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FHS Statistics Class Hold “Stat Olympics”

Photo of FHS Students and Staff participating in Stat Olympics

FHS Students and Staff participating in Stat Olympics

Fairfax High School teacher Mark Whalley’s Probability & Statistics classes conducted what they call Stat Olympics where students host activities to test students’ skills in hand/eye coordination, balance, eating and stamina.

Some activities included blowing a ping pong ball through a maze, moving a cookie from one’s forehead to their mouth, and balancing on one foot while blindfolded.  Students recorded times and counts and will assess the correlation and regression analysis of these activities vs. height, hand size, # years playing sports, etc.   Students were responsible for creating their own activities and as a result were much more engaged in the data collection and analysis than would be doing the same work with data from a book.

Future Probability & /Statistics projects will include a student survey in late winter and a taste test experiment in the spring.

Mr. Whalley feels this class is a very practical math class which prepares students to think logically about real life events, and said he always looks forward to this project and getting Fairfax High School students and staff involved with what they are doing in his classroom.


FHS Future Business Leaders of America Host Video Game Challenge for Charity

Student Raised $100 for Project ASK

On November 29th, the Fairfax High School Future Business Leaders of America, led

Picture of FHS Students Host Video Game Challenge

FHS Students Host Video Game Challenge

by instructor Melanie West, held a Video Game Challenge after school to raise money for Project ASK.

Students donated their own money to play a variety of games including FIFA 2018, Mario Kart and several other games.  Close to $100 was raised for ‘Project Ask’ which provides items like (games, books, puzzles, etc) for children and teens with cancer while in the hospital.

Fairfax High School’s FBLA purchased over 50 coloring books and 25 puzzles.

Four FHS Field Hockey Athletes Earn All State

Congratulations to four Fairfax High School field hockey athletes for earning first and second team All State. FHS Senior Alexa Brzezynski and Junior Tatum Lynch were named first team and Sophomore Sara Silarszka and Senior Elizabeth Breslin were named second team. All four atheletes earned first team All Patriot District.

The FHS Field Hockey team advanced to the District finals and State semifinals in the 2018 season.

FHS Cross Country Thankful for Alumni

On Saturday, November 24 held its FHS Fall XC Alumni Run. Organized by FHS teacher and cross country coach Mark Whalley,

Photo of FHS Cross Country Coach Mark Whalley with members of the current and former cross country team.

FHS Cross Country Coach Mark Whalley with members of the current and former cross country team.

the run welcomes former Fairfax HS cross country team members as they celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the current team was excited to show alumni the newly developed trails in Daniels Run Park. Participants came from as far as Boston and as far back as 2006 team members.


City of Fairfax Superintendent Consults with Advisory Team

In her second year as superintendent, Dr. Phyllis Pajardo is working with her own expert consultants. The group, comprised of students, staff, administrators, parents and business leaders was originated last year as a transition team to assist with Dr. Pajardo’s first year as superintendent.

“One of my first-year objectives was to develop strong relationships with stakeholders,” said Dr. Pajardo. “Through these relationships with community members, I sought feedback to help shape the future of the Fairfax City Schools.”

Dr. Pajardo found the insight so valuable she extended the team into a second year and now calls it the Superintendent Advisory Team (SAT). The fifteen-member team meets four times per year with a variety of topics including capital improvements, communication and budget.

Team member Ginny Cate, a staff member at Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts is continuing with the group through its second year. “I was very honored and pleased to receive an invitation to serve on the SAT committee. Here is a chance to not only hear what Dr. Pajardo has to say, but to have my voice and opinion heard as well, and to hear from others in the community.” Ms. Cate is also a City school parent, with two sons having graduated from Fairfax High School and her daughter is currently a junior.

Student representative Kylie Horn is also in her second year as a committee member. Kylie is also the student alternate for the City of Fairfax School Board and reports to the board about what topics are discussed. “I am really excited to be a part of the Superintendent Advisory Team again,” Kylie said at the Regular School Board meeting on Monday, November 5.

“I found the dialog in my first year with the team very valuable. It was wonderful for this mix of invested and enthusiastic members of our community was inspiring,” said Dr. Pajardo. “I look forward to our work this school year.”

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