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Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Administrator Presents to School Board

“Our students are special, our teachers are special. We share a special bond.”

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts new administrator Andrea Cook presented to the City school board on Monday, November 6th. As the “Spotlight on Learning” presentation, Ms. Cook discussed her background and looked ahead for her future plans for the Academy.

The Fairfax Academy is a “school within a school” at Fairfax High School. The Academy offers 10 programs including foreign languages, TV production, music composition, social media marketing,  photography, musical theater, dance and fashion design. The Academy welcomes over 800 students from schools all throughout Fairfax County Public Schools. Forty percent of the Academy students consider Fairfax High School as their base school.

Ms. Cook, the former dance instructor at the Academy became the administrator this summer. She highlighted the experience and passion of the staff, most of whom are former industry professionals. For the future of the Academy, Ms. Cook is looking into expanding the course offerings and increasing the Academy’s profile within the Fairfax community. To see the entire presentation, please see the City of Fairfax’s website and click on School Board, November 6.

Professionals Help Lanier Middle Students Learn About Careers

Photo of Students learn about the Fairfax Academy

Students learn about the Fairfax Academy

To provide students with a look at the careers available to them, Lanier Middle hosted over 40 community presenters who provided information about their employers and available careers at Career Day. Presenters included FCPS high school academies, City of Fairfax Police and Fire Departments, Inova Health Systems, the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Transportation Safety Administration, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, DLR Group, U.S. Department of Defense, Furnace Manufacturing, and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment. Presenters set up interactive table displays and answered student questions about their careers. The event helped students connect their learning in the classroom to the

Photo of Students learn from industry professionals.

Students learn from industry professionals.

real world of work.

FHS Student Cast in “The Nutcracker” at Kennedy Center

FHS Student Sarina will perform in "The Nutcracker" at the Kennedy Center this season.

FHS Student Sarina will perform in “The Nutcracker” at the Kennedy Center this season.

Fairfax Academy level 3 dance student, Sarina, whose base school is Fairfax High, has been cast as an extra in “The Nutcracker” at the Kennedy Center, and will perform in shows scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend. Her day-long audition consisted of numerous combos in line formation with more than a hundred other dancers. Sarina, who has been enrolled in the Fairfax Academy dance program for three years, is also on the Fairfax High Dance Team. She was cast in “The Nutcracker” when she was younger, and has also danced as an extra with the Kansas City Ballet.

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Sponsors Chinese Exchange Program for Summer of 2018

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 Academy for Communications and the Arts Welcomes Andrea Heininge as Director

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts is proud to

Fairfax Academy Director Andrea Heininge

Fairfax Academy Director Andrea Heininge

announce Andrea Heininge will be the new Director. Current Director Diego Wilson will retire from FCPS after 32 years in education.

Ms. Heininge has been with the Academy as the dance instructor since 2008. Beyond building the flagship FCPS dance program & directing exciting dance performances every year, she has played a number of key instructional & leadership roles inside and outside Fairfax HS.

She has been an assistant principal for FCPS summer enrichment programs the past two years, has represented the Academy on the high school’s Instructional Council this year and was acting administrator of the Academy.

Andrea has sponsored the high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, chaired the high school’s FAC, and coached the high school dance team. She has also represented FHS on the FCPS Grading & Reporting committee the past two years and served as a Great Beginnings Coach for new art, music and theatre teachers in FCPS.

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