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.
The City of Fairfax School Board honored over 65 students and staff from Lanier Middle School and Fairfax High School at their December Regular School Board meeting on Monday, December 5th. The meeting is one of two recognition ceremonies the school board conducts each year.
“It is one of our favorite nights of the year,” said Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan.
Included in the recognition were students from the FHS Field Hockey team who won the Regional Championship, students from the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, two National Merit Semi-finalists and to three Lanier MS teachers for receiving their National Board Certification.
Virginia state legislators visit the Fairfax Academy.
Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts hosted Virginia State Delegate David Bulova and Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen for a tour of the facilities and lunch with students and staff members. The delegates visit a school each year with a member of the school board for Take Your Legislators to School Day. This year, the focus was on the Academy and the many cultural art programs offered.
The group, including Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan and School Board members Jon Buttram and Dr. Mitch Sutterfield, visited classrooms, spoke with instructors and had lunch with students where they could ask and answer questions.
The Academy is one of the shining stars in the City of Fairfax schools, offering a number of intensive study in subjects such as theater, dance, photography, music composition, television production, foreign language and fashion.
Did you know that you can now sign-up for the Free Student Bus Pass Pilot Program at Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School and ride the City of Fairfax CUE and Fairfax Connector for free? You can check for more information at your school’s administration office; you need to have your parent’s/guardian’s approval for signing up. Students who are home schooled or attend private school may contact Tom Italiano at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a pass.
3 Things to Remember – Applying For Your Free Pass
- The free student bus pass permits students to ride City of Fairfax CUE and Fairfax Connector for free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
- Students must contact their school’s administration office to get the appropriate forms to sign up.
- Parental/guardian consent is required for this program (this is a requirement of FCPS; Fairfax County Government and the City of Fairfax do not distribute consent forms.)
Tips for Riding City of Fairfax CUE and Fairfax Connector
- Have your student pass out and ready to show the driver when you board the bus.
- Your Free Student Pass will only work on City of Fairfax CUE and Fairfax Connector. If you switch to Metro or another bus system you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.
- Your pass works seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Other times you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.
- Another important thing to remember is to give respect to get respect. It’s important to be kind to other riders, especially those with special needs. There are seats designed just for them so try to avoid sitting there.
- If you get lost or turned around, the CUE and Fairfax Connector drivers are great! Just tell them you need help and they will help you.