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City of Fairfax Schools Welcome Chinese Principals

Chinese Delegation Tours Lanier MS, Providence

Chinese principals observe teacher meeting at Providence Elementary School.

Chinese principals observe teacher meeting at Providence Elementary School.

ES and Fairfax Academy

The City of Fairfax Schools welcomed 20 principals from China on Wednesday, November 7. The group, arranged through a partnership with the School Superintedents Association (AASA), toured three schools and met with students, teachers, administrators and City schools leadership.

The principals began their day with a breakfast and tour of Lanier Middle School. With lively discussions and questions surrounding daily student schedules, teacher evaluations, testing and curriculum, the principals were able to get a close view of a typical day for an American middle schooler. The principals then moved to Providence Elementary School where they were able to tour the outdoor classroom, STEAM Lab and speak with reading specialists. After lunch, the group went to Fairfax High School where they met with principal Erin Lenart and took a close look at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts.

This is an ongoing partnership between AASA and Triway International to promote learning and understanding between educators in the United States and China. In the summer of 2018, students and teacher from Lanier Middle School and Fairfax High School participated in a 10-day trip to China.

Fairfax Academy Hosts Korean Embassy and Naval Officers

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts hosted members from the Korean Embassy and Naval Officers. In addition, the Embassy

Korean Delegation visits Photo of High School and Academy

Korean Delegation visits Fairfax High School and Academy

provided a generous monetary donation and books to use in the Academy’s Korean classes.

During the visit, the delegation visited classrooms at FHS and the Academy. The visitors watched a special video about the honorable Cruise Training Task Force. As a special addition to the visit, an officer in the Cruise Training Task Force Group is a K-Pop star and one is a comedian in Korea. The musician performed for the Korean class.


Fairfax Academy Brings In Professionals for Photography Workshop Series

Photo of Mr. Biver assisting students with portrait project on computer.

Mr. Biver (black hat) assisting students with portrait project.

Professional Photographer, Steven Biver, recently visited and led a workshop in Fairfax Academy’s Professional Photography classes as part of ongoing mentoring workshop series for Academy students. The workshops encapsulate  local, national and international photographers, as well as focusing on light science, advertisement photography, and professional editing.

During Mr. Biver’s most recent visit to the photography classes, he led a hands-on workshop with the level-2 students focusing on lighting and editing.  This particular workshop entailed lecture and in-depth group discussions, which evolved into one-on-one advising in reference to a recent ‘portrait photography project’ the students had been working on this month.

Mr. Biver is a published author whose book “Light Science & Magic: an Introduction to Photographic Lighting” has been bought and sold for use in college classrooms across the nation for the last 20 years. His ongoing relationship with the Academy’s Professional Photography class has developed into consistent and relevant hands-on workshops that are directly correlated to the current curriculum and projects.


Fairfax Academy Teacher Kevin Smith Wins Region 5 October “FCPS Cares”

Kevin Smith (middle) with Diego Wilson, Assistant Superintendent City of Fairfax Schools, Andrea Cook, Academy Administrator and Erin Lenart, FHS Principal

Kevin Smith (middle) with Diego Wilson, Assistant Superintendent City of Fairfax Schools, Andrea Cook, Academy Administrator and Erin Lenart, FHS Principal

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Photography teacher Kevin Smith is this month’s FCPS Cares winner for Region 5. Nominated by a student, Mr. Smith was recognized for his attention to students, patience and understanding. FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

“I’ve known this teacher for 3 years and this is my 2nd year having his class. Mr. Smith is the most genuine teacher I’ve ever had. He is attentive to each and every one of his students and truly cares for their success. There is no one experience I wish to describe because every experience in his class is special. Mr. Smith is patient and understanding, unlike many teachers I’ve had in the past he’s very encouraging and I know that I’ll never feel judged or a lesser person in his class. In conclusion, Mr. Smith’s class atmosphere is a strong educational and inspirational environment, I am at most myself in his class and I believe myself and many other students have come out of their shell as a result of Mr. Smith’s strong personality.”

To nominate a teacher or staff member for an FCPS Cares award, please see the FCPS website.


Fairfax Academy Celebrates Chuseok

FHS Principal Erin Lenart and Academy students celebrating Chuseok

FHS Principal Erin Lenart and Academy students celebrating Chuseok

Fairfax Academy students celebrated Chuseok, a harvest festival and Thanksgiving in Korea, in class this week. The celebration included making and eating Hoddeok, a filled Korean pancake; dancing to K-Pop music, and playing games. Students in levels 1-4, representing 23 different FCPS schools, took part in the celebration.

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