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City of Fairfax Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo to give keynote at VASS conference

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

City of Fairfax Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo will give the keynote address at the 90th Annual Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals Growth Summit on June 28th in Portsmouth, Virginia. The title of the speech is “The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals.”  Dr. Pajardo is the co-author of the book “The Principal Influence”.

Dr. Pajardo began as an elementary classroom teacher in 1981 and held a number of leadership positions throughout FCPS during her 34 year career. Dr. Pajardo became a consulting teacher, assistant principal, principal, staff developer, project manager, cluster director, and cluster assistant superintendent.

Dr. Pajardo was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for FCPS where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring and developing a diverse workforce for the district.

Dr. Pajardo earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia (U.Va.) and her master’s in education from George Mason University (GMU). She completed her doctorate in education from U.Va. in 2009. She completed the executive leadership program for educators through the Curry School of Education and the Darden School of Business at U.Va.  She serves as an adjunct faculty member in leadership preparation/development for GMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech as well as ASCD and  has given presentations at national, state, and local conferences.

City of Fairfax School Board Awards 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship to Kinza Mahmood

Kinza Mahmood was recognized as the 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship winner. Kinza will attend the University of Maryland, College Park next year to study Food and Biological Sciences. Kinza

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

took many AP courses at FHS, was active in student government, UNICEF and volunteered throughout the community. Kinza was praised by Principal Goldfarb and her teachers for being kind, hardworking and for her passion to help others.

City of Fairfax Schools Recognize Students, Staff

The City of Fairfax School Board recognized over 125 students and 15 staff members at their regular school board meeting on Monday, June 5th.

Students from Lanier Middle School, Providence Elementary School, Daniels Run Elementary School and Fairfax High School were recognized for a variety of academic and community contributions.

Awards included:

LMS FCCLA – state champions and gold chapter award

LMS EcoClub – for their dominant performance at the NoVa Outside conference.

LMS SPINNERS – the LMS club took second place in the national wind turbine competition.

Select LMS students were also recognized for leadership and character.

Elementary students were also recognized. Providence ES and DRES students were recognized for leadership, safety patrols, innovation and character.

In addition, retired staff at all three schools were honored as well as teacher and support employees of the year.


Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers presents Fashion in Motion

Students from Fairfax Academy Fashion Careers students representing 12 different FCPS schools will be showcasing their collections in the 5th annual Fashion in Motion Fashion Show on Friday, June 2nd at 7:30pm at George Mason University on the 3rd floor of the HUB Ballroom, located at 4400 Rivanna River Way in Fairfax.

All garments are entirely student-created; from concept to design, to patternmaking and construction.  The fashion design students have been working all year for this event and the opportunity to showcase their talents, dedication, and hard work.  

Doors open at 6:45pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.  Advanced tickets are $15 ($10 for students) or $20 general admission at the door, and can purchased online at or at the door.  Ticket proceeds go directly back into the Academy’s Fashion Careers program.


City of Fairfax Schools Look to Expand AAP

Daniels Run Elementary School, Providence Elementary School and Lanier Middle School are all underway to establishing advanced academic programming at their schools.

DRES and PES are both moving towards establishing a Local Level 4 program in the 2018-2019 school year.  The program will begin in the 3rd grade and each following year, and will move up one grade level at a time.

Teachers are currently taking classes and development training in advanced academics. Both principals are dedicated to providing the many benefits of AAP such as project based learning and critical thinking skills to all students.

At the same time, Lanier MS is working with FCPS to open an AAP center which will mean City of Fairfax students will be able to stay in the Fairfax Pyramid throughout their K-12 education for level 4 services.

More information is available through the principals. As we progress through the work to provide AAP, we will keep the community posted.


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