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Link to the article Mr. Ferrera refers to in the video above.

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Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers

It’s time to celebrate our Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers Bobcats of the Month for November!

Abby Mills, Math Teacher:

Abby Mills has made her mark on this school in her mere 3 years here at BHS. In her first year, she not only switched departments willingly at the last minute but she also coached 3 sports! Her dedication to this school and its students is evident by the multiple roles that she fulfills. She coaches varsity volleyball which is on its way to having its most successful season in the history of BHS. She also coaches girls basketball and girls lacrosse. She sells athletic tickets in her spare time. She just assumed the role as the junior class sponsor and one of the Math Honor Society sponsors. Abby is also in the process of pursuing her Masters in Administration degree to better serve her school. Not many new teachers would willingly give up their free time, especially in their early 20's, to pursue so many extracurricular roles. I, among many of her coworkers, commend Abby for her dedication to her students as well as her drive to better herself!

Shannon Welteroth, School Psychologist:

Shannon is new to BHS this year, coming from Reagan MS as our School Psychologist. Shannon has contributed so much to our school culture already by servicing needs of all students (both SPED and GenEd) through mindfulness and mental health supports. Shannon has already demonstrated that she is so much more than a testing and clinical resource; she deeply cares for the “whole child”. In her short time here she has already contributed in partnership to much of the mental health initiatives at BHS by building the bridge to a therapy dog for our school, to ideas and resources for a mindfulness space for student, and staff opportunities to grow in their understanding of brain development and mindfulness practices in the academic setting and life! We are so incredibly fortunate to have her as a BOBCAT! She is currently working in collaboration with many BHS staff to connect these initiatives on a community level with our local feeder elementary and middle schools and our BHS school culture task force to host a Wellness Walk at BHS. It is clear that her contributions towards these ideas stem from genuine passion and care for the whole child, our Bobcat Family, and our community!

Another colleague wrote of Shannon:

Since arriving this year, Shannon has been a real force for good at Battlefield. She has made it her mission to initiate and support activities and programs to help our students cope with the mental health challenges they face. She does so much more than test students! Shannon has made it her business to break barriers between students and staff, and build bridges to better mental health.

Juli Scheel, Social Studies Teacher:

Juli Scheel is the ultimate professional not only for her peers and colleagues but also for her students, parents and the community of Battlefield. I have observed her drive, integrity, creativity, and problem solving skills which result in success for her students and all involved. Other professionals seek her guidance and substitutes have commented that she is one of the most detailed professionals they have encountered. She has high expectations for her students and their community, which they deliver with assistance from her and the countless hours she spends to make sure their roads are paved with success. Juli is a team player and steps up to give her time and expertise to help out her peers and can always be counted upon as a person to fill the gap and do it well! Juli is the quiet unsung hero for so many here at Battlefield and for those she has touched in education prior to her time here. She is one of the best educators that I have ever observed in all my years across the US. We are beyond lucky to have her on our team and are overjoyed to show our support for her.

Suzi Burns, Art Teacher:

In the short time Suzi has taught here she has already started to after school clubs to help with the school climate. She provides honesty, kindness and humor during stressful moments. She is a huge asset to the bobcat family.

Thanks to all of our honorees! You make Battlefield a great place to learn and work!


STEAM Expo 2020


The much-anticipated 2020 PWC HayMaker STEAM Expo will be held on Saturday, 25-Jan-2020 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Battlefield High School. At the sixth annual Expo, ILITE Robotics is excited to host hands-on, interesting, and enriching activities that promote curiosity and introduce attendees to the many facets of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

At the Expo, you will find a plethora of fun, family-friendly STEAM activities, informational booths, and concessions from local businesses and organizations. Each year, the PWC HayMaker STEAM Expo attracts over 2,000 attendees from all over the county. “Makers” of all ages are invited to spend the day driving robots, learning about sustainability, doing science experiments, solving engineering challenges, and more!

If you are interested in hosting an activity in this exciting event, sign up to host a STEAM inspired booth via the Google Form in the button below.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact me at or Professor Drake at

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Counseling - Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment Opportunities

Students looking for enrichment opportunities can find such information in Naviance. In the top right corner click “Colleges” --> "Research Colleges" --> "Enrichment Programs" to find a list of opportunities and information regarding the application process, cost, contact information, and more. Students who need help logging into Naviance should visit the Counseling Center to receive assistance from one of the secretaries.

