A Message from Dr. LaTanya D. McDade

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community:

March is a busy month, as our schools recognize several observances, including National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” a very appropriate theme for our current times. So many women have played vital roles in American history, and our schools are weaving lessons about these impactful women into their classroom activities. We look forward to featuring these activities later this month through the PWCS website, The Scoop!, and social media.

PWCS also acknowledges Music in our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Fine and performing arts have a powerful impact on student learning and engagement, and our Vision 2025 Strategic Plan includes a focus on increasing student access to performance and production opportunities such as auditions, concerts, and exhibitions. We will be sharing stories about our amazing fine arts programs and educators, including this video featuring the music teacher at Rockledge Elementary School and her students rocking out in music class.

Speaking of amazing educators, PWCS honors several dedicated educators through the annual Outstanding Educators Awards program. Our award winners are recognized during a Division-wide reception and ceremony, scheduled for May 24, 2022. Historically, this program has recognized teachers and principals. This year, PWCS has expanded the program to include new teachers, lead mentors, and a mentor of the year.

The Outstanding Educators Awards program is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the unwavering commitment of our educators to their students. School staff, parents or any member of the public may nominate a worthy educator for teacher of the year and principal of the year. PWCS employees are eligible to submit nominations for new teacher of the year, lead mentor of the year, and mentor of the year. More information about the nomination process can be found here. Please consider this opportunity to recognize a deserving educator today. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2022.

As we are now well into the third quarter, I encourage all families to check-in with your student(s) and their academic progress. Great resources to help monitor student progress and assignments are ParentVUE and Canvas. If your student needs academic support, be sure to reach out to their school, as we are committed to helping every student succeed.

Sincerely,

Dr. McDade Signature

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

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