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Space Still Available for English Learners Course August 5-7
PWCS Teachers who have not registered for English Learners Course #EPLP 659, Expediting Comprehension for ELs (ExC-ELL), are reminded that space is still available. Training will be presented by Dr. Margarita Calderon at Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School on August 5, 6 and 7.
 
Staffing Update for July 31, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:

 
Karen Najjum, administrative intern at Kilby Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal there, effective August 7.

 
Cindy Kemp, an elementary instructional specialist at Hogansville Elementary School, Troup County Schools, Georgia, has been appointed assistant principal at Westridge ES, effective August 1.

Congratulations.
Virtual High School Enrollment Hits New Record
Students are getting ahead, catching up, and enjoying new options.

July 31, 2014

With 955 enrollments in 22 courses, this summer’s Virtual High School @PWCS (VHS@PWCS) session is by far the largest to date. This online resource uses technology to give students the opportunity to get ahead, catch up, and explore interests. Offering individualized instruction, students are learning to their fullest potential and preparing to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
 
The summer session opened with School Board Member Dr. Michael Otaigbe (Coles) speaking to students and parents about the advantages of having access to quality online courses offered by the School Division’s virtual high school. He praised students for dedicating six weeks of their summer to academic progression and encouraged them to stay on top of their online courses by remembering that motivation is key, and repeating the mantra: “inch by inch is a cinch but by the yard is hard.”
 
For parents, the orientation sessions provided a chance to learn more about VHS@PWCS; for students, it was a chance to meet their instructor, ask questions, and work alongside their peers in a hands-on environment.
 
Gina Jones, VHS @ PWCS Administrative Coordinator, notes that time management and organization are vital to online learning and vital skills for a lifetime. By providing the opportunity for students to complete their first day assignments in-person with their VHS@PWCS instructor at orientation, students are set on the path for success. This valuable introduction to the rigorous online learning option is provided for every session.
 
For more information on the VHS@PWCS visit their Web page. The fall session schedule is now posted. Registration opens August 13.
PWCS Students Attend Summer Governor’s School
July 31, 2013

Each year PWCS students join the droves of high school students filling out the extensive application from the Virginia Department of Education in hopes of attending one of the Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs. The process puts the brightest minds in Virginia in competition with each other to earn a four-week college campus experience while still in high school. This summer, 47 PWCS students are pushing themselves toward their full potential during this once in a lifetime experience.

Each school focuses on one special area of interest—visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; life science and medicine; or through mentorships in marine science or engineering.  Students stay on a college or university campus for up to four weeks, living, studying, and getting to know other students with similar interests and abilities from across Virginia.
This summer’s attendees are:
 
  • Governor’s School for Agriculture at Virginia Tech: Forest Park High School, Mary Croghan and Kelsea Mensh; Hylton High School, Mishal Baig; Osbourn Park High School, Kelly Fish and Dayana Obeldobel; and Stonewall Jackson High School, Mary Duong.
     
  •  Governor’s School for the Humanities at Christopher Newport University: Battlefield High School, Afua Asenso; Brentsville District High School, Julianna Kinsolving and Katia Zillic; Forest Park High School, Ian Greene, Sarah Kivimaki, Tapiwanashe Mandizvidza, Meghan Shinton; Gar-Field High School, Sarah Baig, Khrissa Chun, and Sean Rastatter; Hylton High School, Cristian Candray-Rios, Gloria Neilson, Elizabeth Rathburn, Heather Santos, and Jennifer Sunga; Osbourn Park High School, Faith Lee; Patriot High School, Tiffany Ko and Allison Washburn; Potomac High School, Annette Tamakloe; Stonewall Jackson High School, Erika Bosak, Tovga Haji, and Samuel Keltz.
     
  • Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Lynchburg College: Forest Park High School, Raina Clasen and Erica O-Donnel; Hylton High School, Alexandra Russell; and Osbourn Park High School, Clara Bailey.
     
  • Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts at Christopher Newport University: Battlefield High School, Laura Isbell, Jeffrey Kelso, and Laura Shanks; Forest Park High School, Anna Mach; Hylton High School, Priscilla Gyamfi, David Hardin, Kylee Lammers, Valaria Merced Gonzalez, and Dina Williams; Osbourn Park High School, Grant Adams, and Hannah Sylvester; and Woodbridge High School, Kathryn Boling Nicholas MacFarlane, and Dan Song; and Patriot High School, Tristen Gulley-Davenport.

For more information, visit the Governor’s School Web site http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml
Like Journalism? Post’s Summer Workshop Puts You in the News Room—Apply by August 7
July 29, 2014


High school students in the Washington area can apply for the 2014 Young Journalists Development Program Multimedia Storytelling Workshop, a free, weeklong multimedia journalism workshop hosted at The Post from Monday, August 11–Friday, August 15. Participants will work closely with journalists from The Washington Post to sharpen their skills as multiplatform journalists. Workshop topics include beginner and intermediate level news writing, story development, interviewing, reporting, video editing and more. All rising juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Download an application at www.washingtonpost.com/youngjournalists.

All application components must be received by Thursday, August 7. 
Staffing Update July 29, 2014
The following administrative appointment has been made:

Catherine Porter-Lucas, currently an Assistant Principal at Battlefield High School, has been appointed Principal for Gainesville Middle School, effective August 4.
 
Congratulations.
  
Getting Fit and Ready for School is a Family Affair
School health physicals, vision screening, Zumba dancing, help families prepare for school.

July 29, 2014

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The great collaborative spirit of Prince William County agencies and organizations was in the forefront of the health screening and health fair at Hylton High School on Saturday, July 26, all to the benefit of hundreds of families. Prince William County Public Schools partnered with INOVA Partnership for Healthier Kids to offer school entrance physicals, sports physicals, vision and hearing screenings, health education, and fitness demonstrations.

The numbers tell the story of the success of the event: Over 100 students and families took the PWCS high school concussion training required for student athletes, parents, and coaches. Community doctors gave as many as 100 students school entry or sports physicals at no cost. The American Heart Association trained over 80 persons in their CPR classes. Staff from the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department gave fitness demonstrations to the students while they were waiting for their physicals. Students and parents were introduced to the Zumba dancing craze by the My Body Movez group. Seven school nurses provided height, weight, and blood pressure measurements; vision and hearing screenings; and reviewed immunization requirements with parents for students who received school entrance physicals. Students from the PWCS Student L.E.A.D. team volunteered throughout the morning and afternoon, helping to keep events moving smoothly.

“The health fair was a really good success. Many families took advantage of the wonderful opportunity offered to them. Busy parents liked the alternative to scheduling appointments during their busy work weeks," said Carolyn Custard, Director of the Office of Student Services.
Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School’s Archery Team Finishes 16th in World Tournament
“Sport for all” gains in popularity following the 2012 Olympics, “Hunger Games” book series and movies, and the movie “Brave.”

July 29, 2014

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Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School's Archery Team at World Tournament, July 2014
Although archery club activities were over, avid archers at Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School did not put away their bows and arrows when school ended. The archery team kept practicing with their target in mind: the world tournament in Madison, Wisconsin on July 13. There, the team put in a World-Class performance with a final score of 3,210, and finished 16th out of 52 teams. Archery is an activity in which people from all walks of life and almost every size and ability can participate. It teaches students focus, discipline, goal setting, sportsmanship, and social interaction.
 