Governor’s Early College Scholars Program

The Governor’s Early College Scholars Program is intended to encourage eligible high school students to complete requirements for a high school diploma and concurrently earn at least 15 hours of transferable credits toward a college degree. This program can potentially result in a more productive senior year and reduce the amount of college tuition for families. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in college expenses.

The Governor’s Early College Scholars Program agreement may be signed at any time, from ninth to twelfth grade. Participants agree to: (1) earn an Advanced Studies diploma with a Governor’s Seal and (2) take and complete college-level course work (ie: AP or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits while enrolled in high school. Interested students can download the Early College Scholars Agreement from this newsletter, at the “Academic Advising” menu of the Counseling Center webpage, or pick one up in the Counseling Center. Completed forms should be returned to the Counseling Center.

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Ayden Bautista has just been awarded a $17,220.00 scholarship to Regent University while attending the ProJet Aviation Expo in Leesburg, VA.!

Ayden is in Battlefield's PLTW program!

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PWCS Career Connections Fair November 21st 6-8 p.m. at the Kelly Leadership Center. Apprenticeship organizations and businesses will be prepared to offer students jobs on the spot. Students please show up dressed professionally and with a resume in hand. These are fantastic opportunities for students interested in entering the trades and work force!

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PSAT scores for the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT on Oct. 16, 2019, are expected to start arriving to students electronically the week of December 9, 2019. Students can access their score reports at that time through the email accounts they listed on their PSAT answer sheets. If your student did not list an email address on his or her answer sheet, they can request the hard copy of their results once they arrive at Battlefield High School, likely after Winter Break. Updates to follow.


CPR/First Aid/AED Skills Demonstration

Students who have successfully completed HPE I and HPE II but have not yet fulfilled the CPR/First Aid/AED training requirement for graduation can do so at these dates/times*.

Please contact Mr. Nemerow ( in advance if you plan to attend one of these sessions. Students may also see Mrs. Fairbanks in the Clinic or any HPE teacher to schedule a time to complete the CPR/First Aid/AED skills demonstration.

*NOTE: This skills demonstration is to full the graduation requirement; it does not result in CPR/First Aid/AED certification.

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The Literacy Lab is collecting gently used books that are newer than eight years and many other items on the list. We will keep any books in-house that are YA level, and we will resell the other items to McKay's for store credit. All proceeds helps restock our classroom bookshelves, and it provides new reading material to our Literacy Lab. Please consider dropping off a box between now and November 15th. Please send Jamie Marsh questions regarding donations over two boxes -

  • Fiction Books
  • Non-Fiction Books
  • Text Books
  • Children’s Books – must be free of writing, stamps, and stickers on the exterior.
  • Literature and Classics
  • Comic Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Digital Video Discs (DVDs)
  • BluRays
  • Audio Books on Compact Discs(CDs)
  • Music CDs
  • Vinyl Records
  • Board Games
  • Wooden Children’s Puzzles (With low piece counts)
  • Video Games
  • Music Cassettes
  • Magazines in the following categories:
    • Video & Computer Gamining
    • Science Fiction
    • Movies & Cinema
    • Music & Musicians
    • Cosplay
  • Magazines with Specific Titles
    • Analog Magazine
    • Crime Illustrated Magazine
    • Epic Magazine
    • Fate Magazine
    • Mad Magazine
    • Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
    • True Detective Magazine
    • Thrasher
  • Action Figures
  • Funko Pops
  • Beanie Babies
  • Matchbox sized Die-Cast cars
  • Nerf Brand Nerf Toys
  • Magic The Gathering Cards
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Operation Turkey

Our 13th annual Operation Turkey food drive will start this Monday. Operation Turkey, a program of SERVE Inc., will be sponsored once again by FBLA. This school-wide canned food drive will run from October 28th (Monday) - November 13th (Wednesday). If you are new to

Battlefield, here’s how it works:

The FBLA Club will place a decorated Operation Turkey box into each classroom (1st block classrooms) on Monday October 28th, to be picked up on November 13th (Wednesday). To make this food drive a success for our community both the student body and staff are requested to show generous donation of food items. I am attaching the flyer from SERVE Inc. which offers other options for students who are looking for volunteer opportunities. Please ask the students to be generous and help make Thanksgiving Day just as plentiful as it is for all of us.

Even though we are collecting the food through the first block classes, there will be donation boxes located in the Main Office, Satellite Office, Library, Guidance and Attendance Offices for those who do not have a first block class.

