FCPS This Week e-newsletter - February 14, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
February 14, 2020

Photos of the Week

Check out this week’s photos to see students saluting their counselors, visiting the Pentagon, competing in the Virginia Special Olympics, and enjoying pick your activity day. 

FCPS Student Writers Honored with 2020 Scholastic Regional Writing Awards

Fairfax County Public Schools student writers won 20 Gold Key awards in the 2020 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. In all, 77 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions were earned by FCPS students.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Writing categories include critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay and memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, short story, and writing portfolio.

Winners in the regional competition came from 14 Fairfax County middle and high schools. Regional winners will be honored at a reception at the University of the District of Columbia on March 8.

See who received a Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Award.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on February 17 for Presidents Day Holiday    

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, for the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 18. See the complete 2019-20 school calendar.

2020 Graduation Schedule

The dates, times, and locations for this year’s graduation ceremonies are available online.

TJHSST’s Erinn Harris Named CSPA 2020 Journalism Teacher of the Year

Erinn Harris, who has served as a journalism teacher and adviser at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) since 2008, has been named the 2020 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Harris, who began her career in Fairfax County Public Schools as a teacher at Lee High School in 2005, has been yearbook adviser and photojournalism teacher at TJHSST since 2008, and journalism teacher and newspaper adviser since 2013. 

Learn more about Erinn Harris’ Journalism Teacher of the Year Award.

High School Students Invited to Fairfax County 2020 Teen Job Fairs

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways are invited to attend one of six upcoming teen job fairs and resume building workshops in Fairfax County. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students.

Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The first two job fairs will be held on Saturday, March 7, at Woodson High School from 10 a.m. to noon, and at South County High School from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn more about the teen job fairs

Video: FCPS Students Engage in STEAM

FCPS students are creators, inventors, and problem solvers. Students combine science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) to uncover new possibilities. Through STEAM, students learn by doing and prepare for success beyond the classroom. Take a look at this video on how and why STEAM is good for all students.

Visit the STEAM webpage to learn more about both STEAM and computer science in FCPS. Scroll to the bottom to find a link to additional opportunities for Fairfax County youth to explore STEAM through local parks, libraries, universities, and more.

2020 School Food Culinary Challenge to Be Held on March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

The 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School with a public tasting of students’ dishes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is the challenge faced by school food professionals every day: to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students, and local luminaries. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year. This year 21 teams from seven school districts will participate. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Get more information and register to attend.

FCPS Special Education Conference to Be Held April 18, Registration Now Open

FCPS will hold its 15th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 18, at Hayfield Secondary School. Registration is now available online. 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.

Cool Schools: Braddock Elementary School Wins Computer Science in Your Neighborhood Competition

Braddock Elementary School is one of two winners in the Computer Science in Your Neighborhood competition, a joint project of the Virginia Department of Education, the Science Museum of Virginia, and CodeVA. Braddock was named a winner in Virginia’s Region 4 and students were recognized for creating a digital product about their interest in computer science and the role it plays in their lives, families, and communities.

Learn more about Braddock Elementary School’s award.

Video: ADVANCE Dual Enrollment at Mount Vernon High School

FCPS is joining Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University to build an early college pathway at Mount Vernon High School. Students at Mount Vernon High will have the opportunity to earn transferable college credits while also completing the requirements for their high school diploma. Watch the video.