Division News Listing

At the June 26 workshop, the School Board received a draft of the new guide for

 Student Rights and Responsibilities (formerly Code of Student Conduct).  A team completed a comprehensive review of our existing Code of Conduct.  Details on the review process and changes can be found on Board Docs.  The changes were based on updates to discipline and conduct related items from the most recent General Assembly’s legislative session.  We also saw a need to align conduct expectations with PBIS and VTSS frameworks to better match existing practice and philosophy.  The School Board will review the final version at their August 7 meeting. If you have any comments or questions about, the draft guide linked here in PDF format, please contact Mrs. Kris Gwaltney, Discipline Hearing Officer, or Dr. Tracie Omohundro, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction via email or at 804-598-5700. 

4th Nine Weeks Honor Rolls

Congratulations to all students that achieved honor roll for the fourth nine 
weeks!  Keep up the great work!

Comical picture of the letters A, B, and C
Virginia Preschool Initiative
Preschool for 4 year olds in Powhatan County Public Schools

Powhatan County Public Schools is pleased to offer a prekindergarten program for 4 year old children for the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the program is to provide a healthy learning environment for children whose social or economic conditions may place them at risk for poor school performance. Selection of students will be based on family need according to program guidelines for the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
Enrollment priority will be given to children with the greatest number of factors impacting their environment.  Factors considered include but are not limited to:

     Income level of parent/legal guardian

     Education level of the parents

     Child Characteristics

     Family stress

     English as a second language

The class will be housed at Pocahontas Elementary School, 4294 Anderson Hwy, but will serve children from each of the three elementary school attendance zones. It will operate on the same calendar and school schedule as the elementary schools and transportation is provided. The program will be limited to 18 students.

This is not a first-come, first-served program. To be eligible for the program, children must be legal residents of Powhatan County, be four years-of-age by September 30, 2018 and be toilet trained (no pull ups). Applications must be filled out completely. Proof of residency and financial information must be attached in order for the applicant to be considered for the program. All interested parents of four year olds are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be available on April 19, at all Powhatan County elementary schools, Powhatan Department of Social Services, The Goochland-Powhatan Community Services Board and the PCPS website. Applications should be returned to any elementary school or the School Board Administration Office.

The application form is also linked here

The deadline for returning applications is May 2, 2018

 For more information please contact Dr. Lynn Clayton-Prince, Director of Special Education Services, at 598-5700.

Elementary Realignment Committee Recommendation to School Board

The Elementary Realignment Committee completed their final planned meeting on January 25th.  The Committee reviewed public feedback, transportation recommendations, new policy changes, and student data during the meeting.  At the conclusion of the meeting the Committee chose to recommend that the School Board adopt Option II as new elementary attendance zones beginning in 2018-2019.
Representatives for K&C Associates, our consultant,  will present this recommendation to the School Board on Feb. 13th during the public meeting at 7 pm.  There will be opportunities for public comment at that time.  The School Board will hear this recommendation and take action at a future meeting in late February or early March.

Option II maps and overview

Powhatan County School Board Approves School Attendance Area Variance Guidelines

The School Board approved at its January 9th meeting a revision to its policy on school attendance areas.  School Board members requested this revision to the policy so that parents may request a variance for their children to attend a school other than their assigned school.  The variance must meet the following specific circumstances:
  • In-home before or after school care provided in the requested school zone; daycare that does not service the home school; or a documented hardship (i.e. financial, work schedule for which reasonable child care is difficult to obtain)
  • Residents planning to move to a new school zone, with a legally binding contract signed by all parties which is free of contingencies and to be completed within 90 days
Parents requesting this variance must provide transportation to and from school.  Any parent that wishes their child to attend a school other than their assigned school must complete the variance request form and submitted it to their child’s principal for approval. JC-School Attendance Areas Policy linked here in PDF format. JC-F1 School Attendance Variance Request Form linked here in PDF format.

National Association of Counties logo

Powhatan County earns national achievement award for Passport to Summer Reading Program.

Full news release linked here.

WASHINGTON – Powhatan County’s Passport to Summer Reading Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

PDF Version Linked Here

2017 Best Communities for Music Education logo
Powhatan County Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Powhatan is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017. Full article linked here.

Important information for 2016 employees regarding W-2 Data Breach linked here

Summer Opportunities: Dance Camp & Powhatan Public Library Summer Reading Program

Informational Flyer for 2018 Powhatan County Public Library Summer Reading Program linked here in PDF format

Informational Flyer for 2018 Summer Dance Camp linked here in PDF format

Operation School Supplies

Community Life Church is again offering help with School Supplies for Children in Need (Preschool-5th grade). For more information or to apply online visit their website:  https://www.communitylifechurchpowhatan.org/oss. Or phone 804-303-6431. 2410 New Dorset Road, Powhatan, VA.

