June 2024- Boundary Policy 8130 Work Update

School Board Dranesville District 2 weeks ago

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Dear Dranesville Families:

I want to update you on the status of Boundary Policy 8130 work.

Since February, the Governance Committee has been reviewing potential changes to the policy, and on June 18, 2024, the Governance Committee voted to send their draft to the full School Board. On June 25, 2024, the School Board held a Work Session to consider the Governance Committee draft policy and advanced the draft policy It was placed on New Business last night, June 27, 2024. Formal School Board Action on this policy amendment is scheduled for July 18, 2024.

The next steps are:

  • The Governance Committee will meet on July 1, 2024, to consider any additional updates to the draft policy.
  • If the Governance Committee makes any changes to the draft policy,
    • the new version of the draft policy will be noticed as New Business and attached to the July 11, 2024, Regular Meeting agenda.
  • Formal School Board Action on this policy amendment is scheduled for July 18, 2024.

Regards,

Robyn

Upcoming School Board Meetings
  • Monday, July 1, 1- 3:30 pm: Governance Committee
  • Thursday, July 11, 7 pm: Regular Meeting
  • Thursday, July 18, 7 pm: Regular Meeting

All times and topics subject to change.

How to watch meetings and sign up to speak Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones de la Junta Escolar grabadas o para ver en vivo durante las reuniones regulares en YouTube, por favor vaya al canal deYouTube de FCPS en Español o escanee el código QR.

Volunteer Opportunities School Board Seeking Applicants for Audit Committee Citizen Member

FCPS is looking for community members interested in serving on the School Board Audit Committee. To apply, you must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City.  The School Board will be appointing one committee member for a term ending June 30, 2026. Click here for more information and the application.

Applicants cannot be a current FCPS employee and must be able to understand general government processes as well as technical and complex financial reporting issues. Applicants should be knowledgeable about internal controls, financial statement audits, management and operational audits, and risk. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

June 2024 Audit Buzz

In the Audit Buzz – June 2024, we provide an update on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Risk Assessment and Proposed Audit Plan along with current engagements, explain the 5C's of an audit finding in the Knowledge Hive, offer a training opportunity to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) employees, and advertise for a School Board Audit Committee community member position. 

Prior editions of Audit Buzz are archived here on Office of Auditor General's (OAG) website.

Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee Position (CTEAC)

This committee provides recommendations to the local educational agency (or board) on current job needs and the relevancy of career and technical education programs offered and to assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the local plan and application. The Dranesville representative will serve from August 2024- July 2025. See the CTEAC website for more information.

Please fill out this form by Friday, July 12 to share why you would like to be a representative and why you would be a great fit for this committee. Please email my Staff Aide at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

© 2024 Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, Virginia

E-mail: Robyn Lady  |  Phone: 571-423-1087

Staff Aide: Wendy Biliter | Phone: 571-423-1068

June 2024- Two Important Updates

School Board Dranesville District 3 weeks ago

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Dear Dranesville Families:

I want to update you on the current status of Boundary Policy 8130. This policy work is happening as the result of a February Forum. The Governance Committee finalized their draft of the Boundary Policy 8130 at their 6/18/24 meeting.

The next step is a School Board Work Session on Tuesday, June 25: 1pm - 4:30pm. Unfortunately, I will  miss this meeting due to prior commitments. At the work session, the School Board will review the Governance Committee's finalized draft of the Boundary Policy 8130. Depending on the outcome of the work session, the draft Policy 8130 could be sent back to the Governance Committee for further review or the finalized draft of the policy could be brought for a vote by the School Board at a Regular Meeting. If a revision of Policy 8130 is approved by the School Board, Superintendent Reid would then begin her work to operationalize that policy. 

We are moving forward on this policy work after the passage of a February Forum topic. By reviewing the policy, we can look at factors like capacity issues, both over and under; long commutes; aim for fewer buses; achieve more sleep for students; and find ways to save taxpayer money. FCPS has developed a webpage (Boundary Policy Review- Spring 2024) where you can find the latest  information on why the boundary policy review may be linked to better student achievement through instructional quality, budget optimization, and enhanced student well-being. 

I met with community members on 6/14/2024 and 6/17/2024. I am building a FAQ sheet that addresses some points raised in both community meetings. I will be sharing updates on this work and community/parent/caregiver input opportunities as they become available in my newsletter. My next newsletter will be after the 6/25/24 Work Session to share the next steps with our community.

Regards,

Robyn

Community Conversations on SY24-25 Early Release Mondays

During the Academic Matters segment of the June 13, 2024, School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Reid discussed limited early release Mondays for elementary schools for the 2024-25 school year.

Providing an excellent education to all students and meeting individual student needs requires appropriate planning time for teachers. This means teachers need a dedicated block of time to prepare lessons, participate in professional development and training, and collaborate with peers. With that in mind, FCPS has developed a division wide plan for seven three-hour early release days (Mondays) for elementary students in the 2024-25 school year. 

Click here to learn why this is needed, how it will work, and the planned dates for the following high school pyramids: Herndon, Langley, Madison, Marshall, McLean, South Lakes, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Oakton, Robinson, and Westfield.

Please email [email protected], if you have questions about early release Mondays.

Community Conversations

Superintendent Reid will host two Community Conversations about early release Mondays at Gatehouse Administration Center on:

Click on one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be available as needed.

Steering Committee

A steering committee of school leaders, teachers, and families is being created to make sure this work is both supported and implemented consistently across all of our elementary schools. We believe strongly in the power of in-person, collaborative professional development. If you are interested in being a part of the steering committee, please complete this form for consideration by Friday, June 28. 

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

© 2024 Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, Virginia

E-mail: Robyn Lady  |  Phone: 571-423-1087

Staff Aide: Wendy Biliter | Phone: 571-423-1068

June 2024: Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

School Board Dranesville District 1 month ago

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Dear Dranesville Families,

I’m looking forward to joining the Class of 2024 graduations of our Dranesville students. This has always been my favorite school event as a Director of Student Services and now as the Dranesville School Board member. I realize some of our students' paths to graduation were filled with hills and valleys. Walking across the stage to receive their diplomas is built on their efforts and those of their families, teachers, and school community. Congratulations on all your work and persistence over the last 4 years. Well done and best of luck in your next adventures! I'm sending my applause to all our students finishing the school year especially those rising 7th and 9th graders.

The Boundary Policy 8130 is under review by the School Board’s Governance Committee. This past February, four of my colleagues presented a forum on Policy 8130. Since FCPS has not done a holistic review of the countywide Boundary Policy for 38 years, we voted to send the policy to the Governance Committee for review and revision. By looking at the policy, we can look at capacity issues, both over and under; long commutes; aim for fewer buses; achieve more sleep for students; and find ways to save taxpayers money. As a side note, we budget close to $200 million in transportation every year.

The next Governance Committee meeting is scheduled for June 18th at 10:30am. After the Governance Committee is finished with its draft, the next step will be to discuss the proposed changes. This will take place with the entire Board at a work session. Depending on the outcome of the work session, the updated policy could then be brought for a vote by the School Board at a Regular Meeting or sent back to the Governance Committee for further review. I will be sharing updates on this work and community and caregiver input opportunities as they become available in my newsletter. FCPS has developed a webpage (Boundary Policy Review- Spring 2024) where you can find the latest  information on why the boundary policy review may be linked to better student achievement through instructional quality, budget optimization, and enhanced student well-being.

Enjoy your summer and hope to see you around Dranesville!

Robyn

 

Photos from Langley HS's graduation

Updates Calendar Reminders

June 12: Last Day of School- 2-hour early release

June 17: Eid al-Adha- FCPS holiday

June 19: Juneteenth- FCPS holiday

August 19: First Day of 2024-25 School Year

Complete school year calendar for 2024-25

Early Dismissal on the Last Day of School

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 12. All secondary and high schools will have a two-hour day with dismissal at 10 or 10:10 a.m. Elementary and middle schools will be dismissed two hours early. Look for communications from your school about their bell times/schedules for the last day of school.

School Board Updates School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board voted May 23rd to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. Read the approved budget news release.

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Holistic Review of FCPS Boundary Policy

For the first time in decades, the Fairfax County School Board is conducting a comprehensive review of the Fairfax County Public Schools Boundary Policy (Policy 8130) to consider possible updates that will provide a clear roadmap for any potential future boundary changes. There are no current plans to implement boundary changes. 

This holistic policy review is designed to address the community's concerns about a host of issues, including temporary classrooms (trailers), instructional program locations, overcrowding, facility renovations, and transportation. Comprehensive community engagement will take place before any potential future changes. For additional information, please visit this Boundary Policy Review webpage.

School Board Meeting Highlights- May 23

The School Board approved proclamations honoring former Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement and Supports Mark Greenfelder, former Region 3 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Grace Taylor, former Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Sherry Agnew-Scott, and former Chief Operating Officer Chuck Fanshaw.

The School Board adopted the FY 2025 Budget and approved necessary modifications to the FY 2025 Advertised Budget due to county and state budget impacts. The FY 2025 Adopted Budget maintains the School Board and division's priorities in the FY 2025 Advertised Budget by approving a needs-based budget focused on educational excellence and opportunity for all students and competitive compensation by providing a compensation increase of 4% to all FCPS employees.

In a related action, the School Board approved these follow-on motions to the FY 2025 Adopted Budget:

  • That the School Board direct the Superintendent to present to the School Board, as part of the School Year 2024-25 Executive Limitation 11 (EL-11) monitoring report, a benefit-cost analysis and legal framework for using public-private partnerships to design, build, finance, and maintain FCPS school buildings and infrastructure. Public-private partnerships shall not be used to reduce or replace FCPS employees or outsource functions performed by FCPS employees.
  • That the School Board direct the Superintendent to present to the School Board, as part of the School Year 2024-25 Executive Limitation 11 (EL-11) monitoring report, a plan for exploring the reduction of annual leasing expenses.
  • That the School Board direct the Superintendent to present to the School Board, as part of the School Year 2024-25 Executive Limitation 11 (EL-11) monitoring report, a benefit-cost analysis for achieving the Board’s Joint Environmental Task Force directive of replacing the school division’s diesel school bus fleet with electric alternatives and building any additional charging infrastructure required.

Superintendent Reid presented the Strategic Plan Goal 4 Baseline Report. The School Board approved the Goal 4 Baseline Report as the division’s starting point for the work toward achieving the goals in our Strategic Plan 2023-30.

Dr. Reid presented a monitoring report on Executive Limitation-12: Technology. The School Board found that the Superintendent has made adequate progress towards compliance with EL-12. In a related action, the School Board voted to maintain Executive Limitation 12: Technology, as it is currently detailed in the Strategic Governance Manual.

Dr. Reid, Senior Manager III for Systemwide Professional Development Annie Dipert, and Educational Specialist Bob Hamell presented a Strategic Plan update on the division's Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative for Special Education teachers. 

Watch the full meeting on the FCPS YouTube channel.

