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Dear Family Fairfax,

As our week ends, we have heard the rumblings of snow in Virginia Beach and the Carolinas.  At this point, if there was such a thing as a snow dance, people would be performing it in our hallways, on our sidewalk, out in our community.  Winter isn’t quite over, yet, though!

Below there is a link to another news report, Harris’ Heroes.  If you have a moment, please join me in congratulating, again, Mike Replogle, for his service to our students at both FHS and other high schools through our Academy.  Let him be an example to us all, and speaking of shining examples, please join our Dance students this Sunday at 6pm for their benefit concert for MS! 

This is a busy weekend, with wrestling, swim and gymnastics all participating in either regionals or State, and both of our basketball teams starting Occoquan Regional play next week.   Also next week, we will be celebrating the culture and community we have at Fairfax with a spirit week and a final Cultural Celebration next Friday night at 7PM.  Please encourage your student to attend and bring the family to enjoy an evening where much of the very best of what makes us so unique is on display! 

We have fielded a few questions about progress reports, and how often progress is or can be communicated to parents by our teachers.  A few years ago, FCPS generated a progress report that was sent automatically every, single week.  That feature changed last year, becoming a little more sophisticated than its first iteration.  What is most important is that parents need to log into SIS ParentVUE one time, to set up the weekly progress report feature.  You can even choose to set your parameters so that you receive reports as much or as little as you would like:  Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

All parents/guardians of Middle School and High School students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. 

For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • Harris' Heroes
  • Periodic Table of Black History
  • The Pulsera Project
  • Fairfax HS Cultural Celebration 2020
  • Custodial Celebration Week
  • Laterhaters DECA Chapter Project
  • Resilience, a film showing at Daniels's Run ES
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

Harris' Heroes

Check out this Harris' Heroes segment on NBC4: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/harris-heroes-mike-replogle-fairfax-academy-for-communications-and-the-arts/2217286/  

A PERIODIC TABLE OF BLACK HISTORY DONE BY OUR STUDENTS!

The project promotes that by sharing art, knowledge and ideas across cultural lines, we can create a more ethical and colorful world, so we plan to color our school with these beautiful bracelets.

Bruni Herring, Spanish Teacher

 

 

My Spanish 2 class is participating in The Pulsera Project which is a nonprofit organization that began in 2009 when a group pf people travelling in Central America discovered some artists who make these beautiful handwoven pulseras (bracelets). 

There is really no market for these artists to sell them in their countries, so these folks decided to take the pulseras back to the states to sell them on behalf of the artists.  Since then, students and teachers from across the United States have been selling these works of art, helping to grow this project into what it is today. 

Nearly 200 artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala have employment because of this organization.  Not only that, the proceeds from these sales also help to fund scholarships, shelter support and healthcare to name a few.   

I was looking to do some type of cultural project and ‘stumbled’ onto this while looking at Pinterest.  I thought it would be a great way for my students to learn a little about the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala while also helping others. They understand that these artists have spent countless hours making these bracelets and that we are not giving them a handout, but helping to sell their goods. 

Our sale officially begins on Tuesday, February 18 and runs through March 2nd. 

 

Celebrate the diversity of our students as you and your family immerse yourselves in the extraordinary cultures of our students here at Fairfax High School.

This year’s “Cultural Celebration” event will be held on Friday, February 28th at 7pm in the auditorium at Fairfax High School.

This year’s student performances will include traditional Korean drums (Nanta & Samulnori), the Korean fan dance, Vietnamese traditional hat dance, Chinese dragon dance, Indian dances, Latin dances, K-Pop dance & Mongolian horse head fiddle, along various other dynamic student performances.  The show will culminate with an international fashion show.

In addition, refreshments will be available for sale starting at 6:30pm – and all proceeds will benefit various FHS student clubs and organizations connected to the Cultural Celebration.

Ticket are $3 and will be sold at the door. Children 5-years-old and under are free of charge.

FCPS and City of Fairfax Schools employees will receive one free ticket with their badge.

It will be a fun & entertaining evening for the WHOLE family.

Event contact:

Sara Chae, ESOL Teacher at FHS, and ESOL Resource Teacher for Ffx Academy

suchae@fcps.edu

Custodial Appreciation Week!

This past week we celebrated our custodial staff appreciation week and thanked them for keeping our school in tip top shape!

#LATERHATERS DECA CHAPTER PROJECT!

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Dear Family Fairfax,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We are deep in the “heart” of tournament season at Fairfax which make for busy and exciting days.  Darting around from one meet to another, it never feels like a full appreciation for our students who compete on a mat, balance beam, track, field, stage or classroom is ever had, but it sure is a lot of fun trying!

We have many to congratulate this week, and we try to include them either in the body of our NYC or in the Need and Nice to Know sections that follow.  If you have an event or picture that we might include, please remember to email them to LBeatty@fcps.edu with #NYC in the subject line!

This was quite a week for Fairfax in the news:

Most recently, our own Mrs. Bruni Herring is leading many of our students in the charity Pulsera Project beginning February 18th!

Our staff, students and members of our community work alongside each other on so many projects that impact our community and our world…it is both rewarding and humbling, and none of it would be possible without our community’s support!

Did you know that you can easily recognize our staff?  Fairfax County Public Schools is constantly celebrating the fantastic and selfless work of our employees through FCPS Cares.  Simply click here to fill out the quick form…our staff member will receive a congratulatory email and the chance to win the monthly award as well. 

Finally, in addition to our new pantry, we keep a snack bowl near my office.  Over the last year, we have seen the student traffic increase ten-fold, and we LOVE seeing so many of our students who are so comfortable popping back, saying hello, and grabbing a quick treat.  When the day to day operations sometimes get away from us, and we can’t recharge by spending time with students (our favorite—and the reason we exist), it is those quick interactions that light up our moments and days.  Not to mention, we are filling a need for so many of our students as well.  If you can and are able to donate snacks, we are always in need!  Simply have your student drop them by the main office. 

Monday is the Presidents' Day holiday and I hope your long weekend is full of rest and relaxation,

Erin

 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • Thank you to our PTSA
  • Bring Laptops to School
  • Scholastic Regional Writing Awards
  • Regional Track Champions and pictures, pictures, pictures!
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful PTSA organization for spoiling us with Valentines Treats this week!  Smiles all around!

Bring Laptops to School

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This is a reminder that all students must bring their fully charged FCPS-issued laptops to school every day. 

Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used. This includes WIDA testing, SOL testing, and WorkKeys assessments.

Regular Health Checks on the laptops ensure that laptops are prepared and up-to-date. The health check icon can be found on each student laptop and should be run while at school.

Thank you for your assistance. Fairfax HS Technology Team

2020 Scholastic Regional Writing Awards

FCPS student writers over all earned 77 Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Regional Writing Awards.  Congratulations to Leah Hamaker, on winning a Silver Key award in Poetry and Teri Chung, who received an Honorable Mention in the Personal Essay & Memoir category!  Regional winners will be honored at a reception at the University of the District of Columbia on March 8.

Sophomore Elle McNally who soared over 5 feet in the high jump for Region Champ!

Congratulations to our Regional Track champions:

Marcus Dropik in the 500m dash and high jump

Rachael Wilson in the 300m dash

Elle McNally in the high jump

Mason Mays was 4th in the 55m dash.

These 4 athletes qualified for the State Championships in individual events and will be joined by our boys 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

The State competition will take place Feb 28-29 in Hampton, VA.

