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Local Artist to be Featured at McCall Studio Gallery

  Manassas artist John Hartt will display his collection “A Trip to the Zoo” at the McCall Studio Gallery for a solo art exhibition through July. Hartt is known for his quirky and colorful oil paintings which can frequently be seen in Old Town shops, town hall, and even on the light poles lining Main Street. “A Trip to the Zoo” brings to …

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50 Years of Strings in County Schools

Fifty years ago, Prince William County Public Schools added a strings program to its music class offerings and has never looked back. In 1967, three instructors taught nearly 400 fifth graders and covered all 21 elementary schools in the county. The program now exceeds 9,500 students, with some starting as early as fourth grade, and continuing through twelfth grade. The …

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Miss Ability

For the past seven years, girls with disabilities have been given the unique opportunity to participate in a special pageant – the Miss Ability pageant, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Donna Notarantonio, a reading specialist at Pennington Traditional School. She started coordinating the Miss Ability pageant after she learned about a similar pageant in West Virginia. “Every girl gets a …

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Cappie Award Nominations

Making theatre magic takes long hours and hard work and determination, and there are rewards for the hard work and effort that goes into each and every aspect of a theatrical production. The students at Woodbridge High School held performances that earned them a prestigious Cappie Award Nomination in two categories. Woodbridge High School’s production of “Our Town” has earned …

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PWCS Students Create Art for Animal Shelter

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS) Several students from Prince William County Public Schools earned awards in the Help a Horse contest, sponsored by the Prince William County Animal Shelter as part of its annual “Help a Horse” Day event. This year’s theme was “Horse Feathers,” and all artwork included an equine animal. Winners include: • Lauren Kelley, eighth-grade student …

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Child Protection Partnership Awards

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS) The Child Protection Partnership (CPP) recently recognized Celeste Sharper, school social worker who serves Beville Middle School and Belmont Elementary School, and Debbie Bishop, professional development and program specialist, for the positive impact their work has on children’s lives. They were recognized at the CPP annual luncheon. Sharper was recognized for the work …

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FIRST LEGO League Fun Day

Hundreds of elementary students from Prince William and Manassas schools, along with crowds of spectators, were on hand at the eighth annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Fun Day on Saturday, May 12 at Osbourn Park High School. The event is a combination game challenge, skills-building and training session, and celebration for a successful season of FLL. These young robotics students …

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U.S. News Ranks Osbourn Park High School Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Osbourn Park High School with a silver medal in their 2018 rankings, which are based on the school’s 2015-16 test results, graduation rate, and college readiness. U.S. News & World Report ranks Osbourn Park High as 16th out of 325 Virginia high schools, and 774th out of more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide, …

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Unified Sports Programs

Thanks to the Unified Sports program in Prince William County schools, students with intellectual disabilities attending 10 high schools have an opportunity to participate in competitive basketball games and track and field meets. Recently, students from nine PWCS schools participated in a track and field meet at Forest Park High School. Kelly McCann, chair of the Health and Physical Education …

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Senator Kaine Visits Forest Park High School

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS) Students at Forest Park High School recently had the opportunity to attend a government class taught by Senator Tim Kaine. Sharing his experiences as a mayor, governor and now senator, Kaine taught the students about the legislative process and explained the differences between the executive branch and the legislative branch from a first-hand …

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