City of Fairfax Schools Allocates Over $230,000 in Instructional Grants to City Schools
September 27, 2017
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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Meet our new School Board Rep Nandin Padheriya!
September 15, 2017
School Board Student Representative Nandin Padheriya
Every year, the City of Fairfax School Board welcomes a student representative. The student is traditionally an elected senior from Fairfax High School, and is tasked to represent the students of the City of Fairfax Schools. The 2017-2018 student school board representative is Nandin Padheriya.
Here is just a little about our new board member.
AP Physics Mechanics
AP BC Calculus
AP Comparative Government
AP Physics E & M
Robotics Club, Swim and Dive, Model UN, Indian Student Association
Favorite things about FHS?
Math and Science Department, Physics classes and playing Frisbee during lunch
Important Issues Facing FHS Students:
- How students spend time in school (Lion Time)
- Getting help from teachers when needed
- Making college applications easier
FHS Teacher Named one of Washington Magazine’s Teacher of the Year
August 9, 2017
Photo of Mr. Ohta, from Washington Family Magazine
Herbert Ohta, a special education math teacher at Fairfax High School, was named one of Washington Magazine’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ohta was nominated by a parent of his students.
The magazine interviewed Mr. Ohta with questions about his experience teaching, advice for young teachers and three things in his classroom he could not live without:
“The three things I need in my classroom everyday are grace, patience and faith. Grace because no matter how much I think I know—I still make mistakes and need the forgiveness of my students. Patience because, at times, the students will test every fiber of my being. Finally, faith because I need to believe that what we are doing has a far greater impact than what we could ever imagine or hope for.”
To read the entire article, please go to Washington Family website here.
FHS Alumna Simone Askew Becomes First African American Woman to Lead West Point Cadets
August 6, 2017
Cadet Simone Askew, a Fairfax High School Alumna, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2017-2018 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. Her appointment marks the first time an African American woman will hold the position.
Askew is an International History major and member of the Army West Point Crew team. She is a graduate of Air Assault School, an EXCEL Scholar, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary National History Society, a recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Military Leadership, and holds the highest female Recondo score during Combat Field Training II for the class of 2018.
While at FHS, Askew was senior class president and founder of the Black Student Union.
FHS – Checking in Mid-Year
December 14, 2016
We like to check in with our schools and see how they are doing throughout the year. Here is a look at Fairfax High School and Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts.
Fairfax Academy for the Communications and the Arts
- 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Semi-Finalist – Mr. Chris Johnston – The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. For more about Mr. Johnston and his third nomination for this award, please see here.
- SkillsUSA – Riley Mead, Gold; Skylar Watkins – Bronze, Haruko Harbour – Silver, Fairfax Academy; (Teacher, Pro Photo class, Kevin Smith) – The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, there were more than 6,000 contestants in 100 separate events.
- StarTalk – Celie Feighery, student Governor’s School State Award (Leah Liao, teacher/advisor )- Celie received a Governor’s school award from StarTalk. StarTalk’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with programs for students and teachers.
- Foundation for Korean Language – Maggie Akers, student (Ms. Song Johnston, teacher) Maggie received a fully-funded trip to Korea to study and learn in the summer of 2016..
- NSILY – Joy Shi, student (Ms. Song Johnston, teacher) NSILY is a national scholarship. Joy received a fully-funded trip to Korea in the summer of 2016.
- Hosted “Take Your Legislators to Work Day”- Academy students and administrators were joined by Virginia State Representative David Bulova and Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen for a tour and lunch.
Fairfax High School
- National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists – Benjamin Krupka, Rebecca Stafford The National Merit Scholarship Program was founded to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.
- Virginia Latin Convention – 16 FHS students participated in the VLC in Richmond and brought home 49 awards for showing understanding of Latin and Roman culture.
- FHS Wrestling hosted the second annual “See You on the Square”, the only outdoor wrestling match in Northern Virginia, bringing together the community with a fundraiser to support the Eric Monday Wrestling Foundation.
- Army All-American Marching Band – Nicole Leonardo Nicole is receiving an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio to perform in the half-time show of the US Army All-American Bowl in January 2017.
- Northern Region Cross Country – Drew Robinson and Chloe Tran Chloe placed 7th and qualified for states; Drew placed 17th and qualified for Virginia state.
- Varsity Field Hockey Conference and Region Championship – FHS Girls Varsity Field Hockey won their 8th consecutive region championship and held a 23-1 record, losing in the state semi-finals.
- FX Players produced and performed “Avenue Q” to rave reviews. The Players continue their season with student-directed one-act plays in January and Guys and Dolls in May. For more information please see the FX Players website.
- Interact Club collected winter clothing and donated to local families in need.
- FHS DECA students collected toys for Inova Hospital and Operation Gratitude, a group supporting military families.
- Band and Chorus concert Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 PM at FHS
- Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Swim/Dive, Gymnastics and Indoor Track – to get schedules please see the winter sports website here.