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Tips for a healthy start to the school year Screenings, vaccines, washing hands can go a long way toward keeping students well BY MARY MEEHAN LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER


hether your child is going off to college for the first time or just entering kindergarten, schools seem to be incubators for illness. Before the new school year starts, and even when it does, here are a few things you should know about keeping your child safe and healthy. Before school starts …

College students

• Students planning to live on campus will likely need up-to-date immunizations including the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. Check with a primary care doctor and the school

to determine which vaccines are needed. For students who smoke or have a history of asthma, diabetes, liver disease or immune suppression should also consider a pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine. Physicians may recommend the HPV vaccine for females and males up to age 26. • Flu vaccine is recommended for children and adults, especially college students living in dorms. The flu vaccine typically becomes available in around September or October.

nation is required within one-year of entry into the sixth grade, along with another series of vaccinations. • Students planning to participate in sports should schedule a sports physical. • An annual physical can help identify and track potential health concerns.

Once school starts …

• Encourage children of all ages to wash their hands, especially after using the bathroom. Provide anti-bacterial soap for when kids can’t access soap Students in kindergarten and water. through 12th grade • As much as possible encourage your child not to share cups and • Before entering school, many jurisdictions require proof of an pre- utensils and to clean their hands after using communal tools, like scisventative health care examination, sors. an eye examination and a dental • Not contributing to the germy screening conducted a year before school begins. Also, check with your environment is important so encourprimary care doctor for required vac- age others to cover their cough. • If child has a temperature of cines. Children will need proof of more than 100 degrees, keep them vaccination before entering school. • A preventative health care exami- home. This will not only help them

recover more quickly but also keep them from getting other kids sick, which will cycle back to you. They need to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before they return to school. • Help your student get enough sleep, eat a proper diet and make sure they are getting vitamin supplements as needed. This will help maintain their overall health.

At home … • If possible keep the sick person in your house away from others while they are contagious, which can be a total of five to seven days before and after there are symptoms. • Just like at school, the sick person should cover his or her mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools REGISTER YOUR CHILD BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Dinwiddie County Public Schools will no longer register students on the first day of school. Parents who have not registered their child/children before the opening of school will be able to pick up a registration packet. At this time an appointment will be scheduled to complete the formal registration process. Parents are encouraged to register students prior to the opening of school.

MEET THE TEACHER ELEMENTARY MEET THE TEACHER DAY will be held at all Elementary Schools on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fees may be paid during Open House. Student fees are $15.00. Gym Suit fee is $13.00. HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fee can be paid the week of August 12 -15, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Student fees are $15.00. Gym Suit fee is $13.00. Permanent Parking Pass is $25.00. Driving Range fee is $100.00. Middle and High School fees are now accepted online using your Visa or MasterCard charge/debit card at: A non-refundable processing fee of 4% plus an additional .35 cents of your total order will be applied to all purchases. If you have questions regarding Online Student Payments, please call the bookkeeper.


Elementary Schools


Phone Number


Dinwiddie Elementary School 13811 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA 23841


(804) 469-4580

Mrs. Danielle Moore-Winn

Midway Elementary School 5511 Midway Rd., Church Rd., VA 23833


(804) 265-4205

Mrs. Kathy Burgess

Sutherland Elementary School 6000 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland, VA 23885


(804) 732-4168

Mrs. Becky Baskerville

Southside Elementary School 10305 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA 23841


(804) 469-4480

Mrs. L. Michelle Jones

Sunnyside Elementary School P.O. Box 250, 10203 Melvin B. Alsbrooks Avenue McKenney, VA 23872


(804) 478-2313

Mrs. Wanda Snodgrass

Secondary Schools


Phone Number


Dinwiddie Co. Middle School P.O. Box 340, 11608 Courthouse Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841


(804) 469-5430

Mr. Alfred Cappellanti

Dinwiddie Co. Senior High School P.O. Box 299, 11501 Boisseau Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841


(804) 469-4280

Mr. Randall Johnson

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Retailers spruce up websites for back-to-school BY TIFFANY HSU LOS ANGELES TIMES

dents and their parents will pay out $836.83 on average — a 7.8 percent slide from 2012. fter uninspiring sales in the first Total estimated back-to-school spending will half of the year, retailers are hus- reach $72.5 billion. The average family is still stressed about tling to salvage a back-to-school the economy, with 80 percent of parents tellshopping season that has gotten ing the retail group that it will affect their off to a muted start. back-to-school spending. More than threeParents, worried about the economy and quarters of college shoppers said the same, pressed for time, plan to spend less money with more than a third planning to buy and do more school-related shopping online, generic or store-brand products and look for recent surveys show. discounts. To chase elusive customers, many retailThe trade group found that 18.5 percent of ers are sprucing up their Web portals and parents plan to shop online more often. A offering special Internet deals. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is report from NPD Group Inc. expects a 3 percent boost in online posting school unisales. A separate forms on its online study from Alliance Classrooms by WalData found that 71 Mart database. The percent of consumproducts are listed on ers will use their lineups digitized by smartphones to comthousands of schools KATIE FALKENBERG/LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT pare prices or downnationwide. Other load coupons for Kalika Yap, 43, shops for her two daughters, including Malia Yap, 6, left, at Gap in school items bought back-to-school buyPasadena, Calif. Yap said she browsed deals online before shopping in brick-andvia Wal-Mart’s webing. mortar stores. site will be shipped Nearly half of Allifree of charge, the ance respondents chain said. said they plan to pay Target Corp.’s online with a credit card uStyler tool helps stu— Marshal Cohen rather than a debit dents curate personalcard — a decision ized looks and design that helps with virtual rooms that online buying and they can share on Before you know it, college will be here. Start planning for also often comes with more loyalty points social media. And the Checklist option creit with the help of someone who’s always been there for and discounts. ates customized product recommendations you. See me about the potential tax benefits of a State But the bulk of consumers will continue to that can be printed at home or at a Target Farm® College Savings Plan account. do their back-to-school shopping in stores registry kiosk. rather than online, according to researchSears Holdings Corp. says it’s the first ers. retailer to offer e-coupons — customized to And many are getting a head start. loyalty club members’ style preferences and Roughly half of shoppers for K-12 students shopping habits — that are redeemable in will launch their hunt three weeks to a stores, online and from a mobile device. Anne Page Henry, Agent month before school starts, while more than Items bought online can be picked up, or Registered Representative a third of college consumers said the same, shoppers can get car-side delivery by texting Bus: 804-526-4412 according to the retail federation. their parking spot number. Already, though, nearly three in 10 house“Online’s on fire,” said Rodney Davenholds have begun browsing retailers’ selecport, chief economist of Alliance Data Systions, according to the International Countems Corp., which conducted a back-toschool survey. cil of Shopping Centers — the highest perProviding Insurance and Financial Services Consumers are expected to spend less to centage of any year but one since 2004. The State Farm College Savings Plan (the “Plan”) is a joint marketing program between State Farm VP prepare for the fall semester, according to a Retailers are using discounts and promoManagement Corp. (“State Farm”) and AIM Distributors, Inc. (“AIM”), pursuant to which State Farm offers a series of investment portfolios within the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust (the “Trust”). The Trust offers survey released by the National Retail Fedtions to go after shoppers. other investment portfolios not affiliated with the Plan. State Farm does not provide eration. Wal-Mart shelves now feature more than investment management services for the Plan and the accounts in the Plan are not insured or guaranteed by State Farm. State Farm and AIM are not affiliates. State Farm VP Families with school-age children will 250 items of school supplies priced at less Management Corp. is a separate entity from those State Farm entities which provide banking shell out an average of $634.78 on apparel, than $1. The chain expects to sell 42 million products and auto, life, fire and health insurance products. shoes, supplies and electronics, down nearly boxes of crayons during the season. Stores P039142 STATE FARM BANK • HOME OFFICE: BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS •® 11/04 8 percent from a record high of $688.62 last year, the retail trade group says. College stuPlease see SHOPPING, Page M4