Dr. Reid's 5/23/24 Academic Matters: New SOL Growth Reports

In the Academic Matters segment of last week’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid presented information on the Virginia Department of Education’s new Standards of Learning (SOL) Growth Reports for families of students in grades 3-8.

These new reports are designed to give a yearlong look at student performance by combining information from earlier Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) results with SOL results. Dr. Reid also discussed how FCPS’ reporting plan for spring assessment results was created with accessibility in mind. Watch the video of the Academic Matters presentation or view the slide presentation

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results.

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

Upcoming School Board Meetings 
  • Thursday, June 13, 7 pm: Regular Meeting including VHSL Winter and Spring Recognitions
  • Tuesday, June 18, 10:30am- 1pm: Governance Committee
  • Thursday, June 20, 4- 8 pm: Committee Reports
  • Monday, June 24, 5- 9pm: Committee Reports 
  • Tuesday, June 25, 10:30am: Forum

  • Tuesday, June 25, 11:30am- 4:30pm: Work Session

  • Thursday, June 27, 7 pm: Regular Meeting
  • Thursday, July 11, 7 pm: Regular Meeting
  • Thursday, June 18, 7 pm: Regular Meeting

All times and topics subject to change.

How to watch meetings and sign up to speak Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones de la Junta Escolar grabadas o para ver en vivo durante las reuniones regulares en YouTube, por favor vaya al canal de YouTube de FCPS en Español o escanee el código QR.

FCPS Updates and Resources FLE Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education (FLE) instructional materials are available for community review through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Find details and a feedback form here.

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation.  From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Learn more about attendance resources here. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Congratulations to all our Dranesville schools, students, and families who have made great strides improving our students' attendance this school year!

Immunizations for Rising 7th &12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine.

Click the image to learn more about Inova Cares Clinics

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time! 

Do you have, or know of a rising kindergartener scheduled to come to FCPS next year?  All students that turn five by September 30, 2024 are eligible to attend Kindergarten this fall.  Please spread the word that registration is underway.  Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible!

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year. 

2024-25 FCPS PreK & Early Head Start Program

The FCPS PreK and Early Head Start program is accepting applications for SY 2024-25. FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying income-eligible children ages six weeks to four years living in Fairfax County. Space is limited and based on income and educational risk factors, not first come, first served. Apply online, by email [email protected], or in person at FCPS’ Leis Center (7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church). 

New Chief Human Resources Officer

Dr. Reid has named William Solomon, who served as executive director of Talent Acquisition in Houston Independent School District, to the role of chief human resources officer, effective June 3.

FCPS Retirement Ceremony

The annual Retirement Ceremony, We Honor You, was held on Wednesday, May 1. Retirees, along with their family and friends, FCPS' Leadership Team, and members of the School Board, attended the catered event. Each of the 180 retirees who attended had a profile read by a member of the Leadership Team and received a gift. Those honored represented more than 4,200 years of service with FCPS. Thank you to all our newly retired staff members for all the ways you have supported and empowered our students and families, each other, and our division over the years. You've made an invaluable impact on our community. View the ceremony program, photos, and video here.

Work for FCPS Become a Teacher!

Interested in becoming a teacher? Learn about opportunities on Saturday, June 8: 9am- 12pm, at Oakton High School. Registration is required to attend.

Deputy Clerk

The School Board seeks a Deputy Clerk to help ensure our elected School Board. This position reports to the Head Clerk, and works collaborative with an additional Deputy Clerk. The job is fast-paced; includes working with legal and policy matters; and requires strong project management, communication, and collaboration skills. While the job requires traditional workweek hours in FCPS Central Office in Falls Church (off of I-495), responsibilities will include at least two weeknights a month, and an occasional weekend day.

Support Technician

The School Board is also looking for a full-time Support Technician I. This position will provide wide-ranging meeting support, including setting up and breaking down meetings, assisting with proclamations, preparing minutes, handling exhibit files, and other duties.  Please note that while the position says “One Year Only,” the intention is for this position to be a permanent position in the office.

May 2024 Audit Buzz Newsletter

In this issue of the Audit Buzz, we provide an update on current engagements, celebrate Internal Audit Awareness Month and offer a training opportunity to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) employees. Prior editions of Audit Buzz are archived here on Office of Auditor General's (OAG) website.

Community Updates Supervisor Bierman's Newsletter

Please sign up for Supervisor Bierman's Dranesville Dispatch newsletter here to keep up-to-date on Dranesville and Fairfax County news and events.

Andina Dental will be hosting a dental event on Saturday, June 8 and Monday, June 10: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Seven Corners area, with the participation of Anthem Healthkeepers/Medicaid of Virginia and Andina Dental Health. Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, please contact 703-223-2440.

Drowning Deaths Increasing

Drowning deaths are on the rise in the United States, following decades of decline, according to a new CDC Vital Signs study. Over 4,500 people died due to drowning each year from 2020–2022, 500 more per year compared to 2019. To learn about recreational water illnesses, injury prevention, and more, visit the Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water Safety website.

Click the image to learn more

From the FC Police Department, Night Out- August 6

It's time to register your community for National Night Out! Help make this a memorable event by connecting with officers of the McLean District Station. REGISTRATION (*Your information will not be shared*) Deadline-  July 26

Whether it’s a simple ice cream party or an all-out festival, National Night Out is an opportunity to gather with your neighbors, get better acquainted, and talk about issues of common concern.  Learn more about Night Out 2024 here.

Police Non-Emergency Number

Behind a drunk driver? Need to report a suspicious person? Alarm going off overnight? Dispatchers are available, for non-emergency (703-691-2131) and emergency (911). Please be aware that social media accounts are not monitored 24/7.

School and Student News Elementary School Literacy Implementation Support Grant Winners

Congratulations to Hutchison ES and Herndon ES for receiving VDOE Elementary School Literacy Implementation!

First Class Awards 

First-Class Awards are presented each year to recognize and celebrate the efforts of educators, administrators, support staff, and students who demonstrate excellence in all facets of education related to disability. See all the award winners here. 

Here are Dranesville students’ schools' winners:

  • Middle/High School Teacher
    • Jessica Magarelli, Special Education Teacher, Westfield HS
    • Todd Utter, Adapted PE Teacher, Westfield HS
  • Middle/High School Support Staff
    • Lisa DeCandia, Instructional Assistant, Westfield HS
  • Chad Clayton, Principal, Davis Career Center
Cappies Nominees

FCPS students are talented actors, musicians, and visual artists. Many FCPS high schools participate in the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theatre, otherwise known as the Cappies. The Cappies is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. There are fifteen Cappies chapters across the United States and Canada. See all the 2024 National Capital Area nominees here.

Congratulations to all the Dranesville student school Cappies nominees:

  • Critics categories nominees from 
    • Herndon HS, Langley HS, McLean HS, TJHSST, Westfield HS
  • Acting nominees from
    • Herndon HS, Langley HS, McLean HS, South Lakes HS, Westfield HS
  • Music nominee
    • Herndon HS
  • Best Musical 
    • Herndon HS’s “Fiddler on the Roof”
  • Other Category nominees from
    • Herndon HS, McLean HS, South Lakes HS, Westfield HS
Students Compete and Win at International Science and Engineering Fair

Thirteen students from Fairfax County Public Schools won awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. More than 1,700 students represented 67 countries, regions, and territories across the world and competed for approximately $9 million in awards and scholarships. See the list of FCPS students who won awards.

The Virginia MATHCOUNTS Team

The Virginia MATHCOUNTS team, consisting of FCPS students, finished seventh in the country at the national MATHCOUNTS competition! The team members are Shunyao Yan from Longfellow Middle School, Alexander Liu from Carson Middle School, Yeeyung Li from Longfellow Middle School, and Andrew Du from Cooper Middle School. They were led by coaches Mei Coffey, math teacher at Longfellow; Patricia Freeman, retired Longfellow teacher; and parent Jong Jung. Alexander and Shunyao finished in the top 12 of students in the country! Together all things are possible!

Virtual Victory at the Junior Japan Bowl

The annual National Junior Japan Bowl — a quiz-bowl-style Japanese language and culture competition. At the Eighth National Junior Japan Bowl, FCPS had a strong showing with 225 students. The virtual event drew 517 elementary and middle school students from 26 schools in 10 states! Read more and see a list of the winners.

Great Falls ES (GFES) teams took top honors in level 1 and level 2 of the Japan Bowl this year! The GFES Ninja Cats and Flying Tacos placed first with the GFES Doggos placing third in level 2. Top individual honors also went to GFES students, with  roadrunners placing 1st and 6th overall for level one as well as taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place overall in level 2! Our JIP students competed virtually with students from around the country who are also studying Japanese culture and language. We are so proud of our students and their hard work!

MCA 2024 Teen Awards

The McLean Citizens Association's Teen Character Award to five deserving teens in the 26th annual award ceremony on a rainy McLean Day. MCA created the award to honor teens who, on their own and without compensation, help out in their neighborhood or community and thereby demonstrate outstanding character. This year’s awardees:

  • Aimee Abraham -- Sophomore at McLean High School 
  • Connor Bo -- Junior at McLean High School 
  • Sophia Filipi -- Junior at Langley High School 
  • Kais Saleh -- Junior at Langley High School
  • Zachary Speroni -- Junior at McLean High
MCC 2024-2025 Governing Board Youth Members

Congratulations to the McLean Community Center (MMC) Youth Members on the 2024-25 Governing Board!

Youth, one-year term—Langley High School area: Sonya Thott.

Youth, one-year term—McLean High School area: Aaron Stark.

Global Leaders of Fairfax County Program 

The Global Leaders of Fairfax County program seeks to prepare its fellows to be global citizens and change agents in their community and the world. These students successfully completed the program which saw them take part in year-long projects focused on applying each of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Fairfax County community.

Congratulations to these Dranesville schools' students:

  • Herndon HS: Bibisha Acharya, Amisha Dwivedy,  and Ashwini Sigdel.
  • Langley HS: Ryan Dadoo, Petra Muehlheuser, and Cristina Pak.
  • Marshall HS: Riya Bajpai, Cordelia Norris, and Matthew Ramos.
  • McLean HS: Shriya Sirivolu.
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST: Harika Akundi, Sahithi Atluri, Ebba Cha, Kinnari Chaubal, Tommy Fan, Om Gole, Garv Jain, Sahil Kapadia, Akshitha Kumar, Abigail Little, Samiksha Prabhu, Angelina Richter, Chris Yoo, William Zhang, Yushu Zhang, Laura Zhang, and Brian Zhou.
  • Westfield HS: Spoorthi Nadkarni, and Huyen Nguyen.

Students in Ms. Helton's second grade class wrote letters to me and invited me for a visit. They advocated for a shorter school day and more recess.

Herndon Pyramid FCPS CARES Winners

One of our CARES of the Month recipients for March is Fanny Salazar-Laske, a family liaison at Herndon Middle School. Fanny’s work focuses on helping those unfamiliar with the school, community, and even the United States. Her nominator explained that Fanny’s support includes helping an immigrant family register at the school and navigate “all things school, but more importantly, the world and culture they have stepped into.” 

