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City of Fairfax Schools Present FY 2019 Budget

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools, joined the City of Fairfax School Board in presenting the schools’ FY 2019 budget to the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, March 6th.

Dr. Pajardo highlighted the many accomplishments of the City schools over the past year including students and staff awards.

The $55.9 million budget includes a funding request for an increase in the Instruction, Intervention, Technology and Professional Development category. This increase will assist Lanier Middle School to provide each student with a laptop, allow principals to provide staff with grant money for innovative projects and increased professional development time for teachers.

The budget presentation can be seen online at the City of Fairfax website. The school presentation begins at the 3 hour mark. To see the PowerPoint presentation, please click below.

FY19 Schools Budget Presentation MCC template

Fairfax Academy Hosts Professionals for Career Connections Week

Students in Music and Computer Technology class

Students in Music and Computer Technology class

Professionals meet with students to discuss opportunities in their field

Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts hosted its annual Career Connections Week last week. The Academy invited professionals to meet with students, hold workshops and make presentations. In some cases industry professionals used Skype to connect with students.

This annual week is part of the Academy’s commitment to provide students with not only the curriculum, but insight to their industry. Students

Examples of presentations:

  • Musical theater and Broadway dance workshop
  • Set-up, finance, management of owning a recording studio
  • Hands-on workshop on studio equipment
  • Product photography for advertising
  • Careers in foreign languages such as Arabic, Korean and Chinese
  • Talent agency explain audition techniques
  • Social media and its impact on professional and personal life



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.

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