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Prince William County Schools seek parent input for next year's calendar

Last Day to Provide Input on PWCS 2022-23 Calendar

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Looking for Young Poets in the Community

Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria is looking for young poets to submit a project related to their communities.
Prince William County Schools COVID-19 announcement, Oct. 8

36 Coronavirus Cases Close Prince William Elementary School for Week

PWCS Superintendent announced that Bennett Elementary School students will take a one week hiatus from in-person learning due to a significant COVID-19 outbreak at that school.
PWCS Holds official dedication ceremony for Gainesville High School

PWCS Holds Ribbon Cutting for Gainesville High School

 Prince William County Schools held a dedication ceremony for Gainesville High School, the Lillian M. Orlich Student Services Center and the Ashley Guindon Media Center at Gainesville.
Mac Haddow led CRT listening session at Patriot High School

UPDATED: Critical Race Theory in Schools Discussed at 'Unsanctioned' Racial Social Justice Commission Members Town Hall

Racial Social & Justice Commission members Mac Haddow (Coles) held a town hall/listening session in which they discussed Critical Race Theory in schools, at Patriot High School, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. …
Looking for Young Poets in the Community
Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria is looking for young poets to submit a project related to their communities.
The Merit School Is Hiring!
The Merit School of Virginia, established in 1980, is a vibrant early childhood learning community in which all children are given an opportunity to excel.
Teachables to Hold Grand Opening, Saturday
Just in time for back to school, Teachables, an independently owned educational supply store, is holding its grand opening at Bristow Commons, Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Minnieland Academy is Hiring!
Minnieland Academy day care & early childhood education centers are hiring.
Prince William School Board Approves Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing for Staff Members
The Prince William County School Board unanimously approved the Safe Learning & Safe Workplace policy. The policy requires all PWCS employees to either get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or to submit to weekly testing. It passed without discussion.
PWCS to Compensate Employees Staying Late to Supervise Children Waiting for Buses
Prince William County Schools will soon be compensating employees who stay after school beyond their contractual hours to supervise students waiting for buses .
Prince William County Schools School Board Agenda Item

Proposed Resolution Would Require All PWCS Employees to Get Vaccinated, or Undergo Weekly Testing

Prince William County School may soon require all PWCS  employees to either get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.

Standard of Learning Test Scores Drop Significantly Across Virginia Schools this Year

SOL [Standards of Learning] test scores drop across Virginia School Divisions including Prince William County Schools.

Governor Northam Announces Public Health Order to Require Universal Masking in K-12 Schools

Governor Northam today announced a Public Health Emergency Order requiring universal masking in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools.

Governor Northam Announces Extension of Expanded Child Care Subsidy Program

Governor Northam announced he is extending Virginia's Child Care Subsidy Program and expanding it to include working families who meet eligibility standards of financial need.
Governor Northam announces good news regarding unemployment rate in Virginia.

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops for 15 Straight Months, to 4.0 Percent in August

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in August, 3.0 percentage points below the rate from one year ago.

Community Comes Together to Celebrate Patriot High School's 10-Year Anniversary

Patriot High School celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a community celebration, Sept. 10.

Want a more meaningful career? Try working in the classroom

(BPT) - At age 62, Sandy Weber became unemployed when her customer service job was eliminated during the COVID pandemic. A friend encouraged her to give substitute teaching a try. Weber said, "I …

Lessons from Expert Educators

(Family Features) Each school year offers exciting opportunities for little learners to discover and explore new topics, make friends and master new skills.

5 back-to-school tips to support children’s emotional well-being

(BPT) - Over a year and a half of coping with the pandemic is taking a toll on everyone’s emotional and mental health — and may be affecting children and teens even more than adults. …

A digital safety checklist as students head back to school

(BPT) - Students across the country are starting school again, and although many will now be in-person full time, technology will continue to play a key role in their education both in the classroom …

Toys For Tots Literacy Program Gears Up for Back to School

(NewsUSA) - Toys for Tots is the nation's flagship children's Christmastime charity, but the Program extends to helping children and families in need year-round. As children gear up for the new …

Prince William Library- Poetry Event

'Expressions Through Poetry' - Virtual Program for Teens

Kim B Miller will present “Expressions Through Poetry” virtually, explaining the difference between poets and spoken word poets as well as the art of haiku. She’ll also perform several of her own poems...
Lifestyle

Explore Prince William County with the Discovery Challenge!

All Ages/Families. September 1–November 30 Visit the four parks and historic sites and complete each site’s task using the Beanstack Tracker app! After you've successfully completed the challenge, stop by a library branch to …
COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson
Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
Want More Happiness? Do the Work.
Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.
Teachables Nova Recognizes Kathy Blanco as 'Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year'
Teachables Nova, a new educational supply store in Bristow, presents 'Best Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year Award' to Bristow Run Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kathy Blanco for excellence during an unprecedented year.
Virginia Makes Available Moderna & J&J Boosters
Beginning today, Virginians will now be able to receive boosters for Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines, which the Center for Disease Control approved on Oct. 21.
October is Pedestrian Safety Month
Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk from vehicle collisions when the days get shorter. Prince William Police offers tip for you to protect yourself, your children and pets.
7-Year-Old Dies from Injuries Sustained in Manassas Area Car Crash
This is the fourth Prince William resident under the age of 20 to die in a car accident over the span of 10 days.
Careers

3 issues many working women face today

(BPT) - Even though women make up nearly 51% of the world’s population, there is still a way to go when it comes to full, fair and equitable treatment.As part of International Women’s Day …

How to crush interviews and build relationships — even through a screen

(BPT) - Have you been on a recent virtual date or job interview and just not felt the energy you might have in person? You’re not alone — as the pandemic has taken away the ease and …

Why Women Benefit from Financial Planning

(NewsUSA) - As we celebrate Women's History Month, we take time to reflect on the important contributions women of different backgrounds have made to our country and on the importance of diversity …

5 key money moves to consider when transitioning out of the military

(BPT) - Each year, approximately 200,000 men and women transition from the U.S. military to civilian life.1 It can be a dramatic life change with financial implications that many people don’t …
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Always Connected Laptops

Must-have tech for back to school (Family Features) After a bumpy 2020-21 school year, many families are looking for a fresh start this school year. Whether students are remote, hybrid or fully back …

Small businesses & entrepreneurism

Entrepreneur Inspires Youth with Community Projects

(NewsUSA) - Young people in underserved communities in the United States have been especially hard-hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with many support systems and activities …