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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.

PCPS staff with VTSS award

 

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.


PCPS Fall, 2017 Adult Education Classes
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. Class listings and registration information are available in PDF format linked here or Word format linked here.


Broadband Internet Coming to Powhatan

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.  We are seeking children from the community who will be three or four by September 30, 2017 to serve as “role models” in the Powhatan Preschool Inclusion Program.  “Model” children are defined as children who demonstrate typical development of their speech and language, social-emotional, motor, and cognitive development, as well as appropriate behavior.  There is no cost for children to attend this program.

Our preschool classes are taught by teachers who have earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and are committed to teaching each child at their own developmental level.  The preschool classes include children who are developing typically as well as children with developmental delays.

Parents interested in enrolling their children as models are required to attend an orientation meeting on one of two dates: March 29, 2017 or April 5, 2017.  The orientation meetings will be held at Flat Rock Elementary School at 6:30 PM.  Families should not bring children to this meeting.  Applications will be turned in at the orientation meetings and placed in a lottery for the 2017-2018 school year.  No applications will be accepted outside of the orientation meetings.  Applications will provide additional information for prospective families.

Parents who have concerns about their child’s development may contact Christine Phaup at Flat Rock Elementary School at 598-5743 for a free developmental screening and further information.


POWHATAN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PRESS RELEASE
FEBRUARY 6, 2017

ERIC JONES NAMED 2017 REGION 1 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.

In receiving this award Jones says, “I am honored to accept this award, voted on by my peers, on behalf of the Powhatan County Public School community. I am very fortunate to work in a community that values the power of a world class education for every student who attends our schools.”

Jones also cited the work of Powhatan County Public Schools teachers and staff for their tireless efforts to realize the school system’s mission of providing an environment where every student is able to reach his or her fullest potential. In his tenure the school district has expanded Career and Technical Education offerings as well as advanced courses that lead to students earning college credit. According to Jones, “our goal is to provide the widest range of opportunities for students to develop their passion that leads to college and career readiness and success.”

Mr. James (Jim) Kunka, Powhatan County School Board member, says, “"It has been a pleasure working with and learning from Dr. Jones during his tenure as Powhatan County School Superintendent. The resounding success of our school system is demonstrated by high student achievement, employee satisfaction and morale, and robust community support. Dr. Jones' work ethic, intelligence, and leadership light the way for our children's future. Though this well-deserved award now acknowledges the fact that Dr. Jones is a winner, he has been a winner in my book since Day One."

Since his appointment in Powhatan County, Dr. Jones has focused school division efforts on meeting goals established by the community. He is particularly proud of the progress that has been made in reaching the goal of every third grade student reading on or above grade level. Powhatan County Public Schools has the highest pass rate and advanced proficiency pass rate on the 3rd grade Reading SOL test among Region I schools divisions.

Dr. David Myers, New Kent Superintendent, says, “Dr. Jones is not only a highly respected Superintendent in Powhatan County, he is also an incredibly, influential leader for all of our regional programs. Dr. Jones' vision and commitment has allowed Central Virginia school systems to provide unique and innovative opportunities to tens of thousands of students.”

Under Dr. Jones’ leadership Powhatan County Schools is a leader in STEM education. Today, all students in grades K-12 have opportunities to participate in STEM activities through integrated content lessons. Each school in the division has a STEM lab and Makerspace area for students to create, collaborate, and solve real world problems. Every student in grades K-5 are taught Coding and Computer Science skills which translates to Powhatan High School having one of the largest enrollments in Computer Science courses in Region I.

Dr. Pat Kinlaw, Henrico County Superintendent said, “I am so pleased and proud that Dr. Eric Jones, Powhatan Superintendent, will be representing Region I as the Superintendent of the Year. I have followed Eric’s career over many years when we worked together in Henrico and beyond. I admire his commitment to and advocacy for students and his devotion to working transparently with his community. Again, so pleased, and hopeful he will be our Virginia Superintendent of Year.”

