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Manassas Park City Schools is open to the public by appointment only. Phones will be answered in all buildings between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

For appointments at the Central Office, call 703-335-8850;

at Cougar Elementary School (grades PreK-2), call 703-392-1317;

at Manassas Park Elementary School (grades 3-5), call 703-368-2032;

at Manassas Park Middle School (grades 6-8), call 703-361-1510;

and at Manassas Park High School (grades 9-12), call 703-361-9131.

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MPCS Receives GEAR UP Grant

Manassas Park City School was selected as a recipient of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. The grant program aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The purpose of the grant is to begin to serve students no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. According to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia the objectives are to: 1) Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of GEAR UP students; 2) Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students; and 3) Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing. The GEAR UP grant will allow for activities such as: student and family workshops on college preparation and financial aid, mentoring, professional development for teachers on social/emotional learning, increased STEM opportunities, college visits, guest speakers, scholarships and family engagement activities. The grant program runs from 2021-2028.


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MPHS Band Program Receives Grant

Mr. Claude Legrand, Jr., Director of Bands at Manassas Park High School accepted a $1000 dollar grant this month from the GRAMMY Recording Academy in Washington, DC. The Academy contacted Legrand in the late winter of 2021 after word spread of his dedication to music in the high school. In a review of the band program at MPHS, the Academy found the instrumental program as unique and worthy of recognition and support.



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MPCS Welcomes Administrators

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to welcome incoming leaders in the following roles:

Ms. Tricia Williams has accepted the position of Manassas Park High School Assistant Principal. Williams come to MPHS after seven years at Colonial Beach High School where she most recently served as Principal.

Ms. Sabera Rahyab accepted the position of Assistant Principal of Manassas Park Elementary School. Rahyab joins MPCS from Fairfax County Public Schools after serving as ESOL Department Chair at Herndon Middle School.

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children - Summer 2021

Manassas Park City Schools will continue to distribute meals at no charge to children 18 and under throughout the summer until the first day of school. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

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Forrest Named MPHS Principal

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Charles Forrest has been named as the next principal of Manassas Park High School.

Since joining MPCS in 2002, Mr. Forrest has been a steadfast presence and influential leader at MPHS. He moves to the Principal position after serving for 10 years as assistant principal. Prior to that he served as a department chair and social studies teacher for nearly a decade, while establishing mentorship and after-school remediation programs.

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Kiernan-Graham Named MPCS Executive Director of Special Programs

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Kiernan-Graham has been named Executive Director of Special Programs.

Ms. Kiernan-Graham joined MPCS in 2001 as a middle school teacher. With more than 20 years of experience in Manassas Park, her expertise in Special Education and support programs will offer continued support and advocacy for the MPCS community.

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Craighill Named Assistant Principal of Cougar Elementary School

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Marta Craighill has been named the new assistant principal of Cougar Elementary School.

Ms. Craighill has served the students and families of Manassas Park City Schools for more than 17 years. With a career dedicated to the development of language acquisition and leadership development, her experience and enthusiasm will positively support the students and staff of Cougar Elementary.

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Manassas Park City Schools Names New Superintendent

Dr. Melissa Saunders was appointed as the next superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools at tonight's school board meeting. Her new position will be effective July 1, 2021. Saunders has 28 years of experience working in public education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction in Loudoun County and Manassas City, Virginia and in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Since 2016, she has served as the executive director of student achievement for Manassas City Public Schools.

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Manassas Park City Schools to Announce New Superintendent

After a nationwide search which generated a strong number of highly qualified candidates, the Manassas Park City School Board has identified the candidate who best meets the criteria and qualities to serve as the school division's next superintendent.

At the April 8, 2021, Special School Board meeting, the School Board will appoint the new superintendent to replace Dr. Bruce McDade upon his retirement on June 30, 2021. The meeting will begin at 5:59 pm with a public vote and announcement of the individual selected.

The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 18, Verizon Channel 42, and on the MPCS YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/s77ApYVY0FA.

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the school board with the superintendent search process.

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children - Updated 2.26.21

Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge to both in person and virtual students through June 30, 2021. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

Meals will be provided at distribution sites on a first come, first served basis at the following dates, times and locations:

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School Meals at No Charge for All Children - Updated Information

Effective immediately, Manassas Park City Schools will be serving meals at no charge to children 18 and under. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions and other federal meal program sponsors to implement the Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to children in the community free of charge February 2021. The waivers support access to nutritious meals while minimizing exposure to COVID-19.

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MPCS Language Acquisition Program Recognized

Manassas Park City Schools last week presented its language acquisition program to school boards statewide. The program was among those recognized nationally by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) this year for its innovation and creativity in helping increase student achievement.

NSBA's Magna Awards program recognizes school division innovation and creativity in increasing student achievement. One of five first place winners nationwide in the under 5,000 students category, MPCS's language acquisition program was selected because of its ability to provide a diverse set of teaching strategies to provide each student with a personalized language acquisition plan.

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