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City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2702 Provide City Schools with 100 Winter Coats

Fire fighters drop off coats to Daniels Run ES

Fire fighters drop off coats to Daniels Run ES

The City of Fairfax schools were blessed with 100 winter coats from the City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2702. By raising donations from the public through the International Association of Fire Fighters and Operation Warm, the fire fighters were able to purchase new coats to provide to the schools to help with the recent cold temperatures impacting the area.  Residents can still donate to Fairfax City’s Operation Warm site.

Fire Fighters bring coats to Providence ES.

Fire Fighters bring coats to Providence ES.

www.operationwarm.org/fairfaxcity

 

City of Fairfax Schools Announce State of the Schools Report Dates

The City of Fairfax Schools announced the dates of their annual State of the Schools reports. The reports are given by the principals at each of the City’s four schools – Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle School, Providence Elementary School and Daniels Run Elementary School.  In addition to the report, each school will present a Spotlight on Learning segment at the beginning of the meeting. The Spotlight will highlight a classroom activity, group project or event at the school in detail.

Presented at the regular school board meetings, the reports are also available on channel 12 and online after the meeting.

The dates are as follows:

Daniels Run Elementary School: Monday, January 8 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Providence Elementary School: Monday, February 5 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Lanier Middle School: Monday, March 5 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Fairfax High School: Monday, April 9 at 7:30 at City Hall

Daniels Run Elementary School Welcomes Chinese Delegation Visit

Through a partnership with George Mason University, Chinese educators

Daniels Run Elementary School welcomes a delegation of Chinese educators.

Daniels Run Elementary School welcomes a delegation of Chinese educators.

visited Daniels Run Elementary School. The teachers and administrators observed classes, toured the school and spoke with administrators about programs such as the Innovation Space, Positivity Project and the Parent Resource Center.

“It was an honor to meet with the Chinese delegation and spend time with them as they learned about our educational system,” said Adam Erbrecht, principal of Daniels Run Elementary School.

 

Fairfax Community Helps DRES Continue to Build Literacy Garden

Volunteers at Daniels Run outdoor classroom. Photo courtesy of Volunteer Fairfax.

Volunteers at Daniels Run outdoor classroom. Photo courtesy of Volunteer Fairfax.

On Saturday, October 28 more than 20 volunteers came to Daniels Run ES to help build their outside courtyard Literacy Garden. The outdoor classroom is used for students to meet outside, read and learn about native plants. The day was organized by Lands and Waters, a strong partner and advocate for environmental education in schools. Through Volunteer Fairfax, Lands and Waters organized 20 volunteers including students to continue to build the courtyard.

 

Joining the team was City of Fairfax School Board Chairman Jon Buttram and Virginia State Delegate David Bulova.

DRES Teacher Integrates Flexible Seating

Photo of flexible seating options for Daniels Run Elementary School

Photo of flexible seating options for Daniels Run Elementary School

Using City of Fairfax Schools Innovation Grant to Transform Classroom

Students in Michelle Kamiyama’s 6th grade class were in for a surprise when they entered on the first day of school. The traditional chair and desks were gone. The students, many of whom were in her class in the 5th grade and “looped” with her this year, noticed a wide variety of flexible seating options.

“Their faces on the first day of school were priceless when they saw our classroom transformation,” said Ms. Kamiyama.

Kamiyama used funds from the DRES Innovation Grants from the City of Fairfax to partially support her flexible seating project. Over the summer, she raised the rest of the money and transformed her classroom.

Many classrooms around the country are shifting to flexible seating. The seating options allow students to move seats easily and choose the most comfortable seats for them. With the emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking, many lessons are adapting to have the students work in groups to solving problems. There is also benefits to allow students the ability to easily stand and move around to increase blood flow and expense energy if needed.

Photo of flexible seating options for Daniels Run Elementary School

Photo of flexible seating options for Daniels Run Elementary School

“The students love the different seating option and the ability to move seats as needed to help them be most successful,” said Ms. Kamiyama said. “The students are changing their seats daily and sitting with new classmates each day. It has been great to see the students build stronger relationships and collaborating with different groups.”

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