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A View Inside 2017-18


Rotary Grant Recipients
Rotary Grant Funds Give Boost to Eight KGCS Project Proposals

The King George Dahlgren Rotary Club has awarded over $20,000 in funds for projects and initiatives in KGCS over the years including support for nutrition services as well as projects that foster literacy, STEM education, and counseling needs. This year, 15 grant requests were submitted from KGCS staff as part of the annual Rotary District Club Grant. The winner of the main grant for $2,850 was Heather Hollis to provide "items that help calm, soothe, and engage our students with Autism". Seven other staff members will also be awarded partial funds to help with their project proposals. In all, KGCS will receive $8,119 as a result of the generosity of the King George Dahlgren Rotary Club. Read the entire article.








Cars entered in Skills USA Car Show
SkillsUSA Car Show

KGHS SkillsUSA annual fundraiser Car Show held on May 12, brought together CTE students and car enthusiasts as they sported a variety of customized trucks and cars. Special thanks to the KGHS drafting students for designing and 3D printing trophies for “Best in Show” and “Officers Choice”. Read the entire article.













Presentation of Shirley's Child camp scholarship fund on May 3

4-H Scholarship Honors KGES Teacher

Shirley Peyton left a legacy of love to her family, friends, colleagues and kindergarten students in King George County when she passed away just shy of reaching her long awaited retirement. The positive impact of her 45 year teaching career, her involvement with her church and leadership role with the local 4-H program, though, will long be remembered by generations of children through a camp scholarship fund created in her honor. The staff of King George Elementary created Shirley’s Child, a scholarship fund to honor her dream of academic achievement, emotional and social development for all children. Read the entire article.








Grant recipients for DOSC Charity Grants

DOSC 2018 Annual Charitable Grant Awards

Five KGCS staff were recipients of Charity Grants awarded by The Dahlgren Officers’ Spouses Club (DOSC) on May 5, 2018. DOSC operates “the Second Tour” thrift store on NSASP Dahlgren. Money received is given back to the local community and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren through charitable contributions. This year, 15 charity grants were awarded by the DOSC. Three students from King George High School also received scholarships through DOSC.

The Second Tour thrift store was the vision of military spouses who saw a need to help families on the base. Second Tour started in 1996 in a storage shed and has since relocated to a bungalow provided by the base. Because of the efforts of dedicated volunteers, DOSC donates thousands of dollars to local students and organizations. King George County Schools has been the recipient of their generosity over the years. Read the entire article.




Special Education Advisory Council meeting presenter Debbie Albert

Employment Transition Program Partners Students and Local King George Businesses

Communication Specialist Mrs. Debbie Albert took on the challenge of coordinating an Employment Training Program for post graduate students with disabilities at King George High School for the 2017-18 school year. Supervisor of Special Services Ann Bueche met with Mrs. Albert to design a program that would enable students to work directly with a job coach to foster positive job habits including working efficiently, following directions, completing timesheets, proper job grooming and hygiene, showing respect to customers, and completing tasks with accuracy. Read the entire article.






Students in Code Club working at computers

A Passion for Teaching Coding

Meet Charlize, a 7th grade student at King George Middle School. She loves art, science, competing in math competitions, building wooden duck boxes with the Outdoor Club and has a passion for helping other students learn to code. Her interest in coding started in 4th grade when she discovered the program Scratch with her sister and dad. Scratch is free programming where you can create your own interactive stories, games and animations. Charlize shared, “Coding is one of my passions and I should share it with people. I really like it a lot. Coding is an important skill to learn especially in modern times where we are using a lot of technology, more artificial intelligence and just programming in general.” Read the entire article.





Sealston Librarian Brittany Orolin pictured with librarian of the year award for region 3.

SES Librarian Receives Distinguished Award

Sealston Librarian Ms. Brittany Orolin was honored with the 2018 Librarian of the Year Award for Region 3 by the Virginia Association of Librarians on March 24, 2018. Her passion for motivating students to love reading and engage in books radiates as she interacts with her classes on a daily basis. Ms. Orolin has been the librarian at Sealston Elementary for 5 of her 7 years in education.









6th grade students shown broadcasting the morning announcements at KGES
Announcements Go Live at KGES

KGES STEM Teacher, Yvonne Richard, began teaching at King George Elementary in 2005. She remembers fondly watching the morning announcements on the ceiling mounted televisions in classrooms. The announcements were broadcast live from the library using the school’s closed circuit video system. Students made up the crew of what was then coined The Today Show. Memories of watching students participate in flag holding, singing the national anthem and school administrators sharing school news each morning sparked Ms. Richard to begin thinking how to resurrect the live version of The Today Show. Read the entire article!








