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Elementary School Honors Veterans

4 days ago

West Point Public Schools honors veterans with music ceremony 


West Point Public Schools held a program filled with patriotic music to honor veterans on Monday.

 
Students singing on stage

Students and members of the community attended as the Elementary School Melody Makers choir, directed by Iris Redmond, sang some of America’s favorites, including the “Star Spangled Banner” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Students in the Melody Makers also took turns reading out facts about America’s armed services and what Veterans Day is all about. 

To read the full article, go to the Tidewater Review

 

WPHS Welcomes Honor Society Members

16 days ago

West Point High School National Honor Society welcomes new members 


West Point High School’s National Honor Society recently inducted new members.

Students on stage

Students must be juniors or seniors with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be willing to devote time to service projects, have exemplary character and exhibit leadership skills, according to a news release from West Point Public Schools.

West Point Schools Exceed State Graduation Rate

about 1 month ago

West Point Exceeds State Average While Others Fall Below

The state’s average on-time graduation rate for 2018 graduates was 91.6 percent, which follows students who enter ninth grade 

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together for the first time and are scheduled to graduate in four years, according to the state. West Point and New Kent scored higher than the state average, with West Point’s on-time graduation rate at 97.2 percent and New Kent’s at 93.5 percent. Read the full article on the Tidewater Review

All Tidewater-area schools accredited

about 1 month ago

Tidewater-area schools accredited under new standards 

All Tidewater-area school divisions received accreditation under the Virginia Department of Education’s new standards.

Cheerleaders welcome students to school

More than 90 percent of schools in Virginia received accreditation by the state department, according to data released by the Department of Education on Thursday.

The new standards come with ratings of either accredited or accredited with conditions, instead of the previous system ratings of accredited or several types of partial accreditation.

Only 7 percent of schools are accredited with conditions, with the remaining 92 percent of schools being accredited, according to the released data.

All three schools in West Point, four schools in King William, four schools in New Kent and three schools in King and Queen received accreditation.

To read the full article, go to the Tidewater Review.

Schools Reflect on SOL Scores

2 months ago

Tidewater area schools reflect on SOL scores, work ahead 

Tidewater-area school divisions are reflecting on their SOL scores after statewide results were released in August.

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West Point remained at the top of its game with the highest scores in the region. New Kent, King William and King and Queen’s scores varied, some scoring higher than state averages. To read the full article, go to the Tidewater Review

Schools Welcome Back Students

2 months ago

Tidewater area schools welcome students on first day 

Six-year-old Riley Records made a statement on his first day of first grade at West Point Elementary, pairing lime green knee-high socks with tennis shoes.

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Students walking into school

Riley said he is excited to start first grade and meet new friends; his mom, Allison Records, smiled at his enthusiasm.

“We are looking forward to a great school year in first grade,” Allison Records said.

West Point High School varsity cheerleaders welcomed elementary students, cheering them off the bus and into the building, along with teachers, staff, school officials and parents.

To read the full article, go to the Tidewater Review

West Point Updates Facilities

3 months ago

School divisions update facilities, security, technology for new year 

Tidewater area school divisions are finishing up renovations and security updates to be sure schools are in tip-top shape for the new school year.

Crane lifting HVAC equipment

The divisions spent time updating security measures and worked with local law enforcement agencies to amp up preventive measures. 

Read the full article in the Tidewater Review

WPPS Continues to Have Highest SOL Scores in Region

3 months ago

West Point Public Schools continue to have highest SOL scores in Tidewater region 

West Point leads the Tidewater area in SOL scores, surpassing other local and statewide average scores, according to data released Aug. 22 

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according to data released Aug. 22 by the Virginia Department of Education.

New Kent, King William and King and Queen counties’ scores varied compared to the state average.

West Point’s scores remain at the top of all four school divisions, with scores surpassing state averages in all five categories. West Point had a 94 percent passing rate, compared to the state average of 78.

Read the full article in the Tidewater Review



Middlesex, RCC graduate, returns to serve at West Point Middle School

3 months ago

Middlesex, RCC graduate, returns to serve at West Point Middle School 

Georgiana Lee will tell you that she knew what she wanted to do with her career but was not sure how to get there. After two years at Rappahannock Community College, the Middlesex native found her path and is back home.

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"I am more than excited to be coming home," says Lee, who will soon begin start at West Point Middle School as a counselor. "[Home] is definitely a place of comfort and peace, and a place where I have a lot of support from my old professors, family, and my teachers from high, middle and elementary school." 

Read the full article in the Tidewater Review.

West Point Schools Honored

5 months ago

Governor Northam & Board of Education Announce 2018 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

RICHMOND — Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced today that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. 


The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education. Read the full announcement

WPHS Graduation

5 months ago

West Point High School graduates earn more than $950,000 in scholarships 

West Point High School’s Class of 2018 graduated on Friday with a total of $969,684 in scholarships, grants and awards.

