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Thank You Ellen.

And then there were none

And then there were none


See 58 minute mark on. Unbelievable Discussion:

Gee, I would think LE would like the evidence of a recording.

Do you think school board members appreciate the irony of them being filmed voting to ban filming? Pretty soon they will ban phones at proms. Thank you Ellen Purdy for all your efforts to bring some accountability and openness to MCPS and thank you school board for your public record for all that you do.


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Field of Dreams with Parking

Fields of Dreams with Parking

Hundreds of kids playing baseball and softball on city ball fields in a city ball park from early spring to late fall, could there be a better entrance, gateway to an American city? Or is Manassas simply destined to be a city located in a strip mall, where developers stuff dollar bills into politicians’ garters?

Did you get your parks and recreation survey in the mail? If not, Manassas citizens can also go to the city’s survey and tell the politicians what they can’t seem to figure out, i.e., kids need more than just tablets and recess denied, they need places to play and learn outside the overbearing reach of  a school board and a central office preoccupied with their self image.

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Sick kids on the border + sick kids in our schools = Criminally negligent leadership

Does Obama Care?

Does Obama Care About Our Kids?

This summer I heard from agents who were dealing with the children on the border that they and their colleagues were getting sick with symptoms that sound remarkably similar to the virus that is now being reported spreading around the country , especially in our schools. The Federal agents were told to keep quiet and were threatened with retaliation by management in the region and were met with silence when they tried to report it to superiors in DC. Here is one open source report of such retaliation, I know of other agents who have reported directly to Congress which are even more damning. One agent who became seriously sick was denied treatment and the right to even report his sickness, he reported instances of feces being thrown at agents by the “kids” in protest of their detention. Where was this? Here.

As Sharyl Attkisson notes below the outbreak of  enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) may be unrelated to the Administration shipping kids all over the country but the problem for Administration officials, and state and local officials who were forced/bribed to accept them, is that the way the kids were screened and shipped makes it impossible for the Administration to credibly deny that there is NO link.

Excerpt from Sharyl Attkisson article:

Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S.

“The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year.

The origin could be entirely unrelated.

However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013. (See Fig. 3)

Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.

CDC list of states with confirmed EV-D68 cases

The EV-D68 outbreak was first recognized after Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri notified CDC on August 19 of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses. Four days later, on August 23, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital notified CDC of a similar increase.”



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MCPS and families prepare in case serious respiratory infection hits area

Respiratory Aliment Preparation 2014

A common respiratory virus has been affecting children in some states particularly hard. Enterovirus D-68 can cause severe breathing problems, especially in children with asthma or other pre-existing conditions.

The ailment has not yet been confirmed in Virginia, but Manassas City Public Schools is preparing for its possible arrival. With your help, and the use of standard precautions, we can minimize any possible impact from this ailment to keep our students and families healthy.

What to look out for:
•Watch for cold-like symptoms that seem worse than normal, or involve fever, rash, or difficulty breathing;
•Get children to a doctor quickly if they have pre-existing respiratory problems like asthma, or have increasing respiratory difficulty.

Good health practices are the best protection:

Enteroviruses are common and cannot be prevented or cured. Their spread can be controlled.
•Wash hands frequently with soap and water;
•Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
•Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
•Watch carefully for cold-like symptoms – sick adults and children should be kept at home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone;
•If someone is sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness;
•Avoid kissing, hugging, or sharing utensils with people who are sick;
•Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick;
•Take steps to ensure optimal control of asthma in children;
•We encourage you to get your annual influenza vaccine.

What MCPS is doing:
•School nurses will be carefully monitoring student health and all illnesses;
•Good health practices will be reinforced with students;
•Students showing symptoms of illness will be promptly sent home;
•Parents will be alerted to any unusual levels of illnesses

As with many ailments, good preparation and precautionary measures are truly the best medicine for Enterovirus D-68.

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Dear Superintendent Magouryk,

I would like to suggest that you put up on the MCPS website last night’s perfomance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the OHS Choir and Orchestra.

It would be a wonderful holiday greeting from the school system and it would highlight the type of excellence and oustanding achievement the MCPS has promised to deliver to the citizens of Manassas.

Merry Christmas from your most vigilant and dedicated critic,


p.s. You might want to edit out Dr Werner’s Eagle cheers at the end, while understandable, John probably should have realized that even ‘Go Eagles!’ is topped by the “Messiah.”

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Manassas Patch reports today on the 1st feedback from the Citizen/City Council/School Board session on  the issue of new facilities for the MCPS.

Not surprisingly, Parrish/Albrecht Learning Halls, i.e., trailers, are not a popular option among city residents for Manassas students.  Once again, I would suggest Manassas look at the old Marsteller school on Sudley as part of the solution to school building woes. In addition to possibly contributing to the solution for the need for more classroom space for the MCPS, it also contributes, suggests a path for the development of the neighborhood which residents might find preferable to the Liz one note solution to all of Manassas development needs – TOWNHOUSES.

As for new digs for the Central Office? Sure,  Marsteller might just free up some trailers at Haydon and Weems for a new ribbon cutting at Tudor Lane. Surely Central Office wouldn’t place students in trailers while building new facilities for themselves?

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Just as you think Manassas can’t get any sillier, i.e, ‘Man Arrested for Shooting Self,’ this study by AIM (Accuracy in Media) suggests that our ‘Race to the Top’ (Save My Job- MMeyers) grant proposal wasn’t too thoroughly thought thru by the people in charge of our children’s education. What kind of school system embraces a core curriculum which apparently challenges the very concept of core knowledge? To be fair to the critical thinking challenged MCPS School Board, 48 governors signed onto the core curriculum in ‘Race to the Top’ not only before reading it but before it was written.

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