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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, sjames@kgcs.k12.va.us.

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....




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....




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.....



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 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.







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 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 @ 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 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.....




LiveB
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.....

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