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Lanier Middle School

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3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-934-2400


LMS Principal Erin Lenart

Principal: Erin Lenart

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About Lanier

Lanier Middle School was built in 1960 and, like most Fairfax County middle schools, is named after a poet or writer of distinction. Sidney Lanier was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1842 and was a noted author and musician.

Lanier Middle School staff members and community members strive to ensure our school is a supportive,

Lanier Middle School

Lanier Middle School

nurturing and encouraging environment which teaches students to become critical and creative thinkers, active problem solvers, effective communicators, and contributing citizens. Our actions consistently show that we value and support the social, emotional, and academic successes of students.

Students are assigned to a team of approximately 130 students who share the same English, science, and social studies teachers. Each team has a school counselor who is closely involved in weekly team meetings and parent conferences. They, along with department based professional learning communities work collaboratively to assess, plan, instruct, and support student learning. The intent is to provide rigorous, targeted and engaging learning, as well as enrichment and remediation opportunities for all children. These efforts work to close achievement gaps and advance students to higher levels of proficiency.

As a middle school, we realize that we have two critical years with students. As a result, we have made it a priority to consistently communicate and collaborate with our feeder elementary schools and Fairfax High School to ensure that student transition and learning from one school to another is a seamless process. Forging positive and productive partnerships with parents is also very important to us. Our approaches to learning are responsive to and respectful of the individual needs of middle school students.

Recent Highlights:

  • Lanier Middle School and teacher Faiza Alam were honored in 2016 by Caring for our Watershed,

    LMS was recognized by Caring for Our Watershed for outstanding environmental education.

    Earth Force and Agrium for their outstanding environmental outreach.

  • LMS “SPINNERS” placed fifth in the national KidWind competition, a wind turbine challenge.
  • LMS Family, Career and Community Leaders club won at the Virginia state competition and placed at the national competition in San Diego.
  • LMS teacher Julio Dejo awarded “FCPS Support Teacher of the Year” in 2014
  • With support from the City of Fairfax, 24 Lanier teachers are training to become National Board Certified.
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News from Lanier Middle School

  • Lanier Spinners Take 5th Place in National KidWind Competition in New Orleans

    The Lanier’s SPINNERS team traveled to New Orleans for the National KidWind Competition in May. The students won the  ‘Judges Award’ for the best prepared team and placed 5th overall in nation.

    The KidWind Competition invites teams from around the country to solve various wind turbine challenges. The SPINNERS won the regional competition at George Mason in April.

  • Lanier Middle School Teams Earn Two First Place Awards at School Environmental Action Showcase

    Students from Lanier Middle School won two first place awards at the fifth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University.  Lanier teams took first place in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition with a plan to plant native grasses, and first place in their division of the KidWind Challenge for the most efficient wind turbine design. Lanier Middle School is a Fairfax County public school


    Three Lanier Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members hosted the school’s first sock drive for the homeless. The students, Nora Farid, Jules Welch and Sami Saghir collected only socks rather than other clothing items after discovering socks are the least donated clothing item. Upon doing research for their drive, they found the Fairfax-Falls Church region, has the second highest population of homeless in the area. The team found a homeless facility, the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, located in Fairfax, to accept their donations. The February drive collected 649 pairs of socks.

    The drive, known as Toasty Toes, is a community service project for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Virginia Beach in April.  The team will be competing in the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) event, Chapter Community Service Display in the Junior category.  If the group wins at the state level, they will have the opportunity to represent the state of Virginia at the National Leadership Conference held in San Diego this coming July.

    “As their adviser, I am very impressed by the imaginative community service project these three students decided to do,” said Susan VonSchaack, Lanier Middle School teacher and FACS and FCCLA adviser.  “The research proved that Fairfax County has a high homeless population which I believe gave Sami, Nora, and Jules even more determination in having a successful campaign.”


    LenartErin Lenart, principal of Lanier Middle School (LMS) presented her first State of the Schools to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, March 7, 2016. Ms. Lenart took the helm of LMS in July of 2015 after Dr. Scott Poole left to become principal of Woodson High School in Fairfax.

    Ms. Lenart shared her “Lanier Lessons” she has learned in her first semester as principal. Part of those lessons include that Lanier students are “creative and critical thinkers; they care about each other, their community and the environment.” Ms. Lenart also shared the Lanier staff that is “dedicated who are constantly seeking to improve alongside each other, their leadership and [the] school.”

    The presentation continued with the LMS Strategic Plan with three main goals: a multi-tiered support system for all students, 8th graders will pass the reading and writing SOLs or will have a student success plan to have them reach grade level, every student will feel connected to an adult on campus.

    Ms. Lenart also asked Julio Dejo, the LMS After School teacher and former FCPS Support Teacher of the Year to talk about the comprehensive after school program. Over 30 LMS teachers and 15 Fairfax High School students offer clubs such as EcoClub, Math Club, Science Olympiad, Homework Club, sports, art, cooking, and even a card game club.

    The meeting can be viewed on the City of Fairfax Government website.


  • City of Fairfax Schools Celebrate Holiday by Giving Back

    City of Fairfax students celebrated the holiday season by giving back to their community. Student leaders collected food, clothes, toys and pet supplies to donate to local charities and charities around the world.

    • Daniels Run Elementary School students collected old denim shorts, jeans and jackets for Sole Hope, an organization that provides services and goods to children in Africa. Sole Hope produces hundreds of recycled shoes by using old jeans to make shoe covers and old tires to make the soles of the shoes.
    • Providence Elementary School collected boxes of food each year and donates them to the Salvation Army.
    • Lanier Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society collected holiday donations during a Giving Tree charity drive. Students and faculty donated over 100 toys and books and filled 12 bags of groceries for Lanier families seeking assistance this winter.
    • Fairfax High School Leadership collected over 2000 pounds of food which was donated to Food for Others, an organization dedicated to distributing food to Northern Virginia residents in need.
    • Fairfax High School DECA students collected pet food and supplies for the Fairfax Humane Society. The students provided the Humane Society with one of the largest donations the group has seen in recent years. Students dropped off the food on Friday, December 18th.

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