FCPS This Week - September 29, 2017

By Communication and Community Relations staff
For Parents
September 29, 2017

Photos of the Week

Check out this week’s photos to see students learning about their classmates and schools, pairing up for buddy reading, and learning new skills.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 9 for Columbus Day

All FCPS schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 9, for the Columbus Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 10. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.

Register Now for the FCPS Fourth Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference on October 21 at Fairfax High School

Registration is now open for FCPS' fourth annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference, which will be held on Saturday, October 21, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will open the conference, and Dr. Jonathan Dalton, founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Rockville, Md., will be the keynote speaker and will discuss anxiety and stress in childhood, what to know, and how to help.

Conference attendees will be able to choose from more than 50 breakout sessions and get information from public and private offices and agencies who provide services to our schools and community.

Get more information or register for the conference

McLean High School's "Highlander" Newsmagazine Named NSPA Pacemaker Finalist

McLean High School’s “The Highlander” newsmagazine is one of 49 high school news publications nationwide—and the only one in Virginia—to be named a Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association's Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism's highest honor.

Video: Attendance Matters       

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Did you know that chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement? Watch this video in which FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand talks about the importance of attending school every day.

Make the College Connection at the 42nd Annual College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2017 College Fair on October 15 at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on October 16 at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools.

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies.

Get more information and register to attend.

July and August FCPS Cares of the Month Winners

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. All FCPS Cares submissions were reviewed and six winners were selected for the month of June—one for each region and the central office—to receive extra recognition for their work. They are:

  • Central Office: Snjezana Babic and Yeveny Palencia, Area I Transportation.  
  • Region 1: Michelle Mort Ranta, Clearview Elementary School.
  • Region 2: Susan Pham, Lorton Center.
  • Region 3: Arnold McNeal, Mount Vernon High School.
  • Region 4: South County High School Staff.
  • Region 5: Curt Mitzel, Woodson High School.

Get more information about the winners and how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

Tickets and Sponsorships Available for the Superintendent’s Luncheon on November 20 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

On November 20, business and community leaders will gather at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner for a luncheon to celebrate Fairfax County Public Schools and our community. Hear from Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand and other education leaders, and recognize the great work being done in the school system to prepare our students for an exciting and innovative future.

A special award will be presented to the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, for her work to end childhood hunger. The Foundation for FCPS will also recognize the Business and Community Partners of the Year. For more information, or to purchase a sponsorship or single tickets, go to the Foundation’s website. The Foundation for FCPS is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

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.

Parent Resources Town Hall Meeting: Raising Teens in the 21st Century Set for October 14 at Junior Achievement Finance Park

A Parent Resources Town Hall Meeting on raising teens in the 21st century will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Participants will hear a keynote session on the topic of learning the warning signs for teens in trouble and how to help, and be able to choose from breakout sessions on stress and anxiety, successful parenting models for positive family time, substance abuse, and learning disabilities.

Get more information about the Town Hall meeting.