Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

LCPS has educated Loudoun's children since 1870. During the 2019-2020 school year we will educate more than 83,000 students in 94 schools.

The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. All School Board members and staff representatives will participate electronically from remote locations. The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Building will be closed, and no opportunities for public participation will be available there.

Live public comment will be accepted virtually and aired in real time during this meeting. Online and telephone registration will open through 3 p.m. Tuesday (telephone registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday at 571-252-1030).

To participate in the June 9 2020, School Board meeting, please register here (https://tinyurl.com/y7tdcc9e).

The full meeting agenda (https://tinyurl.com/yc7vdea9) is available on the LCPS website.

The board will consider two action items during the meeting: Recommendation for Expenditure of FY20 Appropriated But Unspent Funds, and Policy 7320, Staff Health.

The agenda also contains eight information items. The information items include:

· Policy 8225, Re-Admission, Exclusion or Admission of Students and Deletion of Policy 8-16, Students Expelled or Suspended by Other Than Loudoun County and 8-23, Readmission of Expelled Students.

· Annual Grant Application for the 2020-2021 School Year for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) P.L. 114-95

· LCPS Head Start Annual Training and Report 2019-2020 and PY28 Grant Application and Budget for Funding Period December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021.

· Policy 2610, School Board Staff Aides.

· Revision of Policy 2510, School - Community Communications and Community Involvement.

· Adoption of Policy 2515, School Board Member Use of Social Media.

· Schoology.

· COVID-19 Update on LCPS Continued Response.

The Loudoun County School Board believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system, even while the COVID-19 crisis requires special arrangements to safely conduct business while implementing recommended preventative measures. The meeting will be available for public viewing through the live-stream telecast (https://www.lcps.org/Page/140009) on LCPS.org, and live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

Nikhila Akula, a senior at Broad Run High School and the Academy of Engineering and Technology (AET), and her AET science teacher, Suzanne Lohr, are the recipients of the 2020 Willowcroft Science awards.

The Willowcroft Science Award is one of the major honors presented at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RSEF), which was cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Willowcroft Science Award is supported through the Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund, which was established as the result of a generous donation by Lewis Parker, and the owner of Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. Parker has supported this award since 1991.

The student recipient of the Willowcroft Science Award receives a $5,000 scholarship. Akula was honored for her RSEF project, “The Effect of Biofilms on Bacterial Cultures.”

Lohr also was awarded $5,000 in recognition of the support and mentoring she provided to Akula.

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y79mqbyk

Two teams from Stone Hill Middle School are in the national Top 20 in the eCYBERMISSION competition, making them finalists in the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION Competition.

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teaching Association. It is designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.

The national finalist teams will advance to eCYBERMISSION’s National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE), taking place virtually June 17 through 19.

The national finalists were selected from a competitive group of 59 regional finalists. A panel of judges consisting of U.S. Army scientists and engineers evaluated teams based on several criteria including innovative ideas, benefit to the community and overall development of the project.

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/yas97m7d

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is unable to host its annual Retirement Celebration this year due to the pandemic, but we still want to pay tribute to the 165 employees who have contributed a total of 6,168 years of service to LCPS. Thank you for your service! We appreciate your meaningful contributions and wish you every happiness in retirement!

We’re recognizing several retiring employees each day to celebrate their contributions.

Robert A. Davis, Teacher, Countryside Elementary

Marcia L. Dendinger, Speech Therapist, Blue Ridge Middle School

Mary E. Duffy, Physical Education Teacher, Harmony Middle School

Diane L. Edwards, FACS Teacher, Park View High School

Trina F. Flowers, Health Clinic Specialist, Meadowland Elementary

Gustavo V. Gonzalez, ELL Teacher, Park View High School

Joyce E. Hayes, Special Education Teacher Assistant, Catoctin Elementary

Julie K. Hildbold, English Teacher, Loudoun Valley High School

Timothy G. Huggler, Mechanical Engineering Design Coordinator, Construction Management and Direction

Mary S. Johnson, School Counselor, Sterling Middle School

The Catoctin Elementary School PTA has unveiled a life-sized LOVE artwork, now on display at the Leesburg school.

In a release marking the unveiling the PTA said, “We know it’s a trying time in the country right now, but hopefully this can bring some love and hope to the town.”

