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Students in grades 3-8 will be given new growth “assessment” tests in reading and math this fall

“I want to emphasize that the new growth assessments are not SOL tests and they will be noticeably shorter than other state assessments given at the end of students' courses,” according to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The focus of growth assessments is on identifying what students have already learned, as well as the skills they may need additional help with during this school year. The purpose of the assessments is to establish a baseline for measuring student growth. The tests will not have a minimum passing score, and VDOE says it will not report aggregate growth results for schools and divisions.

Male juvenile, 17, located in NC, charged in connection with Aug. 27 shooting at Freedom High School

PWC Detectives obtained juvenile petitions against the suspect who was subsequently located and arrested on Sept. 3, 2021 by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in North Carolina where he will remain in-custody until extradited to Virginia.

PWC Police investigate shooting incident at Freedom High School parking lot

First Sgt. Jonathan Perok, public information officer, said the investigation revealed that shots were fired in the school's parking lot following a football game that ended due to rain.

PW School Board to consider changes to “citizens time” policies

Prince William County School Board proposes to add 30 minutes to citizens' time, to eliminate signs mostly and to limit each speaker to two minutes.

Virginia War Memorial calls for entries for Veterans Day essay contest from middle & high schoolers.

The essay topic for the 2021 contest is “An American Who Served in The Military following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 Who Inspires Me.”

Learning encounter with bees Aug. 7 at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge

During the “Bee Encounter at Rippon Lodge,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, visitors to the historic property, at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge, will have the chance to learn about the history of beekeeping and the intriguing life of bees. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Rippon Historic Site Manager Jessica Alicea.

New superintendent, Dr. LaTanya McDade, takes reins of Prince William County Schools

Dr. LaTanya McDade, the first African American and the first woman to lead Prince William County’s public-school system will spend her first 100 days engaged in a listening tour and strategic planning process, according to a news release.

PWC student a winner in National History Day contest

From Prince William County’s Mary J. Porter Traditional School, 7th grader Julienne Lim placed 9th in the Junior Individual Website category with her project, “Devil Dog Canines: A Line of Communication in World War II.”

Saturday Outdoors in the Garden series by VCE resumes in Bristow June 5

PWC Extension Service's popular series "Saturday in the Garden" series will start back up on Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m. at the Teaching Garden, at St. Benedictine Monastery, Bristow. The June 5 topic is "Turf Weeds."

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