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Join our information nights to learn about our pathway programs.
11/30/2023

Join our information nights to learn about our pathway programs.

Stafford County Public Schools invites interested 8th grade students to join us for International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Night THIS EVENING from 6-8 p.m. at Mountain View High School (2135 Mountain View Road). Visit the information session to learn more about the application process, the program and course overview, and expectations and requirements.

Information night on our new pathways programs!
11/30/2023

Information night on our new pathways programs!

Stafford County Public Schools invites interested students to join us for LEAPS Information Night THIS EVENING from 6-8 p.m. at Mountain View High School (2135 Mountain View Road). Visit the information session to learn more about the application process, the program and course overview, and expectations and requirements.

11/27/2023

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For those interested
11/25/2023

For those interested

The Virginia Board of Education is hosting listening sessions across the Commonwealth to allow parents, educators, and community members to learn more about the Board’s creation of new accountability measurements for Virginia’s public schools, as well as provide an opportunity for the public to discuss their expectations for the upcoming accountability measurements.

Stafford Schools will host the Region III Listening Session on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Brooke Point High School. Parents, educators and interested citizens are invited to attend the session and comment on their expectations for accountability measurements.

Our military families are an important part of our community.  Our schools support them.
10/27/2023

Our military families are an important part of our community.

Our schools support them.

On October 26, the Virginia Department of Education awarded all 33 Stafford County Public Schools with Purple Star recognition. This exemplary designation signifies our school division’s dedication to military-connected students and their families. Stafford Schools now join Chesapeake Public Schools, Fredericksburg City Schools, Poquoson Public Schools, and York Public Schools as the only five school divisions in Virginia recognized for their division-wide support of military families.

Don’t forget - support our schools, all you have to do is eat out!
08/21/2023

Don’t forget - support our schools, all you have to do is eat out!

Tick-tock
07/28/2023

Tick-tock

The countdown to the start of the 2023-2024 school year continues! We are just three days away from welcoming all staff back into the building for a school based professional learning day on Monday, July 31. We cannot wait to continue to with you.

07/24/2023

Send encouragement to our kids.
Chalk the Walk!

The history of Juneteenth!  Proud to celebrate at the Colonial Forge event sponsored by the NAACP. https://heathercoxric...
06/23/2023

The history of Juneteenth! Proud to celebrate at the Colonial Forge event sponsored by the NAACP.

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/june-18-2023?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=20533&post_id=129362425&isFreemail=true&fbclid=IwAR0ucUWHupk0EPt7mPjZyi5q7bIozYNE-Z9jdsHQ8nea7EElrX09WEIpqnM_aem_AfH1XkULYxD-pYTSXxkO1yMPHSlGdyJZVM20RfAM3TPfiYXkEWQmt_a4sPProKyOwJE&utm_medium=email&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

Tomorrow is the federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, the celebration of the announcement in Texas on June 19th, 1865, that enslaved Americans were free. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant of the U.S. Army, but it was not unti...

05/09/2023

We have the best teachers and staff. Everyday I see how hard they work to improve the lives of our students and families.

Thank you for all you do!

09/20/2022

Would you like to join the Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee for the 2023 calendar year? The purpose of this committee is to advise the Board concerning community perspectives about the school division's planned capital improvement investments addressing student accommodations; facility renovation and major maintenance; land acquisition, disposition, and/or development; capital equipment; and new construction.

Apply to be a part of an advisory committee before December 1, 2022. The application is available at www.staffordschools.net/SchoolBoardAdvisory

Don’t forget the VA tax holiday!
08/04/2022

Don’t forget the VA tax holiday!

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday Returns on Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Virginians can buy a number of items including in stores, online, by mail order, and by telephone without paying sales tax.

School supplies, clothing, and footwear are eligible! Visit www.staffordschools.net/schoolsupplies to see if you need to make any last minute shopping trips before school starts next week.

08/02/2022
Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered!
08/02/2022

Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered!

The SCPS Collect for Kids: Back-to-School Supply Drive Distribution Event is underway! Thank you to all of our volunteers who gave their time this morning to help sort school supplies for our students to begin the 2022-2023 school year next week.

Our school counselors will pick up needed items this afternoon and distribute supplies to students next week.

08/01/2022
Bus routes are now available.
08/01/2022

Bus routes are now available.