“Instead of living on a tight budget every day, consumers are feeling a little more comfortable and confident.”

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will set aside all relevant goods in a section dubbed Teacher’s Corner. At Office Depot Inc. stores, there’s an exclusive collection of binders, pens and other back-to-school supplies featuring images of boy band One Direction and anti-bullying messages — each costing less than $10. Old Navy, a division of Gap Inc., is discounting school uniforms and backpacks in its stores and running deals online. Macy’s Inc. is setting up events with Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and InStyle magazines to offer instore style consultations, shopping parties, runway shows and makeovers. J.C. Penney Co. is giving out free customization kits with craft materials for each backpack or pair of shoes bought. Target is furnishing free-standing, glass-enclosed Live Dorm Rooms on five college campuses, including UCLA, throughout August and September, enabling students a glimpse of its products in action. The chain is also continuing its long-standing tradition of busing incoming freshmen to after-hours shop-

ping events at its stores. Although shoppers are still price-conscious, some have what NPD analyst Marshal Cohen calls “frugality fatigue.” “Instead of living on a tight budget every day, consumers are feeling a little more comfortable and confident,” Cohen said. “In a big change since the recession, parents are letting their kids have a say in what they want to buy.” Santa Monica resident Kalika Yap, 43, spent $500 last week on clothing for her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. The entrepreneur, who runs three companies, said she browsed deals online before shopping in bricks-andmortar stores. Yap also frequents Pinterest, looking at posted images and occasionally buying items from the linked retailers. “I’m not looking at catalogs as much — I’m just throwing them in the trash,” she said. “It’s just easier to go online.” But unlike many of the parents surveyed by the National Retail Federation, Yap said she intends to spend more on her children’s clothing and supplies before they return to school this year. “The economy’s definitely better,” she said. “It’s going to turn around in a big way — you can really feel it.”

Changes in spending

Back-to-school shoppers are planning to spend less this year than last, according to some analysts, with a focus on essentials. Discount stores are the favored destination for school items.

Forecast spending from 2012 to 2013

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Back to college $837 Graphic: Chicago Tribune/MCT

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2013-14 School Calendar SEPTEMBER 2013 2 Labor Day Holiday 3 First Day of School 9 Back to School Night- High School 7PM 11 Back to School Night- Middle School 7PM 12 Back to School Night- Elementary Schools 7PM OCTOBER 2013 3 Interim Report Day (HS, MS, ES) 7 Parent Teacher Conferences- High School (4-7 PM) 10 Parent Teacher Conferences- Middle School (4-7 PM) NOVEMBER 2013 1 End of First Nine Weeks 5 Student Holiday/Professional Development Day 7 Report Card Distribution Day 14 Parent Teacher Conferences-Elementary Schools (4-7PM) 27 Half Day Student/Staff Holiday 28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday DECEMBER 2013 12 Interim Report Day (HS, MS, ES) 20 Half Day Student/Staff Holiday 23-31 Winter Holiday JANUARY 2014 1-3 Winter Holiday 6 School Reopens 20 Martin Luther King Day Holiday 21-23 Secondary Exams 23 End of Second Nine Weeks 24 Student Holiday/Professional Development Day 27 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day 30 Report Card Distribution Day FEBRUARY 2014 17 Presidents Day Holiday 27 Interim Report Day (HS, MS, ES) MARCH 2014 3 Parent Teacher Conferences- High School (4-7 PM) 6 Parent Teacher Conferences -Middle School (4-7 PM) 13 Parent Teacher Conferences- Elementary Schools (4-7PM) 28 End of Third Nine Weeks APRIL 2014 3 Report Card Distribution Day 14-18 Spring Break MAY 2014 8 Interim Report Day (HS, MS, ES) 26 Memorial Day Holiday JUNE 2014 9-11 Secondary Exams 12 Last Day of School - ½ Day Students 12 End of Fourth Nine Weeks 13 Report Card Distribution Day 13 Professional Day/Graduation

