A Message from Dr. LaTanya D. McDade

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community,  

Happy final Friday of the 2021-22 school year! This has been a challenging, yet rewarding year, and I would like to thank our entire community for your support, engagement, and collaboration during my first year in Prince William County Public Schools. This is an exceptional School Division, and as one of the most diverse counties in the United States, it is clear that our strength lies in leveraging our diversity to create a shared vision for the success of all students.

This year, our students, families, teachers, and staff demonstrated great resiliency in the face of many challenges. In another year shaped by the global pandemic, our schools worked hard to create a sense of normalcy, and a focus on teaching and learning despite many obstacles outside of their control. As we returned in person, our work has been guided by our plan to address student learning loss, and social/emotional support, including a focus on student groups that were disparately impacted by the pandemic.

Working together, we established the Vision 2025: Launching Thriving Futures four-year Strategic Plan. Our vision is that every student will graduate on time with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to create a thriving future for themselves and their community. A wonderful example of the achievement of this vision is Conor Harvey, who graduated this year from Independence Nontraditional School. His inspiring story of perseverance and achievement demonstrates the power of our outstanding educators.

As we move into summer, we hope that our students, families, and staff all find an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation. It is also important that students continue their learning. If your student was invited by your school to attend a free academic program this summer, we strongly encourage that your student attend. Additionally, PWCS has many summer enrichment programs available, most are available at no cost. Be sure to visit the summer programs website and register by June 15.

Another fantastic way for students to keep learning is to engage in reading. A free resource to do so is to explore “Oceans of Possibilities” at Prince William Public Libraries, June 13 to Aug. 14. And, as a reminder, all PWCS students have access to free online tutoring 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Through our partnership with Paper, every student has unlimited access to trained tutors to ask questions, work through problems, get feedback on their writing, and grow their confidence.

This summer our schools will be hard at work both providing summer programs and preparing for the return of students in August. This spring, we adopted the strongest budget in a generation, aligned to our strategic priorities. The $1.8 billion budget makes significant investments in our teachers, employees, and students. This investment includes many additional positions to support our students and schools. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a new role, please be sure to visit our website. PWCS is not only hiring teachers and instructional staff, but we are also hiring in many different fields including bus drivers, security, finance, human resources, and information technology professionals.

Thank you all for your warm welcome and continuous support throughout the year. I am proud of all that we have accomplished this school year and excited about the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead in the future of this great School Division.

Have a safe summer and I look forward to seeing all our students on Aug. budget22.

Sincerely,

Dr. McDade Signature

LaTanya D. McDade, Ed.D.   Superintendent   Prince William County Public Schools

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