Employee News – Tuesday, 10/13/20

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Bus drivers supported Eagle View ES by delivering supplies to students. Principal Kanchana Iyer (far right) was very appreciative. (Photo: Kanchana Iyer)

Open Enrollment Is Underway

Open Enrollment for employees began yesterday and will continue through Friday, November 6. This is your annual opportunity to enroll and/or make changes to your medical, dental, and/or flexible spending account (FSA) benefits for the upcoming year. This year’s Open Enrollment will be virtual with various resources posted online, and opportunities for employees to chat with Office of Benefit Services staff and vendors. Watch the 2021 Benefits Sneak Peek video or visit FCPS' Open Enrollment page for more information.

Recognize Amazing Employees with FCPS CARES!


FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond.

Video of the Week


The Region 2 transportation team joined Pine Spring ES staff to organize book buses. The buses delivered independent reading books to students throughout the community, while walkers and bikers picked up their books at the school. Watch the video.

Tools to Handle Stress

Guidance Resources, FCPS’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is hosting a Stress Management webinar that focuses on specific, practical activities to reduce stress. These techniques can help you cope, no matter what may be causing your stress. Please click on one of the dates and times below to register:

For additional information, visit Guidance Resources and use Web ID: FCPS, or call our EAP at 1-855-355-9097.

NOTE: If you cannot attend a live session, please register to receive the recording.

Registration for Fall Wellness Challenge Begins October 19

Travel the globe while building healthy habits with the virtual Worldwide Wellness Challenge! It's free and will run from Monday, November 2, through Sunday, December 13. Participants will earn points and travel across the world by logging their physical activity, active relaxation, and produce servings. Registration begins Monday, October 19. The first 75 employees to register will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Get the details on the Employee Wellness webpage on the intranet (VPN required). Questions? Please email fitnesschallenge@fcps.edu.

Celebrating Our Principals

October is National Principals Month. It's the perfect time to honor FCPS principals' dedication to their staff, students, and school communities. This year, we are especially thankful for their steadfast leadership, support, and inspiration during the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. Please take a moment to show a principal(s) how much you appreciate them! Learn more about National Principals Month

#OurFCPS Faces: Nonye Oladimeji


Nonye Oladimeji is a life-long learner, who seeks to make a positive impact on students and the greater FCPS community. Nonye has been with FCPS for 26 years! She is currently the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) coordinator and the advanced academic resource teacher at Glasgow MS. She began her career at Oakton ES as a special education instructional assistant, while pursuing a master’s degree in special education. After two years, Nonye became a special education teacher at Hughes MS.

The IBMYP in Fairfax County is a whole-school program for students in grades 6-10. All students in the program take part in a curricular framework that focuses on the connections between traditional subjects and the real world application as well as becoming critical and reflective thinkers.

As Glasgow’s IBMYP coordinator, Nonye works closely with administrators and teachers to oversee the implementation of the program in all content areas. Some of her tasks include reviewing current state and district educational standards to inform the ongoing development of the program, and collaborating with school administrators, instructional leaders, and other partners as needed.

As an advanced academic resource teacher, Nonye handles multiple tasks including helping identify students for the Advanced Academic Program (AAP), working with teachers to ensure student access to AAP resources, and communicating regularly with parents, teachers, and students regarding program changes or new requirements.

Acting Principal Katie Madigan says, “Glasgow is lucky to call Dr. Nonye Oladimeji our own. She serves a unique role as both IB Coordinator and AAP coordinator. She truly understands the whole child and brings the global perspective to all we do in ensuring that all students learn at high levels."

Recently, a Glasgow parent expressed appreciation for Nonye in an FCPS Cares submission:

“Dr. Nonye Oladimeji ("Dr. O.", Glasgow's IB Coordination Teacher) has gone above and beyond for my child and our family to make her (and us) feel at ease about coming into the school in the middle of a pandemic […]. We've lived throughout Virginia and abroad, and Dr. O. stands out as an educator who truly cares and is one of the best school staff I've engaged with in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and even overseas. Dr. O. stands out as an educator, mentor, mother, and is just a good human being. Shout out to Glasgow for hiring her and all of the talented, dedicated staff at Glasgow and beyond who truly care for the students, especially during these difficult times. Thank you.”

When Nonye is not teaching or learning, she volunteers weekly at a local shelter and nursing home. She adds, “I have volunteered at the Bailey’s Shelter for the past nine years and at Embry Rucker Shelter for the past 22 years.”

Nonye, thank you for your dedication to serving our students and the greater Fairfax community.

Policies Concerning the Conduct of Political Campaigns

With the presidential election quickly approaching, please take a moment to review FCPS policies regarding conduct around political campaigns. Two important reminders include:

  • Employees are encouraged to exercise their constitutional rights to participate in political activity–e.g. campaigning, running for office, registering voters, displaying and distributing political materials–but should do so on their own time or by taking leave.
  • Instructional personnel may discuss political issues with students as part of the instructional program, following FCPS guidelines to insure balanced and critical review of issues.

Visit the intranet for more information (VPN required).

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Please email EmployeeNews@fcps.edu with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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Employee News – Tuesday, 10/6/20

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West Springfield HS counselors created documents listing virtual learning supports, then dropped them off with students who were having connectivity issues. (Photo: WSHS Counselors)

Open Enrollment Starts Monday, October 12

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to enroll and/or make changes to your medical, dental, and flexible spending account (FSA) benefits for the upcoming calendar year. This year’s Open Enrollment will be virtual with various resources posted online and scheduled opportunities for employees to chat with Office of Benefit Services staff and vendors. Visit the FCPS Open Enrollment webpage for details, including the virtual session schedule and the 2021 Benefits Sneak Peek video.

Message Regarding Return to In-Person Instruction


This week marks the beginning of phased, in-person cohort learning at FCPS. Yesterday, Dr. Brabrand shared a message with the community regarding the phased-in approach. Watch the video

Video of the Week


Need an energy boost? This video of Robinson SS' administrative team singing Robinson's fight song should do the trick. Watch it now.

Build Your Self-Assurance

We have all experienced a lot of change during the pandemic. This Self-Assurance Toolkit from FCPS' Employee Assistance Program, Guidance Resources, provides resources to help manage change, develop a positive attitude, and build self-esteem. For additional tools, please contact Guidance Resources at 1-855-355-9097 or visit their website (use Web ID: FCPS).

Changing the Way You Think About Diet and Exercise

Guidance Resources, FCPS' Employee Assistance Program, is offering a webinar on safe and effective strategies to improve overall fitness through manageable changes in diet and exercise. Attendees will learn why exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and how to avoid ineffective diets.

The Healthy Lifestyle: Changing the Way You Think About Diet and Exercise webinar will be held on Monday, October 12, at noon and at 4 p.m. Please click the appropriate link to register. Email EAPQuestions@fcps.edu with questions.

NOTE: If you are not available to attend one of the live sessions, please register anyway to receive a link to the recording.

#OurFCPS Faces: Sandra Robles

 

Sandra Robles, Food Services kitchen manager at Laurel Hill ES, serves up Grab and Go meals with a side of friendliness. She tries to live her best life every day, and says if she can help someone in the process, that’s a gift to her.

Sandra joined FCPS in 2009 at Bonnie Brae ES. She moved to Fort Hunt ES, then landed at Laurel Hill in 2014. As kitchen manager, Sandra organizes, orders, handles production, cooks, serves, trains new cafeteria employees, and helps students as needed. Her supervisor Sean Pettit says, “In the five years that Sandra has been at Laurel Hill, she has created a strong relationship with her staff, administration, and students. She greets every person that comes through her cafeteria with a smile, and she makes sure that anyone who comes into Laurel Hill leaves with a positive attitude. Sandra also helps to train future Managers in Training (MIT’s) to make sure that they also carry on the customer service skills that she shows on a daily basis.”

Since the health crisis, Sandra has been delivering meals to students with the Grab and Go meal distribution program. She loves welcoming the students every morning. She adds, "Before the pandemic, I was very comfortable working at LHES, and during this past month, I went out to provide meals for everyone who was in need and that made me realize that there’s always something you can do for other people. And I felt so lucky to be part of FCPS because not only do I have a job, I also can help my community.”

