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Stay Alert: School Buses Will Roll on August 31 in Prince William
On the first day of school, nearly 800 county school buses will be on the roads as early as 6 a.m. to pick up more than 60,00 students.

August 27, 2015

Parents can use a new online tool to get bus schedules and the approximate time of bus arrival for pickup. Bus schedules were also sent to parents by mail.
Motorists are reminded that flashing yellow lights in school zones will be on beginning August 31. School zone lights were turned off at most schools in the county during the summer.
School Division staff work hard to ensure the safety of students on buses, but their safety also depends largely on the willingness of motorists to follow laws concerning school buses.
By law, motorists must stop when a school bus is stopped with its red lights blinking and stop sign extended, except when the bus is on the opposite side of a median strip. Motorists must also stop if the bus is loading or unloading children and the signal devices are not functioning properly. Passing a stopped school bus is considered reckless driving. This is a misdemeanor in Virginia and violators face fines of up to $2,500 and jail time, as well as six points on their driving record.

Chris Yung Elementary to Hold Ribbon Cutting August 27
Park at Victory Elementary and take a shuttle bus to the new school beginning at 5 p.m.

August 25, 2015

It’s “Full STEAM ahead” for the staff and students at Chris Yung Elementary School. Finishing touches are being made this week to the hall mural just in time for the ribbon cutting and dedication on Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. A school tour will follow the ribbon cutting.

Members of the community are asked to park at Victory Elementary School, 12001 Tygart Lake Drive, Bristow, where shuttle buses will begin picking up attendees at 5 p.m. and taking them to Chris Yung Elementary.

The school is named for Chris Yung, a Prince William County police officer who died in December 2012 in a tragic motorcycle accident while rushing to aid others. The school’s focus will be on “STEAM”—science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Student enrollment is expected to be about 740.

Teachers are setting up classrooms, reviewing lesson plans, and attending professional development sessions in preparation for students. 
Help Shape the Location and Look of the Next PWCS High School
Residents can learn and speak out, September 14 and 23 about potential locations and designs for the planned 13th high school in western Prince William County.  
August 25, 2015
Meetings will be:
  • Monday, September 14, 2015, 7 p.m., Battlefield High School Auditorium; and
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7 p.m., Patriot High School Auditorium
Following brief presentations on location and design options, residents will have up to three minutes each to share their views.
Members of the School Board and PWCS administration will be on hand to listen, enabling community views to help shape the new school. 
The 13th PWCS high school is slated to open in 2020, meaning construction must start soon. This is the time to share your views on a school that will take today’s western Prince William County elementary and middle school students to graduation and beyond.
SACC and Next Generation Registration Closed
Program will reopen for schools not at capacity at noon on Tuesday, September 1. Wait-listed families will be notified during the school year as openings occur. 

August 25, 2015

Thank you for your interest in PWCS SACC and Next Generation provided by AlphaBEST. Registration is now closed to allow programs to prepare for the first day of school. View schools with availability to enroll when registration reopens at noon on September 1.

Registration will open only for schools not at capacity. Registration on September 1 will enable students to start on Tuesday, September 8.

Once the school year begins, AlphaBEST will notify families on the wait-list when openings become available.

New Online Search Tool for School Bus Schedules Now Available
Finding your bus stop and schedule is quick and easy with new online search. Ya está disponible en Internet la nueva herramienta para encontrar los horarios
de los buses
.Arabic Korean Urdu Vietnamese

August 24, 2015

A new online search tool lets you find your neighborhood bus stop and schedule. Enter your address and grade information to learn the bus stop and times for your assigned school. You will be presented with the bus number and approximate time of bus arrival for pickup. If you need to find a bus schedule that is not in your neighborhood go to the complete listing of schedules for all schools.

Go to online bus search.
PWCS Teachers Return to Classrooms Today
While the calendar may still read “summer,” 5,700 PWCS teachers are “Back to School.”

August 24, 2015

About 700 enthusiastic new teachers joined thousands of veteran colleagues reporting to their schools today, ready to inspire students to discover their potential and open doors of opportunity.
“We have an outstanding, World-Class group of new teachers, and we are hiring every day,” said Darlene Faltz, supervisor of recruiting and special programs. “We will be ready on opening day.” About 50 hard-to-fill spots remain to be filled in ESOL, math, science, technology education, and special education.
Those arriving will spend this week meeting with colleagues, arranging classrooms, assembling instructional materials, and going over lessons plans.  A portion of the time will be spent in professional development; planning with mentors; and attending sessions on practices and procedures, vision and mission, and schoolwide expectations.

