Loudoun County Public Schools

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08/28/2020

August 28, 2020

ASHBURN, Va. -- Today, on the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the Loudoun County School Board and the Superintendent of the Loudoun County Public Schools announce more details regarding plans to apologize for the fact that Loudoun was one of the last school systems in the nation to desegregate its schools.

“Officially recognizing our wrongdoing, taking responsibility for that wrongdoing, and formally and authentically expressing remorse is important,” said Brenda Sheridan, Chair of the Loudoun County School Board. “Accelerating action steps to combat systemic racism is even more important.”

“Even as Americans drew inspiration from Dr. King’s call for unity and equal treatment under the law, Loudoun County actively resisted the legal and moral requirement to integrate its schools for over a decade, following more than a century of documented inequities between schools serving white students and those serving Black students,” said Dr. Eric S. Williams, superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools. “We can’t erase history, but we can acknowledge and apologize for this institution’s role in sustaining a system that disrespected Loudoun’s Black citizens and devalued their human potential.”

The formal apology, which will be issued in September, will be accompanied by a video presentation that describes the history of segregation in Loudoun County public schools, as well as the potential community impact of the apology from the perspective of Black citizens of Loudoun who are directly connected to the school system.

The Loudoun County School Board has invited the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to participate in the formal apology. The agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting on September 1 includes official consideration of joining the Loudoun County School Board in a formal statement of apology for the operation of segregated schools in Loudoun County. The Board of Supervisors agenda item includes the statement that “Board Leadership polled the Board regarding their interest in joining the School Board in the issuance of the apology and determined that the Board’s interest is positive.”

LCPS commits to additional actions that sustain and accelerate its efforts to improve equity and eliminate racism from its schools. More information about Loudoun County Public Schools’ equity related programs is available online at www.lcps.org/EquityOverview.

Loudoun County Public Schools is the third largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More information is available online at www.lcps.org.

The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) will host its 4th Annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Classic on Monday, October 5, 2020, ...
08/28/2020

The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) will host its 4th Annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Classic on Monday, October 5, 2020, at The Club at Creighton Farms.

The annual fundraising event brings together many of the top business executives from Northern Virginia and beyond. Their generosity supports Loudoun’s students and teachers through projects that excite students’ curiosity and enhance the quality of education.

Money raised stays entirely in the local community to support teacher grants, STEM education and teacher professional development. LEF’s mission is to help LCPS teachers and students and to make LCPS the best school division in America.

Several key changes have been made to the traditional Pro-Am Golf Classic to ensure social distancing:

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Stefanie LaPolla, Multi-Tiered System of Support Supervisor, has been named the recipient of the 2021 E.G. “Ted” Carr Ea...
08/28/2020

Stefanie LaPolla, Multi-Tiered System of Support Supervisor, has been named the recipient of the 2021 E.G. “Ted” Carr Early Career Practitioner Award by the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS).

LaPolla will be recognized at the 2021 APBS virtual conference. She will be presented with a $500 honorarium and has been invited to record a presentation of her work with LCPS to be shared at the conference.

The selection committee commended LaPolla for her impact on the field. They wrote that her work reflects a high degree of contributions to the field as reflected by service-related activities associated with this honor.

The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Virtual First Day website is now available.  Families may access the page at ww...
08/28/2020
Virtual First Day / Virtual First Day

The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Virtual First Day website is now available. Families may access the page at www.lcps.org/VirtualFirstDay.

The Virtual First Day website contains a number of resources families need to start the new school year. These resources cover such topics as:

• Parent access to and training in Schoology
• School Calendar
• COVID Mitigation Documents
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Parent Resources
• Guide and Directory to the LCPS division
• Program of Studies for Secondary Students
• Free and Reduced Lunch Application
• McKinney-Vento Application
• Insurance Information
• LCPS Mobile App Details

Families also will be able to login to ParentVUE on the Loudoun County Public Schools website (not the mobile app) to complete the Online Verification process as part of LCPS’ Virtual First Day initiative.

This process is required for families to review and update important information about their students as we begin the 2020-21 school year. LCPS requires families complete the Online Verification process for their students no later than Friday, September 25.

For more information about the Online Verification process, please visit www.lcps.org/Page/229648. Once families complete the Online Verification process, they will be able to view student schedules in ParentVUE. If families have questions about this process, they can reach out to school support staff or to [email protected].

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08/28/2020

Our #FridayFacts focuses on the enrollment projection for the 2020-2021 school year. LCPS enrollment is expected to top 85,000 students.

Three members of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Class of 2020 – Mia Hagood of Stone Bridge High School, Rachae...
08/27/2020

Three members of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Class of 2020 – Mia Hagood of Stone Bridge High School, Rachael Wennermark of Broad Run High School and Zac Abdo of Potomac Falls High School – are recipients of Stamps Scholarships.

