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Lanier MS Spinners Place 2nd at Nationals

The Lanier Middle Spinners team won four awards at the KidWind National Competition in Chicago.  After winning the Northern Virginia Region KidWind Challenge competition, team members Faith H., Laila A., Christopher B,, Thomas B., and Stephanie T. qualified for the national competition. They captured the Wind Geek Award (for the highest percentile score on the Knowledge Test), the Best Teamwork Award, the Big Tunnel Award (for building and successfully testing a college-level wind turbine), and placed second overall against a very competitive field of 40 regional champion middle schools from states across the country.

Lanier Middle School Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

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Lanier Middle School

Lanier Middle School was named as a U.S. Department of Education 2018 Green Ribbon School. LMS was one of only two schools in Virginia and one of only 46 schools across the country. LMS was praised for its “efforts to create a healthy, safe and cost-effective learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”

To read about Lanier’s work in environmental education, please read the DOE packet here. Lanier MS begins on page 145.

City of Fairfax FCCLA Heads to Nationals

FCCLA Students With Trophy

FCCLA Students With Trophy

The members of the City of Fairfax FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) worked for several months preparing their STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) events projects, portfolios and presentations for the state competition.  Based on the results, four teams (Eight students from Lanier MS and two from FHS) have earned the privilege to represent Fairfax City, FCPS and the state of Virginia at the FCCLA National Leadership Recognition Conference (NLRC) held in June and July in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • In Promote and Publicize, Juli L., Hana I. and Riley S. earned Gold medals and 1st place in Virginia.
  • The Chapter Service Project Display competitors 8th grader Kayleigh W. with 7th grader Naomi D. won 2nd place and Silver medals.
  • Competing in Food Innovations, Miranda C., Yale K. and Emily S. won 1st place with a perfect score of 100 points and Gold medals.
  • Our Advocacy team includes Hope P. and Diego S. who were 1st place in the state with silver medals.
  • Laura S. from Fairfax HS was elected as a state officer becoming the VP of Membership for the 2018-2019 school year.

All students will compete against other chapter members from across the country vying for national placement.  While attending the conference, several members will attend leadership courses.  Some members will volunteer as room consultants for the judging teams in various event categories.  The chapter members will also network with other members gaining ideas to use with the City of Fairfax chapter in the coming year.

Fairfax HS, Lanier MS Students Win 2018 VSBA Northeastern Regional Art Contest

Sun Ahn and Ariana Ishairzay have been recognized as winners in the Virginia School Boards Association Northeastern Regional Art Contest for 2018.

Sun Ahn of Fairfax High School was named the first place winner in the high school division. Ariana Ishairzay of Lanier Middle School was named the third place winner in the middle school division.

Student art from the elementary, middle, and high school levels represented each school division in the competition, which was judged at the regional forum for area school board members.

The VSBA Regional Art Contest was started in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students. For each of the nine VSBA regions, a winner is chosen for the elementary, middle, and high school levels.The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Lanier Middle School, Providence ES Place at GMU Environmental Showcase

Lanier Middle School team
The team from Lanier Middle School finished third in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition.

Students from Lanier Middle School and Providence Elementary School were honored for their innovative environmental solutions and creative use of recycled materials at the seventh annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) at George Mason University (GMU).  More than 200 FCPS students from 18 schools attended the 2018 SEAS.

Teams from Lanier Middle School won third place for their Enhancing Our Outdoor Living Classroom project, and fourth place for their It’s Green, It’s Grass, and It Grows project.

Providence ES placed third in the elementary division of the Recycled Mascot Challenge.

Attendees shared the environmental stewardship initiatives they are leading at their schools; exhibited sculptures of their school mascots made of recycled materials in the Recycled Mascot Challenge; presented their ideas for watershed improvement in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition; experimented with computer engineering to collect environmental data; and engaged in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities hosted by nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses. A team of students from Lanier Middle took part in a question and answer session on reducing plastic use with collaborated with local elected officials with a goal of developing ideas for sustainable policies.

SEAS is hosted by NoVA Outside in partnership with GMU’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.  Students had the unique opportunity to network and learn from students at other schools, to innovate new ways to enhance their green efforts, and to understand how their dedication and hard work contributes to regional and global efforts to ensure a sustainable future.

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