General Information Meetings
Monday, October 14, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Dr. Jim Mudd
Supervisor of Gifted Education and
Special Programs
[email protected]
Application Procedures
• On-line applications are due no later than midnight Saturday,
February 1, 2014.
• Paper applications being delivered in person to Porter or
Pennington are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, January 31.
Applications that are being mailed must be postmarked by
Saturday, February 1, 2014.
• Students who are accepted into a program are expected to
score 400 or above on designated Virginia Standard of
Learning tests.
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Application Procedures
• The on-line application allows students to apply to three
different programs which they must rank in order of
preference.
• The World Language and Mathematics and Science
Specialty Programs require an essay. This writing is
completed at each elementary school.
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Application Procedures
• Applications are required for students residing within a
school boundary as well as for students who transfer for a
program.
• Students who apply to attend a specialty program at a
middle school other than their base middle school must
submit a Student Transfer Request Form.
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against
qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age,
marital status, veteran status, or disability. PWCS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The
following individual(s) will handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, including Section 504 and Title IX:
Associate Superintendent for Human Resources
Prince William County Public Schools
P.O. Box 389
Manassas, VA 20108
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Transportation Services
• Students living within the boundaries of the specialty
program school may ride their regular bus to school.
• Transportation services for students who reside outside the
boundaries of the specialty program school are provided
via a network of express bus stops.
• Parents have the responsibility to provide transportation to
and from express bus stops.
• Bus schedule times will be available at the end of August.
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International Baccalaureate
Middle Years Programme
International Baccalaureate
Middle Years Programme
Beville Middle School
Godwin Middle School
Stonewall Middle School
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
• Students ages 11-16
• Five year programme
(Grades 9-10 at Gar-Field High School)
(Grades 9-10 at Stonewall Jackson High School)
• Excellent preparation for the diploma programme
(Grades 11-12)
• “Prepares students to assume a meaningful role in
today’s global society.” (Jeffrey R. Beard, IB Director
General)
IBMYP - Fundamental Concepts
International-Mindedness – starting with a
foundation with their own language and
culture
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Holistic Education – School subjects
relate to each other and to the real world
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Communication - Key to understanding,
reflection and expression
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Language A
Language B
Humanities
Approaches to Le arn ing
Community Service
Physical
Education
Technology
Health & S ocial Education
Environme nt
Homo faber
Sciences
Mathematics
Arts
Eight Subject Areas
Language A
Physical
Education
Language B
Mathematics
Humanities
Technology
Sciences
Arts
Areas of Interaction
Approaches to Learning
Health and Social Education
Environments
Human Ingenuity
Community & Service
Learner Profile
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Inquirers
Critical thinkers
Communications
Risk takers
Knowledgeable
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Caring
Open-minded
Balanced
Reflective
Community and Service
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Grade specific hours of
service required.
There will be many
opportunities for students
to earn C&S hours
through school activities.
Philosophy: Programme model
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Typical MYP Course Sequence
GRADE 6
IBMYP Language Arts
IBMYP Spanish IA, French IA – World Language
IBMYP Mathematics
IBMYP History and Social Science
IBMYP Science
IBMYP Humanities
Arts - (Fine/Graphic Arts, Computer Applications, Career &
Technical Education, and/or Family & Consumer Sciences)
Performing Music – Band, Orchestra or Chorus
Physical Education
Beville Middle School
Beville MYP Information Nights
7 PM at Beville Middle School
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Beville Attendance Areas
Lake Ridge
Saunders
Woodbridge Middle
Mr. Keenan, Principal
Ms. Boddie, Coordinator
Godwin Middle School
Godwin MYP Information Nights
7 PM at Godwin Middle School
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tuesday, January 16, 2014
Godwin Attendance Areas
Benton Middle (FP/Hylton)
Potomac Middle
Graham Park Middle
Rippon Middle
Ms. Mitchell, Principal
Ms. Boddie, Coordinator
Stonewall Middle School
Stonewall MYP Information Nights
7 PM at Stonewall Middle School
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Stonewall MYP Attendance Area
Benton Middle (BDHS/OPHS)
Bull Run Middle
Gainesville Middle
Marsteller Middle
Parkside Middle
Reagan Middle
Mr. Miller, Principal
Mr. Beard, Coordinator
In conclusion…
“The International Baccalaureate Middle Years
Programme is designed to help them find a
sense of belonging in the ever-changing and
increasingly interrelated world around them and
to foster a positive attitude to learning.”
