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FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL CREW STATE CHAMPIONS!

Dear Family Fairfax,

AND, that’s a WRAP (and a brief hiatus for me from our weekly NYC messages)!  I got to end the year with a presentation of the State Championship trophy from our crew team in the atrium this morning-- It was fun to end on such a high note.

Yesterday, we had our staff’s annual party.  It was fun seeing  our teachers, all together, in our cafeteria.  We were in the exact location that we were in when we kicked the school year off in August-so, we came full circle.  We also recognized two of our Parent Volunteer Award winners—Megan Soyster Heinz and Jaimee Nygaard.  I shared that we, quite literally, would not be here without our parents, and we are thankful for the time, talent, and treasure that so many who are able, so readily give. 

What a tremendous year it has been!

Throughout the summer, we will be sporadically sending communication to our families, so you will want to be on the lookout.  Topics will include things like parking passes (and picking spaces!); PE uniforms; FCPSOn device distribution; Back to School Night; and much, much more.

Until next time,

Erin B. Lenart

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Monday, August 26 is the first day of school!

 

REPORT CARDS: Report cards will be mailed home next week. A reminder that your students’ final course grades are the only grades that go on your student’s official transcript and are seen by colleges, workplaces, etc.

 

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: Many of our Advanced Placement (AP) and some of our Honors classes for the 2019-20 school year have summer assignments. Most assignments are due within the first few weeks of school. Math classes have summer assignments that are highly recommended but not required. Assignments can be found at the following link: https://fairfaxhs.fcps.edu/academics/summer-assignments.

 

AND JUST LIKE THAT SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!

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Our Field House Renovation has Begun!

Dear Family Fairfax,

Half days have started, and I am currently watching our students rush out to jump onto the bus.  It’s amazing how we spend some of our days consoling students who don’t want to be in school and have to be here and as soon as summer days are on the horizon, we can’t beg them to get on a bus and go home!  I believe it is because Fairfax is home in so many ways….

Monday’s graduation was, in my opinion, absolutely flawless.  I’d like to thank the many, many staff members who were involved in the planning of the big day—it took a village, that is for sure!  I was overwhelmed with Pride when I looked out at our Class of 2019—they have been such a fantastic group, and we know amazing things are in their very near futures!  I felt lucky to get to hand out diplomas on behalf of our community.

During our coffee this morning, parents shared their perspectives on communication, ways to encourage/increase parent involvement and engagement, and what type of information would be advantageous/beneficial from Fairfax High School.  I gathered really good ideas from those parents who were able to attend, and I look forward to gathering much, much more at Back to School Night—which, by the way, is August 29th. 

Here is to a restful weekend—next Thursday’s NYC will be our final one of the 2018-2019 school year!

All the best,

Erin B. Lenart

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Summer Office Hours:  While there will be many activities going on at FHS over the summer, the FHS Main Office will be open from 10 am - 1 pm, Monday - Friday, beginning June 19 and ending August 12.

Save the Date!

Please save the date for your FCPSOn computer pickup for next year!  As you know Fairfax High School is going 1:1 next school year.  This means that we will be assigning you a laptop to use at home and school.

To obtain your computer please come on your assigned day (see below) between 9-11:30 am or 1-3 pm with a School or Government issued PICTURE ID.  If you do not have a picture ID, a custodial parent/guardian with a government issued ID who can verify your identity must be present.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s JMU Map Contest! 

Out of all the entries from geospatial high schools in Virginia, 4 winners and 6 honorable mentions were chosen.  FHS students are 1 of the 4 winners and 3 of the 5 HMs.

Winners:

Fairfax HS: Amazon Fulfillment by senior Cara Conti (view project)

Centreville HS – also FCPS – teacher Neal Jarvis: Ocean Pollution

Loudoun Valley HS – Loudoun Co: UFO Sightings

Washington-Lee HS – Arlington Co: Bird E-Scooters

Honorable Mentions:

Fairfax HS: Billboard Top 100 by senior Jacob Korzak (view project) ß Turn your speakers up for this one!

Fairfax HS: Human Trafficking by seniors Yonna Angeles and Jesse Villalobos (view project)

Fairfax HS: Comparing Schools: A Look at US Performance in Education by seniors Molly Goldberg and Eli Nygaard (view project)

Heritage HS – Loudoun Co: Shrinkage of Native American Reservations and Monuments

Loudoun Valley HS – Loudoun Co: Afghanistan IED Attacks

All projects may be viewed here: https://www.isat.jmu.edu/geospatialsemester/2018-2019.html

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Our Seniors At Daniels Run Elementary School

Dear Family Fairfax,

Today, I got to walk many of our seniors through the hallways of Daniels Run, Providence, and Lanier.  It was a special event, and seeing the smiling faces of our younger Fairfax family and those instrumental teachers and staff members along the way will certainly be a cherished memory for the Class of 2019.  I am told the obstacle course at the All Night Grad Party is a “tradition” for the principal to do…if it is, my old knees might get in the way--oh, to be young and invincible again!

Final exams (and half days) will start on June 7th.  Students will be given a grab and go lunch each day with a dismissal of 11:55PM.  It is very hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a close.

I will have my last parent coffee for the year on Friday.  I am hoping to gather feedback on better ways to promote parent/community involvement next year, parent-program wishes/wants,  and parent-perceptions of the discipline process for students at Fairfax High School.   I would love to see you there!

Wishing you all the best on this glorious Friday,

Erin B. Lenart

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Monday, June 3 is our graduation ceremony for our seniors.  There will be NO school for underclassmen on Monday.

Michelle Lee Designed Our New Mural!

New Mural at Fairfax HS

The art department had been wanting to do a few murals around the Fairfax HS for the last few years, and brought the idea to life this year!

Principal, Erin Lenart was completely supportive of the idea of putting a big beautiful mural in the senior courtyard.

The three Visual Arts teachers asked for submissions from students for mural ideas, and they decided on student, Michelle Lee’s design. They were excited about the lion and how its dynamism represents Fairfax through and through.

Painters were all current art students this year.

There was a celebration on Thursday, May 23rd to recognize all of the people who have helped make this happen!

NATS National Vocal Competition

Charles Wolfer is a semi-finalist for NATS National Vocal Competition.  Charles was the winner in his division at the state and regional levels.  From the regional winners, fourteen young men from across the nation were selected from his division to move forward to the national semi-finals following an intermediate youtube round of competition.  During a live audition in Minneapolis in late June, three individuals will be selected to compete the following night in a live performance for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Congratulations to Charles!

Seniors on the bus for Senior Walk!

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Students Perform at our Academy Awards!

Dear Family Fairfax,

A little power outage on the Friday before a three-day weekend AND the last school day for our seniors, you say?  There is never a dull moment at Fairfax High School!

As we look ahead to a beautiful, three-day weekend, I think this week represented the “spectrum” of excellence that is truly a gift to our community:

  • On Tuesday, we celebrated the Academy Awards in style.  Though our Academy is available to all high schools in FCPS, it was fun to see so many of our students recognized! 
  • Wednesday welcomed our rising freshmen class, where some of our upcoming graduates talked about the importance of getting involved, staying focused on academics, and having fun—you only get to do high school once.  Fun isn’t certainly what high school is all about, but some of my fondest memories were laughing on a football field, working on skits for English class with my friends, and line dancing with our class sponsor at prom.  (We line danced in Tennessee!)
  • On Thursday, we weathered the storm to a Choral Showcase and tonight, our baseball team will take on Lake Braddock.  I was  so proud to learn of all the medals at the Regional Track and Field meet as well!

So, this week had music, learning, fellowship, competition, and celebration rolled into it.  Not too shabby when we are counting the days to summer vacation!

Next Friday, we will continue the tradition of the Senior Walk.  Seniors will dress up in their caps and gowns and head over to Lanier, Providence, and Daniels Run to celebrate their graduation with the community who supported them.  (We are working on Eagle View and Willow Springs.)  I can remember well seeing our seniors march into Lanier last year,  the tears and beaming smiles were second only to the cheering students and staff.  I reminded seniors that those walks pay tribute to their hard work and the hard work of so many who supported and loved them:  It also inspires younger students who might not clearly see the finish line…yet. 

Here is to a beautiful and relaxing three day weekend!

Erin B. Lenart

 

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Rebels Nice to Know:

Congratulations to our Track Athletes:

The track & field team just completed the Occoquan Regional Track and Field meet.  Allie Lawson won the silver medal in the 100 meter dash, and the gold medal in the 300 meter hurdles.  Kyla Curlee won the bronze medal in the discus throw.  On the boys' side, Marcus Dropik placed 4th in the 400 meter dash, and Curtrell Trott placed 6th.  Marcus also placed 4th in the high jump.  Clay McAlmont placed 6th in the 300 meter hurdles.  The 4x400 meter relay team (Zahir Saiyed, Joe Burton, Curtrell Trott, and Marcus Dropik) won the silver medal.  Bobby Kestyn won gold medals in both the shot put and discus throw.  Bobby has qualified for New Balance Nationals in both of the throws events, and the 4x400 meter relay team has also qualified for that meet.  These individuals will next compete at the VHSL Class 6A State Track & Field Championship next Friday and Saturday at Christopher Newport University in Newport News.

