Photo: DRES Teacher Emily Baldwin with Ingrid, her instructor
Many elementary students attend summer school or summer camp. Through a grant from the City of Fairfax Schools, Daniels Run ES counselor Emily Baldwin spent two weeks of the summer of 2017 studying Spanish in Guatemala. Baldwin wanted to work towards building her Spanish conversational skills so she can better support her Spanish-speaking students and families that have limited English language.
Baldwin lived with a Guatemalan family and was immersed in the Guatemalan culture and Spanish language. Every weekday, Baldwin had five hours of one on one instruction with a teacher (pictured). She also lived with a family and ate all her meals with them, helping her practice what she learned in the morning.
“I left with better Spanish abilities, a deeper understanding of Guatemalan culture, and a greater respect for the challenges of living in a country when you do not speak the native language,” said Baldwin. “I am so thankful to the City of Fairfax Schools that I was able to do this, and am continuing my Spanish studies here in the United States.”
Photo of Daniels Run Elementary Students working outside
Two City of Fairfax Schools were recognized for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship with the 2017 Virginia Naturally Schools. The Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth, administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality and other resource agencies. The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state.
Daniels Run Elementary School was recognized for the 11th consecutive year. Daniels Run ES is widely
recognized as one of the leading environmental education elementary schools in Virginia. With an active outdoor classroom and a dedicated science resource teacher to supplement the science curriculum. Projects over the past 11 years include a Monarch Way station to support the migration of monarch butterflies, sponge gardens, native tree planting and a student-produced “Recycle Rap” to encourage recycling.
Lanier Middle School was recognized for the 6th consecutive year. LMS students and staff are passionate
environmental activists and learners. Over the past six years LMA projects include transforming a courtyard into a living classroom, bio-retention pond with rain water collection, water bottle fill stations
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and repeated top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University.
The Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts will partner with Triway International and the School Superintendent Association to provide a twelve day exchange program in China during the 2018 summer. Students from Fairfax County Public Schools will have the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture and stay with a host family.
Interested families and students should plan on attending an informational meeting on Thursday, October 5th at Fairfax High School. For more information about the trip and the information night, please contact Academy representative Erin Bloom at 703-219-2226.
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Fairfax High School student David Fried has been named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. David will be eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $32 million in 2018.
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The City of Fairfax Schools earned full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for 2017-2018. The accreditation is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) from the 2016-2017 school year. All four schools in the City of Fairfax earned accreditation. For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent in English and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years. The VDOE noted that 86 percent, or 1,573, of the commonwealth’s 1,823 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for this school year
“The SOLs are one of many ways that we measure student success in our schools and we are proud that our four schools are fully accredited. Our schools continually strive to provide students with innovative ways to have the best educational learning experience,” said Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “Our school leaders and staff are deeply committed to educating each and every child in their building and the City of Fairfax as a community supports all of our students. This is a reminder of the hard work and dedication of our administrators, staff and students and we offer our full congratulations.”