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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.

PWC Schools tapped for US Dept. of Education “Green Ribbon” environmental award

Prince William County Public Schools will receive the U.S. Department of Education’s 2021 Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award--one of only five U.S.school districts to earn the award in 2021.

Pet theme for NOVEC’s annual art contest for students in grades K-5; entries due by May 3

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) invites students in grades K-5 to enter art in Cooperative Living magazine's annual Youth Art Contest. Entries are due May 3. Art should reflect the theme, "How My Pet Makes Life Better."

COVID-19: UVA School of Medicine launches virtual town halls starting March 22 at 8 p.m.

Under the auspices of the University School of Medicine, 50+ scientific experts from across the United States, including virologists, infectious disease specialists and medical doctors, are launching a virtual town hall series beginning March 22 (and continuing on on March 24, 25, 26 and 30) to answer the public’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The first town hall begins tonight at 8 p.m. and will run about 45 minutes.

NOVEC and co-op association offer higher-education scholarships

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are offering higher-education scholarships to public, private, and home-schooled high school seniors whose families receive electricity from electric cooperatives.

Tyrese Bender of Fairfax tapped as 2021 Rhodes Scholar - one of two from West Point

United States Military Academy at West Point, NY announced the Rhodes Scholars for the Class of 2021, CDT Tyrese Bender and CDT Evan Walker. They are part of a select group of 32 scholars from the United States and will be joining recipients from more than 60 other countries. The last time West Point had more than one Rhodes Scholar was in 2014.

31st annual King Day Youth Oratorical Celebration Jan. 18, 2021 to be virtual on YouTube

Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC-DST) will host its 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Program on Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. via its YouTube Channel – PWCAC-DST-MEDIA. Past winner Norman Jones and the Rev. Al Sharpton will be among the guest presenters. The 2021 theme is “Beyond the Dream – Young Voices with Something to Say.”

New approach to students with disabilities, reveals Va. Superintendent of Public Instruction

Virginia Department of Education is looking forward to working alongside schools, teachers and families to implement a new approach to ensuring that students with disabilities are receiving the services and supports they need to be successful both in school and beyond,” said James Lane, Superintendent of Va. Schools of Public Instruction.

County to spend $1.2 million on 4000+ Wi-Fi hotspots for students without reliable internet service

Prince William Board of County Supervisors has accepted, budgeted and appropriated $1.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to buy 4,061 Wi-Fi hotspot devices for students without reliable internet service.

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