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Daniels Run Elementary School Counselor Attends Summer Spanish Language Program in Guatemala with City of Fairfax Schools Grant

Photo: DRES Teacher Emily Baldwin with Ingrid, her instructor

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.”

 

City of Fairfax Schools Recognized for Environmental Education

Photo of Daniels Run Elementary Students working outside

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

DRES garden

DRES garden

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

EcoClub with City of Fairfax School Board

EcoClub with City of Fairfax School Board

and repeated top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University.

DANIELS RUN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2017 STATE OF THE SCHOOLS REPORT

Adam Erbrecht, principal of Daniels Run Elementary School (DRES) and his staff set out with one goal this year; to be a positive difference in the lives of each of their students. With this goal in mind, the administration and staff at DRES created a School Improvement Plan that supports students and creates opportunities for all students to learn, grow and thrive.

Presenting to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, February 6, 2017, Principal Erbrecht highlighted student achievement, the new Innovation Space, the efforts to support students in need with Responsive Instruction and the Positivity Project.

“We’ve been working hard so we don’t leave any stone unturned for our students,” said Erbrecht. He showed pass rates for the Virginia Standards of Learning averages for his students: 83 percent in reading, 92 percent in math and 86 percent in science. In addition, Erbrecht was proud of his kindergartners who had a 92 percent achievement for reading goals.

DRES launched the Innovation Space this year. The Innovation Space is an independent classroom for all students to rotate throughout the school year to work on age appropriate challenges using everyday household items. The challenges are designed to encourage students to collaborate and think creatively all while solving complex problems. For example, Victoria Novak’s first grade class used cardboard tubes and pool noodles to identify shapes and create obstacles for the popular “America Ninja Warrior” (see profile of class in the Fairfax Connection).

Erbrecht also spoke of the partnership with the Positivity Project, a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by seeing the character strengths in themselves and others. The Positivity Project and DRES helps students to identify, appreciate and articulate character strengths in themselves and others. Assistant principal Valerie Hardy has seen a difference, “Having students see the strengths themselves and helping them zoom in on power, perseverance and commitment.”

 

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