Bus driver Melissa Wike praised Sandra in a recent FCPS Cares submission: “I had the opportunity to work with Sandra for a week this summer doing Grab and Go food delivery. While I only drove this route for a week, Sandra had been working during the whole shutdown period since March. [...] In addition to her positive, helpful attitude with me, Sandra was very professional. She worked efficiently, observing all safety measures. [...] She seemed to know every person, many by name, who came to our bus, and they seemed genuinely happy to see her every day. I was happy and proud to work with Sandra. She is just the type of employee you want as the face of FCPS.”

When Sandra is not working, she enjoys listening to music, dancing, or watching a good movie.

Thank you, Sandra, for being the perfect example of Caring Culture at FCPS!

FCPS Receives 2020 Award for Excellence in Procurement

FCPS has been awarded the 25th annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2020 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc.  The AEP award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership, and e-procurement. Read the news release.

Bus Driver Helps His Daughter Prepare for Students' Return


Did you know that many of our bus drivers have been working in other roles while students are learning from home? One excellent example is Jose Abiles. Jose has been helping his daughter, McGlensey Antonucci, prepare her classroom for the return of her veterinary science students at Chantilly Academy. Watch this dynamic dad and daughter in action.  

Indigenous Peoples' Day Is October 12

Monday, October 12, is Indigenous Peoples' Day. It is also a student holiday. In July, the School Board voted to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day beginning with the current school year calendar. Read the news release.

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Please email EmployeeNews@fcps.edu with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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Employee News – Tuesday, 9/29/20

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Mount Vernon pyramid administrators welcomed Mount Vernon HS seniors who took the SAT last Wednesday. (Photo: Jamey Chianetta, Principal, Fort Belvoir Upper School)

Two Fairfax County Schools Named 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to Fairhill ES and Poplar Tree ES for being named 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education! The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors high performing schools and schools making exemplary progress toward closing achievement gaps. Poplar Tree was recognized for overall achievement. Fairhill was recognized for progress toward closing achievement gaps. Read the news release.

Photo of the Week


Melanie Odria, a graphic designer at the Teaching Materials Preparation Center (TMPC), is one of many operational employees who are committed to supporting our schools. Gisele Gray, a community activities specialist at Fairfax HS, describes Melanie as a “behind the scenes hero." Melanie recently completed a project for the school with very short notice. Gisele adds that Melanie "delivered on time, under budget, and with professionalism and grace." (Photo: Gisele Gray) 

See more staff photos on the FCPS website

Be Thoughtful About Your Social Media Posts

FCPS staff members do an amazing job of using social media to showcase creativity, collaboration, and learning at its best. But sometimes, staff social media posts are not aligned with FCPS’ mission or values. Examples include using inappropriate language or being disrespectful to others.

As FCPS employees, we are all considered FCPS brand ambassadors. With that in mind, please review FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff. Its three guiding principles are:

  1. Protect our students.
  2. Be professional.
  3. Use common sense.

Remembering these three tenets can help avoid situations that detract from our ability to effectively serve our students. Please contact the Office of Communication and Community Relations with questions at ccrsocial@fcps.edu.   

Congratulations to Our Newest Principal


Please join us in congratulating Jamie Gadley, the new principal of Dranesville ES! Read the news release.

Learn How to Improve Your Life with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being completely engaged in the present moment. It's when you are not thinking, reflecting, judging, or deciding, but simply experiencing the "now." Staying in the present moment can be challenging, especially during stressful times, when our minds tend to wander and worry. That’s why it's so important to incorporate a mindfulness practice into your daily life. Doing so can yield numerous benefits including sharpening your focus; reducing stress, anxiety, and depression; lowering blood pressure; and helping with pain management.

Please consider registering for Employee Wellness' webinar: Mindfulness–Being Present in Your Work and Life. It will be held on Monday, October 5, at noon, and at 4 p.m. Please click the appropriate link to register.

NOTE: If you are not available to attend one of the live sessions, please register anyway to receive a link to the recording.

October Fitness Class Schedule Released

Employee Wellness is continuing to host free live fitness classes in October, in partnership with Inova Well. Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Choose from Zumba, Mat Pilates, and many more options. Please view class descriptions and recordings on the Employee Wellness webpage on the intranet (VPN required). Sign up for a class on the Inova Well website. Participation in live classes is on a first come, first served basis.

#OurFCPS Faces: Lisa Alexander-White

 

Lisa Alexander-White has spent her career looking out for others in the Fairfax County community. The proud graduate of FCPS' Fort Hunt HS (which was open from 1963-1985) began working for the school division in 2017. She is one of three internal investigators under the Department of Human Resources.

Lisa worked at Fairfax County Child Protective Services (CPS) for 12 years before joining FCPS. She says, “I have spent a large portion of my professional career on 'the front lines,' trying to look out for the safety and well-being of others–children in particular. Working for FCPS in my current role allows me the opportunity to continue doing that very important work, but on a more macro level.” Lisa's primary responsibility is looking into allegations of potential misconduct by employees against students or against another staff member. She regularly works with school administrators, CPS, and the Fairfax County Police Department.

It is daunting work, but her collaboration with other agencies has earned her a prestigious honor. Lisa was recently awarded the Fairfax County Police Department Citizen Award, which is given to “an individual who has gone beyond the expected community involvement, by act or deed, and has provided an invaluable service to the Department in the interest of public safety.”

Major Ed O’Carroll, commander of the Major Crimes Bureau, nominated Lisa for this award. Here is an excerpt from his nomination:

As a Human Resources investigator, Ms. Alexander-White routinely collaborates with the Major Crimes Bureau through a multi-disciplinary teams approach including maintaining a very collaborative relationship through Safespot [Children's Advocacy Center]. Lisa is often complimented for her ability to assist detectives who are assigned some of the most heinous cases that come to law enforcement. She embodies strong cooperation along with unparalleled support to the mission of seeking justice for the victims, who are oftentimes FCPS students.

Catherine Carroll, director of Equity and Employee Relations, adds, “Lisa is a dedicated investigator. She is responsive, thoughtful, and works hard to ensure the safety of our students. Lisa’s expertise and background are a great asset to FCPS.”

Lisa enjoys meeting teachers and administrators during the course of her work. She describes them as upbeat, gracious, and positive. In her free time, she and her husband like spending time with their adult children and their 3-year-old grandson. She's also looking forward to the arrival of a new baby granddaughter later this year.

Lisa, thank you for your commitment to the safety of FCPS students!

Sharing Gender Pronouns

When comfortable, staff members are encouraged to share their gender pronouns next to their name on virtual platforms. Gender pronouns are words an individual would like others to use when others are talking about them or to them. Examples include: “He, him, his” or “she, her, hers” and gender neutral pronouns such as “they, them, theirs” or “ze/hir” (pronounced "zee/heer"). Sharing gender pronouns helps us build a more inclusive work and classroom environment. Find out more about gender pronouns

Check Out the September Issue of Audit Buzz

FCPS’ Office of Auditor General (OAG) publishes Audit Buzz to provide a look into OAG’s work. Highlights from the latest issue include the Construction Contract Management audit, a summary of current engagements, and a new Knowledge Hive topic: Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. Stay up to date with OAG’s current and planned work by reading the latest issue of Audit Buzz.

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Please email EmployeeNews@fcps.edu with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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Employee News – Tuesday, 9/22/20

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Fox Mill ES staff distributed supplies and laptops to students earlier this month. (Photo: Fox Mill ES)

Opening of Schools Report

Superintendent Brabrand presented the annual Opening of Schools report during the September 17 School Board meeting. The report provides an overview of demographics, hiring statistics, budget, technology systems, capital improvements, and other information about the school division. Watch the video.

