Watch Channel 7 “Rising Star” segment on Asliddin and the wonderful Fairfax Wrestling program! Watch here
Asliddin is one of many student-athletes on the Fairfax wrestling team who have immigrated to the United States. Asliddin emigrated from Uzbekistan when he was eight years old.
As a senior at Fairfax High School, Asliddin has become a contender for a Liberty conference title. He’s compiled a 25-3 record, and recorded two tournament victories this season, with one runner-up finish out of 70 wrestlers at the Holy Angels Invitational in Charlotte, NC. He’s earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors
at the St. Stephens-St. Agnes Holiday Classic, and wrestler of the week accolades 3-times this season.
Getting accustomed to western culture was a daunting task: he didn’t know the English language, he didn’t have any friends, and he had to assimilate into an entirely different schooling system. This was especially challenging since his family still spoke Russian at home.
In the summer of 2015, Asliddin moved from New Jersey to Fairfax where he joined the Fairfax wrestling program. Second year head coach Tanner Sewell and Athletic Director Nancy Melnick have invested in building the wrestling program at Fairfax and providing student-athletes with various educational and developmental opportunities. With grants and support from the Eric Monday Memorial Wrestling Foundation, Asliddin has been able to capitalize on invaluable opportunities through the sport: traveling the east coast, visiting institutions of higher learning, working and learning from wrestlers at George Mason University. As a student-athlete from a one-parent immigrant household, wrestling has ultimately provided Asliddin a platform for future success in the United States.
Asliddin has applied to New York University, George Mason University, James Madison
University, and Virginia Tech. He plans to major in Computer Science.
“Asliddin is a remarkably resilient kid, and his commitment to growth is what makes him special,” says Coach Sewell. “His “American dream” story is not uncommon in our program, and I think he’s proven that capitalizing on the opportunities that wrestling provides can give anyone a platform for success in the United States.”
The Fairfax Girls Basketball team was profiled in the Washington Post on Tuesday, January 24.
A portion of the article is below, to see the full article, please visit the Washington Post website here.
The Fairfax girls’ basketball team is playing without a true forward this season. Where games a season ago were won in the paint with hard fought layups and rebounds, they’re won with this group on the perimeter, trying to create that foot or two of separation to launch a shot or drive to the rim.
And then there’s the Rebels’ Dominique Webster, a senior 5-foot-9 self-described “guard-post.”
She sets the pick in pick-and-rolls. She anchors the lane on defense and leads Fairfax (13-3) in rebounding with 5.3 per game.
In his first State of the Schools report, Principal Dan Phillips praised Providence Elementary School staff, students and parent community declaring, “Providence is a very, very special school.” Phillips and his administrators Assistant Principal Janice Suitte and Assistant Principal Harry Belch highlighted rising test scores, student growth in reading and laid plans to offer Local Level IV advanced academic services to students.
Principal Phillips also celebrated his school’s diverse and active family community. “Providence is a school where children from all over the country and all over the world come to our school from all different walks of life and create one community of learners.” Phillips thanked the PTA and the PES staff for its enthusiastic participation and support of family events such as Heritage Night, STEAM Night, Literacy Breakfast and All Pro Dads. “Families feel welcomed and engaged and come in to the school to support their children,” said Phillips at the regular school board meeting on Monday, January 9th.
Assistant Principal Belch highlighted increased test scores and the successful reading program, Reading Intensive Care Unit or RICU. The program, began by Providence ES staff, provides individual attention to young students that are not reading at grade level. Last year 33 students in the first grade were not reading at grade level. Through the RICU program and support from classroom teachers, 82% of the students reached or surpassed benchmarks on the Developmental Reading Assessment.
Assistant Principal Janice Suitte discussed the award winning Science Technology Engineering and Math Lab (S.T.E.M. Lab) and how the lessons learned in the lab, such as collaboration, critical thinking and resiliency are being applied in other classes as well.
Principal Phillips also stressed the success of his staff. He mentioned a number of staff members that will be presenting at various regional and national conferences throughout the year on subjects such as the RICU program and STEM Lab.