Dr. Jones started his career in education in Henrico County as social studies and reading teacher at the middle school level. Dr. Jones moved to the administration level after ten years of teaching and served as Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of High School Education and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in Henrico County. Dr. Jones was appointed Division Superintendent of Powhatan County Public Schools in July 2013.

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Walters, Powhatan County School Board Chairman stated, “Dr. Eric Jones is a valued and respected leader in the educational community and I congratulate him on his well-deserved recognition as Region I Superintendent of the Year. This award recognizes both his significant personal accomplishments as Superintendent and the positive environment he has collaboratively worked with our dedicated administration, faculty and staff to continue to promote in Powhatan County Public Schools where each student is actively encouraged to reach his/her full potential."

As a regional winner, Dr. Jones is a finalist for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year award. There are eight regions in the state of Virginia designated by the Virginia Department of Education. One superintendent is chosen from each region to advance and compete for the VASS Virginia Superintendent of the Year. The state winner then competes for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year.

Contact Information:
Michele H. Wilson
Powhatan County Public Schools Public Information Officer
(804) 598-5700 ext. 120
michele.wilson@powhatan.k12.va.us


PHS Recognized as Top High School

posted Sep 23, 2016, 9:32 AM
Powhatan High School was recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of the Top High Schools and Colleges 2016.  Virginia Living recognizes innovation and excellence in secondary and higher education in Virginia in six categories:  Arts & Humanities; Science, Math and Technology; Capital Improvements; Research Opportunities and Mentor-ships; Special Needs and Athletics.  Powhatan High School was selected one of the top high schools in Science, Math and Technology.  Powhatan High School offers nine sections of computer science, including an AP course to its students. 
Below is the link to the October Issue of Virginia Living:



Barbara Adcock Receives Presidential Award

posted Aug 25, 2016, 5:19 PM by Michele Wilson
President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on August 22, 2016.  Selected among these exceptional teachers, was Pocahontas Elementary School teacher and presently serving as Powhatan County Public School's STEM Coach, Barbara Adcock. 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country.  The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.  Winners of the Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits from the Administration. 

Dr. Eric Jones, Powhatan County School Superintendent stated, “Barbara Adcock is a deserving recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  She has spent her entire career developing innovative programs and providing high quality science instruction for her students.   In addition, Mrs. Adcock has shared her knowledge and expertise with countless teachers in Powhatan and across Virginia.  As an early adopter of STEM education, Mrs. Adcock has embraced her new role as a STEM Coach installing a STEM State of Mind in all K-8 Powhatan County classrooms.  I could not be more thrilled and proud that Barbara Adcock has received this esteemed honor.” 

Barbara Adcock has been an educator for 29 years, 28 years at Powhatan County Public Schools.  For the last six years, Barbara has taught second grade through fourth grade as a mathematics and science STEM Academy teacher and starting in 2015 she became a STEM Coach for the school division.  Mrs. Adcock stated, “I am humbled and honored to be among the amazing educators who have received the Presidential Award.  It authenticates the inquiry-based teaching methods I have worked to utilize in my classes.  This award is also a testament to my fellow teachers, administrators and students who have challenged me to keep learning.  Finally it gives me the opportunity to work with distinguished educators and policymakers to learn more, and to effect positive change.” 

Her principal, Mr. Thomas Sulzer stated, “The staff at Pocahontas Elementary is so proud of Barbara and can’t think of a more deserving teacher to win the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  She is passionate about her students, the curriculum, and her instructional practices.  She is a role model for the students and her colleagues alike.  She is a leader in science education.  While this is a very public award for Barbara, what many don’t see are the countless hours that Barbara works to make it all happen.  We are happy to have her as a STEM Coach sharing her passion and working with our teachers and students.”


