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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.

Schools open with ceremony

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Nokesville's Patriot High School and T. Clay Wood Elementary School banned together to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the adjacent schools. The June 28 ceremony drew a standing room only audience of students, staff, parents and guests, filling Patriot High School’s state-of-the-art auditorium. Many dignitaries attended the evening event as well. Here, students of T. Clay Wood, which will open in the fall, ready to cut the ribbon officially opening their school.

Seven PWCS grads honored for lacrosse

Seven Prince William County Schools graduates were named Academic All-Americans in Lacrosse for the 2011 season.

Athletes and parents must attend concussion session

Prince William County Schools announced parents and students must attend informational sessions on concussions before students can try out for sports teams. The county school board adopted a concussion policy in April 2011. Information on sessions at individual middle and high schools will be available from those schools after July 1.

Area high schools celebrated graduation

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Prince William County High Schools, including SJHS, BHS and BDHS, held graduation ceremonies. Brentsville District High School held its graduation at Jiffy Lube Live on June 11. Shown here, from left, are graduates Nick Newman; Greg Mohl; Brian Heller; Nayan Karanth, valedictorian; Aaron Keller; and Taylor Fox, class president.

KRHS has second grad class

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Kettle Run High School in Nokesville in Fauquier County held its second graduation ceremony on June 2. The school's dignitaries addressed the class of 2011 before they received their diplomas. This photo shows the school's first graduation ceremony, in 2010.

Stonewall Middle remembers Civil War in song

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Stonewall Middle School's Susan Dommer, Stonewall Middle School chorus teacher, has worked with her students to create a concert featuring songs from the Civil War. Her accompanist, Sarah Fairchild, researched the era and created new versions of the songs that commemorate the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of that war.

May 20 was national Bike To Work Day

National Bike To Work Day was put to work around Prince William County.

PWCS and police to hold May 25 teen driver education program

Prince William police and schools are teaming up to offer a safe teen driving presentation on May 25 at Battlefield High School.

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