Division News

  • Transition Tuesday Workshop - January

    Does my student's IEP go to college with him/her?

    Well...attend this workshop and find out all the answers (or hopefully most of them) of what happens at the college level with regards to requesting accommodations plus so much more! If your student is considering applying to a four year college after graduating from high school, this workshop is for him/her (and you)! Regardless of your student's grade level, attending this workshop now to learn about what comes next is important, so whether your student is a senior in high school or a freshman in high school (or anything in between) and attending a four year college is one of their postsecondary goals, this workshop will be very helpful, I promise!

    We are grateful to have Chris Parthemos, from VCU, presenting at our workshop! Chris Parthemos is Senior Access Specialist at the Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity office at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role he oversees the provision of academic accommodations for students, as well as coordinating Assistive Technology, Alternative Format text materials, and Dining Accommodations for students. Prior to his time in this role, Chris has worked in Vocational Rehabilitation services, as a Behavior Analyst, and as a game developer. He is passionate about supporting students with disabilities as they navigate the transition to college and career.

    Chris will begin with a brief review of the process for applying for and using accommodations at the college level, but the main topic of presentation will be on the variety of services to be on the lookout for at ANY university, not just specifically at VCU. Chris will then give a big overview of what is out there, which will lead to a chance for the campus partners to discuss their specific services.

    The Writing Center will discuss the role of writing-focused services on campus to support students (brief video).

    University Counseling services will talk about mental health services and support on a college campus (brief video).

    The Campus Learning Center will talk about assessing universities' academic support services (tutoring, coaching, etc.) as a prospective student.

    Residence Life and Housing will discuss applying for campus housing, what campus housing looks like, and the role of accommodations in that process.

    At the end of the presentation myself and the representatives from housing and the learning center will be available to answer questions.

    The workshop is being held virtually on Tuesday January 31, 2023 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

    Please use the following link to register for the workshop:

    Transition Tuesday Workshop Registration Link

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Student Internet Safety: Follow- Up to the Panel Discussion

    Click here to view the live streamed Internet Safety Panel discussion.

    As a follow-up to the Student Internet Safety Panel, here is a list of some resources which were mentioned during the course of the discussion.

    Blocksi

    The Blocksi student safety program is currently in use at Powhatan Middle School and will be piloted at Powhatan High school beginning in February. We hope to have this product in place division-wide as we begin the 2023-24 school year.

    Blocksi provides our core web filtering as well as additional features such as classroom management, and a parent portal which allows parents to directly monitor their child’s internet activity. For more information about the product, please access their website here: https://blocksi.net/

    If you are a parent of a middle school student, or you would like to help us pilot the parent portal at PHS next month,  please go to https://blocksi.net/ In the upper right corner, select to sign in as Parent or Guardian. You can create an account here, which we will activate on the back end. Once you receive the confirmation email from Blocksi that your account is created, you may sign in to view your child’s web activity.

    Here is a video which explains the entire process.

    https://blocksi.net/howto_parent.php

    Parent Resources:

    Several resources were discussed which parents may consult for information about how to better protect their children at home.

    Here are several that were mentioned:

    Commonsense Media

    Commonsense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ is a great site which enables parents to choose vetted resources, and access guides to help your be safe on social media

    The Circle App

    Circle https://meetcircle.com/ is a subscription service which allows parents to control screen time on their home devices. The site also offers articles and tips for keeping students safe.

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • CodeRVA Regional High School's Lottery Process Open Now!

    CodeRVA Regional High School's lottery process for the 2023-24 school year is now open!

    Families can apply online here before February 17 at midnight.

    No late applications will be considered.

    First round acceptances will be sent on March 10, but students will be selected for enrollment (based on seat availability) through September 30.

    Applicants should use an email address that is checked regularly and have their middle school counselor's email address handy. School Counselors may want to check out this FAQ about our lottery process.

    Call us at 804-968-1820 or email us at info@coderva.org for any questions. We can't wait to welcome the Class of 2027!