Proposed Changes to Homework Guidelines

posted May 4, 2016, 11:49 AM by Michele Wilson 
This year a division-wide committee of parents, teachers, and administrators have met to review and revise division homework guidelines.  The committee was created as a result of recommendations made by the Grading Practices Committee at the end of 2014-2015.  Since October, the Homework Committee members have discussed concerns, reviewed current division and school guidelines, and studied emerging trends.  As a result they have proposed changes and updates to section IKB:  Homework in School Board policy.  Please click on the links below to review the report that was presented to the School Board on April 26, 2016 and the proposed changes to regulation IKB.  Please share your comments.  Your input will be considered before the regulation is revised/updated.

School Board Approves 2016-17 Budget

posted Mar 25, 2016, 11:13 AM by Michele Wilson   
The Powhatan County School Board approved its FY 2017 School Board Budget at its March 22, 2016 meeting.  On the following night, March 23, 2016, Dr. Jones presented the below attached presentation to the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors at a Joint Board Workshop.  The Board of Supervisors will adopt its FY 2017 budget, which will include the appropriation for the School Division, at their meeting on May 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Building Auditorium.

Live Streaming School Board Meetings

posted Feb 23, 2016, 11:39 AM by Michele Wilson
Powhatan County School Board will now live stream all regular board meetings (second Tuesday of each month) and all other meetings that the School Board holds in the Village Building Auditorium.  These meetings can be viewed live or the community can access these meetings after the meeting date by going to the PCPS YouTube website.  All other meetings will be videotaped and placed on this website also.  Below are the links to access the live streaming and the recorded archived meetings.



PCPS Receives Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Award

posted Feb 23, 2016, 10:58 AM by Michele Wilson   
At the 20th Annual Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention held in Roanoke, Virginia on February 12, 2016, Powhatan County Public Schools received the Dr. Marlene C. Scott Award.  This award is presented each year to either an administrator or school system that provides exemplary vision and support in the implementation of engineering, technology and the design process and teaching that fosters critical thinking and problem solving across all content areas.  Dr. Eric Jones, Division Superintendent accepted the award on behalf of the school system.  Dr. Jones stated, “Powhatan County Public Schools has made a concerted effort to enable every student to have opportunities to think deeply, create, and solve real-world problems on a daily basis.  This award is validation of these efforts and will serve as motivation to continue our work to create a ‘STEM State of Mind’ for our teachers and students.”

The award was named after Dr. Marlene C. Scott, a now-retired administrator that led the way for this pedagogy, beginning in elementary schools.  In presenting the award in person, Dr. Scott pointed to Powhatan County taking a small school within a school STEM academy and diffusing the teaching methods and strategies to all schools throughout the division.

Powhatan County Public Schools Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Cheryl Thomas, stated, “Powhatan County Public Schools has been working hard to integrate STEM in a meaningful way.  We are thrilled to receive this award, and it will be an inspiration as our team continues to move forward.”

Several staff members were able to attend this convention thanks to the innovative classroom grant program supported by the Powhatan Education Foundation.    One of these teachers, Mrs. Barbara Adcock, Pocahontas Elementary School STEM teacher and President of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council, stated, “I am so proud to be working in a school system which continually encourages and uses innovated approaches to help our students become the active problem solvers they need to be in the 21st Century.


Powhatan Junior High School Robotics Club

posted Jan 4, 2016, 4:06 PM by Michele Wilson 
The Powhatan Junior High School physical science teacher, Mrs. Donia Spott, partnered with Longwood's ITTIP to provide PJHS students an after school STEM experience with Hummingbird Robotics.  The sessions started in late September and was held for six weeks.  There was no cost to the school division and the robotic kits are to remain with PJHS after the program.  

Holiday Musical Performances at School Board Meeting

posted Dec 4, 2015, 10:17 AM by Michele Wilson
Powhatan Junior High School and Powhatan High School band students gave a holiday performance at the School Board meeting on December 3, 2015 and attached below are these performances.   Also attached is a listing of the upcoming holiday performances by PCPS students this month.

