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Prince William County Students Use Star Wars Technology to Place 3rd in National Competition

Prince William County Students Use Star Wars Technology to Place 3rd in National Competition

From Prince William County Public Schools:

In 1999, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor David Miller showed the movie “Star Wars” to his students on their first day of class. After the scene where Luke Skywalker spars with a floating droid “remote,” Miller stood up and pointed: “I want you to build me some of those.”

Kennedy Center Lyceum Highlights Poets and Presidents

Kennedy Center Lyceum Highlights Poets and Presidents

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Police Conduct Drug Searches in Two Schools

Police Conduct Drug Searches in Two Schools

From Prince William County Police Department:

The Prince William County Police Department conducted searches of two schools yesterday to ensure student safety. These random searches are part of an ongoing effort by the Department, and the Prince William County Schools Office of Risk Management, to ensure that schools remain safe, drug-free environments for students and employees.

Officers and drug-detection dogs searched Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge, and Rippon Middle School, 15101 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge. No drugs were located at either school.

Police Chief Charlie T. Deane has said that it “is important to send a strong message that drugs in the school will not be tolerated. We hope that these searches will deter people from bringing drugs to school.”

MRSA Updates for the 2010–11 School Year

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Continuing the practice begun in the 2007–08 school year, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) will report on a monthly basis any confirmed cases of the staph infection known as MRSA during the 2009–10 school year. This bacterial infection can spread easily among people who spend time in close contact with each other, such as household members and participants in close-contact sports. MRSA is not spread through the air. Personal hygiene is very important in preventing and controlling the spread of MRSA infections. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the primary means of preventing staph infections. For more information, please follow the links that appear below. This page will be updated on the last workday of each month. You can check out more information, including a parent tip sheet and general information on MRSA infections.

Battlefield HS Band to March in Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Battlefield HS Band to March in Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Congratulations to Matthew Brodt and the students in the Battlefield High School band. They have been selected to represent Virginia in the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The event takes place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 10 a.m. rain or shine. The parade will follow Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th street. ABC 7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 will feature the parade as a live simulcast.

Those Yellow Flashing School Lights

Those Yellow Flashing School Lights

From Prince William County Public Schools:

From mid-day December 22–January 2, Prince William County Public School buildings will be closed for winter break for students and teachers. Motorists will notice that the flashing school lights on the approach to schools will be operating on a normal schedule.

Lights are programmed to operate automatically and are not reprogrammed during school breaks. They must be manually adjusted by going to each location and it would take almost a week to get to each one; by that time they would need to be reset again, according to Associate Superintendent for Finance and Support Services, Dave Cline. This applies to other school breaks and holidays as well (except for summer break). “We trust that motorists, especially Prince William County citizens, will understand that resources are allocated where they will be most effective and according to School Board priorities,” he said.

High School Teacher and Security Officer Charged with Possession of Marijuana

High School Teacher and Security Officer Charged with Possession of Marijuana

From Manassas City Police Department:

On Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the 9000 block of Coriander Circle for the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area occupied two times. Officers located the vehicle, identified both subjects and recovered a bag of marijuana and a glass smoking device.

Aaron Bauknight, 30, of the 9000 block of Coriander Circle, Manassas and Jacob Lavely, 24, of the 13500 block of Frost Drive, Nokesville, VA. were charged with Possession of Marijuana. Both subjects were released on a summons with a court date of 1-25-11.