Prince William County school notes

September 23, 2013
Police to teach parents about Internet safety

The Prince William County Police Department will have two presentations for parents on Internet safety, texting, bullying, sexting and other issues.

The sessions will bet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hylton High School, 14051 Spriggs Rd., Woodbridge; and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes.

Circle of Support event is Nov. 2 at Hylton High

Early registration ends Sept. 30 for the 19th annual Circle of Support, a conference for families of children with special needs and the professionals who work with them.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Hylton High School, 14051 Spriggs Rd., Woodbridge.

Early registration is $20 for full-time students, $40 for parents and $60 for professionals. After Sept. 30, registration is $25, $50 and $75, respectively. Half-day registration costs $25 and includes a continental breakfast, the keynote address and a choice of workshops in the morning session.

Special education teacher Mike Kersjes, author of “A Smile as Big as the Moon,” will be the keynote speaker.

The conference includes more than 60 workshops and 80 vendors. Child care and a group for children who have a special-needs sibling are available for $15 per child.

For information, call 703-791-8846 or e-mail bamaher@pwcs.edu or howartmj@pwcs.edu. Download a copy of the registration packet at www.arcgpw.org.

Woodbridge High teacher joins Marine Corps museum

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation has appointed James Bish as the National Museum of the Marine Corps’s 2013 teacher-in-residence.

Bish, a U.S. history educator, has taught at Woodbridge High School for 25 years. He was chairman of the social studies department for 12 years.

Bish will help create curriculum for children, develop educational opportunities in conjunction with museum educators and serve as the liaison between the museum and schools across the region.

Governor’s Teacher Cabinet adds Osbourn Park educator

Osbourn Park High School social studies teacher Ellaine Cabellon was named to the Governor’s Teacher Cabinet, which will advise Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on new strategies and ideas for developing teacher quality, parent and community involvement and closing the achievement gap.

Cabellon is in her ninth year at Osbourn Park. She works with the school division’s Office of Student Learning to improve assessment, instruction and curriculum.

— Compiled by Mari-Jane Williams

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