Update on Proposal to Rename Mosby Woods ES; February 16 Community Meeting

Community Meeting to Collect Additional Input on New Proposed Names

Dear Mosby Woods Elementary School Community, 

Thank you to everyone who has attended the community meetings on the renaming. We appreciate your participation and want to provide an update on the process.

At the October 1 community meeting, members of the community shared why they supported proposed names. After reviewing the feedback, and hearing concerns about potential names, it is clear the community would benefit from additional options to consider.

Therefore, we are proposing the following four additional new names for the community’s consideration:   

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Jemison later formed a non-profit educational foundation that emphasizes, among other things, building critical thinking skills and science literacy. She has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame.

Sylvia Mendez

Sylvia Mendez is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage. As an eight-year-old student, she played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 – several years before Brown v. Board of Education. Mendez grew up at a time when Hispanics were not allowed to attend schools designated for “Whites only” and were instead sent to so-called “Mexican schools.” She went on to become a nurse, retiring after thirty years of service in the profession. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink became the first woman of color and first Asian American woman elected to Congress in 1964. During her time in office, she introduced the first comprehensive Early Childhood Education Act and authored the Women’s Educational Equity Act. In 1972, Mink played a key role in the enactment of Title IX of the Higher Education Act Amendments, which prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. This legislation has been an important factor in ensuring equity for women in all educational programs, particularly public school sports.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Rebecca Lee Crumpler was a physician and author. In 1864, she became the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree. She was also the only female physician author in the nineteenth century. In 1883, she published A Book of Medical Discourses which concerned topics such as the life and growth of human beings. Dedicated to nurses and mothers, her writing focused on maternal and pediatric medical care. After the Civil War ended in 1865, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, to work for the Freedmen's Bureau by providing medical care for freed slaves.

We invite you to attend the final community meeting on Tuesday, February 16 from 7-8 pm. It will be a virtual meeting. Please register to attend and indicate if you need an interpreter.

Register to Attend February 16 Community Meeting

We will also be asking community members to dig a bit deeper and consider the desired objective a school’s name should achieve regardless of the option that is ultimately selected. What purpose should a new name serve? What feelings should it inspire? What sentiment should it evoke?

We will collect your feedback at the community meeting and we will share it with the Fairfax County School Board. The School Board will then take action on the new name for Mosby Woods Elementary School at its February 18 meeting.

Community members can also share their input by emailing comments to Region1admin@fcps.edu.

All feedback received will be posted on the website: fcps.edu/proposal-rename-mosby-woods

Thank you for your continued conversation, input, and participation in this important process. We look forward to seeing you at the virtual community meeting on February 16.  

Sincerely,

Douglas A. Tyson
Assistant Superintendent
Region 1