May 17, 2015

Members' Social

Posted by Admin On 5/17/2015
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 26, from 4:00-6:30 P.M.  All SEA members are invited to attend the social at Carlos O'Kelly's, located in The Town Center of Aquia on Rt. 1 south of Rt. 610.   Afterwards, plan to attend the School Board meeting at 7:00 P.M.

May 11, 2015

Work Action Committee

Posted by Admin On 5/11/2015
Have you seen the Work Action presentation yet?  Well, now's the time!  Take your family, friends, co-workers and elected officials to a presentation this week.

Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 P.M., at Stafford Middle School
Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 P.M., at Dixon Smith Middle School

 The Work Action Committee is always looking for members who want to volunteer.  Please contact Tammy Burton at to volunteer or schedule a presentation at your school, home owners' association or community organization meeting.

May Newsletter

Posted by Admin On 5/11/2015
The budget has passed, but what does it mean . . .    click here to read newsletter.

April 25, 2015

Message From Your President

Posted by Admin On 4/25/2015
This is a reminder that the next building leader meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, in the Professional Development Center.  We will plan to start at 4:30.  If you can not attend, please try to send someone in your place.

VEA Mini Grants

Posted by Admin On 4/25/2015
Do you have a great instructional idea, but need some $$ to fund it?  You need to apply for a VEA Mini Grant!

VEA is proud to support members' ideas to improve student learning.

Application deadline:  October 2, 2015

April 16, 2015

April Newsletter

Posted by Admin On 4/16/2015
Feeling overworked, under appreciated and unable to do anything about your current situation?  Jeff Trigger offers suggestions in SEA's April Newsletter.

Click Read More for link.

April 15, 2015

Time to Rally!

Posted by Admin On 4/15/2015
The VEA-PTA Put Kids First Rally in Richmond is this is supposed to be beautiful!!! Won't you please join your friends, neighbors and others from around the Commonwealth, who all care about public education. Let's have a huge crowd to show how we feel about electing leaders who support a strong Virginia education system.

If you would like to leave the driving to us and ride a charter bus from the Stafford School Board office, simply call 1-800-552-9554 or email With 3 days left this is the fastest way to make certain you have a reserved seat on the bus. The bus will leave the School Board parking lot at 11 A.M. Saturday morning. You are welcome to bring coolers with food and drinks so you don't have to worry about being hungry. Feel free to print the fliers or share them with others. I hope to see you there.

Theresa Thompson
SEA President

 Visit for fliers, map and additional information.

March 25, 2015

How to Make Up Days Decided

Posted by Admin On 3/25/2015
Last night, School Board members voted to adopt the "Waiver" option of making up days missed due to weather, which changes the schedule of dates shown below.

April 3 - Full Day
May 22 - Full Day
June 10 - Full Day
June 11 - Full Day Elementary, Early Release Middle and High
June 12 - Early Release all levels and Last Day of School!

Thank you to all who participated in SEA's poll.  Your opinions were considered in the decision making.  Also considered were opinions from Stafford residents who participated in Mr. Hirons' poll, which can be viewed here:

March 23, 2015

Making Up Missed Days Due To Weather

Posted by Admin On 3/23/2015
SEA's poll on making up time off due to inclement weather generated 1,015 responses!

539 (53.1%) voted to add 10 minutes to the school day, from April 13 through June 9, 2015.

476 (46.9%) voted to Make June 10, 11 and 12 full days.

If majority chose to add 10 minutes, 431 (42.5%) voted to add them to the beginning of the day.

If majority chose to add 10 minutes, 584 (57.5%) voted to add them to the end of the day.

March 12, 2015

Rally is Family Event!

Posted by Admin On 3/12/2015
Haven't marked your calendar for April 18th?  Well, now is the time!  Put Kids First Rally is a family friendly event where kids will enjoy many activities, as well as participate in making history in the capitol of Virginia!

Nutsy The Flying Squirrel, mascot for San Francisco Giants Double A Baseball affiliate in Richmond, will be available for autographs and pictures at Richmond Convention Center, our Staging Area.  Also planned: Bouncy House, 18 Foot Tall Slide, Bouncy House Obstacle Course and more.

Thank you to our NEA for contributing $50,000 for buses to get supporters of Virginia's students to Richmond!  VEA is organizing the buses to transport participants (kids, too!) to the Richmond Staging Area.  We'll meet at the School Board Offices parking lot in time to load buses at 12:30 P.M. and plan to return to Stafford around 6:00 P.M.  Leave the driving to VEA!!!  Of course, if you'd like to drive yourself, we suggest you carpool and meet up with the buses before they pull out.

Be sure to fill out a commitment card or register on the Put Kids First web page.  You can also find additional information on their website, including promotional materials to handout to all of your family and friends.  Consider asking the businesses you frequent to share information with their employees and customers.  Don't have a commitment card?  Contact your building representative or call SEA/VEA at 540-361-7011.

More information to come!

General Assembly Takes Action

Posted by Admin On 3/12/2015
The two houses of the Virginia legislature came to agreement on the state budget last week, proposing three major items that support schools in the 2015-16 budget.

  • 1.5% salary increases for SOQ positions for 10.5 months.  Localities have to provide matching funds.
  • Fund a one-time payment to VRS Teacher Retirement Plan, which will reduce the unfunded liability to approximately $13.5 billion.
  • Set aside approximately $53 million for School Construction Loans, which have not been funded for several years.
Additional information at VEA

February 26, 2015

Call To Action

Posted by Admin On 2/26/2015

Superintendent presents Funding Request 2015-16 to

Board of Supervisors, at County Courthouse

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7 P.M.

 Please wear red and attend this meeting to show the BOS that Stafford citizens and SCPS staff are very concerned that our school system is being underfunded.  Even though enrollment and classroom size has increased, funding has declined by 15% since 2009.  We are asking the BOS to focus on reallocating existing county funds to support our children, students and staff.

Read Finance & Budget Committee's Report to

Stafford County School Board


Support your Parent-Teacher-Student Associations!

February 23, 2015

Building Rep & Member Meeting

Posted by Admin On 2/23/2015

Feb. 24 at 4:30 in Professional Development Center (PDC) at Central Office.

Hot topics will include School Board Budget meetings, plans for Board of Supervisors' meetings, Put Kids First Rally and much more.  Be sure to attend this one!

Virginia Education Association