Early to bed can take effort at summer’s end BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings. Each year, many of us swear we’ll do it differently. We will listen to the experts. We will adjust our children’s bedtimes back to a school-year schedule as soon as August arrives. We will work with biology, not against it, by dimming the lights and drawing the curtains in the evenings. We will remember the power of a good bedtime routine. It does sound wonderful. But each year, many families embrace the spontaneity of summer and the long, light evenings, ditching routines and enjoying late nights with the kids. Or maybe we really do try to get them to bed early, but Little League baseball games run late and vacations to other time zones make it impossible. Then we try to get our kids up early for the first day of school and their bodies naturally rebel. It’s never easy to be “waking up at the time you’re biologically ready to be asleep,”

says Dr. Peter Franzen, child sleep expert and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep Medicine Institute. Lack of sleep can affect kids’ ability to learn, to remember and to handle emotions, he says. So here are some tips for getting them back to a sensible bedtime: Begin adjusting bedtime at least two weeks before classes begin, says family sleep counselor Dana Obleman, founder of the Sleep Sense system for getting babies and toddlers to sleep well. “You don’t have to jump into going to bed at 7:30 and being really strict,” she says. “But do an evaluation of where the bedtime has been falling and move back toward that by about 15 minutes every third night.” (Of course, if you’ve altered your kids’ bedtime by more than an hour, you’ll need to make those changes in larger increments.) For young kids, the most effective routine includes a warm bath and reading a favorite book. Skip television, which has a stimulating effect. Please see BEDTIMES, Page M6



Whitehall Elementary School children walk back into school Aug. 25, 2006, as the 8 a.m. bell and start of a school day nears, in Anderson, S.C. Getting children up early for the first day of school after they’ve slept late all summer causes their bodies naturally to rebel. As they drag through the first weeks of school exhausted, that lack of sleep affects their ability to learn and to remember, and may even erode their ability to handle their emotions, experts say.

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Starting high school later may help sleepy teens


Children unloading off the bus at Eugene Field Elementary School in Silverton, Ore., on Sept. 4, 2007, for their first day back to school.

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With older children, Obleman suggests having a sit-down meeting two weeks before school begins. Discuss the importance of being rested during the first weeks of school. Plan a solid bedtime routine together, making sure they understand how much sleep is necessary. Children, from toddlers to adolescents, need 10 to 12 hours of solid nighttime sleep, Obleman says. Teens are likely to need at least 9 hours. “People say, ‘If my child got eight hours, that’s adequate.’ And it might be adequate,” Obleman says. “But you want to be giving them great, awesome restful sleep at night.” Once you’ve chosen a bedtime, agree to turn off electronic screens one hour earlier, because the light from these devices signals our bodies to stay awake, Franzen says. Kids already have a harder time getting sleepy at night as they reach their teen years due to changes in their body chemistry, he says. Looking at the light of electronic devices only delays that response further. A regular bedtime routine triggers a child’s natural urge to sleep, and also creates treasured memories of quiet moments with mom and dad, notes Lorraine Breffni, director of early childhood at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Those routines can be very personal M6

family rituals ? a certain snack that you eat, a certain book you read, a certain song that you sing,” she says. For adolescents and teens, Breffni, says, keep in mind that the time they “go to bed” may not be close to the time they actually fall asleep. So make sure older students understand what time they should actually be asleep. “One of my cornerstones is that if children are going to bed early enough, there shouldn’t be a?need to wake them in the morning,” Obleman says. “If you’re dragging them by the ankle every morning, they’re going to bed too late.” On the last mornings before school starts, you might even induce the kids to get up early by taking them out to breakfast at their favorite restaurants. One final step, which can be especially tough on parents: Ideally, the whole family should go to bed early on those final nights. It may be hard to give up the late night hours you’re accustomed to, but going to sleep earlier will benefit you as well as your kids. “We’re seeing an epidemic of sleep deprivation” among adults, Franzen says. “We’re certainly not modeling appropriate behavior for our kids.” These experts say adults really do need eight hours of sleep per night, though many of us get as little as five or six. So even if you won’t kick back into an early bedtime routine until the night before school begins this year, says Breffni, make this the year you prioritize sleep for the whole family.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Quinn Cooney of Mill Creek, Wash., is excited about starting high school in September, but she’s not looking forward to waking up at 5:30 a.m. to arrive on time. Classes for ninth-graders start at 7:30 a.m., 45 minutes earlier than they did in middle school. “I think it is going to be harder to get up,” said Quinn, 13. “I do think it is better to start early so that we can be finished early and do things after school, but I am worried that if I have a boring class for my first period that it will be hard to stay awake.” Decades of sleep research have confirmed what parents know: It’s hard for teenagers to wake up early. Some high schools have adopted late starts around 8:30 a.m. to improve attendance and performance. But other districts say it’s too complicated to shift schedules because of logistics involving buses and after-school activities. About 40 percent of U.S. public high schools open before 8 a.m., according to the

U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, with just 15 percent starting 8:30 a.m. or later. In districts where early starts are necessary because the same bus does multiple runs for high school, middle school and elementary students, teens often get the early shift. That’s the case in Anne Arundel County, Md., where public high schools start at 7:17 a.m. and buses start running at 5:50 a.m. Lisa Rodvien taught high school there, in Annapolis, and says attendance at her firstperiod classes was “as low as 50 percent or below.” Among those who showed up, “I would definitely see three or four kids with their heads down. You walk over to them to wake them up and get them to sit up, and you see that they’re exhausted.” Earlier this year, Anne Arundel school officials laid out options for delaying start times to anywhere from 7:32 a.m. to 9:45 Please see LATE START, Page M7