Lisa Rode Named Virginia’s Region 4 Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to Kings Glen ES teacher Lisa Rode for being named the Region 4 Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Department of Education! Lisa will compete for the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year title with seven other regional Teachers of the Year. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 8. Read the news release

Fall Academy Courses Open for Registration

The fall Academy Course Program is now open for registration. The Academy continues to provide in-depth and immediately relevant professional development opportunities that enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills to support prioritized FCPS initiatives and goals. Some of the courses that directly support teaching and learning in the virtual environment include:

  • AC-1175 Building Your Digital Learning Environment in FCPS.
  • AC-2815 Supporting Students’ Executive Functioning in a Digital Environment.
  • AC-2638 Using Technology to Enhance Project-Based Learning in Elementary School.
  • AC-2677-1 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Collaborative Settings.
  • AC-2814 Blended Learning in a Transforming Classroom.

Details such as course syllabi, outcomes, and assignments are listed in the course description. Watch a video on how to register or visit the Academy intranet page (VPN required) for more information. Please email Academy@fcps.edu, if you have questions.

Photo of the Week


Pictured left to right: Bus drivers Elsa Fisher, Jean Demas, Jim Jackson, Patty Vollmer, and Karen Gilmore. (Photo: Jessica Trexler, Bus Driver Supervisor)


Many of our bus drivers are supporting schools in other ways during virtual learning. The drivers above are from Team 36 in Area 3 Transportation Services. They recently visited Fairview ES to help prepare school supply bags. 

Congratulations to Our Two Newest Principals

We are excited to acknowledge our newest principals:

Please join us in congratulating them! 

Register for Employee Wellness' Emotional Intelligence Webinar

Building emotional intelligence improves your ability to master your emotional functioning. It can also improve communication with others, enhance your perception of satisfaction with yourself and your life, and increase your overall productivity.

Interested in learning more? If so, please register for the Emotional Intelligence webinar courtesy of Employee Wellness, in conjunction with Guidance Resources, FCPS’ Employee Assistance Program. The 45-minute webinar will be held on Monday, September 28, at noon and at 4 p.m. Please click on your preferred time to register.

#OurFCPS Faces: Jerry Richardson


Jerry Richardson is a fifth grade Advanced Academic Program (AAP) teacher at Bush Hill ES. He recently returned to FCPS after teaching English to fourth and fifth grade students for one year in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Although this is Jerry’s first year at Bush Hill, he is starting his sixth year of teaching in FCPS. (He taught at Parklawn ES for five years.) More than anything else, Jerry sees his job as "serving as an accessible and approachable role model by modeling to students how to be a better reader, writer, thinker, and problem solver.”

Jerry’s motivation is the significant growth he’s seen in his students’ academic and social skills. He says, “Knowing that I contributed to [my] students’ success empowers me to continue my work of service.” Jerry is truly dedicated to improving his "teaching craft" to benefit his community and the families he serves. And, he believes that FCPS' strong teaching environment allows him to do just that: “The opportunities that teachers are given to extend their learning through Academy classes, [combined with] school leaders who listen and implement necessary changes to school culture, and the resources provided to teachers are unmatched.”

Principal Mary Duffy attests to Jerry’s commitment. She says, “I have had the pleasure of hiring Jerry to work for FCPS two different times. I first helped to hire him as a first-year teacher at Parklawn Elementary several years ago. This past February, I reached out to him via Twitter to see if he was planning to return to the U.S. after teaching abroad. I shared with him that our school would have a vacancy for fifth grade AAP and encouraged him to apply. The rest is history! Over the years, I have come to know Jerry as a passionate educator who loves his students. He is constantly learning and stretching his own skills. He builds strong relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. He is a positive collaborator who gives of his time. I knew he would be a great addition to our staff and a fabulous role model for our students.”

When Jerry returned to FCPS, he returned to virtual learning. While he admits that teaching virtually has not been ideal, he has adjusted to teaching online by taking advantage of professional development opportunities, communicating with other teachers and staff, and pushing himself to be flexible and creative.

Outside of FCPS, Jerry loves to hike with friends, family, or alone. He uses that time to clear his head and focus on self-care.

We are so happy you came #Back2Fairfax, Jerry!

Did You Know FCPS Has Classified Ads?

Employees can list personally-owned items or real estate that they're seeking to buy, sell, or rent on the FCPS Classifieds. Staff may also use this service to advertise for roommates. Visit the Classifieds on the intranet (VPN required).

Stuff the Bus

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic rise in the demand for food from area nonprofits. On Saturday, September 26, Fastran buses will be parked at 21 locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food for the Stuff the Bus food drive. See the list of donation sites and other information on Fairfax County's website.  

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration honors the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Please email EmployeeNews@fcps.edu with potential submissions or questions. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Thank you!  

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Employee News – Tuesday, 9/15/20

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Stratford Landing ES staff handled laptop distribution with ease. (Photo: Katie Kirdahi, School-Based Technology Specialist)

FSA Special Enrollment/Change Period Ends September 30

As a reminder, new guidance was issued earlier this year by the Internal Revenue Service to temporarily allow mid-year change opportunities for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) participants who did not have a qualified family status change. The opportunity to make changes under the Special Enrollment Period will end on September 30. For more information, please visit the visit the FSA Mid-Year Change Opportunities webpage.

Payroll Tax Deferral Update

After much consideration, FCPS has decided not to participate in the payroll tax deferral described in the Presidential Executive order signed on August 8. Employees should expect to see no change in their social security taxes withheld. For additional information, please visit the Office of Payroll Management’s webpage on the intranet (VPN required).  

MyPDE Summative Performance Evaluation Updates and Training

Performance evaluations for all employees on evaluation cycle this school year are available in MyPDE.* To find out if you are on evaluation cycle, please go to your Timeline in MyPDE and look under Tasks. You will see Self-Assessment – [Your Name].

Keep in mind:

  • Self-Assessment (all employees) and Goal Setting (instructional employees only) must be completed by November 16.
  • Key evaluation dates are displayed on your Performance Dashboard.
  • Supporting documentation should be uploaded to the Documentation Log and Evaluator Data Sources.

The following training videos are available within MyPDE:

For further assistance, please contact the Office of Equity and Employee Relations specialist assigned to your work location (VPN required) or email HRconnection@fcps.edu.  


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Maria Sanchez, a Spanish teacher at Madison HS, joins other staff who are distributing textbooks, library books, spirit wear, and other supplies this week. 

An Opportunity for Middle Managers to Develop Leadership Skills

The Middle Managers Round Table (MMRT) is a seven-month collaborative leadership development program for both operational and instructional leaders, conducted by The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement and the Fairfax County government. 

During the program, middle managers from both systems build leadership capacity and collaborate on a group capstone project. The program is seeking coordinators, managers, and school-based administrators (except principals) who have a supervisory or management role and want to develop their leadership skills. The application deadline is close of business September 29. Apply now. Each applicant's supervisor will need to complete a recommendation form on the applicant’s behalf. Get more information on MMRT (VPN required). Please e-mail Tiffany Lee at ttlee@fcps.edu with any questions.

Interested in Becoming a Special Education Teacher

Current employees, including substitutes, who would like to become special education teachers will be able to access EDSE 501–Introduction to Special Education tuition free this fall with George Mason University. Preference will be given to classroom support employees (instructional assistants, public health attendants, and public health training assistants). Eligible candidates must have a principal or manager recommendation, agree to the terms of the program, and at a minimum, hold a bachelor’s degree. Upon successful completion, candidates will be eligible, and expected, to apply for current FCPS vacancies in special education upon completion of the course. Candidates also are required to join an approved program leading to full licensure in special education.  

EDSE 501–Introduction to Special Education is an online, on-demand master’s level class, where students work through self-directed modules. Once registered, candidates will have six to 12 weeks to complete the course. Get course details. If you are interested, please complete this form.

Important Information for Current National Board Certified Teachers

The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement is required to confirm the eligibility of all National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) every year in order for them to receive the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Incentive Award. All NBCTs must provide necessary information by completing this form. Please have your VDOE license number available.