Cappies Gala Awards!

Congratulations to students Seth Strong, nominated as Supporting Actor in a Musical [he was Bobby], Kamila Adamczyk, nominated as Supporting Actress in a Musical [she was Babe], and Kira Kerr, nominated for Best Lighting!

James Thomas IV with winning trophy!

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament!

Congratulations to FHS Sophomore, James Thomas IV won the Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament in the Patriot Boys 15-18 division this past weekend at the University of Maryland Golf Course.

Eagle Scout Award!

Congratulations to Zachary Coyne on earning his Eagle Scout Award on May 19, 2019 at American Legion Post #177.

CHROMOSPHERE by Riley Canestra

ArtsHerndon Outstanding Artworks!

Thirty FCPS students from 14 high schools were recognized by ArtsHerndon for outstanding artworks created using technology in the 15th annual Technology and the Arts competition. Works were submitted and judged in four categories: Animation, Digital Art, Digital Photography, and Digital Other—a category that acknowledges the potential for innovative works outside the bounds of the other three. First place, second place, third place, honorable mention, and additional finalists were identified in each category.

Congratulations to FHS student Riley Canestra, on winning a 3rd place award with her digital photo, Chromosphere! 

The artwork is on display through Saturday, June 1, at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street in Herndon.

Cappies Award Winners, Seth Strong as Bobby and Kamila Adamczyk as Babe!

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FAIRFAX HS ORCHESTRA SENIORS

Dear Family Fairfax,

What a “silly” week! I write “silly” because, if you haven’t heard, our senior pit was covered in silly string after lunch.  Though I was surprised that only one senior returned to help clean it up, I was thankful for our custodians, security, teachers and administrative team who picked up brooms and got to work.  For our parents of juniors, please consider reminding your students: First, pranks aren’t a good idea; and second, there is something to be said about good clean fun, students willing to laugh, and students willing to labor so that the hardworking adults aren’t the ones left with the mess.  Isn’t that how things usually pan out with adults and teenagers, though? 😊

We had our senior meeting on Wednesday.  It was fun hearing the group chant ’19.  As a precautionary measure, I reminded students that we still have school up until graduation, and they need to remember to make good choices.  We do not want for serious discipline, those that are in the SR&R as resulting in a 30-day suspension from after-school or extracurricular activities, to be a reason that the student cannot participate in a sports banquet, prom, or graduation.    Please join me in reminding your student that “it isn’t over yet.”  I am looking forward to seeing our students all dressed up for prom tomorrow night!

I shared a video with our seniors at the graduation meeting, but it is one that I think might resonate with everyone in our community.  There is one “word” in it that I might caution showing it to students who aren’t as mature as seniors are:  Look Up

At PTSA on Monday night, I was informed that the donation link I had shared previously had expired.  So, for those who would like to give to our PTSA, you can follow the link here:  Go To PTSA Donation

I wish you a restful weekend!

Erin B. Lenart

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Monday, June 3 is graduation day for our seniors.  There is NO SCHOOL for the rest of our students on this day!

Our Lost and Found is Overflowing!

Parents, if your students are missing items, please send them to the main office to check our lost and found.  Our storage area is overflowing with jackets, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, water bottles, student planners, and the list goes on!

PICKING UP STUDENT MEDICATION AT THE END OF THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR:

  • All medications need to be picked up No Later Than 10 am on June 13, 2019.
  • Only parents may pick up medication.
  • Medication left in the Clinic after 10 am on June 13 cannot be saved and will be discarded according to FCPS and FCHD policy.
  • Medications may also be picked up prior to June 13 during normal Clinic hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 3 pm.
  • REMINDER:  New medication forms are required for each new school year.  Forms can be located at http://www.fcps.edu/forms.shtml.
  • Questions:  Call Nancy Bennett, School Health Aide - 703-219-2210.
Save the Date!

More information will be coming out soon, but please save the date for your FCPSOn computer pickup for next year! 

As you know Fairfax High School is going 1:1 next school year.  This means that we will be assigning you a laptop to use at home and school.

To obtain your computer please come on your assigned day (see below) between 9 - 11:30 or  1:00 - 3:00 with a School or Government issued PICTURE ID. If you do not have a picture ID, a custodial parent/guardian with a government issued ID who can verify your identity must be present.

AMELIA SCHMIDT AND TYNA HESSER EARNED FIRST PLACE!

Annual Story Map Contest

The Virginia Geographic Alliance promotes an annual Story Map Contest for middle and high school students in Virginia.  This year’s theme was “How has movement affected my environment?

Our seniors Tyna Hesser and Amelia Schmidt’s story map titled “The Effect of Urbanization in Northern Virginia” earned First Place, while Senior Alyssa Cassano’s story map titled “Northern Virginia Population Change Over Time” earned Second Place.

Congratulations to Tyna, Amelia, and Alyssa!

OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER, SENIOR ALYSSA CASSANO AND TEACHER JASON SMOLINSKI

2019 FCBDA Solo Competition

Congratulations to Sophia Rice on winning Third Place in the High School Division of the 2019 FCBDA Solo Competition this past weekend. The event is open to thousands of band students across Fairfax County and very competitive. Her achievement is archived on the FCBDA website at  this link: https://www.fcbda.org/solo-competition.

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ORCHESTRA PERFORMING AT THE CONCERT TUESDAY NIGHT!

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FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL VARISTY SOCCER SENIORS!

Dear Family Fairfax,

As spring sports ends their regular season, I see concerts and end-of-the year events galore on the horizon.  From Fairfax Academy’s Dance classes performances of Once Upon a Twisted Tale this weekend to musical theater and prom—the next few weeks are jam packed with so much FHS talent—how fortunate we are! 

I have a few more staff kudos to students to share:

  • Sadaf Ashurova, Flavia Ibietta Vaca, and Alisson Pena Flores have made incredible growth this year in their English-language development AND Biology (which is very academic language heavy)!  -From Mrs. Mikhail
  • Mike Linares works incredibly hard and is always SO engaged!  He is such a welcoming face in 7th period.  -From Mrs. Fisher
  • Lorance Maman for incredible improvement and leadership in 2nd period Economics and Personal Finance! -From Ms. Downing
  • Kevin Campos- is a manager at a nearby restaurant and is an outstanding presenter!  He also is interested in teaching, so if you see Kevin, let’s encourage him! -From Mrs. Sullivan

It is fun to read through these.  Sometimes, the little celebrations are overlooked and overshadowed by the bigger events happening in a big high school like Fairfax.  When we take time to step back and reflect, we see how the everyday actions of our students really make a huge impact on our school culture and Pride.   Thank you for sharing your student(s) with us each and every day!

PTSA has been moved to this upcoming Monday night at 7pm in the Automotive Technology room.  I look forward to seeing you there!

All the best,

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know:

AP PROCTORS NEEDED: We need your help in helping proctor Advanced Placement (AP) tests between May 13-17. Please sign up for a time slot via the following link: (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae29a3fc1-2019 ). No experience is necessary. You may not proctor a test that your student is taking. Contact assessment coach Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu with any questions.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKER DURING LION TIME

Next Friday, May 17th, a Holocaust survivor will come to FHS to speak to students about their experience. Please encourage your student to attend this immensely important and rapidly disappearing opportunity. Students may request a pass from any Social Studies teacher to attend the event during Lion Time. Many thanks to the PTSA for making this opportunity available for our students!

GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL AND BOYS & GIRLS STATE

Congratulations to these students who have been accepted to attend~

Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts: Alysea Colon and Arunima Mokkapati for Dance; and Rebecca Soltis for Instrumental Music.

Governor's School for Agriculture:  Kyra Goldstein and Kevin Chen.

Governor's School for Humanities: Noah Tran

Governor's School for Math, Science, & Technology:  Justin Chen, Sophie DeCleene, Aashish Gullanki, and Anushka Shinde.

Virginia Boys State:  Nolan Carney, Samuel Slaymaker, and Noah Tran

Virginia Girls State: Melissa G. Trivet and Tegan Pentek

We are extremely delighted to inform you that of our 7 candidates to the Governor’s World Language Academies, 5 were accepted and the other two were selected as alternates! We are so proud of our students!

Accepted:

Dorothy Witherspoon (German)

Aryn Hanna and Melissa Trivett (Latin)

Mae Malloy and Lara Nayar (Spanish)

 Alternate:

Charlotte Schababerle (German)

Danyal Rashid Shami (French)

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CITY OF FAIRFAX SCHOOL BOARD SURVEY

The City of Fairfax School Board is asking all four city school families to take a five minute survey about communication. Please go to the City schools’ website to provide your thoughts on the best way to reach the City of Fairfax community. http://cityoffairfaxschools.org/our-community/survey/

PARENTING EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Parenting Education Programs is currently enrolling families for the upcoming parenting class in Centreville for parents with children ages 12-18.  This class is special in that both parents and children attend the classes together but are taught in separate classrooms.  Classes are free for Fairfax County residents.  Free childcare for children 4 and under.  Dinner is also provided at no cost for the family each night. This class will meet once a week on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for 11 weeks beginning June 10, 2019.