Selected from over 263,000 applications, the 15th class of Stamps Scholars was chosen via rigorous processes by their universities and colleges for their academic excellence, leadership experience, dedication to service and exceptional character. For these students, the total value of their Stamps Scholarships will be worth up to approximately $44 million, with each attending one of 34 partner universities across the country.

Hagood, Wennermark and Abdo are all attending Virginia Tech.

At most partner universities, the Stamps Scholarship covers up to the total estimated cost of attendance for four years of undergraduate study. It also includes enrichment funds that recipients can use for academic and professional development, ranging from study abroad to internships to independent research. In recent years, Stamps Scholars have used their funds to conduct scientific research in Antarctica, volunteer at a girls’ shelter in Peru, study abroad in Jordan, attend a medical Spanish program in Ecuador and much more.

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On #ThankfulThursday, we say “welcome back” to all the talented LCPS teachers who have returned to work to prepare for t...
08/27/2020

On #ThankfulThursday, we say “welcome back” to all the talented LCPS teachers who have returned to work to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so grateful you are a part of the LCPS team and know that you will accomplish amazing things to empower Loudoun County’s students to make meaningful contributions to the world!

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) has awarded Dominion High School’s “DHS Press”  website an All-American...
08/26/2020

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) has awarded Dominion High School’s “DHS Press” website an All-American ranking.

The All-American ranking is the highest achievement given by the organization. Evaluators gave “DHS Press” a final score of 491 out of 500 possible points. Ten student-journalists contributed content to the website throughout the last school year.

“It [the recognition] is such a testament to their hard work and determination to be the very best student journalists,” said Mitch Schwartz, “DHS Press” adviser.

In providing summary comments, the judges noted, “It is clear that the staff of ‘DHS Press’ is committed to serving their community and producing professional quality journalism. It is a small staff with high standards and they frequently post quality content. I admire their commitment to covering hard news and providing students with a voice. Their coverage is diverse and original and they are an asset to the Dominion High School community.”

Visit the website at https://dhspress.com/ .

For #WellnessWednesday, we share a list of crisis resources curated by the LCPS Department of Pupil Services.  This list...
08/26/2020
Mental Health & Community Resources for Families / Mental Health and Crisis Counseling Link

For #WellnessWednesday, we share a list of crisis resources curated by the LCPS Department of Pupil Services. This list provides families with contacts for agencies addressing a number of concerns ranging from eating disorders to domestic violence. The crisis resources are available at https://bit.ly/33Rb1ML.

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Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has purchased a limited quantity of additional mobile internet hotspots to help pro...
08/25/2020
LCPS Providing Additional Hot Spots for Qualifying Families

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has purchased a limited quantity of additional mobile internet hotspots to help provide access to internet-based instruction for qualifying students during distance learning.

All requests for hotspots will go through a student’s school. More information will be distributed by schools during the coming week. Schools will have the ability to identify students who qualify based on socio-economic conditions or educational accommodations. Temporary hotspots may be available for families that need to bridge a gap while working to acquire additional services to meet the household needs.

Cellular coverage is required by one of LCPS’ carriers – Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T – for the hotspot to operate. If a family lives in an area without sufficient coverage, a hotspot does not help them. Additionally, LCPS is not prioritizing hotspots for households in regions that have access to adequate internet service.

Staff is working with principals to determine other possible alternatives, including printing learning packets or reserving spaces inside a school for families with no connectivity at home.

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Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has purchased a limited quantity of additional mobile internet hotspots to help provide access to internet-based instruction for qualifying students during ...

The PTAs of three Loudoun County Public Schools have been recognized with 2020 Family Engagement Awards from the Virgini...
08/25/2020

The PTAs of three Loudoun County Public Schools have been recognized with 2020 Family Engagement Awards from the Virginia PTA.

Paul Thiessen, Principal of Pinebrook Elementary School, was named the 2020 Virginia PTA Power Partner (Elementary). This award recognizes one elementary principal and one secondary principal from across the Commonwealth of Virginia who have shown that a strong family-school partnership is key to student success.

Ginny Beers, President at Buffalo Trail Elementary School PTA, was named the 2020 Virginia PTA Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to a local PTA volunteer who has made a positive impact on the school and its children.

The Sanders Corner Elementary School PTA earned the 2020 Virginia PTA Male Engagement Award.This award recognizes a Local PTA unit for outstanding efforts in increasing meaningful activities and programs for male role models while promoting student achievement and community involvement.

“I am very encouraged and inspired by the collective efforts of our schools, administrators and families throughout the county who dedicate and volunteer their time for the betterment and success of all children. I am so proud of these LCPS representatives for being acknowledged by Virginia PTA,” wrote Hunt District PTA President Kirsten Shabanowitz.

