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A View Inside 2016-17

There are lots of great things happening in King George County Schools. Read about them here with "A View Inside." If you have an activity that is part of King George County Schools that you would like featured, please contact Sharon James,

Mrs. Burke's Math Olympiad Students
KGES Students Rank in Top Percentile in Math Olympiad Contest

27 fifth and sixth grade students from King George Elementary were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program. They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of KGES TAG math teacher, Ms. Valerie Burke. She taught the children to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.  The entire pdf article is linked here.

3 Career and Technical Education Students
KGHS Students Place in SkillsUSA Competition

Five CTE (Career & Technical Education) students from King George High School participated in the 53rd annual SkillsUSA state championship competition, April 28-29, 2017 in Fredericksburg, VA. This competition involved CTE students from all across the commonwealth of Virginia. Sophomores Cameron Lewis, Joseph Liptak and Tate Newman, juniors Bailey Brown and Jason Lupton each placed in this rigorous competition. 

Students in Hallway for Senior Walk
 Seniors Celebrate and Rise Up

85 seniors from King George High School donned their caps and gowns, boarded school buses and traveled back to their childhood KGCS elementary school as cheering students and staff lined the hallways on May 18, 2017. This first “Senior Walk” was an opportunity for these eager high school foxes to proudly parade down memory lane as former teachers and students held signs, clapped, cheered, waved and smiled. The years these seniors spent in KGCS as a “hawk”, “eagle” or “wildcat” may have seemed long. Their stories of persevering to overcome challenges are unique and diverse, but they held one thing in common on this day. They were each sharing with young learners an important milestone in life, graduating from high school! Read the full article....

DECA Students with Advisor
King George High School DECA Students Recognized at International Career Development Conference in CA

14 King George High School DECA students along with advisor Dee Strauss and chaperones, traveled to Anaheim, CA for the DECA International Career Development Conference April 25-30. At the Grand Awards, King George DECA was recognized for participation in all of the DECA Chapter campaigns, receiving 5 ribbons. Thomas Melton received his US Army 4 yr. scholarship for Va Tech. Franklin Rinko received the M&M Scholarship from DECA, Inc. Read more about recognition for other KG DECA students and their amazing trip with this link to the full article. 

Starman Symbol of Excellence
King George County Public Schools Featured in 21st Annual VSBA Showcases for Success Directory

King George County, VA – The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 21st annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. King George County Public Schools is one of 56 school divisions from across the Commonwealth that has programs featured in the directory. Three programs from King George County are: Read the full article.....

Nursing Students at Meet in the Middle
Meet in the Middle Special Olympics Brings Students Together

Students in King George County Schools celebrated a day of games, friendship and fun at the annual Meet in the Middle Special Olympics on April 7 at King George High School. Meet in the Middle (MitM) is an education-based program that promotes acceptance, inclusion and respect between students with and without disabilities. Read the full article.....

Third grade students reading book projects
3rd Grade Caldecott Book Project @ Sealston

Third grade students at Sealston participated in a Third Grade Caldecott Award Book Project under the leadership of library media specialist, Brittany Orolin. The Caldecott Award is given annually to an outstanding picture book by the American Library Association. Third grade students at Sealston learned about the Caldecott Award by first reading The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal).  For nine weeks, students worked alone or in groups to write and illustrate their own eight page book during library specials. This process involved planning, drafting, composing and designing a final draft with illustrations and a cover. As a culminating activity, third grade classes conducted their own Caldecott voting process to determine the top three picture books in the third grade. Winners received money to spend in the school’s book fair. Read the full article ...

Superintendent distributing dictionaries
Ruritans Share Books and Smiles with KGCS Students

King George County Schools’ students in grades 3,5 and 6 not only received gifts of dictionaries, thesauruses and atlases, but the reminder that a smile is worth a thousand words. Since 2009, the Ruritans have graciously shared these reference books in King George County Schools as a way to invest in the education and lives of thousands of students. The Ruritans’ Book Project is funded with donations from generous community businesses, groups, as well as individual contributors. Read the full article...

King George High School PTA with Student Winner
King George High School Student Recognized by PTSA
The King George High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is pleased to award KGHS junior Timothy Probus, the honor of “KGHS Most Improved Student” for the Fall 2016 semester. Timothy was nominated by biology teacher, Mrs. Rebecca DiStefano. According to DiStefano, “I believe Timothy is deserving of this award because he demonstrates a very positive attitude, has an ‘I can do it’ philosophy and always gives me his best.” Any King George High student who has demonstrated an improvement in grades, attitude and/or behavior throughout the course of a single semester, is eligible to be nominated by their teacher to receive the KGHS Most Improved Student Award. Award recipients also receive a $50 cash award. Congratulations Timothy for demonstrating excellence in school!  Read article as a pdf....

Fourth grade students dressed in colonial clothing
Stepping Back in Time with Colonial Day @ Potomac Elementary
Fourth grade students at Potomac Elementary School experienced a fun day of hands-on history learning in the classroom with the help of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation outreach program and local Peacock family during Colonial Day. Colonial history came alive as students held and examined real artifacts, played period games, tasted colonial sweets, learned proper etiquette, danced with partners, compared clothing pieces, and held tools that blacksmiths, farmers and infantrymen used during the American Revolution. Without modern conveniences such as zippers, snaps, cardboard boxes and electronics, students learned that colonial life had its challenges, but also had aspects we enjoy today like dancing, checkers, hopscotch, bowling, horseback riding, gingerbread, and hot apple cider! Read the full article....

