Ten School Websites Recognized with 2018 Best of the Web Awards
Fairfax County Public Schools has recognized ten school websites for excellence in web design and use of web-based tools in the 2018 Best of the Web Awards. Winners included:
Best High or Secondary School Website: Robinson Secondary School, Karen Miller, curator; Matt Eline, principal. Robinson’s website is essentially a middle school and high school website in one. It enables parents to easily navigate between middle and high school content while maintaining a cohesive theme and message of one school. Curator Karen Miller keeps the site current with a plethora of announcements, calendar events, and feature and blog entries. The academics section is full of information because Robinson offers both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Best Middle School Website: Twain Middle School, Sarah Thompson, curator; Chuck Miller, principal. English teacher Sarah Thompson, who was the FCPS 2017 Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year, maintains the website without an error and with the goal of impacting the student body and community beyond the 150 students she teaches. She keeps users abreast of happenings in the community while maintaining a clear, concise site that invites viewers to dig deeper into the subpages and learn about the school.
Fairhill Elementary: Stephen Giese, curator; Candace Hunstad, principal. Geise maintains regular communication with his administrators to create a clear snapshot of the school for parents, staff members, and visitors. The revolving hero image on the homepage offers a variety of views inside the school, and the subpages are rich with content, including an academics page that provides details about grade level teams as well as special subjects.
Providence Elementary School: Gina Shelton, curator; Dan Phillips, principal. Curator Gina Shelton takes advantage of the many photos shot by FCPS photographer Karen Bolt to tell the story of what happens at her school. Featured in photos are classrooms, the library, and common areas, all depicting the school’s energy that transfers to the website. Updated bios and photos of all staff members appear on grade level team pages, and the unique programs offered at the school, including the STEAM lab and Chinese FLES /LTC program, are also featured.
Aldrin Elementary School: Eve Davies, curator; Shane Wolfe, principal. Davies was one of the first curators to launch a website on the new content management platform, and it has remained exemplary with a dynamic homepage featuring fresh announcements, events, and blogs. She fills the site with rich content, including special pages about business partnerships, safety and security, STEAM, and project-based learning.
Best Academy or Special Center Website: Quander Road School, Kevin Payne, curator; Joe Thompson, principal. Payne and the Quander team were recognized for getting their course elective schedule, which included many revisions, posted in a timely manner. The announcements and events section is dynamic and current, and Payne features external news sources on the site, including a blog that leads to an ABC7 story about the school.
Best Use of Photography: Sandburg Middle School, Ramon Lee, curator; Darwin Barker, principal. Lee creates a monthly photo gallery that features happenings at the school, and updates it as the month goes along. As a result, the website has a finished blog at the end of each month that offers a visual illustration of the school community for that month.
Best Blog or Feature: Falls Church High School, Angel Mason, curator; Ben Nowak, principal. Mason, a business and technology teacher, recruited students to post blogs on the school website. Students have posted eight blogs just since the beginning of the school year, including one for homecoming week that included photos from each of the spirit days during the week.
Best Use of Webforms: Terraset Elementary School, Lauren Boyd, curator; Lindsay Trout, principal. Boyd has been a pioneer in using webforms. She was the first to try some of the webforms’ more advanced features such as the conditional logic feature, that triggers different actions based on user input.
Best Use of Calendars and Events: South Lakes High School, AmyBeth Kramer, curator; Kim Retzer, principal. Kramer maintains a robust listing of events on her site by taking advantage of a new feature that allows for the bulk uploading of events. She set up a data file with information including the school’s blue and green rotational schedule and sports schedule, then imported the file into the website’s events calendar.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.
Sandburg MS web curator Ramon Lee is not pictured.