Dr. Eric Jones
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Freedom of Information Officer for the School Division
Welcome Back Message from Superintendent
As Labor Day approaches, we are excited to welcome back our students for the 2018-2019 school year. This promises to be an exciting year with a few milestone changes. The most visible change is the opening of Powhatan Middle School. This facility will be a modern and inviting building for our students and staff, but will also serve as a resource for the community with athletic, meeting and performing spaces. We welcome the community to tour this state of the art school on September 29th at 2 pm when we hold a dedication ceremony and open house.
The second major change will be the realignment of our elementary attendance zones. A community-led process modified existing attendance zones to most effectively use the capacity at our three elementary schools. Current enrollment figures show that the committee hit their target of student enrollment at 85% of capacity or less at each school. Students and families who are moving schools will find a welcoming environment which will feel like home in a very short time.
Finally, a steering committee of 45 community members led us on a path to a new Strategic Plan that will guide our actions for the next six years. The School Board is scheduled to adopt the new plan next month. Our new vision statement is “Empowering Today to Innovate Tomorrow” and our new mission is to “Prepare Students to Thrive in a Global Community.”
In keeping with our new vision, PCPS will continue to adapt and grow by offering students new opportunities. This year we will be offering new Agriculture, Fire Safety, and Engineering courses for our students at Powhatan High School. We also have a goal to increase student well-being through increased Social and Emotional Learning opportunities for students at all levels.
A continued focus on school safety is evidenced through staff training, updated school crisis planning, student training, new equipment, and our valued partnership with the Sheriff’s Department. Student and staff safety is our primary responsibility and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that our schools remain safe and inclusive learning environments.
Best wishes for a great 2018-2019 school year. We recognize that the support of our community is essential to our success. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of service to you.