Every year, FCPS must certify that NBCTs are “engaged in direct instruction” with students more than 50 percent of each school day. The verification form must be completed by close of business September 25. Visit the FCPS NBCT website to learn more. Also, if you are up for renewal this year, please consider joining your NBCT colleagues in an Academy Cohort beginning this month. Register in myPDE

See Who's on the Move

People on the Move is back! Check out new hires and appointments, transfers, and promotions within FCPS. This information is updated every two weeks and posted on the intranet. Check out People on the Move (VPN required).

#OurFCPS Faces: Lauren Spector


Meet Lauren Spector, a family and consumer sciences (FCS) teacher at Herndon HS. Lauren is a career-switcher from the mental health field. She loves being able to build a positive rapport with her students. She says, "I feel that all students should feel that they have a person in their corner rooting for them to succeed, and in this job, I get to be able to provide that.” She also shared her desire to provide all students with the knowledge and education to help them become their best selves. 

Lauren is motivated by the Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” She and her colleague Heather Palm brought that sentiment to life by leading a team of students to a third-place win in Real Food For Kids' annual culinary challenge in August. Their winning recipe was replicated for Chefs Feeding Families’ Mighty Meals program, which feeds those in need in the DC metro area. The Herndon HS team was invited to help serve meals at Harvey Hall Apartments in Arlington earlier this summer, working alongside professional chefs. 

The competition is one of Lauren's many responsibilities. Her primary focus is teaching students life skills such as budgeting money, creating healthy food plans, and making healthy meals for themselves and their families; kitchen skills such as proper sanitation, knife skills, and food preparation; and learning about hospitality and tourism, and other career paths. 

As for virtual learning, Lauren says, it has given her the opportunity to learn about new teaching tools that can be implemented in and out of the classroom. It has also made her more creative in discovering ways to keep students engaged in a virtual classroom.

It comes as no surprise that Lauren loves cooking and baking in her free time. She also enjoys being with her family and going to thrift stores.

Lauren, thank you for inspiring FCPS students to be their best selves!

Participate in FCPS' Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS' seventh Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference is being held over a three-week period beginning yesterday, through Saturday, October 3. The virtual conference features multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Our Minds Matter will also host a student strand on September 23 and 30. Register for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Helping individuals at risk to create a network for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness. Find local and national crisis resources.

Upcoming Jewish Holidays

This month, Jewish people throughout the world will be observing what is known as the High Holy Days or High Holidays. Most Jewish families will celebrate these holidays, which are often thought of as the holiest days of the year. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Friday evening, September 18. Yom Kippur begins on Sunday night, September 27, through Monday night, September 28. Find out more. Also, please see FCPS guidelines on excused absences for all religious holidays. This information, along with ways to be mindful of staff and student needs during this time, was provided to FCPS leaders in a recent Infogram.

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Freedom Hill ES front office staff and administrators sent first-day greetings to their students, teachers, and families. (Photo: Nick Zapadka, Principal)

Thanks for a Great #FirstDayFairfax


Today was an amazing first day of school! Please watch this short "Thank You" video for staff from Superintendent Brabrand. Also, check out #Firstdayfairfax on Twitter for some awesome first-day photos. 

COVID-19 Employee Health Self-Check 

All staff are required to perform the Employee Self-Check of Health located in the FCPS Return To Work Employee Guide (see page 6) prior to working a scheduled shift. If any responses are "Yes," do not report to work. Please complete the self-check daily to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

New Regulation Regarding Face Coverings

FCPS has developed a regulation addressing the use of face coverings to mitigate the spread of infectious disease. This regulation establishes procedures for the use of face coverings (cloth or disposable) for students, staff, and visitors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. View Regulation 2109.

Tech Support and Troubleshooting for Staff

New tech support resources for staff are now accessible from a single hub at the IT intranet homepage (VPN required). You'll be able to find helpful resources on keeping your laptop healthy, choosing a virtual tool, making and receiving phone calls, and other topics. Please check this page often for updates.

If you encounter technical issues, please submit a support ticket via RequestIT (VPN required), which will automatically contact your assigned technology support specialist. Or, contact the IT Service Desk at 703-503-1600 or ITServiceDesk@fcps.edu. If you report your issue via a ticket as soon as possible after the issue has occurred, that will assist IT in identifying and isolating problems, and with recognizing issues that may impact the school division.

IT Service Desk contact information is for staff only. Please direct parents and students to either the Parent/Student IT Support Portal to submit their own help request or to the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). If you have questions, please email ITServiceDesk@fcps.edu.

Video of the Week


Hayfield SS staff members have been taking turns participating in a back-to-school countdown for students. Last Saturday, Adam Fitzgerald, an after-school specialist, commemorated three days before the new school year with a wicked three-pointer. Watch the video.

Student Work and Social Media  

As a reminder, FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff has been updated. Please note that parent or guardian permission must be obtained prior to posting student work on social media, because it is not defined as exempt "directory information" which may be released without consent. Student work includes, but is not limited to, drawings, artwork, and presentations, which may be considered part of a student’s education record. Additionally, student handwriting is considered a “biometric” record that is considered personally identifiable student information. This guidance aligns with FERPA. Please review FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff for details.

Sign Up for Free Fitness Classes 

FCPS Employee Wellness is continuing to host free, live fitness classes this month in partnership with Inova Well. There is something for everyone from Yoga to Bootcamp. Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. View class descriptions and videos of previous classes on the Employee Wellness webpage on the intranet. Sign up for a class today.  

Participate in an Employee Wellness Webinar

Employee Wellness, in conjunction with Guidance Resources, FCPS’ Employee Assistance Program, will be offering 45-minute webinars for your personal development. Please click on the appropriate link to register. 

Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living

September 14, noon
September 14, 4 p.m.

Learn how to focus on the positive elements of our lives with a few simple practices and choose gratitude to look forward to each day.

Developing Grit: Strategies for Success in Work and Life

September 21, at noon 
September 21, 4 p.m.

Grit is mental toughness and the ability to persevere toward achieving difficult long-term goals. This course will examine the nature of grit and identify specific methods for developing it.

Stuff the Bus

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic rise in the demand for food from area nonprofits. On Saturday, September 12, and Saturday, September 26, Fastran buses will be parked at 21 locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food for the Stuff the Bus food drive. See the list of donation sites and other information on Fairfax County's website.  

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The awesome office staff at Groveton ES have been instrumental in preparing their families for the new school year. (Photo: Groveton ES)

Update on Executive Order Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral

FCPS' Office of Payroll Management has had many inquiries regarding the Presidential Executive Order announcing a deferral of social security taxes for employees. The U.S. Treasury Department is tasked with providing more guidance to employers which is expected in the coming weeks. Until then, FCPS will continue to withhold taxes appropriately. For more information, please visit Payroll’s intranet page.  

FCPS Names New Chief Information Officer

Dr. Brabrand has named Gautam Sethi as the school division' chief information officer. Gautam will oversee the Department of Information Technology, effective September 21. He is currently serving as chief technology officer for the Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colorado. Read the news release.

Important Update to FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff  

FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff outlines expectations for employees who use social media as a communications tool. While the guidance is updated throughout the year as needed, we are calling your attention to a substantial change.

In consultation with Division Counsel, the student privacy section has been updated to reflect that parent or guardian permission must be obtained prior to posting any student work on social media, because it is not defined as exempt directory information which may be released without consent. Student work includes, but is not limited to, drawings, artwork, and presentations, which may be considered part of a student’s education record. Additionally, student handwriting is considered a “biometric” record that is considered personally identifiable student information (PII). This guidance aligns with FERPA and is to be implemented effective immediately.

Other important reminders include:

  • Staff may not post or share photos or videos of students whose parents have submitted a signed Opt-Out Form noting the Comprehensive Opt-Out Option or Choice C.
  • Teachers who plan to feature students on their class/FCPS social media account should make parents aware of those plans as soon as possible. Any concerns about a student being featured in social media posts, whether from a parent or a student, must be respected.

Please review FCPS Social Media Guidance for Staff

Virtual Town Hall on September 2


Francine Furby, Director, Transportation Services (left) and Maria Perrone, Director, Food and Nutrition Services (right) joined Superintendent Brabrand at last Wednesday's virtual Town Hall for operational staff.


