Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Buchland Mills Elementary School


Buckland Mills Elementary School

10511 Wharfdale Place
Gainesville, VA 20155

Buckland Mills Elementary School Web Site
Date Opened: September 2006
Principal: Connie Balkcom
Assistant Principal: Jorge Neves
Number of Students: 1070
Number of teachers: 65
School Colors: Cranberry Red & Federal Blue
School Mascot: Wildcat


Buckland Mills Elementary School opened in September 2006. The school is located off I-66 and Lee Hwy/US 29 in the Somerset Housing Development. The school received its name from the long, rich history of the Buckland Mills community which has mirrored the expansion of the nation during the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Reform Era. The students, parents, and faculty all had a hand in building our school history.
Teachers voted on choosing the school colors.  Students voted on their choice of mascot, the “Wildcat.” Parents are forming the PTO and Advisory Council. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful school and is sharing the optimism of endless possibilities.

Many programs are conducted to ensure that each and every student is learning at their appropriate level and pace. Buckland Mills houses grades K – 5, Special Education Preschool programs (2-4 yr olds), Autism classes, LD Resources, Speech, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and an on-site Gifted Education Program.  We are also investigating the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme which focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.  This has given us the opportunity to have the first elementary school-wide Chinese program in Prince William County. 


The chorus program, which takes place before school, is well attended, with a winter concert. Many opportunities are available for fifth grade students. A morning television broadcast brings school news into each classroom and gives students an opportunity to participate in television production. Each fifth grade student receives a chance to be a “star” during the year.
The Strings Program is also offered as a first chance at a musical instrument. Fifth graders also serve as School Safety Patrols protecting and modeling for our students before and after school. The Chess Club meets before school and competes in local tournaments. The guidance program involves students at every grade level with a variety of programs throughout the year: Each One Reach One mentor program, First Friends program where students give tours of the building and introductions of staff members to new students, Ladies who Lunch, Secret Agents, and the Positive Action While in School (PAWS) program that rewards positive behaviors of students.


Family involvement is a vital aspect of Buckland Mills.  The school enjoys a very active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) which plans such events as Movie Night, Talent Show, and a Family Dance.  Our Buckland Mills Advisory Council (BMAC) helps combine all the efforts of the community into our school decision making process. Parents are welcome to come in at any time to volunteer or observe in the classroom.  A coordinator keeps everyone busy in the volunteer room making copies, student manipulatives, or classroom projects. Parents and community members also serve as instructional volunteers, working one-on-one with students who need a little extra attention.  Parent informational evenings on various topics of interest are scheduled throughout the year.


At Buckland Mills, the use of technology on a daily basis sets us apart.  Every classroom in the building contains a 72” touch screen Smart Board with ceiling projector. Seven mobile computer labs are also utilized throughout the building. The technology is put to good use by our exceptional parents, students, and teachers that are committed to learning every day. Our motto describes it best: “Every minute counts, every child matters, and everyone succeeds.”
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How to Request Information

Informal Requests for Other Divison Information or Documents

Citizens and members of the media are encouraged to submit informal requests for information and documents relating to the School Division to the Department of Communications and Technology.  Other than routine inquiries regarding school activities, athletic or extracurricular events or similar matters unique to a school, requests or inquiries for official Division information or documents which are made to individual schools or other departments of the School Division, should be forwarded immediately to the Department of Communications and Technology.  These requests will be handled as expeditiously as possible, but will not be considered requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act, or any other formal legal vehicle.

Legal Requests Made Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act or the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act

FOIA and the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act provide the public with access to existing non-exempt official records of a public agency, but do not require the Division to generate or create records, nor respond to inquiries for information.  Certain categories of documents may be withheld under these laws, such as personnel records; student records; test and examinations used to evaluate student or employee performance; records relating to the security of students, staff and property; records protected from disclosure under the attorney-client or work-product privileges; the Superintendent’s working papers; closed session materials, etc.

