FCPS This Week e-newsletter - June 8, 2018

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
June 08, 2018

Photos of the Week

Check out this week’s photos to see students having fun at field day and the Special Olympics, participating in the Inside Out art project, picking out summer books, as well as alumni speaking to current students.   

Share Your Graduation or Promotion Ceremony Photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

Graduation season is upon us. FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures from this year's graduation or promotion ceremonies on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #fcpsgrad18

We will retweet some of the photos on Twitter, and share some of the photos on Facebook and on Instagram.

The 2018 FCPS high school graduation schedule, including dates, times, and locations, is available online.  

FCPS Plans Changes to Recess Under New Virginia Law

As a result of a new Virginia law that goes into effect July 1, Fairfax County Public Schools is providing new guidelines for elementary physical education and recess to accommodate at least 30 minutes of recess per day for elementary school students, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

The new law, passed by the General Assembly in March and signed by Governor Ralph Northam in April, enables school districts to expand available time for unstructured recreation in elementary schools “intended to develop teamwork, social skills, and overall physical fitness in any calculation of total instructional time or teaching hours.”

Calendar Reminder: Last Day of 2017-18 School Year Is June 15

As a reminder, the last day of the 2017-18 school year is June 15 and students will be dismissed early. Check with your child's school for its individual dismissal time. 

2018-19 School Year to Start on August 28

With the school year winding down and many families making plans for summer camps, vacations, and other activities, be sure to note that the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year will be Tuesday, August 28. See the 2018-19 school year calendar.  

2018 FCPS Outstanding Employee Award Winners

Excellence in teaching students, leading schools, and providing support is what Fairfax County Public Schools is all about. The Department of Human Resources sponsors recognition of outstanding performers as they seek to create and demonstrate the best instructional and support practices. 
The annual FCPS Honors Event held on June 6 recognized 562 of our employees, including 64 finalists and 12 winners in 12 different award categories.

The winners of this year's awards are:

  • Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher: Emily Burke, multiple disabilities teacher, Marshall Road Elementary School.
  • Outstanding New Secondary Teacher: Emily McCloud, mathematics teacher, Stuart High School.
  • Outstanding Elementary School Teacher: Mary Bauer, multiple disabilities teacher, Orange Hunt Elementary School.
  • Outstanding Secondary School Teacher: Alissa Oginsky, sixth grade teacher, Holmes Middle School.
  • Outstanding School-Based Hourly Employee: Teri Crawford, testing support assistant, Robinson Secondary School.  
  • Outstanding Nonschool-Based Hourly Employee: Mary Crowson, website content editor, Office of Communication and Community Relations.
  • Outstanding School-Based Support Employee: Nelson Villalobos, safety and security assistant, Frost Middle School.
  • Outstanding Nonschool-Based Support Employee: Kevin Brown, warehouse supervisor, Woodson Food Services Warehouse.
  • Outstanding School-Based Leader: Emily Kaltenmark, assistant principal, Key Center.
  • Outstanding Nonschool-Based Leader: Noel Klimenko, director, PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Services Department. 
  • Outstanding New Principal: Amy Miller, principal, Saratoga School.
  • Outstanding Principal: Keesha Jackson-Muir, principal, Braddock Elementary School.

Thank you to the FCPS parents, students, community members, and staff members who nominated an employee for one of this year's awards. 

More information on this year's award winners is available online.  

From Fairfax County Government: Virginia Primary Elections are on June 12

Next week, there are primary elections in Virginia and Fairfax County on Tuesday, June 12. 243 precincts will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Republican primary for U.S. Senate, as well as the Democratic and Republican Primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, 10th Congressional District, are on the ballot. 

Important Note: Many poll locations are in Fairfax County Public Schools and school is open on Election Day.  Voters are encouraged to vote before or after school hours if possible and to postpone voting during the times when school buses are dropping off or picking up students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

Fairfax County Fast Facts Video Series

Fairfax County has created four Fast Facts videos to provide an overview of important functions of the Fairfax County government. The topics include what taxes residents pay, the county’s budget process, which elected officials represent you, and how to contact the government. Check out the videos.  