See slide show of new teachers at orientation August 20.

Devoted Team Reunites to Celebrate Years of Kilby Elementary School Success
With a new replacement building on the horizon, longtime Kilby teachers and staff reminisce about a community education landmark.  

August 24, 2015

They served the school with distinction, and were back to salute the old building’s last full year. Among those gathered were past former principal and school namesake R. Dean Kilby, and former principal-turned-School Board Member Betty Covington.  

Kilby, 87, was the first principal when the school opened as the “Marumsco School” in 1958. Beloved for his warmth and kindness, the school was renamed in Kilby’s honor in 1970.
“Kids are the same today. I love them,” Kilby said. If he were principal today, he would tell students what he told them in 1958: “Don’t worry so much, just do your work. “

Covington was the school’s longest-serving principal, having served for 19 years. “We all loved our jobs. The people were wonderful. It was a wonderful educational setting,” said Covington.

The reunion was organized by former staffers Donna Burner and Anne Rudisill.

The tradition of family continues today with Principal Amy Jordan, who is working on plans with facilities and construction offices for the replacement building that will open next year.

Rising 6th Graders Need Important Vaccine Before Starting Class
Shots Available August 25 at Kelly Leadership Center.

August 19, 2015

Rising 6th graders who still need the required Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, can now get vaccinated at an event for PWCS middle school students.
TDAP Vaccine Event
Tuesday, August 25, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
PWCS Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas
Cost: $55/student    Operated by NextCare
Accepted payments: Cash and Checks made payable to NextCare 
Students must bring a completed authorization form signed by a parent/guardian.
Virginia law now requires all sixth-grade students, regardless of age, to have the vaccine prior to starting class. If preferred, shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William Health District. Bring proof of vaccination to your student’s middle school as soon as possible.
Don’t let rising 6th graders miss a minute of their first day in middle school. 
Record Crowds and Sponsors Support Education at 2015 SPARK Golf Tournament
Annual golf tournament supports schools through SPARK.

August 20, 2015

Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge was filled to capacity August 7 with community members turning out to support students in Prince William County Public Schools. Every member of the School Division family benefits from the annual “Tee Off for Education Golf Classic” which is spearheaded by SPARK, the PWCS Education Foundation. 

In addition to Innovative Grants, SchoolFusion may be the most visible of SPARK’s endeavors. This online parent communication system is a tool that encourages family involvement and facilitates dialogue between the schools and their communities. Through SPARK, each school, parent, and student is given access to the invaluable SchoolFusion Web platform.

In spite of overcast skies, the fundraising outlook was bright for the Sponsored by Blackboard, Moseley Architects and more than 100 other sponsors and donors, the sold-out event raised more than $100,000 for SPARK, the Prince William County Public Schools Education Foundation. SPARK provides support to schools through its Innovative Grants program. This annual golf tournament is one of the largest fund raising activities for SPARK.

Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Walts. SPARK Board member Stewart Roberson, and Troy Reynolds, golf pro at Old Hickory, were on hand to recognize the generous donations of the tournament's sponsors and give the golfers an enthusiastic send-off as they headed to the links.

The SPARK Board of Directors expresses its gratitude for the continued support of Old Hickory Golf Club, East to West Embroidery, donors of the raffle items, and tournament volunteers. The tournament was made possible through the generous support of sponsors and players. See program for full listing of acknowledgements.
Look for Bus Schedules Online and in the Mail
August 17, 2015
With the start of school just around the corner, the PWCS Office of Transportation Services is making it easy for parents to get their children’s school bus schedules. Postcards with bus stop information will begin to arrive the week before the start of school at the homes of all students using regular and special education transportation services.
Bus schedules are also being provided to schools and will be available on the Office of Transportation Services website. Online posting of schedules will begin next week. Please be patient as staff posts the information for more than 60,000 of our more than 87,000 students who will be transported to and from school by buses in the 2015-16 school year.
Emergency Teams at the Ready
PWCS hosts full-scale exercise for weather emergency.

August 17, 2015

A disaster scenario and tabletop exercise tested the mettle of county agencies and Prince William County Public Schools on August 11 at Freedom High School. The event showcased the teamwork necessary to respond to a weather emergency that would displace about 200 residents. The scenario featured the opening of an evacuation shelter in a high school and mobilization of staff in county agencies to address all safety concerns.

