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Round Elementary Earns State Education Award

Provided by Manassas City Public Schools George C. Round Elementary School has earned the Virginia Department of Education’s 2016 Board of Education ‘Distinguished Achievement Award’ for advancing student learning and achievement. The award is part of the state’s Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program, and recognizes schools that met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the …

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A New Pathway to Higher Learning

By Emma Young In 2014 Priscilla Schrubb was a busy stay-at-home mother to three and a community volunteer, living on Quantico Marine Base, and facing her husband’s upcoming retirement as an active-duty Marine. Schrubb wanted to earn her bachelor’s degree to increase her earning potential while her husband advocated for them becoming entrepreneurs. “I didn’t have confidence and was scared …

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The State of Higher Education in Virginia

by Marianne E. Weaver A majority of Prince William high school graduates enroll in some form of higher education courses —technical schools, or two-year and four-year colleges. But recent grads aren’t the only residents pursuing degrees. Increasingly, adults are going back to school, to switch careers or gain valuable continuing education credits in their current fields. According to the Virginia Department of Education, in 2014, Virginia statewide …

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Manassas Park City Schools: Trendsetters

By Amy Falkofske The start of the 2015-16 school year marked a change for Manassas Park City Schools (MPCS), as it began for Manassas Park City School students on August 17, three weeks earlier than usual. Included in the extended year are two voluntary intersession weeks that give students who need it extra help in the areas of reading, writing and math. The first intersession …

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What $15 Annually Buys You in Prince William

by Rebecca Barnes This month, Prince William Living takes a look at college and the opportunities for learning after high school. From gaining a degree to learning new skills to a whole career change, learn about what options there are in our feature story, “The State of Higher Education in Virginia” by Marianne E. Weaver. In this month’s On A High Note, Amy Falkofske catches …

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Footsteps to Brilliance for Manassas City Elementary Schools

Story and Photo by Deila Engstrom The transition to kindergarten has now been made a little easier for many children in Manassas City with the help of the Virginia Preschool Initiative and its new Blended Learning Program. The initiative, which distributes state funding to schools, ensures that quality preschool programs are in place for at-risk four-year-olds not currently served by Head Start. However, two obstacles have …

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Elementary School Students Trap Time in a Capsule

Provided by Prince William County The students at Mountain View Elementary School decided that the time capsule they recently buried at the newly opened Haymarket Gainesville Community Library should contain a good representation of life in the early part of the 21st Century. So they found pictures of clothes, books, shoes, stores, restaurants, hairstyles, houses, phones and other mementos and …

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Hit the Ground Running: Helping High School Students Graduate “Job Ready”

By Marianne Weaver High school students in Prince William gain real-world business workforce experience, thanks to SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS), which matches civic-minded local businesses with career-focused high school students. “Lots of businesses have in their mission statement to work with education entities,” said Sharon Henry, executive director of SPARK and supervisor of the PWCS Office of Community and Business …

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A Multitude of Reasons and Resources for Homeschooling

By Liesl Den Over the past five years, the number of homeschooled students in Virginia has steadily increased from 23,730 in 2003-2004 to 35,858 in 2013-14, according to Virginia’s Department of Education reports, which include both those who register as homeschoolers and those who request religious exemptions. Prince William itself has well over 1,000 homeschoolers. Why do people homeschool? The reasons for homeschooling vary from family to family — academics, religious reasons, athletics, peer pressure, …

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George Mason University Announces $10M Gift from Peterson Family Foundation

Provided by George Mason University Fairfax, Va. ­­–– George Mason University announced Monday that it has received a $10 million gift from the Peterson Family Foundation to be used for scholarships in the arts and to complete construction of a state-of-the-art health sciences building. The gift was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony for the health sciences building that will be named …

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