Eighteen Students Named Winners of 2018 College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

Eighteen Fairfax County Public Schools students have been named winners of 2018 Merit Scholarship awards by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The students are part of a group of more than 3,500 National Merit® finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by higher education institutions. 

Each scholarship winner was evaluated on his or her academic record; an essay and information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions; SAT scores that confirmed outstanding test performance; and a recommendation and endorsement from a high school official. Each award provides between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the recipient’s scholarship.

See who was named as a scholarship winner.  

Armando Peri Named FCPS Family and Student Ombudsman and Title IX Coordinator

Armando Peri, who is currently serving as principal of Pine Spring Elementary School, has been named the new Family and Student Ombudsman for Fairfax County Public Schools. The office will be available to students and families beginning Wednesday, August 1. 

The Family and Student Ombudsman is a new position and will provide an independent, confidential resource for students, families, and community members, offering formal and informal help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues. This role will also serve as Title IX Coordinator for FCPS, responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX, the federal legislation that protects people from discrimination based on sex. 

Learn more about Armando Peri.  

Video: Young Minds are Solving Real-World Problems 

Students in the Madison Pyramid had a special opportunity this year to use project-based learning to solve challenges facing the town of Vienna. Mayor Laurie DiRocco and other town leaders came to the share fair to see the student presentations. Watch the video.

McLean High School Band Selected to Receive 2017 Sudler Flag

The McLean High School band has been selected by the John Philip Sousa Foundation as a recipient of the 2017 Sudler Flag of Honor. The award is recognized as one of the nation’s highest awards that can be presented to a concert band program. 

The Sudler Flag of Honor identifies, recognizes, and honors high school band programs internationally that have demonstrated particularly significant high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years. McLean High School’s band program is one of only five schools to receive the Sudler Flag of Honor twice.

Get more information about the Sudler Flag award.

School Board Seeking Applicants for FPAC from Lee, Sully Districts and At-Large; Application Deadline Is June 15

The Fairfax County Public School Board invites applications from Lee and Sully District community members interested in serving on the Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC). The School Board is also accepting applications for an At-large member. FPAC advises and informs FCPS staff and the School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities. 

The Facilities Planning Advisory Council consists of 13 members, one from each Fairfax County district, three at-large representatives, and one representative from the City of Fairfax, each appointed for three year terms. The Board will be appointing two council members for terms ending June 30, 2021.   
FCPS encourages individuals with experience in construction, engineering, architecture, land use planning, development, demographics, government operations and financing to apply. The deadline to submit an application is June 15

Get more information and submit an application

Arts Alive: Cappies Review of Fairfax High School's Production of The Little Mermaid

Fairfax County Public Schools students are talented actors, musicians, and visual artists. Many FCPS high schools participate in the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theatre, otherwise known as the Cappies.

The Cappies is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. There are fifteen Cappies chapters across the United States and Canada.

Check out a review of Fairfax High School's production of The Little Mermaid, written by Samuel Zarek of Mount Vernon High School. 

Tips for Parents: Limit the Amount of Television Your Teen Watches

The way that teens consume TV is changing. While many teens spend less time watching traditional TV than they used to, they are spending more time streaming TV shows, movies, and video over the internet, and watching on computers, tablets, and phones. Regardless of which device your teen uses, here are some facts you need to know:

  • Screen time affects language skills. Kids who are glued to screens have less time for reading and talking with other children and adults. Their language skills tend to lag behind kids who read or spend time talking and interacting with friends and family.
  • Screen time affects school achievement. Children who watch more television and video have less time to spend on homework and studying—and even on sleep. Limiting screen time means more time for activities that lead to school success.

What should parents do? Start by keeping track of how much TV your teen is really watching. Then set limits. Establish other rules like no screens during meals or before finishing homework.

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