The role play objectives included demonstrating law enforcement abilities to ensure safety while the shelter is operational, staffing and successful shift changes, communicating with shelter residents with special needs, accommodating animals, and providing adequate resources throughout shelter operations, among other objectives.

It's Never Too Late -- Registration Starts August 17 for Fall Adult Education, GED Prep, or ESOL Classes
August 17, 2015

Has it been a long time since you entered a classroom? Need some help boosting your basic reading, math, or writing skills, preparing for the General Educational Development Test (GED Test), or learning to speak English? Come study with adults like yourself to achieve your career and life goals. PWCS has adult education classes beginning in September and October for residents of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park.

Adult Basic Education and the GED program classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over and provide instruction in reading, math, and/or writing skills at the ninth grade level or above.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program classes are for individuals 18 years of age and over who speak a native language other than English.

(See links above to access the flyers for specific class tuition, dates, and locations.)

For additional information, visit the PWCS Adult Education website, email, or call 703.791.7357.
Staffing Update August 14, 2015
Corrected August 17, 2015

Maria Anderson, bilingual translator in the PWCS Translation Office, has been appointed administrative intern at Stonewall Jackson High School, effective August 20.

Lisa Vega, assistant principal at Reagan Middle School, has transferred to Parkside Middle School as assistant principal.

Tara Kidwell, assistant principal at Parkside Middle School, has transferred to Reagan Middle School as assistant principal.

Schools Announce Open House and Orientation Sessions
August 14, 2015
In preparation for the school year, many Prince William County Public Schools have scheduled orientations, open houses, and meet-and-greet events. Please check your school’s website for times, dates, and more detailed information. As dates and times are subject to change, please check back for updates.
High Schools:
Brentsville District
Forest Park
The Governor’s School @Innovation Park
Osbourn Park
Stonewall Jackson
Virtual High School @PWCS

Middle Schools:
Bull Run 
Graham Park
Lake Ridge 
Fred M. Lynn  
Ronald Wilson Reagan  

Traditional and K–8 Schools:

The Nokesville School

Elementary Schools:
Bel Air
Bristow Run
Buckland Mills
Cedar Point
Chris Yung
Dale City
Lake Ridge
Loch Lomond
Marumsco Hills

Alternative and Special Education:
Independent Hill–PACE East
New Directions
New Dominion

Mark Your Calendars; National Book Festival is September 5
August 14, 2014
This year’s National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 5 at the Washington Convention Center. This free event is a wonderful opportunity for readers to ask their favorite authors where they get their inspiration for a particular storyline, character, or scene. Authors will give readings from their latest works, field questions from the audience, and autograph books.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.

Preliminary lineup of authors featured include:



 Graphic Novels  
High School Students: Make a Video, Win Prizes, Share Achievements
August 14, 2015

Got a camera with video capability? If so, you and your friends can create a video and compete to win the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) student video contest. The contest invites all Virginia high school public education students to make a video based on the theme, “Student Achievement: What Does It Look Like?”

Contestants should submit a 30-second video clip. The video can be in any format, such as a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. The video can feature people, photographs, animation—whatever best demonstrates the concept in a way that is clear, compelling, and real.

See the VSBA High School Student Video Contest flyer for full details and submission information. Submission forms (attached to the flyer) must be submitted to VSBA.

All videos must be uploaded to the Internet and then submitted as follows: email your name, school name, school division, and the URL of your uploaded video to Brianna Stout, coordinator of board development, at Download and complete the Student Video Contest Submission Form then submit it with your video URL to the above address. Submissions are due by October 1.
Applications Available for Families Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
August 14, 2015

Parents of Prince William County Public School students wishing to apply for free and reduced-price meals can complete and submit their application online. The process can help families avoid delays they may encounter by mailing in an application, and will ensure that applications are complete because applicants will be prompted to submit all of the necessary information required.
Apply now for Meal Applications online.

Links to the online application in English and Spanish are also on the left navigation of School Food Services Web site at All information transmitted will be kept confidential and made available only to the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services.
Parents still have the option of completing the traditional paper application. Families with students who were registered in Prince William County Public Schools by the end of July 2015 will receive an application packet via mail or email. Families with students who registered after that date will need to secure an application from their local school. Applications may also be obtained at the Kelly Leadership Center located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.
It's Never Too Early to Plan; College Fairs Set for September 28 and October 15

August 11, 2015

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 Osbourn High School, located at 9005 Tudor Lane in Manassas, on Monday, September 28 from 6-8 p.m.

The Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair will be held on Thursday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Hylton High School, 14051 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge.
Save time and pre-register for the event at

Have a Question? Answers May be Here
August 11, 2015
From cell phones to dress codes, from homework to field trips, check out School Division regulations if you have questions.
From electronic devices to dress codes, homework to field trips, honor rolls to course credits, if you’ve got a question on these—or have other questions—consider looking at School Division regulations.
All regulations and policies of Prince William County Public Schools are available on the School Division website, Both can be searched by topic or number on the home page by choosing “Policies & Regulations” from the left-side navigation menu. Paper copies of PWCS policies and regulations are also kept in the School Board Clerk’s Office located in the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, Virginia.
One of the primary functions of the Prince William County School Board is the development of policies for the operation of the School Division. These policies cover instruction, administration, personnel, students, and other areas. 
Optional Student Accident Insurance Available Online
August 11, 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.

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

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

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.

PWCS Students Outperform State on SOL Exams
Results Flag Significant Progress and Some Schools Needing Assistance

August 11, 2015

Prince William County Public School students beat the pass rates of counterparts statewide on the latest Standards of Learning assessments in almost all subject areas, and across most demographic groups, according to initial results released today by the Virginia Department of Education. Divisionwide pass rates for PWCS students generally remained high or increased over the previous year. Pass rates also improved at many individual schools, though some fell short of their goals.

SOL tests and alternate assessments measure student proficiency against increasingly rigorous Virginia standards in English (reading and writing), mathematics, science, and history and social science.

"The results confirm Prince William County students are benefitting from our commitment to continuous improvement," said Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, Rita Goss. "It is especially gratifying that we are seeing some big improvements among schools and subgroups that needed extra assistance to close performance gaps.”

English reading: PWCS pass rates rose 4 points between 2014 and 2015 to 81%, compared with 79% statewide. PWCS students beat state average pass rates on all 7 reading exams.
English writing: Pass rates up 2 points to 80%, compared with 77% statewide. PWCS bettered state pass rates on both writing exams.
History and social science: Up 8% to 89% versus 86% statewide. PWCS students eclipsed the pass rates of VA counterparts on all 6 history and social science tests.
Mathematics: Up 3 points to 80%; Virginia rate is 79%. PWCS students equaled or surpassed state pass rates on 6 of 9 math exams.
Science: Pass rates increased 2 points to 83%, surpassing Virginia's 82% rate. PWCS students equaled or exceeded statewide average results on 3 of 5 tests.

Outcomes varied across specific tests, and among differing schools and subgroups, but often   reflected improvement where improvement is needed most.
Efforts to narrow long-standing performance gaps of certain student subgroups paid off, with PWCS black student pass rates surpassing statewide performance by 10, 9, 8, 6 and 7 percentage points respectively in English reading, writing, history, mathematics, and social science. Economically disadvantaged students also posted several across-the-board gains, with PWCS students surpassing pass rates statewide by 3-5 percentage points. 

Among the 86 individual schools in the report, 75 saw improved pass rates in reading, 63 in math, 56 in history and social science, and 49 in science. Numerous schools had pass rate increases of 10 percentage points or more, highlighting their focus on improving student performance. Fred Lynn Middle school led the pack for improvement, with a math pass rate 16 points higher than last year.

The assessments also identified a few schools with known performance challenges that have not improved as rapidly as hoped. Their improvement plans will now be reevaluated to make certain schools have the support they need.

The school improvement process is “ongoing,” according to Goss. “School leaders have a clear understanding of where they are headed. This new data sheds light on the grade levels and subject areas where there is work to do to ensure students are successful. Specific results that did not meet our targets represent opportunities to reflect on what we are accomplishing, and refine and refocus our efforts to better meet student needs.”

Parents will receive updates when the Virginia Department of Education releases accreditation results in September.

“Standardized tests results are only part of the picture of how our students are performing, but principals and teachers at every school will look closely at what these results show us about where we are doing well and where we  have the opportunity for improvement,” added Goss.  “We have some challenges, but most of all we have many areas of student success to celebrate.”

VDOE will post complete details of 2014-15 assessment results by Division and school.  
PWCS Gets $1.5 Million to Better Serve Students Whose Families Serve America
Funding helps students from Ashland, Henderson and Old Bridge Elementary Schools; Porter Traditional, Potomac Middle, and Forest Park High School.