Student receiving diploma

School Board Chairman Paul Diggs opened the ceremony with a speech recognizing the achievements of the graduating class.   A third of graduating seniors earned an associate’s degree or career certificate before receiving their diplomas.  Diggs thanked the supporters of the school, comparing the community to a “secret sauce” needed to lead the students to success. He thanked the government body and students’ families.  To read the entire story, go to the Tidewater Review article

WPES Hosts Good Choices Carnival

5 months ago

West Point fourth and fifth graders have fun, learn about safety at Good Choices Carnival 

West Point fourth and fifth graders spent a fun-filled Friday afternoon learning about making safe choices.

Police officer talking with students

The third annual Good Choices Carnival addressed important tips to keep children safe and aware, all while having fun through hands-on learning activities and games.

The carnival was put on by West Point police officer and school resource officer Bill Schramm, with help from school officials and high school student volunteers. To read more, continue to the Tidewater Review article

WPHS Honors Athletes

5 months ago

Local student-athletes honored at awards ceremonies 

West Point, New Kent, King William and King and Queen Central high schools recognized athletes’ achievements during awards ceremonies over the past week.

Students on stage

West Point High School awarded Shannon Hayden, Jared Lawson and Ethan Hatcher the most prestigious awards Tuesday night at its athletic awards ceremony.

Junior varsity and varsity students received pins, letters, sportsmanship and MVP awards.  To read more, continue to the Tidewater Review article

Students Prepare for Prevention Conference

5 months ago

Local students to help lead youth alcohol and drug prevention conference 

Seven West Point students will lead the fight against youth alcohol and drug abuse at a statewide, student-led conference.

Students seated around a table

Each year, students from across the commonwealth get together to discuss underage substance abuse at the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project, which is led by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

The program encourages high school students to broaden their horizons by meeting students from different areas of the state and learning leadership skills, all while discussing the importance of underage substance abuse prevention in their schools and communities.  To read more, visit the full Tidewater Review Article

West Point Girls Win Region Track & Field

5 months ago

West Point High School girls track and field win regional championship 

West Point High School’s girls' track and field team are now region champions.

The team won the Class 1A Region A track meet on May 24 at Sussex High School, according to a news release from West Point High School.

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The team’s coach Kristine Young also won Class 1, Region A coach of the year.  To read more, check out the Tidewater Review Article

West Point Honor Service Members

5 months ago

West Point students remember, honor service members 

Students, teachers, administrators, staff, veterans and other members of the community came together this Memorial Day to honor and remember those who lost their lives in service of their country.

Soldier saluting memorial

West Point Public Schools held it’s Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday to honor veterans in attendance and around the country, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Students from all three schools gathered outside the high school for the first part of the ceremony: a gun salute, laying of wreaths and raising the flag.

To read the full article, go to the Tidewater Review.

2nd Annual Community Day

5 months ago

West Point Middle and high students shine during Community Day


West Point High School senior Marshall Gill recently got to show off the hard work he’s put in on his art project.

Students showing artwork

Gill made a large Japanese-inspired sword out of papier-mâché, which is taller than him — and took him two months to make.

As a senior, Gill said he’s going to miss art class and community-based school events, such as West Point Community Day.

West Point residents and parents were invited to be a part of an average day at West Point middle and high school at the second annual West Point Community Day Friday.

Read the full article in the Tidewater Review. 

WPHS Students Perform "Hairspray"

8 months ago

West Point High School performs "Hairspray" 

Backstage was filled with high hair and high hopes as West Point High School’s Drama Club had its opening night performance of “Hairspray” on March 8.

Director Bev Hammond said the opening night performance went great, as planned. 

Student in drama costume

“I am blessed to be able to work with so many talented students every year,” Hammond said.  They always go beyond my expectations. The drama and music departments could not do any of these productions without the help of our friends, our great students’ parents, the support of our community and an administration that believes in the importance of the arts.”

Read the full story in the Tidewater Review

WPHS Students Get Economic "Reality" Check

11 months ago

West Point Students Get Crash Course in Personal Finance

 

From within the safety of West Point High School’s cafeteria, students took a stab at budgeting, managing car payments and other financial facts of life in a glimpse of what’s to come.

Reality Store is a simulation in which students are given an adult identity and paycheck and are tasked with paying regular bills for a month. Participants must juggle factors such as student loans and family expenses while remaining within the confines of their paycheck.

Read the full article in the Tidewater Review

WP Principals Discuss Improvement

11 months ago

Principals Discuss School Improvement Plans

A school division survey gathered responses from 469 students, 330 parents and 65 employees fourth grade to 12th grade to determine how they viewed the division’s operation and quality last spring. Generally, members of the high school community participated the most, with 221 students, 128 parents and 23 employees weighing in.

