PEF Innovative Classroom Grants Awarded

posted Oct 28, 2016, 12:21 PM by Michele Wilson   [ updated May 16, 2017, 11:51 AM by Dixie Renger ]

The Powhatan Education Foundation (PEF) awarded approximately $4,700.00 for Innovative Classroom Grants submitted by Powhatan County Instructional staff members.   The foundation received 16 grant submissions this year for their Innovative Classroom Grants Program and funded the following seven applications: 
      • Elliott Gibbs, Powhatan Science Olympiad Team, $425.00
      • Renee Mayo and Christina Lindsey, Taking the Stage:  Aquaponics, $995.05
      • Barbara Adcock and Elizabeth Kirk, STEM Stations:  Deeper Learning for All, $1,000.00
      • Becky Waltenbaugh, The Writing Center:  A Place Where All Students Write, $837.00
      • Joshua Wright and Megan Ellis, Creative Expression, $500.00
      • Amber Ortolano, Adapted Physical Education Equipment, $400.00
      • Rae Shrewsberry and Jose' Luis Reyes Lopez, Foreign Language Fair, $500.00

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to the Powhatan Education Foundation!

2016-17 Code of Student Conduct

posted Aug 15, 2016, 7:19 AM by Michele Wilson

The School Board approved the 2016-17 Code of Student Conduct at their August 9th meeting.  Below are the revisions that were made to the Code of Student Conduct:
  • Several definitions were added:  Bystander, Chronic Absenteeism, Harassment, Home-bound Instruction, School Attendance Plan, and Attendance/Truancy Conference
  • elimination of language outlining make-up work during suspension 
  • revised language outlining dispositions for chronic misbehavior
  • several attendance revisions including: elimination of automatic failure for the nine weeks of high school credit course when student has more than four absences during any quarter grading period and does not make up the time; deletion of the requirement that elementary students must be present at least 50% of the school day to be considered present; establishment of a support chain for students who are chronically absent; and revisions to the Student/Absences/Excuses/Dismissals regulation.  (Attached below) 
  • prohibition of spaghetti straps changed from grade five to grade six and above
  • revisions in the dispositions of students with electronic devices for grades 6-12
  • language added to address bystander behavior and dispositions
  • language added on academic sanctions and extra-curricular sanctions added to dispositions under the section Integrity
  • updated to reflect new administration staff, titles, and phone numbers
  • updated to reflect the new grade alignments (K-5) - Elementary; (6-8) - Middle School; and (9-12)- High School

New Middle School and Transition Process Information

posted Mar 3, 2016, 8:38 AM by Michele Wilson   [ updated May 16, 2017, 11:59 AM by Dixie Renger ]

The construction of a new Middle School will begin this summer and Dr. Jones and school personnel have been working for months to ensure a smooth transition.

Below is a letter sent to all elementary school, middle school and junior high school parents from Dr. Jones regarding this transition process.


                                March 4, 2016


Dear Parents,


Construction of a new Middle School in Powhatan has been approved to begin this summer!  This exciting news will allow future generations of Powhatan students to learn in a state of the art facility. Powhatan County Public Schools has been preparing for this exciting change. Division and school personnel have been working for months to ensure a smooth transition. As part of that process, we want to communicate some essential information in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year.

Beginning next year and going forward, PCPS elementary schools will serve preschool to fifth grade. Therefore, current 4th grade students will remain at their present elementary school for the 2016-2017 school year as 5th graders.

Pocahontas Middle School and Powhatan Junior High School will merge, bringing together 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Students will be housed in Pocahontas Middle School, and the adjacent Pocahontas Elementary, until the new Middle School is opened in 2018 on the site of the current Junior High School. During this period, eight 6th grade classes will have core classes (English, math, history, and science) in the elementary school, and the remaining 6th grade and all 7th and 8th grade classes will be housed at Pocahontas Middle School. All students will have their health and physical education and resource/elective classes in the middle school.  Administrative and support staff will work at both sites to create a uniform school family.

The Human Resource Department is working with school administration and staff to appropriately assign personnel to the schools which reflect these changes, and support student enrollment at each site. As the next school year approaches, building principals will be working with their school communities to offer opportunities to meet and greet, share new ideas, and plan for a successful fall.

Thank you in advance for your support as we move forward to provide our students with the best facilities and programming possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal or myself.  Our partnership will make all the difference for our schools and the children we serve.



                                                Eric L. Jones, Ph.D.

Division Superintendent



2016 Division Wide Spelling Bee

posted Feb 23, 2016, 8:57 AM by Michele Wilson

2016 Division-wide Spelling Bee winners with Dr. Jones
Powhatan County Public Schools held its Annual District Spelling Bee on February 19th at Pocahontas Elementary School.  The following Grade Level Winners participated in the the Division Spelling Bee:

Grade 4 Flat Rock Elementary School - Jordan Seay
Grade 4 Pocahontas Elementary School - Olivia Moss
Grade 4 Powhatan Elementary School - Luke McDaniels
Grade 5 Pocahontas Middle School - Bryson Wilson
Grade 6 Pocahontas Middle School - Nadia Khan
Grade 7 Powhatan Junior High School - Bailey Stagner
Grade 8 Powhatan Junior High School - A. J. Cascone

Bailey Stagner won the District Wide Spelling Bee with A. J. Cascone as Runner Up.

Attached below is the program for the Division Wide Spelling Bee.

2016 Spelling Bee Contestants and Judges
Special thanks to Mrs. Patty Haskins, Coordinator of the Division Wide Spelling Bee; Mrs. Kathy Liesfield, Spelling Bee Pronouncer; and Spelling Bee Judges: Dr. Eric Jones, Mrs. Valarie Ayers, Mrs. Kim Hymel, and Mrs. Tracey Ingle.

Be a Lunch Buddy

posted Aug 28, 2014, 5:29 AM by Michelle Martin   [ updated May 16, 2017, 11:42 AM by Dixie Renger ]

Lunch Buddy Program: Be a Mentor. Be the Difference.

Powhatan County Public Schools is currently seeking adult volunteer mentors to serve in the new mentoring program “Lunch Buddies”. If you are looking to serve your community while making a positive impact on a child’s life, this is your opportunity! Link to informational page on Lunch Buddy Program.

Passport to Summer Reading

posted Jul 21, 2014, 11:59 AM by Michele Wilson

Park demonstrationOn July 10th the Passport to Reading Program was held at the Powhatan State Park.  Ms. Krista Weatherford, a park interpreter, showed students several animal pelts and allowed them to touch real animals such as a live bearded lizard and a corn snake.  Each child was given a new book; a sample of what the park has to offer.  The next Passport to Summer Reading event will be held at the Courthouse Creamery on July 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  A local animal rehabilitation program, AWARE, will be sharing their story and free ice cream samples will be given.

Hats Off to Powhatan Elementary School!

posted Jun 26, 2014, 1:29 PM by Michelle Martin   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:07 AM by Dixie Renger ]

Mrs. Deal & Mrs. Gwaltney

The bragging rights light bulb was presented to Powhatan Elementary School principal, Constance Deal, for reducing usage during the month of May as a part of the Powhatan School Energy Conservation Contest. Students and staff of the three elementary schools as well as the middle school were encouraged to turn off the lights and unplug electronics when not in use to make a difference in energy usage.

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