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New Today (2/11/16): A martial arts presentation and dragon parade will be featured at the annual Cherry Run Elementary third grade Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, February 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The day will feature Chinese crafts, food, and entertainment. Students will rotate through classrooms to participate in various learning activities. The dragon parade will feature dragons the students created as a learning project. Find out more.

School Board News

The February 4 regular meeting of the School Board opened with a performance of the National Anthem by the Centreville High School Wildcat Guitar Ensemble. Dr. Garza recognized National School Board Member Appreciation Month. The School Board recognized Custodian Appreciation Week, National School Counseling Week, and National Career and Technical Education Month. The Board passed resolutions recognizing Fairfax County Human Trafficking Awareness Month and supporting the VSBA position opposing a Charter School Constitutional Amendment. The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2017 Advertised Budget and heard a presentation on the recommendation to open a new Advanced Academic Center at Cooper Middle School in Fall 2016, to address overcrowding at Kilmer MS and Longfellow MS.

FY 2017 Budget

The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the FY 2017 Advertised Budget of $2.67 billion, an increase of 4.8 percent, or $121.4 million, from the FY 2016 Approved Budget.  The FY 2017 budget includes a salary increase (step and one percent market scale adjustment) for all employees, an additional $40 million to enhance teacher salaries and make them more competitive, and funding to lower class sizes in elementary schools.  Find out more. #SaveFCPS

FCPS Seeks Instructional, Bus Driver Applicants

Are you interested in working for FCPS as a teacher, counselor, librarian, instructional assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or speech pathologist? Apply now. FCPS needs bus drivers to transport more than 130,000 students to 196 schools each day but more drivers are needed. Find out more about becoming a bus driver. To meet growing critical field areas, especially in special education, math, and science, principals and program managers will interview candidates at the specialty area job fair on Saturday, February 13 (inclement weather dates:  Saturday, February 20 and 27). 

Summer Learning Programs

Registration is now open for the following summer enrichment institutes, camps, and classes: Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), STEM Camp, Tech Adventure Camp, and Lake Braddock Secondary School Extended Day Adult and Community Education (ACE) enrichment classes. Learn more on the Summer Learning Programs page.

Continuing Interest

  • Laura Chu Elected Student Representative to Fairfax County School Board (2/10/16) Full
  • FCPS Student Teams Win Eight of Nine Top Awards in Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition (2/9/16) Full
  • Fairfax County School Board to Consider Starting School Before Labor Day for 2017-18 School Year (2/9/16) Full
  • FCPS Partners with Tysons Regional Chamber for Job Shadow Program (2/8/16) Full
  • Former FCPS Athletic Director Tapped for NIAAA Hall of Fame (2/8/16) Full
  • FCPS Students Win Regional Awards in 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Competition (2/8/16) Full
  • Fairfax County School Board Adopts FY 2017 Advertised Budget of $2.67 Billion (2/4/16) Full

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