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Statement from School Board Chairman and Mayor

Jon Buttram

Chair, City of Fairfax School Board

David L. Meyer

Mayor, City of Fairfax

To the City of Fairfax Community,

On behalf of the City of Fairfax Schools I would like to update you on the recent threat against Fairfax High School.  Yesterday afternoon Fairfax High School received an anonymous threat posted on Twitter. The City of Fairfax Police Department immediately began an investigation in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Police Department.  Fairfax High School opened on time this morning with additional security.  

The City of Fairfax Police Department located and identified individuals of interest, conducted interviews and took possession of an electronic device.  Nothing was found in this initial stage to corroborate the possession of weapons. At this point, the police department believes based on their investigation the threat has been mitigated. The police department is continuing to investigate as there are further leads to follow. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be more police presence at Fairfax High School and all of our city schools. We continue to encourage our students to notify a teacher, administrator or trusted adult anytime they have information which could potentially compromise the safety and security of our schools.

The City of Fairfax School Board and staff is working closely with the City of Fairfax Police Department, FCPS and city leaders with the primary goal to keep all of our students safe. This is an ongoing police investigation and we continue to support our police team and school administrators as they conduct their investigations.

For updates on this event, please visit the City of Fairfax Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

 

Lanier Middle School Student Selected as Virginia State Senate Page

Only 37 students chosen for nine-week program

Delaney Adams, an eighth grader at Lanier Middle School has been selected to participate in the prestigious Virginia State Senate Page Leadership Program for 2018. Virginia’s Page program dates back to the mid 1800’s and is now one of the last full-term residential page programs left nationwide.

Delaney is currently serving for the nine weeks of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Through this unique and prestigious opportunity she is getting a firsthand education about the workings of the Virginia state legislature while having opportunities to interact with and assist state senators on a daily basis.

The Senate Page Leadership Program is structured similar to a college preparatory program with components centered on developing future leaders. The mission of the program is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians embrace responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion.

Applicants must have an A or B average to participate and have approval from their school. This year, over 200 students from throughout the Commonwealth applied. Students work nine hour days while still needing to fulfil assignments from their teachers. The pages have a strict dress code and have limited access to cellphones. Delaney is up to the challenge and has so far enjoyed her time in Richmond.

“This program has been a great opportunity to not only learn firsthand about Virginia’s legislature, but also a fantastic chance to meet some very knowledgeable people that I would not get to meet otherwise,” said Delaney. “Some of our tasks include making copies, pulling bills, and assisting senators. I am learning so much, and I am really enjoying this amazing experience.”

Highlights from her experience include local field trips, museum visits, dinner reception with legislators, meeting astronauts and a pizza and game night with the Lieutenant Governor.

FHS Boys, Girls Track Team Members Heading to State Tournament

Congratulations to the FHS boys Track and Field team for finishing second at the VHSL regional track meet last week.

Further congrats to FHS boys and girls track team members who will be competing in Virginia Beach this week!

– Alexandra L – 55M and 300M dash
– Trinity M – 300M dash
– Chloe T – 1600M run
– Girls 4x200M relay
– Decker B – 300M, 500M dash and pole vault
– Justin H – 300M, 500M dash
– Marcus D – 1000M run
– Drew R 3200M run
– Jackson M – shot put
– Boys 4x400M relay (won first place in region!)

Good luck to all in states!

Fairfax Academy Hosts Professionals for Career Connections Week

Students in Music and Computer Technology class

Students in Music and Computer Technology class

Professionals meet with students to discuss opportunities in their field

Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts hosted its annual Career Connections Week last week. The Academy invited professionals to meet with students, hold workshops and make presentations. In some cases industry professionals used Skype to connect with students.

This annual week is part of the Academy’s commitment to provide students with not only the curriculum, but insight to their industry. Students

Examples of presentations:

  • Musical theater and Broadway dance workshop
  • Set-up, finance, management of owning a recording studio
  • Hands-on workshop on studio equipment
  • Product photography for advertising
  • Careers in foreign languages such as Arabic, Korean and Chinese
  • Talent agency explain audition techniques
  • Social media and its impact on professional and personal life

 

 

FHS Wrestler to Compete for State Title

Junior Earl Brewer will travel to Virginia Beach to compete for state title

Fairfax high school wrestling standout Earl Brewer (Jr., 195lbs) will compete for a state title this weekend in Virginia Beach. Brewer qualified for the state tournament after defeating the returning state finalist last Saturday at the Occoquan Regional tournament.

Brewer marks the first state qualifier for third year head coach Tanner Sewell. “We’ve had a few kids come close, but Brewer is our first to punch his ticket to the big dance,” Sewell said. “He’s got a legitimate shot at bringing home a state title this weekend – the 195lb weight class is an any-given-Sunday type of situation. It’s wide open. If Earl can string his best matches together – and I think that he will – he could be our first state champion in two decades.”

The last Fairfax wrestlers to bring home a state title were John Eastman and Justin Potter in 1998 under hall of fame coach Mitch Sutterfield.

The action will kick-off Friday morning at Kellam High School.

Fans can follow the action live on www.VHSL.org or on trackwrestling.com

 

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