(IBO, 2007)
Mathematics and Science
Specialty Programs
Graham Park Middle School
Marsteller Middle School
Rippon Middle School
Mathematics and Science Programs
Mission:
To provide students with opportunities to explore in-depth
mathematical and scientific concepts and principles in an
intensive program of study while developing their critical
thinking skills.
Mathematics and Science Students
• Are academically strong in
science
• Are academically strong in
mathematics
• Do grade level work or above
in all subject areas
• Have excellent work habits
• Exhibit good behavior
• Are willing to work hard
Mathematics
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Extended 6th
6th grade Pre-Algebra
Extended 7th
7th grade Algebra
Algebra in 8th
Geometry in 8th grade
Open-ended problem solving
Hands-on activities
Critical thinking
Science
• Prince William County
Curriculum
• Enhanced lessons
• Hands-on activities
• Open-ended problems
• Problem-based learning
• Many laboratory experiences
SCIENCE FAIR
• Required project every
year
• May expand on the same
project
• Can be a Math project
• Non-participation?
Not an option!
Why the Mathematics and Science
Program?
• Greater depth of study of PWCS and Virginia objectives
• Extended curriculum
• Focus on critical thinking and problem solving
• Hands on activities to apply concepts
• Cooperative learning with real world connections
• Emphasis on integration of math/science concepts and technology
Why the Mathematics and
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Academically focused classes
Collaborative work
Off campus learning
Extensive projects for each grade level
Extended curriculum
Who Should Apply?
• Critical Thinkers
• Open-Minded Students
• Reflective Learners
• Communicators
• Risk-Takers
• Self-Motivated Students
Graham Park Middle School
Graham Park Information Nights
7 PM at Graham Park Middle School
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Graham Park Attendance Areas
Benton Middle (Forest Park/Hylton)
Beville Middle
Godwin Middle
Saunders Middle
Mr. Anderson, Principal
Ms. Bye, Coordinator
Marsteller Middle School
Marsteller Information Nights
7 PM at Marsteller Middle School
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Marsteller Attendance Area
Benton Middle (Brentsville/Osbourn Park)
Bull Run Middle
Gainesville Middle
Parkside Middle
Reagan Middle
Stonewall Middle
Ms. Knetter, Principal
Ms. Quinlan, Coordinator
Rippon Middle School
Rippon Information Nights
7 PM at Rippon Middle School
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Rippon Attendance Areas
Fred Lynn Middle
Lake Ridge Middle
Potomac Middle
Woodbridge Middle
Ms. Stone, Principal
Ms. Alton, Coordinator
World Languages Program
French or Spanish
Fred Lynn Middle School
Lake Ridge Middle School
Parkside Middle School
World Language
Specialty Program
Communication
and Understanding
The successful world language specialty
program student is…
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Interested in learning a world language.
Willing to study and practice each evening.
Curious about people from other countries.
Strong in Language Arts.
How world language fits
into the school schedule
Specialty Program
Social Studies
Science
Math
Language Arts
World Language
Physical Education
Music
Exploratory Arts
Regular Schedule
Social Studies
Science
Math
Language Arts
Physical Education
Music
Exploratory Arts
How it works…
6th Grade: Spanish 1A or French 1A
(First half of the textbook)
7th Grade: Spanish 1B or French 1B
(Second half of the textbook)
8th Grade: Spanish 2 or French 2
Spanish
•Is widely spoken in North, Central, and South America (over
400,000,000 people)
•Increases employability in many fields
•Helps students gain a better understanding of the people from the
various Hispanic cultures
•Is the fourth most frequently spoken language
•Supports travel experiences
French
• Business
• If you choose a career in business, you will probably do business with
one or more French-speaking countries.
• French companies employ approximately 500,000 Americans.
• Global Communication
• Is the second most frequently used language of the internet.
• Is the second most frequently taught world language after English.
• Is an official working language of the United Nations, the Olympics, and
many international organizations.
• Travel
• Supports the travel experience of the over 75 million people who visit
France annually.
