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Standards of Accreditation/Required Attendance Guidelines

SOQ Attendance

New Procedure for Entrance to the King William School Board Offices

When visiting the School Board Office, please use the door entrance in front of the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Gymnasium.  There is a entry buzzer located on the left side of the brick wall.  

NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSURE

 

The HHMS renovation is underway. Construction crews have begun demolition of the school board offices and will then begin the construction of what will be the 6th grade wing. Starting TOMORROW, Wednesday January 24th,  the access road from Rt. 30 to AES will be closed until further notice.  Therefore, all traffic coming to and from AES will need to use Acquinton Church Road.  We realize that this is an inconvenience for our families and we appreciate your patience as we make much needed improvements to the HHMS facility.

King William School Nutrition Now Offering Online Application for Free and Reduced Meals

The King William School Nutrition Department is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Priced Meals online!  The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABE anytime, anywhere, from any computer, tablet or smart phone.  Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  The online service is available 24/7, anywhere there is an Internet connection.  Your data is transmitted to the School Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster.  No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office.  Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!  To access the online application, simply go to the King William district website, click on “School Nutrition Information” from Quick Links and then click on “Free and Reduced Meal Information/Application”.  This page provides information regarding current meal prices, Federal Income Guidelines, directions on how to apply, links to print a paper meal application and the Letter to Households, and the link to access the online Free and Reduced Meal Application.  Follow the easy to use, step-by-step screens to enter student and household information.  Click “Submit” and your application for meal benefits is ready to be processed.  It’s that easy!

Physical Flyer for Sports Physicals

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the flyer on sports physicals.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Acknowledgement of Limited Relationship form.

KWCPS Teacher of the Year

TOTY J. Jones

Congratulations to Jan Jones, KWHS English teacher, for being named KWCPS 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!

FY19 Budget Presentation

FY19 Budget Presentation

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Public Hearing on the Code of Student Conduct for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the atrium at Hamilton Holmes Middle School.  The regular meeting will begin following the Public Hearing with a Closed Session at the Regular Meeting. Please note this change.

All interested persons may appear and present their views regarding the Code of Student Conduct at the above time and place.

Cathy P. Edwards
Clerk
July 10, 2018

2017-18 Division Monthly Calendar

2017-18 Division Calendar

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School library.  The agenda will include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel.  The agenda will alsoinclude a business item related to approval of personnel report.

Cathy P. Edwards
School Board Clerk
May 29, 2018

FY 19 Budget Video
Inclement Weather Delay

Due to inclement weather, the schools will open 2 hours late today, Friday, May 18, 2018.  Please stay tuned for further updates.

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

There will be a Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Indian Education Advisory Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Library.  The purpose of this hearing is to gather ideas for the purpose of submitting the Title VII Part A grant.  For more information, contact Stacy Johnson at (804) 769-3434, ext. 508.

Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten registration will be held on April 19, 2018. Please click here to view a copy of the Kindergarten Registration Flyer. 

School Calendar Reminder

REMINDER - Friday, March 30, 2018 will be a full school day.

Lumos Award

Lumos Award

School Closings & Inclement Weather Procedures

Staff begins making preliminary plans for possible scenarios as soon as meteorologists release somewhat reliable storm information.  The morning of an event, staff begin communicating around 4:00 a.m. and are out checking road conditions by 4:30 a.m.  While checking the roads,  staff also communicate with the Sheriff’s department, the Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, VDOT, and neighboring school divisions.  The goal is to make a decision about a delay or school closing by 6:00 a.m., because some buses are on the road at 6:15 a.m. 

Please know that when making these decisions, student safety is our priority.  These decisions are not made in haste and we do not take this responsibility lightly.  We ask that you be patient with us when we do not make the delay or closing call as early as you would like or when we need to send out multiple SchoolMessenger calls. 

How do I find out if school is closed or schedules change?

First word of any changes can be seen on the King William County Public Schools’ website (www.kwcps.k12.va.us), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/king.william.777), and Twitter (@kwcps).   

 

Letter to Parents

Letter to Parents 2-23-18

Inclement Weather

Due to inclement weather, King William County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay on Thursday, March 22, 2018. 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Preliminary Budget Work Session on the following date: Monday, March 26, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School.

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold its regular School Board Meeting for March on Monday, March 26, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a closed session and commence with the regular meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Please note this change.

Cathy P. Edwards
Clerk
March 15, 2018

Request for Proposal - Grounds/Lawn Service

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Request for Proposal for Grounds/Lawn Service.

Inclement Weather Delay

Due to inclement weather, the schools will open 2 hours late on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold Preliminary Budget Work Sessions on the following date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School. 