Freshman Rachel Wilson REGION Champion in 300m Race!

Marcus Dropik anchoring boys 4X800m - 1st Place in Region!

Mason Mays was 4th in the 55m dash!

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Dear Family Fairfax,

Another winter week ends in 50 degree weather and quite a downpour.  The parent coffee was in full swing when the rain was at its heaviest, and it took us all by surprise.  When I went to the lobby area to check in with our building engineer, the students heading in looked like it took them equally by surprise.  All ended OK and the day started with only the slightest of glitches.  A special thank you to the MANY support staff members who ensure that Fairfax is always up and running!

This week was National School Counseling Appreciation Week.  The food was abundant in the counseling suite, but when I asked one of our counselors what he appreciates most, he said a handwritten, meaningful note from a student means a lot to him. With the myriad college recommendations, academic guidance, and advocacy that our counselors give to our students each and every single day, consider encouraging your student to write a note of gratitude.  It is the little things that go a long way.

Good luck to our dive, swim, and track teams as they compete in Regional competition, and congratulations to our VHSL One Act for winning runner-up in the Patriot District competition.  Speaking of the Patriot District, last Tuesday, our gymnastics team clinched the championship here at FHS, with numerous athletes winning individual medals!   The athleticism was incredible, and we are looking forward to watching them as they progress onwards!  Greatest of skill (They don’t need luck!) to our wrestling team as they compete at West Springfield High School tomorrow. 

If you haven’t seen the “one singular sensation,” A Chorus Line, this is the final weekend!   As many of you know, this is Mike Replogle’s (our Academy Musical Theater teacher) farewell performance as he is retiring this year, so if you haven’t made it, you still have three chances left! We are so fortunate to have Fairfax Academy here at Fairfax High School, with industry arts professionals providing a valuable and authentic learning experience for many of our students. 

Wishing you and your family a restful weekend,

Erin

 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • Academy Staff Promotes A Chorus Line
  • District Track Championship
  • Chill Essentials Workshop
  • Visiting Educators to Fairfax HS
  • Newcomer's Meeting, February 18, 6 pm, FHS
  • McNair ES Mentoring Group Visit to Academy
  • MySchoolBucks Lunch Accounts
  • PTSA Webmaster Needed
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

OUR ACADEMY STAFF INVITES YOU TO THE FINAL WEEKEND OF A CHORUS LINE!

Distract Track Championship

Congratulations to our Track team for outstanding performances at the District Championships this past week.  Marcus Dropik won gold medals in the 300, 500, 1000 and high jump and Mason Mays won gold in the 55 dash.  Rachel Wilson claimed silver in the 300 and 500 and 4x200 along with Ariana Garrastegui, Carissa Owens and Katie Nahom.  Megan Kuo took bronze in the shot put.  This group along with about 15 others will advance to the Regionals next Monday & Wednesday.

See below for specific stats and photos from our District meet!

 

The First Chill Essentials Workshop was a great success!

All of the students signed up for the workshop because they wanted to improve themselves and learn how to balance their school and home life.  They had a wonderful time, were very engaged, and learned a lot. Vanessa Rutherford, one of the sponsors along with Ashley Curl, asked them at the end if they would want a part 2 (follow-up) and they all said yes! 

Fairfax HS hosted Korean educators doing a two-week practicum with FCPS.  Erin Molek, Academy Career Experience Specialist, acted as their tour leader and snapped this selfie.

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

Welcome All New Parents to Fairfax!

To all New Parents at FHS,

You are invited and encouraged to gather with other Newcomer’s at Fairfax High School.  Please come to our next great informal “question and answer session.”  Come meet others who are also transitioning into their new community.  We are here for your support!  The next gathering will be February 18 at 6pm in the FHS library.  Directly following the Newcomer’s gathering will be the PTSA meeting at 7pm if you are interested.  It’s a great way to learn more about your school.  Come to both or just one event!  Whatever your schedule entails.  We look forward to meeting you!!

Cynthia, CynthiaDLS@aol.com

 

Mrs. Martin (Academy school counselor) & Ms. Molek (Career Experience Specialist) spent 2 hours with a group of 15 middle school students and three instructors from the McNair Elementary Boys & Girls Mentoring group. This is the second year this group from McNair has visited Fairfax Academy.

 During “the tour” we took them to 5 Academy classes of the students’ choice to do interactive/hands-on activities correlated to the class, and learn ALL about what they do in the particular classes . (The students got to vote ahead of time to pick which classes they were most interested in).

They got to actively participate in each class – Ex: dancing, using autotune, creating a beat, taking photos in the studio, browsing the Fashion In Motion magazine… and they also got to see students perform and utilize professional equipment.

 In addition, the middle schoolers got to hear from Academy students in each class (who attend a wide range of FCPS high schools) in regards to their middle/high school path  and what the Academy has meant to them and what careers they are thinking of pursuing ALL because of the Academy.

MySchoolBucks - Lunch Account

Have you checked your lunch account recently at MySchoolBucks.com?  We currently have many students carrying a negative account balance with our cafeteria.  Letters are being sent to the parent/guardian of these students and we would appreciate your prompt attention.  Thank you. 

Needed PTSA Webmaster

Do not need to attend meetings, can do all work from home!

Job requirements:

  • Maintain and update PTSA website
  • Maintain and update ANG website
  • Website is accessible through gmail
  • Current Webmaster will get you started

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Dear Family Fairfax,

As we end another busy week at Fairfax, I have just received word of two of our students who entered an innovation challenge and are now finalists.  Congratulations to Katie Chung and Manish Balamurugan, who have created a prototype for a shared learning platform and have just received word that they are now in the Diamond round of the Conrad Challenge.  If they win, they have the potential to pitch their idea to a group of investors and potentially earn a large sum of money.  Last year, teacher David Friedman gave his students the task of identifying a problem and solving it…and solve it they have!  Congratulations—we are so proud!

On Monday of this past week, your four City of Fairfax principals joined our Region leadership team as well as City Superintendent to present current data around testing, student wellness, and family engagement.  Hearing the amazing work happening at Lanier, Providence, and Daniels Run and being able to represent the amazing work happening at Fairfax High School was truly a privilege.  We are so lucky to be supported by both our City and County leadership. 

Congratulations to our basketball players who celebrated senior night on Tuesday!  It was incredible seeing our track and field team in Richmond last Saturday…districts are well underway, and many of our athletes are doing very, very well.   I was able to stop into a wrestling practice and see the amazing work that Coach Sewell and his coaching staff have done to “fight for the culture.”  This is their wrestling theme, and it was evident that they had built a family in addition to a wrestling program. 

Don’t miss out on A Chorus Line, opening tonight! This is the final musical directed by our own Academy Musical Theater teacher Mike Replogle, and from the beautiful sounds ringing through our hallways after school, it is sure to be a showstopper!  Tomorrow, we will have our annual science fair and several of our theater students will compete in the VHSL One Acts competition at Lake Braddock Secondary School.  So much Pride at Fairfax!

Finally, thank you to the many, many community members who have filled our A Place to Eat pantry.  You are making Fairfax even better for our students in need, and we are so thankful to the many volunteers who are working to make this costly initiative a success!

Wishing you a restful weekend,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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INCLUDED  IN THIS ISSUE:

  • National School Counseling Week 2020
  • Rebel Robotics Team Win!
  • Update on CUE/Connector Bus Passes
  • AP Stat Data Collection
  • Track News
  • Wellness Week Planning
  • Fairfax Academy Dancers Benefit Concert
  • Freddy's Choral Fundraiser
  • A Chorus Line
  • SAT & ACT Practice Tests
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

National School Counseling Week 2020 (#NSCW2020) is Feb. 3–7, 2020. 