Bus routes for the 2022-2023 school year are now available. Log into Versatrans e-Link to view your student's bus information. For login instructions, visit staffordschools.net/Page/33327

Recently a local group began a campaign to end our relationship with VSBA. Their complaints were “lack of transparency”,...
07/28/2022

Recently a local group began a campaign to end our relationship with VSBA.

Their complaints were “lack of transparency”, partisanship, it’s a monopoly, and it’s dominated by “liberal” school boards. They went onto recommend a “new group” out of Ohio.

Is VSBA a monopoly? Well it is specific to Virginia- which means they coordinate with the VDOE and help Local school boards navigate regulation changes and VA law.

The VDOE leadership is chosen by the executive branch, so current leadership was appointed by Governor Youngkin.

The group out of Ohio has no understanding of VA laws that govern SB and are likely unable to provide accurate information.

The lack of transparency is an interesting question given that VSBA files an annual report. They list all the state delegates from all the counties. Each SB send one delegate, so a small board has as much influence as a larger board. There is no such structure identified within the NSBLC.

There is no information about who funds the NSBLC.

There is no indication how their recommendations comply with laws in different states.

The “content they talk about is all “under development”, but there is no indication about who is developing it or where they are getting their data. Photos attached are from their web site. There is NO content.

Is VSBA partisan? The current president of VSBA is Teddy D. Martin II from Henry County VA, a county that voted 64:35 for Trump in 2020. Every member SB sends one delegate and an alternate.

The Ohio group has in their mission statement: “The National School Board Leadership Council helps school board members fight back against liberal/progressive special interests”. A blatantly partisan statement.

School Boards are suppose to act on behalf of all students and families in the best interests of the division and not just their magisterial district or the people who agree with them.

VSBA helps us comply with state law and they help us lobby the General Assembly. There is strength in numbers. Having served as a VSBA delegate when the legislative agenda was set, it is a non partisan effort. One hundred and twent-eight of 132 VA counties were represented and each county had equal representation.

Each item in the agenda was discussed, language was often changed to reflect a consensus, and then voted on. The legislative agenda was then taken back to each individual SB for a vote to support or reject.

This process and organization gives us greater strength in working with our own legislature to address needs in our schools. No group in Ohio will give us that.

This year the lobbying efforts from the legislative agenda resulted in an $8.25 million investment for construction and renovation in SCPS.

When we interact with peple we may disagree with, when we share our ideas and concerns we learn and create better outcomes, VSBA helps us do that.

I have taken classes on Collecive Bargaining based on VA Law; Cyber security threats and how to address them; finance and budget based on VA law; conference on education, student mental health, school architecture and design for safety and learning, school security threats.

The list of offerings is extensive and the presentations are interactive, with ample time for questions and different perspectives. They are led by experts and moderated by SB representatives from across the state.

we are working on a Strategic plan for technology. It's a TOOL, not a substitute and should be wisely, students, parents...
07/28/2022

we are working on a Strategic plan for technology. It's a TOOL, not a substitute and should be wisely, students, parents and teachers need to define what that means and what responsibilities go with it.

Have a background in Computers and Technology, consider joining our TECH advisory committee.

Technology can be a powerful enhancement to student learning—when it's used wisely.

Please consider joining an advisory committee. We are all partners in making sure SCPS offer all students the best educa...
07/28/2022

Please consider joining an advisory committee.

We are all partners in making sure SCPS offer all students the best education possible.

If you live in Griffis-Widewater please let me know if you are interested in joining one of our committees.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 540-706-4894

Via SCPS Policy 1110, the school board has created 10 committees to advise it on matters of concern/interest and in such other areas as have been mandated by state/federal law, rule, or regulation. The 10 advisory committees are as follows:

What a great event at Kate Waller Barrett ES.  What a way to kick off a new year and introduce a new principal!
07/28/2022

What a great event at Kate Waller Barrett ES. What a way to kick off a new year and introduce a new principal!

Transition Day. First day of kindergarten, new middle school and first day of high school can be stressful and full of m...
07/28/2022

Transition Day.

First day of kindergarten, new middle school and first day of high school can be stressful and full of many other firsts.

We are trying something new to make these firsts a little easier with some extra TLC.

Stafford County Public Schools looks forward to welcoming you to the start of the 2022-2023 school year! This year we are trying something new by working to ...

07/21/2022

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