For more information, please see attached flyer.   Please note start date will be June 10, 2019

ALL SMILES AT PE DEPARTMENT AWARDS!

SOCCER PLAYERS READ TO DANIELS RUN ES STUDENTS!

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Wellness Week at Fairfax HS!

Dear Family Fairfax,

Another rainy end to an awesome week!  I recently asked staff members for student shout outs—for those seemingly small yet totally amazing things that our students do each and every day.  I am hoping to either use my weekly newsletter, a personal phone call, a personal email, or a personal visit to class to thank and congratulate these students for the “A” game they bring to Fairfax High School. Here are a few recognitions:

  • Lara Nayar and Mae Malloy for being accepted to Governors School for Spanish—Ms. Spector
  • Nicole Kirzl and Susanna Kirchman for helping to organize the Orchestra room and office—Mr. Fowkes
  • Sophia Loh for your consistent great effort in French 4 class.  I am so proud of the progress you have made over the years! -Mrs. Coyle

I have many  more celebrations, and I hope to recognize students in a variety of ways in the coming weeks.

I had a great time at Good News   last Sunday for the matinee.  It was such an incredible show, and I could not believe that almost every one of our Pride on stage tapped.  Complete with tap shoes.  Since I know many of the cast learned to tap for the show,  I left believing that I could tap too, maybe…just maybe.

At parent coffees, in PTSA, and at other events, I have spoken with many in our community about  vaping.  I have spent time collaborating with student leadership and student advisory councils in an effort to understand what the motivation is, and what we can do to support a prevention initiative.   For the most part, our students are telling me that you just “shouldn’t do it,” but I think that any potential side effects just feels too surreal to our invincible young adults.  I believe that the best prevention is an entire, informed community that gets behind a consistent message about vaping with our students.  I will continue to fight the good fight and work with our students and staff on proactive solutions, but I wanted to share a useful resource from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids that might be useful to you if you choose to engage in a conversation with your student(s) or friends:  LINK FOR NYC  As a matter of fact, I have appreciated much of the literature and information that has been produced by this organization. 

With AP tests and SOLs right around the corner, now is a great time for us to consistently remind our students to remain calm.  We are proud of an entire year’s worth of their learning and hard work, and whatever happens on test day, happens, because they are so much more than a single test could possibly measure on a single day.  Please join me in consistently sharing this message with our students—the amazing and whole version of each of them can never be evaluated by a computer or bubble sheet. 

In case you didn’t notice last week, we have slightly shifted the structure of this News You Choose.  In response to a request from PTSA (based on a parent’s feedback), we moved to Rebels Need to Know for pertinent and timely information and Rebels Nice to Know for celebrations and additional school/community information.  A special thanks is always due to Mrs. Laura Beatty, AA extraordinaire.  Her patience and passion for ensuring these messages are all inclusive and responsive keeps us all up to date, informed, and beaming with Pride!

Wishing you a restful weekend,

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know: Attendance

Daily attendance at school is important for student academic success.  Families are reminded that students are expected to remain in school until the end of the school year, June 13th.  Final exams for 9th, 10th and 11th graders will begin on June 7th and continue through June 12th.   Requests for students to be released before the end of the year will not be honored.  Families are encouraged to keep this in mind when making summer vacation plans.  Thank you for helping to ensure the academic success of your student.

Parking Reminder

The Police Department has received a number of calls in regard to students parking in the surrounding neighborhoods near the school. In light of this, we remind students and parents that parking in surrounding neighborhoods is not permitted.  Thank you.

AP and SOL Testing Information

AP PROCTORS NEEDED: We need your help in helping proctor Advanced Placement (AP) tests between May 6-17. Please sign up for a time slot via the following link: (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae29a3fc1-2019 ). No experience is necessary. You may not proctor a test that your student is taking. Contact assessment coach Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

SOL Schedule Posted

The 2019 Spring Testing Calendar has been posted to the FHS website. Students and Parents may access the calendar at: https://fairfaxhs.fcps.edu/announcements/2019-end-year-exam-schedule . Students are reminded to get a good night’s rest the night before a test and to eat a healthy breakfast. Please try to refrain from making appointments on the day of the test. Once a student has begun testing, he or she cannot leave until the test is complete.

 

SOL Scheduling Considerations for Ramadan

The Spring SOL Testing Window and the observance of Ramadan will overlap in May/June 2018. Spring SOL testing will be conducted at FHS between April 30th and June 6th. Teachers will be providing the date, time, and location for each SOL after spring break. If your student is scheduled for an afternoon SOL and will not do well at that time due to fasting, please contact Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny, Assessment Coach at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu or 703-219-2216 to schedule a morning SOL test for your student. Students may also reach Mrs. KZ in L127 at school.

Fairfax HS Physical Night

Fairfax High School’s Physical Night Fundraiser May 30, 2019! 

All proceeds go to supplying the athletic training room.

Physicals done here will be good for all green/yellow days & tryouts for 2019-2020 school year

5:30- 6:00- 6:30- 7:00- 7:30 time slots.  They will close once they fill up.

To sign up for appointments time slots use this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings

 

Parents we also looking for Medical Volunteers as well PT’s, MDs, PA,s, LPN’s to help out, you can also sign up with the above link.

Any questions please contact Amanda Johnston: aejohnston@fcps.edu

Rebels Nice to Know: Track & Field

Over the weekend, the track and field team competed in Cassel's XBC Track Experience at Chantily High School.  Forty-six teams attended.  For the second year in a row, the boys won the invitational.  The girls' team placed 12th overall.  Allie Lawson and Trinity McCall got 2nd and 7th in the 200M dash.  Allie also won the 300 meter hurdles.  Finally, the girls' 4x400 meter relay team got 9th place, and the 4x800 meter relay team got 10th place.  Mason Mays got 5th in the 100 meter dash.  Zahir Saiyed got 10th in the 200 meter dash.  Marcus Dropik got 3rd in the 400 meter dash, and Curtrell Trott got 8th place.  Marcus also won gold in the 800 meter run.  The boys 4x100 meter relay team won the silver medal, and the 4x400 meter relay team won gold.  Marc Agossou got 4th in the long jump, and won the gold in the triple jump.  Bobby Kestyn won the silver in both the shot put and discus throw.  His discus performance broke another school record.

Student Success Story

Seven current and one former FCPS students just competed in Orlando at the USASF Dance Worlds representing the United States in an All Male Hip Hop team. There were 1900 athletes with over 500 teams representing 32 countries. Jack Klika (Falls Church), CJ Hunter, David Ward (Woodson), Arin Bolunmez, Sasha Uldov(Thoreau), Frenchie Pignatiello (Fairfax, 11th grade) and Alex Cofelt (Herndon graduate) won the gold medal in their catagory making them world champions.  These young men are dedicated to their sport and practice hard and it showed this weekend.  

All Night Grad Event for Seniors

All Night Graduation (ANG) Event - June 3rd, 11pm-5am

Senior Families - Don't forget about the ANG event that happens graduation night. It is just for our seniors and provides a safe drug and alcohol free event. It is the party of the year with entertainment, prizes, games, good and fun. We can’t have this event without our families, we need you to volunteer (even Junior families) and get your senior’s ticket purchased. You can find information on the event, purchasing tickets, and volunteering at the ANG website: https://www.fairfaxptsa.org/about-all-night-grad-ang

Fairfax High School PTSA

could soon be a thing of the past!

We are in desperate need of volunteers to be part of our PTSA Board for our 2019-2020 school year.

If we are unable to have a complete PTSA Board, Fairfax High School is in jeopardy of losing many benefits and services that the PTSA helps provide and/or supplement including:

  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Wellness Week
  • Volunteerism Student Awards
  • Teacher Grants
  • Funding for Speakers for Parents, Teachers and Students
  • Staff Development and Appreciation throughout the year 

Contact any member of the nominating committee for details

Cynthia Wurtemberg cynthiadls@aol.com

Heather Rupp jetsn22@verizon.net

Katy Malesky katy.malesky@gmail.com

FHS PTSA Website

 

City of Fairfax Schools Survey

The City of Fairfax School Board is asking all four city school families to take a five minute survey about communication. Please go to the City schools’ website to provide your thoughts on the best way to reach the City of Fairfax community. http://cityoffairfaxschools.org/our-community/survey/

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Fairfax High School Tennis Senior Night!

Dear Family Fairfax,

 

Though the weather-related rockiness that ended school today isn’t ideal, with the current pollen situation,  I am welcoming our April showers.  I feel like most of this week has been an itchy-eyed, congested blur, so any relief is appreciated.  I hope that everyone is safe and dry. 

 

At the PTSA meeting on Tuesday, we discussed the current state of our Parent-Teacher-Student Association.  I don’t know how many in our community are aware, but what they do for our students and staff is amazing.  Not only are we thankful for the many staff appreciation gifts, but we are also thankful for the opportunity for our teachers to apply for grants to support our instructional and extracurricular activities and events.   We are so fortunate to live in an area where our generous community is willing to give, not only for their own students, but to all of our students and school community as a whole.  Just Tuesday, they approved grants for students who had won awards at the state level to compete at the national level, and for some of these students, support like this makes their participation possible.  On Tuesday, we also talked about the importance of the PTSA to the All Night Graduation Party and so much more.