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Joint Budget Work Session with the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton Holmes Middle School.  The agenda will include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel.

2/6/18
Cathy P. Edwards, Clerk

Superintendent Dr. David O. White Honored for Earning National Superintendent Certification

King William, VA – 2/21/18 – Dr. David O. White, Division Superintendent at King William County Public Schools, was among the more than 30 superintendents recognized for successfully completing the National Superintendent Certification Program®, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The recognition ceremony was part of AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

The conference also served as a platform to highlight AASA’s I Love Public Education campaign, a yearlong initiative designed to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations who will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.

KWCPS Congratulates Dr. Michael Jarvis for Completion of Doctoral Program

 

 

Jarvis

KWCPS is proud to recognize Dr. Michael Jarvis for successful completion of his doctoral program on February 19.  Dr. Jarvis' dissertation is entitled: Facilities Infrastructure Needs to Support Technology in Two Rural School Divisions in Virginia. Dr. Jarvis completed his program at Virginia Tech and currently serves as the assistant principal of Cool Spring Primary School.  KWCPS is proud of this accomplishment and his commitment to lifelong learning.

Letter to Parents Regarding the Flu

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We have entered the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses at school.  This year, KWCPS has seen an increase in the number of documented cases and we want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help.  Our custodial staff is taking additional precautions to ensure that common areas within our schools are properly sanitized to minimize the spread of germs.  And, as always, staff encourages students to regularly wash and/or sanitize their hands to prevent children catching the flu or cold.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu and common cold, are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne droplets, or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.  Flu and cold symptoms can sometimes be difficult to tell apart.  Please review the chart below for a comparison:

To view the letter in it's entirety, please CLICK HERE.

Inclement Weather Delay

Due to inclement weather, the schools will be closed today, Friday, March 2, 2018. Employees follow Code 6.

KWHS Welcomes Ms. Stephanie Vermeire

Vermeire, S.

Ms. Vermeire is a native of Gloucester County, where she has lived since she was two years old. She attended William and Mary, earning a degree in history and certification for 6-12 Social Studies Education; and she later earned her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration. She comes to King William with years of experience both in the classroom and as an administrator. Ms. Vermeire enjoys spending time with her family, with whom she remains close, and loves playing with her nieces and nephew. If she's not enjoying time with her family or close friends, Ms. Vermeire can usually be found reading--Jane Eyre and Harry Potter are among her favorites! Ms. Vermeire is a self-described "life-long student" and loves learning new things. She is excited to join the King William family and continue to gain experience and knowledge as part of the KWHS team!

February is School Board Appreciation Month

School Board Members
Please join in recognizing members of the School Board of King William County for their dedicated and tireless service to the students of this county. 

As citizen leaders, school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.

We greatly appreciate the hard work that our school board members do in making King William County Schools a great place to learn. 

School Board Clerk Appreciation Week - February 19-23, 2018

 

Edwards-Clerk

Please join KWCPS in recognizing Cathy Edwards, School Board Clerk! We want to thank Mrs. Edwards for all that she does to support the School Board, Superintendent, staff, and students.

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Renovation Project Begins

KWCPS was pleased to host several dignitaries at it's groundbreaking ceremony for the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Renovation Project on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  In attendance to help celebrate the start of the project were Mrs. Kathy Morrison, Mr. Steven Tupponce and Mr. Bryan Major of the KWCPS School Board, along with Mr. Travis Moskalski, Chair of the KW County Board of Supervisors.  Also in attendance were Honorable M. Keith Hodges, Delegate for the 98th District and Honorable Chris Peace, Delegate for the 97th District, both serving parts of King William County, and representatives from Ballou Justice Upton Architects and Loughridge & Company, LLC, the general contractor.  In addition, members of the HHMS student body were on hand to help celebrate the groundbreaking and Mrs.Tina Rudd, HHMS principal, selected representatives from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades to participate in the ceremonial activities.

We are pleased to begin the construction phase of the Hamilton-Holmes Renovation project and look forward to its eventual completion in the Spring of 2019.  Our hope is to provide an improved facility that will meet the ever-expanding needs of our students, staff and the community.

Photo Caption: Dr. David White, Steve Tupponce, Kathy Morrison, Travis Moskalski, Bryan Major, Delegate M. Keith Hodges, Delegate Chris Peace.

HHMS Renov.

School Calendar Adjustments

Due to the recent inclement weather and loss of instructional time, the school calendar is being changed to the following:

KWHS and HHMS students will NOT have exams.  (DE students will still have exams for those courses.)

January 23rd will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 24th will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 25th will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 26th will now be a normal school day for all students.