One of our CARES of the Month recipients for April is Jessica Vargas, a Herndon ES Resource teacher, was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Innovator Cohort who received a team FCPS CARES. "As members of the Artificial Intelligence Innovator Cohort, these educators have demonstrated exceptional leadership by sharing their experiences using the text-to-image AI feature in Adobe Express. Their contributions to an FCPS video currently in production will provide valuable insights and inspiration to colleagues across the district, highlighting the potential of this tool to enhance student expression, creativity, and learning outcomes. Each educator thoughtfully detailed their unique journey within the cohort, offering a diverse range of perspectives on the impact of this technology on students of various grade levels and learning needs. As AI innovators, they have already made significant contributions to their school communities, and this video will further amplify their reach, empowering educators throughout FCPS to leverage AI tools for transformative educational experiences."

McLean HS Boys Tennis Team after 2024 State Quarterfinals Win

McLean HS

USA Junior Math Olympiad Honoree- Congratulations to Jeffrey Yin, a member of the McLean Highlander Math League (NHML). Jeffrey received honors on the selective USA Junior Math Olympiad. Only three students in the state of Virginia received this distinction.

USA Physics Olympiad Awards- Congratulations to Aiden Feyerherm and Clement Ding for receiving awards on the selective USA Physics Olympiad. Aiden received a bronze medal and Clement received an Honorable Mention. 

SISB & Bangkok Aerobic Gymnastics Competition- Congratulations to McLean HS 9th grader, Shirley Wang! She won third place at the 3rd SISB Aerobic Gymnastics Open 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand.  Shirley represented the USA Team.

Langley HS

National Latin Exam- Congratulations to the Langley Latin students who participated in this year's exam, 19 of whom won awards for their performance. Summa Cum Laude with Gold Medal: Jayden Lee, Latin III and Daniel Park, Latin I

GMU's Russian Olympiada- We salute the fifty-two Langley Russian students who took part in the annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian at George Mason University.

Here are the Gold medalists:

Level 1: Celine Akel, Farhan Ali, Vikhyat Duddilla, Maxim Ehle, Tanish Reddy Gottimukkula, Shirya Gubbi, Ameya Haldankar, Ida-Sofia Ketola, Arjun Krishnamurthy, Akshay Malhotra, Annika Nyquist, Sophia Robertson, Ava Starzewski, Anupa Vinod

Level 2: Philip Prifold, Lakshmi Reddy 

Level 3: Lanka Chinmayee, Vishva Rakasi, Maya Alemblaseril, Kaylee Pechenek, Victoria Starykh, Victoria Yatsenko

Level 4: Alexander Arends, Cleia Jones, Sonya Morrisroe, Emir Abdygulov, Margaret Kolodina, Alexandra Shakula, Anthony Starkov

My visit to Langley HS with Supervisor Bierman

Cooper MS

Cooper Science Olympiad team- congratulations on their hard work and effort at the National tournament where they competed against 60 teams from all 50 states. Special shout out to our two medaling groups Ray Zhao and Oliver Yu who came in 4th Place for Wind Power, and Kylie Rudinsky and Mythili Sudhir who came in 3rd Place for Can't Judge a Powder. Overall Cooper placed 25th out of 60 in the entire country! We could not be prouder of the entire team for a hard-working season!

Cooper Wordmaster team- recently earned Highest Honors in the 2023-2024 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition. The eighth-grade team scored 174 points out of 200, placing tenth in the nation and overall with a cumulative score of 518 points out of a possible 600.

Longfellow MS

In the National Capital Debate League championship, the team of Marcus Wang, Ray Tian, and Ian Kim won FIRST PLACE. Vivian Li, Elaina Wang, and Ian Kim placed in the top 10 for individual speaker. Congratulations to all the winners!

Longfellow's Science Olympiad team won 7th place at the National Tournament. The team won multiple medals, including 2nd Place in Dynamic Planet, 3rd Place in Fossils, 4th Place in Air Trajectory, and 5th Place in both Tower and Wind Power. A huge accomplishment is that the team placed in the top 20 in 19 of the 23 scored events (and in all 3 of the trial events)!

2024 VSBA Art Contest- Northeastern Region MS Winner- Congratulations to Jacob Xu, Longfellow 8th grader for winning 1st place in the MS division. The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville. Local school board members were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced some tough decisions in selecting the 2024 winners.

Aldrin ES

Aldrin ES’s Principal Wolfe National PTA Recognition- Principal Shane Wolfe was awarded the VA PTA Principal Partner of the year at the 2024 VA PTA Annual Meeting on May 19, 2024, in Richmond.  Earlier in the month, he was recognized by the Fairfax County Council, who put his name forward. Principal Wolfe's collaborative approach has significantly boosted parent engagement and created a stronger unified school community.  From hosting ice cream socials to Cultural and Heritage Nights, Book Fairs, Family Reading Nights, Career Day, and Bingo, Principal Wolfe's warm and welcoming attitude has re-engaged families in school activities.

Clearview ES 

Congratulations to Clearview parent Amana Katura for being nominated as an Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association  Ⓡ (FCCPTA) Elementary Volunteer of the Year.  We appreciate all you do for Clearview ES!

Haycock ES

Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind students who placed in first and third place in the creative problem solving competition at the state level. We are so proud of all of you.

Spring Hill ES

We had our incredible Spring Hill ES Band performed last Friday at King's Dominion and received a 'Superior' rating!

June is... LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people. Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are. Learn more about Pride Month here.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry. Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Gun Violence Awareness/Wear Orange Day- 6/7

The first Friday in June is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Also known as Wear Orange Day, it was first organized by students in 2013. Information about gun violence prevention is available on our website.

Eid al-Adha- June 17

Eid Mubarak to all who observe! Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is the second of two main holidays celebrated in Islam. Muslims believe that Eid al-Adha signifies the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in Christianity and Judaism, to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as ordered by Allah. It focuses on sacrifice, the pilgrimage to Mecca and giving to those less fortunate. Learn more in this video from PBS Kids. 

Juneteenth- June 19

Wednesday, June 19 commemorates the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, effectively marking the end of slavery in the United States. Learn more about Juneteenth.

Opportunities

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Complete the application and return it to your school's front office. Children 12 and younger ride for free on Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

Student Program with Coursera Career Academy 

Did you know that the FCPS Department of Information Technology has partnered with Coursera to provide an exclusive opportunity for high school students to access the Coursera Career Academy Catalog?  Students may explore exciting career paths and gain access to over 30 professional certifications from industry leaders, all at no cost. Browse the FCPS Student Academy Catalog and join the program. First, obtain permission from parent/guardian to access Coursera and complete the Student Interest Form (FCPS student email/log-in required). Questions? Contact Scott Simmons at [email protected].

Note: These courses are not VDOE-recognized industry credentials and do not contribute to high school graduation requirements. This limited program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NOAA Young Changemakers Fellowship

NOAA is pleased to announce the launch of the NOAA Young Changemakers Fellowship application for the 2024-2025 school year. This program is designed for current HS students who are passionate about the environment, climate, ocean, Great Lakes, and/or coasts. Program participants receive mentorship, skill-building opportunities, and financial resources to design and lead an action project in their own community. Full participation comes with an $800 stipend and paid travel to Washington, D.C., for a kick-off summit in July 2024. Applications are due on June 10, 2024. Please reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Student Ambassador for Virginia's Environment

Would you like to be a Student Ambassador for Virginia's Environment (SAVE)? Applications for 2024-25 Student Ambassadors are due by June 15th, and selected ambassadors will be announced in August. The SAVE program is for high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about the mission of having a shared responsibility to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities. Student Ambassadors are expected to organize and implement two litter cleanups and host a school-wide or community educational project or event.

Herndon Youth Advisory Committee

The Town of Herndon recently established the Herndon Youth Advisory Committee (HYAC) to create a link between the Town of Herndon and the youth of our community. The Committee will advise the Herndon Town Council on activities, issues, and decisions relating to youth in the town and advocate for the interests and desires of our diverse youth population.  

We are seeking 12 8th- 12th grade students with an interest in making an impact in their community to apply to serve on the HYAC for the 2024-2025 school year.  This is a year-long commitment with up to four (4) in-person meetings to occur during the year, September 2024 – June 2025. Students must live in Herndon or attend classes at Herndon Middle or Herndon High Schools to serve on the HYAC. 

Individuals interested in applying to serve on the Youth Advisory Committee can apply on the town’s website by June 15, 2024

The Teen Police Academy

The Teen Police Academy provides HS students with an opportunity to learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department, understand core police functions, explore careers in law enforcement, and participate in hands-on activities. Application deadline is June 28th. Click this link for more details and directions on how to sign up.

NOVA Early Online College Fall 2024 Semester Registration

NOVA Early Online College (EOC) allows rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses. EOC courses for the fall semester take place Monday, September 23, through Tuesday, December 17, 2024. Students should register by Friday, July 26, at 5 p.m.

Courses are asynchronous, online, and for college credit only. Thirteen courses are offered along with courses that fulfill the IT Technical Support Career Studies Certificate. EOC courses meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities.

2024 Stephen A. McLaughlin Champions of Character Award

Nominate an athlete, coach, or parent for the 2024 Stephen A. McLaughlin Champions of Character Award.  The awards program honors extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor on and off the field of competition. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to support the tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship, and community service. To nominate an athlete, coach, or parent, visit the Stephen A. McLaughlin Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards web page. Nominations for this year's awards are due by August 1, 2024.

NVSWCD Conservation Poster Contest

Calling all student artists! The 2024 Conservation Poster Contest theme is "May the Forest Be With You, Always." This contest is open to all K-12 students in Fairfax County, and scouts are eligible to earn a poster contest patch. Additionally, this year features a digital poster contest open to students in grade 7-12. The application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2024. Learn more about the 2024 Conservation Poster Contest and contact Ashley Palmer with questions.

Events

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Summer Food Drive- June 8

Please see this flyer regarding a community food drive to benefit the Facets emergency food pantry.  The food drive will take place in the Kiss and Ride area of Haycock ES June 8th 10am- 1pm.  Rain date is Sunday, June 9th.  

Herndon PRIDE Event - 6/8
  • Saturday, June 8:12- 5 p.m.
  • Arts Herndon Lawn (750 Center St, Herndon)

The first ever Herndon PRIDE event will be held on Saturday, June 8: 12 p.m.-  5 p.m. at the Arts Herndon Lawn. Join us for this family-friendly event that will include music, food trucks, and more! Click the image to learn more.

Herndon’s Play All Day- June 20

Come celebrate the longest day of the year (the summer solstice) on June 20! Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation is participating in a statewide initiative, Play All Day VA, along with other parks and recreation agencies across the state and they want YOU to join in the fun! You're invited to explore their parks and try out a new activity/program. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and discover what the Parks & Rec has to offer for all ages and disabilities. Visit the Play All Day event page for more information.

