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NOVA Woodbridge students organize nationwide inNOVAtion hackathon


Students from various colleges and universities across the county gathered on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College to participate in a hackathon event organized by five NOVA cybersecurity and information technology students. The event was held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 8-10. (more…)

What’s in a name change? Officials react to Godwin decision


Officials said the decision to rename Mills Godwin Middle School was the right compromise to make.

There were two failed tied votes during a March 2 Prince William County School Board meeting. The first to name new elementary school near the corner of Spriggs and Minnieville roads after fallen Prince William County firefighter Kyle Wilson, who died nine years ago at age 24. The second was to name the school after 87-year-old Army officer turned educator and community philanthropist, Dr. George Hampton. (more…)

Where will Manassas students go after redistricting?


On Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24, Mayfield Intermediate School will host a School Board Meeting and redistricting presentation from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Monday meeting will focus on students from pre-k to fourth grade while the Wednesday meeting will focus on students in fifth and sixth grade. The city school division has been working on redistricting, particularly within elementary schools.

This has prompted the question: “Who will be affected and where are the students going to go?”

The meeting is meant to be a community engagement to discuss the proposed boundaries for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The initiative for these new district lines is due to the pertinent overcrowding within the elementary schools of Manassas. (more…)

Blizzard brings delays for report cards, college transcripts

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As students mourn the loss of their beloved snow days, some stop to ask themselves; What does this mean for the remainder of the school year?

Prince William County  Public Schools are allotted 12 snow days this school year. After the #sNOVAlanche storm that blanketed the region with up to to two feet of snow January 22 and 23 , Prince William County Public School students and teachers have about 5 snow days left.

As of now, Prince William public schools students will not have to make up the missed time, according to school officials. (more…)

Prince William County Schools open two hours late Tuesday

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Prince William County Public Schools will open two hours late Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

More in a press release: 

On Tuesday, January 19, All Prince William County Public Schools will open two hours late due to the projected sub-zero temperatures in the morning. SACC will open two hours late. These precautions will ensure the safety of all students, especially the thousands who walk to school.

What other area school divisions are saying about the forecasted cold weather(more…)

Prince William middle school students awarded $23,000 Grant

Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson presented to Prince William County Middle School students about the role of government in Virginia to kick off the 2016 Civic Engagement program.

Prince William middle school students awarded $23,000 GrantThis grant was made possible through the Haymarket Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. This fund supports families and children with an emphasis on health, education, community development and improvement, and arts and culture.

The after-school program kicked off last week with a special program at George Mason University’s Science and Technology campus in Manassas. Organized by Jeff Girvan, Supervisor of History and Social Sciences for Prince William County Public Schools, the students heard from Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson, enjoyed a reenactment by LeCount Holmes about the life of Frederick Douglass, and learned about a life of service from Colonel Richard Camp, USMC, Retired.

Their learning will continue with workshops and sessions in which they will identify a problem to study, gather information, examine solutions, develop a public policy, and create an action plan to influence the appropriate government or governmental agency to adopt the proposed policy.

In February, the students will take a field trip to Richmond for a tour of the state capital with Delegate Anderson. The program will culminate in June with final presentations to government officials or agencies responsible for implementing the new policy.

“We funded this new Civic Engagement Program in Prince William County Public Schools because we believe it will both teach and encourage active citizen engagement with all levels of government,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. “It is a terrific opportunity for these middle school students to acquire a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of government in our society and their capacity to influence the course of events.”


New Manassas school to replace old Baldwin Elementary


A new school is opening in the Manassas area in the winter of January 2017.

Due to overcrowding in grade levels fifth and sixth, this new school is being built to relieve overcrowded classrooms. These students will be coming from the Baldwin attendance zone.

This new school will be succeeding the soon to be former Baldwin. It will still be known as Baldwin Elementary School and Baldwin Intermediate School. A portion of the new school will accommodate the Pre-K through fourth grade students. The intermediate portion of the school will accommodate the fifth and sixth grade students.

According to Almeta Radford the Public Communications Coordinator for Manassas City Public Schools, the new building is 140,188 square feet. Pre-K through fourth grade students will have 32 designated classrooms while 12 classrooms will be for the fifth and sixth grade students. The six encore classes for gym, art, and music will be shared.

Construction of the new Baldwin began in March of 2015. The elementary side will be opening in January 2017 for 700 students. The fifth grade side of the school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The sixth grade side is scheduled to open the following fall in 2018. Collectively, 316 students will fill the intermediate side of the school will be expecting 316 students.

About 140 staff members are expected to work throughout the school building.  


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