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Schools are closed Monday, December 9th.
Administrative offices will open at 10am.
Las escuelas públicas de Winchester estarán cerradas el dia 9 de diciembre.
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Winchester's public schools are vitally important to the success of the city. The Winchester Public Schools system upholds a heritage of commitment to education dating back over 250 years. Our progressive educational program is comprehensive and based on a continuing commitment to low student-teacher ratios that meet or exceed state requirements and hiring and retaining an outstanding staff of educators.
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DECA’s Shop ‘til You Drop Event—Saturday, December 7th in the Handley Commons. Event will open at 10:00am and end at 3:30pm. Nearly 24 different businesses will be on hand to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your holiday gift list, including yourself! We will have fabulous hand-made creations, as well as your favorite brand-name products by Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Silpada, Scentsy, 31 Products, Oragami Owl, and many more. Additionally, Handley’s DECA team will sponsor two raffles—one for an iPad mini and another for dozens of vendor door prizes!! SEE FLYER
Flu Shots for WPS Employees
If ARE enrolled in one of the Winchester Public Schools Health Insurance Plans The Local Choice Health Plan/Anthem you and any family members covered under our health plans can get a free flu shot through our health insurance program. You will need to show your Local Choice/Anthem insurance card and a form of identification to receive the benefit. Go to http:// www.thelocalchoice.virginia.gov/flushots.html to learn more about the program and for a listing of participating pharmacies that will administer the shots. Rotz Pharmacy is also on this list of participating pharmacies, along with many other local pharmacies and national chains. You can get your flu shot as soon as pharmacies have the vaccine available. Pharmacies will administer the shots until their supplies are depleted.
If ARE NOT enrolled in one of the Winchester Public Schools Health Insurance Plans The Local Choice Health Plan/Anthem You, and only you, as an employee of Winchester Public Schools, may receive a free flu shot.
Free flu shots may be obtained at Rotz Pharmacy, located at 1338 Amherst Street (across from James Wood Middle School). Rotz will administer flu shots Monday through Friday, from 10am to 12pm, or from 2pm to 5pm from September 30 through December 31, 2013. You will need to show your Winchester Public Schools ID badge to receive this benefit. This benefit is open to all employees (on a position assignment or contract) regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in one of our Anthem Health Insurance plans.
Saving Pennies, Nickles & Dimes, $1 Million at a Time
Our conservation efforts and attention to how we are running our WPS properties is paying off. We surpassed the $1 million dollar mark in savings, in just 36 months in our partnership with Cenergistics. We are currently showing $1,050,000 in savings.
The following local businesses donated prizes for our October prize give-away in recognition of this milestone. Please keep them in mind as you do business throughout Winchester:
October was Energy Awareness Month. Special recognition to Art Club at DMMS for their entries in the call out contest. All participants will be receiving items from the school store along with a $5 gift card from Sweet Frog. Also, the 3rd and 4th grade students at Garland R Quarles for participating in the bulletin board contest. They will receive a pizza party courtesy of the WPS Energy Conservation Team.
Congratulations and thank you to all!
New Licensure Requirement for VDOE Licensed Professional Staff
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation effective 7/1/2013 requiring all VDOE licensed professionals (teachers, counselors, psychologists, student support, administrators, librarians, speech language pathologists) submitting initial requests for licenses and/or licensure renewal requests to complete certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). This is a one-time requirement and is not required every time you renew your license.
Winchester Public Schools has contracted with Safeschools, an online training provider to provide training (not certification) to our licensed professionals. MORE INFO
WPS Employee Discounts Are Now Available
Winchester Public Schools employees now have an opportunity to save money at all your favorite places to shop or eat. As a Winchester Public Schools employee, you can now enjoy some great money saving deals. Visit the Employee Discount Coupons page to print out a coupon. REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR WPS EMPLOYEE ID BADGE WITH YOU AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE! While the coupon is not necessarily required, but certainly recommended, your employee ID bagde is required for the discount savings. If you have any questions, please contact either Michelle Penland at JHHS, or Sandy Shernick, CAO. Happy shopping!
Elementary School Construction Project
The Winchester City Public School Board is currently reviewing two design-build proposals to replace John Kerr Elementary School. The proposed project will create a new 650-student elementary school of approximately 90,000 square feet, located either on the current John Kerr property or on a new site along the proposed Meadow Branch Avenue extension. MORE INFO
Health Insurance Presentation
A Health Insurance Overview was presented to employees On March 28, 2013 and April 8, 2013 to highlight the changes that will go into effect for the plan year beginning July 1, 2013. To view a narrated copy of the PowerPoint presentation please click HERE. Please contact Dian O’Rourke at x14126 with any questions.