Division News

  • Disability Awareness Month

    October is National Disability Awareness Month📣! Powhatan public schools promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities.

    In observance of this month, make a point to learn more about people with disabilities. You can also share with your students information to help them to understand the importance of inclusion of "all" students, by visiting the following websites that have been included as a resource.

    A Day in Our Shoes

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 📢 Check Your Eligibility for Affordable Connectivity Program Now!

    💰 Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers eligible households $30 off your internet bill.

    📍 To learn more, visit GetInternet.gov.

    🛑 It’s the one-stop shop to check eligibility and sign up.

    Affordable Connectivity Program Parent Flyer

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Amazon Smile and the Powhatan Education Foundation

    Sign up with Amazon Smile and the Powhatan Education Foundation will receive a donation from the proceeds of your purchase! 

    Powhatan Education Foundation
  • 🌟 Governor’s Schools, Code RVA, and PHS Advance College Academy (ACA) Night 🌟

    📆 On October 10, 2022 Powhatan Middle School will host an evening of “Non-traditional High School Options” with representatives from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, Code RVA High School and the Powhatan High School/Reynolds Community College for Advanced College Academy Program.  

    The purpose of this meeting is to provide interested students and their parents with information regarding the curriculum, graduation requirements, extra- curricular activities, as well as answer questions regarding the application process for each high school options.  Although the application process is open to current eighth grade students, fifth, sixth and seventh grade students and their parents are also invited to attend in order to assist in course planning before they reach the eighth grade.

    The evening will kick off with a review of Powhatan County Public Schools’ participation in these schools as well as answer some of the basic questions students and parents have about student participation in these high school program options.

    Applications will be available beginning on October 14 from Mrs. Haskins in the Gifted Services office (B210) and Ms. Toney in the school counseling office. Applications will be available to students currently enrolled in Algebra I.  Private and homeschool families seeking applications will need to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Haskins to come to Powhatan Middle School, provide proof of residency and pick up an application.  Applications cannot be mailed. 

    ⏰ The deadline for 8th graders to submit an application is December 1, 2022.

    Time

    PCPS Program Participation Overview

    5:00

    Powhatan Middle School

    5:15-5:45

    ACA

    Advanced College Academy

    ARGS

    Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

    CodeRVA

    Regional High School

    Maggie Walker

    Governor’s School for Government and International Studies

    5:50-6:20

    ACA

    Advanced College Academy

    ARGS

    Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

    CodeRVA

    Regional High School

    Maggie Walker

    Governor’s School for Government and International Studies

    6:25-6:55

    ACA

    Advanced College Academy

    ARGS

    Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

    CodeRVA

    Regional High School

    Maggie Walker

    Governor’s School for Government and International Studies

    *PCPS and Program Staff will be available in the Commons for additional questions

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • School Board Invites Citizens to Serve

    The Powhatan County School Board invites interested citizens to join one of its advisory committees for the 2022-2023 school year.  Advisory committees are voluntary and serve to offer suggestions to the School Board on a variety of topics.  Generally, the committees meet three to four times during the school year.

    By policy, the School Board Advisory Committees are appointed for one year terms, however may elect to serve two years.  The School Board has the following advisory committees:

    Special Education Advisory Committee

    Gifted Education Advisory Committee

    Title I Parent Advisory Committee

    School Health Advisory Committee

    Career and Technical Advisory Committee

    Please complete the application attached and send to Shelia Eggleston at shelia.eggleston@powhatan.k12.va.us or by mail:  Pocahontas Landmark Center, 4290 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA 23139.  Applications are due by October 7, 2022.

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 📢 PHS Grad on National News for Trades!

    2017 Powhatan High School Graduate 🎓, Brady Woodel appeared on National News to discuss his decision to attend a trade school!👏👏

    📍Watch Here: 

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/shows/varney-co

     

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 📢 Save the Date!

    📅 The Powhatan Education Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Millquarter Golf Course on June 8, 2023.

    Powhatan Education Foundation
  • 🏌️‍♂️ 2022 Golf Tournament

    The 2022 Golf Tournament raised $15,000!!

    Thank you to all sponsors and participants who helped support the Powhatan Education Foundation and the students, teachers and staff of Powhatan County Public Schools!

     

    Powhatan Education Foundation
  • 📢 Grant Opportunities Coming Soon!