SIBSHOPS - June 28 Workshop for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
  • June 28: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Leis Center 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to: meet other siblings in a relaxed setting; celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs; share sibling experiences and receive peer support; and play games and have fun! Register for this event here.

McLean Independence Day Fireworks Celebration- June 29

Come celebrate Independence Day with MCC. Free admission to enjoy music, food trucks, giveaways and at dusk, a huge fireworks display. For details and information regarding directions, shuttle buses, weather alerts, satellite parking and site location, visit mcleancenter.org. Saturday, June 29: 6:30-10 p.m. with Rain Date: Sunday, June 30 at Langley High School (6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean)

Summer Fun

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Fairfax County’s 1st Puzzle Hunt- starts 6/15

Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt is a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Participants who submit the final answer will be entered into a chance to win a prize. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Go to this webpage to learn more. 

FCPS Summer Camps  Online Campus Summer Registration Deadline

Registration for summer classes with FCPS’ Online Campus will close on Friday, June 7. Email [email protected] or call 703-503-7781 with any questions. 

Summer Arts Programs

Do you have plans for your children yet this summer? Do they love the Arts? Rising 7-12 grade students can learn Photography, Guitar, Cake Decorating, Painting, Stage Combat, Acting, Stone Carving, and much more! Visit Institute for the Arts for more information. Rising 3-6 grade students can take classes in Art, Music, Theatre and Dance daily. Visit Elementary Institute for the Arts for more information. Transportation is available and tuition assistance is offered for students who qualify. Enroll today while seats are still available!

CyberPatriot Summer Camp

Chantilly Academy (4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly) is hosting a cybersecurity camp for rising 5th-8th graders. The June 24-28 camp welcomes students of all skill levels. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect from cyber threats on various operating systems. Visit the camp website for more information.

Rec-PAC Camps

Click image to learn more

June 24-August 1: 8:30am-4pm for grades 1-6 (students who have completed kindergarten through rising 7th grade and are residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church). Children with disabilities may attend any location or select one of the lower ratio sites (specialized inclusion sites with staff trained to support children with disabilities). Students can register for one or more specific sessions. Fee is determined by a sliding scale based on your family’s total annual income. Students who are Fairfax County residents and currently receive public assistance are eligible for partial scholarships.  Please see this Rec-PAC brochure with registration form in both English and Spanish.

Fairfax County Public Library Summer Fun Summer Reading Adventure- Begins June 12

Depending on your age, earn ten or fifteen virtual badges by reading or listening to books, reading for 20 or 30 minutes, completing activities or a combination of all three. Once you have met the reading goals for your age/grade, visit your local library branch and receive prizes for finishing the program! Beginning June 5, go to Beanstack to register for summer reading, and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 e-gift card from Scrawl Books! Find out more about the FCPL Summer Reading Adventure here

FCPL Teen Chopped Contest- June 12- August 16

Create your own unique recipe for FCPL's Teen Chopped Challenge from June 12- August 16! This competition is for ages 12-18. Use our three mystery ingredients to make something fun and delicious. A limited quantity of ingredient kits will be available at select library branches. These are first come, first served. Register at our Teen Chopped event page to receive updates and reminders. 

FCPL The World We Write Short Story Contest- July

Fairfax County Public Library and the Fairfax Library Foundation invite school-age youth (grades 3-6), teens (grades 7-12) and adults (18+) to participate in our second annual "The World We Write" short story writing contest. Use one of the prompts to write a 250-word story. Contest goes from July 1-July 31. Learn more about the contest here.

BARNES & NOBLE Summer Reading Program

Read 8 books, fill out the Barnes and Noble form, and turn it in at their store for a FREE BOOK! Look for more information about the reading program and special reading events here.

The Book It Reading Program

Maybe you fondly remembering reading books to earn a pizza prize...you can relive your nostalgia with Pizza Hut's resurrected Book It program for students preK-6th grade! Enroll here 

Planet Fitness Student Summer Membership 

Since the High School Summer Pass™ program began, Planet Fitness has invested more than $200 million in waived membership dues to promote youth health and wellness and improve the physical and mental health of millions of teens. Starting June 1, teens ages 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness all summer long! But don't wait, pre-register now!

Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP)

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share its Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are in-person and virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. For more information, and to see what classes are available please visit our website!

Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series

Get outside and groove to the music during the Summer Entertainment Series across Fairfax County. Enjoy a diverse lineup of performances from classical to bluegrass and everything in between. Bring the entire family to enjoy live music, international performances, children’s entertainment and movies under the stars. Learn more here.

Great Falls Sunday Concerts on the Green

Pack up the family, a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner or grab takeout from one of our local restaurants! Join us at the gazebo for a laid-back evening of good music and good times. All concerts take place on Sundays, 6- 8pm, at the Village Centre gazebo. See the full schedule here.

Herndon Friday Night Live! Outdoor Concerts

Friday Night Live! is a FREE outdoor concert series on the Town Green in Herndon. They feature the most popular local acts from up and down the East Coast. Most of the bands play rock and roll covers from classic to modern rock. All ages are welcome!

MCC’s Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park- Begins June 16

Due to the renovation of McLean Central Park, The Alden at the McLean Community Center’s Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park will be held at Lewinsville Park this year. The free concerts will be presented on the porch of the historic house in the park at 4 p.m. on Sundays, June 16 through July 28. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Parking is available in the neighborhood streets and at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd. Get ready for cozy little concerts for the whole family, with June’s concerts programmed especially for young children. Audience members should bring their own chairs, sunscreen and food and beverages as desired.

Lake Fairfax New Inline Skate Rink

The inline skate rink at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston) boasts an 85-foot-by-185-foot rink with player boxes, penalty boxes, hockey goals and bleachers. The rink, constructed with sport floor tiles on an asphalt pad, is ideal for roller hockey and skating, with easy maintenance and modular tile replacement. Learn more about the new rink here.

Fairfax County's Wonder Wagon

The Wonder Wagon is the Fairfax County Park Authority’s mobile nature center designed to promote environmental and nature-based educational programs to underserved areas of Fairfax County. For more information on where the Wonder Wagon is located or to request a Wonder Wagon visit at your next event or gathering.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

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Dear Dranesville Families:

I hope you have had time to enjoy the May flowers and the warm weather. It is a busy time at all our schools with proms, graduation prep, and lots of standardized testing. A lot of high schools are still in need of AP proctors so please volunteer if possible. Speaking of testing, remember that Tutor.com’s tutors can help 24/7 with those last-minute questions or to prepare students for their tests. Please also make sure your students get a good night’s sleep prior to exams. If you have or will have a middle schooler and support later start times, please attend one of the upcoming Community Forums to learn more and share your thoughts.

I have been quite busy over the past few weeks doing school visits- from experiencing Herndon MS Robotics to an AI Symposium at TJ and McLean High School’s musical Anatasia, to seeing my first MS track and field meet at South Lakes HS and attending Herndon HS’s distracted drivers simulation. I also visited Longfellow MS and attended SEPTA’s event on Storytelling as an Advocacy Tool for the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Community. I am continually impressed by the work happening in and out of our schools and the staff and school leaders who guide our students. I am bummed that I was not able to attend more spring musicals and hope to do so next year.

Yesterday, I visited Langley HS and attended their PTSA meeting. There were great questions: expanding MS sports, SR&R including vaping and cell phone usage, budget, and staffing. One parent asked what my top three priorities were, and I shared on the academic side literacy/numeracy and pre-K for all students. My third was to save money/address spending. One way forward on this is the holistic view of the county wide Boundary Policy which has not been altered in 38 years. By looking at the policy, we can look at capacity issues both over and under, long commutes, fewer buses, more sleep for students, and find ways to save taxpayers money. Based on the February Forum, the Governance Committee has been reviewing Policy 8130.  The latest draft  can be found here. The next Governance meeting is scheduled for May 20th and is open to the public. Once the policy has been approved by the Board, the next step is operationalizing this new policy.

Next week is teacher/staff appreciation week! It’s amazing to see all the ways our schools and PTA/PTSAs/PTOs are sharing the love and support for their teachers and school staff. I know how hard our staff work and can’t thank them enough for all that they do! I can’t believe graduations start in just over 4 weeks. I hope you find time to enjoy with your students and see you around Dranesville.

 

Robyn

 

In this newsletter,

My visit to McLean HS's Spring Musical, "Anastasia"

Updates FCPS Updates Calendar Reminders

May 3: School Lunch Heroes Day

May 3: Orthodox Good Friday- Student Holiday

May 5: Orthodox Easter

May 6-10: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 7: National Fentanyl Awareness Day

May 8: National School Nurse Day

May 8: Bike, Walk, Roll to School Day

May 27: Memorial Day Holiday- no school

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year 

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year

2024 Dranesville Students' Graduation Schedule School Date, Time Location Marshall HS     June 3, 2024, 10 a.m.        DAR Constitution Hall Langley HS June 3, 2024, 2:30 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall McLean HS June 4, 2024, 2:30 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall Westfield HS June 4, 2024, 7:30 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena Herndon  HS June 5, 2024, 2 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena TJHSST June 8, 2024, 7:30 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena School Board Updates School Board Meeting Highlights - April 25, 2024

The School Board approved proclamations honoring Autism Affirmation Month and Holocaust Remembrance Day. The School Board honored 2023-2024 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), including 14 educators who achieved status as an NBCT and 21 educators who renewed status as an NBCT.

Key Votes

Strategic Plan 2023-30 Goal 2 Baseline Report: Safe, Supported, Included, and Empowered

The School Board voted to approve the Goal 2 Baseline Report as the Division's starting point for the work toward achieving the goals in our Strategic Plan 2023-30.

2024-25 IDEA Special Education Annual Plan

The School Board voted to approve the 2024-25 Special Education Annual Plan/Part B Flow-Through Application, Section 611, and Section 619 (Preschool), Part B, grant funding application, as detailed in the agenda item.

Advisory Committee Operating Manual

The School Board voted to send the Advisory Committee Operating Manual, the related sections of the Strategic Governance Manual, and Policy 1710 to the Public Engagement Committee (PEC) and direct the PEC to gather feedback from the Board’s advisory committee chairs and bring final recommendations to the board for a vote no later than June 27, 2024.

Watch the full meeting.

Dr. Reid's Academic Matters April 25, 2024 School Board Meeting 

Superintendent Dr. Reid presented on FCPS’ Get2Green initiative during the Academic Matters segment. View the presentation slides.

Get2Green is FCPS’ sustainability program, and supports green teams at schools with hands-on environmental projects to improve the sustainability of the school and community. Green teams are active at many schools with student-driven activities such as reducing waste, planting and maintaining wildlife habitats, conserving energy, and tending edible gardens.

April 11, 2024 School Board Meeting 

During the Academic Matters, Superintendent Dr. Reid recognized 10 years of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) at FCPS. POG helps set students up for personal and academic success by building skills in communication, collaboration, ethical and global citizenship, creative and critical thinking, and being goal-directed and resilient. 

