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Statement from School Board Chairman and Mayor

Jon Buttram

Chair, City of Fairfax School Board

David L. Meyer

Mayor, City of Fairfax

To the City of Fairfax Community,

On behalf of the City of Fairfax Schools I would like to update you on the recent threat against Fairfax High School.  Yesterday afternoon Fairfax High School received an anonymous threat posted on Twitter. The City of Fairfax Police Department immediately began an investigation in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County Police Department.  Fairfax High School opened on time this morning with additional security.  

The City of Fairfax Police Department located and identified individuals of interest, conducted interviews and took possession of an electronic device.  Nothing was found in this initial stage to corroborate the possession of weapons. At this point, the police department believes based on their investigation the threat has been mitigated. The police department is continuing to investigate as there are further leads to follow. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be more police presence at Fairfax High School and all of our city schools. We continue to encourage our students to notify a teacher, administrator or trusted adult anytime they have information which could potentially compromise the safety and security of our schools.

The City of Fairfax School Board and staff is working closely with the City of Fairfax Police Department, FCPS and city leaders with the primary goal to keep all of our students safe. This is an ongoing police investigation and we continue to support our police team and school administrators as they conduct their investigations.

For updates on this event, please visit the City of Fairfax Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.




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.

City of Fairfax Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Photo of 15 National Board teachers and City of Fairfax School Board and staff

Photo of  National Board teachers and City of Fairfax School Board and staff

City teachers receive reimbursement from City of Fairfax Schools for NCBT tuition

Congratulations to the eight City of Fairfax teachers who earned their certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition two teachers renewed their certification. The teachers underwent a rigorous process to earn their certification throughout the eighteen month process.

The following teachers at City of Fairfax Schools earned their certification:

Laura Voorhees (Daniels Run Elementary School)

Lisa Greeves (Fairfax High School)

Jennifer Hitchcock (Fairfax High School)

Bradley Webster (Fairfax High School)

Margaret Arnold (Lanier Middle School)

Pamela Clingenpeel (Lanier Middle School)

Dayle Ranallo (Lanier Middle School)

Juliana Woodill (Lanier Middle School)

The following board-certified teachers have renewed their board certification for an additional ten years:

Julia Varanavage (Fairfax High School)

Christina Ammirati (Providence Elementary School)





City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2702 Provide City Schools with 100 Winter Coats

Fire fighters drop off coats to Daniels Run ES

Fire fighters drop off coats to Daniels Run ES

The City of Fairfax schools were blessed with 100 winter coats from the City of Fairfax Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2702. By raising donations from the public through the International Association of Fire Fighters and Operation Warm, the fire fighters were able to purchase new coats to provide to the schools to help with the recent cold temperatures impacting the area.  Residents can still donate to Fairfax City’s Operation Warm site.

Fire Fighters bring coats to Providence ES.

Fire Fighters bring coats to Providence ES.


City of Fairfax Schools Announce State of the Schools Report Dates

The City of Fairfax Schools announced the dates of their annual State of the Schools reports. The reports are given by the principals at each of the City’s four schools – Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle School, Providence Elementary School and Daniels Run Elementary School.  In addition to the report, each school will present a Spotlight on Learning segment at the beginning of the meeting. The Spotlight will highlight a classroom activity, group project or event at the school in detail.

Presented at the regular school board meetings, the reports are also available on channel 12 and online after the meeting.

The dates are as follows:

Daniels Run Elementary School: Monday, January 8 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Providence Elementary School: Monday, February 5 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Lanier Middle School: Monday, March 5 at 7:30 PM at City Hall

Fairfax High School: Monday, April 9 at 7:30 at City Hall

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