    📅Classroom Innovation Grant applications will be distributed in August. Teachers and staff -  do you have an idea that: 

    Stimulates and motivates students to achieve academic excellence❓
    Engages students as active participants in the learning process❓
    Encourages specific improvement in students’ skills and attitudes❓
    Nurtures the students’ desire to learn and create❓
    Supports School and/or Division goals as outlined in the School Improvement Plan or Division Six Year Plan❓

    Powhatan Education Foundation
  • 📢 Powhatan Partnership for Emotional Wellness

    The Powhatan Partnership for Emotional Wellness is comprised of Powhatan County Public Schools, Elk Hillthe Free Clinic of PowhatanGoochland Powhatan Community Services, and the Powhatan Department of Social Services.

    This partnership aims to promote access to information, resources, and supports surrounding the areas of emotional well-being and mental health.

    We will be hosting various workshops and events and we will be highlighting local and national awareness initiatives.

    Event information will be posted on this website as it comes available! 

     

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • PHS PRE-ORDER Available Now!

    Using the So Happy app, you can now pre-order your meal, skip the line and
    spend more time enjoying your food. Now that’s worth smiling about!

    📲 This app can is available through the App Store and Google Play 

    So Happy Flyer

    Food Service
  • Conveniently add money to your child's My School Bucks Account!

    To help ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff, we ask that parents please consider
    funding their student’s meal account online through MySchoolBucks.

    This will help minimize the amount of cash/check deposits that need to be handled throughout the day, which allows us to focus on serving meals as fast and efficiently as possible.

    Create your free MySchoolBucks account to conveniently and securely add money to your student’s
    meal account online or with the mobile app. With MySchoolBucks you’ll also be able to view cafeteria
    purchases, check your student’s balance, and receive low balance alerts.

    If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to commonly
    asked questions by visiting myschoolbucks.com. Or, you can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging
    into your account to start a chat conversation or give them a call at (855) 832-5226.

    My School Bucks Parent Letter

    My School Bucks App Flyer

    Food Service
  • Free and Reduced Lunch!

    When students have access to nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch they perform better in school.

    Completing a free and reduced application is the first step in ensuring that your student receives the nutrition they need to excel throughout the day.

    The application process is simple and confidential!

    For an application, visit your schools district webpage, or contact the school nutrition team at 804-598-5700 x 125

    Food Service
  • Annual VDOE Special Education Parent Survey

    Each school year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.”  Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes.  Parents who have more than one child receiving special education services should submit one survey for each child receiving services.  The VDOE will use the results of this survey to improve parental involvement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth.  This survey is not intended to measure your satisfaction with the special education program process.  Rather, this survey is asking you to reflect upon your experiences during the past school year.

    It is important to note that your response to this survey is being collected anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child.  The online survey will also provide you with an opportunity to address, in more detail, specific experiences with your school during the past school year.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact your child's case manager. The survey will remain open until December 16, 2022.

    Survey in English

    Copy in Spanish

    Parent FAQ's

    Instruction
  • 22-23 School Meal Changes

    Due to changes at the federal level, school meal programs will look different than they have for the past two years.

    School lunch and breakfast will no longer automatically be served at no cost to all students

     Breakfast will $1.50 for K-12 and Lunch k-8 $3.00 and 9- 12 $3.10

    All School will be offering Ala Carte items for your student to purchase.

    Families need to be prepared to fill out paperwork or electronic documentation for Free or Reduced-price meal status to make sure your child can continue to receive healthy meals through school for reduced or no cost.

    Food Service
  • Request for New Bus Stop or Location Change

    If you are requesting a bus stop for your child that is different than the one assigned to your home address, please utilize this form and turn it into your school for processing. 

    Please understand that processing may take up to three to five days. During the beginning of the school year, routing for students riding the bus to and from the bus stop associated with the home address on file takes priority.

    Additional stop/change requests will be handled as quickly as we are able to do so. Thank you for your understanding.

    Additional Stop Change Request

    Transportation
  • Welcome Dr. Teigen!

    On June 14, 2022, the Powhatan County School Board appointed Dr. Beth Teigen as Superintendent of Powhatan Public Schools effective July 1, 2022. She is passionate about student success. Dr. Teigen feels this is best achieved through exemplary teachers supporting students as they engage in rich content and experience learning that is student-centered. Students must have choice and voice in their learning, with teachers serving as champions of teaching and learning.

