September 5, 2012
Next Issue: September 19
Deadline for Articles: Wednesday, September 12
Thank you for working to provide a quality education for all children in FCPS.
Superintendent Jack Dale has a special message for FCPS employees as the 2012-13 school year begins, his last as superintendent. (watch video)
Epinephrine auto-injectors, also known as EpiPens®, will be in all Fairfax County public schools when the 2012-13 school year begins, as required by legislation passed earlier this year by the Virginia General Assembly. The new law requires all public schools to establish policies to acquire and administer epinephrine to any student experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. (get details)
Spotlight: 2012 Leadership Conference
Check out this SchoolScene video to see highlights of this year's Leadership Conference, including Dr. Dale's final address to FCPS administrators and author Tony Gray's keynote speech.
Teachers—Have You Completed the Teacher Evaluation Standards Course?
In June, the first module of training on the new teacher evaluation system was released to teachers and administrators. This module focuses on an overview of the teacher evaluation standards. The overview lasts approximately 15 minutes and needs to be completed by every teacher and administrator by the end of September. (get details)
Walgreens to Rejoin the Express Scripts, Inc. Network
Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) and Walgreens have signed a multi-year agreement restoring Walgreens as a participating network pharmacy. Beginning September 15, ESI members will be able to fill their retail prescriptions at any participating Walgreens pharmacy. (get details)
The Department of Information Technology’s eLearnIT program provides, via the Internet, skills development training that is available free of charge to any employee of Fairfax County Public Schools.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Information Meetings Start September 25
Several information meetings on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process will be held this year at Fairfax Ridge starting on September 25. (get details)
Registration is under way for fall 2012 classes offered by Adult and Community Education (ACE). Course offerings may be viewed at www.fcps.edu/is/ace, and classes may be registered for online. The course catalog, ACE Classes, has been mailed to residents and is also available at Fairfax County public libraries and at the Plum Center. As an FCPS employee, you are eligible to receive a 25 percent tuition discount on many ACE classes. (get details)
Call for Coaches
The latest position openings are posted. (go)
FCPS Online Classifieds System Free for Employees
The FCPS Online Classifieds system is a free way for employees to post ads for personally owned items that they are seeking to buy, sell, rent, or give away, to find a roommate, or to share a ride to work. (get details)
Other News and News of Continuing Interest
- Open enrollment—the time of year when employees can sign up for or make changes to their benefits for the next calendar year—is almost here. This year, open enrollment will be October 4 to November 2. Plan to take care of your benefits elections (including dependent coverage changes and flexible spending account enrollment) at a benefits open house. (get details)
- Fairfax County Public Schools will adjust the levels of instruction at the sites of the four secondary alternative learning centers (ALC), effective with the 2012-13 school year, and is also making changes to the Woodson Adult High School program, which will be renamed Fairfax Adult High School.
- The FCPS Fall Academy catalog is now available online for both viewing and course registration.
- On Monday, July 30, the Department of Information Technology released an updated version of RequestIT, FCPS’ system for fulfilling technology-related needs. The new version offers enhanced features and performance while continuing to support all current processes. (get details)
- The Volunteer Learning Program (VLP)—part of the Department of Special Services, Office of Intervention and Prevention, Adult High School Completion— needs volunteers age 21 and over to tutor adults in reading, writing or math skills in order to obtain a high school diploma or GED through FCPS’s Adult High School Completion Programs. (get details)
- Since 1999, Fairfax County Public Schools has had a program—MentorWorks—to connect caring, responsible adults with students. MentorWorks is currently looking for FCPS employees who want to become mentors. (get details)
South County Middle and Mason Crest Elementary Are Newest FCPS Schools; Graham Road Elementary Opens at New Location
South County Middle School in Lorton and Mason Crest Elementary School in Annandale opened their doors yesterday as the two newest FCPS schools. Marsha Manning is the principal of South County Middle, and Brian Butler is the principal of Mason Crest. Graham Road Elementary School has moved to a new facility located at 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. In addition, South County Secondary School is now South County High School as a result of the opening of South County Middle School.
Based on preliminary data released by the Virginia Department of Education, FCPS students continue to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at a high rate in English: Reading, English: Writing, History and Social Science, and Science. In mathematics—as expected with the implementation of new standards and assessments—scores dropped. However, even in mathematics, FCPS pass rates surpassed the state pass rates in every grade level. Notably, FCPS pass rates exceeded state pass rates by 17 points in grade 7 mathematics and by 16 points in grade 8 mathematics. (get details)
Free Seasonal Flu Immunizations Available for Eligible FCPS Employees
Free flu shots are available for eligible FCPS employees at fall site clinics and benefits open enrollment open house events. (get details)
Back-to-School Night offers a chance for parents and school staff members to develop important relationships and to set the tone for a successful school year. The Department of Communications and Community Outreach has
tip sheets, templates, and other resources on FCPSnet to help principals, teachers, and others organize this important event.
About Our People
Read about your colleagues' accomplishments. (go)
Last week, all staff members and parents were sent the debut issue of My FCPS - Family, a new
e-newsletter that is replacing Familygram. My FCPS - Family will be sent more frequently and with timelier information. Translations will be available in Farsi, Spanish, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. A schedule (subject to change) of when new issues will be posted and when articles are due is available on FCPSnet. (get details)
People on the Move
Learn who has been promoted, recently hired, or transferred to a new location. (get details)
GMU Regional Educational Leadership Program Planned, Information Meeting to Be Held October 1 at Fairfax Ridge
George Mason University (GMU) is offering a regional educational leadership program beginning in summer 2013 in collaboration with Northern Virginia school districts. Representatives from George Mason University will provide information about the program, the application and selection process, coursework, and internship requirements at a meeting on Monday, October 1, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Fairfax Ridge.
To view a promotional clip from this week's show, click here. (Due to a new file format for FCPS videostreams, either QuickTime or Windows Media Player is required to view the videos listed below, depending on your computer settings.) Some of this week's stories include:
- Renovations Report 2012.
- Behind the Wheel 2012.
- Service Learning Share Fair at Twain Middle.
- Interview with John Torre: Crisis Communications.
- Interview with Maryann Panarelli: Alternative Learning Programs.
Note: All of these stories have also been posted on the FCPS YouTube Channel.
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FCPS by the Numbers
The projected number of FCPS employees for the 2012-13 school year. FCPS is the third largest employer in the state of Virginia, behind only the Department of Defense and Wal-Mart. Over 93 percent of FCPS employees are based in schools.
Quote to Note
"There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."
- 2012-13 Calendar of Noteworthy Events
- FCPS calendar of cultural and religious observances
- Calendar of school-sponsored events that are open to the public
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