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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.
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.
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: 
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.
School Board Members Attending Upcoming Events
February 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

October 26, 2015

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

Prevention Hotline: ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

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

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


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