Local Education News
Kelly Nichols: 1st Place Teacher of the Year
Nichols challenges her students and gets them out of their comfort zones.
Chef Emily Stevenson: 2nd Place Teacher of the Year
‘Chef’ Emily Stevenson, Culinary teacher at Patriot High School in Bristow earned Second Place in Bristow Beat's Teacher of the Year Contest 2022 sponsored by Bill DePugh of Century 21 …
Wendy Atkinson: 3rd Place Teacher of the Year
Wendy Atkinson at Cedar Point Elementary School was nominated by fellow teacher Lisa House. House notes that Atkinson is the kind of teacher that everyone remembers, making her the perfect person to …
Audrey Baldwin: Best Teacher Honorable Mention
Audrey Baldwin believes that her role in serving children extends beyond the classroom; She chose to teach ELL at Loch Lomond Elementary School, a PWCS school in Manassas.
Francie Vandivere: Best Teacher Honorable Mention
Mrs Vandivere is a fantastic 4th grade teacher who goes above and beyond for all her students and creates a loving & caring classroom. You can see her love of learning and the excitement …
Jenifer Mayes: Best Teacher Honorable Mention
Jenifer Mayes of Kyle Wilson Elementary School makes her lessons fun and exciting.
Top Education Stories

Prince William School Board Hears Presentation on Changing School Bell Schedules

The Prince William County School Board revisited the issue of changing school start and dismissal times at its April 20 meeting.

Prince William School Board Refuses Ratifying Collective Bargaining Agreement on PWEA's Terms

The Prince William County School Board  announced, Wednesday, that it is not prepared to accept a collective bargaining agreement with the Prince Wiliam Education Association until the school …

PWCS Celebrates Renaming of Unity Reed High School

Community members celebrated the renaming of Unity Reed High School, formerly Stonewall Jackson High School, in a ceremony on March 24.

Bristow Students Show Support For Ukraine Through Art

Recent world events have inspired the young artists to focus their efforts toward supporting students and teachers in Ukraine.

Teachables Honors Exceptional Teachers of 2022

Teachables in Bristow is celebrating teachers, this Teacher Appreciation Week, by honoring seven local teachers as 'Teachables' Annual Teachers of the Year for 2022.'
Featured Education & Career
3 tips for getting the most return on your college degree
(BPT) - With the rising cost of education, you might be thinking, is college really worth the investment? If you’re heading to college soon and trying to figure out what your ideal degree will …
Top 5 reasons to consider a career with the largest insurer in the country
(BPT) - According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “Great Resignation” saw more Americans leave their jobs last year than even in 2020. If you’re one of the many …
Keeping Your Kids Covered Finding Health Insurance Post-Graduation
(NAPSI)—When your children graduate, there are two things you should know. First, congratulations. Second, consider their health insurance needs. Perhaps this is the last thing you ask yourself but …
Job hunting tips: The importance of upskilling in a jobseekers' market
(BPT) - Are you looking for a job, but want more than a paycheck? You want to be able to learn, grow and thrive at your new position, but you're not sure where to start?The top factor that makes for …
Nurse Educators Play Vital Roles in Health Care
(NewsUSA) - The heroic efforts of frontline health care workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic merit ongoing recognition and gratitude. Nurse educators also continue to play a key role by …
Virtual Hockey Program Teaches Bristow Run Students STEM
Washington Capitals and Everfi, sponsored the event utilizing the Everfi’s Future Goals program, a hockey-themed STEM curriculum.
Virginia Education News

Va. Superintendents Push Back on Youngkin Administration’s ‘Divisive Content’ Report

Local school administrators are pushing back on an interim report that rescinded equity initiatives at the Virginia Department of Education and calling on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration to terminate a tipline for “divisive” teaching.

Youngkin Rescinds School Mask Mandates up to Grade 12, via Executive Order

Virginia parents may elect to send their children to their public schools without wearing a mask, according to Governor Youngkin's Executive Order number 2.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin Signs 11 Executive Actions on Day One

The actions include an executive order affirming the rights of parents to make decisions on masks in schools,

Standard of Learning Test Scores Drop Significantly Across Virginia Schools this Year

SOL [Standards of Learning] test scores drop across Virginia School Divisions including Prince William County Schools.

Community Comes Together to Celebrate Patriot High School's 10-Year Anniversary

Patriot High School celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a community celebration, Sept. 10.

Want a more meaningful career? Try working in the classroom

(BPT) - At age 62, Sandy Weber became unemployed when her customer service job was eliminated during the COVID pandemic. A friend encouraged her to give substitute teaching a try. Weber said, "I …

Lessons from Expert Educators

(Family Features) Each school year offers exciting opportunities for little learners to discover and explore new topics, make friends and master new skills.

