FCPS This Week e-newsletter - January 17, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
January 17, 2020

Photos of the Week

In this week’s photos, students are hearing helpful advice from alumni, celebrating decade day, learning math through games, and playing math tic-tac-toe.

Nine FCPS Students Named Semifinalists in Society for Science and the Public’s 2020 Science Talent Search

Nine students from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named semifinalists in the 2020 Society for Science and the Public’s Science Talent Search, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Overall, seventeen students from Virginia were selected as part of the group of 300 national and international semifinalists in the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Forty finalists will be named on January 22.

See who was named as a semifinalist in the Society for Science and the Public’s Science Talent Search

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 20 for MLK Holiday, January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 21. Also, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter. 

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.

January Is National Mentoring Month; Mentors Wanted for FCPS Students

January is National Mentoring Month, and FCPS is seeking 2,000 adult mentors at all school levels. A mentor serves as a role model and a guide and typically meets with his or her mentee once a week for 30 minutes during the school day (this is flexible).

FCPS provides training and guidance, a background check, and once you choose a location, the school-based coordinator will pair you with a student who shares your interests. If your job keeps you on the road during the school day, you can be placed at a school that works with your schedule. 

Mentoring can have a tremendous impact on a young person’s life. Mentoring.org found that young people who were at risk for falling off track but had a mentor were:

  • 55 percent more likely to enroll in college.
  • 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly.
  • 81 percent more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities.
  • 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions. 

If you have any questions, contact Martha Macdonald at mmacdonald@fcps.edu 

Get more information about mentoring in FCPS

FCPS to Add Electric School Buses to Its Fleet

Fairfax County Public Schools has been selected to receive funding assistance to purchase eight electric school buses as part of Dominion Energy’s initial deployment of 50 buses across the Commonwealth. These buses will join FCPS’ current fleet of roughly 1,625 diesel-fueled buses. 

FCPS was chosen in a competitive process after applying in Fall 2019. Dominion Energy will cover the difference in cost so that school districts pay no more for electric buses than they would for diesel models. Dominion will also subsidize the cost of necessary charging infrastructure.

Learn more about electric school buses.

2020 Gap Year Program Fair for Students and Parents to be Held February 4 at Marshall High School 

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, at Marshall High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Immediately following, the program fair—featuring representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities—will take place in the cafeteria from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, at Marshall High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information visit the FCPS Gap Year Fair webpage.

Video: U.S. Geological Survey Helps Students Make a STEP Toward Employment

The Secondary Transition to Employment Program (STEP) is helping students with special needs to develop valuable employment skills. Through a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), FCPS students bridge the gap between high school and employment while working on real-world projects with USGS scientists and learn the dynamics of working in a professional environment. Watch the video.

FCPS YouTube Channel

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

Registration Opens January 27 for World Language and Two-Way Immersion Programs; Informational Meetings for Parents Underway

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for world language immersion programs opens on Monday, January 27. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion programs and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2020-21 school year. 

The kindergarten immersion programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell Elementary School and Spanish is available at Bailey’s, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade immersion programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Parents who are interested in the two-way or world language immersion programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All meetings are held at the school named.

Get more information about World Language and Two-Way Immersion programs

FCPS to Host Instructional Job Fair on February 1

FCPS is searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students. Principals and program managers will be interviewing candidates for the 2020-21 school year at FCPS’ Instructional Job Fair on Saturday, February 1. The inclement weather date is Saturday, February 8. Instructional positions include teachers, counselors, librarians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech pathologists.

If you are interested in becoming part of a dynamic and diverse community that offers a challenging academic program for all students, visit the job fair webpage to learn more and apply online. 

Don’t Grind Your Gears Looking for a Place to Donate a Vehicle—FCPS Will Take It!

Vehicles donated to FCPS go to one of the school division’s 13 auto tech classrooms where students learn repairs, reconditioning, and recycling. The vehicles that are deemed repairable are fixed and sold with the proceeds going back to the automotive program.

If you have a car, truck, or something more exotic, FCPS will take it. The condition of the vehicle does not matter. FCPS takes any make, model, or condition. 

Learn how to donate your vehicle to FCPS.

Did You Know FCPS Has a School Psychologist in Every School? 

Did you know that there is a school psychologist assigned to every school in FCPS? FCPS school psychologists work hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies, and good citizenship. 

Learn how school psychologists help students and families.

School Building Asbestos Management Plans Available for Public Review

Fairfax County Public Schools has completed the required Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (A.H.E.R.A.) asbestos reinspection and surveillance of all school buildings for FY 2020. Updated asbestos management plans for each building are available for review in the main office of each building during regular school hours.

Follow Fairfax County Public Schools on Instagram; Help Us Get to 10,000 Followers!

Fairfax County Public Schools is on Instagram and currently has almost 9,000 followers. Are you one of them? Be sure to follow us at @fairfaxcountypublicschools and help us reach our goal of 10,000 followers by the end of January. Check out #TeacherTuesday each week to see an amazing teacher describe why they love to teach. Our fun #TGIFcps posts on Fridays feature students or staff around the district sending out good vibes to usher in the weekend!