School Counseling Updates
Summer Test Prep Sessions for TJ Test
Benton Middle School will be hosting summer TJ Test Prep Sessions for all rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in PWCS. Cost: $75.00 per session for Math and $100.00 per session for Verbal & Writing, each session will be M-F, 15 hours.
Please see the attached registration form here.
PWC Community Expo
Prince William County will be holding a Community Expo on Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pfitzner Stadium Complex in Woodbridge. The events is free and offers fun activities for all ages!
See their brochure for more information!
Student Success Academy
The Student Success Academy is offered to rising sixth, current seventh, and current eight grade students. This one-week skill building program focuses on organization, time management, study skills, learning styles, and note taking. The course will be taught by a school counselor.
Location: The Nokesville School, 12375 Aden Road, Nokesville, Virginia 20181
Session Dates: The Academy will be offered in two sessions. Students may choose to attend July 11-15, 2016, session or the July 18-22, 2016, session.
Attendance Requirement: Attendance is mandatory all five class days.
Transportation: Satellite transportation from designated locations will be provided to the SSA. Schedules will be posed on the transportation website one week prior to the start of the program.
Registration: Begins Tuesday March 1, 2016 and end Friday, June 3, 2016. Submit to the school counseling office.
Tuition: $125. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Only money orders and cashier's checks are accepted and should be made payable to Prince William County Public Schools.
You can print the registration form HERE. A summary of the program information can be found HERE.
TJ Open House for Prospective 7th Grade Students
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology invites all prospective students and their parents/guardians to visit their Annual Open House. It will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00am until 12 p.m. The Open House will be held at Holmes Middle School due to continuing renovation at TJHSST.
Holmes MS: 6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312
TJHSST Admissions Office: 571-423-3770
Virginia Serious Games Institute
Students and parents are invited to GMU’s Science and Technology Campus/Innovation Park Manassas on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10:00-2:00 to experience the Virginia Serious Games Institute! There is a “snow date” just in case 3/12/2016. Please see the attached brochure for more information.
9th Grade Freedom Scheduling
Freedom High School will be completing scheduling for their base school students tomorrow morning. Students will be given a copy of their course requests to take home. Parents may make changes to these requests as needed. Please return any altered forms to Mr. Davison in the counseling office, and they will be sent on to Freedom High School to be updated.
Specialty Program Deadline Remains Feb. 1
Despite the snow days, parents and students are reminded that the deadline for high school specialty programs remains February 1st.
The online application can be reached by going to www.pwcs.edu, then clicking on "Instructional Programs/Curriculum" on the left side of the page. Select the "Specialty Programs" menu option. On the next page, select "High School" on the left side and then you will be prompted to start the application at the top of the next page.
High School Specialty Program Deadline is Feb. 1
A reminder to all 8th grade students and parents,
The deadline for high school specialty program applications is February 1st.
The online application can be accessed HERE
Upcoming Specialty Program Information Nights
Potomac High School is having an info night on Wednesday, January 13th. They offer the following programs: Cambridge Program, Culinary Arts, Welding, Project Lead the Way, Criminal Justice, and the new Cyber Security
CD Hylton High School is having it's info night tomorrow, January 12th. Available programs include the Center for International Studies and Languages, Auto Technology and Television Production.
CFPA APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY!
A reminder to all 8th grade students:
All applications to Colgan High School’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts must be completed by Friday, December 11th.
Applying to CISL at Hylton: Additional Requirements
Students who are applying to the CISL program at Hylton are strongly recommended to complete two teacher recommendations and an essay. The forms can be found on Hylton's website, or by visiting Mr. Davison.
CFPA Program at Colgan HS
Students can find more information about the CFPA Program at Colgan Sr. High School here. A reminder to all students; All applications for the CFPA program must be submitted by December 11, 2015.
High School Specialty Program Information Nights
Students who are interested in high school specialty programs are encouraged to attend the information nights. Students will be able to meet the program coordinators, ask questions, and learn more about each of the respective programs.
The dates for each high school's information nights can be found HERE.