 

I write about this, not only to serve as a sincere thank you for our Fairfax High School students and teachers, but also to appeal to our entire parent community about the importance of your membership and participation.  I know that those days of old, when the world was and felt a little slower, and we could take and had more time for each other are not our current reality.  I know how hard every member of our community works and gives in providing for their family, and I also know and believe that it takes a community to do the work we do at Fairfax.  Next year’s PTSA is in need of increased membership and new board members, and I would greatly appreciate  any parents who are able and willing, to consider participating.  I promise that the principal will be both charismatic and supportive. 

 

Our PTSA is still accepting donations:  Donate

 

We have rescheduled our sports events tonight, but Good News, our musical, is still ON this weekend as are MCT Fest and Fashion in Motion.  It is a great time to be a part of our PRIDE!

 

Most respectfully,

 

Erin B. Lenart

Principal, Fairfax High School

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Rebels Need to Know:

AP PROCTORS NEEDED: We need your help in helping proctor Advanced Placement (AP) tests between May 6-17. Please sign up for a time slot via the following link: (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae29a3fc1-2019 ). No experience is necessary. You may not proctor a test that your student is taking. Contact assessment coach Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

SOL Schedule Posted

The 2019 Spring Testing Calendar has been posted to the FHS website. Students and Parents may access the calendar at: https://fairfaxhs.fcps.edu/announcements/2019-end-year-exam-schedule . Students are reminded to get a good night’s rest the night before a test and to eat a healthy breakfast. Please try to refrain from making appointments on the day of the test. Once a student has begun testing, he or she cannot leave until the test is complete.

 

SOL Scheduling Considerations for Ramadan

The Spring SOL Testing Window and the observance of Ramadan will overlap in May/June 2018. Spring SOL testing will be conducted at FHS between April 30th and June 6th. Teachers will be providing the date, time, and location for each SOL after spring break. If your student is scheduled for an afternoon SOL and will not do well at that time due to fasting, please contact Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny, Assessment Coach at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu or 703-219-2216 to schedule a morning SOL test for your student. Students may also reach Mrs. KZ in L127 at school.

 

Fairfax High School’s Physical Night Fundraiser! 

May 30, 2019

Physicals done here will be good for all green/yellow days & tryouts for 2019-2020 school year

To sign up for appointments time slots use this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings

 

Parents we also looking for Medical Volunteers as well PT’s, MDs, PA,s, LPN’s to help out, you can also sign up with the above link.

Any questions please contact Amanda Johnston: aejohnston@fcps.edu

 

Digital Citizenship:Tips for Parents

As parents in the digital age, being aware, alert and involved in your children’s use of the internet is crucial. What else can you do to keep your child safe on the internet? Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior, its positive and negative impact on self and others, with regard to technology use. It is important for parents to help their child become safe, ethical, responsible and respectful digital citizens. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn necessary supports so all students have a safe online space in which to learn healthy, and respectful technology use at home and school.

Richard Stegman, Andrea Jones and Erika Deem, members of the FCPS Digital Citizenship team will present this workshop for all parents.

Friday, May 10, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Register at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegsjMfoTIAGFo2M06CRLZcSBVxEn19Drl5D9ifQzDUyT6RZg/viewform

 

Rebels Nice to Know:

Earning Rank of Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Joseph Graef, on achieving the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, and that is Eagle Scout.  Only Only 4 percent of all Scouts achieve this honor.  This Sunday, Joseph will have a Court of Honor to celebrate this milestone.

Another student at Fairfax, Antonio DeMarco who is from the same troop, 1887, who is sponsored by the American Legion, #177, has also achieved this rank.  Please congratulate these young men when you see them on this outstanding achievement!

 

2019 National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded 2019 corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!  These students are part of a group of more than 1,000 finalists chosen to receive scholarships finance by corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Leo Ouyang of Fairfax High School (finance), National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship.

Emily Sheng of Fairfax High School (medicine), National Merit CACI Scholarship.

Probability & Statistics Taste Test Experiment

 

Here is a picture from a Taste Test Experiment conducted by our Probability & Statistics students.  Participants were invited to taste different foods, state their taste preferences and identify special ingredients.  This experiment provided a practical means for stats students to learn how to collect unbiased data using techniques in randomization, blinding and blocking.    Good fun was had by all!

Le Grand Concours/National French Exam 2019

Attached are our results for the National French Exam sponsored by AATF. The French 2 students took 3 medals and 10 Mention Honneur. Out of 33 French 3 students who took the exam, 22 received recognition. Nine of those students medaled and thirteen received Mention Honneur. Our numbers of medalists this year surpassed last year’s.  Medalists scored in the 75th-95th percentile and Mention Honneur in the 50-70Th.

 

Niveau 2- Level 2   French 2-All French 2 students took exam

Medalists

Beni Bisimwa- Gold- 95th percentile

Marielle Agossou- Silver- 90th percentile

Colin Steensprang- Bronze-80th

 

Mention Honneur: 50th-70th percentile

Astrid Chinchilla

Anisa Cox

Delaney Ewell

Jailene Garcia

Katterin Hernandez-Vivar

Elana Kaplan

Holly Morgan

Melinda Nguyen

Samuel Snyder

Philip Suppas

 

French 3—33 students took exam

Medalists

Marie Ngolemdze Madjo-95th —Gold

Yurick Tchakountio- 95th percentile —Gold

Sara Silarszka-90th--Silver

Kathryn Parr-90th—Silver

Emely Riera Pineros-85th--Silver

Judy Medrano-75th- Bronze

Devika Mittal-75th -Bronze

Helena Moore-75th-Bronze

Fatou Toure-75th-Bronze

 

Mention honneur-50th-70th percentile

Sabrina Berzin

Macie Chamberlin

Rachel Farzan

Kirsten Fung

Katherine Jordan

Abirami Krishnan

Natalie Lambert

Karla Madera

Riley Rhoder

Madalyn Stephens

Saidamir Umarkhodjaev

Elena White

JT Yao

 

2019 National Latin Exam Awards:  We am very pleased to announce that 44 of our Latin scholars received an award on the National Latin Exam!

GOLD SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Erin Nolasco (1)

 

Katherine Pajares (2)

Aija Keller (2)

Katherine Brown (2)

Madhav Maniraj (2)

Ricky Hsu (2)

 

Anushka Tambade (3)

Ryan Phillips (3)

Melissa Trivett (3)

Bailey Redler (3)

 

SILVER MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Ethan Winkler (1)

 

Omer Uslu (2)

Jacob Goldberg (2)

Nathan Goldberg (2)

 

Connie Shao (3)

Aryn Hanna (3)

Amy Chang (3)

Aashray Manchanda (3)

Sarah Bengtson (3)

Catherine Ewell (3)

 

Adharsh Jayaseelan (4 Prose)

 

 

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Emma Dunlop (1)

Nicholas Im (1)

Leila Moutawakil (1)

Youchan Kim (1)

Morgan Shake (1)

 

Catherine Resta (2)

Elizabeth Choi (2)

 

Herin Seo (3)

Brian Kempe (3)

Chloe Kim (3)

Francesca Lee (3)

Rebecca McDonald (3)

 

Matthew Kim (4 Poetry)

Alexander Muñoz (4 Poetry)

Symone Napper (4 Poetry)

 

CUM LAUDE

Evan Neal (1)

 

Sarah Lee (2)

Maya Kuppoor (2)

Haley Salguero (2)

Isabella Manzione (2)

Vincent Ouyang (2)

Janhvie Joshi (2)

 

Matthew Shin (3)

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Fairfax High School's Club Council - getting things done!

 

Dear Family Fairfax,

 

HAPPY FRIDAY!  The buzz is in the air,  students and staff are smiling, and we are all ready for some time with our family and loved ones.   I firmly believe education is the greatest of professions:  We get to be with kids every single day.   For me, I have gotten to watch so many of them grow alongside you, and for that, I am thankful.

 

I had two opportunities to engage with parents this week:  One at the City of Fairfax School Board meeting and the other at the monthly parent-principal coffee.    At the city meeting, I was proud to hear that these weekly messages are helpful to many in our community, but questions arose about the differences between the City of Fairfax School Board and the Fairfax County School Board.  For your own learning and if you are interested, here is a link that might answer any questions you have.  With it being the Friday before our long break, my coffee was not as well attended as I might have hoped it would be, but it was great to have a more intimate conversation with a couple of our parents.  I do want to remind you that our offices will be closed over the spring break holiday.

 

Yesterday evening, I attended our Automotive Technology Advisory Council.   I know we have featured this program before, but I remain in awe of the graduates who come back in support to share their stories.   The two young men who attended yesterday are recent graduates, already in the workforce, with the direction, drive, passion, confidence and skills to make their dreams a reality.  It is what we hope for all of our graduates, and it is so inspiring to see and hear it as a reality.  I have provided a link below to a press release that features this council as a Virginia School Boards Association Showcase of Success.

