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Fairfax High School Golf Team Wins District, Regionals

FHS Golf Team Celebrating Regional Win

FHS Golf Team Celebrating Regional Win

Will Compete in State Tournament October 9th and 10th

For the first time in 20 years, the Fairfax High School co-ed golf team are Patriot District Champions and continued to dominate as Occaquan Regional Champions. The Rebels will compete in the state tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Magnolia Greens golf course in Moseley, Virginia near Richmond.

In districts, Fairfax was led by sophomore George Duangmanee who had two solid rounds of 71 and 73 for a 144. George was the second place medalist overall. Senior captain Robin Yu had two rounds of 75 and 71 for a total of 146 and placed third overall. Freshman Christina Cupelli also shined with rounds of 78 and 74 for a 152 and sixth place finish. The Rebels beat second place Lake Braddock by 35 strokes with a two day total of 597.

FHS Golf Team Celebrating Regional Win

FHS Golf Team Celebrating Regional Win

“We were excited to have three place in the top six medalist honors,” said Fairfax High School Coach Derek Donnelly.  Donnelly also noted the outstanding performances of freshman James Thomas and sophomore Dro Khachatourain in the district tournament.

In the Regional tournament, Fairfax was again led by Duangmanee, who posted two solid rounds of 69 and 72 for a total of 141 and captured the second place overall medal. Other standouts included Yu, Khachatourian and sophomore RJ Cupelli. The team two day total was 610 which beat second place Lake Braddock and third place Colgan.

City of Fairfax Schools Allocates Over $230,000 in Instructional Grants to City Schools

The City of Fairfax School Board has allocated over $230,000 in instructional grant funding to its four city schools. The funds will support Professional Development, Intervention and Academic Support, Supplemental Materials and Innovative Practices.

“In these days of declining financial resources in school district budgets, I’m really pleased that we are able to continue target funds for student and staff learning; we know these funds support our schools’ efforts,” said Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “We are proud to assist and enhance our schools as they focus on innovation, professional development, and academic support.”

The principals at the four schools work with the City of Fairfax Schools staff from project and material funding. The grants are divided into four main categories:

Professional Development:  Many administrators and teachers will tell you one of the most precious resources they have is time. By providing funds to support professional learning, collaboration time and money for substitutes, the City of Fairfax School Board can give them the gift of time. The grants allow staff to plan, meet as grade-level or subject-area teams, attend professional training and take time to create innovative lessons for students.

Intervention and Academic Support: Each year the four schools are able to offer additional summer programming to support transitions to new schools, strengthen academic skills, and close potential academic gaps seen throughout the school year. For more information on the summer programming, see article here.

Supplemental Materials: The City of Fairfax School grants support a variety of curriculum enhancement programs such as environmental education, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics), and high school SAT preparations.

Innovative Practices:  – During the June 2016 retreat, School Board members expressed a desire to bolster schools’ abilities to create and incorporate innovative practices. To progress this, innovative practices were added to the areas for which City Schools could request instructional grant funding (See Strategic Plan objective 2 at the bottom of this page). When DRES principal Adam Erbrecht requested $6000 of his school’s grant be designated for innovative practices, he knew just what to do: Ask his staff what they wanted. Erbrecht sent out a “request for proposals” to his staff and received over nine requests totaling $13,100. Instead of giving the green light himself, the principal turned the power back to the staff and had them analyze and review the proposals on what they felt would most positively impact the school. The challenge the staff found was that all the projects were worth funding. By combining the City of Fairfax Innovation Grant and a generous donation by the DRES PTA, all the projects received financial support. For an example of these Innovation Grants, please see article about DRES Counselor Emily Baldwin.

“We are thrilled to reward the innovative thinking of these groups and hope more can come from this in the future,” said Erbrecht. “We greatly appreciate the use of our City Grant Funds to foster these innovations.”

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Meet our new School Board Rep Nandin Padheriya!

School Board Student Representative Nandin Padheriya

School Board Student Representative Nandin Padheriya

Every year, the City of Fairfax School Board welcomes a student representative. The student is traditionally an elected senior from Fairfax High School, and is tasked to represent the students of the City of Fairfax Schools. The 2017-2018 student school board representative is Nandin Padheriya.

Here is just a little about our new board member.



AP Statistics

AP Literature

AP Physics Mechanics

AP BC Calculus

AP Comparative Government

AP Physics E & M


Extra Activities:

Robotics Club, Swim and Dive, Model UN, Indian Student Association

Favorite things about FHS?

Math and Science Department, Physics classes and playing Frisbee during lunch

Important Issues Facing FHS Students:

  • How students spend time in school (Lion Time)
  • Getting help from teachers when needed
  • Making college applications easier

City of Fairfax School Board Awards 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship to Kinza Mahmood

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

Kinza Mahmood was recognized as the 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship winner. Kinza will attend the University of Maryland, College Park next year to study Food and Biological Sciences. Kinza took many AP courses at FHS, was active in student government, UNICEF and volunteered throughout the community. Kinza was praised by Principal Goldfarb and her teachers for being kind, hardworking and for her passion to help others.

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