FCPS This Week e-newsletter - December 20, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
December 20, 2019

Photos of the Week

Take a look at this week’s photos to see students enjoying the holidays, learning about architecture, performing science experiments, and sharing acts of kindness.

Also, the annual collection of photos of FCPS staff members wearing their finest holiday-themed clothing is available in a Facebook photo gallery.     

SAT Scores for FCPS Students Continue to Exceed State and National Averages

Fairfax County Public Schools seniors in the class of 2019 continued the trend of surpassing state and national averages on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board. The FCPS mean score for 2019 was 1,218, nearly 100 points above Virginia (1,119) and more than 150 points above the U.S. (1,059). This FCPS overall average is also up slightly from 1,213 in 2018.

Get more information about SAT scores for the FCPS Class of 2019.

FCPS Announces Proposed FY 2021-25 Capital Improvement Program

Fairfax County Public Schools has released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021-25 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), reflecting a five-year requirement of over $1 billion. Fairfax County Public Schools continues to experience uneven growth throughout the division because of changes in population, new development, and net migration. In certain areas, membership is projected to exceed the ability to accommodate students within existing school buildings. 

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the FY 2021-25 CIP on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. The Board has scheduled a work session on Monday, January 13, 2020, and will vote on the CIP at its business meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Learn more about the 2021-25 CIP

Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020; Have a Great Holiday!

Winter break starts this Monday, December 23, and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. We hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.

Register Now for the New FCPS Teacher Workday-Student Holiday Camps\

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) during teacher workdays or student holidays when schools are closed? Check out this redesigned camp offered by FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE), bundled to give parents affordable, bilingual camp options. You can drop off your child as early as 8 a.m., and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m.

In this camp, your child will be introduced to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new cultural and culinary experience. You can sign up for a single day online or two days and receive the third day for free by calling the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201. Camp dates: December 23; January 27-28, 2020; March 3, 2020; and April 13, 2020. Spaces are limited so register today.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.

Save the Date: FCPS Special Education Conference Set for April 18, 2020

FCPS will hold its 15th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Hayfield Secondary School. Registration will begin in February. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference. 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information.

Video: Rolling the Dice at Annandale Terrace Elementary School

Students at Annandale Terrace Elementary School are getting hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) experience using micro:bits. Micro:bits are tiny programmable computers. Recently, students were coding to create dice, which they used to work on their math skills. Watch this video to learn more.

FCPS YouTube Channel

Want to see other great videos featuring FCPS students and staff members? Check out the FCPS Channel on YouTube.

Your Donation to the Foundation for FCPS Will Help Students Thrive

As 2019 comes to a close, please consider a year-end gift to the Foundation for FCPS, the independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization associated with the school system. The Foundation works alongside teachers, principals, administrators, and leadership to keep our diverse school system robust and innovative. 

We need your help to make sure all students have the resources they need to succeed. The Foundation works in partnership with FCPS and the community to create pathways to long-term success for students. Your end-of-year gift will help the Foundation fund programs such as: 

  • Gap needs for disadvantaged students. Examples include backpacks, supplies, and gift cards.
  • Work-based learning opportunities for students via teacher grants.
  • Retention and recognition of stellar educators. 

More information about these programs can be found on the Foundation website.

Make your tax-deductible contribution through a secure online donation portal. With your help, we can keep our kids smiling well after the holidays!

In the Spotlight: FCPS Fall 2019 Virginia High School League Sports Champions

FCPS student-athletes had another successful sports season this fall. Five FCPS teams and one individual won the Virginia High School League (VHSL) championships in their respective sports, and four teams were the state runners-up.

See who won fall 2019 VHSL sports championships.

FCPS Cares of the Month for November

FCPS Cares 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. All FCPS Cares submissions were reviewed and six winners were selected for the month of November—one for each region and the central office—to receive extra recognition for their work. They are:

  • Central: Luisa Osorio Murray, Dunn Loring Center, Department of Special Services 
  • Region 1: Mary Specht, Hutchison Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Patricia Brown and Jane Scharankov, Annandale High School.
  • Region 3: Dave Checcino, Lee High School.
  • Region 4: Martha Bloom, Orange Hunt Elementary School.
  • Region 5: Kevin Mahan, Westfield High School.

Get more information about the winners and how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

In the Spotlight: Kilmer Middle School Students Use Plastic Bags to Make Mats for Homeless Veterans

When students at Kilmer Middle School decided to give back to the community this year, they chose to do a service project as a group while giving a disposable item a new purpose. Sheryl Jones’ class learned about an attitude of gratitude, then decided to make mats for homeless veterans, providing them with a weatherproof barrier against the cold ground and trapping heat to provide some warmth.

The students enlisted the Kilmer Middle community for donations of plastic grocery bags; each mat requires approximately 700-800 bags to make and takes a total of 6-8 hours each to weave.

Learn how Kilmer Middle students made plastic mats

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

The field of positive psychology has been gaining momentum for the past decade. It places a focus on promoting strengths and virtues in individuals instead of solely on treating deficits and disorders.

Through the study of happy, healthy individuals, several qualities have been found that help people lead a more positive and fulfilling life. One of the top qualities is gratitude.

Learn how you can foster an attitude of gratitude in your children.

Note: The Healthy Minds blog is for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. It represents a collaboration between FCPS’ Office of Intervention and Prevention Services and the Fairfax County Government.

Facilities Planning Advisory Council Seeking Applicants from Hunter Mill District; Applications Due by January 6, 2020

The School Board is seeking applications from Hunter Mill District residents for a seat on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC). FPAC advises and informs FCPS staff and the School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities. 

FCPS encourages individuals with experience in construction, engineering, architecture, land use planning, development, demographics, government operations, and financing to apply. Applications are due by January 6, 2020.

Get more information and submit an application.