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback: 

  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar

Megan Sawant new Student SB Representative

Megan Sawant, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), has been elected by the countywide Student Advisory Council (SAC) to serve a one-year term as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board, beginning July 1. Sawant will participate in School Board meetings as a nonvoting member, filling the position currently held by Rida Karim, a junior at Woodson High School. She will be the 54th student representative to the School Board. Read more about her here.

Upcoming School Board Meetings 
  • Tuesday, May 7, 11:30 am: Forum

  • Tuesday, May 7, 1 pm: Work Session

  • Thursday, May 9, 7 pm: Regular Meeting 

  • Thursday, May 14, 6:30 pm: Public Hearing: Budget

  • Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm: Public Hearing: Budget (if needed)

All times and topics subject to change.

How to watch meetings and sign up to speak Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones de la Junta Escolar grabadas o para ver en vivo durante las reuniones regulares en YouTube, por favor vaya al canal de YouTube de FCPS en Español o escanee el código QR.

FCPS Updates and Resources 2024-25 FCPS PreK & Early Head Start Program

The FCPS PreK and Early Head Start program is accepting applications for SY 2024-25. FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying income-eligible children ages six weeks to four years living in Fairfax County. Watch this video to learn more (also available in Spanish). 

  • Pre-K prioritizes children who turn 4-years-old by September 30 and also accepts applications for 3-year-old children.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools - Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood - and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Space is limited and based on income and educational risk factors, not first come, first served. Apply online, by email [email protected], or in person at FCPS’ Leis Center (7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church). For questions about your application or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Registration for 2024-2025 School Year Kindergarten

Registering your child early helps schools prepare and ensure they have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. After determining which school your child will attend, parents/caregivers may prepare for registration by gathering documents, and completing forms. For details and language support, please visit the Kindergarten Registration page.

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and re-enrolling FCPS families. Apply today to help schools plan for the 2024-25 school year.

Note: Registration is not required for currently enrolled FCPS students. 

Resources for Families New to FCPS

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

  • School Age Child Care (SACC) – This Fairfax County government program provides a safe and fun environment before and after school for elementary school-age children.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

  • Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 pm, Hybla Valley Elementary School.
  • Thursday, May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm, Poe Middle School.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-7:30 pm, Katherine Johnson Middle School.

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. 

Community Forums on MS Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

May Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include:

Click the linked titles above to register. 

FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance

The Office of the Ombuds engages with staff, families, and students to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get questions answered, offer options to resolve concerns, and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], or visit their webpage where you may Submit a Question.

Online Special Education Resource Fair

A virtual fair with asynchronous training for families and community members who have students with disabilities.  Additionally, an online exhibit hall will highlight FCPS offices and programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpagefor information on how to opt your child into this service.

FCPS Safety Tipline
  • Tipline phone number is 571-423-2020.
  • Text your concerns to 888-777; keyword TIP FCPS
  • Online: Quick Tip Electronic Form (through SchoolMessenger)

Learn more on the FCPS Safety Tipline website.

Work for FCPS School Board Deputy Clerk

We seek a Deputy Clerk to help ensure our elected School Board meets its mission to provide an excellent education to our 182,000+ students and maintain its status as a top employer for our 45,000 educators and staff. This  job is fast-paced; includes working with policy and legal matters; requires strong project management, communication, and collaboration skills; and will require flexible hours that may include weeknights and occasional weekends. See the job listing here and please share with others.

Shift Gears Into a New Career at the FCPS Bus Driver Job Fair

The Office of Transportation Services will be hosting bus driver job fairs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 17, at Lorton Center (8101 Lorton Rd, Lorton)

  • Thursday, May 23, at Stonecroft Transportation Center (4641 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly)

Driving for FCPS is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and career switchers to earn income with benefits. No registration is needed. Apply today! Call 571-423-3000 or email [email protected] with questions.

Cook Up Your Next Career: FCPS Food and Nutrition Job Fair

Food and Nutrition Services will host a  job fair on Wednesday, May 15: 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (6840 Industrial Rd, Springfield). No registration is needed. For more information or general questions, call 703-813-4800 or email [email protected].

April Audit Buzz Newsletter

In this issue of the Audit Buzz, we provide an update on current engagements, discuss “The Vital Role of Hotlines in Combating Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” in the Knowledge Hive; and promote the upcoming Internal Audit Awareness Month. Prior editions of Audit Buzz are archived here on the Office of Auditor General's (OAG) website.

April events: SEPTA Storytelling author event; Herndon ON meeting; and SCC Appreciation Supper

Community Updates Supervisor Bierman's Newsletter

Please sign up for Supervisor Bierman's Dranesville Dispatch newsletter here to keep up-to-date on Dranesville and Fairfax County news and events.

Six Lanes on Route 7 Now Open

Drivers along nearly seven miles of Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) now have three travel lanes in each direction between Reston Avenue and the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267).  Route 7 is now continuously at least six lanes for about 20 miles from Leesburg to Tysons.

The improvements from Reston Avenue to Jarrett Valley Drive included:

  • Widening Route 7 from four to six lanes
  • Improving access management at 19 intersections
  • Adding shared-use paths along both sides of Route 7
  • Replacing the bridge over Difficult Run
  • Reconstructing the Lewinsville Road intersection with the displaced left-turn lane from eastbound Route 7 to Lewinsville Road
  • Building a new pedestrian underpass at Colvin Run Mill Park 
Spring Hill Rec Center Gets a Solar Charge

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill Rec Center is turning over a new leaf during Earth month 2024 with the activation of a brand-new 307-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array installed on the natatorium and gymnasium roofs as part of a multi-faceted project to enhance the energy efficiency of the popular rec center. The new solar array, the largest to date in the Park Authority, generates enough energy to power 33 homes annually, and is expected to reduce the center’s electricity needs by 13 percent.

Fairfax County 2024 Farmers Markets

The Fairfax County Park Authority is ready for the 2024 Farmers Market season! Find locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and prepared foods as well as family-friendly activities at all ten markets around the County. A full list of farmers markets is here. 

Farmers Market Opening Days in Dranesville Parents' Ultimate Guide to Snapchat

From Common Sense Media, while Snapchat is popular with teens for its disappearing messages and fun filters, families may worry about safety and hidden features. This Common Sense Media article offers a guide for families, explaining how Snapchat works, potential risks, and how to keep teens safe while using the app. 

School and Student News

My visit to Herndon HS's distracted driver simulator event

FCPS Students Take Top Honors at Virginia FBLA State Leadership Conference

Twenty four Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students won first place awards at the 2024 Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held recently in Reston. More than 100 students placed in the top four in their event and qualified to compete in the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando in June. A complete list of winners is here.

Students Win Big at State Science Fair

Six students from three Fairfax County high schools won grand prize awards at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. They have qualified to compete at the international level in May. These students were among nearly 80 students from FCPS who participated in the state fair. Read about their projects and the additional students awardees.

Here are the Dranesville student winners:

  • Langley HS:
    • Shirya Jaddu- Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Translational Medicine
    • Ben Doan and Lang Xiong- Material Science
    • Shumvobi Mitra- MicrobiologyNeha 
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST
    • Neha Chandran and Srimaye Peddiniti- Physics, Math, and Astronomy
Students Selected for 2024 All-Virginia Band, Orchestra, and Chorus 

One hundred eighty-one FCPS students have been selected to perform at the 2024 All-Virginia Band, Chorus, and Orchestra event which will take place April 18-20. Students throughout Virginia went through a rigorous audition process to compete for positions within these ensembles. Participants will rehearse with nationally recognized conductors and collaborate with fellow musicians during the event, which is free and open to the public. Congratulations to all! Read more here.

All-Virginia Band- Dranesville students:

  • Langley HS: Clare Colligan; Henry Lin; Elliot Pomper; Glenn van Valkenburgh; Marianne Wang

  • McLean HS: Luke Callanen; Tyler Jeong; Alex Kirby; Clara Marks; Fintan Murphy; Jaeger Schweikert; Goldie Woods; Muyang Zhang

  • Thomas Jefferson HSST: Calvin Hodor

All-Virginia Orchestra- Dranesville students:

  • Langley HS:  Finn Fitzgerald; Jayden Lee

  • McLean HS: Kian Choi; Ryan Chun; Alexandra Glass; Livia Nhan; Rishi Vinod

  • Thomas Jefferson HSST: Daniel Yeum

All-Virginia Chorus- Dranesville students: 

  • Langley HS: Anna Cox; Audrey Headricks; Cleia Jones; Dominika Loisha; Maya Sachdev; Ashraya Suri

  • Marshall HS: Jacob Lee

Congratulations to 6th Grade All County Chorus 

Thanks to the student singers and the elementary school music teachers for supporting our sixth graders in the All County Chorus concert last weekend. Well done! 

Science Olympiad- 2024 Virginia Team Results

Congratulations to all our hard-working teams at States. You can find the full results on Duosmium. Good luck to the teams moving on to Nationals - Longfellow MS, Cooper MS, TJHSST, and Langley HS!

Division B team standings:

  1. Longfellow MS
  2. Cooper MS
  3. Haycock ES

Division C team standings:

  1. Thomas Jefferson HSST
  2. Langley HS
  3. Fairfax HS
2024 Macdonald Scholarship Competition

First-Place Winners Melina Turnage (Dance), Lea Kung (Instrumental Music), Samantha Carey (Theater) and Alex Valencic (Vocal Music). Photo by Oxley Photography

Twelve young local artists were awarded the 2024 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship by the McLean Community Center. The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville). Read more here.

Clearview ES

Clearview 5K, Fun Run, and Walk- A celebrated community tradition, the Clearview 5K and Fun Run takes place Saturday, May 11, at 8 a.m. (rain or shine) and open to participants with all modes of mobility. Walkers are encouraged to join us, and wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Remember to invite a neighbor or other community member to run, walk, or roll with you. Advanced registration is available here, or sign up the day of the race.

Colvin Run ES

Congratulations to Callie H. (5th grade) for being selected as 1 of 15 student artists across DC, Maryland, and Virginia to have their artwork featured on a DMV Metrobus beginning on April 22 in celebration of 2024 Earth Day for her artwork, Dream-hicle! Read about the bus wraps here.

Haycock ES

Congratulations to our Odyssey of the Mind Team-Penelope Y, Madelyn C, Devan S, Madeline Y, Yuna C, and Noa H represented Haycock this weekend at the Odyssey of the Mind State tournament and received 3rd place.

State National History Day Competition- Congratulations to our 6th grade students who participated in the Virginia NHD Competition in Richmond. They represented Haycock incredibly well, and we are so proud of all of them.

My visit to Herndon MS Robotics Scrimmage

Herndon MS

Josue Benavidez, a Herndon MS 8th grader, received the Distinguished Teen Volunteer Award at the 38th Annual Mayor's Volunteer Appreciation Reception. He was nominated by Cornerstones and Opportunity Neighborhoods. Josue's proactive approach to volunteering, evident in his involvement with the ON Herndon Team and Leadership Team Meetings, showcases his commitment to enhancing the community and advocating for issues relevant to his school and peers.