The Rewards of Participating in a
World Language Specialty Program
• Two Carnegie units of high school credit in French or
Spanish at the completion of the eighth grade year.
• Higher SAT scores.
• Improved English skills.
• A jump start on earning an advanced diploma.
Fred Lynn Middle School
Fred Lynn Information Nights
7 PM at Fred Lynn Middle School
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Fred Lynn Attendance Areas
Graham Park Middle
Potomac Middle
Rippon Middle
Woodbridge Middle
Mr. Neves, Principal
Mr. Patterson, Coordinator
Lake Ridge Middle School
Lake Ridge Information Nights
7 PM at Lake Ridge Middle School
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Lake Ridge Attendance Areas
Benton Middle (Forest Park/Hylton)
Beville Middle
Godwin Middle
Saunders Middle
Ms. Fitzgerald, Principal
Ms. Rustan, Coordinator
Parkside Middle School
Parkside Information Nights
7 PM at Parkside Middle School
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Parkside Attendance Area
Benton Middle (Brentsville/Osbourn Park)
Bull Run Middle
Gainesville Middle
Marsteller Middle
Reagan Middle
Stonewall Middle
Ms. Boynton, Principal
Ms. Knowlton, Coordinator
Why Same Gender Education?
• Provides parents a choice for their child’s education.
• Same gender teaching practices recognize the differences
that exist between boys and girls in their brain
development.
• Same gender classrooms provide a learning environment
tailored to specific gender needs based on research.
Closing the Achievement Gap between
Genders
• Decrease in gap between SOL Passed Advanced for
students enrolled in same gender classes.
• Increase in Language Arts SOL pass rates for boys
enrolled in same gender classes.
• Increase in Pass Advanced on Math SOL for girls enrolled
in same gender classes.
What our student’s say….
• “I feel free to express my ideas without worrying what the
boys will think”..7th grade
• “The teachers understand that boys need to be active and
provide activities for us to move around”….6th grade
• “My grades have improved because I have fewer distractions
in class without the girls”..7th grade
• “I wish my high school had same gender classes. I enjoyed
my all girl classes in middle school.”..9th grade
WMS has received national attention for our
Same Gender Program
• Woodbridge Middle has been featured several
times on CNN and Fox Channel 5 News regarding
the outstanding implementation of this program.
• Staff has presented at the National Association for
Same Sex Public Education conferences in Atlanta
and Las Vegas.
Information Meetings
at Woodbridge Middle School
• Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7pm
• Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7pm
• Monday, January 6, 2014 -7pm
Overview of our Middle School Program
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Fully Accredited
High SOL Scores
Traditional Education Framework
Character Education
Unique Grades 1- 8 Environment
Uniforms
Strong Parent Involvement
Community Service Requirement
Limited Enrollment
Pennington School’s basic foundation is an
expectation that all students will perform
academically at or above grade level and will
exhibit positive behavior toward their peers and
staff. A positive attitude toward learning is
encouraged, nurtured, and expected. Students will
accept responsibility for learning, will do their
personal best, and will develop respect for
themselves and others with an appreciation for
diversity. Parent involvement and support of staff,
students, and community will be integral
components of Pennington School.
This day has been given to me fresh and clear. I can
either use it or throw it away, realizing that it can
never come back again. I choose to be here to use
this day to the fullest. I hold the key to success in
my hands. I will succeed because I can. I am in
charge of my future. I was born to win!
• Block Scheduling
• World Language: Latin/Spanish
• Technology Education
• Fine Arts
• Reading/Math Support
• Music – Chorus, Orchestra, Band
• Physical Education
• Gifted Education Program
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Math/Extended Math
Language Arts/Extended Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Health and Physical Education (2/3 times week) alternates with Music
Exploratory Arts ( Latin, Computer, Art- daily 12 week rotation)
Music (Chorus 6, Beginning Band 6, Continuing Orchestra 6 2/3 times/week) alternates with PE
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Math/ Extended Math
Language Arts/Extended Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Foreign Language Part 1: Latin or Spanish
Physical Education (2/3 times per week) alternates with Music
Exploratory Arts (Computer, Art, Career Investigation, daily 12 week rotation)
Music (Concert Band, Chorus 7, Orchestra 7 – 2/3 times/week) alternates with PE
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Math- Pre Algebra, Algebra or Geometry
Language Arts/Extended Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Foreign Language Part 2: Latin or Spanish
Health and Physical Education (2/3 times per week) alternates with Music
Exploratory Arts (Art, Computer, or Research/Study Skills 12 week rotation)
Music (Concert Band, Adv Chorus, Adv Orchestra 2/3 times week) alternates with
PE
• Students will select a World Language in seventh
grade. All students are required to take either
Spanish or Latin Part 1.