    Dr. Teigen brings a wealth of experience to Powhatan Schools having worked in Chesterfield and Henrico in a variety of diverse roles. Most recently, she was the Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff for Henrico County Public Schools, after serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for several years. Over her time in Henrico, Dr. Teigen supervised school leadership, career and technical education, curriculum and instruction, human resources, constituency services, disciplinary review, and assessment, research and evaluation. Prior to joining Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Teigen worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 17 years. She also worked at an alternative high school, teaching all mathematics and science content, prior to starting with Chesterfield.

    Dr. Teigen began teaching mathematics at Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1999. In 2000, she became the mathematics department Chair. Over the years, she developed the curriculum for several of the math and engineering courses within the Governor’s Academy of Engineering Studies. After six years of teaching various math and engineering courses, Dr. Teigen transitioned into administration.

    Dr. Teigen served as the Assistant Principal at Lloyd C. Bird High School for one year before going to Cosby High School as an Assistant Principal to assist with opening the school and helping to establish the Health Sciences Specialty Center, which later became part of the Governor’s Academy of Health Sciences. After one year at Cosby High School, Dr. Teigen returned to Lloyd C. Bird High School as the Principal. She served in this capacity for four years before transitioning to Executive Director of School Administration in 2011. In this position she supervised elementary, middle and high school education, career and technical education, pupil placement and student discipline, safety and security, student support services (pre-Kindergarten, Title I, ESL, Response to Intervention, school counseling, school psychology, and school social work), and school nurses.

    Dr. Teigen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from James Madison University, and she has a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. In 2009 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Teigen and her husband, Tryg, have two daughters.

    For more information click here

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • PCPS Named a MajorClarity PowerUser!

    PCPS has been named a MajorClarity PowerUser for the 2021-2022 school year!

    Major Clarity is the tool that students in grades 6-12 use for academic advising and college and career readiness. PCPS received this designation because

    ● At least 40-50% of all student accounts have been activated this school year (this benchmark is based on doubling the industry standard, which our research has found to be an estimated activation rate of 20% for other CCR platforms)
    ● At least 50-60% of students have returned to their account 2x or more this school year
    ● High staff login rates (measured through number of students engaged per staff login). This engagement ratio must be under ASCA’s recommended caseload ratio of 250:1

    MajorClarity PowerUser Memo 2022

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Public Engagement Sessions - Mathematics Standards of Learning Revisions

    Public Engagement Sessions - Mathematics Standards of Learning Revisions:

    As announced in Superintendent's Memo #103-22, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will host six public engagement sessions to allow parents, families, and community members to participate in the review and revision of the
    2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The five regional face-to-face sessions and one virtual session will begin with presentations by VDOE staff about the Standards of Learning revision process, followed by an opportunity for participants to share feedback about the Commonwealth’s current mathematics standards and suggest revisions.

    Virtual Parent Session - June 13, 2022

    Registration in advance will be required for this meeting using the following virtual registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    For more information:
    Please contact Tina Mazzacane, K-12 Mathematics Coordinator, Office of STEM and Innovation, for more information at (804) 225-4849 or Tina.Mazzacane@doe.virginia.gov.

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 🚍 Bus Drivers Wanted!

    Now Hiring Bus Drivers!!

    Full-Time Opportunities with Benefits ~ When the kids are off, so are you! 
    Apply online @ TalentEd Hiring Portal linked here

    ⏰ Office Hours: 6:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

    📞Transportation Department Phone Numbers: 804-598-5706 or 804-598-5709

    👇 Check out our PCPS Bus Drivers wearing their If the Lights Are Flashing, Don't Try Passing shirts.

    Transportation
  • Mental Health at PCPS

    On April 19, 2022, the School Board received information on the instruction, supports, and services designed to assist students in being mentally healthy and available to learn.

    Information is also provided on future plans for available funds and enhanced community partnerships.

    Mental Health Framework

    Mental Health Framework Presentation

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 2022-2023 Bus Routes

    Due to privacy concerns, bus routes will no longer be available on the website. We are currently working on process for parents to look up their child's bus information via a secure, individual user, sign on. Until then, your child's bus stop information will be available for viewing beginning Tuesday, August 16, at your child's school, in a location designated by the school. This would include events such as Fee Night and Open Houses. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience.  Thank you.