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a.m. along with potential complications, such as additional costs if buses are added, child care issues where late-day schedules might prevent teens from picking up younger siblings after school, and implications for teams if they end up playing in the dark. Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel schools, said no decisions have been made. But the focus on logistics is frustrating for Heather Macintosh, spokeswoman for a national organization called Start School Later that’s headquartered in Annapolis. “What is the priority?” she said. “It should be education, health and safety. All the other stuff may not be perfect — you may have to have your violin lesson before school or install lights on your field (for sports) — but it will work itself out.” Megan Kuhfeld, a graduate student at the University of California-Los Angeles who’s been studying late-start debates since she was an undergrad at Duke University in North Carolina, surveyed some 35 districts that switched to later starts and found most were glad they’d made the switch. Not only did students benefit, for the most part, but “the things people had feared — how trans-

portation would be affected, how sports would be affected — became the new normal and people adjusted,” she said. But Kuhfeld knows firsthand the pros and cons of late-start high schools, having attended one in Chapel Hill, N.C. “I enjoyed waking up later than everyone in the area next to me where there were early start times,” she said, but as a member of the tennis team, she had to miss sixth and seventh period classes to compete at other schools. In junior and senior year, that meant AP classes had to be made up. “It was hard to balance everything,” she said. “I’d get home at 8 p.m. and hadn’t had dinner yet.” Still, advocates say several studies show the benefits of late start schools outweigh the drawbacks. In 1996, high school start times in Edina, Minn., changed from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The change improved attendance, decreased tardiness and left kids more alert, better prepared and even less depressed and less likely to visit school nurses, according to studies led by Kyla Wahlstrom, director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. By the end of the first year, 92 percent of Edina parents also said they preferred the later start, Wahlstrom said. Following Edina’s lead, Minneapolis, with an urban, low-income population that was very different from Edina’s affluent subur-

ban kids, also decided to delay public high school start times, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. A five-year study there showed the new schedule “statistically improved graduation rates because kids who had been sleeping through their first hour were not short on credits,” Wahlstrom said. “When kids were short on credits, they would say, ‘I’m going to drop out of school.’” Today Minneapolis high schools start between 7:56 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., but none have gone back to 7:15 a.m. The National Sleep Foundation says Wahlstrom’s study of Minnesota schools demonstrates that “changing to later start times is beneficial.” Other studies published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggest late school starts may even reduce teen driving accidents, presumably because kids are less drowsy. A study from 2007-2008 found “significantly” higher teen crash rates in Virginia Beach, Va., than in a similar district in nearby Chesapeake where classes started 75 to 80 minutes later. A similar study in the late 1990s found crash rates for teen drivers dropped 16.5 percent in a Kentucky district after high school openings went from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Despite studies documenting good results for late starts, other concerns often carry the day. When a late start was proposed in Columbia, Mo., in the late 1990s, people understood the sleep issues, but “there were

lots of other pragmatic concerns,” recalled Harris Cooper, a school board member at the time. “No. 1 was after-school activities, especially athletics and whether or not it meant that student athletes would end up having to leave school earlier and miss academic work.” And since buses there ran double routes, elementary schools would have had to take the early opening shift. “Parents of the younger kids complained that in winter, it meant their 6-year-old would have to stand out in the dark and cold an hour earlier,” said Cooper, who now teaches at Duke, where Kuhfeld was one of his students. “You don’t think about these things as a school board member until you have a mother come up and say, ‘I don’t want my 6-year-old standing out in the dark in December.’” Parents also worried that first-graders eating breakfast before boarding the bus at 7 would be hungry for lunch by 10. Yet often, young children are natural larks — up with the sun — while adolescents become more owl-like as puberty progresses. Groundbreaking studies done in sleep labs in the 1980s first documented teens’ natural late-to-bed, late-to-rise sleep cycles, “and every study that’s been done since finds the same thing,” said Amy Wolfson, a sleep expert and psychology professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.



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Petersburg City Public Schools will provide a quality education to all students that will meet or exceed local, state and national standards. We commit to challenge and provide the necessary support so that each student will achieve at his or her highest potential in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. We will provide experiences for our students to become life-long learners and contributing members in a global society. The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook will be distributed and reviewed the first week of school. Parents are asked to review the handbook with their children at home. Parents should sign the "Receipt of Code of Conduct Handbook" form and return it to their child's school.

Student Attendance Policy

The Petersburg City Public School division is committed to the academic success of all students and to the belief that all students can learn. Students must attend school daily so that they can achieve the best education possible. The Code of Virginia, Section 22.1-254, requires that all children who have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30th, and who have not reached their 18th birthday, must attend school. If a student must be absent, the parent or guardian is responsible for contacting the school by telephone, note or other means to explain the absence, on the FIRST day of the child 's absence. For any absence, the parent/guardian, within two days of the student's return to school, must send a note providing dates and reasons for the absences. Students who obtain seven unexcused absences may be referred for juvenile proceedings (Juvenile Court). For more information about the student attendance policy and other rules and regulations, please read the RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES HANDBOOK Code of Con-duct or contact PCPS Student Services, at 804-861-5841. Any parent who elects to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance shall annually notify the Student Services Coordinator, no later than August 15th, of their intention. Also provide a description of the curriculum to be followed for the academic year. Intent forms may be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Registration for new students in all grades is now underway. To register, new students must have: • A copy of their birth certificate. • A recent health record (Virginia physical). • An up to date record of all immunizations. • A Social Security card. • Proof of residence (Lease, water bill or light bill). • A copy of their report card. State law prohibits school attendance without these records on file in the school office. Registration will be accepted in all schools. However, students are assigned to elementary and middle schools according to the school zones. Parents are urged to register their children without delay.

Address Changes

If you have not yet notified your child 's school of an address change or phone number change, please do so immediately. Changes in address could affect the school assignment, so we must have a correct address on file for each student. An incorrect phone number means we may not be able to reach you in an emergency.

Student Fees

Student Lockers (6 to 12) - $2 Musical Instruments (8-9) - $20 Band Uniforms - $10 Gym Uniforms (6-9) - $15 Gym Uniforms (10-12) - $25 Behind-the-Wheel Driver Education - $75 Transcripts (after the first copy) - $2 Student Parking (Petersburg High School) - $25


Textbooks and workbooks are provided at no cost to students. However, students are required to pay full price for lost or severely damaged books.