2018 Secondary Summer School Offerings

Registration is now open for Secondary Summer School (PHS & PMS). Secondary Summer School will be held at Pocahontas Middle School.  Details about PMS summer school as well as registration & payment information can be found linked here. Details about PHS summer school as well as registration and payment information can be found linked here.

2018 PCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for the 2018 PCPS summer camps. The camp offerings target all learners and span a wide-range of curricula. Our camp focus is the whole student and developing multifaceted skills including teamwork, problem solving, collaboration, flexibility, written and spoken communication, as well as goal setting. 

Summer Camps will be held at Powhatan High School and Pocahontas Elementary School unless otherwise indicated.  Please see the camp descriptions for the specific location of your camp.

Camp hours are 8:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.(Pocahontas Elementary School) /12:45 P.M. (Powhatan High School). Camp times may be slightly adjusted for camps at Powhatan High School to accommodate bus transportation needs. Any adjustments will be communicated with participants prior to the first day of camp. There will be a 15-minute snack break during the day. Snacks are not provided.

Bus transportation is available for summer camp pick up and drop off for Powhatan High School and Pocahontas Elementary School during the month of July only. The buses will make stops at specific areas throughout the county. The bus routes will be posted online and at each camp location prior to the start of camp so you can decide the bus stop that is the most convenient for you.

Some camps have a minimum enrollment requirement. If a camp does not meet minimum enrollment requirements, parents will be notified and monies will be refunded.

Camp registrations and payments need to be made by May 25, 2018. Checks need to be made payable to Powhatan High School. Online payments can be made using credit or debit cards through your school’s website. Camp payments are non-refundable. Students will not be considered registered until payment has been received. Please send registration and payments to:

Powhatan High School

C/O Tracey Ingle

1800 Judes Ferry Rd

Powhatan, Va 23139


You can register online at:



A downloadable list of camps and registration form are linked here

VDOT: Paint-a-Plow Program Comes to PCPS

Earlier this fall, the PCPS Facilities Department, the PHS National Art Honor Society and Mrs. Amy McManus’s Art 2 Block 2 students partnered with our local Powhatan VDOT Residency to participate in the VDOT Paint-a-Plow Program. The intent of this project is to bring plows, plow drivers and school students together, along with a little paint, to produce works of art for use during snow removal operations. The two themes for this year’s plows included Powhatan Pride and highlighting our community service organizations throughout Powhatan County. The students at PHS worked on two plows during the month of October and early November to prepare them for the winter season. Thank you VDOT for this great hands-on learning opportunity. We look forward to painting more plows in the future. Photos linked here

Winter, 2018 Adult Education Class Offerings

Powhatan County Public Schools offers Adult Education classes to its citizens. Any member of the community, who is eighteen years of age or older (out of high school), may enroll in a variety of exciting evening classes. 

Individuals who are sixty-two years of age or older may take classes free of charge. This is called the "Gold Card" program. Anyone who is interested in obtaining a "Gold Card" should contact Mrs. Michele Wilson at 598-5700. 

Seniors with a "Gold Card" may register by calling Ms. Sharon Faubert at 598-5710. 

Please remember that refunds will only be granted when a class is filled or cancelled. 

Please register early to secure your course.

Winter, 2018 Adult Education Class Offerings (PDF Format) linked here

Powhatan Schools Receives VTSS Award

Powhatan County Schools has been implementing the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports for six years. Our work has aligned academic and behavioral offerings into a multi-tiered system that, through instruction, data analysis, and interventions, has provided layers of support for our students. The Virginia Department of Education recognized Powhatan County Public Schools for our work by honoring us with the “Distinction in Implementation of Integrated Systems” award on July 24, 2017. The award was presented by Governor Terry McAuliffe, who praised the VTSS framework as a means to closing academic and behavioral achievement gaps.


Powhatan County School board recognized the administrative staff at their School Board meeting on September 12, 2017 for their efforts in making this award possible.  Mrs. Katie Wojcicki, Director of Student Interventions and Services, spearheaded this program, and with the help of administrative staff and teachers, this program has been a success for our students.

PEF Innovative Classrooms Grant

The Powhatan Education Foundation has released the application for its 2018-2019 Innovative Classrooms Grant.  This is a great way for our teachers to secure funding of up to $1,500 for classroom projects that further Deeper Learning in an innovative way.  Here is a link to the application.  To see the impact these grants can have watch this short video featuring one of last year’s winning grants:  https://vimeo.com/225439315

AcelaNet is now offering high speed wireless internet service to Powhatan County. The project will be accomplished in phases, but work has already begun. Please visit AcelaNet's website and add your home address. They will use this data to inform decisions as they build out their network in the county.

Dr. Eric Jones Named 

2017 VASS Superintendent of the Year

POWHATAN, VA - Dr. Eric L. Jones, Powhatan County School Superintendent, was named Region 1 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents on February 2, 2017. Region 1 consists of 15 school divisions – Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City, Surry and Sussex County.