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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Providence ES Principal Featured on FCPS “Meet the Principal” Series
February 22, 2017
Dan Phillips, principal of Providence Elementary School is this month’s feature in Fairfax County Public Schools “Meet the Principal” series. The video can be seen here on the FCPS You Tube channel.
Providence Elementary School’s All Pro Dads
October 15, 2016
Providence ES PTA “All Pro Dads” kicks off its fifth year welcoming dads, uncles, grandfathers and guardians to the PTA. All Pro Dads meet once a month for a breakfast meeting – sometimes catered by local businesses such as Anita’s and Chick-fil-A. Working closely with the PTA and Providence administrators, the All Pro Dads recruit dads to work school events and help facilitate ways for dads to get involved in the school. The program is just another way Providence ES connects the community to the classroom.
“All Pro Dads is a wonderful program the PTA is happy to support,” said PTA president MariAnn Seybold. “The leaders do a great job!”
Providence ES Welcomes Dan Phillips as New Principal
September 4, 2016
Providence Elementary School named a familiar face as principal on Friday, August 26. Dan Phillips, a former assistant principal at Providence ES and Daniels Run ES and long-time City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation youth coordinator, was welcomed with enthusiastic applause by school staff in the cafeteria.
Mr. Phillips was introduced at a joint announcement with City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan and Fairfax County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Region 5, Dr. Frances Ivey. The staff at Providence ES welcomed the selection of Mr. Phillips with a standing ovation and had “Team Dan” signs ready.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Dan Phillips take the lead at Providence Elementary School,” said Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. “He brings knowledge, passion and a deeply embedded understanding as a member of the City of Fairfax family to the principal position. We know, with the support of our great community, he will thrive which in the end will help our students do so as well.”
Philips is certainly at home in the City of Fairfax schools system. As a resident of the City, Phillips’s two sons are currently in Fairfax City schools. In addition, Phillips was the Youth Coordinator for the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department before he began his teaching and administrative career. Prior to his work at Providence, Phillips was a 6th grade teacher and assistant principal at Daniels Run Elementary School.
“I am humbled and honored to be principal at Providence Elementary School,” said Phillips. “We have a school full of people who come to work every day to serve our students and school community. I could not be among better teachers, children, and families, and I full very fortunate to have this opportunity.
The staff was also introduced to the new Assistant Principal, Harry Belch, who will take over Phillips position. Like Phillips, Belch is very familiar with Providence ES, although with a different name. He was a staff member at the school when it was Jermantown Elementary School, and brought an original Jermantown ES t-shirt to show the staff. They quickly provided Belch with a Providence ES complete with the Panther logo.
PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS STEM LAB WINS PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM ITEEA
March 31, 2016
Providence Elementary School’s STEM Lab was recognized as one of 24 programs worldwide as a program of excellence from the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA).
Sponsored by the ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering classroom programs on the elementary, middle or high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The award was presented at the ITEEA annual conference earlier this month.
The Providence ES STEM Lab began in 2012. With two teachers dedicated to the lab, it welcomes all students in over 40 classrooms from grades K-6 throughout the year to solve challenging projects using the engineering design process. Each class spends rotates throughout the lab and spends five continuous days with each rotation solving a different challenge. The students work in teams and collaborate to find the best possible solution to their problem. Failure is encouraged to teach resilience, creativity and determination.
To see the STEM Lab in action, please visit the school’s you tube channel here.