FCPS this Week - February 9, 2018

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
February 09, 2018

Photos of the Week

Check out this week's photos to see students celebrating Groundhog Day, learning about personal finance at Finance Park, spending time with mentors, and sharing Mardi Gras customs.    

Parents: Be on the Lookout for Printed Second Quarter Report Cards This Week; Grades Also Available Online 

If you haven’t received your child’s printed second quarter report card yet, you should be receiving it very soon. Depending on the school, report cards are either sent home with students or mailed. Your child’s school will let you know which method is being used. 

Please note: Progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for middle and high school students are also available online by using your Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.

If you don’t already have a SIS Parent Account, information on how to register for one is available online.  

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on February 19 for Presidents Day

All FCPS schools will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.

Fairfax County School Board Adopts FY 2019 Advertised Budget

The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the FY 2019 (2018-19 school year) Advertised Budget of $2.9 billion, an increase of 4.9 percent, or $118.9 million, over the FY 2018 Approved Budget. The FY 2019 budget includes an additional $53.1 million as part of a multi-year plan to enhance teacher salaries and make them more competitive, and $43.9 million for a step increase for all eligible employees.  

“We remain committed to making our teacher compensation more competitive in the Washington, D.C., market,” said School Board Chair Jane Strauss. “In order to have the best possible teacher in every classroom, we have to offer competitive salaries. Great teachers are the best way to ensure that our 189,000 students get the best education possible. We need to ensure that the best possible teachers—those individuals who nurture and guide our students to be their best—remain a part of the FCPS family.”

Get more information about the FY 2019 Advertised Budget

Video: It’s Halftime in FCPS

As we mark the mid-way point of the 2017-18 school year, Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand drops by Woodson High School to provide a “halftime” pep talk for students. Watch the video.

The History of Fairfax County Public Schools

Did you know that Fairfax County Public Schools is one of the oldest school districts in the United States, having been established in 1870 following the Civil War when Virginia was readmitted to the Union? Learn how FCPS evolved from a collection of one-room school houses to the nation’s 10th largest school district in this fascinating look at our history.  

Marshall Academy, GMU Partner to Host National Engineers Week Youth Conference on February 17

In recognition of National Engineers Week, Marshall Academy—a Governor’s STEM Academy—and George Mason University’s (GMU) Volgenau School of Engineering and will partner to host the second annual National Engineers Week Youth Conference on Saturday, February 17, at the GMU Fairfax campus to encourage middle and high school students to dream big and discover their inner engineer.

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include workshop sessions on bioengineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and cybersecurity.

The event is free and online registration is available; parents must register with their child as all minors must be accompanied by a parent. 

Learn more about the National Engineers Week Youth Conference.

Leigh Burden Named Assistant Superintendent for the Department of Financial Services

Leigh Burden, currently the assistant superintendent of business and finance with Loudoun County Public Schools, has been named assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) department of financial services, effective March 8. The announcement was made by Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand.

“Leigh Burden is a seasoned professional in the field of public school financial services,” said Brabrand. “Her proficient skill set and broad background in budget and finance will enable her to hit the ground running in the midst of our Fiscal Year 19 budget planning and approval season. Working with our new chief operating officer Marty Smith, who has many years of experience with the district, we will continue to prepare a cost-effective, transparent budget to best serve our students. We welcome her back to FCPS and look forward having her as part of the Leadership Team.”

Learn more about Leigh Burden.

Registration Starts February 5 for Select 2018 FCPS Summer Learning Programs

Registration is now open for the following Fairfax County Public Schools summer enrichment camps and institutes: Institute for the Arts (IFTA), Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), STEM Camp, Tech Adventure Camp, and Adult and Community Education (ACE) Extended Day Enrichment programs. 

Information on camps and institutes, as well as other FCPS summer learning programs such as the Credit Recovery Academy and Online Campus, is available online.

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Supporting a Child in Times of Concern for Safety

A crisis or safety concern may occur at any time inside or outside of our community. Children may be confused or frightened by the information they hear in conversations and news reports. They will look to adults for guidance as to how to react.

The following quick reference guide offers parents and guardians suggestions for establishing a sense of security and safety to help their child cope with a crisis situation, or concerns of personal safety. In addition, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are available to assist students and consult with caregivers.

Healthy Minds is a new blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. It represents a collaboration between FCPS’ Office of Intervention and Prevention Services and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, which is designed to reinforce emotional wellness in youth and families. 

Student Teams from Eight FCPS Schools Advance to 2018 State Science Olympiad

Students from eight Fairfax County public schools have received an invitation to the 2018 State Science Olympiad Tournament based on their results in the Charlottesville Regional Science Olympiad tournament held in January.

Science Olympiad is a national program that emphasizes teamwork and a commitment to excellence while improving the quality of K-12 science education; increasing male, female, and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce; and providing recognition for outstanding achievement.

See which schools advanced to the state competition.

Tips for Parents: Use Positive Feedback to Encourage Improvement

Your teen has brought home a poor grade. "You could do better," you say. But he or she has probably heard something else. Students often hear "you could do better" as "you're not good enough" or even as "I can't make my Mom and Dad happy."

That doesn't mean you should praise your teen for a bad grade. But here's an approach that may get the result you're really looking for.

Start by finding something positive to say. Then ask whether your teen is satisfied with the paper, test or project. Does he or she think the grade he or she earned reflects the effort he or she put in? What might he or she do differently another time?

At the end of the conversation, your teen will have a better idea of how to improve. The ideas will have come from him or her. And it's just possible that he or she will say, "I could do better."

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