Division News

  • 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
  • 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.”

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  • ARP Public Comment and Survey

    Per Section 2001(i) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and the Interim Final Rule on ARP Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, school divisions must periodically review and update as necessary local plans for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services as a requirement of receiving ARP Act ESSER formula funds. During the plan review process, school divisions must seek public comment on their local plans and must take such comment into account when considering plan revisions.

    The school board will receive an overview of the expenditures for all of the ESSER grants at their May 10 meeting, as well as planned or proposed expenditures for the funds remaining in the grants. There are no new proposals for the ARP grant at this time.  They will also receive a draft update to our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services to be posted by June 1.

    The board will receive public comment on the ARP grant and the PCPS Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services at the May 10 meeting or you may use this survey to provide your feedback prior to June 1.

    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
  • Powhatan Education Foundation 6th Annual Golf Tournament

    The Powhatan Education Foundation (PEF) will be hosting
    its 6th annual Golf Tournament at Mill Quarter Plantation Golf
    Course on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

    The tournament format will be a Four Man Captain’s Choice with a
    shotgun start beginning at 12:00 PM. Entry Fee of $125.00 per golfer
    or $500.00 per team includes green fees with cart, range balls,
    beverages, and lunch.

    The tournament will be open to all entrants. Immediately following
    the tournament awards will be given out at the golf course.
    Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and door prizes will be awarded.
    The first 120 entries will be accepted OR final cutoff will be May 20, 2022.

    6th Annual Golf Tournament Entry Form

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  • 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 Summer Opportunities 🔆

    We are excited to offer enhanced and expanded Summer Opportunities again for PCPS students preK-12. Powhatan High School and Flat Rock Elementary School will host the majority of summer activities. The summer session will be June 27-July 21. We hope to see many of our students taking advantage of the following opportunities:

    Details on offerings, registration, and payment information is linked below:

    Summer Camp

    2022 Summer Opportunities - Grades 6-8

    2022 Summer Opportunities - Grades 9-12

    2022 Summer School Parent Memo

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  • PHS Students Can PRE-ORDER lunch through the "So Happy" App

    📆 Starting February 7th, high school students will be able to pre-order lunch through the "So Happy" app by Sodexo. 

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

    📍 So Happy Pre-Order Flyer

    Food Service
  • Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals

    🥪 2021-2022 PCPS Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals is linked here and attached below in PDF format.

     

    Food Service
  • 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 Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll Students

    👏 Congratulations to all students that achieved honor roll for the third 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 .