FCPS This Week e-newsletter - March 8, 2018

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

Photos of the Week

In this week’s photos, students are performing Colonial dances, learning about Black History, and expressing appreciation to their teachers.     

Also, see a collection of photos on the FCPS Facebook page of students celebrating Read Across America Week. 

Reminder: Move Your Clocks Ahead One Hour on Sunday

This Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having him or her wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run or dart into the street or cross between parked cars. 

FCPSOn Community Meetings Scheduled in March and April; First Stop Is Madison High School on March 14

Want to learn more about FCPS’ plans to extend student learning and increase equitable access to technology? Attend one of five community meetings planned in March and April to hear more about FCPSOn and how it leads to personalized, meaningful learning experiences for students. 

FCPSOn provides a device for each student and allows students opportunities for deeper understanding of content and skills outlined in the Portrait of a Graduate in order to be successful in the workforce of the future. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at Madison High School. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. 

Learn more about the meeting dates and locations.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Band Receives 2017 Sudler Flag of Honor

The Lake Braddock Secondary 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.

Learn more about the Sudler Flag of Honor award

Registration Now Open for TJHSST Summer Programs; Opens March 12 for Summer Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Registration is now open for the following FCPS summer programs: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Academic Summer School, TJHSST Middle School Technology Institute, and TJHSST Science and Engineering Institute. Registration opens March 12 for Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance (EPF).  

Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the current school (2017-18) year. General information and links to individual programs and registration are available online.  

Video: Senior to Senior Celebration at Cedar Lane School

The 2018 graduating class of Cedar Lane School decided that they wanted to bring some cheer to the lives of senior citizens in the area. They visited residents at both Sunrise Assisted Living and The Virginian, bringing cookies and treats to share. Then in January, the students invited the seniors to come to Cedar Lane to join them for a class party. Watch the video.

2018 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair Set for March 16-18

The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, to be held March 16-18 at Robinson Secondary School, will feature winning science and engineering projects from high school students representing private and public schools in Fairfax County. 

The fair begins Friday, March 16, with student project registration. Judging and award selections are conducted on Saturday, March 17. Judging for category awards and contributing sponsor awards are both held in the morning, while Grand Prize judging is in the afternoon.

The student science exhibits are open to the public between 1 and 3 p.m. on March 18. The fair draws to a close on Sunday, March 18, with the awards ceremony starting at 3 p.m.

Get more information on the Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Students from 23 Schools Named Recipients of Fairfax County 2018 Student Peace Awards

Students from 23 Fairfax County public schools have been named recipients of the 2018 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers.  Recipients will be recognized at a reception on March 11 at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax.

See who was recognized with a Student Peace Award.  

2018 Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo to Be Held March 17 at Hayfield Secondary School

The 2018 Real Food for Kids’ Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo will be held on March 17 at Hayfield Secondary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors and exhibits open at 10 a.m. The event will feature a public tasting of dishes created by students to be considered for school menus along with a plenary session with speakers, panelists, and special guests sharing insights on food, nutrition, and health. Admission is $15 per person and includes the public tasting, plenary, and exhibits.

Get more information and register to attend.  

High School Students Invited to Fairfax County 2018 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 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. Free booth spaces are provided to local businesses. The first two job fairs will be held on Saturday, March 10, at Woodson High School from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, March 17, at South County High School from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Learn more about the teen job fairs.

Online Elementary Magnet School Application Now Open

Fairfax County Public Schools is now accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs. Bailey’s Primary School for the Arts and Sciences will accept lottery applications for students who will be in grades K-2 during the 2018-19 school year; Bailey’s Upper School for the Arts and Sciences for students in grades 3 and 4.

Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences will accept lottery applications for students who will enter grades K-5 during the 2018-19 school year. Selection for available magnet school spaces is based on a lottery. Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Monday, April 2.   

Get information about the magnet school lottery.

Video: FCPS and George Mason University Teaming Up for a Healthier Community

FCPS and George Mason University have teamed up for a unique partnership called Mason and Partners, or MAPS. Based at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services in Merrifield, the MAPS program allows uninsured families who are registering their children to attend FCPS to also get student health screenings and physicals all under one roof. Watch the video.   

Title IX Compliance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1971 states, “No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include but are not limited to sexual harassment; the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics; discrimination in a school’s courses and programs; and discrimination based on pregnancy.

The Division Superintendent designates the Title IX coordinator to coordinate efforts by Fairfax County Public Schools to comply with and carry out its responsibilities for implementing the law, including investigation of any complaint of alleged noncompliance with the law or accompanying regulations.

Contact information:

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Employee Relations
Fairfax County Public Schools
8115 Gatehouse Road, suite 2100
Falls Church, Virginia 22042 
Telephone: 571-423-3070
Fax: 571-423-3057

For more information, reference Regulation 1453, Title IX Compliance.