 

So many in our community came out in support of our annual Career Talks today.  Our 10th grade students participated in sessions of their choice to learn from various professionals.  We are so appreciative of all the support from the many volunteers today.  I know that I am like a broken record when I say that it takes the love and care of all of us  to be all that we need to be for our students.  Thank you to the many parents and community members who consistently make Fairfax High School the great school it is.

 

Here is to warmth and laughter for you and yours,

 

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know: Teacher & Staff Appreciation - Thank You Parents and our PTSA!

Our staff enjoyed a wonderful sit down lunch, a chance at some wonderful raffle prizes and a gift card compliments of our generous parents and the Fairfax High School PTSA!  Thank you all so much!

Auto Tech Advisory Board

Fairfax High School Automotive Tech Advisory Board.  See more at the link below:

http://www.vsba.org/showcases/detail/category/fairfax_city

Our School Resource Officer, Matt Kenyon, speaks to students at our Career Talks today.

Testing Updates:

SOL Schedule Posted

The 2019 Spring Testing Calendar has been posted to the FHS website. Students and Parents may access the calendar at: https://fairfaxhs.fcps.edu/announcements/2019-end-year-exam-schedule . Students are reminded to get a good night’s rest the night before a test and to eat a healthy breakfast. Please try to refrain from making appointments on the day of the test. Once a student has begun testing, he or she cannot leave until the test is complete.

 

SOL Scheduling Considerations for Ramadan

The Spring SOL Testing Window and the observance of Ramadan will overlap in May/June 2018. Spring SOL testing will be conducted at FHS between April 30th and June 6th. Teachers will be providing the date, time, and location for each SOL after spring break. If your student is scheduled for an afternoon SOL and will not do well at that time due to fasting, please contact Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny, Assessment Coach at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu or 703-219-2216 to schedule a morning SOL test for your student. Students may also reach Mrs. KZ in L127 at school.

 

AP PROCTORS NEEDED: We need your help in helping proctor Advanced Placement (AP) tests between May 6-17. Please sign up for a time slot via the following link: (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae29a3fc1-2019 ). No experience is necessary. You may not proctor a test that your student is taking. Contact assessment coach Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

FCCLA Competition

Emily Sarber (pictured in the middle) at state competition. The theme was High School Musical!

Congratulations to Emily Sarber on placing 1st in the state FCCLA competition last weekend in Virginia Beach.  Emily will move on to represent Virginia in the national competition in Anaheim, California.

FBLA State Competition

This past weekend over 500 students came from all over the state to compete in the FBLA State Competitions.  Congratulations goes out to Sam Slaymaker for earning 3rd place in the entire state for Economics.

Congratulations to Greg Kobayashi for earning 2nd in Agribusiness.

Looking back over the FBLA records, Fairfax has not had this many students place in both regionals and state competitions.  With Sam being a Junior – we are looking forward to seeing him shine some more next year.

Both young men will be headed to the National Competition in June in San Antonio.  If you see them in the halls – give them a high five.

Northeastern Regional Art Contest

EVENING TEA - Jena Bae

Congratulations to Jena Bae on being chosen as a first-place regional winner by the Virginia School Boards Association.  Her entry above is done in color pencil and is amazing.  The entries of first place regional winners will be framed and be displayed in the VSBA offices in Charlottesville and in the Richmond office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  All pictures will be exhibited at the Annual Convention in Williamsburg on November 20-22, 2019.

Track & Field PR NOVA Invitational

2019 SENIOR TRACK ATHLETES

Following a great home track meet, the track and field team competed once again on Saturday in the PR Northern Virginia Invitational at Robinson High School.  Forty high school teams were represented.  

Highlights included Allie Lawson winning the silver medal in 100 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash.  She also won the 300 meter hurdles race.  Kyla Curlee got 4th in the discus throw, and 8th in the shot put.  

On the boys side, Marcus Dropik got 8th place in the 400 meter dash, and 6th place in the high jump.  The 4x100 meter relay team placed 7th overall, and the 4x400 meter relay team won the bronze medal.  Marc Agossou won the bronze medal in the triple jump.  Bobby Kestyn won the silver medal in the discus throw, and won the gold medal in the shot put.  His shot put performance broke the school record.

Crew Team Regatta Results

The Crew team is off to a great start under the leadership of head coach, Gabe Colmenarez Fuentes, and his entire coaching staff. At the Walter Mess Regatta, the Men's Novice 4 finished in 1st place, the Men's 2nd Varsity finished in 2nd place, the Women's Junior 4 finished in 3rd place, and the Men's 1st Varsity 4 finished in 4th place. The remaining crew schedule can be found using this link: FHS Crew 2019 Regatta Schedule: https://www.fairfaxcrew.org/regatta-days    

Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers Instructor, Jin-A Chang, begins her lesson by demonstrating how to pin and cut fabric as they work on their pattern-making unit.

FHS students were invited to perform at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School (in Maryland) Korean Club’s annual show celebrating Korea.

Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers Present Fashion in Motion

Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers Presents Fashion in Motion

Students from Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers representing 18 different FCPS schools will be showcasing their personal collections and wearable arts in the 7th annual Fashion in Motion Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th at 7:30pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, in Fairfax. 

This year we are excited to welcome Maribeth Luftglass, the Assistant Superintendent of the FCPS Department of Information Technology, to ‘kick-off’ the fashion show.

All garments are entirely student-created; from concept to design, to patternmaking and construction.  The fashion design students have been working all year for this event and the opportunity to showcase their talents, dedication, and hard work.  

Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 and only available online www.FashionInMotion.TicketLeap.com/2019. Order immediately, as seats/tickets are limited.

All ticket proceeds go directly back into the Academy’s Fashion Careers program.  For more information, contact Erin Molek, ekmolek@fcps.edu 

MCT Fest - Fairfax Academy

Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts - MCT Fest

This year will mark the 14th year of MCT Fest at Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts.  The event is part of Spotlight on the Arts in the City of Fairfax, and will start at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 27th at the Sherwood Center in Fairfax. Parking is free, tickets will be sold at the door for $15, and dinner concessions will be available for purchase.

MCT Fest is comprised and coordinated by students from the Academy’s Music & Computer Technology (MCT) level 1 & 2 classes, which includes 50 students from over 20 schools within FCPS.

            MCT Fest consists of all original music written by MCT students. A total of 15 student acts will demonstrate their love for a wide variety of music by performing rock, jazz, rap, classical, pop, acoustic/ folk, and numerous other genres.

            This event is student managed, and they have been planning, organizing, promoting, and practicing for this event throughout this school year.  The performers’ preparation included auditions in front of a panel of second year MCT students to ensure that they are prepared to perform at an event of this level.

            In addition to ticket sales, you may support the MCT classes by making a donation or by purchasing homemade chili, or other food/drink items while at the event.  Proceeds go directly back into the MCT classroom to purchase items needed for its operation (which includes keyboards, MIDI devices, microphones, cables, software upgrades, etc.).

            For more information, or to make a donation to the event; you may contact MCT Instructor Mr. Christopher Johnston at (703) 219-2246 or Career Experience Specialist Erin Molek at (703) 219-2385, or drop off any donations at the Academy office inside of Fairfax High School.  You may also mail donations (in the form of a check) to Mr. Johnston at: Fairfax Academy (Attn: Christopher Johnston/MCT Fest), 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Fairfax Academy Dancers Present:

Once Upon a Twisted Tale

FIRST Tech Challenge for Middle School Students

Are you looking for something that will help your child excel in school? Are they interested in exploring a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) oriented career? If so, consider participating in Lanier Middle School’s new Robotics Team! The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a branch of FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international organization dedicated to the STEM-based growth of younger students. FTC is a robotics program for middle and high school students looking to explore STEM careers. Through participation in the program, FTC students can learn many technical and non-technical skills, including programming, engineering, 3D CAD, marketing, as well as many fundamental life skills such as teamwork, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. For more information, on the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program, visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

All interested Lanier Middle School students and parents are welcome to join us at the club’s interest meeting on Thursday, May 2nd in Room 153 from 7:00-8:00 PM! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For additional information, please contact Matthew Bechtel

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MUSIC & COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS AT OMEGA STUDIOS, A PROFESSIONAL RECORDING STUDIO IN ROCKVILLE, MD.

Dear Family Fairfax,

It certainly is a wet ending to a beautiful week!   From sports, senior nights, and homeruns, to our National Honors Society induction… the week flew by! 

I had the privilege of presenting at the City of Fairfax School Board meeting on Monday night alongside Dr. Hanna from Lanier.  We spent an hour talking about our schools and our common goals, and we were asked some fantastic questions by the City Board members.  For those parents and students who did not attend Lanier, rest assured that the common goals are universal, and at Fairfax, we are looking to build community with everyone in and from our community.   I highlighted the importance of communication, collaboration, and innovation as Fairfax looks towards its future, and I also spoke to the fact that it will take all of us to effectively do this work.  A special thank you to the many parents who have stepped up to volunteer for events like our Rising Rebels, or who are consistently dropping food by for Fairfax to have available for its students. 

