This Is Penn Elementary School,
Where We Work Hard
"Making a Difference Everyday!"
Dr. Elliot Bolles, Principal
Sherri H. Berkman, Assistant Principal
Margo Simpson, Administrative Intern
Penn Elementary School
12980 Queen Chapel Road
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Date Opened: September 1998
Number of Students: 840+
Number of teachers: 52
School Colors: Navy and Teal
School Mascot: Panther
ABOUT PENN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
The school was named after Sonnie P. Penn, former Assistant Principal at Enterprise Elementary, and community youth leader and mentor.
Dale City, Ridgefield Village, and Prince William County Center.
Parent/Student/Teacher Goal-setting Conferences in the fall and Celebration of Progress Conferences in the spring -After baseline assessments in reading, writing & math are completed in early fall; teachers, parents, and students (when appropriate) meet to set goals for the year including a home-school connection goal. They meet again at the end of school to celebrate progress.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)– Penn is an PBIS school that has been trained by VADOE to use a discipline plan that addresses school-wide; classroom; and individual behavioral needs.
Olweus Bully Prevention Program – This program specifically addresses bullying and its prevention. This program was established in 2005.
BrainGym After-School Tutorial Program – eight to ten-week program to assist students who have not passed the SOL’s in grades four and five.
After-School Activity Clubs– four-week sessions of after-school clubs for grades 3 though 5 are offered in the Fall and Spring. Samples of clubs are: Computer Club, Dance, Art; Chorus, Cooking, Book Club, and Robotics.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENT & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
PTO meets monthly and supports many school activities; such as, Family Nights, Boosterthon, Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads, and Ice Cream Social.
Penn Volunteer Program is coordinated by a PTO Volunteer Coordinator for assistance with a wide variety of tasks both in-school and at-home; such as, copying service, Book Fair helpers, classroom volunteers.
WHAT MAKES OUR SCHOOL UNIQUE?
Penn Elementary is a Baldrige-in-Education (BinE) School. We have developed a School Purpose, Vision, and Mission and have established a School-wide Goal to reduce classroom interruptions to our learning environment. As a BinE School each classroom develops a purpose, vision, mission, and sets goals for academic performance. Progress toward these goals is monitored by collection of data both as a whole classroom through charts and graphs and, in most classes, as individual students in data notebooks. We encourage our students to abide by the two guiding principals of BinE: “We will be responsible for our learning.” And “We will be response-able to the success of our class.” We also establish the Quality Factors for both a Quality Student and a Quality Teacher in each classroom. These Quality Factors are created by the students and are used in class meetings and discussions about the progress of our students in exemplifying these factors.