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Lanier Middle School Student Wins 2018 Scholastic Art Gold Medal

Student Joins 34 Other FCPS Students with National Medal

Lanier Middle School student Kristupas V was awarded a 2018 Scholastic Gold Medal in Sculpture. National medalists will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Select national award winning works will be included in an exhibition in New York, and a traveling exhibition over the coming year.

Art submissions are entered in categories including architecture and industrial design, art portfolio, ceramics and glass, comic art, design, digital art, drawing and illustration, editorial cartoon, fashion, film and animation, future new, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video game design. More than 300,000 students participate in the program across the country.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Stephen Kin, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol.

Lanier Middle School Administrators Present State of the Schools Report

Principal Erin Lenart

Principal Erin Lenart

The administrative team from Lanier Middle School presented their annual state of the school report to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, March 5, 2018. Led by principal Erin Lenart, the team discussed Lanier’s efforts for 1:1 computing (laptops issue to each student), opening an Advanced Academic Program (AAP) center next school year, and continuous efforts in both academic and emotional growth for students.

The presentation, shown live on channel 12, can be viewed on the City of Fairfax website under “City Meetings”.

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

City of Fairfax FCCLA Hosts Families First Dinner at LMS


Mayor, School Board Member Toby Sorensen join FCCLA for dinner

On February 12th, the City of Fairfax FCCLA sponsored their annual Families First Dinner at Lanier cafeteria.  This year the guests were treated to a special meal donated by CHOOLAAH Indian BBQ in Fairfax.  The purpose of the dinner is to bring FCCLA

Mayor Myer and School Board Member Sorensen with FCCLA officers

Mayor Myer and School Board Member Sorensen with FCCLA officers

members, their families, teaching staff and city official and teach all about the importance of family meal time.  Studies have shown that when families eat together that students are emotionally balanced, do better in school and have more self-confidence.   As part of the dinner, every guest attending were given a brown lunch bag to write their name and place their electronic devise.  These were placed in a laundry basket and used to draw out winners for a variety of gift cards provided by local merchants.  Adults and children were given the opportunity to win cards from Jermantown Shell, Fairfax Giant, Walmart, Embassy AutoWash, SkateQuest, Massage Envy Burke, and BJS.  CHOOLAHS Indian BBQ menu consisted on tandoor-spiced chicken with basmati rice, vegetable croquettes, samosa, tikki masala, chicken pea masala, naan bread and a variety of sauces.  Guest were encouraged to use conversation starter strips to engage in interesting conversations which may be challenging for some families.  The FCCLA members and adviser were complimented by the attendance of the Fairfax City Mayor, David Meyer, and City School Board member Toby Sorenson.




Lanier Middle School Student Selected as Virginia State Senate Page

Only 37 students chosen for nine-week program

Delaney Adams, an eighth grader at Lanier Middle School has been selected to participate in the prestigious Virginia State Senate Page Leadership Program for 2018. Virginia’s Page program dates back to the mid 1800’s and is now one of the last full-term residential page programs left nationwide.

Delaney is currently serving for the nine weeks of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Through this unique and prestigious opportunity she is getting a firsthand education about the workings of the Virginia state legislature while having opportunities to interact with and assist state senators on a daily basis.

The Senate Page Leadership Program is structured similar to a college preparatory program with components centered on developing future leaders. The mission of the program is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians embrace responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion.

Applicants must have an A or B average to participate and have approval from their school. This year, over 200 students from throughout the Commonwealth applied. Students work nine hour days while still needing to fulfil assignments from their teachers. The pages have a strict dress code and have limited access to cellphones. Delaney is up to the challenge and has so far enjoyed her time in Richmond.

“This program has been a great opportunity to not only learn firsthand about Virginia’s legislature, but also a fantastic chance to meet some very knowledgeable people that I would not get to meet otherwise,” said Delaney. “Some of our tasks include making copies, pulling bills, and assisting senators. I am learning so much, and I am really enjoying this amazing experience.”

Highlights from her experience include local field trips, museum visits, dinner reception with legislators, meeting astronauts and a pizza and game night with the Lieutenant Governor.

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