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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”

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.

Daniels Run Elementary School PTA named National PTA School of Excellence

DRES National PTADaniels Run Elementary School PTA was named a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2014-16 school years. The National PTA School of Excellence is a program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. The DRES PTA works each and every year to reach out to all members of the DRES community to be active members of the school.


Daniels Run Elementary School Honor Choir Perform at Assisted Living Home

The Daniels Run Singers, a 39-student honor choir from Daniels Run Elementary School, performed for the residents at the Sylvestery Assisted Living Home in McLean on Friday, June 6th. The 5th and 6th grade students led by music teacher Michelle McCarten performed songs from their spring choir repertoire and then joined the residents in a sing-a-long with many patriotic songs. After the concert, the students enjoyed meeting the residents with an informal social time.

This is not the first community event for the Singers this school year. The group performed at the Fairfax City of Festival of Lights, the Virginia Organization of Kodaly Educators Children’s Choral Festival, and winter and spring concerts at Daniels Run Elementary.

This event however was special for McCarten – her grandmother was a resident for five years before passing away and the director knew many of the residents.

“It was a joy to bring the Daniels Run Singers to the Sylvestery last week,” said McCarten.  “I was proud of their performance and musicianship but even more proud of their willingness to step outside of their comfort zone and meet new people. In rehearsals, the singers received training on how to interact with seniors with memory impairment.  After they sang, ALL of them went around to each resident to meet and greet them.  I know the residents were touched with the songs and the friendly conversations they had with the Daniels Run Singers.  It is experiences like this that teach our students empathy and important social skills that they will need for the rest of their lives.”

“I was very proud to witness our students’ willingness to serve their community with their talents to bring joy to others through music,” said audience member and DRES principal Adam Erbrecht.

City of Fairfax Schools Recognize Over 100 Students

From outstanding environmental efforts to first place finish on the National Latin Exam, students in the City of Fairfax schools were honored Monday night at the final regular school board meeting for the 2013-2014 school year.

The City school board recognized over 100 students for a wide range of honors. Some of the honorees include:

  • Daniels Run Elementary School recognized for becoming a Virginia Naturally School for the 7th consecutive year, one of only 14 in the state.
  • Trent Cohen, a fifth grade DRES student, for his poem “A Piece of Pie” which was selected by the Fairfax Choral Society and performed at a concert earlier this year.
  • Eight DRES students for All County Chorus.
  • Lanier Middle School students Ethan Pepper and Zoe Morrison for winning first prize at the regional Kidwind competition and later took 6th place at the National Kidwind Compeition at the 2014 National Science Festival.
  • Six LMS students from the Lanier Eco-Team was among the top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University in April 2014.
  • LMS student Jake Seybold, the regional winner in the drawing category of the Scholastic Silver Key Award.
  • Seven Fairfax High School students from the FHS Robotics Team for winning the best performing robot and best presentation at the Mini-Urban Navigational Robotics Regional Competition.
  • Three FHS students for various art awards in photography, including Sarah Wasinger for 10 separate awards in a number of national and regional contests.
  • Ashley Mejia Galeano and Zhidong Fang, two ESOL students for honorable mentions in the Global Awareness Technology Project.
  • Four FHS students for the Grand Concours medal, a national French contest of the American Association of Teachers of French.
  • FHS student Alicia Rodriguez, for winning the local and district Optimist International Oratorical contest and participated at the state level.
  • FHS student Kyle Gallotta, for passing all eight areas of the NATEF/ASE certification, only one of five students in Fairfax County to pass all eight categories.
  • Over 24 students who placed in the National Latin Exam’s second, third and fourth level testing.
  • Five students for ranking on the National Roman Civilization Exam and two students for first and third places for the Classical Association of Virginia Latin Tournament Test.
  • Nine FHS students for their second place finish out of 16 schools at the Washington Regional Alcohol Program promoting alcohol and drug-free lifestyles to their peers.
  • Eight FHS students for awards at the Regional Science Fair
  • Three FHS DECA students for first place in the State Leadership Conference in Finance Operations Research.