Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The extent of the damage to the bus is not known.
A PWCS bus was carrying 10 students this afternoon when it was involved in a collision at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Occoquan Road, possibly with another vehicle. None of the bus occupants were injured, but the extent of the damage to the bus is unknown. PWCS Community Relations Office Supervisor Irene Cromer could not confirm the cause of the accident. Police responded to the accident. Patch.com will publish more information as it becomes available.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The spring session is from Feb. 4 to June 3.
Register now for the Prince William County Public Schools Virtual High School spring session. Registration ends Feb. 3. The program offers 22 full credit courses each session. There are three sessions per year: spring, summer, and fall. This session, new courses include Algebra Functions and Data Analysis, and Economics and Personal Finance, which satisfies the updated graduation requirements. Students should plan to spend about seven to eight hours per week in the spring session working on their course. In the summer session, that estimate is increased to four to six hours a day. Daily logins are mandatory during the summer session. Tuition must be paid in full by orientation and must be paid with either a money order or a cashier's …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The recent inclement weather has caused a few schedule changes.
Thanks to the recent inclement weather, Prince William County Public Schools are rearranging their schedules again, according to a status on the PWCS Facebook Page Friday exams have been moved to Tuesday, and all schools will be closed Jan. 30 for teacher workdays. Elementary school students will enjoy a half day off Jan. 31 for teacher conferences. High schools will dismiss Monday at the regular time.
Friday, January 25, 2013
There's a winter weather advisory this afternoon.
Prince William County schools are closing one hour early Friday, and all afternoon and evening activities are canceled, according to a status on the PWCS Facebook page. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. An inch of snow may accumulate, and roads are likely to be slippery during afternoon commute times, the advisory stated.
Friday, July 27, 2012
They are retaking test administration training, and may not be allowed to administer tests in the future.
Five Prince William County teachers, two of which were put on administrative leave, are retaking test administration training after they reportedly offered inappropriate assistance to students taking standardized tests, the Washington Examiner first reported. About 30 students had to be retested, Prince William County Schools spokesperson Phil Kavits said. The school system began investigating these testing incidents individually, prompted by comments from students or other teachers, Kavits told Patch. "There is a real sense of the importance of the integrity of this process," he said, noting that it was common for a fellow teacher to report an inappropriate action on the part of a colleague. "What hasn't come up is the number of tests …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Former board member Grant Lattin's seat has been temporarily filled by Dr. Michael E. Wooten
Prince William County School board unanimously voted for Woodbridge resident Dr. Michael E. Wooten to fill the vacant Occoquan District seat until a special election can be held in November. Former board member Grant Lattin resigned from the board in May to spend more time with his family. Wooten will serve on the school board on an interim basis, said PWCS, until a long-term replacement can be voted in by the district. Board Chairman-at-Large Milton C. Johns praised the "wonderful group of qualified and motivated candidates" from which Wooten was chosen, said a press release from the school system. Wooten said joining the board is "a wonderful opportunity to serve the students of Prince William County." Wooten is currently vice chair on…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Adjustments to current budget would yield a two percent increase in salary for PWCS employees.
A revised Prince William County School budget could provide a pay increase for PWCS employees if adopted. PWCS issued a budget update March 16 that said superintendent Dr. Stephen Walts and the eight-member school board considered four revised budget scenarios in a meeting on March 16. “The group reached consensus built on a foundation of reductions suggested by the Superintendent that would allow for a one percent pay hike, then selected additional reductions to double available funding,” read the release. The financial services department release said that anticipated budget reductions could result in the loss of 86 positions in the school system; but that Walts “expressed confidence that the losses could be absorbed through attrition, …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Honored to attend American Choral Directors Association Convention out-of-state.
Friday, February 17, 2012
From Prince William County Schools: Ten talented vocalists from Prince William County Public Schools have been honored with an invitation to perform at this year’s American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Convention in Winston-Salem, NC from Feb. 29 – March 3. These student performers will represent PWCS and their schools as members of this year’s ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir and Junior Honor Choir. The ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir includes students in grades 10–12. Members are: The ACDA Southern Division Junior Honor Choir is open to students in grades 7–9. PWCS participants are:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
After the recent announcement of these changes, what is your response?
The PWCS Office of Transportation Services recently announced it will strictly enforce transportation policies in the 2012-2013 school year—meaning transportation to and from before and after school programs at Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center in Woodbridge will only be available for three Woodbridge area schools – Woodbridge Middle, Springwoods Elementary, and Westridge Elementary – instead of the previous 10. What's your response to this change? Let us know in the poll and/or in the comments.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Statistics for 2010-2011 school year Adequate Yearly Progress and Standard of Learning scores are out.
Out of the 84 Prince William County schools, 62 did not make the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act, according to data recently released by the Virginia Department of Education. Three new schools were not applicable for this year’s statistics. Last year, 28 schools – or just over 33 percent of the county – did not meet their progress goal. “While making AYP, as currently defined by the NCLB legislation, has become extremely difficult due to the benchmarks being moved up over time, we continue to embrace our mission of providing a World-Class education to all of our students,” said PWCS Superintendent Steven Walts. Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in a statement that …