The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Please take a moment and join me in thanking our school counselors for they work they do at Fairfax HS.

REBEL ROBOTICS TEAM WITH THEIR AWARD!

Rebel Robotics Team News!

We wanted to share the good news that our rebel robotics team competed last Saturday, January 25, at the PG county’s First tech Parkdale school invitational competition and won the first place award for their design of the Robot and a second place “connect “award.

CUE/Connector Bus Passes - Update

Students who have old CUE/Connector bus passes may continue to use these cards as we still have not received replacement cards to issue.  If your card is challenged by a bus driver, nicely remind the driver that WMATA has not yet reissued cards to replace the old ones.  If you are denied service, please get the driver’s name and bus number and deliver this information to your subschool. No date has been set for issuing new cards.

This week, AP Stat did some data collection by throwing a pool noodle javelin with their dominant arm and non-dominant arm.  The intent of the activity was to learn how to analyze data that comes from dependent samples (or also known as matched pairs).  This type of data analysis is most popular with “twin studies” like Nasa Astronauts (LINK).

Marcus Dropik is the High Jump (6’3”) and 500 meter (105.58) District Champion and Mason Mays is the 55 meter (6.56) District Champion!

Sociology and Psychology kicking off their PBL to plan the wellness week!

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

Fairfax Academy Benefit Concert for Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Fairfax Academy Dancers are producing a dance benefit concert for the second year. This year’s benefactor is The Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dances from the Academy Classes as well as groups from the community will be presented.

Some participating organizations are Glen Echo Improvisation Movement Theatre, enVISIon from Georgetown Visitation, Nrityanjali, Manassas Youth Ballet, Sundays on TAP, and more.

According to Director Meredith Barnes, “This benefit concert brings the whole community of dancers and enthusiasts together for a greater purpose. It is wonderful to see these artists use their talent to help others. It is such a great cause, that has a lot of personal meaning for many of our dancers.”

Where:  Fairfax High School Auditorium 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax VA 22030

When  February 23, 6:00pm

Tickets:  No tickets required, suggested donation $20,

 PhotosFor high resolution photos please contact Erin Molek at              ekmolek@fcps.edu

 ContactMeredith Barnes- mbarnes@fcps.edu  703-219-2270

OR News Liaison, Erin Molek ekmolek@fcps.edu 703-219-2385

About Fairfax Academy

The Fairfax Academy is a community of students and teachers whose passion for communications & the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning. The Academy engages and inspires students countywide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs. The Fairfax Academy Dance program is in its 19th year. The Academy serves students of all levels, from beginner through advanced, and encourages creativity, collaboration, and communication through dance.

For tickets, please go to the link below!

www.etix.com/ticket/v/15651/fairfax-academy-theatrecommunications-and-the-art

‘Chorus Line’ is for mature audiences only and students under the age of 13 will not be allowed in to the show without an adult with them. 

Thank you.

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Dear Family Fairfax,

Sometimes it’s the short weeks that feel the longest. With a four-day weekend upon us for our students, we know that means we need to finalize grades, and we have professional learning on Tuesday.  While your student enjoys some time away, think about us from time to time…hard at work! 

Many of our community members and staff members have selflessly given a lot of time to plan for and coordinate the opening of FHS’s A Place to Eat.  This food and hygiene pantry has already had a number of visitors!  See the recent newscast here: https://wjla.com/news/local/new-food-pantry-at-fairfax-high-helps-students-in-need.  The Fairfax Connection will have an article soon with more information about the initiative and how you can support our students through donations.

Tonight, many of our music students will be participating in a Masterworks concert at Truro Anglican Church, and our basketball teams will play Woodson High School in yet another Patriot District matchup.  Swim and Dive will have their final dual meet of the season, Science Olympiad is off to MIT, and our Track team is headed to Richmond. With our biennial Academy performance of A Chorus Line opening next weekend-- great theater, music, athleticism and academics abound, and there is always something to do and students to celebrate.  We are lucky to be a part of this community!

We are always looking for more opportunities to recognize the great work being done and the activities our students are participating in—please remember to email Laura Beatty at lbeatty@fcps.edu with #NewsYouChoose or #NYC in the subject line. 

I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • Course Selection 2020-2021
  • Science Olympiad News
  • Fairfax HS Has Free Peer Tutors
  • Pyramid Outstanding Professional of the Year
  • Interested in Being on the Freshman Class Council?
  • Fairfax Academy Open House
  • A Chorus Line
Rebels Need to Know:

Course Selection 2020-2021: The culture of Northern Virginia around high achievement can be felt by our students.  They often report feeling the need to earn high grades, take on a large number of advanced courses, and often feel a risk of falling behind.  With that in mind, we emphasize the importance of balance in our students’ lives when they select courses. Please help us in highlighting the need for students to maintain a sense of balance.  When talking about courses and academic commitments with your student for next year, be sure to ask about their plans to be involved in a co-curricular or extra-curricular activity at school, or similar activities outside of school. It is important that these competing commitments are looked at together, so students select courses that make room for challenge and growth while providing them the time to take part in the many activities, including personal time, that support their development as healthy (emotionally, mentally, physically, and socially) teenagers.

Our juniors just started meeting with school counselors for academic advising and selecting courses for their senior year.  Counselors will start to meet with sophomores on February 5 and then freshmen on February 20.  When meeting with students, counselors help them choose courses that will both interest and challenge them, as well as ensure they are on a path to graduation. After your student meets for their academic advising session, you can view your student’s course selections in SIS ParentVUE for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important for you to review the courses with your student and communicate any desired changes before the deadline on June 12.  

Amit Panchal and Kyle Chau – Boomilever - First Place Winners

Science Olympiad News!

Congratulations to the Fairfax HS Science Olympiad team on their 7th place finish out of 33 teams at the Duke University Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday. A special congratulations to the following students who earned medals:

1st Place:

Amit Panchal and Kyle Chau – Boomilever

2nd Place:

Yurick Tchakountio and Aditya Krishnan - Write It Do It

Sarah Bengtson, Maureen Howard, and Natalie Lambert – Experimental Design

3rd Place:

Meghana Kamineni and Disha Kiran – Forensics

4th Place:

Geethu Abhilash and Eunu Lim – Geologic Mapping

5th Place:

Maureen Howard and Meghana Kamineni – Water Quality

Sarah Bengtson and Dhriti Posa – Fossils

Sarah Bengtson and Tyler Stotz – Anatomy and Physiology

FAIRFAX HAS FREE PEER TUTORS

Parents, before you spend money and time on a private tutor, encourage your student to take advantage of the Peer Tutors in the Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is a 1-to-1 Peer Tutoring organization that assists will all types of learning. The tutors are specifically trained in progressing peers through the learning process. A Peer Tutor offers coaching and feedback; tutors will not write or complete work for clients. Tutors can also provide assistance with study skills, organization, note taking, or time management. The Learning Lab is open Tuesday-Friday during all lunches for walk-ins, and during Lion Time and after school by appointment. Email Mr. Friedman (dlfriedman@fcps.edu) for appointments or questions.

 

Congratulations to Donna Leone, School Counselor, on being named the Fairfax Pyramid Outstanding Professional Employee of the Year!

Rebels Nice to Know:

Freshman Class Council?