August 11, 2015

Students in six Prince William County Public Schools will get extra help coping with special academic, social, and emotional challenges that come with military-related life, thanks to a five-year, $1.5 million Department of Defense Education Activity Grant.    

The funding allows for direct student assistance from tutors; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coaches; and counselors. It provides after-school help, and supports Divisionwide development of this specialized program. Equally important, it also provides training for teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff who help families deal with military-related sacrifices, from deployment of a loved one to frequent relocation.     
“These students may move between vastly different schools and expectations during their education, or have to cope with the absence of a parent,” said PWCS Superintendent Steven Walts. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give extra support to those whose families sacrifice so much for all of us.”
Special emphasis on STEM allows students to develop knowledge and skills vital to success in college and careers. “This will give them a competitive edge anywhere in the world their families may be sent,” said Supervisor of Elementary Counseling, Dr. Deborah Ransom, who wrote the successful PWCS grant application.
Grant funding will flow primarily to Ashland, Henderson and Old Bridge Elementary Schools; Porter Traditional, Potomac Middle, and Forest Park High School, each with military-related enrollments of 10-40 percent. Additional benefits will ultimately improve programs and practices across PWCS.
More than 5% of PWCS students are a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces or of a civilian employee of the Department of Defense who works on Federal property.
Open Letter to Political Campaigns
August 10, 2015

To all political campaigns:

I am writing this open letter in response to recent inquiries.

Prince William County Public Schools has a long-standing policy of prohibiting the distribution of partisan political materials during the school day and at school-sponsored activities, including athletic events. It is intended to allow our students to benefit from their school experience free from the conflict, competition, and distortion that can be associated with heated political campaigns. Students should always be the focus of school-related events, without concern that they are serving as an enticement to attract crowds for other purposes.   

PWCS applies this policy uniformly and without exception, and asks that it be respected by all campaigns and candidates. Thank you for putting the needs of PWCS students ahead of partisan interests.

Keith Imon
Associate Superintendent for Communications and Technology Services
Staffing Update August 7, 2015
The following administrative appointments have been announced. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals.

Audrey Berryman, previously a math teacher at Saunders Middle School, has been appointed administrative intern at Fred M. Lynn Middle School.

Victor Tomsko, security training specialist, has been appointed administrative coordinator for Risk Management and Security Services.

Kris Gushue, previously professional development specialist, has been appointed administrative coordinator of mathematics.

Melissa Muse, previously route manager in Transportation, has been appointed administrative coordinator for regular education (Central) in the Central Transportation Center.

Eric Williams, assistant route manager in Transportation, has been appointed administrative coordinator for regular education (West) in the McCuin Transportation Center.
New Chris Yung Elementary School to Hold Ribbon Cutting/Dedication Ceremony August 27
August 5, 2015

Prince William County Public Schools has scheduled a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for its newest school, Chris Yung Elementary School, set to open for the 2015-16 school year. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. Elected officials, the school community, School Board members, and school officials are expected to attend. The public is invited.

Chris Yung Elementary School is located at 12612 Fog Light Way in Bristow.  The telephone number for the school is 571.261.5068.The principal is Kathy Notyce and Michelle Pohzehl is the assistant principal. 
World Language Textbooks Available for Review
Have your say. Let us know what you think about the proposed textbooks.
August 5, 2015
World Language textbooks for levels 1 through 3 of French, German, Latin, Spanish, and Spanish for Native Speakers are available for public review and comment from now until October 20, 2015 at two Prince William County public libraries: Potomac Public Library located at 2201 Opitz Blvd Woodbridge VA 22191, and at the Bull Run Regional Library located at 8051 Ashton Ave Manassas VA 20109.  
Textbook materials in these main languages, plus Arabic, ASL, Korean, Italian, and Russian and upper level materials for programs such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge will also be available in the Staff Library of the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, located at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas. 
During the textbook adoption process, the World Language Department convenes teachers, administrators, School Board appointees, and parents who are tasked with evaluating textbooks. Feedback is solicited from all county schools and from the public. 
Citizens’ comments will be collected and considered by the textbook adoption committee as it prepares recommendations to the School Board in the fall. The final adoption report is planned for presentation to the School Board for information and approval in January 2016. 

For more information or comments, contact Carol Bass, PWCS World Language supervisor, at or at 703.791.8706
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.
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
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.
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 or 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.
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 or
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
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:
            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
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
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 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
  • 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
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.
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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