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City of Fairfax Schools Recognized for Environmental Education

Photo of Daniels Run Elementary Students working outside

Photo of Daniels Run Elementary Students working outside

Two City of Fairfax Schools were recognized for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship with the 2017 Virginia Naturally Schools. The Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth, administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality and other resource agencies. The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the  Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state.

Daniels Run Elementary School was recognized for the 11th consecutive year. Daniels Run ES is widely

DRES garden

DRES garden

recognized as one of the leading environmental education elementary schools in Virginia. With an active outdoor classroom and a dedicated science resource teacher to supplement the science curriculum. Projects over the past 11 years include a Monarch Way station to support the migration of monarch butterflies, sponge gardens, native tree planting and a student-produced “Recycle Rap” to encourage recycling.


Lanier Middle School was recognized for the 6th consecutive year. LMS students and staff are passionate

environmental activists and learners. Over the past six years LMA projects include transforming a courtyard into a living classroom, bio-retention pond with rain water collection, water bottle fill stations

EcoClub with City of Fairfax School Board

EcoClub with City of Fairfax School Board

and repeated top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University.

FHS and LMS Hold Curriculum Night January 12

Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School will hold their curriculum night for parents and students on Thursday, January 12.

FHS Curriculum Night will be from 6:30-8:00 at the high school. Parents and rising 9th – 12th grade students will be able to meet with faculty, learn about course options, meet other families and attend special curriculum presentations. There will also be a dedicated 9th grade question and answer session starting at 7:00 for parents and rising 9th grade students. The Q & A for 10th – 12th graders will begin at 7:45. Both sessions are in the auditorium.

LMS Curriculum Night will be from 6:00 – 8:00 and also welcomes both students and parents. Visitors can tour the campus, meet teachers of both core and elective courses, and attend special presentations for ESOL, Special Education and Advanced Math. The evening concludes with a session for parents to meet the LMS Administrative team.

For questions or more information, please go to the LMS and FHS website.

Lanier Middle School Teams Earn Two First Place Awards at School Environmental Action Showcase

Students from Lanier Middle School won two first place awards at the fifth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University.  Lanier teams took first place in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition with a plan to plant native grasses, and first place in their division of the KidWind Challenge for the most efficient wind turbine design. Lanier Middle School is a Fairfax County public school

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