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School Announcements
SOL Test Scores
Attention Parents and Guardians of Grades 3-8 and High School Students
In an effort to provide information about Standards of Learning (SOL) test performance to parents and guardians in a timelier fashion, PWCS will be sending SOL score reports home with students at the end of the school year. Please note that, if your student tests later in the testing window, information related to their performance may not be available at the time score reports are generated. If your student participates in SOL testing this spring and you do not receive a report for a test they were administered, please contact your student’s school and they can provide you with information about your student’s performance.  
 
Middle School Parent/Student Orientations for Rising 6th Graders
Attention 5th grade parents
Middle schools are getting ready for our soon to be 6th graders. As information is received, it will be posted here and on the school counseling class page. If you have any questions, please check the middle school website, Mrs. Riley’s counseling page, or contact Mrs. Riley at rileyml@pwcs.edu.
PARKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Information coming soon.
 
BENTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation is being held APRIL 29th from 6:00-7:15pm.  The meeting will be followed by an Athletic Information Session beginning at 7:15pm.

All Rising 6th grade students are invited to an orientation on MAY 8th from 9:45-11:00am.  There will be a program and tour. Transportation must be provided by a parent or guardian.
 
STONEWALL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Parent Orientation for Rising 6th Graders will be held APRIL 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm.
 
MARSTELLAR MIDDLE SCHOOL
New Student Orientation will be held JUNE 2nd at 7:00pm.
You and your rising kindergartener
 are invited to join us for a
 
Kindergarten Preview
Thursday, May 29th
6:00 – 7:00 PM
 
Meet with Ms. Wrenn in the Panda Café and then meet the kindergarten teachers, see the classrooms, try out kindergarten activities and get ideas to prepare for the fall.
 
We hope to see you there!
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten and New Student Registration 2014–2015 school year

Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00pm-8:00pm

Students must be age 5 by Sept. 30, 2014 to register for kindergarten.

The following items are needed at registration:
1. Original Birth Certificate
2. Student’s social security number
3. Physical/Current Immunization record dated within one year of date of entry.
4. Verification of address: 
THREE PROOFS (Contract/Deed, Rental Agreement, Notarized Affidavit of
PWC Residency)  AND two other proofs (Driver’s License, Car Registration, Voter Registration, utility  bills)

SHES Science Fair Winners
Congratulations to the winners of Signal Hill Elementary's Science Fair.  We had excellent projects in every category this year!  First place winners will have the opportunity to enter their projects in the PWCS Regional Science Fair.  Thank you to all the students, teachers and volunteers who made the science fair possible. We had many excellent projects this year!  And, good luck to those students who will attend Regionals!

2014 Science Fair Winners

Overall Winner:
Mona Abdallah (Medicine and Health Category)

Behavioral Science:
First Place: Cody Markham
Second Place: Daniel Michaud
Third Place: Jacob Bassette
Honorable Mention: Ashley McMahon

Chemistry:
First Place: Olivia Herzog
Second Place: Ava Foster
Third Place: Garin Gross
Honorable Mention: Lauren Pabico

Engineering and Mathematics:
First Place: Robert Boyle
Second Place: Marshall McVicker
Third Place: Brice Milet
Honorable Mention: Angelina Sardelli

Computer Science:
First Place: Sutter Gabel

Medicine and Health:
First Place: Mona Abdallah
Second Place: Haley McVey
Third Place: Brooke Newton
Honorable Mention: Dominic Conforti
Honorable Mention: Katerina Pashiardis

Physics:
First Place: Ben Payne
Second Place: Shawna Hericks
Third Place: Bailey Ruhl
Honorable Mention: Julia Hunter

Plant Science:
First Place: Margaret Miller
Second Place: Liam Hawley
Third Place: Milan Lowe
Honorable Mention: Katie Callahan

