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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.

Lanier Middle School Awarded Permanent Green Flag School Status

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Lanier Middle School

Lanier Middle School has been awarded permanent status as a Green Flag School by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as part of the Eco-Schools USA program.  Lanier Middle School, located in the City of Fairfax, is a Fairfax County public school.

The school earned its fourth Green Flag in 2018, earning it permanent status as a Green Flag School. Teachers, students, parents, and community members initiated the Eco-Schools process in November 2009, earning the school a silver award and its first Green Flag award in 2010. Lanier was the first school in Virginia and the third school in the U.S. to earn a Green Flag award. Subsequent Green Flags were awarded in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

“Eco-Schools USA takes a holistic approach: ‘greening’ the school building, the school grounds, and the curriculum and student experience,” says Faiza Alam, Lanier Middle science teacher. “It is designed to help schools in a variety of ways, including saving money, reducing waste, and improving student academic performance and environmental awareness.” Many schools have implemented the Eco-Schools USA program since NWF became the host in late 2008. The Green Flag is the highest level a school can achieve.

Lanier’s student-led team focused on various environmental issues, such as energy, water and paper conservation, recycling, and school grounds enhancement with an environmental focus. Many school-wide audits related to these pathways led to various green initiatives, resulting in measurable reduction in waste and energy use, increased biodiversity and recycling, and, above all, a school-wide, eco-friendly culture.

The school’s commitment to sustainability can be found in everything from reducing the environmental impact of the building and students to green cleaning practices and enhanced civic engagement. Environmental sustainability is used as a focus for projects in art, Family and Consumer Sciences, physical science, and the school newspaper.  In 2006, Lanier became the first middle school in Fairfax County to require all seventh graders to participate in an environmental stewardship project, which became the model for other Fairfax County Public Schools middle schools.

In order to become an Eco-School, schools must establish a seven-step framework that includes establishing an eco-team, conducting an environmental audit, developing an eco-action plan, monitoring and evaluating progress, connecting to the curriculum, engaging the whole school and community, and developing an eco-code. Schools can then choose from one of 12 pathways. Nominees are evaluated by NWF staff to determine their eligibility for a Green Flag.

City of Fairfax School Board Recognizes Over 150 Students, Staff

School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches began the regular school board meeting on Monday, December 3 with an unusual agenda item. The 30-member Bella Canzone chorus from Lanier Middle School opened the meeting with a song. The chorus was to be recognized for their selection to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference in November. After their song, the students received certificates and accolades from the City School Board.

In addition to the chorus, staff members from Providence ES and Daniels Run ES were recognized for their excellent work. Additional Lanier students received praise for their efforts in wind technology and environmental advocacy.

The majority of the students recognized in the evening were from Fairfax High School and Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts. Students received certificates for awards such as All State Orchestra/Chorus, National Merit, Gold/Silver medals in Latin and French, DECA state winners, FCCLA national winners, Science Olympiad and golf district champions.

“This is truly one of our favorite evenings to recognize our students and staff,” said Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools.

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.

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