Interested in running for freshmen class council?

Use the link to complete the form by Wednesday Jan 29th!

https://tinyurl.com/fhsfresh2023

Academy Open House is February 4

Open House

If you are a new or potential Academy student: mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 4th, because we would love to see you and your family at our annual Open House! 

It is a drop-in style event, and you may visit our Academy classrooms as you wish from 6:30-8:00pm. Our Academy Ambassadors and office staff will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!

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Dear Family Fairfax,

As our busy week comes to an end, I know we are all wondering about the icy weather that is on its way for our weekend.   We have a Science Olympiad team travelling to Duke to compete this weekend, however, our Forensics Speech and Debate WACFL tournament scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to the impending weather.  Good luck to our Pride—although they have skill, so luck would just be a bonus!  Speaking of skill, congratulations to our Forensics Speech and Debate team on placing 2nd in the Occoquan Regional Tournament last night!

We have the beginnings of a Club Council at FHS.  The Club Council is composed of our clubs’ and activities’ presidents and representatives.  We are working to find avenues to incorporate even more student voice into the future of FHS, and using the collective voice of over 50 of our clubs and organizations has been a great way to continue growing and improving for our students. 

PSAT test results and booklets will be distributed next week to our students.  As a reminder, FCPS paid for the results for our 11th-grade students and 10th grade students were given the option to purchase the results.  The PSAT should be used as a formative assessment, to help guide areas in which a student might need to further develop.  Please remember, it is a practice test that is given on one day, and unlike the SAT or ACT which can be retaken, the PSAT is only offered that one time.   There are so many planned and unplanned variables that play into the performance of students during these one-shot tests. 

Recently, we received the data from our Fairfax County Youth Survey.  Reviewing the data, we can celebrate that our students do feel connected to and admire adults in our community, but we do still have a long way to go.  Here is a website to the protective factors that we know help our youth to succeed:  3 to Succeed.  The website also includes information for parents, teachers, neighbors, coaches and community youth leaders.  If Fairfax is a community’s school, the more involved the community, the more we can help all of our students be the very best version of themselves that they possibly can be. 

I am excited for tonight’s Swim and Dive Senior Night, and though I missed their dinner last night, it will be fun to see them in their walk of glory tonight.  With last night’s Gymnastics Senior Night, it is that time in winter sports when we are all reminded of how special and ephemeral  these moments are.  We are also reminded of how privileged we are to get to celebrate them alongside you. 

Wishing you a happy and restful weekend!

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • School Psychologist in Every School
  • FHS Mentoring Programs
  • Lady Rebel Gymnasts Kindness Rocks
  • A Place to Eat at Fairfax is Open!
  • FHS School Profile
  • SAT & ACT Practice Tests
  • Summer Trip to Europe
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS?

FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

RONNETTA LYONS AND ASHLEY CURL - Proud Mentors at Fairfax High School

Mentoring Programs at FHS

Fairfax High has two different mentoring programs, both of which feature staff members serving as mentors to students. Check and Connect is attendance-based mentoring, and the other is Caring Adult Mentoring. Both programs take place during the school day. Approximately 25 faculty members have been trained to serve as mentors and participate in quarterly events and weekly mentoring with students.

LADY REBEL GYMNASTS PAINT KINDNESS ROCKS!

Lady Rebel Gymnasts - Kindness Rocks!

This year the lady rebel gymnasts decided they wanted to give back to Fairfax and their idea was to paint kindness rocks and distribute them throughout the school.  The hope was that any student or faculty member could find one of these rocks with an inspiring message on it and it would make their day a bit brighter and provide support for students or faculty struggling with things in their lives.  Anyone who finds a kindness rock is welcome to pass the rocks along to others to brighten their day!

A Place to Eat @ Fairfax, our school food pantry is open!

A Place to Eat @ Fairfax

If you or someone you know might be in need of food support, please feel free to reach out to your school counselor or school social worker. This information is confidential and we will do our best to connect you to our pantry and other community based resources. Food insecurity is a community issue and we are committed to getting folks what they need to live healthy lives in our school community.

How can you help A Place to Eat @ Fairfax?

Parents, business leaders, friends and neighbors will all be needed to make our food program at Fairfax a success.

Donate

  1. Our most needed food items:
  • Canned/bottled goods (peanut butter, beans, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, soups and chili; vegetables, fruit, tuna/canned meat
  • Box/Dry goods (crackers, cereal, pasta, oatmeal, mac & cheese, dried beans, rice, lentils, boxed shelf stable milk
  • Cooking oil
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap
  • Unopened hygiene items: feminine products, soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  1. For your shopping convenience we also have an Amazon Wish List, https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/MWOA7SESUTMY?ref_=wl_share
  2. A Place to Eat @ Fairfax kindly accepts grocery store gift cards, including BJ’s and Costco. We are happy to do the shopping for you.
  3. Collect needed pantry items at your next event (birthday party, sporting or arts, scouting event etc.

Items can be dropped in the Main Office, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030. We are able to accept donations during school hours, 7:30am - 4:00pm. After school hours can be arranged with prior notice.

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering a little or a lot of your time? Needs include: pantry management, development, volunteer management. Please visit and bookmark our signup genius.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4DAEAB2DA1FE3-aplace

Contact Us

If you are interested in partnering with or learning more about A Place to Eat @ Fairfax, let us know!

Katy Malesky, A Place to Stand, katy@aplacetostand.org

Ashley Curl, Fairfax High School Social Worker, amcurl@fcps.edu

 

A Place to Stand, Britepaths, Food for Others are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations

 

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Rebels Nice to Know:

We have a few more spaces left on our 2020 Europe trip. We are looking to fill those spots soon – first come first served. Link to poster and enrollment below.

https://lanierms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/Enrollment_flyer.pdf

 

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Dear Family Fairfax,

 

I am SO HAPPY to be writing to you again!   I jokingly told the students that, “Look, I returned and brought the snow with me!”  It was good for a laugh or two, but most of all, it was just good to be laughing with students again.  From watching all of our Government students in a mock Congress to pasta making in Family and Consumer Science to enjoying breakfast compliments of our wonderful PTSA—this was one of those weeks that serves as a reminder of how lucky we are to be at Fairfax High School.

 

There is a long list of what to write about, but the assembly I just attended for our seniors blew me away.  The message was all about believing in yourself and each other, that you are ultimately in the driver’s seat, and not to let negative energy or “friends” (in quotation marks because that is how the guest speaker phrased it—in quotation marks) get in your way.  He tells his own story of how he overcame adversity, and includes a lot of music and dancing.   It was great to see so many of our seniors enjoying themselves.  A special kudos to Ms. Rotella who learned about The Beautiful Tomorrow through other schools in FCPS and wanted to give our seniors something unique during our yearly course information fair.

 

Speaking of course registration, a parent asked why we register so early.  We are already in the midst of planning for next school year.  It takes several months to analyze course enrollment registrations, class counts, and trends, so we get started early.  Remember that your student’s course selections this year will be live in SIS, and though we want our students to register as accurately as possible to ensure course counts are as correct as possible, there will still be time to change course requests through June.

 

There are so many extracurricular activities happening at Fairfax in the coming weeks, and I am sure that I will fall short on celebrating  them all as they should be.  We hosted a JV Wrestling Jamboree last night alongside Curriculum Night, and we will be hosting a Science Olympiad Tournament all day tomorrow.  Tonight begins district play for our basketball teams, and we have our Senior Nights for Swim and Dive and Gymnastics next week as well!  Please remember, if you have pictures or announcements, we would love to hear from you!  Please send your celebrations and pictures to Laura Beatty at LBeatty@fcps.edu with #NewsYouChoose in the subject line.