Eric and Franklin Shaking Hands
King George School Board Votes to Protect Youth From Tobacco and E-Cigarettes 
The board of King George County Schools voted last night (December 12 board meeting) to protect youth in the division from the harmful effects of tobacco and e-cigarettes by adopting a 100% comprehensive tobacco-free policy. Eric Davis and Franklin Rinko, both seniors at King George High School, brought the issue to the school board’s attention, asking them to strengthen the policy to clearly cover tobacco and e-cigarette use on any school property and at any school-sponsored activity, including off-site events. Tobacco-free schools ensure positive role modeling by teachers, coaches, other staff, visitors, and peers. Research also shows students are more likely to smoke in a location where they have seen other students or adults smoking. Superintendent Dr. Benson stated, “The school board appreciates the involvement of our student leaders in the governance process. With the support of "Y Street" their involvement with the 24/7 campaign has helped strengthen our tobacco and e-cigarette policy to ensure our campuses are safe, healthy and tobacco free.”  Read the full article.....

Delegate Ransone and students in STEM class
King George Elementary Welcomes Delegate Ransone During Take Your Legislator to School Month
Governor McAuliffe again deemed November as "Take Your Legislator to School" month in an effort to promote a closer relationship between public education and the Va. State Legislature. The Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) encouraged school divisions across Virginia to invite one of their state legislators to visit their schools. King George Elementary was honored to have Delegate Margaret Ransone from the 99th District (King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond Co., Westmoreland and part of Caroline) as a guest in Mrs. Yvonne Richard's second grade STEM class on November 29. STEM classes are a new addition to elementary schools starting in 2016-17. Delegate Ransone observed and worked alongside second grade students designing color coded pathways with mechanical Ozobots. Dr. Benson noted, “We appreciate Delegate Ransone’s support for the students in King George County Schools.”  Read the full article.....

Nurse Aid Students
Nurse Aid Course Added in King George County Schools
Students interested in becoming a certified nurse aide in King George County Schools now have the opportunity with the new addition of the Nurse Aide course to the Career and Technical program at King George High School. The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares students to sit for the NNAAP, State Board Licensure Exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. In addition to receiving two high school credits, students also earn nine dual enrollment credits from Rappahannock Community College.

Students with canned food collected
KGMS Food Drive Can War!
Give students an opportunity to use their creativity to help others at Thanksgiving and they will come up with great ideas. This year, students in King George Middle School’s Leadership Class, devised a Canned War Competition between 7th and 8th grade to help collect food for the Salvation Army’s food bank. King George Middle School has partnered with the Salvation Army for the past four years. Food collected is shared with King George, Caroline, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland counties. This competition resulted in a tie with a total of 132 cans of food collected. Students celebrated with a “pajama day.”  Read article as a pdf....

Author Kevin O'Malley talking to students
Author Kevin O'Malley Visits Sealston
“Take out your pencil and begin writing” will evoke a wide variety of emotional responses ranging from groans and sighs to shouts of joy. Students at Sealston Elementary were pleased to be part of an active audience as they experienced the animation of children’s author, Kevin O’Malley. Author and illustrator of 76 books, O’Malley has illustrated many books that students adore reading, including Testing Miss Malarkey, a look at the humor in standardized testing. During Mr. O’Malley’s four, 45 minute sessions, he conveyed his passion for writing and illustrating that began in second grade. Kevin O’Malley has never viewed writing as a laborious, dreaded process, but rather a mindset that is fun, and filled with endless creative ideas. He even encourages students to write and draw while the tv is on. Read the full article.....

Career Day Presenter talking to students
Career Day @ King George Elementary
Students today not only develop skills to help them achieve success in content areas in school, but they also begin to “investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions”. Public schools in Virginia are required to begin teaching career awareness early on, which, according to elementary school counselor Maggy Journigan, is precisely the reason she coordinated a Career Day at King George Elementary School on November 9. Her experience in working with high school students to develop their career plans helped her to realize the importance of starting this process early on in elementary school. Maggy states that by sixth grade, students are expected to start developing a career plan. There are so many options available, she believes it’s important to help students understand the skills and process goals needed to achieve them.  Read the full article.....

November 8 Presenter at King George High School
November 8 Professional Development
November 8 may have been a holiday for students, but for teachers in King George, it was designated as a Professional Development Day. Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Kristine Hill explained, “It is not easy finding time to offer programs of professional development. King George County Schools builds in one full day dedicated to professional development that is designed to offer many different types of collaborative learning sessions. Sessions are designed to offer all educators ways to strengthen their practice.” Since the schools are used as polling places, teachers at the middle and high school met at King George High and elementary teachers met at King George Elementary to ensure voters had room for parking.  Read the full article.....

Bat Program Presenter
at Program @ King George Elementary
October 26, second grade students at King George Elementary experienced first hand, the amazing and distinctive features of bats in a “Live Bat Program”. Students were captivated as they listened to and watched live microbats up close with the expertise of Leslie Sturges, bat conservationist volunteer for 15 years, and President of “The Save Lucy Campaign” . The multimedia document camera enabled students to easily observe their unique characteristics. It isn’t every day these students get the chance to see these often misunderstood nocturnal animals. Ms. Sturges captivated these curious students as she reminded them that there are good reasons to be a bat friendly advocate as a member of The Bat Squad.  Read the full article.....