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2017-18 Division Monthly Calendar

2017-18 Division Calendar

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).   

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold Preliminary Budget Work Sessions on the following dates: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School; this meeting will be an Organizational Meeting/Budget Work Session on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Library; Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Library; Monday, February 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Library. 

The School Board of King William County will hold a Public Hearing on the 2018-19 Budget followed by a work session on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School prior to the regular School Board Meeting.

12/1/17
Cathy P. Edwards, Clerk

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

Postsecondary Education and Employment Data

 

The State Council of Higher Education (http://www.schev.edu/) provides students and their parents with valuable post-secondary education and employment data.

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!

Open House

The 2017-2018 "Open House" will be on Wednesday, August 30th from 2:00-7:00 p.m. If your child is new to KWCPS, PLEASE make an appointment to register your child before the end of July!

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. 

Bridging Communities Summer 2017 Student Offerings

Bridging Communities 2017 Summer CSI Academy Flyer

Bridging Communities 2017 Summer STEM Academy Flyer

Bridging Communities 2017 Summer CSI Academy Student Application

Bridging Communities 2017 Summer STEM Academy Student Application
 

Notice of Surplus Sale

King William County Public Schools will hold a sealed bid surplus vehicle sale commencing Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Bids will be received until 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

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 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 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.

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
June 29, 2017

Teachers of the Year 2017-18

Joy WashingtonLaura HardwickAndy WashingtonMegan Hirsch

 

Teachers of the Year
Joy Washington - CSPS
Laura Hardwick - AES
Andy Washington - HHMS
Megan Hirsch - KWHS

Bridging Communities Senior Recognitions

Here is the information regarding internships and job placements for the KW Diesel & HVACR students:

James Eyer - Received State Certification for NOCTI Diesel Technology; Interned and hired by Carter Caterpillar- Williamsburg
Trey DuVall - Received State Certification for NOCTI Diesel TechnologyInterned at Essex Concrete and hired by Westin Diesel
Hugh Townsend - Interned at James River Equipment and will work on the family farm
Charles Mitchell - Received State Certification for NOCTI HVACR; Interned at ETEC Mechanical and hired by ETEC Mechanical

HHMS Students Recognized by Governor McAuliffe

Congratulations to HHMS for being recognized by Governor McAuliffe at the Governor's Mansion yesterday! HHMS was ONE of seven schools to have a third or more students participate in the "NSA Day of Cyber" School Challenge.

HHMSCyber

Air Force Association Teacher of the Year - Ms. Lydia Gruber

Congratulations Ms. Gruber!

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pursuant to School Board Policy DJF (Purchasing Procedures), King William County Public Schools will be purchasing 21 Cisco switches for $37,820 as part of the King William High School network refresh.

Sports Physicals Offered at KWHS

Please click here for more information on the opportunity for student physicals for the 2017-18 school year being held on June 13, 2017 at King William High School.

Rick Walters Named Vice President of NSPMA!

Mr. Walters has been named Vice President of the National School Plant Management Association! Congratulations Mr. Walters!

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Joint Meeting with the King William Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School to discuss the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Renovation Project financing.

Request for Proposal - 1-1 Chromebook Initiative
PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Budget Work Session on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.  The agenda will include a business item related to the 2017-18 School Budget.  The agenda may include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel, if necessary.

Budget Presentation

Dr. White presents 17-18 budget narrative.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Indian Education Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the King William County School Board Office.  The purpose of this hearing is to gather ideas for the purpose of submitting the Title VII grant.  For more information, contact Stacy Johnson at (804) 769-3434, ext. 508.

Kindergarten Registration - April 20, 2017

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

FY18 Proposed Budget Presentation
KWCPS Welcomes Rosalin Ball as Director of Special Programs

KWCPS welcomes Rosalin Ball as the new Director of Special Programs!  Mrs. Ball is finishing her 27th year in education and is currently serving as the Director of Special Education and Student Services in West Point.  She has obtained degrees from Hampton University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  Mrs. Ball will join our family on April 13th.

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Request For Proposal - KWHS Athletic Track Resurfacing Project
INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE

Due to impending inclement weather, KIng William County Schools will be closed today, April 6, 2017.  UPDATE - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch in effect for King William until 1:00 p.m. today.

AES Students Visit General Assembly Building

On February 23, eleven Acquinton Elementary School students were recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates for their artistic achievements. These students were invited to the Capitol by Delegate Peace of Virginia's 97th District and were accompanied by their parents, AES principal Shelley Nester, and art teacher Kristen Hare. Their artwork had been on display in the General Assembly Building throughout the 2017 session. During their visit, the students were provided with a unique opportunity to personally meet with Delegate Peace and take a private tour of Virginia's Capitol.

Community Meeting on 2017-18 Proposed School Budget

Dr. David O. White, Division Superintendent, will present the 2017-18 Proposed School Budget at a community meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Atrium prior to the regular School Board Meeting.

PUBLIC NOTICE

CHANGE

Community members are invited to attend a presentation of the proposed 2017-18 School Budget by Dr. David O. White, Division Superintendent, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Atrium prior to the regular School Board Meeting.

SCHOOL CLOSING

Due to inclement weather and road conditions, King William County Schools will be closed today, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Budget Work Session on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.  The agenda will include a business item regarding an appointment to the King William County Broadband Committee.  The agenda may include a closed session pursuant to Code of Virginia 2.2-3711 (A) (1) Personnel, if necessary.

SPECIAL NOTICE

KWCPS will dismiss 2 hours early today as scheduled. All after-school activities are canceled for this afternoon. The Parks and Recreation after-school program will remain on the normal schedule.

February is Black History Month

Please join KWCPS in recognizing February as Black History Month.  Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history.

Recognition for School Board Clerk Appreciation Week

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Board of Directors has designated the third week in February (February 20-24, 2017) as VSBA School Board Clerk Appreciation Week. 

JROTC Student to Attend The Citadel

It is with great pride to announce that a senior JROTC Cadet Colonel will attend "The Citadel" College in South Carolina for their 2017 Freshman Class.  She is a superb class leader and has been involved in the JROTC program for four years, culminating as this year's Cadet Commander.  Additionally, she has provided more than 168 community service hours while participating in parades, color guards, and school events since the 9th grade.  Congratulations and well done!

Pennies for Pets Fund Drive

Hamitlton-Holmes Middle School teacher, Claire Lazaroff, helped kick off the Pennies for Pets fund drive with her rescued puppy, Theo. Students enjoyed the special visitor while witnessing the special connection between a once shy, homeless animal, with his new loving, owner. The drive will be held from January 23rd-February 3rd.

All donations will be given to the King William Regional Animal shelter. The top donationing grade level will receive ice-cream sundaes. 

2017 District Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Shawna Tarkington, who was named the 2017 district spelling bee champion for King William County Public Schools.  

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting - February 7, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of the flyer.