September 18, 2019
Posted on 09/20/2019
Board Briefs Meeting Summary

School Board Meeting of September 18, 2019

View the agenda on the Electronic School Board webpage.
Watch the School Board meeting on PWCS-TV.

Positively PWCS:

Each School Board meeting begins with presentations about the good things that our schools are accomplishing. These presentations are intended to focus on how we are preparing our students academically and socially for success in college and careers.

Occoquan Elementary School Principal Buddy Lint and his students presented the impressive increase in SOL scores by the English Learner students and the tight knit community that the school has created between staff and students.

The School Board Approved: 

Citizen Comments:

Citizens addressed the School Board on the following topics:

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; and
  • Boundaries.

Times, Dates, and Locations of School Board Meetings for 2019:

In accordance with Policy 132, the Prince William County School Board voted and ultimately passed the motion to add the second meeting to Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 

Resolution opposing Development in the Rural Crescent:

The motion to approve the resolution opposing development in the Rural Crescent failed.

Staff Presentation Topics:

Revision of Policy 180 (PDF), "Office of the Ombudsman"

Superintendent's Time:

Good evening. I would like to begin with sharing some outstanding news about Kyle Wilson Elementary School, which has been named a 2019 Microsoft Showcase School. Kyle Wilson Elementary School is the only school in Virginia, one of only 40 in the nation, and one of 366 schools in the world earning this distinction. Microsoft Showcase Schools implement innovative practices into their leadership, teaching and learning. They push the boundaries of innovation and strive to set new benchmarks for what is possible. Congratulations to Kyle Wilson Elementary School!

• Tanisha Holland, equity and compliance officer for PWCS, was appointed chair of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators Minority Caucus Committee. The purpose of the committee is to serve as the collaborating body for joint action on minority issues of common interest by advocating for the election, appointment, hiring, promotion, and recognition of minorities to positions of influence. We are very excited that PWCS is providing leadership for this important committee.

• Governor Ralph Northam appointed Maria Burgos, supervisor of global learning and culturally responsive instruction, to the Commission on African-American History Education. The Commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African-American history in the Commonwealth. Congratulations Maria!

• The Unified Sports Program at Forest Park High School has earned two awards. First, ESPN has recognized Forest Park as one of the top 34 Unified Sports Programs in the nation and number one in Virginia. Additionally, Special Olympics International has declared Forest Park High School a Unified Champion School and will present the school with an official banner on October 4th. Congratulations to Forest Park High School for recognition of their inclusionary practices with our student athletes.

• I had a great time last Friday at Bennett Elementary School for International Dot Day, which is based on Peter Reynold’s classic book, The Dot, which challenges us to make our mark to see where it takes us. Mr. Erickson and I were dotted by the entire kindergarten class prior to reading The Dot. We also experienced dot-inspired artwork and a science lesson on cells. Thanks to Principal Pohzehl for the invitation.

• On Monday night, I enjoyed the Hylton High School varsity girls volleyball game versus Osbourn High School from Manassas City Schools. And Hylton was the prevailing champion of that game.

• I want to conclude my remarks tonight highlighting a very special event that took place on September 11th. I had the honor of attending the Patriot High School Hero Day Celebration. Under the direction of Chef Stevenson, our culinary students served a delicious breakfast to our first-responders. The event also featured award-winning speaker and student Zoree Jones, the Patriot Singers, and the marching band. Brook Bell’s Employ program students also made t-shirts on the spot for our first-responders. We attracted some great media coverage, with Channel 7 covering the event live, and follow up stories by The Bristow Beat and Bull Run Observer. Congratulations to Principal Bishop, Chef Stevenson, and the staff and students who participated. It was an excellent tribute to our first-responders! Check out this video (starting at 1:16:00) for more highlights of this special event.

Policies:

First Readings–No action is required on first readings.