FCPS This Week - September 22, 2017

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
September 22, 2017

Photos of the Week

Take a look at this week’s photos to see students engaged in math, science, and reading; learning about monarch butterflies and density; playing geography Twister; and figuring out how toothpaste and bullying are related.

Two Hundred Twenty-Three FCPS Students Named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

Two hundred twenty-three Fairfax County Public Schools students from 17 high schools have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which also serves as the Governor’s Regional School for Northern Virginia, has 145 semifinalists.

All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $32 million, to be awarded in spring 2018.

See who has been named as a national merit scholarship semifinalist

FCPS Students to Participate in International Walk to School Day on October 4

For the seventh consecutive year, students in Fairfax County Public Schools will join together to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4. The day is celebrated as a way to promote physical activity while reducing traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

All students are encouraged to walk or bike to school where safe to do so or walk to their bus stops on October 4. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school and to work with their schools, PTAs, or PTOs to gather in groups for the event. Schools that are launching a schoolwide effort to participate can register online

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board to Host Recovery Resource Open House on September 27

Are you wondering if you or a loved one might have an issue with alcohol or drugs, including opioids and prescription medication and don’t know where to go for help? The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) invites you to a free Recovery Resource Open House on Wednesday, September 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the CSB’s Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax VA 22031.

In addition to CSB clinicians, representatives from a wide range of treatment providers will be available to answer questions and provide information on substance use disorder services available in Fairfax County and around the region.

Get more information about the Recovery Resource Open House.  

Teacher Artwork Featured at Tenth Annual FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition September 27 to October 28

In collaboration with the Workhouse Arts Center, the Fairfax County Public Schools Fine Arts Office presents the 10th annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, recognizing the creative endeavors of FCPS artist-teachers, from September 27 to October 28 in the McGuire Woods Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. A reception will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. 
FCPS art and music teachers were invited to submit original works for consideration. This year, 125 original works of art and music were submitted by 52 fine arts teachers. Art juror Justin Sutters, director of the George Mason University graduation art education program, selected 42 artworks by 29 artists to be included. Original music compositions by FCPS music teachers will also be played in the gallery. 

Get more information about the Artist Teacher Exhibition

Video: School Bond Referendum to Be on November 7 Ballot

A school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, November 7. 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 (by Monday, October 16, 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. 

Watch the video to get more information about the school bond referendum.

FCPS International Study Travel and Service Learning Program 2018 Opportunities; Parent Information Night Set for September 25 

Your child can experience the world through International Study Travel and Service Learning Program opportunities, operated by EF Education First, an approved FCPS vendor. Global citizenship is a key 21st century skill essential for academic and professional success. The FCPS International Study Travel and International Service Learning programs promote in-depth exploration, greater cultural understanding, and hands-on learning tied to the curriculum in countries throughout the world. 

The 2018 programs include opportunities for FCPS students in grades 7-12 to explore Berlin and other World War II sites in Europe, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Spain, and Costa Rica and focus on language immersion, service learning, environmental science, and global leadership. 
Parent Information Night 

A parent meeting to provide more information on 2018 International Study Travel and Service Learning Program opportunities will be held on Monday, September 25, at the Willow Oaks Corporate Center, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is requested if you plan to attend the information meeting. 

Get more information and register to attend the parent information meeting.


TJHSST to Host Information Sessions; Application Deadline Is September 29

The deadline to complete the online application for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), the governor’s regional school for science and technology, is September 29. Applicants must currently be enrolled in eighth grade, live with a parent or legal guardian who resides full time in, and meets the residency requirements of, a school division that participates in TJHSST. TJHSST is also hosting a series of information sessions at schools in Fairfax County and participating jurisdictions through September 26. 

Deadline to Apply for School Board Student Leadership Program Is October 16

High school sophomores or juniors pursuing a future in law, government or public policy can now apply to be part of the School Board’s Student Leadership Development Program. Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members and gain valuable experience in leadership and policymaking.

Students must be in good academic standing and submit the application, which includes a one-page statement of interest, to their principal before October 16. 

Get more information about the School Board Student Leadership Development Program.

Tips for Parents: Encourage Self-Direction During Your Teen’s Free Time

You know you should keep track of your teen during the late afternoon—the time when teens are most likely to get into trouble. But that doesn’t mean you should be planning their every move.

Once homework and chores are finished, your teen should be able to pick his or her own healthy activities. But you can give them some suggestions:

  • Read for pleasure. Teen magazines and fan fiction count as reading!
  • Write. Your teen could write a letter to a friend or relative who lives out of town. Or keep a journal.
  • Get some exercise. Walking, bike-riding and swimming are all good choices.
  • Use time wisely. Limit your teen's time on the phone, at the computer, or in front of the TV.
  • Volunteer. Could your teen help at an animal shelter, library or nursing home? Help him or her find a volunteer opportunity that matches their interests.
  • Develop a hobby. Suggest that he or she draw or paint, start a collection or learn to play a musical instrument.

Copyright 2017, the Parent Institute. Get more tips for parents and other family engagement resources.  

Guidelines on Religious Accommodations for Students

FCPS makes reasonable accommodations so individuals are able to meet their personal religious obligations. Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to consult the Guidelines for Religious Activities for Students. 

These may be accessed directly from the Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observances on the

Calendars menu from the home page of the FCPS website, or by going directly to https://www.fcps.edu/news-and-calendars/calendars-and-events/guidelines-religious-activities

If you have questions, call the Office of Equity and Employee Relations at 571-423-3070.