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School Bus Parking Brake Upgrade Completed

Provided by Prince William County Schools All newer school buses used to transport students in Prince William County Public Schools have been retrofitted with an added interlock device to prevent parking brakes from disengaging accidentally. PWCS joined other schools divisions across Virginia in upgrading their school buses. Buses are safe without the feature, but the upgrade adds another layer of protection.  

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Middle and High School Schedules to be Emailed to Students

Provided by Prince William County Schools PWCS middle and high school students will receive class schedules via email for the first time. The 2017-18 schedules will be emailed on August 24 to all student household email addresses. Schedules will be accessible on ParentPortal, but only after August 24.

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Summer Experiences at Residential Governor’s Schools Prepare Students for College

Provided by Prince William County Schools Each year, PWCS students join the droves of high school students filling out the extensive application from VDOE in hopes of attending one of the Summer Residential Governor’s School Programs. This summer, 72 students are among the brightest young minds in Virginia for a once-in-a-lifetime four-week experience on campus. Another nine PWCS students will …

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Parkside Teacher James Bricker Voted Best of Prince William

Provided by Prince William County Schools Congratulations to James Bricker, athletic coordinator and physical education teacher at Parkside Middle School, named Best Teacher in InsideNoVa’s annual Best of Prince William online contest. The popular coach led the school’s boys track team to become 2017 District Champions. Bricker also coaches football and assists with wrestling. Bricker is an active member of …

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Spotlight on Potomac High School

Provided by Prince William County Schools Valedictorian, Yaman Shrestha   The Potomac High School Valedictorian, Yaman Shrestha, says his time as a student at the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park was a phenomenal experience that allowed him to grow and challenge himself in new ways. He explored an interest in STEM and was inspired by meeting and working with other …

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New Twist on Getting Kids to Eat Veggies Brings Accolades to PWCS

Provided by Prince William County Schools Choice and opportunity combined to give PWCS elementary students even greater school lunches last year. For the first time, self-serve garden and fruit bars became a fixture in elementary school cafeterias, as they have been for several years in middle and high schools. That pioneering, innovative approach also caught the attention of the Virginia …

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SciTech Gets Buzzed On Campus Bees

Provided by George Mason University Science & Technology Campus Established in 2012, George Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) has now expanded to Mason’s Science and Technology Campus. Six new bee hives (complete with honey bees) were installed in early April and are located in the Community Garden area just beyond Beacon Hall. The total bee population can range between 5,000 to 45,000 …

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Student Needs Reshuffle School Trailers for Next School Year

Provided by Prince William County Schools Growing student enrollment and changing needs continue to outpace the ability to build or expand schools. PWCS uses portable facilities to deal with space needs based on changing needs, student enrollment estimates, and to provide flexibility. The location of portable classrooms for the 2017–18 school year is posted on the PWCS Facilities Services website. …

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Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Scheduled for Covington-Harper Elementary

Provided by Prince William County Schools The ceremonial opening of the newest elementary school will be Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p. m. Named for two distinguished leaders in education, Betty D. Covington and John H. Harper Jr., Covington-Harper Elementary School is located at 2500 River Heritage Boulevard, Dumfries. The school is expecting to have a first-year enrollment of about …

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Spotlight on Gar-Field High School

Provided by Prince William County Schools The Gar-Field High School Valedictorian, Iram Sharieff, says her computer science teacher, Larry Baker, inspired her through his patience, understanding, motivation, and belief in her abilities to learn the material. Sharieff said she progressed “because my teacher took the time, three years in fact, to truly ensure that I was learning.” Mr. Baker’s methods …

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