Superintendent pictured with school board and students

Robert Benson Selected as Region III Superintendent of the Year


Dr. Robert Benson, Superintendent of King George County Public Schools, has been named Region III Superintendent of the Year by his colleagues who are the chief education leaders of the seventeen school divisions located in north-central and the northern neck of Virginia. Dr. Benson was selected for his inspirational service and leadership on behalf of Region III and the accomplishments of the King George County School division.
Read more about this honor with the news release!








Collage of students working on fraction lessons

Building Math Connections & Confidence with Fraction Fridays

KGCS Division Math Specialist, Fanya Morton has collaborated with middle school and elementary administrators and teachers to address student engagement, build confidence and make connections in mathematical thinking through targeted math talks called “Fraction Fridays”. Fraction Fridays are 15 minute lessons that help students make connections with the vocabulary and fraction models. Read how math teachers are using Fraction Friday lessons to help increase mathematical proficiency with their students.









Collage of Career Fair Vendors
King George Middle School Career Day

Career Day at King George Middle School has expanded since KGMS school counselor Allison Daughtridge began organizing it in 2005. Mrs. Daughtridge has made it her goal to increase the variety of careers and career fields showcased each year, particularly with the rise of STEM fields. This year, 38 vendors had colorful booths and plenty of information for the 700 middle school students who visited on February 6, 2018. 7th graders attended during their PE class and 8th graders came during their English class. New career fields showcased this year included a probation officer and construction worker. Local school board member, Kristin Tolliver participated as a vendor for Social Work. Read more about Career Fair 2018.







Melinda Brown talking to vendor


Taking Time to Be Healthy @ KGES
KGES assistant principal Melinda Brown hears firsthand the challenges that teachers face outside of the classroom. “My role as assistant principal includes finding substitutes. In doing that, I hear a lot of issues and concerns that teachers have, from personal things they are dealing with to ones that their family members are going through.” As a result, she organized a Health and Wellness Day at KGES to start off the new year as teachers returned from their holiday break.

Read the entire article here as a pdf.







Sealston STEM Team

Sealston STEM Team Wins Sportsmanship Award at Lego Competition
The Sealston STEM Club, under the leadership of STEM sponsor Sierra Hoskins, was awarded the prestigious Judge’s Award at the 2017 VA/DC FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament held in Washington DC. The Judge’s Award was given to the Sealston Elementary STEM team for outstanding sportsmanship and showing of core values which focused on “coopertition”. At the December 11 School Board Meeting Ms. Hoskins noted, “I cannot put into words how proud all of these kids have made me as their STEM sponsor. They went to competition and gave it absolutely everything they had, plus some. They helped the other teams, they gave parts to the other teams, they cheered all the other teams on, they cheered each other on. That’s what it’s really all about at the end of the day. They earned everything that they received this year. They’re super proud of themselves. I’m proud of them as well.”





Officer Spuchesi and K9 Comet

VDGIF K-9 Officer Visits KGMS Outdoor Club

Senior Conservation Police Officer Frank Spuchesi is not only a conservation police officer (formerly known as game wardens), but he is also one of only four K-9 officers in the entire state. Officer Spuchesi and his four legged partner, Comet, came by to visit KGMS recently to speak to the outdoor club. Officer Spuchesi is one of the two founders of the King George Outdoor Club and he enjoys speaking to youth about his job, his partner Comet, and the outdoors.During his recent visit, Officer Spuchesi asked the young members of the KGMS Outdoor Club how many of them were going to be hunting this season. After watching a number of hands go up, he began asking the students questions regarding local hunting laws, ethics related hunting questions, and hunting safety questions. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.









Students in Hunter Education Class
Mark Fike Shines Bright With Hunter Education Safety Course

Veteran teacher Mark Fike, has taught English and Science in King George County Schools since 1997. Mark is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time hunting deer, waterfowl, turkey, and small game. His passion for hunting started as a young boy as he tagged along with his father in the King George County woodlands and fields hunting squirrels.

Mr. Fike began teaching a Hunter Education Class three years ago with the help of colleague and World History teacher, Mr. Michael Woods, because he wanted the youth to be able to learn to be safe while enjoying our traditions. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.











Rotary Club Presenting Grant Awards
KGCS Benefit from Dahlgren Rotary Grant Funds

School budgets are increasingly under scrutiny in deciding how to best maximize funding that builds capacity for leadership, learning and resources. Unfunded school initiatives, state mandates and out of pocket expenses for teachers present funding challenges for schools. Over the past five years, King George County Schools has benefitted from the generosity of the Dahlgren Rotary Club through their district and club grants, totaling over $20,000. Rotary Club member, Chuck Davidson, has had a key role in awarding KGCS staff with grant funds. “We don’t have a lot of people knocking on our door for grants,” commented Mr. Davidson. “The Dahlgren Club decided early on to focus on education and literacy. We work with schools to help meet those needs.” The entire article is linked here as a pdf.