Powhatan Educational Foundation Awarded Classroom Grants

posted Nov 24, 2015, 9:08 AM by Michele Wilson  
The Powhatan Education Foundation (PEF) awarded approximately $7,000.00 for Innovative Classroom Grants submitted by Powhatan County Instructional staff members.   The foundation received 22 grant submissions this year for their Innovative Classroom Grants Program and funded the following eight applications: 

Taking It to the Next Level – Submitted by Molly Moss and Elizabeth Kirk, Flat Rock Elementary School, $1,000.00

Powhatan County Video Histories – Submitted by Meredith Perry and Sandy Lynch, PCPS Instructional Department, $1,000.00

Growing with STEM – Submitted by Tia Stout, Flat Rock Elementary, $986.77

Handicapped Accessible Planting Beds for Students with Special Needs – Submitted by Martha Nichols and Michael Payne, Powhatan High School, $615.94

STEM PD – Knowledge is Power – Submitted by Sally Koth and Kristian Schott, Pocahontas Elementary School, $1,000.00

Shakespeare Festival – Submitted by Melissa Nelson and Tracey Ingle, Powhatan High School and PCPS Instructional Department, $1,000.00

Digital Cutting and 3D Paper Design – Submitted by Michelle Martin and Libbey Kitten, PCPS Instructional and Technology Departments, $398.26

Finch Robots for CS Education – Submitted by Blythe Samuels and Sharon Shadrach, Powhatan High School, $891.00

The Powhatan Education Foundation will award the Innovative Grant checks to the staff at the Powhatan County School Board meeting on January 12, 2016.


Thank An Employee

posted Sep 10, 2015, 3:48 PM by Michele Wilson   
Powhatan County Public Schools welcomes parents and community members to use our "Thank An Employee" option on our website to show your appreciation to an employee that you feel has done an excellent job! Click on the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the division webpage and your thank you will go to the intended recipient.

2015-16 Grading Practices

posted Sep 10, 2015, 3:17 PM by Michele Wilson

The School Board accepted the recommendations of the Grading Practices Committee to become effective for the 2015-16 school year at their workshop on April 21, 2015.  These recommendations include moving to the College Board 10-point scale, the elimination of interim reports, and changing the GPA for honor roll.

2015 STEM Update and Recommendations

posted May 18, 2015, 12:18 PM by Michele Wilson
During 2014-2015, a committee of 36 people comprised of teachers, parents, administrators, community members, and a School Board member met to conduct a gap analysis between the current state of STEM education in Powhatan County Public Schools and the desired STEM program for the division.  In addition, they determined the tasks, materials, and roles that are needed to achieve the desired STEM program and developed an action plan.    From group discussions, a vision emerged - "teaching and learning with a STEM State of Mind." 
The School Board accepted the committee's report on May 12, 2015.  Consequently, an infrastructure for a division STEM program is being built.  A STEM webpage now communicates STEM opportunities in our schools, the upcoming events in our community, and competitions and scholarships available to our students.  Look for the "STEM State of Mind" icon on the home page to access it.  Many other exciting things are are to come!

PHS Science Olympiad Team Qualifies For State

posted Mar 4, 2015, 3:27 PM by Michele Wilson 
The inaugural PHS Science Olympiad team competed February 28th at Charlottesville High School. PHS placed 7th as a school and 13th as a team (some high schools were sent multiple teams to the competition). The performance qualified Powhatan for a state meet at Lake Braddock HS on April 11th. When Coach Elliot Gibbs (Earth Science, PHS) was asked if any student stood out in the event, he praised the group's total team effort. Also helping in coaching were Brian Shock (Physics, PHS) and Matthew LaMotte (Modern Technology, PHS).

Health Assistants Visit PJHS

posted Feb 5, 2015, 10:58 AM by Michele Wilson   
On January 28, 2015, students from Sue Farrell’s Health Assistants class at Powhatan High School spent the day with seventh grade students in Mrs. Winston’s, Mrs. Snaveley’s, Mrs. Humphrey’s and Mr. Deely’s classes. Students in these classes had completed reading the novel, Red Kayak, in which a young child had suffered injuries that needed emergency medical care. The Health Assistant students demonstrated emergency life-saving tips such as CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, and how to use an AED machine while also providing the seventh graders with an opportunity to experiment using these strategies on the CPR mannequins.  This demonstration and hands-on learning experience not only helped the junior high students make real-world connections to their reading, but it also revealed one of the many courses they can choose when they enter Powhatan High School.  