Hylton High School Specialty Program Information Night
Hylton High School will hold its specialty program information night on Thursday, November 12th at 7pm. Hylton's specialty programs include the Center for International Studies and Language (CISL), Auto Technology, Television Production, and Cabinetmaking.
Transition to HS Powerpoint
Click here to view the Transition to High School Powerpoint that was presented to 8th grade students.
Information about the Pre-Governor's Program at Osbourn Park
The Pre-Governor’s School at Osbourn Park (PGS@OP) is a preparatory program through which students will experience an accelerated mathematics and science course sequence.
Students will have an opportunity to develop technical writing capacity and meet several graduation requirements to prepare them for success should they attend The Governor’s School at Innovation Park (GS@IP) in their 11th and 12th grade year.
In order for students to be prepared for college-level study at GS@IP, it is important that they have a strong, yet accelerated platform in the study of math and science. The instructional design of the PGS@OP program integrates strands in biology, chemistry, and physics, with mathematics, concepts of engineering, and laboratory research
Freedom HS Open House
Freedom High School Specialty Programs Open House:
On Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Parents and students are invited to join us for an “Open House” to meet the staff and learn about course offerings for the 20016-2017 school year. Enjoy the exploration of “talking tables” to learn more about various math, science, social studies, English, foreign language, and elective courses available. Drawing for 2 Free Laptops!
County Wide Specialty Program Info Night on 10/26
A reminder to 8th grade parents & students,
Prince William County Schools will be holding its annual County Wide Specialty Program Information Night this Monday, October 26th at Gar-Field High School. The event will run from 7 to 9 pm. If you are interested in applying to a high school specialty program this year, we highly recommend you attend the meeting.
Trades Career Fair
Interested in hearing from industry experts about Automotive, Diesel, and Welding Technologies? Come to the Trades Career Fair, held at NOVA - Manassas Campus on November 5th. See the flyer here for more information.
Potomac High School Information Night
Potomac High School's first specialty program information night will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 starting at 7 pm. Families are welcome to come at 6:30 to enjoy refreshments (Hot Dogs, Chips and Soda!)
R.S.V.P. Please email # of attendants to Dr. DeLoach@ firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday November 2nd.
Updated High School Specialty Program Info Nights
There have been several changes in the dates for High School Specialty Program Information Nights around the county. Please see the attached document here for more information.
TJ Application Deadline (10/16)
The deadline for applying to Thomas Jefferson High School is this Friday (10/16) no later than 4:00 p.m. TJ does not accept late applications under any circumstances.
High School Specialty Program Information Nights
Prince William County High Schools will be hosting information nights regarding the various county Specialty Programs. Please see the linked document for more information. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.
*Updated 10/7 with Forest Park information.
Thomas Jefferson Test Prep Program
Benton Middle School will be holding 4 Test Prep sessions to prepare students for the TJ Test on Saturday, December 5th. Students will take practice tests that are similar to the TJ entrance exam and prepare for writing essays. The fee for the program is 50 dollars per student. Please see the registration form for more details.
Test Prep Dates:
TJ Admissions Presentation
The TJ Admissions Presentation that was given to Algebra and Geometry students today can be downloaded here. Students were provided with a document that explains the application process and provides important deadlines to stay on top of.
Information regarding Thomas Jefferson High School
Online and paper applications for admission to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) for the class of 2020 will be available beginning September 21. TJHSST is the regional Governor’s School located in Fairfax County. Residents of Prince William County are eligible to attend.
Students interested in applying should contact their school counselor for applications and additional information. The deadline to apply is October 16.
Some important dates to remember:
September 29 —Information Session at 6:30 p.m.
Benton Middle School
7411 Hoadly Road, Manassas, VA 20112
October 6 — Information Session at 6 p.m.
Reagan Middle School
15801 Tanning House Place, Haymarket, VA 20169
October 5 — Open House from 9 a.m.–noon
Holmes Middle School*, 6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312
*Change of location due to construction.
October 8 — Information Session at 6:30 p.m.