                                                                              
Ainsley's Angels Runners
KGCS Leaders Shine Bright Helping Others
Michele Tritt has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist with King George County Schools for 13 years. Michele, an avid marathon and distance runner, also has a gigantic heart that reaches out to runners of all abilities. Her passion for inclusion, her vision to start an Ainsley’s Angels Running chapter in Fredericksburg and her determination to move forward has fueled others to reach out and share their legs with other runners.

King George High School principal, Dr. Jesse Boyd, was challenged to run with Ainsley’s Angels in the Labor Day weekend Va Beach Rock & Roll Half Marathon after hearing there was an extra race bib. Though it had been some time some time since he ran a half marathon, Jesse was looking forward to being part of this noble cause. His training included pushing his own children in a stroller to help simulate the experience beforehand. After completing the half marathon, Jesse noted, “When I arrived for the race at the break of dawn I was anxious given this was my first race with a rider. However, when Mickie, my rider, pressed play on his bluetooth speaker and woke up all of Virginia Beach, I knew I was in good company.” The entire article is linked here as a pdf.  Click here to view the Shine Bright video on the KGCS Facebook page.



Watch Dogs Launch Event
Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer at KGMS
KGMS Associate Principal, Chris Bryant has seen first hand the benefits of having dads volunteer at school. “Five years ago, I started Watch D.O.G.S. at Sealston Elementary after a first grade teacher heard about Watch D.O.G.S. from a conference.” It was obvious that having a positive male role model in school not only builds positive student relationships, but also provides support for school activities and safety. Mr. Bryant was passionate about continuing to involve fathers in Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) when he transitioned to the middle school. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.








Stop the Bleed Class
KGCS Staff Learn the ABCs of Stop the Bleed
On October 12th, over 25 King George County School staff members came together at King George High School to learn how to administer potentially life saving techniques with a free training program called Stop the Bleed. Stop the Bleed launched in 2015 as a national awareness campaign and call to action in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012. Created by the US Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with FEMA and various other agencies, Stop the Bleed trains bystanders how to apply life saving techniques in case of disaster and high casualty incidents. School nurses, teachers, a librarian, counselors, resource officers, nurses, cafeteria workers, and administrators all actively participated in the life saving course offered by King George County Schools. The entire article is linked here as a pdf





Lowery Becker
Grant Funds to Help Provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) are multi-day programs that teach students about their local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay through classroom lessons, field experiences, action projects, and reflection activities. Thanks to grant funds from NOAA B-WET (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training), the Friends of the Rappahannock are providing engaging MWEEs for six title counties in our watershed including King George, Middlesex, Essex County, Westmoreland, Richmond County and Lancaster. Education Coordinator for Friends of the Rappahannock, Lowery Becker, will work directly with sixth grade students and staff in all three elementary schools to provide training, support, and resources for the program, “A River Runs Through Us” during the 2017-18 school year. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.




Mark Burns
Room Makeover Out of This World!


Take one foot inside Mark Burns’ astronomy classroom and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped outside of the space shuttle onto the surface of Mars. Mark’s classroom makeover may have started with getting permission to paint his classroom, but was fueled with a fascination and interest in astronomy since his early childhood. From America’s first space station Skylab, to the loss of space shuttle Challenger in 1986, not to mention NASA’s upcoming Mars mission in the 2030s, Mark has always had an intense interest in the development of our nation’s space program and continual discoveries. For Mark, astronomy isn’t a passive experience to view from afar, it’s the final frontier that’s visible inside his classroom. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.




Pari Paluszak
King George Preschool Coordinator Receives Scholarship Award


King George County School’s Coordinator of Preschool and Mandated Services, Pari Paluszak, was one of five outstanding educators awarded the Phyllis Mondak Scholarship Award for contributions to the field of Early Childhood Special Education that have made a significant impact in the lives of young children and their families. Pari was honored at the Virginia Collaborative Early Childhood Birth to Five Conference, held in Roanoke on July 21. Phyllis Mondak is recognized in Virginia for being a leader in educating the importance of quality inclusive placements for preschoolers with disabilities. Her work in special education and commitment to young children and the disabilities community are reflected in the work of King George award recipient, Pari Paluszak. King George County Supervisor of Special Services, Ann Bueche, nominated Pari Paluszak for this distinguished award. The entire article is linked here as a pdf.