Making A Career Connection

posted Jan 20, 2015, 4:02 PM by Michele Wilson

Students at Powhatan High School are putting into practice some of the theory they are being taught in their Early Childhood Education Classes.  Since mid- September 2014, they have developed and managed a morning child watch program for the children of PHS teachers who attend neighboring Flat Rock Elementary School.  Currently, nine children and their parents have taken advantage of this model program which is a win-win for everyone reports Jane Brown, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Powhatan High School and program coordinator.

“I love it when someone thinks outside the box and generates an idea that is not only practical but so pertinent and useful to children and families” says Brown, a 12 year veteran teacher. “My ECE students benefit by getting the opportunity to work hands on with elementary aged students. The teens provide age appropriate activities for the children, a breakfast, if needed, and tutoring/homework assistance, if requested. They walk the students to the bus stop and make sure they are safe and ready for a great day of learning!”

The program is currently being run in the PHS Family & Consumer Sciences classroom during the first block of each school day.  Students participate in the program on a volunteer basis and accrue hours which they can document in their professional portfolios. Some of the students who work the program have study hall during this time and other students choose to come to school earlier than required in order gain the hands-on experience.  The high school students collaboratively researched and created their own business plan and mission for the child watch program. Each parent received a packet with detailed information on the program, the workers, activities, safety and contact information.  Mrs. Brown oversees the program and also applied for and received a small mini-grant through the Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Foundation to purchase age-appropriate books, games and craft supplies for the children to use.

“Our child watch program is an example of innovative Career and Technical Education at its best” says Brown. “I love it when a plan comes together!” 


Rachel's Challenge

posted Jan 15, 2015, 11:43 AM by Michele Wilson
On January 28, 2015, Powhatan High School is hosting an open community event focusing on anti-bullying and respect.  The program is called Rachel’s Challenge and focuses on assisting our youth to look for the best in others, to dream big, to choose positive influences, treat others with kindness, and to practice acceptance.  This program is based on the writings of a 17-year old young lady that was the first student killed in the Columbine shootings in 1999.  She left a legacy of reaching out to those that were different or unique.  Prior to her death, she wrote the quote “ I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.  People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”  

All Powhatan High School students will participate in a school-wide assembly presented by Rachel’s Challenge facilitators.  Following the assembly, 100 high school students and 40 junior high students have been selected to work with the facilitator to focus the mission specifically to our schools.  Statistics have shown that 8% of students indicated that they would definitely intervene in an act of bullying at their school after being a part of Rachel’s Challenge.  Furthermore, Rachel’s Challenge has received over 500 emails from students stating that after they heard her story they reached out for help as they were contemplating suicide.  

The program is targeted towards students and parents of children 5th grade and above.  We also encourage community groups and church affiliates to take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen the resiliency of our community through Rachel’s message.  The community event will be held January 28, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Powhatan High School auditorium.  All are welcome to preview the program at http://www.rachelschallenge.org/ .  For questions or more information, you can contact Kimberly Holloway, Powhatan High School Assistant Principal.  


PHS Graduate Featured in Career Clusters Video

posted Oct 30, 2014, 10:19 AM by Michelle Martin 
Featured on the Virginia Department of Education’s website, Nate Fleming, a Powhatan High School graduate, chronicles his Career Cluster journey while a student at PHS.  Through the use of video production, Fleming creatively explains Career Clusters while highlighting his personal skills and abilities that were strengthened as a result of the opportunities at PHS.  A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and industries or businesses based on commonalities. Career Clusters help students investigate careers and design their courses of study to advance their career goals. To learn more about career clusters, visit 
Career Clusters on the VDOE website or talk with a school guidance counselor.