WPS utilizes Dual Language Immersion

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Winchester Public Schools are using Dual Language Immersion to help bring the community together.

Frederick Douglass Elementary School teachers spend half their day educating in English and the other half in Spanish.

The program not only helps Spanish speaking students keep up with their Native English-speaking classmates, but also helps Native-English students learn a new language and increase cultural awareness.

WPS initially struggled finding suitable teachers for the initiative.

A partnership with Participate Learning, which specializes in this type of education, helped the program take off.

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WPS board holds their annual retreat with the public invited


An email from Winchester Public School’s (WPS) Bonnie Sandy announced the School Board’s annual retreat.

WPS Board will conduct their mid year retreat at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley 901 Amherst Street Winchester this year.

The retreat will be held in the museum’s second floor board room from 8:30 until approximately 3 p.m. Wed. Feb.9.

This meeting as with most WPS Board meetings is open to the public.

The agenda for the meeting is here.

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WPS receive a $7.8 million grant for a 3 year period

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Winchester Public Schools (WPS) have received a $7,799,878 Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program Grant from the U.S Department of Education.

According to the press release WPS is one of only 12 schools and 22 overall to receive such a grant.

The grant will help develop new and innovative career pathways for teachers according to School Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum in the press release.

The grant will likely foster professional growth while compensating teachers at a higher level for their leadership and expertise over the next three years.

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WPS recognized for approach to digital media

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Winchester Public Schools (WPS) has been designated a Common Sense District.

Common Sense (CS) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in the world of media and technology.

The WPS was recognized by CS for taking a community approach to preparing it’s students for digital media while limiting the perils that exist online.

WPS has been praised for teaching students to explore, create, connect and learn.

At the same time WPS is teaching students to avoid the perils of plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

The recognition acknowledges WPS’s commitment to creating a culture where the community is invested in helping kids thrive in the digital world.

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WPS are prepared for return to in-person learning

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Winchester Public Schools prepare for expanded in person learning.

On Friday Daniel Morgan Middle School received a visit from 10th District Representative Jennifer Wexton.

The representative toured the school to see and hear how the school is prepared for a safe return to in-person learning.

Wexton saw and declared that the school is well prepared to welcome students back to school today Mon. Apr. 12.

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WPS begins in person learning


Winchester City Public Schools will begin in person learning starting April 12.

Students on both A and B hybrid schedules will return to classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Wednesdays are designated virtual learning days for all students.

Those students in the WPS Connections will remain in their virtual learning environment.

To accommodate the increase in people social distancing will be reduced from 6 to 3 feet with all other COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Due to limited bus capacity parents who are able are asked to transport their students to and from school.

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