Despite the challenges of this school year, the project was finally completed as the Catoctin Elementary students came by to pick up their belongings and while the graduating fifth-graders put their hands on the rock next to the gym as a sign of their transition to middle school.

The Catoctin PTA worked with Catoctin Principal Janet Platenberg and Catoctin art teacher Michelle Labbe to bring the project to reality. Labbe connected Catoctin ES PTA President Peter Fedders with display artist and Catoctin parent Andrew Herndon, who designed the letters. A group of Catoctin parents, led by Herndon, built the letters last fall at Fedders’ home. During art classes this winter, Labbe got every student and teacher to put their painted handprints onto the letters. The letters were installed by American Exteriors & Masonry, a Leesburg-based contractor.

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y85mlyzl

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that three Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students were among the 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100.

LCPS recipients include:

Jason T. Birsic, Stone Bridge High School
National Merit Clemson University Scholarship

Aarushi Dubey, Briar Woods HIgh School
National Merit University of Maryland Scholarship

Molly C. Lum, Potomac Falls High School
National Merit University of North Texas Scholarship

This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will allow public use of its facilities, with limitations, beginning Friday, June 5.

The guidelines for public use were outlined by Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis at the Tuesday, June 2, meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. Lewis outlined the restrictions for use in the following categories:

Individual Use

LCPS walking tracks, fields and basketball and tennis courts will reopen for individual public use on Friday, June 5. Those using LCPS facilities individually must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet at all times.

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Through its partnership with Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS), the school division will allow PRCS to use outdoor fields and property. PRCS will manage all outdoor field allocations for LCPS.

The following restrictions will apply to PCRS activities:

• There will be no games or scrimmages permitted.
• The approved activities involve only drills and conditioning.
• No groups larger than 10 will be involved in these activities.
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be in effect at all times.

Religious Services

Religious organizations that use LCPS facilities are allowed to reconvene in these facilities with a reservation approved by LCPS staff. These organizations must submit a compliance plan to use LCPS facilities, as outlined in Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order governing the easing of temporary restrictions in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LCPS custodial staff will conduct cleaning before, during and after religious services. The cost of this required cleaning will be paid by the religious organization using the LCPS facility.

Events for non-profit organizations – excluding religious services – remain postponed or canceled.

LCPS Activities

Organized LCPS activities remain postponed or canceled until further guidance is provided by the Governor’s Office.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is unable to host its annual Retirement Celebration this year due to the pandemic, but we still want to pay tribute to the 165 employees who have contributed a total of 6,168 years of service to LCPS. Thank you for your service! We appreciate your meaningful contributions and wish you every happiness in retirement!

We’re recognizing several retiring employees each day to celebrate their contributions.

Deborah V. Buttery, Special Education Teacher, Heritage High School

Kathleen H. Cannon, Language Arts Teacher, Belmont Ridge Middle School

Melinda D. Carper, Principal, Ball’s Bluff Elementary

Monica A. Carra, School Counselor, Farmwell Station Middle School

Jay M. Cohen, Science Teacher, Loudoun County High School

Karen B. Cole, Special Education Teacher Assistant, Sanders Corner Elementary

Christine E. Coleman, Clerk of the Board, Superintendent’s Office

Nancy J. Cook, Health Clinic Specialist, Legacy Elementary

Bruce A. Custer, Bus Driver, Transportation Department

Laura A. Davies, Fourth Grade Teacher, Mill Run Elementary

Creighton’s Corner Elementary School has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education.

This recognition is evidence that the school has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

Typically, schools receive a visit from a team of Lighthouse coaches and consultants to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the criteria for certification. The pandemic that closed LCPS school buildings forced the certification for Creighton’s Corner to become virtual. Teams of students, teachers, parents and administrators engaged in Zoom meetings from their homes throughout the day on May 12 to fulfill the requirements.

Chris Knott, principal of Creighton’s Corner, said, “We are honored to have been certified and named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. We have seen tremendous improvement in student responsibility, initiative, behavior, and determination. We have experienced a huge reduction in office referrals so that they are almost non-existent now. Students understand that anything is possible if you have a good plan, are committed to that plan, have people along the way who help you stick to the plan and celebrate your successes, and are willing to amend the plan when things aren’t working,” Knott said.