Finally, Principal Phillips announced he and his staff are looking into bringing Local Level IV Advanced Academic services to those students who qualify. Local Level IV at Providence ES would allow students to stay in their base school instead of having to transfer midway through their elementary school years to an elementary school outside of the Fairfax pyramid.
“One of the happiest days of my life is when I was selected as principal of Providence Elementary School,” concluded Phillips. “I feel so fortunate to be in the City of Fairfax. The City provides funding to supplement teacher development, reduced student field trip fees, offered summer programs such as Young Scholars and help fund our wonderful STEM Lab.”
Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School will hold their curriculum night for parents and students on Thursday, January 12.
FHS Curriculum Night will be from 6:30-8:00 at the high school. Parents and rising 9th – 12th grade students will be able to meet with faculty, learn about course options, meet other families and attend special curriculum presentations. There will also be a dedicated 9th grade question and answer session starting at 7:00 for parents and rising 9th grade students. The Q & A for 10th – 12th graders will begin at 7:45. Both sessions are in the auditorium.
LMS Curriculum Night will be from 6:00 – 8:00 and also welcomes both students and parents. Visitors can tour the campus, meet teachers of both core and elective courses, and attend special presentations for ESOL, Special Education and Advanced Math. The evening concludes with a session for parents to meet the LMS Administrative team.
For questions or more information, please go to the LMS and FHS website.
We like to check in with our schools and see how they are doing throughout the year. Here is a look at Fairfax High School and Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts.
Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts
- 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Semi-Finalist – Mr. Chris Johnston – The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. For more about Mr. Johnston and his third nomination for this award, please see here.
- SkillsUSA – Riley Mead, Gold; Skylar Watkins – Bronze, Haruko Harbour – Silver, Fairfax Academy; (Teacher, Pro Photo class, Kevin Smith) – The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, there were more than 6,000 contestants in 100 separate events.
- StarTalk – Celie Feighery, student Governor’s School State Award (Leah Liao, teacher/advisor )- Celie received a Governor’s school award from StarTalk. StarTalk’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with programs for students and teachers.
- Foundation for Korean Language – Maggie Akers, student (Ms. Song Johnston, teacher) Maggie received a fully-funded trip to Korea to study and learn in the summer of 2016..
- NSILY – Joy Shi, student (Ms. Song Johnston, teacher) NSILY is a national scholarship. Joy received a fully-funded trip to Korea in the summer of 2016.
- Hosted “Take Your Legislators to Work Day”- Academy students and administrators were joined by Virginia State Representative David Bulova and Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen for a tour and lunch.
Fairfax High School
- National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists – Benjamin Krupka, Rebecca Stafford The National Merit Scholarship Program was founded to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.
- Virginia Latin Convention – 16 FHS students participated in the VLC in Richmond and brought home 49 awards for showing understanding of Latin and Roman culture.
- FHS Wrestling hosted the second annual “See You on the Square”, the only outdoor wrestling match in Northern Virginia, bringing together the community with a fundraiser to support the Eric Monday Wrestling Foundation.
- Army All-American Marching Band – Nicole Leonardo Nicole is receiving an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio to perform in the half-time show of the US Army All-American Bowl in January 2017.
- Northern Region Cross Country – Drew Robinson and Chloe Tran Chloe placed 7th and qualified for states; Drew placed 17th and qualified for Virginia state.
- Varsity Field Hockey Conference and Region Championship – FHS Girls Varsity Field Hockey won their 8th consecutive region championship and held a 23-1 record, losing in the state semi-finals.
- FX Players produced and performed “Avenue Q” to rave reviews. The Players continue their season with student-directed one-act plays in January and Guys and Dolls in May. For more information please see the FX Players website.
- Interact Club collected winter clothing and donated to local families in need.
- FHS DECA students collected toys for Inova Hospital and Operation Gratitude, a group supporting military families.
- Band and Chorus concert Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 PM at FHS
- Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Swim/Dive, Gymnastics and Indoor Track – to get schedules please see the winter sports website here.