Olivia Stickel led the team with a score of 282, finishing 19th out of 512 middle school females. Jack Riccardi was the top male archer with a score of 279, finishing 63rd out of 562 middle school males. 

Other individual scores with the student’s grade in brackets are listed below.

Adrian Engel [7] 275; Amanda Kraemer [7] 273; Elise Ambrose [7] 269; Nathan Ray [8] 266; Autumn Gray [7] 266; Alex Scott [6] 261; Makenzie Boggs [7] 261; Alex Kuzmicki [8] 260; Olivia Mumma [8] 259; Mia Scott [7] 259; Malik Stuckey [7] 258; Skylar Ondrejko [6] 254; Drake Jones [8] 253; Ian Novak [7] 251; Danielle Walker [7] 248; Jack Ryan Moore [7] 244; Nick Demcheshen [7] 240; Rhiann Stevens [8] 227.

Reagan’s team of 33 members and alternates is coached by Jonathan Bukva and is the only archery team in the Prince William County Public Schools. Bukva is the school’s athletic director and health and physical education teacher. Many schools teach archery as part of their physical education program, and a few have a club. There were over 100 students in the archery club/program at Reagan this past school year.

“Nearly everyone can enjoy success in archery,” said Bukva. “Archery is highly inclusive and is a lifelong activity for many enthusiasts. It’s a diverse and super-safe shooting activity with a wide variety of formats and styles. In the NASP-style program, students of all genders, abilities, and background can flourish.”
New Haymarket Elementary School on Track to Earn Industry Certification
Design features in new school will yield energy savings and greater efficiency.
 
July 29, 2014
 
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The new Haymarket Elementary School, opening in September, was recently certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "Designed to Earn the Energy Star."  ENERGY STAR is a national rating signifying superior energy efficiency. Energy conservation components at Haymarket Elementary include automated building controls, occupancy based lighting systems, and low-flow plumbing devices that are ENERGY STAR certified products.
 
“This commendable achievement is the result of collaboration between the PWCS Office of Construction and Moseley Architects to design a facility that potentially can perform 35 percent better than buildings not designed with such attributes,” said Brian Gorham, administrative coordinator of the PWCS Office of Energy Management.
 
Haymarket Elementary School is also a LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, school.  LEED is a green building certification program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. 
 
EPA officials presented EPA Energy Star certifications to 15 Prince William County Public Schools in May 2014, bringing the total to 29 within the School Division, which puts PWCS in the top 25 percent nationwide for energy efficiency. School officials project that energy conservation actions will save the School Division from having to spend $8 million in taxpayer dollars for energy over the next three years, and take the equivalent of thousands of cars off the road.
 
“That’s the kind of result we owe to our community and the kind of example we are proud to set for our students,” said Deputy Superintendent Rae Darlington.

Energy efficient lighting in gym at Haymarket Elementary SchoolMotion senor lighting is a feature in the new Haymarket Elementary School.
 
Kelli Williams–Teacher of the Year at Sinclair Elementary School
“Amazing” teacher is honored by students, parents, and staff.
 
July 25, 2014
 

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Third-grade teacher Kelli Williams, Sinclair Elementary's 2014 Teacher of the YearSinclair Elementary School stepped up its staff recognition activities as it closed out the year, naming its first “Teacher of the Year.” Third-grade teacher Kelli Williams earned the honor. She is beloved by her students who describe her as fun and understanding, and “she loves to do projects.”
 
Williams is humbled by the award, acknowledging she is a member of a World-Class team. That team brought accolades to the school for student achievement, the teaching and learning environment, and student health, earning the “School of Excellence” award for the fifth time. The award is cause for celebration in the community, and a distinction earned by great teachers such as Williams, great students, and a supportive community.
 
“Mrs. Williams is praised by her students’ parents, too,” said Elizabeth Vohar, Sinclair’s school counselor. “She is caring, remarkable, and devoted. Sinclair is lucky to have such an amazing teacher.”
 
 
Sinclair Elementary Principal Donna Fagerholm, Kelli Williams, and Elizabeth Vohar.
 
Shop for School Tax-Free before School Begins, Virginia Sales Tax Holiday is August 1–3
July 21, 2014

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 1 through Sunday, August 3.

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 Web site or call your school for a copy of the 2014–15 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 28, SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, will collect school supplies at the Kelly Leadership Center to help ensure that all student 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
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. 
VSBA Conference on Education Brings Together Educational Leaders From Across Virginia
July 25, 2014
 
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Address Attendees
 
Nearly 500 Virginia school board members, educators, governing officials, attorneys, and legislators, including School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns, Vice Chairman Gil Trenum (Brentsville), and members Lisa E. Bell (Neabsco), Betty D. Covington (Potomac), Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe (Coles), and Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 29th annual Conference on Education in Richmond, VA on July 22, 2014. The purpose of the conference was to offer participants the opportunity to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state. 

Participants heard from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and National PTA President Dr. Otha Thorton, in addition to having the opportunity to attend their choice of more than 40 mini-workshops on topics such as school law, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, community relations, school safety, testing, finance, special education, and community partnerships. The presenters included educators from state and local levels, university and college professors, business representatives, and attorneys.
 
  • PWCS School Board presenters and PWCS staff members who assisted, and the title of their workshops are listed below.
  • School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns, Chuck Drake (PWCS), and Mark Jones (Superintendent, King William County Public Schools); “VA STAR to the Rescue”
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  • School Board Vice Chairman Gil Trenum (Brentsville) and Fred Milbert (PWCS); “Concussion Management: Providing ‘Return to Learn’ Strategies to Classroom Teachers for Student Recovery from a Concussion”
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  • School Board member Alyson A. Satterwhite (Gainesville) and Rebekah Schlatter (PWCS); “High School Parent Involvement and Post-Secondary Planning – Supporting Families through the Delivery of Meaningful Learning Experiences”
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  • Natalie Bonshire (PWCS) and Kaye Bush (PWCS); “One Size Does Not Fit All: Providing Customized Professional Development On-Site and Ongoing”
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  • Carolyn Custard (PWCS) and Doreen Dauer (PWCS); “Fresh New Trends in Bullying Prevention”
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  • Dolores Robison (PWCS); “Implementing a K-12 Threat Assessment Process”
Independent Hill School/PACE Team Member Brings Home Gold!
July 25, 2014

Independent Hill/PACE East’s own Lenny Codella recently competed in the 2014 Special Olympics United States Games in New Jersey. The event attracted over 5,000 athletes from all over the nation and was attended by local, state, and national leaders as well as Hollywood celebrities and athletes from the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Codella won gold medals in the 400 meter race and long jump, a bronze in the shot put, and a 5th place finish in the 100 meter relay. The entire school community extends its congratulations to Lenny Codella.

Codella is a graduate of Independent Hill School and is beginning his third year as a teacher assistant at the school.
Spotlight on Stonewall Jackson High School
PWCS Salutes the top scholars of 2014
July 24, 2014

Valedictorian, Querida DeLaStukes

Querida DeLaStukes leaves behind a lesson learned for the students about to embark on their high school careers. “If you are true to yourself, then others will notice and you can gain their respect.”