    Transportation
  • English 9 Textbook Adoption

    Powhatan High School English teachers are currently reviewing English 9 textbooks for adoption for the 2022-2023 school year. Textbooks will be evaluated by building and division staff, as well as community members.

    Community members are invited to review the English textbooks. Eligible textbooks are presented for review by community members in the Powhatan High School Library from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until June 11, 2022. This excludes May 27 and May 30 as these dates are holidays.

    **The textbooks will also be available for review at the Powhatan County Library from Monday, June 6- Saturday, June 11 during regular library hours.**

    The textbooks that are being considered are listed in the table below.

    Grade/Course

    Publisher

    Title

    Grade 9 Reading

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Into Literature

    Grade 9 Reading

    McGraw-Hill School Education, LLC

    StudySync ELA

    Grade 9 Reading

    Pearson Education, Inc./Savvas Learning

    myPerspectives ELA

    Textbook Evaluation Form

    Evaluation Criteria Rubric

    If you have any questions, please contact Tracey Ingle at (804) 598-5700, ext. 140 or at tracey.ingle@powhatan.k12.va.us.

    Per Policy IIA, “the School Board may adopt textbooks, including print or electronic media, for student use that serve as the primary curriculum basis for a grade-level subject or course from the list of textbooks approved by the Board of Education. In approving textbooks, the School Board … gives notice to parents that textbooks under consideration will be listed on the division’s website and made available at designated locations for review by any interested citizens; creates opportunities for persons reviewing such textbooks to present their comments and observations to the School Board; creates procedures to ensure appropriate consideration of citizen comments and observations; and establishes and makes known selection criteria.”

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • School Board Meetings

    ⏰ Powhatan County School Board will now begin holding our regularly scheduled meetings at Pocahontas Landmark Center. School Board Workshops will begin at 5:00 p.m. and our Regular School Board Meetings for the public will be at 7:00 p.m.

    ▶️ All meetings will continue to be streamed on YouTube for the public to view.

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • 😋 Lunch Buddies Program Returns to PCPS

    PCPS is excited to re-launch our Lunch Buddies program at our elementary schools. Volunteers who previously acted as a mentor will be invited back beginning the week of December 6th. New mentors will begin after the new year. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is asked to email Ms. Ferdous at zannatul.ferdous@powhatan.k12.va.us for more information. 

    🍎 "Snack" Buddies:  PMS is excited to re-launch our Lunch Buddies program with a new look! Volunteers who previously acted as a mentor will be invited back beginning the week of December 6th to join their mentees during snack time. New mentors will begin after the new year. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is asked to email Ms. Ferdous at zannatul.ferdous@powhatan.k12.va.us for more information. 
     
    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • PCPS Selected for Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network

    📣 In July 2021, Powhatan County Public Schools was selected into the 3rd cohort for the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network (VALIN).  PCPS was part of the inaugural cohort in 2018. 

    VALIN is composed of annual cohorts of Lead Innovation Teams from school divisions in Virginia. Each cohort consists of teams from up to 35 divisions. The Network connects educational innovators who purposely work together to identify, use, and share strategies and actions designed to implement the Profile of a Virginia Graduate.

    Teams meet during the cohort cycle in Institutes designed to spark ideas and actions for local innovation initiatives. Teams also participate in a coaching model designed to support implementation of local innovation initiatives.

    Division Lead Innovation Teams research and develop innovative approaches designed to ensure that all learners develop complex competencies essential to long-term success in homes, communities, and the workforce. As teams determine the effectiveness of innovations, they share artifacts, media, and “how to” information through face-to-face and virtual communication across the Commonwealth. The Network is a conduit for solutions to challenges, leveraging resources across divisions, and connecting educational communities in Virginia and beyond.

    Instruction
  • Little Free Libraries Provided

    📚 Do your kids love to read? Need more books? Want to donate old books?

    PHS CTE students built and donated 5 "Little Free Libraries" to the Powhatan community. Please visit them at the Pocahontas Landmark Center, the Powhatan County Administration Building, and the Academy Road Food Lion. Two additional libraries will be located at the Powhatan Fire Department Company 2 and Company 4.

    Feel free to take a book and leave a book when you are in the area!

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • School Cash Online - Now Available!

