KGCS has kicked off Project KIND this week! We are excited that division wide classroom lessons started Monday, October 30th. We are looking forward to focusing on Gratitude this month! One way to think about Gratitude is “choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.” Practicing Gratitude can increase our well-being and even our happiness!
Click here for the November Gratitude Family Newsletter. To view our Project KIND calendars and events, please visit our division website. If you have questions, please contact your school’s administrator.
CTE in Our Schools
Career and Technical Education (CTE) News
October’s “CTEats” - the first of a 6-Week Series of casual community dinners centered around the planned Career Academy update in KGHS Career and Technical Education. GoodWill, Germanna, Four Elements Electric, Exit Realty, Topside FCU, local government, KGCS, NSWC, Parks & Rec, community members attended and MORE!!!😍. Attendance at “CTEats” is *By Reservation Only* and all are welcome to join in the conversation! Please contact Terri Rinko at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on attending our NEXT (November) “CTEats”!
KGES News for Families and the Community
Congratulations to Sarah Ritchie! Ms. Ritchie has been awarded the 2023 School Counselor of the Year from the Virginia School Counselor Association (VASCA). In addition to this prestigious award, Ms. Ritchie's tireless work and creative activities towards the goal of teaching kindness has drawn the attention and praise of the VASCA. As a result of her dedication to kindness, Ms. Ritchie has been named Virginia's Kindness Ambassador and will be working directly with this year's Kindness Week. We are so proud of you Ms. Ritchie!
PES News for Families and the Community
Our PES Hawks closed out the month of October with activities for Bullying Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week. All students completed a pledge to support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and to help include those who are left out. Students and staff also wore orange on Unity Day to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.
Attendance continues to be a top priority at PES. An incentive is planned for each month to reward students with perfect attendance. Students also receive a PBIS Hawk point for showing up at school each day. In the month of October, students with perfect attendance for the month of September got a chance to throw water balloons at the PES Attendance Committee. Next month, students with perfect attendance for the month of October will have a popcorn party. We are looking forward to providing this delicious treat for our students!
SES News for Families and the Community
Sealston SAM is the new School Attendance Mascot at SES! Sealston SAM stays with the class in each grade level with the highest attendance percentage from the prior week. The class with the highest attendance percentage for the month gets a popsicle party, too!
KGMS News for Families and the Community
Math and PBL Updates
We are excited to share some amazing math activities happening at KGMS in our Project-Based Learning (PBL) center. Mrs. Amos’ Math 7 and 7x students got to dive deep into the world of fractions and expressions with the 'Level up with Fractions” and “Level up with Expressions” Pac Man themed blended learning experiences. Students persevered through different challenges practicing critical thinking and problem solving skills to unlock codes and advance levels.
But that's not all! Math 7, 7x, and 6x students also had a blast with 'Chutes and Ladders,' a math game that combined fun and learning. This game helped them practice their math skills while enjoying friendly competition with their classmates.
Mrs. Amos’ Math 7 and 7x students were back at it in the PBL for a hands-on and interactive experience where they blended the power of manipulatives and technology to enhance learning. Students progressed through a variety of stations at their own pace where they encountered different manipulatives and puzzles designed to reinforce key math concepts, strengthen their conceptual understanding, and also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Technology was incorporated every step of the way to allow students to check their progress in real time, ensuring accuracy and perseverance through difficult tasks!
These engaging math activities not only make learning fun but also help our students develop a strong foundation in math concepts. We are proud of their enthusiasm and growth in these math adventures!
Stay tuned for more exciting updates on our students' math journey. Together, we are building a strong math community!
The counseling team met with students and challenged them to take the Anti-Bullying Pledge and make our school a better place.
The Pledge states:
We the students of King George Middle School agree to to join together to stop Bullying
By signing this Pledge, I agree to:
Treat others with Kindness and Respect
Try to include other students who may feel left out
Not use Angry or Hateful words on Social Media
Refuse to watch, laugh or join in when someone is being bullied
Tell an adult if I witness someone being bullied
Be strong and help someone who is being bullied
The posters will be hung up in KGMS to remind students of the Pledge and to make a positive impact at our school.
