attended:

  • Alvey Elementary School
  • Bull Run Middle School

Community Involvement:

  • All-County Art Show volunteer
  • Prince William County dog park volunteer
  • Stonewall Jackson High School Alzheimer Walk team
  • Created website for Love Shack Dog Rescue
  • Bull Run Regional Library volunteer

College Plans:
Annagret is taking a gap year before heading to Germany in 2016 to begin her undergraduate studies.
 

Student Athletes Recognized Nationally for Excellence On and Off the Lacrosse Field
July 8, 2015

Eight Prince William County Public Schools students have earned recognition as exceptional lacrosse players and scholars, having been named to the prestigious US Lacrosse All-American, and Academic All-American lists. Congratulations to rising seniors Ciara Blackston, Barbara Yauss, and Alexa Bolton; and to recent graduates Alyssa Gentzyel, Kenzie Higareda, Marie Lerch, Hailey Ralston, and Thomas Rigney.

Rigney, Patriot High School class of 2015, is receiving the title of “All-American” for “exhibiting superior skills and techniques and possessing exceptional game sense and knowledge.” US Lacrosse describes an All-American as “one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship.”

On the girls’ side, rising seniors Blackson and Yauss from Forest Park and Bolton from Patriot join Brentsville District High School graduate Lerch, Forest Park graduates Gentzyel, Higareda, and Patriot High School graduate Ralson on the list of Academic All-Americans. The tough selection criteria require that recipients are juniors or seniors; be a starter or significant contributor; carry at least 50% of her course load in honors or advanced placement level college preparatory courses; have a grade point average of at least a 3.6; and make significant contributions to the school and/or community beyond participation on school athletic teams.

“These players have also left a mark beyond the lacrosse field and the classroom by making significant contributions of service to the school and/or community,” explains US Lacrosse.

Congratulations to these exceptional individuals.
Summer Newsletter Now Available for Parents of Students with Special Needs
June 29, 2015
 
The Summer 2015 issue of “Special Focus,” a newsletter for parents of students receiving special education services, is now available online. This newsletter is published by the Prince William County Public Schools Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). View "Special Focus" newsletter.
 
Paper copies of the newsletter can be obtained from the PRC. Call 703.791.8846 (voice) or email maherba@pwcs.edu or howartmj@pwcs.edu to request a copy.
 
 
Dumfries Elementary School Playground Refreshed
June 4, 2015
 
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s Omicron Chi Omega Chapter played the role of guardian angel to the Dumfries Elementary School community recently. As part of the "Environmental Ownership Initiative, 1908 Playground Project" the school had aspects of its playground restored, refreshed, and renewed. A dedication and ribbon cutting took place on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the outcome.
Pardon the Inconvenience; Our Summer Improvements will Help Us Serve You Better
June 26, 2015
 
If you need to register your student for school or visit schools for other reasons this summer, you can check on the status of maintenance projects affecting building accessibility by consulting the projects list on the Office of Facilities Services Web page. Under “News and Announcements,” click on “2015 Summer Projects Planned for Existing Facilities.”

School renovations this summer for elementary schools include Featherstone, Henderson, King, and Springwoods. Offices at these schools will be open and available for school registration throughout the summer. Lake Ridge is also being renovated but its office will be temporarily relocated to Westridge Elementary School during the summer and Lake Ridge parents can register at that location.

Rippon Middle School is scheduled for an addition and the entire facility will be unavailable to the public this summer.

All of these schools will be reopen August 31 for the 2015-16 school year, with completion of the renovation or addition scheduled for the following summer.

Site work at Kilby Elementary School will mean the current building will be closed during the summer but will re-open on August 31. A replacement for Kilby Elementary School is scheduled to open during the 2016-17 winter break.

Several schools are scheduled for other improvements this summer such as replacement of air conditioning systems, installation of artificial turf on fields and tracks, roof replacements and repairs, and kitchen equipment upgrades. Also included are refresh projects such as replacing carpeting, tile, and painting for several designated schools. View the website for a complete list of schools being repaired or refreshed.
 
Bus Schedules for All Summer Programs Now Available
June 24, 2015

Bus transportation schedules for students attending high school, middle school, and elementary school programs are now posted on Transportation Services Web site.
 
See Summer School Web page for details about summer programs.
 
