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Community Baccalaureate service for graduating seniors May 19 at Park Valley Church

All graduating seniors in western Price William County are invited to participate in a non-denominational Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Park Valley Church in Haymarket.

Sept. 30 deadline to apply for U.S. service academies

Deadline: Former Secretary of the Navy and now US Senator James Webb will accept service academy applications until Sept. 30

Piney Branch Elementary ready to fly

Prince William County schools welcomed its newest elementary school to the division on Aug. 24, when Piney Branch Elementary School, at 8301 Linton Hall Road in Bristow,
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held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 57th elementary school was opened by its community of students, teachers, special guests and families, who exhibited enthusiasm for the new school with a standing-room only audience. Two students are shown here at the new Piney Branch Elementary school pause with the school’s Cardinal mascot.

School buses will be on the move

Stay Alert: 800 School Buses Will Roll on Sept. 6 in Prince William County.

PWCS welcomes 650 new teachers

Some 650 teachers joined Prince William County Schools’ ranks for the 2011-12 school year. Some just graduated from college, others have taught for years elsewhere and still others have had careers in other professions but are joining the ranks of the teachers in the county.

Back-to-school issue out now

The late-August issues of the Bull Run Observer, Manassas Observer and Old Bridge Observer all offer must-have back-to-school information for parents, students and the community.

Concussion training is mandatory for PWCS athletes

Prince William County Schools requires parents and students to attend concussion training before students can even try out for sports, regardless of whether they are contact or noncontact sports.

PWC seniors beat national ACT average

Prince William public school seniors get high marks on national ACT college-readiness test.

Students excel on SOLs, but AYP is elusive for school divisions

Many area students performed extremely well on their Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Even still, no area school division—Prince William, Fauquier county, Manassas City nor Manassas Park—achieved all the benchmarks required to earn the national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standard. They were in line with 124 other school divisions that failed to make AYP. Only four school divisions as a whole achieved AYP, which requires not only high numbers of students to pass the math and reading SOLs, but that certain groups of students meet SOL pass rates, graduation and attendance rates as well.

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