FCPS This Week e-newsletter - September 5, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
September 05, 2019

Photos of the Week

Check out these photos of students getting to know their classmates and getting down to the business of learning during the first few days of the new school year.


2019-20 Back to School Night Schedule

The schedule for this year's Back to School Nights is available online. The schedules are posted by the region your child’s school is in.

Don’t know your school’s region? Do a search for your school in the Schools and Centers Directory, then click on the school name.


Twenty-Three FCPS Schools Earn Common Sense Recognition for Digital Citizenship

During the 2018-19 school year, 23 Fairfax County public schools earned Common Sense Recognition for demonstrating a whole-community approach to digital citizenship. Common Sense is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Many additional schools are actively working to earn recognition.  

Access to digital tools and opportunities for students continues to grow in FCPS and along with that is the need for students to learn how to use technology safely, responsibly, and ethically. Fairfax County Public Schools promotes a culture of shared responsibility for preparing students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.  

See which schools earned recognition.


School Bond Referendum to Be on November 5 Ballot

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 5. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents of Fairfax County may vote if they are 18 years or older on Election Day and have registered to vote 22 days prior to the election (on or before October 15, at 5 p.m.).
Bond sales, a form of long-term borrowing, are used to finance the building and renovation of schools and must be approved by voters since they are a future obligation for taxpayers. 

Get more information about the school bond referendum.


Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 at Carson Middle School

FCPS will host its 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference at Carson Middle School, on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The RATE Conference is an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS post-secondary student. He will share how assistive technology has impacted his life and school experiences. 

Breakout sessions will focus on blended learning and FCPSOn supports, reading and writing strategies, assistive technology in the early childhood classroom, communication tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as other topics. All FCPS staff members and parents are invited to attend. Out-of-county teachers, support staff, and parents are also welcome. FCPS employees will receive five recertification points for attending the conference.

More information will soon be available on the conference webpage.


Video: Herndon High School Band Honors the Greatest Generation

This past June, the Herndon High School marching band traveled to Normandy, France to celebrate, remember, and perform as part of the festivities commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. With generous support from the Herndon community and with an international reputation for excellence, students in the "Pride of Herndon" marching band attended this once-in-a-lifetime event as a featured performance group. Watch the video.


Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year are now being accepted. Completing the application online results in faster processing time. Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic.
  • Chinese.
  • English.
  • Tagalog.
  • French.
  • Spanish.
  • Vietnamese.

Paper applications are still available to complete and submit. They are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings. Paper applications must be the original red print forms. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.


Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School 

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.   


Follow Fairfax County Public Schools on Instagram

Fairfax County Public Schools is on Instagram! Be sure to follow us at @fairfaxcountypublicschools. 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!


Fairfax County Public Schools Annual Public Notice: Career and Technical Education

Fairfax County Public School Division’s Career and Technical Education Program offers a variety of career and technical programs to all students at the middle and high school levels. The program areas include the following:

  • Business and Information Technology.
  • Career Connections.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Health and Medical Sciences.
  • Marketing.
  • Technology Education.
  • Trade and Industrial Education.

For more information about Career and Technical Education call 571-423-4526 or visit the FCPS website www.fcps.edu and search for Career and Technical Education