Next Monday, a selected panel of students and their parents will have the opportunity to speak to the City of Fairfax School Board.  No, it isn’t fact checking, but an opportunity to hear about our school and the transition from middle school.  I will participate in the parent session, to answer questions and hear about ways that we can improve.

Here is to a restful and dry weekend.

Sincerely,

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know: Track and Field Team

On Saturday, the Track and Field team competed in the Legard Relays at Woodson High School.  Thirty-six high schools were represented.  Fairfax highlights included Allie Lawson placing third in the 100 meter hurdles, and the girls' 4x200M relay team placing 5th overall.  On the boys side, Bobby Kestyn won the discus throw, as well as placed 4th in the shot put.  Marc Agossou got 4th in the triple jump.  The boys' 4x100M relay team got 5th place.  The boys' 4x400M relay team won the silver medal. The boys' team placed 5th overall. Wednesday is the team's only home meet.  This weekend, the team travels to Robinson High School for the PR Northern Virginia Invitational.

Fairfax Academy's Musical Theatre Actor's Studio class in a Workshop with Signature Theatre Music & Computer Technology Level 1 Students on a Hands-on Career Experience Field Trip

MUSIC & COMPUTER TECH STUDENTS AT CHUCK LEVINS MUSIC CENTER

Korean Startalk Summer Program

 

LINK TO IT ON ACADEMY WEBSITE: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/student-services/career-experiences/startalk

STARTALK is a four-week summer course (July 8th - August 1st) for high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Level-1 and level-2 will both be offered, but limited spaces are available; so be sure to get your application submitted today! 

STARTALK is a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK seeks to increase the number of Americans learning critical need languages.

The STARTALK program is a four-week intensive summer language program for high school students to learn Korean. It is fully funded by a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA). STARTALK is open to rising 9th graders to seniors. In lively, task-based classes, students will be led by experienced instructors with a passion for teaching critical languages. Students will acquire both practical and situational language skills, learn about cultural traditions, and benefit from authentic materials in the language. At the completion of STARTALK, you will be prepared to test out of level 1 or 2 of Korean.

 

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon Help Needed!!

Our annual FHS PTSA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon is coming up on April 11th. We need lots of help to make this event amazing for our terrific teachers and staff!

Every year at the luncheon, we present a $25 gift card to every one of the over 270 teachers and staff members at FHS. This is a big undertaking but with over 2200 students at FHS this can be done! 

We also provide an amazing lunch from parent donations of home made items and PTSA purchased sandwich platters. As our membership is much lower this year than in years past, we do not have as much budget available to purchase the sandwich platters for the luncheon.

Please consider making a donation towards the gift cards and sandwich platters for the luncheon. You can send a check to the school made payable to FHS PTSA or pay online at the Fairfax PTSA homepage.

Click here for FHS PTSA PayPal Link

 Or

You can purchase a gift card to a local store, restaurant or movie theater and send it to the front office at Fairfax with your student, or by US Mail. 

(Fairfax HS PTSA 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030 ATTN: Christina McDonald)

Please send checks or gift card donations into school no later than Monday April 8th so we have time to organize! Your monetary donations via check or PayPal are tax deductible.

We also need specific items to go along with the sandwich platters and parent volunteers to assist at the lunch. Please sign up at the below SUG if you can:

Click here for Sign Up Genius

Thank you so much- FHS PTSA

Questions? Contact Christina McDonald, Hospitality Chaircmcd0627@gmail.com

More photos from our art show! Family Engagement Survey Reminder

 We value your opinion so much that we are sending out a special reminder for you to complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

 On March 24th, you received an FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

Please complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of

  • communicating,
  • providing you opportunities to partner,
  • developing positive relationships,
  • ensuring student success and more.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email for an invitation sent with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school iPads or computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

For a direct link to the survey click HERE

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

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ART SHOW - PHOTOS BY MADDIE JOHNSON

Dear Parents,

 

Happy BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY!  I am looking very forward to seeing our spring sports in action and on our fields this evening, enjoying the weather and our community.  Weeks like these make my work very, very easy.

 

Yesterday, we had our annual Pyramid Art Show.  It was fun to see so many of our talented artists speaking so passionately about their work, and I even selected one of our outstanding young artists for a Principal’s Award.  Congratulations to Dianne Diaz Torres, whose photography, drawings, and paintings left me speechless.  A heartfelt thank you to our talented student artists and incredible art department:  Your time, talents, and treasures are worth the many, many accolades that I heard spoken yesterday.

 

In case you hadn’t heard, we had over 2500 visitors to our first Writing Days.  Two of our English teachers, Ms. Cutter and Ms. Davis coordinated this incredible event, chock full of talks from published authors of all sorts.  Providing an opportunity for our students to see how writing can be used to impress, impact, and influence our world is so important, and we look forward to hosting this event every year.

 

Our Science Olympiad took third in the state last weekend, and we couldn’t be prouder—and even prouder, our own Cathy Williams won an award for 30 years of advising for Science Olympiad.  She loves and lives this work, and it has provided so many opportunities for our students.  Please join me in thanking her for her continued service and countless hours to enrich their (and our) lives.

 

As I end my message this Friday, I have been reminded to remind our community that the mulch delivery is this weekend—we can get out in our yards and get our spring going in full gear!

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know: AP Exams and Billing Information

In early April, AP exam invoices will be sent via MySchoolBucks to the parents/guardians of students who are testing beyond the first six exams paid by FCPS.  Parents and guardians can pay the fees using a debit or credit card through www.myschoolsbucks.com.  Please see the FAQs below for questions regarding AP exam billing.  https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions.

AP PROCTORS NEEDED: We need your help in helping proctor Advanced Placement (AP) tests between May 6-17. Please sign up for a time slot via the following link: (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae29a3fc1-2019 ). No experience is necessary. You may not proctor a test that your student is taking. Contact assessment coach Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at kjkrauszadro@fcps.edu with any questions.

Science Olympiad Takes 3rd in State

Team with alumni: 3rd at State Science Olympiad tournament

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team on placing 3rd in the state tournament!  Also, congratulations to Cathy Williams!  At the state Science Olympiad tournament at UVU, Cathy received a plaque for coaching Science Olympiad for 30 years!

Writing Days at FHS

WRITING DAYS - A 2-DAY CELEBRATION OF WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM!

April is Month of the Military Child

DID YOU KNOW?  April is Month of the Military Child? PURPLE UP Day, April 10, 2019, is a national day of recognition to show support for military youth and families by wearing purple.  Why purple?  Purple is the color of all the service colors blended together. 

On April 4th the School Board will recognize our military students and their families at the School Board meeting beginning at 7 pm at Luther Jackson MS.  Please invite your military students and families to attend, be recognized, and have their picture taken with Dr. Brabrand and our School Board. This FCPS internet site has information that might be of interest for families: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Charles Wolfer, on winning first place in his category at the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition at University of Towson in Maryland.  Charles also won the overall award in his category, the John Stoudenmire Award for Outstanding Male High School Classical Singer.  He will now be advancing to compete on a national level in Minnesota this summer. We wish him all the best!

State Rotary Speech Contest

Heather Davids, Kofi, and members of the Rotary Club.

Congratulations to Kenneth "Kofi" Klutse on placing 3rd in the state Rotary Speech contest and winning a $250 scholarship!  The Fairfax City Rotary club has invited Kofi to attend their meeting on May 20th and give his speech to their group! 

Pictures from our Annual Art Exhibition

WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME-PHOTOS BY NATHAN KEHOE

Fluorescent Motions by Salma Yassin and Mounira Ouniche

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Scholastic Art Award Winner, Sienna Williams, Pichincha Mountain

Dear Family Fairfax,

The first few days of spring…and we are greeted with rain and wind.  I am writing this News You Choose from sunny (believe it or not) Chicago where I have taken just a couple of days away with my family.   Though I miss my Fairfax Family, I so value times like these.  Yesterday, was World Down Syndrome Day, and as many of you know, I have two family members, now adults,  with Down Syndrome.  World Down Syndrome Day is a day that was established to not only raise awareness but also celebrate in their accomplishments and abilities:  One of my brothers-in-law actually gave five (well-rehearsed) speeches to middle-school students yesterday which is quite an accomplishment for him.  I beam with pride for our students, and I am fortunate that my family makes me so proud as well.  If everyone blooms where they are planted, then the world would be filled with flowers, right?

Your PTSA is working hard, and Tuesday’s meeting was proof of that.  I so appreciate hearing and seeing all the ways that they consistently support our school and students, from parent programs to student-awards programs, helping with the food-pantry start up, and finding funds to support our ELL (English Language Learners) in a field trip to Washington DC.  They are living proof of community, and if you haven’t had the chance to join or participate, I encourage you to do so.   We. Need. You. 

As our students’ beautiful artwork is being taken down from display at Northern Virginia Community College, we have spring sports well underway.  Here is to a successful season for our students, staff, and families!  I am holding my breath for the return of our chorus, orchestra and band students who are currently in Orlando—I am proud that they have opportunities like these, but of course, always anxious to get them safely home.

Wishing you a most restful weekend,

Erin B. Lenart

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Rebels Need to Know:

We are requesting old magazines for a large school wide student project!  If you have magazines to donate, please bring them to the Main Office and look for the donation box!  Thank you!

