Supporting Our Military Families   


April's Purple Up! Day!
In recognition of Month of the Military Child
Our Purple Up! Day ended up being on the day that we also celebrated being a School of Excellence...just some of the pictures to share!
  Special shout-out to Battlefield High School's Special Business who produced our shirts!



Penn’s Purple Up! Club – Service Project Success!

Fisher Houses provide a place to stay for military families whose family member needs serious medical care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and they live a long distance from the hospital. Penn's Purple Up! Club collected paper goods for the houses and made cards for hospitalized patients.



Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

Penn Elementary School is a school dedicated to the growth of all students as part of Prince William County Schools.  We PANTHERS support our military families and students through resources, a Veteran's Day Honor Ceremony, Month of the Military Child activities, the Purple Up! Club, and staff support surrounding deployments.

Penn is unique in that our administrative staff has either served in the military or were military spouses.


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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Families
Further details on the compact?  Click on the link to the left.



Registering for school at Penn Elementary

Our registrar is Diane Liming.  She understands that due to time delays, sealed, hand-carried records may be presented to her.  Immunization records should be presented if available, otherwise, there are 30 calendar days to obtain/initiate them. She is happy to help you get your student settled as efficiently as possible.

Penn PTO & Watch D.O.G.S.
Penn Elementary has an active PTO that enjoys the input and help of everyone!  There are many varied activities to help support our school programs.  They meet on Tuesday evenings, 7pm, once a month.  Please check their PTO page under the Parent tab.

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a program in which a male adult (Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, etc.) from a student's family comes to school for a day.  These AWESOME friends help with the carpool line, visit their student's class, help in the lunchroom, check door security, and other tasks.  Our goal is for you to be a visible presence in our school.  More information can be found on our website.

English Learner Program and Services  
We provide a program of language instruction in a supportive settings so that ELs (English Learners) attain proficiency in English and meet the same challenging academic content and student achievement standards as other students.

Special Education Students
PWCS honors the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. By the terms of the Compact, students who were receiving Special Education services will provide comparable services to the student based on his/her current IEP (individualized education plan) and will make reasonable accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.  The receiving school (Penn) may perform subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement in the receiving school.  

Gifted Students
PWCS honors the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. By the terms of the Compact, PWCS has an obligation to provide like services for children of active duty military parents new to the Division who have documented evidence of receiving gifted services in their prior school system. The student's identification and need for services is honored until a determination is made for identification and placement in the PWCS system. These students should receive services during the IDP (identification) process until they are found eligible or not eligible for services specific to PWCS. 

The is based on Article V of Virginia regulation 22.1-360 through 22.1-361. Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children:  

B. Educational program placement. The receiving stat school shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include, but are not limited to, (i) gifted and talented programs and (ii) English as a second language (ESL) programs. This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the students.

Penn Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Bolles
Asst. Principal, Mrs. Simpson
Administrative Intern, Mrs. Parthenakis 

School Counselors:
Erin Schneider  [email protected]
Sylvia Chmelko [email protected]

School Social Worker:
Cory Coburn [email protected]

Virginia School Liaison Officers
Fort Belvoir
Wendy O'Sullivan
[email protected]
Jamie Albers
[email protected]

Jeff Levingston
[email protected]

Naval District Washington
Horace Franklin
[email protected]