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One-Hour Early Dismissal Dec. 16

One-Hour Early Dismissal Dec. 16

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Prince William County Public Schools will dismiss one-hour early today due to inclement weather. The after-school SACC program and all after-school and evening activities are canceled.

Police Conduct Drug Searches in Two Schools

From Prince William County Police Department:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . The Prince William County Police Department conducted searches of two schools today 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 Woodbridge High School, 3001 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, and Lake Ridge Middle School, 12350 Mohican Drive in Woodbridge. No drugs were located at either school.

100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration Tonight

100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration Tonight

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The public is invited to a ceremony on Thursday, December 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. celebrating Prince William County’s designation as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” The ceremony will be held at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition Coming Soon

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The annual all-county SeaPerch Underwater Robotics competition will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park. The competition is scheduled over two days to accommodate the large number of students participating. Students will arrive at 8 a.m. for the underwater games, which include recovery, maneuvering, relay, and collaboration; and culminate with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. each day.

More than 500 students from nine PWCS high schools along with students from Manassas Park High School, Osbourn High School, and Seton School will compete in the STEM-related competition.

Battlefield High School Realizes Impressive Savings with Paper Reduction Initiative

From Prince William County Public Schools:

In 2007, the Battlefield High School Technology Committee implemented a paper reduction initiative at the school. The goal of "RIPTIP" was to reduce schoolwide paper use by 50 percent by 2012. Recent results indicate that the school has, despite an enrollment-adjusted index, surpassed the 50 percent mark two full years ahead of schedule.

“Our 2007–08 total expense for copier contract and consumable paper was $207,690.88. The figures from last year come in at a total of $93,637.90,” says Keith Reeves, instructional technology resource teacher and chairman of the Technology Committee. “That's a cost reduction of $114,052.98 compared to our baseline, even with 300 more students.”

Miss Virginia 2010 Speaks to Local Elementary School

This morning, Miss Virginia 2010, Caitlin Uze, spoke to Prince William County's Mountain View Elementary School students. She spoke about about saying "no" to alcohol, body image, self image, and bullying. The elementary school gym was filled with first through fifth graders and faculty; Uze gave more intimate presentations to each kindergarden classroom afterwards. 

Miss Virginia displayed a picture on the large screen of her from when she was in elementary school. She explained how she was bullied and teased because of her glasses, braces, and the way she spoke with a lisp. It is not about the outside "package," but rather more important things like how you do in school, was her message. "But the truth is, when other people judge you, they are not defining you, they are defining themselves," said Uze. 

Local Business, AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Reads to Students on National Young Readers Day

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