Fairfax High School DECA students have created the Crush Cancer Club. Crush Cancer’s main goal is to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Students in the club unite to volunteer at events such as CureFest DC and work to give pediatric cancer patients a voice. CureFest DC is an annual event held in Washington DC during September, whose mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority. Members of the childhood cancer community, the general public, and the medical community are drawn together to create mass media attention towards pediatric cancer. Fairfax High School DECA has been volunteering at CureFest DC since it’s initiation over four years ago, and with the creation of Crush Cancer, FHS DECA hopes to have an even larger impact on pediatric cancer awareness. For the remainder of the school year Crush Cancer has many more events planned, such as gold out events at FHS sporting events and toy drives during the holiday season.
Lanier Middle School and teacher Faiza Alam were honored for its environmental outreach. At a ceremony sponsored by Caring for our Watersheds, Earth Force and Agrium, Congressman Gerry Connolly presented the school with the award. The school was recognized for its nationally recognized EcoClub and efforts in environmental education. The EcoClub members have won many regional contests and were invited to participate in a White House symposium on environmental education.
Fairfax High School welcomed a student delegation from Korea this month. The students from Posan High School in Korea were matched up with Fairfax High School students and were able to sample a typical day in the life of an American high school. The Korean students then presented the students and staff of Fairfax High School with a cultural program of dances and songs. The visit is one of many exchange programs by the City of Fairfax Schools. In the last year, the City schools have hosted student and staff delegations from China, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
This year Daniels Run Elementary School launched “Innovation Space”, a classroom dedicated to bringing innovation to students. The space will offer every student in the school an enrichment program to become inventors, collaborators and problem solvers. Students will take everyday items such as cardboard rolls, legos, pipe cleaners and egg cartons to solve complex challenges to improve existing objects or create entirely new products. The Innovation Space is a similar offering as the Providence ES STEAM Lab, a dedicated classroom that brings additional science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to Providence students. Both of these enrichment opportunities are possible because of support from the City of Fairfax, allowing the two schools to have some of the only supplemental programs in the county. We are excited to prepare our students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators!
Providence Elementary School named a familiar face as principal on Friday, August 26. Dan Phillips, a former assistant principal at Providence ES and Daniels Run ES and long-time City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation youth coordinator, was welcomed with enthusiastic applause by school staff in the cafeteria.
Mr. Phillips was introduced at a joint announcement with City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan and Fairfax County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Region 5, Dr. Frances Ivey. The staff at Providence ES welcomed the selection of Mr. Phillips with a standing ovation and had “Team Dan” signs ready.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dan Phillips take the lead at Providence Elementary School,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “He brings knowledge, passion and a deeply embedded understanding as a member of the City of Fairfax family to the principal position. We know, with the support of our great community, he will thrive which in the end will help our students do so as well.”
Philips is certainly at home in the City of Fairfax schools system. As a resident of the City, Phillips’s two sons are currently in Fairfax City schools. In addition, Phillips was the Youth Coordinator for the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department before he began his teaching and administrative career. Prior to his work at Providence, Phillips was a 6th grade teacher and assistant principal at Daniels Run Elementary School.
“I am humbled and honored to be principal at Providence Elementary School,” said Phillips. “We have a school full of people who come to work every day to serve our students and school community. I could not be among better teachers, children, and families, and I full very fortunate to have this opportunity.
The staff was also introduced to the new Assistant Principal, Harry Belch, who will take over Phillips position. Like Phillips, Belch is very familiar with Providence ES, although with a different name. He was a staff member at the school when it was Jermantown Elementary School, and brought an original Jermantown ES t-shirt to show the staff. They quickly provided Belch with a Providence ES complete with the Panther logo.