Superintendent Brabrand's will host a virtual Town Hall for the community regarding technology support on Wednesday, September 2, at 6 p.m. View the livestream. Please email questions to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu now or call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Tuition Reimbursement Portal Is Open

The portal to apply for tuition reimbursement for Summer 2020 courses is open now through September 30. Interested and eligible contracted employees may apply for up to $700 in tuition reimbursement for one course that ended between May 16 and August 31. Visit FCPS’ Tuition Reimbursement intranet page for important information and access to the request portal. (VPN is required if accessing remotely.) Tuition reimbursement is available on a first-come, first-served basis using the current priority list. Remember to have your tuition paid receipt (see example) and grade report (see example) handy to complete the request. For more information, please email Tuitionbenefits@fcps.edu.

Become a National Board Certified Teacher in FCPS

Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is considered one of the most prestigious certifications a teacher can achieve. The Virginia Department of Education recognizes this by awarding $5,000 for the first year of certification and $2,500 each additional year a teacher maintains the certification. Interested teachers are invited to attend an information session about the benefits and process for achieving National Board Certification on Wednesday, September 2, from 4-5 p.m. Register for the information session on MyPDE. There is an asynchronous session as well as additional information on the FCPS National Board Certification website.

The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement offers a three-credit Academy course to provide support throughout the candidacy process and tuition reimbursement toward the cost of certification. Please email NBCTInfo@fcps.edu for more information. 

Fall Academy Courses for Teachers

The fall Academy Course Program will continue to provide virtual professional development opportunities for teachers, with over 80 virtual offerings that enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills in the following initiatives and goals that are prioritized by the school division:

  • Social Emotional Learning.
  • Mental and Emotional Safety of Students and Teachers.
  • Student Engagement.
  • Curriculum Support in the Virtual Environment.
  • Technical Skills to Enhance Distance Learning.
  • Family Engagement.
  • Equity and Cultural Responsiveness.

Details including course syllabus, outcomes, and assignments will be listed in the Academy course catalog, which will be available on September 8, in MyPDE. Registration will open at 4 p.m. on September 14. See how to register or visit the Academy intranet page (VPN required) for more information. Please email Academy@fcps.edu with questions.

#OurFCPS Faces: Nathaniel Davis


Nathaniel Davis has been a technology support specialist (TSSpec) for FCPS for just over three years. He started at Willow Springs ES and is now part of the Centreville HS team. 

Nathaniel serves as the local area network administrator and provides desktop support to everyone in the building. He explains, “When students or staff have a problem with their device not functioning properly, it is my responsibility to correct the issue, or find a suitable solution that supports the students’ education and learning and supports staffs’ ability to instruct students.” He adds, “Students and staff come in with issues that need support, and while I work to find a resolution, I get to learn about my customers and their background."

Principal Chad Lehman adds, “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Davis as our TSSpec at Centreville High School. He demonstrates the highest level of commitment to ensuring that our students and staff have their technology needs met. One of our TSSpec positions was vacant until recently, and Mr. Davis was our only TSSpec through much of the pandemic. Yet he always handles the high volume of work with efficiency, dedication, and a tremendously positive attitude."

When asked about the COVID closure, Nathaniel talked about the additional pressures TSSpecs have faced: "All my colleagues have been innovative, and I have seen them all support not only their staff with new techniques, but they have shared that knowledge with everyone else. This innovation and sharing have helped all of us to learn and to grow in ways we never would have thought necessary or even possible to a degree.”

Nathaniel's “why” is centered around his faith and family. He shared that his faith directs how he works and interacts with everyone around him. He explains, "My family drives my need to work and to be the parent I need to be. FCPS has been a huge part of all of that.” Nathaniel's free time is occupied with church activities and family. His two children keep him and his wife "on our toes at all times."

Thank you, Nathaniel, for the outstanding support you provide for staff and students!

Participate in an Employee Wellness Webinar

Employee Wellness, in conjunction with Guidance Resources, FCPS’ Employee Assistance Program, will be offering 45-minute webinars for your personal development. Please click on the appropriate link to register. 

Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living

September 14, noon
September 14, 4 p.m.

Learn how to focus on the positive elements of our lives with a few simple practices and choose gratitude to look forward to each day.

Developing Grit – Strategies for Success in Work and Life

September 21, at noon 
September 21, 4 p.m. 

Grit is mental toughness and the ability to persevere toward achieving difficult long-term goals. This course will examine the nature of grit and identify specific methods for developing it.

Access Exclusive AT&T Savings from PerkSpot

FCPS employees can get an exclusive discount on AT&T's best Unlimited Plan–up to $10 per line, per month on the AT&T Unlimited Elite Plan. The plan includes unlimited data, 30GB of mobile hotspot data, and other features. Log in to Perkspot or sign up to access savings from AT&T and other vendors. 

Check out the Latest Issue of Audit Buzz

FCPS’ Office of Auditor General (OAG) publishes Audit Buzz to provide a look into OAG’s work. Highlights from the latest issue include the status of current engagements, an update on registering FCPS with the National Registry of Continued Professional Education (CPE) Sponsors, and revisits internal controls. Check out Audit Buzz.

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Mount Vernon HS staff prepare to distribute laptops to the Class of 2024. (Photo: Mount Vernon HS)

Town Hall for Operational Staff Tonight


Claudia McDowell, school social worker at Lynbrook ES (left), and Bethany Koszelak, FCPS mental wellness specialist (right), joined Superintendent Brabrand for last Wednesday's virtual Town Hall.


Join Superintendent Brabrand's virtual Town Hall for operational employees tonight, Tuesday, August 25, at 6 p.m. Representatives from Human Resources, Food and Nutrition Services, and Facilities and Transportation Services will also be available to answer questions about return to school preparations. View the livestream. Please email questions to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu now or call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

More Town Halls Planned, Including Spanish-Language Event 

Dr. Brabrand has additional virtual Town Halls for the community scheduled through Wednesday, September 2, including a Spanish-language forum on Tuesday, September 1. Visit FCPS' Town Hall webpage for more information.  

Photo of the Week


Teachers LaTonya Floyd (left), Chelsea Ettere (center) and Paula Cortes (right) joined other Woodburn ES staff to pack books and supplies for students. See Paula's tweet.

#OurFCPS Faces: Regina Patterson


As a second grade teacher at Freedom Hill ES, Regina Patterson loves helping students reach their full potential every day. Regina’s teaching career began in 1995 in North Carolina, where she was named Teacher of the Year at her elementary school and was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Fortunately, she joined FCPS seven years ago, as a teacher at Lemon Road ES.

Regina says, “I have truly been able to lead a career that I am passionate about and believe in. For over two decades, I have been able to teach multiple generations of students and have seen the positive impacts that a caring and dedicated person can have on any child’s life. In keeping with the FCPS mission, I am driven to equip students with the tools necessary to be well educated, independent, responsible members of the community.”

Principal Nick Zapadka touts Regina's positive influence in the classroom. “Mrs. Patterson is a wonderful asset to the Freedom Hill school community. In addition to being a fabulous, caring instructor in the classroom, she is active on our Equity and Inclusion Team and serves as her team’s representative on our Instructional Leadership Council. Though I could speak glowingly about her for a long time, I’d like to instead share an email written by a parent last year that demonstrates how she meaningfully impacts her students and families each year.”

Dear Dr. Zapadka,

I have a 2nd grade son at FHES and I wanted to let you know that Mrs. Patterson has gone above and beyond to engage all her students while navigating this public health crisis. She has made personal phone calls with each student and has been so patient with the children online to ensure everyone’s participation. She has made sure translation has been provided and that students with IEPs connect with specialists for their TLPs [Temporary Learning Plans]. It has been challenging for all of us as parents and to know that she, too, is an involved mother while juggling the evolving lesson plans amazes me. Our son misses the classroom and for almost an hour a day, Mon.-Thurs., Mrs. Patterson creates an environment for him to connect with his peers while learning grade level concepts. We adore Mrs. Patterson and our TLP team. We are in this together.

