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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.

Providence ES Opens Outdoor Classroom

City of Fairfax Schools Contribute $5000 for Pavilion

Providence ES dedicated the most recent addition to their outdoor courtyard on

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City councilmembers, school board members, FCPS leadership, PES staff and City Superintendent join in the festivities

Wednesday, April 11 with guests from the City of Fairfax council and school board.

The courtyard has undergone a total transformation over the past nine years with the inclusion of a pond, vegetable gardens, native trees, greenhouse, vocabulary-labeled bricks and now a pavilion for classes to brave inclement weather.

With support from businesses such as National Asphalt, Fair City Mall, Buckeye Partners and Sisler Stone, the school has worked for almost 10 years to create the outdoor classroom.

The City of Fairfax Schools provided $5000 for the building of a pagoda to finish the project. With student singers, talks from the Fairfax City Mayor and Providence Principal, the ribbon was cut by Mr. Alan Borhauer who led the transformation from the beginning.

Time for Kindergarten Registration!

Calling all kindergartners! Providence ES and Daniels Run ES can’t wait to meet you! It is time to register for kindergarten if your child will be five years old on or before September 30, 2018. To find boundary information and registration forms, please go to the FCPS website at Kindergarten orientation days have been announced: PES is April 16 at 12:30 and DRES is April 16 at 10:30.


City of Fairfax Schools Present FY 2019 Budget

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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 Schools Host Chinese Delegation

Over 50 Chinese principals and 40 administrators met at Lanier Middle School

The City of Fairfax Schools was proud to host a delegation of Chinese principals and administrators from Virginia today. The group was organized through the Schools Superintendent Association (AASA) and Triway International.

Meeting at Lanier Middle School, the educational leaders discussed the similarities and differences between American and Chinese education and explored cultural exchange opportunities.

Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools welcomed the group and moderated the speakers throughout the event. Dr. Pajardo joined LMS principal Erin Lenart on a trip to China in the summer of 2016 and was happy to share her experiences with her colleagues.

“The City of Fairfax Schools are always proud to host our friends and colleagues from China,” said Dr. Pajardo. “We thank our partners in AASA and Triway International for organizing such a wonderful event and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

The participants spent time listening to presentations from both US and Chinese principals, a panel about exchange programs and spoke with one another about possible relationships with their schools.

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