2013-2014 School Year Calendar OPENING/CLOSING HOURS 2013-2014 SCHOOLS Petersburg High, Blandford Academy Vernon Johns Peabody Middle A.P.Hill, J.E.B. Stuart Walnut Hill Westview, R.E.Lee

STUDENT HOURS TEACHER HOURS 7:20 a.m. -2:00 p.m. 7:05 a.m. -2:25 p.m. 7:25 a.m. - 2:05 pm. 7: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 8:05 a.m. - 2:45 .pm. 7:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 8:35 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 8: 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 9: 10 a.m. -3:50 p.m. 8:40 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

School Directory

Superintendent's Message

A.P. Hill Elementary School

Principal: Kori Reddick (862-7015) J.E.B Stuart Elementary School

Principal: Dominique Bourgeois (862-7012) Robert E. Lee Elementary School

Principal: Barbara Patterson (861-0155) Walnut Hill Elementary School

Principal: Belinda Urquhart (862-7004) Westview Early Childhood Education Center

Principal: Tonya Brown-Fletcher (862-7009) Peabody Middle School (6-7)

Principal: Jerome Williams (862-7069) Vernon Johns Jr. High (8-9)

Principal: Dr. Ronnie Watson (862-7018) Petersburg High School

Principal: Alicia Fields (862-7095) Blandford Academy (Alternative)

Giron Wooden (862-7196)

School Board

Kenneth Pritchett, Chairman, Ward 3 Steven Pierce Sr., Vice Chairman, Ward 1 Atiba Muse, Ward 2 Patricia Hines, Ward 4 Dr. Kenneth Lewis, Ward 5 Bernard Lundy Jr., Ward 6 Dr. Elsie Jarmon, Ward 7 Dr. Joseph Melvin, Superintendent

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Holidays: Holidays For 12-month employees: New Teacher Training: Division Staff Development: Teacher Work Days: Early Release Day/Staff Development: Early Release Days For Holidays: Report Card Pick-up Graduation 2014 Last Day for Teachers/School Staff

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!

Dr. Joseph Melvin, Superintendent As we begin this school year, I am filled with enthusiasm and excitement! A new school year comes with new opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students. Educating students and equipping them with the proper tools to compete is our top priority. I am committed to increasing student achievement for all PCPS students. Success is the goal! However, we can’t do it alone. I’m encouraging parents to get involved. Our students deserve the support of the entire Petersburg community. In preparation for the new school year -key vacant positions are now staffed and accountability measures are in place. There is a lot to celebrate at PCPS -- more of our students are reaching their goals in the classroom. Nonetheless, there is much work to be done. We will achieve greater success by communicating, supporting, and helping each other. We are here to serve our students. We look forward to working together for all students during the 2013-2014 school year. Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph Melvin, Superintendent

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School picture success means prep but not poses BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

For many parents, there’s something special about school picture day. They remember getting out of class, combing their hair, lining up with friends for their turn before the camera. Then there was the thrill of the portrait envelope arriving, of wallet photos handed out like tiny trading cards, or delivering prints to grandma to be placed on her mantle. While that’s still the case at many schools, today’s kids, surrounded by photo technology, may not be fazed by another click of the camera, says Lisa Van Etta, who recently retired after 17 years as a yearbook adviser at Cypress Falls High School in Houston. “I just think they are so wrapped up in Facebook and texting and all of that that they just don’t really have time to worry about their school picture,” she says. “In rural areas, school pictures are still big. When you get in the city, not so much.”

Still, school pictures provide a rare professional sitting and, if done well, provide a seamless look at a child’s growth and personality over the years. “Many people are taking thousands and thousands of pictures every year ... They don’t realize how much of their memory is in something digital,” says Steve Lata, a photographer and territory manager with Missouri-based Inter-State Studio Inc., which takes millions of children’s school photos each year. “The school portrait is one of the only things getting printed and hung on the wall anymore.” A few simple steps by parents can make picture day a success, the pros say. Above all, help children be comfortable having their portrait taken. They should feel good about their appearance, but not pose. “The most important thing about a school Please see PICTURES, Page M11


A photographer takes a commercial picture of a model posing for a school photo for the fall 2013 season. School picture day can be a success with some easy tips.

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portrait is having that genuine countenance of the child. We don’t want them to be artificial, we want them to be as relaxed as possible,” says Kelvin Miller, corporate vice president of Minnesota-based LifeTouch School Photography. Choose clothing in solid colors or simple patterns, and avoid shirts with slogans. Keep the accessories simple and small. Long sleeves will provide less visual distraction than short or sleeveless tops. Clothing for portraits doesn’t need to be formal. Even a favorite, oft-worn shirt can be perfect on picture day, Miller says. If possible, help your child choose an outfit that pleases both of you. “Make it kind of a fun activity ... and be willing to compromise,” he suggests. As for grooming, the experts recommend haircuts two weeks before picture day. You’ll have a nice-looking trim without that “just cut” look. Wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure before pictures to avoid bright red cheeks or peeling noses. Trim fingernails, since hands

might appear in some portraits. So what’s the biggest mistake parents can make on picture day? Forgetting the date. Mark it on your calendar, so your child will be wearing appropriate clothes to reminisce over some day. And don’t overhype the occasion either, says Lata. “I’ve even seen a lot of parents telling their child to practice their smile,” says Lata. “As a photographer, that’s one of the last smiles you want.” Encourage your kid to listen to the photographer’s directions. Many school-photo photographers will use banter or maybe a high-five to put the child at ease in front of the lens and bright lights. With digital equipment, they’re able to check the photos right away for closed eyes and awkward expressions. That cuts down on the need for retakes. “We train our photographers to take the photo of the child, to look at the photo and to say in their mind: ‘If I were the parent, would I approve?’” Miller says. • Online: LifeTouch: Inter-State Studio and Publishing: http://

A 1-minute gazpacho and a versatile take on sushi BY J.M. HIRSCH AP FOOD EDITOR

Keeping packed lunches fast and easy doesn’t have to condemn you to a day-afterday-after-day PB&J. If you’re willing to be a little creative, it’s easy to find fast, simple and delicious lunches that will keep both the lunch packer and eater healthy and happy. The biggest roadblock to that usually is mental. We think of packed lunches in terms of what we grew up with or what lunches are “supposed” to be. And that usually translates into the same dull sandwich or salad over and over again. The solution? Stop thinking in terms of packed lunches. Think of this as just another meal and pack what you — or your little one — loves. The point isn’t to work hard, just to get creative using the foods you already have on hand. Leftovers should be your No. 1 starting point for any lunch. Look at what you have, then find a fresh way to use it. Did you make too much bacon and eggs at breakfast? Pop some cheese on them and roll them in a wholewheat tortilla for a breakfast-inspired burrito.