2019 Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners

Jewel Nguyen, An Ignorance So Kind

Congratulations to our 2019 Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners! Congratulations to our Gold Key winners: Jeana Bae, Danel Bochkov, Elizabeth Choi, Teri Chung, Rachel Farzan, and Jewel Nguyen. Silver Key awards went to: Jena Bae, Danel Bochkov, Eevie Chon, Rachel Farzan, Hyun Soo Kwon, Madison Lueck, Helena Moore, Sienna Williams, and Salma Yassin. Students receiving Honorable Mention are: Leah Bonanni, Elizabeth Choi, Eevie Chon, Teri Chung, Oanjel Curtusan, Aishwarya Dhulipala, Austin Eilbert, Maureen Howard, Nathan Kehoe, Helena Moore, and JaDari Ussery!

Regional Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all our science fair and regional participants!  A special shout out to the team of Manish Balamurugan, Kathryn Chung, and Venkat Kuppoor on winning 1st place in Biomedical Engineering; the team will be competing at the state fair!

Congratulations to all our participants!

DECA Days & DSANV 'Rock Your Socks' Campaign!

Students Participate in DECA Days!

Fairfax High School March DECA Days celebrates Community, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. Students rotate through various challenge stations to collaborate and practice each of these workplace skills and learn that everyone is a valued and contributing member of their community.

 

Former marketing student and DECA officer, Tara Rohfling shared DSANV (The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia) “Rock Your Socks” campaign which supports and helps awareness for National Down Syndrome Day, March 21.   Tara donated pairs of  colorful socks with DSANV statement of support. 

This day is for family, friends, and community to show support for people with Down Syndrome so they can achieve their full potential and lead full lives.  Tara and her Dad became involved with the organization because her Dad had an uncle with Down Syndrome.

Students learned:

DSANV helps the Down Syndrome community by...

  • Helping families adjust to the birth of a child with Down syndrome
  • Providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families with support and resources
  • Providing social and educational events for individuals with Down syndrome and their families
  • Increasing community awareness of the capabilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome
  • Providing financial support to families in need
  • Supporting local organizations that provide services to individuals with Down syndrome

 

Lanier Middle School presents LIKE

March 28 @ 7pm in the Lanier Auditorium

Please join us for a free screening of Like, an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. 

Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.

This film is for all parents and guardians of students in grades K-12 and students over the age of 10. Parents are encourages to bring their teens with them. 

Resources to support families will be available after the screening. 

Food Trucks before the screening, starting at 6pm. Concessions will be made available by the Lanier's AVID program. Free childcare provided by Lanier's AVID and National Junior Honor Society students. 

Click here for the LIKE movie trailer.

Click here to save your seat to see LIKE! 

For more information about this event, please contact 

Katy Malesky, Lanier PTA President

lanierptapresident@gmail.com

Sponsored by Lanier Middle School PTA

Woodson's PTSO Invites you:

WT Woodson's PTSO invites your parents and students to hear motivational speaker Tony Hoffman talk about anxiety, vaping, and drug use on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m in the Woodson High School auditorium. 

Tony will share his specific “choice” that changed his life by walking the audience through a candid set of decisions, attitudes, and thought processes that lead him to his first drug, and the path it set him on. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. He relates very well to both teens and adults.

The event is free of charge, but please RSVP at  Eventbrite.   https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=58547329639   Learn more about Tony Hoffman here: http://www.tonyhoffmanspeaking.com/

WTW PTSO would like to thank the Woodson Administration and Frost Middle School PTA for their financial support of this event.  Please contact melissawtwptso@gmail.com with any questions.

Melissa French, WT Woodson PTSO

FCPS Values Your Opinion

On March 24th, you will receive an invitation from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools to participate in the 2019 FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

We would love for you to complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of:

  • Communicating.
  • Providing you opportunities to partner.
  • Developing positive relationships.
  • Ensuring student success and more.

The survey will be available between March 24th- April 12th.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

 There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email after March 24 for an invitation with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!  Thank you in Advance!

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THE REBEL WEARS PRADA FASHION SHOW!

Dear Family Fairfax,

 

Happy Friday!   This afternoon I celebrated my first fashion show at FHS.  It was fun to see this completely student-driven extravaganza (I can’t call it an “event.”  It was so much more than that!).   A production at this level takes many collaborative, creative, and communicative people, and to think that they were all in high school!  My picture above doesn’t begin to capture their work.

 

I have asked the PTSA for food donations for students, and I have been thankful to receive many items.  In speaking with a number of staff members, we could really use your continued donations all year for our students.  Teachers would love to stock small pantries in their classroom…we have so much to be thankful for, it is nice to see how openly our community gives back to our students, over and over again.

 

We had our Rebels on the Rise awards on Tuesday morning.  This award, nominated by teachers, is given to students who go above and beyond in class, challenge themselves and others, and are constantly inspiring their peers.  It was fun to hear the counselors speak about each student receiving an award, see the smiling faces of our community, and hear the collective applause of our students each time a classmate was called forward.  On Sunday, I am looking forward to applauding the work of many in our region at the science fair, and especially, our students who are competing. 

 

Speaking of PTSA, please come out to their meeting on Tuesday at 6PM and our showing of Angst at 6:45PM.  More information about the film can be found below!

 

I hope you enjoy a beautiful weekend.

 

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Rebels Need to Know: Sophomore Parent-Student Night

10th Graders and Parents:  Please plan to attend the Eleventh Annual…

 Sophomore Parent/Student Preparing for College Night

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm, FHS Auditorium

Speaker: Ms. Erin Slater, Director of Admissions, Randolph-Macon College

This is an informative and fun program specifically designed to help 10th graders and parents plan for college.  The presentation includes a mock admissions exercise.  Come learn how Admissions Officers make their decisions!  You will not want to miss this important event!  

For more information or questions, contact: Ms. Maureen Kim, Career Center Specialist, at 703-219-2204 or MHKim@fcps.edu

Sponsored by FHS PTSA and the Student Services Department

Regional Science Fair at Robinson

Fairfax High School has 27 students participating in the three day fair at Robinson Secondary School this weekend.   Community members can attend the open house from 1 to 3 on Sunday. 

REBELS ON THE RISE CEREMONY THIS WEEK!

                                                                                                        

Congratulations to Kenneth Kofi Klutse on winning the District Rotary Speech contest! He moves on to the Area contest on the 23rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Fairfax High School, Ms. Balogh’s and Ms. Scrivener’s Individual Math classes took a few moments to refresh their 2D shapes vocabulary while making spring flowers to brighten up our ESOL hallway!

 

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

A reminder that on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:45 p.m. in the Fairfax Auditorium, join us for a free screening of ANGST, a film about anxiety, truth & hope. https://angstmovie.com/ 

No tickets are required, but please RSVP here to help us estimate attendance.

This documentary, produced by IndieFlix, is for all parents and guardians of students in grades K-12 and students over the age of 13.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Representatives will be available after the screening to provide resources to support families.

For more information about this event, please contact Fairfax Director of Student Services, Laura Rotella at larotella@fcps.edu

 

*This is a Fairfax HS PTSA sponsored event

 

Summer Enrichment Programs

Institute for the Arts:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

IFTA is a 4 week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11 who are interested in performing and visual arts. Students have over 80 classes to select in dance, music, arts, fashion, and theatre. High School students can also take Online Health and PE 9 or Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance. The camp is July 1-26 from 8:30am-2pm. Attached is the flyer.

E-IFTA:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-elementary-institute-arts-e-ifta

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp of elementary students currently in grades 3-5. They take part in four classes every day including dance, music, theatre, and visual art. Camp weeks are July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26 from 8:30am-2pm with different content each week. Students can select to participate for 1, 2, or 3 weeks. Attached is the flyer.

Stem Camp:

https://www.fcps.edu/camps-and-institutes-stem-camp

STEM Camp is designed to give students the chance to explore engineering careers and technology and is for students currently in grades 3-5 and 8-9. Topics include 3D printing and design, interactive coding and STEM in sports for grades 3-5. Students in grades 8-9 explore Arduino in action. Session 1 is from June 24-28 and Session 2 is from July 8-12. Both sessions are from 8:30am-2pm.

Tech Adventure Camp:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-tech-adventure-camp

TAC Camp is designed to give students the chance to explore careers and technology in 8 classes over 2 weeks. Camp is open for students currently in grades 5-7. Topics of interest include Auto Technology, Culinary Arts, Gears and Transportation, Projectiles in Motion and more. Camp runs from July 15-26 from 8:30am-2pm.

The website for all the programs is: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/summer-enrichment-opportunities

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VBODA DISTRICT X ORCHESTRA ASSESSMENT AT FALLS CHURCH HS!

