Adam Erbrecht, principal of Daniels Run Elementary School (DRES) and his staff set out with one goal this year; to be a positive difference in the lives of each of their students. With this goal in mind, the administration and staff at DRES created a School Improvement Plan that supports students and creates opportunities for all students to learn, grow and thrive.
Presenting to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, February 6, 2017, Principal Erbrecht highlighted student achievement, the new Innovation Space, the efforts to support students in need with Responsive Instruction and the Positivity Project.
“We’ve been working hard so we don’t leave any stone unturned for our students,” said Erbrecht. He showed pass rates for the Virginia Standards of Learning averages for his students: 83 percent in reading, 92 percent in math and 86 percent in science. In addition, Erbrecht was proud of his kindergartners who had a 92 percent achievement for reading goals.
DRES launched the Innovation Space this year. The Innovation Space is an independent classroom for all students to rotate throughout the school year to work on age appropriate challenges using everyday household items. The challenges are designed to encourage students to collaborate and think creatively all while solving complex problems. For example, Victoria Novak’s first grade class used cardboard tubes and pool noodles to identify shapes and create obstacles for the popular “America Ninja Warrior” (see profile of class in the Fairfax Connection).
Erbrecht also spoke of the partnership with the Positivity Project, a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by seeing the character strengths in themselves and others. The Positivity Project and DRES helps students to identify, appreciate and articulate character strengths in themselves and others. Assistant principal Valerie Hardy has seen a difference, “Having students see the strengths themselves and helping them zoom in on power, perseverance and commitment.”
This year Daniels Run Elementary School launched “Innovation Space”, a classroom dedicated to bringing innovation to students. The space will offer every student in the school an enrichment program to become inventors, collaborators and problem solvers. Students will take everyday items such as cardboard rolls, legos, pipe cleaners and egg cartons to solve complex challenges to improve existing objects or create entirely new products. The Innovation Space is a similar offering as the Providence ES STEAM Lab, a dedicated classroom that brings additional science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to Providence students. Both of these enrichment opportunities are possible because of support from the City of Fairfax, allowing the two schools to have some of the only supplemental programs in the county. We are excited to prepare our students to become the next generation of leaders and innovators!
Daniels Run Elementary School third graders participated in a special career day last week. Welcoming industry professionals from all over the community, students were able to ask questions and learn about a variety of different careers.
Principal Adam Erbrecht and Assistant Principal Dustin Wright Present to City of Fairfax School Board at Regular School Board
Fairfax, VA, January 14, 2016– “The state of Daniels Run is strong and getting stronger,” declared Daniels Run Elementary School Principal Adam Erbrecht at his annual state of the schools report to the City of Fairfax School Board on Monday, January 11th at the regular school board meeting.
Using the theme “Our Story” throughout the evening, Mr. Erbrecht echoed the story theme he and his teachers are following this year as they try to reach each and every student.
With videos from 6th grade students highlighting what they liked about the schools, Mr. Erbrecht showed how the school is serving as a second family for many of his students.
Mr. Erbrecht emphasized significant standards of learning score increases in subjects such as reading and math. In reading, DRES reading pass rate was 79%, an increase of 6%. In math, 88% of the students had a pass rate, almost a 20% increase from the previous years.
Mr. Erbrecht also looked at his school beyond the standard curriculum showing success in the arts, environmental studies and the enhanced autism program. In addition, Mr. Erbrecht and his assistant principal Dr. Dustin Wright focused on programs such as “Pride Time” – a dedicated school-wide program to support students with specific intervention that goes above and beyond the classroom.
“Teachers have already noticed the students making a tremendous amount of progress faster than they were anticipating because of this focused and persistent approach,” said Dr. Wright.
To view the entire State of the Schools report, please go to the City of Fairfax Website and click on “Meetings”