Local Education News

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.

Governor Northam Announces Public Health Order to Require Universal Masking in K-12 Schools

Governor Northam today announced a Public Health Emergency Order requiring universal masking in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools.

Governor Northam Announces Extension of Expanded Child Care Subsidy Program

Governor Northam announced he is extending Virginia's Child Care Subsidy Program and expanding it to include working families who meet eligibility standards of financial need.
Governor Northam announces good news regarding unemployment rate in Virginia.

Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops for 15 Straight Months, to 4.0 Percent in August

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in August, 3.0 percentage points below the rate from one year ago.
Prince William County School Board news

School Board Proposes Changing Citizens Time Policy

This form will be completed for all new policies and regulations and for all recommendations for revisions to or deletions of policies and regulations of Prince William County Public …

Tips for Parents on Teaching Kids Life Skills

(NewsUSA) -Parenting is hard, and the past year was especially challenging for parents of school-aged kids, as they struggled to juggle their children's virtual school and the loss of many activities …

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 …

Prince William Library- Poetry Event

'Expressions Through Poetry' - Virtual Program for Teens

Kim B Miller will present “Expressions Through Poetry” virtually, explaining the difference between poets and spoken word poets as well as the art of haiku. She’ll also perform several of her own poems...
Lifestyle

Explore Prince William County with the Discovery Challenge!

All Ages/Families. September 1–November 30 Visit the four parks and historic sites and complete each site’s task using the Beanstack Tracker app! After you've successfully completed the challenge, stop by a library branch to …
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.
October Things to Do in Prince William County
Visit Prince William provides an extensive listing of upcoming events, festivals in Prince William County this October. Events include concerts, festivals, and family friendly events for the community.  
Virginia Prepared to Provide Pfizer Booster Shots
The VDH is willing and prepared to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to eligible Virginia residents and workers.
Bus Strikes Pedestrian at Sudley Road and I-66
A Manassas man died, Sept. 23, after being hit by a bus near the entrance to I-66.
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 …

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 …

Why Women Benefit from Financial Planning

(NewsUSA) - As we celebrate Women's History Month, we take time to reflect on the important contributions women of different backgrounds have made to our country and on the importance of diversity …

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 …
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Always Connected Laptops

Must-have tech for back to school (Family Features) After a bumpy 2020-21 school year, many families are looking for a fresh start this school year. Whether students are remote, hybrid or fully back …

Small businesses & entrepreneurism

Entrepreneur Inspires Youth with Community Projects

(NewsUSA) - Young people in underserved communities in the United States have been especially hard-hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with many support systems and activities …