5 back-to-school tips to support children’s emotional well-being

(BPT) - Over a year and a half of coping with the pandemic is taking a toll on everyone’s emotional and mental health — and may be affecting children and teens even more than adults. …

A digital safety checklist as students head back to school

(BPT) - Students across the country are starting school again, and although many will now be in-person full time, technology will continue to play a key role in their education both in the classroom …

Toys For Tots Literacy Program Gears Up for Back to School

(NewsUSA) - Toys for Tots is the nation's flagship children's Christmastime charity, but the Program extends to helping children and families in need year-round. As children gear up for the new …

Va. Superintendents Push Back on Youngkin Administration’s ‘Divisive Content’ Report

Local school administrators are pushing back on an interim report that rescinded equity initiatives at the Virginia Department of Education and calling on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration to terminate a tipline for “divisive” teaching.

Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club Holds Youth Speech, Essay & Music Competitions

Members of the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club are excited to announce its YOUTH SPEECH, ESSAY and MUSIC COMPETITIONS to be held in March.  The competition focus on the values Rotary …

Prince William Schools Kindergarten Registration Opens this Month

Kindergarten- registration will be online, and parents/guardians may register their students using the online registration process starting on the third Monday of March.

Superintendent Presents FY23 Budget to the PWCS School Board

"First and foremost, this is a budget that is teacher and student-centric, with the bulk of our new investments going to support the classroom and our schools where they are most needed."

Virginia Dept of Health on Alert for Omicron Variant

While no cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been identified in the United States to date, the CDC expects it may be active in the U.S. and Virginia.

Three ways to help students improve reading fluency

(BPT) - The pandemic has created a lot of challenges for students and achievement gaps continue to grow, especially among the most vulnerable learners. According to Amplify, students — …
COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson
Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
Want More Happiness? Do the Work.
Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.
Teachables Nova Recognizes Kathy Blanco as 'Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year'
Teachables Nova, a new educational supply store in Bristow, presents 'Best Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year Award' to Bristow Run Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kathy Blanco for excellence during an unprecedented year.
NPCA: Proposed Data Centers in Northern Virginia Threaten National Parks, Drinking Water
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and CEA Engineers release analysis showing negative impacts data centers could have on waterways and national parks in Prince William County.
Sheffield Manor Residents Create Community Nature Trail
Community volunteers created the 1/2 mile nature trail through their Brisotw community without any formalized funding.
'Filmmaker Ken Burns Doesn’t Live in Prince William County and He is Living in the Past' wrote Pageland Stakeholders
 "Filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest gift to the Confederacy is a letter to our Prince William County Supervisors against a proposal to allow data centers adjacent to (not in) Manassas …"
Careers

3 issues many working women face today

(BPT) - Even though women make up nearly 51% of the world’s population, there is still a way to go when it comes to full, fair and equitable treatment.As part of International Women’s Day …
Tips to keep employees

How Small Businesses Can Attract and Retain Employees

(Family Features) When you have extra hands to allocate the work, your business is likely to be more efficient and productive. Make employee retention a priority for your business with these practices.

How to crush interviews and build relationships — even through a screen

(BPT) - Have you been on a recent virtual date or job interview and just not felt the energy you might have in person? You’re not alone — as the pandemic has taken away the ease and …

5 key money moves to consider when transitioning out of the military

(BPT) - Each year, approximately 200,000 men and women transition from the U.S. military to civilian life.1 It can be a dramatic life change with financial implications that many people don’t …

5 Pathways to a Rewarding Financial Planner Career

(NewsUSA) - The number of Americans quitting their jobs reached record-setting highs in 2021. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 38 million people left their positions during the …

And more

5 Tips for Transitioning Back to School

(Family Features) Heading back to the classroom is a big change following a summer of fun in the sun. Start this school year off right with these tips for a smooth transition.

Small businesses & entrepreneurism

Help Wanted: Why Women Should Consider Careers in Manufacturing

(NewsUSA) - Women represent a vast, untapped talent pool for the manufacturing industry. In 2016, women made up 47 percent of the American labor force, but only 29 percent of the manufacturing …

Other news
Help fund a teacher's back-to-school classroom by purchasing needed supplies.
Officers, including a police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County police, searched extensively for the woman
 Police arrested a Manassas man who attempted to rob a woman on foot.
"Being a shill for corporate raiders looking to exploit our community is not progressive..."
Police arrested a Nokesville man for domestic assault and for attempting to prevent the victim from seeking assistance from law enforcement or medics.
Prince William County's plan for data centers and more industrial uses on previously rural land could harm the Occoquan Water Shed and thereby the region's drinking water. 
Electra, a hybrid-electric aerospace company, has opened a new research and development facility in the City of Manassas.
Firearms were reportedly missing from the home's garage.
Aggravated Sexual Battery – On July 25, detectives with the Special Victims Bureau concluded an investigation into a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at a residence located in …
Community violence and crime is the public health issue that most concerns a majority of Virginians when it comes to personal safety and well-being.