Got leftover steak? Pack it. Slice cold, leftover steak as thinly as possible. Then you can pack it as is, perhaps with lemon wedges and a slice of sourdough bread. Or toss the sliced steak with chopped romaine lettuce and a bit of Caesar dressing (pack the dressing on the side and drizzle just before eating to keep the greens fresh). Or layer the steak into a grilled cheese. Leftover cooked chicken (variety is irrelevant) also is great in salads. Or pop it into a wrap with some greens. Also try it chopped or shredded and tossed with leftover cooked pasta or couscous or rice and a bit of vinaigrette and some sliced cherry tomatoes. Got more veggies (maybe some leftover roasted or grilled ones)? Add those, too. Still prefer to stick with peanut butter and jelly? That’s fine, but who said it has to be on sandwich bread? Mix it up by substituting whole-wheat tortillas, frozen waffles (they’ll thaw by lunch), graham crackers, even leftover pancakes. Or swap out the peanut butter with cream cheese. Or pair cheddar Please see LUNCH, Page M12

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cheese with your strawberry jam and toast it for a fresh take on the grilled cheese. To help get you thinking creatively, here are two simple lunches that come together in minutes using whatever you have handy — an instant gazpacho (chilled tomato and vegetable soup) and a funky any-way-youwant-it version of “sushi” (don’t worry, neither seafood nor seaweed are involved).

Speedy Gazpacho

Keep it simple or make it exciting. Make the gazpacho as directed, then accompany with chopped cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheese or croutons that can be added at lunch. And don’t limit yourself to cucumber. Add whatever vegetables you have handy. Canned or frozen corn, leftover grilled veggies, even grated carrots all would be great. Start to finish: 5 minutes Servings: 1 1/2 cup purchased tomato soup (not condensed) 1/2 cup chunky salsa 1/2 cup diced cucumber Salt and ground black pepper


Speedy Gazpacho, above, gets it start from tomato soup. Any-Way-You-Want-It Sushi, right, is fast, easy, delicious and healthy. Combine the soup, salsa and cucumber in a food container with a water-tight lid, then stir well. Season with salt and pepper.

Any-Way-You-Want-It Sushi No, this isn’t real sushi. It is a wholewheat tortilla filled with meat, then rolled up and sliced into maki-style sushi rounds. It’s fast, easy, delicious and healthy. If you

like, add vegetables (leafy greens and grated carrots work particularly well). You can even accompany this with containers of honey mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping the “sushi.” Want to take this in a different direction? Substitute peanut butter for the cream cheese and a banana for the meats. Sprinkle in a few mini chocolate chips, then roll and slice. Start to finish: 5 minutes Servings: 1 1 to 2 tablespoons cream cheese 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla 1 to 2 ounces thinly sliced meat (salami, steak, cooked chicken or turkey, or deli meats, such as ham or prosciutto) Spread the cream cheese evenly over one side of the tortilla. Be sure to spread the cream cheese all the way to the edge, as this helps seal the roll shut and keep it from unwrapping. Arrange the meat (and any vegetables you want to add) in an even layer over the tortilla. Be sure to leave about 1 inch of cream cheese exposed along the edges. Roll the tortilla and fillings into a tight bundle. If the tortilla won’t stay sealed shut, spread just a bit more cream cheese along the edge to help glue it tight. Use a serrated knife to cut the roll into 1-inch rounds.

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Getting in gear: Going back to school with style Left: Bento boxes are becoming a hot trend. owls, dogs or monsters are whimsical ways to Inset: It’s fun for kids to find different ways keep lunch cool. ( to express one’s individuality.


Oh, those boring school days of old. Basic backpacks, plain pencil cases, spirals and staplers with so little snap they might as well have been destined for mom or dad’s office. Today’s school supplies are packed with personality, and kids have an imaginative array of gear to choose from as they prep for the start of a new year. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes to fit different toting needs and capabilities. And forget the simple brown paper bag: Lunch containers are an expanding category, with everything from insulated sacks to kits with lidded compartments. The range is so stylish and user-savvy that kids just might find mom or dad wanting to share. In the early years of self-discovery, it’s fun to find different ways to say, “This is me!” Kids will find that easy this year. There are lace and damask designs, camouflage and brick-wall patterns, animal prints, sequins or pastels. Super hero, video game, and music and TV star images hit the pop culture button.

Off to class At Pottery Barn Kids, the backpacks range in size from mini to rolling, so you don’t have to worry about your preschooler heading off with a refrigerator-size tote on his back, and the fifth graders with giant science texts can roll their volumes comfortably back and forth. Patterns range from butterflies, horses, and owls in hip hues like plum and chocolate to dinosaur-skeleton and snakeskin prints in browns, grays and blues. ( Kohl’s has backpacks for fall that aim to appeal to kids from elementary through high school. “Backpacks are a fashi o n able a n d functional way f o r stu-



dents to express their personality and show off their style,” said Sofia Wacksman, Kohl’s vice president for trend. “Bright colors and bold prints are a big trend this back-to-school season.” Girls might like the colored leopard print, boho floral, and fun graphic hearts patterns. Plaids, moustaches, leaf prints and skulls round out the range. ( ) A collection of rolling backpacks in fun animal designs like pandas, frogs and pigs are at The retailer’s also got a line of appropriately sized, colorful preschoolers’ packs from 03 USA that have handy integrated lunch coolers. Designs include soccer balls, motorcycles and space shuttles. The Bookworm backpack, also small, has a reflective panel for low light conditions, and a waterproof layer along the bottom. ( ) How many backpacks have disappeared in your kids’ school career? Never lose another with one of Caf ? Press’s customizable tags. The company partnered with Snapily last fall to create the tags with lenticular printing ? that 3D, animated effect. You can upload your own photos for a personalized tag, or use the company’s geometric, tree or paisley designs. (www. )