Langley HS

2023-24 State Debate Championships- Congratulations to the Langley Debate Team for being the Class 6 State Champion! See all the winners here. Langley also won 2 individual awards:

  • Class 6 Public Forum: 2nd place- Ahaan Shah and Sahil Gubbi
  • Class 6 Lincoln- Douglas: 1st place- Vishwa Rakasi
McLean HS

U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition- Ms. Smith and the MHSO are extremely proud of violinist Ryan Chun, who recently won 1st place in the Strings Division of the 2024 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In addition to Ryan's success, we are also proud of MHS student, Goldie Woods! She received an honorable mention for her harp playing. 

TJHSST

TJHSST's MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge team (Rishabh Chhabra, Om Gole, Rishabh Prabhu, Laura Zhang (Dranesville), Victoria Zhang (Dranesville)) has made it to the finals. They compete against 5 other HS teams. Learn more about the challenge here.

My visit to the Get2Green Symposium

May is... Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. While most people will struggle with a mental health challenge at some point in their lives, there are still some reluctant to seek help because of stigmas associated with mental health.  May 9th is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

School Lunch Heroes Make Lunch Awesome

Friday, May 3, is School Lunch Hero Day. Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals, like Mijin Lee, food services kitchen manager at Oakton Elementary School, are true heroes. Read more here.

Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day) - 5/3

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day. 

Orthodox Easter - 5/5

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week- 5/6- 5/10

Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week. National Teacher Day began in 1953 when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt proposed that Congress set aside a day to acknowledge the work of educators. Since 1985, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. FCPS follows the NEA and National PTA dates of scheduling Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week the first full week of May.

Fentanyl Awareness Day- May 7

Watch this video to learn more about counterfeit pills, and share the information with teens and young adults in your life. Visit the Fentanyl Awareness Day website for more resources on what you can do to help raise awareness of the dangers of fentanyl including a conversation guide, fast facts, and social media posts you can share.

Walk and Bike to School Day- May 8

The official Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county online.

National School Nurse Day- May 8

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8. FCPS appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. 

Memorial Day Holiday 5/27

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

Opportunities

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Not Too Late to Apply for College Financial Aid

Nationwide, as many as 30% fewer graduating seniors have completed and submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to recent news reports. Many schools rely upon the FAFSA form to grant students financial aid award letters.

Families who have questions or persistent technical issues filling out the FAFSA might consider scheduling a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax; email [email protected]. All FAFSA help provided by your school or College Access Fairfax is free.

Sports Physicals Fundraisers- May and June

Did you know? FCPS only provides the athletic training personnel, not the supplies HSs need to help your kids. The money earned through these physicals ($50) is used to purchase the supplies to help our student-athletes stay healthy and play to their highest potential. Additional donations or ‘sponsorships’ for student-athletes who may not be able to afford this opportunity are welcome. The physicals currently on file expire on June 30th, a new physical performed after May 1 is needed for next school year. Register at any HS through the 2024 Athletic Physical Registration.

Apply for 2024-25 EQAC Student Member 

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC)is seeking a student member to join the council for the July 2024 through June 2025 term. Interested high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply by May 6.

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy

The FC Fire and Rescue Department is excited to announce the 2024 Girls Fire and Rescue Summer Camp. The academy is open to rising 7th through 12th grade female students for the 2024 - 2025 school year. Participants should be Fairfax County residents.

During the academy, campers will experience physical training, fire/EMS simulations, and more fun-filled experiences. The program is completely free of charge. Uniforms and safety gear will be provided. To apply, visit  this webpage. Applications due by Friday, May 17.

FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to allow current K-5 students to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage to register. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four daily classes related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create fun and engaging classes. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
FC Parks Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp Registration is open! Spots fill up fast! See the full listing of camps, as well as multiple ways to search and tools to use that will make enrolling easier. Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

Herndon Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration for our summer camps is open for Town of Herndon residents and  non-residents. Don't let this opportunity slip away! Your child will have unforgettable memories and make new friends. Learn more here.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship and award opportunities are available in Naviance throughout the year. Opportunities are updated on a regular basis and self-nomination opportunities are posted in Schoology in addition to being listed in Naviance. Students and parent/guardians can access Naviance by using this link: https://www.fcps.edu/naviance.

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings

The University of Maryland, College Park is offering FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings for parents of youth between the ages of 9-20! Sign up here.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid training will allow parents to:

  • gain the expertise needed to support youth mental well-being,
  • acquire skills to help you recognize and address common signs of mental health issues in young people,
  • enhance your understanding of mental health challenges prevalent among diverse youth in your community, and
  • effectively interact with adolescents in crisis and connect them with appropriate resources.
2024 Stephen A. McLaughlin Champions of Character Award

Nominate an Athlete, Coach, or Parent for the 2024 Stephen A. McLaughlin Champions of Character Award.  The awards program, founded in 2001, honors county youth, coaches and parents in each magisterial district for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor on and off the field of competition. Instituted by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, this program aims to support the tradition of amateur athletics in cultivating teamwork, leadership, good sportsmanship and community service. Nominations for this year's awards are due by August 1, 2024. To nominate an athlete, coach or parent, visit Stephen A. McLaughlin Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards.

Events

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Spring HS Musicals
  • Westfield HS- Freaky Friday: May 2-4
  • South Lakes HS- Big Fish: May 2-4
  • Marshall HS- Legally Blonde: May 3-4
  • Herndon HS- Fiddler on the Roof: May 3-5
  • Longfellow MS- Annie Jr: May 9-11
Herndon Big Truck Day- May 3

On May 3: 9am- 7pm, Big Truck Day at Town of Herndon Public Works/ Maintenance Complex (1479 Sterling Rd., Herndon) is  an opportunity for children their parents to see the town’s big trucks and heavy equipment on display. The event is free; however, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for communities in need. For more information visit the town’s website,  call 703-435-6860; or email [email protected].

Celebration of Acceptance- May 3

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church)! Click here to find out more!

Celebrating 135 years of Schoolhouse in Great Falls

On Saturday, May 4: 10 am – 2 pm, there will be fun, educational, and interactive programs for children and adults alike at the Forestville Schoolhouse next door to the Grange (9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls). The programs will celebrate the 135th year of the opening of the schoolhouse. It is be part of other events at historic one-room schoolhouses in northern Virginia, sponsored by the Historic Schoolhouses of Northern Virginia Association.  Forestville school programs are free and open to all; no reservations needed.

Spring Farm Day- May 4

Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon) Saturday, May 4: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (2-Adult) Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations. See cow and goat milking demos and hands-on farm activities. Register here.

First Herndon Friday Night Live Concert- 5/4

Even in our 30th season, we still get really excited to be back on the Green with all our Herndon friends, listening to great, live music.  Where is the event held? Herndon Town Green (rear of the Herndon Municipal Building 777 Lynn St., Herndon) This week we kick things off with the Friday Night Live! debut of Three Sheets to the Wind 6:30-10pm. Learn more here.

(the) Unruly Theatre Project Events

(the) Unruly Improv is The Alden’s professional teen improv company dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. UTP won 1st place at Improvicon of Northern Virginia in both 2022 and 2023—and were the only teen group competing.

  • Improvicon: Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m. This event is a real deal competition of multiple improv groups throughout Northern Virginia. The show features audience participation and the hottest NOVA improv comedy groups! Learn more here.
  • (the) Unruly Theatre Project: Friday, May 10, 7-8 p.m. Come enjoy a night of laughs on us! The Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean)
Great Falls Grange Student Volunteer Opportunities

We are inviting student volunteers to work at the Great Falls Grange, planting and maintaining our Oak Tree Grove (a demonstration garden with emphasis on growing native plants). These hours would support student community service  needs. Once volunteers sign up, our Grange coordinator will send more details in advance on what we will be doing, what you should bring with them, weather forecast, etc.  Sign up for your desired dates:

  • Saturday, May 11, 9- 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 9, 9- 11:30 a.m.
TJ Techstravaganza- 5/18

Put the annual STEM activity, Saturday, May 18, 10am- 4pm, for students of all ages event at TJ on your calendar.  Register here.

McLean Day Festival- May 18

May 18: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. (1659 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA) Come to McLean’s biggest annual festival! Great music, gourmet food trucks, games, petting zoo, amusements, large and small carnival rides and much more. Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A  can vote for their favorite MCC Governing Board candidates- adults and youth. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Rise Up Concert- May 18 

May 18 will mark Herndon UMC’s third annual Rise Up! concert (701 Bennett Street, Herndon), and we are dreaming big this year–partnering with the Fairfax County Community Services Board and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host a “Day of Hope” for our community that will include free resilience education classes and a resilience fair where people can connect with local mental health and wellness resources. Learn more here.

  • 5- 7 pm FREE Classes & Resilience Fair
  • 7 pm Rise Up Concert
FCPS' Summer Extravaganza-  June 1

Don't miss a day of family fun and learning at FCPS' Summer Extravaganza! Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. There will be learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, story time, and student performances — all at no cost! Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

"Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now!"- June 8, 7 p.m.

Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony nominees Kerry Butler ("Xanadu," "Mean Girls") and Laura Bell Bundy ("Legally Blonde") reunite onstage for the first time in two decades for a funny and fabulous evening of the best of Broadway. Learn more here.

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS.

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

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E-mail: Robyn Lady  |  Phone: 571-423-1087

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April 2024- Spring Updates, Events, and Opportunities

School Board Dranesville District 3 months 1 week ago

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Dear Dranesville Families,

Welcome back to school and to the Fourth Quarter! It’s so hard to believe we are on our way to winding up this school year. I hope you had a wonderful break and had time to enjoy family and the spring weather. I feel ready to tackle the busy School Board work ahead after taking time to enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.

The School Board is continuing to work on our Budget, and I hope you share your thoughts at the Fairfax County Public Hearings, the FCPS Budget Public Hearing, and to our Virginia delegates. Below I provide more details on the advertised budget and on the importance of fully funding every Virginian student’s education. We had our second Work Session on the SY 24-25 Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and heard the baseline Goal 5 and Goal 2 reports of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan. Also, this month and next bring opportunities for you to share your thoughts and ideas with Dr. Reid and on the possibility of later start times for our middle schools. More details and signups are below.

Please remember that school buses and students are walking to and from school again. We all need to give ourselves enough time to travel in the many Dranesville construction zones and our neighborhoods. Next week, the 495 NEXT Project will have a virtual and in-person meeting to provide updates and answer questions.

I continue to visit schools and attend school plays (I’m excited to see our high schools’ musicals), concerts, and sporting events to celebrate our students and school staff. I hope to see you this spring at one of the many events in Dranesville.