Extracurricular Activities:
Model United Nations, president
Muslim Student Association

Academic Achievements and Honors:
National Honor Society
Science Honor Society
Spanish Honor Society
English Honor Society, president
Summa Cum Laude
IB Diploma Candidate
 
Community Involvement:
Tutor at Ellis Elementary School
Walter Reed Hospital, volunteer

Schools Attended:
Pennington Traditional School; Mullen, Cedar Point, and Ellis Elementary Schools

College Plans:
Querida will journey to the west coast this fall where she will attend Stanford University and likely purse a career in education. She has interests in history, psychology, and film but has not committed to a major at this time. 
 
Salutatorian, Nethan Reddy    

Nethan Reddy credits his psychology teacher Julie Faith as the source of his inspiration to purse his current path. “Undoubtedly she inspired me to pursue my career interests. Mrs. Faith made a class that I initially didn’t want to sign up for, into my favorite class of high school.” With her guidance, Nethan discovered a strong academic interest and a career goal to help the mental health of young people in some way. “She helped me a lot with my Alzheimer’s Association projects, and I can’t thank her enough,” says Nethan.

Extracurricular Activities:
National Honor Society, Vice President
Ecology Club, Co-Recycling Coordinator
Tennis Team, Varsity Letter
Model United Nations
American Psychological Association High School Student Affiliate
 
Academic Achievements and Honors:
Harvard University Book Prize
United States Achievement Academy National Mathematics Award
National Council on Youth Salute
International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Certificate
National Financial Capability Exam Top 20%
 
Community Involvement:
Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer; student representative; and planning committee board
NOVANT Prince William Hospital teen volunteer
Martha’s Table volunteer
 
PWCS Schools Attended:
Ellis Elementary, Victory Elementary, and Marsteller Middle School

College Plans:
In the fall Nethan will head north to attend the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. His initial plans are to pursue either biology or psychology as a major. However, he is leaving open the option to transfer to the College of Human Ecology to major in Human Development. While the road he will take on his educational journey is open to detours, his destination is quite clear. Nathen intends on going to medical school and becoming a psychiatrist, focusing on the mental health of adolescents, especially in juvenile detention centers and correctional schools. 
Staffing Update July 24, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:
 
Lori Robertson, currently 3rd grade teacher at Ashland Elementary School, has been appointed administrative intern at Ashland Elementary School, effective August 14, 2014
 
Robert Lucciotti, formerly a 5th grade teacher for Coles Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal at Ashland ES, effective July 23, 2014.
 
Congratulations to these talented individuals.
Staffing Update July 21, 2014
The following administrative appointment has been made:

Dr. Anita Taylor, formerly a Cluster Director with Fairfax County Public Schools, has been appointed supervisor of Leadership Development, effective July 22.

Congratulations to Dr. Taylor, and welcome to PWCS!
 
Staffing Update July 18, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:

Brianna Aikens, currently Human Resources Consultant for Inova Health Systems, has been named the Equity and Compliance Officer, effective July 28, 2014.
 
Shelly Legall-Brickey, who is currently an administrative intern at Osbourn Park High School, has been named assistant principal at Osbourn Park effective July 18, 2014.
 
Jenita Boatwright, currently Administrative Intern at Gainesville MS, has been appointed Assistant Principal for Stonewall MS., effective July 23.

Ginny Gaige, currently the principal’s secretary at Fred M. Lynn Middle School, will become Executive Secretary for Human Resources effective July 29.
 
Congratulations to these talented individuals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lillie Jessie and Fannie Fitzgerald Participate in Collection of Oral Histories
Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive features PWCS leaders.

July 18, 2014

Congressman Gerry Connolly has collected personal histories of many of those who struggled through the civil rights movement in our country, including School Board member Lillie G. Jessie (Occoquan), and Fannie W. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was one of the “Courageous Four” black teachers who taught in Prince William’s all-white classrooms. The oral histories are part of a
digitized archive available in the Library of Congress, George Mason, and the library systems for Prince William and Fairfax counties. The archive was dedicated in a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Fannie W. FitzgeraldLillie G. Jessie, School Board Member for Occoquan District
Rocky’s Road is Paving a Smooth Path to Follow
After-school program at Yorkshire Elementary School aims to promote healthy minds and healthy bodies.
 
July 18, 2014
 
Since 2011, professional football player Rocky MacIntosh and his family have quietly been making a huge impact on children at Yorkshire Elementary School. That was when the former Redskin (now at Tampa Bay) started Rocky’s Road, an after-school program aimed at promoting healthy bodies and healthy minds.
 
“I grew up under difficult circumstances in a tough neighborhood and reaching success was not an easy path traveled,” says MacIntosh. “Etiquette, proper diet, and mentorship were some tools not easily found in my environment. I wish I could have gained these skills and resources much earlier in my life,” he continues.

Through this program, students begin working through an integrated healthy mind/healthy body curriculum as kindergarteners and will continue to receive support through fifth grade. Progress is tracked through daily workbooks, weekly after school sessions, and bi-monthly check-ins with parents.

Field trips reinforce the program and are considered integral to showing students new ways of thinking about health and academics. 

“Rocky’s Road is based on the belief that learning begins in the classroom but is a lifetime commitment, says MacIntosh. “Healthy activities begin on the playground but live in every portion of our lives. Rocky’s Road is designed to foster a love for health, wellness, and learning among participants."
 
"At the end of the year dinner, the teachers, students, and the MacIntosh family participated in a Color Run/Walk. The kids had a blast,” says first grade teacher Kallie Milbert.







 
Woodbridge High School Viking Battalion Retires U.S. Flag
Army JROTC cadets honor nation’s flag with patriotic ceremony.
 
July 18, 2014
 
For the first time, the 7th period Army JROTC class at Woodbridge High School conducted the unit’s first flag burning ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony was to permanently retire the American Flag, customary when a U.S. flag is worn to a condition that it should no longer be used to represent the nation. The color guard delivered the folded flag to the ceremony site and then unfolded the flag so that all the stripes could be cut off. One by one, the stripes were burned with a few words of dedication and description of historical events associated with the flag. The flag burning ceremony was a class project led by Cedric Smith and Ashley Farrow.
Prince William County Public Schools offers Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines at nine high schools. The cadet experience focuses on character and leadership development, citizenship, and community service.

Staffing Update for July 14, 2014
The following administrative appointments have been made:

  • Jennifer DiVello, currently an administrative coordinator in the Office of Special Education, has been named assistant principal at Fitzgerald Elementary School, effective July 23.
  • Marlene Coleman, former principal at Williams Elementary School, is now principal at Dumfries Elementary School.
  • Lynmara Colon, former assistant principal at Featherstone Elementary School, has been appointed principal at Williams Elementary School, effective July 31.
  • Marisa Miranda, a former teacher from Leesylvania Elementary School, has been appointed assistant principal at Dumfries Elementary School, Effective July 31.
In addition, B Simpson has been appointed Executive Secretary to the School Board; she has been Executive Secretary in Human Resources. 

Congratulations to these talented individuals.