Lunch and snack time The traditional Japanese bento-box lunch kit has found its way to our shores in a big way. Parents like that they’re reusable, and kids like that the little compartments neatly hold a variety of snacks. Japanese maker Shinzi Katoh makes some of the best ones ? space robot, forest, circus and Paddington Bear designs are featured on tiered, non-toxic boxes. They also make a clever lunchbox that unzips into a tidy placemat: Choose a cow, cat or dog design. ( ) Pottery Barn Kids has some stainless steel

Cute animal themed rolling backpacks from Ecogear are a fun option for youngsters heading off to school for the first time.

versions of the bento box, as well as compartmentalized lunch bags with a spot for a parent to write a note. The retailer also has a cute collection of mix-and-match themed lunchboxes, sacks, water bottles and backpacks. For a leak-proof, stainless, insulated, 16-ounce container that gives the option of providing hot soup, chili or stew, try www. . Land of Nod’s got Skip Hop’s cute-as-a-button Feeding Time lunch bags for the preschool set, in ladybug, owl or dog patterns. They come with a clip that attaches to a child’s backpack. (www.landofnod. com ) Target has some cute lunch kits with cheetah or owl faces, and a colorful line of lunch sacks and snack and sandwich sleeves from Built NY that might mean sharesies with brown-bagging parents. Rubbermaid ice packs in the shape of silly

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For the classroom, Target’s houndstooth, plaid and metallic dot binders hit the unisex pattern trends head on. Blinged-out scissors and staplers, and fun pencil cases shaped like flip flops or printed in colorful lace patterns have a girly vibe. At PB Teen, plaid, chevron, patchwork and tie-dye patterns add zing to the pencil case and homework holder collection. (www. Got a sports-loving girl in the house? She can show her competitive spirit with one of Caf ? Press’ “swim,” ‘’dance,” ‘’field hockey” or “soccer” journals. Dog lovers might like a journal photoprinted with unusual breeds. Colorful national flags, including those of France, Italy, Cuba and Canada, emblazon a spiral notebook collection at, which also has fun clip chains shaped like basketballs, softballs or volleyballs. ( )



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Teachers can use clothes to communicate with kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be all kids’ stuff. The wardrobe to complement that first opening bell can help set the tone for a teacher’s year, too. There’s nothing in the contract that requires dangling cat-character earrings or kooky bow ties. The right look can command respect while earning a little street cred. Celebrity stylist Cristina Ehrlich, a style adviser to Coldwater Creek, remembers her first “cool teacher” in elementary school ? and Ehrlich says she never worked harder than she did for that Lauren Hutton lookalike, who wore pleated slacks, V-neck silk blouses, a thin little belt and gold hoop earrings. “Maybe it’s that I wanted to impress her, or maybe she just knows how to grab your attention, but she left a lasting impression,” she says. These days, that teacher might be wearing brightly colored skinny jeans and a boyfriend sweater, or trouser jeans and a crisp button-down in a cheerful color, Ehrlich muses. “Young kids like a little eye candy. It draws their attention,” Ehrlich says. “You want


authority but not stuffy.” Maybe that same second-grade teacher would even try a pair of tuxedo-inspired jeans with a black stripe down the leg and a more fitted, cropped blazer, she adds. That might be an outfit similar to what high schoolers are wearing ? and that’s OK, says Emilia Fabricant, executive vice president of the Aeropostale brand. Teachers can use their clothes to help bridge communication gaps with their students, she says. “The cool factor gives power.” Fabricant gives the caveat, though, that teachers might wear individual pieces differently so they’re “appropriately styled”: short skirts worn over leggings, tunics over tanks, and skinny jeans paired with the high frontlow back cardigans that give an update to the classic silhouette. Maybe there’s a life lesson here for teens: A modern look can co-exist with a respectful one. fashion editor Sara Dooley imagines teachers of younger grades experimenting with prints. Florals are enjoying a fashion moment, she says, and animal prints

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— leopard spots and the like — have a little bit of edge but have been tapped for classic silhouettes. There are even some literal animal prints, such as birds, butterflies, turtles and armadillos, that have been elevated from kitsch to cool. Prints are good conversation starters, and they can camouflage a multitude of sins, especially of the paint-glue-leftover-snack variety. Many closet-to-classroom items are basic pieces, including a pencil skirt, fit-and-flare dress, collared shirts, blazers, jeans and sweaters, so they can make the transition between seasons and between school years. They can all be dressed up or down, and adapted to look “new” with the right belt, shoe or jewelry. “With little time during the school year to shop, teachers can maximize style all year long by buying key items that will update pieces they already own,” says Sofia Wacksman, vice president of trend for Kohl’s Department Stores. Ehrlich suggests layers, as long as the overall look is relaxed without being sloppy. On the flip side, tailored is good, but too but-

toned-up is not. If you’re thinking of a bowneck blouse, for example, make sure it has a soft touch. For a more bohemian style, a dolman sleeve top in a watercolor print will give the effect of a fluttery, full, feminine look without a bell sleeve, which seems an invitation for snags or stains. Funkier accessories can be for anyone. Teachers need a stylish case for gadgets, and that’s a neutral zone for experimentation. So are ballet-flat shoes, which have more options than the periodic table. Picking popular colors, including flashes of the almost neon brights, also is an easy “in,” says Fabricant, and the broad choices in denim and knits should make it easier to find trend-right items. Teachers could be facing a tough crowd, after all. “For a middle school teacher, you want some safe bets. You are on a stage in front of the kids all day. You want to be comfortable, you want to feel confident. Too much risk puts you out there for ridicule behind your back. You know those middle schoolers,” Dooley says with a laugh.