Dear Family Fairfax,

 

It has been a relatively quiet week this week.  Certainly, our students are still preparing for assessment, we had an outstanding showing at the orchestra assessment last weekend and It’s Academic, and our Winter Athletic Banquet and celebration was on Monday, but for Fairfax High School, I have learned that THAT is a quieter week for us.  Next week, on the other hand…

 

I had the opportunity to meet with several of the club student leaders yesterday.  We have been working on establishing a Club Council that consists of representation from our each of our clubs, to discuss student activities, ideas, and innovation.  It was fun hearing their unique perspectives and seeing how easily they were working alongside each other…even with the diversity of clubs and student interests in the room.  In the near future, I hope to have the Club Council fully established with monthly or bi-monthly meetings.  Hopefully, the outcome will be an even more student-centered Fairfax High School—we should all be proud of our pride.

 

I wanted to send a reminder to parents that our students should not be accepting food delivery during the day.   Not only for the obvious safety and security reasons: my security staff and I do not know if it is, in fact; a food delivery; who is that driver (is it really Uber Eats); and, allowing packages to be brought into the building to the main office or handed off to students throughout the course of the day.   It is impossible for us to safely monitor.  Please help us by helping your student understand why this rule is in place.  Also, for your reference, here is a link to our school lunch menu at Fairfax:  Lunch Menu  It truly is international fair that is offered at Fairfax every day by our hardworking Energy Zone staff!

 

I hope your family stays warm and dry this weekend! 

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Rebels Need to Know:

A Reminder to Parents and Students:

Please keep a sick child home. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. It is recommended that your child be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.

All students are required to go to the clinic when feeling ill during the school day.  Please ask your teacher for a pass to go to the clinic when feeling ill.  The clinic will assess you and contact your parent to pick you up.   This procedure is for your care and also allows our clinic to track school illnesses.  It also streamlines the pick-up process for your parents/guardians.  Thank you.

 

Meeting for Parents About FCPSOn

Parents, on March 20th from 7:00PM – 8:00PM in the Fairfax High School Library, we will be presenting information on how we are preparing for FCPSOn (where every students gets a computer). As part of this presentation we will discuss the distribution and other logistics of the computers as well as answer any questions that you may have.

 

DECA STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2019!

DECA State Leadership Conference 2019

This past weekend, 61 FHS DECA Members attended the State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach. At the conference, students demonstrate their strengths through both a written component such as an exam, extensive marketing research with a real business or organization, as well as an interactive component such as a presentation or role-play. Industry professionals serve as the judges for these events.

As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism.  DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to all participating students being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

The following 26 students earned the opportunity to advance to the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Astha Shah placed second overall in Entrepreneurship role-play.  Darby Bridwell and Christian Grimmell placed second overall in Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service.  Chetana Suvarna placed second overall in Financial Consulting. Lucy Fitterer placed third overall in Food Marketing Series.  Aya Al-Amad and Emilie Bidgoli placed third overall in Integrated Marketing Campaign – Product.  Rishi Shah placed third overall in Start-Up Business Plan.  The following students placed in the top eight in their event. Alexis Amoruso, Sara Han, and Charlotte Modes (Creative Marketing), Lara Demir, Bailey Morris, and Shaiann Sarkhosh (International Business Plan), Jack Allen and Madison Mitchell (Integrated Marketing Campaign - Event), Mehreen Hoque, Hospitality and Tourism Personal Selling, Mohir Muminiy, Business Finance Series, Julia Scott and Chetana Suvarna (Marketing Management Team Decision Making), Maxwell Patrick and Paolo Vicencio (Marketing Management Team Decision Making) and Jody Marchiando and Marcus Stotts (Team Decision Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making) and Alec Mitchell and Grace Walters (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making).

The following students earned medals for placing in the top 10 on comprehensive exams and presentations.  Julia Moser (Apparel and Accessory), Lucy Fitterer (Food Service Marketing), Madison Mitchell (Integrated Marketing Campaign), Elle McNally and Abby Garcia (Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making), Jody Marchiando and Marcus Stotts (Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making), Maxwell Patrick and Paolo Vicencio (Marketing Management Team Decision Making), Chetana Suvarno (Financial Consulting), Mehreen Hoque (Hospitality and Tourism Personal Selling), Cara Attkisson (Professional Selling), Mohir Muminiy (Business Finance), and Madisyn Bukoski (Human Resources Management). Our students received the preferred award for Fairfax DECA Chapters’ program of work and annual report.

 

VBODA District X Orchestra Assessment

This past weekend the FHS Orchestras participated in the annual VBODA District X Orchestra Assessment at Falls Church High School. Their final ratings are noted below. For your reference all ensembles are adjudicated by four music education experts using the following rating system:

Final Ratings:

o I – Superior

o II – Excellent

o III –Good

o IV- Fair

o V – Poor

FHS Intermediate Orchestra, combined intermediate ensembles:

Overall Excellent rating, I’s from two of the four adjudicators

FHS Philharmonic, combined advanced ensembles:

Overall Superior rating, I’s from all four adjudicators

FHS Chamber Orchestra:

Overall Superior rating, I’s from all four adjudicators

Thank you for your continued support of the FHS Orchestra!

 

Virginia National Assn of Teachers of Singing Music Competition

Congratulations to Kamila Adamczyk and Charles Wolfer on winning first place in their respective categories for musical theater and classical at VANATS at Shenandoah University and will move on to Mid Atlantic regionals competition in Towson MD. Noelle Buice won Honors in her category and is also moving on to Regionals.

Noelle Buice, Charles Wolfer, and Kamila Adamczyk

Washington National Opera Summer Program

Congratulations to Charles Wolfer on being accepted into the Washington National Opera’s three-week summer program, WNO Opera Institute at American University!  Many qualified students auditioned for this prestigious program, and Charles was selected to participate in the 2019 season from June 24-July 14, 2019

 

International Festival 2019!

I-fest 2019, an annual event lead by the ESL department, was a success! Thanks to many wonderful colleagues behind the scenes AND the dedication and hard work of all the students. 

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SCIENCE OLYMPIAD EARNS FIRST PLACE AT REGIONALS!

 

Dear Family Fairfax,

 

Happy Friday! Just when I thought we were going to have a full week of school, with no delay.  For your convenience, I am offering a second coffee opportunity next Friday from 7:30-8:15 am in the career center.  I hosted this morning at 9:30, but I know that many parents might not have known or been aware—and since we cancelled last month for weather, I want to make sure I provide you a couple of opportunities to connect.  Next week’s topic will be a repeat of this morning’s topic.

 

I try to mention all the activities happening at Fairfax, but I know that I am falling short. There is so much to be proud of and celebrate—I really need the community to help, so please send me an email of your Fairfax Pride!  Also, if you aren’t getting Ms. Melnick’s weekly updates, please subscribe.

 

Last weekend, I spent some time at a Science Olympiad Regional Tournament:  It was fun to sit and listen to our students talk about the events in which they had or would be competing, and though most events are closed to the public, it was fun to see our students competing in one of the events!  And…we walked away with first place!  Onwards to Charlottesville for our Fairfax Blue in a few weeks.

 

Our DECA students set out yesterday afternoon for their state competition.  We have many other assessments in the near future, with orchestra tomorrow, and band and chorus in a few weeks—proudly, we know they are READY to WOW us.

 

I am looking very forward to going to the NBC4  Studios for It’s Academic again tomorrow to see our team compete.  I love a good round of Trivial Pursuit, but I don’t know if I would want to sit across the table from our team and play. 

 

Below, you will find more about our Pride!

 

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REBELS NEED TO KNOW: Writing SOL for Juniors

During the week of March 4th, many of our juniors will be taking the writing SOL.  This SOL is part of the English 11 and English 11HN classes and is required by the state.  The test is broken into two parts: multiple choice and short paper, each given on a separate day.  All writing SOLs will begin at 8:10 on the student’s assigned date.  Exact dates of testing have been shared with students through their English teachers.  To prepare for the test, students should get a good night’s sleep the night before and have breakfast.

 

State Track & Field Meet

The track team travelled to Hampton, VA over the weekend and represented the school very well in the VHSL Class 6 State Track and Field meet.  Trinity McCall placed 12th in the 300 meter dash.  Curtrell Trott placed 19th in the 300M dash.  Marcus Dropik Placed 18th in the 500 meter dash, as well as 8th in the high jump.  The boys 4x200 meter relay team (Mason Mays, Joe Burton, Clay McAlmont and Zahir Saiyed) placed 21st.  Marc Agossou placed 11th in the triple jump.  Bobby Kestyn stood on the podium with a 5th place finish in the shot put.  Finally, the boys 4x400 meter relay team (Curtrell Trott, Joe Burton, Zahir Saiyed and Marcus Dropik) placed 6th in the state, and stood on the podium.

 

All State Orchestra

Over the weekend the VBODA All-VA Orchestra audition took place at James Madison University and our own Ethan Walter, junior violin, took 10th out of a pool of over 120 violinists. This is the second year in a row that he was selected from FHS to All State Orchestra. He has been invited to play with the orchestra in April to represent Fairfax High School.

Science Honor Society

An exciting event happened Wednesday after school with the Science Honor Society. We had two guest speakers from Microsoft, Catherine McSweeney and Navid Azodi. They both graduated from college in May 2018 and have been working at Microsoft since May. They came in to share their experiences and their advice with our students. We were excited to have them visit and they were excited to share their stories with us.

DECA STUDENTS AT STATE COMPETITION!

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