Partnership Update - April 2022

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
Ignite Partners
April 01, 2022

Superintendent Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Brabrand standing at a podium

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has awarded Superintendent of Schools Scott S. Brabrand the Eileen D. Curtis Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented on March 31, the award recognizes the superintendent’s career in Fairfax County Public Schools. 

In 1994, after volunteering for FCPS through a business partnership, Dr. Brabrand became a career switcher. He left the telecommunications industry to become a social studies teacher at Herndon High School. 

During his keynote address at the event, Superintendent Brabrand lauded the chamber and several area businesses and community groups for their recent support of FCPS including Allwyn Corporation, Bookworm Central, Capital One, Cornerstones, Cox Communications and Cox Business, Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation, SAP NS2, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. He also spoke appreciatively of the chamber’s engagement in recent school construction bond referendums, thanking them for their support of public education.

The superintendent is leaving FCPS on June 30.  

Thank You for Serving

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, our five-year Ignite Partner from Annandale, has been serving students at Belvedere Elementary School figuratively and literally. Their service is part of their Needs-Based Partnership. And, as you can see in the short video below, it is very much appreciated.  

Thank you to the leadership and all of the parishioners at St. Alban’s Episcopal, including their furry inspirational leader, Supervisor Clark.

More Power to You

The Dominion Energy Northern Virginia Chapter of the African American Resource Group (AARG - NoVa) has generously donated books to Fairfax County Public Schools. On March 28, 2022 seven AARG - NoVa members took time to read a few of the books to 5th grade students at Cameron Elementary School.  

The donated books promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the group’s mission: To connect, empower, develop, engage, and support the recruitment and retention of Dominion Energy’s African American employees, while providing valuable company and community contributions. 

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In total, 705 books have been donated and are being distributed to 141 of our elementary schools’ libraries. Thank you to the Dominion Energy and the AARG - NoVa team.

Free Online Tutoring Coming Soon!

All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through at no cost! Funds to support for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning grant. 

Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends. Tutors are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Mandarin/Chinese and French will be available this fall. 

Students will automatically have access to the tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website.

Workforce Development Program Helps with Firefighter Shortage 

students in the firefighting class at Chantilly Academy holding a ladder

Departments across Northern Virginia are desperate to hire firefighters. Chantilly Academy is helping to fill that void by training the next generation of firefighters. Seniors enrolled in the firefighting course at Chantilly Academy learn alongside Fairfax County Fire and Rescue recruits, working with state-of-the-art equipment and getting valuable hands-on training. 

Graduates of the FCPS firefighting course have gone on to pursue both volunteer and career firefighting. At least eight have returned to the Fairfax County Fire Academy after graduation and become Fairfax County firefighters.

Celebrate Excellence in Education by Supporting the FCPS Honors

FCPS Honors winner on stage receiving their award

FCPS teachers and staff are some of the best in the nation. In collaboration with our HR Department and Educate Fairfax (the non-profit that supports FCPS), we will celebrate our employees’ commitment and achievements at the annual FCPS Honors Gala on June 8, at George Mason University

A corporate sponsorship is a meaningful way to show teachers, principals and other employees how much you value their service to FCPS, and helps us shine a light on those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others.

Find out how you can be a sponsor today

We’re Open for Business and Community Partners

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Businesses and community groups are encouraged to learn more about Business and Community Partnerships including our Ignite Partnerships program which offers eight ways for businesses and community partners to engage with FCPS.

There’s considerable return on investment when becoming an Ignite Partner. Have a look at our Value Proposition that outlines those benefits.

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