The first block class that collects the most canned goods will be given a delicious breakfast, compliments of FBLA.

Our goal this year is 3000 cans; together we can make this happen. The food will be used to provide Thanksgiving Day food baskets to over 1200 families in our area that are in need. Thank you for your support of Operation Turkey.


Sadia Ahmad

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Still need to buy the 2020 BHS Yearbook or Senior Ad? Go to


Senior Panoramic on December 9th at 9:45 AM in the GYM.


Wreaths Across America raises money each year to place wreaths on the graves of our fallen servicemen and women all across the nation in December. BHS Key Club receives a portion of all proceeds made in honor of our club. Club members will have a booth set up to receive donations of any size ($15 purchases a whole wreath), and we will also host a Miracle Minute in between 1st and 2nd quarters. Come out to show support for our fallen soldiers as we remember them this upcoming holiday season!
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Do you have what it takes to drive safely on America’s most congested roadways?

Statistics prove that the PWCS Behind the Wheel Program consistently produces the safest teen drivers on Northern Virginia roads year after year!

Accidents do not happen, they are caused. Do your part to stay safe by enrolling in a program where you learn to drive safely from highly qualified EDUCATORS!

What is Behind the Wheel?

  • 14 hours of in-car instruction during a 7 day session
    • 7 hours driving with certified instructor
    • 7 hours observing another student driver with certified instructor
  • Road skills evaluation on day 7 of the session

Registration for 2019-2020 is now open!

If you are looking to obtain your driver’s license, SIGN UP TODAY! The cost of this WORLD CLASS program taught by PWCS teachers certified in Driver’s Education is only $250.

Sessions are available after school or during your scheduled PE class! Check the specific page for more information and specific dates.

  • Register online at
  • Provide check or MO made payable to PWCS for $250 to Mrs. Link
  • Must have a valid learner’s permit
  • Must be currently enrolled in HPE II or completed Classroom DE and hold a DEC-District 8 Card.
  • Drive a minimum of 10 hours with parent supervision.
  • Contact Krista Link at with questions


Classroom Driver's Education

Battlefield will host its LAST meeting on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm. A comprehensive list of all meetings offered through out the county can be found on the PWCS website. Attendance of both the student and parent is required to receive credit for classroom Driver's Education.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, a comprehensive list of all meetings offered through out the county can be found on the PWCS website.

Please arrive early, as the doors close promptly and no one will be admitted once the meeting begins.

Please refer any questions to your child's HPE II teacher."

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Academic Letter Awards Ceremonies: November 12th

Students taking 6 or more classes, earning an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, earning 3.0 or higher in each of their classes are eligible for a letter in academics. Final grades are used to determine letter status, so this ceremony recognizes the effort students made in 2018 – 19. Given the number of students who lettered at Battlefield last year, two ceremonies will be held. The hard work of our students will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 12th (for students whose last names begin with Lass – Z). The ceremony will be held in the auditorium and will begin at 9:15 a.m. Each student who met the Academic Letter requirements will receive a letter advising them of their achievement through one of their teachers.


The student leaders of Battlefield will be hosting a philanthropic 5K this year. Our beneficiary is Northern Virginia Family Service (Homeless Shelter in Manassas that some students have generously volunteered for). For those of you who want more information on the Homeless shelter in Manassas, you can learn more on their site:

The race details are below:

When?: Saturday, November 9th. Runners will start at 9:30 AM. Walkers will start at 9:35 AM.

Where?: Battlefield High School. The race will begin and end on the stadium track.

How?: Please visit our gofan page at to register. Registration is $25, but we encourage participants to set fundraising goals. All registered runners/walkers will receive a 5K t-shirt and a bottle of water.

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BHS PTO NEWS, November 8, 2019

· NEED TO GET AWAY? Buy tickets for your chance to win a romantic getaway package work more than $500! Package includes an overnight stay at Red Fox Inn located in Middleburg, Virginia; goodie basket valued at $75; and a $130 visa gift card.

PTO will match up to $2,000 in ticket sales! Urban Tandoor will match up to $300 in ticket sales! $5 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets. Drawing will be held on November 19th. To purchase tickets, click here.

ALL PROCEEDS will go toward upgrading the auditorium!

· PTO Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th 7:00PM to 8:00PM at the BHS Library. Principal Ryan Ferrera will be our guest speaker.

