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James Bricker, Parkside PE teacher, coach and athletic coordinator, named Best of Prince William

James Bricker, athletic coordinator and physical education teacher at Parkside Middle School, named Best Teacher in InsideNoVa’s annual Best of Prince William online contest. The popular coach led the school’s boys track team to become 2017 District Champions. Bricker also coaches football and assists with wrestling.

Two new school administrators appointed in Prince William County

Neabsco Elementary School has a new principal.

Marsteller girls to attend special summer “music camp”

Rising eighth-graders in the Women’s Choir at Marsteller Middle School will be in “music camp” in August, working with Choral Teacher Julie Phelan to prepare for the high point of their careers, a 30-minute performance before an audience of thousands of music educators in November. This is the second time that Marsteller has won an invitation to bring the choir to the Virginia Music Educators Association annual conference.

No PWC School Board meetings in July and August but members may meet at workshops, etc.

The Prince William County School Board does not meet formally in July and August but members may attend other school division related meetings, conferences, workshops and outings.

2017-18 class schedules for middle and high school students to be emailed for first time

The 2017-18 schedules will be emailed on August 24 to all student household email addresses, according to a news release from the Office of Community Relations for Prince William County Schools.

Legendary Lillian Orlich retires from PWC Schools

She has counseled generations of students, yet Osbourn Park High School Counselor Lillian Orlich was surprised that her retirement was trending on social media this week, although she preferred a quiet departure.

PWC Police to step up enforcement of no driving a boat under the influence laws June 30-July 2

Boaters will notice an increase in Prince William County police officers on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints such as Leesylvania State Park this weekend. The goal is to remove impaired operators, thus providing a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters this holiday season.

School habitats blend research with resources

Hands-on learning took on a new dimension this year for dozens of students who designed and installed wildlife habitats on school grounds. Habitat plantings are slightly different than pollinator gardens or vegetable gardens, in that they incorporate native plants to provide yearlong shelter and food for a variety of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, native bees, dragonflies, amphibians, and reptiles.

Three Prince William students recognized as top writers at Gaithersburg Literary Festival

Faadil Mohammed, a freshman at Osbourn Park High School, won first place at the Gaithersburg Book Festival with his short story, “Hell-th Insurance.” Colgan High School’s Shelby Bailey tied for third place and won Fan Favorite with her story, “Spotless.” Also recognized as a winner was Naomi Kline – Osbourn Park High School, grade 11.

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