 

Robyn

 

 

In this newsletter,

Updates FCPS Updates Calendar Reminders

April 1-5- National Assistant Principals Week 

April 4- School Librarian Appreciation Day 

April 9-  Eid al-Fitr - Half-Observation Day

April 10- Holiday- Eid al-Fitr

April 17- Purple Up to support military families

April 22- Earth Day

April 22- First evening of Passover (begins sundown 4/22 - sundown 4/30)

April 23- Second evening of Passover

April 24- Theravada New Year

Fairfax County Public Schools 2023-24 Calendar

Fairfax County Public Schools 2024-25 Calendar

Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Tuesday, April 9, is an evening observance day. There is school on this day, but important events will not be held after school. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday; all schools and offices will be closed

School Board Updates

Spring Hill ES Orchestra performing the national anthem under the direction of Margot Mezvinsky at the March 21 School Board Meeting

The School Board approved proclamations honoring Music, Theatre, and Arts Appreciation Month, Read Across America and Library Recognition Month, and Neurodiversity Affirmation Week.

Key Votes

Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Third Quarter Budget Review

The School Board voted to approve FY 2024 Third Quarter Budget Review.

ERFC Proposed Plan Design Changes

The School Board voted to approve the ERFC proposed plan design changes as detailed in the agenda item. The School Board voted to approve a follow-on motion stating that if the funds for this program do not remain in the budget, the board will prioritize the funds for the DROP program at year end.

Revised Glasgow Middle School Boundary Study Scope

The School Board vote did not authorize the Glasgow Middle School Boundary Study scope to include Glasgow, Holmes, and Poe middle schools.

Consultant Contract Amendment - Center for Creative Leadership

The School Board voted to approve the amendment to renew the contract with the Center for Creative Leadership for one year and to replace the Assessment Certification Workshop (ACW) with the Assessment Certification Course (ACC); and to authorize the division superintendent, or the director of the Office of Procurement Services to execute, deliver, and administer the contract on behalf of the School Board as detailed in the agenda item.

Watch the full meeting.

Dr. Reid's Academic Matters- March 21

Applying Math Concepts in Real World

During Academic Matters at the March 21 School Board meeting, Dr. Reid shared how FCPS is strengthening numeracy — the ability to apply math concepts in the real world — in primary grades.

FCPS has been investing in professional development through Add+Vantage Math Recovery © (AVMR), and teachers are using a scripted intervention curriculum to support numeracy instruction.

See students demonstrating their numeracy. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation or view her slides.

Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of our Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

FCPS is now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback. For more details on our advertised budget, view FCPS budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

New Athletic Opportunities for Students

The FCPS FY 25 advertised budget expands high school athletics with boys volleyball and girls wrestling, giving students more ways to nurture their passion and enhance their well-being. 

FCPS Budget Timeline (Dates Tentative)
  • April 16: School Board Budget Presentation to Board of Supervisors
  • April 16-18: FC Board of Supervisors Budget Public Hearings
  • April 26: FC Board of Supervisors Budget Pre-Markup
  • April 30: FC Board of Supervisors Adopts Budget, Tax Rates, and Transfers to FCPS
  • May 9: Approved Budget Presented to School Board
  • May 14: School Board Budget Public Hearing
  • May 23: School Board Adopts Approved Budget
  • July 1: FY 2025 Begins
Did You Know?

In July 2023, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study of Virginia’s K-12 funding formulas. The report found that Virginia school divisions receive less funding per student than the 50-state average, the regional average, and many of Virginia’s neighboring states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. 

Contact your state officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education.

Kindergarten Registration

Read this photo essay from Mosaic Elementary School for a glimpse of what it’s like to be a kindergartener. Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. 

Registering your child early helps schools prepare and ensure they have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. After determining which school your child will attend, parents/caregivers may prepare for registration by gathering documents, and completing forms. For details and language support, please visit the Kindergarten Registration page.

Online Registration Now Open!

Online registration for FCPS students is now open for the 2024-25 school year. Learn about the online registration process.

Before- and After-School Care

Fairfax County Government’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program provides fun, safe, and educational care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is available before school, after school, and during school breaks in select Fairfax County public elementary schools and community centers. SACC registration is now open for the 2024-25 school year and the Camp Fairfax summer program.

Apply for 2024-25 PreK and Early Head Start 

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2024-25! PreK prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30th. Early Head Start accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old. Both programs are for income eligible families. Apply for FCPS PreK and Early Head Start here.

If you have questions, email: [email protected]; visit the PreK office (7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church) or call: 703-208-7900.

Audit Buzz Newsletter

In this issue of the Audit Buzz, we highlight the key take-aways at the February Audit Committee meeting; explain about “Audit Integrity - Ensuring Audit Independence” in the Knowledge Hive; and offer a training opportunity to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) employees. Prior editions of Audit Buzz are archived here on Office of Auditor General's (OAG) website.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Please note, times, and topics are subject to change. 

  • Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.: Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 am: Work Session
How to watch meetings and sign up to speak Reuniones de la Junta Escolar de FCPS en Español

Para ver las reuniones de la Junta Escolar grabadas o para ver en vivo durante las reuniones regulares en YouTube, por favor vaya al canal de YouTube de FCPS en Español o escanee el código QR.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Exploratorium's Choose Your Eclipse Adventure

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a thin line arcing through Mexico to Texas to Maine. Even if you’re not in the path of the actual eclipse, we have several ways for you to experience this awe-inspiring event. Visit our eclipse website for classroom activities, science videos, cultural explorations, and more, and be sure to tune in to our livestream on April 8, in partnership with NASA. Visit this Exploratorium webpage to learn more.

April Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include:

Click the linked titles above to register. Learn more about FRC webinars and events here..

Lexia: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read Caregiver Virtual Information Night- April 9

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.

Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Reid for Our Schools, Our Future– A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

  • Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Graham Road Elementary School.
  • Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at South County Middle School.
  • Thursday, May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Terraset Elementary School.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Hybla Valley Elementary School.
  • Thursday, May 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Poe Middle School.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Katherine Johnson Middle School.

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. More information and public registration available online

FCPS Family Summit 2024 Safe, Supported, and Included

The FCPS Family Summit is on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details to come soon.

Middle School Start Times Community Forums

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. 

Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

Five day isolation period for COVID-19 is no longer recommended. New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities.

Click for more Information on the CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us! Tree pollen has been moderated to high, and we are seeing a lot of uncomfortable students in the clinic. Signs and symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes nose and throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough. If your student has known seasonal allergies, it is time to start them back on their allergy medication as directed by your physician.

Community Updates Supervisor Bierman's Newsletter

Please sign up for Supervisor Bierman's Dranesville Dispatch newsletter here to keep up-to-date on Dranesville and Fairfax County news and events.

Fairfax County Immunization Clinics

Fairfax County Immunization Clinic is open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the country, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date. Appointments are recommended for faster service, but not required. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Call 703-246-7100 or go to this webpage for more information.

The 2024 Easy to Read Schedules are now available both in English and Spanish:

Scott's Run Nature Preserve Temporary Closure 

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve will be temporarily closed while specialized Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) contractors perform an emergency project to clean obstructed County wastewater pipes and make necessary repairs to maintain service. Find more information here.

Invasive Species and the Harm They Cause

Invasive species can lead to the extinction of native plants and animals, reduce biodiversity, and permanently change habitats. Find out what we are doing in Fairfax County to limit their damaging effects, what you can do to make a difference, and how to recognize, prevent, control, and report them. Learn more here.

From the FC Police Department, Pedestrian Safety Tips

Tips for Pedestrians:

  • Use designated crosswalks: Wait for your turn to cross and always check for oncoming traffic
  • Take your time when crossing the street
  • Stay visible: If you are walking at night, carry a flashlight and bright and reflective clothing to make yourself more noticeable to drivers.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Stay alert: Always keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially in busy areas
  • Adapt to conditions: Exercise extra caution during the night or during inclement weather
  • Respect crosswalks: Always yield to pedestrians and give them the right of way
  • Mind your speed: Stick to the speed limit, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic
  • Give space: When passing cyclists or pedestrians, leave at least three feet of space to ensure their safety

For more information on pedestrian safety, visit the FCPD News page.

Accessible Parking Survey

The mission of Fairfax County's Land Development Services (LDS) focuses on the safe and sustainable building of our communities, which includes the regulation of off-street parking. As such LDS is conducting a survey to determine the nature and extent of available accessible, off-street parking within Fairfax County. If you use off-street accessible parking or would like to answer on behalf of a person with a disability, please participate. The survey will be available until April 15.

Virginia Department of Social Services at 211

The Virginia Department of Social Services can help provide information and referrals for resources to those who need food, shelter, rent, or utility assistance. They can also connect individuals and families with resources regarding physical and mental health resources, job training, and transportation assistance. Individuals who would like to help others may also find volunteering and donation opportunities. Reach 211 Virginia by phone at 211, or visit  211virginia.org.

Support Student Safety 

The DEA reports.. With the growth of social media and the proliferation of smartphones, a dangerous and deadly new drug threat has emerged: criminal drug networks are abusing social media to expand their reach, create new markets, and target new clientele. Here is the message from the DEA.

School and Student News Nine FCPS Projects Earn Grand Prize Award in 2024 Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The 69th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair showcased over 300 high school science projects with 400 students.  Projects were judged by more than 150 professionals and 40 professional organizations and businesses. Congratulations to all those students who participated in the 2024 FCPS Science and Engineering Fair. Good luck to those moving on to the VA Science Fair in April and the Grand Prize winners who are eligible to compete in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Read more about the winners here.

Congratulations to these Langley students who won a Grand Prize and a Grand Prize alternate.

  • Shumvobi Mitra, Langley HS, won 1 of the 9 Grand Prize awards
    • Microbiology: Detecting and Degrading Formaldehyde using Synthetic Biology and Engineering Techniques, Langley High School.
  • Shriya Jaddu, Langley HS, is a Grand prize alternative 
    • Biomedical Engineering, SeizAlert: A Deep Learning Powered System for Pre-Ictal Seizure Prediction

Congratulations to these Dranesville students winning a first or second prize category award:

  • Langley HS- 1st place- Ben Doan; Shumvobi Mitra; Lang Xiong; and 2nd place- Veera Anand; Isabella Anastas; Abhinav Chakravarthy; Zackery Gast; Divya Gupta; Amy Key; Kriesh Tivare.
  • Marshall HS- 1st place- Semira Gebremariam; and 2nd place- Hong-An Pho; Samad Quraishi; Sebastian Sejas.
  • McLean HS- 2nd place- Chloe Giglio; Aryav Gogia; Alicia Yau
  • TJHSST- 1st place- Neha Chandran; Manav Gagvani; Deven Hagen; and 2nd place- Soham Jain; Phoebe Pan.
  • Westfield HS- 2nd place- Simone Shah.
Four FCPS Teams, 36 Individuals Win 2023-24 VHSL Winter Sports Championships

Congratulations to all the FCPS student-athletes who participated in the 2024 winter sports season. This year, four teams and 36 individuals won the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 6 championship in their respective sports, and five teams and 36 individuals were the state runners-up. See all the winners here.

