High School Parent Summit 2014
Over 640 parents registered to attend PWCS' first ever High School Parent Summit Event sponsored by the Office of Student Services and PWCS Middle and High School Counselors. The event, held at Hylton HS, drew large crowds and tremendous praise from participants. Parents used words such as "beneficial," "informative," "excellent," and "awesome" to describe the event. Most in attendance stated that they would definitely attend if the event were offered each year. "The presenters were top notch" exclaimed one parent on his post program survey. One parent even stated that the event was "the best that PWCS has ever offered." All parents agreed that they wanted more information on the topics covered at the Summit. A special Parent Summit website is currently under construction and will go live in the next two weeks. All parents will be able to access information shared by each of the presenters as well as several full videos of some of the most popular presentations. Parents can look forward to other such events in the future!
Prince William County ‘s Healthy Communities Healthy Youth® (HCHY) Council
Presents “Local Hero Awards”
On December 13, the community gathered to honor four local residents and one organization at the Prince William County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth® (HCHY) Council ceremony at the Kelly Leadership Center. Recipients included Gary Wortham, JoAnne Renton, Michelle Rao, Edgar Williams, and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.
In the tradition of our community, which has thrice received the distinction from America’s Promise Alliance as “100 Best Communities for Young People,” Prince William continues to acknowledge accomplishments of its citizens.
The Local Heroes exemplify how we can support and build leadership skills in our youth so that they may one day serve their communities as role models for those who come after them.
The award winners were described by their nominators in these ways. Mr. Gary Wortham, attendance officer based at Freedom High School, has been collaborating with staff, empowering youth, leading the football team, and reducing truancy since 2003. Mrs. JoAnne Renton, from Virginia Cooperative Extension, has provided opportunities and supportive services for youth and families, particularly in child abuse prevention. Mrs. Michelle Rao, manager of Lazer Quest, was recognized for her mentoring of youth and supporting their part-time job aspirations. Mr. Edgar Williams, USMC, has provided valuable assistance to Prince William County Public Schools and the Gang Response Intervention Taskforce to help combat the issue of human trafficking. The Chamber of Commerce was cited for mentoring students and participation on various committees to support education in Prince William County Public Schools. Guest speaker Amanda Jewell , third grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary School, introduced by a her former student, Keon Allen, recounted her experiences in Prince William County which shaped her life in a positive direction.
HCHY co-chairpersons, Ms. Tracy Hannigan, Recreational Division Chief, Prince William County Parks & Recreation and Mrs. Carolyn Custard, Director of the Office of Student Services, Prince William County Schools, were assisted by student leaders Myra Shoaib, Kenneth Miller, Michael Turner, and Hannah Adam. “Hylton Sinfonia”, directed by Mr. Dennis Brown, provided the holiday entertainment.