Schools will open for the 2013-2014 school year on September 3, 2013. Back-to-School Orientations are scheduled at schools the week of August 26-30, 2013. Prince George County Public Schools anticipate enrollment of 6275 in grades Pre-K through 12. District personnel have been busy during the summer with closing of Prince George Education Center and relocation of alternative education programs to the middle school site. Additionally, changes have been made to other buildings and grounds throughout the district. Administrative, instructional, and support changes have been made as well due to attrition of staff, realignment of duties, and consolidation of programs. Hopefully, you and your child have enjoyed summer travel or activities and are ready for another excellent school year. Please access http:// for specific information on Back-to-School Orientations and district and school news throughout the school year. Prince George County School Board and staff thank you for choosing the district for education of your child or children! BOBBY R. BROWDER, Ed.D. Superintendent

Secondary Student Orientation Schedule 2013-2014

MISSION Prince George County Public Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, will provide a rigorous educational program in a safe environment that prepares all students for post-secondary education and the workforce and to be responsible citizens in a global society.

Guiding Principles

We provide quality education in a safe environment; We are committed to understanding and meeting the needs of our school community; We trust and respect each individual so that all may experience pride and joy in their work; We are committed to continuous improvement.

SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE Telephone 733-2700 PO Box 400 • 6410 Courts Drive Prince George, Virginia 23875 Website:

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS District 1 Roger E. Franklin, Jr. Robert E. Cox, Jr., Chair District 2 Lewis E. Stevenson, Vice Chair Kevin S. Foster Jerry F. Warren

CENTRAL OFFICE Dr. Bobby Browder Superintendent

Moore Middle School, 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA 23842, Tel: (804) 733-2740 August 28, 2013 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 6th Grade 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 7th Grade Clements Junior High School, 7800 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, VA 23875, Tel: (804) 733-2730 August 22, 2013 1:00 p.m. Prince George High School, 7801 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, VA 23875, Tel: (804) 733-2720 June 4 & 5, 2013 During English Class Current 9th Graders (rising 10th Graders) August 27, 2013 7:00 p.m. New Students Prince George Education Center, 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA 23842, Tel: (804) 733-2748 August 12, 2013 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. GED August 13, 2013 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. PGPAL August 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Project Choice Grades 6-8 August 15, 2013 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Project Choice Grades 9-12 During week of August 19-23, 2013 Make-ups

Elementary Student Orientation Schedule 2013-2014 Beazley Elementary School, 6700 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA 23875, Tel: (804) 733-2745 August 29, 2013 Kindergarten 9:00 a.m. Grades 1-5 10:30 a.m. Harrison Elementary School, 12900 East Quaker Road, Disputanta, VA 23842, Tel: (804) 991-2242 August 29, 2013 Kindergarten 9:00 a.m. Grades 1-2 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 12:00 p.m. North Elementary School, 11106 Old Stage Road, Prince George, VA 23875, Tel: (804) 458-8922 August 29, 2013 Kindergarten 9:00 a.m. Grades 1-5 11:00 a.m. South Elementary School, 13400 Prince George Drive, Disputanta, VA 28342, Tel: (804) 733-2755 August 29, 2013 Kindergarten 9:00 a.m. Grades 1 -5 New Students 11:00 a.m. Grades 1-5 Returning Students 11:30 p.m. Walton Elementary School, 4101 Courthouse Road, Prince George, VA 23875, Tel: (804) 733-2750 August 29, 2013 Kindergarten 8:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 9:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 11:00 a.m. School L.L. Beazley Elementary D.A. Harrison Elementary North Elementary South Elementary W.A. Walton Elementary J.E.J. Moore Middle School N.B. Clements Jr. High Prince George High Prince George Education Center Rowanty Vocational Tech Center

Renee Williams Assistant Superintendent

Grades K-5 K-5 K-5 K-5 K-5 6-7 8-9 10-12 Alternative Technical

John Brockwell Director of Technology

Classroom Hours 9:00-3:30 9:00-3:30 9:00-3:30 9:00-3:30 9:00-3:30 7:40-2:30 7:50-2:30 7:50-2:30 7:45-2:25 8:00-2:00

Office Hours 8:00-4:00 8:00-4:00 8:00-4:00 8:00-4:00 8:00-4:00 7:15-3:45 7:15-3:45 7:15-3:45 7:30-3:30 7:45-3:45

Betsy Drewry Director of Finance

Phone 733-2745 991-2242 458-8922 733-2755 733-2750 733-2740 733-2730 733-2720 733-2748 732-4950

Address 6700 Courthouse Rd., Prince George, VA 23875 12900 East Quaker Rd., Disputanta, VA 23875 11106 Old Stage Rd., Prince George, VA 23875 13400 Prince George Dr., Disputanta, VA 23842 4101 Courthouse Rd., Prince George, VA 23875 11455 Prince George Dr., Disputanta, VA 23842 7800 Laurel Spring Rd., Prince George, VA 23875 7801 Laurel Spring Rd., Prince George, Va 23875 11455 Prince George Dr., Disputanta, VA 23842 20000 Rowanty Rd., Carson, VA 23830

Becky Kirk Assistant to the Superintendent

Principal Jim Scruggs Sharon O’Neill Donna Branch-Harris Robin Pruett Sharon Kushma Willie Elliott Peter Fisher Tracey Smallwood Mattie Thweatt Dr. Thomas Cope

Ron Rhodes Director of Transportation

Shelly Bazemore Sandra Belshan Zetta Ethington Larry Eminhizer Brenda Gore Sheila Roalf Assistant Superintendent Director of Food Services Director of Student Services Director of Secondary Education Director of Elementary Education Director of Gifted and Title I The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Sunday, August 11, 2013 PI_PROGINDEX/ADVERTISING/AD_PAGES [M15] | 08/09/13



Virginia Eye Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Inna Marcus, our new Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Inna Marcus, M.D., specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, including amblyopia, ocular motility disorders, pediatric cataracts, and glaucoma. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from New York University following her undergraduate studies at Columbia University. Dr. Marcus completed her ophthalmology residencyy at Yale University, y, and she completed her fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and d adult strabismus at Du Duke ke Un University. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American an Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. us. Dr. Marcus will be seeing patients at our Puddledock and nd Short Pump offices.

Call for an appointment with a member of our pediatric ophthalmology team today! Donna D. Brown, M.D. l Thomas S. Carothers, M.D. Inna Marcus, M.D. l Lisa Fleming, C.O., C.O.M.T. M16


Sunday, August 11, 2013 The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA



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