Prince William schools still closed for Presidents’ Day

Despite recent school cancellations for inclement weather, Prince William County public schools and central offices will be closed Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Schools and offices will reopen the next day.

Dates for kindergarten registration announced

Kindergarten registration will be held countywide April 10 and 24. Parents should contact the school their child will attend for registration times.

When parents of children who speak or understand a language other than English register their child, they will be asked to call one of two central registration contacts (Stonewall Middle School, 571-402-3800, or Ann Ludwig, 703-491-8432) to make an appointment for an English evaluation.

After April 25, English learners will be registered and evaluated by appointment at the Central Registration and World Languages Center in Manassas.

Workshops for parents of students with IEPs

Prince William County schools’ Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center will host several free workshops for parents on transitioning students to the next level of school.

Transitioning students with individualized education programs (IEPs) to elementary school will be Feb. 25; transitioning students with IEPs to middle school will be March 4; and transitioning students with IEPs to high school will be March 11.

All workshops are from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 1101 of the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Rd., Manassas. Advance registration is required for each workshop. Child care will not be available. Sign and foreign language interpreter services are available if requested in advance. To register or to get information, call the Parent Resource Center at 703-791-8846 or e-mail or

Students speak at King Youth Oratorical Contest

Several Prince William County students received awards for their speeches and essays in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest on Jan. 20. Awards were given for speeches at the high school and middle school levels, and fourth- and fifth-graders competed in an essay contest.

Norman Jones of Stonewall Jackson High School was chosen as the top orator at the contest. Emanuel Murphy, an eighth-grader at Parkside Middle School, won the first-place award for middle school speeches.

Caroline Morrell and Preston Borden of Mountain View Elementary School won the essay contest. Kasey Bounkong of Mountain View and Coulter Thomas of Rockledge Elementary School received honorable mentions for their essays.

Dale City Civic Association honors students, teachers

The Dale City Civic Association recently honored three Prince William County educators for excellence in teaching and two high school students for leadership and service to the community.

Gerald Fowkes, orchestra director at Gar-Field High School, was named high school teacher of the year. Joyce Lewis, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Saunders Middle School, was honored as middle school teacher of the year. Dorothy Wright, a Head Start teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, was chosen as elementary school teacher of the year.

The John D. Jenkins Youth Citizen of the Year is Muneeba Azam, a senior in the Center for International Studies and Languages Program at Hylton High School.

Katharine Downey won the Environmental and Conservation Youth Award. Downey is a student in the Center for the Environmental and Natural Sciences program at Freedom High School.

Free course for parents of kids with brain disorders

The Prince William County schools’ Special Education Parent Resource Center will host a free seven-week course for parents and caregivers of young children and adolescents with mental illness or emotional disabilities. The course will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 26 in rooms 2002 to 2004 at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Rd., Manassas. Registration is required before Feb. 24.

Topics will include ADHD, major depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, childhood onset schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders and co-morbid disorders. The child does not have to have an official diagnosis for parents to attend.

Sign and/or foreign language interpreter services are available. Child care will not be available. To register or to get information, contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-791-8846 (voice) or 703-791-8847 (TDD), or e-mail or

School system to host jobfair for summer employment

Prince William County schools will host two job fairs for high school students interested in employment with the summer program. The fairs will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 20. The March 18 fair is at Freedom High School, 15201 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge; the March 20 fair is at Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas.

Students must be at least 16 and must attend one of the job fairs to be eligible for summer employment with the program. Students should complete the online application available on the human resources page of the Prince William County schools Web site and bring a copy of the completed application, along with the names of two references, when they interview at the job fair.

Other local employers will also participate in the job fairs to recruit students for available summer positions. Visit pwcs.
for information.

— Compiled by Mari-Jane Williams