 

Please Note the Correction to The Nokesville School New Phone Number -- 571.781.3040
July 14, 2014
 
Please note that The Nokesville School phone number posted previously was not correct. The new phone number is 571.781.3040.
Student Athletes Recognized Nationally for Excellence On and Off the Lacrosse Field
July 10, 2014

Nine Prince William County Public School students have earned recognition as exceptional lacrosse players and scholars with the naming to the prestigious US Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American lists. Congratulations to rising senior Thomas Rigney, and recent graduates Rebecca Baumstark, McKenzie Blot, Melanie Davis, Kaleigh Dolieslager, Kelley Halseth, Claire Loper, Lexi Till, and Dana Ware.

Rigney, a rising senior at Patriot High School received 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, Forest Park High School’s Melanie Davis, Kelley Halseth, and Lexi Till and Osbourn Park High School graduatesRebecca Baumstark, McKenzie Blot, Kaleigh Dolieslager, Clair Loper, and Dana Warereceived the title of Academic All-American. The tough selection criteria requires that recipients are juniors or seniors; be a starter or significant contributor; carry at least 50 percent 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.

Congratulations to these exceptional individuals.
 
Location for the Summer English Learner Institute Has Changed
July 10, 2014
 
 
The location of the Summer English Learner (EL) Institute has changed. It will now be taking place at Reagan Middle School. Sessions begin June 23 and run through August 8.

These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2014–15 school year by educators instructing English Learners (ELs) in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements. Read the course descriptions to learn how best practices in classroom instruction for ELs are addressed. Find course dates, descriptions, and register using the “EPLP” code to search in the Professional Learning Catalog. For your convenience, the course lists for July and August offerings are attached, as well as offerings planned for the October 13 professional development day. Flyers are available by topic and focus area on the ESOL home page under EL Courses for Staff.
 
Please contact Christina Jennings (jennincm@pwcs.edu) or Kim Peterson (peterskx@pwcs.edu) with any questions.
 
Staffing Update July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

The following administrative appointments have been made:
 
Cynthia Halsey, currently Executive Secretary to the Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability, has been appointed Executive Assistant to Superintendent Steven L. Walts.
 
Long time Prince William County Public Schools Principal Roger Dallek will lead Forest Park High School during the search for a permanent replacement for Principal Eric Brent.
Free Workshop for Siblings of Children with Special Needs August 4-5
July 9, 2014
  
Thanks to a regional Parent Resource Center grant from VDOE, Don Meyer, author of "Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs" and Director of The Sibling Support Project is coming to the area. Meyer is the nation's leading trainer and educator on sibling support. His humor, warmth, and vast experience make him a favorite with audiences around the country.
 
Meyer will be conducting Sibshops Facilitator Training on August 4-5, 2014, in The HUB (Building 56), George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The workshop on Day 1 is open to the public and Day 2 features an actual Sibshops Workshop for siblings of children with disabilities, ages 8-13.
 
Acting Forest Park Principal Announced
July 7, 2014

Roger Dallek, former principal of Gar-Field High School, has been named Acting Principal of Forest Park High SchoolLong time Prince William County Public Schools Principal Roger Dallek will lead Forest Park High School during the search for a permanent replacement for Principal Eric Brent, who left PWCS to accept an administrative position outside the county.

Dallek Served PWCS for more than 30 years, most recently as principal of Gar-Field High School, prior to retiring in 2007. He has emerged from retirement several times to help the School Division with important assignments, including the opening of Patriot High School.

“Mr. Dallek will ensure that Forest Park students, teachers, and community have everything necessary to begin a successful school year in September,” said Associate Superintendent for High Schools Mickey Mulgrew. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable leader step in and keep the school headed in the right direction while we search for the best person to chart its course for the future.”  
Mark Your Calendars; National Book Festival Has New Date and New Venue
July 7, 2014

This year’s National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, August 30 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 Web site.

Preliminary lineup of authors featured:

 
Teachers of English Learners: Important Summer Courses for All PWCS Educators
July 1, 2014
 
 
The PWCS ESOL 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 23 and run through August 8.

These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2014–15 school year by educators instructing ELs in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements. Read the course descriptions to learn how best practices in classroom instruction for ELs are addressed. Find course dates, descriptions, and register using the “EPLP” code to search in the Professional Learning Catalog. For your convenience, the course lists for June, July, and August offerings are attached, as well as offerings planned for the October 13 professional development day. Flyers are available by topic and focus area on the ESOL home page under EL Courses for Staff.
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July 1, 2014

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The registration deadline for the School Division’s new after-school program for students attending Benton, Bull Run, Parkside, Potomac, Reagan, and Woodbridge Middle Schools next year has been extended. The program offers supervised homework and activities for students aged 12 and under. The programs will run from 3-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing snacks, small-group activities, and coordinated student release for school-sponsored activities and homework assistance.   
 
Full tuition ranges from $65 per week for one student to $177 for three. Reduced tuition at $43 per student, scholarships, and family discounts are also available for those who qualify. See details.
“This is a great opportunity for families who want to give their middle school students a fun, safe, and reliable place to be,” said Damon Cerrone, supervisor of the School Age Child Care Program. “We’ll be starting out in six schools and growing from there in future years, if families demand it.” 

View June 10 information session Web story.


Fecha límite de inscripción ampliada para el Nuevo Programa Extraescolar de la Escuela IntermediaFecha límite de inscripción ampliada para el Nuevo Programa Extraescolar de la Escuela Intermedia
 
Inscríbase antes
 
 
1 de julio de 2014
La fecha límite de inscripción para el nuevo programa extraescolar de la División para los estudiantes que vayan a asistir a las escuelas intermedias de Benton, Bull Run, Parkside, Potomac, Reagan, y Woodbridge el próximo curso se ha extendido hasta. El programa ofrece tareas escolares y actividades supervisadas para estudiantes de 12 años y menores. El programa tendrá lugar de 3 a 6:30 p.m de lunes a viernes, se ofrecerá merienda, actividades en grupos pequeños, y se coordinará la salida de estudiantes para actividades patrocinadas por la escuela y ayuda con las tareas escolares.
La matrícula completa varía de $65 por semana para un estudiante a $177 para tres. La matrícula reducida es de $43 por estudiante, también hay becas y descuentos familiares disponibles para aquellos que califiquen. Más detalles.
“Esta es una gran oportunidad para las familias que quieren darles a sus hijos/as, que están en la escuela intermedia, un lugar divertido, seguro, y de confianza en el que estar,” dijo Damon Cerrone, supervisor del Programa de Niños en Edad Escolar. “Empezaremos en seis escuelas y nos expandiremos en años futuros si las familias lo demandan.”
 
Bus Schedules for All Summer Programs Now Available - Horarios de autobuses disponibles para todos los programas de verano
June 27, 2014

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
27 de junio de 2014

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.
 
School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting Scheduled
June 26, 2014
 
Members of the Prince William School Board will meet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, for a closed disciplinary hearing.
 
Important Message to Parents about Student Health - Mensaje importante para padres acerca de salud estudiantil
Eating disorders are serious health problems that usually start in childhood or adolescence and affect both girls and boys. With early diagnosis, eating disorders are treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports. With summer coming soon, many adolescents feel increased social pressure about their appearance, and this can lead to eating disorders.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not diagnosed based on weight changes as much as behaviors, attitudes, and mindset. Symptoms may vary between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person with an eating disorder may not be aware that he/she has a problem or keeps the issues secret. Parents/guardians and family members are in a unique position to notice symptoms or behaviors that cause concern. Noting behaviors common to people with eating disorders may lead to early referral to the primary care provider. It is important for eating disorders to be treated by someone who specializes in this type of care.

