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Sarah Moore, FRES Reading Coach, receives VASCD Impact Award



Flat Rock Elementary Reading Coach, Sarah Moore, receives VASCD Impact Award








Division News Listing

PCPS Honor Roll - First Nine Weeks

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

Community Input Needed on Elementary Redistricting Options

A committee of staff and community members has been working with K&C Associated, LLC to devise options for elementary redistricting beginning in the 2018-2019 school year due to two elementary schools, Flat Rock and Powhatan, being at or near capacity. The group has created three options for public input and comment. Linked below is a document with detailed maps showing the three options. After reviewing the options, we invite you to submit feedback to the committee using the survey also linked below. We appreciate you reviewing and giving us your insight. We are also providing instructions for viewing these options through the County's GIS system to better see boundaries in relation to specific addresses within the county. GIS instructions linked here in PDF format. GIS instructions linked here in Word format.

Governor’s Schools, Advanced College Academy and CodeRVA High School Recruitment Meeting

On October 16, Pocahontas Middle School hosted an evening of “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 Reynolds Community College for Advanced College Academy Program for an evening of recruitment.  An overview of these programs is linked here.



Elementary Realignment Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the Elementary Realignment Committee took place on September 21st.  The committee, charged with making recommendations on changing elementary attendance zones to the School Board received preliminary information on goals for process and the need for redistricting.  They also looked at preliminary maps and the GIS technology that will be used to facilitate the process.  The next meeting will take place Oct. 19th.  At that time, it is our hope to post options for community input.  Minutes of the meeting are link here as is a brief presentation shared with the committee.  

The County of Powhatan is looking for Citizen Input

The Powhatan County Planning Commission is holding two workshops to get citizen input on draft updates to the Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan provides a long range vision for the development of the county. It helps guide public policy in terms of land use decisions, transportation, utilities, recreation, and housing. If you are interested in the way Powhatan looks or how you want to see it develop, now is your chance.

There will be two open-house style meetings with maps and displays. Both the Planning Commission and staff will be there to answer questions and receive feedback. A draft is available on the county web site at www.powhatanva.gov/268/community-development as well as in the office of Community Development.

The meetings will be held on Sept. 20th and 28th from 6pm-8pm in the large conference room of the county library. The address is 2270 Mann Road.

Please feel free to email input to comprehensiveplan@powhatanva.gov as well.


School Board Invites Citizens to Serve

The Powhatan County School Board invites interested citizens to join one of its advisory committees for the 2017-2018 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, School Board advisory committees are appointed for one year terms. The School Board has the following advisory committees: 
  • Special Education Advisory 
  • Gifted Education Advisory 
  • Title I Parent Advisory 
  • School Health Advisory 
  • Career and Technical Education Advisory 
Please complete the Advisory Committee application linked here in PDF format and send to Mrs. Michele H. Wilson at Michele.wilson@powhatan.k12.va.us or by mail: 2320 Skaggs Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. Applications are due by October 2, 2017.


PCPS Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Powhatan County Public Schools is taking applications from interested citizens wishing to participate on the Strategic Plan Steering Committee.  This is the last year of our current Strategic Plan and we are required to update the plan for the next six years.  We will be forming a Steering Committee to look at the Mission, Vision, and Goals for Powhatan County Public Schools. Our schools are a reflection of our community.  We hope you will consider volunteering to give your perspective on how our schools can best serve Powhatan.

The committee’s first meeting will be on October 5th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library at Powhatan High School.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please fill out the application linked here (Fillable PDF Format) or linked here (Word Format) and return it to Michele H. Wilson at Michele.Wilson@powhatan.k12.va.us or by mail 2320 Skaggs Road, Powhatan, Virginia by September 25, 2017.


PCPS Elementary School
Realignment Committee

Powhatan County Public Schools is taking applications from interested citizens wishing to participate on the Elementary School Realignment Committee.  The committee will work on adjusting the elementary school attendance boundaries to maximize classroom space at all elementary schools.    The committee will work with our consultants to bring a recommendation to the School Board by December 12, 2017 so that the new boundaries can take effect the 2018-2019 school year.

The committee will meet on September 21, October 19, and November 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please fill out the application linked here and return it to Michele H. Wilson at Michele.wilson@powhatan.k12.va.us or by mail 2320 Skaggs Road, Powhatan, Virginia by September 11, 2017.



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



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


Richmond Symphony Matinee Performance at Powhatan High School

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra is coming back to Powhatan High School for a concert benefiting the Powhatan Education Foundation (PEF) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. All proceeds from this event will support PEF's mission of supporting innovation and creativity in Powhatan County Public Schools. This includes funding student scholarships, teacher innovation grants, and music education programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click orange button below for  link to the event page.

  Orange button link to Eventbrite - Richmond Symphony Orchestra Performs at Powhatan High School


PCPS & Powhatan Public Library Present: A Starry Night

Monday, December 4, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Powhatan County Public Library. Students in grades 4-8 and their families will be able to view planets through telescopes, learn about space, discover constellations, explore library resources about space, and warm up with cookies & hot chocolate. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing to win a telescope! For more information, please see event flier in PDF format linked here

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day Breakfast

Powhatan High School will be hosting the Seventh Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day Community Breakfast Celebration. This event will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. There are two opportunities for students to participate in this event.  The first is to sing in the Youth Choir.  Students can also volunteer at the breakfast.  The accompanying flyer and letter give additional information on these two ways to get involved in a great community event. Youth Choir flier linked here (PDF Format). Student volunteer letter & application linked here (fillable PDF Format).


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


Superintendent Welcomes Back Staff and Students  

Division Superintendent, Dr. Eric Jones, welcomes back staff and students for the 2017-2018 school year in a short video linked here.  The video includes updates on the construction projects in the school division, new instructional initiatives, redistricting the new elementary school boundaries, and updating the strategic plan for the school division.


Virginia Preschool Initiative

Preschool for 4-year-olds in Powhatan County

Powhatan County Public Schools is pleased to offer a pre-kindergarten program for 4 year old children for the 2017-2018 school year. Further information & application found here.



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.

Applications for enrollment in the Powhatan Preschool Inclusion Program for the 2017-2018 school year will be available beginning March 1, 2017 in the offices of Pocahontas Elementary School, Powhatan Elementary School, and Flat Rock Elementary School.


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.