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School boards differ on when to start school

At Sycamore Park Elementary, third graders unwind and take a spin during recess. Photo by Doug Stroud.
Planning a calendar for a whole school district is not as easy as one might think.

Cantor talks with the President on immigration reform

After attacking House Republicans, President Obama places a call to Congressman Cantor.

The Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway Presents - “Kathy Kosins”

Kathy Kosins. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Alliance.
Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award winning songwriter, record producer and recognized modern abstractionist painter.

The Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway Presents - “John Tracy”

John Tracy returns to WTA’s Gateway accompanied by the musical talents of Richard Adams.

Glory Days Grill is Hosting - “Tip-A-Cop” to Support Special Olympics

Support the Special Olympics.

Graves Mountain Festival of Music Presents - “Steep Canyon Rangers”

Steep Canyon Rangers. Courtesy photo.
GRAMMY award-winning bluegrass sensation, the Steep Canyon Rangers, will be performing on May 31 at Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, VA.

Brandy Station Battlefield Tour

This Brandy Station Foundation tour focuses on the Kelly's Ford & Stevensburg areas on June 9, 1863.

Brandy Station Foundation Annual Business Meeting, Dinner and Camp Dance

Brandy Station Foundation Annual Business Meeting, Dinner & Camp Dance at the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Hall on April 25, 2014.

Snapshot Virginia: One Day in the Life of Virginia’s Libraries

Reading at the Library. Photo courtesy of the Culpeper County Library.
Libraries all over Virginia will hold a Snapshot Day in April to collect information, photos, and patron comments that illustrate the impact that Virginia libraries make in their communities every day.

Blandy Experimental Farm - “Trillium Field Trip”

The Quarters. Photo courtesy of Blandy Experimental Farm.
Our annual field trip to the Thompson Wildlife Management Area, home to hundreds of thousands of trilliums and other spring wildflowers.

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School budget plans for 1 percent raise

Prince William's school superintendent has released his budget proposal for the coming year. It includes a 1 percent raise for all teachers. The text of his remarks to the School Board follow:

Legion sponsors scholarship contest

American Legion Post 1799 in Haymarket sponsored the third annual Oratorical Scholarship Constitutional Speech Contest on Jan. 16 at Battlefield High School. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Tiger boys nip Cougars 49-40

If the varsity boys basketball teams from Brentsville District and Manassas Park won a game this post-season, it's hard to think of anyone outside their respective locker-rooms who would see it coming. Through the end of January, the Tigers earned three wins so far this season, two of which came against the Cougars. Manassas Park had just one to its name, an 11-point home victory over visiting Rappahannock on Jan. 6.

Forest Park High School trainer is awarded by Virginia Athletic Trainers Association

Halfway through pursuit of a degree in physical education, Jessica Shanks’ well-laid plans took an unexpected turn. An injury introduced her to the world of athletic training and set her on a new path that has led to her receiving the 2014 Virginia Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. The award is given annually by the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (VATA) to those that have made significant contributions in their field.

Delegate Fowler begins legislative career

RICHMOND, Va. — Delegate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler (R-Ashland) takes a moment to share a laugh with his legislative aide Dale Hargrove Alderman in Fowler’s office at the General Assembly Building in Richmond. Fowler and Alderman joyfully reminisce about Fowler’s time as a legislative aide for Alderman’s father Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-Glen Allen). After working for Hargrove for nine years, Fowler became the legislative aide for Hargrove’s successor Delegate John Cox (R-Ashland).

Third-grader earns chess trophy

Ritika Bawa, a third-grade student at St. Anne's Academy in Gainesville, won a second-place trophy at the most recent Prince William Chess Tournament. This is her second trophy. Last month she won a first place trophy at the county tournament. Bawa plays chess every Friday at St. Anne's, where chess is part of the core curriculum. "We are very proud of Miss Bawa," said Kathleen Katz, head of St. Anne's. "Chess has been shown to increase IQ scores over a short period of time. Playing chess requires students to develop thinking skills, concentration skills and the ability to anticipate events.”

PWCS closed Thursday, Jan. 23

On Thursday, January 23 all Prince William County Public Schools will be closed--code green for employees--due to weather-related conditions in certain areas. SACC will not open. All scheduled activities are cancelled. Closing dates for grades and reports cards will be adjusted for recent closings and delays. Details to come.

PWC schools closed Jan. 21

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Prince William County Public Schools will be closed due to inclement weather in certain areas. Code Red for employees. All school division activities including Professional Development sessions are cancelled. SACC will not open.

Osbourn H.S. students gear up for FIRST Robotics Competition

Members of the Lambda Corp robotics team from Osbourn High School traveled to Richmond on Jan. 4 to pick up technical components to compete in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. Pictured at the contest kickoff are, from the left, (front row): Alena Mejia, Joshua Kunzer, Ryan Kunzer, Suyash Bhattarai, Ethan Passmore, Ashlynn Graham and John Ortega; (back row): Arlene Higgins, Juan Rosario Cruz, Zainey Akanbi, Dave Frederick, John Higgins, Patrick Higgins (in mascot costume) Rolan Wong, Jacob Kolyle, Angela Astorga and Norman Masood.

Hearings scheduled on new school boundaries

The Prince William County School Board will hold two public hearings on proposed attendance boundaries for new schools on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room in the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Mansassas. The first will be in regard to the new Nokesville K-8 school and the second will be for the new Haymarket Drive Elementary School.

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