Horarios de autobuses disponibles para todos los programas de verano
24 de junio de 2015

Los horarios de  transporte en autobús para los estudiantes que asisten a los programas de la escuela secundaria, intermedia, y primaria están disponibles en la página Web de Servicios de Transporte.
 
Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano para más detalles sobre los programas de verano.
 
July & August Date Options for Workshop for Brothers & Sisters of Kids with Special Needs

June 22, 2015
 
Brothers and sisters, age 8–11 years old, can come to a workshop and talk about the challenges and joys of having a sibling who has a disability.  
 

Sibshops, a PWCS and the Arc of Greater Prince William-sponsored event, will be held on two dates:
  • Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Tyler Elementary School, 14500 John Marshall Highway, Gainesville; and

      
  • Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Fitzgerald Elementary School, 15500 Benita Fitzgerald Boulevard, Woodbridge.

Sibshops is a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Preregistration is required and the cost is $5 per child/$10 family max.

Find the registration forms and flyers on the Parent Resource Center Event Calendar (See “Sibshops” on July 17 or August 18) or at the links below. For additional information or contact the PWCS Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center at 703.791.8845 or email maherba@pwcs.edu or howartmj@pwcs.edu.
 
Flyer in English, Registration form in English
Flyer in Arabic, Registration form in Arabic
Flyer in Spanish, Registration form in Spanish
Flyer in Vietnamese, Registration form in Vietnamese
Flyer in Urdu, Registration form in Urdu
Bell Times for 2015–16 School Year
June 22, 2015

Bell times for school year 2015–16 are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Bell times have been added for Chris Yung 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.
Summer Food Service Program in PWCS
June 18, 2015
 
Prince William County Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Feeding Program. Meals will be provided at eligible schools during their Summer School session.  Meals will be available to all students enrolled in Summer School, as well as any children age 18 and under from the surrounding community who care to eat.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

 
School Dates Times
Bel Air Elementary June 29–August 13
(No Service on 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/7)
8:45–9:30 a.m.
11–11:45 a.m.
Belmont Elementary July 6–July 24
 
8:30–9:05 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Dale City Elementary June 29–July 24
(No service July 3)
9–9:20 a.m.
12:10–12:30 p.m.
Dumfries Elementary July 6–July 24 9:30–10 a.m.
12–12:25 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30 – 9 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fitzgerald Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Freedom High June 29–August 7
(No service July 3)
7:25 – 7:50 a.m.
11–11:30 a.m.
Godwin Middle July 6–July 24 7:50– 8:15 a.m.
12:15–12:45 p.m.
Kilby Elementary August 3–August 14 9–9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Loch Lomond Elementary June 29–August 13
(No service August 7)
8:45– 9:10 a.m.
10:55–11:45 a.m.
Marumsco Hills Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary July 6–July 24
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:30–8:45 a.m.
12:30–12:45 p.m.
Mullen Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30–9 a.m.
11 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Neabsco Elementary July 6–July 24 8:30– 9:30 a.m.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Stonewall Middle July 6–July 24 7:35– 8:05 a.m.
10:50–11:20 a.m.
Stonewall Jackson High June 29–August 7 7:30–8 a.m.
11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Sudley Elementary July 6–July 24 8:50–9:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary June 29–July 16
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:30–8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
West Gate Elementary July 6–August 6
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:10–8:30 a.m.
10–11:30 a.m.
Woodbridge Middle July 6–July 24 7:30–8 a.m.
9:45–11 a.m.
Yorkshire Elementary July 6–July 24
 
8– 8:30 a.m.
12:30–1 p.m.


To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:
 
            USDA
            Director, Office of Civil Rights
            1400 Independence Avenue, SW
            Washington, DC  20250-9410
            (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD)
 
            USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 
In furtherance of its own non-discrimination policy, Prince William County Public Schools provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual will handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, including Section 504 and Title IX: Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, Prince William County Public Schools, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA  20108; 703.791.8377
 
Staffing Update June 17, 2015
The following administrative appointments and transfers have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders:

Chris Dalton, administrative intern at Pennington, will become the assistant principal at Pennington effective July 1.

Daria Groover will become principal of Featherstone Elementary School effective July 1. Mrs. Groover has been principal of Hampton Oaks Elementary School in Stafford County since 2006.

Shirley Posey, currently supervisor of Bus Operations at the Brentsville Transportation Center, has been named the Division’s new director of Transportation, effective July 1. She replaces retiring director, Ed Bishop. 

