Five Things to Know This Week - May 11, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
May 11, 2020

1. Watch the School Board Work Session Today at 1 p.m.; Topic Is Summer and Fall Learning

Watch today’s School Board work session at 1 p.m. on cable TV channel 99 (or online on the FCPS website) to to view a presentation about FCPS’ preliminary options for summer programming and to discuss considerations for fall learning.

2. FCPS Shares Important Updates for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Students

The College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) continue to provide 2020 AP/IB program guidance and testing updates directly to students and parents. Based on this information, FCPS is providing additional information to ensure students and parents understand how schools are supporting students with these changes. The most recent updates by program are published on the FCPS public web at Coronavirus Update – Frequently Asked Questions

The College Board has released the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist and an Exam Day Experience. Please note, it is important that AP students review the checklist and immediately complete the AP Exam demo to confirm that their testing device and browser will be able to access the AP exam on test day. If a student cannot complete the AP Exam demo, contact the school AP Testing Coordinator for assistance. The following resources from the College Board are now available: 2020 AP Testing Guide, Explainer Videos and new Course Specific Exam Information

3. Video: Student Voice – Maggie’s Mental Health and Wellness Tips

FCPS student Maggie shares her fun and interesting ways to cope with social distancing and the inability to be in school or to hang out with her friends. Watch the video.

Helping Students Boost Resiliency

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? All of us need a little help sometimes to improve our mental health, especially during challenging times. This month offers an opportunity to remind your child that it’s ok not to be ok 100 percent of the time. Sometimes taking small steps to address issues can make a big difference. If you have concerns about your child’s anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other emotional issues your child may be experiencing, contact your school psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They are a just phone call or an email away. 

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

4. Northern Virginia Community College Holding Webinar on Preparing High School Graduates for College on May 12 at 5 p.m. 

Dr. Anne Kress, president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), is inviting FCPS parents and guardians to an informational webinar on May 12 at 5 p.m.
Topics will include:

  • The new higher education landscape. 
  • Next steps after high school. 
  • Education options that can save families thousands of dollars. 
  • Available financial aid and scholarship options.
  • Labor market demands and opportunities. 
  • Transfer programs available at NOVA.

Advance registration is required and available online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

5. A Look Back as We Look Forward

  • More Good Student Achievement News: Virginia History Day Virtual Competition and All-Virginia Middle School Chorus

    There was more good news for FCPS students this week. Students won 16 category awards in the Virginia History Day Virtual Competition, including five first place awards. Also, 73 students from FCPS middle schools were named to the 2020 All-Virginia Middle School Chorus.  

  • Four School Counseling Programs Awarded RAMP Designation

    Four FCPS school counseling programs have been recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as model programs and were awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation for 2020 for successfully demonstrating how their comprehensive school counseling programs benefit all students. 

  • Marshall High School Art Teacher Engages Adopted Greyhound for Master Works Reproductions

    Former racing greyhound Neirin—in addition to enjoying the extra attention from owner and Marshall High School art teacher Nicole Walter during the COVID-19 quarantine—found himself serving as a model for her artwork, which she created in response to online challenges from various art museums to recreate master works and to engage her students.