Join the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) virtually on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. for an informative presentation on i...
08/25/2020

Join the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) virtually on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. for an informative presentation on inclusion practices for distance learning and the monthly business meeting. https://www.lcps.org/Page140009

ICYMI: How will Unified Mental Health Teams (UMHT) support students during 100% distance learning?Following are examples...
08/25/2020
Return to School 2020 Planning / Introduction

ICYMI: How will Unified Mental Health Teams (UMHT) support students during 100% distance learning?
Following are examples of how LCPS Unified Mental Health Teams will be available to support students during distance learning:
*Partner with teachers in connecting families to available community resources and make referrals if needed
*Identify students in need of mental health support to promote educational success and develop intervention plans
*Monitor school-based UMHT email for home and school connection
*Provide phone or video conference consultation to parents and students regarding stress, anxiety, and/or mental health concerns
*Provide individual and group telecounseling to students identified as in need of these services
*Provide training to teachers regarding mental health and how to connect students/families with care
*Support advisory lessons with an emphasis on mental wellness and resilience
*Participate in Child Study, Eligibility, and IEP meetings
*Respond to Gaggle alerts that occur during distance learning by reaching out to parents to inform them of the incident and assist in problem-solving as needed
*Provide online webinars and synchronous/asynchronous sessions to inform students and parents of important mental health and wellness information
*Lead suicide prevention efforts (e.g., Sources of Strength)
*Participate in school level multidisciplinary meetings and support MTSS interventions and implementation.

For more information about the 2020 Return to School, visit https://bit.ly/3kmOJrO

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As Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) prepares to begin the 2020-2021 school year, every student in grades K-12 will d...
08/25/2020

As Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) prepares to begin the 2020-2021 school year, every student in grades K-12 will do so with a district-owned device.

Chromebook distribution started last week and continues this week for students in grades K-3. Previously, only students in grades 3-12 had Chromebooks. The School Board approved the purchase of devices for students in grades K-2 in the late spring.

Putting Chromebooks in the hands of LCPS’ youngest learners will transform distance learning from the experience students had in the spring. One of the biggest benefits of having devices for K-2 students is that paper packets used in the spring will no longer be necessary. Packets were mailed to families, delivered on school buses with meal service and placed in mailboxes in front of schools for families to pick up.

Director of Digital Experience Justin Donovan notes that the device deployment means that students in grades K-2 can now participate in synchronous instruction. He wants the technology to help students foster peer interaction and friendships in class.

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y6mbh83d

08/25/2020
NJROTC Cadets Learn the Basics at a Distance

Attention! Fall in! The Loudoun County High School NJROTC program found a safe way to conduct basic training for its new recruits before the school year begins. In this video, we join their ranks for conditioning and a look at the year ahead.

It’s #TechTipTuesday, and we’re taking a look at what families and staff members need to know about their Chromebooks an...
08/25/2020

It’s #TechTipTuesday, and we’re taking a look at what families and staff members need to know about their Chromebooks and laptops if they are transferring to a different school in LCPS or leaving LCPS.

If you or your student is transferring to another LCPS school, LCPS assigned devices will transfer too. If the school uses different kinds of computers (e.g., AET/AOS), the school’s Digital Experience Specialist will replace it as needed when school resumes.

When a student withdraws from LCPS or a staff member leaves district employment, the computer and charger must be returned. Please make an appointment at the DDI Repair Depot here: https://bit.ly/DDI-REPAIR to return the equipment.

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia This is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is...
08/24/2020

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

This is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in respect and memory of former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager.

I hereby order that the flag shall be lowered until sunset, September 2, 2020.

Ordered on this, 23rd day of August, 2020.

Sincerely,

Ralph S. Northam

Mark Hayden, the new principal of Potowmack Elementary, was not one of those students who always wanted to be a teacher....
08/24/2020

Mark Hayden, the new principal of Potowmack Elementary, was not one of those students who always wanted to be a teacher.

“I decided that I wanted to become an educator after taking several classes at Northern Virginia Community College while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to that experience, I had always been a disengaged student and had never considered attending college an option. Gaining access to higher education and experiencing success expanded my worldview and led me to believe that if I could go to college, then anyone could. It was then that I decided to become an educator so that I could help children experience the same success that I had.”

Hayden became Potowmack’s principal on July 15, after serving as the assistant principal of Sully Elementary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in education and curriculum and a master’s in educational leadership, all from George Mason University. Hayden previously served as an eighth-grade English teacher at Metz Middle School in Manassas City Public Schools and as associate principal of Hammond Middle School in Alexandria City Public Schools. He served four years in the Marines, where he achieved the rank of sergeant.

Hayden’s military service gave him a new perspective on life and career options.

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