Benton Middle School
7411 Hoadly Road, Manassas, VA 20112
October 16 — Absolute deadline for submission of (online and paper) applications to schools or admissions office. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.
December 5 — Admissions Test
Follow us on Twitter!
The Rippon Counseling Department has created a Twitter account.
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Thomas Jefferson High School Application Process
8th grade students (in Algebra I or higher math) will be able to apply to Thomas Jefferson High School starting Monday, September 21st at 4pm. Mr. Davison will be coming to each of the Algebra I and Geometry classes to explain the application process for TJ and answer related questions. The application deadline is Friday, October 16th.
Parents and Students are invited to visit TJ's Admissions website
Rippon Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968 and begins each year on September 15th, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
This is a time when our nation recognizes the valuable contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country's history, while exploring the cultures of our Latin American neighbors.
Find a calendar of events here for activities held in Prince William County
Service Academy Day 2015
Congressman Rob Wittman invites high school and middle school students and their parents to Service Academy Day 2015. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission process.
Please see the linked brochure for more details.
Back to School Nights
Due to construction parking constraints, Rippon will be having two separate Back to School Nights this year.
Both Back to School Nights will begin at 6:00 pm.
Helping Families Manage Online Social Media
As we begin another school year, it is very important for students and parents to have discussions about the responsible use of social media. PWCS has put together a social media resource page to help keep students safe when using the many different forms of social media.
Be sure to check out the useful parent guides to popular apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Parent Institute Letters
The Office of Student Services has created a great tool for parents called The Parent Institute Newsletters. These resources will be updated monthly and can be found by clicking the following link.
Important Thomas Jefferson HS Deadlines 2015-2016
Parents & Students,
You can find the upcoming deadlines for the 2015-2016 Thomas Jefferson High School Application Process here. As you will note, a location has not been finalized for their Open House. Continue to check the TJ website (tjadmissions.org) for more information. As a reminder, students must be in the 8th grade and enrolled in Algebra I or a higher math class in order to apply to Thomas Jefferson.
Summer Camp Guide
Parents & Students,
At this time of year, we get asked about the availability of different summer camps and programs. While we cannot endorse or promote any particular programs, the following website has compiled a helpful list of available summer programs in the DC Metro area.
Update regarding Virtual High School
A message from the Virtual High School Office:
Virtual High School Courses
Rising 9th grade students have the option of signing up to take a course through the Virtual High School (VHS) during the summer. Students enrolled in PWCS can take a course for $450, and students earn full course credit, but should expect accelerated pacing to master the course content.
Relevant Courses available for rising 9th graders include: English 9, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, World History to 1500, HPE 1, Earth Science, Biology.
Information for students in specialty programs: Students frequently take a course in the VHS to create room in their schedule for desired electives. This can create room in their schedule for programs such as robotics, band, JROTC, art and programming. Students often choose to take HPE I in VHS, but there are a variety of course options.
More information can be found here: Virtual High School
Translation Documents for Interim and Report Cards
Prince William County Schools has provided translation documents in various languages to assist families in understanding the interim and report cards. You can find the following languages below:
Interim Report Card Explanation - Spanish (español)
Report Card Explanation - Spanish (español)
Interim and Report Card Explanation - Urdu (اردو)
Interim Report Card Explanation - Vietnamese (tiếng Việt)
Report Card Explanation - Vietnamese (tiếng Việt)
Interim Report Card Explanation - Arabic (العربية)
Report Card Explanation - Arabic (العربية)
Student Work Permits
Several students have come to the main office asking for work permits. Due to a change in the State of Virginia's procedures, schools are no longer involved in the work permit process. Parents and students can find information about how to obtain a work permit online at the link below:
Virginia Work Permits
As we work to align our counseling program with American School Counseling Association guidelines, we will post relevant information here.
Explanation of Interim and Report cards for different languages (Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Vietnamese)
Registration form for Student Success Academy
Colgan CFPA Meeting Info
Multicultural Dance Group
Summer Student Success Academy Brochure