    • Gives Parents the ability to pay for student items (field trips, sports events, activity fees, etc.) online with secure credit card payment, 24/7, easy registration
    • Parents can make payments, print/view receipts and their current account history in real-time; with electronic reminders and notifications means no missed events/deadlines
    • Parents can register at https://powhatan.schoolcashonline.com/ beginning February 23, 2021
    • If you require assistance, select the SUPPORT option in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen or go to helpdesk.supportschoolcashonline.com

    More information is available at http://www.powhatan.k12.va.us/parentscommunity linked here

    Video information supplied by School Cash Online is viewable and linked here

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💡 Spotlight on Instruction

  • 2021-2022 4th Nine Weeks Honor Roll Students

    👏 Congratulations to all students that achieved honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2021/2022 school year! Keep up the great work!

    Honor Roll lists for each school are attached below in PDF format, and available in text and PDF on the PCPS Honor Roll page linked here.  

    Spotlight
  • Historians for the Day!

    The ACA class spent the day at Washington and Lee Special Collections and Archives studying original materials from the vault.

    Read the article here! 

     

    Spotlight
  • PMS is Recognized as a School to Watch for Effective Middle School Programming!

    A huge congratulations to Powhatan Middle School for achieving recognition as a School to Watch for effective middle school programming by The National Forum! PMS was recognized for the first time in December of 2021 and will retain the designation for three years (2021-2024). 

    https://www.middlegradesforum.org/schools-to-watch

    Spotlight
  • African American History Course

    On August 23, 28 PHS students began our inaugural African American History Course.

    Instructional staff, led by Dr. Omohundro, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and Terrell Fleming, our Social Studies Instructional Specialist, worked throughout the summer to create a course outline, vette resources, and identify society members and community members to assist with the local component of the course.  

    As stated at our January 12, 2021 School Board meeting, we will provide regular updates to the community on this work via our website.

     

     

     

    Spotlight
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Over the last several years, our staff has developed engaging lessons based on asking essential questions, otherwise known as an inquiry model. This works supports the PCPS Strategic Plan by asking students to think critically and problem-solve. In 2019, four PCPS staff participated in professional development and curriculum writing offered through the Virginia Inquiry Collaborative. The professional development portion of the program had a wide range of presenters that included content experts as well as those that presented first person narratives. Our staff focused on creating high quality lessons for our students using the inquiry model which relies on the analysis of primary sources. Participation was voluntary and there was no cost for these teachers to participate.

    Attached are the materials presented in two lessons that a pair of 3rd grade teachers piloted after participating in the Virginia Inquiry Collaborative. PCPS teachers tailored the lessons to their students' needs as they do with all lessons. They created their own slideshows, notes, organizers, etc. The teachers reported that they enjoyed the inquiry piece of this work and really saw how the students started thinking on their own instead of being given all of the information in lecture format.

    PCPS will continue its work on inquiry based learning for students, but will no longer participate in the Virginia Inquiry Collaborative.

    Egypt

     IDM Egypt Source F  Flooding Pictures_Ancient Egypt IDM  Eqypt Blueprint Template  Ancient Egypt Sources_IDM  Ancient Egypt IDM Performance Task  Ancient Egypt IDM Notebook Materials

    China

     China SQ all Sources_IDM  China Pyramid Organizer  China blueprint template  Ancient China Ranking IDM  Ancient China Contributions Graphic Organizer

    Spotlight
  • PCPS Portrait of a Graduate

    The PCPS Portrait of a Graduate not only provides for the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but it also fosters critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and other 21st century skills our young people need to thrive in this complex, rapidly changing world.

    By providing strategic direction for the redesign of the overall educational experience for students, this collective vision articulates the community’s aspirations for all students, as well as reinvigorates and re-engages students, teachers, and community stakeholders.

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Recognitions

ALL POWHATAN SCHOOLS ACCREDITED

Each school in Powhatan County Public Schools was accredited in 2019-2020. Accreditation was waived for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The calculation of school accreditation will resume with the 2022-2023 ratings based on data from 2021-2022

Accreditation is based on three components: Achievement of all Students, Achievement Gaps, and Student Engagement. In October 2021, the School Board received information on Accreditation and Assessment.

In addition, an overview of the data can be found in the Powhatan County Public Schools Quality Profile .

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