Principal: Candace Rotruck
Assistant Principal: Amber Macerelli
Date Opened: September 2003
Number of Students: 800
Number of Teachers: 48
School Colors: Blue and Yellow
School Mascot: Sunrays
About J. W. Alvey Elementary
J. W. Alvey Elementary, named after former Prince William leader James Alvey, is located in the Dominion Valley Neighborhood in Haymarket, Virginia. Alvey has been designated as a Fully Accredited School by the Commonwealth of Virginia and a School Of Excellence by the Prince William County School Board.
Alvey Elementary serves the neighborhoods of Dominion Valley and Carterwood.
Extracurricular and Enrichment Programs
Alvey has several extracurricular programs for students, such as Singing Sunrays, Chess Club, Fit Club, Technology Club, Runaways Sunrays, and Robotics Club. There are opportunites for students to become Peer Mediators, Safety Patrols, and Class Ambassadors. Alvey has an in-house Start Program for K-3 potentially gifted students and an in-house Signet Program for 4-5 gifted students. Once a month, Alvey holds a Quality Student Breakfast in which students are recognized for being good citizens.
Opportunities for Parent and Community Involvement
Parents are an important part of the Alvey community. Parents are invited to join the PTA which meets monthly and plans many presentations and activities for students. Parents are also invited to join the Advisory Council which meets the first Tuesday of each month to work with the principal planning for the school. Each of these organizations has its own page on the Alvey website with more details.
Parents and community members are invited to volunteer in the school. There are many opportunities to help in the office or to work with students as instructional volunteers. We truly appreciate our Alvey volunteers and honor them with a special dinner at the end of the year. Their contributions are invaluable.
What Makes Our School Unique?
J. W. Alvey Elementary has a history of community service. Following the tsunami that devastated many of the countries bordering the Indian Ocean in 2004, a fifth grade class wanted to help the affected people. Their desire to help blossomed into Alvey's first Walk-a-thon in which Alvey students raised over $26,000 to donate to the Red Cross to aid tsunami victims. As a result of our second Walk-a-thon in 2005, our students raised money to purchase a car for a family displaced by hurricane Katrina. The following year, our students donated to the building of the Pentagon Memorial, and as a result, our Sinsing Sunrays chorus group was invited to perform at the dedication of the Memorial. Other groups our students have helped are the American Heart Association, Barn Transition Housing, the Rainbow Riding Center, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At Alvey, we not only believe that it is important teach state standards, but also to teach the importance of community service.