Jim Morrison Was Here

George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia will be dismissing at 1:15 pm today as a result of cooling issues in the building.

Students and staff are being relocated to cooler parts of the building until dismissal. All after school activities are cancelled. ACPS says the cooling issues should be fixed by Thursday, June 2, 2016.

(Flickr Pool photo via Craig Pennington, on Flickr)

UPDATE (7:36 PM): ACPS responded with this comment on social media.

For the second time in two years, air conditioning in classrooms at an Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) has gone out during SOL testing. Last year, the issue was a Hammond Middle School, this year it is at James K. Polk Elementary School.

We’re hearing from parents and teachers that the 4th grade area and new wing of the school has no air conditioning and SOLS are supposed to happen tomorrow.

Sources tell us a 4th grade classroom in the building was 88 degrees in the A.M. and by 4:00 pm, temperatures were as high as 91 degrees.

We have reached out to ACPS on this and will update with any comment received.

Are you a parent of a fourth grader at Polk, or a teacher? What are your thoughts on this?


School Board Approves Final Budget Focused on High Academic Standards

The Final Approved Budget focuses on retaining skilled teachers and adding classroom supports to address growing enrollment and ensure high academic standards. It also focuses on expanding resources for facilities work, partner and business development, and community engagement.

“It is clear that our capacity needs outweigh the space we have in classrooms and the Final Budget targets that need. We will need to be even more creative and resourceful in the future to make sure our schools are able to continue to keep abreast of the increase in enrollment,” said School Board Chair Karen Graf.

Several additional teachers and classroom supports requested by principals to accommodate growing enrollment were inserted into the budget during the add/delete process.


Hank's Pasta Bar in Alexandria, Virginia which opens February 3, 2016.

For Rule 5 Friday, we scanned the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed. Please show our fellow local bloggers some link love!

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City Announces Memorial Day Schedule of Services

All Alexandria City government offices in Alexandria, Virginia will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on May 30. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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Via ACPS, the staff at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia made an AWESOME video to get their students excited about doing great on the Standards of Learning (SOL) test.

Standards of Learning (SOL) testing is now underway at Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Students at all ACPS schools are taking the SOL Non-Writing tests by Friday, June 17. The SOL Non-Writing tests cover the general content areas of Reading, Mathematics, History/Social Science and Science.



Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria, Virginia

Governor McAuliffe & Board of Education Announce 2016 Virginia Index of Performance Awards

Awards Recognize High-Achieving Schools & Divisions

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced today that 278 schools and two school divisions earned 2016 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 2016 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2014-2015 – include:

  • Eight schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • Two divisions and 104 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
  • 166 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Two Alexandria, Virginia schools, Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy and Charles Barrett Elementary won Distinguished Achievement Awards. This award was granted to those schools  in Virginia that met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.


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