Inclement Weather Closing

Due to inclement weather conditions, King William County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 18.  Employees should follow Code 2.

Future Cavalier Night Rescheduled

 

Future Cavalier Night

Due to the weather forecast for snow this evening, we have rescheduled the game to Thursday, January 11th Boys’ Basketball vs Maggie Walker
Junior Varsity @ 5:30PM
Varsity @ 7:00PM

(this is a change from Jan. 3rd)

 

HHMS Spelling Bee Winners

 

Congratulations to the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Spelling Bee winners: Chase Rosso, Carter Chenault, Jaxon Oliva, Guy Carrington, and Jenna Maynard.

All HHMS students participated in classroom spelling bees. The classroom winners then competed in the school spelling bee on December 12. The five school winners will advance to the King William district bee to be held on January 9, 2018 at 4:00 at Acquinton Elementary. The district champion will represent King William County Schools in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond.

HHMS Spelling Bee Winners

Inclement Weather Closing

Due to inclement weather, King William County Schools will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018.  Employees follow Code 6.

HHMS Renovation Project Press Release

During a special meeting of the KWCPS School Board on Friday, November 17th following the Annual School Board Tour, the school board voted to authorize Dr. David O. White, Division Superintendent, to execute the construction contract for the Hamilton Holmes Renovation Project. The contract to be executed will be between KWCPS and Loughridge & Company, LLC after final review from the School Board attorney, Brad A. King of Sands Anderson, PC.  Loughridge was approved as the selected general contractor with a bid of $9,985,000 which was below the initial construction cost estimate of $11.6 million.  The total construction budget for the project was estimated to be approximately $13.2 million.   

The School Board is considering three of five additive items presented to them as part of the construction and renovation project and is seeking to contract with Ballou Justice Upton Architect (BJU) to provide cost estimations and renderings for construction bid options:

  1. HHMS Main Entrance: Install a double entry at the main entry, similar to KWHS. This would ensure everyone must go through the office to gain access to main building.
  2. School Administrative Offices: Demolition of the existing stucco infill at each façade, deteriorated precast concrete window trim elements, existing windows, removal of existing trees that abut front building, and broken and/or deteriorated brick.
  3. Renovation of Existing Boys and Girls Locker Rooms with New Gymnasium Acoustical Panels: Correct the acoustics in the gym to control noise level, reconfigure the locker rooms, and provide renovated restrooms in each locker room.

 

AES Spelling Bee Winners

AES Spelling Bee Winners

     Congratulations to the Acquinton Elementary School Spelling Bee winners: Abby Dobson, Harmony Robertson, Isabella Bonifacio, Tranay Carter, and Cammie Heller.

All AES students participated in classroom spelling bees. The classroom winners then competed in the school spelling bee on December 14. The five school winners will advance to the King William district bee, competing against the five school winners from Hamilton-Holmes Middle.  The county bee will be held on January 9, 2018 at 4:00 at Acquinton Elementary. The district champion will represent King William County Schools in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond.

King William High School Sponsors "Christmas Dreams"

Christmas Dreams

This holiday season at King William High School, the National Honor Society [NHS] and [DECA] sponsored “Christmas Dreams,” a service project in which students and staff collected various items to donate to children ages 0-18 living in King William County and the Town of West Point.

Students put their presents and monetary gifts into bright red stockings that were placed in each classroom. At the front of the school was a Hat, Mittens, and Scarves Tree, brightly lit and decorated with the colorful, warm donations. Beside the tree, a box was filled with larger toys and assorted items.

Mrs. Shumate, the secretary at KWHS, stated that it “warms [her] heart to see the number of donations received from the community, students, and staff – it has multiplied from the previous years. Putting the tree in the office was an excellent idea for getting the word out there, and it was wonderful to see so many people sacrifice their time.”

During the weeks of collection, support for the project was shown in numerous ways.  The King William basketball team raised $70 in a faculty vs. student basketball game, and the total collected from the classroom stockings was $170. KWHS would also like to give a special thank you to Mary D’s Hair Salon, for their generous donation of $100, to Horace Mann for their donation of hats, mittens, and scarves, and to each of the students, parents, and teachers who donated so generously!

 

HHMS National Geographic Bee School Champion

 

HHMS Geography Bee Winner
Congratulations to the 2018 Hamilton-Holmes Middle School National Geographic Bee School Champion, seventh grader Brycen Potter. All HHMS students competed in classroom geography bees. Classroom winners then competed in tie-breaker rounds to determine the school finalists, who advanced to the school level competition on December 5.

We wish Brycen the best of luck as he prepares to take a qualifying test for the 2018 state bee. Up to 100 of the top scorers in the state will be eligible to compete in the state bee on April 6, 2018.  The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23, 2018.