Any request for official public records made under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act or the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act shall be directed and/or delivered to the Division’s FOIA Compliance Officer, who has been designated as such pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-3704.1 (A) (2), as follows:
FOIA Compliance
Prince William County Public Schools
Post Office Box 389
Manassas, Virginia 20108
Such requests shall be dated, and shall specify with reasonable particularity the documents requested.  The requestor shall provide his or her name and legal address.
Upon receipt of such a request to the FOIA compliance officer, the Division shall respond in writing within five (5) working days of the date such request was received.  If additional time is needed to respond to the request, or if any of the requested records will be withheld under any FOIA exemption, or if an advance
deposit is required for costs associated with responding to the request, the requestor shall be so informed.
This notice complies with the posting requirements of Va. Code § 2.2-3704.1.

Charges for FOIA Requests

All requests for documents are subject to charges and a deposit may be required. Charges are based upon but not limited to the following:
  • Professional staff time
  • Clerical and secretarial staff time
  • Computer time
  • Copying/printing of materials

Policy and Regulation

Policy 912
 — Public Information and Documents
Regulation 912-1 — Public Information

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Staff Email Listings
2014-2015 School Year
Administration & Office Staff
Connie Balkcom
Assistant Principal
Carol Schuster
Ann Holt
Kathy Snow
Leslie McDermott
Tiffani Fuller
Minaxi Odedra
Teacher Asst.
 Ann Engel
Karen Watts
Teacher Asst.
Glorinda Trucios
Melissa Burchard
Teacher Asst.
Trina Harris
Sarah Spain
Teacher Asst.
Mervi Delaguila
First Grade
Lora Schalow
Chris Bunek
 Michelle Pucci
Maria Gallo
Barbara Sharp
Second Grade
Lindsey Norton
Kristen Peabody
Angie Wytovich
MaryLouise Polhamus
Third Grade
Elizabeth Johnson 
Sarah Colley
Abby Diaz
Jeanine Mitchell
Erin Schmitt
Fourth Grade
Courtney Warnell
Nancy Meza
Kelly Greene
Carrie Rauch
Tammy Hinkle
Fifth Grade
Kelle Stroud
 Meredith Brewbaker
Katie Jeffords
Toni Anne Harris
Jennifer Rofman
Special Education
SLD teacher
Lori Curley
SLD teacher Jeannie Brumagim
SLD teacher 
Angela Boshek
Teacher of students with Autism
                  Jennifer Diehl
Teacher of students with Autism
Valeria Rodriguez
Austim Asst.
Mary Scott
Teacher of students with Autism
 Anna Brandon
Autism Asst. Michele Shelton
Temp. Autism Asst.
Speech Language Pathologist
Lisa Mathias
Teacher of Students with Hearing Impairment Stephanie Chris
Occupational Therapist
Cindi McGreevy
Physical Therapist
Cara Kiernan
Adaptive PE
Chris Claro
Marie Bell
Social Worker
Rebecca Mallory
Diagnostician Angie Lody
Autism Itinerant Robin Orgar
Gifted Education
Beth McHugh
SIGNET (4-5)
Leigh Young
Guidance Counselor
Sarah Bauer
Chinese Yuqing Yao
Ashley Olsen-Potthast
Guidance Counselor
Robin Hudspeth
Instructional Technology Coach,
Web manager, and Parent Portal administrator
Karen Levitt 
Library Media Specialist
Jill Tulloss
Library Media Asst.
Tammy Sparks
Mary Hubbell
Physical Education
Aaron Zenoniani
PE Asst.
James Johnson
Jeff Ohmart
Technical Support (in school only) Michael Schaming
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Magda Colon
Patty Fajardo
Reading Instruction (PALS)
Reading Specialist
Liz Beckman
Building and Food Services
Custodial Manager
Mark Parretti
Daisy Chacon
Silvia Mayorga
Luzmilla Quispe
Custodian Abdel Merini
Cafeteria Manager
Vera Parretti
Cafeteria Staff
Dana Stevens
Cafeteria Staff
Angie Lee
Cafeteria Staff
Sakeena Malik
Cafeteria Staff
Ratna Kalakoti
Cafeteria Staff
Shazia Ahmed
Cafeteria Staff
Delia Hargrove
Cafe Hostess
Marie LaGuardia
Cafe Hostess Assistant Maira Chacon

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