A Message from Dr. LaTanya D. McDade, Superintendent of Schools

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community,

I would like to begin by sharing that PWCS recognized May 11 as National School Nurse Day. As the global pandemic has shifted our world, the importance of a nurse in each school has become abundantly clear. Our nurses are often first responders for medical conditions in our schools: checking for fevers, providing empathetic care for tummy aches, cuts, bumps, and bruises, and administering critical medication.

I sincerely appreciate our school nurse heroes for their service and commitment to providing a healthy and positive climate for our students to learn. I invite you to learn more about the crucial role our nurses play through this video featuring our school nurse at Forest Park High School.

May is also Better Hearing and Speech Month. I want to recognize the transformative work of our teachers, certified interpreters, and speech language pathologists, who ensure students with hearing and speech impairments are learning and achieving at high levels. Thank you for your efforts.

As we begin to wind down this school year, and prepare for the 2022-23 school year, we continue to seek candidates committed to launching thriving futures for our students. An in-person instructional job fair is scheduled for May 21, 2022, at the Kelly Leadership Center. Please register to attend the event here by May 18.

Earlier this week, I had the honor of attending the renaming ceremony for Unity Braxton Middle School. I enjoyed celebrating the namesakes, Carroll and Celestine Braxton, and how their stories and legacies of service, advocacy, and community will inspire students for generations to come.

Mrs. Braxton was a trailblazer and civil rights activist. Early in her career she taught at Antioch-Mcrae Elementary School in Haymarket, during a period when Virginia schools were segregated. She was among the first African American teachers to integrate local public schools. Mr. Braxton was one of more than 450 Montford Point Marines who received the Congressional Gold Medal. Mr. Braxton was with the first African American Marines to train at segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II and retired from the Marine Corps in 1980 as a Mastery Gunnery Sergeant having served 28 years in the Marine Corps.

Thank you to everyone who attended this inspiring recognition and thank you to the Unity Braxton students, staff, and principal who made this a special and inspiring event.

Before closing, I want to remind you that a survey on school start times has been provided to all families, students, and staff.  Please remember to share your input by May 13.

Parents: Complete the Survey Here

Students: Complete the Survey Here

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

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

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