Geoffrey Deavers, assistant principal at Belmont Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at River Oaks Elementary School effective July 1.

Oonina Copeland, assistant principal at River Oaks Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Triangle Elementary School effective July 1.

Amanda McCulla, assistant principal at Triangle Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Lake Ridge Elementary School effective July 1.

Rebecca Bolles, assistant principal at Lake Ridge Elementary School, will become the assistant principal at Belmont Elementary School.
 
Janice Improta, currently a systems analyst in Information Technology Services, will become supervisor of Student Information Systems effective July 1. She replaces Susan Dooley, who is retiring.
 
Middle School Students Strike Gold, Silver, and Bronze on National Spanish Exam
June 17, 2015

A standard of excellence is sometimes measured by exceeding one’s “personal best.” Benton Middle School teacher Marie Maxson and Pennington Traditional School Spanish teacher Lida Lowe challenge their students to strive for more than the best grade on their school tests. As a result, their students compete successfully against students from around the country on the National Spanish Examinations.

The National Spanish Examinations for grades 6–12 offer students who are studying Spanish as a second language a chance to practice language skills while measuring their achievement and proficiency against national standards.
“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States,” he said.

The National Exam program is designed to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language; promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language; assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish; and stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

The awards and students are as follows:
 
Gold Award
Julian Cumba, Benton Middle School
Edithe Drummer, Pennington Traditional School
Samantha Niño, Pennington Traditional School
 
Silver Award
Melanie Hupp, Benton Middle School
Elias Rios, Pennington Traditional School
Jaclyn Wilkens, Benton Middle School
 
Bronze Award 
Ethan Aristanto, Pennington Traditional School
Jennifer Cardona, Pennington Traditional School
Mohammed Faadil, Pennington Traditional School
Jalkah Fierro, Pennington Traditional School
Fyzah Islam, Pennington Traditional School
Joaquin Luna, Benton Middle School
Brock MacGregor, Benton Middle School
Jillian Maxson, Benton Middle School
Ian McCarthy, Benton Middle School
Sophia Navia Munoz, Pennington Traditional School
Ashley Perez, Pennington Traditional School
Swathi Varma, Pennington Traditional School
Gabrielle Williams, Pennington Traditional School
 
Premios de Excelencia (Honorable Mention)
Benton Middle School
Lillian Cai
Bailey Case
Katherine Cinnamon
Josue Cumba
Jackson Davis
Anna Fenn
David Grinstead
Jack Henshaw
Austin Koehler
Lillian Krajewski
Arianna Mariotti
Hannah Marquardt
Zita Mohr
Megan Patton
Armando Ramos
Rayna Reid
Hannah Stanley
Nahdiri Sullivan
Christopher Taylor
Santiago Valderrama
 
Pennington Traditional School
Presley Abreu
Aya Alarab
Delaney Dunnigan
Renee Hebert
Alexeis Kirnos
McKenna Morehouse
Patrick Morton
Jackie Nguyen
Isaac Owusu-Appiah
Fahad Rahu
Angelica Rivera
Omar Saadi
Yusra Salih
Zachary Shaffer
Deevena Sista
Nicholas Villacorte
 
You can find the full listing of awards at http://www.nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/results/national-winners
PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 15, 2015

PWCS-TV will air broadcasts of most PWCS high school graduation ceremonies. The shows 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 scroll through the episodes to find the graduation ceremony you are interested in viewing.

Potomac High School
June 29 and July 3 

Battlefield High School
July 6 and July 10 

Stonewall Jackson High School
July 13 and July 17 

Patriot High School
July 20 and July 24 

Brentsville District High School
July 27 and July 31

Hylton High School
August 3 and August 7

Gar-Field High School
August 10 and August 14 

Osbourn Park High School
August 17 and August 21 

Freedom High School
August 24 and August 28

Forest Park High School
August 31 and September 4 

Woodbridge High School
September 7 and September 11 

New Directions 
September 14 and September 18

Adult Education and Summer School
September 21 and September 25
Staffing Update June 12, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced and are effective July 1, 2015. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.
 
Janeene Mainor, formerly an assistant principal in Alexandria City Public Schools, is the new principal of Springwoods Elementary School.
 
Christopher Knighting, currently a second grade teacher at Leesylvania Elementary School, will become the assistant principal of Marumsco Hills Elementary School.
 
Kevin Conroy, currently instructional technology coach at Westridge Elementary School, will become the new assistant principal there.
 