 

 Finally, Fairfax wouldn’t be Fairfax without the love and support of so many in our community.  The passing of one of our hometown heroes, Sergeant George Moskowitz, has left a hole in our hearts.  SGT Moskowitz was an SRO at both Lanier and Fairfax and a parent in our community.  Let his leadership and love for our community serve as a model for each and every one of us.

 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

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Included in this issue:

  • Junior College Planning Night
  • Food Pantry at Fairfax High School
  • FHS Crew Interest Meeting
  • A Chorus Line Performances
  • Summer Camp Fair

 

Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

Junior College Planning Night

for juniors and their parents/guardians

Wednesday, January 15 @ 7:00 pm

Fairfax High School – Auditorium

A panel of College Admissions Representatives will present valuable “College Admissions 101” information about the various aspects of the college admissions process, including tips on:

•             What should juniors be doing now?

•             What are the advantages of attending a community college?

•             How do colleges make decisions? What factors are most important?

•             How do you pay for college?

…and much more!

We’ll wrap up with Q&A time dedicated to answering all of your admission and application-related questions!  All juniors interested in attending a two- or four-year college or university are encouraged to attend.  Students of other grades -  and their parents -  are also welcome to attend.  No RSVP necessary. 

For more information, contact: Maureen Kim, FHS College & Career Center Specialist, 703-219-2204, MHKim@fcps.edu

A Place to Eat Food Pantry at Fairfax High School

Fairfax High School will be opening a food pantry (both food and toiletries) available to our students beginning in the new year. The program is called A Place to Eat @ Fairfax and is a collaboration between Fairfax High School, A Place to Stand, BritePaths and Food for Others,

  • The program will provide non-perishable food to assist students for whom food is not consistently available at home. Personal care and household items will also be available.
  • Students will self identify their need to participate
  • The pantry is located in room A123 and open Thursdays 2:55-4:30pm.
  • Doors will open January 16.
  • 100% supported by donations and volunteers
  • There is no cost for students to participate in the program
  • To start, students will shop the pantry Thursday afternoons (late bus day).

Looking ahead:

  • Satellite pantries will be located in designated school classrooms and resource areas. Pantry locations are being confirmed and students will be notified where they will be located.
  • Students can complete an order form to pick up pre-packed items on Fridays outside the food pantry.

How can you help A Place to Eat @ Fairfax? 

Parents, business leaders, friends and neighbors will all be needed to make our food program at Fairfax a success.

Donate

  1. Our most needed food items:
  • Canned/bottled goods (peanut butter, beans, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, soups and chili; vegetables, fruit, tuna/canned meat
  • Box/Dry goods (crackers, cereal, pasta, oatmeal, mac & cheese, dried beans, rice, lentils, boxed shelf stable milk
  • Cooking oil
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap
  • Unopened hygiene items: feminine products, soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  1. For your shopping convenience we also have an Amazon Wish List, https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/MWOA7SESUTMY?ref_=wl_share
  2. A Place to Eat @ Fairfax kindly accepts grocery store gift cards, including BJ’s and Costco. We are happy to do the shopping for you.
  3. Collect needed pantry items at your next event (birthday party, sporting or arts, scouting event etc.)

Items can be dropped in the Main Office, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030. We are able to accept donations during school hours, 7:30am - 4:00pm. After school hours can be arranged with prior notice.

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering a little or a lot of your time? Needs include: pantry management, development, volunteer management. Please visit and bookmark our signup genius.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4DAEAB2DA1FE3-aplace

Contact Us

If you are interested in partnering with or learning more about A Place to Eat @ Fairfax, let us know!

Katy Malesky, A Place to Stand, katy@aplacetostand.org

Ashley Curl, Fairfax High School Social Worker, amcurl@fcps.edu

 

A Place to Stand, Britepaths, Food for Others are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MAUREEN KECK, OUTSTANDING LEADER, MEGAN ABRAHAM, OUTSTANDING NEW TEACHER, CRAIG FRANKLIN, OUTSTANDING OPERATIONAL EMPLOYEE, DONNA LEONE, OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL, AND ANNA WEAVER, TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL!

Dear Fairfax Family,

The  two-week winter break begins!!. I’m so very happy to share that FHS principal, Dr. Lenart returns on January 6, 2020. These past few weeks as acting principal have flown by with many new experiences and opportunities all of which have made me even more grateful to be a part of the Fairfax community. I look forward to returning to sub school 3 and continuing my work with students, families, and teachers.

I hope all of you find opportunities to spend time with family and friends, to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Wishing you the very best in 2020!

Maureen Keck, Acting  Principal

Fairfax High School

 

Included in this issue:

  • Curriculum Night
  • January Parent Coffee
  • Junior College Planning Night
  • News from Fairfax Academy
  • A Chorus Line
FAIRFAX PRIDE NEEDS TO KNOW:

Curriculum Night – January 9, 2020

Upperclassmen and their families are invited to participate in the course selection fair starting at 7pm.  Below is the full schedule for the night:

January Parent Coffee

Due to the winter break, our January parent coffee will be held on Friday, January 10, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, in the Library.  Hope to see you there!

Junior College Planning Night

for juniors and their parents/guardians

Wednesday, January 15 @ 7:00 pm

Fairfax High School – Auditorium

A panel of College Admissions Representatives will present valuable “College Admissions 101” information about the various aspects of the college admissions process, including tips on:

•             What should juniors be doing now?

•             What are the advantages of attending a community college?

•             How do colleges make decisions? What factors are most important?

•             How do you pay for college?

…and much more!

We’ll wrap up with Q&A time dedicated to answering all of your admission and application-related questions!  All juniors interested in attending a two- or four-year college or university are encouraged to attend.  Students of other grades -  and their parents -  are also welcome to attend.  No RSVP necessary. 

For more information, contact: Maureen Kim, FHS College & Career Center Specialist, 703-219-2204, MHKim@fcps.edu

FAIRFAX PRIDE NICE TO KNOW:

•Picture taken by News Liaison: Erin Molek, Academy Career Experience Specialist

NEWS FROM FAIRFAX ACADEMY

 A Fairfax Academy student in the Television and Media Production class, Sujay Khona, and his video, “The Savings Genie”, was selected as the first place winner in the Burke & Herbert Bank regional contest for the American Bankers Association’s Lights Camera Save! Video Contest. Sujay attends Fairfax Academy, but he is an 11th grader at Chantilly High School.

Jane Petty, Vice President of Burke & Herbert Bank, personally came to Fairfax Academy yesterday and surprised Sujay (and his class) with the announcement of his regional success!

Sujay was rewarded with a $350 gift card from Burke & Herbert Bank, and his teacher will receive a $50 gift card as well.  

His video will be advanced to the National contest (which will be based on social media voting) where he will be eligible for the top prizes of $1000, $2500, or $5000!

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Fairfax HS Band Concert!

Dear Fairfax Families,

If only all this rain was snow, oh what fun that would be! Maybe it is best to wait for the winter holiday break which is just a few days away!

The FHS band concert was outstanding last night. The “Prism” Concert featured large and small groupings of students performing in all different areas of the auditorium. This unique format showcased our many talented musicians and their different perspectives on music. Next week, the Winter Orchestra and Choral concert will take place on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 PM. Come on out to listen and enjoy another fun evening with our student musicians.