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • ATTENTION ELEMENTARY STUDENTS and FAMILIES!

    Calling all “FUTURE CHEFS” for our CULINARY COMPETITION

    We’re looking for you to complete the plate with your favorite fruit or vegetable side dish!

    Submit your entry by January 31st online or in the main office of your school!

    Two  lucky winners from each school will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at Powhatan High School Cafeteria  on March 15, 2023.

    As a bonus, the winner of this event will be entered in a Future Chefs National Challenge for some great prizes!

    Food Service
  • PCPS 2023 Career Fair!

    REV IT UP for the 2023 Career Fair!

    In person or virtual interviews with school administrators!

    Click here to Register!

    When? February 18, 2023 from 9-12

    Where? Flat Rock Elementary School

    2210 Batterson Road
    Powhatan, VA 23139

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • PCPS Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Learning

    Powhatan County Public Schools has developed a Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Learning to comply with Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act and U.S. Department of Education’s Interim Final Rule requiring each LEA that receives ARP ESSER III funds to submit a plan that describes how it will safely return to in-person instruction and ensure continuity of services, including LEAs that have already returned to in-person instruction.

    This plan is updated every six months. Input has been received on the current draft from division leadership, as well as, via a stakeholder survey through schools’ weekly email to families, as well as,
    available on the division website.

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Come Check Out What's New at the Parent Resource Center!

    The Powhatan Parent Resource Center offers assistance to families and educators by encouraging effective partnerships between home and school. The goals of the Parent Resource Center are to:

    *Provides direct support through listening and problem-solving with families and educators. These communications can take place in-person, and/or through phone and email conversations.

    *Assists family members and staff in locating resources and information relevant to topics of interest, both in the Parent-Community area in PCPS school libraries and with outside agencies and organizations.

    *Offers information on local family support groups and programs.

    *Collaborates with other local agencies and PCPS Committees to provide interactive workshops on general and specific topics.

    *Shares information on the Special Education process.

    Click here to navigate to the PRC site!

    For more information, please contact:

    Becky Boswell, MBA
    Coordinator - Parent Resource Center
    Powhatan County Public Schools
    804-598-5700 ext. 147
    prc@powhatan.k12.va.us
    Regular PRC Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    Powhatan County Public Schools
  • Second Breakfast available now at PHS!

    Missed Breakfast? No Problem!

    A second breakfast is now available after first block in the Academic Alcove and Bus Loop Hallway. 

    Come check it out!

    Food Service
  • 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
  • 📢 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
  • 📢 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
  • 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
  • 🚍 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
  • 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
  • 😋 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

    Powhatan County Public Schools
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💡 Spotlight on Instruction

  • Powhatan Middle School’s Innovation Lab featured by the Virginia Middle School Association!

    News from Region I-B

    Powhatan Middle School's Innovation Lab

    At Powhatan Middle School, we have developed an innovative approach to incorporating STEM concepts and practices across the curriculum. When our school opened in its new building in 2018, we added a full time Instructional Coach for STEM. With a lab classroom dedicated to the STEM program and rebranded “The Innovation Lab,” we had the opportunity to explore new ways to support our instruction with hands-on, student centered learning activities that connect with the curricula and standards of any and every course in the school.

    Lessons in the lab are scheduled and planned in collaboration with the classroom teachers and every student in the school has multiple opportunities to participate. In addition to class activities, students can sign up to work on independent projects based on their personal interests. Examples of lessons include: modeling text structures for 6th grade English using KEVA planks, designing and building models of Early American homes for 6th grade history, exploring how to transfer energy from alternative energy sources through 8th grade science, creating features for a theme park based on the novel, The Outsiders, for 7th grade English, scale models with 7th grade math, and using an assembly line to build propeller planes to support a 7th grade history unit.

    Students appreciate the time to problem solve and create collaboratively and their teachers have the opportunity to observe, participate in, and assess their understanding in new ways.

     

    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
  • 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.

    Spotlight
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