With hope,

A 2nd grade parent

As COVID and distance learning have forced change in educational strategies, Regina remains optimistic. “The closure has allowed me to create a learning environment for my students that blends established teaching techniques with new innovative ways of teaching and learning.”

Outside of FCPS, Regina enjoys reading and traveling with her husband and two daughters, both of whom attend Marshall HS. She is also earning her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.

Thank you, Regina, for being a true champion and role model for our students!

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement is offering five courses, taught by instructional coaches, to support collaborative teams and student engagement this fall:

Course Title

Dates and Times

Designing Digital Lessons for Student Interaction and Engagement

Tuesday 9/1, 3-4 p.m. or

Wednesday, 9/16, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Creating Community in Online Learning Environments

Wednesday, 9/2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. or

Thursday, 9/3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Leveraging Collaborative Teams to Design Meaningful Asynchronous Instruction

Wednesday, 10/7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. or

Thursday, 10/8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

When a Slide is Not Just a Slide: Differentiation and Engagement for All (Elementary Teachers)

Wednesday, 9/16, 4:30-6 p.m. or

Wednesday, 9/23, 4:30-6 p.m.

When a Slide is Not Just a Slide: Differentiation and Engagement for All (Secondary Teachers)

Wednesday, 9/9, 3:30-5 p.m. or

Wednesday, 9/16, 3:30-5 p.m.


To see course descriptions and register, click on the dates and times above, or go to MyPDE and search for the course name. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Lis at mllis@fcps.edu

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Annandale HS' administrative staff is ready for the new school year. (Photo: Karen Bryan, Administrative Assistant)

Welcome Back Message from Dr. Brabrand

Last Friday, Superintendent Brabrand welcomed back teachers and support staff, as we get ready for a 100-percent virtual start on Tuesday, September 8. If you missed Dr. Brabrand's video, please watch it now

Telework Reminder

The following reminder is excerpted from Dr. Brabrand's August 7 message to staff:

FCPS continues to encourage employees who can telework to continue to telework. However, the virtual start to the school year may mean that there are job duties and tasks that cannot be completed in a telework setting. Principals and program managers may require an employee to report to their worksite to assist with various tasks including the distribution of laptops, school supplies, and other assignments, as needed, to begin the school year virtually. Employees will follow established safety guidelines at their work location, including the completion of a daily health screening questionnaire

If you are asked to report to your work site, all employees will be required to wear a face covering and to complete the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-FCPS Staff Training and review the Return to Work video available in MyPDE. We also ask that everyone working in an FCPS building continue to take important precautions to help us maintain a safe and healthy workplace–wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, and perhaps most important, stay home if you are sick. Hand sanitizer and extra cleaning supplies have been sent to worksites. Daytime custodians have been instructed to continuously disinfect and sanitize restrooms and high touch points throughout the day.

Employees who have submitted ADA requests for telework will continue to telework and will not be asked to return to the physical worksite unless the review process for each individual request determines that an employee may return with certain restrictions. For questions, please email eerada@fcps.edu.  

Superintendent to Hold Town Hall Wednesday, August 19


School-Based Technology Specialists Nishi Langhorne (left) and Leslie Leisey (right) joined Superintendent Brabrand for last week's virtual Town Hall.


Join Dr. Brabrand for a virtual Town Hall Wednesday, August 19, from 6-7 p.m. Special guests at this week’s event will include school staff from FCPS’ social work and clinical teams. View the livestream or watch Channel 99 (Verizon, 11). You may ask questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu, or by calling 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Photo of the Week


Hailey Sabol tweeted about being welcomed as a new teacher at Glasgow MS. She's excited to start, and her furry friend, Ellie, looks pretty excited, too. See Hailey's tweet.

#OurFCPS Faces: Gabriela Marquez Canale

 

Gabriela Marquez Canale believes that social workers are the untapped resource of the century. She says, “Much more than just report-writers and resource finders, we are clinicians with a wealth of skills to share.” Although Gabriela has only been with FCPS for one year, she’s making a resounding impact at Fairfax County Adult High School (FCAHS). She is a clinical social worker and has been working in school social work for more than 15 years. Her passions are "education, equity, and the disruption of the school to prison pipeline." 

Gabriela explains that at FCAHS, the school social worker role is slightly different than the typical social worker role. “Our students are very vulnerable, so the needs are diverse. I provide counseling to students individually and in groups, and even have the opportunity to do family work.” 

Gabriela thinks about her work day and night. She is personally invested in improving the lives of the most vulnerable. Originally from Venezuela, and having a background in law, she is committed to helping others. “I want everyone to know that if they ever need help, or just a partner to brainstorm, I would be happy to collaborate.”

Gabriela credits her administrator and coworkers as part of her success. “Our school is lucky to have a brilliant administrator, and she has given me opportunities to participate in an array of tasks.” Administrator Michelle Morgan says Gabriela is “an advocate and cheerleader for our students, who possesses the unique gift of making students feel wonderful and special no matter the circumstance.”

Equity and advocacy are at the core of why Gabriela chose this work. She explains, “I believe every child deserves multiple chances. Learning can only happen in a safe environment, and I mean safe to make mistakes, learn from them and grow.

School closures due to COVID-19 have presented challenges as well as opportunities. Gabriela states, “Many of our students are already part of disenfranchised populations, so the distance takes away that element of socioemotional comfort and support that even a smile or a quick check-in can provide. However, the closure has forced us (teachers, administrators, and staff) to collaborate and be creative about ways to address any and all challenges that our students, their needs, and distance learning have given us. [...] The closure has been hard for all, yes, but the magic that happens when communities act in solidarity in times of crisis is inspiring!”

Coworker Denise Lee provides proof of that magic in her recent FCPS Cares submission on Gabriela's behalf.

In her free time, Gabriela enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She feels fortunate to live in Reston,Virginia, where they can be outdoors, play sports, and "have amazing friends and neighbors."

Gabriela, your skills, passion, and purpose are exactly what our students need. Thank you for all you do on their behalf! 

Access Employee Resources 

Wondering how to access your FCPS email when you're not at work? Looking for quick links to licensure, payroll, or benefits information? Find those links and more on the Employee Resources page.

Save the Date: FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS will host its 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference over a three-week period beginning Monday, September 14 through Saturday, October 3. The virtual event will focus on resiliency. Our Minds Matter will also host a student strand. Inova will be sponsoring the conference for the second year in a row. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Justice HS staff stood ready to welcome their new educators last Friday. (Photo: Tonya Lipsey, English Teacher)

Welcome to Our New Teachers!

FCPS welcomed more than 1,000 new teachers yesterday at a virtual kickoff for our Great Beginnings Summer Institute. Great Beginnings is a four-day event that serves as a professional learning opportunity for novice teachers as well as veteran teachers who are new to our school district. We are incredibly fortunate that they chose FCPS. Please join us in welcoming them!

Watch the FCPS Virtual Leadership Kickoff


Superintendent Brabrand, Chief Operating Officer Marty Smith, and Deputy Superintendent Francis Ivey presented, while socially distant, during a live broadcast of the 2020 Leadership Kickoff.

FCPS held a virtual Leadership Kickoff on Wednesday, August 5. The event began with virtual networking, and recognition of newly hired and promoted leaders. Superintendent Brabrand delivered a keynote message on "Keeping Equity at the Center of Our Work." Deputy Superintendent Frances Ivey, Chief Operating Officer Marty Smith, and the Fairfax County School Board Student Representative Nathan Onibudo also participated in the presentation. Watch the video.

