|June 30, 2016|
To the Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Elementary Community:
It is a great honor to be introduced as the proud Principal of Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Elementary School. I am excited for the opportunity to work closely with the exceptional staff, phenomenal students, and amazing community of Gravely Elementary. I believe that great schools are a result of amazing teachers, enthusiastic learners, and a supportive community. Together we will continue to provide high quality instruction and prepare our students with 21st century skills, developing leaders and innovators that will impact our global community.
Throughout all of my experiences I have focused on building positive relationships, developing the potential of others, and fostering a school climate in which all students can be highly successful. I have been privileged to spend the past five years serving as Assistant Principal at Newington Forest Elementary School in Fairfax County. During the past four years I have delivered professional development to fellow assistant principals, and was recognized by the Virginia School Boards “Showcase for Success” for my part in the development of an annual “Best Practices in Special Education for Administrators” Cohort. As a Physical Education and Adapted PE teacher I have taught in New York, North Carolina, and Fairfax County. My educational background includes a master's degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, along with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a concentration of Adapted PE from State University of New York College at Brockport.
I have been a member of the Prince William County community for the past 8 years, living in Bristow with my wife Sarah, and three children Leah (8), Landon (3), and Quinn (1). When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and rooting for my hometown teams, the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.
As we begin to develop our relationship, I am eager to meet you and your family. Please join me for a meet and greet on Wednesday, July 13th or Thursday, July 21st from 6:30-7:30 pm for popsicles on the playground. If we have inclement weather, we will meet in the auxiliary gymnasium.
I look forward to working collaboratively as a school community to build upon the tradition of Gravely Elementary as being a School of Excellence.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great school community.
Samuel L Gravely, Jr. Elementary
End of Year Medication pickup
ALL medication and supplies kept in the clinic must be picked up by an ADULT by dismissal (12:15 pm) on the last day of school, June 17th. According to Prince William County Regulations, anything remaining in the clinic after 12:15 pm must be discarded immediately.
Items now allowed to be carried by students!
NON-MEDICATED PRODUCTS Products including saline or contact lens solution, petroleum jelly, Clearasil, lip balm, hand lotion, insect repellent and sunscreen may be carried and appropriately used in school however no spray or aerosol products are permitted.
COUGH DROPS/THROAT LOZENGES Students in grades K-12 may carry and appropriately use cough drops/throat lozenges provided they are in the original packaging. Students may not share under any circumstances.
Important Information For Families Who Are New to PWC Schools
Students who enter PWC Schools for the first time are required to provide a physical examination which was performed by a qualified health care provider within 12 months of entering a public elementary school. They also will need to provide an immunization record which is up to date. If immunizations are missing the student may be required to obtain the immunization before starting school.
If students require prescription medication during the school day, a written order from the physician is required. The medication must be in a container which has a current pharmacy label. If students require an over the counter medication a new sealed container should be provided. Parents must complete and sign a form for the over the counter medication. All types of medication must be brought to school by an adult, students cannot carry medication to school.
TDAP REQUIREMENT FOR SIXTH GRADE ENTRY
This is a reminder that effective July 1, 2014, a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is required for ALL CHILDREN ENTERING 6TH GRADE. The Tdap booster is recommended by health experts to give adolescents added protection against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (better known as whooping cough). These potentially serious ailments are largely preventable with proper vaccination. Children must meet all Virginia school immunization requirements. If you have not already done so, please arrange for the Tdap booster for your child as soon as possible.
Tdap boosters can be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or the health department. Written documentation must be provided to your school upon completion of this requirement.
Please send the documentation to school and the office will give the information to me to enter into permanent records. The middle school will be informed that your student has received the immunization and there will be no delay in beginning middle school on the first day of next school year.