FCPS This Week e-newsletter - September 12, 2019

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
September 12, 2019

Photos of the Week

Look at this week's photos to see students practicing new skills, school spirit, and leadership, enjoying their school library, learning geography, and flying the Freedom Flag in memory of 9-11. 

Student Suggestions Result in Procedural Change on Straws

Suggestions presented by a group of students to the Fairfax County School Board have resulted in a procedural change on the availability of plastic straws in Fairfax County public schools’ cafeterias. For the 2019-20 school year, plastic straws have been removed from the serving lines at middle and high schools

The students suggested providing plastic straws upon request only and making them available to students who still need straws, including those with special needs and students in the lower grades. Straws will be available to anyone who requests them.

More information is available online.

Two Hundred Thirty-Seven Students Named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

Two hundred thirty-seven students from 17 high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which also serves as the Governor’s Regional School for Northern Virginia, has 157 semifinalists.

All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2020.

See who was named as a National Merit semifinalist.

FCPS Cares of the Month for June

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: Katie Tardiff, Preschool Home Teacher, Bull Run Early Childhood Resource Center, Department of Special Services.
  • Region 1: Jane Waldrop, Hughes Middle School. (Waldrop worked at Clearview Elementary School when she received this award.)
  • Region 2: Ruth Baxley, Kilmer Middle School.
  • Region 3: Mackenzie Bergh and Sadaf Tariq, Bush Hill Elementary School.
  • Region 4: Molly Rumberger, South County High School.
  • Region 5: Latrena Warthen, Greenbriar East Elementary School.

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

Get Technology Products at a Discount with the Technology@Home Program

The Technology@Home program offers FCPS students and staff an opportunity to purchase technology products from vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard at discounted rates. Get more information.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School; Registration Now Open 

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. 

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.  

Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

What does your neighborhood look like in the future? Parks, libraries and other cultural opportunities? Our local environment? Transportation, including roads, bikes, and mass transit?
Join Fairfax County Government for another round of community meetings September 16-25 where you’ll learn more about progress on the first-ever countywide strategic plan. In the months since public feedback yielded nine areas of focus, teams have been working to further define and shape the future of our community in these areas:

  • Cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Economic opportunity.
  • Education and lifelong learning.
  • Effective and efficient government.
  • Health and environment.
  • Housing and neighborhood livability.
  • Mobility and transportation.
  • Safety and security.
  • Self-sufficiency for people with vulnerabilities.

Come hear about each area, then share your thoughts, insights, opinions and experiences that will be used to help further shape a countywide strategic plan. Register for a community meeting

Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know

Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes contain other harmful chemicals.

What Happens If a Student Is Caught Vaping?

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences, as noted in the SR&R. 

More information about vaping is available online.

FCPS Policies, Regulations, and Notices Available Online

Virginia’s Standards of Quality require all school divisions to notify the public annually of the availability of the school system's policies

Video: Starting off on the Right Foot at Graham Road Elementary School

Teachers from Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church welcomed their new class of students back to school by surprising them with a visit at their homes. Teachers got to meet parents and talk with students as they introduced themselves personally to each child. Watch the video.

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.