Parkside’s Military Family Connection
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Parkside Middle Cambridge International School
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“One School, One Purpose: Together We Can!”

 

PWCS and Parkside Middle School welcomes responsive and collaborative communication with our military families and students.  We understand that moving to a new area and transitioning to middle school can be challenging. Our administration and staff aim to help our families make this transition as smoothly as possible. With our close proximity to Quantico and Fort Belvoir, we are fortunate to serve many children of military personnel who have enrolled in our district.

Our administrative team and school counselors are available to guide you as you become part of our Parkside family. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you need guidance.

School-Based Military Student Point of Contact:

Shanette Miller – Assistant Principal 

School-Based Student Transition Team Coordinators:

Jasmine Barbour - School Counselor

Shannon Dimisa - School Counselor

Our School PTO Military Liaison:

Amanda Meadows - Parkside Military Parent 

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PWCS Military Liaison Contact Information

Dr. Dominique James
PWCS Project Director - DoDEA Military Grant
Prince William County Public Schools
Office of Student Services
JamesD@pwcs.edu 

Sharon Adams, 
Secretary 
Phone: 703.791.7463 
Adamssa@pwcs.edu

Jeff Levingston 
K-12 School Liaison 
Phone: 703.784.4729 (Office)
   571.393.4208 (Cell) 
Paul.Levingston@usmc-mccs.org 

Jamie Albers & Wendy O’Sullivan 
Fort Belvoir School Liaisons
Phone: 703.216.2994 & 703.216.1262
Jamie.albers2.naf@mail.mil   &   Ena.w.osullivan.naf@mail.mil
belvoir_slo@belvoirmwr.com
Fort Belvoir Family and MWR

Available Services and Adherence to Military Interstate Children’s Compact

Reading

Karla Baden, Reading Specialist
badenka@pwcs.edu 

I am the Reading Specialist at Parkside Middle School. As the Reading Specialist I work mainly with small groups of students who have been identified as at-risk readers. This reading support is based on the individual needs of the students in the areas of fluency, phonics, vocabulary or comprehension. Some of the researched-based interventions used are Reading Recovery, Orton Gillingham, and Linda Mood-Bell. The guided reading groups use kits from OKAPI Flying Start to Literacy.

I support teachers by providing resources and conducting different types of reading assessments for struggling readers.

Building relationships is the most enjoyable part of my job! I love getting to know these incredible young people and I truly cherish the moments we can celebrate reading milestones!

English Learner Program and Services

We provide a program of language instruction in a supportive setting so that ELs (English Learners) attain proficiency in English and meet the same challenging academic content and student achievement standards as other students. Teachers implement a variety of resources to improve vocabulary development and language skills. Ms. Pierce is the Department Chair of our English Learner Program, please feel free to contact her if you have any questions.

Gifted

PWCS honors the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. By the terms of the Compact, PWCS has an obligation to provide like services for children of active duty military parents new to the Division who have documented evidence of receiving gifted services in their prior school system. The student's identification and need for services is honored until a determination is made for identification and placement in the PWCS system. These students should receive services during the IDP (identification) process until they are found eligible or not eligible for services specific to PWCS. This is based on Article V of Virginia regulation 22.1-360 through 22.1-361. Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: B. Educational program placement. The receiving stat school shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include, but are not limited to, (i) gifted and talented programs and (ii) English as a second language (ESL) programs. This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the students.

Additional Resources

Military Child Education Coalition is a global, non-profit organization that focuses on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

military one sourceMilitary OneSource has a wealth of advice and helpful information to connect military families to a wide variety of services, programs, partnerships, and opportunities that are available to military personnel and their families. Two particularly helpful articles include Parenting & Children and For Military Youth and Teens.

The Exceptional Family Member Program: for Families with Special Needs
When your family member has special needs, you have an extra roster of must-do's to be a good guardian of your family. The Exceptional Family Member Program, EFMP, offers many services for military families. Here are just a few of the ways it can help guide you to the resources your family needs to thrive.

https://belvoir.armymwr.com/

Useful Links: 

https://www.pwcs.edu/departments/Student_Services/welcome_military_families/military-_connected_resources

https://militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil/

https://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/education/

https://www.uso.org/

http://www.milfamily.org/

parent to parent webinars


Important Military Event Dates

Air Force Birthday: September 18, 1947

Army Birthday:  June 14, 1775

Navy Birthday:  October 13, 1775

Marine Corps Birthday: November 10, 1775

National Guard Birthday: December 13, 1636

Coast Guard Birthday:  August 4, 1790

Veterans Day: November 11

Memorial Day: May 25, 2020

Grants and Scholarships 

This is an up-to-date resource that provides details of numerous valuable scholarships and grants for military dependents interested in a career in nursing and healthcare. A couple of these scholarship deadlines are coming up this month and in November. You can see them here:

Nursing Scholarships for Veterans
https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/resources/scholarships-veterans (Links to an external site.)

Information for veterans interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Looking at the valuable skillset many have to offer, the opportunities open to them, and how to get started. There are expert tips and advice, along with further useful resources. This guide is available at no cost below:

Healthcare Careers for Veterans: Turning Military Experience into Civilian Service Jobs
https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/resources/veterans-in-healthcare (Links to an external site.)