Lynn Ball, administrative Intern at Mary Williams Elementary School, will become the assistant principal of Bristow Run Elementary School.

Michelle Pohzehl, Title I instructional coach, will become assistant principal of Chris Yung Elementary School.
 
Steven P. Williams, currently a teacher on administrative assignment at Bull Run Middle School, will become the new assistant principal there.
 
Mathew Mathison, currently serving as a teacher on temporary assignment at Woodbridge High School, will assume the 2015-16 administrative intern position there. He has also served as a social studies teacher and a math teacher.
 
Ed Stephenson, currently principal of Reagan Middle School, will become the supervisor of arts.
 
Students and Parents—Be Ready to Start School Before Labor Day
Schools will open August 31 with a full two-week winter break, and school ending June 17, 2016.
 
June 12, 2015
 
The first day of school will be Monday, August 31, 2015. The school calendar features 181 days of instruction with 14 days of conferences or professional development/workdays for a total of 195 days. The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 17, 2016.
 
View the 2015-16 school calendar on the Accountability calendar web page.
View the 2015-16 employee calendar to see additional information for employees.
 
Holidays include Veterans Day (observed November 11), three days for students and teachers for Thanksgiving (November 25-27), New Year’s Day (January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18), Presidents’ Day (February 15), and Memorial Day (May 30).
 
The PWCS Connect orientation and induction program for new teachers will be held August 20-21, 2015. Teacher professional development/workdays for returning teachers will be on August 24-28. All teachers will report to their schools on August 24.
 
Schools will be closed on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) and on November 2 for a teacher professional development/workday. Schools also closed on November 3 for a Parent Conference Day.
 
This year Thanksgiving break for students and teachers will include 3 full days, November 25-27. Winter break will give students and teachers a full two weeks off from classes, stretching from Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1. School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.
 
February 1 all schools will be closed for a professional development/workday. Schools are also closed for the Presidents' Day Holiday on February 15, however it is a potential make-up day.
 
Spring break for students and teachers runs from March 21–28. Schools will be closed on Monday, April 18, for a teacher professional development/workday, however it is also a potential make-up day.
 
Teacher professional development/workdays will be held on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. June 20 is a potential make-up day.
  
The annual school calendar is reviewed by employee groups, organizations, and councils prior to being submitted to the School Board for approval each December.
 
Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders
June 10, 2015
 
Parents are reminded that students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall must present proof that they have had a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years. By state law, without proof of this immunization, children will not be able to enroll in school for the 2015–16 school year.
 
If the last Tdap booster shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, this immunization must be administered over the summer. The booster shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and/or Tdap. Parents are urged to call their child’s doctor or local health district if they have questions.
 
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health District. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or Central Registration.
 
The Prince William County Health District may be reached at the following locations and telephone numbers: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6301, and 4001 Prince William Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703.792.7300.
Plan Now for Next Year—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 2015–16 school year. Both plans begin on or after July 1.
  • Markel Insurance has a $50,000 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.
 
Here is the Easiest Extra Credit You Will Ever Get! Read More
June 8, 2015

This summer, see how you can get extra credit toward your grades just by reading a few good books. Slow down, relax, and let your imagination take you to places and adventures you would not normally experience. Reading has the power to do this and more. Find the right books and articles that interest you-- they can entertain and inspire you, as well as teach you. Your school’s summer reading list has been carefully selected and designed by librarians for your enjoyment and enrichment. Find many kinds of books on your school’s reading list or from the public library’s summer program. To find the books your teachers suggest you will read, go to the Summer Reading List Web page.
Teachers—PWCS Elementary Educators August Conferences Open for Registration
June 3, 2015
 
The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three professional development conference opportunities for elementary educators. All sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. on August 25, with check in at 8 a.m.

Program schedules and descriptions are linked below: Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, as well as instructional technology, and general interest sessions.

Teachers will receive five recertification hours for attending. Pre-registration at https://goo.gl/VOe0OP is required due to limited space at all locations. Sessions will be selected during the registration process.
 
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
 
 
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.
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.
 
Congratulations.
 
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.
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 tilgnerk@pwcs.edu.

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 https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/106714

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 http://hendersones.schools.pwcs.edu/ or register at

http://www.active.com/montclair-va/running/distance-running-races/henderson-husky-fun-run-5k-and-1-mile-2015?int=

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.
 
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.

 
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.
 

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