After reviewing the information attached if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your primary health care provider, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below:
 
Toll free, confidential Helpine: 1.800.931.2237
 
Additional resources may be found at:



 
Mensaje importante para padres acerca de salud estudiantil


Los trastornos alimenticios son problemas de salud graves, que por lo general comienzan en la infancia o en la adolescencia y que afectan tanto a las niñas como a los niños. Con un diagnóstico precoz, los trastornos de la alimentación se pueden tratar con una combinación de apoyos nutricionales, médicos y terapéuticos. Ahora que va a empezar el verano, muchos adolescentes sienten una mayor presión social por su apariencia, y esto puede conducir a trastornos de la alimentación.

Es importante tener en cuenta que los trastornos alimenticios no se diagnostican tanto a partir de los cambios de peso si no por los comportamientos, actitudes y forma de pensar. Los síntomas pueden variar entre varones y hembras y en diferentes grupos de edad. A menudo, puede que una persona joven con un trastorno de alimentación no sea consciente de que él/ella tiene un problema o puede que guarde sus problemas en secreto. Los padres/tutores y miembros de la familia están en una posición única para notar síntomas o comportamientos que causan preocupación. Tomando nota de los comportamientos comunes de las personas con trastornos de la alimentación pueden conducir a una pronta remisión al médico de atención primaria. Es importante que los trastornos de alimentación sean tratados por alguien que se especializa en este tipo de cuidado.

Después de revisar la información adjunta, si usted cree que su hijo/a puede estar mostrando signos de un posible trastorno alimenticio, por favor póngase en contacto con su proveedor de atención primaria de salud, la enfermera de la escuela, o uno de los recursos que se indican a continuación (en inglés):

 
 
 
Línea de ayuda confidencial gratuita: 1.800.931.2237
 
Pueden encontrar recursos adicionales en:
Departamento de Educación de Virginia - bajo la sección titulada, “Eating Disorders”

 
Summer Food Service Program in PWCS
June 25, 2014

The 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
July 7–July 25
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Belmont Elementary
July 7–10, July 14–17,
July 21–24, Aug 6, 13, 20
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Belville Middle
July 7– July 25
7:30 – 8 a.m.
9:45 – 11 a.m.
Dale City Elementary
June 30–July 25
(No service July 4)
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
12 – 12:30 p.m.
Enterprise Elementary
July 7–July 25
8:30 – 9 a.m.
10:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Fred Lynn Middle
July 7–July 25
8 – 8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Freedom High
June 30–Aug 8
(No service July 4)
7:20 – 7:50 a.m.
11 – 11:30 a.m.
Graham Park Middle
July 7–July 25
7:20 – 7:40 a.m.
9:10 – 10:20 a.m.
Kerrydale Elementary
July 7–July 25
8:40 – 9 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Loch Lomond Elementary
June 30–Aug 14
(Mon. – Thurs.)
9 – 9:30 a.m.
12 – 12:30 p.m.
Minnieville Elementary
June 30–Aug 14
(Mon. – Thurs.)
9 – 9:30 a.m.
12 – 12:30 p.m.
Neabsco Elementary
July 7–July 25
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Potomac Middle
June 23–July 24
(Mon. – Thurs.)
(Also service on Friday, June 27 only)
7:30 – 7:45 a.m.
12 – 12:30 p.m.
Potomac View
July 7–July 25
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rippon Middle
June 23–July 11
 
7:45 – 8 a.m.
11:15 – 11:50 a.m.
Sinclair Elementary
July 7–July 25
8:50 – 9:05 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Stonewall Middle
July 7–July 25
8 – 8:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sudley Elementary
July 7–July 25
9 – 9:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Triangle Elementary
July 7–July 25
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Vaughan Elementary
July 7–July 25
8:45 – 9 a.m.
11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
West Gate Elementary
July 14–July 18
(Mon. – Fri.)
July 21–Aug 8
(Mon. – Thur.)
Aug. 11–Aug. 13
(Mon. – Wed.)
8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Yorkshire Elementary
July 7–July 31
(Mon. – Thurs.)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 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

2014-15 Bell Times Revised for Benton and Godwin Middle Schools
June 23, 2014

2014-15 bell times have been revised
today and are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Benton Middle School and Godwin Middle School times were moved forward by 10 minutes, now starting at 8:20 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.
Online Registration for EEE Now Available for PWCS School Leadership Teams
June 19, 2014
 
The seventh Excellence and Equity in Education Conference for school leadership teams will be held on Thursday, August 14, at Hylton High School. This year’s theme is “Leading for the Future: Mission, Mindset, and Method.” Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. The conference will conclude at 12:30 p.m. Register now online.
Summer Vacation on a College Campus? Mais Oui, When You Love Languages
June 18, 2014
 
Global awareness, multicultural understanding, and international education are not the usual agenda for teens during summer vacation. This summer, 14 Prince William County Public Schools students will trade in three weeks of what could be the lazy days of summer to participate in the highly selective Virginia Governor’s Foreign Language Academies. The students will experience life on a college campus as they participate in immersion and partial-immersion programs sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education. These summer residential programs have served Virginia's most motivated and talented foreign language students since 1986.

The immersion programs in French, German, and Spanish provide an intensive experience and unique challenge for students who have excelled in language study. They will continue their study of language in a total immersion environment, which is generally unavailable in the regular school environment. These academies will take place from June 21–July 12 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

The partial-immersion program in Japanese is for students who excelled in another language for two years and will be introduced to the Japanese language and culture. This academy is offered from June 22–July 13 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Prince William County Public Schools offers 10 world languages for formal study: Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. The Governor’s Foreign Language Academies provide unique experiences for students to learn a new language like Japanese in order to apply their language skills to inter-disciplinary enrichment studies such as the arts, music, social sciences, and sports.
The participating students and their schools are: 
 
French                                                                                   
Sara Valentine, Osbourn Park High School                             
Brianna Gilmore, Battlefield High School                   
Colin Bushweller, Hylton High School                       
Olivia Chowning, Woodbridge High School
Taylor Petty, Woodbridge High School
 
German
Sadie Peloquin, Hylton High School
Logan Burum, Woodbridge High School
Madison Lynch, Woodbridge High School
Halle Williams, Patriot High School
 
 
Japanese
Brandon Chaney, Patriot High School
 
Spanish
Kyleigh Hynes, Battlefield High School
Jesse Dawsib, Patriot High School
Francesca Peavie, Patriot High School
Bikar Michael, Stonewall High School
Obey School Flashing Yellow Lights Even During Breaks—Summer School Will Be in Session at Some Locations
June 18, 2014
 
Motorists can expect school flashing lights to continue operating after school has ended on Thursday, June 19. These lights must be obeyed according to law. Flashing lights are controlled remotely and may be indicating summer school is in session at that site.
Teachers: Important Summer Courses for All PWCS Educators; First Course Begins June 23
June 17, 2014
The PWCS ESOL 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 23 and run through August 8.