The NOVA Wrestling Classic began today with many of our athletes competing in multiple events over the next two days. In other sports news, our indoor track team placed 2nd out of 65 schools at the DCIAA Invitational track meet this weekend at Prince Georges Sportsplex in Landover, MD. 

When people ask why I’ve been at FHS so long (twenty-three years!) I always say, “it’s the students, they are the nicest kids!”. Two wonderful examples are featured in this week’s NYC. The FHS GSA Alliance planned and carried out the Positivity Project over the weekend. The goal of the project was to spread messages of love, positivity, and inspiration to the student body and the staff of FHS.  Our students and staff were greeted on Monday morning with positive notes throughout the school bringing many smiles on a Monday morning. Our DECA students are using their marketing skills to plan and execute the Later-Haters campaign to raise awareness and to encourage students to take the pledge to end cyber bullying and inspire change in the community and throughout the cyber worlds.

Academic Advising begins when students return in January. Laura Rotella, Director of Student Services has provided you with detailed information about the process. Having conversations about course selections with your child over the winter holiday will help them be prepared to make the best choices for their interests and needs.

 

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

Maureen Keck

Acting Principal

Included in this edition are:

  • Student Services Update
  • Indoor Track Places 2nd!
  • DECA Later-Haters Campaign
  • GSA Lock-in
  • Judges Needed for Science Fair in February
  • A Chorus Line
FAIRFAX PRIDE NEEDS TO KNOW:

Student Services Updates

First, I want to welcome back Aja Adu-Gyamfi.  She has returned from maternity leave and has resumed her duties as school counselor for the following group of students: (9-11th: Maz – Ol & 12th: Meb - Or)

In addition, we are very thankful to be able to continue to work with Sylvia Headen, who has transitioned to being the long-term substitute counselor for Tracy Hartley’s caseload:  (9-11th: Ton - Z & 12th: Taz - Z)

 Lastly, Academic Advising Season has begun. Starting January 2020, students will meet individually with their school counselor to choose their courses for the 2020-21 school year. It is so important that parents and students are informed of their academic options. Families are encouraged to talk with current teachers for their recommendations for next school year. This year, students will choose classes via their SIS Student accounts. After the students choose their courses via their accounts they will meet with their counselor to confirm the selections. Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS Parent account. If you do not have an active account, please contact your Sub School to obtain a login.

There are numerous ways to stay informed about course selections and graduation requirements which include:

  • Days of Academic Emphasis are held the first week in January.  Teachers spend approximately 10-15 minutes talking with students about course options for the following year in their content area.
  • Curriculum Night will be January 9, at Fairfax High School. This is a chance for parents and students to come talk to teachers about courses available, homework expectations, reading materials required,
  • Course Selection Fair will take place during the school day for students on January 10. Students will be required to visit four course presentations to learn more about the elective course options, homework requirements and materials needed for the course.
  • Teacher Feedback Days Teachers individually engage each student and share a recommendation/assessment regarding the student’s readiness for the next course in that subject area.
  • Rising Rebels Middle School Day will take place on January 16. Fairfax staff will present options to rising 9th graders.
  • Academy Open Houses are offered in January, please click here to access the academy websites for more information.

The goal of all of these activities is to ensure that our students are making the best decisions when it comes to course selections. It is not easy to go through a schedule change so it is extremely important for students to choose wisely and be informed about their decisions. After June 12, Fairfax Student Services cannot honor any requests to change elective courses so it vital that students choose wisely.

Laura Rotella, Director of Student Services

Indoor Track Team Places 2nd!

Our indoor track team placed 2nd out of 65 schools at the DCIAA Invitational track meet last weekend at Prince Georges Sportsplex in Landover, MD.  Senior Marcus Dropik led the team scoring by winning the high jump, 400m run and 800m run.  He combined with seniors Joe Burton and Alex Peters and junior Niam Indugula to place 3rd in the 4x400m relay.  Noah Corpuz finished 6th in the long jump, Sam Brown placed 8th in the 1600, and Rachel Wilson finished 2nd in the girls 400.

Above is a picture of our boys track team receiving 2nd place trophy this weekend!

 

DECA is teaming up with AT&T to challenge and empower teens to prevent cyber bullying through digital citizenship and positive messaging.  Fairfax High School DECA members, Abby Garcia and Elle McNally see below) used their marketing skills to plan and execute the Later-Haters campaign to raise awareness and to encourage students to take the pledge to end cyber bullying and inspire change in the community and throughout the cyber world.  Anyone can take the pledge through this link: https://later-haters.att.com

 

Abby Garcia and Elle McNally.

 

Abby and Elle inspired their classmates to spread positivity.  Over thirty students used their leadership skills to lead various activities in school and around the community to encourage students to sign the pledge.  All 231 DECA members have signed the pledge, created signs, designed a message to be included in bathroom stalls and created banners with positive messages.  It has been exciting to see other groups in the school respond to this campaign and expand the reach.

The GSA Alliance Positivity Project

Our GSA club took part in a lock-in on December 10. The goal of the project was to spread messages of love, positivity, and inspiration to the student body and the staff of FHS.  The messages were put up around the school, on lockers, in the pit, etc. 

The sponsor, Julia Lawther, hoped that if nothing else, they could make people smile and start their day off on a positive note!  Co-sponsor, Dr. Vanessa Rutherford, said she was so happy to be part of this positivity project.  It was awesome to hear the students' reactions the next day!

FAIRFAX PRIDE NICE TO KNOW:

Fairfax High School Science Fair Judges

We are looking for professionals to help judge the Fairfax High School Science Fair on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 .  Judges will be needed from 7:30 AM until about 11 AM.   We are looking for professionals to judge in the following subject areas

  • Biomedical & Health Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Earth Sciences & Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

We accept all levels of expertise and experience!  If you’ve never judged before that is ok--- we will help guide you!  Feel free to pass this information on to family members, friends or coworkers!

If you’re interested in helping us please submit your information using the following link

https://forms.gle/pBVkyQw2KgfJ2dq39

You can also email Michelle Gilligan (Science Fair Director) at mpgilligan@fcps.edu  to register to judge or if you have any questions.

 

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WRESTLING SENIOR NIGHT!

Dear Fairfax Families,

It’s been a productive and  busy week at FHS.  On Tuesday night we recognized our senior wrestlers at their first home meet of the season. They beat Justice HS, winning every match and pinning their opponents in 13 out of 14 matches.  Before the crack of dawn on Wednesday, forty-six of our Marketing students headed off to New York City where they had opportunities to meet with experts in the field of fashion and sports and entertainment marketing which included two former FHS students. We are so proud of these two FHS alumni who used their experiences at Fairfax to build careers in the marketing field. At the end of the week we had our annual Stat Olympics, a fun activity fair put on by the Prob/Stat classes. Participants in the fair were invited to test their skills in short games involving eating, balancing, and manual dexterity with results recorded by the Prob/Stat students.  

Thank you to the parents who participated in this morning’s principal’s coffee. Tim Brown, School Based Technology Specialist, led a discussion on digital citizenship and the use of social media. We had some great conversations on the many plusses and minuses of social media and how the school can help parents navigate this everchanging format of communication. Look to future News You Choose that will include links to help in navigating social media platforms.

