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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Michele H. Wilson
Powhatan County Public Schools Public Information Officer
(804) 598-5700 ext. 120
posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:46 PM
Powhatan County Public Schools is excited to offer enrollment applications for CodeRVA, an innovative, regional, public high school in central Virginia focused on preparing students for college and careers in computer science and coding. The application system is open now through February 24 for rising 9th and 10th grade students. For additional information, please visit their website: (http://coderva.org/about-us/
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
New Lunch Concept - The PHS Zone
posted Sep 6, 2016, 10:50 AM by Michele Wilson
Powhatan High School will be launching a new lunch concept this year - The PHS Zone. The PHS Zone will consist of The Culture Zone, featuring American and International Entrees; The Grill Zone, featuring hot sandwiches and pizza; and The Soup, Salads, and Subs Zone. These lunch selections will be offered through JTM Foods product line, My Way Cafe'.
PCPS Welcomes New Instructional Staff Members
posted Aug 29, 2016, 10:40 AM by Michele Wilson
Powhatan County Public Schools welcomes 23 new instructional staff members for the 2016-17 school year. Starting from the top of the staircase:
Mike Manna – Powhatan High School Mathematics
Wil Miles – Flat Rock Elementary School – Health and Physical Education
Sherrie Eacho – Flat Rock Elementary School Special Education
Michelle Short – Powhatan High School Nursing
Katrisha Little – Flat Rock Elementary School 5th Grade
Charity Manis – Pocahontas Middle School Mathematics
Sarah Voyack – Powhatan High School – Business Information and Technology
Jordan Cronk – Flat Rock Elementary School 3rd Grade
Nancy Taylor – Powhatan High School Mathematics
Audrey Cabezas – Pocahontas Middle School History
Shannon Malkerson – Powhatan High School Special Education
Lindsay Griendling – Pocahontas Middle School Special Education
Kellen Keys – Pocahontas Middle School Art
Mary Angel – Powhatan Elementary School Special Education
Kathryn Parkhurst – Powhatan High School History
Robert Reese – Powhatan High School Earth Science
Margo Poulos – Powhatan High School Mathematics
Meg Foster – Flat Rock Elementary School Art
Katherine Keller – Powhatan Elementary School Special Education
Cesar Toala – Pocahontas Middle School Spanish
Haylee Kraushaar – Powhatan High School Biology
Anthony Davis – Powhatan High School Mathematics
Not Pictured – Brandy Davis – Flat Rock Elementary School 2nd Grade
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.”
PCPS Leaders Enjoy Instructional Retreat
posted Aug 4, 2016, 4:48 PM by Michelle Martin
On Thursday, August 4th, the division and school instructional leadership enjoyed a day at Independence Golf Club for the annual Curriculum CloseUP retreat. The instruction team was afforded the opportunity to discuss and set instructional goals and priorities for the coming school year. The morning was full with session rotations led by instructional specialists delivering updates and initiatives for their content area. After lunch, participants engaged in outside team-building activities that celebrated their athletic and competitive qualities. It was no surprise that Superintendent Dr. Jones led his team to the win for each activity. The retreat closed with a final session that allowed for group reflection and instructional planning for school leaders. The instructional leadership is excited, energized, and prepared for a new school year where each student is able to reach his/her fullest potential.
PJHS/PHS Final Community Open House
posted Jun 17, 2016, 4:20 PM by Michele Wilson
Powhatan Junior High School (2003-2016) and Powhatan High School (1971-2003) will be open to the community for those who would like to come walk the halls one final time on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. Powhatan Junior High School is closing at the end of this school year with demolition set to begin this summer. PJHS will be replaced with a new middle school service grades 6-8. Come reminisce, remember, and see the plans for the new school to be located on the site.
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!”
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.