These courses are applicable toward the 15 hours of annual professional development to be completed during the 2014–15 school year by educators instructing ELs in meeting the Language Allocation Service Plan requirements. Read the course descriptions to learn how best practices in classroom instruction for ELs are addressed. Find course dates, descriptions, and register using the “EPLP” code to search in the Professional Learning Catalog. For your convenience, the course lists for June, July, and August offerings are attached, as well as offerings planned for the October 13 professional development day.
 
  
High School Summer Program Bus Schedule Now Available
June 17, 2014

Bus transportation for students attending summer school at Woodbridge High School is now posted on Transportation Services Web site. Buses stop at all PWCS high schools to pick up students for transportation to Woodbridge High School. The high school summer program begins Monday, June 30. See Summer School Web page for more details.
 
 

 
El horario de los autobuses está disponible para la escuela de verano de escuela secundaria

El transporte en autobús para los estudiantes que asisten a la escuela de verano en Woodbridge High School está publicada en el sitio Web de Servicios de Transporte (Transportation Services Web site). Los autobuses paran en todas las escuelas secundarias de PWCS para recoger a los estudiantes y transportarlos a Woodbridge High School. El programa de verano de la escuela secundaria comienza el lunes 30 de junio. Vea la página Web de la Escuela de Verano (Summer School Web page) para más detalles.
Bell Times for 2014–15 School Year
June 16, 2014

Bell times for school year 2014–15
are posted on the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. Bell times have been added for the new schools opening this fall, Haymarket Elementary School and The Nokesville School.
 
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.
 
 
Dismissal for Last School Day Announced
June 16, 2014


Dismissal times for Thursday, June 19, the last day of school, have been posted to the PWCS Transportation Services Web page. The school schedule for the last day of school includes a two-hour early dismissal for elementary and middle school students. High school student dismissal will be at 10 a.m.

This schedule change is possible based on the additional 10 minutes the School Board added to the school day to adjust for time lost to weather-related closings and delays. 
Undefeated, Battlefield High School Girls Soccer Clinches State Title
Congratulations, Battlefield High School girls soccer team on your state title!
High School Students: Need a Summer Project? Make a Video to Compete in Student Contest
 June 13, 2014


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 create a video based on the contest theme, “Virginia, we are one!” Contestants should submit a 30-second video clip. It 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 flyer for full details and submission information. Submission forms 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 Bridget Merker, coordinator of board development, at bridget@vsba.org. Submit the Student Video Contest Submission Form, attached to the flyer, by downloading and completing the form and sending with your video submission to the above address. Visit www.vsba.org (click here to access details and forms about the VSBA Video Contest). Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 1.
Student Accident Insurance Available Online
 June 13, 2014


Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever-increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the 2014–15 school year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling 877.444.5014.

This Web site allows parents to:
• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased.
PWCS-TV Airs High School Graduations
June 12, 2014

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 30 and July 4

Battlefield High School
July 7 and July 11
 
Stonewall Jackson High School
 July 14 and July 18
 
Patriot High School
July 21 and July 25
 
Osbourn Park High School
July 28 and August 1
 
Forest Park High School
August 4 and August 8
 
Hylton High School
August 11 and August 15
 
Gar-Field High School
August 18 and August 22
 
Woodbridge High School
August 25 and August 29
 
Freedom High School
September 1 and September 5
 
Brentsville District High School
September 8 and September 12
 
Adult Education and Summer School
September 15 and September 19
 
New Directions
September 22 and September 26 

Register Early for Elementary Professional Educators Conferences on August 26—Space is Limited
June 11, 2014

The Office of Student Learning is sponsoring three conferences for elementary educators on August 26. These conferences are targeted toward teachers in the following grade level bands: K–1, 2–3, and 4–5 and are scheduled from 8 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Each conference features presentations across all four core content areas, instructional technology, and general interest sessions. Teachers will receive five recertification hours for attending. Pre-registration at is required due to limited space at all locations. Sessions will be selected during the registration process. See the Elementary Professional Educator's Conference flyer for full details and registration instructions.
News from the Principal of Haymarket Elementary School
Principal Jewell Moore has posted important news and information on a Web page for parents and students of the new Haymarket Elementary School which opens September 2. The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony before the school opens on August 19 at 6 p.m. Go to Web page.
View Web story on the Groundbreaking ceremony in 2013.
You Can Go to Unknown Places, Be a Detective, a Sports Expert, a Pop Star, or a Top Chef — Find Out How
June 11, 2014
 
Let your imagination take you to places and adventures you would not normally experience. Reading has the power to do this and more. Your school’s summer reading list has been carefully selected and designed by librarians for your enjoyment as well as for enriching your mind. This summer is your opportunity to slow down and relax with a good book. Find the right books and articles that interest you and they can entertain and inspire you, as well as teach you. There are many kinds of books to choose from on your school’s reading list or from the public library’s summer program. To find the right books for you, begin by going to the Summer Reading List Web page.
Saluting Our Stars Photo Gallery Now Available
June 11, 2014 

A photo gallery from the May 13 Saluting our Stars ceremony at Patriot High School is now available through the SPARK website at www.poweredbyspark.org and videos from the event are available on-demand at www.pwcstv.com. Award recipients may now share their special moment with friends and family.
 
The event brought together more than 400 recipients of international, national, state, and regional awards in academics, arts, athletics, and education. SPARK is the Education Foundation for PWCS, and sponsors the annual recognition event.  SPARK represents the commitment of the business, non-profit, and civic sectors to encourage and recognize excellence throughout PWCS and to support efforts to offer a World-Class Education to students. 
Tdap Immunization Required for Sixth Graders; Se Requiere Prueba de la Vacuna de Refuerzo de Tdap Para Estudiantes Entrando al Sexto Grado
June 4, 2014
 
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 2014-15 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 department if they have questions.
 
Shots may be obtained from a doctor, military clinic, or the Prince William County Health Department. Documentation should be taken to your child’s middle school or Central Registration.
 
The Prince William County Health Department 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 22191, 703.792.7300. 

Se Requiere Prueba de la Vacuna de Refuerzo de Tdap Para Estudiantes Entrando al Sexto Grado
 
Se les recuerda a padres de estudiantes que van a entrar al sexto grado este otoño a las escuelas del Condado de Prince William, que tienen que presentar prueba de la vacuna de refuerzo (llamado Tdap) contra el tétano, difteria y tos ferina administrada dentro de los últimos cinco años. Por ley del estado, sin la prueba de esta vacuna, los niños no podrán empezar el año escolar, 2014-15.
 
Si la última vacuna de refuerzo Tdap fue administrada hace más de cinco años antes de la fecha de entrada a las escuelas en septiembre, este refuerzo debe ser administrado de nuevo este verano. La vacuna de refuerzo puede aparecer en los documentos como T, Td, Dtap, o Tdap. Se les pide a los padres que por favor se comuniquen con el médico de su niño o con el Departamento de Salud local si tienen alguna pregunta.
 
La vacuna puede ser administrada por un doctor, en una clínica militar, o en el Centro de Salud del Condado de Prince William. La documentación debe ser llevada a la escuela intermedia de su niño/a o al Centro de Matrícula.
 
