A Message from Dr. LaTanya D. McDade

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community:

As February comes to a close, and we begin to look forward to the spring months and warmer weather, we also look forward to a renewed community focus on supporting the instructional needs of our students. Every day our schools continue to provide quality and engaging teaching and learning. I have seen this firsthand in recent visits to our schools.

As mentioned previously, February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and our School Division has been featuring CTE stories on our website, through “The Scoop!” and social media. Among the many CTE programs offered across the Division, Freedom High School offers medical coding and billing and pharmacy technician classes, which help to prepare students for a career upon graduation from high school. Check out this video for more details.

Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day, and I encourage you to learn more about how you can improve understanding and encourage accurate and early diagnosis of rare diseases. Awareness and support are crucial as children with rare diseases account for a significant portion of the population affected by rare diseases in the United States.

March 2 is Read Across America Day, and our schools have many activities planned to celebrate reading. As parents/guardians, I hope you will complement our schools’ efforts to foster a love of reading by encouraging our students to read at home, every day of the year.

On March 4 and 5, several robotics teams from PWCS will head to the VEX State Championship in Doswell. This is historic, as this year represents the largest number of teams from the Division headed to the championship. VEX IQ (elementary school) and VEX (middle and high school) teams qualified for this competition by succeeding in robotics events across the Commonwealth – including eight events hosted in PWCS. Thirty-three out of the 48 middle school teams headed to states are from PWCS, with more than half the elementary and high school teams also from PWCS. Congratulations to the students and their coaches and mentors for this significant accomplishment, and good luck. I know you will represent PWCS very well.

Before closing, I want to mention that SPARK, the education foundation for PWCS, is seeking scholarship applications for graduating seniors this year. Interested students can find more information here.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to Launch Thriving Futures for all students.

Sincerely,

Dr. McDade Signature

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

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