Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Actor Mark Wahlberg talks to T.C. Williams students about the importance of hard work and finding a passion in life.
Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. Slouched in a chair wearing a Los Angeles Clippers T-shirt and blue jeans, Wahlberg, whose new film “Pain and Gain” hits theaters on Friday, talked to students about how he turned his life around, the importance of working hard in school and pursuing passions. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it. It’s through hard work that I’ve been able to achieve this kind of success.” A high school dropout, …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gov. Bob McDonnell signs legislation creating the Opportunity Educational Institution designed to aid the state's chronically failing schools.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell officially will allow the state to intervene in its chronically failing schools, such as Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria. Virginia will establish a statewide Opportunity Educational Institution Board on July 1. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the board will begin supervising the turnaround of schools that have been denied accreditation. “This game-changing legislation will ensure all students have the best opportunity to learn,” said a statement from the governor’s office. “If a school is chronically failing the institution will provide much needed intervention.” The legislation, which the governor amended before signing, follows a blueprint that he said has been successful in Tennessee and “clearly …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Law enforcement officials, Alexandria schools officials held panel discussion on school safety Tuesday night.
Alexandria City Public Schools has made changes in safety precautions following the December school massacre in Newtown, Conn., when 20 children and six staff members were killed. “We have done some site safety assessments on several of our schools,” Wendy Brown, assistant director of facilities, occupation health, safety and risk management for ACPS, said during a Tuesday night school safety panel discussion at T.C. Williams High School. “And we have implemented several changes.” Brown said she was not at liberty to publicly discuss all the changes. Panelist and ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman added, “What I learned years ago, and what I learned again after Newtown, is the best way to secure a school is to have interaction, make sure …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Crystal Vanison, the education committee chair of the Alexandria chapter of the NAACP, thanks attendees of a March 12 forum with ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman and others.
Tuesday, March 19
To the editor, On behalf of the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP, we would like to thank everyone that attended the question-and-answer session with ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman on March 12. Your questions and ours show that there is much work to be done. As stated during the forum, the NAACP strives to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools. As the education committee chair and Alexandria Branch as a whole, we plan to become more active in the community to ensure that our mission is not in vain. Whether it is a PTA or School Board meeting, City Council hearing or wherever we need to be, we plan to be …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman along with the Alexandria Police Department and others discussed issues surrounding the arrest of a 10-year-old who brought a toy gun on a bus.
The Alexandria City Public School system acted appropriately with the information it had at the time when it heard a 10-year-old boy may have brought a gun onto a school bus, Superintendent Morton Sherman said. Speaking at a Tuesday evening event hosted by the Alexandria branch of the NAACP, which criticized the arrest of the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School student, Sherman said he believed a referral should have been made to the Alexandria Police Department regarding the incident. • See: NAACP Criticizes Arrest of MacArthur Student for Toy Gun Incident “I’m not sure from the school point of view that we acted inappropriately,” he told the audience sitting in the bleachers of the Charles Houston Recreation Center gymnasium. Sherman …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Event will be held Tuesday night at Charles Houston Recreation Center.
The Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP has invited the public to attend a question-and-answer session on Tuesday with Morton Sherman, superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 905 Wythe St. Branch leadership criticized ACPS for the Feb. 5 arrest of a 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary School student for an incident involving a toy gun, calling it “senseless” and “insensitive” because “by all accounts, everyone knew” the toy wasn't a weapon. Branch President James Williams and Vice President Jacqueline Johnson said at the time they planned to meet with Sherman to address the incident and how it was handled. The student, who is African …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
All Alexandria City Public Schools are closed Wednesday. City government is open.
A look at school closings and delays in the Alexandria area for Wednesday, March 6. • For more information: Virginia Snow Storm: Closings, Traffic in Alexandria Last updated — 8:15 a.m. Wednesday Closed Closed The City of Alexandria government offices and facilities will be open as scheduled, with unscheduled leave permitted for employees. Emergency personnel must report for duty as scheduled. Alexandria Public Schools employees should follow code red procedures.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel says the incident can be "best handled" within Alexandria's school system.
The 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary school student who was arrested Feb. 5 for an incident involving a toy gun on a school bus will not face criminal charges, according to reports from The Alexandria Times and The Washington Post. • See Patch's previous story: MacArthur Student Handed Weapons Charge Following Toy Gun Incident “We did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution and believe the matter can be best handled administratively within the school system,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Sengel told The Washington Post. The student showed the toy gun to students on a bus ride home from school on Feb. 4. The mother of another student learned of the incident and contacted the school. MacArthur …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Alexandria NAACP branch leadership plans meeting with ACPS officials.
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The Alexandria branch of the NAACP is criticizing the Feb. 5 arrest of a 10-year-old Douglas MacArthur Elementary School student for an incident involving a toy gun, calling it “senseless” and “insensitive” in a statement sent to Patch Sunday evening because “by all accounts, everyone knew” the toy wasn't a weapon. Branch President James Williams and Vice President Jacqueline Johnson said they plan to meet with Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman to address the incident and how it was handled. The student is African American. • See Patch’s previous coverage on gun laws: Biden in Richmond "We Cannot Remain Silent on Guns" “While we are sensitive to and share in the legitimate safety concerns …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The measure can only take effect if the state budget includes funding for the new Opportunity Educational Institution.
The Virginia House has passed controversial legislation crafted to aid chronically failing schools, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. “I am pleased with the bipartisan recognition in the General Assembly that we can no longer tolerate chronically failing schools in Virginia,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said after passage of the Opportunity Educational Institution. “…With today’s vote in the House, Virginia sends a message that the status quo is not acceptable in chronically failing schools. We have laid out a clear path to turn around those schools and provide the students who attend them with the world-class educational opportunities they deserve.” The House of Delegates voted 64-34 to pass the bill. The Senate passed the measure on a …