Earth and Space:
First Place: Mackenzie McRae
Second Place: Kaylee Rubio

Animal Science:
First Place: Aiden Azato
Congratulations Mrs. Riley!
Congratulations to Mrs. Riley!  She received her National Board Certification from School Board Member, Gil Trenum at a special celebration on February 25.  National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential.  As part of the process, candidates must analyze their teaching context and students' needs, submit videos of their teaching and demonstrate that their students have shown growth and achievement.  This creates more powerful teaching and student achievement.  Well Done Mrs. Riley!
Author's Visit
Betty Birney, author of the popular Humphrey series, will be visiting Signal Hill Elementary on Thursday, March 27.  Ms. Birney will lead a presentation for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade students. Her presentation will include her early desire to be a writer, writing career, how the character of Humphrey was born and evolved, her early notes, and her hamster and rodent research.  K-2 students will receive a flyer with event details.  There will also be an opportunity to purchase autographed copies of the "Humphrey" books!  Look for this information in your child's Friday Folder. Orders are due back to school on Monday, March 3. For more information on Betty Birney and her books, please visit: http://www.bettybirney.com/index.html
First Semester Quality Student Breakfast
Signal Hill held a breakfast on February 21 to honor our first semester Quality Students and their parents . The event was held in the Panda Cafe which was decorated for this special event. Parents and students enjoyed breakfast while relaxing and listening to piano music played by Grade 4 teacher Ms. Verner.  Pencils and bravo bands were presented to each Quality Student by Ms. Wrenn. Thank you to our Quality Students for making Signal Hill a great place to learn!
SOL Writing Test Update
Due to recent weather related delays and cancellations, the 5th Grade Spring 2014 SOL Writing Test calendar has been revised.  The Grade 5 SOL Writing (Multiple Choice) test will now be held on Wednesday, March 19.  The Grade 5 SOL Writing (Prompt) test will be held on Friday, March 21.  Thank you for your understanding.
Pre-school Opportunity
Prince William County Public Schools Pre-School Special Education Program has integrated pre-school opportunities at Signal Hill Elementary.  Application forms are available in the main office.  Please click the link below for details and further information.  The closing date for applications is March 28, 2014.

Pre-school Opportunity Letter
Dr. Otaigbe Visits for Digital Learning Day!
Signal Hill's computer lab was privileged to have a special visitor on Digital Learning Day.  Dr. Otaigbe, School Board Member-Coles District, visited our third grade class during their lab time.  To celebrate Digital Learning Day, all classes using the lab continued computer coding lessons.  Students then coded puzzles.  Dr. Otaigbe participated in our computer coding lesson and assisted third graders with coding.  The class enjoyed and appreciated his visit to Signal Hill on Digital Learning Day!
Concerts Bring Out Signal Hill's Talent
Signal Hill Elementary Celebrated its music program with six concerts during the week of February 3, 2014.  All grades performed several songs and dances for an entertaining and relaxing afternoon/evening.  Selections included "Engine, Engine" (kindergarten); "Shoo Fly" (Grade 1); "The Frog Song" (Grade 2); "Wake Me, Shake Me" (Grade 3); "Brand New Day" (Grade 4); "Get in Line" (Grade 5).  It was evident that Signal Hill students have talent1  Thank you to Mrs. Nichols (music teacher) and to the Signal Hill parents and students for making this a terrific event. 

Digital Learning Day - February 5, 2014
Signal Hill Elementary School will join tens of thousands of students and teachers to celebrate the third annual Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 5.  The Alliance for Excellent Education is the driving force behind Digital Learning Day to recognize effective applications of instructional technology to improve learning.  Their goal is to provide options for students to reach their highest potential. 

Signal Hill students will celebrate by participating in lessons and activities using technology in their classrooms.   Classes that are scheduled to attend computer lab will continue to practice writing computer code.  This will be a popular event, and Signal Hill is excited to participate in this initiative!
Signal Hill Participates in Worldwide Hour of Code
This week, all Signal Hill students are participating in an Hour of Code.  The Hour of Code campaign is a massive, worldwide effort to introduce more than 10 million students to computer science by having them complete an hour long tutorial. Students worldwide will complete an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15).
 
The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code, and to show that anyone can learn the basics of computer science. Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools and to more students. This movement is supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is a statement that today's generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st Century success.  

Code.org points to a gap between the number of computer-related jobs in the U.S. and the number of students studying computer science.   We live in a world surrounded by technology, and whatever field our students choose to go into as adults will require an understanding of how technology works. Our Hour of Code is a statement that Signal Hill is ready to teach these foundational 21st Century skills.

Please note:  The planners of Computer Science Education Week have made the activities available for a short while after the official dates should inclement weather close schools.  Therefore, Signal Hill will continue coding classes for a full week starting today in order for all students to participate in the Hour of Code.

For more information see http://code.org/
Reflections Awards Ceremony
On November 21, Signal Hill Elementary School celebrated the 2013 Reflections Awards Ceremony.  Thank you to Mrs. Larson for all your hard work in organizing this event.  It was a wonderful evening!

National Young Readers Day
National Young Readers Day was celebrated at Signal Hill Elementary in a very special way! Students from Osborn Park High School's Future Business Leaders of America club, visited our classrooms to read to our students. Everyone enjoyed having our special visitors share their stories. Thank you Osborn Park students!

School Of Excellence






It's time to celebrate again!

Signal Hill has been honored as a School of Excellence for the sixth time! Our outstanding staff and students worked hard to earn this honor and we will be having special celebrations in the spring to mark this achievement. Congratulations All!



New Dismissal Form
Please note that if your child is going home in a different way than usual, for their safety the school needs a signed "Change in Dismissal Routine" form.  Please see the left link titled "Forms".  The form can be found by clicking on this link.  Parents/guardians can complete this form and send it with their student.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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