Las oficinas del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Prince William están localizadas en las siguientes direcciones y teléfonos: 9301 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110, 703.792.6300, o 4001 PrinceWilliam Parkway, Ste. 101, Woodbridge, Va 22191, 703.792.7300.
 
 
In Pursuit of Excellence, Scholarship Recipients Further their Education
May 30, 2014


The Prince William Education Association (PWEA) has awarded scholarships to students Tyler Mazza, Cynthia Kovacich, and Alisha Riley and to Prince William County Public School employees Jessica Hruska, Adrienne Mattison, and Victoria C. Morris.
 
The Member Dependent Scholarship was awarded to Tyler Mazza, Woodbridge High School alumnus and grandson of Linda Mazza, special education teacher assistant at Independent Hill School. Mazza currently attends Northern Virginia Community College and plans to attend James Madison University.
 
The winner of PWEA’s Deloris Hampton Future Teacher Scholarship, Cynthia Kovacich, will graduate from Osbourn Park High School and plans to attend James Madison University in the fall. This is a four-year renewable scholarship.
 
To recognize the efforts of student Alisha Riley, PWEA created and awarded the first PWEA Future Teacher Scholarship. Riley will graduate from Stonewall Jackson High School and plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College. Both Kovacich and Riley are members of the Future Educators Association and plan to pursue their certification in education.
 
PWEA also awarded Member Scholarships to Jessica Hruska, science teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School, and Adrienne Mattison, math teacher at Potomac High School. Hruska plans to continue her studies at Concordia University. Mattison will attend James Madison University.
Victoria C. Morris is a kindergarten teacher assistant at Occoquan Elementary School and the recipient of the Nettie Attkisson Education Support Professional Scholarship which will assist her studies at Grand Canyon University.
 
 
Schedule for Last School Day Announced
May 5, 2014

Provided there are no unexpected situations that impact instructional time between now and the end of the school year, the school schedule for the last day of school, Thursday, June 19, will include a new two-hour early dismissal for elementary and middle school students, and high school student dismissal will be at 10 a.m.  Dismissal times for all schools will be posted to the Transportation Services Web site as soon as they are available.

This schedule change is possible based on the additional 10 minutes the School Board added to the school day to adjust for time lost to weather-related closings and delays.
Nokesville Elementary School Site Available for Sale
April 24, 2014
 
The new Nokesville K-8 School is under construction and scheduled to open September 2014. The existing Nokesville Elementary School will be vacant at that time. The Prince William County School Board has authorized staff to sell and dispose of Nokesville Elementary School at 12625 Fitzwater Drive. The School Board is entertaining offers from any and all interested parties.
 
The original Nokesville School was built in 1928 with a gym added around 1932 and four additions added through 1956.
 
The school facility is approximately 44,627 square feet with 19 regular classrooms. The land area of the school site is 10.06 acres, zoned A-1 and planned for public land use.
 
The property (not including building contents and portable classrooms) is being sold “as is” in its entirety. Offers will be reviewed by staff; feasible offers will be presented to the Superintendent to share with the School Board for consideration.
 
Contact Maureen Hannan, supervisor of land acquisition and Capital Improvements Program planning at 703.791.7313, hannanma@pwcs.edu, with questions about the disposal process, to visit the school site, or to present an offer.
  
By Popular Request, Here Are Videos and Resources Shared at the High School Parent Summit—A “Must See” for Parents
March 14, 2014
If you missed the opportunity to attend the High School Parent Summit at Hylton High School on Saturday, January 11, you can still learn much of what was offered. The half-day program included expert presentations on graduation requirements, earning college credit through tests, financial aid and scholarships, college admissions and programs, SAT/ACT information, career and workforce information, trade and technical options, and much more. Event organizers heard from many parents that they wanted to see presentations again and watch those they missed.

Check out the videos and resources
here 
Choose Your E-News—Complete All Three Sign-Up Sections to Get the News You Want
With winter in full swing, the Prince William County community is encouraged to keep up with school announcements through official School Division sites, including the home page on the Internet, pwcs.edu; PWCS E-News; Facebook; Twitter; and YouTube. The Office of Communications Services uses these sites to get information to the community quickly during inclement weather.
 
PWCS E-News is an email and/or text message subscription service that offers a choice of topics including daily news digests, emergency and inclement weather announcements, and in-memoriam announcements.
 
Get weather and emergency news by email, text message, or both pertaining to your school by signing up online for PWCS E-News.
 
To subscribe, go to pwcs.edu and click on the PWCS E-News logo, located on the left of the home page. Remember to fill out the information on all three pages of the online form by clicking the three tabs on the “MY ACCOUNT” page.
 
Complete the:
1-    “User Info” tab with your contact information;
2-    “My PWCS E-News Roles” tab with any student/school associations; and
3-    “PWCS eNews” tab with your closing and emergency notification preferences.
 
View detailed instructions for registering for PWCS E-News, or go to pwcs.edu, click on “News and Updates” on the left navigation, and click “How do I subscribe to PWCS E-News” to view them.
 
Want to Create Your Own TV Production? Watch “Producing an i-Report” to Learn How
 
December 31, 2013

Students: Do you want to be on TV? Or, maybe you would rather try writing and directing a documentary? PWCS-TV invites students, teachers, and parents to try their hand at working on a video production. Here’s how:

Write five paragraphs about one of these topics:
• Your school activities, 
• Your dream job, 
• Your winter break activities, or 
• Your favorite hobby (cooking, sports, cheerleading, robotics, etc.).

Take 20 photos related to your topic. If you have access to a video camera, have someone record you reading your report. At the end of the video, record, "For PWCS-TV, this is _(your name)__, i-Reporter!"

Email your written report to careyax@pwcs.edu (with your parent's contact information if you're under 18). Any PWCS staff member or parent is also invited to participate in a student production. Staff in PWCS Media Production Services will work with you, your parents, teachers, or scout leaders to produce your report, using our cameras, if you don't have access to a video recording camera.

Parents, teachers, or students who have questions may call Angie Carey at 703.791.7433. Reports will be broadcast on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36, and on our Web site, pwcstv.com.

Click here or below to watch this PWCS student-made video, which shows students, parents, and teachers how to be an i-reporter.


2014–15 School Calendar Approved
December 19, 2013
 
At its meeting on December 18, the School Board approved the 2014–15 school calendar. The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The elementary school calendar features 182 days of instruction with 13 days of conferences or inservice/workdays for a total of 195 days. The middle and high school calendar features 183 days of instruction with 12 days of conferences or inservice/workdays to equal a 195-day-calendar. The last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 18, 2015.
 
 
Holidays include Veterans Day (observed November 11), two days for Thanksgiving (November 27 and 28), New Year’s Day Holiday (January 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 19), Presidents’ Day (February 16), and Memorial Day (May 25).
 
Schools will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014 (Columbus Day) for a teacher professional development/workday.
 
Students and teachers will attend a half-day on November 26 before beginning Thanksgiving break (November 27–28). Winter break will give students and teachers a full two weeks off from classes, stretching from Monday, December 22-Friday, January 2. Winter break for all employees is December 24 and 25, plus the New Year's holiday on January 1.  School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
 
Spring break for students and teachers runs from March 30–April 3. Spring break for all employees is April 2–3. Schools will be closed on Monday, April 6, 2013 for a teacher professional development/workday.
 