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WPHS Celebrates Homecoming

9 months ago

WPHS Celebrates 2017 Homecoming

After a week of festivities, West Point High School’s homecoming celebration reached its crescendo with a parade and football game against Colonial Beach High School Friday evening. 

WPHS Marching Band

WPPS Pursue "Green" Certification

11 months ago

WPPS Pursue "Green" Certification

West Point Public Schools officials hope recent environmental efforts will earn the division a green certification through a Virginia School Board Association program.

The Green Public Schools Challenge encourages school divisions to adopt environmentally aware policies and procedures. Districts earn green certification by implementing the challenge’s 30 actions, which include energy audits, construction of green buildings, transportation policies and employee incentives.
 

WPPS Expands Partnership with RCC

11 months ago

West Point Schools, RCC Embark on New Career Training Partnership

School officials from West Point Public Schools and Rappahannock Community College hope a newly minted partnership will open doors for students to careers that require expanded technical training. 

 
Students in welding lab

WPPS Recognized by Niche.com

11 months ago

Niche.com Rates WPPS in the Top 10. 

West Point Public Schools rank among the top school divisions in the state across several indicators.  

 

WPPS Students Experience STEM Careers Up Close

11 months ago

West Point students visit STEM-based workplaces


Teachers at West Point High School wanted to connect students to concepts outside of the classroom, especially around some of the latest job fields involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The ideas bore fruit in the form of a free two-week engineering summer class that began June 19.

 
WPPS Students test hot air balloons

West Point High School Graduation

11 months ago

West Point Graduates 72 students. . .

Student Council Association president William Edward Norton Jr. reminisced about elementary school floor scooters and Winnie the Pooh murals, middle school outings to Golden Corral and the international excursions of his classmates in high school.

"Wherever you’re headed," said Norton, "you are going with the knowledge that you’ve been well prepared to be the best you can be at whatever it is you do."

Alexandra Fuccella, the senior class president, encouraged her classmates along the same lines.

West Point seniors at graduation


West Point Elementary School's "Good Choices" Carnival

11 months ago

Good Choices Carnival at WPES

Representatives from the Coast Guard, the King William Police Department, the West Point Police Department, the West Point Fire Department, Rite Aid and Williamsburg’s Bacon Street Youth and Family Services organized presentations for 4th and 5th-grade students at WPES. 
 
Fireman at WPES Carnival
 


WPPS Earns 2017 Excellence Award

9 months ago

VA Index of Performance Seal

WPPS ONE OF ONLY TWO DIVISIONS IN STATE TO RECEIVE VA BOARD of EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD


RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced today that 386 schools and 17 school divisions earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

The schools and school divisions earning 2017 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2015-2016 — include:

  • Nine schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • Two divisions and 146 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
  • 15 divisions and 231 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
  • West Point Public Schools, West Point High School, and West Point Elementary School earned the Board of Education Excellence Award
  • West Point Middle School earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award
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New Playground at WPES

11 months ago

Board Approves New Playground


West Point School Board approved a $45,000 project to install a new playground set with swings as well as an additional swing set at the elementary school’s playground Tuesday. The new playground set is a covered structure and features several slides. It will replace the existing playground set. Read the full article by clicking here

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Principal Haskins presenting


West Point Public School Proactive on Concussions

11 months ago

West Point Schools are Proactive on Concussions.

To make sure all students recover fully from a concussion, all students will be assessed.

 


Pointer Packs @ WP Elementary and Middle School

11 months ago

Pointer Packs help Families

West Point Elementary School students in need of a helping hand need look no further than their school's Pointer Pack program.

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Pointer Packs are bags of donated food given to elementary school students in need to ensure they have food for the weekend, said Pamela Kosmowski, a West Point schools counselor and coordinator for the program.


School Breakfast Success Stories

11 months ago

West Point Public Schools 

During the 2015-16 school year, West Point Public Schools’ nutrition program worked with SUDIA to increase breakfast participation by introducing reimbursable meal deal yogurt and milk smoothies as a new breakfast menu option. 

 
Snack Cart

Schools saw a slight increase in breakfast participation, but there was room to grow. Working with their local SUDIA representative, the school system applied for a Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant to support an alternative breakfast program utilizing breakfast serving carts and wireless payment tablets.  program was launched at West Point’s middle and high schools in October 2016. Just one month prior to the launch, West Point served only 470 breakfasts a month at the middle and high school level. By the end of October, that number went up to 785 breakfasts served. In November, the school system served 1,060 breakfasts a month to middle and high school students, more than doubling the previous year average of 414 breakfasts a month—a 156 percent increase in breakfast participation. For more success stories, please visit: http://southeastdairy.org/school-breakfast-success-stories-2017/

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