Tune In to the Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow

Join Dr. Brabrand for a virtual community Town Hall regarding the virtual start of the 2020-21 school year. The event will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, from 6-7 p.m. View the livestream or watch Channel 99 (Verizon, 11). You may ask questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu, or by calling 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Superintendent’s Technology Advisory Council Submits Final Report and Recommendations

FCPS announced the submission of the final report and recommendations by the Superintendent’s Technology Advisory Council (the Council), concluding the Council’s work. The final report and actional next steps stem from the collective work of the co-chairs and workstream committees during the past three months, and aggregates the Council’s collective thinking and best practices around the role of technology. Read the news release

Falls Church HS Parent Liaison Featured in County's COVID-19 Fotonovela 


Fairfax County's Health Department recently created a fotonovela, a Spanish-language slideshow that uses photos and voiceover to tell a story, to share information on how to stay healthy in a household with multiple people. The fotonovela tells the story of Camilla and her family, who have adopted new routines at home. In real life, "Camilla" is Carolina Dotel, a parent liaison at Falls Church HS. Well done, Carolina! 

Access Your ERFC Annual Member Statement 

Attention: Full-Time, Monthly-Paid Instructional, Administrative, and Educational Support Employees 

Your Educational Employees' Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) Annual Member Statement for 2020 is now available. View and download your account balance, eligible retirement date, and estimated benefit amount as of July 1, by logging in to your ERFCDirect accountIf you have not created online access to your ERFC account, click “Enroll Now” on the blue bar at the top right of the page. Please visit ERFC's website for questions.

Check Out the July 2020 Issue of Audit Buzz

The FCPS Office of Auditor General (OAG) publishes Audit Buzz, a newsletter that offers a look into OAG’s work. In the latest issue, OAG summarizes the status of current engagements, details new engagements included in the recently approved FY 2021 Audit Plan, and debuts the Knowledge Hive, where readers can learn more about OAG and general audit concepts. Stay up-to-date with Audit Buzz.

Did You Know FCPS Has Classified Ads?

Employees can list personally-owned items or real estate that they're seeking to buy, sell, or rent on FCPS Classifieds. Staff may also use this service to advertise for roommates. Visit the Classifieds on the intranet.

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Enjoy Savings for Staff 

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Welcome to our new school social workers! (Photo: Office of Social Work Services)

Four Return to School Town Halls Scheduled

Superintendent Brabrand will host Return to School Town Halls for the FCPS community each Wednesday beginning August 12 through September 2. The events will be livestreamed on the FCPS website and available on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99. Please email questions to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu before the Town Halls, or call 1-800-231-6359 during the events to ask questions “on the air.” Town halls will be held from 6-7 p.m. Recordings will be posted on the FCPS website.

FCPS 2020 Leadership Kickoff Is Tomorrow

All employees on the FY 2021 School-Based Administrator Scale and the FY 2021 Unified Scale Schedules B, C, and Leadership Team are invited to attend the virtual FCPS 2020 Leadership Kickoff tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5. Virtual networking and recognition of newly hired and promoted leaders will begin at 7:30 a.m. Opening remarks will begin at 8:30 a.m. Access to the event will be through the 2020 Leadership Kickoff Google site. Pre-registration is not required, and your participation will be recorded through a completed exit survey.  

Please email Leadership_Conference@fcps.edu for more information.

Extended School Year Provides Meaningful Learning for Students and Staff


Kevin Crenshaw, left, worked as an Extended School Year teacher at Carson MS this summer. Kevin's brother, right, is his inspiration. (This photo was taken pre-COVID-19.)

A peek into this summer’s Extended School Year (ESY) program offers inspiration for the virtual start to the 2020-21 school year. ESY provides special education and other related services to help students maintain or advance their learning beyond the school year. Find out more about ESY and some of their incredible staff members

FCPS Participates in Virginia Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week 

As part of Virginia’s declaration of August 2-8 as Virginia’s Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week, FCPS is participating in activities to help educate citizens about the impact of cultural, historical, and racial inequity. Read the news release.

Virtual Fitness Classes: August Schedule Announced

FCPS Employee Wellness is continuing to host virtual, live fitness classes for staff in partnership with Inova Well. There is something for everyone from yoga to bootcamp. You may view detailed class descriptions and class recordings on the Employee Wellness webpage on the intranet. Sign up for a class today.  

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FCPS Names New Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

Superintendent Brabrand has named Michelle Boyd as the assistant superintendent for the Department of Special Services, effective September 21. Michelle currently serves as executive director of the Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) in Charlottesville. She will replace Teresa Johnson, who is retiring. Read the news release.

FCPS Names Assistant Superintendent for New Department of School Improvement and Supports

Superintendent Brabrand has named Mark Greenfelder as the assistant superintendent for the new Department of School Improvement and Supports. Mark was the executive director of the Office of School Support. Read the news release.

Reminder: Deadline for Teacher LOA or Resignation

As noted in Superintendent Brabrand's July 23 message to all staff, FCPS has extended the deadline for teachers to resign or submit a leave of absence (LOA) to Friday, July 31. Teachers who wish to rescind a previously approved LOA should reach out to their principal to discuss. Principals will be able to connect those teachers with the appropriate Human Resources staff member to explore available options.

Principal Pool Information Sessions

FCPS maintains a pool of eligible candidates who have participated in a series of rigorous competency-based assessments. When a principal vacancy arises, candidates in the principal pool may express interest. Current FCPS principals are automatically considered candidates. If you are interested in learning about the principal selection process, please join one of the virtual information sessions listed below:

                Tuesday, August 4

 

  8:30 a.m.

                Monday, August 10

 

  3:30 p.m.

                Wednesday, August 12  

 

  3:30 p.m.

 

Register in MyPDE to participate. (Search “Principal Selection Pool Process.") Attendees will be sent a link to the session one day before the event. For more information, please visit the Principal Selection Process page or email Carolyn Haydon at HRprincipalpool@fcps.edu.

Congratulations to Our Two New Principals

We are excited to acknowledge our newest principals:

  • Jim Patrick, Longfellow MS.
  • Sarah Aiello, Hutchison ES.

Please join us in congratulating them! Read the news release

School Board Renames Robert E. Lee High School for Late Congressman John Lewis


John R. Lewis HS Principal Alfonso Smith took video of the school's sign.


The Fairfax County School Board voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School after the late U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis at its business meeting on July 23. Read the news release

School Board Votes to Designate October Holiday as Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The School Board has voted to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the previously approved 2020-21 School Year Calendar as well as the yet-to-be approved 2021-22 School Year Calendar. The 2021-22 calendar is scheduled to be adopted in September. Read the news release.

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McNair Upper ES staff tested new playground equipment while moving into the new school this week. (Photo: McNair ES) 

FCPS Will Begin School Year Virtually

At yesterday's work session, the Fairfax County School Board supported Superintendent Brabrand's revised recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students. Read Dr. Brabrand's message.

Congratulations to Our Three New Principals

We are excited to acknowledge our newest principals:

  • Ellen Mukai, Brookfield ES.
  • Peter Kelly, Pulley Career Center.
  • April Cage, Garfield ES.

Please join us in congratulating them! Read about Ellen and Peter. See April's announcement

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Several principals and assistant principals left kind messages for Superintendent Brabrand in front of Gatehouse Administrative Center today. 

CORRECTION: 2020 Leadership Kickoff

In last week's Employee News, the 2020 Leadership Kickoff article was missing a reference to the School-Based Administrator Scale. Please see the corrected information below. We apologize for the error.

All employees on the FY 2021 School-Based Administrator Scale and the FY 2021 Unified Scale Schedules B, C, and Leadership Team are invited to attend the virtual FCPS 2020 Leadership Kickoff on Wednesday, August 5. Additional Kickoff information will be coming soon.

2020 Collect for Kids School Supply Drive to Be Online Only

Before COVID-19, nearly 60,000 FCPS students lived at or below the poverty level. If you would like to help provide them with school supplies, please consider donating to our Collect for Kids campaign. Read the news release.

Bill Curran Talks About VHSL's Upcoming Decision on Fall Sports


Last Wednesday, the Virginia High School League's (VHSL) executive committee announced that the beginning of fall sports will be delayed until a final decision is made on July 27. Fox 5 tapped Bill Curran, director, Athletics and Activities to give his take on the announcement as well as what might happen next. Watch Bill's interview. Read the news release.