The annual school calendar is reviewed by employee groups, organizations, and councils prior to being submitted to the School Board for approval each December.
 
An orientation and induction program for new teachers will be held August 21–22, 2014. All teachers will report to their schools on August 25.


Parents — How to Make Sure You Receive Your School Web Site’s Daily Email Notifications
Some parents have indicated recently that they are not receiving the SchoolFusion “recent activity notifications” email which contains their child’s class Web site activities including homework. Here is what you can do to resolve the problem. Also see details about when notifications are sent out.

1)  Make sure that no one in your family is using the same email address. SchoolFusion has a problem with the notifications system if an email address is used for more than one person. If your child is using your email address, please notify the school to delete or change the student’s email address, or change your own in Parent Portal. In the case of a parent who is also a teacher and has 2 accounts, each account needs to have its own email address.

2)  Check the SPAM filter for your email service. It could be that your email service is blocking you from receiving email from SchoolFusion. Check your email options — Add the following to your contact list: SchoolFusion, Daily Digest, do-not-reply@centrifugessolutions.com, reminder@centrifugessolutions.com. You may also need to call your email provider and ask if these addresses are being blocked.

3)  Check your SchoolFusion notifications settings to make sure that option is turned on. Logon to your school’s Web site; Click “My Account – Personal Settings – Notifications” on the lower left of the screen. Then select “Yes” and “Submit.” Also check the setting called Daily Digest which sends announcements and events email. Select one of the options on the menu, such as “Send me a daily “Prince William County Public Schools Digest the day before.”
Click on "Notifications" 

Select "Yes"
Select an option.


4) If your email address has changed, change it in Parent Portal -- It will automatically be imported to SchoolFusion:
To change your email address for daily SchoolFusion notifications you will need to first change it in the Parent Portal. Please go to the following URL to change your email address: http://parentportal.pwcs.edu. Be sure to change it in 2 places on Parent Portal -- see instructions at: http://pwcs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?&pageid=244272#change_email
 

Parents/students should receive email notifications between 3 and 8:30 p.m. EST:
The Recent Activity Email contains new information added to the system within the prior 24 hours, and will contain information for the upcoming three days. Teachers need to have information added to their FusionPages, such as new Announcements, New Events, and Homework Assignments posted prior to 3 p.m. EST, in order to be included in that day's email notification. Recent Activity email is sent Sunday through Friday, and is not sent on Saturday.

To view your child’s class activities, calendar, and homework at any time, log on to your school Web site and click on “My Family” on the bottom left of the screen.

View more information about SchoolFusion and how to use your school's Web site.
View Parent Portal FAQs.
Parents, Here’s How to Receive Critical Messages from PWCS
September 18, 2013

Blackboard Connect (Automatic Enrollment)
Parents and guardians of students and employees of Prince William County Public Schools are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard Connect messaging service. PWCS central office and schools use this system to communicate delayed opening and school closing information, emergency messages, and attendance and school-based outreach messages. Messages are delivered using basic contact information provided by parents and employees. 

Updating Basic Contact Information
It is important to keep emergency contact information up to date. Parents may view request edits to their child's emergency contact information online through Parent Portal.

Employees may view and update their contact information through Employee Self Service.

Be sure to add the Blackboard email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from your child's school and the School Division.

PWCS ENews (Subscription Service)

Students, spouses, and community members interested in receiving emergency messages, news, events, and updates from PWCS may subscribe to PWCS ENews. News is sent by email; emergency messages and inclement weather closures or delays are sent to your choice of email and/or text message. Parents may consider using this service to receive emergency messages at additional phone numbers or addresses not listed in their child’s contact record.

Updating Contact Information
Subscribers are responsible for updating and removing themselves from the subscription system.

To avoid duplicate messages, parents of PWCS students should not subscribe to “Emergency Messaging” for the school where their child attends if their e-mail and/or phone number is already listed in the contact record for their child. These contacts are automatically included in the Blackboard Connect service. 

Be sure to add the PWCS ENews email address to your contact list to ensure you receive important messages from the School Division.
You may subscribe to any of the following topics: 
  • Emergency messages, delayed openings, and school closings (select your schools of interest)
  • News releases, Events, and Web stories
  • Board Briefs
  • School Board news from At-Large Member – Milton C. Johns
  • School Board news from Vice Chairman (Coles) — Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe
  • School Board news from Brentsville Member — Gil Trenum
  • School Board news from Gainesville District Member — Alyson A. Satterwhite
  • School Board news from Neabsco Member — Lisa E. Bell
  • School Board news from Occoquan Member — Lillie G. Jessie
  • School Board news from Potomac District Member — Betty D. Covington
  • School Board news from Woodbridge District Member — Steven Keen
 
Parents and Students, Need to Change Your Email Address or Web Password?
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.
 
Your password for both Parent Portal and your school Web site must also be changed in the Parent Portal. See instructions for changing your password and for retrieving a forgotten password.
 
PWCS Google Apps Now Available to Grade 6-12 Students
September 4, 2013

PWCS Google Apps for Education is now available to students in grades 6-12. For more information visit the Instructional Technology Web page for Google Apps information.
Rules for School Now Online for Your Review
Providing A World-Class Education requires clear responsibilities, expectations, and rules that apply primarily to students, but also guide the behavior of parents, teachers, and school employees. These are addressed in detail in Prince William County Public Schools’ Policy and Administrative manuals, and are summarized in the Code of Behavior (COB) on the PWCS Web site.

Please review the Code of Behavior. Make sure you and your children understand the expectations, rules and regulations, policies, and procedures it contains. Use these “rules of the road” to navigate opportunities and challenges in PWCS, while protecting the health, safety, and rights of PWCS students and staff, and the quality of our learning environment.

School Board Meetings for 2013–14 School Year Set
August 6, 2013
 
The first public meeting of the Prince William County School Board for the new school year will be held on Wednesday, September 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.
 A closed session has been scheduled prior to this meeting.
 
With the exception of meetings on Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, April 23, the School Board meets during the school year on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. In addition, a public meeting is set for Monday, February 10, to discuss the 2014–15 budget and a budget work session is scheduled on Wednesday, March 12.
 
Regular public meetings are open to the public and are streamed live on pwcstv.com, and broadcast live on PWCS-TV, Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 36. Closed sessions are held prior to the public meetings at 6 p.m. and are not open to the public. Items discussed in closed sessions are confined by law to personnel, student matters, acquisitions/disposition of real property, legal, and other specific matters exempted from open sessions under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.
 
Special meetings are called when necessary to conduct school business and are announced in advance on the School Division’s Web site and through local news media. All School Board meetings, except closed sessions, are open to the public.
 
 
Electronic School Board agendas are available online in advance of meetings from pwcs.edu.  Agenda items and materials are subject to change up to the time of the meetings. “Board Briefs”summarizes the actions taken by the School Board at each meeting and are also available online.
 
Individuals who wish to address the School Board under Citizens’ Time may notify the board clerk in advance in writing at P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108; by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu. Individuals may also sign up in the School Board Meeting Room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the meeting.

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