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Meet Our School Resource Officers!

Photo of School Resource Officers Nunley and Kenyon on the first day of school

SROs Nunley (left) and Kenyon (right) on the first day of school

The City of Fairfax Schools welcome our two School Resource Officers (SRO) Matthew Kenyon and Elias Nunley to Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School.  With offices in the schools, Officers Kenyon and Nunley bridge the school communities with the City police department.

SROs are active members of their school, assisting with matters of safety and security. SROs do not become involved in routine administrative actions and do not intervene in school discipline matters. The SROs are there to keep the students and staff safe and to work with families when needed.

To find out more about the role of the SRO, please see the Fairfax County Public Schools website Frequently Asked Questions page. Please note, the FHS and LMS officers are City of Fairfax Police officers and are supervised by the City of Fairfax Police Department. The City of Fairfax works with FCPS and follows the Memorandum of Understanding arranged with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Officer Matthew Kenyon (FHS) – Officer Kenyon is in his second year at FHS. His primary goals are to keep kids safe, build relationships with the students and help “kids be a successful student and young adult.” His dedication to working with students doesn’t just end during school hours. Officer Kenyon is also the varsity assistant boys Lacrosse coach and works out with the players in the off season. At FHS, Officer Kenyon helps kids through providing talks about learning to drive and handling the pressures with social media. His advice for parents is helping their kids acknowledge mistakes and accept consequences. “I tell kids all the time, one bad choice doesn’t make you a bad person,” says Officer Kenyon. Erin Lenart, principal at Fairfax High School, appreciates his approach and knows its working. “The partnership between the SRO and the school is one that is as much about relationship and positive-perception building as it is about student safety. Our SROs work to build community with our students and staff and foster our sense of caring and well-being; their support and guidance is crucial to our work, and we are so grateful to have them as part of our team.”

Officer Elias Nunely (LMS) – In his first year at LMS, Officer Nunley wasted no time joining the community. Like Officer Kenyon, his main goals are to keep his students safe, working with students to help with social media and building relationships between the police department and the LMS families. Officer Nunley loves being around middle school students, who he know are in the challenging time between childhoods and becoming young adults. He also works beyond the typical school day – he coaches basketball two days a week after school and is a mentor at Providence Elementary School. Principal Dr. Tammara Hanna is quick to praise Officer Nunley, saying “[He] provides a valuable partnership between the school and community and is a wonderful resource for our staff, students and parents.”




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.

Providence ES Awarded for Web Excellence

photo of PES Principal Dan Phillips joins Gina Shelton and FCPS John Torre

PES Principal Dan Phillips joins Gina Shelton and FCPS John Torre

Gina Shelton, School Based Technology Specialist and website curator recognized for story telling

Fairfax County Public Schools has recognized the Providence Elementary School website for excellence in web design and use of web-based tools in the 2018 Best of the Web Awards. FCPS highlighted Ms. Shelton’s work to tell the story of PES online. From the award:

Providence Elementary School: Gina Shelton, curator; Dan Phillips, principal. Curator Gina Shelton takes advantage of the many photos shot by FCPS photographer Karen Bolt to tell the story of what happens at her school. Featured in photos are classrooms, the library, and common areas, all depicting the school’s energy that transfers to the website. Updated bios and photos of all staff members appear on grade level team pages, and the unique programs offered at the school, including the STEAM lab and Chinese FLES /LTC program, are also featured.

To see other winners and the full release, please see the FCPS website.


Fairfax HS Students Enhance Daniels Run Park Trails

Photo of cleared path.Cross Country Runner Worked with Team and Scout Troup 577 to Clear Trail for Community, School Use

A team of 40 people comprised of Fairfax High School Cross Country runners, Boy Scouts from Troop 577, and parents built two quarter-mile, six foot wide trails through Daniels Run Park. They cleared fallen logs, trimmed back undergrowth and spread mulch.

Vishwa Arun, a Fairfax High School junior organized this activity to fulfill his Eagle Scout project. Arun worked with the City Parks and Recreation Department to fufill the project. Combined with existing trails the cross country team will now have two half-mile loops to use for interval training. The trails can also be used for future 5K runs.


Fairfax High School Student Earns All-Virginia Chorus

Will perform at the 2018 Music Educators Association Conference

Brigid Smullen, a senior at Fairfax High School, has been chosen in the Virginia All-State Honors Choir. Under the direction of Elena Sharkova, artistic director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Smullen will perform at the 2018 Music Educators Association annual conference in Hot Springs, Virginia in November.

Smullen joins twenty-eight other students from eleven schools. To see the entire release, please see the FCPS website.



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