Here are the Dranesville State champions:

Team:

  • Langley High School, Boys Swimming and Diving (second consecutive championship). 

Individuals/relays:

  • McLean High School, Swim and Dive, Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay.
  • Rian Graham, Herndon High School, 
    • Swim and Dive, Boys 200 Yard Freestyle.
    • Rian Graham, Herndon High School, Swim and Dive, Boys 100 Yard Butterfly.

These individuals and relays were state runners-up:

  • Carson Easlick, Westfield HS, Wrestling, 132 pounds.
  • Robert Roncskevitz, Langley HS, Wrestling, 165 pounds.
  • Langley HS, Swim and Dive, 
    • Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
    • Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.
  • Jocelyn Brooks, McLean HS, Swim and Dive, Girls 1 Meter Diving.
  • Catherine Hughes, McLean HS, Swim and Dive, Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke.
2023-24 VHSL State Forensics Meet Results

See all the results here. Congratulations to these Dranesville students and schools.

  • Class 6 Team Standings
    • 4th Place- Westfield HS
    • 7th Place- Langley HS
  • Individual winners:
    • Class 6: Extemporaneous Speaking- Gabriel Elferrane, Langley HS, 2nd place
    • Class 6: Storytelling- Alden Walcott, Langley HS, 3rd place
    • Class 6: Prose Interpretation- Selamawit Demeke, Westfield HS, 1st place
VA State Scholastic Chess Tournament

Find all  the results here  https://vachess.org/. Here are the Dranesville student connected schools who placed in the tournament:

  • In the high school level
    • TJHSST won State Championship
    • Langley HS won 3rd place
    • Marshall HS won 6th place
  • Middle School level
    • Spring Hill ES won 4th place
  • K-5 level
    • Kent Gardens won State Championship
    • Churchill Road ES won 5th place
  • K- 5 under 1000 students
    • Lemon Road ES won 4th place
  • K-3 under 600 students
    • Lemon Road ES won 3rd place
    Herndon Pyramid Art Show

The opening reception on Friday April 5, 2024 from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 10th for 3D pieces and April 26th for 2D pieces at The Herndon United Methodist Church (701 Bennett St., Herndon). The times are:   M- F  9am - 4pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, and Sun. 11am-4pm.     

Herndon HS

Congratulations to these Science Fair Winners for earning an honorable mention: Luke Albers; Kyle Clayton; Andrew Patton; Ryan Quick; Carrie Toohey; Benjamin Valos; Adamariz Vasquez-Sudario; and Grace Wagner. 

Scott Pafumi, theatre arts director at Herndon High School, shared an FCPS alum Student Success moment! He shared that one of his former students, Jack Norcross recently won an Emmy for his morning news show in Charlotte, North Carolina! Jack got his start in broadcasting when he created a news show (first called “PRIMETIME AT POWERTIME” and later renamed to “HAWK TALK”) with his then-teacher Scott at Herndon Middle School in 2011.Scott also shared a clip of one of Jack’s early broadcasts — here’s Jack at 14 years old, head news reporter. Now at 25, Jack has an Emmy under his belt! Congratulations to Jack and thank you to Scott for sharing this wonderful story about the power of mentorship and career training; it matters!

Langley HS

Langley HS Ice Hockey won their third in a row Northern VA Scholastic Hockey League championship and had their second undefeated season.

McLean HS

We are so proud of our Get2Green student leaders for initiating and facilitating last week's "See Green" project! 28 teachers received plants for their classrooms. These plants will help improve the air quality and provide additional ecological benefits.

McLean's Mock Trial team won 2nd in the culminating Virginia and DC competition! For the first time in McLean's history, the team rose to the championship round with a 7 out of 8 record. Co-Captain and senior Niki Hoffman also won a top attorney award!

Cooper MS

A team representing Cooper Middle School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary competition. The eighth-grade team scored an impressive 168 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing tenth in the nation.

Dranesville ES

Go, Dragons! We see you. We're glad you're here! Congratulations to our students on Earning Perfect and Outstanding Attendance:

  • 210 students earned Perfect Attendance
  • 222 students had Outstanding Attendance

My visit to Cooper MS

April is... Month of the Military Child

Every year, we take an opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have more than 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and visit FCPS’ Military Families webpage

Purple Up! Day- April 17

Schools and community members are encouraged to wear purple as a visible gesture of their appreciation and support for military-connected youth. In addition to Purple Up! Day, FCPS school communities are coming together to honor their military-connected students in meaningful and creative ways. To learn more about MOMC activities, please contact your school.   

National Arab American Heritage Month

April is National Arab American Heritage Month. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. 

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans.

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Over 259,000 children live in Fairfax County; and in FY 2023, more than 3,700 of those children were involved with Child Protective Services. Child abuse and neglect cuts across all demographic areas and impacts our entire community.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the Fairfax County Child Protective Services (CPS) hotline at 703-324-7400. You may give your name or remain anonymous. Learn more about child abuse and find resources here.

Opportunities

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Northern Virginia Regional College Fair- 4/10 

Students please pre-register at https://app.strivescan.com/registrationfor a barcode. For more information regarding this college fair, visit our NVRCF landing page. 

  • Wednesday, April 10: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
  • EagleBank Arena (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax)
    • Parking is available, free of charge, in Parking Lots A and L, directly across from EagleBank Arena.
Magnet School Registration

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters Woods, Bailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery will be open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Great Falls Youth Native Habitat Garden Grant

The Great Falls Garden Club in partnership with Friends of the Great Falls Library is sponsoring a $300 Youth Native Habitat Garden Grant to be awarded to a student in Grades 5 -11 who lives in the 22066 zip code. The application is available on-line at GFGardenClub.org and at the GF library. Submissions are due April 15.

NOVA Vision 2024- 4/17, 4- 6p.m.

FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities interested in attending NOVA to learn about available options at the Annandale Campus. The orientation will include presentations from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, Counseling Services, a mock NOVA classroom experience for students, and a NOVA student panel with Q&A session. Click here to register. 

Youth Conservation Camp for HS Students

The Youth Conservation Camp will be July 14-20 on the Virginia Tech campus. This one-week program will focus on forestry, soil, aquatics, and wildlife to teach high school students more about the natural world. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply and may receive a partial scholarship from NVSWCD. Applications are due Friday, April 26. Learn more about Youth Conservation Camp, including how to obtain an application here.

FCRHA Scholarships- due 4/30

FCRHA scholarships are designed to promote postsecondary education and technical training for Fairfax County residents who live in affordable housing supported by the FCRHA. Please ensure you meet all eligibility criteria and submit all required documents  All applications must be received no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2024, by 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors & Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. The information session will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect HS seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community. For questions, email [email protected]  or call 703-323-3000.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor Dr. Bussey’s legacy as a founding member of the MSAOC and longtime advocate for students and families. This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Great Falls Grange Student Volunteer Opportunities

We are inviting student volunteers to work at the Great Falls Grange, planting and maintaining our Oak Tree Grove (a demonstration garden with emphasis on growing native plants). These hours would support student community service  needs. Once volunteers sign up, our Grange coordinator will send more details in advance on what we will be doing, what you should bring with them, weather forecast, etc.  Sign up for your desired dates:

  • Saturday, May 11, 9- 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 9, 9- 11:30 a.m.
Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp. The camp is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability. This camp is sponsored by FCPS and FC Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

Athletic Physicals for MS and HS 2024-25 Sports

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes. Beginning May 1, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in MS sports SY 2024-25. These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50. Rising MS students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available. You can register here: Student registration. Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time. Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

BRICC- PIA Summer STEM Camps

FREE summer STEM Camps- Rising 6th – 12th grade students can explore, create, and innovate in a fun and engaging environment at our facilities in Arlington and Chantilly, Virginia. Our STEM camps are designed to inspire curiosity and foster a love for learning. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and projects, students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork dynamics. Camps include: StellarXplorers; Robotics Camp; Drone Camp; and Coding Camp. To register your student for our STEM camp, please visit their website for details.

Events

Disclaimer: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

McLean Community Center Events: 4/5- 4/13
  • (the) Unruly Theatre Project Improv Classes Showcase- (the) Unruly Improv is The Alden’s professional teen improv company dedicated to bringing comedic performances to the community. Learn more here.
    • Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.- Free admission
  • Family Hula Dance Workshop- family-fun afternoon learning the basics of Hula dance and storytelling from the acclaimed Honolulu Theatre for Youth! Experience is not required. Children must attend with an adult. Learn more here.
    • Sunday, April 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • (the) Unruly Theatre Project w/Honolulu Theatre for Youth
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive- It is urgent for donors of all ethnicities to support patients in need. Join us and support the community with your lifesaving blood donation. Learn more here.
    • Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Lightwire Theater: “The Ugly Duckling” Learn more here.
    • Friday, April 12, 6 p.m.
  • McLean Earth Day – this outdoor environmental action event is designed to provide MCC district residents with an opportunity to create a healthier planet. 
    • Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.– 12 p.m.
495 NEXT Project Update Meetings- 4/8 and 4/11

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), along with project partner, Transurban, and contractor, Lane Construction, will hold two public meetings (virtual and in-person option) to provide the latest updates and information related to the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. Both meetings will include the same presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Project representatives will be present to provide information and answer questions.

  • Virtual meeting- April 8: 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
  • In-person meeting- April 11: 6:30- 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
    • Langley HS Cafeteria (6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean)
      • Enter the building using Door 14
2024 National STEM Festival Student Expo- 4/13

The National STEM Festival on Saturday, April 13, 12- 4p.m. in Washington D. C. for students and families ages 8 and up. Get your free ticket here.  You don’t want to miss this event, where innovation and creativity are the stars of the show.  This event showcases a wide array of student-led inventions and research projects.

Bands on the Run- April 21

Calling all runners and walkers! Our 5th Annual Bands on the Run 5K is on April 21 at 8 am! This event is open to the entire community and benefits the Langley HS and Cooper MS bands. All ages are welcome. Stay afterwards and enjoy live DJ music, refreshments and sponsors’ tables. Learn more here.

Stress Less Admissions with Jeff Selingo- 4/29 SCC Spring Speaker Event 

Save the date! Join the Mclean Safe Community Coalition Monday, April 29 at 7pm at the MCC’s Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean) for an evening with New York Times best-selling author and journalist, Jeff Selingo. Well-known for his years of experience monitoring and researching the higher-education industry, Jeff will share his insights on current trends in college admissions and tips on managing the process and preserving the peace. Register here.

TJ Techstravaganza- 5/18

Put the annual STEM activity, Saturday, May 18, 10am- 4pm, for students of all ages event at TJ on your calendar.  Register here.

  McLean Day Festival- 5/18

Save the date!  Learn more about McLean’s biggest festival here.

 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

The views contained within this newsletter reflect the views of the individual school board member who is the publisher of this newsletter and may not reflect the views of the Fairfax County School Board.

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