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Frost MS' Student Services team participated in Jersey Day during #SpiritFriday in May. (Photo: Frost MS) 

FCPS Return to Work Guide and Video


FCPS administrative spaces, including school offices, reopened yesterday for employees who are working this summer. FCPS continues to encourage employees who can telework to continue to telework. An FCPS Return to Work Guide and video have been created with details on social distancing guidelines, cleaning and sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and employee support information. Also, all employees will be asked to take a MyPDE class, acknowledging their responsibilities in following health and safety procedures in the physical workplace. View the Return to Work Guide and video on the Employee Resources page.

ICYMI: Staff Town Hall Video

Last Friday, Superintendent Brabrand hosted a virtual Staff Town Hall to answer questions regarding the reopening of schools. If you missed the livestream, you can watch the video on YouTube. Also, please remember to check Return to School FAQs for Staff for additional information. 

Sean McDonald Serving as Interim Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources


Sean McDonald is serving as interim assistant superintendent of Human Resources until the position can be permanently filled. In July 2015, Sean joined FCPS after working as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and hiring specialist in Charles County Public Schools. He holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), and a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Additionally, Sean holds an active SHRM Certified Professional credential from the Society of Human Resources Management and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential from the Human Resource Certification Institute. In August 2017, Sean received the FCPS School Counseling Advocate of the Year Award.

Save the Date: 2020 Leadership Kickoff

All employees on FY 2021 Unified Scale Schedules B, C, and Leadership Team are invited to attend the virtual FCPS 2020 Leadership Kickoff on Wednesday, August 5. Additional Kickoff information will be coming soon.

Earn Your $100 Wellness Incentive During Summer Break!

Employees participating in an FCPS health plan as the primary cardholder can earn a $100 wellness incentive when they complete their online health assessment (HA) by December 31.

The HA is an online questionnaire related to your general health and well-being. It's easy to complete, takes about 15-20 minutes, and is confidential. Only you and your health plan receive the individual information. It is never shared with FCPS, in compliance with state and federal privacy laws. Click on your health plan to get started:

Visit the Employee Wellness website on the intranet. Please email questions to HRWellness@fcps.edu.

Free Employee Fitness Classes in July

FCPS Employee Wellness is continuing to host free live fitness classes this month, in partnership with Inova Well. There is something for everyone from Pure Stretch to Cardio Kickboxing. You can view class recordings and detailed class descriptions on the Employee Wellness website on the intranet. Sign up for a class.  

FCPS Turns 150


On July 11, 1870, Fairfax County Public Schools was established with the passage of the Virginia Public Free Schools Act. This significant milestone serves as a great opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come as well as the important work we must continue to do, in order to create an inclusive and compassionate environment where all students and staff are seen, heard, and valued. Explore FCPS: 150 years

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Chesterbrook ES staff posed with Washington Nationals face masks and a note, courtesy of a Chesterbrook family. Pictured from left to right are Stacy Kirkpatrick, principal; Holly Remer, office assistant; Liz Beatty, assistant principal; and Dave Troskey, student information assistant. (Photo: Stacy Kirkpatrick)

Dr. Brabrand to Host Staff Town Hall on Friday; Return to School Deadline Extended 

Superintendent Brabrand will host a Staff Town Hall on Friday, July 10, from 2-3:30 p.m. He will be joined by health officials (invited) and other FCPS leaders to answer your questions about returning to school. The Town Hall will be available on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 and will also be livestreamed on the FCPS website. Send questions before or during the forum to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu, or call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

At last night's Town Hall, Dr. Brabrand announced that the deadline for Return to School decisions for teachers and families has been extended until Wednesday, July 15. If you were unable to watch, you can view it on our YouTube channel or on our Return to School webpage (scroll down to "Timeline"). 

Return to School FAQs for Staff

The Return to School–Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Staff page covers a variety of topics including health and safety, childcare, leave, and telework. FAQs will be updated regularly throughout the summer. View Return to School FAQs for Staff.

2021-22 School Year Calendar Survey Closes July 10

We realize that many of you are understandably focused on Return to School information. If you haven't had a chance to take the 2021-22 School Year Calendar Survey yet, we would greatly appreciate it if you could by Friday, July 10. All employees were sent an email from FCPS Survey with a link to the calendar survey. Parents and families have also been invited to take a similar survey. Results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff and the School Board during their efforts to adopt the 2021-22 School Year Calendar. All responses are confidential. Please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu, if you have questions. 

Congratulations to Our Three New Principals

We are excited to acknowledge our newest principals:

  • JoVon Rogers, Mount Vernon HS.

  • Andrew Blount, Greenbriar West ES.

  • Mattie Fallen, Sleepy Hollow ES.

Please join us in congratulating them! Read about JoVon and Andrew. See Mattie's announcement

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Braddock ES staff members show off colorful face masks that were provided by their PTA board members. (Photo: Braddock ES)

FCPS to Host Town Hall on July 6

Superintendent Brabrand will host another Town Hall on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. You may view the livestream on the FCPS website or watch it on Channel 99. Please send questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu. Or, call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Return to School FAQs for Staff

Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Staff for questions about Return to School options. The FAQs cover a variety of topics including face coverings, health screenings, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, transportation, curriculum, and technology access. The page will be updated regularly during the summer. View Return to School FAQs for Staff.

Take FCPS’ 2021-22 School Year Calendar Survey 

Yesterday, all employees received an email from FCPS Survey with a link to the 2021-22 School Year Calendar Survey. Parents have also been invited to take a similar survey. Your participation is essential. The survey results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff and the School Board, as they work to adopt the 2021-22 School Year Calendar. We realize that many of you are understandably focused on Return to School information. If you are able to weigh in on the calendar survey as well, we would greatly appreciate it. All responses are confidential. Please email any questions to FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.

#OurFCPS Faces: Steve Campbell


It’s all in the family for Steve Campbell, a document services technician. Steve's mother worked for many years at the Sprague Center in the film library, and his brother worked as a PONY/warehouse driver. 

Steve has been with FCPS for 28 years. He started in Forms Management and later moved to the Instructional Services Department print shop when it was in its early days. Now, they print items for nearly every school, office, and department across the school division. 

Steve is a one-man shop. He handles tasks including promotion, logging in jobs, scheduling, printing, binding, and shipping. He prints forms, in-service materials, teaching materials, as well as many other items. 

In 2019, Steve was a nonschool-based finalist for the FCPS Outstanding Operational Employee award. Here's an excerpt from his nomination:

"Employees like Steven Campbell bridge the gap between heartless machines and the hardworking staff of FCPS. Compassion, kindness, heart, and of course service comprise the parts of a man dedicated to serving others with the efficiency of a machine, but a heart big enough for several men. Whether it’s serving local charities, being a single dad to his two kids, or rushing a print shop order through for the students and faculty of FCPS...Steven Campbell shines."

Steve has also received multiple FCPS Cares recognitions. Janice Bonner, his supervisor, says, “No matter how busy he is, Steve Campbell always seems to come through for us! [...] He's amazing, so easy to work with, and always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done for us. Steve truly understands and provides great customer service!”

Once schools closed due to COVID-19, regular printing jobs stopped. But it gave Steve a chance to help with distance learning. He adds, "I helped with the initial planning of getting printing vendors set up and ready to print the massive amounts of packets and send them to the students at home." He printed and mailed learning packets for middle school, special education, and ESOL students.

Steve says his perfect day would include off-roading in his Jeep. Also, every year, he donates time to Valley Bikes for Tikes, "building hundreds of bikes" in just a few days for children in need. 

We are so fortunate to have you as part of the FCPS family, Steve. Please stay for at least another 28 years!

Sleepy Hollow ES Teacher Pays Off Student Lunch Debt

Enjoy this story about Gabe Segal, a physical education teacher at Sleepy Hollow ES, who paid off remaining lunch balances for families. It's a perfect example of our caring culture. Read the article

Free Employee Fitness Classes in July

FCPS Employee Wellness is continuing to host free live fitness classes in July in partnership with Inova Well. There is something for everyone from Pure Stretch to Cardio Kickboxing. Visit the Employee Wellness webpage (on the intranet) for class recordings and descriptions. Sign up for a class now.  

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