Next week, I invite to you attend the Band Concert on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 PM. It is wonderful and relaxing way to spend an evening during a time that is often hectic for many.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Maureen Keck

Acting  Principal

Fairfax High School

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Included in this edition:

  • Welcome New Interim Assistant Principal
  • GIS Day at the Government Center
  • Marketing Field Trip to NYC
  • Annual Stat Olympics
  • Science Fair Judges Needed
  • Please Join and Support the FHS PTSA
Fairfax Pride Needs to know:

Welcome Harry Van Trees, Interim AP, to Fairfax HS

Harry Van Trees, a 34 year veteran of FCPS, has both middle and high school experience and has had a variety of administrative duties. During his career as an administrator, he worked at Irving Middle School and Westfield High School where he has worked with  many inspiring colleagues who are equally dedicated to the mission of public education.  He specializes in supervision and evaluation and has worked with many different departments.  His post retirement work has included interim DSA at South County and Assistant Principal at Robinson Middle School.  He not only comes from a family of educators, his wife and two of his four children currently teach in FCPS.  Harry has also enjoyed a successful 35 year coaching career, having coached wrestling at McLean High School, Oakton High School, and most recently at Westfield High School.

Please see contact information for Mr. Van Trees below!

Jason Smolinski, Geosystems teacher, and Elisa, Natalie, and Stephen attended GIS Day at the Fairfax County Government Center!

These three students were representing our class in giving the “students choice award” to a Fairfax County GIS employee who developed an app that displays construction plans in a 3D rendering.  The student choice category was new this year and those in attendance loved it!  They were so impressed with Elisa, Natalie, and Stephen.  I had a blast and hope they did, too.

MARKETING STUDENTS AT FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

MARKETING STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN "NIKE BY YOU" LAUNCH

Annual Stat Olympics

The Annual Stat Olympics, a fun activity fair put on by Prob/Stat classes in the main commons.  Participants were invited to test their skills in short games involving eating, balancing, and manual dexterity.  Results were recorded by  students but participants’ identities will remain anonymous.

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

Fairfax High School Science Fair Judges Needed

We are looking for professionals to help judge the Fairfax High School Science Fair on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 .  Judges will be needed from 7:30 AM until about 11 AM.   We are looking for professionals to judge in the following subject areas

  • Biomedical & Health Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Earth Sciences & Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

We accept all levels of expertise and experience!  If you’ve never judged before that is ok--- we will help guide you!  Feel free to pass this information on to family members, friends or coworkers!

If you’re interested in helping us please submit your information using the following link

https://forms.gle/pBVkyQw2KgfJ2dq39

You can also email Michelle Gilligan (Science Fair Director) at mpgilligan@fcps.edu  to register to judge or if you have any questions.

Thank you! 

The Fairfax High School Science Dept

 

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International Food Day in AP Human Geography! Students brought in dishes from the countries they are studying this year and even tried some crickets!

 

Dear Parents,

As we come to the close of a difficult week and prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to express how thankful I am for our students and staff.  I am proud of how our teachers and staff have supported and cared for our students while maintaining the normal and comforting routines of school. We really are a family here at Fairfax High School.

I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with good food and the company of friends and family!

 

Maureen Keck

Acting Principal

 

Included in this issue:

  • Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship Candidate
  • Fall Athletic Banquet
  • Spotlight on choral student
  • Photo of International Food Day
  • Baseball fundraiser
  • Join the PTSA
  • Last chance for senior yearbook ads
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship Candidate

Congratulations to Rebecca McDonald, a candidate in the competition for a Special Scholarship to be awarded through the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program and sponsored by the Raytheon Company!

The Fall Athletic Banquet is Monday Nigh, November 25th at 6:30pm.  Come out to the Pot Luck Dinner and Special Awards Ceremony which will follow in the auditorium.

 

Spotlight on Choral Student

This week, senior Charles Wolfer will be traveling to Hot Springs, VA as a selected member of the Virginia Music Educators Association Senior Honor Choir. The choir will be conducted by Dr. Andre Thomas  of Florida State University. This is the highest state level ensemble a high school student can audition and be selected for and we are so proud he will represent Fairfax High School! The concert takes place on Saturday, November 23 at the Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

Natalie Hanson Celebrating International Food Day in her Classroom!

  

PTSA - Have a Voice!

Learn what's going on!

 

 

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following are in jeopardy...

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  • Teacher appreciation

Last chance to order senior yearbook ads!

Yearbook Senior Ad sales were extended due to a technical issue, but end tomorrow, 11/23.  After that the order center will be closed and ad sales cannot be made.  www.yearbookordercenter.com  code 56

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The Lady Rebels lost in the Quarterfinals of the VHSL State Field Hockey tournament this past Tuesday in the bitter cold weather at Langley.  Despite the 2-0 loss, the Lady Rebels left it all on the field with impressive play that was quite dominant at times. Once again, the FHS Field Hockey team had an amazing season posting a record of 18-3. Congratulations to the entire program.   

Dear Family Fairfax,

This is my final principal’s message for some time, and I wanted to share with the Fairfax community who will be serving you over the next several weeks:

  • Maureen Keck will be serving as Acting Principal.  Maureen is currently the AP for Subschool 3.
  • Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny will be serving as the Acting Assistant Principal for Subschool 3.  Ms. Kraus-Zadrozny is currently the assessment coach at Fairfax High School.
  • Harry Van Trees will be a substitute administrator for Subschool 2.  Mr. Van Trees is a highly-regarded, retired FCPS AP.  He is filling in for Ms. Asma Junco. 

The rest of our team remains the same, and they are all here to serve our community during this time and any other time.  When I return, I should be on a scooter, and I do plan to be practicing my skills as soon as the doctor clears me to do so! 

As a final note, we want to include as much community news as we can in this message.  Whether it be in this text or in the “Need to Know” and “Nice to Know” sections, we work to be inclusive, but we could always use your help!  If you have pictures, know of club news or additional information, please email to Ms. Laura Beatty at LBeatty@fcps.edu with #NewsYouChoose in the subject line--The more we receive, the more inclusive we can be!

Wishing you all the best, Fairfax,

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

 

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

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Included in this issue:

  • Senior Regional Orchestra
  • It's Academic
  • Cappies Review Selected for Publication
  • Nominate an Outstanding Employee through November 17
  • Donors Needed for Blood Drive on November 22
  • Supporting Your Student with Technology
  • PRIDE Wall
  • Spirit Wear
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

Orchestra Students Ethan Walter, Elizabeth Choi, Sean Smith, Ian Lee, and Seonghyun Oh, were honored and selected to the 2019 Senior Regional Orchestra and performed in a concert this past weekend at Fairfax HS!

Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra

On November 7-9, Fairfax High School hosted the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra comprised of 120 musicians. The hosting of this annual event was spear-headed by Fairfax’s Orchestra Director Gerald Fowkes. Under his outstanding leadership, string, wind and percussion students from 25 public and private schools in Fairfax and Arlington Counties came together to rehearse for 12 hours over 3 days with guest conductor Dietrich Paredes, culminating in a spectacular final concert.

The students of Fairfax County Public Schools are fortunate to have this extended and rigorous performance opportunity. Such an event, however, would not take place without the leadership of the event host. Countless hours go into hosting an event of this magnitude - arranging for adequate rehearsal space, setting up the rehearsal spaces and the logistics of equipment, enlisting and organizing parent and student volunteers, and registration and dining facilities. Gerald handled all these tasks with graciousness and the utmost level of professionalism.

