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The in-county student transfer window for the 2014-15 school year is now open. The transfer window will close on August 1, 2014. Stafford County Public Schools will accept transfers for the 2014-15 school year within this timeframe. To find information about how to apply for a student transfer, click here.
An Elementary School Redistricting Public Hearing was held last evening to review proposed attendance boundary changes that may affect Widewater, Moncure and Kate Waller Barrett Elementary students. The changes are recommended to reduce the forecasted overcrowding at Widewater Elementary School in the 2014-15 school year and future years.
Thirty parents and families were in attendance for the presentation. The proposed options being considered include recommendations that redistrict students from Widewater Elementary School to Moncure Elementary School and from Moncure Elementary School to Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School.
Middle and Elementary School Redistricting Committees were established in December 2013 to review options for relieving overcrowding at Rodney Thompson Middle School and Widewater Elementary School. The revised proposed options were shared with the community. Click here for a summary of all proposed changes and committee recommendations.
Stafford County Head Start/Virginia Preschool Initiative Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a free, full-day preschool program, which offers children an exciting curriculum, a stimulating learning environment and an excellent teaching staff. Transportation, meals and supplies are provided. This program is open to children who are 3 or 4 years of age by September 30, 2014, live in Stafford County, and meet the federal income-eligibility guidelines. Enrollment is available to children regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin, or handicapping condition. The Head Start program encourages the active recruitment of children with special needs. If you or someone you know would like to know more about Head Start, please call (540) 368-2559 for more information.
Create a project that highlights some aspect of Stafford’s history! Your project should center on a historical event, historical location, or historical individual throughout Stafford County’s 350 year history. Let your imagination run wild! Modeled after the highly successful Science Fair Program, the History Fair will involve entries from students throughout Stafford County to include home school and private school in grades Kindergarten through 8th. Projects will be on display at the History Fair, April 5, 2014, held at Mountain View High School, 2135 Mountain View Road, Stafford, VA 22556. For more information and entry forms and rules, please click here.
Ms. Susan Norman is a seventh grade Science teacher at Shirley Heim Middle School. Ms. Norman has been with SCPS for 29 years. She received both her Bachelor's & Master's degrees from George Mason University.
Ms. Breanne Smith is a third grade teacher at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School. Ms. Smith has been with SCPS for 5 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Ms. Debra St. John-Ramsey is an ESOL teacher at Hampton Oaks Elementary School. Ms. Ramsey has been with SCPS for 14 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her ESL certification from University of Colorado, Denver. Mrs. Ramsey recently earned certification with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Stafford County Public Schools and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are recognizing seven (7) Stafford County Public Schools for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment. Recipients for the 2013 Energy Star Certification are Brooke Point and Colonial Forge High, Dixon-Smith and H.H. Poole Middle and Park Ridge, Hampton Oaks and Winding Creek Elementary Schools. Energy Star is a voluntary program that helps originations save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. The program identifies energy–efficient buildings that have made strides to reduce energy consumption and reduce pollution through precise management of their facility to the highest energy efficiency standards. The Energy Star program tracks and evaluates the cost, consumption and behavior of each building and then provides a rating between 1-100 points. To gain Energy Star certification, the facility must secure a rating of 75 points or greater. Energy Star provides an in depth assessment of each utility such as electric, natural gas, fuel oil, propane and water. Collected data is compared to other similar facilities across the country. Factors such as regional climates, age of the facility, square footage, occupancy load and building usage is considered.
Energy Star is just one part of the Division’s comprehensive energy conservation program which includes utilizing building sustainable rating systems for new construction and major renovations, energy performance contracting to improve infrastructure to existing facilities, facility commissioning/retro-commissioning efforts to re-fresh aging building systems and school based energy smart teams.
For more information on the Division’s energy conservation program, contact Mr. Bob Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web page for Facilities Services.
The Stafford County School Board has completed its five-month search for a new superintendent, appointing Dr. Bruce Benson to the post. Dr. Benson will join the school division on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Benson, a 30-year veteran of public education, currently serves as superintendent of the Accomack County Public School system.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the SCPS community. I look forward to providing continued support for the good work already underway in the schools, as well as helping the school community chart a course for the next generation of excellence. I appreciate the clearly visible efforts to ensure students in the county have access to a comprehensive school experience, embracing and supporting academics, arts, career preparation, and athletics," Dr. Benson said.
The community is invited to send messages of welcome to Dr. Benson’s at email@example.com. A reception to welcome Superintendent Benson will be scheduled for early April. For more information, please click here.
In 2014, Stafford County will commemorate its 350th Anniversary and salute our past, present and future. Click here for more information.
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