· JOIN US at our Fall-A-Rama, Saturday, November 16th from 9:30AM to 2:30PM. More than 100 vendors and crafters. Lots of food and activities for the kiddos. For more information about the Fall-A-Rama, visit Battlefield HS PTO Facebook’s Event Page.

· HAVEN’T RENEWED YOUR PTO MEMBERSHIP? For your senior to be eligible to apply for one of the PTO $3,000 scholarships, you must be a PTO member by December 31st. Renew by clicking here.

· HELP US reach our goal of 500 grocery cards linked! Tell your friends and family!

380 participants at Harris Teeter; 120 to go! To link your Harris Teeter VIC card to BHS, you may link your card by clicking here. Or simply email your last name and phone number associated with your VIC card number to and we will link it for you. You may link up to five schools. Even though you linked your card last year, you must do it again this year.

· SIGN-UP FOR AMAZON SMILE! Sign-in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, then select the option to Change your Charity. Select Battlefield High School PTO. Remember to ALWAYS sign-in to when shopping

INSIDE 15000

Mr. Bridges' students have made the first episode of our video series ‘Inside 15000 TV’. Take a look and see what they have to say:


The After Grad Committee is working hard to raise money for the After-Grad Celebration.

Please help support all Battlefield classes and buy a discount coupon card to nearly 50 local restaurants and stores in our area. This card can be used an UNLIMITED number of times through December 31, 2020. That’s 14 months for just $20. We’ve also made it super easy for you! You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. You can purchase a card online and we will mail the card directly to your home!! Just click here


o Graduation Lawn Signs: Announce your student’s achievement with a personalized graduation lawn sign. You can order your sign here

o After Grad Celebration Tickets: Save $10 and buy your After Grad Celebration ticket, on sale now for only $35. You can purchase your tickets here

o VIP Parking & Seating at Jiffy Lube Live Graduation 2020:

2 Raffle winners will be randomly chosen and announced live on the Class of 2020 Facebook page on May 15th, 2020. We will also contact the winners via email and phone.

Parking passes will be a reserved spot under your name in the teachers’ VIP parking lot. Premier seating for 4 will be in section 102 in rows 1, 2or 3 with your name reserving your spot. Purchase your Golden Ticket here

o FALL-A-RAMA Saturday, November 16th from 9:30am to 2:30pm: Please come and see us at the Battlefield Fall-A-Rama. We will be selling local Restaurant Coupon Cards, Senior Lawn Signs, After Grad Celebration tickets and Raffle Tickets for Parking and Seating at the class of 2020 graduation. We will also have an After-Grad Basket that we will be raffling off that will include all After-Grad items we are currently selling. Value of Gift Basket is $150

Stay up to date on our fundraisers and visit us on our website

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All athletes must complete an initial Face to Face Concussion Session upon entering a PWCS HIGH School. Thereafter, athletes can complete the concussion training online annually. All athletes must have a VHSL Physical completed and dated after May 1, 2019. Additionally, winter sports athletic paperwork submission is on 11/7 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the lobby at BHS with Mrs. Christi Nelson, Athletic trainer.

Winter Tryout Information noted below:


Boys Basketball

11/12 - 11/14

Varsity: 2:30-4pm/Gym

JV: 6:30-8:30pm/Gym

Girls Basketball

11-Nov FR/JV/V3 - 5pm/Gym

12-Nov FR/JV/V 4 - 6:15pm/Gym

11/13/2019 FR/JV/V 4 - 6:15pm/Gym


11/12 - 11/14 Wed: 3-5pm/BRAG

Thurs: 2:10-5pm/BHS

Fri: 3-5pm/BRAG

Indoor Track

11/12 - 11/15 2:30-4pm/Stadium


11/11 - 11/14 B/G

11/11: 100 Free & 100 Butterfly 7:30 at Freedom Center

11/12: Boys Try-out - 100 Free & 100 Butterfly 7:30 at Freedom Center

11/13: Girls Try-out - 100 Back & 100 Breast 7:30 at Freedom Center

11/14: Boys Try-out - 100 Back & 100 Breast 7:30 at Freedom Center

B/G Dive: TBA (Contact Coach Thorpe)


11/12 - 11/14 2:15-5pm/Wrestling Room

Field Hockey

The Battlefield Field Hockey team will be playing for the regional championship for the first time in school history on 11/7 at 4 pm. In addition, they will be making their first appearance in the state tournament on 11/12, as well.




(Cash or checks payable to BHS Athletics)

Visit the Satellite Office!

(Sample of item in front office and satellite office or see below)

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