Mr. Fowkes’s efforts to make the Senior Regional Orchestra event a resounding success offer clear evidence of his dedication to the profession and to the students of Fairfax County. Fairfax High School is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated teacher.

 

Congratulations to the FHS Scholastic Bowl team who recently filmed their It’s Academic competition. Ryan Ferraris, Mary Walton Peterson, and Matthew Naka learned a lot in their competition against seasoned champions, Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Washington International. Our game will air on NBC4 at 10:30am on January 4th.

Cappies Reviews Selected for Publication: Oakton High School, Men On Boats

 For the recent performance of Men On Boats by Oakton High School on Friday, 11/08/2019, the review by Renee Ritchey of Fairfax High School is being forwarded to Insidenova - Sun Gazette.

 Congratulations to Renee and all the other critics who submitted reviews. All reviews will be forwarded to the director, cast, and crew of Oakton High School.

LAST CHANCE to RECOGNIZE the OUTSTANDING STAFF at Fairfax HS

The deadline for nominations has been extended to November 17 for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Fairfax High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories given, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-3NQpvtAccjJ65sCkPooXTzeWJBiXeQzT16SQgEy88k/edit You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to nominate a staff member is November 17, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Melnick at NAMelnick@fcps.edu.

Blood Donors Needed for Blood Drive on November 22:

Fairfax High School's Red Cross Club is currently scheduled to operate a blood drive on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but so far, we do not have many blood donors signed up. We encourage students and parents to donate blood or volunteer.

Interested donors and volunteers can get forms from Ms. Loomis in room D137. The forms must be turned in by November 18th.

Supporting Your Student with Technology

Have you thought about what you need to do to support your student with technology?  FCPS and Fairfax High School has paired with Common Sense Media (CSM) to help you with this.  Here is the CSM Family Media Agreement to help with the discussion around Technology usage in the Schools.  Looking forward to talking with you at the next Parent Coffee in December!

Tim Brown, School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax High School

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

PRIDE WALL

We are so proud of our PRIDE (Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy) nominees and we are excited to celebrate them by hanging their PRIDE Paw creations on our new PRIDE wall!

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Dear Family Fairfax,

Social media feeds already have students and teachers turning their PJs inside out in anticipation of snowfall next week!  It feels like we were seeing shorts and sunglasses, and now we are deep into boots and warm-winter coats! 

Earlier this week, the reminder went out about the technology fee for FCPSOn.  Some details to highlight are as follows:

This past week, parents were invoiced for the technology support fee via Myschoolbucks.com. If you do not have a Myschoolbucks.com account yet, please create one now. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s easy to use. Special arrangements can be made for parents who would prefer to pay the fee in person. 

 Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status.

 Please visit the FCPSOn webpage for more about FCPSOn and see message below in the Fairfax Pride Needs to Know.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we have much to be thankful for at Fairfax High School.  Not only a successful end to our cheer season with Regional cheer last weekend (and our ladies finishing third), but in the heart stopping Regional Tournament Field Hockey game last night where our Fighting Fairfax lost in overtime to Woodson High School…onwards to States and Langley on Tuesday night!  Another group of athletes, our Cross Country team PR’d for many of them at Burke Lake on Thursday, and we were all so proud to see these young men and women finish so strong!  Now, we are bundling up to watch our football team take on Woodson at Woodson tonight as our cheerleaders keep us motivated for a win! 

It is never all sports, we had DECA competing on Monday and our It’s Academic team will be competing tomorrow—the airing date will be released as soon as we know.

Finally, a group of professionals who often go uncelebrated, our Academy staff, had a tremendous week…Erin Molek won an award for Best Academy website!  Her picture is included in the collage above.

Next week will be a final NYC for me until the new year begins.  I will be out on medical leave, so NYC will include contact information and the interim leadership plans at Fairfax among other details, so please be on the lookout!  Our team and Region leadership are working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition. 

Stay warm this weekend!

Most sincerely,

With Participation Respect Integrity Determination Empathy,

Erin B. Lenart, Ed.D.

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Included in this issue:

  • News from Sub School 1
  • Recognizing Outstanding Staff at Fairfax HS
  • FCPSon: Annual Technology Support Fee
  • Digital Citizenship for Parents: Privacy & Internet Safety
  • Field Hockey moves on to State Quarter Finals
  • Join the Fairfax HS PTSA
  • Cross Country Photo
  • Harvard Club of DC Reception
  • Winter Sports Begins on Monday
Fairfax Pride Needs to Know:

News from Sub School 1

Greetings from Sub School 1! It has been a wonderful start to my first year at Fairfax High School and I am thrilled to be working with many of the students I got to know at Lanier Middle School.  For the past three years, I served as an assistant principal at Lanier Middle School.  Prior to that, I was a math teacher and department chair at West Springfield High School. I am now in my fourth year as an assistant principal and serve as the administrator for Sub-School 1, working with students whose last names begin with A through D.  I am the administrator for the class of 2022 and oversee the Mathematics and Special Education Departments.

Sub-school 1 can be found in room A114 in the front of the building in the A wing. Sub School 1’s amazing administrative assistant, Mrs. Cindy Kreisel, is happy to provide students with pre-arranged absence forms, applications for CUE bus pass and to answer any questions your student may have. The school counselors who serve our sub-school are St. Clair Phillips, Peter Uncles, and Donna Leone and our Dean of Students is Joe Blaszkow.

Please feel free to contact me whenever you have questions or concerns. My direct line is 703-219-2376 or e-mail, kjgreata@fcps.edu.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kevin Greata

RECOGNIZING the OUTSTANDING STAFF at Fairfax High School

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Fairfax High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories given, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-3NQpvtAccjJ65sCkPooXTzeWJBiXeQzT16SQgEy88k/edit You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements. The deadline to nominate a staff member is November 15, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Melnick at NAMelnick@fcps.edu.

FCPSon: Annual Technology Support Fee $50

FCPSOn, our digital transformation initiative, expanded to all Fairfax County public high schools and started this school year. FCPSOn provides equitable access to technology and to instructional practices that support students' development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes.

As part of the initiative, all high school students were issued a laptop for learning at school and at home. An annual technology support fee of $50 has been charged to high school students. This fee is to help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with self-provided laptops. (See link to website below for FAQs.)

Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status.

This past week, parents were invoiced for the technology support fee via Myschoolbucks.com. If you do not have a Myschoolbucks.com account yet, please create one now. It only takes a few minutes, and it’s easy to use. Special arrangements can be made for parents who would prefer to pay the fee in person. 

Please visit the FCPSOn webpage for more about FCPSOn.

Please contact your School Administrator if have any questions.

DigCit for Parents: Privacy and Internet Safety

As we look to engage students more online, and they are socializing more online, using various platforms it is important that we educate ourselves and our children to stay safe.  There are some things you can do to ensure they are being safe, and their privacy is protected.  Linked above is an article of good practices when you use online platforms or apps.  If you ever have questions about this, please contact Tim Brown

Congratulations to our Field Hockey Team !

Finishing as Regional Runner-ups, the team advances to the State Tournament QF's on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 pm at Langley!

Fairfax Pride Nice to Know:

Fairfax's 1st and 2nd place Cross Country team finishers, Marcus Dropik and Ryan Maschino.

Last weekend the Harvard Club of DC hosted a reception for the 2019 recipients in our area. Show here are Jessica Pullis, English teacher, and Fairfax High School's winner, Jack Allen!

Winter sports begin on Monday!  Good luck to all those trying out.  If you have questions, please email the coach directly!

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