The Lighthouse Certification is a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey Education that is attainable by every Leader in Me school. As it is a significant benchmark, applying for this certification typically occurs three to five years after a school begins the Leader in Me process.

Sean Covey, President, FranklinCovey Education, said, “We are thrilled to recognize Creighton’s Corner Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve this Lighthouse Certification are great examples of a strong leadership model and process, and of what it means to be a Leader in Me school. This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to Leader in Me. And, we are so pleased and honored to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

Since its official launch nearly a decade ago, nearly 4,000 public, private, and charter schools across 50 countries have adopted the Leader in Me process, while more than 300 schools have achieved the prestigious Lighthouse certification. It is earned by schools that demonstrate the following:
*The principal, school administration and staff engage in ongoing learning and develop as leaders, while championing leadership for the school.
*Leadership principles are effectively taught to all students through direct lessons, integrated approaches, and staff modeling.
*Students are able to think critically about and apply leadership principles.
*Families and the school partner together in learning about the 7 Habits and leadership principles through effective communication and mutual respect.
*The school community is able to see leadership in the physical environment, hear leadership through the common language of the 7 Habits, and feel leadership through a culture of caring, relationships, and affirmation.
*Leadership is shared with students through a variety of leadership roles and student voice leads to innovations within the school.
*Schoolwide, classroom, family and community leadership events provide authentic environments to celebrate leadership, build culture, and allow students to practice leadership skills.
*The school utilizes the 4DX® process to identify and track progress toward Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) for the school, classroom, and staff.
*Students lead their own learning with the skills to assess their needs, set appropriate goals, and carry out action plans. They track progress toward goals in Leadership Notebooks and share these notebooks with adults in student-led conferences.
*Teacher planning and reflection, trusting relationships, and student-led learning combine to create environments for highly engaged learning.

Creighton’s Corner Elementary will maintain its Lighthouse Certification for the next two years and will continue to foster its growth and proficiency in exemplifying a leadership culture and principles. At the end of the two years Creighton’s Corner will be able to recertify its Lighthouse Certification through a virtual self-assessment, describing and celebrating its growth and accomplishments since its original Lighthouse designation.

To learn more about the Leader in Me process, please visit http://www.theleaderinme.org/.

Three members of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Class of 2020 have received national DECA scholarships.

DECA the national co-curricular organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The three LCPS recipients are:

· Scott Buermeyer, Rock Ridge High School
· Joshua Liu, Broad Run High School
· Grace Maloney, Freedom High School

DECA’s scholarship program provides more than $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members. Many of DECA’s corporate partners provide scholarships through the DECA scholarship program. DECA administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit-based and the application process to receive them is highly competitive.

Hilton Hotels Corp. sponsored the scholarships presented to Buermeyer and Liu. Maloney’s scholarship is sponsored by RevRoad.

The Loudoun County School Board met virtually on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. School Board members and Loudoun County Public Schools’ staff joined the meeting remotely by videoconference.

The full agenda (https://tinyurl.com/ybwsvxce) for this School Board meeting can be found on the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) website. The video replay of the meeting, indexed to specific agenda items, is also available on that webpage.

The School Board passed three action items during this meeting: a motion that directs staff to include all students in a grade level in class rank calculations, regardless of their choice to select a P rather than a letter grade as their final grade; a resolution calling for State and Federal Action on Climate Change; and an LGBTQ+ Pride Month Proclamation.

The School Board heard three information items:

· School Board member Denise Corbo (At-Large), Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services Sharon Willoughby, Assistant Superintendent for Digital Innovation Vince Scheivert and Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Kevin Lewis outlined recommendations for expenditure of FY20 appropriated-but-unspent funds.

· School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles District) and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development Dr. Scott Ziegler addressed revisions to Policy 7320, Staff Health

· Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Ashley Ellis, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Dr. Asia Jones and Mr. Lewis provided an update on LCPS’ efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a closed session, Chair Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) announced the removal of John Beatty (Catoctin District) from the Equity and Discipline committees.

The School Board’s next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.

Live public comment will be accepted virtually during this meeting. Citizens who wish to make live public comment may register by visiting the Citizen Participation link on the School Board webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/226240). Online and telephone registration will be open Friday, June 5, until one hour before the meeting on June 9 (telephone registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Monday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at 571-252-1030).

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