After-School Activities Cancelled

All After-School activities scheduled for today and tomorrow, December 8-9, 2017, have been cancelled.

Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Additions/Renovations Project Bids Received

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, King William County Public Schools, with the assistance of Ballou Justice Upton Architects, received three apparently qualified bids for the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Additions and Renovations project.  The apparent low bid came in at $9,985,000 – which is below the initial construction cost estimate.  The total construction budget for the project was estimated to be approximately $13.2 million.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Please join KWCPS in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a special meeting on Friday, November 17, 2017 immediately following the School Board Tour that is scheduled to end at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room, 18548 King William Road, King William, VA 23086.  The agenda will include a business item related to approving the bid for the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Renovation Project.

Cathy P. Edwards
Clerk
November 15, 2017

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled

The Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting schedule for October 10, 2017 has been rescheduled to November 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the HHMS Library.

National School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day

Governor McAuliffe has recognized October 16-20, 2017, as National School Bus Safety Week and October 18, 2017, as School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We want to thank each one of our drivers for their service to the students of King William County Schools!!!!

Input Public Hearing - October 17, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton Holmes Middle School to receive input from employees, parents, residents, and organizations regarding the 2018-19 School Budget.  The regular meeting will begin following the public hearing.

Update on Incident on Route 30 - October 5, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of correspondence sent home regarding an incident on Route 30 on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Feed Virginia Day of Action - September 29, 2017

King William County Public Schools will offer ALL students FREE BREAKFAST on Friday, September 29, 2017. Please review the attached flyer for further information - CLICK HERE

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pursuant to School Board Policy BDB, there will be a special meeting of the King William County School Board on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.  The agenda will include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel, and (A) (7) Legal Matters and will include the completion of the superintendent’s annual evaluation. The agenda may also include a Business Item related to a resolution for the Health Insurance Fund.

Cathy P. Edwards
Clerk
August 22, 2017

Amended: September 21, 2017

King William School Board Welcomes Students Back to School

#backtoschoolVA

Advisory Committee Notice

The Superintendent of King William County Public Schools invites adult residents of the County who are interested in serving on the Special Education Advisory, School Health/Safe & Drug Free Schools Advisory, Career and Technical Education Advisory, Talented/Gifted Advisory, Planning Council, Indian Education/Multicultural Advisory, Technology Advisory, or the Parents for a Powerful Education Advisory Committee, to call his office and have their names placed on the list of “interested persons”.  The telephone number is (804)769-3434, ext. 501.  If interested, please call before Friday, September 15, 2017.  Each of these committees acts in an advisory capacity to the Superintendent and the School Board in the respective curricular areas.

School Nutrition Program Update

The new MyPaymentsPlus Program is up and running.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room, 18548 King William Road, King William, VA 23086.  The agenda will include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel to discuss personnel matters related to specific employees and Business Item A. Approval of Personnel Report.

Cathy P. Edwards
Clerk
August 30, 2017

Returning Student Registration

Complete the returning student registration this summer and make open house a breeze!

Rising 6th Grader Meet and Greet - August 17, 2017

Greetings New Viking Families,

It is an honor to serve as your new principal at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School!  We have a great deal in common as, together, we will begin this journey as new Vikings this 2017-2018 school year.  With that in mind, our new assistant principal, Jennifer Perry, and I would like to welcome you to Hamilton-Holmes at a Meet and Greet on August 17th, from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  This is an optional opportunity specifically designed for all rising 6th grade students and their parents.  Mrs. Perry and I wanted to offer this experience in order to answer questions that may arise with our 6th grade students.  While this experience does not take the place of Open House, it allows for the administration to provide information that is specific to sixth graders, as we know that “new beginnings” can cause some anxiety for students and parents.  We will take a tour of the school, practice with lockers, discuss common questions about a middle school schedule, and explore academic expectations for sixth grade students.  If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP by completing the  6th Grade Meet and Greet Registration Form, (https://goo.gl/forms/3mhlkFn1HO5A4qZq2) or call the school 769-3434 in order to register.  We look forward to meeting you all soon.  Best wishes for an enjoyable and relaxing summer! 

 

Rachel Ball recognized for Doctoral Achievement

RBall

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rachel Ball, Principal at Cool Spring Primary School, for successfully defending her dissertation entitled Virginia Principals’ Knowledge of Classroom Assessment and Support of Assessment for Learning Practices.  Dr. Ball will receive her terminal degree from The College of William Mary and is excited about the culmination of her doctoral program. The KWCPS community would like to commend her for this noteworthy achievement.