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Got Kids In Williamsburg JCC Schools ?

Then you will want to join the Williamsburg James City County’s PTA Council as they invite  the community to participate in a dialogue with WJCC leaders that will provide an opportunity for the public to hear from WJCC Superintendent Dr. Steven Constantino and several WJCC School Board members.
The dialogue will take place Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Middle School  1118 Ironbound Road, in Williamsburg.
The agenda includes an update from Dr. Constantino regarding the WJCC budget and the ongoing strategic planning process. The public will have an opportunity to participate in informal break-out sessions with School Board members. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the community to converse directly with WJCC policymakers.

"My colleagues and I are delighted to be able to meet with members of the community in an informal setting," said School Board Chair Ruth Larson. "This is an important time for our school division, and talking with our constituents will help shape our thinking as we move forward."
Information about the strategic planning process is available on the WJCC Schools website.


The Virginia Department of Education today notified the Williamsburg/James City County School Division that it has accepted and corrected in its database an error found in how a single student’s ethnicity was entered into WJCC’s database, thus allowing D.J. Montague Elementary School to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status in both reading and mathematics for the 2010-11 school year. “We very much appreciate the DOE’s patience in working with us to locate and correct this error, which means everything to the students, faculty and families of D.J. Montague who have worked so hard to reach this milestone it so deserves,” said WJCC Superintendent Dr. Steve Constantino


Dr. David W. Gaston, who has served as principal of two WJCC schools since joining the Division in 2004 and brings a total of 20 years of administrative and in-classroom experience, has been appointed WJCC’s senior director for specialized educational services, Acting Superintendent Scott Burckbuchler has announced.

GastonEffective Jan. 1, Dr. Gaston replaces Dr. Stephen J. Chantry, who announced his retirement after serving more than six years as the executive director of Student Services. Karen Swann, who served as Berkeley Middle School’s assistant principal for three years, and as a hearing officer in the Student Services Department,
is appointed interim principal at Berkeley, effective Jan. 1.
“Dr. Gaston has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his role as principal of both an elementary school and a middle school during his time with WJCC,” noted Dr. Burckbuchler.
“His breadth of experience with a broad range of students well suits him to serve as the leader of our reorganized and newly-named Specialized Educational Services department.”
As senior director, Dr. Gaston’s key responsibility will be the oversight of the Division’s specialized educational services, including special education programs, discipline hearings, working with community service agencies, social workers and psychologists, and supervising Health Services and the Student Health Initiative Program (SHIP).

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Hornsby Middle School PTA needs you !

TO: Parents of Hornsby Middle School students, and Community Members

RE: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Organizational Meeting

We are pleased to announce that an organizational meeting will be held on June 7, 2010, 7:00pm, at James Blair Middle School for the purpose of organizing a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Lois S. Hornsby Middle School. Through the PTA, we can help strengthen the quality of life and education in our community. The PTA is a valuable line between home, school, and the community, providing all with important information benefiting our children.

Representatives from the Virginia PTA will be present to explain the benefits, basic policies, and procedures of the association, allowing time for questions and discussion. Through the PTA, we can help strengthen the quality of life and education in our community. The PTA is a valuable line between home, school, and the community, providing all with important information benefiting our children.

After voting to organize, we will adopt bylaws, accept charter memberships, and elect officers(if you would like to nominate someone for an officer position please see nomination form on the back of this memo) so that our PTA can begin operating immediately. In this association, we will join with parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and other citizens to enhance the educational, health and safety, and cultural opportunities for every child.

Looking forward to seeing you!

We are seeking nominations for President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for our new PTA. We are looking for widespread involvement and interest and are committed to an open process as we seek, recruit, and develop new leaders. Advanced nominations are encouraged. To make a nomination (they must be willing to accept the nomination), complete the nomination form and return to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School by Thursday, June 3, 2010 attention to: Ruth Larson, Nominating Committee, Lois S. Hornsby PTA or email to John@Mr.Williamsburg.com or fax to 757 240 2644



Position: (check one)

_____President ______ Vice President ______Treasurer _____Secretary

Name: ____________________________________________________________________

PTA Position(s) Held: ____________________________________________________________________

Home Phone: _____________________________ Cell Phone: ___________________________

E-Mail Address: _____________________________ Best time and day to reach: ____________

Signature of nominee (not required): _________________________________

Mathews hired in Georgia

The Newton County Georgia Board of Education this morning hired Dr. Gary S. Mathews as Superintendent for Newton County Schools, effective July 1, 2010.

The hiring of Dr. Mathews as superintendent for Newton County Schools is effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Mathews currently serves as the Superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (W-JCC) in Williamsburg, Virginia, a position he has held for five years. He will replace Dr. Steve Whatley, who announced in November his plans to retire effective, June 30, 2010.

New School Redistricting Maps

The Williamsburg/ James City County  School Board met in special session Tuesday, Jan. 12, to inspect the latest updated set of redistricting maps. The board received six updated maps — which included three options for its elementary schools and three for its middle schools — but board members say the maps are still far from perfect.

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Williamsburg/ James City County Schools achieve all time high test scores

Students attending Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools achieved all-time highs on their Standards of Learning (SOL) test results in every subject tested by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009, as the following official Virginia Department of Education test results show:

All Students in English/Reading = 91% (+2 over 2007-08)
All Students in Mathematics = 90% (+5 over 2007-08)
All Students in Science = 91% (Same as 2007-08)
All Students in History = 90% (+3 over 2007-08)
All Students in Writing = 91% (+1 over 2007-08)

"We are most pleased with the overall long-term trends now under way which have resulted in all-time highs in every subject tested by the state," said Supt. Gary Mathews.  "This is especially a tribute to our students and faculty given that the federal pass standard in reading and math has increased by 4 percentage points in each subject for each of the past three school years.  As for the NCLB Graduation Indicator, we still have work to do," concluded Dr. Mathews.

Also of note was the success of D.J. Montague Elementary School, which was in danger of having stringent federal sanctions imposed.  The students’ performance in 2008-09 avoided this possibility by posting significant gains (+6 in Reading; +10 in Math; +6 in Science), thus earning adequate yearly progress or "AYP."  The school also posted an 8-point gain in History.