English Department Updates
After school remediation has begun. Selected students are receiving remediation on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
The drama elective class will be performing the musical Dear Edwina Jr. on November 14 and 15
Students in all grade levels do independent reading for their English class. They should be reading a book of their choice as homework each night and should be beginning their second book for quarter two.
We now have a Beta Club at KGMS! Students who were invited and accepted their invitation will have their first meeting on November 9th.
Other Important Information
On November 8th we have our Veterans Day Fundraiser coupled with VFW members speaking to our 7th Grade Civics classes.
Funds raised by students and staff will be given to the Some Gave All Foundation and the King George VFW.
KGHS News for Families and the Community
Celebrating our Fall Sports Teams
Boys and Girls cross country both won the battlefield district.
Volleyball will be hosting a regional playoff match November 1 at 7 PM.
KGHS cheer won their district competition cheer and is heading to regionals this weekend at Powhatan High School.
Golf team member Mike Sevier finished 8th in the region and qualified for the state tournament.
Football continues to remain undefeated and looks to finish out their district schedule versus Spotsylvania and Chancellor High school.
KGHS Marching Band
On Saturday, October 21st, The King George High School Marching Royal Regiment attended the Virginia Marching Band State Assessment where they received a Superior Rating in Musical and Visual Effect. This is the highest rating that a band can receive. The band has worked hard all year to achieve this milestone.
The NJROTC program recently donated $490 to Love Thy Neighbor to support Thanksgiving meals for our community. The cadets earned this money by cleaning up the football stadium after home games and donated their payments right back into our local charities.
Pictured are the NJROTC cadets with school administration and the Vice President of Love Thy Neighbor.
College Representatives Visits to KGHS
The following colleges will host information sessions for their particular college on the following dates. Juniors and seniors interested in attending any of the sessions should stop by the Counseling office to sign up or email Mrs. Morrison (email@example.com)
Nov. 3 - Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
Nov. 8 - Germanna Community College
Nov. 14 - Bridgewater College
Dec. 1 - University of Mary Washington - OnSite Admission
Student Volunteer Trainees (Winter/Spring 2024)
This is an opportunity for students ages 16 and older. Please take a few minutes to review the information below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Rinko at firstname.lastname@example.org in room 214. The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for students interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the Department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. It covers a wide variety of career interest areas including human resources management, education policies, data analytics, project management, training and development, communications, grants management, and information technology. Note this opportunity does require a federal application process, and students must meet the stated criteria to be considered. This job is open to current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
Apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/741803400 There is one last deadline - Nov. 22, 2023
KGHS Athletics Schedule
KGCS Division News and Announcements
Elementary Math Scoop!
Families often ask for tips on how to help their students with math. In this blog post, NWEA, a national not-for-profit organization with a mission of helping school districts improve learning for all students provides some easy, practical ways you can help with math at home. As an added bonus, the activities are divided into different topics so you can have to figure out which activities are good for what you want to address: https://www.nwea.org/blog/2018/parent-strategies-for-improving-their-childs-math/
Teaching Digital Citizenship for Parents
Neptune Navigate is on the move!
Teachers K-12 have been integrating digital citizenship activities into their instructional day throughout these past few weeks.
To compliment what your child is learning in class, please check out the link below to view parent resources and videos that highlight key information being taught to your child/children in the corresponding student lesson.
There is also a series of discussion questions by age group to help you have meaningful conversation with your child/children about being responsible digital citizens.
Each of the lessons in the link below contain a short video highlighting key information being taught to your child/children in the corresponding student lesson.
Student Health Services
Reminders from your school clinic:
- Information about lice can be found on the division webpage
- Please be reminded of illness protocols and when to stay home from school.
- School breaks are coming! If your child has medicine in the clinic that should be picked up before a school break, please remember to arrange for pickup during school hours.
- November 7: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
- November 8: Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting at 5:00 pm at the KGCS Early Childhood Preschool Room 2.
The SEAC advises KGCS of needs in the education of children with disabilities. All meetings are open to the public.
- November 9: Interim Reports Available
- November 10: Veterans Day Holiday- Schools Closed
- November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break- Schools Closed