• The second part of the World Language will be
taught in 8th grade giving the student 1 high school
credit
Chess Club
Dance & Cheerleading
Battle of the Books
Foreign Language Club
MATH COUNTS and MATH
ROCKS
National Junior Honor Society
Robotics
Soccer Team
Yearbook
Creative Writing
Forensics
Intramural Sports
Running club
EDGE and Muslim Student
Association
Before/After School Child Care
Tutorial Programs
Additional Clubs Are Offered
INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
DATE: November 20, 2013 or January 8, 2014
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Pennington Dining Hall
VISITATION DAY
DATE: January 9, 2014
TIME: 10 – 11 a.m.
PLACE: Pennington School
Admission is open to Prince William
County students in Grades 1-8 in the
Pennington attendance area.
Students must complete an application
to attend Pennington, School of Choice.
Completed applications must be
Submitted to Pennington by 4 p.m. on
January 31, 2014, or be postmarked
by February 1, 2014.
Welcome to Mary G. Porter Traditional School
School Information Night
2013-14
Porter’s Philosophy
• STUDENT +
TEACHER +
PARENTS =
SUCCESS
Mary G. Porter Traditional School
• Porter School is a specialty school in Prince
William County. The foundation of this “School
of Choice” includes rigorous academic
instruction, strong performance expectations,
high behavioral standards, good attendance,
uniform expectations, and consistent parental
involvement.
School Hours
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Doors open at 8:40 a.m.
Instruction begins at 8:50 a.m.
Dismissal is at 3:20 p.m.
Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.
Students are TARDY after 8:50 a.m.
Attendance/Tardies must be excellent to stay at
Porter.
Student Uniforms
All students attending Porter are REQUIRED to follow the uniform
policy and the Prince William County Dress Code.
SCHOOL COLORS: Red, White, Blue, Tan/Khaki, and Black.
BOTTOMS: Pants, jumpers, walking shorts, skorts, and jumpers
must be SOLID Navy Blue, Black, or Tan/Khaki, NO DENIM
TOPS: Must be SOLID COLORED Red, White, Black, Navy Blue, or
Light Blue, NO DENIM. Tops must have a collar and be tucked in.
PE Days: In addition to uniform, students may wear Spirit Wear.
Encore
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Chorus
Orchestra
Band
Life Skills
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Art
Computers
Woodshop
Robotics
World Language
• We offer Spanish I and Spanish II to 7th and 8th
graders.
• Students receive high school credit once they pass
the course.
Intramural Sports
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Volleyball
Soccer
Basketball
Golf
Flag Football
Baseball
Volunteer Hours
 STUDENTS…. participate in
school or community projects
each year. Volunteer hours are
dependent upon grade level.
 PARENTS… participate in 10
hours per year of school related
activities for each child enrolled at
Porter.
 Grades 1-3 10 hours per year
 Grades 4-5 15 Hours per year
 Grades 6-8 20 hours per year
 Parents log hours in the notebook
in the main office.
Students keep track of hours in their
agenda.
Transportation
Bus Riders:
Car Riders:
• Parent/Responsible Adult
MUST wait with student at
Express bus stop in the
morning.
• Bus lanes are
to all other traffic.
• Parent/Responsible Adult
MUST meet student bus in
the afternoon.
closed
• Parents must wait in the car
line until time to drop off/pick
up in front of school.
Porter Webpage
http://porter.schools.pwcs.edu/
We believe communication is
important and encourage you to use the
school Fusion website to find the
information you need for your child.
If you have immediate questions,
please call the school office at
703.580.6501.
Application Deadlines
• Online applications are due
Saturday, February 1, 2014
• Paper applications for Porter and Pennington must be
post marked by Saturday, February 1, 2014 or
delivered in person no later than 4 p.m. Friday, January
31, 2014.
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