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FHS Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Mason Pazhwak of George Mason University and Fairfax High School Alumni has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Malaysia from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Mr. Pazhwak will teach English, promote community engagement, and act as a cultural ambassador at a post assigned by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program.

Mr. Pazhwak is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.

 

FHS Field Hockey Wins Conference

Photo of FHS 2017 Field Hockey

FHS 2017 Field Hockey

Team Wins 9th Consecutive Conference Title

The FHS Field Hockey team has won its 9th consecutive conference title. The team beat rival Woodson 1-0 at Fairfax High School. Fairfax will continue to Regionals beginning next week.

City of Fairfax Schools Allocates Over $230,000 in Instructional Grants to City Schools

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!

School Board Student Representative Nandin Padheriya

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.

 

Classes:

AP Statistics

AP Literature

AP Physics Mechanics

AP BC Calculus

AP Comparative Government

AP Physics E & M

Orchestra

Extra Activities:

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

Photo of Mr. Ohta

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.

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