"Ferlazzo" Elementary School

February 2016

Message from the Principal

Hi! I'm so excited to be designing and leading this dynamic elementary school opening in August of this year! I've been working hard attending to every detail of our school. We will have a state of the art facility, new technologies, and an instructional focus on STEAM. I've been interviewing and hiring some of the best teachers that each have one common denominator, a positive attitude and passion for teaching!

A little about myself, I've been with Prince William County Schools since 2002. I was a first grade teacher at Leesylvania ES, ICT for the county, Assistant Principal at Mullen ES and Henderson ES, and most recently the principal at Featherstone ES. I've led our school to achieving School of Excellence and receiving three TIPA awards. I have two beautiful daughters, a 16 year-old at Colonial Forge HS and a 12 year-old at Rodney Thompson MS in Stafford County. I've been happily married for 17 years. I have a very strong FAMILY FIRST belief. I care about my staff, students, and their families. Our staff, students, and their families become a part of our school family!

I'm looking forward to facilitating a fun-filled and engaging 2016-2017 school year at "Ferlazzo" Elementary!

Proud Principal, Felicia Norwood

School Highlights

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math "STEAM" focused instruction
  • e-Learning Backpack Initiative (1:1 Digital Device for all students in 3-5)
  • Arts Integration and training provided by Kennedy Performing Arts Center
  • Microsoft Partnership
  • National Young Honors Society
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Our School Colors and School Mascot

Sea Lion

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are the boundaries already set for "Ferlazzo" Elementary School?
Yes, the Prince William County School Board approved the boundaries on January 20, 2016. Approved boundaries can be found on the facilities services page at pwcs.edu.

2. Will my rising 5th grader be able to stay at his or her current school?
Yes, the School Board decided that rising fifth graders can remain at their current school, if they provide their own transportation.

3. We are an active military family. Can we stay at our current school?
Yes, the School Board decided that students of active duty military families are permitted to remain at their current school, if they provide their own transportation.

4. Is "Ferlazzo" Elementary School the official school name?
The school name has not been decided upon. Community members get the chance to name the elementary school, which is currently being called Ferlazzo. The Elementary School Naming Committee will hold two community meetings to receive name suggestions. The Elementary School Naming Committee has rescheduled its second community meeting to Tuesday, February 16, 2015, 7 p.m., at Forest Park High School.

The committee members include School Board members William J. Deutsch, Justin David Wilk, Diane L. Raulston, and Chairman Ryan Sawyers. Deutsch, Wilk, and Raulston each have schools that will be affected by the new elementary school. The recommendations from the School Naming Committee are set to be presented to the School Board for information on Feb. 3, and for action on Feb. 17.

5. What types of clubs or programs will be considered at "Ferlazzo" Elementary?
"Ferlazzo" Elementary School hopes to facilitate a number of clubs and enrichment opportunities to best meet the needs of all our students. WATCH D.O.G.S., Robotics, Drama, Chorus, Strings, Art/Photography, Dance/Music, STEAM, Coding and Girls on the Run are just some of the clubs that we are looking to plan.

6. Where can we find news and information about the school?
This website will be updated as new information about "Ferlazzo" Elementary arises. A monthly newsletter will also be posted to this website. A Facebook and Twitter account will be created for the school once an official name has been assigned. Please check back regularly.

7. How can I volunteer and/or share an idea for the school?
We love volunteers and welcome ideas to making our school all that we know it can be. If you have an idea to share and/or interested in volunteering at our school, please contact Felicia Norwood at norwoofd@pwcs.edu or by calling 703.897.8408. We know that we will need volunteers to help our school grow and succeed!

Opening August 2016

Ferlazzo Construction Progress