Tax- Free Weekend August 7 – 9, 2015

The 2015 General Assembly combined Virginia’s three existing sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. This year’s sales tax holiday is August 7-9. That means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone. In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

Visit http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday to see the list of qualified tax-free items for back-to-school shopping!  Contact your child’s school a visit their school website for a 15-16 school supplies list.

See you soon and happy shopping!

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Student Insurance 2015-2016

medicalDinwiddie County Public Schools division makes student accident insurance available to parents to purchase through Health Specialist Risk, Inc (HSR).  Click here for more information.

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Dinwiddie Appoints Dr. Kari Weston as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for Dinwiddie County Public Schools.

Dinwiddie, Virginia, July 14, 2015 – Dinwiddie County Public Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kari Weston as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Dinwiddie County Public Schools. Dr. Weston will begin her role on July 20.

Dr. Weston is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Education. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; an Education Specialist’s Degree in Administration and Supervision and a Doctorate of Administration and Policy Studies from George Washington University.

Dr. Weston brings more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private educational settings. She comes to us from her current role as the Director of Achievement for Catapult Learning. She has also worked for Newport News Public Schools as the Executive Director of Innovation and Development, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and as a school principal. She also served as a school principal in Hampton City. She has been an independent contractor for the Virginia Department of Education for the Office of School Improvement. Dr. Weston has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Old Dominion University and The George Washington University.

Dr. Weston’s experiences include leadership development, pedagogy and curriculum, school improvement, systems thinking, and talent development. Throughout her professional career, she has received numerous honors and recognitions such as Administrator of the Year and Principal of Excellence during her first two years as a school principal. Under her leadership, her schools were recognized as a Title I Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon School.  “Dr. Weston brings innovation and the skills for fostering school improvement that will benefit our staff and students and help move Dinwiddie County Public Schools forward,” stated William D. Clark, Superintendent.

Dr. Weston may be reached by email at kweston@dcpsnet.org or by calling the Dinwiddie School Board Office at 804-469-4190.

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School Performance Report Card Survey

surveyThe Virginia Department of Education is asking parents and other members of the public to complete a 16-item online survey on improving annual School Performance Report Cards for schools, school divisions and the commonwealth.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous.

The survey may be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards and will remain active until Friday, August 14, 2015.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY 2014-2015

surveyAll parents of school-aged children and youth who receive special education services in Virginia’s schools are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement Survey.  This survey is not intended to measure satisfaction with the special education program.  It is designed to determine whether or not the school facilitated parent involvement.  The English and Spanish versions of the survey have been combined into one survey with both languages.

If you are unable to take the survey online, your child’s school will provide paper versions for your use.  All paper versions of the survey will include a pre-addressed, postage-paid return envelope.  All responses will be sent directly to the Virginia Department of Education.

If you have questions related to the Parent Involvement Survey, please contact Hank Millward (hank.millward@doe.virginia.gov) at the Virginia Department of Education (804) 371-0525.

This survey will be available May 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015

This online survey may be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOEParentInvolvementSurvey2014-2015

 

ANUNCIO DE LA ENCUESTA DE 2014-15 SOBRE LA PARTICIPACIÓN DE LOS PADRES DE JÓVENES COLEGIALES EN EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL

El Departamento de Educación de Virginia querría que todos los padres de jóvenes colegiales que ya reciben los servicios de educación especial completaran una encuesta. El propósito de la encuesta es para determinar si las escuelas han facilitado la participación de los padres o no.

La encuesta, disponible por Internet, está escrita en español e ingles.  Se encuentra las dos versions el la misma hoja.  Si usted no usa el Internet, las escuela de su hijo le dará una versión de papel y un sobre con sello y dirección para enviarlo al Departamento de Educación.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunata sobre la encuesta o necesita más información, por favor, llame al centro de padres que abogan por la educación especial de sus hijos (PEATC) al 1-800-869-6782, o de la asociación de gente con discapacidades al 1-877-567-1122.  También, usted puede ecribir a Hank Millward por correo electrónico en hank.millward@doe.virginia.gov.

Esta encuesta estará disponible el 15 de mayo de 2014 al 30 de septiembre de 2015

Usted podrá encontrar la encuesta en línea (Internet) en:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOEParentInvolvementSurvey2014-2015

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Congratulations Class of 2015

GraduationDinwiddie County Public Schools is proud of our students and the hard work and dedication they have done this school year.  We congratulate the Class of 2015 on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck on the path they choose for their futures ahead.

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Midway Elementary Award Announced

vipOn May 19, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced the 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.  Midway Elementary School is among the schools that earned the 2015 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award by meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress towards the goals of the governor and the board.

Please join us in celebrating Midway Elementary and their students on their accomplishment.

To view Governor McAuliffe’s official press release, click here.

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Memorial Day Holiday

Monday is Memorial Day, the day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  Dinwiddie County Public Schools will be closed in honor of all those who have died and also for those who have put their lives on the line to defend our country or continue to do so.  Thank you for your service and have a great holiday! Memorial Day - Freedom Is Not Free

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Athletic Physicals May 28

Attention: Rising 6 – 12 grade students planning to try out or participate in any sport for the 2015-2016 school year
  balls-all-sportsDinwiddie County Public Schools will be offering athletic physicals for the 15-16 school year.  Any rising 6 – 12 grade student who plans to try-out or participate in any school sport after June 30, 2015, must have a valid physical form on file.

DATE:  May 28, 2015
WHERE: Dinwiddie High School Cafeteria
WHEN:  3:00 pm
COSTS:  $10.00

Students must have a Virginia High School League (VHSL) physical form signed by a parent/guardian to participate.  The official VHSL Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form can be downloaded by visiting  http://www.vhsl.org/doc/upload/adm-form-physical-2013-141.pdf. MM900395774[1]

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Dinwiddie Employees Receive SVRTC Awards

Ken Trostad

Ken Trostad

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) held its 9th Annual SVRTC Technology Awards Banquet on March 16, 2015, at Longwood University.  At the banquet, three Dinwiddie County Public Schools employees were recognized for their achievements in technology.  Mr. Ken Trostad, desktop support specialist, received the Technology Support Award.  This award recognizes a technology support person who advances a school division’s technology environment by providing and maintaining crucial technology support to division stakeholders.

Sherry Mellick

Sherry Mellick

Ms. Sherry Mellick, media specialist at Dinwiddie Elementary School, received the Instructional Support Award.  Ms. Mellick assists teachers and staff by integrating technology into curriculum and providing instructional technology support.

The Technology Teacher Award was awarded to Ms. Debra Harris.  Ms. Harris incorporates technology to advance the educational accomplishments of her students and others at Dinwiddie Middle School.

Debra Harris

Debra Harris

We congratulate Ken Trostad, Sherry Mellick, and Debra Harris on helping support technology in Dinwiddie County Public Schools.

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium assist members with coordinating the acquisition and effective integration of viable up-to-date and emerging technologies, valuable training for K-12 students, staff and other citizens in our communities to enhance learning at all levels and encourage economic development in Southside Virginia.

Click here for additional photos from the 2015 SVRTC Awards Banquet.

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