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Local Businesses Host 'Best Teacher Contest' 2021-22

Bill DePugh, a Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium, thinks it is time to recognize teachers who have made a positive impact.

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.'
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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.

Prince William Fire and Rescue Graduate Recruit Class of 2021-22

Class 2021-2 consists of fire and rescue technicians who successfully completed 32 weeks of rigorous academic and physical training.

PWCS robotics teams excel at VEX State Championship, Northern Virginia's Regional SeaPerch Challenge

Record number of teams represented at the VEX State ChampionshipMore than half of the elementary and high school teams, and more than two-thirds of the middle school teams competing in the annual VEX …
Featured Education & Career
Supplemental learning can help mitigate the Covid-19 learning gap
(BPT) - After many schools were forced to close their doors last year, the new normal of the virtual classroom introduced the “COVID learning gap.” As K-12 students enter another …
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 …
Equal pay: How women can benefit from a career in construction
(BPT) - The disruptions of the pandemic led to not only job losses but also the Great Resignation, with many Americans reevaluating their careers and searching for better opportunities. While some …
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.
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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.
Republican-Backed Bill Seeks to Address ‘Cancel Culture’
A bill aiming to protect the right of government employees to oppose government policies advanced to the House floor this week. The opposition fears it would protect speech that is borderline hateful and offensive to marginalized peoples.
Teachables Seeks Nominations for Its 2nd Annual Best Teacher Year Contest 2022
Teachables, Bristow's educator supply store, asks readers to vote for their favorite educators for 2022.
Police Announce Missing Endangered Adult Man from Manassas
MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public's help locating Michael Edward Wimer. Michael was last seen near his residence in …
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 …
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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 …

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6 Tips for Planning a Sweet Graduation Celebration

(Family Features) A graduation is a major life milestone that deserves plenty of recognition, and a graduation party is a perfect way to celebrate the occasion with family and friends. You can make the moment all the more memorable with these planning tips.

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
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.
RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today formally announced the creation of a task force of executive branch and office of the Attorney General officials to better align strategies to …
Officers located an adult man lying in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.
Upon preforming the welfare check, two adult men were located unresponsive, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
The Police Department is offering up to a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Both
 WOODBRIDGE, VA – OmniRide and Prince William County are participating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Once again, it is being organized at the regional …
On May 8 at 3:39 a.m. fire units were dispatched to the 15000 block of Lee Highway  in Gainesville after they received a report of a house fire made by a passerby. "On arrival, crews …
Virginia Del. Danica Roem- D of the 13th District announced her 2023 run for the Virginia Senate, this morning. She hopes to represent the newly formed 30th district that includes Manassas, Manassas …
RICHMOND, Va. -- Opioid overdoses led to more than 9,900 emergency room visits in Virginia in 2020, a roughly 30% increase from 2019, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Sometimes the obstacles are just weather, but oftentimes they are rooted in self-doubt. Beth Douglas of EatFitLife offers advice on how to stay focused on our goals regardless of the inevitable obstacles that get in our way.