Student Success Team Notes (Week 3)

September 19 to September 23, 2016

Weekly Update: Petersburg City Public Schools, Department of Student Success

Dear Student Success Team,

Thank you for all that you continue to do to support Petersburg City Public Schools students. The fruits of your labor may not always be immediately visible, but your hard work is greatly appreciated!



Our English As A New Language (ENL) Population is Growing!

Thank you for all that you are doing to make our ENL students feel welcome and supported! Remember to refer families who need translation services to Ms. DuHart and Ms. Flores for registration assistance.

Please see below for the current ENL student enrollment by school.

  • Robert E. Lee = 51
  • J.E.B. Stuart = 36
  • Petersburg HS = 32
  • Peabody MS = 31
  • Westview ECC = 19
  • AP Hill = 13
  • Walnut Hill = 8
  • Blandford Alternative = TBD

Trauma Informed Practices

On Friday, September 16th, Dr. Alton Hart presented to members of the Student Success Team about the importance of Trauma Informed Practices. On Monday, September 19th, I attended a conference in Washington, DC entitled Trauma Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline with leadership from the VDOE, Richmond Public Schools, and Norfolk Public Schools. The lessons from that conference will do much to guide our work here in Petersburg, and across the Commonwealth.

Visit the following links for information and resources on Trauma Informed Practices:

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Trauma Informed Practices (TIPs)

Even though Mr. Baraka is the interim principal at Peabody MS, he is continuing in his role as PBIS Coordinator for the division. Ms. Alex Javna will be working with Mr. Baraka as Co-Coordinator. Our goal is to seamlessly connect Trauma Informed Practices with the work we are doing with PBIS.

The VDOE is supporting our implementation of PBIS divisionwide, and has provided financial resources to fund professional development. We will have support from Dr. Rick Bowmaster, and hope to use some of the funds to support Trauma Informed Practices PD, as well.

Please stay tuned for more information!

Student Success: All Team Meeting

Friday, Sep. 30th, 3-4:30pm

816 East Bank Street

Petersburg, VA

POSTPONED to September 30th

Please join us for the first monthly Student Success Team Meeting! We will meet as a group, and then break into smaller groups for focused work. Please bring your short and long term goals for this year. Please bring your calendars--we will be scheduling our Student Success meetings for the year. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Remember to Review the Virginia State Superintendent's Memos

WHO WE ARE: Student Success Team Members

  • Dr. Nicole Agee (VPI+)
  • Ms. Barbara Patterson (VPI)
  • Ms. Angelia Thorpe (Head Start)


  • Ms. Danielle Davis (Coordinator)


  • Ms. Stephanie Harvell (Coordinator and Secondary Teacher)
  • Ms. Patricia Payne (Elementary Teacher)


  • Dr. Kim Allen (Coordinator)
  • Ms. Brenda Green (Executive Assistant)


  • Ms. Gwen Price (Director)


  • Ms. Jannette DuHart (Coordinator)
  • Ms. Angela Flores (Interpreter)


  • TBD (Lead Counselor)


  • Dr. Anthony Walker (Director of Student Support and Temporary Discipline Coordinator)
  • Ms. Patricia Walker (Administrative Assistant)
  • Mr. Torrey Manson (Supervisor of Special Education)
  • Ms. Juanita Edmonds (Intervention Specialist)
  • Ms. Renesha Collier-James (Compliance Specialist)
  • Ms. Lorna Caines (Social Worker)
  • Ms. Alexandra Javna (Social Worker and PBIS Assistant Coordinator)
  • Michelle Benson and Dr. Peggy Miles (School Psychologists)
  • Mr. Jerome Coleman (Speech Pathologist)
  • Yolanda Jones (Homebound Coordinator)


  • Mr. Jafar Baraka (Temporarily at Peabody--Principal)
  • Ms. Darlene Martin (Truancy Case Mgr. at Peabody MS, AP Hill ES, and JEB Stuart ES)
  • Ms. Josette Carey-Barnes (Truancy Case Mgr. at Walnut Hill ES, Robert E. Lee ES, and Blandford Academy)
  • Ms. Sonja Bland (Truancy Case Manager at Petersburg HS)


  • Ms. Cox (Health Services Coordinator/Nursing)


  • Ms. April Blunt (Director)
  • Mr. Brandon Jones (Youth Development & Family Engagement Supervisor)
  • Ms. Benetta Washington (Family Engagement Coordinator)
  • Ms. Raynell Carpenter (Federal Programs Associate)
  • Ms. Tamika Freeland (Administrative Assistant)
  • Mr. Darcell Whitaker (Family Engagement Specialist--AP Hill ES)
  • Ms. Whitney Ward (Family Engagement Specialist--JEB Stuart ES)
  • Mr. Trevon Jones (Family Engagement Specialist--Peabody MS)
  • Ms. Carolyn Scott (Family Engagement Specialist--Robert E. Lee ES)
  • Ms. Cynthia Parker (Family Engagement Specialist--Walnut Hill ES)

Dr. Ann Ifekwunigwe, Executive Director for Student Success

Supporting Our Students, and the Adults Who Serve Them

As the Department of Student Success, we work seamlessly behind the scenes to ensure that all students (and the adults who serve them) have the support they need to be successful. Make sure you are communicating with and visiting schools daily (or weekly, depending on your role) to ensure that you are tapped into what is happening at each campus. We cannot provide the necessary supports unless we know what is needed.

Dr. Blount publishes a weekly newsletter for school based administrators. Please check the weekly updates to keep abreast of the weekly expectations for each school.