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Looking Back on the 2012-2013 School Year

For many of us summer is a time to reconnect with our kids, get outside, and hopefully take time to reflect on the past school year. At our June school board meeting, I was so proud as the City of Fairfax School Board honored over 200 students for their many accomplishments this past school year. While I am never surprised at the success of our incredible kids, I continue to be impressed.

The City Schools’ staff and I met with the City School Board at our annual retreat last month to review the year and set priorities for the upcoming school year(s). In my next blog post, I will discuss some of our goals for the 2013-2014 school year, but for today I thought our community members would be interested in some of the many accomplishments by our city schools and students this past year.

In 2012-2013 our School Board and Staff:

  • Worked with Fairfax County Public Schools to complete a successful boundary study that will mitigate overcrowding at both Fairfax High School (FHS) and Lanier Middle School (LMS) in the coming years
  • Recognized over 350 exceptional students, staff, and school events – Continued our engagement with the City of Fairfax including involvement in the Fall Festival, 4th of July Parade, FHS Homecoming Parade, student work showcased in the Spotlight on the Arts, and having our students lead the Pledge of Allegiance at city council meetings
  • Improved our communication with the community including launching a new website, writing multiple blog postings for Fairfax City Patch, increased our presence on Facebook and Twitter, and continued our award winning online newsletter CloseUp
  • Cleaned up and restored school grounds at all our schools after the June 2012 derecho, including replacement of damaged bleachers at FHS
  • Installed two new bathrooms at Providence Elementary School (PES)
  • Extensive grounds clean up at Daniels Run Elementary School (DRES)
  • Partnered with Lands and Waters to create a bioretention cell at LMS

Our schools and students also continued to shine. Here are just a few highlights of their many accomplishments:

  • FHS was awarded a gold medal by U.S. News & World Report and named the 11th best high school in Virginia
  • LMS Eco-Club was a first place winner for the Caring of our Watersheds Contest
  • DRES was named for the sixth year as a Virginia Naturally School for their incredible work in their outside living classroom
  • DRES students were first place winners at the NoVa Outside Green School
  • PES was honored by FCPS with a Blue Ribbon for their amazing Mentoring Program
  • Lanier Middle School after school specialist Julio Dejo received the FCPS Support Employee of the Year award
  • PES launched their S.T.E.M. lab – one of the finest in the state to expose all students to not only science, technology, engineering and math, but critical thinking and collaboration as well
  • Adam Erbrecht, principal of Daniels Run Elementary School was nominated for the FCPS first year principal of the year
  • FHS Wind Ensemble participated in the exclusive Music for All Nations Festival in Indianapolis, one of only 16 schools from around the country invited

It is reflections such as this that remind us all how fortunate we are to be part a community such as the City of Fairfax. I look forward to the upcoming school year with anticipation and excitement. As always, we want to hear from you and there are many ways for us to keep in touch.

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