Prince William County

Performing Arts Educational Outreach

Categories: Prince William County | 2017

The Manassas Ballet Theatre provides ballet performances for PWCS students free of charge, featuring highlights from the professional dance troupe’s current performances that will increase students’ exposure to the fine arts and awareness of local arts programs. Informational question-and-answer sessions are provided at each performance that will discuss the opportunities and career options available within the fine and performing arts. Students may ask questions about the dancers’ training, their individual cultures, why they chose dance as a career, how they came to perform in the United States, and more.  This opportunity was able to come to fruition due to the discounted rental fees for the use of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. PWCS coordinates individual school participation and covers the cost of transportation for students to attend these World-Class performances. 

Contact

Sharon Henry
Director of SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS and Supervisor of the Office of Community and Business Engagement
henrysw@pwcs.edu
703.791.8002


Prince William County Public Schools Self-Inspection Program for Fire Safety

Categories: Prince William County | 2017

 PWCS and the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (DFR) have combined resources in efforts to reduce hazards to life and property for students, staff, and visitors within PWCS facilities. Self-Inspection Program Requirements are that PWCS safety specialists will attain certification of Fire Inspector I and II through the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy (VFMA). PWCS will conduct code-compliance fire inspections at all PWCS facilities. DFR will maintain PWCS inspection records. DFR will assist with the training of PWCS employees. DFR will act as a resource for Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code compliance interpretations. The self-inspection program assumes the role as the primary fire inspection agency for all schools in the PWCS Division. This approach is unique in that school employees, trained by the VFMA, take command of the responsibilities for fire safety and prevention in our schools.

Contact

Ronald D. Crowe
Director, Office of Risk Management & Security Services
crowerd@pwcs.edu
703.791.7211


Scientific Equipment Donation Program

Categories: Prince William County | 2017

Science and technology training for students across PWCS is getting a big boost from a $300,000 product donation of scientific equipment and supplies by Prince William County based and family-owned business, C & A Scientific. C & A Scientific has been located in Manassas for over 20 years. The contribution provides brand-new lab equipment, experimental kits, and microscopes from their science educational brands My First Lab® and Premiere®, supporting inquiry based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. Students will get access to costly learning tools that were previously unavailable or in short supply, due to tight school budgets. C & A Scientific is also providing professional development on using the equipment, allowing teachers to make the most of these resources. Engaging students in STEM topics opens doors to educational and career opportunities. Careers in STEM fields are vital for economic growth in Prince William County and around the world.

Contact

Sharon Henry
Director of SPARK the Education Foundation for PWCS and Supervisor of the Office of Community and Business Engagement
henrysw@pwcs.edu
703.791.8002