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Lanier Middle School Wind Turbine Profiled in Washington Post

Driving by Lanier Middle School, you might see something that is not on the campus of any other middle school across the country. A 29-foot wind turbine and solar panel. Working with James Madison University, the turbine will be an integral part of the science curriculum and provide

Wind Turbine at Lanier Middle School

Wind Turbine at Lanier Middle School

 

students with the knowledge of a growing solar and wind energy economy.  The project was recently profiled in the Washington Post. To see the entire article, please visit the Washington Post here.

City of Fairfax School Board Welcomes State Delegate David Bulova to Lanier Middle School

Delegate David Bulova visits with Lanier Middle School

Delegate David Bulova visits with Lanier Middle School

State Delegate David Bulova joined members of the City of Fairfax School Board and Superintendent for the “Take Your Legislator to School Day” on Wednesday, November 8th at Lanier Middle School. Delegate Bulova visited the new wind and solar turbine, 1:1 classrooms, ESOL teacher Greer Mancuso who was named Teacher of the Year by the Rotary Club and ate lunch with selected students. Sponsored by the Virginia School Board Association, Take Your Legislator to School challenges school boards to bring legislators into schools to see programs first hand and meet administrators, teachers and students. Delegate Bulova has visited all four of our schools and the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts throughout the year.

 

Lanier Middle School Expands 1:1 Program

LMS students receiving laptops for school year.

LMS students receiving laptops for school year.

Over 400 students given laptop for the 2017-2018 school year

Lanier Middle School is accelerating their plans to expand the 1:1 technology program with help from funds from the City of Fairfax. The 7th grade Cavaliers Team and 8th grade Patriots Team are both participating in the LMS 1:1 program, up from one team in the 2016-2017 school year. Each student in the two teams is loaned a laptop to use throughout the school year to use on school projects, research and group assignments.

According to Janel Justice, the 7th grade history and 8th grade civics/economics teacher for the two teams, the 1:1 program “helps cater to the individual needs of the learner.” She credits the program to help with flexible time frames for each student, offering the ability to pace themselves at school and at home. The program also supports the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) Portrait of a Graduate goal to contribute solutions that benefit the broader community.

Other teachers at LMS appreciate the opportunity for students to connect with current events around the world. Students are able to use a variety of tools to read articles or watch videos and are able to make connections which is essential for learning.

Another benefit of all students having access to technology is the ability to seamlessly work on group projects. In Ms. Justice’s class, students used Google Docs ® to collaborate on Westward Migration stories, plays or songs. Peer group-leaders helped assign roles and assured tasks were completed.

 

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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